Category Archives: iPhone games

After many months of competition, Clash Royale's [Free] Crown Championship World Finals have been announced, and they will take place on December 3rd at the Copper Box Arena in London. The competition was a huge one, with over 28 million unique participants at the start of it and only 16 competitors remaining. And now, the one who will manage to grab that golden crown will also earn $150,000, which is definitely not bad at all. If you're planning on attending the event in person, you can buy tickets now, which are just over 40 British pounds and come with 4 mystery items (which seem to be a figurine, a beanie, a tote bag, and something else)...

'Game Dev Tycoon' Is Launching on the App Store on November 28th, With Brand New Content and Much More

If you had to ask me to name my favourite iPhone games of all time, I'm sure that Game Dev Story [$4.99] would undoubtedly be sitting proudly near the top of the list. Despite releasing hundreds of variably interesting simulation titles on the App Store over the years, Kairosoft's iOS debut in 2010 created the perfect concoction of immersive gameplay, a fascinating concept and an engaging sense of progression, and Game Dev Story is still arguably the game to beat when it comes to the video game development simulators. After Game Dev Story's release, numerous similar titles emerged, most notably Game Dev Tycoon on Steam. After proving to be a massive hit with streamers and YouTubers alike, Game Dev Tycoon is now launching on iOS on November 28th, along with a redesigned interface for mobile and a number of new gameplay additions...




I've written extensively about the possibility of Generation 3 creatures from the Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald games making their debut in Pokemon GO [Free], and Niantic have not exactly been subtle in the numerous hints that have been discovered both within and outside of the game. While the biggest indicator thus far has been the discovery of 135 new Pokemon in the datamine of the title's latest update, today a brand new teaser image for an upcoming Pokemon GO Halloween event has emerged that brings even more credence to this theory. As well as touting Gengar, Misdreavus and a Pikachu wearing a witch's hat, third generation ghost-type monsters Duskull and Sableye are also present, suggesting either a partial or complete release of this new cast of creatures before October 31st...

When it comes to SEGA and their 16-bit library, game re-releases tend to fall into one of three categories. First, there are the games that are always included: Sonic, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, and the like. Then, you've got games that are often included, but not always. Phantasy Star 2, Ecco the Dolphin, and Shinobi 3 are examples of this group. Finally, there are games that SEGA only seems to include if they're being very thorough. Sometimes it's because they're tricky to emulate, other times because of rights issues, and still other times where the reason isn't clear at all. Beyond Oasis [Free] used to be part of this group, but it feels like it's slowly moving into the second category instead. Its presence here relatively early on in the SEGA Forever initiative is a good example of its improving fortunes...

Hello everyone. As you probably know by now, every Monday we publish our weekly roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos, but for a variety of reasons, we won't be putting one out this week. Don't worry, though, because it's not like we're leaving you with not Hearthstone-related content. If you haven't read TouchArcade over weekend, you missed out on some great stories from Eli, who got to visit the new Blizzard Arena to watch the Hearthstone Championship Tour. There's a quick interview with pro player Dr. J in lieu of a podcast and another cool story on Eli's experience at the Blizzard Arena. Both of those are definitely worth your time if you're a fan of the game...

Amazon continues to host one of the biggest mobile gaming esports competitions, and this year it was the turn of Las Vegas to host Mobile Masters 2017. The whole two-day event went off pretty much without a hitch and had plenty of entertaining moments. The event consisted of three games, World of Tanks Blitz, Vainglory, and Power Rangers: Legacy Wars and offered a total of $70,000 in prizes, which isn't shabby at all. Who were the winners? Team SoloMid went undefeated and took first place for Vainglory (and the biggest prize of the night), HateUsMore gave players more reasons to hate them by picking up first place for World of Tanks Blitz, and pro player Jeremy DunkSB412 Schillaci took first place for Power Rangers: Legacy Wars...

ARKit [Free] is slowly but steadily growing and finding its way into more and more gaming experiences, and today it was the turn of the NBA to go all AR with its, you guessed it, NBA AR game. The game is pretty simple: you set up an augmented reality hoop anywhere you want in the world and then proceed to take as many shots as you can in a limited time. You can either take shots from where you're standing or walk back a bit and try and take three point shots. And in the spirit of competition, you get to compare your success (or failures) with your friends on the leaderboards...

War Dragons [Free], Pocket Gems' fire-breathing take on the base building genre, has quite a strong community that's been steadily growing ever since the game came out in 2015. Now, the developers are getting ready to bring Atlas, the first major expansion to the game. Atlas turns the world of War Dragons into an open sandbox 3D realm to explore and devastate, which should give players even more to do. After Atlas hits, players will face ever-changing world updates based on player decision and the territory they control, which should give the game much more variety and encourage them to build better defenses, breed powerful dragons, and in general work together to take down the all the enemy teams...

ENYO [Free], by solitaire mobile game specialist TinyTouchTales, is a roguelike game with intuitive and interesting game play. You move about bashing enemies into spikes or pits of lava with your shield, or pulling them with a grappling hook. There are a variety of enemies each with their own movement patterns, attacks, strengths, and weaknesses—all of which can be used against them. ENYO has been out over a year now and there is a major content update on its way. A new mode of play, called Odysee, is coming soon along with new enemy types to defeat. Can't wait to try it out? You're in luck, TinyTouchTales is looking for beta testers to kick the tires...

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. We're closing in on Hallowe'en now, so plenty of games are donning their respective costumes, so to speak. But it's not all spooky and scary, friends. Some of these are just good old content updates, like mom used to make. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

There are mashups that make sense. And there are ones that make absolutely no sense whatsoever. And then there's the mashup between Angry Birds Evolution [Free] and Iron Maiden that's in a category all in its own. The collaboration is for the Halloween period, so at least that helps it make a bit more sense. Specifically, from October 18th to the 31st, Eddie the Bird will join Angry Birds Evolution, and he will have four evolution states based on four of the band's classic albums: Killers, Powerslave, Somewhere in Time, and Book of Souls. And that's not all apparently. The whole main hub of the game will be dressed up as a heavy metal oasis with plenty of tributes to Iron Maiden, Eddie, and heavy metal in general. I mean, that's pretty fun and very unexpected...

It's time for Minecraft [$6.99] to join the Halloween celebrations with all kinds of themed events across the game's official partner servers. Hearing Halloween and Minecraft in the same update takes me back to the original Halloween update in 2010, when we got the Nether and pumpkins. Good old days. The game has come a long way since those days, as you can see in this Spooktakular celebration. For the next 20 days (until October 31st), you can visit the three official servers—Mineplex, InPvP, and Lifeboat—to experience a ton of different events, games, and, of course, frightful surprises. The Lifeboat server will host hostile zombie invasions, with players enjoying the Haunted House parkour courses. And, of course, the lobby will be Halloween-themed...

Cat Bird [Free], the very cute and very fun platformer that won our highly coveted Game of the Week award, will be getting more content on October 26th, which is great news for everyone who likes cats, birds, and cat birds. The update will add world 4, which will be unlocked for everyone in the beginning. This new world will have a space theme (cats in space!), so it will introduce a portal mechanic to make things fun. There are 2 levels that will require crowns to pass, but when you beat them, you get some new skins for your cute Cat Bird. So, as you can guess, we are getting unlockable skins in this update, which should be fun given how cute the original skin is for Cat Bird...

Friday the 13th is a day where all your frights come out to play, and if you grew up in the 80s and your frights included secluded camps with all kinds of murderers running around unchecked, then Slayaway Camp [$1.99] should be right up your alley. This game has been out for some time now, but it hasn't stopped growing in all kinds of creepy and gory ways, and its developers couldn't resist adding more free content for us on a day like today. There are new, free levels that take place in Hell Camp, the most banned movie ever (according to the developers, of course) where the murderer is a Holy Skullface with his "baptized" gorepack. There are also new killers (these are secret though but I'm sure they are fun), new kill animations, and much more...

I don't want to use the old equivalency argument for App Store pricing - for example, I rely on caffeine to live, and therefore $3.99 for a much-needed coffee is incomparable to a four dollar game. However, there are times when some of the best mobile releases are just so good that prices below ten dollars almost feel like stealing. Death Point [$5.99] was one such title, and its $5.99 cost of entry was a bargain for the awesome stealth shooting action within. In the strange case that you thought six dollars was too much, or perhaps you spent too much money on the other recent excellent 2017 releases, Death Point has today gone on a 50% sale for the first time, and is now available at a measly $2.99...

Sometimes it's easy to take for granted the sheer number of great classic RPGs we can carry around on our phones these days. A big part of that line-up comes from Beamdog and Overhaul's enhanced ports of the classic Infinity Engine PC RPGs from the 1990s. Beginning with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition [$9.99] back in late 2012, Beamdog and Overhaul have since released iOS versions of Icewind Dale [$9.99], Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition [$9.99], and earlier this year, Planescape: Torment [$9.99]. Having just recently finished updating all of the games with 64-bit iOS 11 support, the publisher appears to be celebrating with a sale on all of their iOS releases...

RPG Reload Glossary: The Dark Souls of This Series, or Action-RPGs in the 2010s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we always do it by torchlight. This week, we're concluding our look at the history of the action-RPG sub-genre. Last time, we took a look at the games of the late 2000s, a period where more and more action games were incorporating RPG mechanics, but few traditional action-RPGs made many waves. With Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series somewhat lost in the spin-off woods and Blizzard busy rolling around in stacks of World of Warcraft money, the sub-genre found itself lacking in high-profile hits. While a new Diablo would arrive soon enough, the new flag-bearer for the genre came from a somewhat unlikely source...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99], the popular card game with a thousand heroes and villains and a billion expansions (only slight exaggeration), is celebrating its 3rd anniversary this week, and as is to expected, it's dropping prices and offering deals for all those who either haven't bought the game yet or haven't bought the zillion expansions (again, only slight exaggeration). So, the base game is now at its lowest price ever, $.99 cents (down from $6.99), Season 1—which includes 7 expansions, 11 new heroes, 19 villains, and 11 environments— is 40% off ($14.99), and all standalone expansions are cheaper by a dollar. As you can see, this anniversary is the perfect time to either grab or expand the game for pretty cheap...

Imagine you are home, but there's no time to rest because zombies are coming your way, and they want to get in through those windows and doors you forgot to board up. This is the scenario of the FPS augmented reality game ARZombi [$0.99], which puts you in the shoes of a lone man trying to defend from wave after wave of zombies. The ARKit on your phone turns your windows and doors into AR portals, and you'll have to quickly board them up, and if that fails, take out any zombies that come in through them. You'll use whatever weapons you can get your hands on, including miniguns and grenades, all the while defending those doors and windows. And, in a clever gameplay twist, when you want a break or want to get some health back, you just sit down and grab a slice of pizza to increase your health...

Discord [Free], the chat platform with over 45 million monthly users and—more importantly—TouchArcade readers' latest home, continues to grow both in features but also in importance within the larger gaming communities, and today's update is an important step towards further legitimacy. Starting today, Discord will provide Verified Servers to developers so that players will know which server is the official one for their favorite games. These verified servers will come with customizable splash pages, vanity URLs (which will make them easier to find), and more. Developers such as Mojang, Supercell, and many others have already been verified, and I'm sure many more are coming...

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