Category Archives: iPhone games

When Goat Simulator [$4.99] from Coffee Stain Games originally hit the App Store back in 2014, it was a massive hit commercially and also received a solid recommendation in our review for being awfully fun, even if it wasn't substantial or possessing any form of longevity. Despite this, we've received three iterations of the open world goat formula, with Goat Z [$4.99], Goat MMO Simulator [$4.99] and most recently Goat Simulator Waste of Space [$4.99]. Today, for anyone looking to delve into the entire set, a GOATY Bundle has launched on the App Store, offering all four entries in the series for a cool $14.99...

The Arma series has made a bit of a splash since its initial launch on PC in 2006. Having released three main-line games and numerous spin offs of its hyper-realistic and tactical military simulation, the series truly burst into the mainstream when the famous Day Z mod of Arma 2 came out and kickstarted the open-world survival trend that has become popular in recent years. However, while the only taste of an Arma game previously on iOS was the rather dated Arma 2: Firing Range [Free] from 2011, a new title called Arma Mobile Ops was soft-launched in New Zealand yesterday, and it may not be what fans of the series expected...




Ravenous Games have created a large following over the years by releasing excellent pixel platformers and shooters, with League of Evil [$2.99] being one of the first true twitch action games in the mould of Super Meat Boy. Today marks a dramatic change to their well-refined formula, as Paranormal Minis [$0.99] has finally been released after a turbulent development period that stretches back two and a half years of development all the way to 2014. Instead of requiring razor sharp reflexes and pixel perfect jumping skills, Paranormal Minis has numerous similarities to the early App Store breakout hit Zombieville [$0.99], and mainly consists of side-scrolling shooter action. ..

Well, this is a very pleasant surprise. Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] has just released its big 0.15 update (aka the Friendly Update) adding Realms, City and Plastic Texture Packs to change the look of your worlds, Xbox Live Support and Xbox Live Cross Platform play that will let you play with friends on iOS, Android, Windows PC, and Gear VR, Pistons, Jungle Temples and Zombie villages, Horses, Pig Riding, Carrot on a Stick, new mobs - Husk and Stray - new in-game store UI to make finding skins and texture packs easier, and more. As you can tell, this is a very substantial update that really changes the look of the game. Once you start the game up, you'll see that the home page looks very different now as it displays your current skin and allowing you to change it from the home page...

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. It's an odd assortment of games this week, mostly free-to-play. Nevertheless, there are plenty of goodies to be found in the bunch, and I've gathered up what I think are the best of the bunch. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

It feels strange to type this, but Square Enix has removed almost the entire Chaos Rings series from the App Store, apparently never to return. From the entire series, only Chaos Rings 3 remains available for purchase. Those aren't the only games they've removed, either. Long-broken releases like Song Summoner, Drakerider, and others have also been taken down from the storefront, though they're all still accessible through your purchase history if you've already bought them. The removal of those games stings a little less since they've been non-functional for years now, but the Chaos Rings games only recently started having issues as of iOS 9. They're still fairly popular games, so it's surprising to see Square Enix throw in the towel on them...

World of Tanks Blitz [Free] has been releasing updates quite frequently in recent months, and although not all of them are substantial, they do show that Wargaming.net intends to continue improving the popular multiplayer game. Update 2.10 has brought improvements to the newly-introduced Training Rooms, such as personal invites, team scores, and more. The update has also added Seasonal Milestones - special credits and XP bonuses for any Tier II+ tank you've had in your garage for a certain number of months (3,6,9,12 and so on) - and has reworked Rockfield Map to expand the playing area by reducing some of the mountains...

'Lost Frontier' Review – Dang Near Perfect, I Reckon

Mika Mobile. I have a certain fondness and emotional connection to these guys. Back in 2011, I had just started my career as a mobile game critic. Working for a different site, I had the pleasure and privilege of playing and reviewing the Android version of Battleheart [$2.99] as one of my most early pieces of work. We’re talking second week on the job here. I have grown leaps and bounds since then, and so has Mika Mobile, upping the ante to the incredible Battleheart Legacy [$4.99]. Now they’re breaking into a new genre for the studio, and while I would say it isn’t as strong as the Battlehearts, it really is great. This is the weird west turn based strategy, Lost Frontier [$2.99]. Saddle up, folks. This one is a doozy...

Never Alone: Ki Edition [$4.99] is a game that seems to set out to do at least two things. First and foremost, it's trying to deliver an atmospheric puzzle-platformer game. It mostly succeeds at that, though it certainly makes a few mistakes that we see fairly often in this sub-genre. Never Alone also seeks to educate the player, at least a little bit, on the folklore and culture of the Inupiat people, and in this aim, it's a considerable success. The game doesn't force any of this on you, but rather focuses on the core gameplay and stunning visuals. It's an enjoyable game on those terms, but if you choose to delve into the extra content, you'll be able to appreciate Never Alone in a new light...

'Tormentum – Dark Sorrow' Review – Enthralled by Darkness

The App Store gods have been kind to my weird self this year, first with the gloriously twisted adventure tale of I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream, and now with another point and click adventure that is just wrapped in brutal art within a bleak world and some moral quandaries that leave you thinking.Tormentum – Dark Sorrow [$4.99] is an absolutely gorgeous powerhouse of an adventure game, and it is objectively incredible in many ways, even if it doesn’t appeal to your subjective tastes as hard as it does to mine...

Kairosoft, the extremely prolific developer of simulation games like Game Dev Story [$0.99], is almost as unpredictable with its release schedules as it is predictable with its game designs. One of its recent trends is releasing the Japanese versions of its games at the same time worldwide, something that obviously doesn't help much if you can't read the language. While they used to just update the Japanese app with added languages, the developer has recently taken to releasing separate international versions after a period of time has passed. The latest game to get that treatment is Station Manager [$5.99], a train station simulator...

While Level-5 isn't exactly a household name themselves yet, they've been involved in the development of many well-known titles. From homegrown franchises like Professor Layton, Yo-Kai Watch, and Inazuma Eleven, to collaborations like Dragon Quest 8 [$19.99] and Dragon Quest 9, they've gained quite a successful reputation over the years. They're no stranger to mobile gaming, either, though most of their smartphone games have only seen releases in the Japanese market. So far, we've only seen Layton Brothers Mystery Room [Free], Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble [Free], and Liberation Maiden [$2.99] internationally. Hopefully, that will change, because it looks like Level-5 has some big plans for mobile...

RPG Reload File 082 - The Banner Saga

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we add a piece to our banner with each game played. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the harsh light of today. It's a chance to play some old favorites one more time, to see how a game settled into the iOS landscape over time, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the Mr. Miyagi of this particular dojo, I decide which titles we wax on about from week to week. I try to keep things fairly balanced, but if you feel like there's a great game I'm missing out on, please let me know. You can do that by posting in the comments below, stopping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Faily Brakes [Free]has been one of my favorite endless high-score games since its original launch in February. Part of that is that it's fun and challenging to careen out of control with no brakes and deftly avoid running into trees, traffic, trains, and more as you cruise for that high score. The other part is that when you fail at that task, there's something twisted and fun about launching your poor driver right out of that vehicle as you slam into something and watching him or her fly through the air in slow motion crashing and bashing into objects ragdoll-style. Yes, losing is almost as much fun as winning in Faily Brakes. Which makes the forthcoming update so exciting as now you'll be able to launch your helpless character and enjoy those spectacular slow-mo crashes with them wearing a panda costume! That, along with a variety of other silly costumes, two new environments, and new vehicles will be hitting Faily Brakes next Thursday...

Beat 'em ups started out with a simple enough premise. Punch stuff, get points. It's that easy! In an era where quarters equated to extra lives, and arcade owners could jack up the difficulty with the flip of a switch before the doors opened, it was a lucrative business. But once they hit home consoles things changed. Players could just opt for infinite lives, which, while great for your wallet, takes away some of the inherent nervousness of using up your very last quarter in X-Men while Magneto is flashing with a critical amount of life. It was a rush to be sure, and although Rockabilly Beatdown [$0.99] captures some of that magic, it lacks staying power...

'Human Resource Machine' Review - Sine of Greatness

Any video game which attempts to include educational elements has to run a very fine line or risk alienating a significant proportion of their potential userbase. Make it too simple and people who already understand the concepts will likely not find any enjoyment - however if it’s too difficult, it may be too overbearing and tedious for the average gamer to pick up. Most of all, however, it has to be an enjoyable experience, and Human Resource Machine [$4.99] manages to provide something for everyone while being a deceptively difficult yet rewarding initiation into coding...

If you've ever seen any of those crazy all-legendary Hearthstone [Free]decks and wished you had the dust to build one yourself, this Week's Tavern Brawl will fulfill that wish. Cloneball has you picking a class and then throws four copies of a number of random Legendaries in your deck alongside a 0-cost card caused Offensive Play that makes the next Legendary you play (and all its other copies in your deck) cost 3 less. As you can imagine, this is a very entertaining but very random Brawl that is bound to please those with few Legendaries in their collection and probably irritate those who hate RNG...

Are you still playing Miitomo [Free], or are you one of the many who've left their little Mii character neglected, locked up in his or her own home, wearing the same clothes for the last few months? Well, Nintendo is hoping that no matter how close you've been with your Mii recently, you'll be diving back into the game to enjoy some Zelda-themed items as part of a The Legend of Zelda E3 2016 promotion. The promotion comes in 4 parts and is mostly based on Twitter users retweeting Nintendo's tweet about the promo. If it gets more than 10,000 retweets until June 13th, your Mii can claim Link's new hair wig; more than 20,000, and you get Link's new hair wig and green Link wig...

Paradox Interactive is mostly known for its complex strategy games covering wars and situations both real and imagined. Its most famous series in that vein is probably Europa Universalis, but Paradox shepherds several successful strategy brands, including both internally developed titles and games where they act only as a publisher. Their latest iOS release brings one of their more popular strategy brands to the platform, but in a very different form. Hearts of Iron: War Stories [Free] is a spin-off of the World War 2 strategy series Hearts of Iron, which originated on Windows PCs in 2002 and just saw its most recent release a few days ago. Instead of the familiar tactical gameplay fans know and love, War Stories is a gamebook. You're no grand commander, but rather a young recruit to the British RAF. If nothing else, it's a change of pace for Paradox, and it shows...

It isn't a proper release day on the App Store if a Kairosoft game doesn’t drop now and then. Skyforce Unite! [Free] is the newest in their long line of simulation games and appears to be rather left field for Kairosoft’s standard, with the game presenting a bizarre amalgamation of a traditional RPG, a card based fighter, and an airplane collection simulation...

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