Category Archives: iPhone games

'Million Onion Hotel' Review - Got a Million Onions but a Leek Ain't One of 'Em

When it comes to the noble hobby of video gaming, there are a whole bunch of tried and true concepts to build new products from. Not even one of those concepts involves mashing onions as quickly and strategically as possible in order to make fruits appear that you mash to rack up points while space cows trot across the bottom of the screen and little cartoon characters throw off their clothes and embrace passionately in the starry sky. But thanks to Million Onion Hotel [$3.99], we can finally live the dream, friends. This is a fast-paced yet strategic arcade-puzzle game, and if nothing else, I can say that you probably haven't ever seen anything quite like it before...

Catan (and all its numerous expansions) is one of the most popular board games out there, even though most people I know don't actually like to play it. Today, Asmodee Digital has decided to give us a different take on the board game with Catan Stories [$1.99], a text adventure game inspired by the board game. This is the first time Asmodee Digital has interpreted a board game into a different genre rather than just turn the physical into digital. Catan Stories: The Legend of the Sea Robbers is based on the (you guessed it) Legend of the Sea Robbers Catan expansion and has you following the journey of three new characters in what looks like a very pretty game...




If you're a football (see soccer) fan and like to play mobile games, you know that there's been a dearth of good football games ever since FIFA decided to shift away from being a game about playing football and became a game about collecting things. PES 2017 took advantage of that gap in the market and got plenty of fans when it came out last year. This year's PES 2018 [Free] (which has replaced the 2017 app) wants to continue focusing on the football playing part of the sport while also taking us back to earlier footballing times. Specifically, the game features David Beckham (both in-game and as the app icon) as well as legends like Romario, Maradona, Ian Rush, Steven Gerrard, and Michael Owen (I know some will debate whether the last two should be called legends, but I support Liverpool, so there's that)...

'Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition' Pre-Registration Is Now Live on Android

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is a mobile remake of the massive Final Fantasy XV that released last year on PS4 and Xbox One platforms. When Eli played the opening section of it, he was pretty impressed with how well it followed the console game. The one thing we were all skeptical about was pricing because it isn’t a secret that Final Fantasy XV has been a massive project spanning over a decade for consoles. There’s a new trailer for the pocket edition that you can watch below:..

Words With Friends is probably one of the most recognizable mobile games in the world (along with games like Candy Crush Saga and, maybe, Clash of Clans), but after 8 years of life, Words With Friends is showing its age, so Zynga had decided to release today the sequel, Words With Friends 2 [Free]. This brand new game will bring changes both to the way the game looks and to the way it plays. Specifically, expect a more visually pleasant UI, with better colors and bigger fonts, both essential changes for the older demographic. The new version brings along more than just aesthetic changes. Words With Friends 2 gets Solo Challenge, a single-player mode that uses AI technology to help you improve your skills. Bots of a range of skills will help you finally get better at not losing that badly when playing...

As you probably know if you've been reading my reviews of Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 [$4.99], I haven't been too excited with the first three episodes. My primary problem with the game so far has been that the developers have been trying to turn Minecraft into a sword-swinging adventure, and given the limitations of the game's engine, it hasn't worked well at all. Today, we are getting Episode 4, Below the Bedrock, and I'm really hoping the series shifts away from its emphasis on violence and on swinging swords and goes back to focusing on the game's characters and on the many facets of the Minecraft universe. I'm still interested to see where Jesse's story goes in this episode (besides going literally below the bedrock) and seeing how the whole Admin story continues to play out...

BlizzCon is officially over, unfortunately, but it was a blast to attend, and we got plenty of fun Hearthstone [Free] news to hold us over until the next expansion hits. During the Hearthstone Q&A panel, the developers went beyond just talking about the upcoming expansion, so we got some interesting tidbits of information that I think you'll find interesting. Nothing ground-breaking, unfortunately, but plenty of cool things nonetheless. One of the most important insights was the possibility of a traditional draft mode coming to Fireside Gatherings in the future. Arena start off looking like Magic's draft, where players have to pick cards from the same packs, which brings out a whole different strategy...

Following its initial release on mobile this past March, updates for Rocketcat and Madgarden's zombie apocalypse adventure game Death Road to Canada [$10.99] have been coming in regularly throughout this year. In addition to a number of more minor updates, Death Road has also been receiving meatier, body-part-inspired content updates that are trying to follow in the footsteps of all the content being added to the desktop version of the game. Back in June we had the COCCYX update, and in August the DUODENUM update arrived. Both added a staggering amount of new features, tweaks, and fixes, making the already fantastic Death Road to Canada even better. Well, the fun's not over as this Thursday the new EYEBALL update is arriving for the mobile version of Death Road. And because human bodies have two eyeballs, this update is actually split into two parts. The first part which arrives this week adds in a dozen new text events, including the rare events Gnome Challenge Mode and Toilet of the Past's Future as well as a new event based around the hottest new piece of exercise equipment the Swole-O-Flex. You can see screens of these events below...

The 32-bit Appocalypse has come and gone, and apart from the few of us resolutely holding on to iOS 10, it seems many have accepted the perilous fate of many classic App Store games as Apple make further strides towards modernisation of their software. Thankfully, missing the iOS 11 launch doesn't permanently condemn any specific application to irrelevance, and it's been really neat to see games like XCOM: Enemy Within [$9.99] make a miraculous 64-bit resurgence. Samurai 2: Vengeance [$2.99] may not have the big-name pedigree of the aforementioned sci-fi strategy title, but the game did have a significant role in the early evolution of the App Store when it launched in 2010. While its hack 'n slash gameplay wasn't particularly revolutionary (despite being surprisingly slick with its virtual joystick input), Samurai 2: Vengeance had a truly stunning visual style that was groundbreaking for its time, and I'm delighted to see Madfinger Games' breakout release finally be updated with 64-bit support today...

This morning was one of those days where I just didn't want to wake up - but then I remembered the excellent Cally's Caves 4 [Free] was scheduled to release on the App Store. After two and a half years of fervent anticipation from the previous entry in the series, it's fair to say my expectations for the latest title in the excellent Cally's Caves franchise have been incredibly high, and it's good to see that developer Jordan Pearson decided to do things his way (as opposed to the highway), as the end product is an incredibly enjoyable App Store action platforming romp. Despite a horde of gigantic and tenacious enemies, the thugs, bandits and football players determined to get in your way should keep their distance, cause right now Cally is dangerous, and entirely ready to break stuff with a ridiculous arsenal of awesome weapons to experiment with. If you've been keeping an eye on our pre-release coverage of the game, you know what time it is - Cally's Caves 4 is now available to download on the App Store for free, and is yet another essential title for any action fans out there...

The clicker game genre, alongside its auto-runner and match-3 contemporaries, seems to be the recipient of a lot of cynicism and pessimism amongst mobile gamers. A lot of this is deserved - the aforementioned App Store archetypes have led to a number of low-effort releases - but occasionally one title appears out of nowhere to subvert the ever-mounting suspicion. SPACEPLAN [$2.99] was one such title, and with a humorous setting and a really engrossing story, the game both managed to create an experience that both satirised the genre, but also used the limitations of clicker games to its advantage. While many were justifiably skeptical of such a strange concept around the game's initial launch in May, SPACEPLAN has today gone on sale for the first time for only $0.99, and is certainly worth trying at this bargain new price...

Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming expansion, is one step closer today since the update that just hit has added the pre-purchase bundle and, more importantly, has given every player a free Legendary from the upcoming set, Marin the Fox. The pre-purchase bundle is the same as for previous expansions; you get 50 packs and card back, For the Hoard! in this case, for $49.99. The bundle is a good deal and is even better now that Hearthstone ensures you won't get duplicate Legendaries or too many copies of other cards. The update has also added a unique Hero tray for the Warlock hero Nemsy Necrofizzle as well as animated Nemsy's Hero Power button. And, of course, there were plenty of fixes, as is always the case...

Niantic has always marketed Pokemon GO [Free] as a social game, always remarking how entertaining it is to play with friends and family. Yet, despite this social focus, the game doesn't really have robust social features. Niantic appears to be moving to remedy those issues if the acquisition of startup Evertoon [Free] is anything to go by. Evertoon was an app that allowed people to make and share funny videos starring animated avatars in an attempt to "democratize storytelling" by allowing people to post videos without having to worry about their appearance. Evertoon built a pretty robust community around its videos, and it looks like that success tickled the fancy of Niantic, which is what led to the acquisition...

If you like high-stakes esports or just enjoy playing and seeing others play the hit game Summoners War [Free], then mark November 25th on your calendar because that's the day Summoners War World Arena Championship will take place. The best Summoners War players will make their way to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to find out who's the best of the best and, in the process, share $50,000, which isn't bad at all. 16 players will fight it out, and they come from pretty much across the world. Part of what I like about esports is precisely how global most of them are; it's fun seeing different styles clashing...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Glyph Quest Chronicles', 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Noblemen: 1896', 'Minion Rush', and More

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. If I had to sum up the bulk of the updates from last week, it would only take three words: iPhone, X, compatibility. But I've sifted through the lists, found some games that went above and beyond the call, and presented them here for your Monday morning reading pleasure. 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!..

Hello again from BlizzCon 2017. We have some cool news today straight out of the Hearthstone [Free] Q&A panel, but it wasn’t the Q&A part that was the most exciting. What the developers did for the first time was let the attendees vote for 1 new Arena card per class to be added to the game, and it was great fun seeing both which cards were the people’s choice and which ones didn’t make the cut. For each class, we got to see 3 picks with a short (usually very short) explanation behind each of the cards. These new cards won’t be making their way to Arena right away, but they should be coming in a not-to-distant patch...

If you’ve been watching the news coming out of BlizzCon 2017, then you probably know by now that Hearthstone [Free] is bringing us a new expansion, Kobolds and Catacombs, in December, but, what’s more interesting to most players, Hearthstone is also getting a single player mode called Dungeon Run, and I got to play it earlier today. First, a few quick words for those who haven’t read the earlier stories we’ve posted. Dungeon Runs is single player content that emulates roguelike dungeon crawlers using the Hearthstone recipe. You can read more details in our earlier story...

The RPG Reload Play-Along Bonus Edition: 'Solomon's Boneyard'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to a special bonus edition of the RPG Reload Play-Along. Each month, we'll be playing an iOS RPG together, sharing laughs and tears in equal measures. The post on the front page (like this one!) is basically here to announce the game in question and give a few tips on getting started. The real action will be happening in the TouchArcade forums, where you'll find a thread dedicated to each month's featured game. Sign up if you haven't already, post your screenshots, ask for advice, or just chat about your misadventures with others. We've got a great community of RPG fans here at TouchArcade, so let's make the most of it!..

Sometimes I wonder if Justin Smith from Captain Games realizes his own genius when creating games, or if he just makes games that happen to be stunningly brilliant. One of my all-time favorite games is Enviro-Bear 2010 [$0.99], which is a silly game about a bear driving a car with absurdly difficult driving physics. Beyond its wacky surface, though, there is a ton of depth, and it's remained on my phone since its original release nearly a decade ago. Then there's Desert Golfing [$1.99]. This totally stripped-down 2D golfing game has you whacking a ball into a hole in as few strokes as possible, moving from hole to hole in stark, barely changing environments until… well, until the world falls into the sun, or something. I guess it technically has an end, but most people will never see it and most don't seem to care. It's a perfect mobile game to pop out and play a few holes here and there, but if you squint your eyes just right, you can also pull some deep philosophical meanings out of Desert Golfing. No joke...

Atypical Games has brought us some great flight sims, and today the developer is adding a new game to its Sky Gamblers series, Sky Gamblers: Infinite Jets [$4.99]. As you can tell from the title, Infinite Jets goes away from the WWII planes of previous games and returns to the present. The game offers meticulously recreated real-world locations this time around, which should make flying over them and blowing them up much more entertaining. As you can see from the trailer below, the game includes a ton of great jet planes (over 100 ones actually), and having played previous Sky Gamblers games, I'm sure the planes will fly great. And you can customize the planes both in terms of weapons and defenses as well as badges and patterns...

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