Category Archives: iPhone games

In late February, Alike Studio and Pat.io released their charming point-and-click adventure Love You To Bits [$3.99] in the App Store. In it you play as Kosmo, a rookie space explorer who must scour the galaxy looking for all the parts of his robot girlfriend Nova, who was, unfortunately, blown to bits. Everything about Love You To Bits was silly and adorable, and we even chose it as our Game of the Week when it released. Pretty much the only negative you'd hear from players was in regards to the short length of the game. Well, after putting their noses to the grindstone for the past several months, the developers are finally ready to release more Love You To Bits next week with an update adding two new levels...

'Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition' Review - Let it Steal Your Heart

One of my favorite games of the past few years on PC is Crypt of the NecroDancer [$4.99], a rhythmic roguelike that I tried out with a friend, and I fell in love with the whole concept of the game. It's a roguelike where movement is set to the beat of a fantastic soundtrack by Danny Baranowsky, with the idea being that the entire game can be controlled by the four directional inputs on a Dance Dance Revolution dance pad. After enjoying my first time with the game, I rushed out and bought the game with its soundtrack on Steam. ..




Thumb Drift [Free] is a game that I initially downloaded on a whim, yet has become a mainstay on my iPhone despite my distaste for any racing game that doesn't involve blue shells and broken hearts. Through excellent controls and numerous incentives to keep trying to get further and further on each track, developers SMG managed to create a driving experience that is perfectly suited for mobile, and despite some of the patience pushing winding turns the game is even more difficult to put down. Support for Thumb Drift in previous months has been very welcome, and that pattern continues today with a new update bringing tracks, cars and much more to this iOS drifting extravaganza...

One of the main reasons we were such big fans of the original Out There : Ω Edition [$4.99] by Mi Clos Studio was not purely because of the admittedly excellent survival gameplay aspects, but the atmospheric and agoraphobic feeling that being lost in space alone perpetuated. For anyone captivated by the lore of the series, Out There Chronicles [$2.99] appears to be the perfect evolution from the original, as through creating an interactive graphic novel that focuses on the writing and narrative as the main priority it will certainly satiate anyone looking for an expansion on the Out There universe...

'Super Stickman Golf 3' Review - Another Great Day at the Sticky Links

It's been a few years since Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free] first released, and there's been plenty of time for that game to kind of fade into memories to a certain degree, what with the constant deluge of releases that mobile gamers are beset by. So even huge fans of that game might have forgotten just why it was so much fun. And really, that's what Super Stickman Golf 3 [Free] does best: it advances the franchise with its new spin mechanic, but also shows just how solid the core established by earlier games was. It's just better than ever...

Owing to the popularity of the series, one of the main questions many potential iOS gamers ask is "Where is a Pokemon game on iPhone?". While we were told back at E3 that a late July release date is likely, the wait appears to be finally over as Pokemon GO has launched in New Zealand on the App Store - whether for a soft launch or a precursor for a full worldwide release, we don't know as of yet. While it is a variation from the traditional turn based RPG that many know and love, the augmented reality aspects of finding Pokemon that live around your local area based on certain terrains is sure to excite many ardent trainers. For anyone looking to catch 'em all on the move, Pokemon GO appears to be a great stopgap until the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon, and whatever further future plans Nintendo may have in mind for mobile devices...

The practice of cloning is troublesome for many reasons. There are the obvious problems, but beyond those, the fear of a game being perceived as a clone stifles the natural process of building on a great idea. We've seen some pretty shameful clones in the App Store's history, but perhaps none of them have been as harmful to the original game as 2048 was to Threes! [$2.99]. A marketplace battle took place, and I think it's safe to say a lot of people felt the wrong game won there. I'm not sure if the cloud hanging over that has kept more developers from taking a crack at ideas inspired by Threes!, but if it has, more's the shame. Still, we see the odd swing at doing something interesting with the compelling swiping and combining mechanism that Threes! introduced so well. The latest is Dungeon Tiles [Free], from developer Takashi Iyoda...

Sometimes I forget how many Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawls we've had so far, and then I get one like today's Clockwork Card Dealer, which was first seen back in October, and I realize that Blizzard has been pumping out these brawls for quite some time now. In case you either don't remember this brawl or weren't playing the game back in October, let me explain how it works. In this brawl, Tinkertown gnomes have gone for a protorype card-bot that will draw you a card with a mana cost equal to the mana you have that turn. So, in turn 4 you'll draw a 4-mana card, if you have one in your deck that is. As you can guess, these rules ensure that you draw cards on curve as long as you have cards of that cost in your deck...

By now, the social RPG genre has found a pretty comfortable groove. Take some kind of battle mechanic, staple the now-standard collect, fuse, evolve leveling system onto it, and make sure you have an ever-expanding line-up of desirable goodies for players to chase after. The recipe is simple enough, though finding success with it is another matter. There's a lot of competition, and players have got to be getting a little tired of the same old. That's likely as good an explanation as any for why the social RPG genre has started to stretch its legs out a little. If there's one company that has been trying seemingly every permutation of features to try to score a hit, it's Square Enix. Very few of their efforts have ever left the shores of Japan, but that might be starting to change. Not long ago, we saw a wide release for Kingdom Hearts Unchained Chi [Free], and now we've got one for Final Fantasy Brave Exvius [Free], Square's collaboration with Brave Frontier [Free] developers Alim...

Back in January Roadhouse Games announced a new mobile RPG based on the legendary band Iron Maiden. While that sounded like an odd combination, the game actually made a lot of sense as it let you play as a team of various types of Eddies, the bands longtime undead mascot, and play through the crazy environments show on the band's album art throughout the years. In short, it was a free to play battling and collecting RPG like those that are so popular on mobile, but dripping in Iron Maiden fan service. Following a brief soft-launch in late May, today Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast [Free] has released worldwide...

'Monster Hunter Freedom Unite' Review - Good-bye Free Time, Hello Wildlife Slaughter

Editor's Note: This game was recently updated to be playable again after being broken for ages. It's an incredible port from an amazing game franchise, so we're bumping the review up to the top of TA in case anyone missed it the first time around! Anyway, here's Shaun's original review which we published almost exactly two years ago, on July 3rd 2014:


Capcom's iOS games present a truly insane roll of the dice. You've got terribly reimagined ports of classics like Mega Man X [$4.99], wonderful ports of underappreciated games like Ghost Trick [Free], ports that are maybe a bit too perfect like Street Fighter II Collection [$3.99] or the dearly departed Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, and games that take familiar names and series and go in strange directions like Ghosts 'n Goblins Gold Knights [$0.99]. This time, however, they've really gone and done it. Just when you think they can't make you doubt them any further, they go and totally redeem themselves with an absolutely fantastic iOS version of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$14.99].

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One of the unique phenomenons of the App Store ecosystem is the sudden and inexplicable rise of certain games. While the holy grail of creating an app that skyrockets to the top of the charts was merely a pipe dream for the vast majority of developers, it was also a reason why the iOS gaming scene became so popular - especially in the early days. Perchang [$1.99] - with its current position at #3 for paid apps in both the UK and US at time of writing, and #1 of all paid games in the former - joins the extremely exclusive club of chart toppers that don't feature a bird motif, and appears to have achieved overnight success purely through creating a beautiful premium experience that has caught the eye of everyone from App Store veterans to those who rarely use their mobile devices for gaming...

If you're looking for visually-impressive fast-action MMOs to play on your iOS device, you don't have to look much further than Snail Games, the developer of Age of Wushu Dynasty [Free] and Taichi Panda: Heroes [Free]. If you enjoy games such as those two, you'll probably want to give Kingdom Warriors [Free] a try. This just-released action MMO takes players to the Three Kingdoms era and has them fighting to defeat the rising chaos (I know, very original story). The game offers 40 plus heroes to collect and command, and you have AI-controlled lieutenants to help you in your fights. In typical RPG fashion, you'll collect and upgrade items and customize your equipment as you level up...

'Drifty Dash' Review - Grand Theft Cartoon

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There's a distinct lack of car combat and otherwise silly vehicular based games in the current climate. Whereas everyone was chasing that almighty Destruction Derby or Twisted Metal dollar back in the day with entertaining, if flawed releases like Vigilante 8, nowadays a true successor is a rarity. Heck, even Mario Kart 8 had a ham-stringed battle mode. But with the multitude of platforms anything is possible, and although Drifty Dash [Free] doesn't come close to honoring its pedigree, it's not a bad way to pass the time...

It's been a long road, but Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$14.99] has been updated to work with the latest version of iOS and is back on the App Store. The iOS port of the classic PSP title had been broken since the arrival of iOS 9 back in September of 2015, barely a year after the game had launched worldwide. At the time, Capcom seemed to have no plans to fix the game and pulled it from the App Store, disappointing many fans who had come to love the game on their mobile devices...

Update Mondays: 'Temple Run 2', 'Disney Crossy Road', 'Wrestling Revolution 3D', 'Star Traders 4X Empires', 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. Regrettably, I'm in the middle of a move right now and don't have as much time for writing as I usually do, so this week's article is going to be more of a "best-of" than usual. I apologize, but we should be back to the normal size next week. 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!..

After teasing for a few days, Supercell has released Clash Royale's [Free] 1.4 update that brings plenty of new things to the game. The first big feature is Tournaments. Once you've unlocked the Tournaments mode, you can create a local tournament based on your location. The Tournaments will offer "HUGE rewards" (Supercell's words, not mine), so that should be a strong incentive to try and organize or participate in one. In typical Clash Royale fashion, you won't be able to enter another tournament while you're unlocking your Tournament reward chest. Any new way of playing the game is fine with me since it should keep it fresher...

Leap Day [Free] is quite literally the gift that keeps on giving. Playing new and varied levels every day has proved to be an exciting experience which has captivated our forums and doesn't seem to be getting old anytime soon. Furthermore, the developers Nitrome have tirelessly supported the game with content updates adding new characters and other cool features, despite the fact it only launched on the App Store less than two months ago. This trend has continued, as today a new update for Leap Day has released with new themes, levels and more...

Supercell continues to spoil parts of the Clash Royale [Free] upcoming update, and this time around we got to see two new Legendaries coming to the game. The Log is a Legendary spell unlocked at Arena 6, and it will cost you 2 elixir to cast. When you cast the Log, you'll see, well, a log roll down the lane, damaging any units in the way. As the video points, this is the first 2-cost card that can take out a Princess, so it will be a very useful counter. And if nothing else, it's fun seeing that log run over everything in its path. The second Legendary card revealed in this sneak peek is the Lumberjack, a unit unlocked at Arena 8 and with a 4-Elixir cost. What is very interesting about this card is that after the Lumberjack perishes, he "spills" a Rage spell that continues to damage your opponent's units or buildings...

If you've been wishing for new Clash Royale [Free] units, you're in luck as Supercell's just revealed the Ice Spirit and the Bowler in Sneak Peek 2 for the upcoming update. New units are essential to keeping a game exciting, so I'm glad to see new ones coming our way. The Bowler is a 6-cost Epic card that unlocks at the new Arena 8, and the unit acts similarly to the Clash of Clans Bowler unit. In other words, he hauls boulders that bounce twice off their target, landing behind for a double strike. The first boulder also does pushback damage. As expected, the unit is slow and can take plenty of damage...

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