Category Archives: iPhone games

The CCG Shadowverse [Free] continues to be quite popular, and its developers continue adding content at a steady pace. This time around, we are getting a new expansion called Wonderland Dreams, and as you can see in the trailer below, it's all about fables and fairytales, with Alice leading the way and many others following suit. The expansion adds 104 new story-inspired cards, including cool Neutral deckbuilding options. The developers claim that the expansion will let you make new types of decks that should make the game feel fresh again. As is always the case, it remains to be seen whether those decks will be strong enough to stick around...

Clash Royale 1.9 [Free] update has just been released, and it brings a ton of new features and cards to the game. First of all, we are getting four new cards: Mega Knight, Cannon Cart, Flying Machine, and Skeleton Barrel. Each of the cards will release with its own Special Challenge as has been the case recently. And we'll be getting new Challenges: Sudden Death, Ramp Up, and Triple Elixir. 1.9 also brings more deck slots at Arena 8, the ability to copy decks from TV Royale and shared replays, and Clans will now unlock at Level 1—although card requests still unlock at Level 3...




Disguised Toast Gets Suspended, Kripp Builds 96K Deck, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #101

Welcome to Touchstone Tavern #101, our Hearthstone [Free] weekly roundup of the best stories and craziest videos. I hope you've been enjoying your card play and that the gods of RNG have been good to you. We didn't have any groundbreaking news last week, but there were still plenty of interesting stories, ranging from Ben Brode talking about the state of the game to Disguised Toast getting banned and plenty in between. The meta seems to be on the more stable side at the moment, which means we don't get too many surprises, but players overall seem to still be fine with the state of the game. How are you enjoying your playtime? Finding enough variety to keep it interesting, or are you already glancing to see when the next expansion will hit?..

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Fire Emblem Heroes', 'Galaga Wars', 'Pokemon: Magikarp Jump', 'Dan the Man', 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. I'm noticing a couple of trends lately. One, there are tons of 64-bit updates coming in. Two, that work must be keeping people busy because we're seeing very little else. I've done my best to find some goodies this week anyway. 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!..

Huge news out of E3 right now as Mojang and Microsoft just announced that Minecraft [$6.99] is going fully cross-platform in an update called Better Together, coming this summer. All of the Minecraft versions will be unified (so forget the Minecraft: Pocket Edition name, all will be called Minecraft), which means you'll be able to play with every other Minecraft player regardless of platform choice, and that's pretty huge. Keep in mind, though, that the Java version won't be included in this move. And Mojang mentioned that it will include massive servers that you'll be able to join in-game. The service will launch with four servers—Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and Cubecraft—with more to follow...

If you like the dark side of the Star Wars universe, you should rejoice because Admiral Thrawn is coming to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free] very soon. According to the E3 announcement a few moments ago, Galaxy of Heroes is getting Admiral Thrawn and more Empire dark side content this season. Apparently, Admiral Thrawn is a killer in PvP, great in PvE, and a beast in raids. He's the first Empire character who has the Cleanse ability, which allows you to clear debuffs. He also has another unique ability that allows him to let Empire-only allies cleanse their own debuffs and manipulate turn meters. He's very strategic and can apply his turn meter to other players...

Supercell is pulling out the big nerf hammer next week and taking down some of the most popular Clash Royale [Free] cards. Night Witch, the latest card to have been added, will spawn 3 Bats on death instead of 4 and will spawn one second slower. Tornado's duration will go from 3sec to 2.5sec, The Log's range down to 11.1 from 11.6, Goblin Gang will now have 2 Spear Goblin instead of 3, and Skeletons will see a decrease from 4 to 3. Some cards will see buffs, with the Bandid seeing a 4% hitpoints increase, the Inferno Dragon a 7% hitpoints increase as well as a faster re-targeting, and more...

Autumn Dynasty - RTS [$1.99], a, well, RTS that came out quite a few years ago, is still one of the prettiest games on the App Store, but unfortunately it's about the suffer the fate of all 32-bit apps on the App Store. However, I'm the bearer for good news today because in a post earlier today, the developers have announced that they will be remaking Autumn Dynasty - RTS using a new engine to make it 64-bit compliant and, at the same time, improving its multiplayer experience. The new version of the game will come with player rankings, co-op play, 2v2, and more. That's great news because the game is really fun to play, and a better version of it is more than welcome...

Here's the Stunning First Footage From the Mobile Port of 'GRID Autosport'

A few weeks ago, the unfortunate news broke that Feral Interactive's port of the classic Codemasters racing title GRID Autosport had been delayed to Autumn. While this was obviously a disappointing move, the developers asserted their commitment to what will be a major 2017 App Store release, and promised that the delay would mean a more polished and better quality title when the Autumn date eventually rolls around. To satiate excited fans of the series, Feral have today released a glimpse of Alpha footage from GRID Autosport, and all I can really say is wow...

Classic Reload - 'Desert Golfing'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where can't seem to get ourselves out of the bunker. Each month, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the driver of this doomed golf cart, I try to choose a good selection of games from month to month. That said, if there's something you want to see, don't be shy! You can leave suggestions below in the comments. I can't promise it will appear soon, but it will be added to the master list for future consideration...

Framed [$3.99] has an ingenious premise behind it; move comic book panels around to change the outcome of the scene. When it was first announced a few years back, everyone was very excited to try it out. While the game had some issues, as we noted in our review when the game came out, it's still a fun game with great art, and it has gone free for the first time ever. This drop in price probably has to do with the recent announcement that Framed 2 is in development, which we posted about recently. Framed suffered from some very predictable puzzles—moving ladders around, rotating pathways, and so on—and a complete lack of narrative, which made players feel a bit lost and lacking an actual purpose outside escaping cops...

If funny adventure games are your thing, then you should definitely pick up Her Majesty's SPIFFING [$3.99] by BillyGoat Entertainment, on sale for the first time ever. The game has you searching the universe for planets to "gently" claim for the Galactic British Empire. You assume command of a near futuristic ship called HMSS Imperialize (subtle) and set to venture into the cosmos with one goal, to serve Queen and country. And SPIFFING is an acronym for "Special Planetary Force for Inhabiting New Galaxies" and nothing else. The game, which has great reviews on Steam, is chock full of British humor and entertaining characters, although some players do note that it's a little on the short side...

Dead Age [$2.99], a survival RPG originally created for the PC, is now available on the App Store and Google Play, and it looks like a ton of fun. The game has you teaming with other NPC survivors as you all try to make it through each day and survive the zombie apocalypse. In order to do so, you have to go out on dangerous scavenging runs to gather important resources and recruit other survivors. You'll also craft equipment, defend your rickety camp from the hordes of the dead, and make all kinds of decisions that will influence the outcome of the game's story...

It feels like it was only yesterday that Pokemon GO [Free] took over both popular culture and TouchArcade, however somehow the first anniversary of Niantic's runaway augmented reality hit is rapidly approaching. The first few weeks of Pokemon GO fever may have been defined by the frequent server issues and in-game glitches, however an abundance of improvements, events and content updates since (including the addition of most of the Generation 2 creatures) has gone some way towards becoming the experience that many expected from that stunning reveal trailer from 2015. To celebrate such an occasion, Niantic are hosting numerous in-game and real life events that aim not only to help the most ardent of trainers finally catch 'em all, but also to bring Pokemon GO players together for some exciting birthday festivities around the world...

You know, I really have to hand it to Nintendo and DeNA. They've been listening carefully to the players of Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] and have worked diligently and quickly to try to address their requests. Pokemon Go [Free] players could only dream of support like this. Well, anyway, the latest version of Fire Emblem Heroes has hit, and it has some really neat stuff in it. The Tempest Trials are a new type of battle that tries to incorporate the series trademark permadeath feature in a rather novel way. A new Xenologue pushes the story forward a little more. There are lots of other nice additions to improve your playing experience, too...

'Lowlander 2: Lowerlander' Soft Launches in New Zealand and the Philippines

Hello, friends. Do you like Ultima? I'll only accept two answers to that question: (1) Heck yes, fool!, or (2) What even is that, you crusty old relic of a games writer? Well, whichever answer you selected, you'll want to keep your ears to the ground for the surely-impending release of Lowlander 2: Lowerlander, the amazingly-named sequel to the 2015 Lord British-approved Ultima tribute Lowlander [$1.99]. The game has just launched in the New Zealand and Philippines App Stores, and could arrive in the rest of the world as soon as next week...

As you've probably read by now, Pathfinder Adventures [Free]  is getting some pretty cool Goblin content soon, but that's not all we're getting. In a recent blog, the developers have talked about updates coming to the Party Creation and Character Selection screen (as well as other interfaces) that should streamline the whole process, especially for those new to the game. Speaking of new players, the game is getting a substantially improved tutorial, which will come in the form of five short scenarios that will teach specific elements of the game in a clear way. And you'll get rewards for completing them. Part of the reason for the new tutorial is that around three-quarters of the players forced to play the original tutorial never returned to the game, which is pretty bad...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is called Just a Hallucination and is actually a pretty cool one. In Just a Hallucination you pick a class and get a random deck filled with spells that also includes these magical cards called Hallucination, 1-mana cards that let you discover a card from your opponent's class. As you can imagine, you get to play with some really fun class combinations; for instance, I was playing a Mage and kept adding Warrior Taunt cards to my deck, making for a pretty entertaining match, especially since my opponent kept using my spells and secrets on me and smashing my poor minions...

Monument Valley 2's [$4.99] release timing was pretty impeccable, with the game popping on the App Store during Apple's WWDC 17. And, of course, the game had the huge success of the original Monument Valley as a wind beneath its wings, so it shouldn't be surprising that according to Sensor Tower's numbers, Monument Valley 2 reached the top of the US App Store four times faster than the original game, which is pretty remarkable. It's hard to know how well the game will do in the long-run, especially because the fortunes of paid games on the App Store change according to the times...

A few months back we talked about Candy Crush [Free] becoming a TV game show, and a few weeks back we heard that Mario Lopez, of Saved by the Bell, was going to present it. Jimmy Kimmel was able to read Mario Lopez's mind, and he re-did the TV game show's trailer with a bit more honesty at the end, so make sure you watch the whole video below. We shouldn't be surprised that Candy Crush will become a TV game show since the brand has been stepping outside the world of mobile gaming for some time now (including sponsoring the big Coachella party this year). And with most mobile gamers at least knowing—if not actually playing—Candy Crush on their phones, the game show has a ready-made audience...

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