Category Archives: iPhone games

'Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze' Ep. 1 Review - A Fun Experience With Great Fan Service

Let me first start by stating the obvious; if you've watched even a few Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries' episodes (currently on Netflix), you will enjoy Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze [$2.99] Episode 1 much more than if you know nothing about the Australian lady detective. Before getting into the review, let's talk a bit about the TV show because its spirit is carried intact into the visual novel adventure. The show takes place in 1920s Australia and is a procedural of sorts with an overarching narrative loosely tying it all together. Miss Phryne Fisher is a private lady detective who doesn't take no for an answer and manages to solve all kinds of crimes using her wits, persistence, and feminine wiles. The show is quite funny and definitely entertaining...

Video games are the best form of artwork there is, because the unique aspects of the form create for interesting works. Like, Milkmaid of the Milky Way [$3.99]. It's a point-and-click puzzle adventure by solo developer Mattis Folkstead that pays homages to the initial heyday of the genre in the 1990s. And he does so in a game about a milkmaid in 1920s Norway that has to save her cows from aliens. While all the dialogue is written in rhyme. Oh, and the story has a certain melancholy to the whole affair, about time passing and losing loved ones. Also, you ride a hoverbike. Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a unique affair...




Geometry Wars almost spawned a  new genre of shoot 'em up when it arrived in 2003, as a Trojan horse of sorts inside of Project Gotham Racing. While developer Bizarre Creations thought it would be a throwaway extra that would be relegated to a behind-the-scenes lifespan, it became wildly popular and was eventually remade into its own release, and eventually, its own franchise. Characterized by a confined grid-like arena and its endless supply of cell-like enemies, the idea wasn't wholly new, but the neon art style conjoined with that setup was unique at the time. Hyperlight EX [$0.99] replicates that same experience, albeit with slightly less bravado...

'Djinn Caster' Review - This Djinn's a Tonic

At this point, I'd forgive anyone for having a genuine case of Kemco fatigue. On the one hand, they're one of the few publishers left in mobile who frequently deliver new, traditional RPG experiences, and I really do appreciate that. On the other hand, it wasn't hard to notice how similar their games were to one another, particularly as their number of sub-contracted developers started to dwindle. Even with me being as enamored of RPGs as I am, my enthusiasm for new releases with Kemco's name on them has been ground down to the point that I tend to kick them off to the side for a couple of weeks after buying them. This is a publisher sorely in need of a new trick, and as luck would have it, I think they found one in Djinn Caster [$4.99]...

Codemasters' Console Racer 'GRID Autosport' Is Driving Onto iOS Later This Year

Over the past few months, Feral Interactive have put together an impressive run of converting premium console releases to the smaller screen of the iPhone and iPad. Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)] brought the cult classic strategic conquering action to the App Store, and the sequel-cum-expansion Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion is set to launch on the iPad later this month. Despite this pedigree in the strategy genre, Feral are taking a sharp left turn with their next iOS port - today the London-based developers announced that Codemasters' GRID Autosport would be making the transition to mobile, as the complete experience from the previous PC and console release in 2014...

Ascension [Free] is one of the best deckbuilding games on the App Store, and a game I've personally played for many, many hours, and now it's getting ready to get another expansion called Gift of the Elements. Even though the announcement is for the physical version of the expansion, all Ascension's expansions end up in the digital version of the game too. Gift of the Elements is a gift of sorts to fans of the game because it brings back the two most-requested game mechanics from earlier expansions. The first one is Events, first introduced all the way back in Storm of Souls. Events have an immediate impact on all players the moment they're revealed in the center row. The new Events will be more impactful than the original ones...

A couple of years ago, Scott Cawthon announced that a Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99] movie was in the works, and then we heard even more details from the director of the movie, Gil Kenan. Well, according to a post by Cawthon himself, the movie has met with several delays and roadblocks and is now pretty much back at square one. Part of the problems are endemic to the movie industry according to Cawthon, although he doesn't get into details. He points out that he doesn't see these delays as a bad thing necessarily because he wants to make sure the right movie is made. This time around, he'll be involved with the movie from the beginning to ensure the movie is something the fanbase really wants to watch. And the movie is still in its very early stages, so don't expect to see a trailer with those creepy animatronics any time soon...

'Dungeon Rushers' Review - Rush and Attack

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March 6th, 2017 12:59 PM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in $4.99, 3.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Role-Playing
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Dungeon Rushers [$4.99] makes a really strong first impression, and if I had only played the first hour or so of the game, I might have been inclined to give it more praise. Depending on how you want to look at it, it's either a simplified dungeon crawler or a more complex take on Dungelot [$0.99]. You start off with one character and slowly assemble a group of 10 adventurers, 5 of which can be in your party at any given time. Your team will make their way through grid-based dungeons, revealing one square at a time and dealing with whatever may appear. The battles take place on a separate screen and use a simplified turn-based RPG system. With a quick pace and a fair amount of strategic options, it's pretty fun at first. It's a longer game than you might expect, however, and by the end it's far more stick than carrot...

Journey to Un'Goro Spoiler, Ben Brode Raps, Videos by Trump and Kripp, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #87

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, the 87th edition of our weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. It's been a week since Journey to Un'Goro was announced, and players are already trying to guess the expansion's effect on the meta and what the new cards and keywords will bring to the game. We've also seen the first Un'Goro spoiled accidentally, and it makes me want to play Murlocs again. We also had the Arena and Standard changes as well as the two expected nerfs. These stories and more - along with fun videos - await below, so let us begin...

Update Mondays: 'Toon Shooters 2', 'Shadowverse', 'Red's Kingdom', 'Angry Birds', 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. Hey, we've got lots of games this week that we don't usually see in this feature. Some of the usual suspects as well, naturally. 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!..

The Room series is one of the most prestigious and well-loved franchises on the App Store to date, as Fireproof Games' meticulous and mysterious approach to the puzzle genre is perfectly suited to mobile devices, and puts an emphasis on premium, quality experiences that truly are one of a kind. While The Room 3 [$4.99] released back in 2015 to universal critical acclaim, Fireproof have been particularly quiet about their future projects and what they may be working on next. Thankfully, we have finally got an answer - the Guildford based developers today confirmed that their next game, titled The Room: Old Sins, is set to launch on mobile in late 2017...

After telling us the history of Hitman GO in a brief video, Square Enix Montreal has returned with the second episode of The GO Trilogy Series that talks about Lara Croft GO [$1.99], the second GO game that is - like Hitman GO - also highly regarded. The video talks about the ways in which Lara Croft GO departed from the board-gamey aesthetic of Hitman GO and managed to do its own thing. The game's aesthetic took a lot from the original game including some of the sound effects and even the low-poly look. The word homage comes up again and again, and I think it's an appropriate way of looking at Lara Croft GO because it feels less like a port and much more like a game inspired by many of the elements that made Tomb Raider the iconic franchise it is today...

The RPG Reload Play-Along: 'Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to 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! As a little incentive, at the end of each month, I will randomly pick one of the participants and send them something small and silly from here in Japan. All you have to do to be eligible is, well, play along with the Play-Along!..

Ellen DeGeneres decided to enter the world of mobile games back in 2013 with Heads Up!, and the game has been in the top grossing Apps pretty much ever since. So, it's fair to say that her popularity - and a well-designed game - is a pretty good recipe for success. That is why I expect her new game, Dice with Ellen [Free], to also be successful, although I'm not sure it's going to reach the success of Heads Up! [$0.99]. This dice game is pretty much a take on Yahtzee and is all about trying to get the best score and beat your friends and enemies...

'The Warlock of Firetop Mountain' Review - Warlock Has Changed

Ever since prolific gamebook developer Tin Man Games acquired the Fighting Fantasy license a few years back, there were a couple of releases many fans were waiting for. Tin Man has done a wonderful job of choosing books to adapt from the well-known line, but the more they released, the more a couple of titles really stood out by their absence. Well, I don't know when we'll see Deathtrap Dungeon, but if it turns out anything like The Warlock of Firetop Mountain [$4.99] has, I'm willing to wait as long as it takes...

The popularity of hero-centric multiplayer has taken gaming by storm over the last few years. Seeded by MOBAs like League of Legends and DotA 2 and spreading to the likes of Overwatch and Battleborn (R.I.P.). These games didn’t invent the concept of course, but it’s certainly become much more trendy. So, what would you say to a simple but deep hero centric turn based strategy game in a unique fantasy setting with day and night cycles during play that can completely change the face of a battlefield? All on mobile? I say heck yes. This is Little Lords of Twilight [Free]...

Even in comparison to its momentous launch last year, the past few weeks have been extremely significant for Pokemon GO [Free]. Having seen the introduction of Johto Pokemon, many trainers have braved the turbulent February weather to capture a whole new cast of collectible creatures, and a number of minor UI improvements have gone a long way to making Pokemon GO the idyllic mobile game that many envisioned and desired back in 2016. However, Niantic aren't getting complacent off the back of their impressive start to 2017 - at this year's Game Developer's Conference, the Pokemon GO creators outlined future prospects and events for the augmented reality app, as well as gave the audience a glimpse of some early ideas that didn't make the final iteration...

Legend of Grimrock [$4.99] is a terrific throwback to the good old days of dungeon-crawling RPG that got 5 stars from us, and it's on sale for the first time since 2015. In other words, you should pick this one up while you can. The game will really take you back if you're my age or introduce you to the masochistic habits of older gamers. The game is all about exploring a dungeon filled with traps and puzzles and taking on all kinds of enemies. Legend of Grimrock lets you side-step enemies and back away from them or even manage to move behind them and take them out more easily. You can also close doors strategically to limit the amount of enemies you have to take on at one time...

This week we have a brand new Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl called Gadgetzan Throw-Down, and as you can guess, it's all about those Gadgetzan crime families. When you start the brawl, you randomly get one of the three bosses and a deck full of cards from that family. Aya's hero power costs 4 mana and summons a Jade Golem, Kazakus' is a 2-mana add a random potion to your hand, and Don's costs 2 mana and gives +2/+2 to a minion in your hand. The decks, which appear to change every time, play pretty close to their design purpose, with Don being all about hand-buffing and strong taunts, Aya having the Jade Golems, and Kazakus potions and spells...

We've said repeatedly in the past that Square Enix's GO takes on huge franchises like Hitman, Tomb Raider, and Deus Ex are possibly the best example of how to distill a AAA franchise into a great mobile game. Today, Square Enix Montreal released the first of three episodes that will revisit the GO games and the thinking behind their development. As the series is moving chronologically, the first episode in The GO Trilogy Stories is about Hitman GO [$1.99] and the ways in which the game became a board game of sorts that perfectly captured the idea of always being literally one step ahead of your many opponents and adversaries...

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