Category Archives: iPhone games

We knew they were coming, and now they are almost here. Supercell has just announced that balance changes are coming to Clash Royale [Free] on September 19th and that tomorrow, Saturday, we'll be getting the first sneak peek at the upcoming update. So, what changes are we getting? This time around Mirror, Rage, and Lightning caught the attention of the developers, who saw them as relatively underused. Rage will cost 2 instead of 3 elixir, its effect decreased to 30% from 40%, and its duration decreased by 2 seconds. Lightning will stun targets for 0.5 seconds, a new addition to the card that brings it more in line with Zap. And Mirror will now mirror cards 1 level higher than its own level, with max level Mirror creating max level +1 cards...

Quite a few years after the last time, the long-running TV show NCIS, currently in 14th season and going strong, has returned to the App Store in a new game called NCIS: Hidden Crimes [Free]. In this game you try to solve a variety of cases using 6 different investigation modes. I wonder if over-caffeinating people with Abby's huge Caf-Pow is one of those modes; I sure hope so. The game also has 9 puzzle games - including using drone surveillance - and some surprise actions. The game spans all 50 states and includes all of the cast (as it stands after Tony's recent departure)...




There's nothing a game developer wants more than a dedicated player base (well, that and loads of sales), and it looks like Real Steel's [$0.99] player base is definitely dedicated. Recently, Reliance Games launched a competition that asked players to design the next Robot for Real Steel Premium, and the response was really good, with hundreds of entries from over 15 countries. After sorting through all the entries, Reliance Games decided that the winning robot, the top dog, the real steel is Shinobi, the Samurai wielding Japaneselron Assassin. And as you can see in the teaser below, that robot looks quite cool...

BlizzCon 2016 is getting closer day by day, and Blizzard has decided it's time to show us what Hearthstone [Free] in-game goodies attendees and Virtual Ticket holders will be getting. The card back we are getting is the Welcome Inn, which looks like the opening screen of the game and is, if I'm honest, quite good-looking. If it's anything like last year's, this year's BlizzCon will have a Fireside Gathering going on where you can go and play Hearthstone with others or even (probably) join Micro Tournaments. So, it makes sense that the card back is linked to that event and is, well, welcoming you "inn."..

Ten of the Best Graphically Impressive Games to Play on Your New iPhone 7

It's new iPhone day! As my colleague Eli noted earlier, though, we're living in a bit of a weird time in terms of technological advancements of iPhone hardware. In the earlier days, there were more major advancements to each new iPhone that were noticeably impressive, like the graphical leap from the iPhone 3G to the 3GS, or the gorgeous new Retina Display on the iPhone 4. In terms of hardware advancements that you could actually see, things have been incremental since around the iPhone 5S time. The bump up in screen sizes made things pretty interesting when the iPhone 6 models arrived, but last year and now with the new iPhone 7 there's just nothing drastically different about each new iPhone...

Classic Reload - 'Waking Mars'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we know not what we do, but we do it just the same. Each month, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the present day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I'll do my best to present an interesting selection of games in this feature, but if there's something you'd really like to see covered, please let me know by commenting below the article. I can't promise you'll see your suggestion soon, but I'll certainly consider it for a future highlight...

Reigns [$2.99] is great fun, a great combination of storytelling, choose-your-own-adventure, and both quick play sessions yet with long-term consequences. In other words, we really like it here at TouchArcade towers; I mean the game even got 5 stars from Carter, which says quite a lot. The developer has tweeted recently that the game has sold over 600,000 copies (not just on mobile) and that more cards and new adventures are coming soon. When I was playing the game, I kept thinking how easy it's going to be for the developer to expand the game since the Tinder-like gameplay makes adding new cards, new paths, and new adventures very easy...

Back in May, developer Rumblecade released a side-scrolling beat 'em up called Rockabilly Beatdown [$0.99] that featured simple button-mashing gameplay and some of the nicest pixel art and animation I'd seen. Despite being a simple game with just a single attack button, there was some hidden depth to Rockabilly Beatdown that slowly unveiled itself the more you played. With the charm and personality of the characters in the game, this was definitely an "endless high-scoring" take on the beat 'em up genre that I could get behind. The biggest problem was that it felt like a one-trick pony and, besides shooting for high scores, there wasn't a ton of meat on the bones in terms of progression and unlocks, things we had issues with in our review. That's something that Rumblecade has attempted to rectify with the first big update for Rockabilly Beatdown...

Priests are getting some love in the latest Hearthstone [Free] update with the introduction of a new Priest Hero, Tyrande Whisperwind. In WOW lore, Whisperwind is the chosen high priestess of Elune and the most prominent night elf leader. You'll be able to get Tyrande Whisperwind and the Tyrande card back via an upcoming special promotion, which hopefully won't require me to make any new friends. The update has also added the Welcome Bundle, a one-time $4.99 bundle of 10 Classic card packs and a guaranteed Classic Class Legendary. The bundle is great value if you're trying to build up your collection or simply want some cheap dust, so pick this one up for sure...

If you like to build castles when you play Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99], then you should probably pick up the new Fantasy Texture Pack, which we got in update 0.15.8. While the update didn't bring anything other than the texture pack and a couple of bug fixes, anything that changes the game's looks dramatically is a big enough change in my eyes. The texture pack costs $2.99 like all the other ones, and it will give your builds a lovely, medieval feel to compliment that huge castle you will one day finish, for sure. In the announcement for the update, Mojang teases the 0.16 update changes with talk of "words and signs unthinkable to mortal kind" coming to the game...

As we learned last month, retro-inspired racer Horizon Chase [Free] has just reached the one-year anniversary of arriving in the App Store, and to celebrate the team at Aquiris Game Studio has just released a special update adding some great new content to the game. This new content comes in the form of a new Australian Cup with 9 brand new tracks and two new vehicles, one a more modern high-performance sports car and the other more of a classic muscle car. Both are very welcome additions to what I believe is one of the finest racers on mobile, and you can see the new stuff in action in the following trailer...

'Magic Mansion' Review - Monochrome Monotony

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September 15th, 2016 1:15 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 3 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Platform, Reviews, Universal
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If your game is going to be based on an endless principle, it better have a good hook. I'm not thinking narrowly in terms of unlocks, but a fundamental design philosophy that encourages the player to keep chipping away at their high score. A compelling art style and a responsive control scheme help, as endless games are generally great in quick spurts, and not with long marathon sessions...

By now, we all know what to do if a large meteor is on a course to strike the Earth: throw Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, and Steve Buscemi in a rocket loaded with a nuclear bomb, point them at the rock, and let the magic happen. They're our planet's ace in the hole. But what should we do if not one meteor is headed for us, but rather five? Ten? One hundred? Even if you throw in Casey, it's not enough Affleckpower to take care of that many flying chunks of absolute destruction. Such is the nightmare scenario considered by Atomic Super Lander [$2.99], the latest action game from Crescent Moon Games and bitWeird Games...

With summer season in Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory [Free] coming to a close, the mobile MOBA has now turned its sights onto autumn with a new season, new hero and new interface improvements. Beyond the move to an autumn Halcyon Fold map, autumn season also brings significant changes to the game’s reward system. A new seasonal chest joins the batch of consistent rewards, with seasonal chests requiring more effort to unlock but can offer much greater rewards, including whole skins. Vainglory is also introducing a new Opal currency which is rare to earn and can be used to eventually unlock old limited edition special skins that were supposedly never to return (however, skins unlocked the opal way will look different than the original LE skins to differentiate)...

Ready for the Madden 2016 Season? Madden NFL Mobile [Free] has just received the 3.4 update that brings the new season to the game, and it comes bearing gifts. The latest update makes quite a few gameplay improvements, including letting your QB scramble if there's an opportunity (or if large men are chasing him down), adding dozens of Offensive Plays as well as Defensive Gameplans, which allow you to prepare numerous gameplans for specific offensive schemes like 2-point conversion etc. These changes should make players feel like they are more in control, although it all depends on how well your players actually respond to the gameplans...

If you have an iOS device and you've been looking forward to getting Season 2 of Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] this Friday as originally announced, I am sorry. Because of some unexpected issues described in this blog post, the iOS will probably not be coming this Friday but at a later, yet unannounced date. The good new for Android players is that Season 2 will release this Friday as originally planned. The release will also come with a 48 period discount period, a perfect time to pick up the game and its many expansions. Because of the iOS issues, Dark Watch Setback won't be available for unlocking until all platforms have the new version of the game...

Top 2 was a Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl back in May that was very entertaining and brought up a contest of sorts of who could make the most effective deck consisting only of copies of 2 cards. This time around, we are getting Top 3, which is bound to be even crazier. In this Tavern Brawl, you pick 3 cards and end up with a deck consisting of copies of just those 3 cards. Reddit has already sprung into action with a huge list of combos that work well in this Brawl. You could, of course, try and come up with your own 3-card combo instead. Know this: Prince Malchezaar is a fun card to pick in this Brawl because of all the Legendaries you'll get in your deck, but because Top 3 tends to be quick, you might never get a chance to play those fancy Legendaries...

Fresh off its debut of Cinderella last month, Gameloft’s Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free] updated this morning with new characters, quests, and attractions. This time, however, the characters are out of one of their live action series...

Stoneblade's and Playdek's Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Free] continues to be one of the best card games on mobile, and the many expansions it has received have definitely helped it stay fresh and fun. Today, Ascension got its 9th(!) expansion, Dreamscape, which changes up the game quite a bit. In Dreamscape, you join the heroes of New Vigil as they explore the Dreamscapes. The expansion adds the new Insight resource and Dreamborn cards, which allow players to access Dream cards and other powers. You can use the Dreamscape to access the new Vision cards, which are pretty powerful, as well as the usual Heroes and Constructs...

Apparently, the rumors of Pokemon GO's [Free] demise are greatly exaggerated. Even though there has been a big drop in popularity, the game is still immense and is making a ton of money. According to a study by Slice Intelligence, Pokemon GO's paying population has dropped almost 80% since its peak on July 15th, which sounds like terrible news for Niantic, right? Well, not quite. You see, the game was so big when it launched, it nearly doubled the number of in-game spenders in the mobile gaming market as a whole. In other words, this one game created a huge spike in people spending money on mobile games...

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