Category Archives: iPhone games

'Bertram Fiddle 2 - A Bleaker Predicklement' Will Finally Be Launching July 20th on the App Store

I remember when the first episode in the Bertram Fiddle [$1.99] series released back in 2014, and was absorbed by the game's abundant humorous charm and the beautifully drawn cartoon characters that walked the Victorian London streets. While its point-and-click puzzles were not particularly complex, and the game was not the lengthiest on the App Store, Rumpus Animation's iOS debut left me enamoured and wanting more from the Bristol-based developers.. Sadly, a 2015 release date for the next instalment came and went, and it wasn't until late last year that the project resurfaced and the second episode, titled A Bleaker Predicklement, became a reality. After much waiting and even more delays, Bertram Fiddle 2 - A Bleaker Predicklement finally has a release date, and will be bringing its classic British humor to the App Store on July 20th, with an Android launch soon after...

The highly entertaining Solitairica [$3.99] is expanding, with more decks and battles coming to the game tomorrow, June 29th. Tomorrow's Primal Champions DLC, which will cost $0.99, will add 4 new decks, each consisting a single color. Barbarian will be all about attacking, Vanguard defending, Acrobat agility, and Sorcerer willpower. There will also be Epic difficulty for decks once you defeat the Emperor. Epic difficulty will offer plenty of challenge for experienced players, and it will have 28 battles, which is 10 more than normal, more dangerous versions of monsters and traits, and a tighter coin economy to force you to buy smart...




We've played with Portals, we've played with Spiders, and now we'll get to play with 22 copies of the same card. This week's Hearthstone [Free] Brawl is called All-Star Squad, and it's been around before. You pick a class, and then pick one card and get 22 copies of it in your deck. The other 8 cards will be random class cards. Get ready to face many aggro decks during this week because they are the easiest way to take advantage of the 22 identical cards. For instance, you can have a Hunter and Timber Wolf, which will let you buff cards but can also be taken out easily. Or you could go with Murloc Tidecaller to go for that Murloc buffing synergy...

Krosmaga [Free], the card game that lets you play as a god, has just received its first expansion called Necros & Paladirs. This new expansion adds a ninth god to the game, Enutrof, and more than 150 cards. As you can see from the very cute trailer below, the new expansion is about provoking and awaking an ancient evil that brings about Necros. The 9th god loves to amass precious things, and his disciples are great at using shovels and picks and looking for buried treasures. There are disciples that can fuse with their favorite animals, which in terms of gameplay allows them to combine the strengths of two Minions. There are also actions like Prism Sacrifice, which allows players to exchange prisms for spells or additional abilities...

It seems like the first rule of Crash Club [Free] is that you must talk about Crash Club as much as you can, as the popularity of Prettygreat's latest game after a host of Apple-backed promotions has been impressive. While a lot of the excitement around Crash Club is owing to its finely tuned gameplay and ridiculously varied customisation options, one reason why the game has kept momentum is because of its impressive post-launch support through successive content updates. One such addition came shortly after launch, and yesterday the Version 1.2 of Crash Club finally reached the App Store, with a whole number of shiny extra vehicles, a new crash site to brawl in, and also a boldly named Galaxy Gun that has the ability to shoot up to three players at once...

The Last Warlock [$3.99] is a prime example of the old adage 'don't judge a book by its cover'. A quick glance at the blocky, voxel graphics reminiscent of Minecraft [$6.99], Crossy Road [Free] and the million imitations of both games that have spawned on the App Store since suggests a more iterative and casual experience. However, under the surface lies one of the more creative and in-depth turn-based strategy titles on the iPhone, as you trawl through dense maps with a number of magical summons and spells that take advantage of the flexibility that the basic graphical style permits. A significant single-player campaign combined with an awesome asynchronous multiplayer mode meant the game was extremely well received in our review back at its 2015 launch, and today The Last Warlock has gone on sale for the first time in two years at a bargain price of $1.99, this week only...

Candy Crush Saga [Free] has conquered many a phone screens since it first came out, and it's still going strong with around $1 billion dollars revenue a year. And it's about to come to your TV screens too, as you might already know. Apparently, the Candy Crush TV show is already a part of the Guinness World Records for having the world's largest touchscreen displays, measuring in at 30 feet high by 20 feet wide. The screens include 55 55-inch monitors, each with 32 cameras recording the competitors' hand swipes. Can you imagine the amount of fingerprints those things are going to attract?..

Rampart is just one of those games that every retro enthusiast remembers. I was first introduced to it on the SNES, but it was ported to nearly every platform imaginable due to its immense popularity. Its angle of marrying shooting elements with light strategy and building components is still unique nearly 30 years later, and it's amazing that so few projects have attempted to emulate its formula directly. Castleparts [$2.99] is one such imitation, and although I had a few technical issues with it, it's a project worth playing if you're into the Rampart concept...

Clash of Clans [Free] just got more content in the Builder Hall 6 update, which has just gone live. The biggest additions are the two new units, the Night Witch and the Roaster. The Night Witch, which you get when you upgrade your Builder Barracks to Level 8, does ranged attacks that hit both air and ground units, spawns bats that attack both ground and air units, and will spawn into a swarm of bats once it receives fatal damage. The Roaster is a great defense weapon against the Night Witch and shoots flames up to 7 tiles away in burst fire of 15 shots. At Level 6, it does 16 damage per shot, hits air and ground units, and does splash damage...

Shoot and Drift Into the Undead in '#01', an Upcoming Endless Racer From the Developers of Road Rush Rally

Alongside platforms, guns and Pokemon, zombies are one of the most common tropes in recent video gaming history. However, the oversaturation of undead beings - no thanks to the ridiculous popularity of the Call of Duty: Zombies [$4.99] spin-off series - quickly became tiring, even if games such as Minigore [$0.99] made a good case for horror-themed titles on the App Store. That being said, as the popular trends have changed from birds to fidget spinners, it seems zombies may soon be back in vogue, at least according to Kloppe Media. After the success of their previous game Road Rush Racer [Free], the developer has announced a new mobile release mysterious titled #01, which aims to merge the anarchic driving action from the former title with some dystopian zombie-killing chaos when it launches sometime in the near future...

Supercell continues to tinker with the beast that is Clash of Clans [Free], and this time around some of the newest units are getting hit with the nerf hammer. The developers have admitted that the power levels of the new units were in need of additional balancing. The anticipated changes are an HP decrease for the Night Witch along with a reduction in the number of Night Witch Death Bat Swarms from 4/6/8 to 2/4/6 per ability level. Bats spawning limit will also be reduced. All of these nerfs should have a pretty significant effect on the Night Witch's power level...

So many modern games carry the 'sandbox' moniker without truly being endless havens of experimentation like the genre label suggests. Yes, Horizon Zero Dawn, I don't remember any invisible walls in any hypothetical sandboxes I played in as a child! That being said, The Sandbox Evolution [Free] has come the closest to the anything-goes chaos that I desire from games that put an emphasis on experimentation, and an upcoming update to Pixowl's mobile phenomenon looks to add even more mayhem to the app. Suitably titled the 'Disasters 2' update, the developers have added in eight natural disasters to complement the Lightning, Earthquake, Tornado and Nuke options that are already present in the game, and should be a fun and cathartic way of bringing about destruction to your world's inhabitants when it releases on June 28th...

Card Pack Changes, Token Shaman Guide, Kripp and Kibler Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News on 'Touchstone' #103

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players, and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best stories and videos from last week. As you've probably heard by now, we got some great news last week about changes in the card packs, changes that should help free-to-play players build better collections for cheaper. We also had some issues with the upcoming Wild Open. You will also read a Token Shaman guide, take a look at the good and bad Un'Goro card designs, and more. And, of course, we have the best videos from the past week. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let's begin...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Pokemon Go', 'Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre', 'Vainglory', 'TypeShift', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the most noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Some awesome games got 64-bit compatibility in the last week! But besides that, some other games got some pretty cool content updates, too. 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 in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Ultimate General: Gettysburg [$3.99] is one of the prettiest real-time strategy games on any platform, and two years after landing on iPads, it has finally marched onto your iPhones after the latest update. The game was originally released on PCs, and even though the iOS version lost some great features—multiplayer and dynamic campaign—it is still a great game. Ultimate General has a 10-mission campaign that you can play either as the North or the South, great touch controls that let you move your armies around easily, and pretty strong AI that will give you plenty of challenge...

While the App Store has been the recipient of a whole host of excellent ports of tactical RPG classics, the Demon's Rise [$7.99] series from the folks at Wave Light Games is one of the few that started its trade on the App Store, and has gone some distance to carving out its own identity in the crowded turn-based strategy scene. While a sequel in the form of Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99] launched last year to a glowing four-and-a-half star review from our resident RPG guru Shaun Musgrave, the original game has received continued support since its original release in 2015, most notably through an update that brought up Demon's Rise interface, graphics and tactical engine to the same level as its sequel. Today, the first Demon's Rise game has gone on sale for $0.99, which serves as its biggest price drop yet, and will provide hours of brilliant RPG action for the dollar cost of entry...

Historically, it's hardly been a rare occurrence for the Japanese games market to look almost completely different from those of the rest of the world. While easy internet access and converging technologies have brought previously distinct regions together, Japan is still often marching to the beat of its own drum. The mobile market is another fine example of that. To look at the Japanese App Store charts is to see almost an entirely different group of games than you might see elsewhere. Many of these games never get an English release, and when they do, they rarely catch on. The latest to try is Fate/Grand Order [Free], a social RPG/visual novel hybrid that has been tearing up the charts in Japan since its release nearly two years ago...

Last week we detailed a massive new update that's heading to Rocketcat and Madgarden's sublime Death Road to Canada [$9.99], an update they've dubbed the COCCYX update. It's set to add a fancy new currency called Zombo Points which you'll need to earn through actually playing the game (no IAP!) and can spend on buying new perks and abilities. It pretty much replaces the current perk progression system with something that's a bit more clear and similar to progression systems in other games. There are also lots of new characters being added in this update, and that's the focus of today's news piece as the developers have just released a new video showing some of those new characters in action...

Her Story made quite a splash when it came out and [$3.99] managed to make FMV games cool again by giving us a game with strong writing and acting, which apparently were often lacking from other FMV games in the past. Now, you can check out this great game for $0.99, its lowest price ever. It's hard to talk about the game without ruining it, but just know that you'll be trying to solve a mystery by putting together various pieces of the story while trying to pay attention to clues and discover the truth about the mystery at hand...

We've been excited for the release of Touchdowners [Free] ever since its first unveiling early last month. I mean, this is from the people who have made wacky physics-based sports games like Wrassling [Free], Dunkers [Free], and Golf Zero [Free]. How could I NOT be excited for their wacky physics-based interpretation of American Football? And as we learned a week ago, Touchdowners was all set for a June 22nd release. Except… it didn't show up in time for our normal weekly new games roundup, which I though was kind of weird, and we hadn't heard anything from the developers about when specifically it was releasing, which was also pretty weird as they usually send emails about everything. ..

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