Category Archives: iPhone games

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Junk Jack', 'Phoenix 2', 'Temple Run 2', 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. There are some really, really good games in this batch. But don't worry, if you're here to read me go off the rails as my sanity slowly crumbles over the course of writing the article, we've got that, too. Naturally, 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!..

Saturday to Monday is normally the quietest period for App Store releases - the ridiculous March Indie Week aside, the majority of developers tend to save their releases for later in the week when more potential players, and most importantly Apple, are most alert to new game launches. That being said, it's always great to wake up at the beginning of the week to a big new release; Quantum Revenge [$2.99], which launched on Sunday, has certainly kicked off April to a solid start for iOS gaming. The manga-inspired twin stick shooter that we first wrote about back in January features intense, chaotic and explosive mech battles with some stunning futuristic graphics, and is finally available now on the App Store for a launch price of only $2.99...




While Game Dev Story [$4.99] is undoubtedly one of my favorite mobile simulator titles of all time, Kairosoft's subsequent output has been relatively hit and miss since they burst onto the App Store all the way back in 2010. While the developers have experimented with numerous different monetisation models over the years, the core experiences have stayed relatively consistent, which means that only the games that really resonate with your interests and nostalgic dreams really grab your full attention. Pocket Arcade Story [$4.99] is one such title - through a gaming theme not too dissimilar from the magic of Game Dev Story, you're tasked with creating and curating an arcade complex, from deciding which machines are placed where, to meticulous specifics such as how strong the crane game's claws are. With a number of new mechanics and a greater emphasis on perceptible challenge, Pocket Arcade Story is a definite highlight of Kairosoft's recent releases, and is now on sale for the first time for a bargain price of only $1.99...

Back in November of last year, we brought you news of Cover Fire [Free], a particularly interesting on rails shooter that incorporated 3D Touch controls to distinguish it from the abundance of similar titles on the App Store. While the 3D Touch feature, which debuted on iOS with 2015's iPhone 6S, was particularly convenient productivity-wise as it let you use various shortcuts for many of the App Store's staple apps, it hasn't had as big an impact on mobile gaming as it perhaps should have. With the capacity for variable inputs based on how hard you touch the iPhone's touch screen, there is a lot of potential in 3D Touch as a future pillar of iOS applications. Cover Fire's use of gently tapping to aim and pressing hard to shoot is therefore extremely refreshing to see, and for this reason alone is worth trying out now it has today finally launched worldwide on the App Store for free...

'Kami 2' Review - 2 Kami 2 Furious

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March 31st, 2017 10:00 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Say what you will about other aspects of gaming, but one area where mobile games can frequently go toe-to-toe with those on other platforms is in their style. Games like Monument Valley [$3.99], Sword and Sworcery [$3.99], and Prune [$3.99] are as much about taking the player on an audio-visual journey as they are about pushing their gameplay mechanics. 2013 puzzle game Kami [$2.99] might not be as famous as some of those games, but it's certainly done well enough for itself. It has made the jump to multiple platforms and now has a sequel to call its own. Unfortunately, Kami 2 [Free] runs into a lot of the same troubles that puzzle game sequels usually do, and with much of the novelty of its gimmick worn off, its fundamental issues shine through a little too brightly...

The RPG Reload Play-Along: 'QuestLord'

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!..

'Krosmaga' Review - Fun Cards and Clever Ideas Make for an Entertaining CCG/Tower Defense Blend

"Another CCG?" That's pretty much the reaction I see every time I write about a new mobile CCG, and to a degree I understand why; CCGs seem to be one of the favorite genre of App Store developers. However, not all CCGs play the same or offer the same kind of experience, and Krosmaga [Free], the CCG from developer Ankama, definitely feels different enough from CCGs like Hearthstone [Free] and Shadowverse [Free] to warrant a closer look from those looking for a different kind of CCG. Krosmaga is still all about collecting cards, constructing decks, and playing the right card at the right time as you try to defeat your AI or human opponent, but there are very important differences, which I'll talk about below. There's plenty of fun to be had with Krosmaga and plenty of content to go through, but if you don't like randomness in your card games and are looking for a card game all about skill, I suggest you look elsewhere...

If you aren't of a relatively-young age, you probably won't know what Club Penguin is. This was a PC MMO where you played as a penguin in a winter-set online world. The game grew pretty quickly to the point where by 2013, it had over 200 million registered user account, and while most of its players were of the 6-14 age range, there were older players too. Alas, as with every good thing in this world, Club Penguin's time came to an end yesterday, March 29th, but fear not because Disney is instead offering Club Penguin Island [Free], a mobile version of the popular game, available now...

If you do your CCG playing on the Shadowverse [Free] side of the App Store, you'll be glad to know that Tempest of the Gods, the game's latest expansion, is now available. In celebration of the launch of the new expansion, the developers are giving ten free card packs from Tempest to all players, a move that F2P players will definitely appreciate. Keep in mind that in order to receive these packs, you must have completed the in-game tutorial. Tempest of the Gods is adding 104 new cards to the game, including two original Legendary type cards for each class. The developers are hoping these Legendaries will open all kinds of deck-building possibilities and should form the core of new deck archetypes...

One of my fondest gaming memories has to be the WarioWare series on the old Nintendo handhelds, as the fast paced and eclectic mix of challenges the game constantly threw at you never failed to stay entertaining. There hasn't been a particularly strong representation of similar games on iOS, with only Lucky Kat's Grump Cat's Worst Game Ever [Free] being a notable recent benefactory of this formula that should be a perfect fit for the capacitive touch screen of modern mobile devices. Thankfully, developer Fuzzy Logic is looking to make its own splash on the minigame genre with their upcoming release tapgym, where you're tasked to tap and swipe to make your stickman protagonist complete numerous real-life exercises and achieve physical, mental and virtual fitness for your character. With its minimalist art style and high score emphasis, tapgym looks extremely promising, and will be one to look out for when it launches in the near future at a mobile gym near you...

For a series that regularly tackles some fairly serious situations, Fire Emblem also has a bizarre sense of humor running through it. So while you might expect an Easter-themed event for Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] to just add some of the were-rabbit Taguel heroes from Fire Emblem Awakening and call it a day, it's not all that surprising that the developers have opted to go in a different and entirely more silly direction. The Spring Festival event kicks off today, adding a new Paralogue chapter, some new quests, and some brand-new versions of characters to the game...

FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] has been keeping its players quite busy with all kinds of seasonal events, but its recent big update is focusing on bigger under-the-hood changes that should make the game more fun to play. First of all, the update has added Daily Activities, a set of daily goals that will get you more ways to get rewards every day you play the game. Although these will be useful to F2P players, I think the many other updates will make a bigger difference to how the game plays. The AI logic has been improved to make sure that players with better stats do better on the pitch, which to be honest should have been the case all along...

Barely a few days after Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] got command blocks and more, the developers are almost ready to start beta testing the 1.1 update, which is called the Discovery Update. According to a blog post today, the Discovery Update will be all about mysterious and wondrous things to uncover. For instance, you can barter with a cartographer for a treasure map, which points to the location of a forest mansion. But in order to get there, you'll have to survive an epic quest of, well, epic proportions. You'll use the soon-to-be-added llamas as pack animals, use shulker boxes to carry supplies along, use new enchantments—like the Enchantment of Frostwalking and of Mending—to better your chances at surviving, and much more...

Co-op Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawls are usually among the best, and this week's A Mammoth of a New Year ranks pretty high. You and your frenemie will be working together to first decorate the tavern and then take down the Pinata Golem, a 5 Attack 85 Health Boss with Taunt that changes sides every turn. And he can't be targeted by spells, sorry. So, how does the Brawl play? You'll get pre-constructed decks, and your hero power is Decorate, which creates decorations for the Tavern. You can use as much mana as you have available to decorate, and you have to get to 25 decorations for the place to look spruced up enough for the Pinata Golem to grace you with its presence...

To tell the truth, I've put off playing Versus: The Elite Trials [$3.99] for a while. I didn't particularly enjoy The Hero Project: Redemption Season [$3.99], the last gamebook from author Zachary Sergi, and I was worried that I had completely forgotten where the story left off at the end of Versus: The Lost Ones [$3.99]. That gamebook, which you should definitely play before getting into this one, was something of an information dump. There were too many characters to keep track of, lots of world-building, and a plot that threatened to branch off in some truly confusing directions. With more than a year passing since playing the first chapter of Versus and now, I wasn't confident that I remembered anything from it anymore and wasn't looking forward to having to refresh myself. I kept shuffling The Elite Trials to the back of my to-do list, and now that I've finished it, I feel pretty silly about doing that...

Okay, look. Regular readers know that I am of the Canadian persuasion, and if you are a Canuck of a certain age, you probably have a moderately unhealthy appreciation for Sailor Moon, the highly influential series of anime and manga about a magical teenage girl from the moon, her talking moon cat, and a useless guy in a tuxedo who shows up when the heroine is in a pinch and offers only platitudes as support. I'm not going to apologize or make excuses. It's silly trash and I constantly skipped out early for lunch in high school so that I could go home and watch it on YTV. Taped the whole series onto VHS tapes and everything. Even made a custom box to keep them in. Printed a picture for it just to give it the authentic look...

The iOS port of Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion [$4.99 (HD)], the standalone expansion pack of the cult classic PC strategy title Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)], has been one of the most eagerly anticipated upcoming releases over the past few months. While Barbarian Invasion still retains the meticulous empire-building emphasis of its predecessor, the implementation of some interesting new mechanics, as well as the subtle yet dramatic change in the historical context, gave the expansion its own unique identity that saw it achieve critical acclaim when it first launched in 2005. Feral Interactive did an excellent job in porting the original Rome: Total War to the App Store, and it seems this trend has continued with Barbarian Invasion, which has today launched for only $4.99 on the iPad and should please not only those looking for a more in-depth strategy experience on-the-go, but also any fans of the original PC release...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] continues its quest for feature parity with update 1.0.5, which brings more commands to the game, Command blocks, and Minecarts with command blocks. And, for more fun, it has added a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers skin pack to the game store, just so you can live out your fantasies. Command blocks are, well, blocks that can execute commands. You use redstone power to activate them, and they are usually used by map creators to, for instance, give items to players without the players being able to use that command themselves. Expect to see some pretty fun shenanigans in Realms maps now that Command blocks are a thing...

'Pixel Volley' Offers Extreme and Accessible Volleyball Action, Serving Onto the App Store April 5th

There has been a recent trend in video games as a whole to take a sport at its most mundane level and then dial it up to 11, all the while adding rockets, spikes, and other precarious obstacles that turn what could otherwise be a leisurely activity into an extreme attempt at survival. Rocket League took football (incorrectly called soccer by some), added rockets, and the rest is history. Recently on iOS, Golf Zero [Free] turned the sedate and slow act of putting into maniacal platforming mayhem, and as a result received glowing praise in our recent review. Pixel Volley is looking to follow in the footsteps of these titles, and will provide accessible volleyball action with a whole host of customisable options - as well as a number of entirely lethal twists lurking around every net - when it launches on the App Store for free on April 5th...

Earlier this March, Fireproof Games announced the shock reveal of the upcoming and much awaited next iteration in The Room series. Ominously subtitled Old Sins, details on this newest entry in one of iOS's most beloved franchise were relatively scarce beyond a tentative 'late 2017' release date and a cryptic teaser image, however this didn't stop fervent anticipation amongst the mobile community as to how Fireproof's latest game could replicate, or deviate from, the tried and true formula essentially perfected in The Room Three [$4.99]. Today on their official Twitter account, the Guildford-based developers revealed three preview images from The Room: Old Sins, depicting a mysterious dollhouse as well as a teaser for a more malicious disappearance plot within the title...

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