Category Archives: iPhone games

There are quite a few multiplayer first-person shooter games for mobile gamers to experience and (possibly) enjoy. It's a genre that has consistently evolved over time in order to adapt to the limitations of touch screen controls. Despite those limitations, these games continue to be a mainstay on my mobile devices. One of my favorite first-person shooters on the App Store is Bullet Force [Free] by Lucas Wilde. Lucas Wilde also recently released his newest game, Forward Assault [Free], which I had the pleasure of testing before its release. Forward Assault may look the same as Bullet Force (aesthetically) but it is an entirely different beast. This guide will hopefully help you ease into this competitive first-person shooter by increasing your knowledge of the game, as well as increasing your skill as a player...

Ever since Rolando redefined the expectations of what mobile gaming could offer, I've been inexplicably attached to cute, anthropomorphic blobs in video games. Don't get me wrong - I'm all for excellent character design within the industry, but despite how hypocritical it may sound, the purity of a smiling red circle just triggers something deep in my heart. This meant that the trailer for self-described physics puzzle venture Tales of the Tiny Planet [$1.99] was particularly appealing from the outset, as bouncing the titular spheres around deviously designed levels (with comical voices and sound effects upon an especially spiky demise) looked both charming and captivating. As puzzle games go, Tales of the Tiny Planet appears to be out of this world (pun fully intended), and is available to download from the App Store for $1.99 today...




Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Real Racing 3', 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Card Thief', 'Hitman Sniper', 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. Updates, updates, we've got updates. Some are pretty cool, but many of them are just 64-bit updates that are exciting but not really a good fit for this summary. Like Vay. Can you believe they updated that? Shin Megami Tensei dies while Vay lives on. It's a strange world out there, friends. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

It's been some time since Final Fantasy characters visited Puzzle & Dragons [Free], but here they are again. Starting today and until September 24th, you'll get to enjoy Final Fantasy characters in Puzzle & Dragons for the fourth time in the history of the game. The latest collaboration will bring 28 characters from Final Fantasy, many of whom you've seen before in these collaborations but also some new characters such as Balthier, Prompto, Yda, and Reynn & Lann. The collaboration also includes some new Ultimate Evolutions that transform some of the characters into pixel art ones, giving the game a retro feel. In addition to the characters, we are also getting five dungeons, and completing them will give you Pixelit, the "subtly" named material that is essential for evolving characters into their Pixel Ultimate Evolutions...

Hitman Sniper [$0.99] continues to be a very entertaining game, and the constant updates with new events and new weapons certainly haven't hurt the game. It's actually great to see how well this game has been supported, even though it's been out for quite a few years. The latest update is one of the most entertaining ones because it blends the seriousness of Hitman Sniper with the craziness that is the Just Cause series. Specifically, this new update allows you to get the Final Argument Rifle for free, and that weapon is a ton of fun. Instead of just letting you shoot people in the head, which is what you do most of the time in Hitman Sniper, this weapon lets you tether enemies to walls, objects, or even other guards, which introduces plenty of silly moments...

The good folks at RareSloth have once again released an update for their fantastic puzzle platformer King Rabbit [Free]. This latest update is called the Diamond Collection and features 64 of the very best community created levels released in an official package complete with new leaderboards and achievements. The Diamond Collection follows the precious gem naming convention of the previous three expansions - the Emerald Collection, the Ruby Collection, and the Sapphire Collection. Each of those expansions were released for $1.99 apiece, and as a special bonus if you've previously bought all three of them then you'll receive the new Diamond Collection for free. Whee!..

After a pretty fun and quite long Minecraft: Story Mode Season 1, Telltale returns to the world of Minecraft with Episode 1 of Season 2 [$4.99], and although it has some fun new ideas, I wasn't too crazy with the direction of the narrative and, especially, with the decision to add complex fighting sequences in a game that can barely handle simple swipes. I have to admit that I died more times in Hero in Residence than in pretty much any other Telltale game ever, and that wasn't because I'm not good at swiping at the right time. I had fun getting reunited with some of the characters from Season 1 and seeing how things have turned out after those events, but Hero in Residence didn't really impress me, and I'm hoping the rest of the episodes deliver a more coherent narrative and fewer action sequences...

Classic Reload: 'Beat Sneak Bandit'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the regular feature where we time our walk to the tick of the clock. In each installment of this series, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, and to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. Your only guide on this journey is me, an observer from your own time, taking the form of a hologram that only you can see and hear. I try to pick a balanced selection of games, but if you have something you really want to see, don't be shy! You can leave a comment below with suggestions and I'll add them to the master list for future consideration. The schedule is done quite far in advance, so you might not see them soon, but it never hurts to try...

Back in June we posted about a new update to Dumpling Design's beloved high-score chaser Dashy Crashy [Free] in which they began a new system for allowing people to unlock new vehicles in the game entirely for free and without the reliance on luck through the in-game gacha prize system. That update introduced a Dinosaur vehicle and for the two weeks following the update's release if you managed to collect enough meat items while playing with the Dinosaur you'd unlock it permanently. If you didn't earn the Dino during the event, it still remained possible to unlock it by ~secret means~ which are hinted at in game. Then in mid-July, a second event called the Ramper Event started and featured a playable ramp-equipped truck that you could spin around and drive backwards at any time, thus propelling any vehicles in front of you off the ramp and into the air. If you "ramped" enough vehicles you'd unlock the Ramper for free, otherwise much like the dino it would require you to unlock it through secret means...

Good news, Minecraft [$6.99] players. Minecraft's Better Together update is going to finally add coordinates to the game, which might not sound like a big thing but actually can be quite a big deal. Coordinates can make the vast, infinite worlds of Minecraft much more manageable, especially if you're the kind of player who likes to travel far from the original spawn point. The map's three coordinates allow you to find any spot on the map quickly. The Java version (the PC one) allows you to check your coordinates through the Debug screen, but no such thing exists on the mobile version. And while there were add-ons that allowed you to see your coordinates, the new addition in Better Together will be a step towards making them much easier to find...

The Hearthstone [Free] competitive season is steadily wrapping up, and today Blizzard announced the dates and location for the upcoming Summer Championship. The event will take place between Friday, October 13th and Sunday, October 15th, with doors opening at 8 am PDT each day. The Group stages will take place during the first two days, and the Playoffs will take place on Sunday. The location for the event was a fun surprise to all, since Blizzard announced that the event will take place at the brand new Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a "cutting-edge, live-event destination" that's been designed with e-sports in mind. And there's even going to be an on-site store with gear and goods based on the event taking place at that time. I can't wait to check out the new Arena and see what Blizzard has in store for all those attending the event live...

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi slowly drawing nearer and with the director for Star Wars: Episode IX getting fired the other day, Star Wars has been in the news quite a bit the last couple of weeks, and what better time for Star Wars: Force Collection [Free] to add new Jedi-related content to the game and get players excited again. Specifically, in celebration of its fourth anniversary, the game is getting a new BB-8 5-stars card along with a First Order Stormtrooper 5-stars card. In addition to these new cards, from today until September 13th Star Wars: Force Collection will run a Revenge of the Bosses event with Han Solo and Kylo Ren 5-star cards as rewards. I wonder if (spoilers) the Kylo Ren card kills the Han Solo card if they're in the same deck, all the while the Han card looks in disbelief and disappointment. Or maybe we'll get the Undercover Boss version of Kylo Ren...

Atomine [$2.99] from Broken Arms Games is a twin stick shooter which has rogue-lite elements. It released on Steam back in May and has finally made its way to the App Store at a lower price point. The aim is to clear a level and destroy all enemies to unlock a portal to the next one. Drops include XP, energy, or weapons. Atomine has an actual story that takes place in a virtual world where STUXNET is a computer worm that spreads via Windows. Atomine is a virus that needs to grow stronger and compile itself into the target source code. Check out the Steam launch trailer below:..

Cosmic Express [$4.99], a fun puzzle game by Draknet — the maker of the awesome A Good Snowman is Hard to Build [$4.99] — is on sale for the first time today. The game describes itself as "a puzzle game about planning the train route for the world's most awkward space colony". That's quite accurate, really, as your job is that of space-aged transit planner. You visit a series of galactic outposts and must figure out how best to setup a train line to pick up a bunch of cute little alien folk and drop them off at their destinations. The aliens are either lazy or it is super dangerous to, you know, walk anywhere and they need door-to-door service. This is made more difficult by the fact that buildings and lunar rocks are already all over the place. It's a fun game with a ton of levels you can jump around to play, which is good, since it is also very challenging and easy to get stuck on a level for some time...

Endless arcade games are abundant in the beloved realm of the App Store, but I'll be damned if Neon Drive [$3.99] isn't up there with the most stylish and well executed releases in its calamitously crowded genre. The stunning 80's inspired environments, including luminous cityscapes and luscious aquatic settings, really brought the title to life, and its frenetic dodging action created a funky rhythm game element that resonated greatly with the retina-burning colors and cybergrid courses. Despite debuting all the way back in November 2015, developer Fraoula Apps has continued to support Neon Drive as it has slowly spread to multiple other gaming platforms, and today has received its first major update in over a year with new levels, features, modes and much more...

A Planet of Mine [Free] is a real-time, pocket-sized game of galactic exploration, imperial expansion, resource gathering, economic production, and the extermination of those that stand in your way. Think Civilization on your phone but with quasi-cute animalistic characters. It's a super compelling and very fun game that I avoid opening unless I have at least an hour, maybe more, to sacrifice to the alter of the gaming gods. Now Tuesday Quest, the developers of the game, are working on updates for the game and looking for a stable of beta testers to put said updates through their paces before releasing to the rest of us...

'Wayout' Is the Next Colorful Minimalistic Puzzle Title From Dropout Games, and Is in Need of Beta Testers

Developer Dropout Games have started to develop a reputation for simple, stylist and most of all superb puzzle titles on the App Store. I was particularly impressed with their latest release Neo Angle [$0.99], which featured pulsating and rhythmic navigation through numerous detailed levels with a beautiful 80's neon aesthetic. Not wishing to rest on their laurels, Dropout Games are straight out of the block with their latest upcoming title called Wayout, and it looks like yet another hit to stand next to their previous efforts. Featuring some colorful hand-drawn graphics, Wayout is all about clearing a board and turning all the tiles white. With the bold assertion that this is their trickiest game to date, Wayout should scratch an itch for those wanting a devious challenge, and the developers are looking for beta testers on our forums...

Some of us may be mourning now that summer is nearing its close. However, Vainglory [Free] has released its 2.8 update to ease our pain. The 2.8 update includes some pretty big changes to the game, such as adding two new in-game items (SpellSword and Healing Flask), removing potions, numerous balance changes, and multiple UI improvements...

It's time for another Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl everyone, and if you were expecting a fancy raid one like the ones Fireside Gatherings are getting, then I'm sorry, but you're out of luck. If you can get together with others at a Fireside Gathering, then you get to play the Lich King raid; if you are all by your lonesome, then it's An Evil Exchange for you, a repeat of an older Tavern Brawl but with a slight twist since Kel'Thuzad has a different hero power. An Evil Exchange is a duel between Kel'Thuzad and Rafaam. The Brawl is random, so each time you play, you'll end up with either one of those bosses. They each have their own decks, so no deck-building this time around, and, of course, they each play quite differently. Rafaam has 60 health and a hero power that will remind you of the Staff of Origination from the League of Explorers. Specifically, it initially adds a random card to your hand, but gradually it gives you the ability to add random Legendaries to your hand that cost 4 less. So yes, a very powerful hero power...

I love puzzle games. Lucky for me you can't swing a dead Pokemon in the App Store without hitting several dozen. Not all of them are good, of course, and many are shallow copies of much better games. There are enough good ones, however, to keep me entertained and seeking more. Those moments when I come across something really compelling and get that "oh cool" feeling make the search well worth the effort. Glowish [$1.99], a recently released pattern-recognition puzzler, definitely gave me that feeling...

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