Category Archives: iPhone games

A bit over a year ago, we got the PC classic Rollecoaster Tycoon 3 on mobile, and personally I had loads of fun with it. Now, fans of the classic franchise have another reason to celebrate because a new game called Rollercoaster Tycoon Classic [$5.99] has just hit the App Store, and it looks very promising. This new game combines the best of RCT and RCT 2, and it sounds like great fun. The game lets you build roller coasters either from scratch or using pre-made ones and also lets you design a whole park, including the food and drink stalls, transport, even the toilets and the scenery...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is all about the curve. Clockwork Card Dealer, which we've seen a couple of times in the past, uses these amazing contraptions that on each turn ensure you draw a card with a mana cost equal to the mana you have on that turn. In other words, on turn one, you'll draw a 1-mana card, on turn two, a 2-mana card, and so on. As you can guess, you can very easily build a deck that takes advantage of the Brawl rules and ensures you get the card you need each turn. Of course, it's not that easy if you don't have a good collection because you can be sure that players with expensive legendaries will get to draw them exactly when they want them, provided they're still alive...




'Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire' Review - Delicious

One of the great things about classics is that they're readily available. While you'd be hard pressed to find a copy of Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu for the NES, a game almost no one has even heard of (myself included, until my wife showed me hers), you can get Mario 3 on your refrigerator and play Doom 2 inside of a keyboard. Sega is particularly giving with their legacy titles in the mobile arena, as is Square Enix, even if the latter charges an arm and a leg for the privilege. But while those games are timeless to some, new blood needs to come in every so often and keep them in check, even if they aren't particularly unique mechanically. Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire [$1.99] is comprised of a lot of mechanics found in the aforementioned classics, but its presentation of those concepts is effortless...

A couple of weeks ago, I featured Joe Dever's Lone Wolf [Free / $11.99] in the 99th installment of the RPG Reload. Unfortunately, when I started my usual preparations for the article, I noticed that the game was missing from the App Store. Its publisher, Bulkypix, has been having some issues of late, and I suspected that might have been the cause. Well, I'm still not sure exactly why it happened, but the game has returned to the App Store, this time published by its developers, Forge Reply...

'Tis the season for savings, especially for mobile gamers. As it goes every year, there are tons of sales happening right now in the App Store. So many, in fact, that it's getting to be impractical to do individual posts for games or even entire publishers. Therefore, until the tide subsides somewhat, I'm just going to do round-up posts that collect a bunch of new sales on games for each day. You'll have to forgive me if they lack the detail of my usual posts or completely recycle the introduction, but one can only do so much at a time. Anyway, enough about that. On to today's sales highlights!..

Considering a Nintendo representative said just the other day that their hit Super Mario Run [Free] wouldn't be getting any added features or updates, it's odd that we're seeing our second addition to the game in less than a week. But hey, updates are awesome, so no point in complaining. A couple of days ago, we got a few new cosmetic items to decorate our personal Mushroom Kingdoms with, but today, we're getting a whole new mode of play. Dubbed Friendly Run, it allows you to compete with your friends without paying any Rally Tickets...

Like most other similar games on the App Store, FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] is running a holiday event, and this one is called Football Freeze Program. The Program consists of two weeks of Live Events, Exclusive Plans, Special Edition Players, and more. If you go now to the Far North on the game map, you'll see a special Live Event that when completed unlocks one of 26 special Frozen Gifts (insert joke about "Let it Go"). During this holiday event, you can unlock a series of Elite Players - including Silver and Gold ones - by completing Specific Plans or buying specially marked Freeze packs (all this talk of Freeze is making me think of Mr. Freeze from the Batman movies)...

A few weeks back we wrote about Get Wrecked [Free], an upcoming 2v2 Arena Brawler that looked a lot like the PC game Battlerite. I thought it looked quite promising, and now you can all check it out because the game has launched. As you can read about in our forum thread, the game is focused on 2v2 brawls for now with more modes planned soon. The game has over 50 different skills and items you can use as you try and mold your character to play the way you want him or her to. The game also has 45 cards you can collect and upgrade as you again customize your hero to your battling tastes...

Pokemon GO [Free] has been praised for its very positive effect on people's mobility, and the latest numbers out of Niantic definitely prove that. Apparently, Pokemon GO Trainers have walked more than 8.7 billion kilometers since the game's launch, which comes out to more than 200,000 trips around Earth. While walking for all those miles, Trainers have caught more than 88 billion Pokemon, which comes out to around 533 million Pokemon a day. That's some pretty crazy stats, especially considering the fact that the game wasn't available in that many countries for most of these six months...

Nomads going on massive treks across the land with their tribes in tow. A lot of quality entertainment has been mined from that concept, most notably in recent gaming history with The Banner Saga [$4.99]. This time, Choice of Games is taking a crack at it with Saga of the North Wind [$4.99], a relatively lengthy adventure gamebook from writer Tom Knights. It's a good idea for a game like this, and the quality of the prose here is strong, but a few elements keep it from being all that it could have been. If you've got an interest in the topic matter, though, you'll probably find something to like here...

For the past year and a half or so, Lucas Wilde has been constructing what he hoped would be the ultimate first-person shooter for mobile devices, and after soft-launching on Android quite some time ago and again on iOS just last month, Bullet Force [Free] is now officially available. The first-person shooter on touchscreens has been a tough nut to crack. Many have tried and failed, and a few have been pretty darn good, but there hasn't been one that truly captures the fun of shooters AND plays well on a touchscreen since, in my opinion, Ngmoco's Eliminate Pro way back in 2009. Lord how I miss that game. Anyway, after the iOS soft launch of Bullet Force last month I took the plunge, and for the first time since those days back in 2009 and 2010, I got that same feeling of fun from playing a first-person shooter on my phone. ..

'Tis the season for savings, especially for mobile gamers. As it goes every year, there are tons of sales happening right now in the App Store. So many, in fact, that it's getting to be impractical to do individual posts for games or even entire publishers. Therefore, until the tide subsides somewhat, I'm just going to do round-up posts that collect a bunch of new sales on games for each day. You'll have to forgive me if they lack the detail of my usual posts or completely recycle the introduction, but one can only do so much at a time. Anyway, enough about that. On to today's sales highlights!..

Obsidian said that Pathfinder Adventures' [Free] Deck 6 was almost here, and it was speaking truth because the latest update just brought Spires of Xin-Shalast to us just in time for the holidays. Deck 6 brings 5 new scenarios to the game, including the conclusion to the Rise of the Runelords adventure, 4 new locations, 4 new maps, over 40 new monsters, villains, and henchmen, and, of course, tons more weapons, spells, loots, and so on. The update also brings character equipment sets where characters have alternate versions you can purchase in the store and each alt has alternate art. You can see the slight differences between the alts and the original characters in terms of stats here...

Clash of Clans [Free] players, Supercell has given to all of you an early Christmas present in the form of a pretty big Christmas update with all kinds of new levels. Barbarian King and Archer Queen can now go to Level 45 at Town Hall 11, Wizard Tower goes to Level 10, Walls will now go up to Level 12, but you only get 50 of them, and Hog Riders can now go to Level 7. We are also getting Level 7 Clan Castle and Level 6 Golems. There's also tons of balancing with Witches getting damage and HP buffs, Balloons dropping the first bomb faster, Dragons seeing their damage speed increased, and the P.E.K.K.A also has its attack increased. Finally, the Poison spell is getting a buff in terms of radius and damage...

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] continues to pump more and more characters into the game, and this time around it's Thanos' turn to join the game. There are two Thanos variations coming to the game, a 3-Star Thanos (Modern) and a 5-star Thanos (Classic). Both of them will arrive in the game on Thursday, December 22nd. As expected, the new characters are coming with all kinds of events both to celebrate Thanos and for the holidays. There's a new Thanos PVE event called Crash of the Mad Titan, a Thanos Versus Tournament called Behold Thanos, and more...

For those craving for another mobile pinball game, Pinpop VEGAS: Extreme Pinball [Free] is one you should probably check out .The Nexon Korea game has you playing through all kinds of environments like forests, mines, deserts, and oceans, all of which change according to the weather. There's a whole story mode that should entertain pinball lovers out there. The game has a fun, cartoony look and while the physics are a bit on the sluggish side (the ball feels much heavier than your average pinball), you should still be able to hit your targets at will once you get the hang of it...

It's hard to deny Super Mario Run's [Free] charm - even though it's not a perfect game - and it looks like Nintendo's big hope for mobile is doing very well for itself despite middling reviews. The numbers aren't that clear at the moment because of how the revenue is lagging behind downloads (due to the monetization model), so keep that in mind. According to Apptopia, the game was downloaded 2.85 million times on the first day (App Annie has the number at around 10 million), which might beat Pokemon GO's 1 million downloads on day 1 but the latter was only available in 3 countries that day while Super Mario Run in 150...

Pokemon GO [Free] was supposed to come to the Apple Watch before the end of 2016, as part of the whole idea of being able to play on the go, but it looks like it's going to be delayed, and the reason for the delay is an intriguing one. According to a report by 9to5Mac, the delay is partly because Niantic is planning on announcing its own wrist wearable that will help players enjoy the company's geolocation games better. The announcement will be coming next month according to sources, but Niantic is trying to keep it a secret and isn't confirming or denying reports of the Apple Watch delays...

'Tis the season for savings, especially for mobile gamers. As usual, there are tons of sales happening right now in the App Store. So many, in fact, that it's getting to be impractical to do individual posts for games or even entire publishers. Therefore, until the tide subsides somewhat, I'm just going to do round-up posts that collect a bunch of new sales on games for each day. You'll have to forgive me if they lack the detail of my usual posts, but one can only do so much at a time. Anyway, enough about that. On to today's sales highlights!..

Patches and Pirate Warrior, Gadgetzan Decks, Crazy Trump Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #77

Hello everyone and welcome to our pre-holiday Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. As to be expected, most of the stories this week are still about the effect of Gadgetzan on the game, be that in terms of how the meta has changed or how the game feels after the influx of the 132 new cards. There's an interesting article on how Patches the Pirate came to be as well as an article on how to beat that scummy Pirate. Overall, most players seem to be happy with the current state of the game, and that's great because the game needed a nice boost of positivity after the last few months. And as to be expected, we won't be publishing a Touchstone Tavern next Monday because Christmas, of course. Let us begin...

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