Category Archives: iPhone games

2016 has been a massive year for Pokemon as a franchise. This week Pokemon Sun and Moon, the latest entries in the main series, have launched to critical and commercial acclaim (unless you're in Europe, in which case you'll still have an agonising two day wait to try them out), and the brand's general prevalence has skyrocketed as a result of the 20th anniversary promotional push that Nintendo have championed over the past year. However, it's Pokemon GO [Free] which will likely be seen as the high point of this major year for Nintendo, as the high point of 45 million players during the summer was phenomenal, and brought both hardcore fans, and people who may have never played a video game before, together in an unprecedented scale. To celebrate the incredible past few months for Pokemon GO, Niantic are holding a special celebration within the game, whereby for a week from November 23rd, all experience and stardust earned will be doubled...

'Gadgetzan' Reveals, Heroic Brawl Hits, Reynad and Amaz Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #73

Welcome everyone to another Touchstone issue, our weekly column about all things Hearthstone [Free]. This has been an eventful week but with only two topics dominating the conversation; the continuous stream of Gagdetzan reveals and the first Heroic Tavern Brawl. Since everyone has been talking about these two topics, there aren't that many news stories to talk about that don't simply repeat the same information. However, there are some fun and informative videos as the pros continue to talk about the new expansion and all the revealed cards. Not too long to go now before we see a (hopefully) new meta. The signs are positive, but we haven't yet seen all the cards. Fingers crossed that deckbuilding will be fun again...




Update Mondays: 'Pewdiepie's Tuber Simulator', 'Invisible, Inc.', 'Exiled Kingdoms', 'Nekosan', 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. It's quite an interesting mix this week, with some games we rarely see stepping up alongside the usual suspects. Of course, 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!..

'Demon's Rise 2: Lords of Chaos' Review - And Now, the Other Side of the Coin

More than ever before, a game review these days is often little more than a snapshot of a work in progress. Developers are rarely finished with games just because they've launched, and in certain cases, so much is added after the fact that whatever I thought at a game's release no longer fits terribly well. A fine example of that is Demon's Rise [$4.99], the debut SRPG from developer Wave Light Games. Wave Light worked hard on balancing the game, adding lots of content, and implementing features, taking it far beyond what was in the initial release. In fact, the developer recently updated it again, and will be doing more in the future. It's great, but it also presents something of a challenge when it comes to a follow-up...

'RunGunJumpGun' Review - The Name Says it All

It's interesting to see just how much mobile development has influenced the PC market. More and more we're seeing newer experiences that are formed around the same concept as Jetpack Joyride, whether it's of the endless or linear variety. The types of games prone to that control scheme work with touch, traditional remotes, and a mouse and keyboard. It's universal, and something gamers of all skill levels can pick up and play. It's a shame I only noticed RunGunJumpGun [$2.99] when it hit the mobile arena, because it really deserves the attention...

If you want your Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] to look like a silly Saturday morning cartoon or as if you just had a breakdown and the whole world looks like a joke, then the latest texture pack is just the thing for you. Cartoon Textures, which was just added to the game, doesn't change the environment that much but it makes a huge difference on how people and mobs look. I mean look at the image below; you can't go much sillier than that. I can see this texture pack being great for those who like to stream multiplayer Minecraft because it will add a veneer of silliness on top of any shenanigans. The Texture Pack costs $2.99 and is available in the Store...

'Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links' Has Soft Launched in Australia and Japan, With a Worldwide Release Scheduled for 2017

While I tended to spend what little money I had on video games, there is no denying the massive part that Yu-Gi-Oh played in my childhood, both in terms of the anime and the card game. Following Yugi's exploits against Kaiba and Pegasus was a lot of fun, and winning a game against friends through summoning the pieces of Exodia (contrary to rumors, it is possible to call him) was as climactic as anything in these formative years of my youth. When Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links was announced earlier this year, the possibility of reliving some of the best memories of my childhood through duelling all the characters from the anime - as well as friends online - was incredibly exciting. For fans in Japan and Australia, the wait is now over - over the past week, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links has soft launched on the App Store in the two aforementioned regions, and with both Japanese and English language options already available, it shouldn't be long until other countries can activate their trap cards in this newest Yu-Gi-Oh game on iOS...

Classic Reload - 'Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we complete our woeful errands with a smile. Each month, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their overall place in the App Store's library, or to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. If there's a game you'd like to see featured here, don't be shy! You can make suggestions in the comments below and I'll consider them for a future installment...

Hello, friends. Have you been enjoying SteamWorld Heist [$9.99] as much as I have? If so, I've got a special treat for you today. Although the game's developer, Image & Form, is obviously quite busy in the wake of the iOS release of their excellent cowbots-in-space strategy game, I managed to grab their sheriff, Brjann Sigurgeirsson, for a little chat. We talk about the game itself, how it came to iOS, and future plans for the developer on the platform. Many thanks to Brjann for making time for this interview...

'Neon Chrome' Review - The Roguelike That's Just Right

I can't get enough of dual-stick shooter roguelikes, but often the time and effort requirement is too much. I'm more of a gaming tourist – I want to enjoy a lot of different experiences in gaming rather than having to decdicate tons of hours to get the joy out of a single game. Thankfully, Neon Chrome [$4.99] from 10tons, adapted for mobile from PC and console, scratches that itch. It's not easy by any stretch of the imagination, and it can be punishing, but it tones down some of the harsher parts of the roguelike-inspired genre to be more accessible up front for players who just want to enjoy a game of this type. This is a game where you can extract genuine rewards from it in the early hours, while still getting long-term challenge and satisfaction. ..

As you can tell from our earlier story on the latest Disney game, November is Moana month since we are a week away from the animated film hitting the movie theaters. And, of course, Disney Crossy Road [Free] wasn't going to be left out of the Moana party. In the latest update, Disney is bringing over the world of Lalotai where you can explore the Realm of Monsters with, of course, new figurines likes Moana herself, Maui, Pua, Heihei, and many more. Surviving won't be that easy since you'll have to dodge all kinds of weird monsters including eight-eyed bats and more. There are even water geysers that might return you back to the world of those puny humans...

A few weeks ago, we wrote that Candy Crush [Free] was going to become a TV game show, and now it seems CBS is ready to recruit players for it. The network has sent out a nationwide open casting call today, so here's your chance to be on TV. Contestants will be playing in the Candy Crush Arena in teams of two, and you can either apply on your own (and get matched with someone you don't know) or apply with a teammate. You and your teammate will take on the obstacles of the Candy Kingdom that will be, unsurprisingly, all about match-3. The game's executive producer said that they are looking for fun, outgoing Candy Crush players who want to compete on the "biggest, swipeable, interactive board game ever created." And just in case you were wondering, there will be a big crash prize at the end of all that candy...

Disney is ramping up advertising for its upcoming Moana animated film, so the App Store couldn't be an exception. Moana: Rhythm Run [$6.99] has you playing as Moana and Maui and you tap your way through the game in the rhythm of the songs from Moana's soundtrack. Your mission is to restore the Heart of Te Fiti, and to do so, you'll have to travel far, take on the Kakamora pirates, and encounter all kinds of characters and villains from the upcoming film. The game spans sea and land in over 70 levels, and you'll have to run and jump to the rhythm of the music if you want to survive...

After releasing the first episodes weeks apart on PC and iOS, Telltale has finally managed to get the iOS Batman - The Telltale Series' [$4.99] episodes ready to come out at the same time. Episode 4, Guardian of Gotham, will be launching November 22nd on all platforms. Telltale notes that episode 4 will take players in very different places depending on their choices during the third episode, so this might be the most diverging story Telltale has done so far. In Episode 4 (spoilers), we have Penguin running Wayne Enterprises and Bruce, well, not where you thought he would be. I won't spoil that part because it's probably worth finding out yourselves what has happened to Bruce Wayne and Batman. The episode will give players some very crucial decisions to make that will heavily influence the way the last episode of the series will play...

Earlier today, we looked at the release of adventure game Little Briar Rose [$2.99], which was a triumph in visual design with an ambitious attempt at a colorful stained glass graphical approach. With its own understated and minimalistic aesthetic, Islands: Non-Places [$2.99] is the very antithesis of Little Briar Rose, but at the same time equally impressive. Islands started its life as a collection of beautiful gifs from the artist Carl Burton, who has been featured in The New York Times in the past, as well as a whole host of other endeavours. His stunning gifs featured some visceral environments that were just begging to be explored, so it was a relatively logical step to create Islands, an audio-visual experience that gives another perspective to seemingly mundane landscapes...

While the move towards further realism and detail in graphical design has given us some truly stunning games on iOS such as Infinity Blade 3 [$0.99] and Eisenhorn: Xenos [$5.99], sometimes imagination, creativity and innovation can trump pure power. Little Briar Rose [$2.99] is one such game - developers Elf Games Work have taken the extremely interesting approach of coating every element of the title with a stained glass window aesthetic design. This unique and audacious art direction, coupled with an expansive and immersive fairy-tale world to explore, culminates in a truly jaw-droppingly beautiful adventure game that stands out from similar point and click titles on the iPhone, and is available now on the App Store for $2.99...

'Yankai's Triangle' Review - A Game with Kaleidoscope Eyes

Yankai's Triangle [$2.99] is weird. It seems to have a never-ending number of stages. Sometimes it looks at you. The colors are subdued one level, then shockingly bright the next. The scoring system is hard to make sense of. Everything is a little grainy. The eyes are watching. You might run into an absurdly difficult level followed by an astonishingly simple one immediately after. Before each level there are some symbols that mean something, but it's hard to say what unless you really watch carefully. Sometimes there are teeth. The game also introduces each and every level with a title card saying the level number followed with "by Kenny Sun". Perhaps the weirdest thing of all is that you're not doing much more than spinning triangles around, trying to match colors to make bigger triangles, and yet it's nearly impossible to put down...

It is exceedingly unlikely that Square Enix will ever make another Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99 / $15.99 (HD)] game, at least in the traditional sense. I don't say that to be a wet blanket, it's just the way that it is. The series that seemingly introduced so many Western console players to strategy RPGs, a genre which has recently seen a serious boom in popularity worldwide, has apparently rode off into the night with its creator, Yasumi Matsuno. The weak reception to the third game in the series, Final Fantasy Tactics A2, probably didn't help matters, and without Matsuno at Square Enix to champion for it, the publisher looks to have lost interest in the brand. There were a couple of free-to-play browser games that didn't really go anywhere, but I suspect that's not the sort of thing that series fans are looking for anyway. What to do?..

I've been a huge F1 fan for over twenty five years and still watch it religiously. And I've also had the chance to play a couple of the Codemasters' F1 PC games in the past, so I have a pretty good sense of what the developer brings to the racing genre. So, when I heard at the Apple keynote that Codemasters was bringing what looked like a full F1 game to mobile, I was very excited. I love racing games on mobile, and I always thought that a well-made F1 game with the actual license and tracks would be great. Now we finally got F1 2016 [$9.99], and I have to say I'm impressed in some ways and quite disappointed in others. First of all, this game has way more content than I expected it to have in terms of modes and ways to play it. At the same time, half of those modes are marred by incredibly dumb AI opponents. And on top of that, there are numerous bugs and design decisions that make playing the game frustrating at times. When the driving clicks, though, the game is really fun...

Good news for football fans out there (and yes, football, not soccer). Sports Interactive's Football Manager Mobile 2017 [$8.99] is finally out, so now you can go coach your favorite team on the go. FM Mobile 2017 lets you coach teams from 15 countries, with Poland and Turkey being the new countries on the block in this year's edition. You get to pick your starting eleven, make the appropriate transfers to strengthen your squad, pick your tactics, and much more. And when all is ready to go, you can watch the match in a 2D engine (although you can't watch the full match; just highlights). If you like sports management games, this is probably the best one you can get on a phone in terms of depth, refinement, and entertainment...

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