Category Archives: iPhone games

Generally speaking, I'm not the sort of gamebook fan that replays books terribly often after finishing them. I'm usually okay with getting whatever story and ending comes from my choices, so long as it's an ending and not a "game over". With The Daring Mermaid Expedition [Free], however, I found myself going back a few times. It's a relatively short adventure, and it's almost impossible to satisfy your curiosity about the game's mysteries in a single play. The author takes a light approach to whole affair, and there's a playful feeling running through the whole story. I can't say it's one of my favorites from Choice Of Games, but if it catches you in the right mood, you'll probably enjoy it...

When I wrote a few days ago about the World of Tanks Blitz [Free] 2.8 Update, I described how I was glad Wargaming.net had decided to make higher Tier tanks more affordable to play by decreasing repair costs and increasing profitability. And up to that point, all was well. But then I started hearing complaints about the new passive consumables called Provisions that many felt pushed the game into pay-to-win territory. Provisions are activated automatically and have a permanent effect throughout the battle, and they aren't cheap. For instance, if you buy Improved Fuel for 6300 credits, you get 10% to engine power and 10% to turret traverse speed, both of which are substantial boosts and can really tilt the balance towards the tank with the provisions on board...




Gameloft’s take on a freemium city builder infused with Disney magic is an excellent title for those that interested in anything related to the House of Mouse. Yet, similar to other similar titles, Disney Magic Kingdoms does possess some nuance to the way it handles its timer based gameplay. We’ve been playing it quite a bit in order to build our ideal Disney park (hint, it doesn’t involve putting the Astro Orbiters in front of the entrance to Tomrorowland) and have a few tips to impart for those looking to build without resorting to IAP...

A couple of weeks ago, Square Enix released a wonderful remake of their 16-bit classic Romancing SaGa 2 on iOS, Android, and Vita in Japan. After putting the game through its paces, I put together some impressions of the game, but wondered at the end if the rest of world had a chance of seeing the game or not. After all, Romancing SaGa 2 had never been released outside of Japan before, and the last time any game in the series did get an international release was more than a decade ago. Well, chin up, friends. Direct from the game's official Twitter account just a few minutes ago, Romancing SaGa 2 will be launching worldwide on iOS and Android "soon"...

RPG Reload Presents - The History Of Handheld RPGs, Part Eight

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're continuing our little monthly project looking at the history of handheld RPGs. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Last month, we looked at the most successful dedicated handheld of all-time, the Nintendo DS, and the bounty of RPGs it brought with it. Quite impressive for a piece of hardware that most pundits felt had little chance against the opposition. This month, we're taking a look at the opposition in question, the Sony PlayStation Portable. Although it started its life playing the less-desirable role in a David vs. Goliath match-up, it would in time be the subject of its own feel-good comeback story. Most importantly for us here in the RPG Reload, it was home to a massive library of excellent RPGs...

There's no denying that the surfer culture is an extremely laid back one, so it's sort of apropos that Diverso Games' latest title Go Surf [$2.99] shuffled onto the App Store just a wee bit later than all of yesterday's new releases. Hey, it's cool bro! We're all a little late sometimes. If you aren't aware of Go Surf from our previous coverage, it's a super-stylish one-tap endless surfing game that does a wonderful job at capturing the beach lifestyle. Check out the trailer...

And now we've seen them all. Yogg-Saron, the last God from the Whispers of the Old Gods Hearthstone [Free] expansion has finally been unveiled, and he's kind of crazy. Yogg-Saron, Hope's End (as is the card's full name) is a ten mana 7/5 Legendary with a battlecry "Cast a random spell for each spell you've cast this game (targets chosen randomly). Crazy, right? First, a few clarifications straight for the horse's (Blizzard's) twitter account. This battlecry affects all potential targets, including your own hero, the spells are randomly selected from all the collectible spells and one is cast for each spell you've played, when played in Standard Yogg-Saron will only cast Standard spells, and his spells might target himself but even if destroyed, the full Battlecry will still take place...

'Disney Crossy Road' Review - Mickey Can't Beat a Train

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Such is the philosophy that Disney Crossy Road [Free] abides by. It pretty much lives up to its title, in that it's Crossy Road [Free] but with Disney characters and themes. And it is a Disney geek's dream. It would have been easy to just throw Disney characters into the classic Crossy Road level and call it a day, but it's quite clear that Disney and Hipster Whale wouldn't just do that. They threw in over a hundred characters at launch, with themes that don't just change the graphics, but add little tweaks to the gameplay. And they added cool little notes that make this something every Disney fan needs to play. Plus, Crossy Road is still great...

Good news! KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ [Free] just popped up on the App Store, so this week is suddenly shaping up to be a pretty good one in terms of releases. If you don't know much about the game, Tetsuya Nomura described the game as taking place during the beginning of the KINGDOM HEARTS series. It takes place in the world of the fairy tales talked about throughout the series and before the Keyblade War. You'll play as one of the many keyblade wielders. In the game you'll fight the Heartless as you explore Disney's worlds (more Disney themes on the App Store today after Disney Crossy Road [Free]). You can collect and evolve hundreds of character medals containing the power of popular Disney and FINAL FANTASY heroes and villains, which was a blend I always found fascinating in the KINGDOM HEARTS games...

If you dislike RNG in Hearthstone [Free], then you should definitely stay away from today's Tavern Brawl, Too Many Portals. If you enjoy all kinds of crazy RNG-induced shenanigans, you're about to have a blast. This Brawl isn't new, but it's still one of the most iconic Brawls we've gotten up to now partly because it emphasizes the craziness of the mode. If you haven't played Tavern Brawl in the past, in this one the master mages of Dalaran have gone too far and ended up opening up hundreds of portals (sounds like Mickey in Fantasia). Now, you choose a class, get a few class-specific spells and plenty of Unstable Portals, and you start slinging them around and hope for the best...

World of Tanks Blitz [Free] is one of those games that hits a great balance between short, fun gameplay and long-term goals, and that's why I often return to it. The way you advance in WOT Blitz is by researching higher Tier tanks up to the top Tier X beasts. And trust me when I say, going to Tier X takes a long, long time. However, an issue that WOT Blitz has had pretty much since the beginning was that higher Tier tanks (especially Tier IX-X) would often cost you money rather than give you money even when you won, and that was due to the high cost of repairs after each round. Now, Wargaming.net has finally decided to fix this issue with Update 2.8 that aims to make playing higher tier tanks worth playing...

If you've enjoyed Telltale's Minecraft Story Mode but now want to go back to building and blowing things up in Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99], Mojang is making it possible that you can have the best of both worlds, sort of. In celebration of Story Mode Season One's conclusion, Minecraft PE is getting a skin pack that lets you dress up as Jesse, Olivia, Axel, Petra, and many more of the character from Telltale's take on the Minecraft Universe. There's a total of 27 skins in this pack, and they are all free on iOS between April 6th and 12th. After that, the pack will cost $2.99, so make sure you pick it up before the 12th (part of the skin pack will remain free forever). There's even a Story Mode-themed arena map that recreates Soren's mob-grinder, so good luck surviving that...

Rayark's Implosion: Never Lose Hope [$9.99] was one of our favorite games of 2015 thanks to its impressively deep and stylish gameplay. It's a rare premium action game in a market full of smaller pick-up-and-play titles, and the lack of any IAP was certainly a plus for many players. That kind of gaming experience commanded a relatively higher price than many other mobile games, and if it was a little too high for you, I've got some good news for you today: Implosion is now on sale for its lowest price ever...

'Mimpi Dreams' Review - Dream A Little Dream

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April 5th, 2016 11:45 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in $2.99, 4 stars, iPad Games, iPhone games, Platform, Puzzle, Reviews
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The original Mimpi [Free] was a cute, somewhat short puzzle-platformer with inspired art design and serviceable controls. Mimpi Dreams [$2.99], the sequel, is a cute, somewhat short puzzle-platformer with inspired art design and excellent controls. The original game was an excellent little bit of fun and still holds up quite well today, and the follow-up offers up another tasty serving with a few useful refinements. While its brevity and relative lack of difficulty might turn off those looking for something more substantial to sink their teeth into, Mimpi Dreams has enough appeal to carry it far...

'King Rabbit' Review - The King Has Returned

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April 5th, 2016 10:50 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in $0.99, 5 stars, Action, Arcade, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Making video game sequels has always been a tricky business, but in the modern age of updates and add-ons, I can't even imagine how difficult it is to make the best choice for a follow-up. On the App Store in particular, the audience has become accustomed to getting reasonably significant additional content delivered as free updates, with games like Angry Birds [$0.99] and Candy Crush Saga [Free] getting enough free add-ons to construct a dozen sequels under the old rules. Unless you're one of the biggest dogs in the yard, however, it doesn't take long for such efforts to yield weak dividends, since relatively few players ever actually play through all of the content in the base game to begin with. Now, if you're making the kind of game where you can make your sequel look obviously different in some regard, it's less of a problem, but for puzzle games, it can be difficult to sway people over to a new installment...

Hi there, friends! It's time once again for the RPG Reload Podcast, where Eric, Andy, and I discuss all kinds of things RPG and otherwise. First of all, I have to apologize. This was recorded at the height of a nasty cold I had, and I sound exactly how I felt. I hope to be more perky next month. Our featured game this time around is Hunters Episode One [$4.99 / $4.99 (HD)], which isn't exactly a massive epic. That leaves us with lots of time to talk about other things, and gosh, do we ever. I'd say my favorite part of this episode is hearing about Eric's trip to Blizzard to check out the latest Hearthstone [Free] info. I personally don't know much about the game past playing it a few times here and there, but Eric and Andy are scholarly enough to discuss the topic thoroughly...

In January of this year I was pleased to see Sega release an update for Sonic 4 Episode 2 [$2.99] that addressed some iOS compatibility issues which had rendered the game unplayable. Sure the game was broken for about 2.5 years before the fix arrived, but I was still glad to see it arrive at all and, perhaps feeling a bit too optimistic, I also said "Although it's never been broken by iOS, I sure wouldn't mind Sonic The Hedgehog 4 Episode 1 [$2.99] getting a little update love with some widescreen action." Well hey, guess what? Sega has done just that with an update released just this morning. Not only is the game properly widescreen now, but the art itself has been cleaned up for modern iOS device resolutions. Here's a bunch of comparison shots from before and after today's update, click on any of them to enlarge...

While many genres are forced to stick with conventions (action games typically have an ending, for example), puzzle games can basically do whatever they want. That's both a boon and a curse, as developers can often completely blow your mind or go so far out there that the concept doesn't quite land. Perfect Angle [$1.99] actually manages to encapsulate both of those concepts, oddly enough...

Update Mondays: 'WWE Immortals', 'Jump Jack', 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Brave Frontier', 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. Well, I'm mostly recovered from last week's cold, though it did hang on through most of the week. But you're not here for Shaun updates, are you? You're here for game updates, and we've got a nice little selection this time around. 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!..

Just like everyone else in the Hearthstone [Free] universe, I'm also anxiously waiting for Standard mode to finally hit Blizzard's CCG and radically change the game, hopefully for the better. From what we know so far, we expect the new Standard/Wild format split and the Whispers of the Old Gods expansion to hit late April early May, and now we may actually have an approximate date, April 26th. Where did we get this date? Well, if you go to the Battle.net client and try to buy the Curse of Naxxramas Adventure, you get a warning that starting April 26th, cards from this set will only be playable in Wild play format and you won't be able to purchase this adventure any more...

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