Category Archives: News

As if the huge list of new releases from earlier wasn't enough, Stoic's tactical RPG The Banner Saga [] has also just arrived in the App Store. The Banner Saga launched on PC in January of this year to critical acclaim, and in June it was confirmed that the game would be heading to "tablets" sometime this summer. That meant that it was at the very least heading to iPad, but as it turns out The Banner Saga is a Universal app for iPhones, too. Check out the PC version launch trailer...

Out Now: 'Card Dungeon', 'Beatbuddy HD', 'Inferno 2', 'Tiny Troopers: Alliance', 'Star Warfare 2: Payback', 'Adventure Xpress' and More

It's my favorite night of the week, new iOS game release night, and this week brings a lot of interesting new games for your iOS devices. However, while there's plenty of great stuff on the list below, there's also a bit of bad news. NHL 2K was supposed to launch tonight, but at the last minute it was delayed for reasons unknown. Also, the awesome looking board game/card game/dungeon crawler mashup Card Dungeon that we checked out way back in April was also supposed to launch tonight, but is currently embroiled in Apple approval hell and so far hasn't shown up yet. We'll keep our eye on both of those situations, but for now load up on all the games below and let us know what you're picking up tonight...

'Zombie Highway 2' Launches on October 9th

Auxbrain's latest entry in the Zombie Highway [Free] series, Zombie Highway 2, has a release date locked in for next Thursday, October 9th. This is the latest main entry into the popular series, with last year's Zombie Highway: Driver's Ed [Free] being a sort of spinoff that uses some of the tech that powers ZH2. However, where that game was all driving in the desert with no shooting, this brings some powerful new weaponry to help get the zombies off when scraping them off won't work, like auto-shotguns and laser rifles. Cars have nitro to help get zombies off quicker, as well. And the game travels to a bunch of new locales. Check out a new trailer for the game below:..

I am all about wacky cross-promotions that make no sense whatsoever, which is why I'm here to talk about Crazy Taxi: City Rush's [Free] latest update which adds WWE wrestler and '80s icon Hulk Hogan as a playable character. Why Hulk Hogan? Is it because his snazzy yellow tank tops are of a similar color to taxi cabs? Or because he "runs wild" over things and the taxis in Crazy Taxi run wild in the streets dropping off passengers? Maybe. I don't really no, nor do I really care. I can drive a taxi cab around as Hulk Hogan and that's all that really matters...

An Angry Birds movie has been a "thing" that's supposedly been in the works for what feels like forever. In early 2011, Rooster Teeth imagined what it would be like if Michael Bay directed an Angry Birds movie, and it was quite hilarious. But in June of that year, Rovio began officially teasing clues that they were serious about making an Angry Birds movie. I mean, there's Angry Birds everything else already, right? Plus their online animated series Angry Birds Toons is actually pretty darn good. In late 2012, on the original Angry Birds' [$0.99] 3rd anniversary, it became officially official: an Angry Birds movie would hit theaters in the summer of 2016...

'South Park Pinball' in the Works from Zen Studios

Zen Studios has done a wonderful job of taking popular IPs and transforming them into awesome pinball tables, from their suite of Marvel Pinball [$0.99] tables, to Star Wars Pinball [$1.99] and The Walking Dead Pinball [$1.99]. Today, the company is teasing on their blog another licensed pinball deal, this time dealing with South Park. Literally no details were revealed other than this teaser image, but even this has me pretty excited...

Modern Combat 5: Blackout [$6.99] was updated quite recently for Metal, but support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was sadly missing. Not any more: today, Gameloft has updated MC5 with support for the new higher-resolution iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This means no more scaling-up of graphics: the game's visual fidelity is now unsullied by upscaling, huzzah! There was a "sky glitch" for a short bit, but thanks to a hotfix, Gameloft fixed that. The sky is no longer falling, and that is a good thing. Check out a comparison screenshot of the game running the iPhone 6 Plus: pre-optimization on the left, post-optimization on the right, click for full size:..

Alright, so I'm pretty stoked for this week's whole assortment of games, but one I'm particularly excited for: Adventure Xpress. It seems like everything Adult Swim makes and everything PikPok makes is great, and while I'm bordering on getting tired of free to play puzzle RPGs… I've got a great feeling about this one solely because of the talent behind it...

Hands-On with 'Run, Sackboy, Run!', Currently Soft-Launched in New Zealand

Earlier this month, Sony announced their intention to bring the LittleBigPlanet series to mobile platforms with Run, Sackboy, Run! The game is a side-scrolling auto-runner that features plenty of unlockables and even the ability to unlock special items in the console versions of LittleBigPlanet. Sony is no stranger to mobile tie-in games that connect to their console big brothers, but thus far none of their mobile offerings have been particularly strong on their own. I was really hoping Run, Sackboy, Run! would break that tradition. Late this past Friday, Run, Sackboy, Run! soft-launched in the New Zealand App Store, so I figured I'd grab this early version and see what it was all about...

Hey, everyone, did you know that not one, but two new Final Fantasy games were released in the last few weeks for iOS? Of course you do, because you are an avid TouchArcade reader. These are, of course, free-to-play spin-offs, but nostalgia cares not for your logic, so I think perhaps some of you want to know a little bit more about Final Fantasy: World Wide Words and Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, even if their chances of an English release appear to be dim and marginal respectively. By a stroke of luck, someone flipped the dipswitch in my system settings to Japanese, so I thought I'd bring you some brief impressions of both games. Perhaps it will help you decide how much you care if they never release outside Japan, or drop into the local App Store without a bit of English like Pictlogica Final Fantasy [Free] did...

If you fancy yourself something of a sport-drinker, chances are you've played or at least heard of a popular drinking game called Power Hour. The idea is simple: A playlist filled with 60 different songs plays 1-minute snippets of each song. Every time the song changes, you take a shot of beer. By the end of the hour, the goal is to have taken 60 total shots of beer. Sound easy? It's not. At all. I'm not some superstar drinker by any means, but I can definitely toss a few back. However, making it to the end of Power Hour is a struggle, and I've seen the game take down far better drinkers than me over the years...

Long-time Mac game developer Freeverse was one of the companies who ushered in gaming on the iPhone back in the device's infancy. If you walk the halls of the TouchArcade archives from the 2008-2009 era, practically every other story was featuring some type of Freeverse game. In fact, even before the App Store officially opened in July of 2008, Freeverse had multiple titles in the works for iOS. Their hits were quite numerous: Flick Fishing, Slotz Racer, Warpgate, Skee-Ball, MotoChaser… chances are pretty good that if you were gaming on your iOS device in the early years of the App Store, you had a Freeverse game or two installed...

Adult Swim and PikPok's Match-3 RPG 'Adventure Xpress' Releases on Thursday

Adult Swim Games and PikPok have a new game coming out on Thursday, October 2nd, called Adventure Xpress. This is their entry into the match-3 RPG field, as players control a delivery person in a world where mail carriers are attacked frequently by bandits and other miscreants. But these mail carriers fight back by way of matching gems to hit their enemies, charging up spells, and using the various elemental advantages to try and come out ahead in battle. There are of course upgrades and new items to buy, as this is an RPG, and the game will be free-to-play...

Subway Planning is Surprisingly Fun in 'Mini Metro,' Coming to iOS Later This Year

When I was in the eighth grade, a city planner came to my pre-algebra class to talk about the mathematics involved in managing traffic lights. He gave a series of problems and asked us to find ways to shuffle the maximum number of cars through a given intersection quickly and safely. Even the most basic questions were surprisingly complex and way beyond my group of hormone-addled pre-teens...

If there's one thing you can say about developer Kairosoft, it's that they crank out games at an incredible pace. Unfortunately, none of those games have been Game Dev Story 2 just yet, but still, if you're into their particular brand of simulations then you have more quality games than you likely even have time to play. Their latest game is The Pyraplex [$4.99], which a few people in our forums have described as "Like Mega Mall Story but in a pyramid."..

Copyright 2014, TouchArcade.com, LLC.