Category Archives: News

Something we see a ton from developers is endless amounts of theorycrafting when it comes to when the right time to release your game is. I've heard folks suggesting to release games before events, after events, or even during events like GDC or E3. Similarly, ever since the year-end iTunes freeze started becoming a thing, other developers' entire launch strategy has revolved around doing everything they can to cement themselves in the charts when iTunes freezes...

Asher Vollmer has been tweeting about the performance of Threes [$2.99 / Free] and its recently-released free version. It comes over a year after the initial paid release, and while the paid game did really well for him and his team by most accounts, there was some question as to whether the free version would be worthwhile so long after the paid version released. Well, the data that Vollmer has released indicates that the free Threes is making as much money right now as the paid version is, just off of incentivized video ads to get more game sessions. Vollmer compiled a Storify page of his tweets talking about the free version...

'Hex Brutal' is an Old-School Shmup from Appsolute, Launching This Week

Appsolute Games is putting out games on the regular, and their latest game is pretty neat. Hex Brutal is a horizontally-scrolling shoot 'em up launching for free on the App Store this week. I've worried when talking about shmups recently that I call anything a "bullet hell" game when they might not fit that qualification. Well, Hex Brutal is more akin to Gradius and other old-school shmups, where the challenges come from tricky enemy formations and obstacles in your way that you have to shoot down. It's a refreshing change of pace, as there's more to life than just dodging bullets...

'Incurve' is a Challenging Premium High Score Game from the 'Pinna' Developer

Independent developer Riku Tamminen, developer of Pinna [Free], has announced his newest game, called Incurve. This game has you launching a red ball upward through shifting mazes, as you orbit floating orbs. Each orb you hit gives you more points, but you must be careful to launch yourself at the right angle in order to hit another orb and not go flying off of the screen. The walls will move, so you might bounce off of one of them, or you might hit a floor that's only there for a brief moment. Be quick, and be careful...

Puzzle-Strategy Hybrid 'The Long Siege' Launches This Week

I'm getting soft when it comes to match-3 games. You Must Build a Boat [$2.99] turned out to be a ton of fun, I'm excited about Adventure Time Puzzle Quest, and now The Long Siege threatens to make me get over my curmudgeonly match-3 ways. It's releasing this week on Thursday, July 23rd, for $1.99, and not only does it look stylish, it's a ton of fun, and does some cool things differently from other match-3 RPG-type games...

'Tilt to Live' Creators One Man Left Bringing 'Space Food Truck' to iOS

One Man Left, developers of fine games such as Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous [$2.99] and Outwitters [Free], announced a new game, Space Food Truck, in the past couple of weeks, but I was disappointed to learn that it wasn't coming to mobile. Well, apparently One Man Left pulled a 180, and have announced that they're bringing the game to iPad and Android tablets as well as to desktop. The plan is for the game to hit desktop first, and then to launch on mobile...

From the Forums: 'Snail Bob 2' from TinyBuild Games Needs Beta Testers

Want to help TinyBuild help test their upcoming physics puzzler Snail Bob 2? Well, they've just posted on our forums that they're launching an open beta test for the game. Thanks to the new Testflight, they should have a bunch of slots for interested readers. TinyBuild claims the game has been played over a million times across its myriad versions, and we've gotten to check out an early version of the game:..

Sad news (but with a silver lining) for all Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] fans out there as Tommasso Checchi, an MCPE developer, has announced on Twitter that they won't start the beta for the new update on the 29th of this month, as was the original plan. In case you don't remember, the upcoming update is supposed to coincide with the release of Windows 10 and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and will add a billion new features. According to Tommasso, while they could start the beta on the 29th, that would mean no Enchanting, Music, or Controller support, which would be a disappointment to many. The new goal is August, hopefully...

'Adventure Time Puzzle Quest' Launching this Thursday, New Trailer Released

Back in May we learned that D3 Publishing was teaming up with Cartoon Network to create a Puzzle Quest spinoff based on Adventure Time, and today we've learned that that game–the appropriately titled Adventure Time Puzzle Quest–is all set to launch this Thursday. In connection with the release date announcement, a new Adventure Time Puzzle Quest trailer has been released, so give it a look...

In Upcoming Game 'Spelldom' You Attack Towns With Words 'Clash of Clans'-Style

In a refreshing take on strategy and word-building games, upcoming game Spelldom has you setting up various defenses to protect your Castle from your word-wielding opponents. In this game, you can protect your town by using a variety of defenses in order to stop other players from looting your Castle and then take your word-building skills on the attack to take down other players' Castles. The game has both a singleplayer and a multiplayer mode, with the latter being where the game will probably shine. According to the developers, Hangzone, you'll be able to team up with other players from around the world to share strategies and together get to the top of the Team Rankings. The game will also offer daily and other challenges that will allow you to earn special awards to display in your town...

We live in a world where Game of War [Free] has had both Kate Upton and Mariah Carey under its wings and Liam Neeson has been in a Clash of Clans [Free] SuperBowl commercial... So, is today's news that UFC's Ronda Rousey is coming onboard as the official Taichi Panda [Free] spokesperson really that weird? I mean, Taichi Panda is a free to play beat 'em up sort of thing and Ronda Rousey is really, really good at beating people up so as far as celebrity endorsements and tie ins are concerned, this makes more sense than most. If this is the first time you've heard of Ronda Rousey, I think the best introduction is this video where she wins against Cat Zingano via submission in 14 seconds:..

Smart Boy, A Cool Nintendo Smartphone Concept

Have you ever sat to think how a Nintendo Smartphone would look like if the company decided to branch out into the mobile phone world? Well, Pierre Cerveau did, and what he came up with looks like a plausible product. As you can see from the screenshots below, the smartphone lacks any physical buttons on the front and has very thin bezels. The back has the necessary camera and a slot for extra memory, an extra battery, but also an additional 13MP Camera. Of course, what makes this concept phone a gaming device is the Game Bat that attaches on the side of the phone and has a D-Pad, four buttons and a thumbstick in a configuration that looks like the Super NES (minus the thumbstick). Of course, the main question would be what OS would it run; would it go with its own OS, or would it go the Android route and have a much larger possible library from the get go?..

Touchstone Tavern #9 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

Well, we are almost there, aren't we? With just two days to go until Blizzard's big Hearthstone [Free] reveal, I, and I'm sure many of you, wonder what might Blizzard have in store for us. Most people are still leaning towards an expansion announcement with, maybe, something extra, too. I wonder whether Blizzard will manage to thrill or disappoint its increasingly-demanding Hearthstone player base. We need to keep in mind that Hearthstone has been changing rapidly this year, going from a fun card game to an all-out e-sport with thousands of dollars on the line. I believe Blizzard is aware of the changing landscape around its originally-niche card game and has adjusted its future plans accordingly. Still, sometimes a company defines a game's direction while other times the fanbase does. So, we will  see what we will see. Not long to wait, now...

Update Mondays: 'Adventure Time Game Wizard', 'WWE 2K', 'King Of Thieves', 'Harmony 3', 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 a bit of a light one this week, so you'll have to settle for a slightly shorter read than usual. I hope you'll forgive me! 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!..

'Pac-Man Bounce' is an Interesting Puzzle Game Soft Launched in Canada and Australia

While perhaps we're all waiting on both Pac-Man 256 and Pac-Man Championship Edition to release on mobile, Namco's got another Pac-Man game that actually looks pretty interesting, called Pac-Man Bounce. This one is a puzzle game where you must move different directional blocks around to get Pac-Man to eat all the dots in the level in one go, without failing through touching a ghost, or falling in a pit, or whatever methods a Pac-Man meets his demise by. The game throws in an interesting wrinkle, where Pac-Man can bounce diagonally off of walls in order to complete mazes...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'This War of Mine' for iPad

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

From The Forums: 'Adventure to Fate: Future Apocalypse' is TouchMint's Next RPG

TouchMint has made a couple of solid RPGs in their Adventure to Fate [$2.99] series, with the sequel Adventure to Fate: Battle Arena [Free] being a much-improved and entertaining sequel that's free to try out. Now, TouchMint has announced on our forums that there's a third game in the series coming. Prepare for Adventure to Fate: Future Apocalypse. In this game, you'll be assembling the pieces of a time machine from a futuristic wasteland, trying to go back in time to prevent the eponymous apocalypse. Here's a trailer for Battle Arena to get a clue of what to expect:..

If you like to do your wrestling on your mobile devices rather than a sweaty ring, then you've probably played WWE 2K [$7.99] already. Good news for you, then, since an update has just come out and has made the game play much better. When the game first came out, we really liked it overall, but we did feel that the gesture controls definitely took some warming up to. Well, apparently 2K listened to us (not really) and has focused this update on improving the gesture controls. More specifically, the new update improves multi-swipe gesture to allow for a wider range of motion based on distance and on the angle of the swipe. This improved multi-swipe range applies to Signature Moves, Pins and Submission Breaks, and Finishers. In addition to this improvement, the update also fine-tunes single directional swipes to improve Grapples and Reversals. Finally, the update also increased move responsiveness for the Climb and Pin actions, among other moves, and enhanced swipe recognition to make submissions easier to perform...

'Ace of Arenas' MOBA Soft Launches in New Zealand

Mobile MOBAs are everywhere! One of the next games on the docket, Ace of Arenas has just gone in a soft-launch in the Asia-Pacific region, including New Zealand. The game is interestingly played with a virtual joystick for moving, but then you have all your attacks, abilities, and targeting accessible from your right thumb. It feels pretty good, but I'm also tolerant of virtual joysticks. Still, it's different from other games...

Harmony 3 [$1.99] from BorderLeap came out not too long ago, but if you're looking for more puzzles to play in this stylish game that combines color-based puzzles with soothing atmospheric music soundtracks, you're in luck. Chapter 4, entitled "Endurance," has just been added to the game. These bring 30 new levels that bring the total in the game to 120. Oh, and BorderLeap promises that these are probably the hardest levels in the entire series so far. So, good luck with that!..

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