Category Archives: News

TuoMuseo released Father and Son [Free] last week on the App Store, and there's a couple of particularly noteworthy aspects to this. One is that the game was published by the Archaeological Museum of Naples. TuoMuseo is a non-profit organization that describes itself as "active in the intersection between cultural heritage and videogames" featuring a couple of AAA veterans. The other intriguing thing about Father and Son is that in order to unlock some new costumes and an in-game location, you have to actually check in at the Archaeological Museum of Naples. Yes, in Italy. ..

Jason Pickering released Ms. Spell [$0.99] last week, and it's a pretty neat roguelike. Pickering also has some plans for updates to the game, which he's revealed in our forums. The idea is that content packs will be added to the game over time, featuring 5-8 new items. Some will be unlock able, others will be immediately available, but others still will be secret and left to players to discover through specific actions. One thing is the potential of new tile sets that work like "special" levels when you go through a portal with special unique enemies. Right now, there's only one unique enemy, Baron Mortis, but you'll see more of these in content packs. ..




Devolver Digital Released a 40-Minute Trailer for Sci-Fi Clicker 'Spaceplan'

Devolver Digital doesn't release as many mobile games I'd like them to, but I am a biased mobile fanboy. So, when they do have a mobile release, it's big news, becasue thee publisher has a great track record for quality. Next up for them is Spaceplan. And to get the word out there, they've released a trailer, as many publishers and developers would do. It's just that it's a 40 minute trailer. Sit back, put your headphones on, and check out this curious trailer:..

Cheap and Strong Un'Goro Decks, Quest Talk, Warrior Taunt, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #94

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] column that brings together the best news and videos from the previous seven day. And what happened in the world of Hearthstone last week? Rogue Quest is still being talked about but not to the extent it had been the last couple of weeks. Instead, there were plenty of positive stories that talked about how great the Un'Goro meta is at the moment. We also have the best decks to play right now as well as the best decks if you're low on cards and dust. There's even a Street Fighter story today. Let us begin...

'Dungeon, Inc.' From PikPok Will Combine 'Doomsday Clicker' Style Gameplay with Raiding

PikPok has announced their next game, Dungeon, Inc. Combining with clickers with some elements of dungeon-keeping, you'll build up your dungeon, including a bunch of idle revenue generators. You'll start to find new buildings, and recruit monsters to populate your dungeons to not just help you get a lot more gold, but also to help you fight other players with your malevolent monsters. Check out the trailer, and put the sound on, because it features original music from the same singer who did the hilarious music in Doomsday Clicker [Free] and Monsters Ate My Metropolis [Free], which is rather informative here!..

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Injustice: Gods Among Us', 'Warbits', 'Disney Crossy Road', 'Dungeon Link', 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. Okay, I've got my tie on real neat-like, so I'm going to try to do this week's updates without being as off-the-wall as I have been the last couple of weeks. Some really awesome stuff this week, so it should be easy unless one of the games mentions ESPORTS or something. What are the odds of that, though? 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!..

It's a wrap for us this week here at TouchArcade, and provided nothing crazy happens in the world of iOS gaming, we'll see you again on Monday morning for Shaun's Update Mondays and Tasos's Touchstone Tavern Hearthstone [Free] roundup before diving in head-first to whatever awesome mobile games get released and whatever rad looking mobile games are coming soon. We've been doing this for years now, and to keep doing what we're doing, we need your help. Whether you're here for our game reviews, to read about upcoming games, find games on sale, listen to our podcast, or participate in your community, we're glad to have you. If the feeling is mutual, which I hope it is, there's a few things you can do to help keep TouchArcade alive in this weird changing world of mobile gaming, which for numerous reasons has jeopardized the future of third party editorial sites like ours...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Get Me Outta Here'

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...

Apparently, there's a big Clash of Clans [Free] war coming up this weekend, and you can watch part of it if you want to. Team Reddit will fight it out with Team Forums for ultimate dominance and, of course, bragging rights in what should be a battle between some of the best players in the game. There will be two wars, a 40v40 and a 50v50 between April 21st to April 23rd. Out of all the contestants, 10 really good players were flown to Finland and will take part in a Supercell-hosted livestream that you can watch tomorrow at 3PM GMT (sorry, you'll have to do the math to figure it out)...

Orangepixel has published an interesting postmortem analysis of Meganoid 2017 [$4.99]. It covers the gamut of the game's development, the project's genesis, and how it did on various platforms. The whole thing is worth a read, but what's interesting is the talk about how, as a solo developer, Orangepixel needs a steady stream of income. And his games' long-tail performance is rather importance. So, Meganoid in many ways was built around being a quick-to-completion game, but also something that could serve as the base of other games. For example, there's a project Orangepixel has that he describes a "funny viking-style game" that runs on the same engine, with some new assets and content, it could serve as another interesting quick project to help make some money. This is how Orangepixel generally makes money: make games that can do okay on release, and then help sell them long-term through a large library and through promotions such as sales. ..

Survive the Dangerous Seas With a School of Fish in 'Fish and Trip'

Bloop Games, a two-person French studio, has announced Fish and Trip, and have exclusively shared the trailer with us to show off to our fine readers. A pun on "fish and chips" (or as a reader points out, "fishing trip") but not about fishing while tripping on strange substances (sadly?), you gather up a school of fish and try to swim around the ocean, surviving as long as possible while avoiding larger predators. One touch gameplay that allows you to swim around in circles with little difficulty is part of the equation:..

'Ever Knight' is the 'Dark Souls' of "Just Make 'Crossy Road', JEEZ"

Foolish Mortal is about to punish you with their next game.Ever Knight brings a curious strategic action style to the Crossy Road [Free] genre. It's basically an endless hack and slash, where you can move one space at a time, trying to dice through hordes of enemies. Swordsmen slash at you, spearmen will charge at you with their spears, archers hit you from a distance, and so on. ..

If you've been enjoying Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)], prepare for some more fun content this weekend as Chaos Arena makes its return to the game. If you haven't played this mode before, Chaos Arena mixes up the lane conditions and scenario rules and makes for some... chaotic matches (sorry about that). There are fun scenarios that really freshen up the game, like getting three creatures into your deck at the start of the match, switching decks with your opponent, or playing with interesting cards already on the board. There are also interesting Lane Conditions: for instance, when summoning a creature in one lane, another random one of the same cost will appear, or if you have the most cards in one lane at the end of the turn, you deal damage to your opponent, and many, many other entertaining ideas...

'Throw Pinball' Is a Pinball-Block Breaking Hybrid Looking for Testers

If you're looking for a game to scratch your pinball itch but wanted a slightly different take on the glorious—and once banned—game, check out the upcoming Throw Pinball. The game uses pinball mechanics to break blocks, and the nice thing about it is that all 75 levels are designed by hand: no procedural generation creating silliness in this game. As you can see from the trailer, the developer seems to have some fun ideas on how to offer challenging levels, and I do like the art style and palette...

Twin Stick Endless Survival 'Hyper Beam' Looking for Beta Testers in Our Forums

Twin stick shooters are some of the most entertaining games on iOS because they work surprisingly well on touchscreens. Hyper Beam, an upcoming game by Rinikulous Games, is getting the twin-stick part of twin stick shooters and combining it with an endless survival game. As you can see from the trailer, you control two little circles—could be spaceships, intergalactic blobs, your imagination is the limit—as one, using the beams linking them to take out all the enemies on screen. The game has several different type of beams, and once you charge your beams, you go into—you guessed it—hyper mode...

Kemco is a company that has had a lot of strange ups and downs since they entered the game industry during the 8-bit Nintendo boom in the 1980s. In their early days, they were most famous for their ports of Western computer games like Shadowgate and Deja Vu to the NES. In the 16-bit era, they were probably best known for publishing the Top Gear racing series from Gremlin Graphics. The next two generations were perhaps the company's darkest days, resulting in such legendarily awful games as Batman Beyond, Batman: Dark Tomorrow, and the Nintendo 64 version of Daikatana. About 10 years ago they started focusing on the blossoming mobile market, acting as the publisher of a multitude of low-budget, low-priced RPGs. A half-decade ago, they started bringing those games out worldwide, and my friends, they did not stop...

RPG Reload Glossary - Tactical RPG Video Games in the 1990s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we know iteration is the key to success. Last week, we took a look at the early history of the tactical RPG genre, covering the origins of many of its core concepts through to what is generally considered to be the game that established the genre, Nintendo's Fire Emblem. In that article, I also listed some features that I consider to define games in the TRPG genre, so I strongly encourage heading back and reading that piece before moving on with this one. In this week's article, we're picking up from where we left off last time and covering the genre's explosion in popularity in the 1990s. Both the East and the West (and by extension the console and PC sectors) would see little cottage industries spring up around their respective takes on the genre. Perhaps most remarkably of all, these two flavors of TRPG appear to have formed virtually independently of one another...

The Dread Enemy in 'Shadowgun Legends' is Totally Not The Predator

Madfinger's Shadowgun Legends is a rather intriguing title to keep an eye on in the coming months, because it totally doesn't look like it's trying to be Destiny at all. Some footage and details have steadily started to leak out, one of which being one of the new enemies in Legends, the Dread. Now, I will have you know that the Dread is totally not the Predator with its deadly exoskeleton, dreadlocks, and arm blades. Totally different from the Predator, totally legally distinct! Check out this enemy that has absolutely zero resemblance to the Predator in this trailer for Shadowgun Legends:..

Indie developer Jesse Makkonen released his psychological horror game DISTRAINT on Steam back in August of 2015, and the game was critically acclaimed and has developed quite a loyal following, even prompting the announcement of a sequel. In November of last year, he adapted the game for mobile and released it on Android where it was similarly acclaimed and garnered more than three quarters of a million downloads. Not bad! This week, the mobile version has also arrived on iOS as DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror [$0.99] and you can get a very brief glimpse of what it's like in the release trailer for the Steam version below...

I'm pretty sure there's a whole academic paper waiting to be written about Zynga's transition from Words with Friends to the just-released GIF's Against Friends [Free], both in terms of the transition to primarily-visual mediums and in terms of the antagonism so prevalent on the internet today. And even though I should be more of the words and text generation, I do enjoy the hilarity of GIFs, and that's why I think GIFs Against Friends will find an audience quite easily. This iMessage app has you inviting friends from your phone's contacts, sending them all a pretty silly prompt, and then judging the GIFs they submit anonymously...

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