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Rob's 10 Best Games of 2017 - A Purrfect Year for Mobile Gaming

2017 has been a year of competing extremes in almost every aspect, whether personal, public or within the world of iOS gaming. While so much of it was dominated by the demise of many of my favourite childhood classics with iOS 11 and the 32-bit Appocalypse (being unable to play Dungeon Raid anymore has been a particularly bitter pill to swallow), the release of an unprecedented barrage of high-quality games have made 2017’s struggles slightly easier to take. While phenomenal ports of complete console titles have been fantastic to Witness (no pun intended), and the typically strong showing of innovative indie classics have only further emphasised iOS’s strengths as a serious gaming platform, it has been you - the iOS community - that has been the highlight of my 2017. Whether it’s developers revealing insights into the hottest upcoming games, people sharing their experiences with recent and classic mobile releases, or even heated debate over Taylor Swift and Brawl Stars, the TouchArcade Forums and especially the Discord community have been particularly fantastic points of refuge for not only passionate mobile gamers, but also for a lovely group of friendly people. From both a personal and professional level, my thanks go to everyone who has been actively supporting our community and helping it go from strength to strength over the past twelve months. Alright, enough rambling - here are the top ten iOS games that were particularly memorable for me in 2017, in no particular order:..

Minecraft's [$6.99] empty oceans are about to get much more populated once the upcoming Update Aquatic hits in 2018. The developers decided to give us an early present by teasing us about a new water mob, turtles. Turtles will make their nests on shorelines across various biomes, and their young ones will scamper down to the water, according to the official description. The turtle textures in the screenshot below will likely be temporary and might change before they are added to the game. That's pretty much all the info we have on the turtles. I wonder if we'll get any uses for turtle shells (guitars?), although I'd hate to have to kill those cute creatures...




'Ninja Attack! is Frosty Pop Corp's Trippy Homage to the 'Shinobi' Ninja Star Throwing Bonus Level, Coming in February

One of the funny side effects of being a broke little kid growing up during the heyday of arcades is that I probably spent more time watching video games than actually playing them. I mean, once you run out of quarters that's kind of it, you know? So how would I spend that extra time at the arcade before mom said she'd pick me up? I'd just watch. Sometimes I'd be able to watch an actual live human being playing a game, but more often than not I'd just check out each game's attract mode. Video games, and especially arcade games with their superior (at the time) visuals, were mesmerizing to me, so I found great satisfaction just watching them in motion even if it was just a short demo mode. I have a great fondness for attract modes due to that, and even as my gaming turned more to increasingly powerful home consoles, I'd still just sometimes kick back and watch an attract mode just because it entertained me. Heck, even as a nearly forty year old a game's attract mode can still make some great background noise while working. Maybe I'm just weird. ..

'Kero Blaster'-Inspired Action Platformer 'Help! I'm Haunted' Looking for More Beta Testers

Studio Pixel's Kero Blaster [$5.99] is without a doubt one of my favorite games of all time on any platform. The mixture of well-designed action platforming and copious amounts of charm, all in a virtual control scheme that was tailor-made for touchscreens, has been one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had. So when two-man indie developer Sky Pirate Studios announced their own Kero Blaster-inspired game called Help! I'm Haunted back in May of 2016, it was instantly on my radar. Mixing elements of Studio Pixel's aforementioned game as well as Castlevania and Ghostbusters, Sky Pirate wanted to put their own stamp on the genre with similar levels of action, fantastic pixel art, and charm. The only problem is that all that was taking much longer than they expected. ..

Tasos' 10 Best Games of 2017 - 'Arena of Valor', 'Gorogoa', and More Made the List

When I was putting my Best of 2016 list together last December, I remember having a hard time picking 10 games out of the many strong ones that came out during the year. Well, 2017 has made it even harder because it brought us a ton of amazing games—some ports, some originals—including some great games right at the end of the year. My criteria for picking a game for this list was whether I spent a lot of time playing a game or whether I thought a game did something original and clever that made me rethink what's possible on the platform. My list, as is always the case with any Best of list, is highly subjective, so I don't expect you to agree with me. I do hope, though, that you'll use it as a way to pick up games you might have overlooked for one reason or another. So, without further ado, let's see which games made my Top 10 Best Games of 2017. And please feel free to tell me what you thought of the list in the comments below...

'Subway Surfers' Animated Series Teaser Released

December 26th, 2017 5:00 PM EST by Tasos Lazarides in Games, News
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Subway Surfers [Free], one of the most popular games in the history of mobile gaming and one of the most downloaded games even today, is on its way to becoming an animated series, and now we have the first teaser. The teaser shows off the locations where the story will take place and, of course, the infamous trains, which are such a big part of the game's identity. We even get a glimpse of the series' protagonist, Jake, who everyone who's played the game (or even looked at the game's icon) is familiar with. I like the art of the series, and I think it will be fun to watch, especially for the many fans of the mobile game...

'World of Warships Blitz' Releasing Jan. 18th, Pre-Register Now

After bringing us the very successful World of Tanks Blitz, Wargaming.net is getting ready to take over the mobile seas with World of Warships Blitz. The game is currently in soft launch, and it's hitting all the seas of the world on January 18th. If you're one of the many planning to play the game either on iOS or Android, you should head over here and pre-register because if you do, you'll get your hands on an Aurora Premium Ship, a Soviet Tier III cruiser. And since it doesn't cost you anything to pre-register, you should probably do so and get that Aurora for free...

The yearly iTunes freeze, the time where Apple shuts down their digital storefront so that their workers can enjoy the holidays, is happening as we speak, but the App Store isn't quite as frozen as it used to be. Several years ago when Apple would freeze the App Store it meant basically nothing worked for an entire week, including releasing updates, releasing new games, changing prices, and even the top games charts wouldn't budge. Nowadays it's a little more flexible, and although submission and approvals are indeed on hold, if you're a developer who previously submitted a game to Apple and had it approved prior to the freeze and then scheduled it for release on a date that's during the freeze, it would still be able to launch. That appears to be what happened with Cinco Paus [$4.99], which is the new game from 868-HACK developer Michael Brough...

Hello everyone. I hope you've been enjoying your holiday break and have more fun things to do in the upcoming week. Because of the holiday break, we won't be publishing our customary Hearthstone [Free] weekly roundup this week or the next. It's been a good year overall for the game, especially after the release of the latest adventure, Kobolds & Catacombs. The new single-player mode, Dungeon Run, has been well received, and the current meta feels fresh again. I do hope we get an in-game tournament mode at some point in 2018, since that's one of the last big pieces missing from the game. From everyone here at TouchArcade, have a great card-slinging 2018. Now, enjoy the videos below, and I'll see you all next year...

This holiday season we teamed up with our sister site MacRumors to get some iOS game coverage on the front page over there. If our top 100 games of 2017 list was a little too overwhelming for you and you're looking for the best of the best, we whittled that list down to just ten. Then, through the magic of video production, they cranked out this YouTube video showing those ten games in action:..

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Knives Out', 'Vignettes', 'Mortal Kombat X', 'Nexomon', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! I hope you all had a great Christmas if that's your bag, and if it's not, I hope your Monday agreed with you. It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. The App Store doesn't quite freeze the way it used to these days, so there were actually a fair number of updates compared to usual. Not a large amount in the absolute sense, but hey, enough to put this article together. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

I already posted launch day review of Arena of Valor [Free], and really can't say enough good things about the game. It effectively is League of Legends on my iPhone. It is absurd how good this game is. The TouchArcade guild is wrecking things too, coming in at #14 in North America last week, and currently sitting at #18 and climbing this week. For a giant Chinese free to play game, you'd expect the freemium shenanigans to be off the charts, but for Arena of Valor, that really isn't true at all. I've been playing the game for a week solid now, and the amount of free stuff Arena of Valor has blasted my way is sort of absurd...

There was a major Christmas surprise for the jailbreak community as a jailbreak for iOS 11 was released. The iOS jailbreak scene has more or less been stagnant since Apple launched a bug bounty system back in 2016, as hackers basically have two choices when they discover a iOS security flaw that could lead to a jailbreak: They can submit it to Apple and be rewarded up to $200,000... Or they can release it to the wild, get no money, and instead just deal with Reddit drama. Judging by the complete lack of jailbreaks we've seen in recent versions of iOS, this wasn't a difficult decision. Well, Jonathan "Morpheus______" Levin was apparently feeling extra generous when he released an iOS 11 jailbreak into the wild early this morning:..

It's been a bit of a rough go for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free] since the excitement of its initial release. What was thought to be an easy slam-dunk for Nintendo in the mobile space has turned out to be a bit of a dud. There's been one somewhat significant update since launch, adding a new gardening feature, but the core game seems to be having trouble keeping players engaged. That puts an even greater importance on special events, so it's not too surprising to see that Nintendo has lined up another one to follow its Christmas event. This time, it's celebrating the upcoming New Year...

Best iPhone Games of 2017: Top 100 iOS Games Buyer's Guide

Put simply, 2017 has been an unbelievable year for mobile gamers. Between surprise ports of full-blown AAA games, countless indie titles, and everything in between, there has been no shortage of great new games to play. Following what has become our annual tradition here at TouchArcade, we're proud to present our list of the 100 best games released this year. This list is the culmination of thousands of hours of work throughout the year, constantly combing out the best of the best...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sid Meier's Civilization VI'

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...

It is that time of the year once again. The iTunes freeze is happening later today and while many developers are trying to get updates out of the door, many are just relaxing and putting their catalogue on discount. This year, we‘ve had some amazing PC and console ports in addition to excellent mobile games in general. This post is for everyone who has waited to pickup a lot of games discounted. This post will be updated with more deals if anything noteworthy goes on sale after publishing but for now, these are some amazing game deals on the App Store:..

Apple's new pre-order system is tricky to navigate for anyone shopping on the App Store, but it appears to also be a bit on the confusing side for developers. Man Vs. Missiles [Free] was supposed to release on Thursday, January 4th, 2018, but the developers accidentally released it today because they mixed up the date that goes live for pre-order with the date of release. It appears the whole pre-order system still needs some figuring out. The developers decided to go with it after all, so Man Vs. Missiles is out now. The good news for us is that the game is out early, so now we have another game to play over the holiday break...

Capcom is showing no signs of stopping with Ace Attorney releases on iOS and Android. They literally just released Ace Attorney INVESTIGATIONS [$0.99] onto the App Store and Google Play earlier this month and it made me think it would be a few months before the sequel shows up. I was wrong and Ace Attorney INVESTIGATIONS 2 is now available on the App Store and Google Play in Japan. I’m going to stress that this does not support English and that an English release is very unlikely. Out of the Ace Attorney games on DS and 3DS, the second INVESTIGATIONS release is the only Nintendo DS game that wasn’t localized. Watch the Japanese trailer below:..

RPG Reload Glossary: HD Towns are Hard, or JRPGs in the New Millennium

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we always have an adventure in our pocket. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we sift through the piles of historical debris and messy semantics to try to make some sense of it all. This time around, we're continuing our look at the history of the JRPG sub-genre. In the last part, we covered the debut of two of the biggest JRPGs of the 1990s and the subsequent boom in popularity for the genre worldwide. As the thousands digit rolled over on the calendar, people were throwing parties everywhere. Nintendo was awash in the surprising global success of Pokemon, providing the company with a valuable crutch in the face of a weakening console business. Square was virtually on top of the gaming world. The next ten years would prove vital for both companies, and the fortunes of both companies would have a major impact on the now-trendy JRPG genre...

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