Category Archives: News

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth'

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...

'Card City Nights 2' Under Development, Adds Online Multiplayer

Card City Nights was a very entertaining and whimsical card game with a focus on single player over multiplayer, and today developer Ludosity announced that Card City Nights 2 is under development, and this time around the game will include online multiplayer. Card City Nights managed to be quite a fun card game despite not having online multiplayer, a feature many consider a requirement for mobile card games. The art, the humor, and the entertaining mechanics made Card City Nights a fun change from the ultra-competitiveness of other mobile card games...




'Rome: Total War' iPad Developer Feral Interactive is Teasing Two Mysterious iOS Games

Feral Interactive's having themselves a busy day with announcements. Earlier on the 13th, they revealed that Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion would launch on iOS in March as a standalone app. But they're doing other iOS games. Which games? Well, they're not saying, but they are hinting at some games coming soon on an upcoming games page featuring "Unidentified Feral Objects." Something called "Airstream" and "TQ 574646" are poised to be coming "soon" on a scale between "very soon" and "quite soon" with "very soon" being closest to out now. The teaser images aren't super revealing, but the one titled "Airstream" seems to show a shield, possibly for the aforementioned Total War expansion, and the TQ 574646 one has some boxes with words in them? Hmm. ..

Even though most of the world is currently covered in tons of snow, it's hot and humid in Clash Royale's [Free] new arena, the Jungle Arena. As we wrote a month back, Jungle Arena unlocks at 2600 Trophies and is pretty cool looking. The new arena has an Indiana Jones-treasure exploring vibe to it and feels quite different from earlier arenas. When you get into overtime while playing in the Jungle Arena, you get a nice torrential downpour that really makes the Arena come alive. Many reddit users liked this new Overtime feature and hope that other Arenas get the same treatment in the near future...

'Titanfall: Frontline' CCG Canceled Before Ever Releasing

Another Titan bites the dust. Titanfall: Frontline was supposed to bring the first person Titan shooter to mobile in the form of a CCG but, alas, it wasn't meant to be after all. According to an announcement today on the game's Facebook page, the developers decided that the game just wasn't offering players what the developers had hoped it would. During the beta test of the game, they saw that Titanfall: Frontline just wasn't the "intense action-packed" experience everyone associates with the Titanfall franchise...

Breakout Ninja [Free] has been a breakout hit for developer Part Time Monkey. Sorry, the Nintendo Switch presentation's puns are deeply embedded in my mind. Part Time Monkey has shared the download and revenue performance for the game, and it should serve as a reminder to some enthusiasts as to why ad removal IAPs are tough to come by in games. From over 650,000 downloads in week one of Breakout Ninja, the developer saw just over $1,100 in revenue from the ad removal IAP. That's a conversion rate of about 0.08%. But what about ad revenue? Well, about $23,000 in the game's first week just from ads. Yep. Unfortunately, it should serve as a reminder that ad removal IAPs are there less as a business decision, and more just to keep some people happy with the game...

Disruptor Beam's Star Trek Timelines [Free] is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a limited event called Convergence Day. This event will bring a new crew to the game that includes new versions of Ferengi Quark and C.O.P. Founder Picard. In addition to the new crew, when players celebrate their own anniversaries of playing Timelines, they'll each get a special reward avatar, Alfa 177 Canine, and all players will receive a Supply Kit, additional crew slots, and discounted Dabo Wheel pulls throughout the celebratory weekend. If you're into the game but haven't played in a bit, this might be the weekend to get back into it...

'Into the Badlands Blade Battle' Turns AMC's Show Into Isometric MP Combat

AMC's Into the Badlands has been doing well enough to get a second season, and now we're getting a mobile game based on the martial arts post-apocalyptic show. If you haven't had a chance to watch the show yet, it's the story of a ruthless warrior called Sunny and M.K., a young boy with dark secrets and a huge bounty on his head. Not the most original story, but what makes Into the Badlands intriguing is the mixing of a post-apocalyptic world with martial arts, assassins, and a feudal society. Reliance Games, of Real Steel and others, has seen the potential of this universe and decided to turn this show into a massively multiplayer martial arts game...

One of my very favorite recent releases is the Out Run-inspired arcade racer Highway Runners [$1.99] from developer Brownieless Games. It launched amidst the madness of the holiday rush mid-December, and once that craziness had finally cleared and the new year was upon us I was just about to pull the trigger on a "Hey guys check this out!" kind of article about it. As luck would have it, though, our own Chris Carter came through with a full review right at that same time, which is far better than my own silly ramblings would be. At any rate, the word was out! And I was very happy about that. While most who have ventured into Highway Runners have loved it, two major requests have arisen pretty frequently. One was for touch controls, as the game originally launched as tilt-only, and the developers added in a wonderful touch option just prior to us posting our review. So that took care of that. The second major request was for native iPad support, and as of today that's officially a thing with a new Universal update for Highway Runners...

As a life-long fan of everything to do with Magic the Gathering it really pains me to see their digital offerings in 2017. If you don't want to play paper Magic (which is as fun as it's ever been), your options are to either play the eternally janky Magic Online or Magic Duels [Free] which has a lot of annoying deck restrictions that keep you from duplicating your favorite paper Magic decks among other issues. Early last year we posted about rumblings of Magic Digital Next which aimed to bridge the gap between both online offerings...

Realtime counters of things to do with money aren't really anything new, but they're typically used for depressing political statistics like these. For whatever reason, Decluttr, a web site that gives you cash for your old stuff, has published a pretty amusing site that shows just how much hugely popular free to play games are making in real time. Now, this comes with the obvious caveat that all they're really doing is extrapolating estimates of what all these games are actually making as the only one who knows (for instance) how much Clash of Clans is making per second is Supercell... But, hey, it's still fun to sit there in amazement as these numbers rise so rapidly...

Epic Expansion Pack 'Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion' Set to Launch in March as a Standalone App

Back in November, mobile tacticians around the globe were delighted by the launch of classic strategy epic Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)] marching down to the App Store. Despite being over twelve years old, The Creative Assembly's take on the real-time tactical battles of the the Roman Republic (and a whole host of other accurately depicted armies from the time) still holds up incredibly well today, and Feral Interactive's porting job managed to keep the intricate strategic commands working perfectly on the larger touch screen of the iPad. Fans of the series will undoubtedly rejoice in the fact that the developers are continuing to bring more entries in the series to the App Store, as today Feral have announced that Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion - the critically acclaimed first expansion pack for the original title - is set to launch as a standalone app on the iPad this March...

Nintendo hosted their first presentation for the Nintendo Switch, and they revealed some details and games for the upcoming handheld/console hybrid. March 3rd is when the system launches, and it'll cost you $299 in the US, and come with the system, dock, two Joy-Con controllers, dock, Joy-Con Grip, AC adapter, HDMI cable, and wrist straps. The wrist straps will include larger shoulder buttons for the controllers when using them independently for multiplayer mode. Also, the controller feature NFC, and a variety of motion sensors and advanced vibration motors that can simulate, say, shaking a glass with ice in it. And there's an interesting object detection functionality with the Joy-Con controllers that could come into play...

Classic Reload - 'Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale of Redemption'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we have issues with jellyfish. Each month, we take a look at a golden oldie from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to pick a balanced plate of games from month to month, but if there's something you really want to see, let me know in the comments below. You might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the list for future consideration...

Apple TV App Size Limit Raised to 4 GB

January 12th, 2017 7:45 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Apple TV, News

Apple has made an interesting policy change on tvOS, where developers can now release binaries that are up to 4 GB in size. Before, developers had to release an app binary that was 200 MB max, and then download the rest of the app's content after the app was launched using On-Demand Resources. Because who doesn't enjoy downloading a game, then waiting for it to download without reliable background downloading support? This was a problem in particular with a beefy game like Transistor [$9.99], which had a lot of data to download. This is Apple fixing one of the big issues with Apple TV gaming that plagued it at launch. The other was the since-lifted requirement for Siri Remote controls alongside controllers, which led to ridiculous circumstances such as the Modern Combat 5 [Free] remote controls:..

Our benevolent overlords at MacRumors have published an article talking about a lawsuit alleging the App Store is a monopoly due to the inability to purchase apps outside of the App Store. The lawsuit is a few years old, but an appeals court has allowed the lawsuit to go forward. If the plaintiffs win, one of their attorneys said to Reuters that "the obvious solution is to compel Apple to let people shop for applications wherever they want, which would open the market and help lower prices."..

'Golf Zero' is Shaping Up to Be the 'Super Meat Boy' of Golf Games

It was just a few days ago that we took a look at Golf Zero, a new upcoming game from developers Colin Lane and Brad Erkkila that blends platforming with the basic concept of golf. I was already sold on the idea based on the few teaser gifs that had been shared up to that point, but then Mr. Lane went and posted a new teaser gif to Twitter today and, welp, "things are getting a bit out of hand now" to quote Lane directly...

Earlier this week, the newest entry in Gameloft's Gangstar franchise soft launched in The Philippines, and your archetypal miscreant was this time trampling through the streets of New Orleans, causing trouble, mischief, and typical gangster action in their wake. While members of our forum community were decidedly mixed in their reaction to Gangstar New Orleans, it seems that Gameloft have had enough of people using our soft launch guide and playing the title early from outside the soft launch regions, and have begun blocking other gamers from being able to try out the game. Forum member Allstars Production was faced with the screen below that states how Gameloft are 'not ready yet to release the game in your area', and so even though they downloaded it from The Philippines store, they were not able to continue playing the title today...

A few days back, Ben Brode talked about the Hearthstone [Free] team's wish to make more Designer Insights to better address community concerns, so it comes as no surprise that tomorrow morning, January 13th, we are getting a brand new Designer Insights, and this one will be a live stream. Ben Brode will be joined by game designer Dean Ayala for a live Q&A at 9am PST, and they'll both address issues like the state of the game, the new player experience, the ranked play system, and any questions from players. If you want to have your questions answered, send a tweet to the official Hearthstone Twitter account using the hashtag #QA. You can also post a question here, or you can simply join the stream and ask questions there...

Multiplayer Match-3 Game 'Chief Puzzle Officer' Releasing January 19th, New Trailer Released

Back in November DuoFun Studios started a pre-registration and beta test for their upcoming real-time multiplayer matching game Chief Puzzle Officer. Apparently the response was fantastic, with more than 50 members of our forum community signing up to test and 450 people signing up for the pre-registration. Well, all that hard work is finally paying off as Chief Puzzle Officer is all set for release next week on January 19th, and to celebrate they've created a brand new launch trailer which you can see below...

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