Category Archives: $0.99

Plague Inc. [$0.99], which I've been saying for years now is one of the best dollars you can spend in the App Store, just continues to get better and better. Last month we detailed the new Mutation 15 update which would bring three new scenarios to the game which included the return of the infamous Mad Cow disease; a scenario where the majority of the world's population has mysteriously vanished making your efforts to spread disease quite complicated; and a near-future scenario where airports are plentiful even in the farthest reaches of the globe which adds a wrinkle to your disease-spreading strategies. Today the Mutation 15 update for Plague Inc. is now available...

The clicker game genre, alongside its auto-runner and match-3 contemporaries, seems to be the recipient of a lot of cynicism and pessimism amongst mobile gamers. A lot of this is deserved - the aforementioned App Store archetypes have led to a number of low-effort releases - but occasionally one title appears out of nowhere to subvert the ever-mounting suspicion. SPACEPLAN [$2.99] was one such title, and with a humorous setting and a really engrossing story, the game both managed to create an experience that both satirised the genre, but also used the limitations of clicker games to its advantage. While many were justifiably skeptical of such a strange concept around the game's initial launch in May, SPACEPLAN has today gone on sale for the first time for only $0.99, and is certainly worth trying at this bargain new price...




'Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice' Review - A Strange World Where Lawyers are Hated

I wasn't the biggest fan of the previous Ace Attorney game, Dual Destinies [$0.99]. While it wasn't the worst game in the series by any stretch, it felt too much like an apologetic reaction to the backlash from Apollo Justice [$0.99]. It's clear from the end of that game that there were major plans for Apollo's story, plans that had to be changed or scuttled to accommodate the fans' demand for the return of Phoenix Wright as the chief protagonist of the games. Phoenix Wright himself had to have significant character development rolled back, as well. On their own, these aren't necessarily bad things, but Dual Destinies never really justifies that sacrifice. It doesn't want you to forget Apollo, of course. He's a major part of the game's plot, after all. But it does want you to forget any and all of the plot threads that they had been building around him, hoping you'll treat him like a second banana Scrappy Doo so that Phoenix can strut his stuff as the main underdog once more...

Owing to the fact it feels like there are billions of games on the App Store at this point, it's understandable that many titles throw in a multitude of new features in an attempt to innovate and stand out from the crowd. This is all well and good, but sometimes it's best when games go back to the basics, and Tales of the Tiny Planet [$2.99] was a fantastic example of this when it released last month. Simple one-touch gameplay was complimented brilliantly by clever level design and adorable graphics, which resulted in a glowing recommendation in our review shortly after launch. Personally, I cannot recommend Tales of the Tiny Planet enough, and if you missed the game on its initial App Store debut, the title is now on sale for only $0.99 for a limited time...

Goat Simulator [$4.99] is without a doubt my favorite game to write about on TouchArcade, as I can just immerse myself in the series' quirky, eccentric and entirely irreverent humor and manage to get away with it. There are somehow five Goat Simulator games on the App Store thus far, and all of them are hilarious, wacky and bug-filled romps that are worth playing and all relatively unique experiences to boot. Recently, every Goat Simulator title has been updated with iPhone 8 support, and to celebrate such a momentous occasion each title has been reduced to $0.99 for a limited time. For goat completionists amongst us, here is a full list of the simulation series that is featured in this dollar promotion:..

You may read about Cubiques 2 [$0.99], the latest entry in Dilmer Games' minimalistic puzzle series, and wonder "but I only just finished the first game - how is a sequel coming so soon?". You certainly wouldn't be misplaced in your confusion, as we previously wrote about the release date of the original Cubiques [$0.99] a mere three months ago back in June. However, it's a testament to the hard work of the one-man development team that the sequel was programmed and designed all within 35 days, and while Cubiques 2 does not appear to be some sort of major mechanical shake-up, more of the same with an even greater emphasis on atmospheric aesthetic design is certainly a good thing. After such a short turnaround time, Cubiques 2 is now available to download on the App Store for $0.99...

It's no secret that we're huge fans of the Mikey games around here, and for me personally being a massive platforming game nut, they're easily amongst my very favorite games on the entire iOS platform. So you could imagine the sadness I felt as the original 3 games in the Mikey Shorts trilogy sat in my "Dead Apps Walking" 32-bit folder, waiting to die with the arrival of iOS 11. But wait! Developer BeaverTap Games has stayed their execution with some slightly delayed but totally welcome 64-bit updates for the Mikey trilogy. Mikey Shorts [$1.99], Mikey Hooks [$1.99], and Mikey Boots [$1.99] are all updated and in good working order now on iOS 11 and are just as fun as ever. ..

It's been a frankly ridiculous week for huge iOS games releases, and after the long awaited launch of Morphite [$7.99], as well as the surprise appearance of stunning puzzle epic The Witness [$9.99], you'd be forgiven for thinking it couldn't get any better than this. Not wanting to feel left out of all the iOS 11 excitement, Capcom have thrown their hat into the ring, and out of nowhere have released the latest game in their popular courtroom Ace Attorney series. Going by its full title Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice [$0.99], this latest entry in the franchise debuted on the 3DS in June 2016, and the game's iOS launch means all six mainline Ace Attorney titles are now available on the App Store. With the same monetisation model as Apollo Justice [$0.99] - the base game is available for $0.99 with various episode in-app purchases optional - Spirit of Justice is essential for any fans of the series, and finally playable on iPhone and iPad...

Every two to three days, give or take, somebody somewhere asks for advice on the best roguelike games for mobile. Inevitably Sproggiwood [$4.99] appears on the resulting lists. Sproggiwood and its cute graphics and copious humor came out in mid-2015 but has held up to the advances of time and game development as a paragon of the roguelike genre. It's also on sale right now for its lowest price ever, just $.99. Sproggiwood goes on sale fairly frequently but usually for $2 or $3, never this low. In Sproggiwood you play as a simple island farmer who is lured through a magical portal by a talking sheep. The portal leads to a trap (the lesson here is don't trust talking sheep) created by the Sproggi, a forest spirt who built a village to keep you in and occupied. Your job is to tame all of the creatures that roam the forests. ..

With games such as forma.8 GO [$5.99], Hollow Knight and the upcoming Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS dominating headlines, 2017 really is the Year of the Metroidvania. Personally, I can't get enough of the wondrous exploring and clever progression of titles in the genre, and even though I end up holding any game that takes the Metroidvania label to the extremely high standards of classics like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, such releases always scratch a particular gaming itch for me. It was therefore a particularly nice surprise to see Hero and Castle [$0.99] appear out of nowhere on the TouchArcade forums this morning, despite having released earlier in August - with over 80 rooms to explore of a beautiful fortress full of stained glass murals, IndieSky Technology's latest iOS release looks to be yet another strong exploration title for mobile, and for only $0.99 with no in-app purchases is certainly worth a look...

If you're a fan of Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone [Free] and buying endless booster packs has got you down and you haven't checked out Lost Portal [$1.99] I have a recommendation: Check out Lost Portal. Lost Portal is a single-player collectible-card game tied together by a role-playing game narrative, is a lot of fun, and is on sale now through Tuesday. You create a character and go adventuring through a fantasy world filled with NPCs to chat up, quests to complete, and monsters to beat down. Combat comes in the form of Magic: The Gathering style duels and are Lost Portal's core experience. The CCG and RPG elements merge in a cool way and your character's ability scores affect the duels directly by allowing you to do things like draw extra cards and start with more life. As you play you earn new cards and gold, which can be used to buy new cards...

F1 2016 [$1.99] was a fairly major release at the bookend of last year, and while we had a few issues with the game's AI in our review, it is undoubtedly a beautiful representation of the blisteringly fast sport on the smaller screen. With the Belgian Grand Prix taking place this weekend as this year's world championship firmly accelerates into the second half of the series, there has never been a better time to try out the App Store iteration of Codemasters' racing series, and today the game has gone on sale for a mere $0.99 - the lowest price since its launch. For fans looking for something to fill the void while waiting for qualification to begin, or anyone wanting a game that truly make the most of the iPhone's graphical fidelity, this limited time dollar promotion for F1 2016 is one you don't want to let drive past you...

The 'Dungeon Raid' Eulogy - The Best 32-Bit Games That Will Die With iOS 11

Spending hours compiling the list of 32-bit games that are set to die with iOS 11 was an immensely difficult task, not simply because of the sheer number of games, but also because of the fond memories I have of so many of the titles that are sadly facing the chop next month. While there are a number of games that I could single out, and many that I intend to put a spotlight on in the coming weeks, Dungeon Raid [$0.99] remains the most prominent example of a pivotal and influential App Store release that will be disappearing when the 32-bit Appocalypse comes around. Beloved by the iOS gaming community, critics and casual iPhone users alike, Fireflame Games' App Store debut was a slick, detailed and impossibly irresistible puzzle RPG amalgam. Even though it originally released in 2011, Dungeon Raid remains as fun and as playable today. However, despite over six years since its emergence on the App Store, very few mobile puzzle games have managed to replicate the compelling formula that Dungeon Raid perfected, and it'll be incredibly sad to see it fade into obscurity...

A node is a point at which lines come together or branch. It also drives the gameplay of new puzzle game noded [$0.99] by Pixel Envision Limited. In noded you're presented with a series of lines and nodes in a particular shape and given a target shape to replicate. You tap on the nodes to flip their associated lines in another direction and must figure out the right series of moves to morph into the correct final shape. The goal is to complete this transformation in as few moves as possible...

We're on high alert here at TouchArcade and ever vigilant in tracking the coming iOS 11 "Appocalypse." If you have no idea what I'm talking about allow me to recommend our definitive guide to iOS 11, 64-bit support, and the end of playability of a great many older games. The short of it is, if a game has not been updated from 32 to 64 bits it will stop working on any device that runs iOS 11. Luckily developers have been responding to this threat to their games and, despite there being little financial reward for doing so, are updating their games if possible. One such game is Slayin [$0.99] which just got version 3.0. The update description is simple, yet welcome, "Added 64-bit support."..

Rubicon really knows what they're about when it comes to turn-based, tactical war games on mobile devices. They all but pioneered the genre early on in the App Store with Great Little War Game [$0.99] and followed it up with Great Big War Game [$0.99], and Great Little War Game 2 [$0.99]. Last June, Epic Little War Game [$0.99] hit the scene and really modernized the franchise. It offers the same great intuitive and fast-paced gameplay and is a lot of fun. A wide variety of units, each with their pros and cons, along with a variety of different terrain considerations really drive up the decision making and make this a great game for strategic players...

Puzzle games have really upped the ante in recent years to add challenge and tension to the gaming experience. Time limits, move limits, stars to earn, and points to accrue all say, "Sure you can win, but can you win the best?" There's nothing inherently wrong with these mechanics. When employed well—and not just to sell packs of hints—they can make puzzle games more fun. Sometimes, however, you don't want to worry about moves and stars and points and how long it takes you. This is where minimalist puzzle games find their niche. They set aside the quest to find the very best solution and challenge you to find any solution. This week's freshly released Neo Angle [$0.99] is a minimalist puzzle game and well worth a look...

I'm guessing most people would be familiar with UK developer Damp Gnat by way of their stunning surrealist platforming adventure Icycle: On Thin Ice [$2.99], but if you've been hanging around the App Store since around 2012 and have yourself an iPad then you might also be familiar with their also stunning and also surrealist mini-golf game Wonderputt [$0.99]. Ah yes, Wonderputt. Originally released as a Flash game back in 2011, Wonderputt gives you just a single 18 hole course to play through, but that single course is a shape-shifting piece of art. As you complete each hole, various events happen that create new holes for you to play through on the huge structure, and it's one of the most whimsical experiences I've ever had with a video game. Check out the (quite old) official trailer for Wonderputt just below to get an idea of what I'm talking about...

This comes straight from my "Wanted to Post Last Week but Didn't Have Time" file, but it's still worth mentioning that Sunnyside Games have a BIG update coming for their extremely stylish arcade shooter Towaga [$2.99] and last week they also updated their excellent stock-trading twitch game The Firm [$0.99] for the coming 32-bit Appocalypse. First up is Towaga which launched way back in January with fantastic visuals and animation and core gameplay that was solid but felt like it needed to be fleshed out just a bit more. This forthcoming update, called the New Moon update and detailed by Sunnyside in our forums, looks to address that by adding unlockable Masks and Outfits which each give special abilities to your character, new enemy types, new bosses, an in-game perk and spell upgrade system, and TONS more. Oh, and of course the much-requested iPad support is in this update too. Check out these animated .gifs from the new version of Towaga; the top one shows the new Bump special move and the bottom shows the UI for selecting your Masks and Outfits...

I've been involved with the wild ride that is the iOS gaming community for some time now, and I'd like to think that not much can really surprise me at this point. However, upon my customary morning glance of Appshopper to hunt down the hottest deals to share with our lovely readers, one price drop in particular did manage to leave me speechless. Framed 2's [$4.99] highly anticipated release only a few weeks ago has been one of the high points for mobile gaming so far in 2017, and in our review we adored Loveshack's sequel to its incredibly stylish puzzler, as it made huge strides to improve on the original title. However, just under a month since its launch to much aplomb, Framed 2 has today gone on sale for $0.99, which is a true App Store bargain if there ever was one...

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