Category Archives: $3.99

The original Space Marshals [$3.99] took the typically frantic dual-stick formula and injected a heavy dose of strategy and stealth gameplay into it, making it easily one of my favorite games of 2015. Then in August of last year developer Pixelbite released a sequel, which amped up the stealth elements and basically improved upon the original in every way. We loved Space Marshals 2 [$4.99] in our review and even awarded it Game of the Week upon release, and while a small content pack with some additional bonus levels was released back in March, I kind of figured that Pixelbite was finished with the game. Well, I was wrong! I was very happy to wake up to an update waiting for Space Marshals 2 which adds a new DLC pack centered around the character Ava. ..

My interest was piqued pretty hard as I was perusing the app store a couple weeks ago, only to see a puzzle game that involved exploring an alien ship and solving the puzzles of its technology and the fate of mankind after encountering them. That premise, for a sci-fi junkie like me, along with those drop dead gorgeous screen shots immediately had my attention. And while I was expecting something more akin to Myst [$4.99], what I received was closer to The Room [$0.99 (HD)] series, but with several areas of puzzles (The Rooms?) and a more cinematic piecemeal mystery story interspersed throughout. And it was pretty darn great. This is Returner 77 [$2.99]...




'Million Onion Hotel' Review - Got a Million Onions but a Leek Ain't One of 'Em

When it comes to the noble hobby of video gaming, there are a whole bunch of tried and true concepts to build new products from. Not even one of those concepts involves mashing onions as quickly and strategically as possible in order to make fruits appear that you mash to rack up points while space cows trot across the bottom of the screen and little cartoon characters throw off their clothes and embrace passionately in the starry sky. But thanks to Million Onion Hotel [$3.99], we can finally live the dream, friends. This is a fast-paced yet strategic arcade-puzzle game, and if nothing else, I can say that you probably haven't ever seen anything quite like it before...

Crescent Moon Games have historically been one of my favorite indie publishers on the App Store, ever since Ravensword: The Fallen King left my 13-year-old self stunned by the immense possibilities of the iPhone. While not every title released under their moniker is perfect, Crescent Moon certainly have more hits than misses, and recently have struck a rich vein of form with some incredible mobile titles like Morphite [$7.99], Get Me Outta Here [Free] and Subdivision Infinity [$4.99]. Owing to this impressive run of games, I have high hopes for Crescent Moon's latest release Runic Rampage [$3.99]. Featuring a dwarf with a formidable arsenal, Runic Rampage focuses on over-the-top violence, crazy combos and clever combat mechanics to stand out from its action RPG contemporaries. After releasing to a positive reception on Steam, Runic Rampage is finally available to download for $3.99 on the App Store...

We typically cover lots of interactive fiction and gamebooks, partly because the medium fits so well on the mobile platform but mostly because our own Shaun Musgrave is pretty obsessed with them. He is the GO TO gamebook expert in these parts. However, the latest release from prominent interactive fiction developer Choice of Games has an added wrinkle that's brought it to our attention: It's written by former TouchArcade freelancer Nissa Campbell. Longtime TouchArcadians will likely remember Nissa for writing circles around the rest of us, with her comprehensive and entertaining reviews and news stories. It's no surprise to me that she's gone on to create even bigger and better things in the years since being at TouchArcade, and the latest example of that is the whopping 350,000 word novel Heart of the House [$5.99] which just released earlier today. Here's the official description: ..

If you're in the mood for a drive down the Italian coast of the 1970s, you should check out the just-released Wheels of Aurelia [$3.99], the interactive Italian road trip game that we talked about earlier this week. In Wheels of Aurelia you play as Lella and set off on a road trip that will let you enjoy the sights and sounds of what was a challenging time in Italy's history while at the same time uncovering Lella's own secrets. This interactive visual novel lets you explore the branching story by driving down picturesque streets instead of choosing a different option from a menu, and I think that's a smart way of turning what would normally be a bland UI into part of the story. The game offers 16 different endings for you to explore, which should make for plenty of replayability...

The app description for Campfire Cooking [$3.99] describes the game as being about the 'relaxing moments in nature'. However, don't let this claim and the game's cozy camp setting confuse you - Campfire Cooking is set to be yet another expansive, dense and highly enjoyable puzzle title from Layton Hawkes, and promises to provide some eclectic brain-teasing action in the developer's quite literally sizzling style. After how good Puzzlepops! [$1.99] was, it's no exaggeration to say that Campfire Cooking has been in the very upper echelons of my most anticipated mobile games, and thankfully the title now available to download on the App Store for only $3.99...

Wednesday is easily one of the best days of the week, and not simply because it follows the dreary, soul-destroying humdrum that Monday and Tuesday inevitably bring. Of course, beyond simply marking the middle of a laborious working week, Wednesday is the day where the App Store gets showered by so many mobile games it can be difficult to know what to do with them all. Thankfully, us at TouchArcade Towers are faced with the monumental yet majorly enjoyable task of finding the gems amongst the trash, and Time Recoil [$5.99] is certainly one such release that has caught my eye with its inventive premise and high-octane action. Being the latest game from 10tons, who you should definitely know from their previous excellent dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome [$2.99], Time Recoil is exactly what you'd expect from a developer with such a pedigree in the genre. However, with a unique twist of combo-driven slow motion gun fights, Time Recoil has a neat emphasis on strategy that distinguishes it from the crowd. After a few weeks of waiting, Time Recoil is finally available to download on the App Store for a mere $3.99...

Out of all the amazing iOS games I've played over the past nine years, there is an extra special place in my heart for Solomon's Keep [Free]. Developer Raptisoft launched the game on April 2nd, 2010 which was the day after I officially began working for TouchArcade as a freelance writer. Its mixture of dual-stick shooting, RPG-like ability upgrading, and randomly-generated dungeons tickled all of my fancies, and I was bursting at the seams to write about it in an official capacity for my very favorite website. It was sort of like the culmination of my dreams coming true right before my own eyes. So write about it I did, and it ended up that my Solomon's Keep review was officially the third full review I wrote for this site and my fifth story overall during my first week working here. I've added more than 4,300 more stories for TA since those humble beginnings 7+ years ago...

Tabletop card game Friday (Freitag) [$1.99] made its way to the digital world back in July and provided mobile gamers with an opportunity to play as Friday from Robinson Crusoe. Your job is to direct the efforts of Robinson, famous literary shipwreck victim and all around bonehead, as he learns his way around the island and gets better at, you know, not getting himself killed. The game is a lot of fun and just got a major content update: King of the Island. King of the Island is an online tournament for 1024 players who will compete to become the best of the bunch and true ruler of the tropical island...

Endless arcade games are abundant in the beloved realm of the App Store, but I'll be damned if Neon Drive [$3.99] isn't up there with the most stylish and well executed releases in its calamitously crowded genre. The stunning 80's inspired environments, including luminous cityscapes and luscious aquatic settings, really brought the title to life, and its frenetic dodging action created a funky rhythm game element that resonated greatly with the retina-burning colors and cybergrid courses. Despite debuting all the way back in November 2015, developer Fraoula Apps has continued to support Neon Drive as it has slowly spread to multiple other gaming platforms, and today has received its first major update in over a year with new levels, features, modes and much more...

Brain Good Games is making a name for themselves by developing interesting and engaging digital board games. Axes and Acres and Militia [$3.99] have both done well on Steam, with the latter making the leap to mobile back in March. Now their latest title, Minos Strategos [$3.99], has also launched on iOS and Android. In Minos Strategos you are the commander of the defense of the ancient city of Minos. Unfortunately, a horde of Minotaur invaders are looking to make that job pretty tough of late. You move and attack with your units using battle-formation cards which dictate exactly where you can do each. Tabletop fans will see some resemblance to classic two-player strategy game Onitama, though you have more cards from which to act than in that game...

Whether it's a major triple-A release from a traditional gaming powerhouse, or a smaller gem from an up-and-coming indie developer, it's always a joy to write about iOS games for TouchArcade and contribute to the greater recognition of the platform within the gaming industry. However, there has been one unfortunate exception to this, with the impending 32-bit Appocalypse meaning many classic titles I quite literally grew up with are soon to disappear from the App Store. Super Glyph Quest [$3.99] was one such game, and featured as a particular standout in our recent guide of the best mobile titles that will die with iOS 11. However, thankfully it appears that our list has prompted the developer to ensure one of 2014's best puzzle games will soon survive the cull, as Super Glyph Quest has just had an update submitted for 64-bit compatibility...

'STANDBY' Review- A Brutally Difficult Precision Platformer That's Tremendously Rewarding

As a child, my first forays into gaming involved me experiencing many platformers on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. I loved the difficulty and the learning-curve of certain platformers, such as Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, Earthworm Jim, and the Super Star Wars series. Sometimes I blow the dust out of my old cartridges and fire up my trusty Super Nintendo in order to take the games of my childhood for a nostalgic spin. I have no idea how I beat some of those games so quickly back when I was a child. They were pretty dang hard back then, and they still are now. Anyways, there have been many additions to the platforming genre on the App Store which continue to fuel my life-long love for them, and that includes the recently released STANDBY [$3.99] by HypeTrain Digital...

Frost [$3.99] is a deck-building card game that is all about surviving against impossible odds in a treacherous environment where any misstep can be your last. It is cold. It is bleak. It is fantastic. You play as the leader of a small band of survivors looking to outrun the Frost — a killer blizzard — and make it to the Refuge, the one place where one can find a modicum of safety from the storm. The entire game is designed to support Frost's narrative and theme, from the chilling music and spot-on sound effects to the whitewashed artwork full of chilly blues, grays, and whites...

The entertaining deck-building card game Paperback: The Game [$3.99] just got much better after its latest update because it now has asynchronous multiplayer mode, which I know many in our forums have been waiting for. The new mode has a fun twist: if your opponent drops out because of your amazing skills, an AI player steps in so you can continue playing. If you haven't read our review of the game, Paperback is a deck-building game in the vein of something like Ascencion, and you'll be picking various cards (some of them with special powers) to form words. The game is all about pulp novels and a fight between writers, and it's a theme that really makes the game stand out and will definitely please book lovers...

Something about the writing style in Avatar of the Wolf [$3.99] almost immediately put me off. Most of the well-written gamebooks from Choice of Games have an almost velvety tone to their prose, gently massaging your brain and doing their best to make it comfortable. Avatar of the Wolf, by comparison, is thorny. The words feel shorter, less comfortable to read, and above all, aggressive. It's even disorienting at times. The way this story is written does as much to set the tone as the meaning of the words the writer chooses. It was jarring to try to slide into the main character. Yet it turns out to be precisely the atmosphere this story needs. Avatar of the Wolf isn't a fluffy tale of adventure that will appeal broadly, but give it time to spin its yarn and you might find yourself unable to put it down...

'Motorsport Manager Mobile 2' Review - Racing at a Whole New Level

The original Motorsport Manager was a very entertaining racing game that I played quite a lot, initially at least. While the racing part was fun—even though I sometimes felt that my choices didn't have much of an impact—the lack of long-term driver development made each season feel insulated from the rest, which blunted my desire to play through multiple seasons. Still, the game was accessible to those who weren't that much into motorsports and good-looking enough to draw the attention of people just randomly looking at my phone screen. As one of the first motorsport management games on the App Store, Motorsport Manager definitely entertained, and I'm happy to say that Motorsport Manager Mobile 2 [$3.99] (MMM 2) has improved the original formula (pun intended) and turned it into a much more substantial game with a lot more fuel in the tank, despite some relatively small issues...

Ultimate General: Gettysburg [$3.99] is one of the prettiest real-time strategy games on any platform, and two years after landing on iPads, it has finally marched onto your iPhones after the latest update. The game was originally released on PCs, and even though the iOS version lost some great features—multiplayer and dynamic campaign—it is still a great game. Ultimate General has a 10-mission campaign that you can play either as the North or the South, great touch controls that let you move your armies around easily, and pretty strong AI that will give you plenty of challenge...

Huijaus Games and publisher Appsolute Games have been promising us Mr. Future Ninja [$1.99], a stylish stealth-action game, and finally it is here. And there it goes. The premise seemed incredibly promising, but the problem is that the game is just too short. Characters and puzzle types get introduced, and then by the time you think they're done introducing things and ready to start really, really testing you, well, the game is over. It's a fun experience up until that point, but I just wish there was more of it...

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