Category Archives: $4.99

While the pace of them has slowed down a bit since iOS 11's initial release back in September, I still get unreasonably excited when I see an older game I'm still clutching onto get a 64-bit compatibility update. Today's winner: Disney's Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse [$1.99]. The game originally arrived on iOS with zero warning or fanfare back in November of 2013, only a couple of months after its debut on consoles. There had never been a single update to the game since then, however, which led me to believe that this would be one lost forever in the great 32-bit Appocalypse. I'm very happy Disney has decided to update Castle of Illusion, and on top of just basic compatibility, the game even supports the new iPhone X screen. Check it out...

Well, it's been a journey, hasn't it? After many trials and tribulations and years of development, the award-winning board game 7 Wonders [$4.99 (HD)] is finally on the App Store, and it looks very promising. Just to give you an idea of how long this game has been in development, we wrote a story about it looking for beta testers more than two years ago and then again about 4 months ago. But nevertheless, despite the game taking more time to come to the App Store than it took to build the pyramids, it is now here, and it looks really good. 7 Wonders has won a ton of awards (its publisher claims it has won the most awards in the world) and has a ton of fans around the world...




Ludosity's Card City Night is a very fun card game with cool mechanics and charm to spare, and now Card City Nights 2 [$4.99] is here to bring even more of what made the first one successful. Card City Nights 2 has reworked the gameplay system to make it even better and is bringing a brand new adventure that involves a mysterious flying city called Starship Frivolity (love the name) whose inhabitants are all into The Card Game. And, of course, you'll have to use that card game to find your place in Starship Frivolity as you go from city location to city location. The game comes with 200 cards, so there's already plenty of content to go through...

As you probably know if you've been reading my reviews of Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 [$4.99], I haven't been too excited with the first three episodes. My primary problem with the game so far has been that the developers have been trying to turn Minecraft into a sword-swinging adventure, and given the limitations of the game's engine, it hasn't worked well at all. Today, we are getting Episode 4, Below the Bedrock, and I'm really hoping the series shifts away from its emphasis on violence and on swinging swords and goes back to focusing on the game's characters and on the many facets of the Minecraft universe. I'm still interested to see where Jesse's story goes in this episode (besides going literally below the bedrock) and seeing how the whole Admin story continues to play out...

Whether you're reading articles on a dedicated mobile gaming website, or talking about newfangled smartphone applications with your elderly relatives, the Monument Valley [$3.99] series surely needs no introduction. After achieving literal world domination of both the mobile gaming scene and popular culture through rave reviews and a House of Cards cameo, ustwo's artistic puzzle title made people take notice of the App Store as a place for serious, boundary-pushing releases - and inspired numerous imitations along the way. At Apple's WWDC 2017 keynote, the long-awaited follow-up Monument Valley 2 [$4.99] was announced out of nowhere, and predictably flew up the charts to become a huge success. However, one of the most common questions amongst our community has been when the Android version of the game will rear its head. Thankfully, after many months of waiting, Monument Valley 2 is finally available to download on the Google Play store for $4.99...

Atypical Games has brought us some great flight sims, and today the developer is adding a new game to its Sky Gamblers series, Sky Gamblers: Infinite Jets [$4.99]. As you can tell from the title, Infinite Jets goes away from the WWII planes of previous games and returns to the present. The game offers meticulously recreated real-world locations this time around, which should make flying over them and blowing them up much more entertaining. As you can see from the trailer below, the game includes a ton of great jet planes (over 100 ones actually), and having played previous Sky Gamblers games, I'm sure the planes will fly great. And you can customize the planes both in terms of weapons and defenses as well as badges and patterns...

It was nearly two years ago to the day that developer Yak & Co launched their stylish point-and-click puzzler Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise [$4.99] on the App Store. With is '60s-era spy theme, colorful characters, and high production values, we really enjoyed Agent A in our original review, with one big caveat: The game didn't feel finished. And that's because it wasn't. Agent A was designed as an episodic game, and the initial release version ended rather abruptly on a major cliffhanger. To their credit, Yak & Co have followed through on their plans for new chapters, releasing Chapter 3: Ruby's Trap in December of last year and retroactively splitting the original release into Chapters 1 and 2 in order to fit their structure better. Well, we're nearly a year removed from that expansion, but Yak & Co are still following through on their promises with a new teaser for the forthcoming Chapter 4 of Agent A, which is titled A Narrow Escape...

'Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times' Review: Outstanding Follow Up to One of the Best Tactical Combat Games Ever

What are the best tactical role-playing games for mobile devices? I see that question a lot and, inevitably, somebody mentions Warhammer Quest [$2.99] by Rodeo Games, and rightfully so. Warhammer Quest is without question one of the best turn-based combat games out there and one in which I've invested a huge number of hours in the four-plus years since its release. Rodeo Games is no more, unfortunately, but that didn't stop a sequel from making its way to the App Store. Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$4.99] was just released by Perchang, but can it clear the high bar set by its predecessor?..

From the Forums: Is 'The Talos Principle' on iOS the Best Version of the Game Yet?

It certainly has been an exciting few weeks for iOS gaming. While 2017 has, on the whole, being an incredibly strong year for the platform, the onset of iOS 11 has resulted in a couple of huge surprise releases that have eclipsed everything else in their wake. The Witness [$9.99] brought Jonathan Blow's vibrant and challenging puzzler to the smaller screen in what can only be described as a phenomenal technical achievement, and this week The Talos Principle [$4.99] marked the latest - and hopefully not the last - major indie port for mobile devices. While there are hundreds of other reviews for the game that you can easily find online, as well as the official TouchArcade review hitting your screens soon, it's no secret that The Talos Principle is an excellent puzzle title that is more than worth the $4.99 from a gameplay perspective. However, the most pressing question for mobile gamers, and especially those who may already own the game on other consoles, is whether this iOS iteration is a fitting tribute to its incredible source material. To help, I've enlisted the assistance of the TouchArcade forums to share their thoughts on The Talos Principle on iPhone and iPad...

At long last Smash Up [$4.99], a unique card battler, has arrived in the Apple Store. Nomad Games has been steadily working on a digital version of tabletop hit for some time and you can now play the results. In Smash Up there are nine playable factions including zombies, ninjas, pirates, dinosaurs, and robots. Each faction has its own deck which boasts cards with unique abilities and a distinct play style. You start the game by taking turns drafting two of these factions into service and shuffling the two decks together into what is hopefully a powerful 40-card alliance fit to take down your opponents. We wrote about Smash Up's impending mobile launch last week, but the game has finally released onto the App Store today...

Ever since iOS 11 served as the first major shake-up to the App Store - and subsequently the mobile gaming ecosystem - since its inception in 2008, it seems some powerful force at Apple has been trying to capitalise on the latent potential of the platform by pushing through some ambitious acclaimed classics from consoles and PC. We first had The Witness [$9.99] - a true technical showcase for the power of the latest iPhones and iPads, let alone a brilliantly innovative experience - and it looks like The Talos Principle [$4.99] is the next App Store release set to push not only the boundaries of the hardware, but also the boundaries of what people expect of mobile gaming. From Croatian developer Croteam, and published by the prolific Devolver Digital, The Talos Principle is a stunning puzzle game set in a crossover of ancient and futuristic architecture, and is now available on the App Store for the phenomenal price of only $4.99...

Telltale continues to release episodes from different series in a rapid-fire pace, and today is the turn of Episode 4 of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99]. Episode four is titled "Who Needs You" and continues what has become an entertaining story that mostly plays to the strengths of the Telltale formula. Spoilers from here on, of course. In the previous episode, Star-Lord decided the fate of the all-powerful Eternity Forge, but that, of course, created all kinds of splinters in the group and widened pre-existing ones. And now that everyone has to escape their confinement, things are getting critical. There might even a scenario where not everyone makes it out of there alive...

After a pretty fun and quite long Minecraft: Story Mode Season 1, Telltale returns to the world of Minecraft with Episode 1 of Season 2 [$4.99], and although it has some fun new ideas, I wasn't too crazy with the direction of the narrative and, especially, with the decision to add complex fighting sequences in a game that can barely handle simple swipes. I have to admit that I died more times in Hero in Residence than in pretty much any other Telltale game ever, and that wasn't because I'm not good at swiping at the right time. I had fun getting reunited with some of the characters from Season 1 and seeing how things have turned out after those events, but Hero in Residence didn't really impress me, and I'm hoping the rest of the episodes deliver a more coherent narrative and fewer action sequences...

Its title doesn't really mean anything, and the gameplay mechanics in the app description don't sound like a particularly innovative take on the word game genre that titles like SpellTower [$2.99] have already defined. However, Waggle Words [$4.99] excels amongst its peers in a far more unconventional and unexpected way for puzzle games - with some pretty ridiculous graphical effects. The 'beehive' that holds all of the letters for Waggle Words is fully 3D, and developer Vermont Digital Arts has created some pretty neat visual fireworks as the alphabet slowly dissipates across the board. It may be a little unnecessary, but it is oh so pretty and worth checking out, especially as Waggle Words is now available to download on the App Store...

Amidst all of the speculation over whether the game was a financial success, as well as Nintendo's later mobile and console achievements in 2017, the fact that Super Mario Run [Free] was actually an incredibly enjoyable arcade runner has become a bit obscured. It was by no means a revolutionary, platform-defining release as many had expected, but for me, Mario's first foray on the App Store was easily one of the most fun experiences of 2016. As we reported last week, a brand new major update for Super Mario Run has been in the works, featuring Daisy as a new character, a bunch of additional levels and much more. While the initial release date was slated for September 29th, it appears Nintendo has fired out these extra features a day early, as the latest update for Super Mario Run is now available to download - with the game's in-app purchase also getting a price cut to $4.99 for the next two weeks...

When we first heard news of Cat Quest [$4.99] way back in June of last year, I don't think any of us could have expected just how good the game would be. It officially launched in early August and took players on a cute, cat-filled adventure that felt surprisingly epic while still feeling totally tailored to our tiny mobile device screens. We awarded it our Game of the Week upon release and easily gave it 5 stars in our review. We also got more than our fill of cat puns (but are always craving more). Well, after that stellar launch and reception, Cat Quest is readying some pretty big things for a future content update. Many games offer a "New Game Plus" mode upon completing the game once, giving you a reason to play through the game again, and Cat Quest is no exception. Except in this case, true to their punny nature, it'll be known as Mew Game Plus...

'Danmaku Unlimited 3' Review - The Depths of Bullet Hell

The 32-bit Appocalypse is upon us, friends, and some genres are going to get hit worse than others. By the looks of things, shoot-em-up fans are going to have plenty to be upset about. Just about every fantastic Cave shoot-em-up is headed for the scrap heap, and if the company plans to update them, they haven't said anything about it. It's a real loss, not just because they were relatively pricey by App Store standards, but also because they represent some of the finest the bullet hell sub-genre has to offer. You know what, though? I think we're going to be okay, because as long as there are developers like Doragon Entertainment out there putting out games like Danmaku Unlimited 3 [$4.99], we're still eating well on iOS...

Ironhide Game Studios is most well-known for their excellent Kingdom Rush trilogy of tower defense games, but back in February of last year they announced a new game that would be tackling a different genre: real-time strategy. We didn't hear much news after that initial announcement until this past January when some beta footage was released, giving us a glimpse of the game in action. Then in March during GDC we went hands-on with an in-progress version of the game and thought it was shaping up quite nicely. Now, after much impatient waiting on my part, that game, Iron Marines [$4.99], has just hit the App Store a day ahead of its scheduled release date. I don't think anyone will be complaining about getting to play this one early! Check out the official trailer for Iron Marines...

'Cat Quest' Review - An Interactive How-to on Mobile RPGs

We've had our teeth sunk into Cat Quest [$4.99] here at Touch Arcade Towers for a while now. It's been just about a year since one of our first looks at the game at TGS 2016. Since then we also took a peek into the dev process Gentlebros went through to cook up this Action-RPG offering. A lot of times our Patreon supporters will ask us about games that shape or define a genre, and Cat Quest, for all its levity, has left an indelible paw print on that list. ..

If you want to feel like an emperor who's accidentally pushed the fast-forward button on the world clock, then you should grab the just-released Eight-Minute Empire [$4.99], the port of the award-winning game with the same name. The game's name gives away the idea behind it: you have to build a whole empire in a very short span of time. Specifically, this fast-paced card game will have you doing the usual actions you'd expect from an empire-building game: recruiting troops, conquering parts of the map, collecting goods to get stronger, building castles to establish your dominance, and so on. It's not the most ground-breaking empire-building game by any means, but it's definitely fun and quick, which is always a good combination for mobile games...

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