Category Archives: Free

If you are an EU Hearthstone [Free] player, then you probably already know that the client has been facing some issues the last day or so, especially with missing cards and adventures. Originally, Blizzard asked players to reset their Battle.net account passwords since it could be one of the ways to fix the issue. That apparently didn't fix the issue, so now Blizzard has announced that the actual issue has been resolved and there should be no cases from now on. However, if you are one of those who are still affected, you can't fix it by yourself. Instead, you have to contact Blizzard support team directly so they can fix it for you. To do so, you should click on this link so you send a support ticket...

One of my favorite games of 2014 was Secret Crush's planet-hopping, gravity-based action puzzler Sunburn! [$2.99], and for the first time and likely a limited time you can nab this unique puzzler for free. Those who aren't familiar with Sunburn! may be wondering what the heck it's all about, and I'd be happy to tell you! The premise is one of the best things about this game. You're a space captain, and a comet has come along and destroyed your ship, leaving you and your crew stranded in space. There's no getting out of this one, no one coming to rescue you. You're all going to die. ..




Gameloft's Dungeon Hunter franchise has gone through some major changes during its life on the App Store, the biggest one being the switch from premium to freemium, a move that was seen as anathema by many players. Surprisingly for many, Dungeon Hunter 5 [Free] managed to be a pretty enjoyable and fair freemium game and continues to be pretty popular on the App Store. The latest update has probably made most players happy since it has added a Co-op mode, one of the most-requested features. The co-op mode, called Party Hunt, will allow players to team up with up to three other players (or AI players in case you are short of friends) and complete various weekly quests...

While I'm pretty sure that you're not hurting for free games to play on the App Store right now, especially considering that 2 of the 14 games featured this week on the App Store are paid games, how does a paid game gone free sound like to you? Well, Shane McCafferty's Starseed: Origin [$0.99] is free to download right now. Did the 33% off launch sale not entice you? Well, how about a whopping 100%? Are you not entertained? Do you demand that Shane McCafferty give you money to play his game? How about Rob at Fractures Audio who did the sound and music for the game, must he pay penance unto you to get you to download this? You're a madman if you demand anything more than free without IAP!..

Hi-Rez Studios, who are known for the third-person action MOBA Smite on desktop and console, are venturing into mobile with their first mobile game, Jetpack Fighter [Free], which is out now on the App Store.. While it would be easy for them to do something Smite-related, they decided to go in an entirely different direction: here, you control a warrior with a sword and the ability to endlessly dash through the air, slicing through enemies to get big combos, and engaging in rad-looking dash-slashing fights with bosses...

The upcoming 2.5 update will bring to World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] one of the most-request features, camouflage. For those who haven't played the PC or console version, camouflage let's you do two important things to your tank: improve its concealment and make it look bad-ass. While in terms of gameplay only the concealment bonus counts, it's hard to deny how great it is to be able to improve your tank's looks and avoid having battlefields populated by cookie-cutter tanks. There will be four main types of camouflage, summer, winter, desert, and universal. Winter camouflage is used on Winter Malinovka, Himmelsdorf, and Dead Rail maps, Desert camouflage is used on Desert Sands, Black Goldville, and Oasis Palms maps, Summer camouflage is used on all the remaining maps, and universal is, well, universal...

'Pick-Xell' Review - It's A Dirty Job

StarStarStarStarNone
January 7th, 2016 12:03 PM EST by Shaun Musgrave in 3.5 stars, Action, Arcade, Free, Game Center, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews
Free Buy Now

You don't have to look far to find an iOS game about digging. It's an oddly specific activity to have so many games to its name, but whatever the reasons, people seem to enjoy it. Most games of this type encourage the player to take their time and be cautious, which makes sense given the inherent dangers involved. Games with more an arcade bent to them will counter this need for caution with some sort of immediate danger that keeps the player moving. The challenge then becomes moving fast enough to avoid danger while somehow trying not to make any fatal mistakes in spite of your pace. Pick-Xell [Free], the latest release from Japanese publisher Obokaidem, distills that idea down to its very essence...

Here's a quick heads up to let you know that one of the all-time classics on the App Store, Terry Cavanagh's brilliant twitch arcade game Super Hexagon [$2.99], is currently free for the first time. If you somehow don't know what Super Hexagon is all about, you play as a tiny triangle who must rotate either left or right around the center point of the screen as the walls literally close in on it from every side. Find the gaps to pass through and try to last as long as possible without crashing into a wall. It's extremely difficult in the beginning, but the more you play the better your skill gets and eventually you get locked in a zone dashing back and forth between increasingly faster and more difficult patters of walls...

After two repeat performances, this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is all new, and it's the type that actually makes me want to build a deck (even if I usually don't care much about deck-building Brawls). Battle of the Builds asks some of the most important questions that lie at the center of human existence: what's better, Battlecries, Deathrattles, Armor, or Murlocs? In order to find out, you get to create your own deck, but the twist this week is that at the beginning of each game, you get to choose one of four bonuses. You'll either get a +1/+1 to your Battlecry minions, +1/+1 to your Deathrattle minions, a 1/1 Murloc at the end of your turn, or 3 armor whenever you play a spell. I like how the developers are giving these very clear deck-building 'hints' since they should help new or very casual players see how you can build decks around one keyword, one tribe, and so on...

Fantastic Plastic Squad [Free] is a game that punched me in the stomach. I’ve rarely felt so excited and then so disappointed in such a short amount of time. Maybe that’s not fair, but let’s start with the good part: The game has one of the strongest first five minutes of any game I’ve played on iOS. It introduces you to these awesome '80s action figures that walk around in a hilariously stiff way (they are plastic, as the game’s name suggests), and you get to use them to shoot aliens around a giant house! I absolutely love games that take place in ordinary places seen from a miniature perspective--probably because of playing with action figures as a child--and this game nails that feeling. The controls are smart and tight, and I could feel myself getting super pumped while playing through the tutorial. I could tell this would be a game I’d be playing for a long time. But I was wrong...

'CaRRage' Review - Twisted Mobile

StarStarStarStarNone
January 5th, 2016 10:11 AM EST by Chris Carter in 4 stars, Action, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
Free Buy Now

Car combat is one of my favorite subgenres, despite the fact that it flies under the radar in just about every generation. My first taste was probably Rock 'n' Roll Racing on the SNES, before I graduated to the PlayStation platform, with Twisted Metal and Vigilante 8, among others. There's something exhilarating about racing in a fast-paced environment while explosions are happening all over the screen, especially in some of the more flair-heavy games. While CaRRage [Free] isn't as iconic as the aforementioned titles, it's an incredibly fun way to pass the time on your mobile device...

Just like pretty much everyone else, Blizzard has likely gone on vacation or at least has the engines running on low power. That's probably why this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is a repeat of one from all the way back in October, Who's the Boss Now. I'm not complaining about the repeat; I don't expect Blizzard to come up with new Brawls every week because that would take away development hours from whatever other surprise they have in store for us. This week's Brawl is all about Hero Powers since you'll build your own deck but instead of having your class' standard Hero Power, you'll start with a random hero power (outside the typical class ones) and each time you use it, you get another one...

When I went to the movie theater the other day to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I was greeted by a Clash of Clans [Free]  commercial featuring a different type of warfare. Leaving aside the commercial's content for a second, it still amazes me that a video game has such reach (and so much money, too). So, the commercial stars Christoph Waltz (of Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds fame) and the award-winning British comedian James Corden. The two actors play out a slightly weird father-and-son scene where the father tells the son a bedtime story about, you guessed it, a Clash of Clans attack. The Legend of the Last Lava Pup, where the sole remaining lava pup takes down the enemy's base, is a dramatization of the actual battle between attacker CamaroBro and defender Newgfarmer...

'Gopogo' Review - Hop 'til You Drop

StarStarStarStarNone
December 29th, 2015 4:30 PM EST by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Action, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
Free Buy Now

The mobile landscape has shifted quite a bit since the introduction of the App Store. In the beginning, the market was flooded with tons of hardcore experiences, meant to cater towards the console and PC gaming crowd. But over time, a lot of those games started to thin out, in favor of garnering massive audiences with casual titles and aggressive IAP "platforms." While there are a lot of gems in either side of the coin, it's nice to get a difficult game ever now and then, which includes the inevitably polarizing Gopogo [Free]...

Remember that wacky, over-the-top short film riff on kung-fu movies called 'Kung Fury' which took the internet by storm back in May? You may also recall that a mobile tie-in game was released alongside it called Kung Fury: Street Rage [Free], and at that time it was little more than an endless, high-score-chasing beat 'em up with left/right combat mechanics similar to something like One Finger Death Punch [Free] or Fatal Fight [Free]. Now, that wasn't exactly a bad thing, as Kung Fury was a lot of fun for a high-scoring game and the production values were totally on-point, nailing the look and feel of an '80s-era arcade game. It's just that it felt like it could have been so much more; a full-fledged brawler like Final Fight or Streets of Rage...

I like roguelikes, don't get me wrong. I like the replayability that comes from their procedurally-generated structure, and I enjoy the challenge. I'm having a ton of fun right now with Rust Bucket [Free] from Nitrome, for example. But sometimes I think there's a value that comes from level design, of having an experience that was deliberately designed by someone. Thus, while Into the Dim [Free] looked like a roguelike, and has some of the hallmarks such as the turn-by-turn basis and the bumping into enemies to attack them, the game's fixed nature helps make it stand out among a sea of roguelike dungeon crawlers...

'Hearthstone' League of Explorers Adventure Review - No Monkeying Around, This Adventure Was Spectacular

League of Explorers, the latest Hearthstone [Free]Adventure, came pretty much out of nowhere. Although we knew that something was going to be announced at BlizzCon, we didn't have any details about its theme or the cards it would include. Not only were we surprised with an Adventure that deviated from the typical World of Warcraft lore of previous expansions and adventures, but we got it in our hands the week of the announcement, leaving little time to evaluate the Adventure's 45 cards. It's not that surprising, then, that when the first bunch of cards, and especially Reno Jackson, were released after LoE Wing 1, everyone was amazed by the effect LoE already had on the game. Literally overnight, the meta slowed down and everyone playing Hearthstone, from pros to casuals, felt that the game was fresh and interesting again and out of the rut it had been for months...

Nitrome's Rust Bucket [Free] is a really fun turn-based roguelike, it's just not quite complete yet. Sometimes it's unfair to compare one game to another, but comparing Rust Bucket to Ending [$1.99] is a totally fair comparison because the designer of both games is Aaron Steed, who also worked on Turnament for Nitrome. So, what you're getting is a game that's an evolution and refinement on those games' formulas. Standard turn-based roguelike rules are in play here: you move one square at a time, then all the enemies take their turns, all according to various predictable rules. The challenge comes in when you're trying to survive among several groups of enemies, where one hit kills you. It's tough but fair...

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players. I hope you've been enjoying the pleasantly-turbulent meta courtesy of the League of Explorers Adventure like I have. While I try to keep you informed about all the weekly news from the world of Hearthstone, for the next few weeks I'll be unable to do so because I'll be on a secret mission (vacation). With Christmas coming, I suspect the world of Hearthstone won't be at its most active since we've already seen Blizzard's Christmas present to us all (the Feast of Winter Veil) and there aren't that many important tournaments coming up. I think that with LoE having shaken the meta as much as it did, this Christmas will be the best time for everyone to mess with those cards and come up with crazy fun decks; I know I will for sure. There are some Murlocs waiting for me and some other silly ideas that I'm looking forward to trying out...

'Rush N Krush' Review - Wacky Races

StarStarStarNoneNone
December 18th, 2015 10:39 AM EST by Chris Carter in 3 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Racing, Reviews, Universal
Free Buy Now

I never could have imagined that the mobile platform would house so many old school arcade experiences. Growing up I'd spend hours pumping quarters into various games, often times logging how much average playtime I'd get out of a single coin, so I could maximize my time at an arcade. I kind of do the same thing now with mobile games, especially if they offer "extra lives" or some form of energy mechanic...

Copyright 2014, TouchArcade.com, LLC.