Category Archives: Free

Moltres, the latest Legendary Pokemon, is now virtually roaming in Pokemon GO [Free], so get ready to group up with others and find a Legendary Raid Battle. Before you start getting too excited, though, keep in mind that it's very difficult to catch these Legendaries. As Rob talked about in a story the other day, each creature needs to first be defeated in a Legendary Raid Battle, which isn't an easy thing to do within the time limit given. I've heard many people complain that it's hard to even figure out who's doing a Legendary Raid Battle unless you've already organized one with your friends. Also, Moltres will only be around until August 7th, which isn't that long of a time to find a Legendary Raid Battle and to pull off the win. And add to these difficulties how you have pretty low chances of actually catching Moltres after defeating it, and you can see how tricky all this is...

Clash Royale [Free] developers have been doing Q&As recently, and the latest one offered some intriguing hints at future features and changes to the game. The first feature that's coming probably in the next update—which should be coming around early October— is daily tasks, which is a feature that should have been in the game a long time ago. Daily tasks are great at making me care about playing daily and, of course, are a great source of rewards. The developers pointed out that most of the team is on summer vacations (I've heard that phrase before but not sure what it means anymore), so don't expect this feature to land before October. Clash Royale will also probably be getting additional ways of adding friends to the game, ones that don't rely on external links to do the job...




For the last five years, Clash of Clans [Free] has pretty much become synonymous with top grossing mobile games and a name recognized by most gamers, even those not that big on mobile games. This month, Supercell's behemoth is celebrating its fifth anniversary, so expect to see all kinds of surprises, both in-game but also in real life as well. The game's subreddit is also celebrating the anniversary with all kinds of posts, ranging from art, funny videos, and a running list of the best and worst changes players have seen in these last five years...

If I'm honest, I'm more of an advocate of cats in video games, although I appreciate the effort that developer SnoutUp has made over their prolific App Store output in making pigs the stars of the show. With previous releases such as Iron Snout [Free], the developer has underlined the secret intelligence of everyone's favorite pink, sedentary farm animal, and Bacon May Die [Free] is essentially a continuation of this theme. Set in an alternate reality where hordes of zombies are set on eating bacon rather than brains, Bacon May Die features fun beat 'em up action that looks as entertaining as it is bizarre, and is today available on the App Store to download for free...

Don't worry - Spin Addict [Free] is not set in some dystopian future where fidget spinners have taken over the minds and souls of the entire human race. Instead, Spin Addict is all about, revolving, jumping, and perpetual motion, and is perhaps one of the most novel spins on the auto-runner genre I've seen in some time. In fact, the 'auto' in auto-runner is somewhat misleading, as your spinning top protagonist must constantly hit rotating cogs in the environment to give itself momentum, or otherwise it'll come to a grinding halt. This intuitive mechanic, combined with the expected platforming action and the ability to actually spin the environment, makes Spin Addict stand out amongst an abundance of games that have failed to innovate the tropes of auto-runner titles. First impressions on our forums are all universally positive, and if you're similarly intrigued, Spin Addict is available to download for free on the App Store today...

From the outset, Tumblestone [Free] pulls no punches in its app description, with the bold claim that it is 'the first original action-puzzle game of the past fifteen years'. You Must Build A Boat [$2.99], its predecessor 10000000 [$2.99] and the myriad of other inventive puzzle titles on the App Store might want a word with you, Tumblestone. However, such grandiose assertions don't detract from the fact that Tumblestone does look like a lot of fun - with an alleged 40+ hour story campaign and limitless randomly regenerated levels to try out, its positive reception amongst console gamers on its previous release is certainly less controversial than its App Store description. If you did miss out on its 2016 Steam release, Tumblestone is today available on the App Store as a free-to-play game, with an in-app purchase to disable advertisements...

With the iOS platform approaching a decade of existence, there are quite a few titles you could denote as classics when talking about the history of mobile gaming. Jet Car Stunts [$1.99 / Free] is without a doubt one of those titles. Launching in the fall of 2009 with the App Store still in its infancy, Jet Car Stunts married the unique capabilities of iOS devices with some seriously fun stunt track racing. There really was no greater feeling that launching your little digital rocket car into the air, spinning and twirling, and totally nailing the landing on the other side. Or finding some obscure shortcut that gives you a leg up on the highly competitive online leaderboards. Yes for some Jet Car Stunts was an obsession, and for me personally it brings back great memories of the early days of iOS gaming. However, 2009 was a LONG time ago, and the last significant update to Jet Car Stunts was way back in July of 2012 when the game received long-awiated Universal iPad support and some performance improvements. Well, with iOS 11 and its lack of support for 32-bit apps likely coming in just a couple of months, many fans were holding out hope that this oldie but goodie would get some 64-bit update love from developer True Axis. Today that update love has arrived. ..

Sit down boys and girls because it's time for another Ben Brode Hearthstone [Free] rap. After delivering a rousing Journey to Un'Goro rap, Brode couldn't resist repeating the musical feat for the upcoming Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. This time around, we get to hear the story of Arthas, AKA the Lich King, accompanied by visuals from the good old days. While the rap is pretty funny by itself, it does actually serve a purpose: to fill in the lore details for those who don't know the story of the Lich King. And what better way to deliver lore than with a Brode rap (Brap?). The rap is over 5 minutes long, which goes to show how complex the Lich King's storyline is...

Niantic got quite a bit of negative publicity after the disastrous Pokemon GO [Free] event in Chicago a week and a bit ago, and it looks like it wants to avoid a repeat of that. So, it announced today that the August 5th and 12th events in Europe will be postponed until a date later this Fall in order to guarantee the best possible gameplay experience. The August 5th events were to take place in Copenhagen and Prague, and the August 12th ones in Stockholm and Amsterdam. The events on August 14th and September 16th remain unaffected, so if you were planning on attending those, you should be good. Niantic (of course) apologizes for postponing these events and directs player questions to its help center. And no compensation will be offered to those who have already made arrangements...

Frozen Throne Reveals, Frost Lich Jaina, Arthas Skin, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #107

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of the best stories and videos. As expected, last week was all about the upcoming expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, especially because the community has been trying to keep track with and evaluate all the revealed cards. Most in the community seem to be happy with the cards we've seen so far, and I hope that optimism continues even after the expansion arrives. It does look like Blizzard is starting to figure out the kind of content the community enjoys, so hopefully we'll get the best expansion to date. There's a few weeks to go until that, though, so for now enjoy our weekly roundup...

Any TouchArcade readers who have been following the website since 2013 will not only be awesome people, but will also likely remember an incredibly, err, eccentric game by the name of Alpaca Evolution [Free] from Japanese developer COCOSOLA. Even with some of the bizarre experiments released on a weekly basis on the App Store, the cannibalism/mutation simulator of Alpaca Evolution really stood out at the time for its inexplicable premise, and was well received in our TA Plays feature around its launch. While we have heard little from the developer since its breakout release, their latest title dropped onto the App Store out of nowhere this weekend, and it's certainly a major shift in direction from COCOSOLA's previous releases. The Witch's Isle [Free] is an incredibly intriguing point-and-click adventure game with some beautiful pixel art, and the Sword and Sworcery [$3.99] vibes I get from the screenshots can only be a good thing...

Earlier today Blizzard gave us a Hearthstone [Free] live stream with Senior Designer Matthew Place and popular streamer Sean "Day 9" Plott that revealed new Knights of the Frozen Throne cards, and one of those cards was a new Hero Card, Frost Lich Jaina, and it's a fun one. The Mage Death Knight costs 9 mana and has 5 armor, and its battlecry reads "Summon a 3/6 Water Elemental. Your Elementals Have Lifesteal this Game," and has a Hero Power that deals 1 damage, and if it kills a minion, it summons a 3/6 Water Elemental. As you can imagine, Frost Lich Jaina will work well with Elemental decks, although whether it's going to be powerful or not remains to be seen. Now we have 7 remaining Death Knights to see prior to the expansion's release...

Clash Royale [Free] got another card today, the Cannon Cart, although you'll have to play the 2v2 Draft Challenge if you want to get your hands on it early. If you don't get it in the Challenge, you'll have to wait another week before being able to get your hands on it. Cannon Cart is unlocked in Arena 10 and costs 5 Elixir to deploy. As you would expect, Cannon Cart is a single-target troop with medium range, since it's pretty much a cannon on wheels. Once it loses half of its health, the cart breaks and you have a stationary cannon. Once it's on the ground, it sticks around for 20 seconds just like a building. Therefore, remember that the Cannon Cart isn't considered a building until the cart breaks, so it won't be attracting the attention of units like Giants...

I know that many of you have been patiently waiting for The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] to move from tablets to phones, so I'm sure you're pretty happy now that you can finally play Legends on your iPhones. Given the opportunity of the game finally going universal, we got to interview Pete Hines, Bethesda's VP of PR/Marketing, on the game coming to phones and about the game's future more generally. I've been enjoying the game, especially after the Skyrim expansion, and I'm looking forward to seeing what other features and ideas we'll get in the future. Enjoy the interview below...

By now you probably all know the disaster that was the Pokemon GO [Free] Fest in Chicago, with our very own Eli posting a minute by minute of the mobile equivalent of the Hindenburg disaster. After giving refunds and trying to make up for the disaster, Niantic posted a lengthy apology that further details how the Chicago Fest became a disaster for the ages. The post first takes responsibility for some of the client crashes that interfered with people's ability to log in and play the game and states how those issues were fixed with a server configuration change. However, the biggest problem (the post continues) was the oversaturation of the mobile data networks of some network providers, which resulted in many attendees being unable to log into the game...

The first ever Hearthstone [Free]Tavern Brawl was Showdown at Blackrock Mountain back in June of 2015, and this week we all get to play it again, although the decklists will not be the same as they were back then. As you can guess from the title, you get to play either as Ragnaros or Nefarian (it's random each time), get your premade deck, and jump into the match. Ragnaros starts with 60 Health and Nefarian with 30 Health, 30 Armor, and 4 mana. Ragnaros' Hero Power lets him summon a Magma Rager while Nefarian's adds a random 0-cost spell to his hand. So, as you can see, the two play very differently...

If you missed our extensive coverage on the event, the first Pokemon GO [Free] Fest took place in Chicago last weekend, in an attempt to celebrate the one year anniversary of the game's launch. However, Niantic's dream of hundreds of people together in one place battling Legendary Pokemon unfortunately never came true because of a wide array of technical difficulties in the app. In fact, the situation began to turn rather nasty, with understandably furious fans - many of whom had travelled from around the world to attend - booing John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, amidst numerous chants to 'fix the game' throughout the festival. Unlike the schadenfreude of the capitulation of events such as the calamitous Fyre Festival, it was legitimately quite upsetting to see the days of both the participants (some of whom are TouchArcade readers) and Niantic ruined. However, in an attempt to claw back some of the they had amassed good favour the developers have today announced that over the next three weeks, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres will be available to encounter in Raid Battles around the world - but good luck catching any of them...

The Emoji Movie is releasing very soon, and that probably makes you feel very old (I know it has that effect on me for sure). Candy Crush Saga [Free] is one of the apps the adventurous emojis get to visit in the movie, so it's no surprise that we are getting movie tie-in content in Candy Crush. Specifically, Candy Crush will get The Emoji Movie levels in the game that will let players visit the Candy Crush scene from the movie. The game challenges are inspired by Gene's (the main protagonist) struggles in the movie as he tries to free himself from the Candy Crush game board...

Last week we came across a very cool looking upcoming game called Age of Solitaire [Free] which looked to blend the classic solo card game with elements of city-building, and just as promised, Age of Solitaire has arrived in the App Store. At the time of posting the trailer last week we weren't exactly sure if the city-building elements weaved directly into the gameplay or were just more of a fun way to add some sort of progression system to a Solitaire game, and after having finally played the game myself I can say it's definitely in the latter camp. Not that that's a bad thing mind you; having a sense of progression in a game like this is very welcome and it's fun to slowly build up different elements of your city starting all the way back in the Stone Age. That said, there's probably still an opportunity for someone to figure out a neat way to blend in the city-building elements into the actual gameplay itself. For now though Age of Solitaire seems like a solid game if you're looking for a new Solitaire app with a bit of a twist. ..

Magic the Gathering: Puzzle Quest [Free] continues to keep up with all the Magic expansions, and Hour of Devastation isn't an exception. If you haven't been following Magic news, Hour of Devastation is the 75th expansion and the second in the Amonkhet block. The story of the expansion is about Nicol Bolas coming to claim his perfect Zombie army, the Eternals. In terms of MTG: Puzzle Quest, Hour of Devastation brings 149 new cards and three new card abilities: Eternalize, Aftermath, and Afflict. We are also getting new Planeswalkers, like Elspeth, Sun's Champion. She is a white Planeswalker that should synergize well with Hour of Devastation cards...

Copyright 2014, TouchArcade.com, LLC.