Category Archives: Free

World of Tanks Blitz [Free] is one of those games that hits a great balance between short, fun gameplay and long-term goals, and that's why I often return to it. The way you advance in WOT Blitz is by researching higher Tier tanks up to the top Tier X beasts. And trust me when I say, going to Tier X takes a long, long time. However, an issue that WOT Blitz has had pretty much since the beginning was that higher Tier tanks (especially Tier IX-X) would often cost you money rather than give you money even when you won, and that was due to the high cost of repairs after each round. Now, Wargaming.net has finally decided to fix this issue with Update 2.8 that aims to make playing higher tier tanks worth playing...

Just like everyone else in the Hearthstone [Free] universe, I'm also anxiously waiting for Standard mode to finally hit Blizzard's CCG and radically change the game, hopefully for the better. From what we know so far, we expect the new Standard/Wild format split and the Whispers of the Old Gods expansion to hit late April early May, and now we may actually have an approximate date, April 26th. Where did we get this date? Well, if you go to the Battle.net client and try to buy the Curse of Naxxramas Adventure, you get a warning that starting April 26th, cards from this set will only be playable in Wild play format and you won't be able to purchase this adventure any more...




Monkey Swingers [Free] is a game that has some immediate appeal, but it doesn't take long for it start pushing you away. Not only is the game quite tough, it also demands a fair bit of concentration, and a good run usually lasts longer than the excitement does. If you intend on getting your little monkey up into space and beyond, you need to demonstrate a high level of skill, but also set aside a reasonably big chunk of time to dedicate to the task. I like the idea behind the game well enough, and it's certainly got a nice system of upgrades and fun cosmetic items to unlock, but it just doesn't come together as well as I'd hope...

And then they were three Old Gods in Hearthstone [Free]. After C'Thun and N'Zoth, Blizzard unveiled Y'Shaarj, the biggest of the Old Gods and once the head of the largest empire on Azeroth. The third of the gods from the upcoming Whispers of the Old Gods expansion, Y'Shaarj is, of course, a 10-cost Legendary and has the highest stats of the Gods we've seen so far with 10 Attack and 10 Health. His effect, though, is on the disappointing side, at least with what we know so far about the expansion. At the end of your turn, Y'Shaarj puts a minion from your deck into the battlefield. First, a couple of clarifications: as with other similar effects, Y'Shaarj's won't trigger battlecries, and cards with end of turn effects that are pulled out of your deck will not activate those effects, which pretty much demands you build a very specific deck if you're not to waste your cards' battlecries and effects...

I quite enjoyed Rope Racers [Free] in my review last week, and in fact I’m still playing every day. Flying through each level via ropes and trying to beat nine other people to the finish is incredibly fun, but unfortunately the game has just about every free-to-play mechanic you can think of. There’s a slot machine, two currencies, a stamina meter, and several other timers. It’s far from the worst I’ve seen, but it can hamper your progress if you’re not careful. Fortunately, I managed to unlock all 20 leagues and most of the characters since it came out, and I’ve compiled some of the tips and tricks I used below...

Sure, a while back I said I was done with idle clickers. But I'm done with them in the same way I'm done with match-3 games, for the most part: I'll play the occasional one because I still enjoy the core idea, but I've just played too many of them to want to keep diving back in on a regular basis. Doomsday Clicker [Free] from PikPok is my occasional exception to clickers, particularly as I enjoyed the concept, and the typical PikPok production values go a long way here. But it's still a clicker, and it can only really go so far at this point. Plus, it's one of this new generation of non-clicker clickers, and I'm not sure I enjoy that development...

Second new Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl in a row, so we must be doing something right. This time around, there are no preconstructed decks to frustrate anyone with their complete lack of balance (sorry Rafaam, you sucked); instead, what you get to do in You Must be This Tall to Brawl is fill your deck with spells and minions costing over 7 mana. As you can imagine, you can't just rely on those big finishers to end the game because you'll be done way before turn 7. The good thing is that you know the opponent only has 7-cost minions too, right? Well, not quite. Keep in mind that you can take any spell along that summons minions like Hunter's Animal Companion, Ball of Spiders, or spells from other classes like Power of the Wild, Imp-losion, and so on...

The quite popular A/RPG Soul Seeker [Free] is getting a pretty big update soon that should make players quite happy. If you haven't played the game, Soul Seeker offers real-time combat and over 200 hundred heroes, all wrapped up in a pretty intense package. The new update will offer a new Hero Combination System, where players can acquire new specific heroes. The new system will consist of S-Grade, A-Grade, and B-Grade Heroes, which require various materials in order to be obtained. The update will also modify the Raid Battle System by adding a normal mode. Awakening materials will be available to obtain Raid Heroes introduced in this new mode...

I believe it's quite fair to say that The Walking Dead franchise has turned many of us into followers of everything zombie-related and, especially, everything TWD related. So, it's no surprise that there are two The Walking Dead games in the first 150 top grossing apps of the App Store, and one of them, The Walking Dead: No Man's Land [Free], just got a pretty interesting update. If you haven't played the game, No Man's Land is a base building game with a pretty robust tactical component that makes those fights with the undead both entertaining and tense. As solid as the combat was in the game, it has become even better with update 1.8 that's gone live today. This update has introduced a cover system that will make the ranged part of combat much more tactical than before...

We've been following the progress of Extreme Gear ever since spotting it for the first time back in late January, but today is the day that Zero Games' Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena [Free] has finally arrived in the App Store. If you haven't been following along, Extreme Gear is pretty much an homage to old-school Destruction Derby from the PS1 days, something I've been hoping for on iOS for a long time. I've spent a good chunk of my day with Extreme Gear, and while it's certainly rough around the edges and has plenty of room for improvement, the bottom line is that smashing into other cars is fun, and Extreme Gear does a great job at letting you do just that. ..

If you heard any whispers from the ocean's depths, it was N'Zoth the Corruptor, the second God to be revealed from Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming Whispers of the Old Gods expansion. And if you like Deathrattle minions in your decks, this legendary is going to make you one happy card slinger. N'Zoth is a 10 mana 5/7 Legendary with a Battlecry "summon your deathrattle minions that died this game." A few clarifications about that battlecry first. According to Blizzard's tweets, N'Zoth will raise silenced Deathrattle minions but not cards that were buffed with Deathrattle or transformed. Also, the resurrected Deathrattle minions will be random to go with the theme of N'Zoth embracing chaos...

Gamevil's third-person multiplayer shooter Afterpulse [Free] launched worldwide last October following a short soft-launch period. It offered great visuals, but more importantly it streamlined the shooter experience to create something that felt satisfying but still highly playable on mobile touchscreen devices. We enjoyed it a lot in our original review, and although I was a bit late to the party, I also got hooked on Afterpulse late last year and it's become one of my very favorite games. The shooting is fun, the matchmaking works great, and the RPG-ish character and weapon leveling keeps me coming back time and time again. ..

'7 Mages' Review - A Magnificent Ode To The Classics

For the first half of my 20 hours and change with 7 Mages [Free], I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. For whatever reason, the game wasn't on my radar at all, and when it released seemingly out of nowhere with gorgeous screenshots and some lofty comparisons being thrown around, I was skeptical. Well, the game has its flaws, but nothing like what I was fearing. 7 Mages is a great addition to the iOS's RPG library, and one that fills a particular niche few other games on the platform do. Its apparent inspirations are numerous, but it's safe to say that if you've got any love for computer RPGs from the late 1980s and early 1990s, you should definitely give 7 Mages a try...

Remember how last week Blizzard briefly advertised An Evil Exchange as that week's Tavern Brawl only for us to find out that we were actually getting a different Hearthstone [Free] Brawl? Well, this week we actually are getting An Evil Exchange where Kel'Thuzad and Rafaam are competing to see who is the superior endboss. You, of course, have to take a side and fight for evil supremacy. This is a brand new Brawl with pre-constructed decks that has some very interesting ideas. Kel'Thuzad has 30 health and 30 armor while Rafaam has 60 health, so expect matches to take a bit longer than usual. Kel'Thuzad's Hero Power appropriately brings a random minion back from the dead while Rafaam's is definitely a more interesting one...

If you've been frustrated by units like the X-Bow and the Tesla, you can now go into your next Clash Royale [Free] match feeling slightly relieved as the update that just hit the servers has nerfed both of those units and made some other significant changes, too. As we wrote about a few days ago, the Tesla's hit speed has decreased to 0.8 sec from 0.7 sec and its lifetime dropped from 60 to 40 seconds. That should make the unit easier to counter or avoid. The Prince also saw a nerf as his charge speed decreased by 13% in order to give the opponent time to react and counter. The X-Bow range dropped to 12 from 13 so your opponent can't park an X-Bow across the river and hit your towers with relative impunity. There are also other changes like a buff to the Valkyrie, a damage increase to the Giant (which should make him a more viable attacking unit), and more that you can check out here...

'Hectic Space 2' Review - Bullet Pixel Hell

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March 22nd, 2016 11:45 AM EDT by Chris Carter in 4 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Shooter, Universal
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Shoot 'em ups will keep me company until the hour of my death. They were one of the first genres I ever played in the arcade, and it's one of my most played genres for pleasure to date. Whether it's a bullet hell Cave joint (which has become even more prolific on iOS) or a traditional, technical shooter, I'm always willing to turn my monitor on its side to play at any possible resolution. Less screen real estate on a mobile device seems like a problem, but touch controls almost always come through and deliver, and that's definitely the case with Hectic Space 2 [Free]...

My favorite Kemco RPG developer, EXE-Create, has found their groove over the last couple of years. Their games typically have enjoyable characters, solid mechanics, and genuinely good localizations. They've also pushed the technical side of things more than Kemco's other teams, introducing a polygonal battle system with Alphadia Genesis [$9.99] just over two years ago that they've used in several subsequent releases. If there's a downside to EXE-Create's work, it's that they rarely attempt anything risky with their game designs. While their Kemco stablemates are often trying interesting new systems, gameplay perspective, or even other genres, EXE-Create seems content to focus on delivering a tasty, predictable plate of meat and potatoes every time. How much you enjoy their games depends heavily on how tired you are of that sort of dish and whether or not you can connect with the latest batch of characters. Revenant Dogma [Free / $4.99] is no different in that regard...

We've all been Clashin' up a storm in the last two weeks. Our forums are still buzzing about climbing through the ranks and I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about how you can get pretty far in this game without even dropping a penny. I'd like to ask you guys to take a moment and also consider contributing to the Touch Arcade Patreon, it is support like this that lets us stream, podcast and write about the games that we like and that we spend time playing. While you won't be able to quickly reach legendary Arena 9 status on the cheap, there are some realistic goals you can set for yourself before deciding to take the plunge on Clash Royale[Free]...

'Rope Racers' Review - Swing Low, Sweet Undead Zombie

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March 21st, 2016 11:53 AM EDT by Nathan Reinauer in 4 stars, Arcade, Free, Games, Racing, Reviews, Universal
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Swinging from ropes is fun. I don’t know why, but it is. Many of my favorite games on the App Store use some kind of swinging as a mechanic, from Hanger World [Free] and Mikey Hooks [$1.99] to the long forgotten Rock Runners and Slingshot Racing [$0.99]. In preparation for this review I did a brief Google search to figure out what is so satisfying about swinging, but all I found were adult advice columns. (Some iOS games call it "hooking"; maybe I should have searched for that instead?) Perhaps it’s so fun because our ancestors lived in trees, or because it hits some perfect combination of speed and weightlessness. Who knows! Developer Small Giant’s latest game Rope Racers [Free] is all about swinging, and it pretty much nails that sensation...

Well Supercell, that was fast. After just 4 sneak peeks, today Clash of Clans [Free] is getting its first of many balancing updates and the first new unit in more than two years. We've already written about the Bowler, the new unit, as well as the various nerfs and buffs and the new troop levels. Let's go quickly over them again for those who weren't around during the weekend. The Bowler is a Dark Troop available at Town Hall 11 and hits 2 ground targets for the same damage, making him great for taking out some defenses from a safe distance. We are also getting Level 6 Hog Rider, Level 7 Goblins as well as Level 5 Valkyries (which will also see a substantial buff). Add to this Inferno Tower level 4 at TH11, and Mortar Level 9 at TH11, and you can see how the game might change after this update...

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