Category Archives: Prices

Framed [$3.99] has an ingenious premise behind it; move comic book panels around to change the outcome of the scene. When it was first announced a few years back, everyone was very excited to try it out. While the game had some issues, as we noted in our review when the game came out, it's still a fun game with great art, and it has gone free for the first time ever. This drop in price probably has to do with the recent announcement that Framed 2 is in development, which we posted about recently. Framed suffered from some very predictable puzzles—moving ladders around, rotating pathways, and so on—and a complete lack of narrative, which made players feel a bit lost and lacking an actual purpose outside escaping cops...

Dead Age [$2.99], a survival RPG originally created for the PC, is now available on the App Store and Google Play, and it looks like a ton of fun. The game has you teaming with other NPC survivors as you all try to make it through each day and survive the zombie apocalypse. In order to do so, you have to go out on dangerous scavenging runs to gather important resources and recruit other survivors. You'll also craft equipment, defend your rickety camp from the hordes of the dead, and make all kinds of decisions that will influence the outcome of the game's story...




It feels like it was only yesterday that Pokemon GO [Free] took over both popular culture and TouchArcade, however somehow the first anniversary of Niantic's runaway augmented reality hit is rapidly approaching. The first few weeks of Pokemon GO fever may have been defined by the frequent server issues and in-game glitches, however an abundance of improvements, events and content updates since (including the addition of most of the Generation 2 creatures) has gone some way towards becoming the experience that many expected from that stunning reveal trailer from 2015. To celebrate such an occasion, Niantic are hosting numerous in-game and real life events that aim not only to help the most ardent of trainers finally catch 'em all, but also to bring Pokemon GO players together for some exciting birthday festivities around the world...

As you've probably read by now, Pathfinder Adventures [Free]  is getting some pretty cool Goblin content soon, but that's not all we're getting. In a recent blog, the developers have talked about updates coming to the Party Creation and Character Selection screen (as well as other interfaces) that should streamline the whole process, especially for those new to the game. Speaking of new players, the game is getting a substantially improved tutorial, which will come in the form of five short scenarios that will teach specific elements of the game in a clear way. And you'll get rewards for completing them. Part of the reason for the new tutorial is that around three-quarters of the players forced to play the original tutorial never returned to the game, which is pretty bad...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is called Just a Hallucination and is actually a pretty cool one. In Just a Hallucination you pick a class and get a random deck filled with spells that also includes these magical cards called Hallucination, 1-mana cards that let you discover a card from your opponent's class. As you can imagine, you get to play with some really fun class combinations; for instance, I was playing a Mage and kept adding Warrior Taunt cards to my deck, making for a pretty entertaining match, especially since my opponent kept using my spells and secrets on me and smashing my poor minions...

Monument Valley 2's [$4.99] release timing was pretty impeccable, with the game popping on the App Store during Apple's WWDC 17. And, of course, the game had the huge success of the original Monument Valley as a wind beneath its wings, so it shouldn't be surprising that according to Sensor Tower's numbers, Monument Valley 2 reached the top of the US App Store four times faster than the original game, which is pretty remarkable. It's hard to know how well the game will do in the long-run, especially because the fortunes of paid games on the App Store change according to the times...

A few months back we talked about Candy Crush [Free] becoming a TV game show, and a few weeks back we heard that Mario Lopez, of Saved by the Bell, was going to present it. Jimmy Kimmel was able to read Mario Lopez's mind, and he re-did the TV game show's trailer with a bit more honesty at the end, so make sure you watch the whole video below. We shouldn't be surprised that Candy Crush will become a TV game show since the brand has been stepping outside the world of mobile gaming for some time now (including sponsoring the big Coachella party this year). And with most mobile gamers at least knowing—if not actually playing—Candy Crush on their phones, the game show has a ready-made audience...

Retro Puzzle Platformer 'Pocket Kingdom' Launching June 15th on the App Store

When we first heard about the tragic demise of Bulkypix last year, it led to much uncertainty surrounding the futures of many upcoming titles that were set to be released under the publisher's moniker. Thankfully, the extremely promising Pocket Kingdom from developers 08 Games is one such game that has safely navigated the trials and tribulations of the past twelve months, and greatly impressed us when we first caught a glimpse of it at GDC in March of 2016. With a distinct pixel art style that is reminiscent of old Amiga games with a new modern flair, and some inventive puzzle platforming mechanics that make the most of a variety of items and obstacles that can be encountered, Pocket Kingdom looks like essential love letter to gaming's past, and is releasing on June 15th for $2.99 on the App Store...

Bethesda's Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] continues to add ways to play the game, and now it's ready to add a new mode called Gauntlet. The Gauntlet is a tournament-style mode that gives you the chance to put your best decks to the test against other players. Gauntlets come in various forms and will offer exclusive cosmetic prices among other things. The first Gauntlet, which is also the simplest, is called Rumble, and it will run from Saturday, June 10th until Monday, June 12th. In Gauntlet, you pick a deck from your collection and battle until you reach nice wins or three losses. It's a lot like Hearthstone's Heroic Tavern Brawls. It will cost you 150 Gold or one Event Ticket to enter, and you can get some pretty good prizes if you don't completely suck...

Everywhere you look today, you see Monument Valley 2 [$4.99] stories, which goes to show the impact the original Monument Valley made on the gaming community (and beyond) when it was released. To celebrate the release, Ustwo Games posted a behind-the-scenes video—made with the same artistry as the games—that's definitely worth your time. The video talks about the shift in focus in the new game and the way the developers see narrative and gameplay as intertwined. The developers emphasize the importance of telling a mother's story from her perspective rather than that of her children and hope to see parents and children experiencing the game together...

Telltale's Guardian of the Galaxy [$4.99] series is about to get its second episode, and today we got to see the trailer for Under Pressure. Spoilers from here on. The Guardians have in their possession an extremely powerful relic that can bring people back from the dead (and do even more), and they are being hunted by people who are more than willing to do bodily harm. So, Star-Lord and the rest have to go find old friends and call in some favors if they are to make it through alive. At the same time, the team isn't at its best, so it's quite possible the Guardians will start losing members in Under Pressure...

Enjoy Our 100th 'Hearthstone' 'Touchstone Tavern' Weekly Roundup

Welcome everyone to our 100th Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of everything cool and interesting in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. Hard to believe that we've reached that 100 issue milestone, which also translates into me doing this for quite a long time. The first time we published this column was May 26th, 2015, so the 100th issue comes just a bit after the two-year anniversary. I hope you've been enjoying reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. If you feel like seeing how much the game and the conversations around it have changed, go check out Touchstone #1. Fun times, I guarantee it. And now, enjoy last week's news, today...

'Beholder' Review - Oppressing People and Taking Names Was Never This Fun

Recently, we've had the "pleasure" of playing quite a few games that turn you into a cog in a totalitarian machine rather than a hero fighting against a ruthless State apparatus. Paper's Please and The Westport Independent played on the delicate balance between being moral and staying alive in an oppressive regime, although with differing levels of success. Still, they both managed to involve the player in what is a game of moral tug of war, where any initial desire to play the game as a moral and just individual slowly gets crushed under the reality that is survival for you and, in many instances, your family...

The Quest HD [$7.99], which actually isn't even called The Quest HD anymore because developer Redshift renamed it simply The Quest and then renamed the original The Quest and its many expansions to The Quest Classic but I didn't want to be any more confusing than I need to be and since this is the HD remake of The Quest I'm just going to go ahead and call it The Quest HD anyway… ahem, where was I? Oh yeah, The Quest HD has already received a lengthy expansion with Islands of Ice and Fire [$3.99], which was an HD remake of an existing expansion, but as was hinted at last month long-time The Quest expansion creator Zarista Games has been hard at work on a brand new expansion specifically for The Quest HD called The Quest - Thor's Hammer [$2.99], which just arrived in the App Store today...

I'm not entirely sure why, but water park levels in seemingly unrelated video games have some unique intrinsic novelty for me personally. Maybe because they're less abundant and not as cliche as their regular theme park counterparts; maybe because they're more creative and less mundane than something such as an airport or shopping mall. Either way, what I'm trying to say is I love a good water park map, and therefore the most recent update or Crash of Cars [Free] is totally up my street (or up my slide, if you will). With a new map featuring the aforementioned aquatic wonderland, as well as multiple new vehicles to eliminate your automotive enemies with, there's a lot to enjoy in this latest update, which is available to download for any ardent Crash of Cars fans today...

The iOS platform has been home to some pretty great space games. Some of them lean more into exploration and trading in the style of Elite or Wing Commander: Privateer. Others are pure shoot-em-ups in the grand tradition of Atari Star Wars and StarFox. Subdivision Infinity [$2.99], the latest release from prolific publisher Crescent Moon, is far closer to the latter type. You're not on rails, but you are generally operating within a set area for each mission. While there are some side missions involving mining and exploring, the meat of the game is in shooting down enemies before they do the same to you. It's not the deepest game around, but it knows what it wants to do and does it well...

We wrote a few weeks back that Hearthstone [Free] was going to get some new features, and those new features have just been added in the latest update. The first big feature is Deck Importing. You can now copy and import decklists from the internet or even from your own decklist library, a feature that should make our lives so much easier and make switching out decks faster. The client will know when a valid decklist is copied and will ask you whether you want to use it when creating a new deck. In theory, at least. The other big feature is Quest with friends, the ability to complete most quests during Friendly Challenges, which wasn't allowed before...

It's Wonder Woman time in pretty much everything DC on the App Store, so you shouldn't be surprised that Wonder Woman theatrical content is now available in the DC Legends [Free]  F2P strategy RPG. The new update has added Wonder Woman: Defender of Justice, a movie version of the famous superhero based on Gal Gadot. There will also be all kinds of Wonder Woman-related events throughout June, so plenty of opportunities for you to grab all that content. Specifically, there will be a 9-Day Hero Challenge where you will travel to Wonder Woman's Island paradise and battle in the new Gates of Tartarus environment to earn Wonder Woman: Defender of Justice fragments...

A few weeks back, we talked about King Rabbit [Free] developers looking for player-made levels to add to their upcoming Ruby expansion, and from what I've heard many of you responded to the call. Now the Ruby Expansion has gone live, and you can go play 64 levels that might include one of your own, if you are good at putting together puzzle levels. The expansion costs $1.99, but you get it for free if your level was selected. And those lucky enough to have levels selected also got a ton of diamonds (not the real ones, sorry) and their name displayed at the start of the level...

In terms of offering the full (and lengthy) MOBA experience on mobile, Super Evil Megacorp's Vainglory [Free] has done a pretty good job in succeeding in that endeavor. However, there has always been a desire for shorter, more "mobile-friendly" battles, which is why Vainglory added both Blitz and Battle Royale over the last year or so. With Version 2.5, those shorter battle modes are being significantly overhauled with the introduction of talents...

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