Category Archives: Universal

A few days ago, we wrote a story about the latest update to Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] that added only a new texture pack, and the commenter Klonis asked for trading to be implemented in the future. Well, apparently the developers listened to him because the new MCPE beta has gone live on Android, and it's bringing villager trading to the game. For those who haven't played the PC version of Minecraft and don't know how villager trading works, when you initiate trade with one of the villagers, you get to a trade window that shows you what the villager is asking for and what he's offering. For instance, one might give you an emerald if you give him ten leather and so on. Villagers have trades, so you'll be getting different material depending on what they're into...

Orangepixel is in a loving mood and in celebration of Valentine's Day the developer has put a handful of their games on both iOS and Android on sale for just 99¢ each in a sale titled "For the Love of Games!" Those games include Gunslugs [$1.99] and Gunslugs 2 [$1.99], Heroes of Loot [$3.99] and Heroes of Loot 2 [$3.99], Space Grunts [$3.99], and Groundskeeper 2 [$1.99]. For a quick rundown of what each game is all about: Either of the Gunslugs game will give you a dose of manic platforming and shooting; the Heroes of Loot games are super breezy takes on dungeon crawlers with a very fast pace; Space Grunts is a take on a turn-based strategy game but… with a very fast pace; and Groundskeeper 2 is another dose of platforming and shooting in more of an arena style. One thing all these games have in common: They are frantic and full of action...




If you've been interested in checking out the strategy RPG Demon's Rise [$7.99] but have been hesitant about dropping the money on it up front, then today (or technically, yesterday) is your lucky day. Developer Wavelight Games have released a brand new free version appropriately called Demon's Rise Free [] which will give you access to the first nine campaign battles for the low, low price of nothing. Then, if you like that initial taste, you can simply unlock the full game through a one-time IAP and have access to the full enchilada. In this case, the full enchilada is a whopping 85 campaign battles of monster slaying fun...

Clash Royale [Free] continues to tinker with its units, and this time around it was the turn of the Executioner to face the nerfing axe. This change should come as no surprise since players knew the unit was on the overpowered side even before it was added to the game. The balance changes, which went live today, decrease the Executioner's damage by 6%, its range to 4.5 from 5, and the axe's hit radius by 10%. As the patch notes point out, the cards power level was too high for a troop that does it all. Also, Poison now has less duration but 24% more damage, while the Witch saw a 6% increase in damage...

Last week a very interesting-looking puzzle game coming to Steam caught our eye, and through a little bit of digging we were very happy to learn it was destined for mobile as well. Best of all is that the wait was incredibly short as just this morning that game, Causality [$1.99] from developer Loju, landed on the App Store. Causality is about guiding a group of stranded astronauts to safety using directional cues, portals, and time manipulation. Messing around with time is tricky though, and you'll actually need to utilize your past selves in order to solve all the puzzles in Causality. Check out the trailer...

Goodnight Games has made an interesting action game in Malevolent Machines [$1.99]. It's a game with some clever ideas, and a unique art style that looks both a little ugly and yet detailed and stylish in its own way. It's a game with some bugs and issues, but a lot of good ideas at the heart that shine through the experience. It's an experience that may be off-putting to some folks, but its unique charms and quirks wormed its way into my heart as an entertaining and unique action game...

To use a movie cliche, this idea is so crazy, it might actually work. Shadowverse [Free], the relatively-new CCG that's increasingly gaining in popularity, has decided to expand from its fantasy world and bring in some of the most iconic video game characters, those from Street Fighter V. The collaboration will bring Street Fighter V-themed character skins and card sleeves to the game, but unfortunately no actual cards and skills that will allow you to K.O. your opponent in a few swift moves. The characters along with their in-game character class are Cammy (Forestcraft), Chun Li (Swordcraft), Juri (Runecraft), Ryu (Shadowcraft), Vega (Bloodcraft), and Karin (Havencraft)...

Pokemon GO [Free] might not be ruling the world like it did when it first came out last summer, but it continues to be very popular and continues to make tons of money for Niantic. In a recent interview, John Hanke, Niantic's CEO, talked about the current focus of the development team, and it's good news for those who've wanted to see more features and more depth. Specifically, Hanke said the the priority now is to reward co-operative gameplay and give players experiences beyond just the capturing mechanic. These features are the long-awaited trading and PvP battles, which are apparently on the way. Hanke pointed out that if not for the server issues at launch, one of these features would have already been in the game...

Casual, mobile-friendly golf with a striking visual style is what OK Golf [$2.99] promises. It also offers up a structure and holes that are familiar to golf, but do some things that feel just a bit off from normal golf. And the controls have some issues, too. It adds up to an experience that seems really interesting at first, but over time becomes a bit sour, before a few of its quirks start to grow. Regardless, it's a decidedly imperfect game...

The Radiant 'Robot Unicorn Attack 3' Receiving Update With Unicorn Backstories and Performance Enhancements

A couple of weeks ago, we brought you news that the third entry in the eccentric but essential Robot Unicorn Attack series soft launched on the App Store. In keeping with the precedent set by the previous platforming action Adult Swim brought to the App Store many moons ago, the latest title was a whole lot of fun to play - but being a soft launch meant many were asking when the game's global launch would take place, and how different the final release would be to the rather excellent version those in New Zealand were playing right now. While the former question still seems to be up in the air, the developers are extremely active on our forum thread to respond to any questions from Robot Unicorn enthusiasts, and have outlined some neat details on the forthcoming content update for Robot Unicorn Attack 3...

Arena Rankings and Changes, Top Decks, Meta State, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #84

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the most entertaining, interesting, or important Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. This week we had more news about possible changes coming down the road as well as stories about the game's meta state and what can be done to improve and freshen it up. There were also stories about what the pros are currently playing as well as some fun decks that you can take for a ride. And, as always, we have many highly entertaining videos. Overall, though, the whole community seems to be talking about the same topics, which means we have many of the same stories going around. Let us begin...

TouchArcade Forums' Game of the Month January 2017: 'Red's Kingdom'

While the TouchArcade staff attempt to draw attention to what we perceive as the most noteworthy titles in our Game of the Week feature, the sheer quantity of releases mean that often our views contrast greatly against those of the awesome mobile gaming community that resides on our forums. Although there is occasionally a common ground reached - such as Crashlands being both the forums' Game of the Year, as well as the official TouchArcade award winner - this isn't always the case, and the excellent Game of the Week and Game of the Month voting polls, which are organised entirely by members of our community, allow readers to have their own say on what releases really resonated with them. Thanks to the hard work of long-time community legend Andy C83, and his efforts in relaunching the awards series for 2017, we have our first official TouchArcade Forums' Game of the Month for January - congratulations Red's Kingdom [$2.99]!..

'Xenoraid' Review - The 'Marvel vs. Capcom' of Shmups

I like playing games that may exist in a particular genre, but are willing to defy the conventions of that genre to create something different. That's exactly what 10tons has done with Xenoraid [Free], their entry into the shoot 'em up genre. It does things differently from other games, and maybe you won't like it! Western shmups are already so different from Eastern ones, due to cultural differences. Xenoraid manages to even transcend that difference, and feels like its own unique shoot 'em up. But you might just enjoy what this heterodox title has to bring to the table...

Big Bucket Software is back after their solid 2014 adventure game Space Age [$1.99], returning to their breakout hit The Incident [$0.99] in a sense with Stagehand [$1.99]. Featuring Frank, the protagonist of The Incident, and a retro, pixel-art style, your goal is to keep Frank running along by controlling the platforms underneath him. You drag to keep him running, or to jump from one to another, trying not to obstruct him, as if he gets slowed down, he will get scrolled off the screen and that's the end of Frank. Sorry, buddy. But you do have conveyor belts that will speed Frank along so he can recover some of the gap between him and oblivion. Helpful! It's all a clever concept, and it has the production values you'd expect from Big Bucket. But, this game feels like it's in a place out of time, because it's a $1.99 endless game with little to unlock, where the replay value is in getting high scores. It's a quality game, but it might not have the depth in the modern context of the App Store to make everyone happy...

Things have been quiet on the Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] front after the huge update a few months back, and no hints are coming out of Mojang and Microsoft on what the future holds for this great game. We did get a patch today, though, but no new mechanics or features were added; instead, what we did get is another texture pack, and this one is pretty sweet. The Candy Texture Pack pours some sugar on the game, turning mobs into Jelly Creepers, Starlight Mint Skeletons, Velvet Cake Cows, and more. As you can see from the screenshot below, the game looks fun and colorful with this new texture pack...

You could find the 1972 movie The Godfather, based on the book by the same name, next to the dictionary definition of a classic, and now the famous characters from the movie have barged into the App Store probably with malicious intent (although they would never admit that). The Godfather Game [Free] turns Marlon Brando's Don Vito Corleone and the rest of the mafiosi into an empire-building game similar to many other on the App Store. In order to build your legacy, you'll have to use all kinds of methods of "persuasion" to expand while protecting your own turf...

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, so a game with the name Candy Crush Saga [Free] couldn't stay away from a season all about having a crush. So, in celebration of the day of buying expensive gifts for your better half, Candy Crush will run an event called Cupid's Challenge, which will be live from February 10th to 15th and February 17th to 21st. What's extra fun about this event is that it's the first time Candy Crush players will get to compete against other players, which sounds like fun to me. During Cupid's Challenge, you'll have to help Dexter the Whale, who has donned a Cupid costume, collect 10 Striped Candies and win a Lollipop Hammer...

As much as I tried to understand what was actually going on during the Super Bowl last weekend, at the end of the day my allegiance and undying love is firmly bestowed upon football (or soccer, if you're reading from the United States or Australia). While euphoric highs are so often followed by crushing lows, nothing is more cathartic than seeing the ball rocket into the corner of the goal, and the popularity of excellent simulation titles such as Football Manager Touch 2017 [$19.99 (HD)] suggests that I am not alone in my borderline-zealous reverence for The Beautiful Game. However, on the multiplayer side of things, there haven't been many titles that have really set the App Store alight, at least beyond limited local play in something such as Pixel Cup Soccer 16 [$2.99]. Solid Soccer [Free] is determined to revitalise the stagnating genre, and offers full online tournaments with a bare bones yet intuitive focus on the basic (and arguably most important) elements of the sport. While the game first soft launched in October, today Solid Soccer has finally released worldwide for free on the App Store, so if you're a fan of the sport be sure to strap on those trainers and get stuck right into this newest football title...

The LEGO Batman Movie is scheduled to launch tomorrow in the United States, and if rave reviews from critics are to be believed, this latest animated film featuring everyone's favorite plastic construction toy should reach the heights expected of both the Caped Crusader, but also The LEGO Movie that came before it. In celebration of the feature film release in theaters across North America, LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham [$0.99] and LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes [$0.99] have both gone on sale for $0.99. However, the fun doesn't stop there - The LEGO Movie Video Game [$0.99] and the LEGO The Lord of the Rings [$0.99] titles have also been reduced to a mere dollar in what I can definitely describe as a ridiculous LEGO themed sale...

The App Store has an abundance of clever puzzle and word games that are perfect for the immediacy and portability that mobile gaming presents. However, very few are executed as well as SpellTower [$2.99] - in a similar vein to his reinvention of chess and card games in Really Bad Chess [Free] and Sage Solitaire [Free] respectively, Zach Gage's take on the word game was deceptively complex, and hooked us enough to warrant both a five star review and a honourable mention for our 2011 Game of the Year award. While five years may have come and gone without any major additions to the title, SpellTower has today received its landmark 4.0 update with number of major additions, including Merriam-Webster dictionary support, a brand new 'Zen Mode', and fully-functioning online multiplayer...

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