Category Archives: Universal

Telltale continues to spout out episodes for its many series, and soon it will be time for another Minecraft Story Mode Season 2 [$4.99] episode to drop on our devices. Episode 3 of Telltale's take on Minecraft is coming out September 19th, and it looks like it's going to be a fun one judging from the trailer. Spoilers from here on, so proceed with caution. Episode 2 ended not with glory, despite Jesse and the gang succeeding in taking down the Ice Tower clock, but rather in literal hard times, with Jesse and the rest getting "transported" to what looks like a maximum security prison. It seems like the Admin wants to continue playing with Jesse and the gang like a scientist does with rats in a complex and confusing maze...

If you are a Hearthstone [Free] player, you can now proudly display your love for the game as an official phone case. Specifically, FabZat is now offering official, high-quality (or so they say) 3D-Printed phone cases based on some of the game's most memorable cards and card backs. While the selection isn't as extensive as I would like it to be, it does contain some gems. There's the amazing Dr. Boom (I miss that card), Aya Blackpaw, Deathwing, Grommash Hellscream, Patches the Pirate, Reno Jackson, Ragnaros the Firelord, Leeroy Jenkins, and Azure Drake. On the card back side, there's Ice Crown, Pirates, Fireside, Love is in the air, and more. The store will be adding more cards based on player demand and new content...




'Ghoulboy' Is a Spooky Side-Scrolling Arcade Action Game, Coming Soon to the App Store

Today marks the first time an official 2D Metroid game has been released in over thirteen years. While you may be wondering the significance of such a milestone for mobile gaming, the fact that half of the Metroidvania genre label has been essentially defunct for so long - and we frequently use the term to describe many exciting exploratory iOS titles - means it's certainly something worth celebrating. While the upcoming Ghoulboy may be leaning more towards the 'vania' half of the descriptor, its undeniable retro charm combined with some nifty new platforming mechanics have lit an action gaming switch inside my brain, and there is a lot of potential for the title to make its own mark on the classic genre...

As we wrote about a few weeks back, Mojang has decided to transform its annual Minecraft [$6.99] convention into MineCon Earth, a brand new format aimed at getting more members of the community involved and at being more inclusive. Today, Mojang revealed more details about the event. This new MineCon Earth will take place at November 18th, with the developers broadcasting a 90-minute show that you can either watch along or with friends in what Mojang is calling Viewing Parties. Mojang announced the locations for some Viewing Parties (they'll take place at Microsoft Stores across the US) and will be adding more as the day draws nearer. These Parties will be more than just places to watch the stream; they will also host competitions, giveaways, and more, and they will all be free to attend, which is part of how Mojang is hoping to make MineCon a more accessible event than it was in previous years...

The lovely adventure game Journey Down [$4.99] has had a very long journey, but we are almost at the end. The first chapter came out around 2012 and the second one in 2014, so quite the gap between the two. Three years after the second chapter, the third and final chapter of the game is only a week away, and I'm glad to finally be able to see the conclusion of the lovely story. We've already talked about the game releasing on September 21st, but I wanted to make sure those who've been anxiously waiting for all these years got ready to finally finish the story. The Journey Down is a classic point-and-tap adventure game that has an excellent atmosphere and an Afro-Caribbean vibe you don't often see in other adventure games. The game is worth playing just for the lore that it explores. But it has more than just an interesting tradition to stand on; it's also gorgeous, with many hand-painted environments that really stand out, especially on an iPad screen. Add to that a fun jazzy-reggae soundtrack and fully voiced cast, and it's easy to see why people really enjoy The Journey Down...

A few days ago, Blizzard announced the upcoming Hearthstone [Free] nerfs that the developers hope will tame the meta a bit and bring a semblance of balance that will encourage more interesting decks and, at the very least, the inclusion of newer cards over basic ones. Now we know when the nerfs will occur: September 18th. What nerfs are we getting? The first victim of the nerf hammer is Innervate, the card that I've seen way too many times in my time with Hearthstone and would be happy never to see again (or at most see in very specific decks). Innervate gives you 1 Mana Crystal this turn, down from the original 2. Fiery War Axe's cost is going up from 2 to 3, a change that has been met with despair from Warrior players who feel this nerf will cripple the whole class. Hex will now cost 4 mana instead of 3, Murloc Warleader will not give +1 Health anymore but only +2 Attack, and Spreading Plague will cost 6 mana, up from 5...

With the Europa League - Europe's premier football (or soccer for US readers) competition - kicking off tonight, it's fitting that fans of The Beautiful Game will want a mobile pastime in the excruciating wait until kick-off. Thankfully, Miniclip are here with yet another sport-focused free-to-play release in the form of Football Strike [Free]. As the name heavily implies, Football Strike is all about shooting those devastating long-distance strikes into the back of the net. With an abundance of modes allowing free kicks, target practice or classic penalty shoot-outs, Football Strike's PvP multiplayer action looks particularly appealing for soccer fans, and has made its first team debut on the App Store today as a free download...

'Danmaku Unlimited 3' Review - The Depths of Bullet Hell

The 32-bit Appocalypse is upon us, friends, and some genres are going to get hit worse than others. By the looks of things, shoot-em-up fans are going to have plenty to be upset about. Just about every fantastic Cave shoot-em-up is headed for the scrap heap, and if the company plans to update them, they haven't said anything about it. It's a real loss, not just because they were relatively pricey by App Store standards, but also because they represent some of the finest the bullet hell sub-genre has to offer. You know what, though? I think we're going to be okay, because as long as there are developers like Doragon Entertainment out there putting out games like Danmaku Unlimited 3 [$4.99], we're still eating well on iOS...

Clever Co-Op Puzzler 'Our Ways' Will Be Looking for Love on the App Store on October 11th

While the benefits of a relationship sure are plentiful, their very nature necessitates a huge deal of challenge and commitment, and it doesn't take long to stumble upon some convoluted horror stories around the internet. Thankfully, Our Ways has all the qualities of a relationship but is, well, actually fun. Through controlling two separate lovestruck circles with different sides of the screen, you must use your reactions and delicate controls to unite the protagonists in temporary bliss - at least until the next level. It's an ingenious concept that has repeatedly impressed us on previous glimpses in the past, and today the developers have announced that Our Ways will be launching as a $1.99 premium release on October 11th, as well as sharing an official trailer that gives a nice impression of the adorable concept of the title...

If you like playing CSR Racing 2 [Free] or you just like the fancy Ferraris, you are in luck. In celebration of the Italian manufacturer's 70th anniversary, CSR2 is getting six tailor-made Ferraris, apparently the only mobile game to be part of Ferrari's 70th anniversary celebration. Specifically, starting today, players can get behind the wheel of cars like the 70th anniversary Ferrari 488 GTB, inspired by Michael Schumacher's F2003-GA Formula 1 card. The event, which starts today and will last until February, will also include cars like the Ferrari California T, inspired by the 1957 250 Testa Rossa Spider Scaglietti, a really good-looking car if you've ever seen it. These six Ferraris have been reproduced in great detail both inside and outside, and they should be a treat for those who like the (usually red) supercars...

Sega is continuing on with their Sega Forever initiative, which they announced this past June and sees classic titles from their entire console history coming to mobile in free to play form. The initiative got off to a rocky start both due to underwhelming titles being released and the emulation performance of those titles being less than stellar. To their credit Sega has worked hard since to release new Sega Forever games with an improved emulator and they've promised to roll those improvements out to the existing line of games via updates. Today a bunch of Sega Forever titles received those promised improvements: Altered Beast [Free], Kid Chameleon [Free], Comix Zone [Free], and The Revenge of Shinobi [Free]. ..

iOS 11 and ARKit are almost upon us, and even though Apple didn't go into it too much during yesterday's presentation, Augmented Reality has the potential to add some very fun and new features to iOS gaming. Games are already jumping on the AR bandwagon, and the mobile strategy game Gladiator Heroes [Free] will be among the first to add AR features. Specifically, Gladiator Heroes will receive an update on September 19th, the day iOS 11 and ARKit launch. The new update will let players enjoy gladiatorial combat in "real life," which actually looks quite fun and is definitely going to be a great thing to show to people who still don't have a good grasp of what AR can do...

Ironhide Game Studios is most well-known for their excellent Kingdom Rush trilogy of tower defense games, but back in February of last year they announced a new game that would be tackling a different genre: real-time strategy. We didn't hear much news after that initial announcement until this past January when some beta footage was released, giving us a glimpse of the game in action. Then in March during GDC we went hands-on with an in-progress version of the game and thought it was shaping up quite nicely. Now, after much impatient waiting on my part, that game, Iron Marines [$4.99], has just hit the App Store a day ahead of its scheduled release date. I don't think anyone will be complaining about getting to play this one early! Check out the official trailer for Iron Marines...

'Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story' from Accidental Queens Releases on September 21st

Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story from the creators of A Normal Lost Phone [$2.99] finally has a release date. Accidental Queens' original has crossed 100,000 sales worldwide across all platforms. The sequel will feel right at home to fans of the orignal. Laura's Story will again touch on themes not usually seen or themes not seen at all in games. There will be licensed music with songs like "36" by Kwes and "White Gloves" by Khruangbin in addition to more with the original soundtrack that releases on Septmeber 21. Watch the trailer below:..

The First Official Trailer for 'GRID Autosport' Has Been Released, and It Looks Incredible in Motion

While yesterday's Apple Keynote had a relatively strong mobile gaming presence, with the exclusive reveal of Sky from thatgamecompany and some impressive ARKit experiments showing the full capabilities of this exciting new technology, I came out of the conference feeling a little disappointed. Those amongst our lively Discord community will have seen me repeatedly predict that GRID Autosport, Feral Interactive's stunning racing simulator, would make an appearance. After all, if there ever was a game to show off the ridiculous capabilities of the shiny new iPhone X, it'd be GRID Autosport. Thankfully, the developer has numbed the pain somewhat by releasing their first official trailer for their highly anticipated racing title, and I can't help but feel that GRID Autosport could the premium driving simulator that the App Store has desperately needed for so many years...

'Cat Quest' Review - An Interactive How-to on Mobile RPGs

We've had our teeth sunk into Cat Quest [$4.99] here at Touch Arcade Towers for a while now. It's been just about a year since one of our first looks at the game at TGS 2016. Since then we also took a peek into the dev process Gentlebros went through to cook up this Action-RPG offering. A lot of times our Patreon supporters will ask us about games that shape or define a genre, and Cat Quest, for all its levity, has left an indelible paw print on that list. ..

Hearthstone's [Free] Oktoberbrawl has officially commenced, so get ready for some entertaining matches and (of course) pretzels and beer. The way Oktoberbrawl works is there are two teams of three players, Team Light and Team Void, and you can support your team of choice. Team Void consists of Dog, Thijs, and J4CKIECHAN, and Team Light consists of Kripparian, Reynad, and Alliestrasza. The members of these two teams will face off in weekly, live-streamed matches using fresh accounts and building decks from packs earned along the way. Those of us participating in the Oktoberbrawl can help our team of choice get more packs each week by winning Ranked games...

If you want a fast and furious platformer, then check out the just-released Drag'n'Boom [Free] by Ankama. As we wrote about a few days ago, Drag'n'Boom uses some fun slingshot mechanics to let you slingshot your little dragon around the levels while taking out the many enemies in all kinds of fancy ways. One side of the screen lets you move around by jumping, flying, or charging, and the other side lets you spit fireballs at the many enemies all over the screen. And the game isn't just about rushing from one end of the level to the other; it's also about taking out enemies in style, with mid-air combos giving you more gold. I like the way Drag'n'Boom uses slow-motion effects to break the game's intensity and allow you to pull off crazy stunts...

'Terra Battle 2' Releases in North America and Japan on September 21

Terra Battle 2 from Hironobu Sakaguchi and Silicon Studio finally has a release date. This date isn't just for Japan leaving us all with a big question mark because it is getting a simultaneous release in Japan and North America. No word on Europe or any other region right now though. Having recently done pre-registration the wait to finally play it will soon come to an end. Terra Battle is pretty good and you can check out our review of it here. The sequel promises to be bigger and better and will also release on PC at a later date. Check out the brand new trailer for Terra Battle 2 below:..

'Pocket Mine 3', the Latest in the Cult Digging Puzzle Series, Is Launching Worldwide Tomorrow on the App Store

Back in the early days of the Nintendo DS, during the typical new console release drought that seems to plague the vast majority of major handheld launch windows, I stumbled upon the deceptively brilliant Mr Driller series from Namco. To be honest, I wasn't sure what on earth was actually going on during the majority of the game, and I didn't exactly get very deep - literally and figuratively - within it. In my defence, I was barely nine years old at the time (wow, I feel old). However, ever since then, the catharsis of games that involve drilling or descending down a seemingly endless cavern has greatly appealed to me, and that core gameplay mechanic was epitomised by the excellent Pocket Mine series from Roofdog Games. After a total of 9 million downloads from both Pocket Mine 1 [Free] and Pocket Mine 2 [Free] - as well as surprise runaway success in the Japanese App Store - the developer is set to release Pocket Mine 3, the latest game in the franchise, worldwide tomorrow...

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