Category Archives: Universal

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...

Dragon Hills [Free] busted onto the scene just about a year ago, and took the whole "diving in and out of the ground eating people and destroying things" gameplay first popularized by Death Worm [$2.99 / Free] and gave it the lovely style and personality that developer Rebel Twins is known for. While the game was quite enjoyable upon release, it never received any new content afterwards, which is a surefire way to be forgotten about in the tough App Store environment. Well, upon its one year anniversary, Rebel Twins has prepared a hefty update for Dragon Hills which will add new playable dragons called "King of Fire" and "Worminator", a new Pirate-themed environment, new enemies, and more. Check out the trailer for the new update...




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. ..

Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] developers have repeatedly said they aim for total parity between the various versions of the game. Today we got more evidence on how serious the developers are since they announced that MCPE will get command blocks, mods, and more as they work towards reaching feature parity as soon as possible. While those features won't be as powerful as on the PC for a while, according to developer Tommasso Checchi, they are hoping to make them just as powerful in the future. According to Jens Bergensten, lead developer on Minecraft in case you don't know, modding is a core element of the Minecraft community, so they definitely want to bring that feature to MCPE...

When Minecraft: Story Mode [$4.99] launched in October of last year, we were pretty impressed with how quickly Telltale was releasing new episodes compared to their previous episodic games. In just a couple of months 4 episodes were released with the last episode arriving just prior to Christmas, and it's those 4 episodes that are covered in our ever-evolving review of Minecraft: Story Mode. Then last week we learned that a fifth episode was on its way, and shockingly that there were three more episodes planned to arrive after it. It looks like Minecraft: Story Mode might just continue to evolve with new story arcs and episode sets for a long time, rather than having any separate sequels, and to that I say "Cool!" Today Episode 5 titled "Order Up!" is now available for download, and is designed to bridge the gap between Episode 4, which concluded the Wither Storm story arc, and the forthcoming Episodes 6, 7, and 8. Here's Episode 5's trailer...

Some of my favorite mobile games are ones that can be played with one hand in quick sessions. After all, if you have your phone always with you, then why not fill any empty gaps by playing a game? I love deeper experiences as well, but the ones I keep coming back to are the games that I can play for short bursts. It's what makes Clash Royale [Free] so compelling and replayable, and why I've sunk a lot more time in something like Boom Dots [Free] than you'd probably expect from such a simple game. So is the case with Super Arc Light [$0.99]. It's a minimalist high-score shooter that takes definite cues from Super Hexagon [$2.99]. It's a game I raise plenty of issues with, but I can't complain about it too much, since it scratches my one-handed pick-up-and-play itch quite well...

Motorsport Manager [$1.99] is free for the first time ever, and if you enjoy games where you manage racing drivers but are tired of the Kairosoft offerings, you should definitely pick this one up. When Motorsport Manager originally came out in 2014, people who enjoy racing games were pretty wowed by the game's visuals, especially the tilt-shift camera effect that dominated race days. The game has you doing the usual cycle of hiring drivers, building the car, hiring mechanics and so on, which is all pretty standard stuff for the genre. There isn't that much depth in that aspect of the game, which for some is a blessing and others a curse. Still, there are fun moments like hearing your drivers complain about each other all the time...

You would definitely be forgiven for looking at the screenshots in this review and assuming this game was some kind of clone or expansion DLC for Monument Valley [$3.99]. But aside from the Escher-esque optical illusions in the levels, the design, mechanics, and even the other aspects of the aesthetics offer something completely different. And while Dream Machine: The Game [$0.99] isn’t quite the masterwork that Monument Valley is, it’s a beautiful, memorable 3D puzzle game, and a premium one with no IAP to boot...

If you've been enjoying your virtual adventures in Aralon: Forge and Flame [$4.99] but feel like you'd enjoy it even more if you could play as a Paladin class, well, today's update is for you. The oft-requested Paladin class has been added to the game, along with a brand new dungeon called The Ruins of Valemar. In addition to the new class and new dungeon, an in-app store has been added to Aralon: Forge and Flame so if you want to spend some real-life money to fast-track your virtual character's progression, then now you have that option. ..

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. ..

Well, This War of Mine [$14.99]  is about to get even more depressing. The developers announced today that This War of Mine: The Little Ones will be coming to mobile at some time in the future (no release date yet). As the line "How far will you go, to protect the little ones" points to, this game raises the stakes by adding another perspective to the game, that of a child, and puts you in charge of a group of both adults and children stuck in the middle of a warzone. This War of Mine: The Little Ones humanizes the survivors even more by pointing out that even in the worse hell, kids are still kids; they still laugh, cry, look for toys to play with, and look at the world very differently than the adults around them. You'll have to try even harder to ensure the survival of your group, but this time it's more than simply surviving; it's also about trying to make life as pleasant as possible for the kids...

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]...

If you listen to the Touch Arcade Show podcast every week (and you should), then you might recall what a frustrating experience Jared had trying to play Rocky Hong's Beat Stomper [$1.99] on a recent episode. The game seemed sorta like Doodle Jump [$0.99], but the timing was all weird and it took quite a few attempts for him to get the hang of it. Eli, on the other hand, had no problems whatsoever and demonstrated this by apparently playing with his eyes shut. Two completely different experiences with one simple high score chaser. So what about me? Or you, for that matter?..

'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...

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