★ TouchArcade needs your help. Click here to support us on Patreon.

Recent Stories

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius [Free] and Ariana Grande are a thing once again. After joining Brave Exvius once before as Dangerous Aranea, you will now be able to obtain another playable character inspired by the pop sensation. Chic Ariana has a summer in game event and there's a 'Musical Showdown' event taking place for obtaining said character. This event is accompanied by a competition hosted by Square Enix and Gumi Inc., which gives you a chance to win tickets to the singer's Dangerous Woman Tour with a meet and greet pass. You can check the contest out on the official Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Facebook page...

Collect-em-all style games have long used rarity to drive player interest, and sales. Pokemon GO [Free] has certainly gone that way with legendary Pokemon and the ultra-rare "shiny" versions of otherwise regular Pokemon. Shiny Pikachu is a recent addition to the rarer-than-rare crowd, and can be distinguished by a darker shade of yellow and sparkling animation. Initially the shiny version of Pikachu was only catchable at the Pikachu Outbreak Festival in Yokohama, Japan. However, internet reports are coming in from other parts of the world where happy collectors have captured the shiny version in the wild...




'Super Phantom Cat 2' New Trailer Revealed, Set to Pounce Onto the App Store on August 17th

It's an understatement to say I've been extremely excited for Super Phantom Cat 2 ever since it was first revealed back in July. The original Super Phantom Cat [$1.99] was one of my favorite games of 2016, and not simply because of its adorably cute theme. The abundance of colorful worlds and levels to explore, combined with the wonderfully tight platforming action that managed to stay interesting and varied with a number of neat power-ups, resulted in what many described as mobile's own take on Mario - certainly high praise if there ever was some. As a result, a sequel that offers even more characters, chapters and phantom powers to experiment with is inevitably going to be high up my list of upcoming releases. After Cat Quest's [$4.99] impressive debut last week, August is proving to be an outstanding month for everyone's favorite domestic animal on the App Store, as Super Phantom Cat 2 is set to release on the App Store on August 17th...

'Mind Control' Is a Hectic Gauntlet Platformer Flying Onto the App Store September 20th, and Is Looking for Beta Testers

When a game has a name such as Mind Control, it would normally indicate some post-apocalyptic action romp against brainwashed zombies, or perhaps a deep psychological thriller with a pseudo-political edge. As a result, Geekabyte Games have impressed me through taking the most literal definition for their upcoming release's title. In Geekabyte's take on Mind Control, you're tasked with using mysterious propulsion methods to navigate a sentient brain around numerous obstacles, and the result is as bizarre and hilarious as you'd expect. Mind Control is set to launch on the App Store on September 20th, however the developers are looking for beta testers to try out the game before its release on our forum thread...

Simulating the complex and meticulous nature of a fighting game on a smartphone is a pretty formidable task, and arcade purists will likely lament the lack of physical controls and instant inputs that are so vital when a match is decided on solitary frames. That being said, Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$4.99], the latest iteration of Capcom's classic fighting series on mobile, comes pretty damn close to an accurate brawling experience, and is a whole lot of fun to boot. Jared's glowing review earlier in July emphasised the title's abundant qualities - despite not being the revolutionary step forward from the older Street Fighter mobile iterations - and Capcom have repeatedly pledged further support for their latest App Store release. As a result, the first major update for Street Fighter IV Champion Edition is set to launch this week, with new characters Guy, Evil Ryu and Gouken being added to the roster as free downloadable content...

I'm been very anxiously waiting for Minecraft's [$6.99] Better Together update to hit iOS (Android players have been beta testing the update for weeks now), but it looks like I'll have to wait a bit longer. The update was originally scheduled to go live this summer, but recently the FAQ was updated, and now Better Together is scheduled to launch this Autumn, "once it's ready and we've satisfactorily evicted bugs from the premises." While I'm glad to hear the developers are taking their time with this update and not trying to rush it out the door, it's still a bit disappointing to have to wait until the fall (although that could mean next month)...

'Rusty Lake Paradise' Is the Next Game From the Fantastic Developer of 'Cube Escape' Series

Rusty Lake has been giving us some really cool (and creepy) games, and today the developers announced that the next premium game currently under development is called Rusty Lake Paradise, which apparently many players had already guessed. The game is set on an 18th century remote island that's cursed with the 10 plagues (as any island tends to be). You'll have to explore the island, interact with your (probably very weird) family, and vanquish the plagues. And since this is a Rusty Lake kind of island, there's surely to be a constant sense of dread and weirdness that has become a staple of Rusty Lake and Cube Escape games. The developers feel Rusty Lake Paradise will have even better visuals than previous games and new gameplay ideas. And by allowing players to traverse the island, Rusty Lake Paradise should feel different from previous Rusty Lake adventures...

'Six Ages', Spiritual Successor of King of Dragon Pass, is Feature Complete

King of Dragon Pass [$9.99] is a civilization building, role-playing, interactive-fiction game set in the mythologically blessed world of Glorantha—home of RuneQuest, HeroQuest, and 13th Age. It operates on two levels, one of empire building where you grow a tribe into a dominant force and another of character-driven role-playing adventure. The fact the game can do both simultaneously and do it well is why the game, released way back in 2010, is an absolute iOS classic (not to mention the other platforms on which it appears). A Sharp Games, the developers of King of Dragon Pass, announced a follow-up game and spiritual successor to the game…nearly three years ago...

Wave Light Games is continuing their wave of updates for popular tactical role-playing game Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]. One week ago brought a release that brought us a new character option, the Cataphract, among a bevy of other nice changes. Today, I can tell you that another update has been submitted to Apple to unleash yet another character. ..

Apple's 32-bit App-ocalypse is drawing nearer, so more developers are announcing their update plans. Today was the turn of Double Fine to announce what will be saved and what will be doomed. As the developer pointed out, saving these apps isn't as easy as it sounds, so not all games will join the upcoming 64-bit future. Let's start with the good news first. Broken Age [$4.99] and the remastered Full Throttle [$4.99], Grim Fandango [$4.99], and Day of the Tentacle [$4.99] will be updated and will continue to grace our devices. Middle Manager of Justice will be broken initially, but the developers will be trying to figure out how to best save it...

Knights of the Frozen Throne, the latest Hearthstone [Free] expansion, has been welcomed by players, but it looks like it also messed up Arena in a couple of ways. As reddit user adwcta pointed out, several of the new cards are currently missing from Arena. Iksar, aka game designer Dean Ayala, responded to that post and said that there are currently 12 cards missing from Arena. This is because of a bug that has been fixed internally and should be going live at sometime this week (if everything goes as planned). He explains that it all comes down to an editor bug that would make cards "undraftable." So, expect to have all the cards available in the Arena by the end of the week...

Audio Adventure Game 'The Girl Who Sold the World' Launching Tomorrow

As we wrote about a few months back, The Girl Who Sold the World aims to provide a complete gaming experience based only on audio and without any visuals, and tomorrow you'll get to try the game yourselves. The game has you using a device called Skyler to help Frances survive the strange world she inhabits and discover the truth about who she really is. She has lost her memory and everything else, and she depends on you to help her overcome her fears and all the obstacles she'll face. As the developers point out, since an audio game forces players to use their imagination to fill in all the blanks, every player will have a slightly different experience with TGWSTW...

The newest Legendary Pokemon to get a raid in Pokemon GO [Free] is none other than Mewtwo. A stadium event in Yokohama, Japan just had thousands of trainers square off against Mewtwo in a raid battle leading to a successful capture. Unlike normal battles, raids are serious business. The Mewtwo raid will be an Exclusive Raid Battle which means they are invite only. To get an invitation for this, you need to have done a raid recently at a gym where said exclusive raid battle is about to take place...

Back in the early days of the App Store, the most controversial thing we ever had to talk about was whether or not Apple was going to allow fart apps. Since then the ante has been upped substantially, but an upcoming game from Mumbai-based Kierun Studios is in its own universe. Per the developer, "Abortion Simulator will put you right in the middle of the surgery room and let you perform various abortions." Featuring abortions ranging from "a few weeks" to "24+ week complex cases," the reprehensible Abortion Simulator seems on track to be the most controversial "game" the App Store has ever seen...

Best Frozen Throne Decks, Death Knight Rankings, Trolden and Kripp Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #108

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first post-Knights of the Frozen Throne Hearthstone [Free] roundup. We finally got the infusion of all the cool new cards into the game, and everyone seems to be happy, at least for now. The post-expansion honeymoon periods are always fun because the meta is very fluid and everyone is trying different ideas. Blizzard's new pack rules have helped most players get a good starting collection, and overall things seem to be good in the Hearthstone world. We have stories about strong Frozen Throne decks, stories about the new Death Knight cards, and a lot more. We even have a Destiny story. So, hop over the image below and let us begin...

'Follow.trail' Review - Find  Your Trail to Victory and Fun

I'm a big fan of puzzle games. They are the perfect genre for quick play sessions on a phone while out and about or during brief stretches of downtime at work or at home. I'm constantly on the look-out for fun new titles to add to my collection for this very purpose and am pleased to be able to mention follow.trail [$2.99], a path-clearing puzzle game released just last week. In follow.trail your goal is simple: Eliminate a series of squares from a rectangular game board on your way to the exit. You do this by following a trail of dots, represented by what look like standard game dice with one, two, or three dots. Each time you land on a die you reduce the number of dots on that die by one. When all dots are gone the die disappears, leaving a blank space on the rectangular game board. Your path must move over all the dice in a level enough times to eliminate them on your way to the checkerboard die that serves as the exit for each level...

Get ready for another Final Fantasy [$3.99] sale. Square Enix while known for premium pricing on the App Store for classics, never shies away from a decent sale once in a while. Today’s sale features the older classics. Granted IX [$20.99] and VII [$15.99] are also classics, those aren’t discounted right now. The sale is focussing on the earlier releases. We had Final Fantasy Tactics [$3.99] go on sale and Square Enix finally commented on the 32 bit appocalypse situation for it. Hopefully that gets resolved but today, you get to complete your classic Final Fantasy iOS collection. Most of the games discounted here are pretty damn amazing. Square Enix even went the extra mile with some of the releases doing some excellent touch optimized controls while others haven’t received the attention they deserve...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Hearthstone', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Dungeons of Chaos', 'Panmorphia', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. The biggest pop from last week's updates is undoubtedly that one card game from our orc-loving friends, but there were lots of other cool ones too. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Supercell, the makers of super popular lane-based collectible-card game Clash Royale [Free], tweeted out its intent to bring back one of the game's most popular modes of play soon. 2v2 allows a pair of players to take on an opposing duo in a number of different formats, including "Friendly Battle", "Draft", and various challenges. Clash Royale's player base really enjoys the change of pace and tends to clamor for more 2v2. The game just had its "Summer of 2v2" where dynamic duos could lay the smack down for the entire month of July. Apparently, that's not all, and we'll see more 2v2 action soon...

Not My 32-Bit Apps!!! - The TouchArcade Show #319

August 11th, 2017 8:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
Free Buy Now

We kick off this week's show with a lengthy discussion on the state of 32-bit apps and a number of ways we see Apple potentially handling the rollout of iOS 11. I just can't believe they'd just let everyone update to iOS 11 without some kind of warning that things will break, but, hey, Apple. From there we talk about some of our favorite games of the week which include Cat Quest [$4.99], Standby [$3.99], Ristar [Free], Square Blast [Free], and Silly Walks [Free].

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

iTunes Link: The TouchArcade Show
Stitcher: The TouchArcade Show via Stitcher Radio for Podcasts [Free]
RSS Feed: The TouchArcade Show
Direct Link: TouchArcadeShow-319.mp3, 66MB

..

Copyright 2014, TouchArcade.com, LLC.