Jigsaw puzzles are fun, but they’re also kind of a pain in the butt. First of all you need kind of a lot of space where you can put them together, and if you’re not going to finish a whole puzzle in one sitting then it’s going to be taking up that space until you’re finished. I remember not using our coffee table for a whole month as me and my roommates slowly pieced together a particularly difficult puzzle. Then there’s the problem of losing or bending pieces, which can ruin hours of work. Similar to board games with their many pieces to keep track of, puzzles have benefited greatly from touchscreen devices becoming popular. Sure, it’s not quite the same as doing a puzzle in real life, but you can carry dozens of puzzles with you in your pocket and you’re never going to lose a piece...Read More
Slime Pizza Is an Action Platformer from Nitrome and Neutronized up for Pre-Order on the App Store Right Now
Slime Pizza  is a new game coming from Neutronized and Nitrome. Nitrome already brought us some great games like Tower Fortress recently and 2018 is beginning with some Slime Pizza. You play as a delivery boy for Slime Pizza and your ship has crash landed with all the pizzas missing. The video teaser shows off some physics that look familiar to what I’ve seen in LocoRoco and the likes.
— Nitrome (@Nitrome) January 19, 2018
Slime Pizza looks to have loads of uniquely themed levels and secrets. The aim is of course to make sure pizzas are delivered to customers on time or they get their money back...Read More
Last week a pretty cool trailer caught our eye for a game where you sail boats made out of giant bananas, a giant hot dog, a bathtub, and many more silly items. The game was very appropriately titled Silly Sailing [Free], and it’s now available in the App Store ready to fulfill all your silly sailing desires. I downloaded the free game to give it a quick spin and I have to say I’m pretty impressed with just how fun it is. You tap the left or right side of the screen to turn your boat in either direction, and there’s a bar at the bottom of the screen which you’ll drag left or right to close or open your sail. The trick is harnessing the wind properly to propel your boat forward, and there’s handy arrows showing you exactly how the wind is bouncing off of your sail.
It’s surprisingly complex...Read More
‘Shinobi’-Inspired First-Person Ninja Star Thrower ‘Ninja Attack!’ Coming February 8th, Pre-Order Available Now
Last month I told you the tale of my strange love of arcade game attract screens while also simultaneously telling you about Frost Pop Corps’ upcoming game Ninja Attack! What is Ninja Attack!? Well, it’s a throwing star game inspired by the bonus level in the old arcade classic Shinobi and has you furiously tossing ninja stars, and eventually other odd items like bullets and paper money (make it rain!), from a first-person perspective in an effort to nail all sorts of crazy enemies who are coming at you from all directions. Frosty Pop describes Ninja Attack! as “If Hunter S. Thompson was head of the art department at the Sega Corporation Ltd. in the early 80s, what would the bonus round in Shinobi look like?” Here’s that trippy trailer again in case you missed it before.Read More
After rumors circulated for years that it would be coming to mobile, this past November Greenheart Games’ fantastic simulation Game Dev Tycoon [$4.99] really did arrive on the App Store. In it you’ll open up a game development business and create all sorts of games in the hopes of bringing happiness to your customers and maybe even turning a profit while you’re at it. Game Dev Tycoon was heavily inspired by Kairosoft’s all-time classic Game Dev Story, but offered up a different enough spin on the formula that it was a welcome arrival on iOS. We loved it in our 5 star review and also made sure to include it on our list of the Top 100 Games of 2017. Now our Android friends will be able to get in on the fun as well when Game Dev Tycoon launches on Android on January 31st.Read More
Japanese developer Wonderland Kazakiri released a really fun dungeon crawling RPG called BlockQuest [Free] back in September of 2015. It was an isometric, voxel-based, tap-to-hop game in a similar vein to Crossy Road, and the absolute glut of games that were trading off the success of Hipster Whale’s mega hit probably made it pretty easy to gloss over BlockQuest when it came out. However, despite utilizing that tried and true formula, BlockQuest was a really great game that stood on its own merits as it wasn’t just another endless high score chaser but a full-blown RPG with pre-designed worlds and a full character progression system. It’s like somebody took an RPG and stuffed it into the shell of Crossy Road, and it turned out beautifully.
About a year later, Wonderland Kazakiri released ...Read More
Arena of Valor [Free], the latest mobile MOBA to take iOS devices by storm, finally has its first big licensed character hitting the US version of the title. Starting today, players can start the journey to obtain Wonder Woman, the DC-licensed Amazonian Warrior. Starting today, a multitude of quests are now available that will each bestow Wonder Badges. The quests range from a wide variety of objectives, most of them centered around trying all the different types of battles (3v3, 5v5 etc) as well as objective based quests (Defeat a tower in battle). Unlocking Wonder Woman will require a total of 76 Wonder Badges, meaning that players will need to continually check in on quest statuses and ensure that the login quests are all cashed in as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman as a her...Read More
The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable “best” thing. Instead, it’s more just us picking out the single game out of the week’s releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.
These picks might be controversial, and that’s OK...Read More
So this week I’m at the Hearthstone Championship Tour to see who wins this year’s tournament. (I’m pulling for DocPwn!) We recorded an episode that’s about a … around 2/3 of an episode thinking I’d be able to add some Blizzard interview content in there but scheduling didn’t really work out. Instead, we chat about some of the more relevant news stories of the week and just generally have a great time podcastin’ for about 45 minutes! Also, I’m continuing to tweak our recording process, so audio levels should be even better this week (I hope).
Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to email@example.com. We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji...Read More
In addition to a “Pokemon GO but for Harry Potter” with the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Jam City also has a new Harry Potter game in the works which they initially announced back in December called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. It’s a story-driven RPG where you’ll create a character who attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at some point “between Harry Potter’s birth and his enrollment at Hogwarts, when Nymphadora Tonks and Bill Weasley were students.” As a student at Hogwarts, you’ll “attend classes, learn magical skills, form friendships or rivalries with other students, and make pivotal decisions that will influence their character’s story arc as they traverse their years at Hogwarts and grow as a witch or wizard.” So… Bully [$6.99] but Harry Potter? Here’...Read More