Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Best 100 iPhone Games Discussion - The TouchArcade Show #335

We pushed off recording of last week's episode to today because we were working so late into the day to publish our top 100 games list. So, we got back after the holiday weekend to randomly discuss some of our favorites from the list. iOS game releases over the year are only getting better, and I feel like we say this every year, but it was super difficult to trim this down to only 100 games. Wilder yet, is the list is only games released this year, we could've easily thrown together another 100 of games that came out in the past and have been flawlessly maintained with updates since.

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Tasos' 10 Best Games of 2017 - 'Arena of Valor', 'Gorogoa', and More Made the List

When I was putting my Best of 2016 list together last December, I remember having a hard time picking 10 games out of the many strong ones that came out during the year. Well, 2017 has made it even harder because it brought us a ton of amazing games—some ports, some originals—including some great games right at the end of the year. My criteria for picking a game for this list was whether I spent a lot of time playing a game or whether I thought a game did something original and clever that made me rethink what's possible on the platform. My list, as is always the case with any Best of list, is highly subjective, so I don't expect you to agree with me. I do hope, though, that you'll use it as a way to pick up games you might have overlooked for one reason or another. So, without further ado, let's see which games made my Top 10 Best Games of 2017. And please feel free to tell me what you thought of the list in the comments below.


Football Manager Touch 2018

Football Manager Touch 2018, $14.99 - It seems to be a tradition by now for Sports Interactive's Football Manager Touch games to be part of my list, and this year's 2018 version is no different. FMT 2018 is easily the best sports management game on the App Store and a game you can lose days to. It strikes the perfect balance between depth and accessibility and plays perfectly on a tablet (unlike last year's originally buggy release). With some small but clever additions and UI changes, FMT 2018 improved the already great FMT 2017 and effortlessly made my list.


GRID™ Autosport

GRID™ Autosport, $9.99 - I've been looking for a really good racing game on mobile for a long time, and I was disappointed when F1 2016 released with quite a few issues that hindered my entertainment. This year we finally got a really great racing game on mobile, GRID Autosport. This game has been perfectly ported over to mobile and offers so much content that I don't think I'll get through it all before perishing from old age. Add to that great visuals and highly customizable car handling, and we got ourselves a winner.



Gorogoa, $4.99 - Gorogoa was one of the many great games that popped up in December and one I really enjoyed. I don't enjoy puzzle games as much as I used to, but Gorogoa really impressed me with its fantastic visual style and very clever mechanics. As I talked about in my review, Gorogoa managed to perfectly marry mechanics and narrative and offer an enchanting and intelligent experience that was easily the best puzzle game on the App Store this year. If you like puzzle games, you definitely want to check out Gorogoa.


Slayaway Camp

Slayaway Camp, $2.99 - My love for Slayaway Camp, the sliding puzzle that came out all the way back in February, stems from growing up watching cheesy 80s horror movies, and this game emulates them in a masterful way. The puzzles are clever, the gore is hilarious and more than welcome, and the constant content updates that added more killers and scenes a reason to keep coming back. Although this might sound disturbing, Slayaway Camp's kill scenes and executions always bring a smile to my face.



Drag'n'Boom, Free - Drag'n'Boom came out a few months back without much fanfare but shouldn't be overlooked. This arcade game nails the feeling of flying through the sky and going into a slow motion Matrix-mode at will while taking out enemies with aplomb. I really enjoyed the game's various weapons, and the only drawback was that I blew through the content quite fast, but that has been remedied with a recent update that added new dragons and a new mode. Drag'n'Boom is a really smooth game and really made me feel like the Khaleesi leading her dragon to war in Game of Thrones.


Arena of Valor

Arena of Valor, Free - Arena of Valor has only been available in the US for a few days, but it's already one of my favorite games and one I see myself spending too much time on. AOV is pretty much League of Legends for mobile, and it's filled with all kinds of content (including dozens of heroes) and millions of people to play with. AOV went with a virtual thumbstick over tap-to-move, which makes the game great to play on a phone (and not so great on my iPad Pro). I can see myself returning to AOV daily, which could be both a good and a bad thing.


Motorsport Manager Mobile 2

Motorsport Manager Mobile 2, $0.99 - The original Motorsport Manager was a very pretty game that lacked in depth; then, Motorsport Manager Mobile 2 came along and brought a similar visual style as its predecessor but a ton more content that turned the title into a serious management game. With more depth in the car development side and with drivers who feel more human, MMM2 has been great fun. I've had a lot of fun building up my team and racing through various seasons, and I see myself coming back to MMM2 quite often.


HQ - Live Trivia Game Show

HQ - Live Trivia Game Show, Free - Put this one under new experiences. HQ Live Trivia Show might not end up sticking around long, but it definitely opened the gates for a new kind of game. Quiz games aren't anything new, but live ones are, and HQ managed to become an event, a moment (or more like two) when people stopped what they were doing to all play the same game, competing with each other for actual money. I have no idea whether HQ will still exist in 2018, but I've enjoyed playing it twice a day and seeing how far I can make it (Question 9 was my best score ever).


Sunless Sea

Sunless Sea, $6.99 - Failbetter's Sunless Sea married the Fallen London narrative mechanic with better visuals and a sailing mechanic, resulting in a fascinating journey through a deranged (in a good way) world that I really enjoyed. There's something about your sailors eating each other gleefully that's hard not to enjoy. Sunless Sea managed to combine a strong narrative, a fun sailing aspect that worked well on a tablet, and a management mechanic that let me upgrade my ship and crew into a fun whole that keeps on giving. And the Chtulhu echoes didn't hurt at all.


The Elder Scrolls: Legends

The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Free - Hearthstone continues to dominate the collectible card genre on mobile, but this year Elder Scrolls: Legends, Bethesda's take on the genre, offered players an alternative to Hearthstone by betting on strong story content, clever mechanics, and the Elder Scrolls lore. I enjoyed playing through the various story chapters, had fun building a Skyrim dragon deck, and overall enjoyed the game quite a bit. While it won't beat Hearthstone in terms of popularity, Elder Scrolls: Legends is different enough to scratch a slightly different card gaming itch.

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Blog: Trials of a self-taught indie dev

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'Subway Surfers' Animated Series Teaser Released

Subway Surfers [Free], one of the most popular games in the history of mobile gaming and one of the most downloaded games even today, is on its way to becoming an animated series, and now we have the first teaser. The teaser shows off the locations where the story will take place and, of course, the infamous trains, which are such a big part of the game's identity. We even get a glimpse of the series' protagonist, Jake, who everyone who's played the game (or even looked at the game's icon) is familiar with. I like the art of the series, and I think it will be fun to watch, especially for the many fans of the mobile game.

As we talked about in an earlier story, the series is scripted by Brent Friedman (of Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars), and produced by Emmy award-winner Sander Schwartz (of The Batman and Baby Looney Tunes). You'll watch the adventures of Jake, Tricky, and Fresh across 10 4-minute episodes, coming next Summer, and then a longer series consisting of 22-minute episodes. Excited about the series?

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'World of Warships Blitz' Releasing Jan. 18th, Pre-Register Now

After bringing us the very successful World of Tanks Blitz, Wargaming.net is getting ready to take over the mobile seas with World of Warships Blitz. The game is currently in soft launch, and it's hitting all the seas of the world on January 18th. If you're one of the many planning to play the game either on iOS or Android, you should head over here and pre-register because if you do, you'll get your hands on an Aurora Premium Ship, a Soviet Tier III cruiser. And since it doesn't cost you anything to pre-register, you should probably do so and get that Aurora for free.

World of Warships Blitz takes the World of Tanks Blitz recipe to the sea, and I think it will be a better fit for mobile than World of Tanks Blitz. I've been playing World of Warships on the PC for a few months now, and I like its slower, more deliberate pace. I think that slower pace will work better on mobile because touchscreen controls don't always work well with fast movement. I've had issues playing fast tanks on WOT Blitz precisely because of the controls, so I think WOW Blitz will be more fun to play. We will, of course, have to wait and see how the game is ported. Don't forget to pre-register.

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'868-HACK' Developer Slyly Releases Latest Game 'Cinco Paus' on Christmas Day

The yearly iTunes freeze, the time where Apple shuts down their digital storefront so that their workers can enjoy the holidays, is happening as we speak, but the App Store isn't quite as frozen as it used to be. Several years ago when Apple would freeze the App Store it meant basically nothing worked for an entire week, including releasing updates, releasing new games, changing prices, and even the top games charts wouldn't budge. Nowadays it's a little more flexible, and although submission and approvals are indeed on hold, if you're a developer who previously submitted a game to Apple and had it approved prior to the freeze and then scheduled it for release on a date that's during the freeze, it would still be able to launch. That appears to be what happened with Cinco Paus [$4.99], which is the new game from 868-HACK developer Michael Brough.

If you're familiar with Brough's previous games like 868-HACK [$4.99] or Imbroglio [$3.99], you'll know they're very tightly designed affairs built around emergent gameplay. There are many little things you'll only discover through playing and learning the structures of the game as you go. It's why they're so wildly popular with strategy gamers and have such longevity. Cinco Paus seems to want to crank all of that up to 11. One example: The game is entirely in Portuguese. No, don't run off to adjust the language settings on your device, it's in Portuguese on purpose. It's anybody's guess as to why that is, but it seems that it's proving a point that the game is entirely playable despite the language used so why not just pick any old language.

As for the game itself, it's a roguelike dungeon crawler-ish game that starts you out with 5 randomized types of magical wands. You won't know what each wand does until you use it, and then you'll use that knowledge of each wand's ability as you play through the rest of the game. It's turn-based so you'll need to plan accordingly how an when to use your wands or melee fight the enemies you'll come across, and like other Brough games Cinco Paus is meant to be beaten over and over but there are many little nuances to consider with each game you play that will result in your getting better scores. Basically if you like Michael Brough games I'm pretty sure you'll like this one too, despite (or possibly because of) the obtuseness. If you need a little help or are just curious what folks are saying about this one, head over to the thread in our forums, and if you're already a big Michael Brough fan then enjoy this unexpected Christmas present!

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Review: Dimension Drive (Switch eShop)

Review: Review: Dimension Drive (Switch eShop)

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Our 'Hearthstone' Weekly Roundup Is on Hiatus Until 2018

Hello everyone. I hope you've been enjoying your holiday break and have more fun things to do in the upcoming week. Because of the holiday break, we won't be publishing our customary Hearthstone [Free] weekly roundup this week or the next. It's been a good year overall for the game, especially after the release of the latest adventure, Kobolds & Catacombs. The new single-player mode, Dungeon Run, has been well received, and the current meta feels fresh again. I do hope we get an in-game tournament mode at some point in 2018, since that's one of the last big pieces missing from the game. From everyone here at TouchArcade, have a great card-slinging 2018. Now, enjoy the videos below, and I'll see you all next year.



Best of Spellstones Value

Dungeon Run Hunter Guide

Dungeon Run Mage Guide

Best of Dungeon Low AI Moments

Hearthstone Shorts

Play More Spellbreakers

Best of The Darkness

Runespear: Worst Legendary Weapon?

Trolden's Best Funny and Lucky Moments of 2017



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Blog: How to get a job in the (Dutch) games industry - Part 1

If you're looking for a job or internship in the Dutch game industry, there are several ways to increase your chances of success. In this article, Eline Muijres provides you with some tips and advice to help you on your way. ...

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We Teamed up With MacRumors for Our Top Ten Games of 2017

This holiday season we teamed up with our sister site MacRumors to get some iOS game coverage on the front page over there. If our top 100 games of 2017 list was a little too overwhelming for you and you're looking for the best of the best, we whittled that list down to just ten. Then, through the magic of video production, they cranked out this YouTube video showing those ten games in action:

Take a look at the whole list over on MacRumors. While I've said multiple times that you could randomly pick and choose from our top 100 and be very happy with your purchases, I'd consider these ten titles absolute must-haves.

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Steam Winter Sale 2017 Continues! Plus, Vote For The Steam Awards!

The Steam Winter Sale continues today, through January 4th!* Save big on thousands of games for Windows, Mac and Linux!

Be sure to vote in The Steam Awards! Come back every day through January 2nd to vote for each award, and find out the winners on January 3rd.

Voting continues today with The "No Apologies" Award. Here are the finalists:

Gothic II: Gold Edition


Mount & Blade: Warband


The Witcher: Enhanced Edition (The Witcher 1)

Remember to check back every day to see the new category and cast your vote!

*Discounts end January 4th at 10pm Pacific, unless otherwise indicated.

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Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Knives Out', 'Vignettes', 'Mortal Kombat X', 'Nexomon', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! I hope you all had a great Christmas if that's your bag, and if it's not, I hope your Monday agreed with you. It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. The App Store doesn't quite freeze the way it used to these days, so there were actually a fair number of updates compared to usual. Not a large amount in the absolute sense, but hey, enough to put this article together. 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!

Pinball Arcade Plus

Pinball Arcade Plus, $0.99 This month's new addition to the Pinball Arcade line-up is another relative obscurity. Pistol Poker is a 1993 table from the ill-fated Alvin G. and Co. pinball company, designed by Michael Gottlieb and produced in extremely limited quantities. The table itself is pretty average, but its rarity makes it an excellent choice to add some extra depth and texture to the impressive line-up found in this app. As usual, the new table is available through IAP for $4.99.

Shadow Fight 3

Shadow Fight 3, Free Delivered just in time for Christmas, this update to Shadow Fight 3 is a pretty big one. It adds a third chapter to the game, which brings a lot of extra goodies with it. You can look forward to a bunch of new quests, a new playable Herald faction that offers up six new fighting styles, some new bosses, tons of new side quests, new equipment, fresh locations, and more. It also adds an item shop, fixes up some bugs, and tilts the balance a little in the player's favor. That seems to be enough this week to earn the covered UMMSotW award. Enjoy!


Vignettes, $0.99 Vignettes is a cool little game that you can pick up for a nice price at the moment. Unless it's off sale by the time you read this, in which case it's still pretty reasonable and a good pick-up. Anyway, the latest update adds a brand new area to the game that includes new objects, puzzles, and secrets. The witch lair is a dangerous place to venture into. The spirits of the dead are about, so watch your step carefully.

King of Thieves

King of Thieves, Free Huff, huff, huff... am I... am I too late to tell you about the Christmas event in King of Thieves? It's probably still going on, right? Well, whether it is or isn't, there are still some things in the new version of the game that are worth checking out. A new trap call the Roaster, for starters. I'll let you figure out just what it does. There are also three new dungeons and nine new layouts, with more apparently on the way. If you're just hearing about it now, pretend it's a slightly late Christmas present. Wow, perspectives!

Dashy Crashy

Dashy Crashy, Free The makers of Dashy Crashy released a new game recently called Smash Tanks. It uses AR to put tanks in your real room, but only as viewed through your device, so don't get any weird ideas, alright? Anyway, to celebrate that game coming out, they've decided to let players of Dashy Crashy unlock the Smash Tanks tank for free until January 8th. You've got plenty of time, so you can probably finish whatever it is you're doing in there before grabbing it. But don't wait too long, okay?


Nexomon, $2.99 With Pokemon games being almost as beloved for their post-game content as anything else in the games, it seems fitting that this, er, homage should have a nice bit of post-game stuff to do as well. Head into the Netherworld, explore tons of new maps, dive into five new dungeons, and dig the new grind-friendly Rebirth system that allows you to level your monsters past level 50. There are also some balance changes and bug fixes in case new content isn't your particular flavor of update. Hey, we all have our faves.

Super Phantom Cat 2

Super Phantom Cat 2, Free Gulp! Lady Kitty-chan! I... I was just coming to offer you your tribute, honest! But what are you doing here? Surely an adorable little girl such as yourself has no need to be around lowly cat-beasts like this one? Oh? Very well, I shall announce you. Hello Kitty, the famous character from Japan, is now making an appearance in Super Phantom Cat 2. There are some special new levels, accessories to collect, and of course Kitty-chan herself stepping in as an avatar. Do not mess with the Kitty-chan. Don't do it.

Knives Out

Knives Out, Free If your chosen mobile PUBG clone is Knives Out, you're surely enjoying the latest additions to the game already. A new Snowfield Battle teaches you to be careful where you leave your footprints, and the Christmas Battle might allow you to step into the boots of St. Nick himself for some... killing, I guess. Look, he knew what he was getting into when he signed up for this. I guess there's also a trike vehicle coming soon, and there are some new duds in the shop for you to craft your ever-so-important image from.


MORTAL KOMBAT X, Free Lots of new stuff in this update, so let's get right to it. Three new characters join the roster: Klassic Mileena, Kosplay Jacqui Briggs, and Injustice 2 Raiden. Yes, a Mortal Kombat character guest-starred in a DC fighting game and now the DC fighting game version of the Mortal Kombat character is guest-starring back in a Mortal Kombat game. Yeesh, I hope I still have some nog left. There are some new Tier 4 Weapons, and the Faction Wars mode has seen further adjustments. Finally, there are new Quests. Send your characters on these Quests to earn some rewards. Certain Quests need certain character types, so it's a good incentive to build your collection and also something to do with said collection after they stop being useful fighters.

World of Tanks Blitz

World of Tanks Blitz, Free There's a new map in the latest version of World of Tanks Blitz. It's called Dynasty's Pearl, and it's set in the streets of Shanghai circa the mid-20th century. There are also a number of events going on in coordination with the holidays, but the description wasn't specific and I don't feel like going on a goose hunt this soon after the holiday. Sorry, I'm sure you'll sort it out on your own if you care about the details.

That about wraps it up for last week's significant updates. I'm sure I've missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I'll be back next Tuesday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week, and a Happy New Year!

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This Week’s Deals With Gold And Spotlight Sale

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 01 January 2018.

These deals will expire at 11:00 am UTC on Tuesday January 2nd 2018


Xbox One Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Worms Battlegrounds* Xbox One Game 75% DWG
Lords of the Fallen Digital Complete Edition* Xbox One Game 70% DWG
Fearful Symmetry & the Cursed Prince* Xbox Play Anywhere 10% DWG
Guns, Gore and Cannoli* Xbox One Game 60% DWG
Sine Mora EX* Xbox One Game 40% DWG
Team17 Indie Collection* Xbox One Game 85% DWG
Beach Buggy Racing* Xbox One Game 70% DWG
Ginger Beyond the Crystal* Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Coffin Dodgers* Xbox One Game 60% DWG
Jotun* Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Knee Deep* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Lords of the Fallen* Xbox One Game 70% DWG
Rock ‘N Racing Off Road DX * Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Solar Shifter* Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax* Xbox One Game 33% DWG
Sublevel Zero Redux* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Super Toy Cars* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Tachyon Project* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
The Bunker* Xbox One Game 50% DWG
The Little Acre* Xbox One Game 80% DWG
The Solus Projects* Xbox One Game 70% DWG
Spintires: MudRunner Xbox One Game 25% Spotlight
TRANSFORMERS: Devastation Xbox One Game 75% Spotlight
TRANSFORMERS: Fall of Cybertron Xbox One Game 80% Spotlight
Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Xbox One Game 80% Spotlight
Legend of Korra Xbox One Game 75% Spotlight
R.B.I. Baseball 17 Xbox One Game 67% Spotlight
HITMAN – Game of the Year Edition Xbox One Game 33% Spotlight
Life is Strange: Before the Storm Complete Season Xbox One Game 30% Spotlight
SMITE Ultimate God Pack Add-On 50% Spotlight
SMITE – 400 Gems Add-On 15% Spotlight
SMITE – 800 Gems Add-On 20% Spotlight
SMITE – 1500 Gems Add-On 20% Spotlight
SMITE – 2500 Gems Add-On 25% Spotlight
SMITE – 3500 Gems Add-On 30% Spotlight
SMITE – 8000 Gems Add-On 35% Spotlight
Paladins Realm Pack Add-On 33% Spotlight
Paladins VIP Pack Add-On 33% Spotlight
Paladins Founder’s Pack Add-On 33% Spotlight

*These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.


Xbox 360 Deals

Content Title Content Type Discount Notes
Mass Effect 2* Backward Compatible 50% DWG
Mass Effect 3* Backward Compatible 50% DWG
Sniper Ghost Warrior 2 – Gold* Games On Demand 85% DWG
Abyss Odyssey* Arcade 30% DWG
Alien Rage* Arcade 80% DWG
Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon* Games On Demand 85% DWG
Dogfight 1942* Games On Demand 80% DWG
Enemy Front* Games On Demand 80% DWG
Guncraft: Blocked and Loaded* Games On Demand 65% DWG
Jet Set Radio* Backward Compatible 50% DWG
Monster Jam: Battlegrounds* Games On Demand 80% DWG
Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion* Games On Demand 75% DWG
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax* Backward Compatible 25% DWG
Sniper: Ghost Warrior* Games On Demand 85% DWG
Zeno Clash 2* Arcade 67% DWG
TRANSFORMERS: Devastation Games On Demand 80% Spotlight
TRANSFORMERS: Fall of Cybertron Games On Demand 75% Spotlight
TRANSFORMERS: War for Cybertron Games On Demand 75% Spotlight
TRANSFORMERS: Rise of the Dark Spark Games On Demand 80% Spotlight
TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon Games On Demand 75% Spotlight
The Legend of Korra Games On Demand 75% Spotlight

*These offers are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

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