TouchArcade's Scores

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For 2,578 reviews, this publication has graded:
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  • 20% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Nimble Quest
Lowest review score: 20 Madden NFL 25 by EA SPORTS
Score distribution:
2,578 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
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    Fates Forever is ultimately quite the fun game, and that's because, well, it's a MOBA and it doesn't go too far outside the beaten path of what the genre has dictated.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Regardless of whether you've been vaguely curious about Magic the Gathering or an experienced player, you need to try Magic 2013 on the iPad. For us veterans of the game, it'll also serve as a cruel tease and horrid reminder of how badly Magic Online needs an iPad port.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What I will say, is that you need to download this game now. Punch Quest needs to be on every iOS device you own. It's totally free, the only way the IAP could be less obtrusive is if they removed it entirely, and you'll fall in love with the game inside of the first minute of play. What's not to like about that?
    • 80 Metascore
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    This is one game that certainly sets the standards for all future puzzle games.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It fires on all cylinders, and if you're a fan of the previous games you don't even need this review to determine if you should get it or not–you probably have already bought it.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Great Little War Game is the kind of game you can really sink your teeth into, which is rare enough. So I'm delighted to discover that it's also rich in features, good looking and full of humor.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A remarkable iPhone racing game. With licensed cars, control options that should make most people happy, and a very cool yet mostly superfluous driver profile and performance tracking system, Shift is a must-have for fans of the genre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Great Little War Game is the kind of game you can really sink your teeth into, which is rare enough. So I'm delighted to discover that it's also rich in features, good looking and full of humor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Getting through Another World is not a cakewalk; it's a difficult and challenging game.
    • 86 Metascore
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    I'm personally very happy with this extra set of levels, though I still see a lot of possibilities waiting to be explored should Ustwo decide to follow up Monument Valley with a stand-alone sequel in the future.
    • 79 Metascore
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    jAggy Race is a fun casual game, but it's also an exciting and challenging game for competitive gamers who want to familiarize themselves with each track for better results.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It's my favorite game in the series, and is well worth the status of 'must-play' for any iOS gamer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As it is, Dodo Master is a flawlessly created platformer that screams panache from beginning to end.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I can't say enough about Tiny Heroes. It's a fantastic game, with few flaws to speak of. Challenging, but rarely frustrating, it had me returning to levels again and again to improve my score. By turning genre conventions on their heads, Tiny Heroes succeeds brilliantly.
    • 90 Metascore
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    I've had an absolutely fantastic time playing King of Dragon Pass. Its slow pace makes it a perfect mobile game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Right now, Minecraft - Pocket Edition is just a pretty block-building game. It's getting better, and I'm really rooting for it to, but it doesn't give me any sense of adventure. Survivalcraft does, and it does it in impressive fashion for a mobile device. For that reason and the reasons listed above, it's the mobile Minecraft that I'm sticking with.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition is a very good port of an incredibly good game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Yes, the price tag is rather astronomical when compared to bargain-bin, $0.99 titles but there's a reason for that. The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is not a game built for five-minute diversions; it's a solid game, one meant to leave a permanent impression.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simply put, you owe it to yourself to check out Super Evil Megacorp’s latest masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Blokshot Revolution is one of those brilliant titles that finds a central mechanic that feels good and runs all the way home with it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Yes, the price tag is rather astronomical when compared to bargain-bin, $0.99 titles but there's a reason for that. The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is not a game built for five-minute diversions; it's a solid game, one meant to leave a permanent impression.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are five tutorials, which barely count as levels, and another 25 stages across five worlds. I was shocked by how well every level distinguished itself, even within worlds. Every new screen was like beginning a newly reset game of Mouse Trap, but with setup exorcised in favor of pure Goldbergian fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's obvious that Psyonix put a lot of care and effort into ARC Squadron and it certainly shows in all facets of the game. With a ton of content, smooth controls and visuals worth talking about, there's little to not enjoy about ARC Squadron.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Angry Birds is the Super Mario Brothers of mobile devices, and Angry Birds Space is so successful in redefining the Angry Birds formula that everyone should give it a try.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Sorcery! 3 is easily the biggest and most robust gamebook inkle has produced to date.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Little Luca is a charming, innovative and downright beautiful game – nay, piece of art – that no iOS user should be without.
    • 86 Metascore
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    The real magic lies in the emotional attachment to the characters and the whimsical sounds and visuals that permeate every inch of the touch screen.
    • 92 Metascore
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    There are a lot of reasons to love a game. Great challenge, fun with friends, gorgeous design-all good reasons. Despite its rough edges, Mikey Shorts gets to me because it brings me to a place where I can play and have a great time, without hitting walls, without getting frustrated, without having to pass it on to the next kid in line. It's a good feeling, one I don't particularly want to give up.
    • tbd Metascore
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    Ghost Blade is without question the finest example of stylish action available on iOS to date, and an essential pick-up for any fan of action games.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Oceanhorn might be a flawed, blatant rip-off of Zelda, but it’s worth playing — especially for the originality it does introduce.
    • 84 Metascore
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    With 40 levels to play, each with StarFruit to collect and ranks to earn, you'll get hours of fun out of Gesundheit!. It's a real charmer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It may not be as revolutionary as its progenitor but it's certainly capable of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the tower defense heavyweights in the App Store. SubAtomic Studios definitely have not lost their touch. Now, go buy it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a fun time waster and you're a fan of Super Crate Box, Toast Time is for you.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Don't be confused by the Cartoon Network's publishing of the game: while this is a game that can be played by kids, adults and any kind of 'gamer' will find that it puts up a good fight.
    • 94 Metascore
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    It's one of the most ambitious iPhone games I've played so far, and despite the questionable originality of the game I've really got to hand it to Gameloft for creating such an amazing iPhone experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you love 868-HACK or want a high score game with a unique touch, check out Helix.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is incredibly well executed with excellent controls, has a ton of content and is a lot of fun. We highly recommend it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a massive, and immensely enjoyable experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It might seem a little pricey given its 8-bit origins, but I can promise you that when you're coming out the other end of Dragon Quest 3, you'll feel like every penny was well-spent.
    • 84 Metascore
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    868-HACK is for everyone who loves to tell themselves, “Just one more try”, and realize 2 more hours have passed. It’s that kind of gripping game experience that makes you forget all else exists at that moment.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even though I've never been a huge fan of point-and-click adventure games, the story and all around high-quality production values of Broken Sword sucked me in like a good book.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though it can be extremely frustrating, it rewards the player who pushes through the painful parts. Each time you replay a level you'll learn more, memorize more, become better at the game. The rush you'll get when you finally reach the end of a challenging level is worth the trouble, every time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I'm not sure what else to say in this review, because I don't want to spoil anything at all. Icycle: On Thin Ice is a wonderful game from start to finish, and one of those rare games that, as soon as I finished, made me want to discuss what it means with others.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Anyway, Enemy Unknown is a fantastic, superbly designed strategy game that hits a ton of different notes and nails all of them. If you're into strategy games, give this a go. It'll blow you away, and you'll probably walk away with a few stories to tell.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It totally captures that gameplay niche of a game you can load up and play for a few minutes while providing a feel of progression that also makes the title suitable for substantially longer play sessions- Especially once you start to discover some of its secrets and other particularly effective techniques for maximizing your score.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Crossy Road is a simple game, but there's clearly a lot of work that went into making it one of the best 'simple' experiences that can be enjoyed.
    • 77 Metascore
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    If you're still even vaguely interested in Angry Birds games, you need Angry Birds Star Wars II. Hell, even if you haven't played an Angry Birds game in a while, it's still worth checking out, as firing off evil Boba Fett pigs at unsuspecting birds is just as much fun as you'd expect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bad Piggies is awesome, and needs to be a part of your iOS game collection just as much as the rest of the Angry Birds series. Rovio nails the same accessibility of the Angry Birds games while taking the franchise in a direction that feels both totally fresh and entirely appropriate.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I can't praise Checkpoint Champion enough. It's a fun game on its own, with plenty of challenge on its own. But the social features, gorgeous design, and clever features all push it to a level that should leave other developers jealous: this game is just plain sleek.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The distinctive sights and sounds are worth the effort.
    • 93 Metascore
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    This game is utterly uproarious, and Tin Man did a great job at using their gamebook engine, along with their visual and music touches, at making this come to life.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Scurvy Scallywags bleeds the charm and personality of Ron Gilbert’s classics, and is something to appreciate in a landscape of games that often find themselves without an identity.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Go ahead and give it a try. Spaceteam is fun, free, and guaranteed to be a hit at your next get-together.
    • 89 Metascore
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    As long as you're okay with the genre, there isn't much to complain about in The Journey Down: Chapter Two.
    • 80 Metascore
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    It isn't going to offer you high quality visuals that push your device to the edge, nor is it going to push the envelope for racers in general. But if you just want to kill some time trying to get a car from one spot to another and put in the time to learn the ins and outs, Jet Car Stunts 2 is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The comprehensive career mode, wealth of maps, and tweaks to the arcade racing formula has made this game more enjoyable in the long term. Add in the amazing visuals and music, and there's not much to dislike here.
    • 89 Metascore
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    A fantastic hybrid of Poker and RPG.
    • 89 Metascore
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    It's easy to pick up, easy to put down, easy to resume, and a blast to play wherever. But more important than its breeziness, Coin Drop rocks.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a well-designed action game with enjoyable progression, fun customization, and fairly deep mechanics.
    • tbd Metascore
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    With the right people and mix of devices, a raucous time is in the offing, full of last-second upsets and opportunities for gloating. Every aspect of Astro Duel contributes to achieving its specific ambitions; it is a product of singularly focused design.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I'm surprised by how much I dig the virtual controls; Halfbot and Vlambeer did a heck of a job translating the action to the touchscreen and then making it feel as natural, and as split-second responsive as the game's PC and Mac counterparts.
    • tbd Metascore
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    If you're fond of the franchise and want to play something that takes that source material seriously, and tells a great story while it does it, this game is definitely it. You seriously need to get this.
    • 76 Metascore
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    A sharp little simulation game packed with depth and, oddly enough, a little emotion.
    • 95 Metascore
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    A wonderful port-job, and newcomers and veterans alike will be able to enjoy it.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Hitman GO is one of those unique games that takes the name of a popular series, sticks it onto a game that is not at all similar to its namesake, and winds up being good.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Let me be blunt: this game is a joy to play. Making these adorable little fellows happy is a delightful experience.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Spider was an amazing experiment in storytelling; Waking Mars raises the bar on quality in long-form iOS games. Neither should be missed under any circumstances. Get this game. Whether you adore it as I do or not, it's worth experiencing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Stunningly beautiful, jam-packed with replay value and secrets, and loaded with tons of great action, Wayward Souls is an absolute must-have.
    • 91 Metascore
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    The iOS platform has quietly become a haven for great racers, and Asphalt 8 looks to be leading the pack right now.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Bug Heroes 2 is an awesome sequel to a great game, upping the ante in almost every respect, and delivering an amazing value for its price.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Otherwise, Junk Jack X is really just more of the same that made the original an iOS darling. Sure, there are more items to craft, more enemies to fight and more elements to explore in your randomly generated world but the core exploration concepts are the same.
    • 82 Metascore
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    While by no means a replacement for the full PC version of Terraria, this pint-sized iteration is an effortless recommendation.
    • 67 Metascore
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    Atari's Greatest Hits is absolutely one of the very best buys in the App Store.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, Rymdkapsel feels tailor-made for iOS in both form and function, and its elegant, subtle constituent parts nest within one another as neatly as its four-block tetrominos snap together along a space station corridor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Tiny Tower is another great, free game from the guys at NimbleBit, and you should definitely check it out. Just try not to get too caught up in the lives of your little Bitizens – it's important to put the game down once in a while.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You may get the sense that Little Inferno walks a fine line between satirizing our gaming habits and revelling in them. If you take it lightly, it works. Give it serious thought and you might find a bit of hypocrisy buried between the lines, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a game that sticks with you.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The 88 Metacritic score of the original Plants vs. Zombies (complete with 100's from multiple sources) just goes to show how great this game is. The iPhone port is absolutely phenomenal, and even though it's lacking a few game modes, there's always hope for them to be implemented in the future either via an update or a DLC add-on.
    • 89 Metascore
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    It's a more complete 10000000, offering so much improvement all around that it makes the original game feel like a demo.
    • 77 Metascore
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    When you take the sum of all the great things that Nimble Quest does, you end up with an excellent casual title that’s easily approachable while having just enough strategy elements to want to keep you coming back to beat your high score one more time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a game you flat out need to buy if you even vaguely consider yourself an iOS gamer. Not only because it's such an impeccable port of an important piece of gaming history, but because we need to vote with our wallets to tell Sega (and anyone else who might be watching) that this is the quality we demand out of retro games brought to the App Store.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Needless to say, the game part feels good as always, and the new aspects Blitz brings out in Bejeweled are solid and good, too.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Football Manager Classic 2015 is a fantastic game not just for those who love the sport, but also for anyone who enjoys RPGs and choose-your-adventure gamebooks.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Skulls of the Shogun is a terrific game. It's not reinventing the wheel, but it's a very stylish strategy game with enough content and bite to keep a solo player happy for a long time, and a great spread of multiplayer maps and options to satisfy those with a multiplayer urge
    • 94 Metascore
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    If you are vaguely interested in a challenging rocket-paced racer with attractive and crafty level designs then you owe it to yourself to check out the break-neck paced racing and fresh visual design of Jet Car Stunts.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As I mentioned at the top of this review, if you've never played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and you're even vaguely interested in the Star Wars universe or just surprisingly deep RPGs in general, this is a game you need on your iPad yesterday. KOTOR is easily among the best Star Wars games, and on my personal list of top RPGs I've played in my life.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It's very simple to learn, but there's a huge amount of depth to the game.
    • 88 Metascore
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    The Room Two is a beyond worthy successor to the original in all ways. There is no reason to not play it. Here’s hoping that Fireproof Games can take what seems to be a great story, and more thoroughly flush it out in sequels to come.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What makes Wave Wave special is its ability to remain mechanically simply yet ultimately engaging through challenging the player’s physical abilities to react and respond. It’s a game which philosophies rest on player skill, and test that skill to the point of breaking you or making you better.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Capitals is a satisfying game. I like the blend between strategic, hex-grid real game tactics and word game mechanics. Download and check it out, it's a really satisfying game.
    • 86 Metascore
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    So, no, Kero Blaster is not Cave Story 2, and the sooner you put the notion out of your mind, the sooner you can get to enjoying an extremely well-crafted action game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Slayin may not have done much to quell my hopeless addiction to retro visuals, but it may have done me one better: it's raised the bar for all games like it.
    • 84 Metascore
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    An excellent adventure platformer, Leo’s Fortune is a prime example of taking an established genre and simply taking the quality factor to an entirely different level.
    • 80 Metascore
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    This is a stupid-fun game with some sharp features and systems that'll keep you invested and having a good time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pixel People takes an apocalyptic future and makes it hopeful, cheerful and bright-if it's where freemium games are headed, we have a lot to look forward to.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But, really, what makes the game so well suited for the iPhone is its casual nature as compared to the typical roguelike. And that's not to say the game is shallow or light on dungeon crawling action, but rather we feel it's simply a bit more accessible to the typical gamer than, say, Nethack, Moria, or Rogue thanks to an economy of controls, spells, and the like.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Bridgy Jones provides laid-back humor and hours of gameplay, making it an unparallelled classic in the bridge building physics puzzler genre.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Regardless of what you want to call Device 6, one thing is for sure: If you’re at all open-minded, you’re sure to be creeped out, entertained, and thoroughly delighted by its inventive approach to interactive storytelling.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though Real Racing 2 may have a few things I'd like to see changed, it's without a doubt the current king of iOS racing games.
    • 87 Metascore
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    If you are ready for a grand space strategy epic, this an amazing specimen on iOS.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you've got an iPad and have found yourself even remotely interested in games like Out There or Star Command, you need FTL. Additionally, if you've played the PC version it's still beyond worth picking up the iPad version as it has translated to the touchscreen even better than my most optimistic expectations.