TouchArcade's Scores

  • Games
For 3,160 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 23% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Reckless Racing HD
Lowest review score: 20 Mega Man Mobile
Score distribution:
3161 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hero Emblems is simply a great match-3 title that’s worth the price of admission.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The character animations are incredibly fluid and give the movement a really good feel. The levels are a bit longer than most iOS platformers (it’s a port, after all), but never so long that they become frustrating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Leap of Fate is a very good arena-based twin-stick action game that layers on plenty of fun extras. It might not click with you at first, but I encourage you to give it some time to roll out its spread a little.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a game I find myself returning to daily, and I'm constantly amazed at how great the writing is, how imaginative the world is, and the size of the whole thing; you can, and probably will, get lost in the labyrinth that is Fallen London.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The controls may be a tad too finicky for players who weren't around for racing games before the advent of analog controls, but if you loved RC Pro-Am, Rock n' Roll Racing, and the many other similar games of the era, Cubed Rally Racer will become your de facto "I have two minutes what should I play?" game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Borderlands series definitely has a unique feel to it from its setting, dialogue, and characters that can be easily screwed up by a developer not quite in tune with the way the series operates. The good news is that Telltale Games are experts at story, so the idea that they could approach and do justice to this universe while also expanding on it in a way that isn't just a loot-filled first-person shooter is an interesting proposition.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who can get into it will find a limitless bounty, gameplay measured out in not just dozens of but more than a hundred hours.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Repulze is refreshing in its straightforwardness and execution, preferring to be excellent at one simple thing -- visually and mechanically -- than mediocre at several.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mega Run is an engrossing, vibrant game that has a fantastic presentation, controls and art direction. At its core, the action is pretty standard, but the execution is near flawless. Give it a spin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mr. Robot is a very entertaining choose-your-own-adventure game and a great example of how to create believable worlds. At the same time, it's the perfect engine for paranoia and will probably make you rethink most of your internet behavior and practices.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It all comes together to create a game that has a really mellow atmosphere, but challenging and active enough gameplay to keep you involved.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The setting and characters in Empyrean are the sort that you want to get to know more of, while the situations you find yourself in sometimes feel like a cross between Batman and the Rocketeer. It takes a while for all the pieces to get into place, but once they do, this is simply a fantastic romp through a highlight reel of great moments in pulp fiction. Even though I secured a happy ending, when I reached the final page, I was sad that there was no more. For a gamebook that exceeds 300,000 words to leave me feeling that way, I'm not sure how I could do anything but give a very firm recommendation, no matter how slowly it starts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its sharp and colorful visuals and classic gameplay sensibilities, Super Phantom Cat is a pretty perfect hybrid of the new and old.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For free, you'd be silly not to check this game out, especially if you enjoy word games.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tinkering and experimenting is rewarded- it's a joy to see every moving part a half-moment from lining up. The elegance of the later levels, as each piece takes its part in a grander pattern-that's something worth experiencing. Assuming, of course, you can get that far.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The original Small World was a great example of what could be done with board game on iOS, and this update has given it a needed rebirth. It is now able to stand against iOS strategy greats like Ascension, Agricola, and Eclipse without shame. Small World 2 is worth a second look for mobile strategy aficionados.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire seems like a really out there game based on the trippy visuals and the odd premise alone, but it's actually a safe bet if you grew up with retro platformers. It marries that '90s aesthetic with its own voxel-like art, and manages to maintain a tight control scheme that relies on simple directions and a lone action button. Oh, and the low price and lack of hidden catches don't hurt.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I really have to recommend Tiny Dangerous Dungeons to anyone who enjoys platformers or Metroidvanias
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Action-RPG gems of this size and quality don't hit mobile very often.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've got even a little bit of love for the single-screen action games that used to dominate the hobby, you'll want to pick this up and start counting sheep immediately.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans of Tiny Tower will love this Vegas sequel and for others I’d advocate checking it out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rex Rocket is an excellent game that manages to scratch both my itch for a great new Metroidvania and a Mega Man-style action platformer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Asphalt 5 definitely delivers on the fun meter. The controls and content really makes this a racer accessible to everyone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's challenging, fun, and gives you a huge amount of toys to play around with, provided you're good enough to pry them off of dead spiders and zombies.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's Grand Theft Auto III on your iPhone (or iPad), and given both the overall quality and depth of the actual gameplay content of GTA3, it's really easy to get over the clunky controls.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're an old school gamer at heart, you really can't go wrong with Captain Cowboy.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I haven't been this impressed with the evolution of a game of this nature since the original Metroid spawned the phenomenally brilliant Super Metroid.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wefiends Inc. really did a great job with Dandy, and all the thought and work they put into it resulted in a fresh and clever shoot 'em up that will offer hours of fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Inexpensive, innovative, and sensory-spinning thrills of this caliber are rare.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Considering its graphics, sound, and gameplay, few apps offer the elegance that is Splice: Tree of Life. Four dollars is a small price to pay to expand one's way of thinking.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With plenty of challenges, unlockables, an upcoming iPad version, and promised updates to the visuals and AI, Wings of Valor makes for a very attractive package at $1.99.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jade Empire might not be Bioware's best RPG, but I'm fairly sure it's the developer's most under-appreciated. While the combat can be a little clunky at times and the story hews a little too closely to Bioware's typical oeuvre, its unusual setting, strong character work, and excellent pace help it stand out from its stablemates.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In spite of these shortcomings, you absolutely must play Type: Rider. I don't care if you aren't interested in typography, because it doesn't matter. It's an intricately-designed masterpiece that constantly throws fresh challenges and situations at you for the entire run of the game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mimpi is adorable, the artwork is amazing, and the puzzles are both challenging and simply fun to play through. Silicon Jelly and Crescent Moon have a winner on their hands, and I highly recommend folks check it out.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rather than judge a book by its publisher, pick this up today: it'll be a delight for your left and right brain alike.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a precision platformer perfectly tuned for its platform-it can't help that I'm not tuned for it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In truth, from where I’m sitting Thumb Drift is nearly perfect as far as fun little highscore chasers are concerned, and the central mechanic is just ridiculously fun and feels like butter.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Of course, Bobbing isn't for everyone—you need to have the patience and mild masochism that constant failure and repetition requires—but if you can dig its viciousness, don't be surprised if you start forgetting to put it down for less important stuff, like breaks. And meals.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Babylonian Twins isn't completely unforgiving, having both a generous health bar for each twin and three lives between them to ease enemy encounters.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combination of portal interaction, plethora of characters and development, along with an extensive amount of content with high production values puts it almost in a league of its own. The high cost barrier to entry will certainly be off-putting for some, but folks that invest will end up with an experience that matches and even exceeds that of its console siblings (due to the portable nature of the system).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And while Puddle may have launched on nearly every platform this side of the generation first... it manages to finally land on iOS *still* leagues better than most of the competition. Don’t step-over this Puddle, jump in.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s only a buck, and it provides an experience that's absolutely perfect for large interactive screens like the iPad.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I strongly recommend trying it, but do so knowing that as good as it is, it's all ultimately in service to the same basic principles every free social RPG runs on.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Evel Knievel is a fun, worthy tribute to the legendary daredevil, even despite one or two weird choices (that ghostly drawl will surely haunt my dreams).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some games make me want to keep playing all night long, sucking hour after hour until the sun comes up. Dropchord makes me want to throw down my iPhone and dance till dawn. But that would mean I’d have to stop playing. It's a nice dilemma.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As long as you're okay with a well-paced adventure that doesn't let up from start to finish, you won't be disappointed with Hyperburner. It might not deliver as much extra junk as you're used to for a premium game, but it's engaging from minute one.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed the original, there is absolutely no reason to not pick up the sequel. They took everything about the original, freshened it up, and repackaged it in to something that feels like an entirely new game instead of just an expansion of the first.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game may have its flaws, but Gameloft has done a great job in making what could have been a quick and dirty port into a legitimately fun piece of software.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As with the first game, once you've spent your two bucks, you've got the whole game. There are no IAPs, no premium currencies, and no timers. Just you, a huge dungeon, and a whole lot of death. Grab your knife and fork and dig in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Great touch controls, fast action, amazing AI, intelligent level design, and an overall simplicity are all the reasons Trigger Fist has caused such a lapse in my productivity as of late.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Sharp is a superb puzzler that really nails the difficulty curve, gently introducing new ideas and getting you to think in different ways over and over. It can be a tiny bit frustrating later on, but the vast majority of the levels are perfectly solvable if you just stop and think a bit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Monster Adventures is a great action-RPG that you simply need to check out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arranger isn't one of those things you should play if you like adventure games, or music game, it's one you should play if you like games, period, and the interesting things they can achieve.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Momonga's Pinball Adventures is already a winner. In part for its impressive look, certainly, but the charm and challenge of the game are a big part of what makes it so loveable.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've enjoyed any of Brough's other works, or simply want an easy to pick up, moderately deep strategy game, Imbroglio is an easy recommendation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Foursaken's Heroes and Castles does a great job of not only successfully melding third-person combat with tower/castle defense, but also creating a game with a great deal of replaybility via its heroes, upgrade system and online multiplay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So while there are frustrations and a handful of small bugs, they're blips in a solid eight hours of entertainment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who like lovely things, for those who like music generation games, for those who like flyers, Lucky Frame has made something special.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you were in love with the speedrunning elements in the previous Mikey games, I could see Mikey Jumps being a bit underwhelming for you. It's also fair to point out that Mikey's got a lot of miles behind him at this point, so some players might be over his particular brand of entertainment. But I think if you approach Mikey Jumps with a clear mind and leveled expectations, you'll find a really fun, cleverly-designed platformer with some brilliant level designs and rock-solid controls.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In some ways Shattered Lands feels less like a sequel and more like a fulfillment of the promise behind the first game, like this is what Red Winter wanted to make all along.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Gasketball may stumble with some of its level design, it's a stunningly fresh game that actually shares something original. It's a game with a vision, and all of its constituent parts come together into a cohesive, groovy whole.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This not your average, micro-stage mobile game. Thankfully, only a handful of stages made me wish there were checkpoints.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the very least, it’s the best monster catching game released this week. Gotta collect ‘em all!
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While video poker handheld machines have been around for decades (I had one myself as a kid), Politaire is pretty much the perfect way to pass the time if you're looking for a solo card game. It's also much more convenient than setting up a deck yourself, and you get some snazzy visuals while you're playing it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may be be acting as a prelude to the bigger Hellraid game but The Escape holds its own very well and is highly recommended.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm really sort of shocked by how much I find myself enjoying this game. The difficulty curve seems great, Jetpack Joyride already proved that this payment model works, and I love how they take the foundation that worked so well for Halfbrick but created what feels (and, really, is) an entirely new game around it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the visual wit of the short cartoons to the clever moving puzzles themselves, the entire experience is just pure delight. And, I suppose, if you’ve got a few kids running around it’ll be nice for them, too.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve been looking to drop a little spell crafting, enemy-splatting charm onto your iPad, look no further than Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, if you enjoyed Glyph Quest but found there wasn't enough substance to satisfy, you're going to love Super Glyph Quest.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the same way Electroplankton offered the DS a totally unique game-like way to relax, create, and experiment with music, Melodive is a must-have when you want to mellow out, or tickle your brain.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if there is no big secret reward, the enjoyment of this fantastic game is reward enough.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm thoroughly enjoying Lettercraft. It's fresh and fun. I don't see it being a hit for its multiplayer aspect, but as a single-player word game it's a lovely experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Controls aside, Sine Mora is an excellent shooter, a great port, and just an overall fun game to play. The story and presentation rock, the mechanics are sound, and the game's supplemental Arcade, Score Attack, and Boss Training modes offer a wealth of replayability beyond the fascinating story mode. If you have even the slightest interest in a shooter, Sine Mora needs to be checked out.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The unlimited lives option is great, as it's still a challenge to complete the levels, but you can keep re-trying and your weapon power-up's don't reset when you die.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Episode 3 definitely redeemed Telltale and the series and helped erase the sourness left over by the pretty-bland Episode 2.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Warhammer Quest, while being an excellent port of a classic board game, is actually an amazing dungeon crawler on iOS, no matter what your experience with the source material. You owe it to yourself to check out this excellent hack and slash experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch is a gorgeous game with strong design backing it. The campaign is big and meaty, and it presents a fun challenge that will test your tactical skills.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you haven't picked this game up, and you can stomach some bad dice results, it's time you rolled into this one full speed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A complete package, brought together by Gage's trademark use of cheerful colors, simple patterns and elegant typography.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a classic arcade-style sports game that is more about fun than about simulation and accuracy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'll admit I'm predisposed towards the theme due to my personal interests in comic books, old spy movies, and taking over the world with my army of mindless shark-mummies, but even setting that aside, Diabolical is a wonderfully entertaining piece of interactive fiction. It gives the player a lot of flexibility, has a great sense of humor, and even manages to tell an interesting, if absurd, story along the way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is an absolute joy to play, with even better visuals and more of the incredibly smooth gameplay fans of the series have come to expect from Zepto Lab.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's always been something satisfying about match-3 mechanics, but after enough years playing them over and over they're bound to start feeling stale. Pixel Defenders Puzzle steps beyond that by taking something from a game that was already an excellent evolution of the genre and moving it forward to another, even-more satisfying level.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have a new iPad, this is clearly one of THE games to get, as its boasting some of the best 3D, high resolution visuals at the moment. If you dig explode-y things and moving really fast, you'll probably want to give this a look, too. Smart design bolsters both of these aspects. Check it out.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a ton to like about Back to the Future.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Similarly satisfying were the options with lasting consequences but no game-over possible, affecting the lives of others.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ingenious level designs and dark humor of Karoshi is worth occasionally fighting the controls for.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those wanting a serious sim challenge in an unlikely arena, look no further than Vertigo Gaming's culinary tablet masterpiece.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The controls are responsive and well-suited to touch devices, but more importantly, Kairo brings something fresh and unique to the platform -- there's nothing like it, to the best of my knowledge, on the App Store. We need more games like it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderfully updated version of the classic arcade game. It's missing some features, most notably a multiplayer component, but the single player offering is more than competent and a lot of fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it works, it works unbelievably well - and with no asking price for those early, heart-pounding moments, there's absolutely no reason not to get this game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're fond of The Walking Dead 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. If you're looking for something much more involving from a joystick perspective, you might want to look elsewhere.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new Karateka legitimately feels like it might be what Mechner's original idea would have been, if then were now. And that's a win. For those who remember the original, the new Karateka must not be missed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's very little to complain about with Quadropus Rampage. It's an excellent roguelike/brawler hybrid with a control system that matches the fast-paced action.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking, but it’s a well put together package of all the things you want in an RPG on your iOS device. There’s plenty of content, a storyline that will keep you relatively engaged, and weapons, armor, spells and crafting to keep you playing for quite some time. Assuming you have an iPad (or at the bare minimum, an iPhone Plus) it’s certainly worth giving it a chance.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a surprisingly lore and story rich game for a twin stick shooter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Honestly, I was not expecting to like Snowboard Party 2 as much as I did. I didn’t think that carving through snow would be anything but frustrating with a touchscreen, but I was (mostly) proven wrong.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From app presentation, to CCG elements for players, and plush gameplay that will last for hours, Football Heroes is more than a “beat ‘em up”; it is a major leap forward in the mobile sports genre and a testament to what can be achieved with great development and patience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I quite recommend Solitairica if you enjoy roguelikes, card games, and/or card game roguelike hybrids. I'm glad this game finally hit mobile, because it's a perfect fit for the platform, and while the solitaire core may be a bit frustrating to deal with at times, the game is overall a very strong experience. And seriously, if you need an excuse to zone out for hours on end, Solitairica may just be the best game you can play right now to do that.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The challenging, speed-focused gameplay more than earns this one a spot on the device of any word game fan, without a doubt.