TouchArcade's Scores

  • Games
For 3,253 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 23% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Machinarium
Lowest review score: 20 Mega Man Mobile
Score distribution:
3254 game reviews
    • 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
    All in all, this is a good return to form for a series that has been struggling with where to go since it attempted a protagonist switch. It hopefully goes without saying that if you enjoyed all of the other Ace Attorney games, you will enjoy this one. If you're new to the series, I definitely would not recommend starting here as it's somewhat steeped in its own lore. If, like me, you found Dual Destinies to be somewhat wanting, you might find Spirit of Justice scratches your itch a little better. The pacing is improved, there's a bit more challenge, and the characters make a lot more sense. If nothing else, its pun game is certainly on point. A good turn for Ace Attorney overall, and a smooth handling of what was becoming some very messy loose narrative threads.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I could go on about how Avadon 2 is another fine example of classic RPG gameplay on the iPad but the simple fact is if you’ve enjoyed any other Spiderweb Software games, you really need to check out this sequel. It’s probably my favorite offering from the developers and a great example of not only an awesome old-school RPG but also a pretty good port.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The pricepoint may scare some people off, but any flight simulation junkie that yearns for the olden days of Tie Fighter and Rogue Squadron will have fun with Alpha Squadron 2.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're willing to put in the time and patience, however, Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead is among the best roguelikes currently available on the App Store. It's something you could find yourself playing for literal months if not longer, and it doesn't cost a thing. All of that is probably worth a little (okay, a lot) of discomfort with the control set-up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a core mechanic as simple as climbing over the fallen bodies of your past incarnations, Sometimes is fun, unique, and memorable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    However, in the great scheme of things there's little to complain about in this excellent sequel to a great game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m talking about A Small Game’s Hanger World [Free], and it’s packed full of all kinds of Spider-Mans slinging themselves this way and that. As it turns out, it’s also a really, really fun game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Punch Club is pretty awesome, and it uses nostalgia creatively.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While there's a little more flab on its restless bones than Hoplite, it's easy to love Lamp And Vamp for its sense of humor and its success at achieving that wonderful feeling of vulnerable empowerment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply a stunner in both execution and gameplay, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of Trailer Park Boys, Greasy Money is an effortless recommendation. If you're not into the show, it's still an incredibly competent idle game that mixes up enough of the standard mechanics in a way that somehow manages to feel fresh- Particularly with the boss battles and the way the prestige system works. However, it's difficult to say if you'll appreciate it as much as someone who is picking up every tiny reference the game drops. Personally, I love Trailer Park Boys, and idle clicker games are a guilty pleasure, so this is the perfect game for me. I could definitely see how it might not be for everyone though, particularly with the (censored) swearing and drug themes which pop up.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Instead, the game shines because of the way it does the core mechanics so well, and invigorates a stale genre that has been copied and churned out so many times since iOS gaming began in 2008.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With some elbow grease and a good once over, Spellsword could easily earn a permanent spot on my iPhone. It's really that good.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The folks at Digital Application Design have done a great job of bringing this shooter classic to a modern platform, and those who enjoyed Alien Breed so many years ago will be pleased to see that the feel of the original has been well preserved in its journey 20 years forward in time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Goofy though it may be, Atomic Super Lander is awfully enjoyable. It's one of those games where even its rougher elements help add to the overall package. So long as you can keep a good sense of humor about your inevitable failures, you'll get plenty of laughs and thrills out of this one. I don't know if it's something I'll be playing over the long term, but I've certainly gotten my share out of it in the here and now. All of that without even a single Aerosmith song on the soundtrack.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of the various systems in the game come together in a delightful mix of clever new ideas and familiar tried and true concepts.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Eminently satisfying to play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The whole package is a visual treat with a real knack for design, and it's also a fun, fresh game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the fact that Cloud Spin can be bested in a single afternoon, it's absolutely worthy of a purchase if you're into flight simulators.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But this sequel takes what was already an excellent game and cleans it up in all the ways that count.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    How it made me feel more like the protagonist than most other games, simply by having me fill in the words the Department decided should not be spoken...
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A must-own, Score! Classic Goals is a love letter to the game of soccer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It does everything you would expect from such a title. No more, no less. If there are any complaints that I have about the game, it's probably the occasional sluggishness and the fact that Burrito Bison seems to have a habit of periodically crashing on my iPhone 4S. That said, it's still a pretty sweet port.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though it's not a perfect game, especially in some of the UI choices and the game's dark palette, this is a game I recommend without hesitation to any CCG player or any player who enjoys beautiful and clever games.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Okay, so WazHack is a roguelike, and one that owes a lot to Nethack [Free / Free (HD)], including a turn-based mechanic, shopkeepers who will mess you up if you screw with them, and the permadeath.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Micromon is probably one of the best dollars you can spend on a Japanese-style RPG in the App Store, and if you're even slightly into monster collecting, you're going to get a fantastic amount of value out of this game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's well worth the price tag and you'll find yourself so empathetic for the rocket's goals that you'll push yourself to finish it no matter how hard it gets.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sunless Sea is easily one of the best narrative-based games on the App Store, and I would easily venture to say that it's one of a kind. The sailing and exploration parts combine almost seamlessly with the narrative part and help to deliver a fantastic game that you shouldn't miss out on. And this time around, we also have an app that works great, which is definitely a plus. Hopefully, we'll get the Zubmariner expansion soon for more madness and terror, but until then, there's more than plenty to do in Sunless Sea, including go mad and eat your friends.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combined with the crazy visuals and the streamlined RPG mechanics and you have an impressive experience that is well recommended.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slingshot Racing is a fresh take on racing games and is a shining example of a game that's well-suited to the touch screen and the mobile nature of iOS devices.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you played the original and loved it, Space Marshals 2 is a better version of that. If you were on the fence in part because of the original game's stealth handling, the new stealth kills might help you out. If you didn't care for the original, or the concept doesn't appeal to you at all, then stay the course.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pigs in Trees only has one mode, based on a simple concept, but this drawing arcade game is so well delivered, that it deserves to be successful. We're already looking forward to the Spring levels.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite those few issues, Gurk III is an excellent game for anyone who enjoys a good RPG.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a lot to love with Strike Team, but I think the most important thing it nails is that simple feeling of playing a Call of Duty game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LostWinds2: Winter of the Melodias is a beautifully presented bit of childlike magic and irrefutable proof that wholesomeness does not necessarily have to be boring.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Gentlemen!, it shows a sense of honor as well. Certainly, there may be a limit to the insults that would require a game such as this (sadly it cannot be used to address the insults one must endure online), but for Gentlemen! it might just be worth inventing a few new reasons to take offense.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the price, this is one hell of an adventure, and the gameplay experience is just about as refined as can be.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The absolute best Fighting Fantasy books are still to come, but this is one of the real classics in the series, so if you enjoy gamebooks or goofy sci-fi, I encourage you to give it a try.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a premium game through-and-through, with no IAPs in sight, and if you are a wargamer of any type, you should play Vietnam '65 so you can see how an innovative take on war can offer many hours of fresh and thought-provoking gameplay.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you could only have one Fruit Ninja game on your phone, I'd tell you to keep the original. It has a lot more to offer. But Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots is well worth playing, even if it's more expansion than stand-alone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a whole different world on that side of the App Store, but I think Crowntakers holds it own quite well with its unusual blend of elements from roguelikes, strategy games, and RPGs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it may be easy to start the descent in Journey Below, it's a far harder task to reach the bottom - and even more difficult to put down.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rebuild probably won't satisfy fans of intensely deep strategy, but for anyone interested in a few hours of light strategy fun, it's quite the catch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fist of Awesome embodies the word fun; everything about it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spooklands does a lot more with its concept than it really has any right to do – the game is spectacularly designed, and a ton of fun to play, even while fighting for every last point. This is a must-play arena shooter.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whale Trail contains all the components of a hit iOS game – colorful visuals, catchy music, a cute main character, and gameplay that's easy for anybody to pick up but hard to master. But somehow, it manages to not feel forced or contrived.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of those rare strategy games that anyone can pick up and play and find an infinite number of ways to tackle its challenge provided that they know how to play Tic-Tac-Toe.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Get Me Outta Here has a little bit of jankiness and rough edges to it, but they don't diminish the overall experience to a great degree. This is a rather fun arena shooter, and well worth a download at the very least, though you'll get a ton of fun out of the full game unlock if you indulge in it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still – with so few complaints, Doom II RPG is a game I enjoyed from beginning to end.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Circa Infinity is a game that may not look like much in the screenshots, but if you like twitch-y arcade games and outside-the-box platformers I can basically guarantee you’ll fall in love with this.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the whole, I think Kairosoft has done a good job dressing up the basic formula. It's still fun, and the fighting is a welcome addition. I admit I would like to see the company do something completely different in the future, but as far as this goes, it's my favorite title of theirs yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In my view there will always be room for awesome takes on traditional TD games but I hope developers take note because OTTTD proves that the genre can be improved in an awesome way while still staying true to its roots.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiny Space Adventure is really enjoyable, visually striking, and provides players with just what they desire - a good solid platform puzzler with no unnecessary clutter.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the great physics tech and solid roster of features I have to say hats off to Skullduggery.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kitten Sanctuary is a very sweet game, but beyond that it's well-crafted, and the attention to detail shows.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're anything like me, the thrill of fighting off waves of aquatic-robot monsters with a well armed half-spider, half-velociraptor Araknasaur makes Velocispider an easy buy. Fortunately, it's also a challenging arcade game that will keep you scrabbling for a high score.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Darkin is a very well-made attempt at capturing the spirit of a somewhat-neglected App Store great, and it hits considerably more than it misses. I think it falls a little short of the mark of replacing Dungeon Raid completely, but that still leaves it in a pretty great place.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When the four-book work is finished, Sorcery! is likely to be one heck of an impressive gamebook experience. Inkle's groundwork is fantastic, making for an unusually vibrant piece of interactive fiction. It's a bit like a prologue at the moment, but every journey has to start somewhere. This one gets off on the right foot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Reviewing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp feels like a necessary formality more than anything else. It's a game with over a year of hype behind it, the Nintendo seal of quality stamped on it, and it's from an IP that couldn't be more beloved. I'd recommend everyone giving it a shot, as you can play for quite a long time before hitting any kind of free to play limitations... And who knows, maybe you'll fall in love with the Animal Crossing universe and be one of those people to pick up a 3DS just to play New Leaf.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you want a puzzle game that will test you, this isn't for you. If you just want something that you can interact with in order to get rewarded with interesting themes and gorgeous artwork, Monument Valley 2 succeeds at that. But if Ustwo ever explores this world again, I think there's a gap between the gameplay and the art that could be crossed to make this the masterful experience these games have just barely fallen short of being in my eyes.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Xenoraid is a must-download, just because the ideas in play are so good that they're worth experiencing. It's quite different from any other shmup I've played. And it's the rare vertically-scrolling shmup that plays in landscape. Truly, a unicorn among horses. The experience could use a little more spark around it, but the core game is really quite fun.

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