TouchArcade's Scores

  • Games
For 2,474 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 19% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Tilt to Live
Lowest review score: 20 Tales of Phantasia
Score distribution:
2,474 game reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every element in Rogue Sky just seems to fit perfectly together. The mission-based gameplay and levels work well with the controls and are enhanced by the visuals and music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the best superhero games in any genre on the entire App Store.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So The Quest Keeper falls just short of the heights that Crossy Road reaches, but it's a perfectly valuable game in its own right. It's a ton of fun, it kept me coming back to it again and again to try and get both high scores and to complete quests, and I got to outrun a bunch of spiders.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're willing to overlook a few missing features, you'll soon find that the biggest challenge is leaving your job at ASYNC Corp. to get back to the real world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're easily frustrated, Fractal may not be for you. But if you're up for the challenge and you aren't looking for your hand to be held, it's an outstanding experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gorgeous 2D shooter that offers up challenging stages and lots of competition.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I definitely have to recommend Silly Sausage in Meat Land. It involves a stretchy sausage dog that can sniff its own butt, and it costs you nothing to download.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The storytelling, customization, and sheer amount of content make this RPG a true powerhouse on iOS.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Star Realms continues the trend and provides superior gameplay even amongst it's venerable peers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As someone with no particular affinity for motorsport or management, I can nevertheless offer a very strong recommendation for Motorsport Manager.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By casually lampooning itself, He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe is entirely accessible to both the young and old alike. It's a celebration not only of He-Man and Eternia, but a respectful bow to the type of gaming that became so popular when Price Adam was still a boyish whelp, and you'd be mad to miss it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ash
    Even with its minor faults, Ash is one of the better RPGs available in the App Store. It tells an engrossing story with characters that are full of personality and emotion. It's definitely not the most complex game when it comes to character progression, but the gameplay is fun and a nice change from some of the more convoluted RPGs out there.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a new IP, WWE SuperCard manages to hang with the best of them. Even without purchasing cards left and right you can still enjoy yourself, which is great news for skeptics or WWE fans.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After all is said and done, Beach Games is one of Donut's best offerings yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telltale have put a dense tale on offer, red in tooth and claw and tantalizing in its player-driven possibility, and the second episode is already overdue.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game that should come with a warning label attached, Crobble takes a beautifully simple concept and mixes it up with some fantastic gameplay modes in order to provide players with one of the most enjoyably captivating games this summer.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a lack of high-concept features, MovieCat 2 manages to capture the fun of the original game with an updated collection of trivia
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In some ways, the sheer depth of Cafeteria Nipponica acts as both a blessing and a curse.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Remarkable in its ability to match its core conceit to both its mechanics and interface, and then to mix, match, recontextualize, and refine as needed. It's finely crafted, well presented, and precisely executed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Suffice to say, LEGO fans have little reason not to check out DC Super Heroes, while anyone else interested in a light-hearted adventure should take the plunge.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, the game plays great and is a good improvement over EA's first FIFA game, they have learned from their mistakes to provide a better soccer game for the iPhone. With the top-notch graphics, a well-balanced AI, and an enjoyable soccer experience, it's hard to pass this game up if you are a soccer fan waiting for the World Cup to start.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DooWaru is very simple, but what it does, it does very well.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here's the rub: simoleons and lifestyle points are expensive. The smallest simoleon packs you can buy are $4.99, and give you about enough cash to buy one shop in town. You can do it all yourself instead, but it's going to be a long grind to buy homes to unlock all 16 Sims, open all the shops and build all the workplaces.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fun for a while if you're in it for the RPG, but it's great for a lot longer if you're the sort of person who can't resist a checklist or a spreadsheet. On the whole, this game is a steal-but only for the right sort of person.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Warpgate HD is currently my favorite iPad game, and if you've ever enjoyed a space conquest game in the past, this is a game you need to download.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is basically a straightforward shot of pure, distilled Great War Game campaign, served up fully at a more than reasonable price for the amount of enjoyment found within.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Epic War TD 2 is a pretty straight-forward tower defense title. There aren’t any RPG-like elements, story, or anything other than good, difficult gameplay.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're a Sonic fan that can deal with the differences from Sonic's '90s greatness, or if you just like fun platformers in general, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II has a lot to offer and is a worthy entry in this new era of classically-inspired Sonic games.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I think MinoMonsters has the potential to become a pretty big deal. It's in a hell of a package, and it's clear that the developers want to continue expanding the world and building upon what they have.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a very high-quality, polished effort, even if the difficulty curve is probably a bit too high for its own good.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heroes Rise is a real step forward for Choice of Games. Their next step should be to improve the visual appeal of their apps and add a few basic options.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there aren't a ton of bells and whistles in Brain in Jar, what it does do it does extremely well, almost better than any of my other favorite running games.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A big update with new control options is in the works, so things are likely to improve in the future, but it's a shame about TowelFight's controls in their current state because otherwise it's an incredibly enjoyable game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The current version of PewPew 2 is one of the best dual-stick shooters available, and is well deserving of its modest price tag.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pocket Warriors has some lovely atmospherics which make the game pleasing to play. Some backdrops include the plains, wilderness, forest, and a lost temple, each with quality sound effects, such as birds, sheep and frog noises in the background.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't a game for the easily defeated, but if you're willing to persevere then Stardash will leave you well rewarded.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Siralim is a fun, complex, well-designed RPG for the on-the-go fan.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sky Tourist boasts clever controls and a beautiful world. Travelling through that world means dealing with occasional frustrations, but they're small bumps in an expansive road. Every good journey has its problems, after all—without them, how would we grow?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With over 100 puzzles to work through, Spellsquares offers the word-puzzle fan a lengthy and entertaining experience. It won't last forever, but its well-crafted puzzles are a joy to work through once.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Folks that don't like tilt-based games may be turned off by Crazy Hedgy's control scheme, but I implore you to put those feelings aside and check this game out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The engine is here, the physics are terrific, and it plays divinely. If you've got fond memories of Pro Pinball, get on this right away.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lumberwhack is perfect for quick sessions, long playthroughs, or anything in-between. Although it's incredibly simple in nature, it's also one of the most fun castle defense games I've played in a while.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With challenging gameplay complemented by some much-needed depth, Castle Raid 2 is a great sequel to a good original game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of vintage Japanese action games or Metroidvania-style adventures should definitely give this one a look.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're down with small and charming experiences, though, Blueprint 3D deserves a look.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My Horse is a wonderful game for horse-lovers and is worth a free download just to check out the realistic horse. But if you're planning on playing this game for a long time, be prepared to spend some real money on gems, or accept that you probably won't be able to buy the best looking equipment, no matter how many coins you earn.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By the end of the 20 levels, Popstar Physics feels more like an add-on pack of levels for Save Toshi than a verifiable sequel, but considering it's free for the time being, it's difficult to complain. The new mechanics show a lot of promise and although the core remains the same, the switch from "save" to "crush" is interesting enough you'll likely be begging for more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, for my liking, an artistic attempt in video games is often worthy of its frustrations; especially if iOS is the only platform you have to experience it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is still a little rough, but worth your time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who enjoy arcade-style games, and I'm talking original Mario Bros. style, Woah Dave is a must, it's a great game to sink a lot of time into again and again.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even when its story temporarily devolves into a series of extremely dull fetch quests, it's kind of a blast. For a game about such a particular hobby, it does a good job of being a crowd pleaser with well-designed RPG elements and odd little sim touches.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    INC
    OrangePixel keep releasing platform games, as if trying to evolve the perfect platforming experience and INC is another step in the right direction.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As something fun and challenging to chew on over the course of a weekend or so, it does its job admirably, if not altogether surprisingly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a tower defense game, Siegecraft TD does a good job with its established gameplay and decent visuals engine. Toss in its great multiplayer system and it becomes a game that really stands out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's simply an entertaining game that manages to test both your reflexes and strategy IQ and offers enough diversity to distinguish itself from the pack.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s little reason not to at least try Adventure Xpress and if you’re wary of freemium to begin with, this one is certainly worth checking out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all sounds incredibly straightforward, but there really is something special here in Polyroll. And, well, it is no faint praise to say this about an iOS platformer: Polyroll is damn near effortless and a joy because of it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The kitsch is intact, and so is the light-hearted fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bloodstroke is a terrific action game, and a great introduction to John Woo action on mobile.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You won't be blown away by any of the auditory or visual elements in Boom Brigade 2, but in all honesty that's not what this game is about. Rather, Boom Brigade 2 focuses on a real-time strategy experience with loads of weapons and explosions. On this front, few people will end up unsatisfied.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simplicity isn't a dirty word, it's the core of Pixld's vocabulary.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautifully presented, a little campy but oh-so-worth that walk down memory lane, Blood of the Zombies will not go amiss in your library of interactive iOS-based tales.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Your mileage may vary with Steve Purcell's brand of absurdist humor, but "Ice Station Santa" is a solid port of a well-designed, compact adventure game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only thing I wasn't nuts about was being forced to play multiplayer when I happily would have battled against the computer AI endlessly, but being a natural-born hermit, even I realize I have to be brave and play with others. Sometimes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is pretty much exactly how I feel about MUJO, its a nice light puzzle game that will steal time away from you without giving you even a suspicion that you are wrapped up in it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As with the previous games, Kingturn Underworld RPG is one of the best turn-based strategy experiences you'll find on iOS, and although the ground it treads is familiar, I'd still strongly recommend it to any fan of the genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As sad as it sounds, it's rare these days to find a free-to-play game that offers a good balance between actual gameplay and having to pay for extras via freemium elements. For the most part, Zombiewood does a great job hitting that balance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    100 Rogues is as much about exploration as it is about move-by-move action and employing a careful strategy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a wonderful nod of the cap to the man whose crazy visions inspired real world challenges to complete his work and become an adjective for creating a complex set of plans for something relatively simple.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Do you hunger for something more interesting than the same old packed-lunch jump and collect game? If so, then you'll want to pass on Bloo Kid 2. Looking for a familiar taste to tide you over until something more exotic comes along? Then Bloo's your boy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's also an ongoing hunt for the secret of the Rainbow Dragon, the one missing breed. I haven't found one yet. Will you?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not very ambitious, but when a game gets as much right as this one does, it doesn't necessarily have to be.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're tired of waiting for the next Infinity Blade, this might be just a good enough substitute.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, the controls may not be as approachable as its predecessor, and the game may be a bit simplistic for even an endless runner these days, but the implementation is solid, and the look and feel is a perfect carry-over from The Last Rocket.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Minor gripe aside, you get a ton of bang for your buck with Mexiball, which has basically become synonymous with all of Donut Games' releases.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Admittedly, there's not a lot to Shoot The Moon beyond its core premise, and if you have no interest in score chasing, you won't find much here beyond the brief gag of the moon being so obnoxious.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Megastunt Mayhem just seems to get everything right and address most of the standard concerns that you may have about these sorts of games.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a cohesive adventure, Prime World: Defenders is probably the most well-rounded tower defense game I’ve seen in awhile.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That said, if you're looking for something truly unique and don't mind taxing your brain and reflexes in a slightly different way than you might be used to, Kapsula is a very solid and worthy pick-up.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fruity Jelly is a solid puzzle-platformer that utilizes its mechanic to great effect creating a challenging game that's easy to pick up. It could have stood to have slightly tighter controls, but its easy to ignore for a bulk of the game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bravura - Quest Rush is a ton of fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's hard to shake the feeling the game is missing something - it's a well-executed genre game, but it lacks character. It's not going to fundamentally change what we expect from the genre, it's not going to shift mountains or alter the collective consciousness, but it will give tower defense nuts a deep and nicely packaged experience– And really, what more can you ask for?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is an excellent, compelling game, with interesting visual design, a great mood, a subtle but effective story, and awesome level designs that constantly offer new challenges.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can stick with it and see it through, I promise the juice is worth the squeeze. If you're prone to moving on to the next game when you hit stubborn walls, I'm afraid you've probably got the wrong number here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's hard to shake the feeling the game is missing something - it's a well-executed genre game, but it lacks character. It's not going to fundamentally change what we expect from the genre, it's not going to shift mountains or alter the collective consciousness, but it will give tower defense nuts a deep and nicely packaged experience– And really, what more can you ask for?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I like how simple Gum Drop! is.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    rop
    Rop is a perfectly cromulent experience, balancing out thoughtful challenge with minimalist design and delivering satisfying solutions.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The multiplayer is designed quite well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though the camera is kind of weird, The Pinball HD seems to be the best pinball collection available for the iPad right now.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The touch screen controls really do work remarkably well and To-Fu: The Trials of Chi does a great job of working with the touch screen, not against it. The depth of challenges here works well, but it would be nice to have some type of meta-game or leaderboards so you could track your progress against others.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A massive, sprawling affair that will keep you busy for weeks. It's the kind of MMO that serious-minded iOS gamers have been waiting for, the sort of game that will draw a trill of appreciation from Angry Birds haters. If you have the right mindset, Empire of the Eclipse will rock your world.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As mentioned earlier, it doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights of the best in the genre, but it doesn’t have to be in order to be enjoyable.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an imperfect game, but it's one that does a magnificent job overall at straddling a difficult line between its bleak and macabre objective, while being charming and a little humorous.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is such a weird game to even review, as I can fully admit its flaws are numerous, and it's definitely not for everyone... But, any game that has us yelling at our phones definitely deserves some attention.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The touch screen controls really do work remarkably well and To-Fu: The Trials of Chi does a great job of working with the touch screen, not against it. The depth of challenges here works well, but it would be nice to have some type of meta-game or leaderboards so you could track your progress against others.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, Dungeonism has a few small issues like the above-mentioned difficulty curve and a tutorial system that could be organized better, but overall it's an excellent title and well worth checking out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a pleasant gaming experience in every way (including the price!), so if you dig great presentation and consistent, engaging gameplay, I think you'll get a lot of fun out of this one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like any of its logic game brethren, Puzzle Restorer thrives on the strength of those rules. Because they make a solid foundation, the game is free to open up into greater and greater challenges without ever becoming bogged down in complexity. This could be the start of a puzzle game legacy if Gavina Games has the tenacity to keep it going. As a new twist on a popular type of puzzle game, there's plenty of room to grow.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What it lacks in difficulty it makes up for in sheer mindless entertainment, which is arguably what solitaire does best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An original game that's worth a try.