TouchArcade's Scores

  • Games
For 1,970 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 17% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 ARC Squadron
Lowest review score: 20 Tales of Phantasia
Score distribution:
1,970 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's charm, level of polish, and stream of new mechanics and ideas will keep you invested, while its other qualities will probably make you wish that every game from this point forward could be as imaginative and intuitive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fun, high quality physics puzzler with intuitive controls and a full level creation and online sharing system for only $1.99. We highly recommend it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's ridiculous how much Anomaly has to offer and how natural it feels on touch devices. I don't think it's out of line to call it one of the best games on the market at the moment, as its easily one the visually sharpest, most well-produced, and executed out there.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Minor control issues notwithstanding, Bastion for iPad is just as good, if not better than its console brethren. Every element that made the game so amazing and fascinating returns and the subtle refinements to various features in making the jump to iOS simply add to the experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hearthstone is not only an example of a free-to-play model done right, but it's a must-play for card game enthusiasts everywhere. It's incredibly easy to get into, the picturesque art is easy on the eyes, and best of all -- it plays perfectly on an iPad.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you have even a passing interest in puzzle or physics games, you need iBlast Moki 2 in your life.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A beautifully created action (adventure?) game that places you in the role of a spider who must spin webs in order capture enough food to make it to the next level.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare to find a puzzle game that feels so fresh but also so obvious. I've never played a game about bagging groceries before, but why not?
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Carcassonne isn't a difficult game to grasp, but it does have an extraordinary amount of depth.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Glyder 2 delivers a fanciful, aerial questing experience to your iPhone or iPod touch. It, like its forerunner, is a highly enjoyable game that's challenging, and at the same time, relaxing.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's rare to find a game that does something so original so well, with every element of gameplay and design falling into place. Simogo has pulled it off with Beat Sneak Bandit. In my books it's a must buy, and such a shame it would be to miss out.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In the end, here's Threes! in three sentences: Threes! is about as close as it gets to a perfect mobile game. Threes! is a game you need on every iOS device you own. Threes! is a game you need to tell your iPhone owning non-gamer-but-plays-some-games friends about.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you want native iPad support, I think the new Tiny Wings HD with its proper screen size and local multiplayer mode is totally worth forking over the extra few bucks.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In the end, it's not really about how Chaos Rings does anything especially new, but rather how it takes all the pieces of a traditional role-playing game and packages it together in a way that feels natural to the platform.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ticket to Ride is a sharp game that has all the charm of the board game minus a lot of mess. It is as challenging as you can make it and rarely unsatisfying.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a heck of a game, gorgeous, challenging and long-lived in turn. I've hardly been able to put it down, and listening to music without the game just doesn't feel as cool right now.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We're enjoying our time with Ragdoll Blaster 2, though it does still feel very familiar. Certainly, if you're a fan of the first title, we see no reason why you shouldn't thoroughly enjoy the new features on offer.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The iOS platform has quietly become a haven for great racers, and Asphalt 8 looks to be leading the pack right now.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Go ahead and give it a try. Spaceteam is fun, free, and guaranteed to be a hit at your next get-together.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you love or hate the changes, RPG fans of the era have probably already picked this up. For the rest of you, I implore you that it’s well worth the entry fee.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whatever sort of gamer you are, don't miss Space Miner: Space Ore Bust.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sheer amount of content, the amazing graphics, and gameplay that will keep you coming back for more whether you choose to follow the story or rampage through Liberty City on your own is absolutely amazing.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're exceedingly patient, or don't often find yourself endlessly retrying levels in games like this to perfectly clear each level, Amazing Breaker is an effortless recommendation.
    • 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
    Oh, there's even a whopping 23 music tracks, including some from the original, which brings back happy memories and the new tracks sound as great as the original ones.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Online multiplayer is the proverbial cherry on top of numerous other great features, making First Touch Soccer an effortless recommendation.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compared to some of the card games Playdek has handled, Lords of Waterdeep has a less busy play area, so it works out well even on the smaller screen of the iPhone
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Zen and the lack of Game Center work against the game as a whole, but taking it all in, they're forgivable issues. Bejeweled is Bejeweled, and that means it's a great match-three puzzle game that goes above and beyond what other match-threes do. The play is as mesmerizing as ever and the game's two other modes really support it and add to it in meaningful ways. If you're into the franchise or not, give this a look.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's ridiculous how much Anomaly has to offer and how natural it feels on touch devices. I don't think it's out of line to call it one of the best games on the market at the moment, as its easily one the visually sharpest, most well-produced, and executed out there.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Tilt to Live is a game that draws you in with its edgy personality and inescapable 'just one more go' gameplay.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even though you might already have a ton of similar word games on your device, the clever refrigerator magnet-powered gameplay feels surprisingly fresh, and makes the UI used in previously released word games flat out seem archaic in comparison.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ant Raid might be a little light for the serious RTS crowd - its focus is on frantic action far more than management or organization. For anyone who wants some strategy in their action games, though, it's a perfect fit.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I've had a ton of fun playing through Where's My Water, and I really hope Disney keeps the updates flowing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Only you can know if you can be satisfied by such a brief encounter. If you can, Windosill is fantastic. It's gorgeous, playful and feels like it was born to be played on a touch screen. But I wouldn't blame you if the brevity is just too much.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On every level, Little Things Forever hits all of the right notes: it is easy to pick up, fun to play alone or with a friend, simple yet challenging, and extremely replayable. Fan of the genre or skeptic, there are few games to be found on iOS that are as worth the price as this one.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Last Express is a game I want my toddler to play in about a decade, and I have renewed hope that he'll get the chance.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Jetpack Joyride doesn't need any kind of "if you like randomized endless games" or any other disclaimers. It is a game you simply must own.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's possible to grind the fun right out of this game, but if you stick to playing modes you enjoy and challenge yourself with three stars when you want to, there's no reason this skeleton-crushing simulator should lose its charm.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you have even a passing interest in puzzle or physics games, you need iBlast Moki 2 in your life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A very tense game. I found myself gripping my phone tightly, jerking it out of the way of this oncoming girder or that platform I hadn't noticed. A prayer under the breath seemed suitable after some tight escapes. It was more than enough to convince me I'm not cut out for BASE jumping, but I sure enjoy the facsimile.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is just so much going on in Bug Heroes, it's amazing that it all blends so incredibly well.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've enjoyed labyrinth games in the past, Labyrinth 2 is a must-own.
    • 89 Metascore
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    A fantastic hybrid of Poker and RPG.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's a lot more to Dodonpachi too, like the absolute spot-on relative control system, the excellent brand new music for the iPhone mode, many OpenFeint achievements to unlock, multiple options and difficulty levels, hidden modes, and more. But the bottom line is that if you're a fan of shooters in any way, you'll want to pick up Dodonpachi Resurrection.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The art style is cute, the gameplay is fun and well-suited to the iPhone, and the two modes are neatly packaged and make the game easy to look at and play. Parachute Ninja is an easy purchase.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Limbo's soft-focus monochrome promises mystery and dread, but it's undercut by the very puzzles it deliberately obfuscates.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Casey's Contraptions is a joy to play.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To fans of experience-focused games, and you know who you are, you should assuredly pick up Monument Valley right this minute. It's a feast for your senses, is mysterious and vague enough to keep you thinking, and has a great, snappy pace to it without ever feeling rushed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic package. It's a game that made me take notice, that made a well-trod genre seem a bit fresher and more interesting than it's been in a while.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a playful light-hearted game, rather than a racing simulation and the characters and courses are based on Sonic and Sega game-worlds. Seriously, if you like Kart racers, just go download it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Squids Wild West isn't fundamentally different from its predecessor, but it's a great follow-up. It's also an excellent chapter in the story of Squids, one with dramatic tension, clever dialogue and all those kinds of good things.
    • 89 Metascore
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    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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I don't typically love turn-based strategy games, but Rimelands had me hooked almost instantly.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The truck controls well, the physics respond well, and the level design has that right mix of snappiness and intrigue.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a fantastic asynchronous online word game and nothing more. It's also a fantastic example of how design can enhance the experience of playing a game, as Letterpress is a joy to look at and to use.
    • 89 Metascore
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    We put incredibly powerful devices in our pockets and on our laps daily, but rarely do we see games that utterly embrace this like Infinity Blade has. It's a showcase piece; a technically and visually gifted game that consistently delivers eye-popping stuff.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a hefty tower defense title and you've got an appetite for darling designs, you ought to check this out.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The overall story, character development and pacing are excellent. The modifications to the core gameplay, whether they were changed from the US SNES version to the DS version or created exclusively for the iOS port, make the game more accessible to a wider audience.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if it doesn't have the same brain-stimulating effect on other people that it had on me, the game is a game worth playing for everyone, not just those who are already fans of music games like Guitar Hero. Beat It! is a delight to play, and a true brain-teasing, unique experience.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Joe Danger is the complete package. It's the console-caliber game that everybody craves on their mobile device, except in this case the console it was made for is actually the iOS platform.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Street Fighter IV Volt now has some serious competition, and it looks like the future is pretty bright for fighting games on the App Store.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you own an iPhone 3GS and are a fan of the manic shooter - go buy this game right now. If you are a general shooter fan and feel that you're up to facing the dense and constant volleys of enemy fire that this type of shooter brings - go buy this game right now.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Snoticles is a good game. It's a fun physics puzzler that provides a mid-tier challenge. But there are so many similar games out there, and this one doesn't do much at all to set itself apart.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Let me be blunt: this game is a joy to play. Making these adorable little fellows happy is a delightful experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you had a good time with Sorcery!, I probably don't even need to tell you to buy this
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn't a manic, balls-to-the-wall racer, it's a calculated, slow puzzle game. While the mechanic of the original is intact, the rest of the game sees updates in every single category and its absolutely bursting with content and game modes.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While all of Gameprom's pinball games are very good, War Pinball is definitely the cream of the crop. If you're already of fan of their previous work, this latest game is an easy purchase decision as it contains 3 fun new tables that make great use of their movie licenses.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Machinarium, as a whole, is remarkably tidy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hero of Many is meditative and unique. An enthralling experience that is, rather than acting as a fun distraction, a game you can lose yourself and invest in. An artistic achievement some may find lacking in gameplay, but I truly wish the App Store held more titles like this.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For people who've never experienced Rayman or those who have strayed from the series, this is an excellent (re)introduction. For those who've played Origins, this may feel a bit mechanically and aesthetically familiar.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you want to play first person shooters on your iOS device, Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation is a must-buy game, so start making room for it.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Developer Grumpyface Studios does nearly everything right in making a highly enjoyable TD game in Castle Doombad, and you owe it to yourself to check it out.
    • 88 Metascore
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    This isn't the scariest game on the planet, nor is it the best put together. The combat in particular is a black eye. But there's a lot in Dead Space to keep you engaged and there's some points of great design that I think you'll appreciate - especially if you're daring enough to play this on your sofa with the lights off and some great headphones on.