TouchArcade's Scores

  • Games
For 2,147 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 18% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Zombieville USA 2
Lowest review score: 20 Dungeon Keeper
Score distribution:
2,147 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On an iPhone or iPad, the 2-D, side-scrolling block-based sandbox is a winning formula, and The Blockheads is the most well-executed, true-to-Minecraft game I've had the pleasure to experience on iOS.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you are ready for a grand space strategy epic, this an amazing specimen on iOS.
    • 80 Metascore
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    This is a game with style, substance, and its own great blend of action and strategy, and for now is an iOS exclusive to boot. If you have any love for Sid Meier, strategy games, aviation sims, or just darn good games you'd be crazy to not give this game a shot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Right now, Minecraft - Pocket Edition is just a pretty block-building game. It's getting better, and I'm really rooting for it to, but it doesn't give me any sense of adventure. Survivalcraft does, and it does it in impressive fashion for a mobile device. For that reason and the reasons listed above, it's the mobile Minecraft that I'm sticking with.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As I mentioned at the top of this review, if you've never played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and you're even vaguely interested in the Star Wars universe or just surprisingly deep RPGs in general, this is a game you need on your iPad yesterday. KOTOR is easily among the best Star Wars games, and on my personal list of top RPGs I've played in my life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Scurvy Scallywags bleeds the charm and personality of Ron Gilbert’s classics, and is something to appreciate in a landscape of games that often find themselves without an identity.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Little Luca is a charming, innovative and downright beautiful game – nay, piece of art – that no iOS user should be without.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bridgy Jones provides laid-back humor and hours of gameplay, making it an unparallelled classic in the bridge building physics puzzler genre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Agricola is a superlative port of an equally exceptional game. Just don't mistake the cute styling for simple mechanics. Even in "family mode", Agricola is both challenging and competitive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are five tutorials, which barely count as levels, and another 25 stages across five worlds. I was shocked by how well every level distinguished itself, even within worlds. Every new screen was like beginning a newly reset game of Mouse Trap, but with setup exorcised in favor of pure Goldbergian fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are oddities, such as some cut-scenes being fully acted-out by quality artists and others relying on simple text, online connectivity requirements, and for the non-RPG player, it's definitely recommended to step through the guide every now and then to ease confusion
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, Rymdkapsel feels tailor-made for iOS in both form and function, and its elegant, subtle constituent parts nest within one another as neatly as its four-block tetrominos snap together along a space station corridor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Otherwise, Junk Jack X is really just more of the same that made the original an iOS darling. Sure, there are more items to craft, more enemies to fight and more elements to explore in your randomly generated world but the core exploration concepts are the same.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While by no means a replacement for the full PC version of Terraria, this pint-sized iteration is an effortless recommendation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    868-HACK is for everyone who loves to tell themselves, “Just one more try”, and realize 2 more hours have passed. It’s that kind of gripping game experience that makes you forget all else exists at that moment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Infinity Blade II was a refinement of the original, Infinity Blade III takes the familiar Infinity Blade formula and tweaks it to the point of perfection. There's far more content, even more customization, additional systems to delve in to, and best of all, huge dragons.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're still even vaguely interested in Angry Birds games, you need Angry Birds Star Wars II. Hell, even if you haven't played an Angry Birds game in a while, it's still worth checking out, as firing off evil Boba Fett pigs at unsuspecting birds is just as much fun as you'd expect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Boson X will not offer you a bread crumb trail of rewards or new hats. It's not going to ask you to come back every day for a daily reward, and it has no IAP to sell you. Its only offer to you is the challenge of unlocking all the stages, and beating the best scores you and your friends have set down. Yet, somehow, through a mix of style and very measured mechanics, it's an amazingly compelling game.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Oceanhorn might be a flawed, blatant rip-off of Zelda, but it’s worth playing — especially for the originality it does introduce.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Simply put, Anomaly 2 is everything Anomaly fans could have ever wanted in a true sequel.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unless you despise auto-runners, occasional in-game ads, or fun, this fiesta is not to be missed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I'm not sure what else to say in this review, because I don't want to spoil anything at all. Icycle: On Thin Ice is a wonderful game from start to finish, and one of those rare games that, as soon as I finished, made me want to discuss what it means with others.
    • 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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you own an iOS device that's on the supported device list (Basically, the iPhone 4S and newer.), particularly if you've got something recent, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is as must-have as it gets
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Just like its predecessor, Cut the Rope 2 may sound easy but it gets increasingly harder as you plow through it, which will just make you want to play it more.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Republique is risky. It’s a big budget stealth-action epic on iOS that is attempting to change the face of touch games forever.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It's very simple to learn, but there's a huge amount of depth to the game.
    • 88 Metascore
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    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.
    • 80 Metascore
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    It isn't going to offer you high quality visuals that push your device to the edge, nor is it going to push the envelope for racers in general. But if you just want to kill some time trying to get a car from one spot to another and put in the time to learn the ins and outs, Jet Car Stunts 2 is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bardbarian is a game that just feels right in a lot of ways, and with a low price on top of that, you really need to pick it up, post haste.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a fun time waster and you're a fan of Super Crate Box, Toast Time is for you.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
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    It works because Out There gets the threat of death right.
    • 84 Metascore
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    What makes Wave Wave special is its ability to remain mechanically simply yet ultimately engaging through challenging the player’s physical abilities to react and respond. It’s a game which philosophies rest on player skill, and test that skill to the point of breaking you or making you better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you've got an iPad and have found yourself even remotely interested in games like Out There or Star Command, you need FTL. Additionally, if you've played the PC version it's still beyond worth picking up the iPad version as it has translated to the touchscreen even better than my most optimistic expectations.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 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.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Faced with big shoes to fill, increased competition, and a very different market, Wind-Up Knight 2 isn't in the most enviable position, but it manages to succeed through good old-fashioned elbow grease.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Stunningly beautiful, jam-packed with replay value and secrets, and loaded with tons of great action, Wayward Souls is an absolute must-have.
    • 84 Metascore
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    An excellent adventure platformer, Leo’s Fortune is a prime example of taking an established genre and simply taking the quality factor to an entirely different level.
    • 80 Metascore
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    This is one game that certainly sets the standards for all future puzzle games.
    • 86 Metascore
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    So, no, Kero Blaster is not Cave Story 2, and the sooner you put the notion out of your mind, the sooner you can get to enjoying an extremely well-crafted action game.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Battleheart Legacy is easily among the best games I've played this year, and I can't imagine a reality where it isn't still high in the running when we get around to doing all of our game of the year stuff in December.
    • 95 Metascore
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    A wonderful port-job, and newcomers and veterans alike will be able to enjoy it.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Don't be confused by the Cartoon Network's publishing of the game: while this is a game that can be played by kids, adults and any kind of 'gamer' will find that it puts up a good fight.
    • 86 Metascore
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    This is a flawless version of an incredible game, and my animal-faced hat is off to the people at Capcom for putting this together.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Fates Forever is ultimately quite the fun game, and that's because, well, it's a MOBA and it doesn't go too far outside the beaten path of what the genre has dictated.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Traps n' Gemstones could probably benefit from a little more flash and razzle-dazzle, and a few bosses wouldn't hurt, but I'm not going to gripe too much when what's here is as good as it is.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you like RPGs, this is a game you need to play. It's a fantastic port of one of the true essentials of the genre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you ever felt intimidated by Rocketcat's previous hooking games, or you're already an established hooker looking for a new fix, then you'll want to give Hook Worlds a shot.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you followed along and vanquished every level in the original, you're going to have just as much (if not much more) fun playing through Geared 2.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    his game is good and deep. Also, the ghosts of the series' past are alive in this recreation, making it an easy pick-up for anyone who grew up with MI (or, strangely, are just now getting their start via rereleases). Check it out.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm happy to report that Bug Panic meets the high expectations of a CAVE title, offering a fun and unique adventure that's perfectly suited to the platform.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ChuChu Rocket! is just one of the best puzzle games around, much as it was 10 years ago on the Dreamcast, and with the new touch interface it actually succeeds at being the definitive version to own.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I don't typically love turn-based strategy games, but Rimelands had me hooked almost instantly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's better served as an exceptional entertainment experience rather than an exceptional game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a distinct satisfaction to killing and pillaging innocent people, and then spending the ill-gotten money on your own selfish endeavors.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But it's hard to dismiss what a fantastic game Castlevania Puzzle actually is, and most importantly how much fun it is. My only real complaint about the game is that the controls during battle can be overly sensitive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fresh take on two classic formulas with hours of content that should please the puzzle fans out there.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you buy the game and all four DLC packs, Cogs will run you $4.95 and should take around 10 hours to complete if you try to beat every challenge in the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still – with so few complaints, Doom II RPG is a game I enjoyed from beginning to end.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is my favorite racing game available for the iPhone. And the replay value is significant. Anyone who enjoys a solid, well-rounded racer - and offroad racing in particular - would be a fool to let 2XL Offroad Racing pass them by.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The original was fun, but the sequel goes well beyond, feeling notably more "fleshed out," with a good deal more eye-candy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the game is limited to one survival map at the moment, it's hard not to be impressed with the overall adaptation to the iPhone, especially with online Co-op play.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ZombieSmash really does stand head and shoulders above its competition.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've enjoyed labyrinth games in the past, Labyrinth 2 is a must-own.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its core it is a lightweight port of the exceptional console title, so don't go expecting anything different if you've had your SF4 fill. On the other hand, it is amazing that such a game was ported to the AppStore in the first place and the simple fact that you can now bring Street Fighter 4 around in your pocket should be enough to sway many an eager button masher.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The actual skating in Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 has an absolutely timeless feel to it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Notching up the intensity of the virtual battlefield carnage are the encouraging quips of your in-game crew, consisting of the voices of both Jon St. John (the voice of Duke Nukem) and Jeff Straub.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a gamer that likes to tear up the slopes on occasion, do not let this one pass you by.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, X2 Soccer 2010 is one of the top soccer game experiences right now on the App Store.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Succeeds in making this brilliant arcade formula seem fresh and new once again. And that's a truly impressive feat.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Comes together beautifully to create a game that's perfectly suited for long or short play sessions, and beckons to be played over and over as you work towards high score glory.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But for those willing, Pocket Legends is an extremely rewarding experience that has easily provided me with some of the best online gameplay on the iPhone to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a classic arcade-style sports game that is more about fun than about simulation and accuracy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a ton to like about Back to the Future.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ingenious level designs and dark humor of Karoshi is worth occasionally fighting the controls for.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The bottom line is that if you are a boxing fan, and especially a Fight Night fan, Fight Night Champion is a must have app. The controls are outstanding, the boxer selection will please any boxing fan, and the ability to create your own boxer and start your own career is gold.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While fans (and superfans… there are plenty in our forum) of Game Dev Story will undoubtedly be thrilled with Hot Springs Story, newbies to the land of Kairosoft will probably cringe a bit at the less than perfect graphics and the initial chaotic nature of the action. There's a lot going on at once, and until you really get the hang of what everything does it can seem daunting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has fantastic production values, amazing graphics, brilliant controls, and a solid set of well designed levels to play through.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tactical Soldier is a pleasant surprise for fans of tactical turn-based strategy games. It's incredibly challenging, but as such it's also incredibly satisfying when you figure out the best way to deal with the many scenarios in the game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smashing up cities and making mayhem with Zilla is great fun.