TouchArcade's Scores

  • Games
For 2,082 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 VVVVVV
Lowest review score: 20 Madden NFL 25 by EA SPORTS
Score distribution:
2,082 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Casey's Contraptions is a joy to play.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if you're looking for strong gameplay hooks and replayability, Pulse:Volume One won't hit those notes for you. But if you're interested in elegant rhythm gameplay and an immersive audio-visual experience, you'll find lots to enjoy.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The highly anticipated online multiplayer isn't quite up to par technically, but it can still provide some pretty entertaining moments.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Personally, I'm completely hooked on 1-bit Ninja, and if you think you're able to accept some of the design decisions in the game and you're a fan of its retro aesthetics, then I'd definitely recommend checking it out.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Magnetic Billiards' free-to-play model is pretty much perfect.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's deceptively deep, riddled with charming animations, colors, and characters, and offers a huge bag of things to do. It also runs well enough and is tuned well enough to recommend it on the iPad, which obviously is a huge plus.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just about the only flaw I have found with Deathsmiles isn't something that's the fault of the game itself, but rather it's an inherent problem due to actually controlling the game right on the touch screen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's bite-sized, but versatile, which means you get a lot of length out of it even if it's pretty simple to get through initially.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a beautiful, challenging experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The water physics in this game look wonderful and are definitely the main attraction.
    • 64 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of its pieces fit snug and everything you do contributes to a whole package. It's also one of its most wide-reaching games, combining social and sim aspects from all over the place.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kickin Momma comes with enough levels to keep you busy for some time, especially if you go back to earn a gold medal on each one. Plus, there's Game Center achievements and leaderboards that increase the replay value even further.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fling a Thing is a sharply put together a package, assembled with a care to simple refinement that we often see in the indie space.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A challenging title, and it's one that requires players to commit to an unusual control scheme.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A casual, but clever game, because it gives you conflicting goals.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I have long counted Jeff Minter's Minotaur Rescue and Minotron: 2011 as two of the very best games in the App Store, and I can tell you that GoatUp solidly lives up to the greatness of those titles. It's quite a different sort of game, but the pieces come together just as nicely.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Add tight and responsive touch controls to a list that includes fabulous art design, awesome music, a new twist on an old mechanic, and the ability to bring in your own tracks and you end up with an experience easily worth your time and money.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This series is getting better, but since it takes the small development team at least a year to produce an episode, this intriguing mystery may not be resolved for a few more years; but we'll be waiting.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply a stunner in both execution and gameplay, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A slick, mellow game that rewards both your time and your skill. It won't appeal to everyone, but it can (and should) reach a larger audience than the average racing game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A standout in almost every way. From look to setting to the touch-centric gameplay, it shines, and you can tell this title was crafted with much love from its developers. Any horror fan will be thrilled by it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slam Dunk King masters the frantic, barely-controlled flicking and swiping that makes games like Fruit Ninja so great.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overwhelmingly refreshing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'd recommend Greed Corp -- flaws and all. It's a strategy board game that feels right at home on iPad, and it outdoes much of its competition on the platform.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of Japanese history, as I am, you are sure to have a soft spot for this one.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can adapt to the controls, you're left with a game of great potential.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chocohero is certainly not the only game of its type out there, but it's definitely one of the best designed. In addition to tight controls and well-designed levels, the art style and music are perfectly complementary (and, of course, super-adorable).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I seriously couldn't be happier. Witching Hour's maiden project Ravenmark: Scourge of Estellion is almost everything this iPhone-touting strategy game aficionado could ask for, and as long as you're a fan of its somewhat hardcore nature, I will eat my fuzzy hat if you don't find yourself thinking the same.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Saving Yello successfully wraps quality graphics and sound, interesting gameplay, varied power-ups, decent game physics and a cute fish into this entertaining fish-flinging game.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From presentation to gameplay to overall fun factor, Don't Run With a Plasma Sword simply shines. It's got distinctive character and a great sense of humor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's Grand Theft Auto III on your iPhone (or iPad), and given both the overall quality and depth of the actual gameplay content of GTA3, it's really easy to get over the clunky controls.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Offers yet another stellar entry in CAVE's series of iOS shooters. It's probably the most straight forward and least complex out of them all, which makes it a great starting point for bullet hell newbies, but it does have its share of depth for those looking to master its strategies.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hero Academy is a simple game, and it does what it's built to do very, very well.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, Triple Town is just another matching game, but it's deep and surprisingly strategic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's nice to see developers using touch controls in new and innovative ways, especially when it involves car chases, 360 degree burn-outs, ramming, and slow motion vehicle smashes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Run Roo Run isn't the most original game ever, but it takes the best out of a lot of worlds, and then owns that stuff. Its entertaining in big or small chunks, and those challenge levels are a whole new world of hurt. Give it a shot.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blot blows most of its competition out of the water with style alone. It's delightful, plain and simple, and when given the choice between equally solid games, I'll take the one that delights me any day.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Above all else though, The Hacker does a great job at making you feel like a bad ass international hacker, which is what it should really all be about anyway.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of this builds up into a feeling of sincerity rarely encountered in games. There is no hint of irony in Lume's message, and that makes it hard to disagree: self-sufficiency is admirable, and why shouldn't it be?
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    My favorite thing about Ziggurat is that it dismantles the hardcore-casual myth that has so long plagued videogame culture generally, and iOS gaming specifically. An "endless" shooter with Peggle controls doesn't make for good advertising, but Ziggurat is a game that forces its players to pay attention, to process and react to constantly shifting situations, to do the (literally) impossible.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tinkering and experimenting is rewarded- it's a joy to see every moving part a half-moment from lining up. The elegance of the later levels, as each piece takes its part in a grander pattern-that's something worth experiencing. Assuming, of course, you can get that far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Incoboto is elegant and subdued, unafraid to juxtapose the vastness of the cosmos and the terror of inevitable burning out with the intimacy and charm of a small boy befriending a star.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So while there are frustrations and a handful of small bugs, they're blips in a solid eight hours of entertainment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's immersive, it's expansive (I've been playing it for a week), it's simple, it's something you can teach to your grandparents and your three-year old niece. As long as you're OK with some minor quirks, Battleloot Adventure is one that you don't want to miss.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In many ways, Chaos Rings II is the quintessential JRPG. You will spend a lot of time grinding. You will be gently but firmly led along the story's path to its inevitable end. You will see all of the familiar JRPG tropes. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing, but your decision in regards to whether or not you actually want to purchase the game is going to be dependent on this. For all of its flaws, Chaos Rings II has done more than ample justice to the formula. It's refined, it's meaty, and it's definitely worth the high price of entry.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There might be an end somewhere in sight, a time where the grind outweighs the entertainment, but the hours of fun to be had in the meantime are well worth the initial purchase. Don't miss this one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you love platformers, you have to pick this beauty up. It really is a standout in all categories. The only possible turn off I can see is the difficulty, but maybe that's just a fine excuse to bone up on your skills. Get that itchy trigger finger ready and come out of the gate with guns blazing, and you should do just fine.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The storytelling, customization, and sheer amount of content make this RPG a true powerhouse on iOS.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brainnsss strategy and action feel pretty unique in a space that's been done to undeath, and they probably really pop outside of this vacuum. I can dig it, at least.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bug Princess 2 shares a ton in common with the original Bug Princess, but thanks to some key differences in scoring and completely new stages it really stands out on its own. And like Bug Princess it's also not overly complex like some later Cave titles, so for shooter newbies it remains a strong entry point to the genre.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A must-own, Score! Classic Goals is a love letter to the game of soccer.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the few iOS titles that really does not skimp on any of the features that make RTS games exciting. When you add in the beautiful visuals and multiplayer, it's a no brainer that anyone with even a remote interest in strategy games needs to pick up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mega Run is an engrossing, vibrant game that has a fantastic presentation, controls and art direction. At its core, the action is pretty standard, but the execution is near flawless. Give it a spin.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So despite the crushing sense of familiarity, Zombie Carnaval is a game you really need to own. Running with a pack, devouring humans to add them to your crew-this is good stuff.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's sexy, fast-paced fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a smart variation on the dual-stick shooter theme, and one that's strangely reminiscent of my most recent obsession, Diablo III.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cartoony, easy on the eyes and smoothly animated, Velocirapture looks like some twisted children's television show's iOS game spin-off. While hardly the deepest gaming experience around, Velocirapture remains one of those engaging sort of titles that are perfect for the long minutes in someone's waiting room.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's deeply absorbing, and a strategy treat that fans of the genre should not miss.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I just can't recommend Dynamite Jack enough. It isn't the prettiest game on the platform, but it's a shining example of a port done right.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I would have unequivocally recommended Darkside if it cost any reasonable amount. However, considering you can download it for free, you have no excuse not to check out this most excellent arcade shooter.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nihilumbra is a must-play game, whether you're in it for the story or the art, the puzzles or the platforming.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of board games, you kinda owe it to yourself to pick this one up. I'm usually adverse to the idea of playing a board game on my iPhone but this actually went swimmingly well. It's a solid package and one that will keep your inner entrepreneur happy for hours on end.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The more I play Outwitters, the more I become convinced that it's a heck of a game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    My only regret was that it didn't go on longer (but sequel maybe, please?)
    • 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.
    • 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.