TouchArcade's Scores

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For 3,218 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 23% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 100 Spy Mouse
Lowest review score: 20 Tales of Phantasia
Score distribution:
3219 game reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a well-designed action game with enjoyable progression, fun customization, and fairly deep mechanics.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're big on score-attack games with a load of personality, The Bug Butcher should probably be your next go-to. It had a lengthy journey through an Early Access period on PC, but the juice was worth the squeeze, and now you can enjoy it on a mobile device with a near 1:1 re-creation (sans co-op), and all of the advancements since.
    • 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
    If you are even slightly interested in turn based games, this is not one to miss.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Papers, Please may not be what you'd typically describe as a fun video game, but it's an incredibly clever experiment in storytelling that succeeds in what it sets out to do in ways you won't expect.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    I imagine most folks will fall into two camps when it comes to Alto’s Adventure. The first will appreciate the sheer amount of artistic integrity and nuanced visual effects that the title employs and will play it just to experience those aspects. The second will largely ignore those aspects and see the game as yet another side-scrolling endless runner with pretty standard mechanics.
    • 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
    Simple but beautiful, and something truly unique. Play Prune.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Crypt of the NecroDancer is one of this generation's finest games, and the mobile version only makes that even clearer.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Neon Chrome might shake out as one of my favorite games on iOS this year. I love action roguelikes, roguelites, whatever you want to call them. And Neon Chrome, between its theme and accessible structure, really clicked with me in a way few other games do. While the die-hard roguelike fans might prefer something different, those who want something with a bit more upfront for players will want to check Neon Chrome out.
    • 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
    This is that game that will change your mind on story driven games. As soon as you get caught up in the story, Banner Saga will give you a ride well worth the price of admission.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I feel like Warbits could have taken some risks, tried to do some things that were more than just trying to ape Advance Wars.
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    But with Attack the Light, Grumpyface delivered a fantastic RPG that anyone can enjoy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The developer clearly took the needs of the platform into account, providing all kinds of options that make sense for mobile players, but without compromising an inch on the gameplay.
    • 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
    Namco didn't mess with anything they didn't need to in the end, and we are all better for it, as this is a must-have.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    King Rabbit retains the mechanics of its brilliant predecessor while improving the overall structure of the game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Death Road to Canada is another masterpiece from a partnership that keeps cranking out the hits.
    • 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.

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