Recommended games in Arcade

Almost Impossible!

Though it’s 'Almost Impossible,' it’s also a lot of fun

Almost Impossible from Daniel Counsell is a kind of “nice” impossible game. The bouncing ball looks so friendly, and the red spikes look so deadly. It almost makes you forget the seventeen thousand times you’ve died in the this game.

We’ve seen many games like this before, but Almost Impossible really brings it all together and makes a winner out of the punishing platformer genre. For one, there are occasional save point — which helps a ton. Next the game is just so pleasing to look at. The goal is to move the ball to the right, past check points, over obstacles and avoiding the red bad guys. Some are stationary, some move and chase you. Almost Impossible is a quick play, painful platformer, and a winner.

Posted November 3, 2015 by

Arcade, Platformer, Punishing, Puzzle

Offers in-app purchases ($0.99 - $0.99) Universal Game Center Rating: 4+

Almost Impossible! is a game from Daniel Counsell, originally released 28th October, 2015 for Apple TV, iOS

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Beneath The Lighthouse

"Mobile gaming done with aplomb and intelligence" - Pocket Gamer on Beneath The Lighthouse

Pocket Gamer takes a look at Nitrome’s Beneath The Lighthouse and comes away loving it’s brutal gameplay, giving it a very strong 9/10.

Why are you curled up in a corner crying and laughing? – Because Beneath the Lighthouse is a mean game. Mean and brilliant. I don’t know if there’s a word for that, but there should be.

Er, okay. So what is it? – It’s the new game from Nitrome. It’s a puzzling platformer, but in classic Nitrome fashion it’s got a brilliant twist. The main character is a ball, and you move him around by twisting the 2D levels around.

Posted October 30, 2015 via Pocket Gamer

Action, Arcade, Puzzle

Offers in-app purchases ($3.99 - $3.99) Universal Game Center Rating: 9+

Beneath The Lighthouse is a game from Nitrome, originally released 28th October, 2015 for iOS

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Killer FPS Afterpulse Released on iOS - equal parts amazing and annoying at the same time.

Afterpulse has been in soft launch for a while now and I’ve been tracking it. It’s a really impressive first person shooter but it’s not without it’s annoyances.

First let’s get this out of the way. The first person shooter gameplay is some of the best and most impressive ever seen on a mobile platform. The graphics are beyond console quality, the controls are pretty good (for virtual sticks), and the frame rate on the latest iPhone 6s+ is amazing. Metal graphics really do impress.

But that comes at a cost. It’s a free to play game that uses all of the old, tired, annoy the hell out of the player to get them to pay tactics. They haven’t learned anything from games that have progressed the free to play methods beyond energy systems and multiple currencies. Because of this the game is unbalanced and just annoying. Really it’s a pristine, amazing FPS wrapped up in a wad of old dirty clothes.

So why are we writing about this? Well I considered not mentioning it just out of anger from the annoying energy timer. But it’s Editor’s Choice on the App Store this week and the gameplay itself is really really good. It’s so good that I am putting up with the annoyances just to play it. But I do feel a little more dirty every time I play it.

Posted October 26, 2015 by

Action, Arcade, First Person Shooter, Third Person

MFi Controller Support Offers in-app purchases ($2.99 - $99.99) Universal Game Center Rating: 17+

Afterpulse is a game from GAMEVIL USA, Inc., originally released 22nd October, 2015 for iOS

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zombie match defense

What if you crossed zombies with match-3 and lane defense? Zombie Match Defense!

This game by Jake Sones is the result of a bet, probably made over multiple drinks, that two over used game genres couldn’t be combined and made to be fun. Jake thought he could do it and I think he has succeeded.

Zombie Match Defense turns out to be a fresh take on match-3 games. With the combination of the two genres some new mechanics pop-up that are cool. The game includes both a map-based progression mode and also mode I prefer, the endless mode which is unlocked after a couple levels. And I think I can honestly say that Zombie Match Defense is the best zombie match-3 lane defense ever made. And it’s also lots of fun.

Posted October 26, 2015 by

Arcade, Lane Defense, Match-3, Puzzle, Strategy, Zombies

Universal Game Center Rating: 9+

zombie match defense is a game from shovelware games, originally released 22nd October, 2015 for iOS

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An Infinite Runner and A Shooter Fell Down a Well — Downwell Rocks

First time I saw this game I almost dismissed it. Almost.

Luckily for me I decided to give it a try because I had heard the name mentioned. Wow am I glad I did. This is a great game. The basic premise of the game is that the main character is falling down a well — and a gun is the only thing available to slow down the fall. Along the way there are gems to be gathered, upgrades to be bought, and power-ups to be earned.

It’s a little gem of a game, in spite of how it looks. Give it a shot.

Posted October 15, 2015 by

Action, Arcade, Retro Inspired, Role Playing

Universal Game Center Rating: 9+

Downwell is a game from Devolver Digital, originally released 14th October, 2015 for iOS

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I’m a sucker for physics puzzlers — and Monkeyrama feeds that hunger

I am a sucker for physics puzzlers. Monkeyrama makes no sense, but it doesn’t really need to, it’s a physics puzzler where stuff gets knocked over and blown up.

In this game monkeys with different abilities are thrown into stacks of blocks in the attempt to knock a certain number of them over. There are a few issues with this game, but it’s still a bunch of fun and a good, quick diversion.

Posted October 15, 2015 by

Arcade, Physics Puzzler, Puzzle

Universal Rating: 4+

Monkeyrama is a game from Tuomas Erikoinen, originally released 15th October, 2015 for iOS

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Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom

Out Now: Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom

The sequel to Sonic Dash has many of the things that the original didn’t have. If you tried the first on and hated it, try this one, it should make everyone much happier.

Posted October 8, 2015 by

Action, Arcade, Infinite Runner, Retro Characters

Offers in-app purchases ($1.99 - $99.99) Universal Game Center Rating: 4+ Apple Watch Support

Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom is a game from SEGA, originally released 7th October, 2015

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Mos Speedrun 2

Mos Speedrun 2 Review Gets Perfect 5/5 from Touch Arcade - "But Wait, There’s More"

Carter “3 1/2 stars” Dotson took a look at Mos Speedrun 2 over at Touch Arcade and gave it a full 5/5 stars.

Will you love Mos Speedrun 2? If you loved the Mikey games, you owe it to yourself to check this out, especially since the original Mos Speedrun was a fantastic game that heavily inspired that franchise. But this sequel is definitely more for the hardcore player who doesn’t mind repetition and the high level of challenge. This was a game I quit in frustration many, many times.

Posted October 7, 2015 via Touch Arcade

Adventure, Arcade, Platformer, Speed Runner

MFi Controller Support Universal Game Center Rating: 4+

Mos Speedrun 2 is a game from Physmo, originally released 30th September, 2015 for Apple TV, iOS

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