October 2015

Top Horror Games To Anticipate In 2016

The most classic horror film series were all at one point born of one small team’s vision, a miniscule budget, and a lot of dumb luck. Jaws couldn’t keep the shark from breaking, so instead we were treated to an unseen menace. George Romero’s meager budget on Night of the Living Dead didn’t allow for color. Michael Myer’s iconic mask in 1978’s Halloween was a William Shatner knockoff bought for less than $2.

In video games, horror gradually became the domain of large companies like Capcom, Konami, and Ubisoft. With the rise in strength of indie developers like Frictional Games (Amnesia) and Scott Cawthon (Five Nights at Freddy’s), horror games seem to be returning to doing all they can with every meager cent they’ve got. Overbearing mechanics or overly flashy production are no substitute for an innate understanding of what scares gamers. These are the most anticipated horror games to look forward to in 2016.

Through the Woods
Platform: PC
Developer: Antagonist

Release: Early 2016

At first glance, Through the Woods has a setting that may seem familiar to horror game fans: A dark, dense forest in the middle of nowhere, illuminated only by the weak shine of a …read more


Top Horror Games To Anticipate In 2016

The most classic horror film series were all at one point born of one small team’s vision, a miniscule budget, and a lot of dumb luck. Jaws couldn’t keep the shark from breaking, so instead we were treated to an unseen menace. George Romero’s meager budget on Night of the Living Dead didn’t allow for color. Michael Myer’s iconic mask in 1978’s Halloween was a William Shatner knockoff bought for less than $2.

In video games, horror gradually became the domain of large companies like Capcom, Konami, and Ubisoft. With the rise in strength of indie developers like Frictional Games (Amnesia) and Scott Cawthon (Five Nights at Freddy’s), horror games seem to be returning to doing all they can with every meager cent they’ve got. Overbearing mechanics or overly flashy production are no substitute for an innate understanding of what scares gamers. These are the most anticipated horror games to look forward to in 2016.

Through the Woods
Platform: PC
Developer: Antagonist

Release: Early 2016

At first glance, Through the Woods has a setting that may seem familiar to horror game fans: A dark, dense forest in the middle of nowhere, illuminated only by the weak shine of a …read more


Minecraft Explained (By A Seven Year Old)

I’m about to utter one of the most apocryphal things I ever have in my years writing about games. I’ve never played more than five minutes of Minecraft.

Don’t get me wrong. I know what Minecraft is. I get how it works, and I certainly know a number of the iconic characters like Steve, creepers, and the endermen. I just haven’t played much of it.

I have spent some time observing my seven-year-old son, who is more than happy to explain it to me. Being a child though, he doesn’t necessarily start at the beginning or recognize that I don’t have the same frame of reference.

That doesn’t slow him down, and he’s eager to share all of his Minecraft knowledge and stories with me. I have no idea what he’s talking about most of the time, though.

The following is a collection of short anecdotes captured from our numerous conversations about his current favorite hobby. Maybe you can help me understand what he’s talking about.

Getting to know yourself

When it came time for Paul to choose a Gamertag, we had a long discussion. “This is a name that shows off who you are as a gamer,” I told him. “You need to be comfortable …read more


We’re Streaming iOS Games Live on Mobcrush [Tasos Streaming Minecraft Story Mode For Halloween]

We’re streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There’s a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it’s really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you’re somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you’re on a mobile device, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It’s in beta, so you’ll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you’ll get alerts when we’re streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you’ll need to register over on Mobcrush first.

If you missed the stream, we upload archive videos to our YouTube channel, so just head over there to see previous streams and …read more


How To Recreate The Best Cut Stages In Super Smash Bros. Wii U

The latest installment in the Smash Bros. series is a fantastic game, as I mentioned in my review, but longtime fans may notice a few things missing. Specifically, several stages that have been around since the early days are now gone. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has more than plenty of battlegrounds to play in, but it’s hard not to miss those classics. Fortunately, I’m here to help. My video tutorial will show you how to bring back the stages you love, step by step. Don’t be intimidated – you can do it, too!

As you can see in the video below, all you need to bring these five favorites back into the rotation is a steady hand, patience, and a willingness to express yourself. There’s no wrong way to do it, only a few ways that are less right. Take your time and have fun. And you’re welcome.

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The History Of Gaming: An Evolving Community

Since its commercial birth in the 1950s as a technological oddity at a science fair, gaming has blossomed into one of the most profitable entertainment industries in the world. The mobile technology boom in recent years has revolutionized the industry and opened the doors to a new generation of gamers. Indeed, gaming has become so integrated with modern popular culture that now even grandmas… Read More …read more


Replay – Halloween Stuptacular!

Happy Halloween, Replay viewers! We hope you have a mountain of candy in front of you as you watch this extra-stupid episode of what we believe is the Internet’s longest-running dumb show. In this episode we decided to play “trick or treat” with a handful of Game Informer editors.

When kids going trick or treating, they almost always get candy. That isn’t the case here at all. Our version of candy is a great game that syncs up with an editor’s interests. A trick is a bad game that they would never want to play. We put a lot of thought into this horrible idea, and even dressed up for the occasion. As you’ll soon see, one of us didn’t fully understand what “dressing up for Halloween” meant.

As silly as this episode is, it is a nice stroll through the history of gaming – from the NES to Xbox 360. We hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween and are quick to forget everything you just watched in this terrible, terrible episode. We’ll see you again in seven days!

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Want more Replay? Check out our hub to catch up on all our …read more


We’re Streaming iOS Games Live on Mobcrush [RPGs On Halloween Morning With Shaun!]

We’re streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There’s a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it’s really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you’re somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you’re on a mobile device, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It’s in beta, so you’ll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you’ll get alerts when we’re streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you’ll need to register over on Mobcrush first.

If you missed the stream, we upload archive videos to our YouTube channel, so just head over there to see previous streams and …read more


The TouchArcade Show – 229 – Apple TV and Nintendo News!

This week is exciting, as are most weeks where we get new Apple hardware. We spend the first 2/3 of the podcast talking all about the Apple TV. If you’re at all curious about what the new Apple TV is like or why you should (or shouldn’t) get one, definitely give this week’s show a listen. From there, we discuss all the Nintendo announcements along with our hopes and dreams for the future now that Nintendo has committed to at least dipping their foot into the water of smartphone gaming. Happy Halloween everyone, have a fun and safe weekend!

Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Lumino City’

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable “best” thing. Instead, it’s more just us picking out the single game out of the week’s releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that’s OK. If you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…

Lumino City

It was yet another week filled with a ton of amazing new iOS games, which in turn made it yet another difficult week to pick a Game of the Week winner. Well, that’s not totally true. Despite really enjoying a handful of …read more