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The Skylanders franchise has made a ton of money for Activision, and even though the craze has definitely died a bit in the last couple of years, Skylanders continue to be ever-present. We've played a few Skylanders games on mobile, but most were ports rather than games developed specifically for mobile. Now, It looks like we are getting a Skylanders game developed specifically for mobile in early 2018. The game will be developed by Com2u,s and it won't be the usual toy-to-game kind of thing; instead, this one will be a turn-based RPG of sorts that will focus on real-time PvP...

mobcrush-logo-r225xWe'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, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. 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 our other random video content. Additionally, if you would like to stream on Mobcrush, it's actually supremely easy and doesn't require any kind of extra hardware and the software to do it is a quick (and free) download. Check out the Mobcrush FAQ for more information.

 

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Mini Metro [$2.99] is a fantastic game that has gotten rave reviews from both gaming outlets and people outside the gaming world. So, I'm pretty sure no one will complain that the game's latest update, which just went live, adds another way to play the game. The new Endless Mode has added the ability to play with your toy trains forever without having to stress about anything. You can either start playing the Endless Mode by continuing a normal game after the game ends or by selecting Endless from the mode screen. Here's your chance to drive trains and chill...

February 27th is a big day for Pokemon fans everywhere since it marks the day the very first Pokemon games launched in Japan. The year was 1996, and it became the starting point for the craze that is Pokemon games. In celebration of Pokemon Day, our favorite Pokemon mobile game, Pokemon GO [Free], will join in with one fun event. From February 26th at 1:00 PM PST to March 6th at 1:00 PM PST, any Pikachu you encounter while out hunting Pokemon will be wearing a festive party hat. If you manage to catch one of those hat-wearing Pikachu, he will keep his party hat forever, which is good for those who like collecting and bragging...

After a long and wind release on iOS caused by some last-minute delays, Chief Puzzle Officer [Free] is now available on iOS. While it is a match-3 game, the clever trick is that the game has real-time cooperative multiplayer. You and 3 other players are working together on the same board, making matches to trigger attacks against a single enemy. This forms the basis of the game, with AI allies in the singleplayer events to help ou out...

One of the thing I love about Hearthstone's [Free] Tavern Brawls is the ability to play with cards not in my collection, and this week's Cloneball - a repeat from June - let's me play with a ton of Legendaries, so what's not to like? Okay, there are some things that aren't great about this Brawl, but I'll come to that in a bit. Cloneball gives you a deck of random legendaries, each cloned four times. You also get multiple copies of Offensive Play, a spell that makes the next legendary card you play - and each of its other copies - cheaper by 3 mana. Deciding when to play that spell often makes the difference between winning and losing...

Mi-Clos Studio and Studio Goblinz have released their dungeon crawler Dungeon Rushers [$4.99] onto iOS. While the title makes it sound like some kind of RPG endless runner, it's nothing of the sort. It's a team-combat RPG that started out on PC before its eventual mobile beta test and now release on iOS and Android. The game has you uncovering a dungeon, tile by tile, searching for treasure, and either avoiding encounters...or engaging with them...

When it comes to action-RPGs, the Ys series from Nihon Falcom is one of the most reliable thrill-rides around. Focusing on fast-paced action and challenging boss fights, the Ys games have a feel quite unlike most other games in the genre. As you would expect with a series this long in the tooth, the worldwide releases have been handled by a number of companies. For mobile gamers, Dotemu has been the main face for the franchise. They've ported the PC versions of Ys Chronicles 1 [$2.99] and Ys Chronicles 2 [$2.99] over to smartphones over the last couple of years, and just today, they released a port of the awesome Ys Origin on Sony's PlayStation 4...

Recently, we talked about how Hearthstone's [Free] developers were considering making big changes to the Arena in order to make it more fun to play. Now, we officially know what's going to happen and that those changes will go live in the next patch, which will hit before the end of February. The biggest change is the shift from Wild to Standard; from now on, when you play Arena you'll only get to see cards from the current Standard rotation. The reason behind this is to make Arena more about current card synergies and also to make Arena feel fresh when new cards hit the game. The other big change is changes to card rarity distribution. As it stands now, common cards are about 78% of all Arena cards, which the developers felt was too high given that common cards aren't that interesting. So, expect to see more Rare, Epic, and Legendary cards. Additionally, Flamestrike and Abyssal Enforcer will show up 50% less often than they currently do...

If You Enjoyed 'Fire Emblem Heroes', Here are Some Other Games to Check Out

A lot of players are discovering (or re-discovering) the joys of Fire Emblem through the recent release of Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes [Free]. Enough people gave the game a try that I've been seeing some natural questions popping up in various places, including the TouchArcade Forums and the TouchArcade Discord server. Some people liked the game and are looking for more like it. Others like certain parts of the game, but would rather have a premium experience and are wondering if such a thing exists on iOS. Well, let it never be said that TouchArcade likes to leave a cry for recommendations hanging. For your consideration, I've put together a list of games for those whose SRPG passions have been stimulated by Fire Emblem Heroes and are hungry for more...

While the Futurama animated series may have come to a close in 2013, this doesn't mean the end of Fry, Leela, Bender, and all of the other eccentric characters that have become cultural icons through the cartoon's success and acclaim over the years. The App Store has already been blessed with the series in the form of Futurama: Game of Drones [Free], an interesting match-three puzzle title that launched in February 2016, and today Fox Interactive, TinyCO, and Jam City Company have announced Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, a brand new entry in the franchise that is attempting to emulate the characteristic humor and narrative from the animated series...

Riverman Media's long-awaited game following up on The Excecutive [$4.99] is finally out. MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL [$2.99] is now available on the App Store. The core of the game is kinda like playing Pong against yourself, as you control both paddles at once...or you could get a friend to play with you. But we all know I don't have friends. I mean, you, you don't have friends. Regardless, the goal is to bop enemies that are rising from the bottom of the screen, and to keep your ball hit combo going, causing some frantic multiball action to come into play. ..

'Temple of Spikes' Offers Sharp Arcade Platforming Action, Launching March 2nd

One of the many constants in video games is the prevalence of spiky traps, which perpetually fulfil the sole purpose of causing the protagonist considerable pain, and normally at the usual cost of a virtual life. Whether it's the original Sonic or Mario titles, or even more recent efforts such as Downwell [$2.99] or Raider Rush [Free], spikes have stood the testament of time as the preferred dangerous obstacle in the medium. Temple of Spikes from developer Tigrido looks to follow this impressive precedent, and promises 'tons of insidious traps' as well as precise platforming action when it launches on the App Store on March 2nd...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'RPG Djinn Caster', 'The Warlock of Firetop Mountain', 'Die By Died', 'MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL', 'Dungeon Rushers' and More

Apparently today is National Margarita Day, which is cool and all, but I'd argue the superior Mexican drink is the Michelada. If you've never had one, it's basically like if you combined Mexican beer and a real good Bloody Mary without the vodka. It sounds strange, but seriously, unbelievably good. I can't recommend them enough. Any Mexican restaurant should serve them (or at least they do in the Chicago 'burbs). Anyway, hopefully now that you've got a Michelada in hand, or plans to get one later, let's settle in to this week's awesome iOS game releases...

A few days ago, we wrote that World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] was getting ready to expand its tank collection, and today's 3.6 update has done just that. The new update brings to the game a new French tech tree line that adds plenty of entertaining tanks, including ones with autoloaders. We are finally getting the AMX 50 120 and AMX 50B tanks, which are very fun to play with. The update also adds a new feature called Vehicle Enrichment, which will increase tech tree vehicles' Credit earning for a faster grind, hopefully. 3.6 also adds a Gift Store, which will allow you to buy and send Gold or Premium vehicles to friends or Clanmates...

Plants vs Zombies Heroes [Free], the CCG take on the famous franchise, ended up being much more fun than I thought it would be, so I'm glad to see the game continue to add content and new ideas. The latest addition, which came in a patch today, introduces Strategy Decks, pre-built deck blueprints for each of the game's heroes. Every hero now has three different Strategy Decks available, each with its own theme, that will be great help for those just learning how to play a CCG or experienced players who don't know yet what each hero's strengths and weaknesses are...

The latest Pokemon GO [Free] update with a whole new cast of critters to collect launched last week, and it's been great to see so many people venture outside - in the bracing cold Winter weather, no less - to try and discover and catch fan favorites from Totodile to Tyranitar. However, if you planned to catch 'em all without having to venture further from your local neighbourhood, you may unfortunately be out of luck. Similarly to the initial 151 set of creatures, some of the Pokemon within the game are exclusive to select regions, and it appears that Ash's Bug/Fighting stalwart Heracross, as well as the strange coral-like creature Corsola are only obtainable in certain locations and regions around the world...

Developer of 'Krashlander' Working on Minimalist Skiing Game 'Just Ski' Inspired by 'Desert Golfing'

Jeff Weber, aka Farseer Games, released a really cool skiing game called Krashlander [$1.99] right about this time way back in 2013. Krashlander featured a really nice physics engine and control mechanics that were tough to wrap your head around at first but extremely satisfying once your skills in the game improved. All this was wrapped up in a striking silhouetted style. As mentioned, it's been a pretty long time since Krashlander released, but Weber has skiing on the brain once again. As explained on his blog, Weber hit a point during the development of another game he's been working on called Diver where he wasn't sure what direction things should be going. He eventually figured it out, but during that lull the idea for a new minimalist skiing game called Just Ski came to the forefront. ..

Tin Man Games, possibly the most prolific purveyor of interactive fiction on mobile, has just released their most ambitious title yet. The Warlock of Firetop Mountain [$4.99] is an adaptation of the famous gamebook by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone (legends of gamebooks and interactive fiction) that comes to life as a 3D representation of a tabletop game. As such, while there's still a bunch of reading of events and lore to pick up on, the game winds up being an interesting affair as it's also very much a strategy game, as you have to engage in grid-based combat, using your movement and abilities skillfully to dodge attacks, hit moving enemies, and to engage in clashes that you are likely to win...

'Mushroom 11' Finally Releases on Mobile on March 9th

A game I've been waiting to hit mobile for a long time now is Mushroom 11. From when I played it back at PAX West in 2015, the game felt like it would be a perfect fit for touchscreens. But hey, there are good reasons ($$$) to release games on other platforms first for small developers in particular, so hey, such is life. But our long wait is soon over, after a glimpse at the mobile version last September: Mushroom 11 is set to release on iOS on March 9th...

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