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Torfi is working on a intriguing game called Triple Agent for mobile. The game, which takes place on one phone that you pass around, is designed for 5 to 9 players, with players either working for the Agency, or as a double agent for V.I.R.U.S. Players get information and events that pop up as their turn comes up. At the end of each round, players vote for who to imprison. The Agency wins if a double agent is imprisoned, but V.I.R.U.S. wins if they can survive the votes, and reach the win condition, which can change over time!..

Discord [Free], the pretty cool chat and voice service, continues to grow at a pretty rapid pace, growing from around 11 million users last July to over 45 million users presently. That's a pretty big increase in less than a year, which shows that more and more users—gamers and not—are shifting over to Discord for their chatting needs. The chat app has an average of 8.9 million people logging in daily and has seen up to 4 million concurrent users recently. All in all, it looks like Discord has found plenty of fertile ground to grow in the gaming community, which is great news for gamers...




Despite what Game of Thrones would have you believe, summer is coming, and with it come many Pokemon GO [Free] players looking for more reasons to get out and play the still-popular game. Well, if we are to believe Niantic's global product marketing lead, Archit Bhargava, Pokemon GO players are about to have a "legendary" summer, and that can mean only one thing: Legendary Pokemon are coming to the game. Specifically, a few days ago in his brief acceptance speech during the Webby Awards, Bhargava simply said "This summer will be legendary" (go to minute 19:00 to see his acceptance speech). While I don't want to draw any definite conclusions from just five words, I think it's a relatively safe bet to say that he was referring to legendary Pokemon coming to the game...

With the iOS gaming community's focus firmly on the ever-changing App Store, it wouldn't be too wild an assumption to suggest that the Angry Birds [Free] vogue has died down significantly over recent years. With a wide variety of eclectic spin offs being soft launched on a regular basis, as well as the theater adaptation in the form of The Angry Birds Movie releasing to a tepid response from critics, the famous irritated flying animals that came to define the early years of the App Store may appear to have fallen from their perch. In reality, however, this is far from the case - The Angry Birds Movie was a commercial hit, making over $300 million at box office, and far exceeding its $73 million budget. Owing to the popularity of these animated avians, a sequel was announced late last year, and today Rovio have confirmed that it will hit movie theaters on September 20th, 2019...

As you probably know by now, Clash of Clans [Free] Builder Base update is live, and it's brought plenty of changes to the game. We've already written about what the new update brings to the game, but if you want to get a leg up on the competition, check out a new update guide as well as various tips and tricks, both of them posted on reddit this morning. Andrakisjl's tips and tricks should help you get some more wins and more loot. The first thing to remember is that winning in the new Versus Battle mode gets you resources, but losing costs nothing. So, don't be too afraid to go battle since your resources are safe. The second tip is you must purchase certain buildings before being allowed to upgrade your builder's hall, so don't expect to have a defenseless base...

'Crashbots' is an Action Runner That Needs Beta Testers

Neon Chimp, last seen making Super Hyper Ball [Free] for iOS, has a new game in teh works, and they need beta testers to help bring it to fruition. Crashbots mixes a few things up with the endless runner genre. First off, the game takes place from an isometric perspective. Second, the game is strongly based around shooting enemies and obstacles, with boss fights. This has the look of an action game as much as it is a runner. Third, you'll have both levels to play through as well as an endless mode to try out...

'Steredenn' Review - Horns Out For This Roguelike Shoot 'Em Up

Sometimes good ideas don't come together into being good final products. What sounds good on paper can be lackluster in execution. Not so much with Steredenn [$3.99], which sounded amazing on paper! A roguelike combined with a shoot 'em up, with a heavy metal soundtrack? It's like Pixelnest said "How can we make a game that Carter Dotson would enjoy?" Then, they made it. Of course, they didn't do exactly that since it didn't release on mobile for about a year and a half after its original release, and I am kicking myself for having not played it until now. Well, better late than never: Steredenn is fantastic fun for fans of roguelikes, shoot 'em ups, and/or heavy metal...

In early April, developer Cmune soft-launched their newest mobile first-person shooter Deadheads, and if you missed out on that chance to play the game early then I have some good news for you: Deadheads [Free] has launched worldwide as of this past weekend. If the name Cmune sounds familiar to you, it's because they've created quite a few mobile FPS games over the years. Their 2012 release UberStrike was their first game and was a smash hit, collecting more than 25 million players, but that sort of unexpected success is a blessing and a curse as the team was not prepared for that amount of players and the game was not designed to be easily updated and scaled. ..

Ah, the arena platformer. Truly, it has been one of the best genres to take prominence in mobile gaming. A big reason is because the combination of a small enough arena to fit on one screen, with simple controls, and endlessly-repetitive high score chasing, is a package that's almost the platonic ideal for a mobile game. We've seen it through countless fun games, with one of the more prominent examples being Super Crate Box [$1.99] from Vlambeer. However, with Vlambeer seemingly not updating the app for 64-bit appocalypse, that means that not only can a great arena platformer shine, but it could possibly take the crown. Penarium [$1.99], much like Super Crate Box, started on PC before moving to iOS. In this case, Team 17 published the game, developed by Self Made Miracle, and helped to bring the late 2015 release to iOS a while later. And it's quite a welcome title on iOS, while perhaps not as tight as some of the finest entries in the arena platformer genre...

After having to watch the Hog Rider babble on about being at sea, we finally got the new Clash of Clans [Free] update that brings the brand new Builder Base to the game. This is a brand new land that should make the game feel fresh again in quite a few ways. In order to start your Builder Base, you first have to make it to Town Hall 4 at your home village, and then you rebuild the boat and set sail for the other side. This other side of the Clash of Clans world works in a different way than what you're used to. The elixir and gold you collect over at your Builder Base can't be used in your home village, although your Gems do cross to ocean just fine...

Murloc Paladin and Silence Priest Guides, Deck Sharing, Elemental Art, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #98

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best stories and videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. Last week was quite an interesting one, with Blizzard announcing some big upcoming additions to the client. I was glad to see that the developers are actively working on ways to improve the game, and I'm hoping for a Tournament mode soon (fingers crossed). We also saw a new way to get free cards, and, more importantly for most players, some very good guides for some of the strongest decks in the current meta. We also had some fun tournaments. Scroll down to read all the stories and watch some of the best videos of the past week...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Mikey Jumps', 'Crash Club', 'Neo Monsters', 'SimCity BuildIt', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Is it just me, or did last week feel really long? Well, whatever your relative association with the movement of time, I've got a bag of updates for you to check out while you have your morning cup of whatevs. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Let's face it: when it comes to strategy/tactical RPGs, iOS gamers have got it pretty good. Setting aside the occasional great port we get from PCs or consoles, there are also plenty of quality original games in the genre. The only catch is that they tend to be a little rudimentary in their presentation. Bucking that trend is the Demon's Rise series, which offers up accessible yet deep strategy gameplay with surprisingly high-quality production values. The games aren't much for story, but if you enjoy the mechanics of games like Final Fantasy Tactics or X-COM, you'll want to check out Demon's Rise [$7.99] or its sequel, Demon's Rise 2 [$2.99]. At the moment, you can grab the latter game for its lowest price yet...

Game Jams are a pretty awesome recent phenomenon in the video games industry for a multitude of reasons. Not only do they present developers with a unique environment to create and experiment with some truly innovative ideas, but they also give gamers the chance to witness some of the brightest sparks in the business go through the creative process, and see the inception of future fully fledged titles at their earliest stages. Butterscotch Shenanigans are one such developer that has taken advantage of the concept in the past, and last month released all of their game jam games on itch.io - while obviously rough in concept, the eccentric style and many gameplay elements in these experimental releases were all vital in the evolution of the 2016 TouchArcade Game of the Year Crashlands [$4.99]. However, not content in merely partaking in game jams, the developers are hosting their own event titled 'The Butterscotch ShenaniJam', and you can now sign up to join in the game creating capers next weekend...

Retro-Inspired Shoot-Em-Up 'Enceladus' Is the Next Game From the Developers of 'Guns of Mercy'

Despite only releasing action shooter Guns of Mercy [Free] back in March of this year, developers Storybird are not ones to rest on their laurels after an impressive four star review earlier this month, and are already looking to the future. Guns of Mercy support through impending content updates is slated to remain, with a major addition on the cards in the very near future, poised to add a brand new game mode and numerous other features to this already value-packed colorful arcade release. However, Storybird have suggested on our forums that after this next update, they will begin to work on a new project alongside Guns of Mercy, in the form of an upcoming PC and iOS shoot-em-up project titled Enceladus. ..

Another Friday, and another episode of the podcast! Weeks like this are easy to record as there's so many rockin' games to talk about that we actually ended up running a little longer than usual. After some followup from last week's beer chat, we talk about all the awesome iOS games we played and then shifted gears to speculating about Zelda. The games we talk about this week are: Arkanoid vs Space Invaders [$3.99], Old Man's Journey [$4.99], No Stick Shooter [$1.99], Guns of Boom [Free], Beholder [$4.99], Lode Runner 1 [Free], and Timber Tennis [Free]. Sorry about the Windows notification noises, I didn't realize my recording software was also picking those up! It'll be fixed for next week I promise.

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It's a wrap for us this week here at TouchArcade, and provided nothing crazy happens in the world of iOS gaming, we'll see you again on Monday morning for Shaun's Update Mondays and Tasos's Touchstone Tavern Hearthstone [Free] roundup before diving in head-first to whatever awesome mobile games get released and whatever rad looking mobile games are coming soon. We've been doing this for years now, and to keep doing what we're doing, we need your help. Whether you're here for our game reviews, to read about upcoming games, find games on sale, listen to our podcast, or participate in your community, we're glad to have you. If the feeling is mutual, which I hope it is, there's a few things you can do to help keep TouchArcade alive in this weird changing world of mobile gaming, which for numerous reasons has jeopardized the future of third party editorial sites like ours...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Old Man's Journey'

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...

As we wrote about a few weeks back, Google Play Awards returned for 2017, and today we have the winners, and there were some quite interesting choices. The award for Standout Indie went to Mushroom 11, which beat the likes of Reigns and Kingdom: New Lands. Best Multiplayer Game went to Hearthstone, beating Lords Mobile and FIFA Mobile Soccer, and the Best Game Award went to Transformers: Forged to Fight, which beat Pokemon GO, Choices, and Fire Emblem Heroes. I'm rather surprised about Transformers beating Pokemon GO, given what a huge phenomenon the latter was...

FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] developers have been increasingly trying to improve the game, and today's big update is another step in that direction. The new VS Attack Mode will replace the old Attack Mode and will feature simultaneous matches against opponents in real-time instead of the turn-based matches of old. This change should alleviate the frustration of waiting for opponents to take turns and then playing against AI versions of teams rather than against the actual players. Hopefully this will make that mode more fun to play. VS Attack will officially be available on May 24th...

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