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Khans of Tarkir Pro Tour: 'Magic 2015' is Getting an Expansion, a Payment Model Adjustment, and 'Magic Online' (Still) Could be Coming to iPad

The weekend before last I attended the Khans of Tarkir Pro Tour in Honolulu, Hawaii, which as a life-long Magic player was an incredible experience by every measure. A lot of what I talked about with Wizards while I was there was under embargo, so instead of teasing what I was doing or why I was there, I figured I'd just wait until I can talk about everything. Let's get on with the actual concrete news first, then we'll wander down speculation alley before taking a turn down Pro Tour road...

'Puzzle to the Center of the Earth' from Foursaken Media Drops on Thursday

Foursaken Media's Puzzle to the Center of the Earth is coming out this Thursday, October 23rd. You've played puzzle platformers before, but this is quite literally a puzzle platformer, where making matches of at least three blocks is necessary to move the protagonist around the levels, with a limited number of matches able to be made per level, and secrets to help dig up. As well, certain formulas of matches can be made in order to do things like blow up a whole heap of blocks at once. And all this is in order to find secrets and get to the bottom of the level in one piece...

'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge' Releases on Thursday

Tired of being teased by Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge these past few months, and are finally ready to play it yourself? Well, you don't have to wait much longer, as the game is finally releasing this Thursday, October 23rd. The plan is for it to be $2.99 with no IAP, and will be an iOS exclusive, so you can tell your Android nerd friends to just go and deal with that. ..

'Hearthstone' Set to Hit iPhone "Early Next Year"

October 21st, 2014 3:20 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you're one of the many people who always races to the comments of any Hearthstone [Free (HD)] story to post the requisite "WTF BLIZZ" in regards to when in the world the game is coming to the iPhone, we got a half-answer today in part of a development update by Blizzard. There's a pretty slick infographic and the following relevant tidbit:..

Game 1 of the MLB World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants kicks off today, and to celebrate the MLB-developed R.B.I. Baseball 14 [$1.99] is on sale for the first time since its release back in April, down to just $1.99. The original R.B.I. Baseball series was a mainstay of the sports genre on 8- and 16-bit game systems, but had laid dormant since its last entry in 1995. This year, MLB's in-house development studio Major League Baseball Advanced Media looked to resurrect the series with a modern coat of paint, while keeping the gameplay simple and arcadey as a throwback to the series' origins...

A Real, Official Pokemon Game Just Hit the App Store... But It's for Kids

This headline starts out as the greatest thing ever then quickly wanders into "Oh... ok. :(" territory. Camp Pokemon [Free] is the real deal, it's a Pokemon game by The Pokemon Company featuring actual real Pokemon and interacting with them in various ways. Problem is, it's aimed at kids 6-8 and is going to be a total snooze-fest for any adult Poke-fan. Check out the trailer:..

'Broken Age' Act 1 on Sale for $4.99

October 21st, 2014 12:43 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News
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If you've been curious about Broken Age [$4.99 (HD)], Double Fine's point-and-click adventure game that set off a whole Kickstarter furor that rages on to this day, well, now is a good time, as the first episode is on sale right now for $4.99. The second episode is still in the works, and will be available as a separate in-app purchase, but you can nab the first episode for half-off the normal price right now – and the game as a whole is $24.99 for the whole shebang on desktop, so hey, you're saving more money...

We have seen a pretty big surge of board game ports recently, and I am loving the amount of developer support this genre has been garnering. Handelabra Studio released the latest of these ports recently with Sentinels of the Multiverse[$9.99 (HD)]. With an entire universe of lore,Sentinels seems like it could be a very strong platform to build expansions off of. Very rarely do we get to see a true co-op game that can challenge the competitive culture that has become a stigma for many would be gamers. I think it is important to point out, however, that lore and style are not the weak link of this board game. It is gameplay itself that has me concerned about the future of this franchise. ..

'Godville' Update Adds Today Screen Widget

October 21st, 2014 10:35 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you don't have Godville [Free] installed right now, you're already losing progress on your temple. It's a "zero player game" that is basically a modern day version of the classic faux-RPG Progress Quest. I've been "playing" it for 51 months now, and the game has only gotten better with improvements, which typically coincide with new features of iOS. When push notifications became a thing, suddenly you were getting alerted when cool stuff happened to your dude. Since then the Today screen and third party widgets have become popular, and with last night's update Godville is there too...

Say whatever else you will about Angry Birds [$0.99] creators Rovio, they know how to make fun, accessible games that have a lot of personality. There's no question that they've done just that, once again, in Angry Birds Transformers [Free]. It's not terribly deep, but it's enjoyable to play and its sense of humor is in exactly the right place, paying respect to the Transformers license while still gently poking fun at it. I walked away from Optimus and company a while back because sometimes it's not a good idea to revisit your childhood favorites, but playing this game brought back a lot of good memories for me. So, congratulations to Rovio, it's a nice game that uses its admittedly strangely-matched license well, and does so without retreading the default Angry Birds template, as tempting as that likely was...

Final Release Version of Mojang's Card Battler 'Scrolls' Expected Late Next Month

A small team in Mojang’s studio in Stockholm, Sweden has been quietly and unassumingly developing Scrolls, a card-based tactics battler, for over three years, always seemingly overshadowed by something else. First, always and inescapably, by Minecraft [$6.99], a world-conqueringly massive phenomenon that grabs attention like a black hole grabs light. In 2012, the game was the subject of a trademark dispute with Bethesda Softworks, who argued that the title infringed on their Elder Scrolls series. The lawsuit was settled and Scrolls moved into open beta last year, without much fanfare. Microsoft’s recent announcement that it plans to acquire Mojang for $2.5 billion once again dominates any discussion about the studio or its games...

PlayStation Era Beat 'em Up 'Gekido' Coming to iOS

Italian developer Naps Team has worked on a number of titles in their twenty year history, but of their original IPs most people would probably known them from their Amiga fighting game Shadow Fighter, or their PlayStation 1 brawler Gekido: Urban Fighters. In fact, Gekido seems to have something of a cult following, and there was even a sequel released for the Game Boy Advance called Gekido Advance: Kintaro's Revenge. Today, Naps Team has announced that the Gekido series is heading to iOS devices, and they've provided the first screen of what it will look like...

When I'm reviewing games, the hardest to evaluate tend to be the ones that hit their core gameplay well but provide a small amount of content. Usually, they promise more to come in updates, and Tail Drift [$1.99] is no different in that regard, but most people who have been gaming on mobiles for a while know that promise isn't always one a developer can keep, so you can't count on that. At the moment, Tail Drift is a sweet piece of cotton candy. You pop it in your mouth, get a momentary hit of pleasure, and before you know it, it has dissolved. I think at the price it goes for, that's not really a raw deal, but there are so many games on the App Store that will offer you bigger bang for your buck, especially in the highly-competitive racing genre...

Noodlecake's Flappy Golf [Free] is both a fun flappy take on their Super Stickman Golf series as well as a strange social experiment in how schoolyard word of mouth can drive the popularity of an iOS game. As we talked about a few weeks ago, Flappy Golf had seen some incredible organic growth following its initial release back in March, with no real advertising or marketing push behind it...

iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay is Now Available

October 20th, 2014 1:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News

Announced during the Apple event last week, the latest and greatest update to iOS is now available. The "big" features of iOS 8.1 is the launch of Apple Pay, which if you've got an iPhone 6 (or 6 Plus) you'll be able to use your phone to pay for things at what seems like a shockingly vast array of retailers in the USA. It seems like basically any credit card terminal that can do contactless credit cards should also be able to take Apple Pay... But expect some hiccups as everything gets up and running. If nothing else, I'm excited to start using things like this for security alone, as it seems like you can hardly go a week now without reading about some massive financial data security leak. *glares at Home Depot*..

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