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Last October, Bean's Quest and Time Surfer developer Kumobius released Duet [$2.99], a twitchy and extremely challenging arcade game. It received critical success far and wide, including our own review, and seemed to do fairly well in the charts too. Nothing earth shattering, but decent. Then in late February through mid-March, Duet saw a huge resurgence, and actually came to hit the top three in the overall paid charts, coinciding with a price drop to 99¢. Duet always felt like it should have done better in the charts than it had, and finally it was getting its due. I actually think it had something to do with the whole Flappy Bird phenomenon and the sudden obsession with super challenging twitch games...

'Botanicula' for the iPad is Coming on May 1st

We’ve talked about Botanicula’s port to the iPad last week but we didn’t have a concrete release date, we just knew that it was coming "in May." Well today you can update your calendar and make room on your iPad for Botanicula, as developer Amanita Design have announced on Twitter that the game is going to be released on May 1st. To celebrate, Amanita has unleashed a new trailer showcasing the iOS version...

Coming Tonight: 'Wayward Souls', 'Horde of Heroes', 'Tiny Dice Dungeon' and Loads More

Hey guys, it's Wednesday again which means exactly one thing for iOS gamers: A whole heap of new games. Rocketcat Games' Wayward Souls is leading the charge, as it's easily the most anticipated game we've seen in a while. The thread in our upcoming games forum has been off the chain for quite a while now, crazier yet, it was originally posted all the way back in 2011 not long after the "original" Mage Gauntlet [$2.99] was released.

So, like previous weeks, all of these games will be available at 11:00 PM Eastern, or potentially way earlier if you're in a European or Asian iTunes region. There's one caveat with that though, the games in the list that are soft launched could pop up whenever, potentially even tomorrow.

Here's what's on our radar so far, and of course, new games will likely pop up throughout the day:

Also, just for fun this week I'm going to be doing an early morning stream in addition to our normal streaming time at 4:00 PM Eastern. If you want to watch a quick once over of all these games, check it out on Twitch or watch the archive video below:

(YouTube might be processing this for a while, so if it doesn't work check back in a bit.)

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Namco Bandai Announce 'SoulCalibur: Unbreakable Soul' for Mobile

Namco Bandai has announced today a new entry in the SoulCalibur franchise that is coming to consoles as well as… Mobile! There’s little to no information on this title called SoulCalibur: Unbreakable Soul apart from a really confusing trailer which shows the game's "Adventure" mode running on a PlayStation 3:..

The topic of cloning can be broadly broken into two periods: before Michael Keaton's banner work of art, Multiplicity, and after. Oh, sure, in those heady days before 1996, we had some ideas. Waves were made by a sheep named Dolly, Spider-Man discovered that he looks good in a hoodie, Thomas Riker had shown us that a Riker's power is directly proportional to the size of his beard, and George Lucas had certainly written something about clones on a coffee-stained napkin. However, it wasn't until The Keats showed us all how it was done that cloning became truly appreciated as a fictional device, and we are all better for it. Video games have never been shy about dragging clones into the works, mostly because it was a good excuse to reuse art assets while creating a memorable boss fight. One of the best examples from the early days of gaming was in Prince of Persia [$1.99], where an encounter with a mirror created a doppleganger who would go on to help you with a few puzzles before you had to face off with him...

With our present knowledge of how well puzzles mix together with dragons, it's almost tragic that it took gaming so long to bring the two together. Fortunately, if there's one thing the video game business is good at, it's making up for lost time. The brilliant mash-up of puzzle and RPG in Puzzle Quest was pounded into a more specific shape by Puzzle & Dragons [Free], and with that game's success, the floodgates opened. Generally, games following that blueprint tend to come in with either a variation or replacement of the puzzle element, or an interesting new theme. Occasionally, you get a game that does both. Fable Age [Free], from Blue Tea Games, brings a bunch of new twists to the sub-genre, but the most prominent one is cosmetic. Instead of the "mythology plus Batman, Angry Birds, and whatever other cross-overs we can swing" approach of P&D or going with wholly original characters like Brave Frontier [Free], this game uses characters from fables such as Goldilocks or King Midas...

Savant - Ascent [$1.99], D-Pad Studio's slick little arena shooter themed after the electronic artist Savant, has just received a brand new update. The update includes two new soundtracks so you can blast away at bad guys while bumping to some more Savant tunes, as well as Game Center leaderboard integration which is crucial in a high-score-focused game like this. In addition, there's now support for Japanese language, but this comes with a problem: the updated version of the game defaults to Japanese, which means after you update and fire up the game you might find yourself a little lost. Never fear, I'll tell you the simple fix for this...

TA Plays Live: Unlocking Basic Cards in 'Hearthstone'

April 22nd, 2014 5:04 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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I played sooooo much Hearthstone before the beta wipe, that it sort of killed me when I lost all my progress. I've got the Mage, Warlock, and Priest fully unlocked. Three down, six to go. Hopefully we can go through one, maybe two today? Maybe? Fingers crossed, playing ranked without all the cards!..

I talked fairly recently about my unexpected obsession with Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] on mobile, and the game has proven incredibly popular ever since its launch just over a year ago. NetherRealm Studios has been wonderful about updating Injustice with new features and characters, but ever since its release fans have been clamoring for one major new feature: multiplayer. Well, today it was announced that multiplayer is indeed coming to Injustice on mobile, along with a ton of new characters. You can see the very first look of Injustice multiplayer in this DC All Access video recorded during WonderCon. The relevant Injustice stuff starts at about 30 seconds in...

True Skate [$1.99] developer True Axis continues to make good on the promise they made back in December of four new skateparks coming to their awesome skateboard simulation game. The first new park, the Schoolyard, hit back in February, and offered a more street-style environment to skate around in. Then just last month the second new park called The Warehouse was released, and it offered a more skatepark-style level with plenty of space and different objects to hit. This week, the third park will be arriving. It's an outdoor concrete park called Double Infinity, named after the shapes of its two intertwining bowls. Here's a couple of screens...

Early last month, Ndemic Creations detailed an upcoming update for their humanity-destroying strategy game Plague Inc. [$0.99], and today that update is now available. Dubbed the "Mega" mutation update, it contains a new "Mega-Brutal" difficulty option for those who found the plain old "Brutal" difficulty to be too easy. There are also three new cheat modes, the Shuffle Strain which mixes up evolutions, the Turbo Strain which makes your starter country 100% infected right off the bat, and a Lucky Dip Strain which gives you five random evolutions. You can also now use all the various cheats including the new ones on any plague type, and mix and match cheats to create various new ways to play the game...

Apple's weekly top cumulative download charts are pretty interesting this week, as even though the top titles basically stayed the same, there was considerable movement elsewhere. The Goat Simulator knock-off Goat Rampage [$0.99] is doing particularly well. Additionally, despite a fairly negative review and our community being pretty mad about the online requirements, it'd seem that the rest of the world really doesn't care as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 [$4.99] is charting really highly on both the iPhone and iPad side of things...

Zen Studios is great at pumping out additional content for their pinball games and trailers along with them, which only makes it that much easier to get totally stoked for these updates. Planned for sliding on to the App Store next week, the new "Masters of the Force" pack will feature four tables for $9.99 packed with Yoda, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine and more...

'Dark Guardians' Review - Style Over Substance

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April 22nd, 2014 9:56 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $1.99, 3 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Runner, Universal
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Runners come in all shapes and sizes, but often times, flashy is one of the many coats of colors it may wear. Dark Guardians [$0.99] is a beautiful game that looks very similar to the aesthetic design of the Kickstarter success Banner Saga, but sadly it doesn't have the mechanical chops to prop it up beyond its pretty veneer...

Backflip's Colorful Puzzler 'Dwarven Den' Launching on May 1st

The latest title from DragonVale developer Backflip Studios, Dwarven Den, is scheduled to launch worldwide on iOS on May 1st, the studio announced today. Dwarven Den stars dwarves with hearty beards who must navigate through maze-like levels by mining through various types of blocks and figuring out environmental puzzles, all while collecting loot and avoiding hazards and monsters. Check out the official trailer...

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