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One of my surprise favorites of 2016 has been Craneballs' Splash Cars [Free], which takes the simple isometric driving of another favorite of mine, Pako [$0.99 / Free], and adds in a Splatoon-like paint-the-world mechanic. The results are fantastic, and the entire concept gets taken to a whole new level with today's new update which adds in a 2v2 online multiplayer mode to Splash Cars. You'll get partnered up with another player and take on a team of two opponents on a map where only half of it is colored in. Your team's job is to color in the blank half while your opponents are wiping the color clean. It turns into a frantic battle of claiming, losing, and reclaiming territories until the timer runs out...

Originally announced in August of last year, and following its initial soft-launch this past January, Activision's latest game in the mega-popular Skylanders series Skylanders Battlecast [Free] is now widely available. Skylanders Battlecast takes the extensive roster of characters in the series and turns them into cards for a card battling experience that's not totally dissimilar to Blizzard's current king of CCGs Hearthstone [Free]. What's neat about Skylanders Battlecast is that, like the other games in the series, it blends physical products into the digital game. There are digital cards to unlock but you can also hop on over to a local retailer and buy physical card packs to scan into the game...




'Flick Golf' Developer Full Fat is Going Full Fantasy with 'Golf Island', Coming this Thursday

Developer Full Fat has been on the scene with made-for-touch sports games for many years now with the likes of the Flick Golf, Flick Soccer, Flick Rugby, and Flick Quarterback series. The whole "flick" thing always made so much sense on a touchscreen, especially in Flick Golf [Free] where you're mimicking the motion of swinging a club and then directly affecting things like spin and trajectory by swiping on the ball itself. It wasn't exactly realistic mind you, but it sure made for some fun golf. Because of that, there was always a sense of fantasy in the Flick Golf series, something they pushed the boundaries of with Flick Golf Extreme [Free]. But that was nothing compared to their latest game, the over-the-top fantasy-themed Golf Island...

Clash of Clans [Free] is looking a lot more like Clash Royale [Free] lately and the latest update hitting the App Store today is confirming just that. Supercell are bringing Friendly Challenges to the game; members of the same clan can now invite clan mates to attack their villages. No gold, troops, heroes or traps will be consumed, so this is a great way to test your defenses, or on the contrary match your troops against a fellow clan member's defenses. All deployed troops shall be returned once the battle is over, so now you can try out that new troop or strategy without spending any hard earned resources. A replay option will be available in the Clan chat along with the outcome of the battle...

'Perchang' to hit the App Store on June 23rd

We recently talked about Perchang’s upcoming game so if you want a brief background story, check out this post. Today they announced that their first game, also named Perchang, will be out on June 23rd. To refresh your memory it will be a puzzle action strategy game with a mixed variety of game elements set in a minimalistic environment that unavoidably evokes the likes of Mirrors Edge and Portal...

Virtually every Japanese strategy RPG can be said to be inspired by Nintendo's Fire Emblem in some way or another. While strategy RPGs followed their own path in the West, they did so mostly on computer formats that either weren't available in Japan or were very niche. When Fire Emblem's developer Intelligent Systems got the idea to add some Dragon Quest-style elements to their Famicom Wars turn-based strategy formula, they ended up creating a sort of Dragon Quest of their own. Not nearly as popular, mind you, but certainly as influential for its sub-genre. Without Fire Emblem, games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Disgaea, and Shining Force likely wouldn't have existed, nor would the numerous strategy RPGs that they themselves spawned. That said, while a debt is clearly owed, the genre has widened and evolved considerably over the years, to the point that many strategy RPG games bear little resemblance to Fire Emblem...

'Sacred Legends' Brings 'Sacred' RPG Series to Mobile, and it Needs Beta Testers

The Sacred franchise of games has spanned a whole host of titles, including action-RPGs and beat 'em ups. Now, the series is planning to expand to mobile with Deep Silver Fishlabs and Chimera Entertainment presenting Sacred Legends this summer. This is planned to be an action-RPG where you will command a team of heroes through not only a singleplayer campaign, but also in PVP battles against other players...

The fun retro-styled racing game Horizon Chase [Free] was really cool thanks in part to the fact that Aquiris Game Studio got Barry Letich to do the soundtrack for them. The game was obviously inspired by games like Top Gear, and Leitch composed the soundtrack to Top Gear, so it was a perfect fit. If you enjoyed the music to the game and have wanted to listen to it yourself, then good news – you can not only nab the soundtrack, but a whole host of remixes right now. The tracks include 15 tracks from the game, including the music from the hidden marriage proposal in the game. As well, 11 remixes of the music spanning all sorts of styles are available...

'ReRunners' Is Offering Its Beta Players the Chance to Upgrade and Rank up Before Global Launch

I've been playing the upcoming multiplayer platformer ReRunners on and off for quite a few months now (and even wrote a preview). It's a very fun, colorful, and action-packed runner that lets you race against your friend's ghosts. With the game getting closer to release, the developers decided to go an interesting route. Once the game pops out of beta soon, player progress will be erased, which isn't the best thing for those who've spent plenty of time with the game. So, to make it up to them in a way, Klang Games will open up an early access build of the game exclusively for the beta community. This move, which is being done in cooperation with Mobcrush, will let players play what is pretty much the final version of the game and upgrade and rank up their characters prior to the game's global launch...

Long-Dormant 'Hyperburner' Set to Take Off Soon

It's been a while since we've heard about Badpotion's Hyperburner, but good news: the game is just about done, and will be submitted to Apple, with a release to be determined shortly afterward. And with review times as short as they are now, we could be playing this game next week. What a time to be alive!..

'Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore' Gets 360° VR Trailer and Early Access Signups

Deep Silver Fishlabs has just released a new trailer for Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore, and it's a unique one. They've released the trailer as a 360-degree YouTube video designed to show off the game's world. While the plan is for the game to launch on standard mobile platforms, if you want an immersive look at the game, grab a Google Cardboard headset, plug in some headphones for the 3D audio, and watch this trailer:..

Fortress-Building Turn-Based Strategy Battler 'All Glory to the Pixel King! 2nd Edition' Arrives this Thursday

A few years back, a super quirky game called All Glory to the Pixel King! [Free] was released in the App Store from developer Steve O'Gorman. It was a super lo-fi and blocky game where you'd build a 2D fortress to surround and protect your king by filling it with all manner of soldiers and weaponry. Then, the game would pull down some other persons' fortress from the magic known as The Internet and you'd duke it out fortress vs. fortress turn-based strategy-style. It was a really clever game that didn't hit critical mass but definitely found a nice niche of players. Well, Mr. O'Gorman has been hard at work completely re-writing the game from the ground up and adding in some neat new features for what he's calling All Glory to the Pixel King! 2nd Edition...

I have to admit that ever since the latest generation Apple TV launched last fall with a true App Store and a bazillion games, I haven't really played many games on it since that initial week or so of checking things out. It's not that I don't enjoy playing games on the big TV in my living room, it's more a problem of already having more awesome games than I can handle on my iPhone and not really having any additional time in the day to plunk down on the couch and get my Apple TV on. This is probably why I didn't notice that late last week one of my all-time favorite iOS games The Incident launched on the Apple TV with an awesome new local multiplayer mode...

Space Strategy Adventure 'Star Nomad 2' Arrives on iOS June 1st

In late 2014, indie developer Anh Huy Phan brought an incredibly ambitious space combat/trading/RPG/strategy adventure called Star Nomad Elite [$1.99] to the App Store, and despite some rough edges, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Many of the features that were lacking from Star Nomad Elite and all the player feedback was being poured into a sequel, and in December of last year that sequel Star Nomad 2 released to generally positive acclaim on Steam. Here's the trailer from the Steam release...

Colorful Arena Runner 'Crashing Season' Arrives Thursday, New Launch Trailer Released

We first talked about Koukoi Games' upcoming arena runner Crashing Season about a month ago when the slick look of the trailer caught our eye, and we talked about it again earlier this month when Koukoi had submitted the game to Apple for approval and had their fingers crossed for a May 26th release. Well, guess what? The game is approved and is indeed coming out on May 26th! In case you've missed it before, Crashing Season is all about different animals taking revenge on their hunters by running around various arena environments and literally crashing into them to take them out. Check out this brand new launch trailer...

Goo Saga [$4.99] is a fun platformer for those who would be intrigued by a bit of physics fluidity in their games. It's perhaps a bit loose-playing, but fun. You control a sentient ball of goo that has to find the scientist that created them, and you do so by using your gooey abilities to their full potential. You can jump and slam on enemies to defeat them. As well, you can inflate and deflate, with inflation giving you a more solid body and faster speed, at the expense of some control. Additionally, you can deflate, which is slower, but allows you to squeeze through tight corners. Platforming and enemy-bopping is a huge part of the experience, but boss fights and vehicle-based levels will throw the occasional wrench in the proceedings...

'Cruise Control' Review - Nightcall

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May 23rd, 2016 1:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Racing, Reviews, Universal
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Growing up in the 80s, I saw a ton of sci-fi films. Whether they were dramatic masterpieces or oozed cheese and camp I loved them all the same, and the numerous references in modern day media like Turbo Kid, Kung Fury, or Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are palpable. Sometimes creators just go all out in their unabashed love for the era, and that passion shines through in Cruise Control [Free] -- albeit, in light of some unfortunate IAP peddling...

I'm kind of picky with audio quality – not too much, but a bit more than many folks. Where most of our Mobcrush streamers use basic setups for their streaming from iPad, I go crazy using an audio mixer and good headphones with microphones. For a while I was using the Yamaha AG03 mixer on loan for review, but after returning it, I picked up a Behringer Xenyx302 that does a good enough job though I want to pick up the AG06 at some point. For my headphones, I was using the V-Moda M-100 with the BoomPro detachable boom microphone. But an issue I was having was that the headphones were isolating myself from my own voice too much. Combined with the always-on voice monitoring on the Xenyx302, this meant other people in my house could hear me talking because I'm probably yelling. I have open-back headphones that would isolate less, but I didn't have the boom microphone setup that I prefer for streaming, particularly when I'm streaming from an iPad that can move about. A desktop mic in this situation might not be preferable, and a complicated microphone setup seems excessive for streaming games straight from an iPad. Thankfully, an opportunity to review the ModMic 4.0 came around, and I jumped on it to see just how well this commonly-recommended solution works for headphones...

State os Play is really out to please its customers at the moment; after updating the great pinball game, INKS [$1.99] , ridding it of its in-app additional world purchases, they are offering two great games, for free...

Best Cheap Decks, Tempo Warrior Guide, Which Legendaries to Craft, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #49

Welcome to another weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. We are at the point where the meta is gradually stabilizing as players figure out which decks work great, which ones just well, and which ones have almost no chance of winning. We have a meta report that shows how the meta has slowed and how control is king, we have good guides for some of the stronger decks in the current meta as well as cheap decks for those who haven't poured a lot of money into the game. In general, you'll see how everyone is trying to figure out what new cards are the strongest and which of the older ones are useful again. And I do want to say thank you to everyone reading this column every week; I hope you continue to enjoy it...

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