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If you're playing Gamevil's new baseball game MLB Perfect Inning 15 [Free] and want to get some cool player cards for free, we've got the hookup. Use the code TOUCHARCADE in the game, and you will get 5 Pro Drafts for free. This code is good until May 30th, and can only be used once. To redeem it, go to the game's home screen, and select the "Event" button. Then, choose the "Enter your promo code here" banner. Type in the TOUCHARCADE code, and you'll get your five free Pro Drafts in your mailbox in the game...

'Shooting Stars' Has a Cat That Shoots Rainbow Lasers

Bloodirony Games has just announced their new game Shooting Stars, and it's looking like quite the spectacle. They're describing it as a shoot 'em up with roguelike elements...and a bearded dude with glasses on a hoverboard, holding a cat that shoots rainbow lasers. The dude's name is Tscherno, and he must try to save Earth from being taken over by evil aliens who have taken the form of celebrities to control all human life. A sacred rainbow unicorn has given you the mission to free the celebrities – because truly, the are the future – and to fight back those evil aliens. Check out the radical trailer:..

Pocket Gems is a company that largley focuses on games aimed at casual, mainstream audiences, what with Tap Pet Hotel [Free] and Runway Life [Free]. So if you saw their new game War Dragons [Free] and didn't realize it was Pocket Gems, I wouldn't be surprised. It's quite a gritty departure from everything they've previously put out. Well, it turns out that they're looking to really expand their portfolio of games into something more for a core audience. And why not do that by making a PVP multiplayer game where you breed dragons, and then fight with those dragons against other people?..

While the world goes crazy over the Apple Watch, let's not forget that there are other smartwatches out there. If you're an Android Wear user, you have a pretty cool leg up on Apple Watch owners, as Monument Valley [$3.99] developers Ustwo released a series of stylish watch faces for Android Wear, and they're looking pretty great, from a few more traditional ones to the utterly abstract. If you're a fan of their style, check them out:..

Amazon Game Studios announced earlier this year that they were going to start making games for iOS along with their typical Fire releases, and the first game as part of that arrangement has just released on the App Store: Lost Within [$6.99], developed by Human Head Studios, known for Prey. This is a survival horror game where you find yourself exploring a strange, worn-down mental institution, trying to stay alive from the modified human horrors now wandering the halls. You'll scrounge up materials and flee to safety, trying to distract your foes as taking them on is not the best course of action. It actually has a kind of BioShock [$9.99] vibe in terms of trying to escape more powerful enemies, though this is definitely more touch-friendly than that ever was!..

I remember the early days of the App Store, when twin-stick shooters roamed the landscape free and clear. They're a bit more rare now, as the genre got crowded and kind of played itself out. Geometry Wars: Touch [$0.99] remains un-updated for modern devices. At least Radiangames has cornered the market with JoyJoy [$1.99], Inferno 2 [$2.99], and the dual-stick shooter Metroidvania Powerpuff Girls: Defenders of Townsville [$3.99] which unfortunately is no longer for sales. I enjoyed the era of dual-stick shooters, because I liked the variety of games developers made with the conventions! Trigonarium [$1.99] should provide some hope for the masses, needing more dual joysticks to blast enemies from all over the place. If you like frantic shooters and going for high scores, all at a silky-smooth 60 frames per second, Trigonarium is the game for you...

Super Hexagon [$2.99] still has an outsized influence on mobile gaming, as minimalist, high-difficulty, arcade-style games keep coming out. Tiltagon [Free] from Jyri and Piia Kilpeläinen, decides to skew closer to Super Hexagon where many games are now taking influence from Flappy Bird and Crossy Road [Free]. The high-tempo electronic music, the hexagons, the frequent deaths, they all seem familiar. Tiltagon does an admirable job at mixing things up by being a tilt-based game that can't match the speed of touch-based games, but finds clever ways to fit in this arcade challenge genre...

For those of you hopelessly addicted to Starbucks, there's a couple cool freebies that they're giving away right now. According to a report on our forums, you can pick up Drift'n'Drive [$1.99] from Gimblll for free in stores right now as their Pick of the Week. This top-down racer is super-fun, and if you enjoy it, then you can support the developer by buying their latest game Trigonarium [$1.99] which is also a ton of fun. As always with Pick of the Week giveaways, your store might not have them out yet, or they might have them for a while longer beyond the weekly period they're usually available for...

Nitrome is a studio that just keeps cranking out the rad pixel-art games. Their game Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire [Free] is a fun and challenging game where you draw glyphs to defeat enemies. If you've gotten your high scores but are hungry for more, then good news: Nitrome has just released an update adding in a bunch of new stuff. Most deviously, there's a new mega-balloon enemy to try and defeat, which I have no clue how I or anyone else will pull off. Should be fun!..

Check Out the Trailer for Perspective-Altering Rhythm Game 'Wicked World'

Incodra has revealed a nifty-looking game called Wicked World, that takes inspiration from DJ Hero and iOS smash hit Geometry Dash [$1.99 / Free] in a curious mixture of games. You'll be navigating your player character through a spinning planet, dodging blocks in multiple different perspectives. Check out the video of the game in action, it looks pretty cool and has a nice 'twist' to it!..

Eyes Wide Games has just announced that they have a game for the Apple Watch releasing on April 24th, alongside the watch's launch. It's called Watch This Homerun, a clever play on words on the term "watching a home run" and that it's a watch game. You'll be playing as a hitter, trying to knock some nasty pitches out of the park. It's a game of timing and accuracy, as accurate taps will socre you runs when you knock the ball out of the park, inaccurate ones will cause you to make outs...

Just started playing Hearthstone [Free] and feel the need to buy some rad coin packs? Well, Hearthstone is now on the Amazon Appstore for Android with phone support, and to celebrate, they have a deal where you get 30% back in Amazon Coins when you buy any card back worth $19.99 or greater through the Amazon Appstore version of the game. Amazon Coins are a secondary currency on the Amazon Appstore that can be used to buy apps and in-app purchases, without spending real money, where 1 coin equals $0.01 US. Amazon claims that through savings and promotions on the Amazon Appstore, where if you buy Amazon Coins at a 10% discount, you can get 106 card packs for $90 versus 70 packs for $90 on stores without promotions. I did the math and I think you can only get 104 based on current promotions, because the $9.99 card pack doesn't give you coins back to buy an extra 2-pack IAP they seem to be figuring in. Still, not bad...

Sister site MacRumors has just published an article based on a survey of teens in America, asking who intends to buy an Apple Watch and why: while it's not the number one reason, 61% of teens interested in the Apple Watch want it for apps, ahead of the desire for the brand and fitness tracking. While at the moment, 11% of teens currently have an interest in the Apple Watch at all (down from 16% in the fall), it's possible this is normal variance, and that it could change with an Apple marketing blitz and as other people start to receive their watches...

The Simpsons Tapped Out [Free] has just gotten an update adding in notable series archenemy Sideshow Bob and the rest of the Terwilliger family to the hit simulation game. The Terwilligers are looking to make amends for the many, many crimes they've committed against the Simpsons, or so it seems. You can build buildings and complete missions to unlock all five of the Terwilliger clan, including Sideshow Bob. Just be careful where you lay down those rakes. Or don't, it'd be funnier...

'Lara Croft: Relic Run'  Will Bring 'Temple Run' to 'Tomb Raider'

So, you're a Tomb Raider fan, and you've enjoyed Tomb Raider I [$0.99], Tomb Raider II [$1.99], and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light [$4.99] on mobile. What are you ready for now? How about a behind-the-back endless runner starring Lara Croft? That's what's next, ready or not: Lara Croft: Relic Run is coming soon, and it's out now in the Netherlands if you want to try it...

Puzzling Roguelike 'MicRogue' Finally Has a Release Date

Jason Pickering and Crescent Moon Games' MicRogue finally has a release date: April 30th. This puzzling, pixelly, roguelike game had been a bit mired in Apple approvals, but it's finally approved and will be releasing to the world in a couple of weeks. This one promises to be a challenging little game. Our hands-on video from GDC shows off a bit of the game, and how it's going to be pretty difficult to get all the way to floor 10:..

Hearthstone [Free] just came out this afternoon for iPhone, getting updated as a universal app. If you haven't had a chance to play it on your iPhone - say you're at work, on slow wi-fi, or the universal version still isn't showing up for you - then I've helpfully recorded some gameplay footage showing off how the interface works on the iPhone 6 Plus. Check out the video below, and forgive the basicness. I'm a Hearthstone casual/noob...

'Guitar Hero Live' Brings Plastic Guitars to Mobile at Last

The age of plastic instruments is once again on us, my friends. Activision has just announced that Guitar Hero Live is coming out later this year, and it's coming to mobile as well as the new consoles. Not "coming to mobile" as in "here's a stripped down version," but, "you can play the game with an actual guitar controller on mobile." The big changes are that the game uses a six-button controller, instead designed with two sets of three buttons on top of each other, so it's about shifting up and down the fret board rather than sliding across it. Additionally, the game is designed to take place in first person, where you're seeing the crowd react to how you play. At least this is the case from the console versions...

'PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist' is the Latest YouTuber Game in Development

There's a curious trend happening where YouTube gaming personalities are releasing mobile games. There's Tobuscus Adventures: Wizards [$4.99], and CaptainSparklez has the upcoming Fortress Fury, for example. PewDiePie, the arch-YouTuber, has got a game of his own in the works. PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist is coming to mobile, developed by Outerminds. PewDiePie featured the latest build of the game in a video just posted to his YouTube channel, showing off the action-platformer with pugs, brofists, and shark-punching...

'Drift Draft Destroy' Will be a Top-Down Racer with Rockets and Online Multiplayer

Top-down racers are fun, sure. There's a bunch of fun ones on the App Store. Top-down racers with online multiplayer and the ability to shoot rockets at other racers to destroy them? Why, that sounds quite interesting. Thankfully, Gripati has decided to bring this idea to life with their upcoming game Drift Draft Destroy, where you'll be racing against three othe players, picking up powerups, and trying to out-race and annihilate your enemies. Check out the trailer:..