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Eli as been obsessed with mobile gaming his entire life. Originally starting with Tiger Electronics handhelds, graduating to the original Game Boy, and upgrading to nearly every handheld platform leading up to modern day portables.

'Blood Bowl' for iPad Finally Hits the App Store

July 31st, 2014 11:18 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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As predicted in last night's new game roundup, there were a couple high profile stragglers that hit the App Store outside of the normal release window. Blood Bowl [$4.99 (HD)] is one of those games. It's basically a $17 game, as it's priced at $4.99 to keep the initial price point low with four additional races in game which can be unlocked for $2.99 a pop. It's kind of like how Warhammer Quest [$4.99] gets you in the door, then has a bunch of different classes you can buy if you end up enjoying the game...

Man, Hearthstone [Free (HD)] is getting awesome. I talked about this on our podcast, but I've got to say this is by far the cleverest way to release new cards that I've ever seen in a collectable card game. These boss (and class) encounters are a ton of fun, and if you liked the Arachnid Quarter, you're going to love the Plague Quarter...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: '80 Days', 'Angels in the Sky', 'Deep Loot', 'Micromon' and Tons More

There's an awful lot of rad looking games coming tonight, both titles we were expecting from developers we know as well as totally new stuff that I can't wait to try. As usual, all of these games should hit the US App Store at 11:00 PM Eastern, or potentially earlier if your personal iTunes region is in an Asian or European country...

If you're wild about Hearthstone [Free (HD)], you're going to be in for a late night tonight. Blizzard just announced the time that the new Plague Quarter is going to be unlocking, and for those of us in the US market it'll happen at 11:59 PM Pacific tonight. Other regions get theirs a bit earlier, so if you're curious about all the fights, it might not be a bad idea to find someone with an Asian account streaming on Twitch this afternoon...

LogoWe're down one Mike Meade on this podcast, but it's still an awesome episode. Or… Maybe that's why it's an awesome episode. Either way, Jared and I rock out for a solid 90 minutes chatting about all the huge releases this week and the subsequent drama they caused- Because, you know, video games and internet drama go hand in hand.

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'Firefly Online' Also Gets a Comic Con Trailer

Hey! Another thing that's relevant to us at Comic Con! If you remember last Comic Con we posted the vague reveal trailer for Firefly Online, which didn't show too much unless you're really in to ships and planets. Well, this year they've upped the ante:..

Here's some good news for "Canadians" and actual Canadians living in Canada: NimbleBit's followup to Tiny Tower [Free], Tiny Tower Vegas, recently soft launched in the Canadian App Store. They've been doing a pretty wide scale beta test of the game, and now everyone can get in on it- Assuming you're savvy enough to have a Canadian iTunes account, anyway...

'Re-Volt 2' Briefly Appears on the App Store as Free to Play Racer

There are few PC racing games I have fonder memories of than the RC car racer Re-Volt. It hit in the late 90's, and I couldn't even begin to guess the amount of time I spent playing multiplayer with friends around that time. Re-Volt Classic [$5.99] is available on the App Store, but it's one of those games that you need to have some thick rose colored nostalgia classes on to fully enjoy. Regardless, this classic IP seems primed for a reboot...

Is 'Bioshock' Finally Coming to iOS? Well, That's One Way You Could Read These Tea Leaves

Hanging out with our pals from MacRumors and having been involved in the X-Files club in Junior High (No, for real, X-Files just premiered and it was red hot.) might be responsible for grooming me in to reading between any two lines I can possibly find, but try this on for size: 2K's UK account typically tweets about Borderlands, Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns Superman punching, and other stuff relevant to their games. That makes sense, it's a Twitter account for a publisher...

The 'Angry Birds Transformers' Comic Con Trailer is Pretty Gnarly

Mobile stuff usually isn't that prevalent at Comic Con, short of a few spillover trailers for games that might also be coming to mobile. Rovio, as usual, is the exception here and just released a pretty awesome Angry Birds Transformers trailer:..

Yesterday I posted about how I managed to beat the heroic difficulty of Hearthstone's [Free (HD)] Arachnid Quarter in the new Curse of Naxxramas expansion. All three decks were loaded with epic and legendary cards, and I suspected that it was entirely possible to beat them with way cheaper decks...

Alright, so this isn't a game, but I imagine if you made a Venn diagram representing gamers and people interested enough in Marvel comics to flop out a dollar to unlimited access to Marvel's online catalog, you'd pretty much have a circle. Thanks to a promotion taking place for San Diego Comic Con, those two worlds can now collide...

'Thomas Was Alone' Drops to $3.99 and Goes Universal

Mike Bithell's Thomas Was Alone [$5.99] is one of those things I wish I could delete from my brain. Not because it was bad, but because it was so good and the original experience was so powerful I want to experience it fresh all over again. It's an insanely clever game, as on the surface it's an incredibly basic puzzle platformer. You play as one of many characters, represented as basic polygons, and need to get them all to the end of the level utilizing each of their unique abilities. Think Blizzard's The Lost Vikings stripped down to its most minimal core...

Yesterday the Hearthstone [Free (HD)] expansion Curse of Naxxramas was released. The non-heroic difficulty levels of the three bosses and class challenges are pretty easy, but heroic is an entirely different ball game. If you're stuck on the normal challenges, check out our guide from yesterday. If you're stuck on the heroic bosses, read on, just keep in mind there are potential spoilers ahead as these single player adventures are essentially deck building puzzles...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Modern Combat 5: Blackout', 'Revolution 60' and Loads More

The day is finally upon us, after loads of anticipation and drama of nearly all forms, Gameloft's Modern Combat 5 is finally almost here. Also, if you're not in to modern military shooters, there's a ton of other awesome games coming out tonight too. Here's the launch trailer for MC5 if you haven't seen it yet:..