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'Through the Ages' Mobile Version to be Released September 14

Through the Ages is one of the most popular board games in the world and its digital transformation is very nearly complete. Czech Games, the makers of Vlad Chvátil's classic, tweeted out the news that the game is coming September 14th. In Through the Ages you seek to build the best possible civilization through the usual combination of resource management, military development, and technology-tree selection. The game throws in some interesting twists facets as well with the electing of strong (and wise) leaders and discovery and control of world wonders. It's a card drafting game and as such has a decently sized learning curve one must ascend before really excelling at the game, but is well worth the effort for fans of tabletop games...

Frost [$3.99] is a deck-building card game that is all about surviving against impossible odds in a treacherous environment where any misstep can be your last. It is cold. It is bleak. It is fantastic. You play as the leader of a small band of survivors looking to outrun the Frost — a killer blizzard — and make it to the Refuge, the one place where one can find a modicum of safety from the storm. The entire game is designed to support Frost's narrative and theme, from the chilling music and spot-on sound effects to the whitewashed artwork full of chilly blues, grays, and whites...




Ticket to Earth [$4.99] is a well-made tactical RPG with a cool, puzzle-like combat mechanic that is both compelling and rather unique - a rarity in this day and age. The game's first protagonist is fond of saying "see the grid, find the path," the mantra from a futuristic martial art that allows her to blitz through the battlefield and over different colored squares that fuel a variety of attack powers. The story is cool, and is set in New Providence, a dying colony on a distant world. The colony is being evacuated back to earth, but you need a ticket - and they all end up in the hands of the rich and powerful. The people have had enough, and faced with an uncertain future, opt to rise up. ..

In Cityglitch [$2.99], a new puzzle game in app stores now, the world is filled with haunted cities full of glitches—strange, irregular, and dangerous beings that torment the residents. It falls on a red-headed protagonist to fly through each city from rooftop to rooftop and light runes in order to conduct a magical ritual that will free each city from their glitches. Naturally you play as this protagonist and must solve a puzzle to light each rooftop rune. Each puzzle takes the form of a five-by-five grid. One or more of these spaces will be occupied by pink oblong circles which are the runes of that rooftop. When your protagonist steps on a rune it will light up becoming two oblong circles, one nested within another. Your goal is to light up all of the runes...

'Brawl Stars' Character Changes Coming Soon

By all accounts Brawl Stars will be the next hit by Supercell. The team-based real-time fighting game is by the makers of both Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free] and has attracted quite a player base in soft launch. Supercell is continually tweaking the game to get things as fair and balanced as possible before release. They announced some character balances coming soon and this time, they are undoing some prior changes that put too much emphasis on adjusting based on win rate. They are now looking more at how often a particular brawler is used across all of the game's modes of play and trophy ranges as a better gauge on what needs tweaking. To this end, they announced a slew of changes to nine different characters. It looks like a solid attempt to make the less popular characters more inviting and to knock some of the super stars back to the pack...

There's nothing like some fresh success to shake off the sting of failure, just ask Niantic who are coming off a very successful event in Yokohama, Japan. The makers of Pokemon GO [Free] released some impressive information about Pikachu Outbreak, which was host to over two-million fans of the game from around the world. Hundreds of thousands of trainers traveled to various parks across the city and took part in major events at the appropriately named Pokemon GO Park. Combined, trainers managed to catch over 120 million Pokemon which includes more than 15 million individual Pikachu. That's some serious catch-them-all action...

Tabletop board and card games are a natural genre to get a remake into digital life. Such transitions don't always go well, but when they do it sure is satisfying to be able to play great tabletop games on your phone or tablet. Tsuro - The Game of the Path [Free] is, thankfully, an excellent example of the physical-to-digital conversion done right. In the game you lay tiles onto the game board to create a path. Your goal is to travel as far as possible, in actual game board centimeters, and to complete as many loops as you can while doing so. Your opponents, either AI or live humans in the digital game, are seeking to do the same and to disrupt your best efforts. Today, for the first time since its release, Tsuro is now available to download for free on the App Store...

Collect-em-all style games have long used rarity to drive player interest, and sales. Pokemon GO [Free] has certainly gone that way with legendary Pokemon and the ultra-rare "shiny" versions of otherwise regular Pokemon. Shiny Pikachu is a recent addition to the rarer-than-rare crowd, and can be distinguished by a darker shade of yellow and sparkling animation. Initially the shiny version of Pikachu was only catchable at the Pikachu Outbreak Festival in Yokohama, Japan. However, internet reports are coming in from other parts of the world where happy collectors have captured the shiny version in the wild...

'Six Ages', Spiritual Successor of King of Dragon Pass, is Feature Complete

King of Dragon Pass [$9.99] is a civilization building, role-playing, interactive-fiction game set in the mythologically blessed world of Glorantha—home of RuneQuest, HeroQuest, and 13th Age. It operates on two levels, one of empire building where you grow a tribe into a dominant force and another of character-driven role-playing adventure. The fact the game can do both simultaneously and do it well is why the game, released way back in 2010, is an absolute iOS classic (not to mention the other platforms on which it appears). A Sharp Games, the developers of King of Dragon Pass, announced a follow-up game and spiritual successor to the game…nearly three years ago...

Wave Light Games is continuing their wave of updates for popular tactical role-playing game Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]. One week ago brought a release that brought us a new character option, the Cataphract, among a bevy of other nice changes. Today, I can tell you that another update has been submitted to Apple to unleash yet another character. ..

'Follow.trail' Review - Find  Your Trail to Victory and Fun

I'm a big fan of puzzle games. They are the perfect genre for quick play sessions on a phone while out and about or during brief stretches of downtime at work or at home. I'm constantly on the look-out for fun new titles to add to my collection for this very purpose and am pleased to be able to mention follow.trail [$2.99], a path-clearing puzzle game released just last week. In follow.trail your goal is simple: Eliminate a series of squares from a rectangular game board on your way to the exit. You do this by following a trail of dots, represented by what look like standard game dice with one, two, or three dots. Each time you land on a die you reduce the number of dots on that die by one. When all dots are gone the die disappears, leaving a blank space on the rectangular game board. Your path must move over all the dice in a level enough times to eliminate them on your way to the checkerboard die that serves as the exit for each level...

Supercell, the makers of super popular lane-based collectible-card game Clash Royale [Free], tweeted out its intent to bring back one of the game's most popular modes of play soon. 2v2 allows a pair of players to take on an opposing duo in a number of different formats, including "Friendly Battle", "Draft", and various challenges. Clash Royale's player base really enjoys the change of pace and tends to clamor for more 2v2. The game just had its "Summer of 2v2" where dynamic duos could lay the smack down for the entire month of July. Apparently, that's not all, and we'll see more 2v2 action soon...

A node is a point at which lines come together or branch. It also drives the gameplay of new puzzle game noded [$0.99] by Pixel Envision Limited. In noded you're presented with a series of lines and nodes in a particular shape and given a target shape to replicate. You tap on the nodes to flip their associated lines in another direction and must figure out the right series of moves to morph into the correct final shape. The goal is to complete this transformation in as few moves as possible...

Tim Fowers, creator of the tabletop and digital novel-writing game Paperback [$3.99], just released a brand new title to the App Store. Burgle Brothers [$4.99] is yet another tabletop to iOS conversion and plays out like a classic heist movie. You pick your crew ala Ocean's 11, each potential recruit has unique abilities to bring to the party, and figure out a master plan to pull off a daring and high-value heist in a very secure building. Naturally no plan of thievery survives contact with the mark and much of the game is about how you adapt and extract yourself from difficult circumstances...

'Swim Out' Review - A Relaxing Poolside Puzzler

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August 11th, 2017 12:45 PM EDT by Nick Vigdahl in $1.99, 4 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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Summer is cruising along at a blistering pace isn't it? It's the speediest of all seasons to be sure and before long many of us will be left with wind chills and blankets of snow to continually clear and drive through, others will face sleet and gloomy skies. It's not over yet, though, and a new puzzle game is out to help conjure happier times once it is. Swim Out [$2.99] is a clever new puzzle game about a blue-capped swimmer looking to navigate their way through a great many high traffic pools...

The King is dead and the Vikings are invading. The Prince and Princess must set aside sibling squabbles, drive back the marauders, and set the kingdom to rights. That's the premise of a very cool looking game under development for several months now but until today, remained nameless. Bad North will be a single-player, real-time strategy game set in a land of warbands and raiding Vikings. A cross between tower defense and Total War, you'll have to defend your territory by beating back waves of enemy ships and warriors. As you defeat them you'll earn gold and experience with which you can upgrade your warriors to better take down more enemies. Oh, yeah, and it looks great...

We're on high alert here at TouchArcade and ever vigilant in tracking the coming iOS 11 "Appocalypse." If you have no idea what I'm talking about allow me to recommend our definitive guide to iOS 11, 64-bit support, and the end of playability of a great many older games. The short of it is, if a game has not been updated from 32 to 64 bits it will stop working on any device that runs iOS 11. Luckily developers have been responding to this threat to their games and, despite there being little financial reward for doing so, are updating their games if possible. One such game is Slayin [$0.99] which just got version 3.0. The update description is simple, yet welcome, "Added 64-bit support."..

Rubicon really knows what they're about when it comes to turn-based, tactical war games on mobile devices. They all but pioneered the genre early on in the App Store with Great Little War Game [$0.99] and followed it up with Great Big War Game [$0.99], and Great Little War Game 2 [$0.99]. Last June, Epic Little War Game [$0.99] hit the scene and really modernized the franchise. It offers the same great intuitive and fast-paced gameplay and is a lot of fun. A wide variety of units, each with their pros and cons, along with a variety of different terrain considerations really drive up the decision making and make this a great game for strategic players...

Garden Growing Board Game 'Cottage Garden' Coming to Mobile

Cottage Garden is a tabletop board game designed by Uwe Rosenberg and all about the art of gardening, and it's coming to mobile. DIGIDICED, makers of the recently released Terra Mystica [$9.99], are hard at work on a digital version and are aiming for a third-quarter release. In Cottage Garden up to four players compete for points earned by selecting flowers from a common marketplace and planting them in one of your two flower beds. Each type of flower has a specific shape, requiring a certain number of your garden squares and part of the gameplay is puzzling over where best to place them. The player with the most points from the best plants wins the game...

We've got an quick look inside the headquarters of Supercell where they have announced a nerf, I mean balance adjustment—I was told to say balance adjustment—for a number of powers in their smash hit lane-based collectible-card game Clash Royale [Free]. The Supercell developer pats the head of the Nerf bat affectionately. "I always use Lucille when I ner…er, balance powers in the game." He smiles and scans the cowering powers on their knees before him. This is obviously his favorite part of the job. "Now who shall it be…eeny meeny miny moe." On "moe" the bat swings down and hits Night Witch with a solid blow. "Wooooooo! That's 9% less damage, 11% shorter range, bat spawn speed down a second, and 2 bats rather than 3." The dev smiles a wicked smile, "Who's next?"..