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'Tacticool' Is a Cool-Looking 5v5 With Destructible Vehicles and 1-Minute Long Matches - Beta Starts Tomorrow

More and more developers are building competitive games that fit the mobile platform, and the upcoming Tacticool seems to be one of those games. The game is all about 1-minute long 5v5 matches that you play using a thumbstick and a single button. And as you can see from the trailer below, the game has vehicles you can use to quickly take out your opponents or simply to allow your teammates to find some cover. The game has destructible cars, trains that occasionally cross the levels and kill anyone in their way, and more. The animations and visual look really good, and if the game controls well, it could be great fun to play...

'Desperate Housewives: The Game' Will Blend Murder-Mystery With Role-Playing

Many of you might not remember how big the Desperate Housewives TV show was, since it's been off the air for some time now, but the show had quite a big following. Now there's a game called, well, Desperate Housewives: The Game, coming to mobile soon that's hoping to blend the gameplay from games like Episodes and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and is aiming for an older demographic than other similar games...




Candy Crush Saga [Free] has conquered many a phone screens since it first came out, and it's still going strong with around $1 billion dollars revenue a year. And it's about to come to your TV screens too, as you might already know. Apparently, the Candy Crush TV show is already a part of the Guinness World Records for having the world's largest touchscreen displays, measuring in at 30 feet high by 20 feet wide. The screens include 55 55-inch monitors, each with 32 cameras recording the competitors' hand swipes. Can you imagine the amount of fingerprints those things are going to attract?..

'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds'- Inspired 'Guns Royale' Shows Off More Gameplay

If you've been reading any gaming news, you probably know that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is the hottest game around at the moment, so it's not surprising that mobile developers are using it as inspiration. Bullet Strike: Battlegrounds is one of those games as is Guns Royale: Blocky Battlegrounds, both of which we've written about recently. The developers of Guns Royale have added a new gameplay video in our Upcoming Games forum thread, and it's certainly promising...

'Raze: Dungeon Arena' Brings 24 Heroes, Dozens of Dungeons, and Co-Op

Action RPGs have been doing quite well on the App Store, which is why we've been getting a thousand of them a week. Raze: Dungeon Arena is another game hoping to join the club, but its developers hope that the game's features will make it stand out. The game has over 60 single player dungeons for you to clear out, but it also offers 1v1, 2v2, guild battles, and co-op modes. The developers seem to be betting that the game's multiplayer modes will keep players coming back for more...

'Assassin's Creed Rebellion' Is an Upcoming Strategy RPG Where You Collect Assassins

We are getting another Assassin's Creed game on mobile, and this one is going in a different direction than previous iterations. Assassin's Creed Rebellion takes players back to the 15th century and the Spanish Inquisition and has them building their own Assassin Brotherhood. The game pulls together 40 different Assassins, some you will know and some new ones, that you get to unlock as you go along. The word "unlock" should give you an idea of how this free-to-play game will play...

'Brawl Stars' Buffs Dynamike and Bo, Nerfs Jessie, Nita, and Spike

Supercell continues to tinker with the various character of the very entertaining Brawl Stars in an effort to better balance the game and prevent frustration. This time around, we got buffs and nerfs as well as cheaper coin boosts, better event rotations, and new maps. Dynamike's Super damage is seeing an increase from 400 to 500 because his super was rather underwhelming and barely did more damage than his main attack...

Clash of Clans [Free] just got more content in the Builder Hall 6 update, which has just gone live. The biggest additions are the two new units, the Night Witch and the Roaster. The Night Witch, which you get when you upgrade your Builder Barracks to Level 8, does ranged attacks that hit both air and ground units, spawns bats that attack both ground and air units, and will spawn into a swarm of bats once it receives fatal damage. The Roaster is a great defense weapon against the Night Witch and shoots flames up to 7 tiles away in burst fire of 15 shots. At Level 6, it does 16 damage per shot, hits air and ground units, and does splash damage...

San Diego Comic-Con is a beast of an event with all kinds of things happening, but, surprisingly, gaming-related events aren't usually part of it. This year, SDCC's organizers are introducing a new event called Game Creator Connection, organized and run by professional game developers, including a former executive director of the International Game Developers Association. The organizers want this event to provide an opportunity for current and aspiring game developers to network and receive advice and mentoring. If you were to attend, you could seek guidance about how to build a strong portfolio, how to get your career going, and so on. There will be a timed rotation so everyone can get a chance to talk to the mentors there...

Supercell continues to tinker with the beast that is Clash of Clans [Free], and this time around some of the newest units are getting hit with the nerf hammer. The developers have admitted that the power levels of the new units were in need of additional balancing. The anticipated changes are an HP decrease for the Night Witch along with a reduction in the number of Night Witch Death Bat Swarms from 4/6/8 to 2/4/6 per ability level. Bats spawning limit will also be reduced. All of these nerfs should have a pretty significant effect on the Night Witch's power level...

I know that E3 was pretty devoid of mobile content, with Nintendo being one of the culprits, but in this case no news wasn't necessarily bad news. In a recent interview, Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime, talked explained that the company felt E3 wasn't the place to talk about mobile plans, so Nintendo focused instead on Switch and the Nintendo 3DS. A place like South by Southwest would be a better place to talk about mobile, Fils-Aime pointed out. It was all about giving that specific audience what it wanted...

It's no secret that Apple is betting that AR, and specifically its ARKit, will be a game-changer for the iOS ecosystem, and after seeing some recent examples, I can see why the company is so confident. In the first video, developer Matthew Hallberg shows off his Minecraft [$6.99] AR app that lets players place Minecraft blocks in the real world and then proceed to break them just like they would do when playing the actual game. The video shows how easy it is to create whole Minecraft worlds using ARKit in a way that makes them believable and immersive. Pay attention to how the lights he places interact with the blocks; it's pretty cool. I can see for instance people making Minecraft mazes for a kid's birthday party...

We Are Closer to Getting a Mobile Version of 'Neo Scavenger'

A mobile version of Neo Scavenger, the turn-based hex-grid survival game, is closer to being a reality according to the game's developer. In a recent blog post, Daniel Fedor described the technical difficulties he had to face while trying to port Neo Scavenger on iOS and how he has (finally) overcome those and can now proceed to port it. That should be great news for anyone who enjoys turn-based games since Neo Scavenger is a great example of the genre...

Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)], Bethesda's CCG, continues to expand in terms of features, and now it's getting ready to also come to Android phones (don't worry, it's also coming to iPhones soon). If you do your gaming on an Android phone, you should pre-register for the game on Google Play so you can get a free Legendary card at launch, a pretty good deal. Elder Scrolls: Legends has some cool mechanics that make it stand out from games like Hearthstone—including two lanes—and has been adding features quite regularly...

Card Pack Changes, Token Shaman Guide, Kripp and Kibler Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News on 'Touchstone' #103

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players, and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best stories and videos from last week. As you've probably heard by now, we got some great news last week about changes in the card packs, changes that should help free-to-play players build better collections for cheaper. We also had some issues with the upcoming Wild Open. You will also read a Token Shaman guide, take a look at the good and bad Un'Goro card designs, and more. And, of course, we have the best videos from the past week. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let's begin...

'Eminence: Xander's Tales' Open Beta Pushed Back to Late July

A few days ago we wrote that the TCG/MMORPG Eminence: Xander's Tales was ready to go into open beta after quite some time in development. While the open beta is still coming, it has been pushed back a month to the end of July. Apparently, the game utilizes a third-party tool for the backend system, and its provider is shutting it down. So, the developers will now build their own server infrastructure, and even though most of the work has already been done, the system needs to be tested to ensure everything is smooth. So, you'll have to be a bit more patient...

Ultimate General: Gettysburg [$3.99] is one of the prettiest real-time strategy games on any platform, and two years after landing on iPads, it has finally marched onto your iPhones after the latest update. The game was originally released on PCs, and even though the iOS version lost some great features—multiplayer and dynamic campaign—it is still a great game. Ultimate General has a 10-mission campaign that you can play either as the North or the South, great touch controls that let you move your armies around easily, and pretty strong AI that will give you plenty of challenge...

Check Out the 'Swing King and the Temple of Bling' Launch Trailer

The promising Swing King and the Temple of Bling is releasing June 29th, and today we got the game's launch trailer, and it looks like fun. The trailer shows off many of the different worlds you'll encounter as well as the different obstacles you'll have to avoid on your way to conquering the game's many levels. If you haven't read our earlier stories on the game, Swing King and the Temple of Bling is a single-tap portrait game that has you swinging around poles to navigate the environments and solve puzzles as you hunt for treasure...

'Taichi Panda' Developer Making 'Dark and Light: Tales of Gaia' MMORPG

Snail Games, of Taichi Panda and Age of Wushu, is currently developing a new MMORPG called Dark and Light: Tales of Gaia, and you can pre-register for it now. The game is based on the PC title Dark and Light, and it features traditional MMO gameplay along with some other new (at least according to the developers) ideas. You'll have your usual dungeon crawling and bosses, and players can choose from one of the game's three races. You can also raise mounts that you can use to fight in ground-to-air combat...

'Player Unknown's Battlegrounds'-Inspired 'Bullet Strike: Battlegrounds' Looking for Testers

As has been always the case in video game history, when game is successful, many follow in its wake. Player Unknown's Battlegrounds has sold over 4 million copies, so it's not surprising that mobile developers are trying to capture some of that magic on phones and tablets. Bullet Strike: Battlegrounds is one of those games, and it's looking for alpha testers in our Upcoming Games forums. As you can see from the trailer below, the game appears to adopt many of the usual battle royale mechanics of having to find weapons and get to killing people...