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Clash Royale [Free] continues adding new units, and the new unit to join the party is the Bandit, a fun new Legendary that dashes to her target and delivers a wallop. Specifically, this 3-Elixir Legendary can't be hit while she's dashing to her target, which makes her a very useful unit. She deploys in 1 second, has 1 second hit speed, and is fast. She is unlocked in the Jungle Arena (Arena 9). Keep in mind that she will not dash to any unit less than 4 tiles from her, so spawn her carefully. Her dash can get her through boulders and The Log without getting knocked back, and, if nothing else, looks very cool...

The Formula 1 2017 season is already rumbling down the tracks in Australia, so we shouldn't be surprised that Codemasters has dropped the price for its F1 2016 [$9.99] game for the first time since its release. I didn't enjoy the game too much when I reviewed it because it has some issues with the way the AI reacts to your car on track as well as the usual Codemasters bugs. At the same time, it's a very entertaining F1 racing game, and the App Store doesn't have many of those. The game brings along all the cars, drivers, and tracks from last year's season, which makes it a fun game for the fans of the sport...




If you're fan of board game digital conversions or of the Great War (also known as WW I), you should check out HexWar Games' Command & Colours: The Great War [$7.99 (HD)], which just released on the App Store. This port takes the pretty popular Command & Colours system and brings to your tablet a pretty entertaining take on the massacre that was the Great War. The battle system allows for the game to scale nicely, so you might be playing a small squad encounter or a huge battle; personally, I'm usually more interested in the more "intimate" encounters in strategy games. And the use of the Combat cards makes the battles unpredictable and, therefore, more entertaining...

Great news for fans of the terrific Orphan Black TV show; Orphan Black: The Game [$4.99] has just quietly made its way to the App Store. Orphan Black: The Game is a turn-based adventure puzzle game that deals with the same issues the TV show does, namely the adventures and misadventures of a group of female clones at the center of a global conspiracy. If you haven't watched the show, it's a dramatic series, with plenty of comedic moments, that raises questions around who owns the human body and explores the nature vs nurture debate—do your genes or your upbringing make you who you are...

Power Rangers are back, apparently. After a brief period in beta, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars [Free] has released worldwide, just a few days after the new movie premiered. Legacy Wars has you fighting against other players in real-time in arenas and locations from both the movie and the TV show. There are, of course, dozens of Power Rangers to unlock, including classic ones, as well as plenty of villains. The gameplay loop shouldn't surprise anyone used to playing these kinds of fighting games; you collect Rangers, use Zeo Shards to upgrade them, customize your team, fight, rinse and repeat...

Journey to Un'Goro, Hearthstone's [Free] next expansion, is getting closer to release, so every day we are getting more information about what to expect. Today, Peter Whalen, Senior Game Designer, wrote a blog about Quests, one of the two main keywords that will be added to the game come early April. If you don't know what Quests are, they are cards that offer pretty huge rewards if their conditions are met. Each class will have one of them in Journey to Un'Goro. The Quest idea has been in the developers' heads ever since Whispers of the Old Gods, but it has changed quite a lot since the original idea...

Super Mario Run [Free] is out on Android everyone! Nintendo decided that Android players shouldn't wait for tomorrow, March 23rd, to play Super Mario Run, so it released the game one day early. As was the case with the iOS version, the game is free to download but will cost you $9.99 if you want to play beyond the four first courses. Super Mario Run is a great game, and if you're an Android user, you should definitely at least download it and give it a shot. In addition to the Android version launching today, the iOS version was just updated to 2.0. If you haven't read our story about it, version 2.0 brings new playable Yoshis to the game. These Yoshis come in different colors, and when you play Toad Rally with a Yoshi of a particular color, you get more Toads of that color...

After a very long beta period, The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] is finally out for tablets worldwide. This Bethesda CCG has more going for it than just the Elder Scrolls world; it also offers a story mode, with hours of gameplay, and a single-player draft mode that plays like Hearthstone's Arena but against AI. The other interesting wrinkle in the gameplay is the ability to upgrade certain cards you own rather than just collect new cards. Legends also has plenty of flexibility in deckbuilding because it allows you to craft a deck using two of the game's five attributes (strength, intelligence, willpower, agility, and endurance). Combining attributes gives your deck its own class in a way. Finally, the game's other major gameplay difference from the likes of Hearthstone is how the board is split in two lanes, with each lane affecting cards differently...

The 4X Board Game 'Exodus: Proxima Centauri' Is Coming to Mobile

Digital versions of 4X games are tricky to pull off partly because of how demanding the genre can be in terms of time. Offworld Games is hoping to adapt the board game Exodus: Proxima Centauri into a great 4X digital game that will be easy to learn and easy to use, so hopefully the game will work well on the platform. Exodus: Proxima Centauri is inspired by Stanislaw Lem's The Magellanic Cloud (you might know him better as the author of Solaris) and has humanity building a new civilization after Earth has been destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. There are six factions vying for supremacy, and each player gets to build a space fleet made up of customized ships, conquer planets, negotiate and vote for political decisions affecting the universe, and more...

'Shadowgun Legends' Continues to Look Great

The original Shadowgun [$4.99] game, which released back in 2011, was a pretty lovely-looking FPS with a ton of technical issues and some peculiar design decisions that, according to our review, made for a rather repetitive game. The upcoming Shadowgun Legends seems much-improved, judging from the gameplay video below, and its visuals remain top-notch. We've already talked about the game back in August, focusing on how those who've played it describe it as Destiny for mobile because of its persistent world and emphasis on loot. If they do manage to pull that off, it will definitely be fantastic...

Shadowverse [Free], the quite-entertaining CCG, continues to gain in popularity among players, so it's not a surprise that the developers are pumping out content as quickly as they can. After giving us expansions such as Rise of Bahamut and Darkness Evolved, the developers have started teasing the game's fourth expansion, Tempest of the Gods. Tempest of the Gods will feature 104 new cards, which will include two Legendaries for each class. Apparently, the expansion will bring very powerful cards to the game, including the god Zeus, that should shift the meta once they hit...

Pokemon GO [Free] continues to give us entertaining in-game events, and the latest one is no exception. The Pokemon GO Water Festival starts today and will run until March 29th, and for its duration the spawn rates for Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their evolutions have increased. There will also be a greater chance of encountering Water-type Pokemon originally found only in the Johto region in areas where Water-type Pokemon commonly appear. This event will be a great opportunity to grab those water-type Pokemon if they're missing from your collection...

The Upcoming 'Just Turn Right' Is, You Guessed it, all About Turning Right

Guess what's the only thing you can do in Just Turn Right; yes, you are correct, you can only turn right. This upcoming driving game puts you in a car with no brakes and a broken steering wheel, which keeps turning the car to the right, and has you driving from point A to point B in a bunch of levels strewn with obstacles, broken-down cars, jumps, and so on. As you can see from the trailer, the game is using pretty simple visuals, but a game like this one doesn't really need more than that. What it will need is good car handling and clever level design; hopefully, it will have both of those...

'Duel Beats', a Competitive Beat Rhythm Game, has Soft Launched

You can figure out most about the upcoming Duel Beats from its title; it's a competitive beat rhythm battle game where you take down your friends by staying on beat and using your taps and swipes to cause damage. Instead of simply playing for points, in Duel Beats you use your ability to tap at the right time to break down the opponent's defenses, and as you earn coins, you use them to summon different heroes with special abilities that can help you dominate even more...

A couple of months ago, Respawn Entertainment announced that Titanfall: Frontline, the CCG based on the popular FPS, wouldn't ever see the light of day despite reaching the beta stage. I thought that was the end of Titanfall games on mobile, but it looks like I was wrong. According to the official Titanfall website, Respawn has teamed up with Nexon with the goal of developing "awesome" mobile titles set in the world of Titanfall. Apparently, they've got some exciting stuff in the works that Respawn will be talking about in the near future...

A few days ago, we wrote about FZ9: Timeshift [Free], an FPS that's all about bullet time, and now that game is out for iPhones and iPads. In FZ9 you play as Mak, a government agent who was injected with some kind of weird serum that gives him the ability to control time. And, as every self-respecting man would do, Mak uses that ability to enter bullet time and take out his terrorist enemies in Matrix-like slow-mo. As you can see from the launch trailer, the bullet time ability does make for some fun moments where you can take out opponents in style...

The Upcoming 'Martial Arts Brutality' Is a Brutal Asynch Card Game

If you feel like smashing your friends' faces mercilessly, then the upcoming Martial Arts Brutality might be for you. MAB is a turn-based tactical card fighter where you use Kung Fu and other martial arts styles to smash everyone's face. You collect and upgrade technique cards as you go along with the aim of building a powerful deck. Sounds a bit like the fantastic Yomi. However, MAB is also giving you the opportunity to inflict horrific injuries on your opponents through real-time KO moves, which look quite "entertaining" in the trailer below...

Mike Donais, Hearthstone's [Free] Principle Game Designer, has revealed some very interesting cards from the upcoming Journey to Un'Goro expansion today. His reveals focused on the new tribe, Elementals. As was to be expected, Elemental cards have plenty of synergy between them, which in terms of lore is explained as latent energy left behind when Elemental cards appear. Interestingly, many of the Elemental cards get bonuses from cards played in the previous turn rather than on the same turn. The first card revealed is the 7-mana 4/4 Shaman Stone Sentinel, which has a battlecry "if you played an Elemental last turn, summon two 2/3 Elementals with Taunt." There's also Ozruk, the 9-cost 5/5 neutral Legendary with Taunt that gains +5 health for each Elemental played last turn, and three other low-cost cards that aim to push players to make Elemental decks...

'Super Crossbar Challenge' Looking for Testers in Our Forums

If you aren't a fan of soccer, then you probably don't know what the crossbar challenge is. Think of it as a three-point shooting contest but trying to hit one of the three goal posts and, usually, doing it from quite the distance. The upcoming Super Crossbar Challenge will be emulating these trick shots by having you try to hit the crossbar instead of actually trying to score. The gameplay's pretty simple: you try to swipe at the right angle and with the right speed to keep hitting that bar. If you manage to perform bicycle kicks and volleys, you get even more coins. As it usually the case in games like this one, you can use your coins to unlock new characters and balls, some of which have bonuses that will help you hit the crossbar more easily...

A few days ago, we wrote that the digital port of the popular board game Tokaido [$6.99] was almost upon us, and today the game is finally available. Tokaido has you traveling along the East Sea Road connecting Kyoto to Edo, stopping at the various stations along the way to buy souvenirs, taste the local cuisine, and meet interesting people. There's a lot of emphasis on the joy of traveling and the experience of learning as you go along, which is a nice break from war-oriented board games. You'll have to be quite strategic during your travels because the order of play goes from the one who's farthest from the destination to the one who's closer; in other words, you won't just be traveling as fast as possible along the road...