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Just in time for the weekend and the upcoming holidays, Pokemon GO [Free] has added the 50 new Pokemon from the Hoenn Region and its dynamic weather system. As we talked about in a story earlier this week, this update brings Pokemon like Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, and many other ones to the game, so get ready to go hunting if you want to complete your collection. In addition to adding more Pokemon, the game now has a dynamic weather system that ties into the real-world weather of the location you're playing at. And the new weather system isn't just cosmetic...

Race for the Galaxy [$6.99] is getting ready to grow. The third expansion, The Brink of War, will add four new starting worlds to the game, thirty six new developments to build and worlds to settle, five new goals, and Prestige, a new way to earn victory. The expansion also adds Search, a new action that allows players to find specific cards that can more easily work with their current strategy. The new expansion will hit the game on December 14th, and it will cost you $3.99. The expansion is highly rated on Boardgamegeek and should be a good addition to the base game...




Supecell has the art team (and money) to make some great Clash Royale [Free] commercials, and the latest one, called "Cards Coming to Life," is one of the best commercials yet. The commercial turns many of your favorite Clash Royale characters into perfectly designed anime characters that truly belong on your TV. It's actually a bit funny that the commercial demonstrates how better Clash Royale's art would be if it adopted a style closer to anime versus the one it has now. And that's saying something given how fun the current art style of the game is...

'Climby Hammer' Puts a Multiplayer Spin on the 'Getting Over It' Formula

Getting Over It [$4.99] (and Sexy Hiking before it) are making climbing with a hammer sexy and popular, so I was expecting to see more games in that genre. It didn't take long as Naquatic announced on our forums today that it's developing Climby Hammer, a take on the climbing formula that will remind you a lot (and I do mean a lot) of Getting Over It but does add some extra ideas. The first difference is the ability to build and share courses, which opens up the game to all kinds of crazy design ideas. The game also lets you customize your character's face, which will probably lead to a few monstrosities...

''PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Reveals Miramar Desert Map at Game Awards

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get my hands on the mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The game is pure fun and terror (hiding in a bathroom has never been more nerve-wracking), but it also currently comes with only one map, and as large at that map is, it's starting to get stale. Fortunately, a new map is coming to the game, and it was properly shown off last night during the Game Awards. The new map is desert themed and is called Miramar. While the idea of a desert map usually connotes images of brown monotony, Miramar is actually quite varied, with all kinds of landscape features that will make for some great firefights and even crueler deaths...

Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy [$4.99] is one of those games where you'll want to tie your phone to your wrist because chances are you'll be flinging it across the room multiple times. I've been playing around with the game since it came out yesterday, and it's perfect on mobile but still hugely frustrating; and yet that's part of its charm. As we wrote about yesterday, Getting Over It is the new game from QWOP [$0.99] developer, and it's made its way to mobile with the help of Zach Gage, the developer of games like Flipflop Solitaire. The gameplay is pretty simple: you have to swing your way to the top of this enormous mountain filled with all kinds of obstacles. Climbing is tricky though when all you have to work with is a huge hammer. Add to that how half of your body is for some reason stuck in a cauldron, and you're in for a huge challenge...

Discord [Free], the chat platform for gamers of all platforms, continues to grow, and today the company announced that it currently has 87 million users, up from 25 million a year ago and from 45 million in May. That's a pretty substantial increase that shows Discord is on the right path. With 14 million daily active users and 6.25 million peak concurrent users, Discord is definitely the place to hang out if you're a gamer. Discord has even started hosting verified servers for some of the biggest games out there, like Fortnite, PUBG, Minecraft, Foxhole, and many more. Add to that video chat, screen share, and many other features that have gone live in 2017, and it's fair to say Discord is crushing it...

The collectible card game Shadowverse [Free] continues to grow, and soon we will see the game's seventh expansion called Chronogenesis, coming December 28th. This huge set will add 138 cards to the game, which is much more than what we got from expansions in the past. The reason this expansion is larger is that it brings to the game an all new class called Portalcraft, the eighth of the game. So, the developers decided to add a ton of Portalcraft cards at once to bring the class into a playable state, able to compete with other ones. Portalcraft cards will add enchanted lifeforms and peculiar beings to the game (artifacts and puppets for instance), and their key distinction from other classes is the Resonance mechanic. Cards played with Resonate can activate special abilities and effects when there's an even number of cards in your deck. You can read more about Portalcraft here...

Kobolds & Catacombs, the latest Hearthstone [Free] expansion, is finally live in NA and EU everyone, so go start opening decks and buildings decks. You will venture into a huge underground world that Kobolds have mindlessly carved over thousands of years. Treasures await you but so do all kinds of monsters, perils, and construction that isn't up to code. Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone's seventh expansion, adds 135 new collectible cards to the mix, all revolving around those silly Kobolds and their candles. The expansion adds a new keyword, Recruit, which summons a random minion from your deck and will be fun to play around with. We are also getting Spellstones, spells that can be upgraded if the player fulfills specific conditions, and, for the first time, Legendary Weapons...

Just like every year, Apple has released the top 20 charts for each of the 2017 App Store's category, and some of the names are very surprising while others follow the trends one would expect from the App Store of 2017. In terms of overall trends, Apple is glad Augmented Reality and the ARKit finally became a reality, although the truth is we haven't really seen it impact mobile gaming that much yet. Perhaps it's only a matter of time, but we'll have to wait and see. Apple also sees 2017 as the year when the App Store saw a rise in multiplayer gaming, with games like The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free], Red Tides [Free], Star Wars: Force Arena [Free], Stormbound [Free], and others joining the now classic multiplayer games like Hearthstone [Free] and Clash Royale [Free]. I don't think many should be surprised that multiplayer games have found a home on the App Store given how they can be monetized very effectively and can offer quick, mobile-friendly experiences to players on-the-go...

HQ Live Trivia Game Show [Free] continues to grow at a rapid pace, so rapid actually that the developers are struggling to improve the huge lag that has been frustrating players. Still, the iOS app has seen a 100 times increase in players over the last month or so, so it makes sense that the developers' next step is to bring the game over to Android. And it looks like the Android version is coming before Christmas. The developers tweeted that HQ has a nice little stocking stuffer coming the Android way, and since you don't stuff stockings after Christmas, the app should be dropping within the next two weeks and a bit...

It's almost time for Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone [Free] players, and the patch that prepares the ground for the expansion has just gone live. While you won't really say any changes right now, you can get excited about all the new cards and the Dungeon Run mode. The new patch notes give us a taste of the new quests we are getting in the game. For instance, we are getting a repeating daily quest called Spelunker that gives you a 1 Classic card pack for defeating 5 Dungeon Run encounters, an incentive for people to play Dungeon Run for more than just fun. The update also adds a reconnect countdown when your opponent disconnects, a useful feature for mobile...

If you want to see what the closed beta for Magic: The Gathering Arena holds, head over to the official Twitch channel right now to watch the first closed beta stream. During this stream, the developers will talk about what the early stages of the beta look like and will also test out some special decks, which should be fun. I don't know who's in the closed beta or not (since no one can talk about it yet), but I do know that the closed beta will feel more like a game compared to the alpha because it will stick around and allow players to build a collection, play around with getting and opening packs, and in general give a better idea of what we're getting with this game...

Sam Barlow's Her Story [$3.99] is pretty much universally acclaimed (we gave it 4.5 stars in our review and praised its acting and writing), and many players are looking forward to Telling Lies, Barlow's other big project. Today, Barlow announced another upcoming game called #Wargames, and it looks very intriguing. The trailer for this new interactive series starts with all the big hacks that have happened over the last few years (Yahoo, Sony, etc) and takes us to a 2018 that's not too far from what we're experiencing right now. Barlow pointed out that they started writing the game under the Obama administration, but now it might be even more relevant...

Pokemon GO [Free] continues to grow in fun ways, and the game's next update will change things up considerably. First of all, 50 more Pokemon originally discovered in the Hoenn region are now available to catch, with even more Hoenn region Pokemon arriving in the coming weeks. Pokemon like Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip and many more are running around the world waiting to be caught (kind of sad, isn't it when you think about it?). Even more interestingly, the new update adds dynamic weather that ties into the real-world weather of the location you're playing at, and this dynamic weather is more than just cosmetic...

Blizzard has been diversifying its Hearthstone [Free] pre-expansion push in all kinds of interesting ways, and after giving us things like the Critical Role episode the other day, today it's putting on a Kobolds & Catacombs Escape Room live event starring some popular personalities like Trump and Day9. The participants will have to escape a custom-made Kobolds & Catacombs if they are to claim King Togwaggle's gold. I'm very curious to see how Blizzard went about designing the various puzzles that will try and stop the team from busting out in time to get their hands on the gold. I expect fun shenanigans in this novel idea...

'Arena of Valor' Devs Explain How Recording and Gifting Features Work

Arena of Valor's latest update has added a few cool new features, but it looks like they aren't that easy to navigate. So, the developers decided to post a more detailed FAQ that explain how the various new additions work. The post explains how the Highlight Reel and Free Record functions work, pointing out that you can't enable both at the same time; you'll either be recording your highlights or the whole match, can't have both. These features only work on iPhone 6s and above and an iPad mini 4/iPad Pro and above. No iPhone X support at the moment, but it should be coming in the next version. The videos you make are found in the Settings/Watch Clips or the Videos part of the Player Info screen...

If you're looking for a collectible card game that offers something different from games like Hearthstone and Magic, you might want to check out Runewards [Free], which has just released worldwide (outside China, though). Runewards takes inspiration from Gwent, the PC-only card game inspired by the Witcher 3, and by doing so offers a fresh take on mobile card games. The basic idea behind Runewards is you play against your opponent in a best of three matches, and your goal is to have more points than your opponent at the end of each round. Even if the game was just about that, it would be different enough from other card games to warrant your attention...

The future is gradually upon us, apparently. 57° North, the upcoming game from Mighty Coconut, tells the story of Sasha and Caleb, two cousins on a family trip to Alaska who get stranded on a remote island after a vicious storm. You will have to figure out how to help the two cousins escape while also trying to figure out the secret of this deserted island, which is packed with security cameras for apparently no reason. The most interesting part of 57° North is that it utilizes what's called Merge Cube, an interesting little cube that helps create an intriguing mixed reality that can help immerse you into the story, and that's what the developers of 57° North are hoping happens...

Minecraft [$6.99] is getting ready to celebrate the holidays by giving free stuff to everyone. Starting December 21st and for 12 days after that, Minecraft will have a free present for you every day on the Minecraft Marketplace. The first present will be a Noxcrew offering called Ready Sled Go!, a mountainous sled slalom perfect for the holidays and great for taking on your friends. Mojang will advertise the presents on Twitter, so either keep an eye on that or just jump into Minecraft once a day to make sure you grab your free present. Free stuff's great after all, so why leave it on the table?..