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The time to get all spooky is drawing nearer, Hearthstone [Free] players, because the Hallow's End celebration update is live on mobile now (although it might take a bit for everyone to get it). First of all, we are getting an all-new dual class Arena Mode where all nine Heroes attend in costume. How does it work? You start an Arena run, pick a Hero and a Hero Power, and then you get to pick from cards belonging to both of the classes (and, of course, neutrals too). And we are all getting a free Arena ticket during Hallow's End, so everyone can check out this new Arena. Additionally, we are getting a special Tavern Brawl, The Headless Horseman Rides, where we get to "disguise" ourselves by using a deck of cards from several classes as well as a passive Hero Power...

After many months of competition, Clash Royale's [Free] Crown Championship World Finals have been announced, and they will take place on December 3rd at the Copper Box Arena in London. The competition was a huge one, with over 28 million unique participants at the start of it and only 16 competitors remaining. And now, the one who will manage to grab that golden crown will also earn $150,000, which is definitely not bad at all. If you're planning on attending the event in person, you can buy tickets now, which are just over 40 British pounds and come with 4 mystery items (which seem to be a figurine, a beanie, a tote bag, and something else)...




'Syllablade' Is a Blend of Word Puzzle and RPG From 'CivCrafter' Developer

I enjoy word games more than most people do, but I also enjoy it when developers throw in various other mechanics to freshen up the genre. Syllablade, the next game from the developer of the much-loved CivCrafter [Free] (which was our Game of the Week back when it came out) takes your usual word puzzle mechanics and adds an RPG layer on top to make it more exciting. The bigger and more difficult the word is, the more damage it causes. You will be making your way through maps with increasing level of difficulty, defeating various bosses and minions along the way. And, as you would expect, you can get your hands on various powerups to help take down those evil beings. And this being an RPG, it offers plenty of customization options...

'Banner Saga 3' Trailer Shows Off the Game's Lovely Art

Banner Saga 3 , the last of the great Viking trilogy, is still a long ways off—not coming until 2018—but today we got to see a bit more of what's in store for us once it releases. The game's latest trailer shows off some of the game's key artwork and hints at the story that is to come. The developer has been perfecting its hand-drawn art style throughout the series, and it looks like the third and final entry will have the best art in the series, and that's saying something given how pretty the other two games were. Banner Saga 3 will bring the whole story to a close as all the secrets will be revealed and character motives will be made clear...

Fruit Ninja [Free] is easily one of the most recognizable mobile games in the history of the platform, and now it's getting ready to transform into 3 board games. The creator of the board games, Lucky Duck Games, reviewed many different prototypes before deciding to go with Card Master, Slice & Dice, and Combo Party. The main criteria for choosing which three to go with were the games being unique, fast to play, and fun and accessible, just like Fruit Ninja. Card Master will have players building decks in real time and looks the closest to the mobile game, and Slice & Dice has players rolling dice at the same time to again capture the frantic nature of the mobile game...

Hello everyone. As you probably know by now, every Monday we publish our weekly roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos, but for a variety of reasons, we won't be putting one out this week. Don't worry, though, because it's not like we're leaving you with not Hearthstone-related content. If you haven't read TouchArcade over weekend, you missed out on some great stories from Eli, who got to visit the new Blizzard Arena to watch the Hearthstone Championship Tour. There's a quick interview with pro player Dr. J in lieu of a podcast and another cool story on Eli's experience at the Blizzard Arena. Both of those are definitely worth your time if you're a fan of the game...

'Returner 77' Is a Visually Impressive Sci-fi Puzzler Coming This Week

In the upcoming Returner 77, you find yourself on an alien spaceship with the low-stakes mission of saving humanity. As is usually the case in these sci-fi plots, mankind is on the brink of extinction and has only one hope, you. Inexplicably, the aliens have decided to fill their spaceship with visually stunning puzzles for you to solve, which is a strategy worth criticizing because if you're going to destroy humankind, don't give it one of the few things it can do with moderate success. Bad planning aside, the aliens created some gorgeous puzzles, as you can see from the trailer above. The environments and puzzle elements should make this one a joy to play on a large iPad...

Crescent Moon's 'Runic Rampage' Has Been Submitted to Apple

Runic Rampage, the hack 'n slash RPG by Electrocosmos, is getting to closer to releasing on mobile. Crescent Moon, which is publishing the game on mobile, tweeted today that the game has been submitted to Apple, so a mobile release shouldn't be too far off (unless the developer and publisher have a specific release window in mind). As we talked about a few weeks ago, Runic Rampage first made its way onto Steam this past May to pretty positive reviews, and it looks like it's just the kind of game people will enjoy playing on mobile. In Runic Rampage you play as Grimbard, the last champion of the dwarfs, whose mission is to collect missing rune stone fragments and save his people...

Charming Head-Smasher 'Pukk' Is Coming Next Month

Pukk is a game about literally losing your head…and then being a head that slides around and smashes things. It's silly and charming in that way. According to the developers in our Upcoming Games forum thread, Pukk is a Nordic treasure hunter, a head that glides around the polar ice smashing ice blocks and all kinds of containers as it tries and grab as much treasure as it can. And, as you can imagine, you use that treasure to buy even cooler helmets for that poor head of yours and then proceed to go on smashing some more. As you can see from the trailer, you will bang (head-banging, get it?) that head from wall to wall, which is bound to give you a huge headache...

Ankama's Drag'n'Boom [Free] came out of nowhere and pleasantly surprised us with its fast, clever gameplay and fun ideas. Now it's the turn of Android players to burn medieval villages to the ground and kill unsuspecting soldiers who have really done nothing wrong and are just there serving their duty and country. I mean really, you should feel bad for raining fire from the skies. I did, briefly. As we talked about in our review of the game on iOS, Drag'n'Boom is a platformer that throws in some Matrix-like slow-mo moves that cleverly change the game's pace and make it more deliberate than you would think. Specifically, you play as a little dragon, flying over the medieval countryside and using your various kinds of bullets to take everyone out and reach the end of the level...

Amazon continues to host one of the biggest mobile gaming esports competitions, and this year it was the turn of Las Vegas to host Mobile Masters 2017. The whole two-day event went off pretty much without a hitch and had plenty of entertaining moments. The event consisted of three games, World of Tanks Blitz, Vainglory, and Power Rangers: Legacy Wars and offered a total of $70,000 in prizes, which isn't shabby at all. Who were the winners? Team SoloMid went undefeated and took first place for Vainglory (and the biggest prize of the night), HateUsMore gave players more reasons to hate them by picking up first place for World of Tanks Blitz, and pro player Jeremy DunkSB412 Schillaci took first place for Power Rangers: Legacy Wars...

ARKit [Free] is slowly but steadily growing and finding its way into more and more gaming experiences, and today it was the turn of the NBA to go all AR with its, you guessed it, NBA AR game. The game is pretty simple: you set up an augmented reality hoop anywhere you want in the world and then proceed to take as many shots as you can in a limited time. You can either take shots from where you're standing or walk back a bit and try and take three point shots. And in the spirit of competition, you get to compare your success (or failures) with your friends on the leaderboards...

War Dragons [Free], Pocket Gems' fire-breathing take on the base building genre, has quite a strong community that's been steadily growing ever since the game came out in 2015. Now, the developers are getting ready to bring Atlas, the first major expansion to the game. Atlas turns the world of War Dragons into an open sandbox 3D realm to explore and devastate, which should give players even more to do. After Atlas hits, players will face ever-changing world updates based on player decision and the territory they control, which should give the game much more variety and encourage them to build better defenses, breed powerful dragons, and in general work together to take down the all the enemy teams...

There are mashups that make sense. And there are ones that make absolutely no sense whatsoever. And then there's the mashup between Angry Birds Evolution [Free] and Iron Maiden that's in a category all in its own. The collaboration is for the Halloween period, so at least that helps it make a bit more sense. Specifically, from October 18th to the 31st, Eddie the Bird will join Angry Birds Evolution, and he will have four evolution states based on four of the band's classic albums: Killers, Powerslave, Somewhere in Time, and Book of Souls. And that's not all apparently. The whole main hub of the game will be dressed up as a heavy metal oasis with plenty of tributes to Iron Maiden, Eddie, and heavy metal in general. I mean, that's pretty fun and very unexpected...

There are many games on the App Store that do well just because of how they blend fun but simple mechanics with silliness, and Heroes Fally seems to be doing just that, and doing it well. The game has you picking a character, jumping off a rooftop, and landing on the rooftop below. As you fall down, you try to collect all the medals and avoid all the hazards. Simple, right? But the fun part of Heroes Fally is its large collection of silly characters, each of which has a unique (and silly) Super that makes them invincible for a short time when activated...

In 'Wheels of Aurelia' You'll Experience Italy During the 70s

If you enjoy the idea of a road trip along 1970s Italy, you should check out Wheels of Aurelia, coming out next Thursday, October 19th. Wheels of Aurelia is all about an interactive road trip along the colorful streets of Italy that seems to be made for mobile. As the developers explain in our Upcoming Games forum thread, the game is played with one hand, so you can play on the go, and allows you to either engage in the driving part of the road trip or, if you prefer, focus on the game's story and dialogue. The art looks pretty nice, too...

It's time for Minecraft [$6.99] to join the Halloween celebrations with all kinds of themed events across the game's official partner servers. Hearing Halloween and Minecraft in the same update takes me back to the original Halloween update in 2010, when we got the Nether and pumpkins. Good old days. The game has come a long way since those days, as you can see in this Spooktakular celebration. For the next 20 days (until October 31st), you can visit the three official servers—Mineplex, InPvP, and Lifeboat—to experience a ton of different events, games, and, of course, frightful surprises. The Lifeboat server will host hostile zombie invasions, with players enjoying the Haunted House parkour courses. And, of course, the lobby will be Halloween-themed...

Cat Bird [Free], the very cute and very fun platformer that won our highly coveted Game of the Week award, will be getting more content on October 26th, which is great news for everyone who likes cats, birds, and cat birds. The update will add world 4, which will be unlocked for everyone in the beginning. This new world will have a space theme (cats in space!), so it will introduce a portal mechanic to make things fun. There are 2 levels that will require crowns to pass, but when you beat them, you get some new skins for your cute Cat Bird. So, as you can guess, we are getting unlockable skins in this update, which should be fun given how cute the original skin is for Cat Bird...

Arena of Valor, the huge MOBA coming our way in November, is about to start a live stream on its Twitch channel that will show off the game, answer all kinds of questions about the game, and showcase the game's latest updates. And with the game coming to the US soon, we might hear more about the developers' plans for the game. You can watch the stream below, and if you miss it while its live, you can watch it later if you head over the Arena of Valor's Twitch channel. I'm sure many of you are anxiously waiting to check out more about the game, so it's definitely worth watching the stream to see what the fuss is all about...

Friday the 13th is a day where all your frights come out to play, and if you grew up in the 80s and your frights included secluded camps with all kinds of murderers running around unchecked, then Slayaway Camp [$1.99] should be right up your alley. This game has been out for some time now, but it hasn't stopped growing in all kinds of creepy and gory ways, and its developers couldn't resist adding more free content for us on a day like today. There are new, free levels that take place in Hell Camp, the most banned movie ever (according to the developers, of course) where the murderer is a Holy Skullface with his "baptized" gorepack. There are also new killers (these are secret though but I'm sure they are fun), new kill animations, and much more...