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In the beginning, there was only one. I'm talking about skins in Minecraft [$6.99] back in the day, where you could only be Steve and Steve alone (despite the rumors of the Herobrine skin that, of course, never materialized). No matter if you were old, young, male, female, you had but one look while traversing the immense expanse that is Minecraft. However, that started to change when modders took the lead in offering new skins to players, providing a fresh look to the game that became essential once huge servers became more popular. Mojang gradually joined the party as well and started offering "official skins," and it's been doing so ever since...

Hearthstone's [Free] Year of the Mammoth is slowly drawing to a close, and Blizzard has decided to celebrate by giving thousands of players free packs, which for most of us is the best way to celebrate any occasion. Those players who haven't put any money in the game will be very happy to hear that Hearthstone will be giving away free packs in what is called the Quest for Packs sweepstakes. And the best thing is you barely have to do anything to take part in the sweepstakes, although it's not completely effortless either. In addition to the free packs, those who don't mind spending money can get their hands on a pretty cool pack deal as well...




It's 2018 now, and the loot boxes story isn’t going away. Now, Washington State lawmakers have joined the fray and are digging deeper in an effort to determine whether loot boxes are a form of gambling targeting children. According to a recent news story, Senator Kevin Ranker, a Democrat representing Orcas Island, introduced a bill that asks state officials and game developers to figure out whether loot boxes and other similar game mechanics are nothing more than a form of gambling that takes advantage of children. Ranker said that the industry needs to figure out how to regulate loot boxes because it's unacceptable to have "predatory gambling masked in a game with dancing bunnies or something" (I'm pretty sure those bunnies feel unfairly singled out right now)...

Inkle's 'Heaven's Vault' Getting Closer to Release, New Teaser and Info Released

In my eyes, Inkle can do no wrong, with 80 Days being one of my favorite mobile games ever. So, you can understand why I'm impatiently waiting for the developer's next game, Heaven's Vault, to drop, and, based on the latest developer blog, the game is getting closer to completion. As the developers proclaim in the dev blog, the game is currently playable from beginning to end, although it's still in a very rough form and needs more work. Still, reaching this stage in development is a pretty big milestone. The game has been in development for over two years, and by the time it comes out, it will be closer to three. That's as long as it took Inkle to make the entire Sorcery! series, which should give you a sense of how much more ambitious Heaven's Vault is...

After some time in soft launch, World of Warships Blitz [Free], Wargaming's second biggest game after the very popular World of Tanks Blitz, has finally hit all seven seas of the App Store. So, if you feel like sailing and blowing things up, you can now go ahead and do it for free. In World of Warships Blitz, you get to pick a variety of World War 2 ships from the USA, Japan, Russia, and Britain, and play either random multiplayer battles, Co-op Battles (where you and other players fight against the AI instead of other players), Campaigns inspired by historical naval events, and Ranked Battles. World of Tanks Blitz players can tell that World of Warships Blitz offers more content than its tank brethren...

HCT World Championship, Free Packs, Cubelock, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #121

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best stories on videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This past week was another relatively slow one, with most stories focusing on the upcoming HCT World Championship and the usual top decks. Still, the game continues to be fun, and Kobolds & Catacombs continues to slowly surrender its secrets (the most recent one being all about a little Weasel). I hope you enjoy the best news and videos of the week, and don't forget to do two things this week: get your free packs for choosing a champion and watching the big upcoming tournament. Hop on below and let us begin...

It was 2015 when I first saw the developer of the game Let Them Come [$1.99] describe what his game would be about in our Upcoming Games forum, and I've been keeping an eye on the game's development ever since because the idea at its core was pretty smart and its visuals retro in a good way. After a long journey that took a detour to the lands of Steam, Let Them Come has finally hit the App Store, and I'm glad to say that it lives up to my expectations in terms of gameplay. At least so far; I haven't been able to get too deep into the game because I keep getting this weird crash that ruins my runs and has me start all over again. That crashing issue aside, Let Them Come appears to flesh out its simple concept very well...

Top Decks, Budget Decks, Deck Guides, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News and Videos in 'Touchstone' #120

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos of the past week. The Hearthstone world has been on the quiet side given the holidays, but there are still interesting stories about the best and most interesting decks you could be playing right now. As you'll see in the meta report below, the Kobolds meta is already settled, and that means there isn't too much room for experimentation (although that might change if players figure out the potential of other Kobolds cards). Overall, though, it's a quiet time, but that doesn't mean playing the game isn't still fun. Check out all the stories and the great decklists below...

The classic horror game The 7th Guest [Free], from back in the early 90s and the age of CD-ROM, has gone free, so if you're in the mood to either enjoy a tinge of nostalgia (if you're my age) or discover what your mom and dad used to play, grab it while it's free. I remember playing The 7th Guest when it came out back in 1993 and being struck by the wonder of it all, trying to figure out all the puzzles and uncover all kinds of creepy secrets. The game really is an important moment in gaming history, and you should grab it if just for that reason...

Just before Christmas day, iOS gamers got a great present in the form of a full port of Civilization VI [Free (HD)], the immensely popular and addictive game. But with great features came a pretty steep price (for App Store standards that is). The game can be downloaded for free, but the free version only allows you to play the first 60 turns of the game. If you want to unlock the full game, you have to pay the promotional price of $29.99; however, that promotion ends today, and after that you'll have to pay $59.99 to get your hands on the full game. And this really is the full game, only lacking the online multiplayer part (it comes with LAN only)...

'Antihero' Review - A Thief's Life for Me

'Antihero' Review - A Thief's Life for Me

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January 2nd, 2018 7:30 PM EST by Tasos Lazarides in $3.99, 4.5 stars, Board, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, News, Reviews, Universal
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The Christmas celebrations in most of the world has been infused with the spirit of those "charming" Victorians, with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol—and its many adaptations—dominating across all kinds of media. And as we all say goodbye to the Christmas spirit—complete with carols, punch, and top hats— we say welcome to Antihero [$4.99], the turn-based digital board game that reminds us that Victorian England was as much about thievery and murder as it was about Christmas carols. We first wrote about Antihero back in 2014, and, after stopping on PC first, the game is finally on mobile, and it's easily one of the best games of the genre. This Victorian take on the 4X genre offers much more than first meets the eye, and it's guaranteed to keep you scouting, researching, killing, and thieving for quite some time...

HQ Trivia [Free], the popular live quiz game that got a lot of attention in 2017 and whose prizes continue to grow daily, is now in Android limited Beta, and the developers are hoping that by New Year's day they'll manage to make the game available to all Android players. If you're an Android player, you can head here to pre-register for the game and get notified when the game finally goes live. If you're lucky, you might even get to play the beta before the game releases (the selection appears to be random). So, if all goes well, 2018 will see both iOS and Android players joining the HQ Trivia party...

Minecraft's [$6.99] empty oceans are about to get much more populated once the upcoming Update Aquatic hits in 2018. The developers decided to give us an early present by teasing us about a new water mob, turtles. Turtles will make their nests on shorelines across various biomes, and their young ones will scamper down to the water, according to the official description. The turtle textures in the screenshot below will likely be temporary and might change before they are added to the game. That's pretty much all the info we have on the turtles. I wonder if we'll get any uses for turtle shells (guitars?), although I'd hate to have to kill those cute creatures...

Tasos' 10 Best Games of 2017 - 'Arena of Valor', 'Gorogoa', and More Made the List

When I was putting my Best of 2016 list together last December, I remember having a hard time picking 10 games out of the many strong ones that came out during the year. Well, 2017 has made it even harder because it brought us a ton of amazing games—some ports, some originals—including some great games right at the end of the year. My criteria for picking a game for this list was whether I spent a lot of time playing a game or whether I thought a game did something original and clever that made me rethink what's possible on the platform. My list, as is always the case with any Best of list, is highly subjective, so I don't expect you to agree with me. I do hope, though, that you'll use it as a way to pick up games you might have overlooked for one reason or another. So, without further ado, let's see which games made my Top 10 Best Games of 2017. And please feel free to tell me what you thought of the list in the comments below...

'Subway Surfers' Animated Series Teaser Released

December 26th, 2017 5:00 PM EST by Tasos Lazarides in Games, News
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Subway Surfers [Free], one of the most popular games in the history of mobile gaming and one of the most downloaded games even today, is on its way to becoming an animated series, and now we have the first teaser. The teaser shows off the locations where the story will take place and, of course, the infamous trains, which are such a big part of the game's identity. We even get a glimpse of the series' protagonist, Jake, who everyone who's played the game (or even looked at the game's icon) is familiar with. I like the art of the series, and I think it will be fun to watch, especially for the many fans of the mobile game...

'World of Warships Blitz' Releasing Jan. 18th, Pre-Register Now

After bringing us the very successful World of Tanks Blitz, Wargaming.net is getting ready to take over the mobile seas with World of Warships Blitz. The game is currently in soft launch, and it's hitting all the seas of the world on January 18th. If you're one of the many planning to play the game either on iOS or Android, you should head over here and pre-register because if you do, you'll get your hands on an Aurora Premium Ship, a Soviet Tier III cruiser. And since it doesn't cost you anything to pre-register, you should probably do so and get that Aurora for free...

Hello everyone. I hope you've been enjoying your holiday break and have more fun things to do in the upcoming week. Because of the holiday break, we won't be publishing our customary Hearthstone [Free] weekly roundup this week or the next. It's been a good year overall for the game, especially after the release of the latest adventure, Kobolds & Catacombs. The new single-player mode, Dungeon Run, has been well received, and the current meta feels fresh again. I do hope we get an in-game tournament mode at some point in 2018, since that's one of the last big pieces missing from the game. From everyone here at TouchArcade, have a great card-slinging 2018. Now, enjoy the videos below, and I'll see you all next year...

Apple's new pre-order system is tricky to navigate for anyone shopping on the App Store, but it appears to also be a bit on the confusing side for developers. Man Vs. Missiles [Free] was supposed to release on Thursday, January 4th, 2018, but the developers accidentally released it today because they mixed up the date that goes live for pre-order with the date of release. It appears the whole pre-order system still needs some figuring out. The developers decided to go with it after all, so Man Vs. Missiles is out now. The good news for us is that the game is out early, so now we have another game to play over the holiday break...

A few days ago, we wrote about 57° North [$2.99], an adventure game that utilizes the Merge Cube, and new AR peripheral, to tell the story about two cousins stranded on a remote island. 57° North has now released for iOS and Android. A few words about the Merge Cube, first. This "holographic object," as it's been described, is a very cheap little device (just a bit over $10) that allows players to merge the physical and the digital as well as interact with it in ways that make the gaming experience richer. As you can see in the trailer, the Merge Cube becomes an object that helps you make your narrative choices in an immersive way...

Multiplayer-Focused Karting Game 'Street Kart' Will Go Into Open Beta Early 2018

Back in 2016, we wrote about an upcoming racing game called Street Kart that was focused on multiplayer competition and as realistic a driving model as possible. That game has been in various states of testing since then, and I've had the opportunity to play it quite a few times. Soon, more of you will be able to try Street Kart out once it goes into open beta in early 2016, and soon after that it will soft launch in select territories. If you want to be one of the around 7000 people to be part of the public beta, head over here and sign up. If you like racing games, you should definitely try the game out, as long as you don't mind having to deal with the game's freemium model...