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A few days ago, we wrote that World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] was getting ready to expand its tank collection, and today's 3.6 update has done just that. The new update brings to the game a new French tech tree line that adds plenty of entertaining tanks, including ones with autoloaders. We are finally getting the AMX 50 120 and AMX 50B tanks, which are very fun to play with. The update also adds a new feature called Vehicle Enrichment, which will increase tech tree vehicles' Credit earning for a faster grind, hopefully. 3.6 also adds a Gift Store, which will allow you to buy and send Gold or Premium vehicles to friends or Clanmates...

Plants vs Zombies Heroes [Free], the CCG take on the famous franchise, ended up being much more fun than I thought it would be, so I'm glad to see the game continue to add content and new ideas. The latest addition, which came in a patch today, introduces Strategy Decks, pre-built deck blueprints for each of the game's heroes. Every hero now has three different Strategy Decks available, each with its own theme, that will be great help for those just learning how to play a CCG or experienced players who don't know yet what each hero's strengths and weaknesses are...




The Cool-Looking 'Metal Shooter' Is Looking for Testers in Our Forums

Sometimes a trailer is worth a thousand words, and the trailer for the upcoming Metal Shooter is definitely worth that. This shmup game feels like an update of classic games like Contra, and you can now join the beta in our forums to help make it even better. As you can see from the trailer, the game has some fun platforming ideas that go beyond just shooting and jumping non-stop, and the animations look pretty cool too. Add to that crazy weapons - see those twirling bullets? - and we might have ourselves a winner...

Usually, I like to have a good idea of what an upcoming game will be all about before writing about it, but when the developer is Grumpyface, I have to make an exception. Grumpyface is the developer behind Teeny Titans, Attack the Light: Steven Universe RPG, Castle Doombad, and more, so it has quite the pedigree. Recently, the developers said that they aren't working on any updates on their existing games currently because they are very busy developing a "BIG new game," which will be revealed early next month...

Wadjet Eye Game's 'Shardlight' Coming to Mobile March 8th

Wadjet Eye has been giving us some of the best "old-style" adventure games for some time now, and soon we are getting another great on on mobile. Shardlight is an apocalyptic adventure where you play as Amy Wellard, one of the many citizens dying from the Green Lung disease. And even though everyone has pretty much given up on life, Amy still hopes she can find a cure for this plague and save both herself and her city...

One of the things I like about games and books is their unlimited possibilities; the stories we can create in both of those mediums are limited only by our imagination, especially when video games trade fancy visuals for text-based gameplay. Failbetter Games' Fallen London is one of my favorite games precisely for its imaginative and expansive world whose variety I find highly entertaining. Voyageur [$3.99], a piece of "interactive science fiction literature" as its developers call it, is inspired in many ways by Fallen London [Free], and that should come as no surprise since the game was produced in partnership with Failbetter Games. While in Fallen London you explore the streets and stories of an alternate Victorian-era London, in Voyageur you begin a one-way trip towards the center of the galaxy. Since this is a one-way trip, the game adds a roguelike layer to your typical interactive fiction experience, which attempts - thought not that successfully - to promote repeated playthroughs. Is the journey worth it, then? Read on and find out...

First 'Alto's Odyssey' Trailer Looks Lovely, Game to Release Summer 2017

For the vast majority of mobile gamers, Ryan Cash's - of Built by Snowman - Alto's Adventure [$1.99] needs no introduction. The endless runner has left its mark on the platform, so it's not surprising that everyone is waiting to learn more about its sequel, Alto's Odyssey. Today, we got to see the first teaser trailer for the upcoming game and got a release date of Summer 2017, and while it's hard to tease out too much info about the game, it clearly shows that Alto's Odyssey will once more nail the serenity and moodiness that made Alto's Adventure such a hit. We also get to see a close-up of a balloon, which should mean that they'll have some kind of a role in Alto's Odyssey. What role will that be remains to be seen. Any guesses as to what the balloons' purpose might be?..

Year of the Mammoth, Free Dust, Ladder Changes, Pros' Views, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #85

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, Toucharcade's weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, and what a week we've just had. Blizzard finally revealed the Year of the Mammoth, which is what the next Standard rotation will be called, and all the changes we're getting. We are getting cards moved from Standard to Wild, expansions getting a slight overhaul, Ladder changes, nerfs, and more. This is one of those weeks that will go down in Hearthstone history as the start of the game changing hopefully for the better. Most players seem happy with the announced changes, and it's proof once more that the developers are listening to players' complaints, even if they take their time with the changes...

Soft-Launched 'InterPlanet' Offers Large Space Battles and Galactic Conquest

Ready to fight for the future of the galaxy? The upcoming InterPlanet, currently in soft-launch, puts you in the middle of a huge intergalactic war, and you'll have to either side with the Human or Anxo races and battle for survival and conquest. This 3D action-adventure strategy game is all about forming fleets of warships, gaining skills, and gathering resources that you'll then use to strengthen your space bases and also improve your attacking fleets. As you can see from the trailer below, the battles look quite crazy, in a good way...

Bethesda Vaguely Teases Next Mobile Game

February 17th, 2017 7:15 PM EST by Tasos Lazarides in Games, News

This story is more about the possibilities than the present reality, but when Bethesda is involved, the possibilities are intriguing. Todd Howard, Bethesda Game Studios' Director, talked recently about the huge success of Fallout Shelter [Free], a success that caught them by surprise and became the impetus for more mobile games coming down the pipeline. Fallout Shelter will continue getting updates and keeping players engaged, but apparently there's a second mobile project game under development, one that Bethesda has been thinking about for a while. It looks like the game won't be very similar to Fallout Shelter, but that's pretty much all we know about it...

Prettygreat's 'Crash Club' Looking for More Beta Testers

Prettygreat continues to tinker with the upcoming online driving combat game Crash Club, and now the developers are looking to take in hundreds more beta testers to really start testing the game's features. Crash Club has already run a small beta test, all the while making pretty big changes to the game. Those changes have been well-received by the testers, so now Prettygreat is ready to open the flood gates for the final beta. They now need dedicated beta players who can jump online at specified times to test room sizing, an important test for an online game like Crash Club...

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has a ton of tanks you can play with, but the upcoming 3.6 update is about to give us more choices. We are finally getting a French tech tree with ten brand new tanks. Some of the tanks will be very fun to play with, especially the ones after tier VIII. Why? Because even though they are heavy tanks, they behave more like big medium tanks because they come with autoloaders. So, when you get up close and personal, you can unload a few shells in rapid succession before needing to reload, which makes them pretty dangerous in the right hands. At the same time, the armor is on the weak side, so no head to head encounters are advised...

The sandbox crafting game Craft the World - Pocket Edition [$4.99] has been around for a couple of years now, but it's been a while since it saw an update. Today, the developers decided to remedy that by releasing an update that fixes quite a few things, adds plenty of other little features, and also makes two DLC available for purchase. The update has improved the dwarves models as well as added new animations and also improved their AI; idle dwarves will now find things to do rather than just sit around and be lazy. There are also many other additions like skill improvements, changes in the skill trees, and much, much more...

'Duelyst' Is Finally Ready for Limited Beta Testing

One of the games I'm most looking forward to playing on my mobile phone and tablet is Duelyst, the fast-paced collectible card game with a tactical battlefield. After months of building a pretty good following on PC, Duelyst is finally ready for beta testing on mobile, and you might get a chance to try it out. The developers have just announced that the iOS Private Beta is taking applications (Android is coming soon), so jump here as quickly as you can and apply to join. The developers are especially looking for players with iPhone 6 or better and iOS 9 or better...

'The Girl Who Sold the World' Is an Intruiging Audio Adventure Game

I was wondering recently why we haven't had many other audio games on iPhones outside the brilliant Papa Sangre II given how great an iPhone can be for games like that. And then I checked our Upcoming Games forums and saw a thread on The Girl Who Sold the World, an upcoming audio adventure game that aims to provide a complete gaming experience without any visuals at all. The description, of course, intrigued me. In this game, your goal is to help Frances survive the strange world she inhabits and discover the truth about who she really is. Maybe she's the sister of David Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World...

Thanks to Captain Kirk, weird mating rituals are an...interesting part of Star Trek, so it's not surprising that Star Trek Timelines [Free]  has a Season of Love event starting today that is all about a mating ritual. Apparently, the weird merging (coupling) of time and space triggered the peculiar pon farr mating ritual with every Vulcan in the galaxy simultaneously, so any Vulcan left unattended is at risk of becoming a plak tow, a combative and irrational individual. To save the universe, you'll have to help Vulcans hook up, which I'm pretty sure is not what Captain Picard thought would be doing when he woke up this week...

If you like the highly-entertaining bullet hell shmup Phoenix 2 [Free], prepare to enjoy even more content. The upcoming update will add three new extra hard leagues - because apparently the game wasn't hard enough for some of you. The SS, SSS, and SSSS Leagues will ratchet up the difficulty and provide a challenge for even the best of you. We also getting improvements for those who like speedruns. Specifically, now you'll be able to see the time differential from your previous time after each wave of defeated enemies. That way, you'll know if it's still worth going for it or just quitting and starting all over again...

UnWorded [$3.99], an imaginative narrative game where everything is built from actual letters, has finally moved from iTunes to Android today. The game takes a dive into the damaged brain of a writer and lets players uncover his creative world. In terms of mechanics, the game is all about taking letters and punctuation signs and arranging them into objects that are connected to the ongoing narrative. You'll have to let your imagination free and try and figure out how words can mean more than just their dictionary definition. Pretty much my cup of tea...

'Where Cards Fall' Coming Fall 2017, New Trailer Looks Wonderful

The upcoming Where Cards Fall, developed by Alto's Adventure Snowman and a new studio called The Game Band, continues to enchant in its newest trailer, and now we also have the release window; Fall 2017. If you haven't been keeping an eye on our earlier coverage of the game, Where Cards Fall is a coming-of-age story where you experience a dreamlike journey through the lens of youthful uncertainty. The characters live in the suburbs, as you can see in the new trailer, but they often escape into the nearby woods where they get to discover who they are ni a very different manner from those who decide to stay in the safety of the homogenized suburbs. According to the developers, as the years go by, the suburban teenagers of the game have to make the difficult decision of either leading a comfortable life at home or daring to venture outside...

Motorsport Manager [Free], the racing management game that came out a couple of years ago, became popular primarily because of its tilt-shift camera effect during the races, but there is more to that game than just fun visuals effects; Motorsport Manager is one of the most entertaining sports management games on the App Store, and now you can grab it for free. If you haven't read our review of the game from 2014, know that Motorsport Manager manages to make the world of racing interesting even for those who aren't that into the sport. It's not that complex overall, but the race day events give you plenty to do as you try to get your two drivers at the checkered flag while balancing risk and reward...