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The Upcoming 'Louie Lucha' Is a Colorful Mix of Fighting and Rhythm

The upcoming Louie Lucha is, per the developer Fodder Pop, a celebration of the upcoming Cinco de Mayo, and this game will celebrate it with a combination of Lucha Libre, the Mexican equivalent of professional wrestling, and a rhythm game. As you can see from the trailer below, you'll have to tap the right blocks at the right time to help your luchador defeat a variety of human and non-human opponents. As you would expect from a free to play game of this nature, you'll be unlocking different luchadores as you go along...

Despite their intriguing stories and clever use of IPs, Telltale's games have been a mixed bag on iOS primarily because of technical issues. While most of the series were either fine or at least playable, Batman: The Telltale Series left a pretty bad taste on players' mouths because it was pretty close to unplayable on more than one instance. Well, I'm glad to say that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99] (from now on Guardians of the Galaxy) plays just fine on my iPad Air 2, despite a couple of very brief—but unobtrusive—stutters. I don't know if this means Telltale has tinkered with the engine enough to make it work well or Guardians of the Galaxy was just less demanding than Batman; what matters is that Episode 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy should play fine on most of your devices. I will be reviewing the whole series, so expect the review score to change as more episodes release...




If you've missed playing a bit of soccer on your mobile device (the options are quite limited), Super Crossbar Challenge [Free] will at least let you kick that ball a bit, although your purpose is exactly the opposite of that of a normal soccer game; instead of trying to score, your one and only goal is to hit that crossbar, emulating in that way all those soccer videos where players manage to hit the crossbar as if that thing was the size of a house wall. In Super Crossbar Challenge, you'll have to swipe at the right angle and the right speed to keep hitting that crossbar. If you manage to perform bicycle kicks and volleys and still hit the crossbar, you'll get even more coins. And, of course, you'll use those coins to unlock new characters and new balls...

And they've done it to us again. Telltale used to release the iOS and Android versions of the various episodes simultaneously with other platforms, but there have been instances recently where the mobile versions arrived a few days later than the rest. And it looks like that's the case with The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99] Episode 4, Thicker Than Water, which was supposed to release today but will be coming "later this week." Previous announcements forgot to include that small clarification, which was why we reported the episode was coming out today. At least it's only a day or two delay, which isn't too bad...

If you've reached the point in Super Mario Run [Free] where you are running out of things to build, the latest update—which has just dropped—will give you plenty more to aim for and, therefore, new reasons to play the game. First of all, the maximum number of Toads that can live in your kingdom has increased to 99,999, so just imagine all that rent you're about to start collecting (disclaimer: Super Mario Run is not that kind of management game). The biggest addition, though, are the new buildings, which include the 8-bit Bowser Statue, Bullet Bill Statue, and plenty more. It won't be easy to get all of them, but games do love to give you things to aim for. And it's funny how these kinds of additions are usually seen in F2P rather than premium games...

Every time we write a story about Blizzard considering expanding its mobile presence, people in the comments always start wishing for games like Diablo or Starcraft on mobile. While we are all free to dream, I highly doubt we'll see anything along those lines any time soon; at the same time, it does look like Blizzard is looking to expand its presence on mobile. According to a recent job opening, Blizzard is looking for a software engineer to contribute to Blizzard's mobile gaming efforts. Specifically, his or her role will be to create tools that will help the designers and artists produce mobile content. The engineer should have experience developing mobile games and passion for making mobile games...

Episode 2 of the 'Bertram Fiddle' Adventure Series Finally Releasing in May

Victorian London is more often than not portrayed as a dismal, fog-filled, stinky place, but that's not the case in the adventure series Bertram Fiddle [$1.99], and soon you'll be able to experience the second episode of the entertaining series, A Bleaker Predicklement. The first episode, A Dreadly Business, came out in 2014 and was very well-received, including by the urchins in our forums, primarily for its cast of silly characters and humorous story. While the puzzle part of the episode wasn't the most challenging, players didn't mind because it allowed them to focus on what really shines, the setting. The second episode was supposed to come out this past November, but the developer's Victorian-style workhouse was savagely hit by Brexit, so they had to throw some of the urchins in the furnace to keep the cogs turning (the developer's words, not mine)...

Cheap and Strong Un'Goro Decks, Quest Talk, Warrior Taunt, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #94

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] column that brings together the best news and videos from the previous seven day. And what happened in the world of Hearthstone last week? Rogue Quest is still being talked about but not to the extent it had been the last couple of weeks. Instead, there were plenty of positive stories that talked about how great the Un'Goro meta is at the moment. We also have the best decks to play right now as well as the best decks if you're low on cards and dust. There's even a Street Fighter story today. Let us begin...

Apparently, there's a big Clash of Clans [Free] war coming up this weekend, and you can watch part of it if you want to. Team Reddit will fight it out with Team Forums for ultimate dominance and, of course, bragging rights in what should be a battle between some of the best players in the game. There will be two wars, a 40v40 and a 50v50 between April 21st to April 23rd. Out of all the contestants, 10 really good players were flown to Finland and will take part in a Supercell-hosted livestream that you can watch tomorrow at 3PM GMT (sorry, you'll have to do the math to figure it out)...

If you've been enjoying Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)], prepare for some more fun content this weekend as Chaos Arena makes its return to the game. If you haven't played this mode before, Chaos Arena mixes up the lane conditions and scenario rules and makes for some... chaotic matches (sorry about that). There are fun scenarios that really freshen up the game, like getting three creatures into your deck at the start of the match, switching decks with your opponent, or playing with interesting cards already on the board. There are also interesting Lane Conditions: for instance, when summoning a creature in one lane, another random one of the same cost will appear, or if you have the most cards in one lane at the end of the turn, you deal damage to your opponent, and many, many other entertaining ideas...

'Throw Pinball' Is a Pinball-Block Breaking Hybrid Looking for Testers

If you're looking for a game to scratch your pinball itch but wanted a slightly different take on the glorious—and once banned—game, check out the upcoming Throw Pinball. The game uses pinball mechanics to break blocks, and the nice thing about it is that all 75 levels are designed by hand: no procedural generation creating silliness in this game. As you can see from the trailer, the developer seems to have some fun ideas on how to offer challenging levels, and I do like the art style and palette...

Twin Stick Endless Survival 'Hyper Beam' Looking for Beta Testers in Our Forums

Twin stick shooters are some of the most entertaining games on iOS because they work surprisingly well on touchscreens. Hyper Beam, an upcoming game by Rinikulous Games, is getting the twin-stick part of twin stick shooters and combining it with an endless survival game. As you can see from the trailer, you control two little circles—could be spaceships, intergalactic blobs, your imagination is the limit—as one, using the beams linking them to take out all the enemies on screen. The game has several different type of beams, and once you charge your beams, you go into—you guessed it—hyper mode...

I'm pretty sure there's a whole academic paper waiting to be written about Zynga's transition from Words with Friends to the just-released GIF's Against Friends [Free], both in terms of the transition to primarily-visual mediums and in terms of the antagonism so prevalent on the internet today. And even though I should be more of the words and text generation, I do enjoy the hilarity of GIFs, and that's why I think GIFs Against Friends will find an audience quite easily. This iMessage app has you inviting friends from your phone's contacts, sending them all a pretty silly prompt, and then judging the GIFs they submit anonymously...

A couple of years ago we wrote about Spells of Genesis [Free], a trading card game that uses Bitcoin's blockchain technology to power its in-game economy, and now the game is finally out on the App Store. Let's talk about the game first. In Spells of Genesis players have to build decks by trading and combining orbs before clashing with their opponents. The game plays more like an arcade one than something like Hearthstone, but at its core it's still all about collecting cards, trading cards, and building the strongest decks you can. There are over 200 levels and missions and hundreds of cards to get your hands on...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] developers continue to give us skins and texture packs, and today we are getting one of the best ones so far. The latest update has brought the world of Bethesda's Fallout to Minecraft, and it's pretty cool. The Fallout Mash-Up Pack celebrates the classic series by bringing a complete overhaul of the game's texture. Gone are the lovely, green pastures and hills; all you'll have now is an irradiated, brownish landscape. And as you would expect, all the mobs have undergone some interesting mutations, with two-headed cows, ghouls, and huge scorpions roaming the landscape. Even the llamas couldn't escape this fate...

Slitherine's 'Carrier Deck' Looking for Beta Testers

It's been a while since we got a modern strategy game on iOS, so I'm sure wargamers will be glad to know that Slitherine's Carrier Deck is on its way to the iOS ports and is looking for beta testers to help with the development. Carrier Deck puts you in charge of USS Ronald Reagan, the Nimitz-class nuclear powered supercarrier. In this fast-paced time management game, you play as the Air Officer during war time and are responsible for all the operations involving aircraft on the ship. Therefore, you'll have to be working fast and accurately to ensure your carrier is as effective as possible...

Games with cats are always a hit in my eyes, but some (weird) people aren't satisfied by just having kitties in their games and want actual gameplay (the horror). The just-released CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars [Free], by the developer behind Cut the Rope, should satisfy everyone because it has cats and fun gameplay. As we've written in the past, the game, which had been soft launched as Backyard Battles, has you customizing your vehicles and taking on friends and strangers in a battle arena. You start off with pretty basic vehicles, and as you advance, you get access to better materials and, therefore, build better vehicle...

If you've been playing Telltale's The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99], also known as Season 3 of the hit series, get ready for more tears and heart-wrenching choices because episode 4 is coming April 25th. The episode is called Thicker Than Water, so expect family—or its loss—to be a theme in this episode. Unless it's all about the rising prices of oil worldwide, which I'm sure is a possibility. I haven't played Season 3 yet—still haven't finished the previous season—but apparently our forum users haven't been too crazy about what the earlier episodes have had to offer, especially the first two of the series. The complaints were that the episodes aren't too long and the choices too obvious...

Android users are about to get their heart stolen just like their iOS counterparts have when Card Thief [$1.99], the spiritual successor to the very well-reviewed Card Crawl, skulks over to their platform of choice. According to the official Twitter account, Card Thief will be hitting Android on April 22nd, so not long to wait now. If you haven't had a chance to play Card Thief, think of a stealth game but played with cards. You move around a board of nine cards and have to deal with all kinds of guards that are trying to grab you. In order to successfully steal and escape, you'll have to strategically put out torches to take advantage of the dark, because, as everyone knows, the night is dark and full of terrors...

A bit over a year ago, I previewed an MMA Management game called Fight Team Rivals [Free] and liked what I saw. After quite a bit of time in development, the game is finally out and ready for you to test your MMA skills. Quite a bit has changed since I checked out the game, but at its core is still all about training a team of martial artists across disciplines, trying to build a strong, well-rounded gym, and picking the best tactics for the fights. The game has you taking on all kinds of event types, including single discipline tournaments, style-vs-style showcases, and even asymmetric tag-team fights. You can also take on opposing teams in Rivals mode...