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The mobile version of the classic Stronghold franchise called Stronghold Kingdoms [Free] has finally launched worldwide, so you now all check it out. At the same time, keep in mind that this game is an MMO version of the classic Stronghold series, so go in expecting something closer to Clash of Clans than the traditional castle-building of Stronghold, although players in our forums point out that it's not a Clash of Clans clone. In this game you get to build your own castle with all kinds of castle defenses, manage your resources and troop production, trade with the many other players on the map, siege other players' castles, and so on...

Have you finished praying to the RNG gods? Have you performed the necessary sacrifices to appease them? I hope you have because this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is all about randomness. Encounter at the Crossbones gives you a random class and a random deck and wishes you good luck, which you'll definitely need. This brawl might have a different name than the older Encounter at the Crossroads, but they are pretty similar. The change in the name probably has to do with the brawl's emphasis on the new Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. Specifically, the decks include many of the newer cards, and all the decks seem to come with the Death Knight of the class you were assigned...




'Brawl Stars' Wants Your Feedback to Improve the Game

The very entertaining Brawl Stars continues to be in a limited soft launch, and it continues to improve. Supercell now wants to hear from all of you in order to continue improving the game. If you go to the News page in the game, you'll make your way to the Player Experience Survey where you can talk about what you like about the game and to help the developers figure out how to improve a game that's still being build as we speak. Keep in mind that not everyone gets to complete the survey. The survey is only looking for responses from people who fit a specific profile, probably being of a specific age group or from a specific country...

'D&D Beyond' Is Live, and It's a Great 'Dungeons & Dragons' Digital Toolset

Dungeons & Dragons players, good news. D&D Beyond, the official digital toolset of the classic game, is now live, so there's nothing stopping you from creating all kinds of crazy characters and starting your next game. This digital toolset uses 5th edition rules and brings along the rules compendium, character builder, interactive digital character sheets, and much more. You can now play with digital versions of every official D&D sourcebook within the compendium, which is a pretty amazing resource. At this moment, you can only access the digital toolset through your browser since the native mobile apps haven't yet launched (they should be coming in the near future). However, I've been using the toolset on my phone browser and it works pretty well...

Surreal Adventure Game 'Karma.Incarnation 1' Coming to iOS August 24th

We've written quite a few times about the upcoming surreal adventure game Karma.Incarnation 1, the port of the PC game with the same name, which, after making its way to Android a few months back, is now ready to finally come to iOS on August 24th. In Karma.Incarnation 1 you try to rescue your beloved, who's been abducted by evil spirits. And you decide that the best way to go about doing that is turning into a ferocious dragon. However, things don't go as planned and, instead, you end up as a worm called Pip, definitely not the most powerful creature in the world. In order to rescue your beloved, you have to travel across a lovely, psychedelic world and solve puzzles as you try and learn the laws of Karma...

If you've watched any episodes of Game of Thrones, you'll know that it all comes down to who gets to wear that crown, and the upcoming Crown Throwdown is similarly obsessed with that piece of metal but in a different way. This fast-paced fighting game has you trying to get that crown off the head of your opponent and onto the head of its rightful wearer (you, of course). The one who wears the crown yields the power necessary to eliminate his enemies, so it's important to ensure that no matter what, that crown rests nicely on your head. As you would expect, you get to pick one of several silly characters including Jack Hughman (I wonder who that guy is supposed to be), Harry the skeleton, Blobert the Blob, and more...

Square Enix's 'Flame Vs Blaze' MOBA Beta Registration Is Now Open

A few months ago we wrote about Square Enix's Flame Vs Blaze, a mobile MOBA game that's been exclusive to Japan but is now coming to this side of the world. And if you want to be among the first to try it out, you're in luck because the registration for the closed beta is now open (though only for the US and Canada), and you can sign up for it here. Flame Vs Blaze is a 3v3 MOBA with quite a team behind it, including Producer Hironori Okayama (Kingdom Hearts Unchained x), Director Yuji Abe (Final Fantasy XIII series) and character designer Gen Kobayashi (The World Ends With You). The game has some interesting features that help it stand out from most other MOBAs. For instance, when you defeat monsters in the field, they become your allies and assist you either directly or indirectly...

Supercell has been celebrating Clash of Clan [Free] fifth anniversary with all kinds of events both in and out of the game, and today the developer is working together with Facebook to bring the game's Builder into the "real world." Specifically, when you use Facebook's camera, you have access to an AR filter that places the Builder in the real world (where he will hammer things non-stop). And if you turn the camera around, you can, of course, make yourself look like the Builder. I can see the AR Builder becoming quite popular with fans of the game since you can set up all kinds of silly photos with the little round guy hammering away...

'Iron Marines', by 'Kingdom Rush' Developer, Releases September 14th

Ironhide Game Studios, the developer behind the excellent Kingdom Rush series, is getting ready to release the much-awaited Iron Marines on September 14th, and I personally can't wait. Iron Marines is a complex real-time strategy game that will have you completing some fun missions like hacking supercomputers, rescuing civilians, holding your ground against all odds, and much more. You'll be controlling a (very colorful) army consisting of units such as rangers, snipers, flamethrowers, and so on. In addition to your basic units, the game will also allow you to get your hands on things like intelligent mines, turrets, napalm rockets, ricocheting blasts, and all kinds of other crazy weapons that should make for some fun tactical decisions...

I'm been very anxiously waiting for Minecraft's [$6.99] Better Together update to hit iOS (Android players have been beta testing the update for weeks now), but it looks like I'll have to wait a bit longer. The update was originally scheduled to go live this summer, but recently the FAQ was updated, and now Better Together is scheduled to launch this Autumn, "once it's ready and we've satisfactorily evicted bugs from the premises." While I'm glad to hear the developers are taking their time with this update and not trying to rush it out the door, it's still a bit disappointing to have to wait until the fall (although that could mean next month)...

'Rusty Lake Paradise' Is the Next Game From the Fantastic Developer of 'Cube Escape' Series

Rusty Lake has been giving us some really cool (and creepy) games, and today the developers announced that the next premium game currently under development is called Rusty Lake Paradise, which apparently many players had already guessed. The game is set on an 18th century remote island that's cursed with the 10 plagues (as any island tends to be). You'll have to explore the island, interact with your (probably very weird) family, and vanquish the plagues. And since this is a Rusty Lake kind of island, there's surely to be a constant sense of dread and weirdness that has become a staple of Rusty Lake and Cube Escape games. The developers feel Rusty Lake Paradise will have even better visuals than previous games and new gameplay ideas. And by allowing players to traverse the island, Rusty Lake Paradise should feel different from previous Rusty Lake adventures...

Apple's 32-bit App-ocalypse is drawing nearer, so more developers are announcing their update plans. Today was the turn of Double Fine to announce what will be saved and what will be doomed. As the developer pointed out, saving these apps isn't as easy as it sounds, so not all games will join the upcoming 64-bit future. Let's start with the good news first. Broken Age [$4.99] and the remastered Full Throttle [$4.99], Grim Fandango [$4.99], and Day of the Tentacle [$4.99] will be updated and will continue to grace our devices. Middle Manager of Justice will be broken initially, but the developers will be trying to figure out how to best save it...

Knights of the Frozen Throne, the latest Hearthstone [Free] expansion, has been welcomed by players, but it looks like it also messed up Arena in a couple of ways. As reddit user adwcta pointed out, several of the new cards are currently missing from Arena. Iksar, aka game designer Dean Ayala, responded to that post and said that there are currently 12 cards missing from Arena. This is because of a bug that has been fixed internally and should be going live at sometime this week (if everything goes as planned). He explains that it all comes down to an editor bug that would make cards "undraftable." So, expect to have all the cards available in the Arena by the end of the week...

Audio Adventure Game 'The Girl Who Sold the World' Launching Tomorrow

As we wrote about a few months back, The Girl Who Sold the World aims to provide a complete gaming experience based only on audio and without any visuals, and tomorrow you'll get to try the game yourselves. The game has you using a device called Skyler to help Frances survive the strange world she inhabits and discover the truth about who she really is. She has lost her memory and everything else, and she depends on you to help her overcome her fears and all the obstacles she'll face. As the developers point out, since an audio game forces players to use their imagination to fill in all the blanks, every player will have a slightly different experience with TGWSTW...

Best Frozen Throne Decks, Death Knight Rankings, Trolden and Kripp Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #108

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first post-Knights of the Frozen Throne Hearthstone [Free] roundup. We finally got the infusion of all the cool new cards into the game, and everyone seems to be happy, at least for now. The post-expansion honeymoon periods are always fun because the meta is very fluid and everyone is trying different ideas. Blizzard's new pack rules have helped most players get a good starting collection, and overall things seem to be good in the Hearthstone world. We have stories about strong Frozen Throne decks, stories about the new Death Knight cards, and a lot more. We even have a Destiny story. So, hop over the image below and let us begin...

The fantastic Death Road to Canada [$9.99] continues to get better. On August 24th, the game will receive another big update that brings on all kinds of new and improved systems. The most important one is a new lighting system that makes nights darker. To counter this new dark veil, players start each game with a couple of flashlights in the trunk. And, of course, fire and other similar sources can provide light for all those lonely, terrifying nights on the road. Fire is also seeing some major changes. It now does a lot more damage, but it doesn't spread between zombies or from zombies to human, although fire patches set zombies on fire more easily. Another interesting change is the ability to barricade doors by putting furniture near it, but that furniture will slowly get pushed away. You can even barricade doors with your body, if you're that desperate...

It's no secret that Minecraft's [$6.99] true intention is to be present everywhere, and the latest endeavor is another step in that direction. As announced recently, Mojang is working together with Egmont to publish an all new Minecraft: Official Magazine, which will exist in physical form. The magazine is already out in the UK and will be traveling to another countries "as soon as logistically possible." The new magazine is 60-pages long and filled with all kinds of tips, tricks, survival stories, and much more. The tips and tricks part contains various builds broken down into detailed steps to help readers figure out how to improve their skills...

Angry Bugs, the developer behind Drylands and The Hacker, is now developing Dungeons & Miners, a "roguelite" with procedurally generated dungeons and mines but (thankfully) handcrafted quests and events. First of all, the game has a really cool art style. Angry Bugs always did cool retro art, but I think Dungeons and Miners is probably the devs best attempt so far. The game is more than just running around killing things; Dungeons and Miners also includes various companions, NPCs and shops (you can see a screenshot of the blacksmith below), minibosses and bosses, and a variety of enemies each with its own attacks. If you've played any of the developer's previous games, you'll know that they contain some cool enemies and that they really do each have distinct attacks and patterns...

Lucas Pope's Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] has been an incredibly successful and well-regarded game, which is doubly surprising when you consider how somber it is and that it tackles some very charged political themes. It's not hard to see, though, how the game's theme and storyline make for a strong film, so I wasn't surprised to see a teaser trailer for an upcoming official short film adaptation. Written by Liliya and Nikita Ordynskiy and directed by the latter, the film adaptation of Papers, Please seems to have captured the game's mood and tone very well. I love how muted the colors are and how it really feels like the game has come to life...

Upcoming 'Will Hero' Is a Fun Platformer With One-Tap Controls

Will Hero is a cute and clever upcoming rogue-like that you can play with one hand, which is great for when you're on the go. You play as Will, a pretty square guy who's out to save the princess (isn't that always the case). As he traverses the game's many levels, he gets his tiny little hands on all kinds of fun weapons like swords, throwing knives, and axes. And, of course, he also has the trusted weapon of many platformers, the bump. As you can see in the trailer, the game rewards patience and combos, so it's not all running and bumping/attacking. And even though the art looks simple, it's actually very well drawn...