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Supercell Doubles Down on Never Muting Emotes in 'Clash Royale'

If you ask any Clash Royale [Free] player what frustrates them most about the game, people will likely have a wide variety of things, potentially centralizing around the pay model of the game, chest timers, and similar... But it seems everyone is unified around just how frustrating player emotes can make the game. If you don't play Clash Royale, here's what you're "missing"- Communication in the game has been distilled down to ten buttons, and through the miracle that is human nature on the internet, people have figured out how to be total sh*t heads with only these ten emotes at their disposal. In the immortal words of Dr. Ian Malcolm, "Life, uh... finds a way."..

Best Decks, New Trump Teachings, Kripp Interview, Shaman Guide, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #52

Hello everyone and welcome to another Hearthstone [Free] weekly news roundup. Please, have a seat by the fire. Today's news is more varied compared to the last couple of weeks, although we still have a couple of guides on popular and powerful decks. There's also a view of the current state of the game from Blizzard itself, questions on whether Secret Paladin can still haunt your dreams in the current meta, questions about the nerfs, and, of course, the current state of the Meta. I feel that players are starting to get accustomed to the radical changes Standard brought to the game and starting to get used to the new reality. How have you been enjoying the changes? Is Hearthstone the way you like it right now or are changes you can't wait to see?..




TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Heroes of Loot 2'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

RPG Reload File 082 - The Banner Saga

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we add a piece to our banner with each game played. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the harsh light of today. It's a chance to play some old favorites one more time, to see how a game settled into the iOS landscape over time, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the Mr. Miyagi of this particular dojo, I decide which titles we wax on about from week to week. I try to keep things fairly balanced, but if you feel like there's a great game I'm missing out on, please let me know. You can do that by posting in the comments below, stopping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Out Now: 'Heroes of Loot 2', '2-bit Cowboy Rides Again', 'AlphaPit', 'Cat Knight Story', 'Independence Day: Resurgence Battle Heroes', 'Block Havoc', 'Flipominos' and More

It's another one of those crazy release weeks where more new iOS games hit the App Store than I know what to do with. It's even worse this week as cool stuff has been trickling out since late last week and over the weekend. I'm personally most excited for Heroes of Loot 2 as it's an improved sequel to one of my all-tie favorites, as is the Game Boy-esque Metroidvania-style action platformer 2-bit Cowboy Rides Again. And that's just the beginning of stuff I'm interested in picking up. So check out the full list below and let us know what YOU, everyday average TouchArcade reader, are picking up this week...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Heroes of Loot 2', 'Wizard Swipe', 'Skyforce Unite' and More

It's a beautiful day today in the Chicago area, particularly as we all come together to celebrate National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day. I'm not super sure that this is even a real holiday as much as it's just something some dude on YouTube made up, but really, when you think about it, isn't that how practically all holidays start? I don't have a problem getting onboard with grassroots holidays, even though I don't really understand why jelly doughnuts need their own holiday considering National Doughnut Day was last week... But, hey, why not. If you're looking for some new iOS games to play while you drive jelly doughnut after jelly doughnut down your throat, I've got some great news: There's a bunch of 'em. We've seen games drizzling out all week, so, you might already have some of the stuff in our list...

Playing Wild, Building the Best Decks, Is Shaman Too Strong, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #51

Welcome to another weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free] here at TouchArcade. As you'll see this week, many Hearthstone articles have to do with how to build or understand the strongest (or most fun) decks in the current meta, and I suppose that makes sense considering the immense changes the game underwent ever since the shift to Standard. So, you'll read about various dominant decks and decks that dominated tournaments, but at the same time we'll be dipping into Wild a bit more than usual. I don't know if Standard is getting a bit too slow for players, but I've been hearing more and more players starting to peek over at Wild perhaps in search for something different and, maybe, faster. So, let's dive into this week's news...

Update Mondays: 'Slither.io', 'Pinball Arcade', 'Real Racing 3', 'Uncharted: Fortune Hunter', And More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. To be honest, this was kind of a so-so week for interesting updates, but I've still managed to find a few worth looking at. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Human Resource Machine'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

RPG Reload Presents - The History Of Handheld RPGs, Part Ten

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're continuing our little monthly project looking at the history of handheld RPGs. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Last month, we looked at the early years of smartphone RPGs, when paid games ruled the roost. For the first time since perhaps the early years of the Game Boy, JRPGs and WRPGs were arriving on a handheld in nearly equal numbers. Dedicated handheld systems weren't finished yet by any means, however, and both Nintendo and Sony would introduce successors to their handhelds just as the smartphone market started to pivot. This month, we're looking at Nintendo's offering, a system that had some pretty big shoes to fill in the wake of the Nintendo DS's unprecedented success...

It seems like ever since these monthly swag packs have become a thing, everyone has their own variation on the Loot Crate (I have no idea if they were even the first to do it, either). Well, Minecraft is bigger than Jesus so it only made sense that they would also have their own monthly shipment of Minecraft-y stuff you can subscribe to. It's called "Mine Chest" and was originally announced all the way back in February. But what do you get for your $29.99 a month? Well, mine just got dropped off at my doorstep so I'm more than happy to show you. First off, here's what the box itself looks like:..

Out Now: 'Lost Frontier', 'Sky Force Reloaded', 'Pixel Cup Soccer 16', 'Human Resource Machine', 'Dig Deep!', 'Steppy Pants', 'Monster Builder', 'Nonstop Knight' and MUCH More

Well it's once again that time of week when a veritable truckload of new iOS games hit the App Store. Not just any truck either, a pretty darn large truck. Also, this is a pretty special week as there's a new Mika Mobile game, Lost Frontier, and they don't often release games but when they do they're almost always fabulous. Not to mention Sky Force Reloaded, the sequel to one of my favorite games of 2014 and one of the most graphically impressive games I've seen in a while. It's a great week folks so get busy checking the list below and downloading like there's no tomorrow, and let us know which games you're excited for in the comments!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Human Resource Machine', 'Sky Force Reloaded', 'Dig Deep' and Tons More

Apologies for posting our morning new games roundup in the afternoon, but, so far we have had two problems today: Not a whole lot of games had popped up on the App Store yet when we usually post this, and TouchArcade forum member sstrngmnm told me that today was National Milk Day but according to my research it's actually on January 11th, so I wasted my day drinking all the milk in my house for nothing. Then, after a bit more research I discovered that National Milk Day and World Milk Day are two entirely different holidays and World Milk Day is today. So, the lesson here is, if anyone wishes you a happy National Milk Day, you better put them in their place and tell them to stop thinking so small because it's World Milk Day today. But, hey, provided you're not spending your afternoon getting into pedantic arguments with strangers about dairy-related holidays, you're in luck. Some iOS games also came out...

Best Renolock Archetypes, Best Neutral Legendaries, Strongest Decks, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #50

Welcome to the 50th issue of our weekly Hearthstone [Free] column. Half a century is definitely a milestone that shows how much has been going in the world of Hearthstone these last few months. While it is a nice number, unfortunately it didn't come on a week with any groundbreaking news. It hasn't been a boring week, though, and there's still plenty to talk about regarding the various Renolock decks, the influence of Whispers on Arena, along with general tips about the expansion, which neutral Legendaries to craft, and, of course, the current state of the meta. With the dust settling, we are beginning to see the effects of the expansion and of the shift to Standard on the game, and you might be wondering which classes are the best right now. Well, read on and find out...

Update Mondays: 'Clash Of Clans', 'Panzer Corps', 'Puzzle & Dragons', 'Disney Crossy Road', And More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. If I were being completely thorough, the theme this week would be removing iAd support, but that kind of thing isn't nearly saucy enough to get into this feature. So instead, I've found some other awesome updates for you to look over while you eat your morning Eggos. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Romancing SaGa 2'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

RPG Reload File 081 - 'Dragon Quest'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we only use pseudo-Elizabethan English accents when no one is looking. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to give old classics another spin, reflect on the iOS RPG market on the whole, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As a direct descendant of Loto, I try to choose a balanced schedule of games from week to week. If you feel like I'm missing anything important, you can let me know by leaving a comment below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is planned quite far in advance, so you may not see your selection soon, but it will be added to the master list...

Out Now: 'Romancing SaGa 2', 'Hatoful Boyfriend', 'Crashing Season', 'Skateboard Party 3', 'VOEZ', 'MMX Hill Climb', 'Warp Shift', 'All Glory to the Pixel King! 2nd Edition', 'Golf Island', 'Mega Tank' and More

It's that magical time of week when a flood of new iOS games hit the App Store. Like we even need more games on our phones, am I right? This week in particular is heavily loaded with awesome stuff, including the surprise iOS port of absurd pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend as well as the first official English language release of Square Enix's Romancing SaGa 2 that people have been waiting decades for. I mean, just look at that chunky headline up there, there's TONS of stuff this week! So hit up the list below and be sure to let everyone know which games you'll be picking up...

Huge 'Tiny Tower' 5-Year Anniversary Update is Now Available

Nimblebit has been teasing a huge update to their massive hit Tiny Tower [Free] to celebrate its 5th anniversary since last month, and beta testing the update with folks in our forums since then, and as promised today that update has gone live in the App Store. This update contains tons of new content and features, some of which have made their way over from the spinoff/sequel Tiny Tower Vegas [Free]. There's new floors to build, new costumes, new roofs, new elevators, new BitBook posts, and much more. There's also a new QuickStock feature as well as the ability to rename and trade your Bitizens with friends. The feature I'm most excited about however is support for the resolution of newer iOS devices. No more blurry Tiny Tower! Check out the pre-update screen on the left compared to the nice and sharp post-update screen on the right...

Since it's Towel Day, let me provide an important reminder that a towel is the most useful thing you can have in the universe. In fact, if I'm ever on the Discovery Channel show Naked and Afraid, my single survival item I'll bring with me will bring a towel, without question. Anyway, aside from the requisite Towel Day celebrations, it also happens to be Wednesday, and a whole heap of brand new iOS games have hit the App Store. Also, given how odd the App Store has been with randomly dumping out other new games on Wednesday, it's incredibly likely that we'll see way more today...

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