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Building Great Decks, Upcoming Format Changes, Meta Report, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #35

We are officially in a Hearthstone [Free] limbo now, waiting patiently for Blizzard to announce the upcoming expansion and waiting to see the changes in format. Exciting times, for sure, but also a time when everyone's looking to the future rather than the present. The result of this is a relatively-limited amount of Hearthstone news outside a repetition of what we've already talked about last week. So, not the most exciting weekly roundup but still interesting things to talk about. We have some new reactions to the Standard/Wild changes from the developers, a possible date for when we'll hear more about the changes, information regarding how big the game has become, and more. And, of course, we have the meta report, but as you can guess, the meta is in a holding pattern at the moment with most of the players already considering what kinds of decks they'll be building once Standard hits...

Update Mondays: 'Star Wars: Galaxy Of Heroes', 'Lost In Harmony', 'Angry Birds 2', 'Phoenix HD', 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. This week's selection is an odd mix of last-minute Valentine's Day updates and solid content updates to some App Store favorites. 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: '_PRISM'

TouchArcade Game of the Week: '_PRISM'

February 12th, 2016 6:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, Game of the Week, News
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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 069 - 'Coldfire Keep'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where our fish are abnormally crunchy at all times. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a bit of revisiting, a dash of reflecting, and a giant splash of taking a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. I don't know, it felt like a thing to write at the time. Anyway, I try to choose a good variety of games from week to week, but if you feel like I've missed something, feel free to give me suggestions by posting in the comments below, stopping by the RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since the schedule is currently planned through August, you might not see your suggestion for a while, but I will add it to the master list...

Out Now: 'Shadow Blade: Reload', 'Smooth Operator!', 'Target Acquired', 'Final Fantasy IX', 'Ys Chronicles 2', 'Tennis Club Story', 'Tomb of the Mask' and More

This week got off to an early bang with two huge classic RPGs launching in Final Fantasy IX an Ys Chronicles 2, a new Kairosoft game (already!) called Tennis Club Story, and the insanely cool arcade game Tomb of the Mask. They are joined by highly-anticipated titles like Shadow Blade: Reload, the enhanced re-release of the 2014 hit ninja platformer, and the absolutely wacky makeout simulator Smooth Operator! which was a total riot when I played it at GDC last year. I've been saying it for weeks but I'll say it again: 2016 is already shaping up to be a stellar year for iOS games. Let us know in the comments what games you're picking up tonight and RIP to free time!..

New iPhone Games Out Now (and Coming Tonight): 'Final Fantasy IX', 'Ys Chronicles II', 'Tomb of the Mask' and Loads More

It's another weird Wednesday for iOS releases, but really, we're at the point where if something isn't weird about a particular week that in itself would be weird. Personally, I'm thankful this list is on the shorter side as I'm getting my furnace replaced today and am too cold to type out much more than this. As a day where it's 12° F with a huge snowstorm inbound is the best time for your furnace to die, but, I digress. Most of these games actually came out earlier in the week, which either means we're in for a whole bundle of games to randomly appear this evening, or every other developer was like, "Oh god, Final Fantasy IX, ABORT! ABORT!" (Or something else entirely as if the App Store is anything, it's totally unpredictable.) I know at minimum _PRISM is due to be released tonight, so there could be other surprises...

'Adventures Of Mana' Review - The Secret Is Simplicity

Adventures Of Mana [$13.99] is a remake of a classic Square Enix game, something that could be said for more than half of the company's iOS releases. Yet it's quite different from the usual Square Enix remake in that it's positively restrained in how much it chooses to change from the original game. It's especially interesting in light of the fact that said original game, Seiken Densetsu/Final Fantasy Adventure/Mystic Quest (henceforth Final Fantasy Adventure), was a 1991 release for the original Game Boy. On top of that, there was already one high-profile remake of the game, 2003's Sword Of Mana for the Game Boy Advance, which changed and added in a lot of things. Seeing Adventures Of Mana essentially present an early handheld action-RPG without doing much more than re-rendering everything in 3D and cleaning up the translation is certainly unexpected, but it's also most welcome...

Hello, friends! We're almost back to the normal schedule for the RPG Reload Podcast, and that means we've only got one featured game this time around. Our usual roster of Eric Ford, Andy Fretz, and I take a look at Nameless: The Hackers RPG [$1.99] in this episode, and as usual, there's a lot of chat about other things beforehand. Each of us shares our thoughts on Crashlands [$4.99] and its many wonders. We also spend some time discussing some of the difficulties in factoring price points into reviews. We also got around to answering a reader question sent to us way back in the distant year of 2015. Admittedly, we go off topic for a while in the middle of the show, but it's all for the sake of droning on about games, so I'm sure we're fine, right?..

'Hearthstone' Standard and Wild Formats, Pros React, Class and Card Changes, and More in Touchstone #34

We can't often call an announcement a total game-changer, but this week's news about Hearthstone [Free] easily rank as the most important news about the game since its launch. I have a very strong hunch that you've heard of all the huge changes coming to the game in the next few months and how those changes will change Hearthstone as we know it. We'll have format changes in almost all the modes, cards will go and cards will change, and the whole game will feel different. The format changes should greatly affect the meta, and the yearly rotation of cards should make Hearthstone feel fresher and avoid the ruts it's often stuck in during those post-expansion/adventure periods...

Update Mondays: 'Minecraft Pocket Edition', 'Doug dug.', 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Pocket Mortys', 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. Lots of updates this week, especially due to the Chinese/Lunar New Year. A few Valentine's Day updates trickled into the mix, and some other nice surprises besides. 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: 'Adventures of Mana'

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 Six

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 brief but impressive reign of the Game Boy Advance, and the bounty of RPGs it brought with it. While it was mostly uncontested during its life, seeds were being planted in unexpected places that would sprout into the fiercest competition Nintendo would face to date of this writing. We'll be looking at those nooks and crannies today as best as we can. In total, this feature will span twelve columns, each one taking a look at a specific era in handheld RPGs. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed researching and writing them! Please let me know what you think by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. If you like this project and wish to support endeavors like it, please consider contributing to the TouchArcade Patreon. It's what makes these kinds of big features possible...

Out Now: 'Adventures of Mana', 'Marvel: Avengers Academy', 'Space Grunts', 'All is Lost', 'Puzzle Strike', 'Tsuro', 'Splash Cars' and More

Howdy folks, and welcome to another great week of iOS game releases. Our strong 2016 continues with another big batch of good stuff, including some big-name, highly-anticipated stuff like Adventures of Mana, Space Grunts, Puzzle Strike, Marvel: Avengers Academy and more. 2016 just won't quit so far. So check out everything below and let us know what games you'll be picking up this week. Also, if you enjoy this weekly list of new iOS games and the other stuff we do here at TouchArcade, please consider supporting us on Patreon so we can ensure the content keeps coming! Thanks!..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight (and Out Now): 'Space Grunts', 'Geki Yaba Runner', 'Pull My Tongue' and Tons More

It's Wednesday once again, which of course means oodles of new iOS games. Almost all of these seem to be available worldwide right now, aside from a few standouts which should appear on the US App Store around 11:00 PM Eastern. There's a silly amount of free indie games to play, but I'm guessing the big release (so far) people are going to be interested in is probably Space Grunts. There's a ton of other interesting (and weird) stuff in this list including a Splatoon knock-off and an MMORPG where you play as a horse?..

Additional Deck Slots and Card Rotation Come to 'Hearthstone' Following Secret Meetings With 'Hearthstone' Illuminati

As revealed moments ago by Blizzard, Hearthstone [Free] is getting what will amount to the most significant (and inevitable) change to the game ever: Card rotation. Along with that, the game is going to be split into two distinct formats: "Standard" and "Wild" (Think Legacy in the Magic the Gathering world.) and to account for all the decks players are going to be making to play in both formats, the amount of deck slots are getting doubled from nine to eighteen...

Best of Trump, Top Midrange Decks, Crazy Videos, Best Cards to Craft, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #33

Welcome to another edition of our weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, your guide through the world of both casual and competitive Hearthstone. This week's news was definitely more about tournaments rather than anything else, perhaps a sign that we have entered the dreaded land that lies between expansions and adventures. This is a land where players figure out all the new cards and new decks and shift to autopilot; gone are the days of crazy experimentation, this is a time of efficiency and, therefore, a form of ennui. You'll see this feeling from our meta report towards the end of this roundup, which clearly shows a calcified meta. Still, on the tournament side of things, we have some very interesting ones coming up, including one that will try for the first time to remove the Classic cards from a tournament and see what decks we get. So, the Hearthstone world's still spinning, albeit slightly more slowly than usual...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Twofold Inc.'

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 068 - 'Legends Of Yore'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where punch skeletons for apples. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in modern times. It's a bit of reflecting, a bit of revisiting, and a chance to take a deeper dive than our reviews usually allow for. I try to present as diverse a selection of RPGs from week to week as I can muster, but if you feel like I've missed something important, please let me know. You can give suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since the schedule is planned pretty far ahead of time, you probably won't see any games you suggest soon, but you will see them eventually...

Out Now: 'Anime Studio Story', 'Digimon Heroes!', 'Duck Dynasty', 'Baseball Highlights 2045', 'Open Bar', 'Invisible Dragons', 'Hectic Space 2', 'Knotmania' and More

It's a pretty weird week for new games, as the first few weeks of 2016 had been pretty incredible and any batch of new games would have a lot to live up to. This week is far from a bad week of new stuff, there's definitely an eclectic mix of games including a few big-name titles and plenty of smaller, quirky stuff. There was also an absurd amount of soft-launched games this week, which was strange. Anyhoo, get to perusing the list of games below and let us know if anything has caught your eye in the comments below!..

I'm posting this slightly earlier than usual as I've got to take my jerk of a cat to the vet this morning to get some well deserved annual shots, so keep in mind there's a near 100% chance that this isn't even half of the games that are coming out today. Typically we see a couple different bursts of new games hitting the App Store throughout the morning, and this is just the first of that. I'll update this with the second wave of games when they hit our forums, or you can just hit this link and see 'em yourself as they're posted...

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