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I've been doing some digging on the World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] forums today because I had a feeling the new update should be coming at some point in early September (it fits the timing of their updates), and I was right. While official word is somewhat confusing and often in Russian, what I have been able to find are a few features that should be in the upcoming update as well as a developer Q&A that offers some info on the game's future. ..

It's pretty difficult to pull off the first part of an intended series of stories. You have make sure you end it with a lot of possbilities in the air, but at the same time, you have to give people a satisying enough standalone plot that they'll want to stick around. It's especially important in games, where the player should feel some sense of accomplishment at the end of each part, particularly when the continuation might be a ways off. Versus - The Lost Ones [$3.99] is the latest release from prolific gamebook publisher Choice Of Games, and it's meant to kick off an on-going series. It's a successful opening in as much as I'm rather interested to see where the story goes from here, but taken as a standalone work, it's a little mixed...




'Zoombinis' Review - Edutainment at its Most Adorable

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September 1st, 2015 10:59 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $4.99, 3.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, Puzzle, Reviews
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As a kid, I was pretty big into edutainment games. Any excuse to play video games in school I took, from Number Munchers to Oregon Trail. Some titles were more "entertainment" than "education," but I ran with it anyway -- and in some cases, I taught my fellow classmates how to earn a high score. Good enough, right?  However, in all my childhood I never had a chance to play Zoombinis [$4.99 (HD)]. I'm glad that I changed that recently with its iPad release, even if it hasn't aged all that well...

There have been a lot of weird crossovers throughout the history of entertainment, and only half of them involve Angry Birds.  Remember when Inspector Gadget showed up on the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, or that time when Archie met the Punisher, or when the Harlem Globetrotters helped Scooby-Doo and the gang solve a mystery? If you look at it that way, perhaps Pocket God Vs Desert Ashes [$4.99] isn't that strange after all. Still, a combination of Bolt Creative's Pocket God [$0.99] and Nine Tales Digital's Mecho Wars/Desert Ashes probably wouldn't be the first team-up you would imagine for either franchise, and it certainly begs a question or two. How exactly could they reconcile the former's simple god game mechanics with the latter's Advance Wars-inspired turn-based strategy?..

'Pokémon Shuffle Mobile' Hits the App Store

The path for Pokémon Shuffle has been a windy one. Back in February of this year, Pokémon Shuffle released for the Nintendo 3DS. It was noteworthy for being one of the first really "free to play" free to play games on Nintendo's handheld, complete with energy systems and everything. Many saw that as the signal for the end of video games as we know them, but it turned out to not be so bad. The real problem was that Pokémon Shuffle's bite-sized gameplay wasn't particularly well-suited to the Nintendo 3DS, a platform that's definitely designed to be portable but typically isn't as conducive to killing quick bursts of free time as something like a smartphone. ..

Touchstone Tavern #14 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

And it's out, finally! As of last Monday, we've all started playing with Hearthstone's [Free] new toys, the 132-card The Grand Tournament expansion which has been welcomed by most players as it has given us new ways to play the game, new deck ideas to think about, and in general, made the game more fun. Now, I don't know whether TGT will radically change the meta or whether we'll just see a few cards fitting into existing decks; it's really too early to tell that because we'll need to wait until the dust settles and new decks are designed, put to the test, and seen how they fare. I'm hopeful that we won't go back to the Face Hunter domination of old, but I'm slightly worried that Patron Warrior decks will still dominate, especially if that Mr. Frothing Berserker doesn't get a nerf soon...

Way back in the before times, when I was a little fellow attending elementary school, I often found myself doodling on the paper in front of me. Well, to be honest, I did that in junior high school, high school, and university, too, but that's neither here nor there. The point is, my imagination wandered frequently, and conspired with my hand to try to keep the whole system from going to sleep. I feel like I drew all the standard things: dinosaurs, super heroes, video game characters, the screaming souls of the damned as they burned in searing agony for all eternity, fighter jets, ALF, and of course, space ship battles. I would doodle an assortment of ships on the left, another group on the right, then simulate their battles. Sentinel Command [$6.99 (HD)] reminds me of those hand-sketched battles, but with rules, challenge, and all kinds of good things like that...

Seasonal Ranked Play Announced for 'Vainglory'

August 28th, 2015 11:00 AM EDT by Eric Ford in MOBA, News
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While fans of the game are eagerly awaiting the unveil of Vainglory’s [Free] newest hero, Skye, the folks at Super Evil Megacorp made a pretty significant announcement about the mobile MOBA this morning...

RPG Reload File 053 - 'Mage Gauntlet'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we smash everything in search of new hats. Each week, we pull an RPG from the past of the App Store to see how it holds up to our highly-advanced, futuristic, utopian society. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on a game's overall place on the platform, or just to take a nice deep dive in a way our reviews don't usually allow for. As the kindly old wizard watching over these proceedings, I try to pick a nice balanced plate from week to week. If you feel like I'm missing something cool, however, please let me know. You can give me suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. I can't promise I'll get to it soon, but it will go on the master list which means I'll get to it eventually...

tinyBuild Games' Divide by Sheep [$2.99] was definitely an interesting little puzzle game when it first released, straddling the line between being a casual math puzzler with a cute look, with challenging puzzles and a surprisingly-gory macabre theme. If you haven't checked this one out yet, and you've been meaning to, well, now's as good a time as ever, as the game has just gotten its 5th world in the latest update, along with a cool $0.99 sale price...

Did you miss Adventures of Pip [$9.99] when it was $4.99 at launch? Well, while I think the game is worth $14.99 since it's a good platformer and that's what the game is worth on other platforms, I'm here to tell you about an opportunity to both pay an above-average price for a mobile game and still get a discount. Because Adventures of Pip is in the PAX 10, the developers at Tic Toc Games have put the game on sale for $9.99 for the weekend. No one knows when the game will be on sale again, so if you want the game for less than $14.99...do it now...

Most puzzle games don't necessarily have an impactful message. I mean sure, some of them encourage critical thinking and educate youngsters, but you usually don't see anything meaningful in your puzzle soup. The Path to Luma [Free] switches that up a bit however, as the entire affair is sponsored by NRG (a clean energy company), and deals with themes such as solar and wind power. Thankfully, the actual game is pretty good, so the message doesn't fall on deaf ears...

TEKKEN Card Tournament [Free] was Bandai Namco's attempt to rethink the TEKKEN fighting games by turning the action fighting games into a card fighting game. Although not too many people talk about the game currently, it actually has great reviews on the App Store, so Bandai Namco's attempt was apparently well-executed. By making the game F2P with IAPs, Bandai Namco was probably hoping that TEKKEN Card Tournament would benefit from the popularity of its sister fighting game and become a strong source of revenue. Alas, as a VentureBeat article points out, that was not to be. TEKKEN Card Tournament, which went live in 2013, has broken into the 1000 highest-grossing iPhone apps only in eight countries, none of them countries with big spenders. Therefore, Bandai Namco decided to reach over into the physical world to summon some help for its card battler...

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK's independent regulator for advertising across all media, has recently taken an interesting stance on some F2P tactics when it ruled that the way some F2P games directly pressure children to make in-game purchases is wrong. While the actual ruling is specifically against Bin Weevils and Moshi Monsters, which are primarily browser games but with plenty of mobile offshoots, the ASA ruling refers to IAPs in general. For ASA, the first issue with these games was how they hid certain additional benefits behind a paid-membership system. Players were constantly pushed towards membership-only benefits and were put in situations where when they lost in a minigame with limited attempts, they were prompted to buy more "lives" by becoming a member...

Both 'Minecraft: Story Mode' and 0.12 Update For 'Minecraft: Pocket Edition' Drawing Closer To Release

It looks like a good Minecraft news week all around. First, we got the tweet below from Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] developer Tommaso Checchi, who pretty much called the Beta season for update 0.12 over. If you haven't been following MCPE's development, every new update usually goes through weeks-long beta testing on the Android side of things before popping up on the App Store once finished. Once the beta testing is over, it usually takes very little time for the update to appear on the App Store, so hopefully we should be getting the 0.12 update on iOS soon. If you don't know anything about the 0.12 update, MCPE is about to get a huge overhaul as it's gradually brought to parity with the PC version...

Last week saw the much-anticipated release of Square Enix's ultra-hit RPG Final Fantasy 7 [$15.99], but the nature of the port is causing some mixed feelings among fans. If you're one of those players feeling a little disappointed in that particular release, let me salve your wounds with some nice, soothing RPG balm. Square Enix's fantastic port of the superb Dragon Quest 5 [$9.99] has gone on sale for the first time ever, down from its usual "very-much-worth-it" price of $14.99 to a "how-can-you-not-buy-it" price of $9.99...

'Horizon Chase' Review - What's Old is New Again

Aquiris Game Studio was on a mission with Horizon Chase [$2.99]. They wanted to recreate classic racing games like Outrun, Top Gear, Jaguar XJ220, and others from the late-1980s and early-1990s, even getting the Top Gear composer, Barry Leitch, to create the soundtrack for the game. And oh, did they knock it out of the park. They've created a game that spectacularly recreates the feel of the racing games of 25 years ago, while abandoning the annoying aspects of those games, creating this wonderful hybrid that shows that they managed to create their dream game...

As you might know, Shenandoah Studio, one of the premier strategy game developers on mobile, had gone silent after being acquired by Slitherine, surfacing only briefly last April. Now, we finally have concrete info about the company's plans. Battle of the Bulge [$9.99], Shenandoah's first game and easily one of the best strategy games on mobile, will relaunch on September 17th on PC, iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The game's engine has been ported to a different technology to allow multi-platform support, and a cross-platform multiplayer system has been added along with Slitherine's new tournaments system launched last month. The game also features a re-designed AI for both Axis and Allies sides, one of the very few criticisms some had about Battle of the Bulge, and a new PC-like save feature that offers more slots per battle, a welcome change since the original game had one save slot only...

Lots of drama with developer Machine Zone recently, and this last one is an interesting one. Machine Zone is the developer of Game of War: Fire Age [Free], currently the Top Grossing Game on the App Store. So, the company isn't poor. According to a story in The Verge, a Machine Zone employee was intercepted by FBI agents as he was boarding a plane to Beijing for allegedly stealing trade secrets from the company. Apparently, the employee was unhappy with his position in Machine Zone and decided to download data to use as a bargaining chip in an attempt to get more money. What makes the story interesting is the type of data this employee stole, data that was so important that FBI got involved; it wasn't anything to do with the game's code or the company's structure, but, rather, information about player behavior, including how users spend money in the game. The breach didn't include any credit card information or the like, simply information about players' in-game habits and behavior...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Ski Safari 2', 'Sketch Breaker', and Tons More

Now, before I hear anyone calling this a weak week, remember last week was an insane week for new iOS games. The App Store can't knock it out of the park every week, but there's still some real awesome stuff in the mix here including a sequel to Ski Safari and Sketch Breaker looks real fun. While we've yet to see it pop up on any international App Store yet, Lara Croft Go is also allegedly making an appearance at some point tonight and those three games alone make this Wednesday night release cycle worth staying up for... But wait, there's more, a whole bunch more, in fact...

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