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Ticking Abomination, Frost Festival, Balance, Nerfs, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #106

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of cool news and videos. Even though we're in the middle of the summer and everyone is pretty much toasting in the sun, the Hearthstone world is still moving along towards the Frozen Throne. We have a story on a new Frozen Throne minion, the first of the latest reveals. We also have quite a few interviews with different developers on various aspects of the new expansion, clarification on the new events and the card pack rules, talk on the current state of the game, and more. Let us begin...

If you're been looking for a game like EVE Online to play on your phone, the just-released Hades' Star [Free] might be it. We wrote about the game back when it was looking for Alpha Testers, and our forum members who tried it were quite happy with what they saw. Hades' Star aims to be a less complicated version of something like EVE while still being deep and interesting. The developers built the game for mobile, keeping in mind that players usually jump in and out more than play for hours, so they focused on making it easy to play in small chunks...




You've probably heard by now that Niantic and Pokemon GO [Free] didn't have the best of weekends because of the huge mess that was Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago. However, it wasn't all bad news for Pokemon GO players since the game officially received the first Legendary Pokemon worldwide, which I know many players have been expecting for ages. The Legendary Pokemon are Lugia and Articuno, but in order to get them, you'll have to team up with others in Legendary Raid Battles. And pretty soon, you'll start catching another two Legendary Pokemon, Zapdos and Moltres. I hope you have friends to go on Raid Battles with...

Pocket Mortys [Free] was definitely not a quick cash-grab, as the game's many updates and new features have shown in addition to how good it is, and today we got to hear about even more content coming to the game. As Chris Johnston, Senior Producer at Adult Swim Games, tweeted earlier today, Pocket Mortys will be getting new Mortys and avatars from new Season 3 episodes each week, and the first one of those updates is already live. This update brings Weird Rick, Jungle Morty, Radar Rick, Lawyer Morty, Commander Rick, and many more, so go grab them...

'Strike Team Hydra' Is a Futuristic Strategy Game From the Creators of 'Demon's Rise', Launching Mid-August

Ever since the TouchArcade Discord Server really took off at the start of this year, it's been fantastic to see how many developers have signed up and actively participated with our community of iOS gaming fanatics. Wave Light Games have been one of the more active users on our Discord, and as the developer has a lot of exciting projects on the horizon, seeing their upcoming games take shape after a lot of input and advice from our members has been really heartwarming, and has underlined the strength of the community we're lucky enough to have at TouchArcade. Strike Team Hydra is the next game from Wave Light Games, and while the title has a more futuristic setting than the brilliant Demon's Rise [$7.99] series, the same immersive strategic action from the beloved iOS franchise is back with a vengeance, with a number of new additions. Considering XCOM's imminent demise at the hands of the 32-bit Appocalypse, Strike Team Hydra looks to perfectly fill the void, and should be an essential download for strategy fanatics when it releases in mid-August...

I hadn't heard of developer OPNeon until SumiKen [$1.99], their latest release, appeared on my radar. An auto-runner with a beautiful sumi-e Japanese ink graphical design, SumiKen was an endearing App Store release from a developer that made games as a part-time hobby. As a result, the next question was what OPNeon would put their talents towards next, and it seems today we have an answer. Enter Macho Cat - as the developer has brilliantly described on our forum thread, OPNeon's upcoming iOS release is 'a silly little game where you scrub the macho cat with random objects found in trash and junkyard to please him'. Anyone who understands my love of cats and anything weirdly eccentric will know Macho Cat sounds right down my alley, and I can't wait to harass my kitten with random objects when the game releases in December...

'Monomals' Is a Graphically Stunning Music Game From the Creators of 'Heroki', Launching Next Year

I've been a staunch advocate of the old adage 'don't judge a book by its cover' for a long time, and I've found that those horribly clichéd words of advice have been faithful for the vast majority of video games I've played. However, does that stop me getting ridiculously excited over a mere teaser trailer for the upcoming Monomals? The answer is an emphatic 'no chance - give me the game now!'. From developers Picomy, who were responsible for Heroki [$4.99] and played a part in the upcoming Sonic Mania console release, Monomals is touted as a music game with some eccentric fishing elements, which sounds like a definitively killer combo. With a vibrant, colourful and downright stunning graphical design in the teasers Picomy have shared, Monomals looks to be one of the most exciting upcoming iOS releases, and has left me counting off the days until it launches sometime in 2018...

One silver lining of the 32-bit Appocalypse is that many ancient titles that have been left to collect dust on the App Store for years have had the opportunity to be revisited by not only new players, but the developers as well. While many such games just receive a mere compatibility update, others have been bestowed by some significant tweaks and additions that serve to improve titles that may have been written off by fans. Connectrode [Free] is firmly in the latter camp - releasing all the way back in 2011, Deep Plaid Games' App Store puzzle title was the recipient of a glowing four-and-a-half star review around its launch. However, the last time Connectrode saw an update on the App Store was in August 2012, and therefore the game was firmly on the chopping block when iOS 11 was due to roll into town. To rectify this, the developers have revisited their time-honoured title and updated it almost five years later, and have also made the game free for the first time in its history...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Pac-Man', 'Connectrode', 'Bubble Witch 2 Saga', 'Lonewolf', 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. Well, we've got some updates, alright. Not a lot of them, and not exactly a lot of TouchArcade favorites, but they are what they are. It is pretty cool to see so many long-dead apps resurrected of late, if nothing else. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper 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!..

Back at the end of May, Obsidian Entertainment announced that a big new content update was in the works for their digital version of popular card game Pathfinder Adventures [Free]. Details were vague at that time but we did know the new content would be called Rise of the Goblins and would be loosely based on the We Be Goblins expansion that was released for the physical version of Pathfinder. This week Obsidian has taken the lid off of Rise of the Goblins and have revealed that the new content will come in the form of an entirely new campaign. It will interweave with the existing Rise of the Runelords campaign but will be played from the perspective of the Goblins. They're introducing two new Goblin characters to star in this new campaign, Ranzak (from Skull & Shackles) and Poog (from Goblin Burn! Deck)...

To The Moon [$2.99] may feel like a relatively recent release in iOS terms, as Freebird Games' beloved adventure title only made the transition to mobile in May of this year. However, To The Moon dates back to 2011, and has since become one of the reference points for the emotive power of certain indie games. The title was met with universal critical acclaim upon its original launch, and was showered by accolades, even against groundbreaking releases like Ghost Trick and Portal 2. The mobile version was similarly met extremely positively, and received a glowing four-and-a-half star recommendation in our review shortly after launch. It may be a relatively fleeting experience, but it is certainly an essential one, and today To The Moon has gone on sale for $2.99 for the first time...

Flop to the Top in Bizarre Arcade Platformer 'Corporate Salmon', Coming Soon to the App Store

I've seen some pretty strange premise for games, but Corporate Salmon really takes the cake (or takes the cod, if you will). The title doesn't lie - the protagonist of the game is quite literally a sentient salmon, who is determined to climb the corporate ladder through any means possible. In the game, such means include flailing up an escalator, collecting money all the while fending off other rival fish who are also aiming for the stars. It's a salmon-eat-salmon world out there, kids. Beyond its eccentric concept, Corporate Salmon does actually look like quite an inspired take on the one-touch arcade game on the App Store. With a vibrant and eclectic graphical style, some bizarre physics and multiple challenges in the elevator to earn the most money possible, Corporate Salmon is as silly as it is charming, and will be one to look out for when it flops onto the App Store in the next few months...

Control Dozens of Characters at Once in Anarchic Auto-Runner 'Gummy Heroes', Releasing July 26th

It takes a lot to distinguish auto-runner games on the App Store, and even when developers try and shove in gimmicks and meticulously designed levels, it's hard not to be cynical that any such title isn't just yet another derivative effort. At first glance, Gummy Heroes looks to follow the well-worn blueprint for 2D mobile runners - a colorful, cutesy graphical design, platforming challenges and other such tropes that are by no means offensive, but not particularly exciting either. However, upon further examination, Gummy Heroes could have that extra bit of calculated chaos that may elevate it above its peers. Throughout each level, captured heroes can be saved, until you amass a huge party of multiple adventurers to help you reach the end of the nefarious mazes that can be encountered. In other words, Snake mixed with Super Mario Run [Free], which should be a wicked combo when it launches on the App Store on July 26th...

RPG Reload Glossary - Smells Like Ys Spirit, or Action-RPGs in the Early 90s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we're either playing gods or slaying gods. This week, we're filling in the next chapter in our RPG Reload Glossary look at the history of action-RPGs. One of the messier and less-satisfying genre labels around, the action-RPG had already taken many forms by the end of the 1980s. In the next decade, some of the most successful examples of the genre would arrive on the scene. While you would think that might simplify matters, the 1990s closed with the genre being harder to nail down than ever. While I had intended to cover the entire decade in this installment, it became apparent halfway through that it was beyond the scope of a single article. So instead, we're going to look at the first half of this formative decade and pick out some of the genre highlights along the way...

In January of last year FDG Games and SHD Games released an unassuming little sniper game called Lonewolf [Free] to the App Store. While the sniper genre had been absolutely oversaturated on mobile, Lonewolf managed to stand out from the pack with its unique noir-inspired visuals and an emphasis on telling an interesting story, which was rare for that type of game. We liked Lonewolf a lot in our review and awarded it our Game of the Week back then, and it was pretty universally loved by all who played it. The only problem was that the game ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and players were anxious to find out what happens next in a promised upcoming new chapter… except that chapter never came. ..

Sidescrolling Beat 'Em Up 'Golem Rage' Set to Release in October, and Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

One of my favorite parts of writing about mobile games is seeing certain titles develop from a basic core idea at their genesis, to detailed, complex and action-packed completed products after months of intensive development - and a number of overly ambitious missed release dates. Golem Rage is one such game, and since its debut on TouchArcade in 2016, the developers have painstakingly detailed the growth of their beat 'em up App Store debut, which has certainly been impressive. After missing an initial September release date, Golem Rage is finally reaching completion, and the developers are now looking for beta testers on our forums in preparation for a prospective October 2017 release date on the App Store...

Legendary Pokemon have been one of the most requested and eagerly anticipated additions to Pokemon GO [Free] since the game released just over a year ago. While Niantic have remained tight-lipped over when Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and co would make their debut in the ridiculously popular augmented reality release, signs that Legendaries would appear within the game have occurred over the past few months. Today, through an epic reveal trailer reminiscent of that Super Bowl commercial from January 2016, Niantic have announced that Legendary Pokemon will be available to battle in Raid Battles, and then to subsequently catch, in Pokemon GO later this month...

Latest Game in the 'Professor Layton' Series 'Layton's Mystery Journey' Hits the App Store

As promised, Level-5 have delivered a brand new entry in the popular Professor Layton puzzler series called Layton's Mystery Journey [$15.99] to the App Store. This adventure is the seventh game in the main Professor Layton series and it follows Katrielle Layton, the daughter of the titular Professor Layton. He has suddenly gone missing and it's up to Katrielle to figure out the mystery of what happened to him by way of traveling around famous London landmarks, interacting with colorful characters, solving puzzles, and generally doing Layton-y type things. ..

I've been eagerly following the development of GRID Autosport over the past few months, and early glimpses of Feral Interactive's mobile port of the beloved Codemasters console racer suggest that it could be the next essential racing simulator on the App Store. Alpha preview footage emerged back in June, and it was pretty stunning to see such a detail-rich game look so refined on a smartphone, even at this incredibly early stage. However, all of the gameplay focused purely on an first-person, outside-the-car perspective, and many racing game enthusiasts on our forum thread and Discord server wondered whether a cockpit view would be in the final game. In response to this feedback, Feral have released a gif on their Twitter account that shows some additional in-game footage, most notably with a new cockpit camera configuration that should appease fans wanting a realistic racing experience on iOS...

The word 'classic' gets bandied around a lot when talking about games, and as a result has somewhat diluted its meaning. However, if one game on the App Store was worthy of such an adjective, it would definitely be Day of the Tentacle [$1.99]. Widely regarded as one of the greatest point-and-click games of all time, LucasArts' opus captured the hearts of a generation when it launched on the PC in 1993, and its remastered mobile release last year was a glorious representation that was a fitting tribute to its stunning source material. However, its release on the cusp of Pokemon GO [Free] hysteria meant that many may have missed out on Day of the Tentacle Remastered, and if you haven't experienced the eccentric time-travelling world of Bernard Bernoulli and friends, the game has today gone on sale for its lowest price ever, along side a handful of other Double Fine releases...

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