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Fox's animation shows have been dominating TV for quite some time now. Family Guy, Futurama, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, and King of the Hill all offer their own specific kind of craziness and humor. It's not surprising, then, that Kongregate decided to develop a card game based on all five shows, and the result is hilarious, as to be expected. Yet not all is rosy in Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards [Free]; while you'll laugh at the silly card combos and be entertained for quite a bit with the gameplay, eventually you hit so many timers that you'll quickly regret your investment in the game...

A year and a half ago we reviewed Ire: Blood Memory [Free] and really liked it for its Dark Souls-influenced gameplay and its entertaining enemies, even though the UI and the monetization left quite a lot to be desired. Ire's developers, Tenbirds, wanted to improve quite a lot of aspects of the game, and they decided that instead of continuously patching the older one, to go ahead and remake it into a new app. So, the new version of the game that has just released retains the original idea and general design but adds much-improved graphics, a more functional UI, changes to attack speeds, cool-downs, and all of that, and adding more content through a new world map and new quests...




A few weeks back we wrote how Hearthstone [Free] was adding a new Priest Hero, Tyrande Whisperwind, as part of a special promotion, but we didn't know what that promotion would actually be. Now we do. Twitch just announced that those who sign up for Twitch Prime, Twitch's new "premium experience" that comes free for those who already have Amazon Prime, will get Tyrande for free. The way it works is you go to twitchprime.com, and link your Amazon Prime account to your Twitch account. If you don't have Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a 30-day trial on the same website and then still claim Tyrande...

Disney has been really going for it on the App Store, releasing many games in all kinds of genres - although primarily it's the puzzle genre the company is aiming. The latest one, Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot [Free] (no, it's not a new Starbucks coffee) is using the most popular Disney characters of the last few years, the Frozen cast. The game has you playing various Peggle-like levels where you shoot Elsa's magical snowballs to break the ice engulfing the Kingdom of Arendelle. There are over 100 levels to play through and you'll be using boosters and power-ups to make it through levels faster. Surprisingly, the theme actually works here because you do have a character in the movie who can shoot ice and break stuff, so not that much of a stretch...

If you like Marvel's many rad female super heroes, you'll like the new Marvel Pinball [$0.99] update that has added many of them to the game along with two brand new tables. As we wrote about a few days back, the new update brings characters like Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, Squirrel Girl, Spider-Gwen, and many more. The first table, A-Force, is all about an alternate Soviet-dominated reality and features a fun storyline involving the destruction of a Cosmic Cube. The table's Wizard Mode lets you control Black Widow and Madame Masque as you try and keep those Cosmic Cube balls in one piece...

PewDiePie seems to be enjoying the mobile gaming business quite a bit. Just this week we got the PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator [Free], and now we heard that he is planning on working together with Armin Ibrisagic, one of the key people behind the hugely successful Goat Simulator [$4.99], to make multiple games including mobile ones. This is not a surprising cooperation because back when Goat Simulator first came out, PewDiePie played it on his channel, which partly led to that crazy game exploding in popularity (the video garnered over 13 million views). While we don't have any specifics on the type of games that will be coming out of this cooperation, we do know that they'll be making multiple titles over multiple platforms, including mobile...

As promised, Supercell has revealed the next card to come to Clash Royale [Free] as part of the latest update, and its the Inferno Dragon. As you can see in the videos below, the Inferno Dragon works a lot like the Inferno Tower (but with a shorter range) in that as time passes, its attack gets stronger. In the first two seconds of its attack, it deals 75 dps, the next 2 seconds it deals 250 dps, and then it reaches its maximum of 875 dps. So, if you ignore this one and don't take it out as soon as possible, you are gonna get some serious damage. The positive is that it's easily distracted by small units, so make sure you have some ready to go. It's also relatively fragile and quite slow...

If you want to get an early taste of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, you should go play Star Wars: Commander [Free] since it just got a new update that added Rogue One content. The new content is primarily characters and vehicles from the upcoming movie. You'll get to see Shoretroopers, Gigoran Fighters, AT-ACT Walkers, and, of course, Rebel Commandos. I'm not surprised to see Disney starting to push Rogue One in its mobile games since that's one of the best ways to get even more buzz for the upcoming movie. It's a pretty organized campaign; I just got an email that Hot Topic is also doing a Rogue One apparel sale today, so Force Friday indeed...

'Antiquia Lost' Review - Goo Girl Gone

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You don't even have to squint for Antiquia Lost [Free / $4.99] to resemble the recent Asdivine games released by Kemco. In terms of its visuals, mechanics, and systems, it's barely changed from EXE-Create's last few games for the prolific RPG publisher. There are a few small twists, most notably that one of the main characters has an unusual method of leveling up, but for the most part, if you've played any of the EXE-Create RPGs that use weapon customization as a core mechanic, you'll know what to expect here. That's not necessarily a bad thing, I suppose, but it's also not a very exciting thing. The most noteworthy part of Antiquia Lost is in how it advances Kemco's IAP monetization techniques, and that's not really the kind of dinner bell most of us want to hear...

Back when we reviewed Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise [$2.99] in November of last year, we were extremely impressed by how entertaining the comic book style point and click adventure title managed to be, all while maintaining its exciting narrative and beautifully stylish cel-shaded design. However, there was a slight problem with the ending — only lasting two hours and ending on a rather underwhelming anticlimax somewhat soured the experience, and left us wanting developers Yak and Co to extend the tale of Ruby La Rouge to end in a manner fitting for an otherwise outstanding game on the App Store. However, the creators have responded to feedback, as they have today announced that over the coming months, three additional story chapters will be added to Agent A in the form of free updates, as well as an Android release on October 27th, and a price increase to coincide with the new content...

RPG Reload File 094 - 'Yipe 5'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we chomp burgers and stomp zombunnies. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it hold up in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their overall place in the iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. Since my whole village was just burnt to the ground, I suppose I'm the hero of this piece, and that means I'm in charge of the schedule. While I do my best to present a balanced plate, if you think I'm missing something important, please let me know. You can comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in our forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload. Since the schedule is planned well in advance, you might not see your suggestion soon, but it will go on the master list...

Remember those glorious days back in the summer when you and your friends were dying to go grab some pokemon on Pokemon GO [Free] but couldn't log in or the game kept crashing on you? Remember when it was so bad that Niantic had to pause the game's worldwide rollout to try and get a handle on the server situation? Well, now we know exactly how badly the servers were overloaded and we can, perhaps, shed a silent tear for Niantic's plight. Luke Stone, director of customer reliability engineering at Google, wrote a blog post talking about the Pokemon GO launch experience and how it was like nothing he had ever experienced in his career before, and he had a hand in numerous, big product launches...

In celebration of its Android release, Legend of the Skyfish [$2.99] has gone on sale on iOS for the first time since its release. If you don't own the game but you like games that remind you of Zelda, you should pick this one up while it's cheaper. The game is an entertaining action adventure puzzle game with lovely art and a clever weapon, a fishing pole. No, you won't be fishing the whole time; instead, you'll be using that pole both as a weapon and as a tool in an attempt to make it to the final boss, the monstrous Skyfish. As you fight through the various levels, you ill be upgrading your fishing pole and learning how to use it better...

It's so easy to get discouraged looking through the App Store each and every day. A billion keyword-laden slot machine games, blatant clones, and other riffraff make up 99% of what I see. That other 1% though? That's where I found Butts in Space [$0.99]. What is Butts in Space? It's about a team of butts (in space) who have to stop the Evil Butt overlord who has stolen all the galaxy's toilet paper. Yeah, this is not exactly highbrow stuff, here. However, unlike the riffraff I spoke of earlier that's obviously thrown together with little care in hopes of turning a buck, Butts in Space has some obvious love put into it, and it shows. ..

We really liked the digital adaptation of the famous board game Splendor [$6.99] when it originally came out, although we did note the lack of online multiplayer as a factor that took away some of the port's shine. That is not an issue anymore, though, since the latest update has finally added online multiplayer, and it comes with plenty of features. The online multiplayer part is cross-platform (you'll need a Days of Wonder account to log in and play) and includes both ranked and unranked games from 2-4 players. You can even make private games by adding a password to your game...

The CCG Shadowverse [Free] has been slowly but steadily gaining steam judging by all the streams I see popping up here and there, and now the game has added its first card expansion called Darkness Evolved. The update adds 109 new cards that open up new possibilities for evolution, which is the game's main claim to fame. These new cards should help keep the game fresh and the fact that they are coming out not too long after the game released globally is a good sign for the game's future. In addition to the new cards, the update also adds Spectator mode, the ability to invite friends to private matches, and much more...

Alto's Adventure [$3.99] is always up for using new iPhone and iOS features when they come out, like when it added 3D Touch support and even stickers more recently. In the latest update, Alto's Adventure has added in-game support for Haptic Feedback in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. If you don't know what haptic feedback is, it's a new addition to the iPhone series that reproduces the sensation of motion or generates tactile experiences; in other words, it's like a better version of the force feedback many of you might be familiar with from console controllers. The way it works in Alto's Adventures is you'll feel "precise vibrational feedback" (as the developers put it) at exciting moments in the game, for instance when you collect a llama or slide over an ice boost...

We've talked in the past about how Magic Duels [Free] was a missed opportunity for Wizards since it failed to bring to mobile (and PC for that matter) a Hearthstone-like Magic equivalent, which is a real pity for fans of the most popular CCG. Still, despite its flaws Magic Duels is entertaining and has also kept up to pace with the release of Magic sets, which has been one of the most positive things about it. The latest update has added the Kaladesh set, the 72(!) Magic expansion and the first in the Kaladesh Block. The physical set will release September 30th, so mobile actually got it a couple of days early...

When I first heard about Burly Men at Sea [$4.99], the newest 'folktale adventure' from developers Brain&Brain, I envisioned a rugged and realistic tale with some ultra-realistic beard physics. While graphically I may have been off the mark a little - Burly Men at Sea has a similar minimalistic style similar to Doggins [$2.99], the developer's last release - the game is otherwise true to its name. Burly Men at Sea entails three bulky fisherman, all of which are named and defined by their impressive facial hair, who have decided to leave their monotonous lives behind to seek an adventure in twentieth century Scandinavian waters. We've been following Burly Men at Sea ever since we first caught wind of it back in August 2015, and after a year that has involved volunteering on farms for resources to continue making the game, and funding from the Indie Fund, the game has today finally launched on the App Store, and its beautiful presentation means it is certainly one that fans of narrative-driven adventure titles should keep their eye on...

Android players, rejoice. The very entertaining Legend of the Skyfish [$2.99]  is landing on Android tomorrow, and you should probably pick it up. We knew it was probably coming this week, but now it's official. If you haven't played the game, you can check our review of it here and see why we really liked it. If you don't like reading long texts, know that the game will remind you of Zelda games but if you added a fishing pole used as a hookshot in them. Using that hookshot, you pull things to you or manipulate the environment to solve puzzles and, of course, also use it to take out enemies. It's an ingenious little thing that really makes the game stand out...

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