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Even though the majority of major App Store releases are clustered around the traditional Thursday launch date, it's always fantastic to start the week with some games that, for whatever reason, avoided this trope of iOS gaming. Frost [$3.99], from the critically acclaimed graphic designer Jérôme Bodin, is one such release, and while RPG titles infused with card game mechanics is not necessarily a new concept, the predictably brilliant aesthetic direction of the title could go far in distinguishing it from the crowd. Having already launched on Steam to almost universal positive feedback, Frost describes itself as a 'solo survival card game', and requires you to build your deck in the vein of similar titles such as Dominion [Free] and Ascension [Free] to survive a perpetual Arctic winter...

'Solitairica' Review - The Solitaire Roguelike Your Grandma Could Enjoy

Solitaire is quite possibly the most popular video game of all time, thanks to the game's inclusion in Windows in particular. Many a bored office worker, student, and grandparent has sunk hours into this classic card game. Now, with games like Card Crawl [$2.99] bringing modern roguelike influence into card games, it seems only fitting that Solitairica [$3.99] should come into existence, bringing something more closely resembling actual solitaire to the solitaire roguelike subgenre. And it promises to steal countless hours of your time, even if you're not necessarily a card game player...




A week ago we wrote that while Android was getting Season 2 of Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] last Friday as was originally planned, the iOS version was stuck somewhere along the way (aka Apple's purgatory). The good news is that Season 2 has finally launched for iOS. To celebrate the release, there's a sale going on (ends today) that should help people who've been on the fence to jump in. Since Season 2 has now released on all platforms, the Dark Watch Setback variant is available for unlocking via story challenge, so get on that if you haven't...

While there's a lot of talk about Hearthstone's [Free] competitive scene right now and whether it's on the right path, the fact remains that we are getting closer to BlizzCon and, therefore, the Hearthstone World Championship. Blizzard has now given us more details on the dates, times, and format of the World Championship. So, first the general information. There will be a prize pool of $1.000.000 this year, the biggest ever, and the group stages will take place between October 26th-30th, which is the Opening Week. Each group will consist of four competitors, one from each of the four regions (Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and China). They will be seeded according to their HCT Points that they've accumulated throughout the season...

When I first played Exploding Kittens on mobile, I was quite happy with the way the physical had turned digital; the subtle additions of animation and sounds here and there really helped bring the game to life, making it even more fun to play than the original. Sushi Go! [$4.99] has followed a similar path in its journey from card to digital with the developer keeping the game's original card art but adding subtle animations that help make the game quite charming and make it feel more like a digital game than a straight port of a card game. Sushi Go! isn't perfect - there's limited interaction with other players (no emotes or anything like that), which detracts from the social aspect of a card game, and the iPad UI doesn't take advantage of the screen as well as it could. Despite these issues, Sushi Go! is a fun, quick card game that might also put a smile on your face every time you play it...

Yogg-Saron RNG, Arena Bans, BatStone Bans, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'TouchStone' #65

Welcome to another weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. This has been an interesting week with the release of the Arena bans and the continuous talk about the future of the game's competitive scene. I believe it's fair to say that the game is going through one of its most turbulent periods in terms of how people see it and how they see its future. Of course no one is saying that the game isn't popular and won't continue to be so, but there's definitely a general feeling that the game probably isn't where the developers and players would want it to currently. The good news is that pro players like Firebat are jumping in to offer solutions to the game's competitive issues. So, read on...

BlizzCon 2016 is getting closer day by day, and Blizzard has decided it's time to show us what Hearthstone [Free] in-game goodies attendees and Virtual Ticket holders will be getting. The card back we are getting is the Welcome Inn, which looks like the opening screen of the game and is, if I'm honest, quite good-looking. If it's anything like last year's, this year's BlizzCon will have a Fireside Gathering going on where you can go and play Hearthstone with others or even (probably) join Micro Tournaments. So, it makes sense that the card back is linked to that event and is, well, welcoming you "inn."..

Priests are getting some love in the latest Hearthstone [Free] update with the introduction of a new Priest Hero, Tyrande Whisperwind. In WOW lore, Whisperwind is the chosen high priestess of Elune and the most prominent night elf leader. You'll be able to get Tyrande Whisperwind and the Tyrande card back via an upcoming special promotion, which hopefully won't require me to make any new friends. The update has also added the Welcome Bundle, a one-time $4.99 bundle of 10 Classic card packs and a guaranteed Classic Class Legendary. The bundle is great value if you're trying to build up your collection or simply want some cheap dust, so pick this one up for sure...

If you have an iOS device and you've been looking forward to getting Season 2 of Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] this Friday as originally announced, I am sorry. Because of some unexpected issues described in this blog post, the iOS will probably not be coming this Friday but at a later, yet unannounced date. The good new for Android players is that Season 2 will release this Friday as originally planned. The release will also come with a 48 period discount period, a perfect time to pick up the game and its many expansions. Because of the iOS issues, Dark Watch Setback won't be available for unlocking until all platforms have the new version of the game...

Stoneblade's and Playdek's Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Free] continues to be one of the best card games on mobile, and the many expansions it has received have definitely helped it stay fresh and fun. Today, Ascension got its 9th(!) expansion, Dreamscape, which changes up the game quite a bit. In Dreamscape, you join the heroes of New Vigil as they explore the Dreamscapes. The expansion adds the new Insight resource and Dreamborn cards, which allow players to access Dream cards and other powers. You can use the Dreamscape to access the new Vision cards, which are pretty powerful, as well as the usual Heroes and Constructs...

Arena Changes, Pro Scene Problems, Patron Returns (?) and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #64

With One Night in Karazhan adventure over, I thought the Hearthstone [Free] world would go quiet for a bit, but Blizzard had other plans for the game and for us. If you've missed the news, Blizzard will be removing quite a few cards from the Arena in an effort to rebalance it and make it more interesting for players. That move was met by mixed reactions as you'll see further below, especially in the Videos section. Most news stories on the Arena changes did nothing more than list the cards to be removed, so I didn't include them to avoid repetition. Outside the Arena news, the latest pro team news seem to be a bad omen for the future of competitive Hearthstone, but maybe it's just a re-alingment. Okay, let's get started...

We've written in the past about Star Crusade CCG [Free], and even got a chance to check it out at GDC, and now the game is officially out. Yes, another CCG, but this one tries to bring a few different ideas to the table. The game has variable deck sizes - with smaller ones starting first and the larger ones having more survivability - module cards - which add unique bonuses and skills to your commander - and much more. There are over 400 cards available currently and plenty of different ways to play - casual, ranked, draft etc - that should keep you busy. From what I've seen in gameplay trailers so far, the game looks pretty good...

I love sushi more than pretty much any other kind food, so I was naturally very interested to check out the card game Sushi Go! [$4.99] when it came out, but for one reason or another, I never got around to it. Fortunately, we now have a digital version of the game and it's bound to make me crave sushi much more often. So, I would call it a mixed blessing. Sushi GoI is a fast-playing card game where your goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they quickly pass by you. You'll have to be strategic and fast while also making sure the other players don't get the sushi they need to win...

Karazhan Guides, Yogg-Saron RNG Talk, Top Wild and Standard Decks, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #62

Welcome to our (slightly delayed) Touchstone Tavern, where we talk about everything that happened last week in the world of Hearthstone [Free] . Last week we got Wing 3 of One Night in Karazhan, and it was quite a fun one with plenty of beasts and other promising cards. Other than that, though, there wasn't that much going on in the world of Hearthstone. What I have noticed is that the voices claiming we have too much RNG in the game right now are getting increasingly louder. Whether that's a bad thing or a good thing remains to be seen. Other than that, we got some fun Wild decks if you want to jump over to that side of Hearthstone, a fun cartoon, questions about Yogg-Saron's role in tournament play, and more. So, let's jump in ...

'One Night in Karazhan' News and Guides, Barnes Talk, Karazhan Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #61

Hello everyone and welcome to Touchstone #61, our weekly article covering all the interesting and fun Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. Last week we got to play The Opera, Wing 2 of One Night in Karazhan Adventure, and personally I had fun getting through all the encounters. Yes, Karazhan isn't as innovative as League of Explorers in terms of the encounter mechanics, but thematically I find it more entertaining than the previous adventure, but that could be just me. Today you can check out our Normal and Heroic Guide for Wing 2, views on which classes are getting the best Karazhan cards, a very interesting article on how you should evaluate new cards, and plenty of tournament news and decklists. Let's get started...

Welcome to our guide for The Opera, the second Wing of Hearthstone's [Free] latest adventure, One Night in Karazhan. Instead of going with Disney references like Wing 1, Wing 2 goes for a more literary vibe with references to William Shakespeare's, Grimm's, and Frank Baum's works. The three bosses are Julianne, Big Bad Wolf, and the Crone, and there are some fun ideas in this Wing, though nothing like the Chess from last week's Wing. The encounters are pretty easy on Normal - probably easier than last week's - but the Heroic ones are a different matter, especially The Crone one. Overall this is a fun Wing, and while most of the cards we are getting aren't the strongest - outside the Legendary Barnes - any new cards are always welcome...

We were on the hype train for Gambrinous and Versus Evil's Guild of Dungeoneering [$4.99] ever since we saw it at PAX South way back in January of last year. However, as is common with multiplatform releases, Guild of Dungeoneering was released on desktop the following July, and us poor mobile gamers had to wait an entire year before the game finally launched in the App Store last month. It was worth the wait, though, as we thought the game was pretty darn good. There's another side benefit to this staggered release too, as since the game has been on desktop for a year already that means it's already had a major expansion released, and now less than a month after arriving on iOS, that expansion is hitting the mobile version of Guild of Dungeoneering. According to the developers, the Pirates Cove expansion includes "30% more game with a brand new pirate themed region complete with 3 new dungeoneer classes to quest with, 23 new monsters to defeat and 27 new items to equip." Here's the trailer from when the expansion launched on desktop...

'One Night in Karazhan' News and Guides, Purify Talk, Best Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #60

Welcome everyone to Touchstone, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, and what a week the last one was. Hearthstone players, myself included, are always hungry for more content, so whenever new cards drop, you can feel the breath of fresh air running through the game. So, it's unsurprising that almost everyone had been waiting for the release of One Night in Karazhan Adventure with increasing impatience, and once the Prologue and Wing 1, The Parlor, hit last Thursday, everyone was all over it. I've enjoyed the first taste of Karazhan, and from what I've been reading around the internet, so did most of you...

I hope you've all enjoyed playing through the Prologue of One Night in Karazhan, Hearthstone's [Free] newest Adventure. If you haven't played the Prologue yet, you can check out our guide on how to defeat Prince Malchezaar. And now, the serious business of tackling the Adventure begins. Wing 1, The Parlor, has you walking through Karazhan along with Moroes, Karazhan's steward, since Medivh has disappeared after the Prologue encounter. This Wing has three bosses, the Silverware Golem, the Magic Mirror, and Chess, and all three are quite entertaining. There are also 2 class challenges, Shaman and Priest. You'll get 11 cards when you complete the Wing and the Class challenges, so plenty of lovely loot waiting for you at the end of The Parlor. This guide will cover all three bosses in both Normal and Heroic, so let's begin...

Welcome to our first of many guides on Hearthstone's [Free] latest Adventure, One Night in Karazhan. As this is the opening week of the Adventure, we'll have two guides, one for The Prologue - the free encounter that everyone gets to play - and one for the first, paid Wing, The Parlor. We'll be writing up guides every week to help you all make it through the Adventure as fast as possible and get your hands on all those fancy cards. So, get ready for another month of crazy Adventuring, Boss fighting, and card earning, and let's get started with The Prologue...

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