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If you've been following the iOS gaming scene the last couple of years, you've probably heard of a F2P game called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [Free], a card game released for PC, Mac, and iPad in 2014. Blizzard's Team 5, the developers of the game, wanted to take collectible card game (CCG) principles, where players collect cards, build decks, and fight against other players' decks, and turn what's often seen as a hardcore gaming genre into a more accessible game that would appeal to a much wider audience. Since this is a Blizzard game, the developers decided to use the heroes and flavor of their megahit World of Warcraft (WOW) to build the Hearthstone mythos, linking in this way their new endeavor to their largest success and using WOW characters as a way to attract more players to Hearthstone. Team 5's plan worked perfectly because the game's accessibility combined with Blizzard's marketing and WOW mythos have allowed Hearthstone to explode in popularity...

So, Blizzard has spiced up our day by releasing Molten Core, the second Wing for Hearthstone's[Free] Blackrock Mountain (BRM) Adventure, and it's quite a fun one. I'm really enjoying what Blizzard's been doing with BRM so far, and I'm hoping that the new influx of cards will break Face Hunter's dominance in the Meta and make the game more fun for everyone...

Well, what are you waiting for? Molten Core, the second Wing of Hearthstone's[Free] Blackrock Mountain Adventure, has just opened for business. You'll have to fight Garr, Baron Geddon, and Majordomo Executus in order to complete this wing and reap the rewards (I am especially excited for Majordomo Executus, just for the fun moments he'll offer). There are also two Class Challenges, Warrior and Shaman...

'SoulSpark' Preview -  Turning Card-Battles into a Real-Time Affair

One of the reasons I've been enjoying the work of iOS game developers these last few years is that they tend to experiment with gaming mechanics and aren't afraid to mess with players' genre expectations. Granted, some of the results of the, at times, unbridled experimentation have been less than stellar. Still, I've enjoyed many of the products of all this experimentation, for instance I've had a lot of fun with most of Simogo's games ...

Just a few days after orchestrating what appears to be the longest ever turn in Hearthstone [Free], French player and streamer Florian "Mamytwink" Henn has again stretched the game's rules toward their breaking point. This time, he claims to have set up the most cards drawn and the most fatigue damage dealt in a single Hearthstone turn...

'Mortal Kombat X' Review - Vengeance Feels A Lot Like Justice

Let's get the obvious out of the way before we start. Mortal Kombat X [Free], the mobile take on the latest in the long-running Mortal Kombat series, is not a port of the game that is about to hit consoles. It uses some scaled-down assets and draws its roster from that game, but you should not expect this game to play like a traditional Mortal Kombat game. Instead, Mortal Kombat X should be seen as sort of a follow-up to the popular mobile version of Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], with simple tap-based combat and a focus on collecting and building your stable of characters. Like it or lump it, the masses have spoken on what they want to see in a mobile fighting game, and fumbling around with virtual buttons and combos never meant for touch controls didn't make the list. Likewise, the heavy story elements found in the console versions of the game are nowhere to be found here...

'Boss Monster' Review - Beautiful Retro Card Game, Shame About the Interface

I'll put my cards on the table: I wasn't a fan of the Boss Monster card game. I was heavily in to Magic: The Gathering back then and a few of the guys in our club went ga-ga for Boss Monster and threw some cash in to the Kickstarter, but it never grabbed me in quite the same way. Yes I liked the retro theme and the pretty 8-bit art, and it's a cool idea to play as the baddy, but every time I played it struck me as one of those card games that has a lot of stuff going on, but not much happening...

So, the Blackrock Depths Wing of Blackrock Mountain Adventure (BRM) for Blizzard's Hearthstone [Free] has been officially released, and many of you are getting ready to take on the many challenges in the adventure. But, as you know, it's dangerous to go alone, so take this guide to help you get through the first three Bosses in both Normal and Heroic Difficulties as well as the two Class Challenges...

'Tis the season to be expanding, apparently. Just like Hearthstone with its upcoming Blackrock Mountain Adventure, Stoneblade's Solforge [Free] has just released a mini expansion...

And just like that, the trickle became a flood and all 31 cards from Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming adventure Blackrock Mountain have been revealed. Blizzard revealed the last 14 cards today on its Twitch stream, and there are definitely some gems...

'Earthcore: Shattered Elements' Preview - "Risking" a Change

Touchscreens and Collectible Card Games (CCGs) have been enjoying a great relationship the last few years with the App Store featuring games like Might and Magic: Duels of Champions, Solforge, Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers, and the current King of the Mountain, Blizzard's Hearthstone. I've recently been playing a bit of Earthcore: Shattered Elements [Free], a new CCG by Polish Independent Developers Tequila Games currently in soft-launch, and I think it's going to be an intriguing addition to iOS CCGs...

Another Hearthstone [Free]Tournament has ended as the Viagame House Cup #2 Hearthstone Tournament crowned its champion last night and, in a surprising twist, the two finalists didn't come from the 8 pro players invited to the Tournament but, rather, from the only 2 qualifiers to make it into the playoffs out of the 8 who qualified for the Tournament. The final was between Sheng Yuan "Roger" Luo and Frederik (Hoej) Nielsen. Hoej defeated Roger with 4-2 to win the title of Champion and, along with it, $10,000 and 100 Hearthstone World Championship (HWC) points. Hoej's domination came after a very rough start as he lost 0-3 to last year's Champion, Aleksandr "Kolento" Malsh, and was close to being eliminated when he found himself 0-2 down in an Elimination match...

New Hearthstone [Free] spoilers emerged from the depths of Blackrock Mountain yesterday as Blizzard pulled a Khaleesi and unleashed three dragon-themed card spoilers from the upcoming adventure (hard to believe Blizzard hasn't planned its dragons release to coincide with the Game of Thrones' Dragons coming to HBO a mere ten days after Blackrock's release)...

'Card Crawl' Review - Just One More Time

Card games are extremely difficult to make, in my estimation: the game has to provide a rigid set of rules, while having to deal with randomness in a way that feels fair while reveling in the entropy that comes from not knowing what's next. I don't know if Card Crawl [$2.99] ever completely succeeds in that respect in terms of fairness with the randomness. But it does an excellent enough job otherwise at making a game that's super-fun with an interesting set of rules that I struggle to put this one down...

The popular Pokémon Trading Card Game is set to get a major expansion on February 4th, according to a report from IGN. The new expansion is called Primal Clash and is set to add a whopping 160 new cards to the game, including new Primal Reversions of existing characters like Primal Kyogre-EX and Primal Groudon-EX. Those are the only two Pokémon so far to have Primal Reversions, as introduced in the recent 3DS remakes Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. ..

Here's the conundrum: Hearthstone's [Free] "Goblins vs. Gnomes" expansion has got you all in a tizzy, buying booster packs is already hard enough, and you're probably missing cards from both the "Classic" and newly-released set. Free-to-play, uh, players aren't likely to be flush with gold or Arcane Dust, so getting the most out of each purchase is crucial. Thankfully, two Reddit users have created a spreadsheet to help you do just that...

Just two day ago, Blizzard announced that "Goblins vs. Gnomes," the newest themed expansion for Hearthstone [Free], was set to go live on December 8th, next Monday. Patch notes posted today, however, reveal that the new cards are already available to play in the Arena mode. Booster packs won't go on sale until the the official release next week, but you can pick through a new clutch of cobbled-together contraptions and muddled Ogres right now. ..

"Goblins vs. Gnomes," the new 120-card expansion for Hearthstone [Free], will be available on December 8th. Where Hearthstone's previous expansion focused on oozing horrors, fell creatures, and Deathrattle mechanics, the cards introduced next week are full of novelty gadgets, kludged-together gizmos, and a new "Mech" tribal. In keeping with the theme of unpredictable contraptions, many of the cards focus on randomness. All of the new "Ogre" cards, for example, have a chance to attack the wrong enemy, which provides a nice counter-balance to their low mana cost. ..

Honestly, I've just about had it with robots. They're either evil or annoying, and I'm tired of dealing with the fallout of either type. I think the last straw for me was finding out that nice Robo fellow from Chrono Trigger [$9.99] was actually rickrolling me for nearly the last twenty years. I mean, you think you know a tin can, only to find out it's been snickering behind your back. That's the trouble with robots, and if you're like me, you're always up for giving their shiny metal keisters a good kicking. Luckily, there's no shortage of games that let us do that, and the latest one is the pretty clever Trouble With Robots [Free]...

This week the latest entry in the open-world action game series Far Cry will be releasing on Windows PC and both current- and last-gen game consoles, and to supplement this big release developer Ubisoft has released Far Cry 4 Arcade Poker [Free] for free on mobile devices. Like other mobile tie-in apps that launch alongside big-name console releases, Far Cry 4 Arcade Poker actually offers a benefit to players of the full game: you can earn currency which you can use in the full game on console or PC. Presumably this will be handled by linking up your Uplay account, though obviously I don't have the console game to test this out...

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