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Despite my lack of knowledge and interest in the card game that it takes its name from, Solitairica [$3.99] managed to take over my life for a few weeks in August, mainly thanks to its smooth difficulty curve, abundance of charm, and the ever-enticing goal of trying to get to the end of the road and defeat the omnipotent Emperor Stuck. With an extremely positive review last month, Solitairica was a bargain as its initial $3.99 price point - however, for anyone on the fence, developers Righteous Hammer Games have today put the game on sale for $1.99, which is an absolute bargain for the amount of hours you are likely to lose to the game...

It's nearly November, which puts us on the precipice of what many gaming veterans would call Call of Duty month. For the past however many years, the descent into the dark Winter months brings with it a whole host of massive, big budget console titles, however the only certainty is the next iteration in the immensely popular war franchise. On mobile, the story is somewhat different - while Call of Duty: Heroes [Free] and Call of Duty: Strike Team [$6.99] launched on the App Store in the past few years, it's been a while since Activision's flagship franchise returned to the smaller screen. Right on cue, Call of Duty: Siege, the newest iOS version of the series, today soft launched in Australia, but not in the way you'd expect - instead of first person action or the more strategic RTS approach we've seen in the past, Call of Duty is now a card game...




In the time after Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] launched all the way back in October 2014, the game has grown and developed far beyond the entertaining but flawed card game which warranted a relatively average three star review at release. Since this initial launch, we've seen a universal update, multiplayer implementation, numerous expansions, and most recently a whole new season that released last month, which has seen the game create a significant community amongst like-minded mobile gaming enthusiasts. However, the pre-eminent complaint in our review was that, for its original $9.99 price tag, Sentinels of the Multiverse was a bit expensive whilst it still had a few major issues. Having gone some way to fixing the latter issue, developers Handelabra Studio have gone one step further and reduced the base game to a record low price of $0.99, which is certainly a lot more palatable for anyone looking to try out this character-packed card game...

King is of course famous for all the Candy Crush games, which are still incredibly popular and profitable. The developer has launched a different kind of game today and will definitely be hoping to replicate Candy Crush's success, as difficult as that might be. The new game is called Shuffle Cats [Free] and is a take on the classic card game rummy. In Shuffle Cats you compete against other players in real-time, which is a big departure from Candy Crush. The way to win is to create as many Melds as possible (cards of the same rank or consecutive cards of the same suit), and when you do win, you're rewarded with Gems that allow you to get into one of the eight Card Clubs in the game. In other words, Shuffle Cats has pretty simple rules that should make it very accessible...

Remember how we've had Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawls where we had a deck full of Webspinners or, more recently, a deck full of portals? This time around, we get to pick one card and get 22 copies of it (plus 8 random cards). As you can imagine, this is going to be quite the crazy one since you can use any card you have, including those not in Standard anymore. Of course you need to keep mana cost in mind because having a deck full of 7-mana cards probably won't be to your benefit. In these types of Brawl you can go for strong, efficient decks that can quickly win you matches or go all crazy and try every silly idea you've ever had...

We've written a couple of times in the past about Pirates War - The Dice King [Free] and about the way beta testing in our forums helped the game improve prior to its launch. So, after a fruitful beta period, the game is out worldwide and you can go check it out yourselves. If you haven't read any of our previous stories, Pirates War - The Dice King combines elements of a board game and a card game. You play as a pirate captain trying to build your own pirate crew and plunder other players. There are numerous captains, crew members, and ships, and each provide you with different bonuses and skills. Once the game starts, you go around buying, upgrading, and collecting taxes in a manner that will remind you of Monopoly...

Blizzard and Hearthstone [Free] fans, rejoice. The BlizzCon 2016 online merchandise sale for those attending BlizzCon or those who have a Virtual Ticket will kick off October 12th, so get ready to spend more money than you probably should. Blizzard posted an early look at some of what's going to be available through the store, and I personally like those Cute but Deadly vinyls and the Hearthstone Throw Blanket. You can see more of the merchandise here so you can start planning. If you've purchased your Virtual Ticket, you'll get a reminder on your Battle.net account when the sale begins on October 12th. The sale will run until November 6th, so plenty of time to go shopping, unless the item you want runs out fast (we had that issue at SDCC 2016). If you are attending in person, you should have a code to redeem already...

Many of you have been impatiently waiting for Pathfinder Adventures [Free] to add more decks, and finally today we got Adventure Deck 4, the Fortress of the Stone Giants. This new deck lets you experience Sandpoint under siege as you try to defeat the Stone Giant invasion and unlock the mystery of an ancient spire. The update adds 5 new scenarios, 4 new locations, new loot, new maps, and new Legendary rewards. If you do manage to complete each scenario on Legendary, you'll unlock the Guide to the Beyond, a book that will be of great help when you have checks against Outsiders or when acquiring magical boons. If you are a Bundle owner, you'll also get the Birdcruncher Crown promo card that you can use to gain boons when you defeat Goblins...

Say goodbye to dear old Yogg-Saron, friends, for he is never going to be the same again. The Hearthstone [Free] update we've been waiting for should be hitting today (it's already live on PC, but it usually takes time to go through all the channels), and it should change the meta quite a bit (emphasis on should). If you haven't been following the news, this update will change a few important cards. Call of the Wild will cost 9 mana instead of 8, Execute and Rockbiter Weapon both go from 1 mana to 2, Tuskarr Totemic will only summon basic Totems, Abusive Sergeant has 1 attack instead of 2, Charge gives friendly minions Charge but those minions can't attack enemy heroes (and also it costs 1 instead of 3), and, the biggest change, Yogg-Saron will stop casting spells when it leaves the battlefield or is silenced...

Blizzard Announced Nerfs, Trump, Reynad, Kibler, and Others Respond, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #67

What a week this one was. We've talked repeatedly the past few weeks that the Hearthstone [Free] community wasn't happy with the state of the game partly because of the high level of RNG and because of the rather monotonous meta that consisted of Shaman upon Shaman and a few Warriors on the side. Well, Blizzard was indeed listening because out of nowhere, we got information that in the next patch (6.1.3), the developers are bringing the nerf hammer out of the drawer and banging away. The nerfs, which I talk about in more detail below, are substantial and should hit some of the most popular decks while also trying to ensure a better game going forward. Whether they will succeed, we shall see...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

A few weeks back we wrote that the deck-building word game Paperback [$3.99] was getting a digital version, and that version would be coming out soon. Well, "soon" has arrived since Paperback has just released on the App Store. In the game you play an author trying to finish genre novels like Sci-Fi, Romance, Westerns, and so on. You start with a deck of letter cards, and as you form words, you earn money that you then use to purchase even more powerful letters (in a way like you do what you do in games like Ascension  minus the word-building). Many of the letters have special abilities that get activated when used in a word...

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...

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