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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. As we march ever closer to Christmas and the App Store freeze, I keep expecting a deluge of updates to drop on my head. So far it hasn't been too bad, but I expect the next week to be a little scary. Oh well, let's just look at what's in front of us. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

The surprise release of Ace Attorney Investigations last week caps off a strong push by Capcom over the last couple of years to get just about every entry in the series onto mobile devices. The mobile ports have been excellent, offering crisp, high-resolution versions of the DS and 3DS cult hits. On top of that, they've been coming frequently enough that you might find yourself falling a little behind on picking them up, in fact. If that's you, you're in luck. To celebrate the release of the latest game, Capcom has cut the price of every last Ace Attorney game on the App Store and Google Play. This limited time sale is your chance to catch up on these great courtroom adventure games...




Just in time for the weekend and the upcoming holidays, Pokemon GO [Free] has added the 50 new Pokemon from the Hoenn Region and its dynamic weather system. As we talked about in a story earlier this week, this update brings Pokemon like Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, and many other ones to the game, so get ready to go hunting if you want to complete your collection. In addition to adding more Pokemon, the game now has a dynamic weather system that ties into the real-world weather of the location you're playing at. And the new weather system isn't just cosmetic...

Race for the Galaxy [$6.99] is getting ready to grow. The third expansion, The Brink of War, will add four new starting worlds to the game, thirty six new developments to build and worlds to settle, five new goals, and Prestige, a new way to earn victory. The expansion also adds Search, a new action that allows players to find specific cards that can more easily work with their current strategy. The new expansion will hit the game on December 14th, and it will cost you $3.99. The expansion is highly rated on Boardgamegeek and should be a good addition to the base game...

Supecell has the art team (and money) to make some great Clash Royale [Free] commercials, and the latest one, called "Cards Coming to Life," is one of the best commercials yet. The commercial turns many of your favorite Clash Royale characters into perfectly designed anime characters that truly belong on your TV. It's actually a bit funny that the commercial demonstrates how better Clash Royale's art would be if it adopted a style closer to anime versus the one it has now. And that's saying something given how fun the current art style of the game is...

Over the past decade I've grown to love a lot of iPhone games, but there's a handful of games that I love on a whole different level, like I SUPER DUPER LOVE them. Andy Wallace's Particle Mace [$2.99] is one of those games. Released in early 2015, Particle Mace on first blush looks like your typical retro-inspired top-down space shooter. Except… you can't shoot. After finding your ship's weapons nonfunctional, you improvise by tying a bunch of garbage to an array of bungie-like cords to your ship. You defeat enemies and smash asteroids by zipping around and using your momentum to sling that makeshift weapon (let's just call it oh I don't know a PARTICLE MACE) into them, and it is honestly one of the most unique and satisfying gameplay mechanics I've ever used. Here's the trailer for Particle Mace so you can see what I'm very poorly attempting to explain in action...

RPG Reload Glossary: 16-bit Paradise, or JRPGs in the early 1990s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we always bring a party. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we sift through the piles of historical debris and messy semantics to try to make some sense of it all. This time around, we're continuing our look at the history of the JRPG sub-genre. In the last part, we went through the origins of this popular sub-genre through the 1980s. By the close of the decade, JRPGs were by far the most popular kinds of games in Japan, but had yet to make much of a dent in other regions. The 1990s would change all of that, and it largely came down to two games in particular. The lead-up to that ultimate breakthrough held plenty of great games, many of which were deliberate attempts to appeal to the Western market...

Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy [$4.99] is one of those games where you'll want to tie your phone to your wrist because chances are you'll be flinging it across the room multiple times. I've been playing around with the game since it came out yesterday, and it's perfect on mobile but still hugely frustrating; and yet that's part of its charm. As we wrote about yesterday, Getting Over It is the new game from QWOP [$0.99] developer, and it's made its way to mobile with the help of Zach Gage, the developer of games like Flipflop Solitaire. The gameplay is pretty simple: you have to swing your way to the top of this enormous mountain filled with all kinds of obstacles. Climbing is tricky though when all you have to work with is a huge hammer. Add to that how half of your body is for some reason stuck in a cauldron, and you're in for a huge challenge...

Discord [Free], the chat platform for gamers of all platforms, continues to grow, and today the company announced that it currently has 87 million users, up from 25 million a year ago and from 45 million in May. That's a pretty substantial increase that shows Discord is on the right path. With 14 million daily active users and 6.25 million peak concurrent users, Discord is definitely the place to hang out if you're a gamer. Discord has even started hosting verified servers for some of the biggest games out there, like Fortnite, PUBG, Minecraft, Foxhole, and many more. Add to that video chat, screen share, and many other features that have gone live in 2017, and it's fair to say Discord is crushing it...

The collectible card game Shadowverse [Free] continues to grow, and soon we will see the game's seventh expansion called Chronogenesis, coming December 28th. This huge set will add 138 cards to the game, which is much more than what we got from expansions in the past. The reason this expansion is larger is that it brings to the game an all new class called Portalcraft, the eighth of the game. So, the developers decided to add a ton of Portalcraft cards at once to bring the class into a playable state, able to compete with other ones. Portalcraft cards will add enchanted lifeforms and peculiar beings to the game (artifacts and puppets for instance), and their key distinction from other classes is the Resonance mechanic. Cards played with Resonate can activate special abilities and effects when there's an even number of cards in your deck. You can read more about Portalcraft here...

Kobolds & Catacombs, the latest Hearthstone [Free] expansion, is finally live in NA and EU everyone, so go start opening decks and buildings decks. You will venture into a huge underground world that Kobolds have mindlessly carved over thousands of years. Treasures await you but so do all kinds of monsters, perils, and construction that isn't up to code. Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone's seventh expansion, adds 135 new collectible cards to the mix, all revolving around those silly Kobolds and their candles. The expansion adds a new keyword, Recruit, which summons a random minion from your deck and will be fun to play around with. We are also getting Spellstones, spells that can be upgraded if the player fulfills specific conditions, and, for the first time, Legendary Weapons...

Critical Ops [Free] has solidified itself as the "Counter Strike" of mobile since its release in October 2016. It has continued to foster an extremely loyal fan-base while bolstering a respectable eSports scene. There seems to be tournaments around every corner, as well as several other opportunities for competitive mobile gamers to challenge (or flaunt) their skills against other players. However, one of the common complaints seen/heard within the Critical Ops community is the game's small number of maps. Luckily, a new update has emerged today that brings a whole new map, friend chat, tutorial changes, spawn changes, and crosshair fixes to the game...

Just like every year, Apple has released the top 20 charts for each of the 2017 App Store's category, and some of the names are very surprising while others follow the trends one would expect from the App Store of 2017. In terms of overall trends, Apple is glad Augmented Reality and the ARKit finally became a reality, although the truth is we haven't really seen it impact mobile gaming that much yet. Perhaps it's only a matter of time, but we'll have to wait and see. Apple also sees 2017 as the year when the App Store saw a rise in multiplayer gaming, with games like The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free], Red Tides [Free], Star Wars: Force Arena [Free], Stormbound [Free], and others joining the now classic multiplayer games like Hearthstone [Free] and Clash Royale [Free]. I don't think many should be surprised that multiplayer games have found a home on the App Store given how they can be monetized very effectively and can offer quick, mobile-friendly experiences to players on-the-go...

We've already posted our Reigns: Her Majesty [$2.99] review, and chances are you wouldn't be looking up cheat guides like these if you didn't also agree, at least on some level, that the sequel to Reigns [$2.99] is incredible. The addition of the item system and the zodiac calendar has, however, added several layers of complication that makes getting all the endings particularly difficult- Especially getting the "good" ending. Needless to say, this guide is absolutely chock-full of spoilers. I really, really recommend playing Her Majesty through to completion to get at least one of the endings before diving in, but, hey, it's a free country. You do you...

'Reigns: Her Majesty' Review - This Queen Reigns Supreme

'Reigns: Her Majesty' Review - This Queen Reigns Supreme

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December 7th, 2017 12:10 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in 5 stars, Games, Reviews, Role-Playing
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The original Reigns [$2.99] was easily among my favorite games released last year, as the whole experience felt like a masterpiece of game design. Via binary options, triggered by swiping right or left as if you were browsing through Tinder profiles, players were invited to rule their kingdoms and attempt to balance the competing powers in the land: The church, the people, the military, and the treasury. With few exceptions, every decision made increased favor with at least one power, while decreasing your standing with others. The trick is, you need to use your intuition to figure out what decision you're going to make to keep everything in check. For example, you might come across a doctor who offers to heal your subjects, and allowing them to do that will increase your favor with the people, while decreasing your standing with the church who frown upon the medical sciences. The rest of the game goes like this until you inevitably meet your demise in many amusing ways, at which point the whole process repeats again, as you're cursed, and return again and again as a new king... Until you figure out how to break the curse, anyway...

Here I am doing my weekly deep dive into the inner depths of the App Store to scrounge up all the new games for our weekly roundup, and I just happened to notice that Reigns: Her Majesty [$2.99] is available right this minute in the App Store despite it being scheduled to go live tomorrow. Hey, I'm not complaining! For those unaware, Reigns: Her Majesty is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed original Reigns which had you ruling a kingdom and making life-changing sociopolitical decisions like you were swiping for a date on Tinder. It's freaking awesome, and this sequel not only has you playing as a Queen this time around (which you probably could have guessed from the title) but it also adds tons of new features and elements to really supercharge the original game's mechanics...

HQ Live Trivia Game Show [Free] continues to grow at a rapid pace, so rapid actually that the developers are struggling to improve the huge lag that has been frustrating players. Still, the iOS app has seen a 100 times increase in players over the last month or so, so it makes sense that the developers' next step is to bring the game over to Android. And it looks like the Android version is coming before Christmas. The developers tweeted that HQ has a nice little stocking stuffer coming the Android way, and since you don't stuff stockings after Christmas, the app should be dropping within the next two weeks and a bit...

It's been a long journey, but as promised back in October the latest chapter to the stylish puzzle adventure Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise [$4.99] has just landed in the App Store. Originally launched way back in October of 2015, Agent A is an escape room-style point-and-click adventure that has you playing as the titular Agent A as you try to apprehend the enemy spy known as Ruby La Rouge. The game has an awesome '60s-era spy style and plenty of clever puzzles to solve, and we enjoyed it a lot in our original review. About the only thing we didn't like was how abruptly it all ended, but developer Yak & Co rectified that issue by releasing a new chapter entitled Chapter 3: Ruby's Trap in December of last year, and then retroactively splitting the original release into two separate chapters to fit their episodic structure better. That paved the way for today's release of Chapter 4 which is entitled A Narrow Escape...

It's almost time for Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone [Free] players, and the patch that prepares the ground for the expansion has just gone live. While you won't really say any changes right now, you can get excited about all the new cards and the Dungeon Run mode. The new patch notes give us a taste of the new quests we are getting in the game. For instance, we are getting a repeating daily quest called Spelunker that gives you a 1 Classic card pack for defeating 5 Dungeon Run encounters, an incentive for people to play Dungeon Run for more than just fun. The update also adds a reconnect countdown when your opponent disconnects, a useful feature for mobile...

For anyone who has played developer Bennett Foddy's landmark release QWOP [$0.99], you'll know that it's a game that makes the simple act of running into an unimaginably difficult endeavor. Back in October, Foddy revealed his newest game called Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy through that month's Humble Bundle, and it took a similar approach to challenging players to do basic movements using extremely difficult mechanics. This is a game for the masochists out there. Today, an iOS version of Getting Over It [$4.99] has arrived, and it is a total hoot. You play as a man sitting in a metal cauldron holding a sledgehammer-type tool, and your only means of moving is to use the sledgehammer to push yourself off of whatever you can find to lunge yourself forward. The goal is to climb a rocky landscape that would be difficult for even the most able-bodied person to climb, and is basically impossible for this cauldron-bound gentleman. Check out the trailer...

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