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Regular readers know that I have been doing a weekly column on Mondays for the last few years collecting the best game updates I can find from that week. With that job, I've been able to see clearly the developers who go above and beyond to deliver tons of updates post-release for their players. It's especially remarkable when those updates are for a paid game, since there's no real financial incentive in adding free content for the developer. One of the names that has popped up often has been Siralim, the quirky RPG series from Thylacine Studios. Both the first game and its sequel have seen a lot of additions over time, but all good things must come to an end. The bad news is that the final planned content updates for Siralim [Free] and Siralim 2 [$4.99] are hitting really soon. The good news is that they sound like pretty great expansions...

Clockwork Pixels first hit on our radar all the way back in 2012 when they ported their excellent matching/cat-collecting game Kitten Sanctuary over from desktop to mobile, and while they did release a handful of titles not long after that, we hadn't heard anything from them in several years. That changed this past Friday when Clockwork Pixels unexpectedly released a new platformer called Citadel 1986 [$0.99 / Free] to the App Store. After cutting his development teeth on the Commodore 64 back in the day, Clockwork Pixels wanted to create an homage to the platformers of that system, specifically Son of Blagger on C64. As such Citadel 1986 is a very straightforward platforming game that will text your dexterity with running and jumping as you explore 37 levels that are grouped together as part of one giant scrolling map, kind of like a Metroidvania. Check out the trailer...




Just over a month ago, Jam City announced that they had once again partnered up with FoxNext Games to bring another Family Guy game to mobile following 2014's immensely popular Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff [Free]. After a brief soft launch period that game, appropriately titled Family Guy - Another Freakin' Mobile Game [Free], is now available worldwide. Rather than city building, this time you'll be making matches as Peter serves Quahog's residents mix drinks from his mobile booze truck. ..

If you've reached the point in Super Mario Run [Free] where you are running out of things to build, the latest update—which has just dropped—will give you plenty more to aim for and, therefore, new reasons to play the game. First of all, the maximum number of Toads that can live in your kingdom has increased to 99,999, so just imagine all that rent you're about to start collecting (disclaimer: Super Mario Run is not that kind of management game). The biggest addition, though, are the new buildings, which include the 8-bit Bowser Statue, Bullet Bill Statue, and plenty more. It won't be easy to get all of them, but games do love to give you things to aim for. And it's funny how these kinds of additions are usually seen in F2P rather than premium games...

Early last month we posted about a newly soft-launched game called NASCAR Heat Mobile [Free] from developer 704 Games, and over the weekend that game has now gone live worldwide. You may know 704 Games under their previous name Dusenberry Martin Racing, who acquired the NASCAR license in January 2015 in order to develop NASCAR games exclusively. They teamed up with Monster Games, developers of the original NASCAR Heat series of the early 2000s, to create NASCAR Heat Evolution for consoles and PCs, which released in September of last year to poor reviews. NASCAR Heat Mobile is a collaboration between 704 and long-time handheld racing game makers Firebrand Games...

Every time we write a story about Blizzard considering expanding its mobile presence, people in the comments always start wishing for games like Diablo or Starcraft on mobile. While we are all free to dream, I highly doubt we'll see anything along those lines any time soon; at the same time, it does look like Blizzard is looking to expand its presence on mobile. According to a recent job opening, Blizzard is looking for a software engineer to contribute to Blizzard's mobile gaming efforts. Specifically, his or her role will be to create tools that will help the designers and artists produce mobile content. The engineer should have experience developing mobile games and passion for making mobile games...

Cheap and Strong Un'Goro Decks, Quest Talk, Warrior Taunt, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #94

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] column that brings together the best news and videos from the previous seven day. And what happened in the world of Hearthstone last week? Rogue Quest is still being talked about but not to the extent it had been the last couple of weeks. Instead, there were plenty of positive stories that talked about how great the Un'Goro meta is at the moment. We also have the best decks to play right now as well as the best decks if you're low on cards and dust. There's even a Street Fighter story today. Let us begin...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Injustice: Gods Among Us', 'Warbits', 'Disney Crossy Road', 'Dungeon Link', and More

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. Okay, I've got my tie on real neat-like, so I'm going to try to do this week's updates without being as off-the-wall as I have been the last couple of weeks. Some really awesome stuff this week, so it should be easy unless one of the games mentions ESPORTS or something. What are the odds of that, though? Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Apparently, there's a big Clash of Clans [Free] war coming up this weekend, and you can watch part of it if you want to. Team Reddit will fight it out with Team Forums for ultimate dominance and, of course, bragging rights in what should be a battle between some of the best players in the game. There will be two wars, a 40v40 and a 50v50 between April 21st to April 23rd. Out of all the contestants, 10 really good players were flown to Finland and will take part in a Supercell-hosted livestream that you can watch tomorrow at 3PM GMT (sorry, you'll have to do the math to figure it out)...

'Ever Knight' is the 'Dark Souls' of "Just Make 'Crossy Road', JEEZ"

Foolish Mortal is about to punish you with their next game.Ever Knight brings a curious strategic action style to the Crossy Road [Free] genre. It's basically an endless hack and slash, where you can move one space at a time, trying to dice through hordes of enemies. Swordsmen slash at you, spearmen will charge at you with their spears, archers hit you from a distance, and so on. ..

If you've been enjoying Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)], prepare for some more fun content this weekend as Chaos Arena makes its return to the game. If you haven't played this mode before, Chaos Arena mixes up the lane conditions and scenario rules and makes for some... chaotic matches (sorry about that). There are fun scenarios that really freshen up the game, like getting three creatures into your deck at the start of the match, switching decks with your opponent, or playing with interesting cards already on the board. There are also interesting Lane Conditions: for instance, when summoning a creature in one lane, another random one of the same cost will appear, or if you have the most cards in one lane at the end of the turn, you deal damage to your opponent, and many, many other entertaining ideas...

'Get Me Outta Here' Review - Don't Have a Cow, Man

The Rossman Bros. have delivered a rather fun arena shooter in Get Me Outta Here [Free]. Starring a middle-aged man (with surprising jumping and rolling skills!) abducted by aliens, and given a limited amount of time to clear them all out with his deadly firepower, what seems like a simple game of run 'n gun action has a surprising amount of depth to it. The heart of the game is you trying to survive the same arena with the same enemies, but interesting strategies that appear over time. Plus, it features a giant weaponized cow boss, and some heavy weaponry to deploy. Who doesn't love that?..

Kemco is a company that has had a lot of strange ups and downs since they entered the game industry during the 8-bit Nintendo boom in the 1980s. In their early days, they were most famous for their ports of Western computer games like Shadowgate and Deja Vu to the NES. In the 16-bit era, they were probably best known for publishing the Top Gear racing series from Gremlin Graphics. The next two generations were perhaps the company's darkest days, resulting in such legendarily awful games as Batman Beyond, Batman: Dark Tomorrow, and the Nintendo 64 version of Daikatana. About 10 years ago they started focusing on the blossoming mobile market, acting as the publisher of a multitude of low-budget, low-priced RPGs. A half-decade ago, they started bringing those games out worldwide, and my friends, they did not stop...

RPG Reload Glossary - Tactical RPG Video Games in the 1990s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we know iteration is the key to success. Last week, we took a look at the early history of the tactical RPG genre, covering the origins of many of its core concepts through to what is generally considered to be the game that established the genre, Nintendo's Fire Emblem. In that article, I also listed some features that I consider to define games in the TRPG genre, so I strongly encourage heading back and reading that piece before moving on with this one. In this week's article, we're picking up from where we left off last time and covering the genre's explosion in popularity in the 1990s. Both the East and the West (and by extension the console and PC sectors) would see little cottage industries spring up around their respective takes on the genre. Perhaps most remarkably of all, these two flavors of TRPG appear to have formed virtually independently of one another...

Indie developer Jesse Makkonen released his psychological horror game DISTRAINT on Steam back in August of 2015, and the game was critically acclaimed and has developed quite a loyal following, even prompting the announcement of a sequel. In November of last year, he adapted the game for mobile and released it on Android where it was similarly acclaimed and garnered more than three quarters of a million downloads. Not bad! This week, the mobile version has also arrived on iOS as DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror [$0.99] and you can get a very brief glimpse of what it's like in the release trailer for the Steam version below...

I'm pretty sure there's a whole academic paper waiting to be written about Zynga's transition from Words with Friends to the just-released GIF's Against Friends [Free], both in terms of the transition to primarily-visual mediums and in terms of the antagonism so prevalent on the internet today. And even though I should be more of the words and text generation, I do enjoy the hilarity of GIFs, and that's why I think GIFs Against Friends will find an audience quite easily. This iMessage app has you inviting friends from your phone's contacts, sending them all a pretty silly prompt, and then judging the GIFs they submit anonymously...

A couple of years ago we wrote about Spells of Genesis [Free], a trading card game that uses Bitcoin's blockchain technology to power its in-game economy, and now the game is finally out on the App Store. Let's talk about the game first. In Spells of Genesis players have to build decks by trading and combining orbs before clashing with their opponents. The game plays more like an arcade one than something like Hearthstone, but at its core it's still all about collecting cards, trading cards, and building the strongest decks you can. There are over 200 levels and missions and hundreds of cards to get your hands on...

In the world of writing about video games, differing opinions are bound to ruffle some feathers. Such is the case with Red's Kingdom [$2.99]. This charming puzzle adventure is polished to the gills in terms of presentation, which is I think something everyone can agree on. But some of its design decisions left our own Carter Dotson feeling more lukewarm towards the game in his review. However, it did garner our Game of the Week nod upon release, and has found a ton of fans in our community, who voted it as Game of the Month for January. A major update last month added a bunch of new levels and several new features which looked to smooth out the game's rough edges, and according to this teaser posted today it looks like more new content is in the works for Red's Kingdom...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] developers continue to give us skins and texture packs, and today we are getting one of the best ones so far. The latest update has brought the world of Bethesda's Fallout to Minecraft, and it's pretty cool. The Fallout Mash-Up Pack celebrates the classic series by bringing a complete overhaul of the game's texture. Gone are the lovely, green pastures and hills; all you'll have now is an irradiated, brownish landscape. And as you would expect, all the mobs have undergone some interesting mutations, with two-headed cows, ghouls, and huge scorpions roaming the landscape. Even the llamas couldn't escape this fate...

'Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money' Review: Pushing the Theoretical Limits of Fan Service

Writing about these kind of idle clicker upgrader games is always difficult, as it feels like in mid-2017 everything you'd ever do in one of these has been done, with the main difference being how developers mix up the established mechanics and how they apply the theme of the game. East Side Games has a winner on their hands with Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money [Free] as it mixes up established mechanics in a way that makes a dumb amount of sense inside of the scope of the Trailer Park Boys universe...

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