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It may feel like a lifetime since literally everyone was roaming the streets catching virtual creatures, however today marks a year since Pokemon GO [Free] finally launched on the App Store, and subsequently revitalised Nintendo's RPG series in popular culture. Even with the frequent server issues and relative scarcity of content in the initial early stages, those July months last summer already hold a strange nostalgic charm to many, and it's been great to see how Niantic have made great strides over the past year to make Pokemon GO even closer to the idyllic augmented reality adventure that they originally envisioned to make. To celebrate its year anniversary, Pikachu donning Ash's famous hat can be located in the game from today until the 24th July, and a new Anniversary Box bundle is also available to obtain some sweet rare items including Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls and a Raid Pass at a celebratory discounted price...

The huge Better Together Minecraft [$6.99] update (or 1.2) is getting closer, and the developers continue teasing upcoming features. One of the new features is ravines, which make map generation much more interesting and create all kinds of possibilities for funny bridge-centered builds. We are also getting parrots, which can be tamed and will perch on your shoulder, turning you into a silly-looking pirate. The update is also adding jukeboxes and music discs, for those lonely, quiet nights of winter. Speaking of winter, temperature will now decrease with height...




The solitaire card game Onirim [Free] has quite a few fans in our forums and in the gaming community more generally. Today, the game has received the Crossroads and Dead Ends update that adds 16 cards to the player's deck, which introduce new obstacles and opportunities to escape the twisted dreamscape of the game. The expansion includes four Crossroads, which can be played as any color, and Dead Ends cards that provide new challenges by forcing players to hold on to those cards until the end of the game...

In January of 2012, Taito released their classic 1994 arcade shoot 'em up RayForce [$4.99] to the App Store, and about 6 months later they released its 1997 sequel RayStorm [$7.99] as well. Shooters like these always translated well to the touchscreen and it seemed pretty likely that Taito would be bringing the third game in the trilogy RayCrisis to mobile too. I mean, why wouldn't they bring the whole trilogy over, and if the previous Ray game release schedule was to be trusted, I would have bet they'd release RayCrisis at the end of 2012. Well, that release schedule was not to be trusted. RayCrisis never came, and while both RayForce and RayStorm were excellent additions to the App Store's shooter catalogue, they sat around virtually untouched after their release and were never updated with any of the modern trappings that came with newer and better iOS hardware and software...

Hearthstone [Free] is celebrating its Midsummer Fire Festival, and that means extra rewards for you as well as a brand new brawl called Ragnaros' Fire Festival. The Midsummer Fire Festival will last for two weeks and will give you 2x gold for all the quests completed during the event. Given that there's an expansion coming in August, this will be a good time to get plenty of gold in your coffers. As for the brawl, you make your own deck and then go against an opponent as usual, but there's a fun twist: the brawl includes a 2/3 Immune Mini-Rag that changes sides and attacks on every turn. Once it takes down a minion, it gets +1 attack...

As we've talked about recently, Candy Crush Saga [Free] is about to get a TV game show soon. Unsurprisingly, there will be many in-game events celebrating that game show. These in-game live events (four of them each week) will emulate the challenges contestants will face in the game show. Completing one of them will give you prizes, and completing all four each week will give you a ton of rewards. These events will be running for 48 hours every weekend throughout the 10 weeks of the show, starting July 7th. There will be a TV widget in-game that will lead to you all those challenges...

With the announcement that Season 3 of Rick and Morty is sfinally launching at the end of July, it's certainly an exciting time to be a fan of Adult Swim's cult sci-fi cartoon. However, this reveal has left many wondering whether Pocket Mortys [Free], the excellent Pokemon-esque spin off that we loved in our review last year, would receive any attention now the Rick and Morty hype train is truly leaving the station. Off the back of an Android beta test in May, the developers have finally released a major 2.0 update for Pocket Mortys today, with the addition of a brand new online multiplayer mode so you can finally determine whether you have the Mortiest Morty in the multiverse...

As most of you probably know (unless you're not from the US), this rather long weekend leading up to the 4th of July is a pretty busy one in terms of family things to do. Therefore, we won't have a Hearthstone [Free] weekly roundup today. We will, of course, be back next Monday with probably some great stories about the upcoming expansion reveal on July 6th. That should give us plenty to talk about, especially given how all the pros will definitely be reacting to the new expansion reveal. In the meantime, you should check out the story about the new expansion coming this August as well as the story about Quest Rogue getting nerfed, which has made many people happy...

It's time for another Hearthstone [Free] "Choose Your Champion," so get ready to pick a pro and earn some card packs. The HCT Spring Championship is just around the corner now, and you can pick one of the 16 competitors and get card pack rewards depending on how well they do. This is one of the easiest ways to get at least one pack, and if you pick wisely, you might even get four packs. The HCT Spring Championship has players from around the globe fighting for their share of the $250,000 as well as a place at the Hearthstone World Championship. There are four groups of four players, and the Championship will use a dual-tournament format until eight remain, and then it will switch to a single-elimination bracket...

Scott Cawthon became famous for his extremely popular Five Night at Freddy's [$2.99] series, which has also spawned a ton of toys, clothes, and load of other merchandise. Cawthon had been teasing a new game over the last few weeks, and many believed a new FNAF game was coming, but it was not to be. According to a new blog post, Cawthon admitted he was indeed teasing what would have been FNAF 6, but he has decided to pull the plug because of the pressure that comes with trying to develop another game in the series. Apparently, because each game has to meet mounting expectations, it puts a great deal of pressure on Cawthon to the point where he ends up neglecting other things in his life as he tries to meet those expectations...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Death Road to Canada', 'Pokemon: Magikarp Jump', 'Crash Club', 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. It feels like we're starting to see more big content add-ons again recently. Some new 64-bit updates, of course, but we're focusing on updates with more stuff added here. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper 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!..

Clash Royale's [Free] Summer of 2v2 is here everyone, even though we aren't in July yet. Still, the first 2v2 Challenge has started today, so get ready to play with a random person because, as Supercell has stated, the game doesn't have the UI necessary to allow for you to play 2v2 with a friend of Clanmate. And, as you would expect, reddit is full of people complaining about the random part of the challenge. Tomorrow, we will officially have the 2v2 Quick Match available for the whole month...

The Hearthstone [Free] developer Q&A is over, and while there was some interesting info regarding balancing the game, the information most will be interested in is that the next expansion is coming in August. Ben Brode is apparently super excited about the upcoming expansion, although we don't have any more details or hints on the theme. We will know all that on July 6th, when the developers will officially announce the next expansion. Expect this expansion to feel different than previous ones because it will be the first expansion-adventure hybrid in the history of the game, since we are officially moving away from Adventures in the future...

One of the oldest and best RPG series on mobile just keeps on getting better as today the HD version of The Quest - Hero of Lukomorye [$2.99] arrived in the App Store. As we explained when the previous expansion Thor's Hammer [$2.99] arrived early this month, the game known simply as The Quest [$3.99] in the App Store is actually the HD remake of the original The Quest, which has been renamed to The Quest Classic [$4.99]. The Quest Classic has been around for ages, even before smartphones, and has had numerous expansions released for it, both by original developer Redshift and many by 3rd party developer Zarista Games. The five part Hero of Lukomorye is the work of Zarista and was one of the earliest and one of the biggest expansions, coming right on the heels of Redshift's own Islands of Ice and Fire [$1.99], which is also available as an HD version as of September of last year. ..

As you probably know by now if you're a Hearthstone [Free] player, Blizzard finally decided to nerf Quest Rogue, and right now the developers are hosting a live stream Q&A to talk more about the game's balance and Un'Goro in general. The hosts are Game Director Ben Brode and Principal Game Designer Mike Donais. If you have questions that you want to ask, you can tweet @PlayHearthstone with the hashtag #QA, post a question below this blog, or post it directly in the Twitch chat...

Fire Emblem Heroes [Free]: you probably know it, you may or may not love it, and I'm certainly running out of ideas for intro paragraphs for it. The game was highlighted as a strong earner in Nintendo's most recent shareholders' meeting, and a quick glance at the charts show that it's hanging on better than Nintendo's previous efforts. Nintendo has done a great job of supporting the game post release, with near-monthly updates that provide new things to do and various improvements based on user feedback. We've just received word of what will be included in the next update, so let's take a look...

There has been much anticipation around TouchArcade Towers as of late, as a major update for the frontrunner for 2017's iOS Game of the Year has been on the cards. No, not Death Road to Canada - I'm talking about Pokemon: Magikarp Jump [Free], which took the App Store by storm when it flopped onto the iPhone back in May. In a rather fitting allusion to its starring water-type Pokemon, what appeared to be a throwaway slapstick experience starring the notoriously weak titular fish actually turned out to evolve into a surprisingly formidable beast. While Magikarp Jump won't be making waves and redefining gaming as a medium anytime soon, our very own Shaun Musgrave brilliantly explained the appeal of the game through the tales of his own Pokemon, and it seems such a bond to the orange whiskered sea-dweller has occurred with many. Today, a major new update for Magikarp Jump has released, with a new Ultra League, additional support Pokemon and much more...

Sports games are notoriously hard to nail down perfectly, for a number of reasons. The vast majority of us have never been lucky enough to climb up snowy mountains or trawl through radioactive lands, and so the latest AAA adventure game on consoles is extremely easy to become wholly immersed in. However, attempting to replicate a regular physically active pastime in what is a relatively sedentary medium is a whole new level of challenge. As a result, the fact Tennis Champs Returns [Free] is up there with the best racket sport simulators I've ever played, and on a mobile phone with touch controls no less, is mightily impressive. Uprising Games really did hit it out of the park (or smash it over the net?) when they released their retro tennis throwback title last year, and a brand new update that has dropped today adds even more content to an already sizeable release. Dubbed the Season 2 Update, this latest patch is all about customising your player on their way to the top, and includes some nice fixes to tighten up the gameplay even further...

The Best Tactical RPGs for iPhone and iPad - An RPG Reload Ranking

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where our battles to the death are usually turn-based. In each of these columns, we take a look at some aspect of RPG gaming on iOS. Often, it's in the form of a replay or a retrospective, but today I want to try out something new. In the last couple of months, we went through the history of tactical RPGs, from Dungeons & Dragons to Fire Emblem Echoes. Although I felt that was finished with the end of the historical line, so to speak, I got to thinking this week that these trips through history present us with an opportunity to do something that is often requested of us here at TouchArcade: lists of the best examples of each gaming genre. Consider this, then, your starter set for tactical RPGs on iOS. Are there other excellent ones? You bet! This is just my opinion, after all. But this gives you a place to get started in the genre with some assurance of reasonable quality...

It's been a week for CCGs this one, with Elder Scrolls: Legends getting the Skyrim expansion and now Shadowverse [Free] got the Wonderland Dreams expansion, the game's 5th. The expansion brings over a 100 cards to the game, all of which have to do with old and new fables. As you can see from the Alice in Wonderland-themed trailer below, Wonderland Dreams looks like a fun trip into fairy tales and fables including Don Quixote, Alice, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, and many more. Definitely a fun theme to explore and a departure from the usual fantasy fare of other CCGs...

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