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Ankama's Drag'n'Boom [Free] is a pretty fantastic arcade game that we really liked in our review, and today it just got more content that should give you another reason to return to the game. The new update, which just went live, adds a new game mode with 50 new arenas that offer a different challenge from the original mode. This new mode has you fighting in a small arena of sorts, and after you take out the various troops, a mini-boss appears. Taking that one out gives you keys (that you can use to unlock new dragons), and doing so within the time limit gives you even more keys. Speaking of new dragons, the update has added 6 new dragons to play with, but you'll have to gather keys to unlock them...

'Fez - Pocket Edition' Review - A Great Game, and an Even Better Reason to Buy an MFi Controller

Originally launched back in April of 2012 on Xbox Live Arcade, Fez is a 2D platformer with puzzle elements that hinge around being able to rotate the game world in 3D space. Since its initial release Fez has been ported to practically every platform under the sun, and in the process has won an absurd amount of awards. Fez is one of those games that it really doesn't matter where you play it, as long as you're playing it somewhere. This morning Fez - Pocket Edition [$4.99] was released on the App Store, providing a fabulous opportunity for fans of Fez to experience this gem on to go, as well as folks who potentially never heard of the game to play it for the very first time...




Lineage 2: Revolution [Free] is a huge game with a huge player base, and now that huge player base is about to go to war (well, even more war). The game's first major update will add the Fortress Siege and Open Siege modes, which will let you slaughter each other at greater numbers than before. Fortress Siege—held every Friday from 20:00-21:00 PST—will have players enter a real-time, massive PvP battle between two clans. The Fortress Siege can host up to 50 players per clan, and the first to "imprint" on their opponents' Holy Artifact wins. In order to participate, clans have to first successfully bid on a desired fortress and then enter the battle against the clan defending that fortress. Bidding is held from 0:00-19:00 PST every Thursday, the day before the Fortress Siege. As you'd expect, winning gets you great rewards but even losing gets you Adena, EXP, and Proof of Blood...

For many years, you could set your watch to the output of Tin Man Games on the App Store. Their mission was to deliver gamebooks in the classic style, in the form of both real classics like the Fighting Fantasy books and entirely new works done in a similar style like the Gamebook Adventures series. In the last couple of years, the developer has tried their hand at experimentation, resulting in the lush board game-style adaptation of Warlock of Firetop Mountain [$4.99], the highly-entertaining Miss Fisher [Free] visual adventure, and the subscription-based branching story host Choices That Matter [Free]. Well, it's all come back around again, as their newest project is none other than Fighting Fantasy Classics...

We’ve been teased with FEZ for iOS beginning in 2012 when it was announced that 2013 would see Polytron’s FEZ hit more platforms. After that things were mostly silent until mid 2013 when ports were reconfirmed. The situation after that became dire and we didn’t hear anything about a mobile version of FEZ until earlier this year thanks to another teaser. Fast forward to today and FEZ Pocket Edition [$4.99] just hit the App Store as a universal game. FEZ is all about switching perspectives to solve puzzles while listening to Disasterpeace’s amazing soundtrack. Watch the trailer below:..

Layton's Mystery Journey [$15.99] is pretty great. Having originally debuted on the Nintendo DS, it took a long time to get a mainline entry on iOS. Level-5’s newest Professor Layton game released in July and it follows Katrielle Layton. She’s the daughter of Professor Layton who has gone missing. Shaun loved it a lot and you can read his review of it here. We even had it as our Game of the Week around release. ..

Good news, fans of the turn-based strategy RPGs Demon's Rise [$7.99] and Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]. Both games have been updated for the iPhone X and the infamous notch, so if you have one of those newfangled devices, you should enjoy the games better now. The update has also continued to improve screen controls on both games, a process seemingly never-ending (which is not a bad thing). Updating a game for the iPhone X can be a bit of a pain, but I had no doubt Wave Light Games would get it done and fast given the developer's habit of keeping the games up-to-date...

Hearthstone's [Free] Kobolds & Catacombs expansion appears to be a big success so far, but Hunter players immediately started complaining because Deathstalker Rexxar's Hero Power, which makes cute little Zombeasts, didn't include any of the new Beasts released in the latest expansion. Reddit decided to provide plenty of "feedback" to the developers about the state of Deathstalker Rexxar, and many talked about the need for the new Beasts to be added to the Hero Power. Blizzard listened to all the feedback and decided to reverse course. A post today by Community Manager Keganbe stated that the developers have agreed that a change to Deathstalker Rexxar's Hero Power is warranted, so they'll be updating it to include the new Beasts...

Prepare to get electrified as Supercell's Clash Royale [Free] has just received a new update that brings all kinds of goodies to the game as well as some much needed balance changes. First of all, we are getting a new arena called Electro Valley, which is set at 3400 Trophies. The new Arena looks pretty cool visually and adds a fun, futuristic look to the game. The update also adds new brand new cards, Zappies and Hunter, both of which can be unlocked starting today. Zappies spawns a pack of miniature Zap machines while Hunter deals big damage up close but is pretty bad at range because of the shotguns he wields. It's a nice change to have access to new cards right away instead of having to wait one to two weeks for each one to unlock...

Square Enix Is Finally Bringing ‘Life Is Strange’ to the App Store on December 14th

Life Is Strange [$2.99] from Dontnot Entertainment and Square Enix is finally releasing on iOS. It was originally released beginning January 2015 on consoles and PC as an episodic release. At the time I was surprised to see it only launch on those platforms given Telltale’s success on iOS and Android. Life Is Strange has you playing as Max Caulfield in Arcadia Bay. This is a third person adventure game where choices actually matter and Max discovers that she has the ability to rewind time. It is a 5 episode series and the first episode releases on iOS on December 14th. Watch the original trailer below:..

Kobolds & Catacombs Guide and Best Decks, Dungeon Run Tips, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #120

Hello everyone, and happy post-Kobolds & Catacombs week. As is always the case after a Hearthstone [Free] expansion drops, the community is all energized and players are trying to figure out what decks to put together and whether their new Legendary is useful (hint: usually, it's not). Players appear happy with the new cards and especially with the new Dungeon Run mode, as you'll read in a few stories today. And we also have stories about the best decks to play post-Kobolds, although it's definitely too early to definitively say which decks are the best and which are just crazy experiments or hopeful thinking. How have you been enjoying the new expansion? Sounds off in the comments below!..

A few weeks back, we wrote about Telltale's substantial layoffs and promise to focus on fewer, better quality games. We haven't heard much about Telltale's future since then, but a recent interview by Telltale's new CEO, Pete Hawley, points to the kind of changes we might see down the line. Hawley first talked about the adverse effect Telltale's multitude of projects had on the games' quality and innovation, and how players (correctly) felt that games had become predictable. He feels that Telltale moved away from the "magic" of season one of The Walking Dead [Free] by moving toward pure narrative and letting go of some of the interactivity and engagement of that original game. The real sense of consequences isn't there anymore in the way it was in The Walking Dead...

One of last year's best games, and really one of the more enjoyable and unique games for mobile in general, was Kestrel Games' Rule with an Iron Fish [$2.99]. It's a game about fishing but is certainly not a fishing simulation game, of which there are several on the App Store. Instead, Rule with an Iron Fish almost feels like one of those incremental idle games, but one where you actually DO stuff. The progression system is addictive as you're constantly catching new fish, getting new equipment, and unlocking new areas. Everything has a grander feel to it though as there's also a full world to explore filled with non-player characters to interact with, all of which have quite colorful personalities. It's like many of the best parts of an RPG have been whittled down into a super-mobile friendly package with a perfect gameplay loop for short gaming sessions. Oh, and did I mention it's a totally paid, premium title with no IAP? tl;dr: I love Rule with an Iron Fish...

Musgravian Musings - Six Months Later, Things are Looking Up for SEGA Forever

Hello everyone, and welcome to Musgravian Musings, a little space of my own where I can do some non-review reflections on recent game releases. In general, the featured games are ones that have caught my interest in some way or another, and will tend to be games that I didn't (and won't) review. This time, we're circling back around to check out how SEGA's SEGA Forever initiative is doing now that a half-year has passed. The June 2017 launch was embarrassingly poor for a number of reasons, some of which I outlined in a previous edition of Musgravian Musings. While SEGA could have thrown in the towel like certain other established publishers who put out poor-quality ports this year, the company has stuck to its guns and worked hard to improve things. Things are indeed better, but by how much?..

After digging a little deeper into obscurities for the last couple of releases, SEGA has gone back to one of their tried and true 16-bit franchises for the latest addition to the SEGA Forever line-up. The Streets of Rage series has lain dormant for a very long time now, but in its heyday, it was one of SEGA's most successful action brands. To this day, I still consider Streets of Rage 2 to be one of the very best side-scrolling beat-em-ups ever made. But we're not here to talk about the sequel. Well, not yet anyway. No, today we're looking at the original Streets of Rage [Free], a game that may be lesser than its follow-up but still packs a pretty solid punch. Happily, SEGA has given the game the finest treatment we've seen for a new SEGA Forever release yet...

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...

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