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After its shocking reveal with a tournament stream, it took only one night for the Brawl Stars soft launch to happen. Debuting initially in Canada, this means that it's relatively easy to get access to Supercell's top-down multiplayer online shooter. But if you need the specifics on how to do so, well, we have a guide that will get you up and running with the game in a jiffy. While getting soft launched games in a country you don't reside in isn't necessarily the most convenient thing, it's not that difficult to do, you just have to know where you're looking and what to do. Here's how to register an iTunes account in Canada for the Brawl Stars soft launch...

As you probably know by now, Clash of Clans [Free] Builder Base update is live, and it's brought plenty of changes to the game. We've already written about what the new update brings to the game, but if you want to get a leg up on the competition, check out a new update guide as well as various tips and tricks, both of them posted on reddit this morning. Andrakisjl's tips and tricks should help you get some more wins and more loot. The first thing to remember is that winning in the new Versus Battle mode gets you resources, but losing costs nothing. So, don't be too afraid to go battle since your resources are safe. The second tip is you must purchase certain buildings before being allowed to upgrade your builder's hall, so don't expect to have a defenseless base...




'Injustice 2' Guide - Tips on Energy Usage and Upgrading Heroes when Offline

When news about an Injustice: Gods Among Us sequel for consoles leaked last summer, it left us with a couple of questions about the mobile version. Would Warner Bros. and NetherRealm also make a sequel for mobile, or would they just continue updating the existing Injustice [Free] game which had already received massive amounts of new content over the past 4 years and was one of the most popular mobile games around? This past Valentine's Day we got our answer as Injustice 2 for mobile soft-launched in the Philippines App Store, and this week the game has finally launched worldwide. While I'm not sure of the strategy of abandoning an existing successful game with a huge player base in favor of a brand new app, it does at least afford the series a fresh start, and the engine running the existing Injustice game was arguably getting long in the tooth. While Injustice 2 retains the core stripped-down fighting mechanics of its predecessor, it also makes some major fundamental changes to the entire formula. With that, we've put together a short guide in an effort to help you get the most out of this newest entry in the mobile Injustice series...

'Modern Combat Versus' Discord Server and How to Play With VPN and Download Soft Launch Version

Gameloft's Modern Combat Versus soft launched, but only in the Philippines and as a region-locked game. If you downloaded the soft launch version and are playing it right now, you should join our Discord server, where we've opened up #modern_combat_versus, a channel where you can discuss the game with other players. Need to get a game going, discuss tactics, or just want to bond over some cool stuff? This is the place for you! It's worth noting that with the debut of the soft launch, you not only need to have access to the game, but you also need a VPN to play the game since it is region-locked. We're going to explain how to use a VPN to play the game right away, and how to download it if you don't know how to download soft launch games...

I’m a huge fan of Nimblebit’s new game Bit City [Free], which is a cool take on the standard clicker game. Despite the relative simplicity of games in the genre to begin with, there are still plenty of common sense tips, as well as some game specific strategy that’s worth discussing. So, if you’re interested in maximizing your earning potential in the game, check out the following tips and guidance. Take note that some of the tips below may seem obvious, but they are worth repeating just in case for newcomers to the genre...

Get 3,700 Dust and 10 Gold Cards for Free by Taking Advantage of the 'Hearthstone' Year of the Mammoth Dust Refund

We already posted about all the changes coming to Hearthstone [Free] this year as the Year of the Mammoth card rotation hits with the release of the next card set, and one tiny detail in the avalanche of information that caused a few of us to raise our eyebrows was the full-cost dust refunds Blizzard is doing for gold Classic cards that are getting shifted to the new "Hall of Fame." The idea is cards that instead of nerfing cards that are a little too powerful, or are restricting design space, they're just shifting them over to Wild and giving their full dust value back to players. We reached out to Blizzard to clarify exactly how this all works, and it turns out if you've got the dust right now to craft a bunch of gold cards, you can effectively get them for "free."..

The free-to-play Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] is finally upon us, and it's not as bad as some feared it would be. While the game certainly takes cues from other social RPGs like Puzzle & Dragons and Monster Strike, it's not nearly as hard on players as some examples of the genre. Still, if you're new to Fire Emblem, strategy games, or social RPG mechanics, there is a lot to take in here, and the game isn't always that good about explaining things. With that in mind, I've put together some tips and advice that should help you find your feet. Unlike the characters in Fire Emblem Awakening, right? Ha ha, we have a lot of fun around here. Don't worry, my advice is better than my jokes...

It's time for Super Bowl LI, the 51st incarnation of the Big Game, as everyone who doesn't pay the NFL trademark has to call it. Coverage in the US starts at 12:50pm eastern time, with Fox having various forms pregame coverage through the afternoon, all up to the game's start time at 6:30pm eastern time (GMT-5). This year, the New England Patriots look to take their 5th Super Bowl in the Brady/Belichick era, while simultaneously trying to exact revenge on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over excessive penalties in the Deflategate scandal. The awkwardness of the trophy presentation would be magnificent. Meanwhile, the Falcons come in as an underdog, but don't count them out. Their quarterback Matt Ryan was the league's MVP, their offense is explosive, and coach Dan Quinn was the defensive coordinator for the Seahakws in their past 2 Super Bowl appearances. The Falcons tore through the Seahawks and Packers in the NFC playoffs. Combine that with the evil empire factor the Patriots have going on, and the nation, plus fans in the stadium, could quickly get behind the Falcons in this one...

'Star Wars: Force Arena' Guide - Tips and Tricks for Winning Battles

With an interesting mix between hero-centric MOBA gameplay combined with card battling mechanics from Clash Royale, Star Wars: Force Arena [Free] is a fairly unique hybrid on iOS. Even if you weren’t fan of Star Wars in general, there’s enough of a twist in terms of gameplay that it may be worth checking it out regardless. Of course, being a freemium title, there are plenty of the usual freemium systems in play to try and coax money out of players. We’ll discuss those, along with some specific gameplay guidance, in the hope of giving you a leg up on the competition...

Dawn of Titans [Free], the latest city-building/army-amassing multiplayer centric freemium title to hit the App Store, enters the fray with a inexhaustible list of competition to distinguish itself from. So far, it seems to be doing at least a decent job with a cool hero mechanic, amazing visuals, and a fairly impressive battle system for the genre. Of course, it’s completely filled to the brim with the usual freemium trimmings, which translates to a lot of timer mechanics along with premium currency to bypass them. However, with the right tips it’s always possible to streamline these games so you can get the most bang for your time...

Well, Super Mario Run [Free] seems to be the game that everyone on the planet is (still) talking about, with battle lines clearly drawn between the haters and the folks who are loving the game. If you're the latter, chances are you're doing everything you can to find all the hidden coins in the game. Well, TouchArcade forum superstar Andy C83 has put together videos of where all the secret black coins are in the game. If you're stuck on a particular level, or otherwise are just curious what top-tier Super Mario Run play looks like, look no further than these videos:..

One of the most interesting and challenging aspects of Super Mario Run [Free] is the five hidden coins that can be located throughout each level. While the initial pink versions are relatively easy to locate, the final black coins can be extremely difficult to attain, even if you know where they are within the colorful environments Mario has to traverse to save Princess Peach. While I'd highly recommend trying to discover where each black coin is located by yourself, there may come a point where it is just too frustrating without successive retries to find them all. If you are truly stumped by the black coins in Super Mario Run, here is a guide to where each of the elusive item can be found in the game's levels...

If you are wondering how to unlock all six characters in Super Mario Run [Free], here's how to do so. Mario is obviously unlocked from the beginning. Toad can be had through just linking your My Nintendo Account (which also enables cloud saves), but the other characters are going to involve playing the game to earn them, in particular through performance in the Toad Rally mode. Here's how to unlock each of the characters, who have their own attributes that affect gameplay: ..

As is the case with most Mario games, Nintendo’s Super Mario Run has a load of secret content in each level. The clearest evidence of this is in the game’s use of secret coins, which are differently colored coins scattered across the map in typically out of the way (or hidden from sight) places. Super Mario Run keeps track of your collection of all these coins, and if you collect the full batch, the game will unlock another set of coins that are even harder to find. Earn these and you’ve demonstrated complete mastery over that level. While this guide doesn’t go through the coin locations of specific levels (those will be coming soon), this guide will lay the foundation for any player looking to find coins with some general tips and tricks...

While Nintendo’s Super Mario Run is intrinsically a Mario platformer, there are obviously a few things that differentiate it from other titles in the series. In fact, the auto-run nature of the game essentially means that veterans of the platform need to remaster the controls to a certain extent. This is especially important if you plan on beating other opponents in the game’s Toad Rally mode. Toad Rally mode is a challenge mode that requires rally tickets and is a highly competitive mode where you race against a person’s avatar to get the highest score, which is a combination of coins collected and flashy moves in order to impress the toads watching. Obviously, such a mode requires great mastery of the controls to win, so check out the following tips and tricks in order to be the ultimate runner...

Based on the web series by Alan Tudyk, Con Man: The Game [Free] is a freemium building game with the unique theme of building and running a comic convention. Players start out with a tiny con  without many fans or exhibits and slowly build up the ability to hire VIPs, build better facilities and sell bigger and better merchandise. Eventually, players also unlock themed exhibits for fans of specific genres (such as fantasy or horror). I took on the challenge of building my own con for over a month, checking in a few times a day without the assistance of purchasing any premium currency. While the theming certainly gives it a leg up on other builder games, I was not impressed with the relative progress players of the game when measured against its mechanics...

Ed. Note: We’re trying a new feature for the plethora of freemium titles that hit the iOS market. Rather than do an immediate review of a freemium game after a few days of gameplay, when the game is trying its hardest to entice new players, we’ll be chronicling our experiences across longer periods of time, starting at a week or longer. Obviously, each reviewer has their own preferences for how they play freemium games so pay attention to their play styles when taking into consideration their conclusions...

This is the way One Night in Karazhan ends, not with a whimper, but with The Spire. Yes, we have reached the fourth and final wing of Hearthstone's [Free] latest adventure, and as always, the time is bittersweet. Yes, the adventure is coming to an end, but we are getting some fun cards that, hopefully, will change up the meta a bit and get the game feeling fresh again. It's been a fun four weeks, and this final wing is no exception. This week we got the Shade of Aran, Netherspite, and Free Medivh! encounters, and there were some fun surprises along the way and some very promising cards, too. So, let's start, shall we?..

If you like to see weird animals, then you've come to the right place. Hearthstone's [Free] One Night in Karazhan Adventure has opened its third Wing, The Menagerie, and in the process released a collection of rare - and deadly - creatures. Apparently, normally all these creatures are kept in check by Medivh's reliable Curator, but he's having an off night and, well, all the creatures are out to play. You have to step into the Curator's shoes and recapture the creatures before they eat too many guests. This is the setup behind Karazhan's Wing 3, and it's a perfect way to bring out mostrous Bosses like Nightbane, Terestian Illhoof, and the Curator himself, as well as rewarding you with cards like Zoobot, Cat Trick, Menagerie Warden and Menagerie Magician, and even the Curator himself. So, let's start with the first boss and help you take him out in Normal and Heroic...

After the bafflingly slow rollout of the newest 1.5 update for Pokemon GO [Free], trainers now have access to a brand new Appraisal system, which allows you to hear from your team leader about whether your prized Rattata is in the top percentage of Rattatas, or if it's yet another rodent to be transferred away to be turned into candy. However, in typical Pokemon fashion, what Blanche, Candela or Spark tell you is not a particularly accurate or explicit guide to your creature's potential, and such wooly phrases like "Your Farfetch'd is pretty strong!" doesn't help anyone wanting cold, hard stats on whether their companion is battle worthy. Thankfully, the internet is a beautiful place, and Gamepress has managed to decode all the individual phrases into numbers that quantify your Pokemon's abilities, which I have painstakingly compiled into a cool color-coded chart below...

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