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'Mean Streets', Priest, Shaman, Devolve, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #74

Hello once more and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly column that covers everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free] this past week. As you can probably guess, the world of Hearthstone currently revolves around the upcoming expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, so most of the news had something to do with the upcoming set. There's talk about the state of Priest and Rogue, new mechanics (good and bad?) coming to the game, Murloc Yule Log, and plenty of videos with card reveals and other fun stuff. So, let's not delay and let's jump right in, shall we?..

When I first heard about Eggggg [$3.99], I couldn't help but agree with the developer's own assessment that the title was 'ridiculous' and 'crazy'. After all, Eggggg is a game where you literally propel your protagonist around a variety of colorful environments with their own vomit. However, to describe Eggggg as a 'sick' platformer would be correct in every sense of the word - behind the rather odd concept is a charming adventure which is really unlike similar games on the App Store. While our review back in October was unrelentingly positive, the one issue I had was its relative brevity - once the mechanics have been mastered and the admittedly challenging levels have all been completed, it's impossible not to want more of the game's eccentric charm. Thankfully, developers Hyper Games have announced the first major update for Eggggg set to launch in December, with some cool new Christmas-themed additions as well as Apple TV and MFI controller support...




Update Mondays: 'Neo Monsters', 'Oceanhorn', 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Deus Ex Go', 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. I'm not sure if you're all over your turkey comas yet, but I'll tell you this: the App Store sure isn't. This is a really short list this week, but I suppose some things can't be helped. 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!..

I don't know about you, but me and my wallet are still recovering from the ridiculous amount of App Store sales that took place on Black Friday. However, debilitating debt and an already immeasurable backlog can't stop the killer deals for iOS, as Cyber Monday should bring with it even more excuses for developers to cut the price of their games down even further. Today, the stunning slashing RPG Severed [$3.99] has had its price cut to $3.99 - while the game did already go on sale back in October, for four dollars you can acquire a sure-fire candidate for many end of year lists, and a title that received an extremely favourable review from us back at its release in September...

'Super Cat Tales' Review - Don't Paws, Play This Nya-ow

In spite of the seeming limitation of having no physical buttons by default, iOS has a lot of really great platformers. Some of them get by with virtual controls, putting some of the burden on the player to simply get used to them. That's fine, but unless the game is a port from another platform, I'm not sure if it's really the best way to go. I think some of the best platformers on iOS are the ones that avoid the temptation of using virtual buttons and find a way to build a game around a more fitting setup. Sure, you have to sacrifice some of the conventional ways of designing levels and obstacles, but in doing that, many games find something new and interesting...

Look, I love my hardcore math battles as much as the next person, but sometimes it's nice to get something a little lighter. It can be hard to find an RPG that skates the line between simplicity and complexity well, but that's just the spot that Witch Spring 2 [$3.99] fits into. With an emphasis on crafting, exploration of a limited map, and simple turn-based battles, it's probably not going to be to everyone's tastes. It also leans rather heavily on a cute anime style that is obviously going to resonate with some and turn off others. And yet, there's a lot of heart to the effort, and its innocent enthusiasm can be a little infectious. It's certainly a nice break from the usual template we see in this genre, if nothing else...

There are all kinds of characters one expects to find in a MOBA, and most of them are either fantasy characters (Mages and Warriors of all sorts) or the occasional sci-fi ones when a developer wants to move away from the current trend. What you don't usually expect to see is the infamous doll Chucky and the legendary Robocop. Yet those are exactly the characters the kind of characters that Kick9 wants in its MOBA Legends [Free]. Chucky was added during Halloween, which was an appropriate addition, and Robocop will be added as a limited addition in the near future...

Clash Royale [Free] continues to add new cards to the game on a regular schedule, and the newer one that has just been added to the game is Elite Barbarians, a common 6-Elixir card unlockable in Arena 7. The card spawns 2 handsome Elite Barbarians, which as expected are melee units. They work similar to normal Barbarians but have better damage and HP. The Elite Barbarians have a 1 second deployment speed, 1.5 second hit speed, and they are very fast. According to this guide, players expect Elite Barbarians to be used mostly as an offensive card and their fast movement and attack speed should make them quite damaging...

Have you been following the reveals for Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan? We've been getting some very interesting cards (and some not so interesting ones), and by now we've almost seen all 132 cards of the expansion. There are still a few missing, though, and we're probably about to have all of them revealed on November 28th. On that day at 10 AM PDT, Senior Designer Matt Place and caster Frodan, as well as some other members of the design team, will show on stream how each of the three families plays. This family versus family affair will, of course, be a way for the Hearthstone team to reveal more Mean Streets cards, and I wouldn't be surprised if we get to see all of them on that day...

I hope everyone is enjoying their Black Friday, and if you feel like spending a bit more money today, episode 4 of Batman - The Telltale Series [$4.99] is now available. Episode 4's called Guardian of Gotham and (spoilers) finds Bruce Wayne hanging out at the place he usually locks up others, Arkham Asylum. The announcement from Telltale came with a special note regarding Episode 4. Apparently, Episode 4 will leave players in very different places depending where they choose to go in Episode 3. So, expect to have very different experiences from your friends playing the series. A (very) few words about the episodes plot. Bruce is now at his lowest ever and outside the walls of the Asylum, all hell is predictably breaking loose. Now, Bruce will have to pick allies to help him break out, but as you can imagine, there's an interesting selection of allies in the Asylum...

Amidst all the excitement for the beautiful upcoming epic Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, it's easy to forget that the original game is still rather brilliant in itself, and despite the fact it released way back in 2013, it still holds up very well to this day. Oceanhorn [$8.99] is a fantastic substitute for the Zelda experience on the App Store, and through embracing this influence fully manages to retain what makes the Nintendo adventure classics so fun to play, while also crafting its own identity and world. Despite this, one of the key selling points for the original Oceanhorn was how it took the graphical capabilities of the iPhone to the limit, and the update released today continues with this theme with a variety of additions that bring the game firmly into 2016...

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [Free] has a particularly tragic past - and I’m not talking about the game’s incredible storyline. Released in the twilight years of the DS, Ghost Trick received unanimous critical acclaim across the board, winning a wide variety of awards in 2011. However, the timing of the launch meant that Ghost Trick was not as successful commercially as it was with the critics - and even then, the game tended to live in the shadow of Shu Takumi’s more popular Phoenix Wright series. I was a massive fan of the game on its original DS launch, so it was both incredibly surprising and infinitely awesome to see Capcom port it to iOS in 2012, and I can’t recommend it more for its engrossing narrative and truly unique gameplay mechanics. Today, Ghost Trick has finally been updated with iOS 10 support, which is a fantastic excuse to replay the game if you were a fan, or try it out (the first two chapters are free) if you missed it first time around...

RPG Reload File 098 - 'Blazing Souls Accelate'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we use all of our work points searching for where to go next. Each installment, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the present day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall scheme of things, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. I try to present a balanced diet of delicious RPGs as we go along, but if you think I'm missing something important, please let me know. You can do that by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since the schedule is drawn up well in advance, you might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list...

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free] has been very popular and has made the most money of any other Star Wars game on iOS, so the frequent updates shouldn't be surprising. Now in addition to getting to play with all the Star Wars characters, you can play with all those starships and capital ships just like many did as kids. The new update has added famous ships like the Millennium Falcon, the Tie-Fighter, and the X-Wing to the game. You can even play with Ashoka's Jedi starfighter, so this update isn't only for fans of the movies. The update lets you call in reinforcements during ship battles, build your own Capital Ship, including those humongous Star Destroyers, and battle opponents in the Fleet Arena with ship blueprints on the line...

If you've enjoyed playing the visually-impressive Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade [Free] but haven't played it in a bit, now might be a good time to jump back into the seat of your huge Imperial Knight. In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the game has just received update 2.3, Chaos Gods. The new update brings along new Chaos knights, which let you get a taste of the dark gods and the evil lurking in the Warhammer 40K universe, Chaos relics, which you need to earn in order to unlock your Chaos Knight, the new Daemon event that has you battling the Bloodthirster in the depths of Ford Drakkus, and a new Dredmire Multiplayer Arena that lets you battle both Imperial and Chaos Knights. Plenty of chaos and darkness in this update...

If you ever worked in an office the last 25 years or have grandparents who owned a Windows PC, then you know Microsoft's Solitaire [Free] all too well, and now you'll be able to play this classic game on your mobile device. This game came with the Windows OS and became one of the most played games ever not because of how amazing it is but because it was always available to anyone sitting in front of a Windows PC. Don't underestimate what boredom can do to you; it can even make you play Solitaire countless times in a loop up there with any other groundhog day nightmare. Jokes aside, Microsoft's Solitaire has probably been a gateway game for many, so it deserves a spot in the hall of fame if just for that...

There's always a lot of talk regarding the educational potential of video games, and ASU professor, Karen Guerrero, has decided to use the popular Pokemon GO [Free] to improve elementary school students' geography, math, and language skills. According to Guerrero, teachers always look for a hook - a way to capture the students' attention - that makes teaching the subject matter easier. Pokemon GO is a no-brainer in that sense since it already has a huge fan base and even if a student hasn't played it already, she at least knows about it. The lesson aims to teach students map-reading skills and how to use geospatial technologies and communicate geographic information...

This week's Hearthstone [Free]Tavern Brawl couldn't be further from last week's Heroic Tavern Brawl. Instead of putting together your own deck and relying mostly on skill, this week you take Valeera's deck of spells to the brawl. The spells come from all classes, so you'll see some interesting lost opportunities for synergies, but the fun part is that every time you play a spell, it summons a random minion of the same cost. As you can imagine, this Brawl is pretty heavy in terms of RNG, but the fact that the minions aren't totally random and are, instead, of the same mana as the spell does give you a better idea of what you might get. You'll still be constantly surprised, of course. Keep in mind that spells are cast after the minion is summoned, so if you play a spell that clears the board, it will remove your own newly-summoned minion, too...

One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the whole Pokemon GO [Free] phenomenon has been the presence of Ditto within the game. Whether you know Ditto as the jolly, amorphous, transformative blob that is a favorite of many trainers, or if you prefer to use the Pokemon as an egg-creating machine, it has served as a frustrating obstacle for anyone looking to complete their Pokedex within the ultra-popular critter catching simulator. While we found reports that the elusive creature was appearing in the near future, all of a sudden players all around the globe are reporting catching relatively rudimentary Pokemon such as Rattatas and Pidgeys, just to see them transform into Ditto after catching. There's no explanation to why Ditto has suddenly appeared within Pokemon GO, but it sure is exciting news for anyone looking to get one step closer to completing their Pokedex, and an extra reason to catch some more common Pokemon that you would normally ignore...

Researchers are increasingly using video games as ways to measure people's abilities (or lack thereof), and mobile games couldn't be absent from those studies. Recently, New Scientist reported on a study that used the mobile game Sea Hero Quest [Free] to primarily test Alzheimer's disease symptoms but ended up also showing that Nordic people have the best sense of direction and the best navigational abilities in the world. Sea Hero Quest has you setting off in a boat, making several twists and turns through numerous icebergs, and then finding your way back to a starting point no longer visible. Players from 193 games navigated the icebergs of Sea Hero Quest, and the best players were from Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. These results, of course, generated all kinds of Vikings-related headlines...

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