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Journey To Un'Goro Best Decks, Reactions, Rogue Quest, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #92

Hello everyone and welcome to the first post-Un'Goro Touchstone Tavern. I hope you've been enjoying the new expansion and the gods of luck and good fortune have blessed your pack opening rituals. My luck wasn't the best, but that was to be expected if I'm honest. Hearthstone [Free] has officially entered a new era now that we are in the second Standard rotation, and it remains to be seen what kind of meta we'll end up with once the dust settles down. So far, players seem to be happy with the variety of decks being played, and I hope this continues even after the meta crystallizes. As you'd expect, this week we're focusing on the new expansion since there's so much to talk about. And without further ado, let's jump into the Un'Goro crater...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Pocket Mortys', 'Crossy Road', 'Hearthstone', '868-HACK', 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. Confession time: I wrote this yesterday due to some pressing business, so it might be missing anything exciting that hit in the last 24 hours. Hopefully that doesn't include anything too big! 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!..




Despite releasing in the hectic summer months just after the cacophony of noise which is E3, Hyperburner [$2.99] captivated the minds and imaginations of many in our community when it launched in June of last year. Its concept wasn't particularly groundbreaking - like many flight simulator titles that came before it, you're tasked with manoeuvring a futuristic jet through numerous nefarious structures and obstacles at breakneck speeds. However, the execution of Hyperburner was outstanding, with a beautiful cel-shaded graphical style, extremely responsive controls, and an exhilarating sense of speed that was aided by a silky smooth framerate. Such qualities were reflected in our exultant four-and-a-half star review, and today Hyperburner has mysteriously gone on sale for the bargain price of absolutely free, with no in-app purchases in sight...

If you're a Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] player, I've got some fantastic news for you today. As you know, the next Minecraft PE update is called the Discovery Update, and part of that update is a completely new feature coming to the came called the Minecraft Marketplace, and I'm personally very excited about it. The Minecraft Marketplace is going to be a huge new addition to the in-game Store and is going to give you the opportunity to purchase and download tons of very cool community creations. And we're not talking about just more skins here; as you can see from the screenshot below, the Minecraft Marketplace will offer whole adventure maps and mini maps you can download as well as texture packs. For instance, Relics of the Privateers will give you a pirate map in which you'll have to battle invading pirates and will even include new mobs...

You might not be bumping into as many Pokemon GO [Free] players as you did during the game's heyday, but despite what many think, the game is still not just alive but doing very well. According to the developer's latest blog post, the game currently has over 65 million people worldwide playing the game each month, which is a pretty crazy number considering that most of the Northern Hemisphere is still in winter slumber mode. The blog also hints at new cooperative social gameplay experiences coming to the game to coincide with spring springing. These experiences will give Trainers "new and exciting reasons to get back into the sunshine."..

I don't think any one of you will be surprised to hear that there's a movie tie-in mobile game for Smurfs: The Lost Village. The game is called Smurfs Bubble Story  [Free] and is, as you can guess, a bubble popping game. As is the case with pretty much all bubble popping/matching games ever, you try and strategically match bubbles that then pop. When they do so, you get rewards and you can create your own collection of famous smurfs. You get to collect Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy, and all the other Smurfs you grew up with (if you have). There are also boss battles, with the infamous Gargamel waiting to, well, burst your bubble...

Why, hello there, friends. I was just waiting here in this comfy chair posing for no reason at all when you decided to join me by clicking that link. Since you're here, allow me to ask you a few questions. Do you like adventure? If so, do you define 'adventure' as playing a really sweet first person role-playing game? And provided you're still with me, do you prefer that brand of adventure to be in HIGH DEFINITION? If you are nodding your head vigorously right now, I have a couple of things to tell you. First, don't nod at words on a screen. I can't see you right now. But the people around you can, and they probably think you're a little off. Sorry if that was a little harsh, but the second thing I have to say might make it up to you. Both The Quest HD [$7.99] and its expansion Islands of Ice and Fire HD [$3.99]are on sale right now for their lowest prices ever...

I'm not too sure what it is about Thumb Drift [Free], but it tends to be one of the surefire titles I will gravitate to when I have minutes to kill on the tube, or while I'm waiting for a bus. Its accessibility combined with its subtle challenge and the compulsive need to keep on improving on high scores means it's the perfect title for short bursts, and despite numerous attempts nothing new has satiated that arcade drifting itch since the game first launched early last year. However Pixel Drifters [Free] - which has today launched for free on the App Store - is looking like a strong contender for Thumb Drift's lofty throne. An interesting pseudo-open world approach combined with beautiful pixel graphics and a hilarious sense of humor means Appsolute Games could be onto a winner here, which has only been supported by some excellent initial feedback on our forum thread...

Despite being inundated with mountains of work over the past few weeks, I've somehow managed to fit in time for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo Switch, and like basically everyone else on the internet I'm in love with the game in almost every aspect. That being said, one factor from previous Zelda titles is missing, and even being able to climb and fly off everything does not make up for its absence. You guessed it - with no hookshot in the game, I'm unable to make Link defy the laws of physics and rocket in random directions. Thankfully, Legend of the Skyfish [$3.99] takes the polar opposite approach and entirely consists of hookshot (okay, fishing rod) action, and when the game launched back in August of last year, Carter bestowed the game with an extremely positive review because of its interesting puzzles, excellent art style, and the aforementioned brilliant core mechanic. If you flew past Legend of the Skyfish at its initial release, the game is on sale for only $0.99, which is certainly a price to grapple onto for some entertaining puzzle action...

'Ace Racing Turbo' Brings Breakneck Speeds and Titanic Tracks to the App Store, and Is Looking for Beta Testers

While titles such as Real Racing 3 [Free] and Rush Rally 2 [$1.99] have driven to the front of the pack when it comes to realism and immersion in the mobile racing genre, I've always had a soft spot for games that abandon this ethos and dial the ridiculousness up to 11. Whether that's causing a 20 car collision on Burnout, or simply flying around with reckless abandon in Jet Car Stunts 2 [Free], racing titles that lay off the brake and go for pure thrills resonate with me greatly. Hence why the upcoming Ace Racing Turbo has caught my eye - with monumental extensive racing tracks and an abundance of turbo to propel your cars around them, this latest driving title drops the simulator label for pure chaos, and the developers are currently looking for beta testers if such action piques your interest...

Classic Reload - 'The Room'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the regular feature where we just want to know what's in the box. In this column, we take a look at classic games from the App Store's past to see how they hold up in the light of the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, to reflect on their position in the overall iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to pick a balanced plate of games from month to month, but if there's something you'd really like to see, don't be shy! Simply comment below and I'll add your suggestion to the master list for future consideration...

Asmodee Digital continues to release great digital versions of board games and card games, and the just-released Onirim [$0.99] looks to be another fun one. In Onirim, whose name comes from the Greek word for dream, you play as a Dreamwalker lost in a mysterious labyrinth that has eight hidden card doors. Since they are hidden, you'll have to find and reveal all eight of them, either by drawing and playing cards or by using a key card. You won't be without opposition, though, because the deck also contains nightmare cards that will force you to discard your cards...

We've talked in the past about how successful Ellen DeGeneres' mobile games have been, especially Heads Up!, which is still hovering in the top 10 paid apps even after all this time. Today, Ellen has launched another mobile game called Hot Hands [Free], also based on a game she has her guests play on her show. Hot Hands is very simple but also quite frantic. Players get to see the photo of a celebrity and have to quickly shout his or her name and press the big red button (because every game is made better by a big red button). You get 3 seconds to name the celebrity and 30 seconds to name as many celebrities as you can. There are plenty of categories like TV Stars, Award Winners, Musicians, Millennials, and so on...

Mobile has perhaps been lacking the great Spelunky-like game that could at least imitate one of the best indie games of all time while being something you can play on the toilet while at work. Orangepixel steps up to the plate with Meganoid 2017 [$4.99], the nebulously-named reboot/sequel to one of the solo developer's earliest works. Where the original Meganoid games, both Meganoid 1 [$1.99] and Meganoid 2 [$1.99], were more challenge platformers, Meganoid 2017 is a procedurally-generated platform that takes a lot of cues from Spelunky. Exploring the Meganoid spaceship, you have nothing but your platforming wits, some explosive charges, and whatever you find as you venture further into the spaceship, taking on a different layout when you die, and you will die a lot. Spelunky 2017 had a rather rapid development time, and while it gets the core gist of the Spelunky formula right, and does some rather cool things, the game suffers from its short development time, leading to a lack of variation in level designs. Also, the game just doesn't have the tight platformer feel necessary for what the demanding difficulty requires to give the player a good shot at succeeding...

I guess it's a mobile fighting game kind of day, as not only did we post about the Skullgirls soft launch but another similar game has now exited its own soft launch period and is now available worldwide. That game is Kabam's Transformers: Forged to Fight [Free], and if you've played their previous Marvel: Contest of Champions [Free] then you should have a pretty good idea of what you're in store for. Not that this is just a straight reskin mind you, as Forged to Fight actually has a few significant tweaks to the formula that worked so well in Contest of Champions. The most major changes include the ability to launch projectile weapons, a staple of fighting games for decades, as well as the ability to sidestep your opponent's attacks, essentially adding a third dimensional element to the mostly two diminsional side-view fighting. ..

If you're a golf fan, then you know all about the Masters, the first of the golf majors of the year currently underway at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Super Stickman Golf 3 [Free], easily the most entertaining golf game on the App Store, albeit not exactly the most accurate, is celebrating the Masters with a new update that adds 3 new downloadable courses, including the very challenging Masters Corner. These new courses should get you in the mood for the Masters while also demonstrating how much more fun golf would be to watch if gravity and the laws of physics weren't around...

We love Love you to Bits [$3.99] to bits (sorry), so we are quite glad to see more content come to the game but, sadly, it's also content that concludes the game's story. According to the developers, the update brings us the ending of the story between Kosmo and Nova, and you'll get to find out whether Nova will wake up once for all. Specifically, the update brings new levels—A Mall of Zombies, The Last Piece, and Ending—along with new achievements. And, as it usually the case, the update also fixes some minor level and achievement bugs...

One of my all-time favorite platformers on iOS is Bloo Kid 2 [Free] from Winterworks, and I've even gone as far as saying I think it could be the "Mario" of mobile games. Shaun enjoyed it a lot in his review and I even picked it as one of my personal best games of 2014. It's that good! But that 2 behind its name means that it's a sequel, and indeed that fantastic traditional side-scrolling platformer spawned from the more modest single-screen platformer Bloo Kid [$1.99 / Free] which launched back in 2011. I'm more of a traditional platformer guy but do enjoy the occasional single-screen platformer, and the original Bloo Kid is a good one and contains a whopping 84 levels to enjoy. With the 32-bit apocalypse coming, Winterworks has decided to update the original Bloo Kid to be 64-bit compatible, and while they're at it they'll be adding in another 12 new levels just for fun, bringing the total to 96...

If you were playing Hearthstone [Free] back in the summer of 2015, then you probably already know how The Masked Ball Tavern Brawl plays out. If you haven't played this brawl in the past, get ready for an RNG-fest because every time a minion dies, another one pops in its place with a mana cost of two less than the original minion. Think of it as a Deathrattle "summon minion that costs two less." Even though there's plenty of RNG when it comes to what minions you get, you still get to make your own deck, so there's some control over what cost minions you'll be getting when your minions die...

'Ellie & Max' Review - Some Doggone Perspective

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April 5th, 2017 10:23 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $1.99, 4 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews
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I don't know what it is about a companion gimmick that makes me so invested. I mean most of the time you're usually controlling both as a single entity, so it's not like you have much attachment to either side of the equation directly, but the concept of going into something with a partner is inherently less stressful. Take something like Banjo Kazooie (or the more recent Yooka-Laylee), as you're generally controlling the former, and the latter merely acts as a power-up -- just the notion that you're not alone is enough to bring a smile to my face. Ellie & Max [$1.99] isn't quite as iconic of a pairing as the aforementioned mascots, but I got somewhat attached by the time I reached the final curtain call...

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