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A few days ago, we wrote that World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] was getting ready to expand its tank collection, and today's 3.6 update has done just that. The new update brings to the game a new French tech tree line that adds plenty of entertaining tanks, including ones with autoloaders. We are finally getting the AMX 50 120 and AMX 50B tanks, which are very fun to play with. The update also adds a new feature called Vehicle Enrichment, which will increase tech tree vehicles' Credit earning for a faster grind, hopefully. 3.6 also adds a Gift Store, which will allow you to buy and send Gold or Premium vehicles to friends or Clanmates...

Plants vs Zombies Heroes [Free], the CCG take on the famous franchise, ended up being much more fun than I thought it would be, so I'm glad to see the game continue to add content and new ideas. The latest addition, which came in a patch today, introduces Strategy Decks, pre-built deck blueprints for each of the game's heroes. Every hero now has three different Strategy Decks available, each with its own theme, that will be great help for those just learning how to play a CCG or experienced players who don't know yet what each hero's strengths and weaknesses are...




The latest Pokemon GO [Free] update with a whole new cast of critters to collect launched last week, and it's been great to see so many people venture outside - in the bracing cold Winter weather, no less - to try and discover and catch fan favorites from Tototile to Tyranitar. However, if you planned to catch 'em all without having to venture further from your local neighbourhood, you may unfortunately be out of luck. Similarly to the initial 151 set of creatures, some of the Pokemon within the game are exclusive to select regions, and it appears that Ash's Bug/Fighting stalwart Heracross, as well as the strange coral-like creature Corsola are only obtainable in certain locations and regions around the world...

Developer of 'Krashlander' Working on Minimalist Skiing Game 'Just Ski' Inspired by 'Desert Golfing'

Jeff Weber, aka Farseer Games, released a really cool skiing game called Krashlander [$1.99] right about this time way back in 2013. Krashlander featured a really nice physics engine and control mechanics that were tough to wrap your head around at first but extremely satisfying once your skills in the game improved. All this was wrapped up in a striking silhouetted style. As mentioned, it's been a pretty long time since Krashlander released, but Weber has skiing on the brain once again. As explained on his blog, Weber hit a point during the development of another game he's been working on called Diver where he wasn't sure what direction things should be going. He eventually figured it out, but during that lull the idea for a new minimalist skiing game called Just Ski came to the forefront. ..

Tin Man Games, possibly the most prolific purveyor of interactive fiction on mobile, has just released their most ambitious title yet. The Warlock of Firetop Mountain [$4.99] is an adaptation of the famous gamebook by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone (legends of gamebooks and interactive fiction) that comes to life as a 3D representation of a tabletop game. As such, while there's still a bunch of reading of events and lore to pick up on, the game winds up being an interesting affair as it's also very much a strategy game, as you have to engage in grid-based combat, using your movement and abilities skillfully to dodge attacks, hit moving enemies, and to engage in clashes that you are likely to win...

'Mushroom 11' Finally Releases on Mobile on March 9th

A game I've been waiting to hit mobile for a long time now is Mushroom 11. From when I played it back at PAX West in 2015, the game felt like it would be a perfect fit for touchscreens. But hey, there are good reasons ($$$) to release games on other platforms first for small developers in particular, so hey, such is life. But our long wait is soon over, after a glimpse at the mobile version last September: Mushroom 11 is set to release on iOS on March 9th...

The Cool-Looking 'Metal Shooter' Is Looking for Testers in Our Forums

Sometimes a trailer is worth a thousand words, and the trailer for the upcoming Metal Shooter is definitely worth that. This shmup game feels like an update of classic games like Contra, and you can now join the beta in our forums to help make it even better. As you can see from the trailer, the game has some fun platforming ideas that go beyond just shooting and jumping non-stop, and the animations look pretty cool too. Add to that crazy weapons - see those twirling bullets? - and we might have ourselves a winner...

Play as a Cat Named Bam in 'Towards the Pantheon', a Neat Looking Upcoming RPG

Let me just say right off the bat that if you're making an RPG where I get to play as a cat named Bam, you've immediately caught my interest. Such is the case with Towards the Pantheon, an upcoming RPG from Connor O.R.T. Linning that's currently vying for approval on Steam Greenlight but has aspirations to make its way to mobile too. There's a lot about Towards the Pantheon that's par for the course in most RPGs, but there are many things Linning is hoping to do that set it apart from the pack. Much of this is discussed in the trailer for Towards the Pantheon which you can see below...

'Match Land' is The Next Game From Developers of 'Swap Heroes' and 'Wedding Escape'

Chris Savory has partnered up with Rafael Lima, developer of Wedding Escape [Free], to make Match Land. The fourth game from the developer of Swap Heroes [$0.99], Match Land is designed as a hybrid between turn-based and real-time match-3 RPG games. When you make a match, you then have a timer that starts counting down, and whatever matches you can make in that time frame will activate in your combat turn...

Usually, I like to have a good idea of what an upcoming game will be all about before writing about it, but when the developer is Grumpyface, I have to make an exception. Grumpyface is the developer behind Teeny Titans, Attack the Light: Steven Universe RPG, Castle Doombad, and more, so it has quite the pedigree. Recently, the developers said that they aren't working on any updates on their existing games currently because they are very busy developing a "BIG new game," which will be revealed early next month...

'Art of Destruction' is the Flashy New Physics Puzzler from the Creator of 'Zenge'

Just shy of a year ago developer Mike Pawlowski, aka Hamster On Coke Games, released a tangram-style puzzler called Zenge [$0.99] to the App Store. It put a twist on the typical formula of putting various slabs together to form a whole shape by having those slabs on set tracks which forced you to think about the order and orientation you needed to place the pieces in. Once you pieced the puzzles together they created these gorgeous illustrations which painted a cohesive story, which is kind of rare for a puzzle game. We liked Zenge a lot in our review, and now Pawlowski is back at it again with a new game that takes a sort of similar approach to its design. The game is called Art Of Destruction, and it's one of those physics puzzlers where you're tasked with using various mechanics to knock down a set of blocks. Kind of a 3D Angry Birds if you will. The difference here is that, similar to Zenge, Art Of Destruction wants you to enjoy your surroundings in addition to just solving the puzzle. In this case, the puzzles explode in a spectacular display of voxels and neat lighting effects, which is as good a reward as any for solving a puzzle if you ask me. Check it out...

Wadjet Eye Game's 'Shardlight' Coming to Mobile March 8th

Wadjet Eye has been giving us some of the best "old-style" adventure games for some time now, and soon we are getting another great on on mobile. Shardlight is an apocalyptic adventure where you play as Amy Wellard, one of the many citizens dying from the Green Lung disease. And even though everyone has pretty much given up on life, Amy still hopes she can find a cure for this plague and save both herself and her city...

The gaming world was abuzz recently with the news that Steam would be killing its controversial Greenlight program in favor of Steam Direct, where developers would pay a one-time fee to just get their app on Greenlight. But that fee has been discussed as being up for debate – and it could be as high as $5,000. This is horrifying to me, as it has the potential to scare away a lot of developers who have more talent than resources. And crazily, I've seen people say that they want a similar system on the App Store to help with the problems that come with shovelware plaguing the stores. But I don't think shovelware is quite the crisis other people say that it is, and I fear any move to curtail it by making it harder to access stores will have negative consequences. Plus, I think there's a moral objection to the idea of being an even stricter gatekeeper. ..

Hands-on with NimbleBit's 'Bit City' - Building a Town One Click at Time

Recently, the developers over at NimbleBit allowed folks to check out a Release Candidate version of their newest game, Bit City. I was afforded the opportunity to download a copy of the near finished title, scheduled for release next month, and see what exactly the house behind freemium hits like Tiny Tower, Pocket Trains and Capitals (among many others) has been working on. Suffice to say, like many of its previous titles, I have no doubt that Bit City has the formula necessary to capture the attention of a wide variety of gamers with a basic, yet enjoyable freemium experience...

New 'Transformers: Forged to Fight' Trailer Unveiled at New York Toy Fair, Coming this Spring

Back in early December, Kabam and Hasbro announced a new mobile fighting game starring everyones' favorite transforming robots called Transformers: Forged to Fight. Being from Kabam, makers of the overwhelmingly successful mobile fighter Marvel Contest of Champions [Free], most people figured this would be a Transformers re-skin of that existing game. Well, that's largely true, but as pointed out in an interview with one of the game's creative directors later that month Transformers: Forged to Fight has a few new tricks up its sleeve for fans of Kabam's Marvel-branded brawler. The two most significant changes are the introduction of ranged attacks and the ability to side-step attacks by swiping up or down and moving towards the foreground or background. This means fights are technically taking place in a 3D space but are still largely fought on 2D planes like normal. Anyway, at the New York Toy Fair over the weekend, Hasbro and Kabam released a new trailer for Forged to Fight, and it's looking really great...

First 'Alto's Odyssey' Trailer Looks Lovely, Game to Release Summer 2017

For the vast majority of mobile gamers, Ryan Cash's - of Built by Snowman - Alto's Adventure [$4.99] needs no introduction. The endless runner has left its mark on the platform, so it's not surprising that everyone is waiting to learn more about its sequel, Alto's Odyssey. Today, we got to see the first teaser trailer for the upcoming game and got a release date of Summer 2017, and while it's hard to tease out too much info about the game, it clearly shows that Alto's Odyssey will once more nail the serenity and moodiness that made Alto's Adventure such a hit. We also get to see a close-up of a balloon, which should mean that they'll have some kind of a role in Alto's Odyssey. What role will that be remains to be seen. Any guesses as to what the balloons' purpose might be?..

Earlier this month, OK Golf [$2.99] from suitably named developers Okidokico Entertainment launched on the App Store to much aplomb, being featured heavily by Apple and impressing both those with a casual experience of the sport and golfing veterans with its stunning aesthetic design and simplistic touch-centric controls. Despite the game's ingenuity, Carter stated in our review that occasionally OK Golf deviated too much from the tried and true golfing formula, and quite a few minor annoyances somewhat sullied what was an otherwise ambitious effort from the developers in standing out amongst the genre-defining efforts of Super Stickman Golf 3 [Free] and others. Thankfully, the developers have taken aboard much of the criticism from the game's launch, and have submitted an update for OK Golf that should attempt to fix many of the smaller issues that some have had with the game, in the lead up to a more substantial content update next month...

Year of the Mammoth, Free Dust, Ladder Changes, Pros' Views, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #85

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, Toucharcade's weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, and what a week we've just had. Blizzard finally revealed the Year of the Mammoth, which is what the next Standard rotation will be called, and all the changes we're getting. We are getting cards moved from Standard to Wild, expansions getting a slight overhaul, Ladder changes, nerfs, and more. This is one of those weeks that will go down in Hearthstone history as the start of the game changing hopefully for the better. Most players seem happy with the announced changes, and it's proof once more that the developers are listening to players' complaints, even if they take their time with the changes...

'Downwell'-Inspired Retro Platformer 'Tower Fortress' to Launch March 15th on the App Store

All the way back in August 2016, we caught the first glimpse of developer Keybol's Tower Fortress. While the arcade platforming action wore its influences such as Metroid and Downwell [$2.99] on its sleeve, the stunning pixel art graphics from the creator of PC hit Dungeon Souls, as well as an ambitious amount of content and customisable options, Tower Fortress offered a lot of potential to live up to the illustrious critical acclaim of the titles it was inspired by. After many months of fervent anticipation, Keybol has finally announced that Tower Fortress is set to launch on the App Store next month on March 15th, and has released a slick launch trailer that demonstrates the game's frenetic and feverish action in great detail...

Update Mondays: 'Pokemon Go', 'Galaga Wars', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Ninja Fishing', 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 feeling like Mr. Crabby Tree today, and that's partly because there aren't very many updates for me to show you. I think I've got some good ones, but I'll leave that for you to decide. 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!..

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