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TEKKEN Card Tournament [Free] was Bandai Namco's attempt to rethink the TEKKEN fighting games by turning the action fighting games into a card fighting game. Although not too many people talk about the game currently, it actually has great reviews on the App Store, so Bandai Namco's attempt was apparently well-executed. By making the game F2P with IAPs, Bandai Namco was probably hoping that TEKKEN Card Tournament would benefit from the popularity of its sister fighting game and become a strong source of revenue. Alas, as a VentureBeat article points out, that was not to be. TEKKEN Card Tournament, which went live in 2013, has broken into the 1000 highest-grossing iPhone apps only in eight countries, none of them countries with big spenders. Therefore, Bandai Namco decided to reach over into the physical world to summon some help for its card battler...

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK's independent regulator for advertising across all media, has recently taken an interesting stance on some F2P tactics when it ruled that the way some F2P games directly pressure children to make in-game purchases is wrong. While the actual ruling is specifically against Bin Weevils and Moshi Monsters, which are primarily browser games but with plenty of mobile offshoots, the ASA ruling refers to IAPs in general. For ASA, the first issue with these games was how they hid certain additional benefits behind a paid-membership system. Players were constantly pushed towards membership-only benefits and were put in situations where when they lost in a minigame with limited attempts, they were prompted to buy more "lives" by becoming a member...




Both 'Minecraft: Story Mode' and 0.12 Update For 'Minecraft: Pocket Edition' Drawing Closer To Release

It looks like a good Minecraft news week all around. First, we got the tweet below from Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] developer Tommaso Checchi, who pretty much called the Beta season for update 0.12 over. If you haven't been following MCPE's development, every new update usually goes through weeks-long beta testing on the Android side of things before popping up on the App Store once finished. Once the beta testing is over, it usually takes very little time for the update to appear on the App Store, so hopefully we should be getting the 0.12 update on iOS soon. If you don't know anything about the 0.12 update, MCPE is about to get a huge overhaul as it's gradually brought to parity with the PC version...

Last week saw the much-anticipated release of Square Enix's ultra-hit RPG Final Fantasy 7 [$15.99], but the nature of the port is causing some mixed feelings among fans. If you're one of those players feeling a little disappointed in that particular release, let me salve your wounds with some nice, soothing RPG balm. Square Enix's fantastic port of the superb Dragon Quest 5 [$9.99] has gone on sale for the first time ever, down from its usual "very-much-worth-it" price of $14.99 to a "how-can-you-not-buy-it" price of $9.99...

Out Now: 'Lara Croft GO', 'Ski Safari 2', 'Breakneck', 'Sage Solitaire', 'Swipey Rogue', 'Calvino Noir', 'Sketch Breaker', 'Gasoliq' and More

After such an epic week of new games last week, it's nice to see that things are continuing to roll strong this week. The original Ski Safari is one of my all-time favorite games, so I was excited to hear the announcement of a sequel and even more excited that the release was so soon after that announcement. Ski Safari 2 is out tonight, and it looks killer. Also, Lara Croft GO looks to do to the Tomb Raider franchise what Hitman GO did with Hitman, which I'm very stoked about. PikPok's fancy-looking futuristic racer Breakneck is out of soft-launch, Zach Gage's thoughtful Sage Solitaire is out, along with the dungeon-crawling puzzler Swipey Rogue, the stylish adventure Calvino Noir… just so many great releases. We are truly blessed as mobile gamers, so check out the list below and let us know what you're picking up!..

Fans have been waiting for a while for the 2.0 update for Geometry Dash [$1.99] to hit the App Store. Well, I hope your well-trained fingers aren't too tired to jam on that update button, because Geometry Dash 2.0 is now live and ready to go. As you might expect from the bump in version number, this is a pretty big update that includes quite a bit of new content for RobTop Games' hit ultra-hard action-platformer...

Ever since its inception, game publishers have fought tooth and nail each week to win the ultimate prize: the coveted Update Mondays Most Spider-Mans Of The Week award. It's a prestigious award, and it looks like two of Marvel's very own are soon going to be locked in a battle to bathe in its youth-imbuing properties. Marvel is having a little event right now in their comic books called Secret Wars. No, not the one where Spidey got his symbiote suit, with the easy-to-break Doc Ock toy. No, not the one with the omnipotent being wearing a white leisure suit and Hasslehoff hair. No, not even that one where everyone wore the weird stealth costumes and took orders from Nick Fury for whatever reason. The new one! The one that is going to leave the Marvel Universe with a fresh, streamlined continuity, a play that succeeds literally every time a comic company tries it! It's such a big event, it's naturally going to be spilling into the various Marvel games, and the first ones to be hit with the content will be Marvel Future Fight [Free] and Spider-Man Unlimited [Free]...

This Week's 'Hearthstone' Tavern Brawl is Another Rerun

August 26th, 2015 6:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Normally I'd be like "Eh, another Tavern Brawl rerun in Hearthstone [Free], that sucks." However, considering this is the week of The Grand Tournament's release, I think everyone is busy doing other things... Namely, figuring out where all these new cards are going to live inside of the future metagame. I'm having a ton of fun playing a bunch of different crazy decks. If you're waiting for all this craziness to die down before you hop back into the ranked ladder and are looking for something to do, this week's Tavern Brawl is "Encounter at the Crossroads" all random decks...

It sure would be awesome if we'd see some kind of massive battery technology breakthrough, but until then, we're stuck with what we've got. I tend to play games that require longer play sessions on my iPad, exclusively because I need the battery in my iPhone for, well, all the non-gaming things my iPhone does. It sucks getting lost in a real awesome 3D game on your iPhone only to close the app and see you're on the verge of getting the dreaded 20% battery remaining popup any second now...

'Hecticube' is Like Reverse Pong with Bullets, Releasing Next Month

Graham Reid has announced a release date and revealed a new trailler for his upcoming game Hecticube. This is a one-or-two player game with same device multiplayer that can be best described as reverse Pong meets Dual [Free] – perhaps ignoring that Dual recently got a Pong-inspired mode. But the core here is that you're trying not to have your paddle hit the ball bouncing around the levels. If it hits you three times, it's game over. Thankfully you have the ability to shoot a bunch of shots; you can fire two different shots at a time, with the ability to fire one big shot by tapping-and-holding...

Clickers and Tacos Together at Last as 'Mucho Taco' Arrives September 10th

This past Cinco de Mayo, Noodlecake Games and developer One Simple Idea thought it would be apropos to announce their upcoming game Mucho Taco, a game that blends the tried and true clicker gameplay with the universe's greatest ever food. Technically, "clicker" might not be the right descriptor, as Mucho Taco uses a swiping gesture to simulate making tacos. Idle swiper? Is that a thing? Besides actually making the tacos themselves, you'll also be growing and managing your Mexican restaurant empire by opening and upgrading new restaurants that will passively collect tacos for you. So many tacos. Here's a trailer detailing all this Mucho Taco goodness...

As you might know, Shenandoah Studio, one of the premier strategy game developers on mobile, had gone silent after being acquired by Slitherine, surfacing only briefly last April. Now, we finally have concrete info about the company's plans. Battle of the Bulge [$9.99], Shenandoah's first game and easily one of the best strategy games on mobile, will relaunch on September 17th on PC, iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The game's engine has been ported to a different technology to allow multi-platform support, and a cross-platform multiplayer system has been added along with Slitherine's new tournaments system launched last month. The game also features a re-designed AI for both Axis and Allies sides, one of the very few criticisms some had about Battle of the Bulge, and a new PC-like save feature that offers more slots per battle, a welcome change since the original game had one save slot only...

Lots of drama with developer Machine Zone recently, and this last one is an interesting one. Machine Zone is the developer of Game of War: Fire Age [Free], currently the Top Grossing Game on the App Store. So, the company isn't poor. According to a story in The Verge, a Machine Zone employee was intercepted by FBI agents as he was boarding a plane to Beijing for allegedly stealing trade secrets from the company. Apparently, the employee was unhappy with his position in Machine Zone and decided to download data to use as a bargaining chip in an attempt to get more money. What makes the story interesting is the type of data this employee stole, data that was so important that FBI got involved; it wasn't anything to do with the game's code or the company's structure, but, rather, information about player behavior, including how users spend money in the game. The breach didn't include any credit card information or the like, simply information about players' in-game habits and behavior...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Ski Safari 2', 'Sketch Breaker', and Tons More

Now, before I hear anyone calling this a weak week, remember last week was an insane week for new iOS games. The App Store can't knock it out of the park every week, but there's still some real awesome stuff in the mix here including a sequel to Ski Safari and Sketch Breaker looks real fun. While we've yet to see it pop up on any international App Store yet, Lara Croft Go is also allegedly making an appearance at some point tonight and those three games alone make this Wednesday night release cycle worth staying up for... But wait, there's more, a whole bunch more, in fact...

Betway, one of the leading global online gaming companies, has decided to dip its toes into eSports by launching a dedicated betting portal for games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, DOTA 2, Starcraft 2, and more. You can bet on events such as League of Legends' World Regional Qualifiers, CS:GO's 99 Damage Tournament, Heroes of the Storm's Enter the Storm Tournament, and so on. What is even more interesting than just betting on specific eSports events is that Betway offers bets on whether various video games will be part of the Winter Olympics 2030. Currently, Hearthstone [Free]is 99/1, DOTA 2 is 79/1, and CS:GO is 49/1. As the Eurogamer.net article explains, Betway's Alan Alger explained that Hearthstone has well over 30 million players and is a growing eSports force. Many Winter Olympic sports don't have a tenth of Hearthstone's participation figures, Alger noted...

It's just about time for the official release of a new version of iOS, and long-time mobile fans know what that means: a bunch of games are going to stop working. While most developers and publishers are pretty good about updating their big releases, it's inevitable for swaths of games to get pulled after an iOS update causes them to stop working, never to be seen again. If we're lucky, the publishers let us know ahead of time what's going to get pulled, so that we can make our peace with the fact that they're still in our backlogged piles, waiting to be played. Well, the first big pull announcement is here, and it belongs to none other than Konami, who made (and apologized for) statements recently about putting greater support behind mobile...

Winnipeg gets a lot of snow, London gets a lot of fog, Seattle gets a lot of rain, and iOS gets a lot of Warhammer games. It's just the way things go, friends. Though it can be hard to keep track of all of the games, it's actually pretty interesting seeing the license applied to so many different genres. Games Workshop isn't afraid to try out new things with their main property, evidenced by their own output in the physical gaming sphere. One such venture happened a few years ago, when they released their Path To Victory series of gamebooks. They were suitably complex relative to many other gamebooks, and from what I can gather, they weren't exactly a smashing financial success. Well, of course, right? The main gamebook audience isn't doing the whole dead tree thing anymore, instead favoring electronic versions on their mobile devices. A big part of that shift is almost certainly due to the excellent work done in the genre by Tin Man Games...

While paid games are certainly not the way to make money on mobile, there's still hope for deelopers looking to, you know, sell a game up front. The developers of Prune [$3.99] have reported that they've sold over 100,000 copies since release – and at $3.99 per copy (before Apple's 30% cut), that's a great performance for a small indie team of two people that worked on the game. Certainly, it's a positive sign for paid games...

'EA Sports UFC' Mobile Adds...Bruce Lee?!

August 25th, 2015 5:58 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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EA Sports' UFC Mobile [Free] not long ago added Ronda Rousey to its app icon as the new face of the game after previous cover athlete Jon "Bones" Jones was allegedly involved in a felony hit and run. Now, the game has added another famous face to feature in the game, albeit not someone known for their excursions in the octagon, but as a martial arts expert: Bruce Lee...

Disclosure Notice: Since this is a story about mobile game streaming, it seems relevant to include some details about Carter. First off, the dude loves salty foods. Like, to the point that it's kind of weird and vaguely concerning. I'm not entirely sure what kind of health problems consuming too much salt cause, but, it's one of those things you always read about and, well, I don't want my buddy to die. As is, he basically sweats salt and just has this generally salty aura about him at all times. Now, I know sweat naturally has some kind of salt content due to your natural body chemistry, but this is something else. You'll just have to take my word for it. With those highly relevant disclosures out of the way, proceed with caution reading this article written by the notorious Carter Dotson on mobile game streaming:..

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