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Sugary Logic Puzzle Game 'Puzzlepops!' Arrives May 12th, New Trailer Released

During GDC last month, I had the chance to sit down with ex-Halfbrick designer Layton Hawkes and talk about his experience striking out on his own and developing his first solo game, a logic puzzler called Puzzlepops! Despite its bright colors and candy theme, Puzzlepops! is a truly hardcore puzzle game that will test your brain to the fullest. I was really impressed with it at GDC, and I'm happy to learn that Puzzlepops! is finished and has a release set for May 12th. Check out the brand new trailer...

'Avadon 3: The Warborn' Gets a Trailer, Coming to iPad, Mac and Windows this Fall

"They don't make 'em like they used to!" is an expression that does not apply to Jeff Vogel and his development studio Spiderweb Software. He began making in-depth RPGs for desktop computers back in 1994, and has continued to do so for the past two decades while retaining the old-school visuals and gameplay of those original mid-90s titles. We're quite fond of Spiderweb's games around here, so we're stoked to hear that their latest release Avadon 3: The Warborn will be hitting the iPad alongside Windows and Mac machines later this year. Check out the brand new trailer...




I don't know if you've been playing Disney Crossy Road [Free] or not, but if you like Disney characters, you've probably managed to already have Mickey hit by a train or Simba stampeded. Now, in celebration of the new Jungle Book movie, Disney Crossy Road just got an update with a whole new world, The Jungle, and figurines like Mowgli, Baloo, and King Louie. Personally, I'm more into the big cats of Jungle Book, so I'm hoping to get Bagheera and Shere Khan. This update has added 25 new figurines, but 14 of them are super secret. And as the update hints at, "it's ruff out there, so we'll throw you a bone...or 50. Hop to a happily ever after and reunite Pluto with his sweetheart." Let's see if you can figure out those clues...

Out Now: 'War Tortoise', 'Pathfinder Adventures', 'Disney Magical Dice', 'Apestorm: Full Bananas', 'illi', 'Spellbinders', 'Outdodge', 'Taichi Panda: Heroes' and Tons More

Whatever that so-called "lull" was during the past couple of weeks while Apple filled up their feature slots with Earth Day stuff, it's definitely over now. There is TONS of new iOS games this week, with lots of high-profile stuff we've been waiting on as well as a lot of surprise games that look pretty interesting. So dig into the big ol' list below, check out what people are saying in the forum threads, and let us know in the comments which games you're interested in grabbing this week!..

Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp unleashed the latest update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free]. Along with new skins and the requisite balance changes, 1.17 also introduces the Battle Royale Public Queue, which is the next step into truly making the game a ‘mobile MOBA.’..

When I reviewed the excellent Exploding Kittens [$1.99], I talked about how it's a blast of a game that was a couple of features away from being amazing (that was the actual review title). While I take no credit for the changes, I'm glad to say the developers have just released an update addressing most of my minor complaints. Specifically, the developers have just made the game even more interactive by adding a bunch of fun emotes ranging from simple hellos to throwing tantrums (I plan to use this one too often). The emotes are accompanied by cute sound effects, and, fortunately, you can mute any of the other players. I think this will make games with friends much more fun and games with strangers even weirder (in a fun way, of course)...

Finally! After a few delays (some long, some short) and loads of anticipation on our end, Pathfinder Adventures [Free (HD)] has found the path to the App Store (and to my iPad, of course). Everyone can now stop waiting and start playing. If you don't know whether Pathfinder Adventures is your cup of adventuring tea, let me fill you in. Pathfinder Adventures is a digital card game based on the popular Pathfinder Adventure Card, which is in turn based on the very popular tabletop RPG. Pathfinder Adventures is a 1-4 players cooperative game in which players play unique characters, each with his or her own deck of carts and stats. As you play through the various Adventures, you acquire various spell cards, weapon cards, and so on, that you use to improve your character's deck. I've written a preview of an earlier build that should give you an idea of how the game looks and plays...

Clash Royale [Free] developers continue to tease upcoming changes, and after talking about changes to Legendary cards and Level caps, a recent tweet is also teasing changes to Super Magical Chest drop rate, which will be good news for everyone around. If you don't know what a Super Magical Chest is, well, it's both super and magical. Outside that, Super Magical Chests give at least 6 Epic Cards, with the number of Epics increasing as you get into higher Arenas, plenty of coins, and more. However, many players have - rightly - complained about the number of Super Magical Chests they've received while playing the game to the point where players have created either apps that track Magical chests (like the one we wrote about a month ago) or even extensive cheat sheets showing Super Magical and Magical Chest drop probabilities...

'Roll Spike: Sepak Takraw' is a Crazy Sport of Bicycle Kicks in Volleyball

There's a decent chance you've never heard of sepak takraw. I'm not very familiar with it, except one of my favorite videos by The Onion covered it, mocking American sports drama. And the sport looks absolutely absurd: like volleyball but with kicks instead of volleys with the arms. And spikes are done through absurd-looking roll spikes. It's a sport where the bicycle kick is a common move. And while I love baseball because fat people can do well at it, I think you have to be in peak physical condition to play sepak takraw, and that's just impressive. But sadly, the sport just hasn't had much exposure in America. That may be about to change, as Roll Spike is a mobile game based on sepak takraw...

Dust: An Elysian Tail [$5.99] knocked off a lot of socks around here when it released on iOS last October. Originally an Xbox 360 release, Dust made its way to iOS in style. We liked it enough to give it our Game Of The Week and a five-star review, and I personally included the game in both my Best Overall Of 2015 and the RPG Reload 2015 Golden Pancho Awards. In short, the game has fantastic production values and it plays like a dream. That said, if you weren't using a newer device with 1 GB of RAM or more, or simply couldn't get on with virtual controls at all, you couldn't join the party. Well, friends, your invite's in the mail and you can RSVP tomorrow, because Dust has a really nice update coming this Thursday...

If VR is your thing and you enjoy Minecraft too, then I've got good news for you; according to Oculus Rift CEO, John Carmack, Minecraft Gear VR just went live. If you haven't been following that side of the industry, Microsoft/Mojang and the Oculus developers decided to work together to bring the spectacularly-popular Minecraft to the VR-wearing masses. Specifically, as of today if you have a Gear VR-compatible Samsung phone (Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge, Note5, S6, and S6 Edge), you can slot your phone into a Gear VR headset and play Minecraft as never before. The most fascinating part of all this is that the Gear VR version of the game has the same features as Minecraft: Pocket Edition and has cross-platform play with both Pocket and Windows 10 editions...

To be honest, I was expecting a Whispers of the Old Gods-centered Tavern Brawl, and instead we got a repeat of Encounter at the Crossroads, the Brawl that has you pick a class, gives you a completely-random deck, and throws you into the match. I've played this Hearthstone [Free] Brawl a few times, and unfortunately it doesn't look like Blizzard tinkered with the RNG at all. So, this means you'll see fewer Whispers of the Old Gods cards than older cards since the WoG set is smaller. I was hoping for a Gods-related Brawl that would show off all the craziness those cards bring to the game, but we'll have to settle with a few WoG cards here and there in an otherwise relatively-entertaining Brawl...

Supercell has constantly been trying to balance the monster that is Clash Royale [Free], and it doesn't plan on stopping any time soon judging by the constant tinkering with all kinds of aspects of the game. In a just-released blog post, Supercell stated that it found some clear areas of improvement when it looked at max level gameplay. So, in the next update they will try and make gameplay feel consistent from the Tournament Rules all the way to the top tiers. The first change is changing the level caps for various cards, with Legendary level cap going from 6 to 5, Epic stays at 8, Rare goes from 10 to 11, Common from 12 to 13, and King from 12 to 13 as well...

How do you feel about infecting the world with hilarious diseases till there's no living soul left? Fighting against the CDC in your efforts to bring forth the apocalypse? You love it too? Great! You'll really like Plague Inc. [$0.99] latest update then, which has just gone live. We wrote about this update a few days ago, pointing out how for the first time, you'll be able to play community-created custom scenarios made by the players of the PC version of the game. Apparently, some of the scenarios are quite plausible; for instance, there's a Cult of Cthulhu one, a werewolves one, and (I'm sure) many ever weirder ones. The update also adds longer disease names as well as a Random Name Generator to make that next disease name even more funny...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Aliens vs. Pinball', 'Orbitron Arcade', 'Spellbinders' and More

While you're sitting in absolute silence in observation of International Noise Awareness Day, we're trying to drink from the fire hose of iOS game releases. We typically curate these lists from our forums and AppShopper, but in a very typical SNAFU, AppShopper has been acting a little weird this week so it's supremely possible I'm missing some games in this list which hopefully will make themselves a but more known as the day goes on...

So, take the details of this article with a pinch of salt since my Korean is on the rusty side (and there's no English translation as of the writing of this story). What we do have for sure are the first screens of the upcoming Final Fantasy XI reboot for mobile. In a conference taking place in Korea, we got an announcement that Nexon is partnering up with Square Enix to reboot the game, and it's being made in the mobile version of Unreal Engine 4, which should make it look gorgeous. Nexon is rebuilding the game from the ground up on UE 4 in order to take advantage of all the engine can offer to mobile...

Let's face it: as much goofy fun as Miitomo [Free] is, a social networking app featuring Mii characters is probably not the first thing people were hoping for when Nintendo announced they would be making games for mobile phones. Nintendo was quick to promise that their next games would feature some of their popular characters and franchises, and while many took that to mean Mario, we'll have to wait a little bit longer to see our favorite plumber on the App Store. Nintendo has announced the next two franchises to get the mobile treatment, and if you ask me, they're probably the two best-suited for the job. Today, Nintendo made it official: Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem are coming to mobile...

Super Meat Cat? Asura's 'Cat Knight Story' is a Masochistic One-Touch Platformer Looking for Beta Testers

Are you tired of waiting for the iOS version of Super Meat Boy that most likely will never see the light of day? Asura Game Studio is hoping to give you the fix that Team Meat won't with their upcoming one-touch precision platformer Cat Knight Story. Yes, it's a game about a cat, which gives it bonus points in my mind. However, it also looks like the kind of masochistic platforming that I enjoy. You can see the pretty clear Super Meat Boy influences in this first trailer for Cat Knight Story...

Live Out Your Dreams of Being a Circus Performer in 'CarneyVale: Showtime', Launching May 5th

Who hasn't thought about running away and joining the carnival at some point in their life? Living that nomadic lifestyle as you travel from city to city, manning one of the game booths or perhaps even performing using one of your crazy talents. Sign me up! But making a massive life-altering decision like that isn't easy, so if you'd like to live out those fantasies but from the comfort of your iOS device then CarneyVale: Showtime might just be for you. Check out the trailer...

After a closed beta test and soft launch, Snail Games has globally-launched their action-RPG sequel Taichi Panda: Heroes [Free] on to the App Store and Google Play. This time around, you'll be commanding a team of heroes, including the eponymous fighting panda, into battle, where you can swap between the characters as necessary. Snail's 3D engine provides some gorgeous visuals and fluid action, as evident in the trailer for the game: ..

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