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Real Madrid and Ronaldo Getting New Soccer Game

If you're a Real Madrid fan, a Cristiano Ronaldo fan, or just like football (soccer for some of you) games, keep an eye out for the upcoming football game under development by Hugo Games. The game will of course feature all Real Madrid players and the Santiago Bernabeu stadium (as well as other stadiums). According to the announcement, the fame will focus on the same fast-paced action that Real Madrid is known for (which is debatable because they've been known to also play pretty slow during some recent seasons). It appears that the game will focus on multiplayer with a wide-range of ways to take on other players in real-time PvP...

We've been hearing rumors of more Pokemon and more Pokemon GO [Free] features coming our way, so add the following story to that list. Apparently, Starbucks employees have spotted a new Pokemon GO promo that points to new Pokemon coming as well as some other promotions. According to the rumor, beginning December 8th almost all Starbucks locations in the US will become Pokestops or Gyms, and we don't know whether this change will be permanent or temporary. While the leaked document doesn't mention new Pokemon, it does seem probable that such a promotion will coincide with the much-awaited influx of the next 100 Pokemon...




Happymagenta are one of my favorite mobile developers, as their relatively simple experiences are always incredibly well done, and perfectly suited to gaming on the go. Tomb of the Mask [Free] is a particular highlight, as its mix of Pac Man and The Last Rocket [$1.99] was impossible to put down, and the perpetual quest to improve on your previous best run was ridiculously compelling. However, while such endless high score hijinks are always a lot of fun, anyone wanting a more substantial level-based campaign will be delighted to hear that the developers have today added a whole new story mode, which features sixty specialised stages that will truly put your Tomb of the Mask skills to the test...

While it may seem a little dated nowadays with the fast paced technological advancements that are one of the defining attributes of iOS devices, the original Aralon: Sword and Shadow [$4.99] was one of the most noteworthy releases on the App Store, and for good reason. After an age of excited speculation on the upcoming forum thread, the game launched to universal critical acclaim in late 2010 for its ambition, scale, and graphical fidelity which was unprecedented in the early years of the App Store. The 2015 sequel titled Aralon: Forge and Flame [$2.99] may have not been as groundbreaking or revolutionary as the original, but still managed to further refine the formula that was so well received back in the day, resulting in an essential App Store release for anyone looking for their Elder Scrolls-esque RPG fix on mobile devices. In the near future, Galoobeth and Crescent Moon Games are planning on releasing a brand new content update for Aralon: Forge and Flame, with a whole new dungeon as well as some other enhancements that should give fans who have completed the campaign even more adventuring to do on the go...

Crashlands [$4.99] kicked off 2016 with a bang (or, if you'd prefer, a crash) when it launched back in January, and with its incredible attention to detail and interesting amalgamation of action RPG and crafting action, Crashlands is a sure-fire contender for any impending Game of the Year compilations. While the original launch iteration was already outstanding, developers Butterscotch Shenanigans have continued to strive to make the game even better through successive updates that have fixed numerous minor niggles as well as add more substantial features. Today, Crashlands has received arguably its biggest update yet - the Juicemancy 1.2 patch brings with it some major gameplay mechanics as well as support for Bluetooth controllers, which is a suitable excuse for any fans to revisit the game, and a compelling reason for anyone who missed out on Crashlands first time around to experience a true iOS classic...

If you've got an Apple TV and have wanted to check out SMG's One More Jump [appprice url="asdf"] on it, then good news: One More Jump: Big Screen Edition is now available on Apple TV, as a one-time purchase similar to the Apple TV version of Thumb Drift. No IAP because of the Apple TV means that many of the customizations can be obtained with greater ease, and the one-button gameplay is perfect for the Apple TV remote...

A few days ago, I wrote about the upcoming Pianista [Free], the Guitar Hero-like rhythm game that has you playing classical music instead of rock. Well, the game is now available worldwide, so if classical music is your thing, jump on it. Pianista can be played with two thumbs - so no weird finger gymnastics - and you hit the notes as they roll your way. You have the usual note sustain and finger dragging to quickly get to the notes, and every time you miss a note, your life gauge decreases. Miss enough notes, and you die poor in an attic or basement like some of the classical music composers...

'Retro Winter Sports 1986' Pays Homage to the Clunky Winter Sports Games of Yore

Do you remember the old days of those Olympics-style games on old PCs and consoles? The ones with a bunch of games with arcane controls and objectives that if you mastered, you were truly the master of gaming? Or did you ever play Justin Smith's Realistic Summer Sports Simulator [$1.99] and want a game that was based around winter sports and perhaps a bit more faithful to the source material, perhaps more of a subtle parody than anything? Well, Retro Winter Sports 1986 is the game for you...

As we wrote a few days ago, Supercell is getting ready to launch an animated series based on Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale called Clash-A-Rama, and now we finally know that the animated series is launching Friday, December 9th. The series is based on the shorts released on Clash of Clans Youtube channel, but this ones will of course be longer and more involved. The series will take place in the Clash Universe, and you'll get to see places like Hog Rider's Saloon, learn to build a Hidden Tesla, or check out behind the scenes action in the Clash Royale Arena...

'Dropa' is a Circular 'Tetris'-Esque Puzzler Hitting the App Store on December 8th

Midnight Tea Studio has announced their puzzler Dropa is releasing on the App Store on December 8th. The core idea is somewhat like Tetris in that your goal is to is to put down pieces to complete lines to continuously clear the board, and the game ending once you run out of pieces. However, you have no falling pieces to worry about, and an unlimited amount of time to put them down. It just happens to be on a circular board that will make it more difficult to percieve what goes where, but is necessary for the circular concept to work...

Shadowverse [Free] is one of the many CCGs that have popped up on the App Store recently but is one of the few to actually get a foothold and a decent player base both on mobile and on PC. Now, the game is getting ready for its second expansion called Rise of Bahamut, and this one is bringing a few new mechanics to the game. The one is called Enhance. If you have enough play points, they're automatically spent to activate the Enhance abilities of a card when you play it from your hand. Clash is different and it activates whenever attacking or defending against an enemy follower. It does not activate when attacking the enemy leader, though...

The Walking Dead: No Man's Land [Free] is getting an exclusive character designed by The Talking Dead host and Nerdist chief executive owner, Chris Hardwick. The character is now available for free but only for a limited time. The character's name is Rufus and is inspired by Hardwick's great-grandfather Rufus Ellison Hardwick, who used a washer and dryer as a moonshine still. The Walking Dead Rufus is a solitary mountain man who's still making moonshine, although this time around the moonshine's used to make bottle bombs and take out the walkers. Fun idea, and it's always entertaining to see real-life characters become inspirations for game characters...

'FNAF: Sister Location' Coming to Mobile (Hopefully) Soon

When Scott Cawthon, of the famous Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99] franchise (because it is a franchise now), announced Sister Location, he seemed to be focusing on PC only with no real mention of the game coming to mobile. We knew it would eventually find its way to this side of the gaming world, but we had no firm timeline. Well, it looks like the mobile release of Sister Location is getting close because Scott had said he would release it on mobile after the Custom Night update hit, and that update hit a couple of days ago. Hopefully this means we are getting Sister Location on mobile sooner rather than later...

If you are one of the many who enjoyed Square Enix's Lara Croft GO [$4.99], the build-for-mobile puzzle game starring the famous Brit, then rejoice because a new DLC called Mirror of Spirits is heading to mobile in a few months. Mirror of Spirits won't be made by Square Enix but by KO_OP Mode instead. The new DLC looks fun and complex in a good way, so I can't wait to get my hands on it. It looks like there's a new mechanic in the DLC judging from the mirror tricks we see in the trailer. Mirror of Spirits will come out as a PlayStation exclusive and then will hit PC around March, so maybe that's the month that's coming on mobile, too...

When it comes to strategy games, iOS is a pretty great platform. There are lots of great games in the genre at a variety of pricing levels, so no matter what your budget looks like, you can usually find something good to play. Slitherine makes some great games that tend to sit on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, and let's be honest, they're generally worth those prices. Their commitment to the iOS platform seems to be wavering of late, though, so I don't blame anyone who doesn't want to go all in at the full prices. That's where sales come in, friends, and Slitherine's having a great one at the moment...

'Gadgetzan' Best & Worst Decks and Cards, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #75

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This past week, the topic that dominated was - of course - the new expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. The expansion, which arrived with a quickly-fixed bug, has been so far quite positively received and people have been having fun experimenting with silly decks. It looks like Blizzard has designed a strong expansion that should rejuvenate the game. Of course, we've heard this story before, so we'll have to be a bit patient before crowning Mean Streets a success. After all, maybe in a couple of weeks a super-powerful deck will emerge that will spoil everyone's fun. So far, though, so good. This week's Touchstone is all about the expansion, so step right through the door...

Update Mondays: Demon's Rise 2, Sky Force Reloaded, Sonic Dash, Hearthstone, 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. Thankfully, things picked up a little last week, so we've got a pretty healthy list of updates to look at. The Christmas and holiday updates are starting to roll in, as well, so we should have a couple of good weeks to look forward to before the freeze takes effect. 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!..

It's a wrap for us this week here at TouchArcade, and provided nothing crazy happens in the world of iOS gaming, we'll see you again on Monday morning for Shaun's Update Mondays and Tasos's Touchstone Tavern Hearthstone [Free] roundup before diving in head-first to whatever awesome mobile games get released and whatever rad looking mobile games are coming soon. We've been doing this for years now, and to keep doing what we're doing, we need your help. Whether you're here for our game reviews, to read about upcoming games, find games on sale, listen to our podcast, or participate in your community, we're glad to have you. If the feeling is mutual, which I hope it is, there's a few things you can do to help keep TouchArcade alive in this weird changing world of mobile gaming, which for numerous reasons has jeopardized the future of third party editorial sites like ours...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Hello, friends. Now, I know you're mostly here for the latest in iOS news and reviews, with a side order of mobile in general. Indeed, I and the others at TouchArcade do our very best to provide you with all kinds of stuff to read about the world of mobile gaming. But what do we do when we're not playing and reporting on the newest mobile games? Well, in my case, I do some writing for my personal site, Post Game Content. It's basically where I put my writing that concerns non-mobile gaming. The Shadowy Consortium that rules with an iron fist from the penthouse floor of TouchArcade Towers felt that my most recent set of articles on Post Game Content might be of interest to our readers, so here we are...

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