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A week ago we wrote that while Android was getting Season 2 of Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] last Friday as was originally planned, the iOS version was stuck somewhere along the way (aka Apple's purgatory). The good news is that Season 2 has finally launched for iOS. To celebrate the release, there's a sale going on (ends today) that should help people who've been on the fence to jump in. Since Season 2 has now released on all platforms, the Dark Watch Setback variant is available for unlocking via story challenge, so get on that if you haven't...

While there's a lot of talk about Hearthstone's [Free] competitive scene right now and whether it's on the right path, the fact remains that we are getting closer to BlizzCon and, therefore, the Hearthstone World Championship. Blizzard has now given us more details on the dates, times, and format of the World Championship. So, first the general information. There will be a prize pool of $1.000.000 this year, the biggest ever, and the group stages will take place between October 26th-30th, which is the Opening Week. Each group will consist of four competitors, one from each of the four regions (Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and China). They will be seeded according to their HCT Points that they've accumulated throughout the season...




Dog Sled Management Game 'Dog Sled Saga' Hits the App Store

September 22nd, 2016 1:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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One of the things I saw at PAX was Dan FitzGerald's Dog Sled Saga [$3.99], a surprisingly complex dog sled management game. The gameplay loop involves racing dogs via a mechanic where you're aiming and tossing dog biscuits to each of your dogs to keep them going full speed. (It almost reminds me of managing your carrots when riding Epona around in Zelda games.) After each race, the "real" part of the game begins and you micromanage all the aspects of your dog sled team and their training to build the ultimate group of canines...

Deus Ex GO [$1.99] was one of the most highly anticipated releases of the Summer, and for good reason. The precedent set by Square Enix's other GO series games - with Lara Croft GO [$0.99] especially being one of the best games of 2015 - suggested it would be an essential download, and the Deus Ex series has its own pedigree, even if the recent console entry in the franchise didn't hit the same heights as previous titles. While we may have been somewhat disappointed with the lack of innovation in our review for Deus Ex GO last month, it was still an extremely entertaining experience, that took the elements of what makes the GO titles so perfect for mobile gameplay, and placed them perfectly into the Deus Ex universe. If anyone was on the fence regarding Deus Ex GO, it has today gone on sale for $1.99, which is a perfect opportunity for cynics, fans, or anyone short on funds to see what he game has to offer...

Even though the wait for the third series of Rick and Morty grows more and more excruciating by the day - and BoJack Horseman is threateningly close to overtaking it as my favourite animated series at the moment - Pocket Mortys [Free] has remained strong, with constant support in the form of free content updates. The last substantial update to the Morty collecting simulator added a massive new tournament mode on the single player side of things, as well as a whopping twenty eccentric variations to collect, which only continued to elevate Pocket Mortys beyond its original inception as an entertaining and unashamedly Pokemon influenced piece of fan service, to a truly expansive experience, all for the price of zero dollars. Today, the series creator Justin Roiland hinted at yet another new update hitting Pocket Mortys tomorrow, with a Pirate Morty, a Beach Hipster Morty, and most amazing/shocking of all, a Summer Morty, which I cannot wait to collect...

It's been almost two years since the release of Swords of Anima [$2.99] from developer 4Hands Games, and while I was certain last year's big content update was going to be the last of it, the game just got another free update with new things to do. Even better still, to celebrate the new content, the game has gone on sale for the very first time. If you have an interest in Japanese-style strategy RPGs like Fire Emblem and Shining Force, you'll definitely want to find some spare change for this one...

Out Now: 'Sorcery! 4', 'Batman - The Telltale Series', 'Primordia', 'Faily Rider', 'Vulture Island', 'Tons of Bullets', 'Huetopia' and More

It's that time of week again when all the new iOS games pour from the App Store like a bursting dam, and this week in particular has some pretty heavy hitters. I mean, those few slow weeks earlier this month had to come to an end at some point, right? Telltale's Batman, the fourth and final Sorcery! game, and a port of adventure game Primordia are the headliners this week, but there's also lots of other interesting-looking games I know I'll be filling up my iPhone 7's storage with. So check out the full list below and as always let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

I know many of you have been anxiously waiting for Sorcery! Part 4 [$4.99] to drop, and it's finally here. Now you can play the fourth and final(?) installment of a series that has really raised the bar on the quality of interactive fiction on mobile. If you've played the first three parts of the series, your decisions will of course affect the story in Sorcery! 4 (by the way, the exclamation mark in the title was clearly an attempt to honor Barkley Shut Up and Jam!), but if you haven't, Sorcery! 4 should feel like a complete experience. Of course if you plan on playing this one, you really should pick up the other 3 because they are all fantastic...

'Mafia 3: Rivals' Launching Alongside 'Mafia 3' on Console on October 7th

With Mafia 3 releasing on October 7th, 2K has seen fit to release a mobile tie-in game. And on that same day, you'll be able to check out Mafia 3: Rivals on iOS and Android. Developed by regular 2K mobile shop Cat Daddy, this is a bit different from other Mafia titles. Here, you'll be trying to rule New Bordeaux by recruiting crime bosses from Mafia 3, seizing property, collecting loot, and taking on rival gangs both computer and player controlled in RPG-style combat...

Marvel Pinball [$0.99] is about to get some of the most iconic female super heroes and super villains in a very fun new pack. I like the way Marvel Pinball has been expanding, and what an easy way for the developer to increase the game's revenue. Marvel's Women of Power pack is bringing two new tables and characters like Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, Squirrel Girl, Spider-Gwen, and more. The A-Force table brings an alternate Soviet-dominated reality and features an interesting storyline involving the destruction of a Cosmic Cube. The table's Wizard Mode lets you control Black Widow and Madame Masque directly as you try and keep the Cosmic Cube balls alive...

'Zombie King' Gets New Rhyming Trailer

It's always a good sign when a game shows up and multiple people in TouchArcade Towers want to write about it. The perfidious Tasos Lazarides wrote up auto-runner Zombie King last week when it was first revealed, complete with an animated GIF. But lo, the villainous Carter Dotson is here to bring you the new trailer for the game, explaining a bit more about the game. Literally, there's a narrator explaining the concept in rhyme:..

'Harvest' Combines Auto-Running with Farming Sim, Coming in October

Farming sims are nothing new on mobile, but what I like is when a developer blends in some more action-oriented gameplay into the mix. Make you work for those virtual crops, you know? That's what solo developer William Mesilane of Studio Zero hopes to accomplish with his upcoming game Harvest. Originally born from a simple Flash game called Four Second Firestorm Mesilane worked on back in 2006, and then fleshed out in another Flash game called Harvest+ in 2008, Harvest has you running for your life from a combine harvester, collecting fruits and veggies along the way which you can then add to your farm and eventually sell for a profit. Farming ain't easy, and in this case, it's potentially life-threatening...

'Agatha Christie: The A.B.C. Murders' Coming Sept. 29th

Very soon you'll have the chance to step into the shoes of the famous Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie's portly, Belgian detective. Agatha Christie: The A.B.C. Murders is based on one of Christie's most famous novels, and it has received good reviews on other platforms. Now, we are getting the game on mobile, and I'm excited since Agatha Christie was one of my favorite authors growing up. The game starts with Poirot receiving a mysterious letter from someone who goes by the name A.B.C.. In the letter, A.B.C. announces a murder while challenging Poirot's abilities, something that the very, very arrogant detective is sure to get offended by...

'Fangold: The Eventful Adventures of Land of Britain' is a Card Battling Game that Features an Open World to Explore

Card battling games are all over the place in the App Store, but a card battler that also features an open world to explore? That's something I haven't seen yet, and it's what Potato Killer Studios is promising with their upcoming game Fangold: The Eventful Adventures of Land of Britain. The game was announced all the way back in May of last year, but this week the developers have released the first official gameplay trailer showing the game in action. In addition to building up decks and battling players in PvP and PvE, you can also roam the land to take on quests from characters in the world, gather up items for crafting, and deck out your very own Inn with awards and furniture. Check out the trailer for Fangold...

It was good while it lasted, wasn't it? After many weeks holding the Top Grossing spot of the US App Store, Pokemon GO [Free] has lost its throne. Pokemon GO sat on that iron throne for 74 days, below the record holder Clash of Clans (374 days) and Candy Crush Saga (109 days). Still, that's a more than respectable (and profitable) run for the game and one that I'm sure Niantic is pretty happy about. Who dethroned the king? That would be Supercell's Clash Royale [Free]. The main reason behind Clash Royale's coup is its latest content update that has muted emotes (a sore spot for many players) and, more importantly, added new chests and new cards, also known as new ways for players to spend money on the game...

Last month, a new game from Night School Studio and Telltale Games called Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa [$2.99] (or simply Exfiltration for sanity's sake) made a big splash when it hit the App Store. Designed as a companion experience to the first season of the award-winning Mr. Robot TV series, Exfiltration put you in the role of a hapless citizen who happens to find a smartphone on the sidewalk and, upon opening and investigating the phone, gets sucked into a crazy hacker plot. The game plays out entirely through a faux text messaging application interface as you discover new information and plot your way through by communicating with all sorts of people, some who are actual characters from the show. ..

I know that today you were probably wishing for more RNG in your Hearthstone [Free]. Well, never say that Blizzard isn't listening since this week's Tavern Brawl is Randomonium, one of those Brawls we've had multiple times in the past. Is that a bad thing? In this case no because I do enjoy this one despite (or maybe because of?) its craziness. So, in Randomonium you pick a class, get a random deck, and then play a game where card cost is random every single turn. So, as you can imagine, you don't know what you're getting next and you don't know how much it will cost the next turn. This brawl is not about good strategies but more about trying to make the most of each turn and, primarily, having fun with all the crazy RNG that's bound to happen...

Frogmind, the developers of the BADLAND [$2.99] games, have announced that they have sold 51% of their company to Supercell, developers of [Free], though I'm sure you knew that. While Frogmind's only major games are the two BADLAND titles, they've also been working on some free-to-play prototypes with Frogmind CEO Johannes Vuorinen: "We...started exploring the Free to Play model [after the first BADLAND]. We felt there was so much room for value and innovation there. And the direction where the market was headed was pretty clear. We started prototyping F2P game concepts parallel to working on BADLAND 2 [$3.99]."..

One Man Left's 'Space Food Truck' Finally Hitting Mobile in October

Oh, how One Man Left had forsaken us for the greener pastures of Steam with Space Food Truck. But much like the prodigal son, the Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99] developers are returning home with Space Food Truck, which will be coming soon to iPad and Android tablets. Yes, only tablets – One Man Left tried to get their "co-op card adventure" working on tiny screens, but it just wasn't working well...

Happy International Banana Festival, everyone! (Keep in mind, today is not to be confused with National Banana Day, which is apparently a totally different holiday.) I guess bananas are good enough to occupy more than one day on the made up holiday calendar, which, well, seems alright to me I guess. A bunch of iOS developers are joining in on the International Banana Festival celebrations. This list should get a few additions throughout the day as well, since we're expecting Sorcery 4 and a bunch of other games which likely aren't Jade Empire to be randomly popping up on iTunes at some point very soon...

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