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This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is a brand new one, and it's an interesting change from what we usually play. Blood Magic has you constructing a deck, but any spell you cast costs health instead of mana, which makes for some interesting deck-building decisions. What this means is you can cast a spell even if you don't have the mana for it; you'll just lose the equivalent amount of HP. As many players on reddit have pointed out, going first in this Brawl is a huge advantage because you can even play 10-cost spells, although you will take the HP hit for it...

Clash Royale's [Free] Draft Challenge - which used to be known as Crown Duel Challenge - is a very fun challenge, and it's returning to the game tomorrow. If you haven't played it in the past, in Draft Challenge you pick 1 of 2 cards 8 times, but the fun part is that the four cards you don't pick end up in your opponent's deck and vice-versa. So when the battle starts, you know half of your opponent's deck. As you can imagine, trying to dump cards you don't like on your opponent can be a double-edged sword because you don't know what he or she has already picked...




A month and a bit ago, we wrote that Solforge [Free], the promising but troubled CCG, was going to shut down its servers and go to app heaven, but it looks like the plans have changed and Solforge is sticking around after all, at least for now. The game had some very promising ideas and mechanics, but - as the team admitted - they bought more than they could chew and didn't manage to deliver to players what they had promised. And yet, something unexpected ended up happening, which is good news for those who enjoy the game despite its issues...

'Tumbling Home' is an Intriguing Narrative Dice Game from the Maker of 'One Show Only', Coming March 2nd

Last year developer Tristan Dahl released a very unique game called One Show Only [$1.99], which was a murder mystery game where the clues to unravelling the mystery were divulged by interviewing a ton of zany characters and playing a card game against them. It had a really funky style and the way it blended a gameplay mechanic into a narrative-driven murder mystery was really neat. Well, Tristan is back at it again with his upcoming game Tumbling Home. Again, this is a game based heavily around narrative and communication but with a gameplay mechanic woven in, in this case a dice game that you play with two old friends. As you play, you ask questions and learn about how your friends have been. There's also some drinking going on during the game, and the more inebriated people get the more likely they are to spill the beans about stuff, but being drunk also makes it harder to bluff and do well during the dice game. ..

We've posted about it a few times now, but I've just been blown away by the response we've seen on our Discord chat server. It's getting to the point where it's nearly active 24 hours a day, which is super cool considering our original motivation for switching over to Discord from Slack was, "I don't know, maybe a few people will come hang out." Instead, we've got (as of this writing) over 100 people chatting during the day consisting of iOS gamers talking about cool stuff they're playing (Which lately is a lot of Fire Emblem) and a surprising amount of developers sharing the things they're working on and getting feedback from our community...

Ever since Digby Forever [Free] was announced almost a month ago, I've been dying to try out 3 Sprocket's interesting modern take on the nostalgic Mr. Driller and Dig Dug type games. However, despite these sentimental and evocative links to my youth, Digby Forever has impressed me most with the amount of character, charm and consideration that appears to have gone into every element of the game. With some truly stunning prerelease material, from the game's own animated short giving a glimpse of the explosive action ahead, to the attempts to give each enemy its own humorous backstory, it's evident that Digby Forever has been a labor of love for the developers. Today, Digby Forever has finally launched on the App Store, and if my first impressions are anything to go by, it seems 3 Sprockets have crafted yet another essential App Store hit on their hands...

Make Sure You Check Out 'Hidden Folks'

February 15th, 2017 12:58 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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We already included it in our roundup this morning, but I've played Hidden Folks [$3.99] quite a bit in judging games for the IndiePlus contest at GDC and like it a lot. Hidden Folks is lovingly crafted by the same developer as Fingle [$1.99 (HD)], Bounden [$2.99] and a bunch of other really great games. I think the easiest way to describe the game is if you took the core concept of the Where's Waldo books and gave it a heavy coating of hand-drawn indie art styling. Check out the trailer:..

You Need to Be Playing 'Gunman Taco Truck'

February 15th, 2017 12:16 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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When I saw this game on Twitter earlier today, the title immediately made me smile and I figured I'd give it a download thinking it was (like a lot of free silly mobile games) going to be pretty one-dimensional with a lot of what made the game fun or unique being tied up in the title and theme. And... I'm really sort of taken aback by how much is going on in Gunman Taco Truck [Free]. The trailer perfectly sets the scene of the delightfully absurd (and not that far fetched, given the last three weeks) premise where nukes have launched, most people and animals are mutated, and you're taking your family taco truck to Canada...

New iPhone Games On Our Forums: 'Digby Forever', 'Hidden Folks', 'Mildly Interesting RTS', and a Bunch More

Ohhhhh snaaaap today is National I Want Butterscotch Day according to some web site that says it is, which plays perfectly into looking at our GDC appointments and seeing an early meeting with Butterscotch Shenanigans where we're (hopefully) going to see what they're working on next. In the meantime, there's a whole bunch of new games that have hit our forums recently, many we've posted about, and some that we haven't posted about quite yet!..

It feels like we have been waiting forever for some substantial features to be added to Pokemon GO [Free], and while events such as the ridiculously generous Valentine's Day promotion have been a lot of fun, catching the same cast of creatures from the original Red, Blue and Yellow games has started to become a little stale. Thankfully, Niantic have today announced that the long-awaited Generation 2 Pokemon (from the Gold, Silver and Crystal games on Game Boy Color and later remade on the Nintendo DS) are to be released into the wild later this week on Pokemon GO, as well as a whole host of additional new features that should entice any disillusioned fans back into the creature-catching fold...

Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] has already proven to be a smash hit for Nintendo, at one point topping even Clash of Clans and Game of War in the App Store's Top Grossing charts. That said, the combination of a well-known brand and Nintendo's name almost ensures that any release from the company will make a mark in the charts. What Nintendo has yet to pull off is keeping an app there. Though Fire Emblem has slid a little bit, it's still doing quite well. In hopes of keeping that fire burning, Nintendo has sent out a notice detailing a few changes coming to the game in the next few weeks...

We've been keeping a close eye on the development of Tinytouchtales' Card Thief, the spiritual successor to the fantastic Card Crawl [$2.99], and it looks like the wait is almost over. Card Thief has been submitted to the App Store, and now all we have to do is wait and see whether Apple's whims will get in the way of a quick approval and release. If you haven't been following our coverage of the upcoming game, Card Thief is a solitaire medieval stealth game that you play with just a deck of cards. Even the description sounds cool...

Square Enix's GO Trilogy, which includes Lara Croft, Deus Ex, and Hitman, offers some of the best puzzles on the App Store while also leveraging three famous franchises, and now the trilogy is on sale for 2 bucks. This is a great opportunity to either buy all three of the games, if for some very weird reason you haven't bought at least one of them up until now, or just patch any holes in your collection. If you do own at least one of the games, you can get the other ones for very, very cheap, and you definitely should...

Multiplayer Game 'War & Glory' Looking for Alpha Testers

War & Glory is an upcoming strategy game described as an online sandbox strategy game modeled on the real-world history during the events of World War II. After months of development and tinkering with the various mechanics, the game is ready for Alpha testing. As you can see from the trailer below, the game is hex based but isn't your usual kind of hex-based strategy game. For instance, you have to build roads to attack your opponents with tanks and other vehicles. It's hard to tell much else from the trailer and the minimal information on the website, but we do know that the game will have factions, and you'll be able to use diplomacy, politics, and military to pursue your objectives...

If you're the type of person who spends a lot of time getting lost just wandering around and exploring in open-world games like Skyrim, then boy do I have a treat for you. Nimian Legends: BrightRidge HD [Free] is a game that's almost exclusively about exploring a big open world, and it's gone free for the first time ever. If the name sounds familiar, it's because the original Nimian Legends: BrightRidge [Free] launched all the way back in July of 2014. We reviewed it around that time and found it to be a nifty game for exploring and creating your own adventures, but kind of missed the structure and story found in most other action RPGs. For what it was though, and especially for a dollar or two, it was really cool...

On this day of the celebration of love (and greeting cards and flowers), Pathfinder Adventures' [Free] Quest Mode won't be seeing any happy endings. According to the latest dev blog, the Quest Mode will be removed from the game, and it's possible it might never find its way back into the game. The mode was added to the game between Decks 3 and 4 a a way to offer more content to please the game's most vocal fans. However, there were often issues and bugs plaguing it.The developers haven't had time to add new content to the Quest Mode and have focused instead on the Story Campaign. So, they decided to just remove it...

A few days ago, we wrote a story about the latest update to Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] that added only a new texture pack, and the commenter Klonis asked for trading to be implemented in the future. Well, apparently the developers listened to him because the new MCPE beta has gone live on Android, and it's bringing villager trading to the game. For those who haven't played the PC version of Minecraft and don't know how villager trading works, when you initiate trade with one of the villagers, you get to a trade window that shows you what the villager is asking for and what he's offering. For instance, one might give you an emerald if you give him ten leather and so on. Villagers have trades, so you'll be getting different material depending on what they're into...

'Injustice 2' Soft-Launches in the Philippines App Store

The mobile iteration of Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] has been an absolute juggernaut on the App Store, and despite the console version being a top seller I wouldn't be surprised at all if the mobile version vastly outearned its older sibling. Part of the reason is that the mobile Injustice has received a constant stream of updates for the nearly 4 years it's been on the App Store, frequently adding new features and content to continuously keep its large audience of players engaged. While Injustice 2 is now officially in the works for consoles, when word of the sequel originally leaked last summer we thought that might mean a new Injustice for mobile too. However, with Warner Bros. and NetherRealm's update strategy for the original mobile game we weren't sure if a brand new app was in the cards or if it would simply be some more heavy updating to the existing game. Well, it looks like a full-blown new app sequel it is as today Injustice 2 has soft-launched in the Philippines App Store...

Orangepixel is in a loving mood and in celebration of Valentine's Day the developer has put a handful of their games on both iOS and Android on sale for just 99¢ each in a sale titled "For the Love of Games!" Those games include Gunslugs [$1.99] and Gunslugs 2 [$1.99], Heroes of Loot [$3.99] and Heroes of Loot 2 [$3.99], Space Grunts [$3.99], and Groundskeeper 2 [$1.99]. For a quick rundown of what each game is all about: Either of the Gunslugs game will give you a dose of manic platforming and shooting; the Heroes of Loot games are super breezy takes on dungeon crawlers with a very fast pace; Space Grunts is a take on a turn-based strategy game but… with a very fast pace; and Groundskeeper 2 is another dose of platforming and shooting in more of an arena style. One thing all these games have in common: They are frantic and full of action...

One of the most demoralizing things about playing ranked in Hearthstone [Free] is when you're doing really well, gaining stars like mad, really climbing the ladder... only to go on a massive losing streak and slide all the way down to where you were before. I typically will just play ranked to get the card back, then stick to fiddling around in casual matches because losing so much progress on a bad streak of games feels bad. Well, Blizzard is changing how this works later this month...

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