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Blizzard has been diversifying its Hearthstone [Free] pre-expansion push in all kinds of interesting ways, and after giving us things like the Critical Role episode the other day, today it's putting on a Kobolds & Catacombs Escape Room live event starring some popular personalities like Trump and Day9. The participants will have to escape a custom-made Kobolds & Catacombs if they are to claim King Togwaggle's gold. I'm very curious to see how Blizzard went about designing the various puzzles that will try and stop the team from busting out in time to get their hands on the gold. I expect fun shenanigans in this novel idea...

'Arena of Valor' Devs Explain How Recording and Gifting Features Work

Arena of Valor's latest update has added a few cool new features, but it looks like they aren't that easy to navigate. So, the developers decided to post a more detailed FAQ that explain how the various new additions work. The post explains how the Highlight Reel and Free Record functions work, pointing out that you can't enable both at the same time; you'll either be recording your highlights or the whole match, can't have both. These features only work on iPhone 6s and above and an iPad mini 4/iPad Pro and above. No iPhone X support at the moment, but it should be coming in the next version. The videos you make are found in the Settings/Watch Clips or the Videos part of the Player Info screen...




If you're looking for a collectible card game that offers something different from games like Hearthstone and Magic, you might want to check out Runewards [Free], which has just released worldwide (outside China, though). Runewards takes inspiration from Gwent, the PC-only card game inspired by the Witcher 3, and by doing so offers a fresh take on mobile card games. The basic idea behind Runewards is you play against your opponent in a best of three matches, and your goal is to have more points than your opponent at the end of each round. Even if the game was just about that, it would be different enough from other card games to warrant your attention...

The future is gradually upon us, apparently. 57° North, the upcoming game from Mighty Coconut, tells the story of Sasha and Caleb, two cousins on a family trip to Alaska who get stranded on a remote island after a vicious storm. You will have to figure out how to help the two cousins escape while also trying to figure out the secret of this deserted island, which is packed with security cameras for apparently no reason. The most interesting part of 57° North is that it utilizes what's called Merge Cube, an interesting little cube that helps create an intriguing mixed reality that can help immerse you into the story, and that's what the developers of 57° North are hoping happens...

Colin Lane's 'Big Shot Boxing' is "Hitting" the App Store this Thursday

I love all of Colin Lane's and his vast array of collaborators' games, as they're largely multiplayer-focused, physics-based, and totally silly in some way. And that is certainly true of his latest upcoming game, Big Shot Boxing, which has been in the works for quite some time but was only officially announced this past April when Lane put out a call for beta testers. Now the game is finally complete and an official release date of December 7th has been revealed. Hey that's just a couple of days away! While it's certainly a silly take on boxing with competitors who have absurdly long arms, what's interesting to me about Big Shot Boxing is it looks to have a bit more meat on its bones than your typical arcadey sports game. More on that in a second though, first check out the most recent trailer for Big Shot Boxing...

Minecraft [$6.99] is getting ready to celebrate the holidays by giving free stuff to everyone. Starting December 21st and for 12 days after that, Minecraft will have a free present for you every day on the Minecraft Marketplace. The first present will be a Noxcrew offering called Ready Sled Go!, a mountainous sled slalom perfect for the holidays and great for taking on your friends. Mojang will advertise the presents on Twitter, so either keep an eye on that or just jump into Minecraft once a day to make sure you grab your free present. Free stuff's great after all, so why leave it on the table?..

Yesterday we talked about Scott Cawthon developing a Pizzeria Simulator that he "swore" was just a little minigame for the community, but, of course, no one bought that. And we were right to be skeptical because Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator is a Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99] game disguised as a minigame. (Spoilers) Once you start the game, you play through a simple minigame where you fling pizzas at little children until the whole game short circuits and you find yourself the owner of a new pizzeria that you have to decorate...

Check out These Incredible Photos From the Clash Royale Crown Championship World Finals

This past Sunday, Supercell held the Clash Royale Crown Championship World Finals, an event that was impossible to describe as anything but amazing. I ..

Red Hook Studios’ Darkest Dungeon [$4.99 (HD)] is pretty damn amazing. You can read our review here. Having originally launched on PC platforms and then ported to PlayStation platforms before iOS, it seems like DLC is going to follow the same pattern. Red Hook Studios commented on the DLC for the iPad version in a blog post about a newly announced DLC titled The Color of Madness. While this has no announcement for pricing or date, we do have confirmation that both The Crimson Court and Shieldbreaker are in development for iPad now. Watch the trailer for The Crimson Court DLC below:..

Rockstar first released LA Noire in May of 2011 on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and has seen a recent re-release on the Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game are sitting at a solid 89% on Metacritic, which shouldn't be much of a surprise as Rockstar games typically always fall somewhere on the spectrum of "really good" to "great." As the title not-so-subtly hints, LA Noire distills basically every film noire trope into a video game where you'll be driving around Los Angeles solving crimes as a larger overarching plot line reveals itself as the crimes turn out to be related...

Kobolds & Catacombs Card Reveals, Dungeon Run, The Darkness, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #119

Hello everyone, and welcome to the last Touchstone Tavern prior to Hearthstone's [Free] Kobolds & Catacombs release. Finally, we're only a few days away from a ton of cool cards joining the game, and I (and many others) can't wait to start building all sorts of fun and silly decks (and, occasionally, some strong ones). As you would expect, last week's news was all about the expansion and the many new card reveals, but there were also some other fun happenings (like the Critical Role episode). Also, only a few days left before we get the Dungeon Run mode, the new single-player mode that will give players even more to do in-game. Overall, the upcoming expansion appears to have awoken the community from its relatively slumber, and that can only mean good things for the game.It's a good time to be a Hearthstone player...

Scott Cawthon, of Five Night at Freddy's [$2.99] fame, has made it a habit to tease new games, new lore details, and in general all kinds of things partly in an attempt to get his huge fanbase looking under every word and behind every comma for clues. And he appears to continue those old tricks with a teaser about a new game based on the popular franchise. He has recently posted on Steam that he's working on a new game, some kind of pizzeria management game. And then he started adding teaser images to his webpage. The teasers have Freddy slinging pizzas toward three smiling children in what looks like a screen from retro games...

'Badland' Developer Frogmind Soft-Launches New Physics-Based Battling Game 'Badland Brawl'

Developer Frogmind released their first mobile game Badland [$0.99] back in the spring of 2013, and the ultra-stylish flappy cave flyer (which predated Flappy Bird, btw) went on to see some extreme success. We loved it in our initial review, it won an Apple Design Award a few months later at WWDC, and Apple even chose it as their iPad Game of the Year for 2013. Badland was also one of the most well-supported iOS games post-release, receiving near constant updates with new levels that culminated in a fully-featured level editor being added to the game in September of 2015. ..

'Jumanji: The Mobile Game' Turns the Upcoming Movie Into a Board Game/CCG Mix - Game Releasing Dec. 14th

The original Jumanji movie, with the gone-too-soon Robin Williams, was one of my favorite movies growing up. As you'd expect, then, I was quite nervous about the upcoming remake of the movie (starring The Rock), but I feel a bit better about it after reading some positive early reviews. The new Jumanji movie tells the story of four students who get sucked into a video game, and soon mobile gamers will also have the chance to get sucked into the world of Jumanji. Starting December 14th (although the game is already soft launched in Thailand and Canada), mobile gamers can play Jumanji: The Mobile Game, a mix of a board game and card collectible game that looks more than just a cash grab...

Publisher Annapurna Interactive is bringing some eclectic games to mobile, and the upcoming Gorogoa is definitely one of them. Gorogoa, which releases December 14th, is a tile-sliding puzzle game with a unique story and gorgeous hand-drawn art. We got to see the game at PAX South 2017, and we were pretty impressed by what we saw. As you can see at the end of the trailer below, the game takes place across four tiles that you can slide around in different places as well as manipulate in certain ways. The tiles can interact with each other, like placing a bowl underneath an apple that's next to a crow so that the crow can drop the apple into the bowl...

Hearthstone's [Free] Kobolds & Catacombs expansion is almost upon us (3 days from release at this point), so most of its cards have already been revealed. However, there's plenty of them we still haven't seen. That's being remedied as we speak. Game Director Ben Brode and streamer Day9 are currently livestreaming a ton of card reveals in a marathon stream, so if you want to see more Kobolds & Catacombs cards in action (they are running all kinds of crazy Kobolds decks), watch the stream embedded below. If you're the kind of a person who prefers surprises, then avoid the stream because you only have to have patience for a few more days until the expansion is revealed...

'Ingress Prime' Is Niantic's Reboot of Its First AR Game

Before there was Pokemon GO, there was Ingress [Free], Niantic's first shot at developing an Augmented Reality game, and today Niantic announced that It's returning to its first game and rebooting it as Ingress Prime. Ingress was very popular, with 20 million downloads and hundreds of thousands of players participating in more than 2000 events since its launch, but now it's time for Niantic to use all the experience (and money) the developer gained from Pokemon GO and give players a better version of the sci-fi AR game. I know Ingress has a very loyal player base that wasn't necessarily caught up in the Pokemon GO craze, so a new version of the game will be very welcome. And, given that Niantic is also developing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Ingress Prime can act as a testing ground for new tech and ideas...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Fire Emblem Heroes', 'Cat Quest', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Disney Crossy Road', 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. Tis the season for holiday updates, and we're already starting to see a bunch of them. There are some other great updates that fall outside of that pattern, though, and I've tried to pick the best of the bunch. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

The first ever official global esports competition for Clash Royale [Free] had its finals take place in London December 3rd. Eli attended it and you can read some of his thoughts on the production values and experience here. The arena looked mindblowing and the attention to detail was impressive. The event saw 16 players compete for the Golden Crown at the finals and also to win the title of the best Clash Royale player on the planet. There were more than 27 million players in the beginning and the winner received $150,000 out of the $400,000 prize pool. Mexico's sergioramos:) took the Golden Crown home and secured a spot in Clash Royale history. He defeated USA’s MusicMaster to conclude the massive esports event. Watch the finals on YouTube below:..

Amazon’s been going pretty deep into gaming over the last few years be it through mobile or pc games. This weekend saw Amazon’s Champions of Fire take place in New York City. Unlike other esports events, this one was focussed on casual games and aimed to make competitive gaming more accessible overall. Yassuo was crowned champion at the event. He went home with a large portion of the $50,000 prizepool for the event. Watch a trailer for the event below:..

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