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The newest Legendary Pokemon to get a raid in Pokemon GO [Free] is none other than Mewtwo. A stadium event in Yokohama, Japan just had thousands of trainers square off against Mewtwo in a raid battle leading to a successful capture. Unlike normal battles, raids are serious business. The Mewtwo raid will be an Exclusive Raid Battle which means they are invite only. To get an invitation for this, you need to have done a raid recently at a gym where said exclusive raid battle is about to take place...

Back in the early days of the App Store, the most controversial thing we ever had to talk about was whether or not Apple was going to allow fart apps. Since then the ante has been upped substantially, but an upcoming game from Mumbai-based Kierun Studios is in its own universe. Per the developer, "Abortion Simulator will put you right in the middle of the surgery room and let you perform various abortions." Featuring abortions ranging from "a few weeks" to "24+ week complex cases," the reprehensible Abortion Simulator seems on track to be the most controversial "game" the App Store has ever seen...




Best Frozen Throne Decks, Death Knight Rankings, Trolden and Kripp Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #108

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first post-Knights of the Frozen Throne Hearthstone [Free] roundup. We finally got the infusion of all the cool new cards into the game, and everyone seems to be happy, at least for now. The post-expansion honeymoon periods are always fun because the meta is very fluid and everyone is trying different ideas. Blizzard's new pack rules have helped most players get a good starting collection, and overall things seem to be good in the Hearthstone world. We have stories about strong Frozen Throne decks, stories about the new Death Knight cards, and a lot more. We even have a Destiny story. So, hop over the image below and let us begin...

Get ready for another Final Fantasy [$3.99] sale. Square Enix while known for premium pricing on the App Store for classics, never shies away from a decent sale once in a while. Today’s sale features the older classics. Granted IX [$20.99] and VII [$15.99] are also classics, those aren’t discounted right now. The sale is focussing on the earlier releases. We had Final Fantasy Tactics [$3.99] go on sale and Square Enix finally commented on the 32 bit appocalypse situation for it. Hopefully that gets resolved but today, you get to complete your classic Final Fantasy iOS collection. Most of the games discounted here are pretty damn amazing. Square Enix even went the extra mile with some of the releases doing some excellent touch optimized controls while others haven’t received the attention they deserve...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Hearthstone', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Dungeons of Chaos', 'Panmorphia', 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. The biggest pop from last week's updates is undoubtedly that one card game from our orc-loving friends, but there were lots of other cool ones too. 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!..

Supercell, the makers of super popular lane-based collectible-card game Clash Royale [Free], tweeted out its intent to bring back one of the game's most popular modes of play soon. 2v2 allows a pair of players to take on an opposing duo in a number of different formats, including "Friendly Battle", "Draft", and various challenges. Clash Royale's player base really enjoys the change of pace and tends to clamor for more 2v2. The game just had its "Summer of 2v2" where dynamic duos could lay the smack down for the entire month of July. Apparently, that's not all, and we'll see more 2v2 action soon...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Cat Quest'

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...

While we're primarily supported by a mixture of Patreon, Twitch subscriptions and Amazon referrals these days, site sponsors go a long way in making up for the funding shortfalls of our Patreon never reaching its goal. To show our appreciation, we are now publishing these posts thanking our sponsors each week- Both to give them a little extra visibility and hopefully to get readers who love TouchArcade to give their games a look to similarly support their efforts in allowing us to continue to provide everyone with awesome third party mobile games editorial which the App Store ecosystem badly needs...

The fantastic Death Road to Canada [$9.99] continues to get better. On August 24th, the game will receive another big update that brings on all kinds of new and improved systems. The most important one is a new lighting system that makes nights darker. To counter this new dark veil, players start each game with a couple of flashlights in the trunk. And, of course, fire and other similar sources can provide light for all those lonely, terrifying nights on the road. Fire is also seeing some major changes. It now does a lot more damage, but it doesn't spread between zombies or from zombies to human, although fire patches set zombies on fire more easily. Another interesting change is the ability to barricade doors by putting furniture near it, but that furniture will slowly get pushed away. You can even barricade doors with your body, if you're that desperate...

It's no secret that Minecraft's [$6.99] true intention is to be present everywhere, and the latest endeavor is another step in that direction. As announced recently, Mojang is working together with Egmont to publish an all new Minecraft: Official Magazine, which will exist in physical form. The magazine is already out in the UK and will be traveling to another countries "as soon as logistically possible." The new magazine is 60-pages long and filled with all kinds of tips, tricks, survival stories, and much more. The tips and tricks part contains various builds broken down into detailed steps to help readers figure out how to improve their skills...

Angry Bugs, the developer behind Drylands and The Hacker, is now developing Dungeons & Miners, a "roguelite" with procedurally generated dungeons and mines but (thankfully) handcrafted quests and events. First of all, the game has a really cool art style. Angry Bugs always did cool retro art, but I think Dungeons and Miners is probably the devs best attempt so far. The game is more than just running around killing things; Dungeons and Miners also includes various companions, NPCs and shops (you can see a screenshot of the blacksmith below), minibosses and bosses, and a variety of enemies each with its own attacks. If you've played any of the developer's previous games, you'll know that they contain some cool enemies and that they really do each have distinct attacks and patterns...

'Raze: Dungeon Arena' Stealthily Soft-Launches in Australia Under the Name 'Raziel: Dungeon Arena'

Raze: Dungeon Arena is a promising upcoming hack 'n slash RPG for mobile from developer WonderGame. It's been in production for quite some time and we first posted about the game in late June. A couple of weeks later the developers took to our forums to seek out some beta testers for the game, and while that beta period is now over it did seem to produce a lot of great feedback from early players. Now WonderGame is taking the next step in the development process and has soft-launched the game in Australia to test out how their servers and everything holds up in a more realistic live environment as opposed to a small closed beta testing group. The strange thing? They've launched the game under the slightly different name Raziel: Dungeon Arena...

Lucas Pope's Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] has been an incredibly successful and well-regarded game, which is doubly surprising when you consider how somber it is and that it tackles some very charged political themes. It's not hard to see, though, how the game's theme and storyline make for a strong film, so I wasn't surprised to see a teaser trailer for an upcoming official short film adaptation. Written by Liliya and Nikita Ordynskiy and directed by the latter, the film adaptation of Papers, Please seems to have captured the game's mood and tone very well. I love how muted the colors are and how it really feels like the game has come to life...

Upcoming 'Will Hero' Is a Fun Platformer With One-Tap Controls

Will Hero is a cute and clever upcoming rogue-like that you can play with one hand, which is great for when you're on the go. You play as Will, a pretty square guy who's out to save the princess (isn't that always the case). As he traverses the game's many levels, he gets his tiny little hands on all kinds of fun weapons like swords, throwing knives, and axes. And, of course, he also has the trusted weapon of many platformers, the bump. As you can see in the trailer, the game rewards patience and combos, so it's not all running and bumping/attacking. And even though the art looks simple, it's actually very well drawn...

'Armor Age: Tank Wars' Is a Platoon-Based RTS Looking for Testers in Our Forums

Armor Age: Tank Wars wants to bring a historically-accurate (to the degree that's possible) real-time strategy game to your mobile device, and it needs the help of our forum readers to do so. This RTS game has you leading a platoon of tanks against other platoons in a campaign and in PvP battles. Each platoon has up to six tanks, and as you play, you get to level up your tanks and their crews as well as get access to other tanks. The game will offer real-time battles with tactical pause, although it remains to be seen how that part works in PvP battles. As you can see from the trailer below, Armor Age has pretty good visuals and interesting terrain features, which should make for fun tactical decisions...

Tim Fowers, creator of the tabletop and digital novel-writing game Paperback [$3.99], just released a brand new title to the App Store. Burgle Brothers [$4.99] is yet another tabletop to iOS conversion and plays out like a classic heist movie. You pick your crew ala Ocean's 11, each potential recruit has unique abilities to bring to the party, and figure out a master plan to pull off a daring and high-value heist in a very secure building. Naturally no plan of thievery survives contact with the mark and much of the game is about how you adapt and extract yourself from difficult circumstances...

'Hamsterdam' is an Upcoming Mobile Beat 'Em Up with a Really Clever Control Scheme

Muse Games are most widely known for their Guns of Icarus series of airship battling games, and most recently they've been busy with the cooperative focused Guns of Icarus Alliance which launched on Steam back in March. They're not SO busy that they don't have time to squeeze in a really neat looking mobile game though, and that game is called Hamsterdam. It's a beat 'em up starring a hamster named Pimm who looks to protect the town of Hamsterdam from the evil chinchilla Marlo and his Rodent Gang, who are terrorizing the town's citizens and have kidnapped your grandpa. Jerks! The thing that stands out the most to me about Hamsterdam is its novel approach to touchscreen controls, which you can see from this very early gameplay footage released back in April...

Tencent's MOBA 'Arena of Valor', or 'Honor of Kings' Has Launched in Europe

A few weeks back, we wrote about Tencent's announcement that Honor of Kings, its huge MOBA hit, was finally breaking out of the Chinese borders and heading westwards. Today, that game has switched names to Arena of Valor and has launched in Europe on both iOS and Android. The game was already in soft launch in some stores as Strike of Kings, but this is the official launch in that territory. This MOBA has been huge, and it will be very interesting to see how it does in other markets. Arena of Valor uses the classic 3-lane maps of MOBAs like League of Legends, but it's been made to work well on mobile. The matches usually last less than 10 minutes, which is good for players on the go. There are different modes including 5v5, 3v3, and even 1v1...

Back in June, I wrote an article detailing how MFi controller manufacturer Gamevice had partnered with Capcom to release a special bundle with the latest Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99] game. During my requisite research for the post, and looking at the numerous devices the company had on offer, I thought to myself 'heh, this Gamevice controller looks an awful lot like my beloved Nintendo Switch'. A little over a month later, it turns out Gamevice think such comparisons are more than simply superficial, as the company has filed a complaint for patent infringement against the Japanese gaming giant. According to Engadget, the basis for Gamevice's lawsuit against Nintendo focuses on alleged violations of patents in their eponymous mobile controllers for mobile and tablet devices, as well as in their Wikipad Android slate. If Gamevice are successful with their lawsuit, it could lead to a complete ban on Switch sales, which would certainly not help the much maligned stock shortages for the console over the past few months...

The King is dead and the Vikings are invading. The Prince and Princess must set aside sibling squabbles, drive back the marauders, and set the kingdom to rights. That's the premise of a very cool looking game under development for several months now but until today, remained nameless. Bad North will be a single-player, real-time strategy game set in a land of warbands and raiding Vikings. A cross between tower defense and Total War, you'll have to defend your territory by beating back waves of enemy ships and warriors. As you defeat them you'll earn gold and experience with which you can upgrade your warriors to better take down more enemies. Oh, yeah, and it looks great...

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