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Disguised Toast Responds, Best Wild and Standard Decks, Best Legendaries to Craft, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News on 'Touchstone' #102

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos from this past week. The past week was on the quiet side, with nothing really earth shattering happening. We are officially in the post-expansion lull, so there isn't too much going on. Still, there are some interesting guides on various decks you can put together, a guide on what legendaries you should be crafting, stories on the game's negativity, and more. How is your Hearthstone gaming going? Are you enjoying the current state of the meta, or are you ready for a change and for new cards to come into the game? Let me know in the comments...

We've been all about Supercell's Brawl Stars since it soft launched last week. The game hits a perfect balance of scratching the MOBA itch with play sessions that last only a couple minutes, and being a Supercell game, it's just ridiculously accessible so anyone can enjoy it. The problem is, right now the game is only soft launched on iOS, leading Android gamers who are hungry to join in on the fun falling for endless scams from anyone promising to have a Brawl Stars APK download link. I guess this is nothing new in the Android world, and if you're curious what these scams look like, check out this video which (as of this writing) has 60k views. All following the steps in this video even amount to is installing a bunch of stuff through a referral link which undoubtedly the video creator is making money on:..




Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Footy Golf', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Hidden Folks', 'The Escapists', 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. In addition to a bunch of 64-bit updates, regular updates keep on rolling in at a steady rate. I've found some of the most interesting ones for you to take a look at as you enjoy your morning tankard of ale. 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!..

Using the iPhone to transform typical text adventures into something so much more immersive has been done to great effect on the App Store as of late, with the Lifeline [$1.99] series providing some of the more memorable narrative experiences on the platform. However, A Normal Lost Phone [$1.99] took this concept and dialled (pun not intended) it up to 11. As opposed to its relatively innocuous title, Accidental Queens' debut iOS release takes the player into unknown territory, having to uncomfortably dive into the private matters of a stranger to discover what happened to the previous owner who mysteriously disappeared at the age of 18. Without wanting to spoil any of the incredibly powerful storytelling within the game, A Normal Lost Phone touches on some pertinent issues involving intimacy, adolescence and sexuality, and has today gone on sale for the first time for $1.99...

Every time I feel like I may be losing interest in Pokemon GO [Free], Niantic announce a new event or additional features that suck me right back into 2016's augmented reality hit. While we reported that changes were afoot when the developers announced a temporary respite from the gyms last week, Niantic have today announced a comprehensive list of dramatic improvements to Pokemon GO that are arguably the most profound overhaul of the game's mechanics since it first launched last July. As detailed on the official website, Pokemon GO will soon be receiving reformed gyms that shake up the stagnant Dragonite-filled meta, Gym Badges to collect around the world, brand new Raid Battles for even more co-operative action, and a host of new items such as Technical Machines finally making their mobile Pokemon debut...

Ever since they stole the spotlight with the ambitious and somewhat prophetic Switchblade handheld gaming device at CES 2011, Razer have moved beyond their relatively conservative accessory development roots into one of the more innovative gaming hardware companies around. Through extensive investment in eSports, as well as attempting to push the capabilities of the laptop to the limit to run some of the flashiest new releases around, Razer have blazed a trail through the computing sector - and it appears that mobile may be next. In an interview with South China Morning Post after his company opened their first store in Hong Kong, CEO Min-Liang Tan strongly insinuated that the mobile gaming landscape would be the next target of Razer, and that it is going to be 'a huge part of our business'...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'forma.8 GO'

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...

This is quite the bittersweet day, as my time at TouchArcade is coming to an end. It was a tough decision, but I'm leaving for a full-time job up in the Dallas suburbs. I hope y'all will keep track of what I'm doing, because I'll still be out there playing and talking about mobile games, just not under the watchful eye of Eli Hodapp and co. I've been all around the mobile gaming journalism world, as I've probably contributed for every major site out there. While TouchArcade wasn't the first site to pay me to write about mobile games, it was an integral part of my development as a writer. It felt so much more freeing in many ways, and I feel like I got to build up more of a unique voice than I had before...

If you've been enjoying the Advance Wars-like Super Senso [Free], you'll be glad to know that Update 1.8, which has just gone live, adds more content to the game. The new update adds more Challenges to the game, since they appear to be fan-favorites. Challenges are one-turn puzzles and can be quite the brain teasers. There are also 3 new advanced tutorials that should help new players get the hang of the game faster. More interestingly, we are getting two new units: Med-Bot and Saboteur. Med-Bots have weak attacks but heal adjacent allied units at the start of both yours and the opponent's turn. Saboteurs are fast infantry units with the ability to evade the first instance of damage each turn...

Hidden Folks [$3.99] is a lovely game that really feels made for touchscreens, and after adding more content to the game yesterday, its developers also posted a fun article on how the game's art and gameplay was created. Apparently, every part of the game is hand-drawn and then scanned into sprite sheets. The developers used a pretty mediocre scanner for the project, and when they got a new one, they realized the art looked very different and had to go back to the low-budget scanner they initially had. The post goes on to talk about how the developers go about putting together each scene, organically growing each sub-area gradually while at the same time adding scripts to certain visuals to make them interactive...

Wacky Physics Game ' Touchdowners' Releasing June 22nd

Take a pinch of wacky physics and add a pinch of American football (of sorts), and you have the upcoming Touchdowners, from the team behind the Golf Zero [Free] game. In Touchdowners, you control a team of 3 players, and you can do three things: jump forward, jump backwards, and throw the ball. Each of your three players has different skills, with the player at the front jumping forward fast but jumping backwards much slower and so on. No matter your skill, the wacky physics will ensure all kinds of silly shenanigans...

Check Out Some More 'Silly Walks' Gameplay Footage

It was just a few days ago that we brought you the news of Silly Walks, an upcoming game from Party Time Monk– er, I mean PART Time Monkey, that has you playing as various types of food come to life who must make their way through gauntlets filled with everyday household items who have also come to life and want to kill you. Yeah, it's a weird and awesome premise. Anyway, that first trailer was more of an overview of the entire game, but Part Time Monkey has recently posted a more direct gameplay trailer showing what the actual game flow of playing through a level in Silly Walks is like. Check it out...

You probably know by now that Microsoft has announced that Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] will become just Minecraft and will have cross-play with all other platforms using the bedrock engine. The other new feature that's been announced is servers coming to mobile, which will greatly expand how you can play the game. In a video and blog post published today, Microsoft offered a few more details on how the servers will work. First a necessary clarification: Realms and Servers are a different thing. Realms are private, cloud-hosted worlds hosted by Microsoft that you have to pay to run. Servers, on the other hand, are community-owned and are open to everyone who wants to join...

As we wrote about a few days ago, Night School Studio, of Oxenfree and Mr. Robot fame, were working on a The Mummy tie-in game, and now that game is out worldwide. If you haven't been reading about The Mummy, you might not know that it's supposed to launch the Dark Universe, Universal Pictures' attempt at creating a series of films that will revive the studio's classic monster characters for a new generation. The Mummy Dark Universe Stories [Free] is a free episodic series where you take the role of The Mummy protagonist, Nick Morton (played by Tom Cruise), and embark on a narrative game with multiple choices and dynamic comic-book style illustrations...

Uppercut Games last grace mobile with the interesting climbing adventure game Submerged [$1.99] last year, but they were first known on mobile for doing the Epoch [$0.99] and Epoch 2 [$0.99], cover-based shooters featuring robots. Lots and lots and lots of robots. The games were unfortunately set to be lost to the 32-bit appocalypse when iOS 11 hits and removes support for 32-bit apps. However, that venomous fate has been avoided as Uppercut has gone in and updated the two robot shooters for 64-bit support. Huzzah!..

Brawl Stars was only revealed less than two days ago, however it's been awesome to see how the game has become so popular in such a short space of time, and not solely because of its impressive pedigree. The first Brawl Stars tournament has already taken place, the game has soft launched in Canada, and with four substantial game modes and a surprising amount of variation for a MOBA title, Supercell's latest major release shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In our extensive hands-on with Brawl Stars, we were impressed with how the short play sessions and variation of both characters and maps made it incredibly difficult to put it down, and if you're equally enthralled by the game or want to learn more about the best techniques, come join our lively Brawl Stars Discord Server...

'Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition' Trailer Released, Six Free DLC Characters Announced

Last month, Capcom unexpectedly announced that they would be releasing a brand new mobile iteration in the Street Fighter series, dubbed Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition. Owing to the quality of the last few games in the series that have made the transition to the smaller screen, and an abundance of awesome new features and characters, it was enough to get the iOS fighting game community on our forums excitedly anticipating what this sequel may have in store for us. While there is still no specified release date, Capcom have today released a brand new trailer for Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition, which gives a glimpse of the action, and also divulges some details on the characters we can expect to brawl as when the title finally reaches the App Store...

RPG Reload Glossary - The Unexpected Modern Awakening of TRPGs

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we're all just trying to S-rank our relationships. Last month, we continued our look at the history of turn-based tactical RPGs with a look at the years from 2000 to 2010. The genre came into the decade blazing, but by the time it wound down, things were looking pretty bleak. As it turned out, hope was right around the corner. This month, we'll be wrapping things up by taking a look at the notable games in the genre from the last several years. At least at the moment, it feels like TRPGs are more popular than ever. The various things that had to happen for that to come about were so unlikely that it makes for quite a story...

Rocketcat and Madgarden's Death Road to Canada [$8.99] has been one of the biggest releases of the year, and is so gosh darn good that there's no doubt in my mind it will be very high up on the list of games we'll be discussing for our Game of the Year and Best Games of 2017 coverage in December. That said, the initial release was already pretty fantastic but the developers have been continuously adding new stuff through updates since the game's release back in March, making for an even better experience. Their forthcoming update, dubbed the "COCCYX" update, is by far the biggest yet though, so if you can't get enough of trying to make your way to Canada to evade the zombie apocalypse (and probably dying before you get there most of the time) then you're going to want to check out part 1 and part 2 of the huge list of update details that Kepa has put together in our forums...

The Hilarious 'Smash Anarchy' Looking for More Beta Testers

A few months back, we wrote about Smash Anarchy, a fun and silly shooter that was looking for beta testers. After months in development, the game is ready for a final round of beta testers, so if you're interested, hop over to our Upcoming Games forum thread to apply. Smash Anarchy has you protecting the last coffee plant in the world—history's most noble quest if you ask me—and to do so, you have to fight a crazy number of alien monsters coming for you. Your weapon of choice is a fruit gun, because why not...

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