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Blackbeard's 'Mega Drift' Powerslides into the App Store on April 16th

Chillingo and Blackbeard Games have just announced a new title that promises to combine auto-runners with car drifting, in Mega Drift. The game's goal is to race through levels, trying to drift successfully around corners. It's a one-tap game, as you tap to start a drift, and release when necessary, trying to come out of the turn in a straight line, giving you a boost that will let you reach the next checkpoint. If you're good at drifting and understand the mechanics of it, you'll likely be good at this game! If not, then you'll need to learn in order to do well!..

r/hearthstone member u/TommyJTheGamer is back at it again, taking out the heroic adventures of Hearthstone's [Free] Blackrock Mountain with super cheap and even free decks. Each time we feature him, I can't wait to see how he manages the toughest content with such basic decks. Only the first deck will cost you dust to the tune of 80 dust total to assemble. The other two are completely free...

Next Games, fresh off of releasing Compass Point: West [Free], have just spilled some more details on their upcoming The Walking Dead: No Man's Land game coming to mobile. They revealed this game last year, but they've just now revealed some new details about their upcoming game based on the mega-popular TV series adapted from the comic series of the same name. Next Games is being quiet on what exactly the gameplay will involve, but they are talking about trying to make this about survival strategy with moral choices to make. And as Compass Point: West proved, the studio has some graphical chops. Here's some art of some of the people in the game:..

'Garfield: Survival of the Fattest' is the Garfield Simulation Game You Always Wanted

There are some games which represent the pinnacle of artistic creativity, combining aesthetic beauty with the power of interactivity to create experiences that emotionally resonate with a person in a way that music or movies just cannot do. Anyway, Pixowl just soft-launched Garfield: Survival of the Fattest, where someone thought, let's lather on a spoonful of relevant cultural institution Garfield onto layers of Farmville. It's a natural fit: when reading Garfield comics, I desire to create a food camp empire with optional in-app purchases to enhance my progress. I really think that fits in with the ethos of the series, a perfect melted finish for this savory dish...

While some people might have been hoping for something a bit different from NetherRealm's first mobile game based on their homegrown Mortal Kombat property, the iOS version of Mortal Kombat X [Free] is still a pretty fun game in its own right. Like its predecessor Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], the hook of the game is more in collecting the various characters and powering them up as opposed to mastering intricate combat mechanics. It has enough in common with that game that most veterans will come into Mortal Kombat X with a pretty solid foundation of skills, but there are a few differences here, particularly with regards to developing your roster in the early stages. This guide serves to help complete newcomers get started and to give some strategies for working your way around some of the curve balls it throws to longtime players...

The developers of Minecraft Pocket Edition (MCPE) [$6.99] are continuing their quest to bring the Pocket Edition closer to the full PC edition of the game with the upcoming 0.11.0 update. The update brings some very welcome additions including boats (which, unlike the PC edition, will be rideable by 2 mobs instead of 1), new World Edit screen, fishing, various stone brick variants, a few new mobs (squids will finally populate those empty seas), and the ability to change skins. For those of you who hold your pre-infinite worlds dear, 0.11 can turn them infinite if you so desire. Don't get too excited by the addition of redstone blocks - there are still no redstone circuits in MCPE...

The next time you're settled into a Shinkansen bullet train and get the urge to play Final Fantasy XIII, you can: Square Enix launched a cloud-streaming version of the game on the Japanese App Store last night. Final Fantasy XIII is free to download but includes a lump sum ¥2000 (roughly $16.65) in-app purchase to unlock the full game after a 30-minute demo...

So, Blizzard has spiced up our day by releasing Molten Core, the second Wing for Hearthstone's[Free] Blackrock Mountain (BRM) Adventure, and it's quite a fun one. I'm really enjoying what Blizzard's been doing with BRM so far, and I'm hoping that the new influx of cards will break Face Hunter's dominance in the Meta and make the game more fun for everyone...

Everywear Games Announces 'Runeblade' RPG for Apple Watch, Releasing Later This Month

With Apple Watch preorders in full swing now, expect to hear about a lot of new apps and games that are making their way to the watch. While many games will be adaptations of existing ones, Everywear Games is announcing a brand-new title called Runeblade that will be debuting exclusively for the Apple Watch. Runeblade is an RPG meant to be played 5-15 seconds at a time, where you play as the High Priestess of the War Mages, fighting enemies from your wrist. Battling enemies will require you to use attacks that may take long periods of time to recharge, so you'll have to come back over time to defeat enemies. ..

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we often learn a thing or two about cultural differences. Each week, we head back in time through non-magical means and play an RPG from the App Store's past. It's a chance to revisit some old favorites, reflect on their place in the history of mobile gaming, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. In my efforts to cover a genre wide enough to contain both Wizardry and Yakuza, I try to put together a pretty varied bag of RPGs as I go along. Even the best of us has blind spots, however, and I'm far from the best. That's where you fine people come in. Once per month, I throw the choice over to you. Simply comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweet me at @RPGReload with your suggestion, and you might see me playing it in the first week of May. Just think, you could make me play almost anything! Even Shelterra The Skyworld [$3.99]! Please don't make me play Shelterra The Skyworld again...

Zen Studios may be best known for their Zen Pinball [Free] tables, but that's not all they do. They released CastleStorm: Free to Siege [Free] last year, combining physics puzzler gameplay with strategy elements. Well, Zen Studios has decided to update the game to include PVP multiplayer. You'll be choosing one of four factions to fight for, choosing one of four regions to fight in (with different bonuses), fortifying your defenses, and then going after different online opponents to try and take them down. It seems to add a raiding-strategy component to a game that's perfect for it, since CastleStorm has always been about building castles and attacking others' castles...

'Out There: Ω Edition' Launches on PC and Mac, but the Free iOS Upgrade Should Follow Soon

Last week, Mi-Clos Studio released Out There: Ω Edition, a graphical overhaul of last year's excellent iOS space-faring adventure game, on Steam for Windows, OS X, and Linux. The Ω will come as a free upgrade for Android and iOS players who purchased the original, but we haven't heard much about it since last year...

One of Kabam's games that they demoed at GDC, Spirit Lords [Free], is out worldwide at last. This is their take on the isometric action-RPG genre that's been really popular on mobile as of late, complete with real-time online multiplayer. Kabam has promised this is "white hat" free-to-play where everything will be earnable without paying money, and premium currency can be earned in-game as well. A former BioWare writer in Daniel Erickson has done a lot of work on this one, and has tried to make art and story a key part of the game. Check out the launch trailer for the game:..

'Must Deliver' Takes 'Touchdown Hero' and Replaces Football Players with Zombies

The developers of Touchdown Hero [Free], Cherrypick Games, are iterating on that game's concept with their new game Must Deliver, which is releasing next week. The game starts out the same, as you control a running fellow, who has to dodge a number of enemies in their path. Scoring is similar, as each checkpoint you reach is a point, similar to how each touchdown was a point in that game. But where things change is that you have an ability you can deploy to help fend off your enemies, like a charging kick to clear through foes. These abilities require the pickup of items to charge them up, so it's not just something you can deploy with impunity...

Well, what are you waiting for? Molten Core, the second Wing of Hearthstone's[Free] Blackrock Mountain Adventure, has just opened for business. You'll have to fight Garr, Baron Geddon, and Majordomo Executus in order to complete this wing and reap the rewards (I am especially excited for Majordomo Executus, just for the fun moments he'll offer). There are also two Class Challenges, Warrior and Shaman...

Gamevil's Dot-Linking RPG 'Dungeon Link' Releases Worldwide This Month

Gamevil's just announced that they're publishing another new title along with the recently-announced Dragon Blaze. Dungeon Link, a game that has been in the works for a while – I saw it at GDC 2014 – is finally making its way out worldwide on April 21st. This game combines connect-the-dots puzzle games with RPG battling. You have four heroes on one board, and can draw lines connecting them from their starting point to the goal spot, with the line being drawn showing the path that will do damage to enemies. There are bonuses for filling up the board and for linking multiple colors together. Essentially, the plan is to make the best matches possible, dealing with the various scenarios that pop up in puzzle games, but with enemies to fight, and heroes to collect and level up...

Get Ready for 'Upthing' and 'Trap Tower' from 'Superhyper' and 'Wrassling' Developer Folmer Kelly

Folmer Kelly, known for Superhyper [$1.99] and his work on Wrassling, which we previewed last week ahead of its release next week, has a couple more projects in the pipeline that should release soon. Today sees the release of Upthing, a vertical platformer where you control a little dude who can only jump vertically. Said dude can't move at all, they just have some mad hops. Thankfully, many of the platforms can move left to right, so you're relying on their movement, timing your jumps to land on top of them, avoiding spikes and other hazards that pop up beneath your feet. This one isbe available on Thursday with an IAP to remove ads. It's a fairly simple game, but a fun challenge! Here's a goofy short GIF trailer for the game that undersells the game a bit:..

Rovio board member and GM Oskar Burman tweeted some very interesting info this morning. In very stark terms, he gave us a statistic that on a basic level explains why free to play exists and why it is on the rise. It showed the Mario Kart sales statistics over the last 23 years and compared them to the download number for Angry Birds Go[Free] for the last 2 years. 106 million for Mario Kart and 130 million for Angry Birds Go...

If you've been following the excitement following the data mining speculation and historical precedence of the time window between similar strings found for the Android client and its eventual availability. Anyway, Blizzard folks participating in various community discussions on Reddit and similar have said today is not the day...

Continuing on its (hopefully consistent) trend of releasing new events on a weekly basis, the folks at Square Enix and DeNA launched their latest Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] event late Tuesday night. Dubbed ‘Light Against the Darkness’ this event has you taking your group of Final Fantasy misfits to Mt. Ordeals, the famous spot in Final Fantasy IV where Cecil renounces his dark sword and becomes a Paladin...

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