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I got a chance to sit down for a chat with Ben Brode over the weekend during his visit to Pax East. It was an enchanting opportunity where I was able to pick the brain of the man responsible for steering one of the best games you can play on your phone. While a large amount of the conversation revolved around the impending Witchwood expansion, we dug into some of the broader topics that seem to perennially be in the hearts and minds of Hearthstone[Free]players and especially mobile players. In the past Touch Arcade has reported on the many ways that mobile developers structure their pricing and in the first question I wanted to know some more about how Hearthstone addresses some of that issue. ..

Final Hearthstone Witchwood Cards Revealed

April 9th, 2018 3:30 PM EDT by Andrew Fretz in News
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The year of the Raven is almost upon us and just this afternoon we got a look at the final cards that will be a part of Hearthstone's[Free] Witchwood expansion. There are some really strong contenders for biggest class wins right now with Priest and Warlock kind of leading the pack. Ultimately it may take some time to really feel out who came out on top though. With 3 card sets going to Wild format and one new set coming in, it is still very much a whirlwind that is hard to make complete sense of yet. We did, however, pick out some of the biggest impact cards you will see from this last batch of reveals to keep a closer eye on:..

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Fortnite', 'Tetris Blitz', 'Fighting Fantasy Classics', 'Sonic Forces', 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. While I wasn't keeping quite as careful an eye as usual due to a brief vacation I took, I still found a few nifty updates that some of you might care about. Well, I tried, at least. 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 Upcoming 'Wild Arms' Game Is Titled 'Wild Arms Million Memories' and It Is Releasing This Year in Japan on iOS and Android

A while ago, Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan announced an initiative to properly get into smartphone gaming. They established a new company called ForwardWorks. When it was announced, we knew of a few brands they would bring to mobile devices like Hot Shots Golf and Arc the Lad in addition to Wild Arms. Wild Arms originally launched on PS1 in 1996. The franchise features a blend of fantasy and a Western setting with strategy elements and great music. The mobile game will have a new story and we finally have a name for the game in addition to a release window...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Ava Airborne'

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...

Epic Games is officially making it rain with Fortnite [Free] on mobile. A new Sensor Tower report shows that the game's revenue is spiking as more players get in, with another spike happening on the day of the invite-only period ending. The starter pack IAP also helped cause a spike in revenue. While there was a dip in revenue, it helped kickstart Fortnite's revenue growth. ..

'Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms', the 'Dungeons and Dragons' Idle Clicker, Coming to iPad and Android Tablets

Codename Entertainment is bringing its absurdly-deep idle clicker Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms to iPad and Android tablets in the second quarter of this year. This officially-licensed Dungeons and Dragons clicker features a ton of Champions from Dungeons and Dragons, including characters from R.A. Salvatore's novels, as you explore the Sword Coast and the Forgotten Realms. Want to have an army with Drizzt Do'Urden? Now is your time to shine!..

Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade Roundup, covering the latest news, sales, and releases for Nintendo Switch! A slow Friday for releases with only two new titles, but a few interesting news pieces have surfaced. Also, with a ton of sales ending on April 5th, the "Games on Sale" section finally looks somewhat reasonable again, as opposed to the crowded mess that it was for a while there. Will Nintendo be more selective with the games that can go on sale and when in the future? We can only hope, because things were getting quite nutter there for a while. Anyway, the time for dawdling has ceased. Let us now get into the Switch goodness, shall we?..

Back in the early days of the App Store, Gameloft became known as the folks who would bring "highly inspired" versions of popular console and PC games to mobile. Gangstar was their take on Grand Theft Auto, Modern Combat was their take on Call of Duty, Brothers in Arms was their Medal of Honor, Order & Chaos was their World of Warcraft, Dungeon Hunter was their Diablo, and… well, you get the picture. Love or hate the idea of a company aping popular titles like that, you had to hand it to Gameloft for being one of the only companies back then bringing those fuller gaming experiences to the mobile platform. One of my favorite of the Gameloft derivatives was the N.O.V.A. series, which originally aped Halo pretty hard but by the third release felt much more inspired by Crytek's Crysis series. Basically, a sci-fi first-person shooter, and a pretty fun one to boot...

In terms of quality and quantity, there aren't many publishers on iOS serving their niche quite so well as Choice of Games does. For years, the company has been delivering an unbelievable variety of gamebooks from a wide array of authors through its Choice of Games and Hosted Games labels. These games aren't just fun to play, but are also often excellent stories all on their own. The presentation of these games is as spartan as it comes, but if we ever get to a point where carefully composed prose and the human brain aren't enough to stoke the fires of imagination all by themselves, then I want off this planet...

'Sir Questionnaire' is a Turn-Based Roguelike That Makes Every Choice a Binary One

It's fun when words have more than one meaning. When we say Sir Questionnaire, an upcoming turn-based roguelike in the works from Dutch developer OrangePixel, revolves around binary decisions, we're not talking about 1's and 0's. Rather, we mean the game is going to present you with a number of situations where you have just two options and have to decide between them...

Gorgeous Viking Platformer 'Oddmar' Coming April 19th and Up for Pre-Order Now

When the visually stunning platformer Viking Mushroom went silent after its initial unveiling back in the summer of 2015, nobody was more excited than I was to see it resurrected under a brand new name last month. That new name is Oddmar, and it really looked like the few years of silence were put to good use polishing up the experience. Oddmar is a free movement platformer starring a viking of the same name who is out to protect the world from a bad guy with a humongous nose. Or something like that. It's from some of the folks who are responsible for Leo's Fortune [$4.99], one of the best platformers on mobile, so you know Oddmar is worth getting excited about. We were able to go hands-on with Oddmar during GDC a couple of weeks back, and were really impressed with what we saw. Here's the official trailer again in case you missed it before...

The long-running Habbo franchise gets its latest game, out now on mobile, called Hotel Hideaway [Free], and it's a social MMO where you get to interact with other hotel denizens on a giant, permanent vacation resort. You can do all sorts of stuff. You can spin the wheel for prizes, you can buy new outfits, get a new hair color, mine for new materials from interdimensional know, typical vacation stuff. There's also a whole gesture system where you can combine different body parts and movements to do different things, like shaking a giant foam fist at other people. The whole game's a lot about interaction and talking with people, so please don't be a jerk. This hotel is supposed to be classy, don't go telling people to die! But, as a social MMO, I guess that's what people are gonna do...

The classic strategy game title Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)] arrived for the iPad in the fall of 2016, and it sure was fun to be able to shape history while on the go. Since then two expansion releases have arrived: Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion [$4.99 (HD)] was released just over a year ago and Rome: Total War - Alexander [$4.99 (HD)] released last July. All three games are strictly for the iPad, which makes sense on one hand being that they're menu-intensive games with tons of UI elements and tiny little soldiers running about. On the other hand, that sucks for iPhone owners, you know? ..

Squeaky Clean Sliding Puzzler 'Soap Dodgem' Arriving on iOS and Android April 19th

Nothing gets my motor humming quite like a highly-polished, mobile-friendly puzzle game, and that looks to be exactly what Soap Dodgem from developer Lost Ducks will offer. You'll guide five different "soap heroes" across a hundred levels in the land of Bathroomia, taking out the menacing "mold creatures" and restoring cleanliness to the land once again. Yes, it's a silly premise, and I love it. The high level of quality is fully on display in the following trailer for Soap Dodgem, which shows off the game's clean visuals (pun intended) and several of the interesting mechanics you'll be up against...

'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' Release Date and Cast Announced

Jam City's upcoming Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game has a release date, and voice acting talent. The game will release on Wednesday, April 25th, and voice actors from the movies will appear in the game, including Dame Maggie Smith, who played Professor McGonagall in the movies. Michael Gambon, who played Professor Dumbledore in most of the Harry Potter movies, will reprise his role, along with:..

Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade Roundup, where we're covering some interesting tidbits of news on the Nintendo Switch, and running down all the new releases from the past couple of days! PAX East is going on right now, so expect some news on titles on the show floor to pop out, but actual news might be slow, as PR tries to survive four days in Boston. Still, the flow of new releases continues unabated, and there's some interesting stuff still happening around the world of the Switch. Let's dive in, shall we?..

From now until May 17 you can get the brand new Australia DLC for Civilization[Free (HD)] 6 on iPad for 50% off. The Australian faction features full housing from coastal starts. Their districts get improved yields when build in attractive terrain. They also have a new leader that provides bonus production to Australia when they have been the target of a declaration of war or have liberated a city. Led by John Curtin, champion of the Labor Party into and through World War 2, Australia brings with it a number of new goodies to the Sid Meier franchise. ..

Dust: An Elysian Tail [$5.99] is a fantastic combat-heavy Metroidvania-style action adventure game that originally released on Xbox 360 during the summer of 2012 but has since made its way to pretty much every other platform, including a surprisingly great iOS port in October of 2015. Besides being a great game, Dust also made waves for being almost entirely the work of just a single developer, Dean Dodrill of studio Humble Hearts. Given its incredible art and animation and overall level of quality, that's almost impossible to believe, but it's true. ..

I was pretty darn excited to see that Revolutionary concepts, despite mostly being out of the mobile gaming world for a number of years, took the time to update two of their most unique offerings to save them from the 32-Bit Appocalypse last year. First up was UFO on Tape [Free] which received a 64-bit update in March of last year, followed by the phenomenal puzzler Gesundheit! [$2.99 / $2.99 (HD)] which received its 64-bit update the following June. Then this past December, the developers did me one better by updating UFO on Tape with full screen support for the iPhone X, and it looked glorious. Now, following in the footsteps of its partner, Gesundheit! has also received a welcome iPhone X update and it is looking better than ever...

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