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'Hungry Shark World' Finally Launching Worldwide May 5th

Back in December, Ubisoft soft-launched a brand new game in the Hungry Shark series called Hungry Shark World. It featured the most impressive graphics for the series to date, the largest open-world environments to date, and the largest cast of unique sharks to unlock and wreak havoc with. It seemed great! There was only one problem: Nobody knew when the game would be launching worldwide. That changes today, however, as Ubisoft has released a brand new teaser along with a worldwide release date of May 5th for Hungry Shark World...

A few weeks back I wrote about World of Tanks Blitz [Free] Update 2.8 adding a new consumable called Provisions that many felt pushed the game into Pay-to-Win territory. The complaints arose partly because these Provisions were passive boosts that could really tilt the balance in a battle, so many felt that adding another paid consumable on top of the already-existing ones was just too much, especially for those players who are either F2P or don't have enough premium vehicles in their garage. Well, the good news is that Wargaming.net didn't ignore those complaints and, instead, has made several fixes that should hopefully please players...




The multiplayer update for Crossy Road [Free] has just released on Android. Now, up to 4 players on local wi-fi can try to become top road crosser. The mode has a mixture of competitive and cooperative play, as you can revive dead players to come back to life, in order to get higher scores for the team, though individual glory is also at stake. The multiplayer mode should work on Android TV as well as on phones and tablets, but there appeared to be a bug on the Android TV version at launch where the multiplayer mode wasn't selectable by the controller, though this is sure to be fixed...

Following its big crafting update from early last month, Bethesda has launched yet another update for their apocalypse survival simulator Fallout Shelter [Free] today, this time adding the ability to break down your unwanted weapons and outfits and turn them into junk that you can actually use… for crafting stuff! So much synergy going on right now. This update also adds 3D Touch support for those of you on fancy new iPhones so you can hop right into any of your vaults straight from the homescreen icon. Convenient!..

Now that we officially know Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, is coming out April 26th and we know all the lovely nerfs, everyone should start preparing for the upcoming shift to Standard and Wild modes, a shift that should drastically change the game. If you've been trying to figure out how you should prepare for the upcoming changes, well, you've come to the right place. Here are a few things you should keep in mind for the upcoming changes and ways in which you can make the change work to your favor as much as possible. This list is, of course, not exhaustive, but it should set you on the right path and prepare you for the big upcoming changes. So, without further ado, let's proceed...

Two great games went on sale this morning which are both responsible for sucking up so much of my time it's hard to really estimate. If you've been playing Butterscotch Shenanigans' amazing Crashlands [$4.99] and found yourself saying, "You know, this game isn't brutally difficult enough, I highly recommend Don't Starve: Pocket Edition [$4.99]. It's a couple bucks cheaper now, and while the game plays way better on an iPad than it does an iPhone, it's still something you shouldn't miss. We absolutely loved it in our review too. I really dig how the game has such distinct day and night cycles, and how early on you genuinely fear the night, but as you begin to build up your infrastructure, you get more and more confident with surviving in the darkness- As opposed to your first night, where you don't leave the glow of your meager camp fire...

Out Now: 'Loop Mania', 'Choppa', 'HeavyRockets', 'Orbit's Odyssey', 'Yakin', 'Pixel Machines', 'Fold+', 'Tropical Wars' and More

It's that time of week again when all the new iOS games hit the App Store, and as we pointed out earlier today, with Apple's massive Earth Day promotion still going strong, it seems like lots of developers have opted to skip releasing games this week. So it's kind of a light week, but only in App Store terms. I mean where else in the world of video games can you get 20+ cool looking new games and consider it a "light" release schedule? Plus it's not like we all don't have massive backlogs as it is. So check out what's on offer in the list below and as always let us know what games you'll be picking up!..

Namco's Outcast Odyssey [Free] CCG is getting an update that ties in with Dark Souls 2, From Software's brutal action-RPG that just got a sequel in Dark Souls 3. If you're still clinging to the second game in the series, you'll be glad to know there's some nifty content in this CCG that ties in to that game. The 'invasion', as they're appropriately calling this limited-time event, has Dark Souls 2 packs available as rewards in the Tower that appears on one day each week. An Umbral Cabal event will also be available, giving players an infinite dungeon to explore with event items to win and invading players to fight off. Guild Wars are now available that reward the top players and their guilds with Dark Souls 2 packs and cards...

NetEase's 'Tome of the Sun' Will Let You Dungeon Crawl in a Duck Outfit

Have you ever wanted to go dungeon crawling with an army of battle pets, while wearing a duck outfit? Of course you have, you're a rational human being. Then, you'll be glad to know that NetEase is set to satisfy your ducky desires by releasing Tome of the Sun in western markets on April 28th. This hack 'n slash game features chibi characters and tap controls, along with a whole host of character customizations – including the aforementioned duck outfit. And battle bets that go into battle for you. But while it might be adorable, it will feature tons of dungeon crawling with large numbers of damage to deal out to your hapless opponents...

State of Play's Paint Splattering Pinball Game 'INKS' Launching May 5th

Back in February, Lume [$1.99] and Lumino City [$4.99] developer State of Play announced INK, a stylish mashup of pinball and painting and puzzles. However, due to its similarity to Zack Bell's Steam platformer also called INK, State of Play slightly tweaked the name of their release and it's now known as INKS. Got it? Good. Anyway, this gorgeous game finally has a release date, May 5th, and an official trailer. Check it out...

I know that this week's Hearthstone [Free]  Tavern Brawl is possibly the last thing on players' minds because of the expansion release date announcement and the upcoming nerfs, but it's still a fun one and still a good way to get some gold to use for expansion packs. So, this week we are getting a new Brawl called Idols of Azeroth, and as you can guess from the title, this one's all Raven Idols. You pick a class and then you get a deck full of Raven Idols, which is a recipe for controlled RNG. If you don't remember what the card does, Raven Idol costs 1 mana and lets you discover either a minion or a spell, giving you plenty of flexibility...

Freebie Alert: Disney-esque Action Tower Defense Game 'Onion Force' Currently Free

Back in March, husband and wife development team Queen Bee Games released their action tower defense title Onion Force [$2.99] to a small but positive reaction. Being sick of the casual, free to play vibe of mobile gaming, Queen Bee created Onion Force to be a very challenging but still approachable game, selling it for $2.99 up front with no IAP. While it's a tower defense game at heart, Onion Force has an extra focus on action with 3 playable characters you control directly. Also, one of the developers is an ex-animator who worked for the likes of Disney, MGM, and more, and Onion Force is filled with interesting characters and beautiful animation. Unfortunately, Onion Force has faced the problem of so many other great games on the App Store in that it's hard to get the word out that it even exists. So, in order to drum up some interest, Queen Bee has dropped Onion Force down to free for the next couple of days...

Hearthstone has been in an interesting place for a while now as a CCG. It's safe to say its incredible popularity has surprised everyone, but with any game that involves collecting things to play, even ridiculously popular games can begin to ask too much of new players. It's a problem that's been solved by other CCG's, through having a "standard" pool of cards which only includes the most recent sets. It's not that crazy in a digital CCG like Hearthstone that's only been around for a few years, but imagine if Magic the Gathering players needed to worry about owning cards that span across the multiple decades of the life of the game. That's nuts, and similar logic grounded the Hearthstone team when they too decided to implement card rotation...

After charming the App Store with its quirky theme and great art, Exploding Kittens is now available on Android, too, and I suggest you go pick it up. If you don't know anything about the game, Exploding Kittens is the digital version of the Kickstarter-darling card game that broke many records and landed on many tables. In the game, you try to avoid finding yourself holding an Exploding Kitten card while lacking a Defuse card. If that happens, well, the poor kitty gets it. Wrong as the theme may sound (especially for a cat lover like myself), the game is really fun to play...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Alchemic Maze', 'Little Ninja' and More

Well, so far I'm sorry to say that this year's Lima Bean Respect Day might be a little more boring than when we've celebrated the holiday previously, as Apple's massive Earth Day feature is rolling into week two and seemingly every developer who isn't just soft launching something has pulled the ol' abort lever on launching this week. On one hand, it makes sense, as releasing something on the App Store is all about rolling the dice on feature slots, and since Apple has most slots tied up with Earth Day promotions, well, ya'know. As we mentioned in our game of the week post last week, even Editor's Choice picks are lower priority these last two weeks...

The Free to Play 'Monster Hunter Explore' Soft-Launches in Canada

While the beloved Monster Hunter Freedom Unite remains broken and unavailable on the App Store, Capcom is moving ahead with the series on mobile and has just soft-launched their free to play'd out version of the game called Monster Hunter Explore. The game has been out in Japan for a while, and our own Shaun Musgrave went hands-on with that version last October, and actually found it surprisingly enjoyable. It's certainly much more streamlined than the notoriously complex main games in the series, and is obviously geared for a broader, more casual audience, but Monster Hunter Explore manages to capture the core aspects of what make the Monster Hunter games so fun in the first place. ..

If you haven't done the whole Massdrop thing before, here's the basic gist of how it works: Someone says, "Hey I want this thing, does anyone else want one?" Once enough people say they want it, Massdrop contacts the manufacturer and says, "Hey if we buy X of these, what kind of discount can you give us?" The manufacturer then comes back and is like "Hmm, well if you buy X, and we don't have to do anything, we can sell them for $Y." It's basically like buying something wholesale, but with those savings (which usually make up a retailer's profit margin) passed on to the buyers. In this particular instance, that means getting a SteelSeries Stratus XL MFI controller, which normally sells for $69.99, and Amazon sells for $60.08 for $29.99. Even with shipping, that's close to the cheapest we've seen this controller, and that's including refurbished units. These are brand new...

'Metal Slug' Inspired Action Platformer 'Zombie Hunter: Death to the Undead' Hitting this Thursday

Everybody's pretty much had their fill of zombie games, myself included, but I'm making an exception for Zombie Hunter: Death to the Undead, which is releasing this Thursday from Yodo1 Games. Why make an exception? Because Zombie Hunter is an action-platformer-shooter that channels the soul of Metal Slug, one of my all-time favorite series. I mean how could you NOT want to hop into a bad ass mech suit and blast the crap out of everything with an arsenal of awesome weapons? Check out the trailer for Zombie Hunter...

In July of last year, we first learned that DotEmu was teaming up with Pastagames to revive the 1989 classic arcade series Pang, also known as Buster Bros. and Pomping World. The new game would be called Pang Adventures [$3.99], and besides some very vague promo art, nobody knew what this modern take would be like. Then the following November we finally caught a glimpse of Pang Adventures during DotEmu's Paris Games Week recap video, and it looked quite faithful to the original but with a more contemporary art style. We didn't really hear much on the game since that point, but early this morning Pang Adventures surprise launched on the App Store for iOS, along with versions for Steam, consoles, and Android...

Well, that was fast, Telltale. We've barely caught our breath after the second episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne [$4.99], and Telltale has already announced that the last episode of the miniseries, What We Deserve, will hit the App Store April 26th. In the upcoming finale, there will be no Lucille. Instead (spoilers), Michonne tries to protect an innocent family caught in the fight between her and the Monroe colonists, but Michonne's inner demons are rising closer to the surface and threatening her sanity. I hope they go all horror on us this time around. Your choices will determine who lives, who dies, and what the meaning of redemption is in a world beyond salvation...

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