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Well, it's almost time to welcome Hearthstone's [Free] new expansion, The Grand Tournament. Excited yet? Well, I am, but it's my duty to remind you of a couple of things before the expansion hits. First, Amazon is offering 20% Coins Back on all TGT pack purchases. This offer is only valid for customers in the US, UK, and Germany, and there's a bit of a process to buying those packs as JR Cook explains in a post on Blizzpro. So, if you don't mind the hassle, there are some savings there for you. Also, Blizzard's TGT pre-order, where you get 50 packs and a card-back for $49.99, should still be available, although I'm sure not for long, so this is your last chance to get in on that. As for a release time, all we know officially so far is the tweet below...

Touchstone Tavern #13 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

Finally! We now officially know when Hearthstone's [Free] The Grand Tournament (TGT) expansion is coming out, and depending how late on Monday the 24th you are reading this, TGT might already be out!  Yes, hard to hide the excitement of getting all those new cards to play with and having to read/hear all the debates about which card is OP, which card will change the meta, how many of the TGT cards suck, which Legendaries are useless and which are game-changing, and so on. This week's Tavern Brawl was a fun, early taste of the new cards, and I like the new mechanics so far. Will the meta be vastly different after Monday? Probably not, but every change brings new strategies, new ways of thinking about the game, and more fun. So, it will be fun to see how everything turns out. Still, this past week hasn't been a slow one when it comes to news, so there's still plenty to talk about. Let us start, then...




Update Mondays: 'Crossy Road', 'WWE Immortals', 'Alphabear', 'AG Drive', 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. It's a bunch of heavy-hitters again this week, but that hasn't stopped the smaller devs from doing their thing. 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!..

And just like that, Pokemon Shuffle Mobile has landed in the Japanese App Store. If you haven't played the game, The Pokemon Company's Pokemon Shuffle Mobile is a puzzle game where you match three or more Pokemon to battle against wild Pokemon. In other words, yes, this is a Match-3 kind of game. According to the game's description, you can play the game casually, but you can also battle, collect, and level up Pokemon, a feature that perhaps makes the game deeper than most casual Match-3 games. The game appeals to both beginner and expert players, always according to The Pokemon Company. Pokemon Shuffle Mobile is F2P, and has already been released in the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Horizon Chase'

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...

Usually I know what games will be topping the App Store's charts at any given moment: on the paid side, we have Minecraft: Pocket Edition, on the Top Grossing side, we have either Game of War or Clash of Clans. What I didn't expect to see today, to be honest, was Jim Bonacci's Happy Wheels [Free], a port of the apparently huge PC hit with the same name, lording over the Free Games category, higher than the much-praised Pac-Man 256. If you haven't played the game, Happy Wheels is all about being unhappy on your various wheels - a Segway, a wheelchair, and so on - as you crash over and over again with bone-crunching sound effects and gory visuals accompanying your every failure...

'Star Trek Timelines' Plans to Mix All The Star Trek Characters You Like In a Single Game

Disruptor Beam, the developer behind Game Of Thrones Ascent, is dipping into another extremely popular universe, Star Trek, to try and hopefully remedy the ills that have befallen on the franchise in the gaming world. The game will be called Star Trek Timelines, and as the title betrays, it takes place in a universe where a temporal anomaly brings together characters, settings, and stories from TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT. In Star Trek Timelines, you take the role of a captain, gathering a crew of your favorite, or most-hated, Star Trek characters. If you know anything about the Star Trek universe, different crews have different ways of dealing with various challenges, some talk it out while others shoot it out. I expect the game to be similar to Game of Thrones Ascent with, hopefully, overall improvements to the game mechanics...

'Piloteer' Gets the PewDiePie Bump

August 21st, 2015 6:27 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Everyone's favorite YouTuber slash kingmaker PewDiePie gave Piloteer [$2.99] the ol' PewDiePie bump this week with a video that's already got over two million views as of this writing. His experience with the game mirror my own, with lots of stupendous crashes. If PewDiePie's endorsement isn't enough to push you over the edge of downloading Piloteer, maybe give our five star review a gander as well...

You might have heard of a tiny little game called Clash of Clans [Free], a game that has spawned many imitators, has been raking in the dough since its release in 2012, and is currently sitting nicely in second place in the App Store's Top Grossing Games. But how did this game manage to become so popular that everyone uses it as a stand-in phrase for "very popular and very successful mobile game?" Well, Clash of Clans' server programmer, Jonas Collaros, revealed what he sees as the secret behind the game's success. In the most recent Game Developers Conference, Collaros claimed that the secret to Supercell's success is the company's simple principle: the game should be free. That reason alone, always according to Collaros, has enabled gamers to download the game and make it a part of their daily lives...

It's a well-known fact that spiders are the most vile, disgusting, and completely unnecessary creatures to ever grace our planet. Literally nobody likes spiders, and if they say they do, they're just lying to themselves. Snakes? Not a problem. Rats or mice? Totes adorbs if you ask me. Scorpions? Total bad asses. Spiders? Kill them all with fire. Now, my dislike of spiders has definitely gotten better over the years. I no longer cower at even the sight of a harmless daddy long legs, and playing as a spider in Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor [$1.99 / $1.99 (HD)] has never been that big of a problem for me, though I do find it a bit icky. ..

'Devastator' is the New Dual-Stick Shooter from Radiangames, Check Out the Trailer

Yesterday, we had some not so great news about the not so great performance of Radiangames' Inferno 2 [$2.99] when it launched on Steam. It's an interesting discussion to have, I think. Did Inferno 2 bomb on Steam because it was a mobile game? Did Radian not do a good enough job getting the word out about its release? Is it that Radian simply has a knack for making games that are a great fit on mobile, but not so much on desktop? Whatever the case, the end result is that Radian will be focusing solely on mobile going forward, at least for now, which brings me to some actual great news: Radian's next iOS game is a new dual-stick shooter called Devastator, and it's coming out really soon. Here's the trailer...

Crescent Moon's Stylish Platformer 'The Deer God' Hits iOS on September 3rd

Crescent Moon's The Deer God has been kicking around since at least early last year, and at long last it's finally locked and loaded for an iOS release next month, on September 3rd to be exact. In The Deer God you play as a hunter who has died and been reincarnated as a deer (irony!), and as you cruise through a procedurally generated world you'll fight off enemies, solve puzzles, and generally see what life is like living as a deer. It launched in in an alpha state on Android last November, and officially launched on Steam this past February. In fact, here's the Steam launch trailer...

Glitchsoft's Uncanny X-Men: Days Of Future Past [$0.99] is a decent side-scrolling action game that layers on some excellent X-Men fan service. I enjoyed it well enough in my review, though I found the fighting mechanics to be on the repetitive side and the jumping to be a bit dodgy. Since then, the game has received a few updates, adding additional playable characters, improved control schemes, and lots of valuable bug fixes. It's been more than a year since the last one, but a brand new update for the game just hit, and to go along with it, the game's price has dropped from its regular $4.99 to a mere $0.99...

RPG Reload File 052 - Fantasy Chronicle

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we never trust bunnies. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the modern day. It's a bit of reflecting, a bit of revisiting, and sometimes just a nice chance to do a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week in order to demonstrate the diversity of the genre, but if you feel like I'm missing something important, I'm certainly open to suggestions. You can let me know what you'd like to see by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. It might take a while to fit your idea into the schedule, but it'll certainly go on the master list...

'Swipey Rogue', a "Swipe-Action, Auto-Running, Dungeon-Crawling, Room-Puzzler" Coming Next Thursday, New Trailer Released

Way back in February, First Order Games announced their first project called Swipey Rogue. As you can tell by the title of this post, Swipey Rogue has many different influences, and surprisingly it all looked like it blended together really well in that early hands-on video from February. Your character moves automatically with you simply swiping to change directions and guide him through the danger-filled, puzzle-like rooms. There's also elements of dungeon crawling and roguelikes, because why the heck not? Swipey Rogue caught my eye back then, and I've been waiting patiently for it to arrive. Today First Order has announced that Swipey Rogue is finished, made it through Apple approval with flying colors, and will be released next Thursday, August 27th. And here's a new trailer!..

I admit that I'm not a big player of League of Legends, one of if not the most popular video game in the world. I don't have anything against it, I just don't really game on PC, and don't really have much time to game outside of my iPhone. That said, I've always thought Riot was doing themselves a disservice by not being in the mobile space. League of Legends would work beautifully on an iPad, don't you think? Well at long last Riot has arrived on the iOS platform, but unfortunately not with League of Legends. Instead we have Blitzcrank's Poro Roundup [Free], a quirky mini-game featuring League of Legends champion Blitzcrank rounding up Poros, fictional creatures from the LoL universe. Here's a trailer...

Back in April, Capcom and their casual games division Beeline Interactive announced an… interesting crossover game for mobile. The iconic Ghostbusters would bust some ghosts by matching gems Puzzle Fighter style. Yeah. After several months of soft-launch and an artwork makeover that put the female characters in the game in some less-revealing clothing, and Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter [Free] is now ready for primetime and out worldwide...

I know, we seem to be talking about Konami every other day, but it's really not our fault that the company keeps giving us plenty to talk about. From its flip flop on its future direction to its "pleasant" working environment, Konami has been a popular topic of conversation for those who deal with video games. Now, the company has decided to turn the microphone to gamers and ask which of the old Konami franchises do they want to see resurrected. The "Konami heritage games survey" also offers a chance to win a prize, so it's worth doing for that if nothing else...

Tiny Rebel Games' hit puzzle game Doctor Who: Legacy [Free], which features so many Doctors and companions that it's absurd, has just gotten another big update, this time featuring two big new storylines. "Sonic Adventures" doesn't mean you gotta go fast with the Doctor, instead, it's a brand new storyline that leads into the Series 9 storylines that the game will have. This storyline is led by the First Doctor, with new "sonic" (as in sonic screwdriver, not the blue hedgehog) versions of characters like Jack Harkness, and the introduction of Third Doctor companion Jo Grant, and the First Doctors's Signet Ring. This is the first paid expansion for the game. $9.99 will unlock the 30 Sonic Adventures levels, and over 20 guaranteed rewards...

If you like strategy games even a bit, then you probably already know all about Mode 7 Game's Frozen Synapse, the ultra-stylish and ultra-demanding turn-based strategy game that really stood out when it was originally released on the PC and then ported to iOS. The game was incredibly unforgiving, which was part of its charm as it rewarded meticulous planning. Now, Double Eleven had decided to brings its remake, Frozen Synapse Prime [$4.99], to iOS after the Steam and Vita release. Double Eleven took Frozen Synapse and redesigned it to make it more accessible while still retaining the original game's charm. The game was received quite well, with many players claiming they prefer this version of the game over the original...

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