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Yogg-Saron RNG, Arena Bans, BatStone Bans, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'TouchStone' #65

Welcome to another weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. This has been an interesting week with the release of the Arena bans and the continuous talk about the future of the game's competitive scene. I believe it's fair to say that the game is going through one of its most turbulent periods in terms of how people see it and how they see its future. Of course no one is saying that the game isn't popular and won't continue to be so, but there's definitely a general feeling that the game probably isn't where the developers and players would want it to currently. The good news is that pro players like Firebat are jumping in to offer solutions to the game's competitive issues. So, read on...

Update Mondays: 'Horizon Chase', 'Pokemon Go', 'World of Tanks Blitz', 'Dungeon Link', 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 an interesting mix this week, with a lot of familiar faces and a few we don't see quite so often. 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!..




When I first heard about Hatoful Boyfriend [$4.99] at its original release on Steam back in 2011, it was one of those games that was just so bizarre in concept it had to be played. If there was ever such a thing as a niche, a pigeon dating simulator certainly was one, so beyond the humor of the initial concept, I didn't expect much. However, I was blown away - Hatoful Boyfriend manages to not only be amusing, but an extensive - and at times shocking - experience, that contains a fantastic visual novel with multiple entertaining endings that are far bigger than merely a parodic take on some of the weirder dating games that have emerged in recent years. When Hatoful Boyfriend was ported to iOS back in May, it was a great excuse to revisit St. PigeoNation, and today, the game has gone on sale for the first time to $2.99, so if the absurdity of the concept initially put you off, this is a fantastic time to find your very first pigeon partner...

SMG Brings 'Thumb Drift GT-V' to Apple TV

September 19th, 2016 8:00 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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SMG Studio has released Thumb Drift [Free] for Apple TV as Thumb Drift GT-V. If you're a fan of Thumb Drift, but have wanted to play on your TV while at home, this is the version for you. By default, you control with the Siri Remote turned horizontal, but can also play with swipe controls on the remote's touchpad. If you have a controller, I highly recommend that, as it feels great playing with an analog joystick...

Thanks to the Final Fantasy series, Square is a household name among gamers of all ages. There was a time, however, that they were relatively unknown, struggling to find anything that would stick in a highly competitive video game market. It was in that time that they released an NES game called King's Knight. Originally released in Japan in 1986 with a later release in North America in 1989, King's Knight was an odd vertical shoot-em-up with a thick coat of medieval fantasy painted over it. Mild RPG mechanics and a weird multi-plane playing field helped it stand out from the pack, but on the whole, it wasn't a very good game and was soon forgotten...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Ember'

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Ember'

September 16th, 2016 9:00 PM EDT by Jared Nelson in Featured, Game of the Week, News
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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...

I've been reading numerous stories about driving while Pokemon GO-ing [Free] and the often-unpleasant results of it. Now, we have more scientific evidence on the relation between Pokemon GO and distracted driving. A recent San Diego State University study looked at over 300 thousand Twitter posts over 10 days in July (July 10-19) and found that 18% of them were from people driving at the time they tweeted. The researchers looked for tweets that combined the word "Pokemon" and "driving," "drive," "car," and so on. According to the analysis of those tweets, 18% came from people driving while playing, 11% talked about someone who was driving while playing, and 4% mentioned a pedestrian playing near traffic...

This is for all those who love their platformers. Ultra Zultra is a really fast-paced rogue-like platformer (if you don't like the term rogue-like or have questions about it, take it up with the developer in our forum thread) that plans to throw every kind of obstacle your way and see how you handle it. Each area will have its own obstacles and enemies, and as you play through those levels, you'll be gaining and improving skills like stealth, triple jump, and many more. The developer is promising very tight controls and multiple endings, so it's not hard to see why I like what I'm hearing so far...

We knew they were coming, and now they are almost here. Supercell has just announced that balance changes are coming to Clash Royale [Free] on September 19th and that tomorrow, Saturday, we'll be getting the first sneak peek at the upcoming update. So, what changes are we getting? This time around Mirror, Rage, and Lightning caught the attention of the developers, who saw them as relatively underused. Rage will cost 2 instead of 3 elixir, its effect decreased to 30% from 40%, and its duration decreased by 2 seconds. Lightning will stun targets for 0.5 seconds, a new addition to the card that brings it more in line with Zap. And Mirror will now mirror cards 1 level higher than its own level, with max level Mirror creating max level +1 cards...

A lot of games have been getting updates with ReplayKit Live, but one of the coolest ones to get support so far is definitely Phoenix 2 [Free]. The game's already had video sharing, but now you can stream to Mobcrush [Free] straight from your device in Phoenix 2. Considering the game's daily play, and the need for repetition to do better and better at the game, this could be a fun one to regularly live stream. ..

Quite a few years after the last time, the long-running TV show NCIS, currently in 14th season and going strong, has returned to the App Store in a new game called NCIS: Hidden Crimes [Free]. In this game you try to solve a variety of cases using 6 different investigation modes. I wonder if over-caffeinating people with Abby's huge Caf-Pow is one of those modes; I sure hope so. The game also has 9 puzzle games - including using drone surveillance - and some surprise actions. The game spans all 50 states and includes all of the cast (as it stands after Tony's recent departure)...

Apple has made a change to the App Store coinciding with iOS 10, but possibly not just on iOS 10. Now, when you buy or get an app from the App Store, that app will disappear from the New Games We Love featured list. For example, see Animation Throwdown [Free] go from downloading to disappearing from the list entirely:..

There's nothing a game developer wants more than a dedicated player base (well, that and loads of sales), and it looks like Real Steel's [$0.99] player base is definitely dedicated. Recently, Reliance Games launched a competition that asked players to design the next Robot for Real Steel Premium, and the response was really good, with hundreds of entries from over 15 countries. After sorting through all the entries, Reliance Games decided that the winning robot, the top dog, the real steel is Shinobi, the Samurai wielding Japaneselron Assassin. And as you can see in the teaser below, that robot looks quite cool...

BlizzCon 2016 is getting closer day by day, and Blizzard has decided it's time to show us what Hearthstone [Free] in-game goodies attendees and Virtual Ticket holders will be getting. The card back we are getting is the Welcome Inn, which looks like the opening screen of the game and is, if I'm honest, quite good-looking. If it's anything like last year's, this year's BlizzCon will have a Fireside Gathering going on where you can go and play Hearthstone with others or even (probably) join Micro Tournaments. So, it makes sense that the card back is linked to that event and is, well, welcoming you "inn."..

iPhone 7 Versus Water, Coffee, and Soda

September 16th, 2016 3:45 PM EDT by Tasos Lazarides in News

So, you just got a new iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus? First of all, congratulations on your new toy. But how well do you know your new friend? Would it dive after you to save you from drowning in the ocean? Would it survive that huge coffee spill of 2016? Well, fortunately for everyone, there are people out there willing to put that iPhone to the test and see whether all its braggadocio is for real. In the first video, you can see the iPhone getting submerged (not the game) in a glass of water and still be able to receive calls, texts, and notifications without drowning. The phone even survives the soda and hot coffee test without getting all high on sugar or caffeine...

The long-awaited Pokemon GO [Free] accessory that helps you catch Pokemon while out and about is finally available: you can now buy the Pokemon GO Plus. Do note that finding it might be a bit tough – Amazon and GameStop are the primary retailers, but are both sold out online. I'd call around town to various GameStops if you need it today. Otherwise, you might have to wait until the hype dies down a bit to nab one for yourself...

Ten of the Best Graphically Impressive Games to Play on Your New iPhone 7

It's new iPhone day! As my colleague Eli noted earlier, though, we're living in a bit of a weird time in terms of technological advancements of iPhone hardware. In the earlier days, there were more major advancements to each new iPhone that were noticeably impressive, like the graphical leap from the iPhone 3G to the 3GS, or the gorgeous new Retina Display on the iPhone 4. In terms of hardware advancements that you could actually see, things have been incremental since around the iPhone 5S time. The bump up in screen sizes made things pretty interesting when the iPhone 6 models arrived, but last year and now with the new iPhone 7 there's just nothing drastically different about each new iPhone...

Donut Games Reveals New Platformer 'Vulture Island'

We first heard about Donut Games' next title the other day, but details and a name were not yet forthcoming. Well, now we know a name, and have some video footage for the next big platformer from the maker of countless solid arcade-style games and the exploration platformer Traps n' Gemstones [$4.99]: Vulture Island. Check it out in action:..

iPhone 7 First Impressions: Another Yearly iPhone Release, Another Set of Incremental Improvements

Something I've spent a lot of time thinking about since the iPhone 7 reveal keynote is how difficult is it to write about these new hardware releases year over year, or get that excited for them anymore. I was one of the idiots standing in line for the original iPhone, and at the time, this (now infamous) quote from Steve Ballmer about it being "the most expensive phone in the world" was totally true-..

Upcoming ' My Majesty' Is a Medieval Ruler Simulator

Here's a game that makes the phrase "going medieval" on people actually appropriate. My Majesty is an upcoming medieval ruler simulator that looks interesting. While not going for the Tinder-like gameplay of Reigns [$2.99], My Majesty is also all about balancing, but in this case you are balancing between six factions, the commoners, the nobility, the priesthood, the thinkers, the army, and the outlaws. Judging from the trailer, you'll have to decide who to receive and then react to various events that pop out...

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