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In March of last year, Kalypso Media released a refreshing take on the roguelike genre with Crowntakers [$3.99 (HD)]. By taking elements from turn-based strategy RPGs and blending in some of the most popular elements of roguelikes, they created an experience that was more than the sum of its parts. Also, by including two difficult levels, one where you could take your characters and experience levels with you game to game and one that was truly permadeath and caused you to start completely over upon death, Crowntakers appealed to a wide audience of gamers. We loved it in our review and really the only problem was that Crowntakers was an iPad-only game, limiting the amount of people who could play it. Well, that's no longer going to be the case as Kalypso has announced that Crowntakers will be receiving iPhone support this coming January. Here's how the game will look on the iPhone...

Turn-Based Miniatures Game 'Warbands: Bushido' Coming Along Well

Warbands: Bushido is trying to bring the feel of moving miniatures around a board to your mobile devices, and it seems to be well on its way to do so. The game has just gone live on Steam Early Access, and while the developers say there's still a lot of work to be done before the game comes out on iOS, I'm glad to see it's on the right path. As you can see in the Upcoming Games forum thread for the game, Warbands: Bushido is a turn-based miniatures board game with cards, and it looks really nice. The isometric view makes it feel like playing the real thing and the miniatures - of which there are over 100 - look fancy...




Back in 2011, Onlive, a cloud-based service, tried to do something pretty crazy; let you play games without actually downloading them. Alas, the service was not long-lived and the service got its obituary around 2015. Now Rovio, the developer behind the little-known Angry Birds franchise, has decided to once more try and reach for the dream of offering players the ability to play games without having to download them on their devices. To do that, it has created a new company called Hatch Entertainment, and the name of its service is Hatch. Hatch will let you stream the games you play without having to do any updates, any in-app purchases, and, of course, without having to download anything. At the same time, you'll be able to either play with or against friends and also share videos or even broadcast your gaming live...

If you're a PlayStation 4 gamer, then you should probably download the new PlayStation Communities [Free] App, out now for iOS and Android. This app will let players meet players with similar interests so you can socialize or even team up. For instance, you can join parties and launch into games with other Community members, which is a great feature for those who like playing multiplayer games like Destiny or Overwatch but don't want to go through the solo queue. You can also check community profiles, join and leave communities, and pretty much position yourself among players with similar interests...

Yogg-Saron hasn't always been everyone's favorite Hearthstone [Free] Whispers of the Old Gods card; something about a ton of random spells blasting all over the place irked those who hate RNG. The card has been nerfed a bit but is still a powerful one, and in this repeat Tavern Brawl its RNG spell effect is back to make your Brawl, well, unexpected. In Servant of Yogg-Saron Tryouts you pick a class and get a deck full of random minions. Every time you play a minion, a random spell is cast. That spell might hit your side of the board as easily as the opponent's side, so play minions wisely. If you don't like RNG, well, pop in, get that pack, and run away as fast as you can...

Apple and Product Red have been doing annual promotions now for ten years, which honestly, really makes me feel old as it doesn't seem like that long ago. If you've never heard of this whole (RED) thing before, the Wikipedia page does a good job of detailing what it's all about. Basically, all these massive global brands all get together to put out (RED) products (which are typically red, believe it or not) to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS in Africa. Considering how global this effort is, it'd actually be pretty impressive if you've never heard of it, but, hey, whatever...

I can't believe it's already been a year since our last National Mousse Day. I'm not sure if it technically qualifies as a mousse or not, not being an expert in such things, but I feel like it's appropriate to eat a Baker's Square French Silk Pie today. Or really any day. While you're eating your pie, why not also sink your teeth into some of these new iOS games? Either way, we only have a few more weeks until the iTunes holiday freeze hits, so I'm sure this list will grow significantly by tonight and the following weeks will be even crazier...

There are a wide variety of genres and types of games on the App Store, many of which would only work on the pure touchscreen-centric input that the iPhone offers. While this results in a lot of imaginative and innovative experiences, I still end up gravitating towards platformers when I'm looking for a new game to play. I don't know whether it's their intrinsic familiarity or maybe just a personal predisposition towards the genre, but games such as Mos Speedrun 2 [$1.99] and Kero Blaster [$5.99] provided incredibly compulsive platforming action that was impossible to put down. Tons of Bullets [$1.99] follows in a similar vein - with both graphics and gameplay that evoke a bygone era of chaotic 2D platformers, the developers created a predictable but fun premium game that was a bargain for its two dollar price of entry. While the developers have supported the game with successive updates since its launch, Tons of Bullets has today gone on sale for the first time ever for only $0.99, which is a fantastic price for anyone looking for even more enemies to run, shoot and jump at...

Even though I spend most of my free time writing about a ridiculous variety of iOS games, I always tend to gravitate towards a relatively basic App Store classic on the everyday commute. This game is Desert Golfing [$1.99] - while not much more than an extremely minimalist putting simulator, in practice the game is an incredibly cathartic and relaxing experience. However, with the ever-present aggregate number of strokes, Desert Golfing can become a surprisingly competitive and social App Store essential - this versatility is a major factor in how the game has become a cult hit amongst many fans. The procedurally generated nature of the title, and whether there is actually an end point to the game, is also a big driving factor behind why people keep on playing, and back in March some extremely devoted fans thought they had found the conclusion to the courses on hole number 19,491. Earlier this week such speculation has been well and truly crushed, as Twitter user AldenLudwick has found the end of Desert Golfing in the form of an impassable ocean at the 64,465th hole, which developer Justin Smith has implied is a true terminus for the game...

'The Hacker 2.0' Is a Turn-Based Strategy Puzzle From 'Drylands' Developer

When you see a screenshot from the upcoming The Hacker 2.0 by the developers of Drylands [$2.99], it will remind you a lot of Deus Ex GO and Hitman GO, and the developer does admit that those games were an inspiration. However, this game, which takes place within a VR environment, is more focused on strategy and on using your different functions - skills you can buy, upgrade, and equip - to make it through the many levels. You can use your functions to block an enemy's path, delete an enemy altogether, or even teleport yourself around the level. I hope there's a great variety of these functions because being able to pick and choose will increase the game's replayability...

Ellen's Heads Up [$0.99] has been a huge success, and I don't think I've stood in a line recently and haven't seen one family or another play this word game. It's still in the top 5 games on the App Store and has been there since forever. Add to that all the celebrities that Ellen has playing this game on TV, and it's no wonder it's so huge. The game's latest holiday update lets players try decks for free. More specifically, during Ellen's 12 Days of Giveways, players can try out one of the most popular decks in the game for free. You can't pick which deck you'll try out, but this might be a chance to have fun with words you'll have no idea how to offer any clues...

'Durango', The Dinosaur-Populated MMORPG, Running a Limited Beta Soon

About a year ago, I wrote about the upcoming Durango, a gorgeous looking MMORPG all about contemporary people traveling back to the time of the dinosaurs. The game looked fantastic, but it had been a while since we last heard anything about it, so I wasn't sure about its future. Well, it looks like the game is coming along just fine and the developer is going to be running a closed beta for both Android and iOS from December 13th to January 3rd. If you want to sign up, go here as quickly as you can because there are limited spaces. The game will have you working together with others to survive the hostile, dinosaur-infested world, and you'll do so by hunting, exploring, and building a whole new society...

When Hearthstone's [Free] Whispers of the Old Gods expansion released, we got quite a few quests with Whispers packs as rewards. Now that the Gadgetzan patch has dropped ahead of the expansion release on Thursday, many have been digging into the notes to see what goodies we are getting this time around. As HearthPwn has discovered, winning 3 games as a class from one of the families gets you 2 Mean Streets packs. So, winning a game as a Hunter, Paladin, and Warrior, or Druid, Rogue, and Shaman, or Mage, Priest, and Warlock, will get you those 6 free packs. Not a bad deal at all. In the last expansion, we all got 3 packs for free, so I would expect that to happen again. I'm not sure we are going to get a Legendary like the last time, but I hope we do...

BorderLeap's 'Minimize' Features Progressively-Expanding Sliding Block Puzzles

BorderLeap, fine purveyor of stylish minimalist puzzle games and "headphones recommended" splash screens, has a new puzzler in the works, set to release by the end of the year. Minimize is a block-sliding puzzle, where you slide all blocks in a single direction, and any blocks of the same color that wind up in contact with each other disappear. So, leaving a single block of a particular color around is not recommended at all. ..

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has recently become available for the PC as well, so it's no surprise that the latest 3.4 update is a big one. First of all, the update adds a whole new branch of American tanks from Tier II to the Tier X T57 Heavy Tank. It's been a while since we got a whole new branch, so this should be fun. We are also getting a new map, the Canyon, that's all about the American West with abandoned mines, a miners' village, and an old railway above a canyon. There are also numerous changes to maps like Falls Creek, Port Bay, Middleburg, and more, which should make those maps better both in terms of gameplay and performance...

'Sentinel' Series Developer Origin8 Announce Space Tower Defense Game 'Solar Siege'

Origin8 made their mark on mobile in the early days of the App Store with the fantastic tower defense game Sentinel: Mars Defense [$0.99]. Since then, along with releasing plenty of other games, they've released three sequels to Sentinel, most recently Sentinel 4: Dark Star [$0.99] in August of 2014. After about a year of silence, Origin8 has appeared once again to announce a brand new tower defense game called Solar Siege, which is a spiritual successor of sorts to another of their early titles Space Station: Frontier [$0.99]. Check out the teaser trailer...

The people demanded that Flappy Golf 2 [Free] have an ad-removal in-app purchase, and good news: Noodlecake is finally giving in to your demands to give Noodlecake money. On December 1st, an ad-removal IAP will be added in. As well, some new characters referred to as "crazy balls" have been added in. They will have to be obtained via Golden Eggs, which can be purchased, earned through the game's referral system, or by completing the last day of the Daily Race mode. This update will be available on Thursday, December 1st...

If you haven't checked out Severed [$3.99], the first-person sword-slicing Metroidvania by Drinkbox Studios, then now's a good time as the game is on sale for $3.99. But there's another good reason if you have a modern iPhone, as Drinkbox has just updated the game with 3D Touch support. Now, using 3D Touch, you can easily trigger the map to expand without having to pause the game, making exploring the game world just a bit more convenient than it was before...

Upcoming 'DISTANT' Is an Enchanting Game From Slingshot & Satchel and the Creator of 'Alto's Adventure'

Ryan Cash, of Alto's Adventure fame, has a talent for creating (or helping other's create) moody games, and the upcoming DISTANT, developed in collaboration with Australian indie duo Slingshot & Satchel, is definitely not an exception. The game is primarily Slingshot & Satchel's work. DISTANT will take players on a wondrous journey through pastel dreamscapes, as per the announcement, and as you can see from the trailer below, there's definitely a dream-like quality in the environments and the general mood. Although this will be a platformer, don't expect frantic, continuous movement; DISTANT is about contemplation...

As has become tradition for as long as I can remember, Apple will be giving the hard working App Store approval time some time off for the upcoming Christmas holiday by shutting down submissions and releases between the dates of December 23rd and December 27th Pacific Time. Apple sent out a note through their Developer portal urging developers to make sure their apps are "up-to-date and ready for the winter holidays."..

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