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At long last Smash Up [$4.99], a unique card battler, has arrived in the Apple Store. Nomad Games has been steadily working on a digital version of tabletop hit for some time and you can now play the results. In Smash Up there are nine playable factions including zombies, ninjas, pirates, dinosaurs, and robots. Each faction has its own deck which boasts cards with unique abilities and a distinct play style. You start the game by taking turns drafting two of these factions into service and shuffling the two decks together into what is hopefully a powerful 40-card alliance fit to take down your opponents. We wrote about Smash Up's impending mobile launch last week, but the game has finally released onto the App Store today...

Despite Pokemon GO [Free] being very much the flag-bearer of augmented reality games on the App Store, its relationship with this pioneering new(ish) technology is a somewhat complicated one. As well as being a major source of battery drain, the AR features within the game actually made it harder to catch any colorful creatures, and so the vast majority of Pokemon Trailers I've spoken to turned off the feature within days, if not minutes. It's probably not too outlandish to claim that the vast majority of gamers who do still play Pokemon GO using AR simply do not know there is an option to turn it off - and the game isn't any less engrossing as a result. That being said, there have been some really neat (and awkwardly hilarious) AR photos from the game over the past few months, and Niantic are holding a competition for the best Pokemon GO pictures on Instagram in an attempt to truly bring Cyndaquil, Drowzee and others into the real world...




Out Now: 'The Talos Principle', Dragon Hills 2', 'Into the Dead 2', 'Beyond Oasis', 'Taichi Panda 3', 'San Giorli', 'cmplt', 'Train Bandit', 'Blocksy' and More

It's that time of week where we round up the best new iPhone and iPad game releases of the past 7 days. While it's not a big week in terms of number of games, it's quite high up there in terms of quality. With the semi-surprise release of The Talos Principle, along with the release of The Witness a few weeks ago, we are plenty covered in terms of atmospheric, graphically impressive first-person puzzle adventures. We are GOOD. Dragon Hills 2 is a sequel to a favorite of mine that looks bigger and better in every way, as is Into the Dead 2. And finally Sega Forever has blessed us with the reissue of classic 16-bit RPG Beyond Oasis. And plenty more too, so check out the full list of games below and let us know in the comments which games you've got your eye on...

'Arena of Valor' US/Canada Pre-registration Is Live

Arena of Valor, Tencent's huge MOBA also known as Honor of Kings in China, has been available in Europe for a few weeks now, and today it looks like a US and Canada release is getting closer. If you're one of the many, many players anxiously waiting to get their hands on this super-popular game, you'll be glad to know that you can now pre-register for the US and Canada, and pre-registering gets you some nice rewards. You will get a limited skin for the hero Ormarr as well as 108 gems and double experience card when pre-registrations reach 100,000 (which I'm prety sure they will). And if you get 5 friends to pre-register too, you get a Level 3 Arcana chest as a thank you from the developers. The page doesn't provide any hints regarding a release date, but it can't be too far into the future...

Wizards of the coast continues to reveal the upcoming Magic: The Gathering Arena piece by piece, and today we got another developer stream that focused primarily on Aesthetics but also included a Q&A part. The developers discussed how they came to the decisions they did on things like card look, tapping animations, and so on, all of which were accompanied by videos showing the evolution of the design. For instance, they talked about the importance of keeping the cards facing the player throughout a match, which influenced how the cards will look like when they are tapped. Finding a way to show tapped cards well was much trickier than it sounds, and I have a hunch the developers' thought process was also influenced by how the game might look like on tablets and phones in the future...

Bottom of the 9th [$4.99], Handelabra Games' great conversion of the fun card and dice game with the same name, is an fast and entertaining take on baseball that we liked in our review. Today, the game received an update that added even more content, which should please its players. The game has also launched on PC, so it should be easier to find people to play against now given that the multiplayer part is cross platform. As for the new content, the game received the Manager's Challenge solo campaign, where you try to lead your team to the playoffs over a six game homestand. There's also a variety of scenarios that modify various parts of the game to make it even more interesting. For instance, there are weather effects, pinch hitting, and even scenarios that expand the game to cover several innings...

If you like visiting other players' Minecraft [$6.99] Realms and you also like to see yourself on streams, you should check out today's "Realms Day of Play," organized by Mojang to celebrate the new features in the Better Together update. As you probably know if you play Minecraft, you can now visit someone's Realm just by accepting an invite link. So, today, you can head over to Mixer, Microsoft's streaming service, hit an invite link, and join one of the many streamers participating in Realms Day of Play. All you have to do is search for "Minecraft Realms Day of Play" and head over to those channels to join up. You can even open your own Realm for visits (by putting "Minecraft Realms Day of Play" in the title and the Invite Link in the stream description), although make sure to first download a copy of your Realm to prevent trolling. Head over here for more details on that...

Sorry to disappoint any fans expecting the SEGA Forever series to be literally faithful to its name, as there were only ever 897 Genesis/Mega Drive games published, and only a proportion actually developed by the Japanese company themselves. SEGA Forever - more like SEGA Seventeen Years, am I right? In SEGA's defense, they have released so many titles under this new moniker on the App Store that I can't even remember if I've made this awful joke before, so apologies if my terrible humor has started to get stale. Anyway, another week, another new SEGA Forever game, and this time around it's the short but sweet action RPG Beyond Oasis [Free]. In the game, your protagonist comes equipped with a magical Armlet, which can harness the powers of certain elemental spirits encountered on your travels. Beyond Oasis is definitely one of the strongest of SEGA's back catalogue, and is available to download today for free on the App Store...

Clash Royale's [Free]Touchdown, the recently added new mode, is really fun to play and offers a very different tactical challenge than the normal mode. If you've been having trouble figuring out how best to play it and how to get those Crowns, read on for some very useful tips from the Clash Royale Arena website. First, let's clarify those rules. In this mode you have to get troops into the opponent's endzone. Each time one troop gets into the endzone, you get a crown, and whoever gets to 3 crowns first wins. The first 2 minutes of the match are x1 Elixir and the rest x2 Elixir. And some cards cannot be placed past the middle of the field because they would pretty much break the game...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Into the Dead 2', 'The Talos Principle', 'Lionheart: Dark Moon' and More

Between Into the Dead 2, The Talos Principle and Lionheart: Dark Moon, we've got a triple whammy of awesome games to soak up the rest of our week. It also just so happens that we can triple dip on made up holidays today to celebrate. Start by asking your parents out to lunch to celebrate National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, then suggest you go find some food trucks to celebrate National Food Truck Day, then find a truck serving sausage pizza to finish the trifecta by celebrating National Sausage Pizza Day. Hardcore stuff right there. Anyway, a bunch of other games were released this week...

Ever since Apple courageously removed the 3.5mm headphone jack starting with the iPhone 7s/7 Plus, many users have rightfully complained (raged) at the immediate obsolescence of all those headphones they've been using. And with iPhone 8/8 Plus releasing and the upcoming iPhone X coming soon, phones with no traditional headphone jack are here to stay. More and more people are forced to join the non-headphone jack world, since the newest 2 models and any upcoming phone is definitely going to be headphone jack-less. If you've been considering upgrading but are worried about the Lightning-only future, fear not because Amazon has a pretty sweet adapter for you...

Ever since iOS 11 served as the first major shake-up to the App Store - and subsequently the mobile gaming ecosystem - since its inception in 2008, it seems some powerful force at Apple has been trying to capitalise on the latent potential of the platform by pushing through some ambitious acclaimed classics from consoles and PC. We first had The Witness [$9.99] - a true technical showcase for the power of the latest iPhones and iPads, let alone a brilliantly innovative experience - and it looks like The Talos Principle [$4.99] is the next App Store release set to push not only the boundaries of the hardware, but also the boundaries of what people expect of mobile gaming. From Croatian developer Croteam, and published by the prolific Devolver Digital, The Talos Principle is a stunning puzzle game set in a crossover of ancient and futuristic architecture, and is now available on the App Store for the phenomenal price of only $4.99...

More and more games are jumping on the AR bandwagon—with mixed success—and today is the turn of the very popular Guns of Boom [Free] to join the ARKit world. The new update adds what the developers are calling an AR Spectator Mode, which allows players to watch matches unfold in real time on their kitchen or living room table. As is the case with other ARKit applications, moving your phone or tablet around will let you experience the match from all kinds of angles and zoom levels, which should make it very entertaining to watch...

'Headshot ZD: Survivor vs Zombies Doomsday' Is Coming October 19th (Probably)

Headshot ZD: Survivor vs Zombies Doomsday, an action survival game where you—as you can guess from the title—take out zombies, rescue those who've been lucky enough to survive like Glenn did in The Walking Dead, build up a camp that can withstand the apocalypse, and keep on surviving. As you can see from the trailer, there's a whole map you can explore and clear out of zombies. In order to keep going, though, you have to keep your base up and running by collecting resources and upgrading the various buildings in the base. If that was all there is to the game, it would be just another base builder, but Headshot also adds a 2D shooting part where you select various weapons and go to town on those zombie heads...

Telltale continues to release episodes from different series in a rapid-fire pace, and today is the turn of Episode 4 of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99]. Episode four is titled "Who Needs You" and continues what has become an entertaining story that mostly plays to the strengths of the Telltale formula. Spoilers from here on, of course. In the previous episode, Star-Lord decided the fate of the all-powerful Eternity Forge, but that, of course, created all kinds of splinters in the group and widened pre-existing ones. And now that everyone has to escape their confinement, things are getting critical. There might even a scenario where not everyone makes it out of there alive...

It's the most wonderful time of the year, children. And no, it's not Christmas, it's Halloween, of course. As is always the case, Blizzard is celebrating the season in Hearthstone [Free], so, appropriately, we are getting a new hero, the Warlock Nemsy Necrofizzle. This cosmetic hero looks really cool, and really tiny, and should make playing Warlock more fun. There's a catch, though: you can't get Nemsy unless you organize or attend a Fireside Gathering Tavern. Hosting a Fireside Gathering is pretty easy; all you need is three more unique patrons (you can find all the instructions on how to organize or attend one here). As is obvious with how heroes have been distributed so far, Blizzard continues to use them as ways to advertise various aspects of the game. Today it's Fireside Gatherings, a few months back it was Twitch streaming...

Just over a month ago, developer Oddrok released Power Hover: Cruise [Free], a more arcadey, endless high-scoring version of their highly underrated level-based 2015 game Power Hover [$4.99]. Upon launch Power Hover: Cruise offered up four different environments to play through, each with their own unique hazards and features, as well as an extensive cast of playable characters to unlock. Today in our forums, Oddrok has detailed the first big content update for Power Hover: Cruise, which will include three new playable characters and a new environment...

The Warhammer 40K universe has popped up in so many games on the App Store that many players have become numb to any new project, especially given how not all Warhammer 40K games ended up delivering what the fans want and enjoy. There's a new collaboration on the horizon, though, that sounds very appropriate and should be a good one. Wargaming's World of Tanks Blitz [Free] will be hosting some Warhammer 40K tanks soon, and it should be a blast (pun intended). Specifically, the Fort Despair map will be renamed Macragge—the home planet of the Ultramarines—and Warhammer tanks will make their presence known in Blitz. Details are yet to be revealed, but I have a feeling this collaboration should be pretty cool considering how amazing Warhammer 40K tanks can be...

'Cereus' is a "Towerless Tower Defense Game" Built for Touchscreens, Coming Later this Year

Solo developer Casey "Boz" Weeks has been building a new mobile game for the past three years called Cereus, which he describes as a "towerless tower defense game." The idea is that you're tasked with protecting your base at the center of the screen as all manner of dangers head your way. You have three main means of defending yourself, and true to his word, none of them are towers. You can simply tap an enemy to attack it, you can swipe to create a barrier that will reflect enemy bullets back at them, or you can long press on the screen to detonate a huge bomb. You can see all of this in action and explained in detail in the following trailer for Cereus...

'Thimbleweed Park' is Now Available on Android

October 10th, 2017 12:02 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Android, News
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It's pretty rare these days when games don't simultaneously launch on both Android and iOS, but that was the case with the fabulous point and click adventure game Thimbleweed Park [$9.99] We mentioned last week that the Android version of the game would be hittong on the 10th, and like clockwork, the game is now available on Google Play. Back when it first hit the App Store, we posted a review by Shaun Musgrave who enjoyed the game quite a bit...

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