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A couple of years ago we wrote about Spells of Genesis [Free], a trading card game that uses Bitcoin's blockchain technology to power its in-game economy, and now the game is finally out on the App Store. Let's talk about the game first. In Spells of Genesis players have to build decks by trading and combining orbs before clashing with their opponents. The game plays more like an arcade one than something like Hearthstone, but at its core it's still all about collecting cards, trading cards, and building the strongest decks you can. There are over 200 levels and missions and hundreds of cards to get your hands on...

Shopify has introduced an API for Unity that lets developers sell merchandise for their apps right in their app. Developers that implement the Unity Buy SDK from Shopify can easily sell merchandise such as shirts, mugs, and toys without leaving the app. One example is Alto's Adventure [$4.99], which can sell merch such as plush llamas straight in the app now. Oh, and it does support Apple Pay so you barely have to do anything to get your sweet, sweet, merch on...




In the world of writing about video games, differing opinions are bound to ruffle some feathers. Such is the case with Red's Kingdom [$2.99]. This charming puzzle adventure is polished to the gills in terms of presentation, which is I think something everyone can agree on. But some of its design decisions left our own Carter Dotson feeling more lukewarm towards the game in his review. However, it did garner our Game of the Week nod upon release, and has found a ton of fans in our community, who voted it as Game of the Month for January. A major update last month added a bunch of new levels and several new features which looked to smooth out the game's rough edges, and according to this teaser posted today it looks like more new content is in the works for Red's Kingdom...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] developers continue to give us skins and texture packs, and today we are getting one of the best ones so far. The latest update has brought the world of Bethesda's Fallout to Minecraft, and it's pretty cool. The Fallout Mash-Up Pack celebrates the classic series by bringing a complete overhaul of the game's texture. Gone are the lovely, green pastures and hills; all you'll have now is an irradiated, brownish landscape. And as you would expect, all the mobs have undergone some interesting mutations, with two-headed cows, ghouls, and huge scorpions roaming the landscape. Even the llamas couldn't escape this fate...

Yesterday we posted about the announcement of the fourth episode of Telltale's The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99], which is due out next week on April 25th. Well, today they let loose the launch trailer which continues to tease what's happening in the game. Fair warning, there's potential spoilers if you haven't played through the previous episodes. Check it out: ..

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It's the eve of a, erm, "holiday" I guess for some folks out there with tomorrow being April 20th aka 4/20. If you live somewhere that does not use that date format though, then does it still have the same meaning? This is a deep thought experiment people. Anyway, there's all sorts of new games released this week as there are every week in the App Store, and it's pretty likely we'll see Apple celebrating this green holiday with a big new feature. No, not THAT green holiday, but Earth Day, which is the 22nd. We may see some special new releases and probably a ton of different updates to celebrate Earth Day in the next couple of days, but for right now there's a lengthy list of new games already which you can sift through below and as always let us know which games you're interested in picking up this week! ..

Noodlecake Games has a surprise release for y'all. They've teamed up with Glitchnap to release Invert [$2.99] onto iOS and Android, after demoing it for us at GDC. This is a tricky puzzler where you have to solve puzzles by inverting tiles on the board in order to make them all one color. You tap on an outside part of the board, and that inverts all tiles on that line. Thus, the goal becomes to make the right moves in order to make this perfect match, and to do so in as few moves as possible...

'Tentis Drop' Number-Tile Puzzler Needs Beta Testers

Oh Beautiful Brains has been making some solid puzzle games with Tentis Puzzle [Free] and Tentis Minute [Free], which combine number-adding mechanics with puzzle games. Tentis Drop is the next game up, and it uses some of the familiar Tentis mechanics, but in the context of a puzzler where pieces are dropping. Number tiles slowly descend from the ceiling and can be moved, but you can also ombine different tiles in order to add up their values, all the way to 10. Get three tiles adjacent to one another, and they disappear. Check out some gameplay with developer commentary:..

Slitherine's 'Carrier Deck' Looking for Beta Testers

It's been a while since we got a modern strategy game on iOS, so I'm sure wargamers will be glad to know that Slitherine's Carrier Deck is on its way to the iOS ports and is looking for beta testers to help with the development. Carrier Deck puts you in charge of USS Ronald Reagan, the Nimitz-class nuclear powered supercarrier. In this fast-paced time management game, you play as the Air Officer during war time and are responsible for all the operations involving aircraft on the ship. Therefore, you'll have to be working fast and accurately to ensure your carrier is as effective as possible...

Games with cats are always a hit in my eyes, but some (weird) people aren't satisfied by just having kitties in their games and want actual gameplay (the horror). The just-released CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars [Free], by the developer behind Cut the Rope, should satisfy everyone because it has cats and fun gameplay. As we've written in the past, the game, which had been soft launched as Backyard Battles, has you customizing your vehicles and taking on friends and strangers in a battle arena. You start off with pretty basic vehicles, and as you advance, you get access to better materials and, therefore, build better vehicle...

If you've been playing Telltale's The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99], also known as Season 3 of the hit series, get ready for more tears and heart-wrenching choices because episode 4 is coming April 25th. The episode is called Thicker Than Water, so expect family—or its loss—to be a theme in this episode. Unless it's all about the rising prices of oil worldwide, which I'm sure is a possibility. I haven't played Season 3 yet—still haven't finished the previous season—but apparently our forum users haven't been too crazy about what the earlier episodes have had to offer, especially the first two of the series. The complaints were that the episodes aren't too long and the choices too obvious...

Android users are about to get their heart stolen just like their iOS counterparts have when Card Thief [$1.99], the spiritual successor to the very well-reviewed Card Crawl, skulks over to their platform of choice. According to the official Twitter account, Card Thief will be hitting Android on April 22nd, so not long to wait now. If you haven't had a chance to play Card Thief, think of a stealth game but played with cards. You move around a board of nine cards and have to deal with all kinds of guards that are trying to grab you. In order to successfully steal and escape, you'll have to strategically put out torches to take advantage of the dark, because, as everyone knows, the night is dark and full of terrors...

A bit over a year ago, I previewed an MMA Management game called Fight Team Rivals [Free] and liked what I saw. After quite a bit of time in development, the game is finally out and ready for you to test your MMA skills. Quite a bit has changed since I checked out the game, but at its core is still all about training a team of martial artists across disciplines, trying to build a strong, well-rounded gym, and picking the best tactics for the fights. The game has you taking on all kinds of event types, including single discipline tournaments, style-vs-style showcases, and even asymmetric tag-team fights. You can also take on opposing teams in Rivals mode...

Another week, another Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl, and this one is all about Journey to Un'Goro. An Ancient Recipe is all about the deck recipes found in the Un'Goro crater. All you have to do is pick a class, and then you get to check out the kinds of decks Un'Goro is trying to push. The Druid has a Might of the Dino King deck, the Hunter is all about Dinomancy, the Mage is of the Elemental kind, the Warlock is, of course, Discard Lock, the Rogue revolves around its Quest, and so on. If you want to check out the decklists in detail, you can hop on over here...

The Fantastic 'Prison Architect' Has (Finally) Soft-Launched

This one has been a very long time coming. Prison Architect, a game we've been waiting to see on tablets for at least year, has finally soft launched on iOS and Android. In case you haven't heard of this game before, the BAFTA award-winning Prison Architect has you building and managing a maximum security prison filled with all kinds of inmates—from the quiet ones to the murdering ones. In addition to the normal mode, you can also play the escape mode where you have to escape from your own lovely creations. The game is inspired by classics such as Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress, and Theme Hospital and has been very popular (and occasionally a bit controversial) on PC...

Shocker of the Century: 'Gwent' May Come to Mobile

CD Projekt RED has been working on a standalone version of Gwent, the card game of Witcher fame. It had yet to be announced for mobile, but it really felt like it was an obvious move. Mostly, because every card game of note that hits PC eventually comes to mobile because the platform is perfect for the genre. And hey, nothing quite like using Touch ID to pay for those card packs for that frictionless experience. CD Projekt RED has yet to confirm the mobile version, but they do have a job posting for a programmer specifically with skills in "mobile game development and operating systems." Hmm!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Evergrow: Paper Forest', 'Get Me Outta Here', 'Office Space: Idle Profits' and More

Happy Wednesday, everyone... Or, I suppose I should say, happy National Amaretto Day! If you've never had Amaretto, you should broaden your horizons and give it a try, as it's a super versatile liqueur. It's one of the cornerstones of making tiramisu, it's fantastic in pancake batter, and is awesome for using in both home made ice cream and/or whipped cream. If you're old enough to drink it, it's decent on the rocks but really shines with some sour mix to make an Amaretto sour, or with sour mix and orange juice for an Amaretto stone sour. Why does Amaretto deserve its own holiday? Who knows, but any of these things I listed would pair fabulously with playing this week's new iOS games...

'Match Land' From 'Swap Heroes' and 'Wedding Escape' Developers Releases April 27th

Chris Savory, who developed Swap Heroes [$0.99] and several other titles, has teamed up with the Wedding Escape [Free] developer Rafael Lima, to form Race Cat Games. And they've called upon Matt Creamer, audio wizard for Slayin' [$0.99] and Retro City Rampage [$1.99] to help provide audio for Match Land, which we announced recently, but now has a release date: April 27th. The studio has also released a trailer for the game, showing off their interesting take on match-3 RPGs:..

Will the 4/20 App Store Be All About Trees?

This April 20th is set to be quite the magical day on the App Store. The dankness will be out of control. Yes, Dan K. Buddinhash's special day, where we celebrate the best grade, good advice, green tea, chronic, and green badger. A day where we can all get geeked, chillin' on the moon. Here, you can see our very own Jared Nelson, an expert on the topic, showing how you should properly celebrate the special day of April 20th:..

'SUP Multiplayer Racing' Turns Up the Saturation and Collisions

Oh BiBi, developers of Motor World: Car Factory [Free] and Monster and Commander [Free], are working on a brand-new mobile game called SUP Multiplayer Racing. This slick-looking racer has you racing against 3 other players at the same time, trying to pull off cool stunts, make some sweet jumps, oh, and ram your opponents off of the road. That's the most important part, no? It looks kind of like a 2D take on Burnout or MAXIMUM CAR [Free]. Oh, and the saturation has been turned up to 11...

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