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Open World Dinosaur-Themed MMORPG 'Durango' Gets Another New Trailer for E3

We've been following the progress of Durango, the upcoming mobile MMORPG that takes place in a dinosaur-populated open-world, ever since its first announcement in the fall of 2015. In the year that followed news on Durango was sparse, but late last year developers Nexon and What! Studio ran a limited beta test and that early version of the game seemed to be quite positively received. After dropping a new teaser trailer last week in anticipation of E3, the developers have now launched a more fleshed-out trailer showing off Durango and the many things you can do in this wild game world...

'Brawl Stars' First Impressions - Move Over, 'Clash Royale'

I think we're getting to the point where it's very fair to ask just what Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen gave the devil in return for the deal which (apparently) makes it totally impossible for them to release a bad game. Clash of Clans [Free] has been killing it for years now, Boom Beach [Free] is a great spinoff, Hay Day [Free] is the best farming game on the App Store, and the success of Clash Royale [Free] has caused practically every iOS developer to riff on it in one way or another with their own games. I know free to play haters love to bag on Supercell, but you've got to hand it to them, they consistently pump out incredibly well-made games which all seem to become automatic hits. Early this morning, Brawl Stars soft launched in Canada, and I wish I could say I was surprised that the game is awesome...




A ton of our forum users are anxiously waiting for Exiles of Embermark to release, but, unfortunately, no news on that front yet. However, Bound, the app the Exiles will use for its narrative, has soft-launched in the US and Canada, and even though the Exiles material isn't released yet, it does come with exclusive content from Neal Stephenson, a bona fide sci-fi legend. If you haven't read our earlier story on Bound, it's a storytelling app that combines serialized prose, art and audio, as well as community features from some great sci-fi, fantasy, and thriller writers...

The incredible success of Pokemon GO [Free] turned everyone's attention to what augmented technology can add to gaming (despite Pokemon GO not doing a great job actually using AR). And as the recent WWDC Apple keynote demonstrated—as well as the iPhone 8 AR functionality rumors—Apple is very interested in making AR a bigger part of the iOS platform. However, as a recent lawsuit in Milwaukee shows, there might be obstacles in the way. Apparently, Milwaukee County recently moved to regulate all augmented reality games after Pokemon GO players wrecked one of the area's parks. This ordinance creates a permit system that will limit AR gameplay in taxpayer-funded parks...

If you like cats, you're going to probably enjoy the just-released Castle Cats [Free], an idle-management game filled with cute cats. If you don't like cats, then what's wrong with you? Okay, maybe you're a dog person (traitor). Castle Cats has you managing your cat-filled castle and trying to upgrade your cats in order to fight the evil Pugomancer (that probably slobbers all over you). You have dozens of unique cats to collect and upgrade, and each has their own skills and traits...

Hidden Folks [$3.99] is one of the most charming games on the App Store, especially on a big screen (I'm loving it on my 12.9 Pro), and I'm always glad to have more areas to explore and more secrets to uncover. If you're like me, you'll be glad to hear that Hidden Folks got the Factory Area update today that adds 3 new areas to the game. If you haven't been following the developer blogs, the Factory update is the most complicated area ever added to the game with almost 30 targets, dozens of new interactions, hundreds of new sounds, and thousands of tiny stories (per the developers). If you like the game, I'm sure you'll have plenty of fun with the new update...

There are few games that bring a smile to my face like Dumpling Design's Dashy Crashy [Free]. This lane-based avoidance game (calling it just a runner doesn't quite do it justice) captured the soul of some of the loudest, most attention-grabbing arcade games from the '90s while utilizing a really neat risk/reward system that dared you to go as fast as possible while avoiding crashing. Along with colorful, cheery graphics and tons of achievements and vehicles to unlock, there was plenty to love in Dashy Crashy in our original review. And while Dashy Crashy was a great–although simple–high score chaser, Dumpling had some major plans for the title and over the next year worked on a massive version 2.0 update which they dubbed Dashy Crashy Turbo. The update hit in early March and added special abilities to the many vehicles in the game, a sweet progression system that had you upgrading your driver's license by completing achievements, a way better system for unlocking cars, 25 brand new cars, and tons more. It was basically a sequel but delivered as a free update to the original game, which was pretty darn cool...

'Neo Angle', a Vibrant Puzzle Game From the Creators of 'Blyss', Is Looking for Beta Testers

Dropout Games have quickly developed a reputation for beautiful minimalistic puzzle games, and their emphasis on accessible gameplay that becomes deceptively difficult is one that suits mobile gaming to a tee. Last year the developers released Blyss [$0.99], which layered an ethereal aesthetic similar to indie hit Firewatch on top of an intuitive dice puzzle mechanic, and in practice it worked rather well. To keep up this momentum, Dropout Games have announced their latest title called Neo Angle, and while its vibrant neon style contrasts that of their previous title, the peculiar pattern-making gameplay looks incredibly cathartic. Not too many details have been released about Neo Angle as of yet, however the developers are looking for beta testers to help try out the game on our forum thread...

I'll be honest with you - Cars is, in my view, one of the weaker Pixar films. Releasing at the precipice of my teenage years means it doesn't have the nostalgic pull of some of the older Pixar franchises, and overall the cast of characters and story just felt a bit hollow and overly commercialised. However, I am no film critic, and this is a mobile gaming website, so such criticism of the movie is my long-winded way of saying that the latest Disney iOS adaptation of the series, titled Cars: Lightning League [Free], actually looks quite impressive for a spin-off title. While featuring the tried and true third person auto-running (or in this case, auto-driving) camera from Temple Run [Free], Cars: Lightning League looks to have some neat and varied gameplay elements that should appeal to younger readers and fans of the franchise alike...

After its shocking reveal with a tournament stream, it took only one night for the Brawl Stars soft launch to happen. Debuting initially in Canada, this means that it's relatively easy to get access to Supercell's top-down multiplayer online shooter. But if you need the specifics on how to do so, well, we have a guide that will get you up and running with the game in a jiffy. While getting soft launched games in a country you don't reside in isn't necessarily the most convenient thing, it's not that difficult to do, you just have to know where you're looking and what to do. Here's how to register an iTunes account in Canada for the Brawl Stars soft launch...

'Brawl Stars' Has Soft Launched on the Canadian App Store, Android Version Coming Soon?

A whole host of massive games have been announced at E3 over the past week, and for some time it appeared that the iOS community had missed out on its own major upcoming release at the event. Thankfully, Supercell saved the day, and the announcement of their next 3-on-3 online shooter Brawl Stars was met with much excitement when it came out of nowhere on Wednesday morning. Best of all, you don't have to wait months to try out the latest release from the makers of Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free], as the beta for Brawl Stars has soft launched in Canada today, and can be downloaded from all regions through using our soft launch guide...

New iOS Games: 'Flipping Legend', 'forma.8 GO', 'Lowlander II', 'Poly Bridge' and TONS More

AHHH!!! This week has so many great games that I'm really not sure where I'm going to find time to play all of them before we record our podcast on Friday. The whole list includes a bunch of indie stuff that's been posted to our forums, but if you don't want to comb through all of that, here's my HOT PICKS of the week in a short list. This week perfectly embodies what I'm always talking about when people like to rant about how there's no good mobile games anymore. There's so many good games I don't have time to play them all. For real...

After a soft launch in a couple of countries last week to make sure everything worked well, Flat Black Films' Lowlander 2: Lowerlander [$2.99], is out now, and officially in competition for the best game name of 2017. This is the sequel to Lowlander [$1.99], which despite its primitive looks was quite the fun Ultima 2-inspired RPG. It's not exactly going to win any best visuals awards, and still looks like something that could have existed three decades ago, but if you like expansive RPGs in the Ultima tradition, this is the game for you!..

I've repeatedly written about the crazy amount of content Sentinels of the Multiverse [$1.99] has received in recent years, and on June 22nd the game is about to get another mega-expansion called Villains of the Multiverse, which is part of Season 2. This expansion brings 10 new Team Mode villains and 4 new environments to the game, and once it releases, almost every deck currently available for the physical version of the game (outside one deck that will also be coming to the game soon) will be available in the video game version of Sentinels. That's quite a feat considering how much content the physical game has...

RareSloth Announces Multiplatform 'King Rabbit 2'

RareSloth Games has found themselves a nice hit with King Rabbit [Free], the sequel to Furdemption [$2.99], which wound up becoming a sustainable game for them. But they're not done with King Rabbit yet, beyond the expansion packs they've released. They want to take another swing at the concept, and expand it not just from iOS to Android, but to PC and console as well. So, the studio has announced King Rabbit 2 is in development...

We're Getting a 'Blade Runner 2049' Game - I Hope It's Good

I love the original Blade Runner movie for many, many reasons, so I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the classic Harrison Ford movie coming to a movie theater near you October 6th, 2017. And it looks like Blade Runner is coming to your devices, too. Today, Alcon Entertainment and Next Games announced that they are working on a Blade Runner 2049 mobile game. Although we don't have much more information about the game, we do know that the game hopes to be a "highly engaging mobile game enjoyed by millions of fans globally."..

Back in August of 2016, we wrote a story about Rovio soft-launching Angry Birds Evolution [Free], and after a year in soft launch purgatory, the game is now out in the US. If you haven't heard anything about Angry Birds Evolution (or you're confusing it with one of the many other Rovio games currently in soft launch), know that this game is Rovio's take on the "bumper cars" style battling popularize by games such as Monster Strike [Free]. You mostly slingshot your characters around with the purpose of hitting your opponent's character at the right angle and with the right amount of power. It's quite a fun mechanic that can make for some fun gaming moments...

Netmarble's 'Lineage2 Revolution' MMORPG Soft Launched

Netmarble is working on an open-world mobile action-RPG in the Lineage series for mobile, and have soft launched it on iOS. Lineage2 Revolution will have you playing in real-time with other people, undergoing quests, fighting monsters, teaming up with others for raids, and more. Netmarble is claiming this is the largest open-world game on mobile. It looks pretty impressive thus far, and considering how there seems to be a real craving for MMORPGs on mobile, perhaps this could finally be the one to scratch the itch?..

If you like your Hearthstone [Free] classes mixed up or want to get a taste of how two-class decks would look, go play Cart Crash at the Crossroads, this week's Tavern Brawl. We've played this one in the past, but as is the case after every expansion, new cards make for fresh brawls. Cart Crash at the Crossroads has you picking a class and getting a random deck, and on the first turn, you get to Discover another class. While your hero power remains the one of your original class, your deck becomes a mix of random cards from both classes. Keep in mind that your win only count towards quests for the original hero you picked...

As was to be expected, Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, whose trailer looks like five movies combined into one, is paying a visit to Transformers: Forged to Fight [Free] in an update that's gone live today. This new update brings backgrounds inspired from various scenes from the upcoming movie. And we are also getting Autobot Drift, the samurai bot with questionable loyalties, as a new playable character. You can find more about his story in the A Question of Loyalty event. Megatron is also back as the new boss of Alliance Missions...

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