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A few weeks back, we wrote about Telltale's substantial layoffs and promise to focus on fewer, better quality games. We haven't heard much about Telltale's future since then, but a recent interview by Telltale's new CEO, Pete Hawley, points to the kind of changes we might see down the line. Hawley first talked about the adverse effect Telltale's multitude of projects had on the games' quality and innovation, and how players (correctly) felt that games had become predictable. He feels that Telltale moved away from the "magic" of season one of The Walking Dead [Free] by moving toward pure narrative and letting go of some of the interactivity and engagement of that original game. The real sense of consequences isn't there anymore in the way it was in The Walking Dead...

One of last year's best games, and really one of the more enjoyable and unique games for mobile in general, was Kestrel Games' Rule with an Iron Fish [$2.99]. It's a game about fishing but is certainly not a fishing simulation game, of which there are several on the App Store. Instead, Rule with an Iron Fish almost feels like one of those incremental idle games, but one where you actually DO stuff. The progression system is addictive as you're constantly catching new fish, getting new equipment, and unlocking new areas. Everything has a grander feel to it though as there's also a full world to explore filled with non-player characters to interact with, all of which have quite colorful personalities. It's like many of the best parts of an RPG have been whittled down into a super-mobile friendly package with a perfect gameplay loop for short gaming sessions. Oh, and did I mention it's a totally paid, premium title with no IAP? tl;dr: I love Rule with an Iron Fish...




After digging a little deeper into obscurities for the last couple of releases, SEGA has gone back to one of their tried and true 16-bit franchises for the latest addition to the SEGA Forever line-up. The Streets of Rage series has lain dormant for a very long time now, but in its heyday, it was one of SEGA's most successful action brands. To this day, I still consider Streets of Rage 2 to be one of the very best side-scrolling beat-em-ups ever made. But we're not here to talk about the sequel. Well, not yet anyway. No, today we're looking at the original Streets of Rage [Free], a game that may be lesser than its follow-up but still packs a pretty solid punch. Happily, SEGA has given the game the finest treatment we've seen for a new SEGA Forever release yet...

Just in time for the weekend and the upcoming holidays, Pokemon GO [Free] has added the 50 new Pokemon from the Hoenn Region and its dynamic weather system. As we talked about in a story earlier this week, this update brings Pokemon like Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, and many other ones to the game, so get ready to go hunting if you want to complete your collection. In addition to adding more Pokemon, the game now has a dynamic weather system that ties into the real-world weather of the location you're playing at. And the new weather system isn't just cosmetic...

Supecell has the art team (and money) to make some great Clash Royale [Free] commercials, and the latest one, called "Cards Coming to Life," is one of the best commercials yet. The commercial turns many of your favorite Clash Royale characters into perfectly designed anime characters that truly belong on your TV. It's actually a bit funny that the commercial demonstrates how better Clash Royale's art would be if it adopted a style closer to anime versus the one it has now. And that's saying something given how fun the current art style of the game is...

Over the past decade I've grown to love a lot of iPhone games, but there's a handful of games that I love on a whole different level, like I SUPER DUPER LOVE them. Andy Wallace's Particle Mace [$2.99] is one of those games. Released in early 2015, Particle Mace on first blush looks like your typical retro-inspired top-down space shooter. Except… you can't shoot. After finding your ship's weapons nonfunctional, you improvise by tying a bunch of garbage to an array of bungie-like cords to your ship. You defeat enemies and smash asteroids by zipping around and using your momentum to sling that makeshift weapon (let's just call it oh I don't know a PARTICLE MACE) into them, and it is honestly one of the most unique and satisfying gameplay mechanics I've ever used. Here's the trailer for Particle Mace so you can see what I'm very poorly attempting to explain in action...

Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy [$4.99] is one of those games where you'll want to tie your phone to your wrist because chances are you'll be flinging it across the room multiple times. I've been playing around with the game since it came out yesterday, and it's perfect on mobile but still hugely frustrating; and yet that's part of its charm. As we wrote about yesterday, Getting Over It is the new game from QWOP [$0.99] developer, and it's made its way to mobile with the help of Zach Gage, the developer of games like Flipflop Solitaire. The gameplay is pretty simple: you have to swing your way to the top of this enormous mountain filled with all kinds of obstacles. Climbing is tricky though when all you have to work with is a huge hammer. Add to that how half of your body is for some reason stuck in a cauldron, and you're in for a huge challenge...

The collectible card game Shadowverse [Free] continues to grow, and soon we will see the game's seventh expansion called Chronogenesis, coming December 28th. This huge set will add 138 cards to the game, which is much more than what we got from expansions in the past. The reason this expansion is larger is that it brings to the game an all new class called Portalcraft, the eighth of the game. So, the developers decided to add a ton of Portalcraft cards at once to bring the class into a playable state, able to compete with other ones. Portalcraft cards will add enchanted lifeforms and peculiar beings to the game (artifacts and puppets for instance), and their key distinction from other classes is the Resonance mechanic. Cards played with Resonate can activate special abilities and effects when there's an even number of cards in your deck. You can read more about Portalcraft here...

Kobolds & Catacombs, the latest Hearthstone [Free] expansion, is finally live in NA and EU everyone, so go start opening decks and buildings decks. You will venture into a huge underground world that Kobolds have mindlessly carved over thousands of years. Treasures await you but so do all kinds of monsters, perils, and construction that isn't up to code. Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone's seventh expansion, adds 135 new collectible cards to the mix, all revolving around those silly Kobolds and their candles. The expansion adds a new keyword, Recruit, which summons a random minion from your deck and will be fun to play around with. We are also getting Spellstones, spells that can be upgraded if the player fulfills specific conditions, and, for the first time, Legendary Weapons...

Critical Ops [Free] has solidified itself as the "Counter Strike" of mobile since its release in October 2016. It has continued to foster an extremely loyal fan-base while bolstering a respectable eSports scene. There seems to be tournaments around every corner, as well as several other opportunities for competitive mobile gamers to challenge (or flaunt) their skills against other players. However, one of the common complaints seen/heard within the Critical Ops community is the game's small number of maps. Luckily, a new update has emerged today that brings a whole new map, friend chat, tutorial changes, spawn changes, and crosshair fixes to the game...

Here I am doing my weekly deep dive into the inner depths of the App Store to scrounge up all the new games for our weekly roundup, and I just happened to notice that Reigns: Her Majesty [$2.99] is available right this minute in the App Store despite it being scheduled to go live tomorrow. Hey, I'm not complaining! For those unaware, Reigns: Her Majesty is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed original Reigns which had you ruling a kingdom and making life-changing sociopolitical decisions like you were swiping for a date on Tinder. It's freaking awesome, and this sequel not only has you playing as a Queen this time around (which you probably could have guessed from the title) but it also adds tons of new features and elements to really supercharge the original game's mechanics...

HQ Live Trivia Game Show [Free] continues to grow at a rapid pace, so rapid actually that the developers are struggling to improve the huge lag that has been frustrating players. Still, the iOS app has seen a 100 times increase in players over the last month or so, so it makes sense that the developers' next step is to bring the game over to Android. And it looks like the Android version is coming before Christmas. The developers tweeted that HQ has a nice little stocking stuffer coming the Android way, and since you don't stuff stockings after Christmas, the app should be dropping within the next two weeks and a bit...

It's been a long journey, but as promised back in October the latest chapter to the stylish puzzle adventure Agent A: A Puzzle in Disguise [$4.99] has just landed in the App Store. Originally launched way back in October of 2015, Agent A is an escape room-style point-and-click adventure that has you playing as the titular Agent A as you try to apprehend the enemy spy known as Ruby La Rouge. The game has an awesome '60s-era spy style and plenty of clever puzzles to solve, and we enjoyed it a lot in our original review. About the only thing we didn't like was how abruptly it all ended, but developer Yak & Co rectified that issue by releasing a new chapter entitled Chapter 3: Ruby's Trap in December of last year, and then retroactively splitting the original release into two separate chapters to fit their episodic structure better. That paved the way for today's release of Chapter 4 which is entitled A Narrow Escape...

It's almost time for Kobolds & Catacombs, Hearthstone [Free] players, and the patch that prepares the ground for the expansion has just gone live. While you won't really say any changes right now, you can get excited about all the new cards and the Dungeon Run mode. The new patch notes give us a taste of the new quests we are getting in the game. For instance, we are getting a repeating daily quest called Spelunker that gives you a 1 Classic card pack for defeating 5 Dungeon Run encounters, an incentive for people to play Dungeon Run for more than just fun. The update also adds a reconnect countdown when your opponent disconnects, a useful feature for mobile...

For anyone who has played developer Bennett Foddy's landmark release QWOP [$0.99], you'll know that it's a game that makes the simple act of running into an unimaginably difficult endeavor. Back in October, Foddy revealed his newest game called Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy through that month's Humble Bundle, and it took a similar approach to challenging players to do basic movements using extremely difficult mechanics. This is a game for the masochists out there. Today, an iOS version of Getting Over It [$4.99] has arrived, and it is a total hoot. You play as a man sitting in a metal cauldron holding a sledgehammer-type tool, and your only means of moving is to use the sledgehammer to push yourself off of whatever you can find to lunge yourself forward. The goal is to climb a rocky landscape that would be difficult for even the most able-bodied person to climb, and is basically impossible for this cauldron-bound gentleman. Check out the trailer...

Pokemon GO [Free] continues to grow in fun ways, and the game's next update will change things up considerably. First of all, 50 more Pokemon originally discovered in the Hoenn region are now available to catch, with even more Hoenn region Pokemon arriving in the coming weeks. Pokemon like Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip and many more are running around the world waiting to be caught (kind of sad, isn't it when you think about it?). Even more interestingly, the new update adds dynamic weather that ties into the real-world weather of the location you're playing at, and this dynamic weather is more than just cosmetic...

Blizzard has been diversifying its Hearthstone [Free] pre-expansion push in all kinds of interesting ways, and after giving us things like the Critical Role episode the other day, today it's putting on a Kobolds & Catacombs Escape Room live event starring some popular personalities like Trump and Day9. The participants will have to escape a custom-made Kobolds & Catacombs if they are to claim King Togwaggle's gold. I'm very curious to see how Blizzard went about designing the various puzzles that will try and stop the team from busting out in time to get their hands on the gold. I expect fun shenanigans in this novel idea...

If you're looking for a collectible card game that offers something different from games like Hearthstone and Magic, you might want to check out Runewards [Free], which has just released worldwide (outside China, though). Runewards takes inspiration from Gwent, the PC-only card game inspired by the Witcher 3, and by doing so offers a fresh take on mobile card games. The basic idea behind Runewards is you play against your opponent in a best of three matches, and your goal is to have more points than your opponent at the end of each round. Even if the game was just about that, it would be different enough from other card games to warrant your attention...

Kobolds & Catacombs Card Reveals, Dungeon Run, The Darkness, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #119

Hello everyone, and welcome to the last Touchstone Tavern prior to Hearthstone's [Free] Kobolds & Catacombs release. Finally, we're only a few days away from a ton of cool cards joining the game, and I (and many others) can't wait to start building all sorts of fun and silly decks (and, occasionally, some strong ones). As you would expect, last week's news was all about the expansion and the many new card reveals, but there were also some other fun happenings (like the Critical Role episode). Also, only a few days left before we get the Dungeon Run mode, the new single-player mode that will give players even more to do in-game. Overall, the upcoming expansion appears to have awoken the community from its relatively slumber, and that can only mean good things for the game.It's a good time to be a Hearthstone player...

Hearthstone's [Free] Kobolds & Catacombs expansion is almost upon us (3 days from release at this point), so most of its cards have already been revealed. However, there's plenty of them we still haven't seen. That's being remedied as we speak. Game Director Ben Brode and streamer Day9 are currently livestreaming a ton of card reveals in a marathon stream, so if you want to see more Kobolds & Catacombs cards in action (they are running all kinds of crazy Kobolds decks), watch the stream embedded below. If you're the kind of a person who prefers surprises, then avoid the stream because you only have to have patience for a few more days until the expansion is revealed...

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