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Did you like smashing things together when you were a child? My guess is probably yes. The latest Train Conductor World [Free] update will tap into that nostalgia by letting you go ahead and crash trains to your heart's content. Normally, in Train Conductor World you're trying to keep your trains from smashing into each other as any responsible adult would do. The latest update, called Crash Test Mode, does away with the burden of responsibility that comes with being an adult and lets you go ahead and have different types crash test trains smash into each other while you gleefully watch (all the while trying to perfect your evil madman laugh). The Crash Test Mode has been enabled for every location in the game, so here's your chance to see what happens when you intentionally smash huge machines together...

We all know that Candy Crush Saga [Free] has been a huge success, but it's sometimes hard to put in numbers how big a game actually is. So, to celebrate the one trillion Candy Crush Saga games played, King has put in numbers just how big this game has been since it launched a few years back. One trillion games translates to every person in the world playing approximately 140 times. That's a lot of games played. If you add together the daily distance swiped by mobile players, it comes up to 140 thousand times the height of the tallest building in the world. And on average, 18 billion game rounds are being played every month, which again is a mind-blowing number if you try to wrap your head around it...




If you were one of the many complaining about the current state of the Hearthstone [Free] meta and, specifically, about a number of problematic cards, this announcement should make you quite happy (although you can never please everyone). Blizzard has decided to jump in and make some drastic changes to Basic and Classic cards, which are the core of the Standard set, and these changes are going to change quite a few decks. But first, let's start with the biggest change of them all, Yogg-Saron's nerf. While its stats and battlecry remain the same, if while it's doing its whole spell casting thing the card gets destroyed, silenced, transformed, or returned to its owners hand, the spell casting ends. This is a pretty big change because there are many spells that can have one of the those effects on Yogg-Saron, so hopefully this will make the card less of an auto-include...

If you've been playing Hearthstone [Free] Brawls for at least over a year, then you'll remember Boom Bot Vs Annoy-o-Tron from exactly a year ago (give or take a couple of days). As you can imagine if you know the cards themselves, Boom Bot's Hero power deals 2 damage randomly split among all enemies and Tron's gives the lowest attack minion Divine Shield and Taunt. You get to play with pre-constructed decks, with Boom Bot's deck geared towards plenty of explosive cards and Tron's taking advantage of cards with taunt and mech synergies. As you can imagine, this is a pretty "explosive" brawl and a pretty fun one too...

If you enjoy playing NBA Live Mobile [Free], the latest update should make you happy. As of yesterday, the game has been update to reflect the 2016-2017 NBA season, and that means new courts, jerseys, and new rosters, including new rookies. The new update has also added Daily Objectives to the game and a ton of fixes to the gameplay. The most important ones are improvements to the passing game that now allow you to pass the ball around the perimeter without losing it easily, bumping into other players doesn't mean you'll lose the ball now - although the AI can still steal the ball from you - alley-oop mechanics have been fixed (which was a huge community request according to the developers), and much more fine tuning...

Soccer (or, as the majority of the world calls it, football) fills a rather large void in my life, and so any video game that tries to emulate The Beautiful Game will definitely be on my radar. While FIFA 17 may be the big event of the week, it's an update to a slightly smaller football simulator that has made me most excited over the past few days. The game, of course, is New Star Soccer [Free] - being one of the mainstays on my iPhone for years, the perpetual updates since its release on iOS back in 2012 have gone a long way to altering the experience, for better and for worse. While a transition to freemium threatened to spoil what was one of the most compulsive mobile games of recent memory, New Star Games managed to balance and improve the experience well enough that it still remains an enjoyable arcade soccer simulator in the App Store. Today, the developers have released their biggest update yet for New Star Soccer, and have provided a complete graphical facelift to bring the game firmly into 2016...

The sheer number of mobile devices out in the wild coupled with the ease of downloading apps and their tendency to be free means that download milestones can get pretty crazy compared to other platforms. A million or, heck, even half a million units sold on another platform would be a huge success for most studios, but on mobile it's not even a drop in the bucket anymore. Which brings me to the news that FDG's ape-themed auto-runner Banana Kong [Free] has just reached the 100 million downloads mark across all platforms, and to celebrate FDG will be bringing a huge Beach-themed update to the game on iOS this Thursday. Here's a video showcasing the new Beach content...

Infinite Dreams, the developers of the excellent shoot 'em up Sky Force Reloaded [Free], should probably change their name to 'Infinite Updates'. Whether it's laser raptors, as we saw in the latest 'D Update', or brand new tournament modes, the game has been supported impressively since launch, which even by App Store standards has been incredibly impressive. It will therefore come as no surprise that the hardworking development team have released yet another update that, while serving as a stopgap until the big addition of the new Level 13, adds a lot of interesting features that will only further cement Sky Force Reloaded as one of the most essential games within the shmup genre on iOS...

FIFA 17  is coming out tomorrow for PC and Consoles, and you can download EA's FIFA 17 Companion [Free] today to help you stay connected to your teams once the game comes out. The Companion is all about the Ultimate Team mode and allows you to use the transfer market at all times - great for being able to pick up a player right at the last minute - manage your squad and your club by changing formations and using your consumables as needed, and visit the store to buy packs, a good thing since FIFA shops tend to run many limited time specials. So as you can tell, these are all useful features for anyone planning on spending time on the Ultimate Team side of FIFA 17...

Yogg-Saron (Again), RNG Talk (Again), Cheap Legend Decks, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #66

Welcome to another weekly roundup of everything that's happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This has been another week where players have complained about the state of the meta and about how the game doesn't feel as fun as it used to. I feel we're going to be hearing the same complaints until we get new cards, get cards nerfed, or get cards banned. When will that happen, I have no idea, but it's hard to ignore the fact that we are once more going through very interesting times. Outside the complaining part, we got news on the upcoming World Championship, more on the making of One Night in Karazhan, and much more. So, on we go...

PikPok have seemingly been around forever in the iOS gaming scene, and have released a number of App Store classics, many of which remain on my phone to this day. While there have been numerous memorable collaborations with Adult Swim such as the excellent Monsters Ate My Metropolis [Free], it's probably Flick Kick Football [$1.99] that has take up the most of my time, as the arcade soccer mechanics merged with what were (at the time) innovative touch screen controls proved to be a natural mix. However, PikPok's newest game is nothing like either of these titles; Shadow Wars [Free], which has today launched worldwide, takes a far more serious take on the Puzzle-RPG genre, and tasks you with battling demonic creatures around the globe, through color-matching gameplay that necessitates well thought out moves and strategic planning...

Supercell has a history of producing silly commercials for its games - like the Rules of the Duel commercials from a month ago - so I'm not surprised they just released some silly new ones about various Clash Royale [Free] units. These videos are mostly sing-alongs and include all kinds of music styles performed in the silliest of ways. There's a video about the Mini P.E.K.K.A, one for the Log (extremely silly one), and new Rules of the Duel videos that show off the Giant Skeleton, the (hated) Prince, and even enemies in general. All of them are very well made, as is always the case, and are definitely charming enough to get people who haven't played the game interested in trying it out...

A couple of weeks back we wrote about World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] doing a Valkyria Chronicles crossover, and it looks like Wargaming won't be stopping there. In addition to Valkyria Chronicles, the tank game will be getting a tank designed by famed mechanical designer, Kunio Okawara, a pioneer of Mecha art and design in Japan who has worked on Gundam and the Brave Series. If you don't know what a mechanical designer is, it's a designer who focuses not on human characters but primarily on robots, ships, and so on. So, it's easy to see how he would be the right person to design a tank. The tank he'll be designing will be called the O-47, and all we have is a half-lit image of it, so we'll see how it will look when it's all done...

While the last update for Pokemon GO [Free] added a whole variety of new features, such as buddy Pokemon and Pokemon GO Plus support, this still wasn't enough for many fans who were still praying for an imminent addition of online trading and battling. Such inclusions still seem to be on the horizon, however the newest 1.9.0 update appears to address some smaller issues with the augmented reality app that may not be as explicitly obvious to the majority of users. In the most recent update, which is in the process of rolling out to all Pokemon GO players, Niantic have added details on the specific location a Pokemon can be caught, which will be visible on the individual critter's stat page. Furthermore, Pokemon GO Plus support for Incense has been added, so any wild creatures encountered with the item will also be available for capture. And, as ever, minor bug fixes have been included to make Pokemon GO a slightly more stable experience...

If you have young ones who enjoy Disney princesses, you might want to pick Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures [Free], which has just released. The game is a collection of entertaining minigames focused on four princesses: Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, and Tiana. Among other things, you can help Rapunzel paint her wall murals and find Pascal, explore the sea as Ariel (who is a certifiable hoarder and prime candidate for Hoarders: Disney Edition), be all inquisitive as Belle while also getting to fight off a pack of wolves, and help Tiana cook the recipes from her famed restaurant...

If you enjoy the Fallout games and Fallout Shelter [Free] (and there are few gamers who don't belong in any of those two categories), then you'll be happy to know that the latest Fallout Shelter update has followed the latest trend and added sticker support for iOS 10 iMessage, and those stickers are pretty cool. You can get all kinds of fun Vault Boy faces along with animated Vault Boys and plenty of roaches, all of which are sure to add a nice tinge of apocalypse and a bit of radioactivity in your next message exchange. Perfect for Valentine's Day or when the world is about to end; what better way to say "honey, the apocalypse is here" than with a Vault Boy thumbs up sticker?..

While there's a lot of talk about Hearthstone's [Free] competitive scene right now and whether it's on the right path, the fact remains that we are getting closer to BlizzCon and, therefore, the Hearthstone World Championship. Blizzard has now given us more details on the dates, times, and format of the World Championship. So, first the general information. There will be a prize pool of $1.000.000 this year, the biggest ever, and the group stages will take place between October 26th-30th, which is the Opening Week. Each group will consist of four competitors, one from each of the four regions (Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and China). They will be seeded according to their HCT Points that they've accumulated throughout the season...

Even though the wait for the third series of Rick and Morty grows more and more excruciating by the day - and BoJack Horseman is threateningly close to overtaking it as my favourite animated series at the moment - Pocket Mortys [Free] has remained strong, with constant support in the form of free content updates. The last substantial update to the Morty collecting simulator added a massive new tournament mode on the single player side of things, as well as a whopping twenty eccentric variations to collect, which only continued to elevate Pocket Mortys beyond its original inception as an entertaining and unashamedly Pokemon influenced piece of fan service, to a truly expansive experience, all for the price of zero dollars. Today, the series creator Justin Roiland hinted at yet another new update hitting Pocket Mortys tomorrow, with a Pirate Morty, a Beach Hipster Morty, and most amazing/shocking of all, a Summer Morty, which I cannot wait to collect...

It was good while it lasted, wasn't it? After many weeks holding the Top Grossing spot of the US App Store, Pokemon GO [Free] has lost its throne. Pokemon GO sat on that iron throne for 74 days, below the record holder Clash of Clans (374 days) and Candy Crush Saga (109 days). Still, that's a more than respectable (and profitable) run for the game and one that I'm sure Niantic is pretty happy about. Who dethroned the king? That would be Supercell's Clash Royale [Free]. The main reason behind Clash Royale's coup is its latest content update that has muted emotes (a sore spot for many players) and, more importantly, added new chests and new cards, also known as new ways for players to spend money on the game...

I know that today you were probably wishing for more RNG in your Hearthstone [Free]. Well, never say that Blizzard isn't listening since this week's Tavern Brawl is Randomonium, one of those Brawls we've had multiple times in the past. Is that a bad thing? In this case no because I do enjoy this one despite (or maybe because of?) its craziness. So, in Randomonium you pick a class, get a random deck, and then play a game where card cost is random every single turn. So, as you can imagine, you don't know what you're getting next and you don't know how much it will cost the next turn. This brawl is not about good strategies but more about trying to make the most of each turn and, primarily, having fun with all the crazy RNG that's bound to happen...

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