Category Archives: Free

Back at the end of May, Obsidian Entertainment announced that a big new content update was in the works for their digital version of popular card game Pathfinder Adventures [Free]. Details were vague at that time but we did know the new content would be called Rise of the Goblins and would be loosely based on the We Be Goblins expansion that was released for the physical version of Pathfinder. This week Obsidian has taken the lid off of Rise of the Goblins and have revealed that the new content will come in the form of an entirely new campaign. It will interweave with the existing Rise of the Runelords campaign but will be played from the perspective of the Goblins. They're introducing two new Goblin characters to star in this new campaign, Ranzak (from Skull & Shackles) and Poog (from Goblin Burn! Deck)...

Flop to the Top in Bizarre Arcade Platformer 'Corporate Salmon', Coming Soon to the App Store

I've seen some pretty strange premise for games, but Corporate Salmon really takes the cake (or takes the cod, if you will). The title doesn't lie - the protagonist of the game is quite literally a sentient salmon, who is determined to climb the corporate ladder through any means possible. In the game, such means include flailing up an escalator, collecting money all the while fending off other rival fish who are also aiming for the stars. It's a salmon-eat-salmon world out there, kids. Beyond its eccentric concept, Corporate Salmon does actually look like quite an inspired take on the one-touch arcade game on the App Store. With a vibrant and eclectic graphical style, some bizarre physics and multiple challenges in the elevator to earn the most money possible, Corporate Salmon is as silly as it is charming, and will be one to look out for when it flops onto the App Store in the next few months...




In January of last year FDG Games and SHD Games released an unassuming little sniper game called Lonewolf [Free] to the App Store. While the sniper genre had been absolutely oversaturated on mobile, Lonewolf managed to stand out from the pack with its unique noir-inspired visuals and an emphasis on telling an interesting story, which was rare for that type of game. We liked Lonewolf a lot in our review and awarded it our Game of the Week back then, and it was pretty universally loved by all who played it. The only problem was that the game ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and players were anxious to find out what happens next in a promised upcoming new chapter… except that chapter never came. ..

Legendary Pokemon have been one of the most requested and eagerly anticipated additions to Pokemon GO [Free] since the game released just over a year ago. While Niantic have remained tight-lipped over when Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and co would make their debut in the ridiculously popular augmented reality release, signs that Legendaries would appear within the game have occurred over the past few months. Today, through an epic reveal trailer reminiscent of that Super Bowl commercial from January 2016, Niantic have announced that Legendary Pokemon will be available to battle in Raid Battles, and then to subsequently catch, in Pokemon GO later this month...

Kenny Sun has amassed a formidable catalogue of releases since his 2014 debut on the App Store. Ever since Spectrum [$0.99] underlined his eclectic design principles three years ago, the Boston-based developer has released a succession of quality mobile gaming hits, with Circa Infinity [$2.99] and Yankai's Peak [$2.99] being bizarrely beautiful but also impossibly immersive puzzle games that suited the platform to a tee. Yankai's Triangle [Free] is potentially the weirdest of Kenny Sun's games thus far, as its colorful, psychedelic graphical design combined with its compulsive triangle-based geometry gameplay resulted in what can only be described as the Sgt. Pepper of the puzzle game genre. We awarded Yankai's Triangle a glowing five star rating in our review last year, and today the game has been reduced to the bargain price of free for the first time ever...

Injustice 2 [Free] 1.5 update is here to chill your summer with four new characters, Captain Cold, Sub-Zero, and two versions of Aquaman. Add all those together, and you can put out any fire and make those rising temperatures halt for a bit. As you would expect, each character has his own skills and style, with Sub-Zero freezing enemies, Captain Cold slowing your opponent's regeneration, and so on. Maybe these four will help keep your phone cool while you're playing in these pretty high temperatures. The update has also added more story for you to play, with Chapter 2 making its way into the game. You can play as Harley Quinn and get all those rewards at the end of the story rainbow...

We've been following the development of Project MALLOW [Free] for a while now, as its intuitive marshmallow-slinging mechanic combined with its abundant charm and deceptively sinister storyline looks like a sickly sweet winning formula. With over one hundred levels of rock-hard puzzle platforming to overcome in this obstacle-strewn candy factory, Project MALLOW aims to join the likes of Super Meat Boy and Downwell [$2.99] in the hardcore, retro and infuriatingly difficult gaming renaissance of late, and has today launched on the App Store as a free download, supported by an interesting lives-based monetisation system...

'Leap On!', Noodlecake's Next One-Touch Arcade Game, Is Set to Bounce Onto the App Store Tomorrow

While the Italian plumbers and cocky blue hedgehogs tend to save the day with their characteristic swagger and charm, there's something about undefined, faceless blob heroes and heroines that flick a particular switch inside me. Whether it's the pink transmuting ball of magical gust that is Kirby, or the strangely anthropomorphic protagonist in classic iOS platformer Bounce On [$1.99], I'm all for spherical avatars in my video games. Leap On! follows such a formula, as the latest release from Noodlecake and Flying Pants Games features an orbiting white ball that must be flung and bounced around a hazardous environment of nefarious black shapes to achieve the highest score possible. As a neat little arcade title, Leap On! looks to be as fun as the dot is cute, and will be worth a look when it launches on the App Store on July 19th as a free download...

Pokemon GO's [Free] developer, Niantic, has been steadily pushing the game to be more than just entertainment. We've had all kinds of attempts at bringing communities together, and recently another such effort was announced. Niantic will be challenging the youth of Boston to create new PokeStops around the city in an effort to push students to explore their communities and to promote civic advocacy. The challenge will run until August 18th, and it should be quite a fun way for young Bostonians to explore the city while playing Pokemon GO...

A few weeks back, Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] announced it would be doing "Twitch Drops," free content offered to players who link their Bethesda account with Twitch and then watch streams. Initially, the announcement didn't draw a lot of attention, but from what I've been hearing from players, this new way of promoting the game has been quite effective since everyone likes free stuff, and watching a stream (even on mute) beats grinding to get enough gold to buy packs. The drops at the moment are 600 gold (which get you 6 packs at 100 gold each), a random legendary card, or enough soul gems (the equivalent of Hearthstone's dust) to craft a legendary. In other words, these drops are nothing to look down upon and are definitely not cosmetic things...

Hit MOBA 'Honor of Kings' Labelled As "Poison" by the Chinese Government, as They Threaten a Further Crackdown on Online Games

Even though the PC and MMO sector of the industry is comfortably the largest in the world and worth over $12 billion, video games are a relatively nascent concept in China. Consoles were banned until 2015 in the East Asian country, and despite China's formidable eSports reputation and booming social network gaming scene, the government is still grappling to control the unprecedented and uncontrollable popularity of many mobile MMO titles. Honor of Kings is one such game, and with 200 million players since its 2015 release that results in the title making up to 40% of Tencent's total mobile games revenue, it has proved to be a runaway hit in China thus far. However, amidst legitimate fears of children becoming addicted to such massively online releases, the Chinese government has this week labeled Honor of Kings as 'poison' in the state-run People's Daily paper, and has threatened further action against Tencent to crack down on the influence such games have over vulnerable young gamers...

Ben Brode's AMA, Quest Rogue, Lich King, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #105

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern everyone, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup. We put together the best stories and videos from last week, and it was a pretty good week. Knights of the Frozen Throne, the next expansion, is rapidly closing in, and even though we didn't have any reveals this week (they start on the 24th), we still had some expansion-related talk. There was also Ben Brode's informative AMA, Caverns Below nerf, a silly Lich King ad, and much more. And, of course, plenty of fun and informative videos. Now let's all try and push July to move faster so August, and the expansion, arrive. Long live the Lich King...

In reality, two years isn't a particularly long time. However, in the rapidly moving maelstrom that is the App Store, 24 months is essentially an era in itself, especially when what can seem like all-encompassing fads such as Flappy Bird or Pokemon GO [Free] can come and go in a matter of weeks. As a result, it's great to see Brickies [Free] finally be updated for the first time since June 2015, especially amidst the ominous signs of the impending 32-bit Appocalypse...

Devious Party Game 'Triple Agent' Set to Release July 20th on the App Store

While there are a few exceptions, tabletop games generally fail to captivate me in the same manner as actual video games on devices such as the iPhone and iPad. However, Werewolf, Mafia and all the derivations of the party group game formula that result in you deceiving those closest to you and severing all life-long friendships always go down brilliantly with lots of people, even if the multitude of elements can lead to some sessions going somewhat off the rails. The upcoming Triple Agent aims to address this age-old issue, as developer Tasty Rook has married the exciting formula from the aforementioned party games to create a rather impressive looking product. I can't wait to show Triple Agent to my Werewolf obsessed friends, and the developers have today announced that the game will launch on the App Store for free on July 20th...

The entertaining Crash of Cars [Free], the real-time multiplayer game inspired by .io games, continues to grow, and the game's latest update has added plenty of new content. We got a water park update recently, but now we got something very different. First of all, the game got a new Castle-themed map, which includes catapults (of course) and even a gladiator battle arena. The new arena is definitely an appropriate addition to game that's all about going medieval on each other with every chance we get. The update also added 7 new cards, including a couple that were designed with the medieval theme in mind...

Just last week we posted the newest trailer and release date for Card Monsters, a card battler from developer Mu77 that's been in the works for quite some time and is hoping to revolutionize the genre on mobile by paring down battles to 3 minutes or less. Well, as promised, Card Monsters: 3 Minute Duels [Free] indeed hit the App Store globally today. Besides its quick matches, Card Monsters also boasts a simplified deck building system where you'll choose just 8 monster types and 8 item types out of a total pool of 450 cards. The monster cards can be leveled up giving them an upgraded status, new skills, and even new card art. In addition, all the monster cards can be augmented by equipping them with items, hopefully offering a nice variety of tactics and strategies for every player. ..

Bullet hell shmup Phoenix II [Free] is a really fun game, and it has continued growing ever since it came out. To celebrate the game's first anniversary, the developers will be releasing the 3.0 update on Thursday, July 27th, which will be adding plenty of new features to the game, although not all of them have been announced yet. The first new feature is an update to the game engine to support the 120 FPS of the new iPad Pros, and I can't wait to see how a bullet hell game like Phoenix II looks at 120 FPS. The developers claim that the upgrade makes the controls more responsive and the action more fluid. We've been wondering whether game developers would take advantage of this technology, and I'm glad to see them starting to do so...

Get ready some plenty of madness and craziness as the monthly Chaos Arena returns to Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] tomorrow, July 14th. The Chaos Arena is a special event that changes how the game plays and makes for some fun times. There are randomly selected scenarios and lane conditions that make your PvP matches pretty entertaining and a nice change from the usual PvP modes. The scenarios can force players to switch decks, start with 3 additional magicka (which can really change how a deck plays), or spawn different creatures in different lanes...

We are all probably pretty used to official movie-based mobile games by now, with the vast majority of them being pretty bland or quick money grabs. Luc Besson's sci-fi movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is coming out July 21st, so today we got Valerian: City of Alpha [Free], the official (and free) iOS and Android mobile game. Valerian: City of Alpha is a "strategic builder simulation game" that has you creating, growing, and managing your own space station, crafting space ships and getting the appropriate crew, and then exploring the Valerian universe all around you...

Pokemon GO [Free] continues to grow both in terms of features and in terms of opportunities to play the game with others in public, and today the developer unveiled some more information about Pokemon GO Fest Chicago and Safari Zone events and an emphasis on players working together. Specifically, on July 22nd players in Chicago's Grant Park will be able to participate in three Challenge Window activities, which require players to work together to catch certain types of Pokemon. During that time, players outside of Chicago can also participate in the event by catching as many Pokemon as possible during the Challenge Windows to increases the bonuses unlocked by those at the Fest. If players around the world catch enough Pokemon, a mystery challenge will be revealed at the Chicago Fest, and that one will have the potential to unlock an even bigger bonus for players across the world...

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