Category Archives: Free

Well, everyone expected this to happen, and Supercell obliged. In the upcoming Clash Royale [Free] patch hitting May 3rd, Mortars, Bomb Towers, Elixir Collectors, Cannon, Royal Giants, Mirrors, and more will see much-needed changes. More specifically, Mortar deployment time will be increased to 5 from 3 seconds and damage decreased by 10%. The reason is the Mortar currently is too strong for a building with both offensive and defensive capabilities and offers too much value for 4 Elixir. Also, its use in Arena 8 is too high for such a specialized and contentious card. Bomb Towers will see their lifetime decreased to 40 seconds from 60 seconds because as it stands, the unit is too dominant and difficult to deal with in low to mid Arenas...

Supercell continues trying to level the playing field (at least in terms of hacks and cheats) in Clash of Clans [Free], and as the latest update claims, the efforts have been quite successful so far. The Fair Play status update claims that so far, they haven't had a single false positive even though they've checked even remotely-suspicious cases. The update then goes on to clear up community questions and concerns. Specifically, using Bluestacks or other emulators won't get you banned, playing multiple accounts on one device will not get you banned, playing on a jailbroken/rooted device won't get you banned, and screen recording won't get you banned, unless it changes gameplay in any of Supercell's games...




Prettygreat's second mobile game Slide the Shakes [Free] has been a pretty surprising hit since its launch back in February. The simple and satisfying act of pulling back and launching shakes while trying to get them to stop sliding on a specific landing zone works incredibly well as a mobile game, and Prettygreat was surprised to see how quickly players were devouring the game's original 100 levels. After adding 25 new levels last month for Easter, they're back again with another batch of new Slide the Shakes levels. This time there's a whopping 50 new levels as well as new elements like the portal and wind that'll affect your shake sliding. It's all explained in this needlessly dramatic and action-packed trailer...

It's always a downer when a game you really like at its core is dragged down by external factors. Such is the case with Trap Da Gang [Free], the latest release from Japanese publisher Obokaid'em Games. The basic gameplay is challenging, fun, and wonderfully reminiscent of vintage arcade games from the mid-1980s. But being a free game, it also has an economy that you have to deal with, and while that's not always bad in principle, the extra cruft it brings to the game hurts it. It's still a fun game, but I couldn't help but wish there were some way to play it in a purer form...

I don't know if you've been playing Disney Crossy Road [Free] or not, but if you like Disney characters, you've probably managed to already have Mickey hit by a train or Simba stampeded. Now, in celebration of the new Jungle Book movie, Disney Crossy Road just got an update with a whole new world, The Jungle, and figurines like Mowgli, Baloo, and King Louie. Personally, I'm more into the big cats of Jungle Book, so I'm hoping to get Bagheera and Shere Khan. This update has added 25 new figurines, but 14 of them are super secret. And as the update hints at, "it's ruff out there, so we'll throw you a bone...or 50. Hop to a happily ever after and reunite Pluto with his sweetheart." Let's see if you can figure out those clues...

Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp unleashed the latest update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free]. Along with new skins and the requisite balance changes, 1.17 also introduces the Battle Royale Public Queue, which is the next step into truly making the game a ‘mobile MOBA.’..

When I reviewed the excellent Exploding Kittens [$1.99], I talked about how it's a blast of a game that was a couple of features away from being amazing (that was the actual review title). While I take no credit for the changes, I'm glad to say the developers have just released an update addressing most of my minor complaints. Specifically, the developers have just made the game even more interactive by adding a bunch of fun emotes ranging from simple hellos to throwing tantrums (I plan to use this one too often). The emotes are accompanied by cute sound effects, and, fortunately, you can mute any of the other players. I think this will make games with friends much more fun and games with strangers even weirder (in a fun way, of course)...

Finally! After a few delays (some long, some short) and loads of anticipation on our end, Pathfinder Adventures [Free (HD)] has found the path to the App Store (and to my iPad, of course). Everyone can now stop waiting and start playing. If you don't know whether Pathfinder Adventures is your cup of adventuring tea, let me fill you in. Pathfinder Adventures is a digital card game based on the popular Pathfinder Adventure Card, which is in turn based on the very popular tabletop RPG. Pathfinder Adventures is a 1-4 players cooperative game in which players play unique characters, each with his or her own deck of carts and stats. As you play through the various Adventures, you acquire various spell cards, weapon cards, and so on, that you use to improve your character's deck. I've written a preview of an earlier build that should give you an idea of how the game looks and plays...

Clash Royale [Free] developers continue to tease upcoming changes, and after talking about changes to Legendary cards and Level caps, a recent tweet is also teasing changes to Super Magical Chest drop rate, which will be good news for everyone around. If you don't know what a Super Magical Chest is, well, it's both super and magical. Outside that, Super Magical Chests give at least 6 Epic Cards, with the number of Epics increasing as you get into higher Arenas, plenty of coins, and more. However, many players have - rightly - complained about the number of Super Magical Chests they've received while playing the game to the point where players have created either apps that track Magical chests (like the one we wrote about a month ago) or even extensive cheat sheets showing Super Magical and Magical Chest drop probabilities...

To be honest, I was expecting a Whispers of the Old Gods-centered Tavern Brawl, and instead we got a repeat of Encounter at the Crossroads, the Brawl that has you pick a class, gives you a completely-random deck, and throws you into the match. I've played this Hearthstone [Free] Brawl a few times, and unfortunately it doesn't look like Blizzard tinkered with the RNG at all. So, this means you'll see fewer Whispers of the Old Gods cards than older cards since the WoG set is smaller. I was hoping for a Gods-related Brawl that would show off all the craziness those cards bring to the game, but we'll have to settle with a few WoG cards here and there in an otherwise relatively-entertaining Brawl...

Supercell has constantly been trying to balance the monster that is Clash Royale [Free], and it doesn't plan on stopping any time soon judging by the constant tinkering with all kinds of aspects of the game. In a just-released blog post, Supercell stated that it found some clear areas of improvement when it looked at max level gameplay. So, in the next update they will try and make gameplay feel consistent from the Tournament Rules all the way to the top tiers. The first change is changing the level caps for various cards, with Legendary level cap going from 6 to 5, Epic stays at 8, Rare goes from 10 to 11, Common from 12 to 13, and King from 12 to 13 as well...

Finally, Whispers of the Old Gods, Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, is out now in NA (coming tomorrow to the rest of the world). If you go into the game right now, you'll find three Whispers of the Old Gods packs waiting for you in your Collection, and you should open them straight away because there's one of the four Old Gods hidden in one of them. More specifically, for the first time in Hearthstone history, Blizzard is gifting a Legendary to everyone who will log into the game during the launch window (Blizzard hasn't told us how long that window will be). In those three packs you are guaranteed to get C'Thun, the 10-mana 6/6 Old God, along with two copies of Beckoner of Evil, a card that buffs your C'Thun. So, make sure you jump in and get that really cool-looking Legendary for free...

If you've been playing Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free], you're going to be quite happy with the latest update. The character-collecting and character-battling F2P game was received quite positively (it does take a lot for Star Wars fans to dislike a Star Wars game), and this latest update aims to help all those players form Guilds in order to - possibly - save the galaxy more easily. Guilds are unlocked when players reach level 22, and there's a system in place to let you search for a friend, explore recommended Guilds, or create your own. In addition, new chat functionality lets players strategize with their Guild mates in real time, ensuring that you can blame your friends for not following your perfect strategy. The game will offer ongoing challenges for Guilds and offer both competitive and cooperative opportunities. And, of course, you can customize your logo...

'Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble' Review - Tap, Combine, and Pop

I am absolutely fascinated with Yo-Kai Watch. I've played the localized 3DS game, I watch the television show, and I have several trinkets from the toy line, including the actual titular watch. Having visited Japan for the first time last year I had the good fortune of speaking to residents about what a "Yo-kai" actually is, and how they differ from ghosts or other commonly known spirits. They're mischievous in nature, just like the "gremlins" in western folklore, which sets the perfect tone for a game featuring a crazy red cat that knows kung fu and calls his attacks "Paws of Fury." Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble [Free] is the latest creation in this cross-media venture, and it draws a lot of influence from modern puzzle hits like the Tsum Tsum series in a good way...

As you should all now by know, tomorrow Hearthstone [Free] is switching from its current format to the Standard and Wild formats, and with that change comes a great departure. For the first time ever in Hearthstone history, we'll see an Adventure removed from the shop, and by this time tomorrow, Curse of Naxxramas, Hearthstone's first-ever Adventure, will be gone for a long, long time. While the cards that came with the Adventure will be craftable even after Naxx is no longer in the store, what will be lost is the experience of playing this single-player Adventure and trying to make it through the various wings unscathed...

After watching the first official Clash Royale [Free] tournament a couple of weeks ago, it became pretty clear to me that the game is a great spectator esport (despite its balance issues and obsession with showing the game in portrait mode). On Sunday, April 24th, we are getting another tournament, the CR 1on1 Community Cup #1 Global organized by ESL Gaming, and it looks like it's going to be a fun one. In this tournament you get in touch with your opponent, join together in one of the ESLPlay clans still open, send a Friendly Battle request, and then play and report the results. The whole setup is pretty simple, but of course plenty can (and probably will) go wrong as is the case with any game still making baby steps into becoming a competitive sport...

What is our fascination with post-apocalyptic media? Maybe it's the fear of the unknown, in that things may actually be that dire one day, and a peek into the future is relatively harmless. Maybe it's because some of the greatest filmmakers of our time, including George Miller, flock to projects like that because they provide a blank canvas of expectations -- the world is theirs to create as they see fit. Chrome Death [Free] isn't necessarily that magnificent, but just like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on PC and consoles, it really nails what makes that genre so special...

If you've been following Hearthstone [Free] news the last few weeks, you'll know that Blizzard has been constantly spoiling cards from the upcoming Whispers of the Old Gods expansion. With the expansion releasing April 26th, Blizzard went ahead and revealed all 134 WoG cards yesterday, and everyone's is really excited about what's to come next week. We got to see many of the new cards in action during Blizzard's exhibition matches yesterday, and it's clear to all that the meta is about to blow up and become something unrecognizable and, hopefully, awesome. I hope that with the release of Standard and the new expansion, watching and playing Hearthstone will be filled with unexpected moments not solely because of RNG, but also because of players' deckbuilding decisions...

A few weeks back I wrote about World of Tanks Blitz [Free] Update 2.8 adding a new consumable called Provisions that many felt pushed the game into Pay-to-Win territory. The complaints arose partly because these Provisions were passive boosts that could really tilt the balance in a battle, so many felt that adding another paid consumable on top of the already-existing ones was just too much, especially for those players who are either F2P or don't have enough premium vehicles in their garage. Well, the good news is that Wargaming.net didn't ignore those complaints and, instead, has made several fixes that should hopefully please players...

Following its big crafting update from early last month, Bethesda has launched yet another update for their apocalypse survival simulator Fallout Shelter [Free] today, this time adding the ability to break down your unwanted weapons and outfits and turn them into junk that you can actually use… for crafting stuff! So much synergy going on right now. This update also adds 3D Touch support for those of you on fancy new iPhones so you can hop right into any of your vaults straight from the homescreen icon. Convenient!..

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