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World of Tanks Blitz [Free] is doing a crossover event with Warhammer 40K, and if you like futuristic, fancy looking tanks, you should definitely hop into the game. Macgragge's Thunder, named after the home of the Space Marines, will turn your garage into a Space Marine landing zone filled with drop pods and relics. It looks pretty cool and blends perfectly with the game's interface and overall mood. The most important parts of the event, though, are the two premium vehicles, the Ultramarines Vindicator and the Ultramarines Predator, both of which look really cool and will stand out among all the other vehicles of the game...

The time to get all spooky is drawing nearer, Hearthstone [Free] players, because the Hallow's End celebration update is live on mobile now (although it might take a bit for everyone to get it). First of all, we are getting an all-new dual class Arena Mode where all nine Heroes attend in costume. How does it work? You start an Arena run, pick a Hero and a Hero Power, and then you get to pick from cards belonging to both of the classes (and, of course, neutrals too). And we are all getting a free Arena ticket during Hallow's End, so everyone can check out this new Arena. Additionally, we are getting a special Tavern Brawl, The Headless Horseman Rides, where we get to "disguise" ourselves by using a deck of cards from several classes as well as a passive Hero Power...




After many months of competition, Clash Royale's [Free] Crown Championship World Finals have been announced, and they will take place on December 3rd at the Copper Box Arena in London. The competition was a huge one, with over 28 million unique participants at the start of it and only 16 competitors remaining. And now, the one who will manage to grab that golden crown will also earn $150,000, which is definitely not bad at all. If you're planning on attending the event in person, you can buy tickets now, which are just over 40 British pounds and come with 4 mystery items (which seem to be a figurine, a beanie, a tote bag, and something else)...

I've written extensively about the possibility of Generation 3 creatures from the Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald games making their debut in Pokemon GO [Free], and Niantic have not exactly been subtle in the numerous hints that have been discovered both within and outside of the game. While the biggest indicator thus far has been the discovery of 135 new Pokemon in the datamine of the title's latest update, today a brand new teaser image for an upcoming Pokemon GO Halloween event has emerged that brings even more credence to this theory. As well as touting Gengar, Misdreavus and a Pikachu wearing a witch's hat, third generation ghost-type monsters Duskull and Sableye are also present, suggesting either a partial or complete release of this new cast of creatures before October 31st...

When it comes to SEGA and their 16-bit library, game re-releases tend to fall into one of three categories. First, there are the games that are always included: Sonic, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, and the like. Then, you've got games that are often included, but not always. Phantasy Star 2, Ecco the Dolphin, and Shinobi 3 are examples of this group. Finally, there are games that SEGA only seems to include if they're being very thorough. Sometimes it's because they're tricky to emulate, other times because of rights issues, and still other times where the reason isn't clear at all. Beyond Oasis [Free] used to be part of this group, but it feels like it's slowly moving into the second category instead. Its presence here relatively early on in the SEGA Forever initiative is a good example of its improving fortunes...

Hello everyone. As you probably know by now, every Monday we publish our weekly roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos, but for a variety of reasons, we won't be putting one out this week. Don't worry, though, because it's not like we're leaving you with not Hearthstone-related content. If you haven't read TouchArcade over weekend, you missed out on some great stories from Eli, who got to visit the new Blizzard Arena to watch the Hearthstone Championship Tour. There's a quick interview with pro player Dr. J in lieu of a podcast and another cool story on Eli's experience at the Blizzard Arena. Both of those are definitely worth your time if you're a fan of the game...

ARKit [Free] is slowly but steadily growing and finding its way into more and more gaming experiences, and today it was the turn of the NBA to go all AR with its, you guessed it, NBA AR game. The game is pretty simple: you set up an augmented reality hoop anywhere you want in the world and then proceed to take as many shots as you can in a limited time. You can either take shots from where you're standing or walk back a bit and try and take three point shots. And in the spirit of competition, you get to compare your success (or failures) with your friends on the leaderboards...

War Dragons [Free], Pocket Gems' fire-breathing take on the base building genre, has quite a strong community that's been steadily growing ever since the game came out in 2015. Now, the developers are getting ready to bring Atlas, the first major expansion to the game. Atlas turns the world of War Dragons into an open sandbox 3D realm to explore and devastate, which should give players even more to do. After Atlas hits, players will face ever-changing world updates based on player decision and the territory they control, which should give the game much more variety and encourage them to build better defenses, breed powerful dragons, and in general work together to take down the all the enemy teams...

There are mashups that make sense. And there are ones that make absolutely no sense whatsoever. And then there's the mashup between Angry Birds Evolution [Free] and Iron Maiden that's in a category all in its own. The collaboration is for the Halloween period, so at least that helps it make a bit more sense. Specifically, from October 18th to the 31st, Eddie the Bird will join Angry Birds Evolution, and he will have four evolution states based on four of the band's classic albums: Killers, Powerslave, Somewhere in Time, and Book of Souls. And that's not all apparently. The whole main hub of the game will be dressed up as a heavy metal oasis with plenty of tributes to Iron Maiden, Eddie, and heavy metal in general. I mean, that's pretty fun and very unexpected...

We Bare Bears, the entertaining Cartoon Network show with a pretty big following—especially among the younger ones—is coming to mobile in the form of a game called We Bare Bears: Burrito Bash [Free]. The show, which is all about three bear brothers living among people as if nothing is weird about that, is quite silly in a good way, and it looks like that silliness is coming to Burrito Bash. In the game, Gizz, Panda, and Ice Bear (my favorite, of course) are dying to win an online burrito contest, so they decide to do what every bear would do: strap Grizz into a bumper car in an attempt to film the greatest action movie in history. What wouldn't bears do for a burrito, right?..

Hearthstone [Free] is famous for having some crazy card interactions, but it's also infamous for having some of those interactions resolve in unpredictable ways, which often messes with player decisions and frustrates players (and might even affect the outcomes of matches). Players have been calling for these interaction issues to be fixed, and it looks like the developers are finally starting to remedy those issues. In a video today, Josh Durica, Hearthstone Gameplay Engineer, talked about some improvements coming to the game. The first rule change is in order for "after" triggers to activate, the card needs to be present for the original action. So, when a Wild Pyromancer is summoned by a spell, it won't trigger because it wasn't present at the beginning of the action...

Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp released the latest update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] . In addition to the requisite balance changes to heroes, items, and talents, Version 2.9 sees the release of new skins (including Halloween themed ones), new items, significant changes to vision, and the launch of the newest hero the Churnwalker...

Despite Pokemon GO [Free] being very much the flag-bearer of augmented reality games on the App Store, its relationship with this pioneering new(ish) technology is a somewhat complicated one. As well as being a major source of battery drain, the AR features within the game actually made it harder to catch any colorful creatures, and so the vast majority of Pokemon Trailers I've spoken to turned off the feature within days, if not minutes. It's probably not too outlandish to claim that the vast majority of gamers who do still play Pokemon GO using AR simply do not know there is an option to turn it off - and the game isn't any less engrossing as a result. That being said, there have been some really neat (and awkwardly hilarious) AR photos from the game over the past few months, and Niantic are holding a competition for the best Pokemon GO pictures on Instagram in an attempt to truly bring Cyndaquil, Drowzee and others into the real world...

If you like visiting other players' Minecraft [$6.99] Realms and you also like to see yourself on streams, you should check out today's "Realms Day of Play," organized by Mojang to celebrate the new features in the Better Together update. As you probably know if you play Minecraft, you can now visit someone's Realm just by accepting an invite link. So, today, you can head over to Mixer, Microsoft's streaming service, hit an invite link, and join one of the many streamers participating in Realms Day of Play. All you have to do is search for "Minecraft Realms Day of Play" and head over to those channels to join up. You can even open your own Realm for visits (by putting "Minecraft Realms Day of Play" in the title and the Invite Link in the stream description), although make sure to first download a copy of your Realm to prevent trolling. Head over here for more details on that...

Sorry to disappoint any fans expecting the SEGA Forever series to be literally faithful to its name, as there were only ever 897 Genesis/Mega Drive games published, and only a proportion actually developed by the Japanese company themselves. SEGA Forever - more like SEGA Seventeen Years, am I right? In SEGA's defense, they have released so many titles under this new moniker on the App Store that I can't even remember if I've made this awful joke before, so apologies if my terrible humor has started to get stale. Anyway, another week, another new SEGA Forever game, and this time around it's the short but sweet action RPG Beyond Oasis [Free]. In the game, your protagonist comes equipped with a magical Armlet, which can harness the powers of certain elemental spirits encountered on your travels. Beyond Oasis is definitely one of the strongest of SEGA's back catalogue, and is available to download today for free on the App Store...

Clash Royale's [Free]Touchdown, the recently added new mode, is really fun to play and offers a very different tactical challenge than the normal mode. If you've been having trouble figuring out how best to play it and how to get those Crowns, read on for some very useful tips from the Clash Royale Arena website. First, let's clarify those rules. In this mode you have to get troops into the opponent's endzone. Each time one troop gets into the endzone, you get a crown, and whoever gets to 3 crowns first wins. The first 2 minutes of the match are x1 Elixir and the rest x2 Elixir. And some cards cannot be placed past the middle of the field because they would pretty much break the game...

More and more games are jumping on the AR bandwagon—with mixed success—and today is the turn of the very popular Guns of Boom [Free] to join the ARKit world. The new update adds what the developers are calling an AR Spectator Mode, which allows players to watch matches unfold in real time on their kitchen or living room table. As is the case with other ARKit applications, moving your phone or tablet around will let you experience the match from all kinds of angles and zoom levels, which should make it very entertaining to watch...

It's the most wonderful time of the year, children. And no, it's not Christmas, it's Halloween, of course. As is always the case, Blizzard is celebrating the season in Hearthstone [Free], so, appropriately, we are getting a new hero, the Warlock Nemsy Necrofizzle. This cosmetic hero looks really cool, and really tiny, and should make playing Warlock more fun. There's a catch, though: you can't get Nemsy unless you organize or attend a Fireside Gathering Tavern. Hosting a Fireside Gathering is pretty easy; all you need is three more unique patrons (you can find all the instructions on how to organize or attend one here). As is obvious with how heroes have been distributed so far, Blizzard continues to use them as ways to advertise various aspects of the game. Today it's Fireside Gatherings, a few months back it was Twitch streaming...

Just over a month ago, developer Oddrok released Power Hover: Cruise [Free], a more arcadey, endless high-scoring version of their highly underrated level-based 2015 game Power Hover [$4.99]. Upon launch Power Hover: Cruise offered up four different environments to play through, each with their own unique hazards and features, as well as an extensive cast of playable characters to unlock. Today in our forums, Oddrok has detailed the first big content update for Power Hover: Cruise, which will include three new playable characters and a new environment...

The Warhammer 40K universe has popped up in so many games on the App Store that many players have become numb to any new project, especially given how not all Warhammer 40K games ended up delivering what the fans want and enjoy. There's a new collaboration on the horizon, though, that sounds very appropriate and should be a good one. Wargaming's World of Tanks Blitz [Free] will be hosting some Warhammer 40K tanks soon, and it should be a blast (pun intended). Specifically, the Fort Despair map will be renamed Macragge—the home planet of the Ultramarines—and Warhammer tanks will make their presence known in Blitz. Details are yet to be revealed, but I have a feeling this collaboration should be pretty cool considering how amazing Warhammer 40K tanks can be...

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