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Ready for the Madden 2016 Season? Madden NFL Mobile [Free] has just received the 3.4 update that brings the new season to the game, and it comes bearing gifts. The latest update makes quite a few gameplay improvements, including letting your QB scramble if there's an opportunity (or if large men are chasing him down), adding dozens of Offensive Plays as well as Defensive Gameplans, which allow you to prepare numerous gameplans for specific offensive schemes like 2-point conversion etc. These changes should make players feel like they are more in control, although it all depends on how well your players actually respond to the gameplans...

Top 2 was a Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl back in May that was very entertaining and brought up a contest of sorts of who could make the most effective deck consisting only of copies of 2 cards. This time around, we are getting Top 3, which is bound to be even crazier. In this Tavern Brawl, you pick 3 cards and end up with a deck consisting of copies of just those 3 cards. Reddit has already sprung into action with a huge list of combos that work well in this Brawl. You could, of course, try and come up with your own 3-card combo instead. Know this: Prince Malchezaar is a fun card to pick in this Brawl because of all the Legendaries you'll get in your deck, but because Top 3 tends to be quick, you might never get a chance to play those fancy Legendaries...




Stoneblade's and Playdek's Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Free] continues to be one of the best card games on mobile, and the many expansions it has received have definitely helped it stay fresh and fun. Today, Ascension got its 9th(!) expansion, Dreamscape, which changes up the game quite a bit. In Dreamscape, you join the heroes of New Vigil as they explore the Dreamscapes. The expansion adds the new Insight resource and Dreamborn cards, which allow players to access Dream cards and other powers. You can use the Dreamscape to access the new Vision cards, which are pretty powerful, as well as the usual Heroes and Constructs...

Apparently, the rumors of Pokemon GO's [Free] demise are greatly exaggerated. Even though there has been a big drop in popularity, the game is still immense and is making a ton of money. According to a study by Slice Intelligence, Pokemon GO's paying population has dropped almost 80% since its peak on July 15th, which sounds like terrible news for Niantic, right? Well, not quite. You see, the game was so big when it launched, it nearly doubled the number of in-game spenders in the mobile gaming market as a whole. In other words, this one game created a huge spike in people spending money on mobile games...

In June of last year, a phenomenal puzzle/action platformer named Furdemption [$2.99] took the App Store by storm. We loved it in our review, as did players in our community. It was easily one of the best games of 2015. Then in September, just over a year ago in fact, developer RareSloth announced that a level editor would be coming to Furdemption that would allow players to create and share levels forever and ever and ever! Well, due to various circumstances, that level editor got put on hold indefinitely in November. The silver lining was that in place of the editor, RareSloth instead would be bringing out a brand new sequel to Furdemption, called King Rabbit [Free], which launched back in March and, like the original, was simply fantastic. Well, things are coming full circle as today RareSloth has announced that the level editor is back on and heading to King Rabbit early next year...

Rerunners: Race for the World [Free] is a very entertaining runner that we enjoy here at TouchArcade Towers (despite some monetization issues). The latest update lets players challenge friends and others to a 1v1 race, an attempt to make the game more social according to the developers. In this new mode, you get two options: you either race your in-game or Facebook friends in a Buddy Challenge or do a Quick Challenge that matches you against random players. In the Buddy Challenge you have to bet coins before entering and then the winner gets to collect them all. So, bragging rights and money, what more could you ask for? Since there's the betting side of it, this feature comes with a Fair Play option the equalizes skills and items...

Alto's Adventure [$3.99] continues to be a fantastic game, and the latest update will make playing the game even better for those who have the latest iPhones. While 3D Touch isn't exactly a new feature, with iPhone 7 launching in a few days, even more people will have access to it. So, Alto's Adventure will now take advantage of 3D Touch in some clever ways. The first ones comes before you even start the game. If you hard press the icon, you get to choose between Standard and Zen mode, a clever way to use 3D Touch to save time. The other way you can use 3D Touch is when deploying your character's wingsuit. Hardpressing the screen once you have earned the wingsuit meter will have you flying around the screen...

Supercell has been way too quiet recently, and I was starting to wonder when we would hear about where Clash of Clans [Free] is going next. Well, today we got our first taste of what's to come; the game will be getting Clan Challenges. In Clan Challenges, Clans can issue a friendly War request (a funny phrase indeed) to any other Clan, and you can choose war participants, set the duration of prep/battle days, and then dispatch your Clan Challenge request to your friends, enemies, or frenemies. As soon as the opponent accepts your challenge, the preparation day will begin...

'GunBird 2' Review - Classic Cute 'em Up

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September 13th, 2016 11:42 AM EDT by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Shooter
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Shoot 'em ups have a rich, long history, perhaps one of the longest in all of gaming. While Pong and Pac-Man were the first for many, Galaga was right in the mix as well, and with the advent of easy to manage digital marketplaces we're seeing a resurgence of some of those classic games right here in the mobile space. Cave pretty much opened the shmup floodgates after some stragglers at the start of the Android and iOS movement, but there's plenty of other competitors vying for attention as well. That includes Psikyo, who developed the Gunbird series way back in 1998 on arcades (and eventually the Dreamcast). And here we are 18 years later with a mobile edition. Flaws and all, it's a pretty fantastic series of events...

If you are looking for a good Hearthstone [Free] deal, look no further than Blizzard's new Welcome Bundle, a great way to get some extra cards for cheap and, more importantly, get a guaranteed Legendary. The Welcome Bundle costs $4.99 and contains 10 Classic packs as well as one random class Legendary from the Classic set. Just so you understand what a good deal this is, normally you can get 2 packs for $2.99 or 7 packs for $9.99, and those packs don't guarantee a Legendary. With this deal, you get a pack for half a dollar and, hopefully, one of those good Legendaries, not those that no one uses ever...

We've written in the past about Star Crusade CCG [Free], and even got a chance to check it out at GDC, and now the game is officially out. Yes, another CCG, but this one tries to bring a few different ideas to the table. The game has variable deck sizes - with smaller ones starting first and the larger ones having more survivability - module cards - which add unique bonuses and skills to your commander - and much more. There are over 400 cards available currently and plenty of different ways to play - casual, ranked, draft etc - that should keep you busy. From what I've seen in gameplay trailers so far, the game looks pretty good...

Back in July, Lucky Kat released their charming monster collecting/combining/battling game Combo Critters [Free], and we rather enjoyed it in our review. Taking a page out of Pokemon, in Combo Critters you'd explore an overworld map and engage in battles, and upon winning, hopefully snag that defeated foe to add them to your collection. Where things got really neat was in the way you could combine any of the creatures in the game to get a mishmash character as a result. It made for a ton of variety in terms of monsters, and today Lucky Kat has announced that there will be even more variety thanks to a new update next week that will add 3 new worlds and 45 new types of creatures to Combo Critters. You can check out the new stuff in this trailer...

Even though they are by no means scarce on the App Store, I'm always on the lookout for more relaxing and mentally stimulating puzzle games to play on long tube rides around London. Threes! [$2.99] is perhaps the most noteworthy example, so it's rather fitting that the next game that follows in such distinguished footsteps is from the developers that beat Threes! to our coveted Game of the Week award back in February 2014. makenines [Free], by Force of Habit, the people that created the aforementioned award winning and rather brilliant arcade shooter Toast Time [$2.99], describes itself as an 'ambient logic-puzzle game where you clear grids of numbers by making nines', and while this is a functional representation of what you can expect from the game, in practice it is so much more...

Strap yourselves in folks, as this is going to get confusing. Lumines Puzzle & Music [$2.99] launched last week, and while we recommended it in our review, developers Mobcast had promised an upcoming free version of the game in the weeks after launch. Today, Lumines Puzzle & Music Neo [Free] released on the App Store for free, however is neither a lite version nor a typical free-to-play experience. Instead, Neo offers all of the tracks in the original Lumines Puzzle & Music for free, except from the Classic Pack that contained the older skins from previous games in the series - and there is no option to buy this pack within the free alternative. Furthermore, Neo also includes brand new songs that are available to purchase as DLC, which will also allegedly be updated into the main paid game in the near future. To make matters even more complicated, Lumines Puzzle & Music Neo hasn't been fully localised, and while it is navigable, a lot of the text is still in Japanese, and there is currently no news as to whether English language support will be added anytime soon...

After giving us Disney Magic Kingdoms, Disney has given us another kingdom-building game, Disney Enchanted Tales [Free], but this is one is focusing on three stories, Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled. In the game you get to build your own kingdom using familiar landmarks and buildings from those three stories all the while interacting with characters like Belle, Anna, Rapunzel, Elsa, Gaston, and more. Don't expect any groundbreaking new mechanics in this game, but if you like the theme, you'll definitely enjoy this new Disney game. Expect timers and all that, of course, but also expect great production values and plenty of Disney fun...

We've been expecting Blizzard to do something about the state of Hearthstone's [Free] Arena, and today we finally got firm news on what is going to happen. The developers want players to be able to choose any class they want when playing Arena without feeling that they are at a disadvantage to other players. Additionally, they want to provide a range of experiences within every mode of the game instead of everyone playing the same Arena classes in the same way. Therefore, the developers will be removing quite a lot of cards from the Arena. They don't want to remove strong spells and weapons because they add a lot of unpredictability and excitement. Also, they wanted to avoid removing iconic cards. You can read the reasoning behind the decision here...

We first looked at Stretch Dungeon [Free], the newest Nitrome title, earlier this week, and despite some confusion over the intricacies of telekinesis, the unique mechanic of manipulating the walls to propel the 'dangerous geezer' around obstacles looked like a lot of fun to play. Being developers of their word, Nitrome have today released Stretch Dungeon on the App Store for free (with a singular in-app purchase to eliminate pesky ads), and it is as bafflingly entertaining to play as it is to watch. You must navigate your character through numerous stages, hurtling over spikes and other deathtraps while picking up floating green coins, to eventually plummet out of the confines of your cell to freedom, or whatever awaits for you at the end of the jail...

Pokemon GO Plus, the wrist-worn device that connects to your mobile phone via Bluetooth and allows you to play Pokemon GO [Free], finally has a release date: Next Friday, September 16th. You may recall that the Plus was originally announced to launch before the end of July, but was delayed until sometime in September. Well, now we know when that sometime is! The device will set you back about $35 and will be compatible with iPhone 5 devices and above running at least iOS 8. It'll also be compatibile with Android devices equipped with 2GB of RAM and running Android version 4.4-6.0, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 which allows for low-power consumption. ..

Update 3.1 is bringing to World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] one of the most-requested features: Clan Tournaments. Clan Tournaments let you battle alongside your Clan members for glory, prizes, and bragging rights. What this means is that for really the first time, you can have team events rather than individual ones, which is great for those who take competitive game more seriously. How do Clan Tournaments work? You get your clan registered to an event (which locks in its name and roster), and five minutes before a tournament match starts, each member in the clan gets a notification to join the battle. Battles then start automatically according to the tournament schedule...

After quite some time of only being to play Pathfinder Adventures [Free] on tablets, we can finally play our cards and throw our dice on our iPhones, and I'm quite glad about that. Specifically, update 1.1.3 has brought one of the most-requested features to the game, but it required some significant UI gymnastics to fit all the information on a small screen. For instance, there are two new methods of zooming: tapping on a card to do the initial zoom and then tapping and holding to zoom even more on the card text, or tapping a card to do the initial zoom then rotating your device to zoom even further. So, as you can tell, Obsidian has put quite a lot of work into making sure the game is ported well rather than just shrank and squeezed into the smaller screen...

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