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Despite the introduction of almost 100 new critters earlier this year, and even though I am unquestionably the most ardent fanboy of the series around, I'd be lying if I didn't say the initial buzz of Pokemon GO [Free] is beginning to fade somewhat. Thankfully, Niantic are aware that 'Catching 'Em All' is sadly a finite task, and their frequent themed events - such as the splashtacular Water Festival earlier in March - have been a good source of motivation for trainers across the globe to head back out into that long grass. Anyone wanting more promotions within the game will be glad to hear that Niantic are launching a brand new event today to coincide with the Easter weekend. Dubbed the 'Pokemon GO Eggstravaganza', Niantic are offering numerous egg related bonuses, double experience and more, from 1pm PDT today until the same time on April 20th...

Full of Stars [Free], a story-driven game about humanity's survival (as its developer describes it), has popped up on the App Store a bit earlier than planned, and now you can go enjoy the starry sky. You play as a daring space captain trying to help the scared refugees of your devastated world find safe passage. The game seems to be an interesting blend of genres, so I'm curious to see how it has turned out. The game combines hand-crafted levels with procedural generation and draws inspiration from roguelike games in an effort to make the game more replayable and surprising. So, expect random encounters and a branching world exploration as well as constantly upgrading your ship...




'Gameday Live' Is Looking to Be the 'Clash Royale' of Football Management, Launching Worldwide Soon

For many, myself included, football (occasionally called soccer in select regions of the world) is less a game, and more an intrinsic ritual firmly embedded in everyday life. If anything's certain in this world, it's death, taxes, and Arsenal losing on a mild Monday evening. However, outside of the excellent solo experience of Football Manager Mobile 2017 [$8.99], or the better forgotten free-to-play experiment that was last year's FIFA Mobile [Free], there hasn't been a true online soccer simulator that can help hasten the agonising wait between match days. Gameday Live, from BAFTA-winning developers Stuart Reid and Stuart Anderson at Digital Sports Arena, is looking to remedy this issue, and has turned the art of football management into what they describe as a Clash Royale [Free]-esque real time online simulator. Having soft launched in Australia, Canada and Holland back in 2016, Gameday Live is approaching its global launch in the coming months, and an official trailer gives us a good look at what to expect from this groundbreaking football title when it kicks off around the globe...

If you're in the mood for a new point-and-click mystery adventure but not really in the mood to pay for one, then this is your lucky day. Secret Files: Tunguska [$3.99] was originally released on iOS back in 2014, developed by Animation Arts and published by Deep Silver. Well, I'm not really clear on what happened to that relationship but all the previously released Animation Arts games that were published by Deep Silver have been pulled and are being re-released under the Animation Arts name only. Transferring products in the App Store between companies used to be a weird issue, but Apple actually implemented a way to do that that did not require a brand new app to be released as it did before. Instead, according to Animation Arts, the previous titles were pulled and re-released as new apps due to technical issues...

The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] hasn't been on mobile long, but we've already received the first new content for the game called The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood. In this story you are hired by a powerful merchant to infiltrate the ranks of the Dark Brotherhood. If you've played Skyrim, then you probably remember that the Dark Brotherhood is an organization of highly trained assassins for hire. The Legends storyline is actually linked to Cicero's Journal, the Skyrim jester. The new Legends adventure comes with over 25 missions, and as you complete them, you'll earn a total of 40 new cards, including cards that are members of the Dark Brotherhood. The new cards bring along some new mechanics like Slay, which triggers whenever the creature bearing it destroys another creature on your turn...

Journey To Un'Goro Best Decks, Reactions, Rogue Quest, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #92

Hello everyone and welcome to the first post-Un'Goro Touchstone Tavern. I hope you've been enjoying the new expansion and the gods of luck and good fortune have blessed your pack opening rituals. My luck wasn't the best, but that was to be expected if I'm honest. Hearthstone [Free] has officially entered a new era now that we are in the second Standard rotation, and it remains to be seen what kind of meta we'll end up with once the dust settles down. So far, players seem to be happy with the variety of decks being played, and I hope this continues even after the meta crystallizes. As you'd expect, this week we're focusing on the new expansion since there's so much to talk about. And without further ado, let's jump into the Un'Goro crater...

Despite releasing in the hectic summer months just after the cacophony of noise which is E3, Hyperburner [$2.99] captivated the minds and imaginations of many in our community when it launched in June of last year. Its concept wasn't particularly groundbreaking - like many flight simulator titles that came before it, you're tasked with manoeuvring a futuristic jet through numerous nefarious structures and obstacles at breakneck speeds. However, the execution of Hyperburner was outstanding, with a beautiful cel-shaded graphical style, extremely responsive controls, and an exhilarating sense of speed that was aided by a silky smooth framerate. Such qualities were reflected in our exultant four-and-a-half star review, and today Hyperburner has mysteriously gone on sale for the bargain price of absolutely free, with no in-app purchases in sight...

You might not be bumping into as many Pokemon GO [Free] players as you did during the game's heyday, but despite what many think, the game is still not just alive but doing very well. According to the developer's latest blog post, the game currently has over 65 million people worldwide playing the game each month, which is a pretty crazy number considering that most of the Northern Hemisphere is still in winter slumber mode. The blog also hints at new cooperative social gameplay experiences coming to the game to coincide with spring springing. These experiences will give Trainers "new and exciting reasons to get back into the sunshine."..

I don't think any one of you will be surprised to hear that there's a movie tie-in mobile game for Smurfs: The Lost Village. The game is called Smurfs Bubble Story  [Free] and is, as you can guess, a bubble popping game. As is the case with pretty much all bubble popping/matching games ever, you try and strategically match bubbles that then pop. When they do so, you get rewards and you can create your own collection of famous smurfs. You get to collect Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy, and all the other Smurfs you grew up with (if you have). There are also boss battles, with the infamous Gargamel waiting to, well, burst your bubble...

I'm not too sure what it is about Thumb Drift [Free], but it tends to be one of the surefire titles I will gravitate to when I have minutes to kill on the tube, or while I'm waiting for a bus. Its accessibility combined with its subtle challenge and the compulsive need to keep on improving on high scores means it's the perfect title for short bursts, and despite numerous attempts nothing new has satiated that arcade drifting itch since the game first launched early last year. However Pixel Drifters [Free] - which has today launched for free on the App Store - is looking like a strong contender for Thumb Drift's lofty throne. An interesting pseudo-open world approach combined with beautiful pixel graphics and a hilarious sense of humor means Appsolute Games could be onto a winner here, which has only been supported by some excellent initial feedback on our forum thread...

We've talked in the past about how successful Ellen DeGeneres' mobile games have been, especially Heads Up!, which is still hovering in the top 10 paid apps even after all this time. Today, Ellen has launched another mobile game called Hot Hands [Free], also based on a game she has her guests play on her show. Hot Hands is very simple but also quite frantic. Players get to see the photo of a celebrity and have to quickly shout his or her name and press the big red button (because every game is made better by a big red button). You get 3 seconds to name the celebrity and 30 seconds to name as many celebrities as you can. There are plenty of categories like TV Stars, Award Winners, Musicians, Millennials, and so on...

I guess it's a mobile fighting game kind of day, as not only did we post about the Skullgirls soft launch but another similar game has now exited its own soft launch period and is now available worldwide. That game is Kabam's Transformers: Forged to Fight [Free], and if you've played their previous Marvel: Contest of Champions [Free] then you should have a pretty good idea of what you're in store for. Not that this is just a straight reskin mind you, as Forged to Fight actually has a few significant tweaks to the formula that worked so well in Contest of Champions. The most major changes include the ability to launch projectile weapons, a staple of fighting games for decades, as well as the ability to sidestep your opponent's attacks, essentially adding a third dimensional element to the mostly two diminsional side-view fighting. ..

If you're a golf fan, then you know all about the Masters, the first of the golf majors of the year currently underway at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Super Stickman Golf 3 [Free], easily the most entertaining golf game on the App Store, albeit not exactly the most accurate, is celebrating the Masters with a new update that adds 3 new downloadable courses, including the very challenging Masters Corner. These new courses should get you in the mood for the Masters while also demonstrating how much more fun golf would be to watch if gravity and the laws of physics weren't around...

One of my all-time favorite platformers on iOS is Bloo Kid 2 [Free] from Winterworks, and I've even gone as far as saying I think it could be the "Mario" of mobile games. Shaun enjoyed it a lot in his review and I even picked it as one of my personal best games of 2014. It's that good! But that 2 behind its name means that it's a sequel, and indeed that fantastic traditional side-scrolling platformer spawned from the more modest single-screen platformer Bloo Kid [$1.99 / Free] which launched back in 2011. I'm more of a traditional platformer guy but do enjoy the occasional single-screen platformer, and the original Bloo Kid is a good one and contains a whopping 84 levels to enjoy. With the 32-bit apocalypse coming, Winterworks has decided to update the original Bloo Kid to be 64-bit compatible, and while they're at it they'll be adding in another 12 new levels just for fun, bringing the total to 96...

If you were playing Hearthstone [Free] back in the summer of 2015, then you probably already know how The Masked Ball Tavern Brawl plays out. If you haven't played this brawl in the past, get ready for an RNG-fest because every time a minion dies, another one pops in its place with a mana cost of two less than the original minion. Think of it as a Deathrattle "summon minion that costs two less." Even though there's plenty of RNG when it comes to what minions you get, you still get to make your own deck, so there's some control over what cost minions you'll be getting when your minions die...

Journey to Un'Goro, Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, is almost upon us, so today we got the patch that prepares the client for the new cards, the new Standard rotation, and much more. The update adds the new Rogue Hero, Maiev Shadowsong, which you can get by winning 10 Standard or Casual mode games after Un'Goro goes live this Thursday. I'm glad to see a Hero that everyone can get because some of the older ones were tricky to get. We are also getting a new tooltip that shows how many cards you have in your hand, which will help ensure you don't overdraw and start burning cards. You might also see some Fireside Gatherings-related UI associated with the upcoming additions, but for most it will be non-functional...

Tap Summoner [Free], a frantic, real-time tapping tower offense game, has just released, and it looks worth checking out if you enjoy the genre. Tap Summoner has you summoning minions to take out your foes, but the game goes beyond just having you frantically tap in order to survive. Tapping the screen does summon minions, but holding your finger down for longer summons stronger minions, which make for some fast tactical decisions. You can play as various summoners and summon over 40 different minions, so variety shouldn't be an issue here...

As you can probably already tell if you read TouchArcade, we really like Blizzard's Hearthstone [Free], which shouldn't surprise many given how popular and fun the game is. Between my weekly Touchstone roundups every Monday and all the other related stories we write, there's often something Hearthstone-related to read on the site. Even though we write about quite a few aspects of the game, we've never talked about the process behind the design of the game's card packs, which are often quite iconic. So, we got to talk to Ben Thompson, Art Director for Hearthstone, specifically about the process behind card pack design, and it was a great interview that covered card packs in general but also the design of the Journey to Un'Goro pack more specifically. We talked about how the team comes up with the card pack concepts, how those concepts are turned into the art we are so familiar with, and much, much more. Enjoy...

Fireside Gatherings Changes, Un'Goro Reveals, Bans, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #91

Hello everyone and welcome to Touchstone #91, our roundup of everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free] this past week. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that last week was pretty much all about Journey to Un'Goro, the upcoming expansion, and the Year of the Mammoth. We finally know the official release day for the expansion, and it's very, very soon. We also got to see all the expansion cards, with some of them making more of an impression than others. We also got to hear Blizzard's plans for improving Fireside Gatherings, which are definitely exciting. And we now know all the members of the Global Games' teams. Step right up, then, and let's get started...

Back in November of last year, we brought you news of Cover Fire [Free], a particularly interesting on rails shooter that incorporated 3D Touch controls to distinguish it from the abundance of similar titles on the App Store. While the 3D Touch feature, which debuted on iOS with 2015's iPhone 6S, was particularly convenient productivity-wise as it let you use various shortcuts for many of the App Store's staple apps, it hasn't had as big an impact on mobile gaming as it perhaps should have. With the capacity for variable inputs based on how hard you touch the iPhone's touch screen, there is a lot of potential in 3D Touch as a future pillar of iOS applications. Cover Fire's use of gently tapping to aim and pressing hard to shoot is therefore extremely refreshing to see, and for this reason alone is worth trying out now it has today finally launched worldwide on the App Store for free...

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