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Card games like Clash Royale [Free] always face the challenge of providing a kind of satisfactory end game beyond the never-ending grind of leveling up or, in the case of Clash Royale, making it to yet another Arena. Well, according to this reddit post by a member of the developer team, the team has been thinking of ways to solve the "end game" of Clash Royale that goes beyond just adding another Arena in a never-ending ladder. After all, it doesn't take much for that kind of ladder to feel like a hamster wheel. He doesn't offer any hints on how that end game might look like, and, to be honest, it's hard to imagine how it could be. Still, I think most players will be glad to know the developers are trying to figure out how the game should "end."..

'PinOut!' Review - A Pretty, Good Spin on Pinball

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December 30th, 2016 1:30 PM EST by Shaun Musgrave in $2.99, 4 stars, Arcade, Free, iPad Games, iPhone games, Pinball, Reviews
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With the end of the year upon us, I'm doing my usual job of going back and picking out some games for review that for whatever reason didn't get one upon release. This year, most of the choices are coming from suggestions from the community, and one of the first games mentioned was PinOut! [Free]. Given that pinball is usually like catnip for me, I'm not sure why I missed this one to begin with. I imagine I was knee-deep in RPGs or something like that. At any rate, it's better late than never, so let's take a look at this stylish spin on one of the oldest electronic gaming genres...




Clash Royale [Free] is getting ready to welcome another unit to the game just before 2016 finally says goodbye to us all, and that unit is the Legendary Electro Wizard. This 4 Elixir card enters the Arena with a zap that takes out units below and clears some space for the Electro Wizard to land safely. At Level 1, he has 550 HP, 200 Damage, 117 DPS, 169 Spawn Damage, and 0.5 sec Stun Duration. He can hit both Ground and Air targets, and the most interesting part of his attack is that he can zap two targets at the same time, which you can see in the video below. His two-handed zap ability makes him harder to distract because he can still attack a tower while also taking out a Tesla or Inferno Tower. Add to that his ability to stun what he hits, and you can see why some are worried this new unit might be too overpowered...

Shadowverse [Free] is easily one of the best CCGs on mobile right now, and it has managed to stand apart from the juggernaut that is Hearthstone despite their similarities. Today, Shadowverse's card collection has grown because of the addition of the new expansion called Rise of Bahamut. You can see all the cards from Rise of Bahamut here and either admire or hate the art depending on your taste. I like it personally because it feels different enough from other CCGs I play - although I know there are plenty others that use similar art. The new expansion brings new mechanics to the game, such as Enchance and Clash, and should entertain the game's players quite a bit...

Dawn of Titans [Free], the latest city-building/army-amassing multiplayer centric freemium title to hit the App Store, enters the fray with a inexhaustible list of competition to distinguish itself from. So far, it seems to be doing at least a decent job with a cool hero mechanic, amazing visuals, and a fairly impressive battle system for the genre. Of course, it’s completely filled to the brim with the usual freemium trimmings, which translates to a lot of timer mechanics along with premium currency to bypass them. However, with the right tips it’s always possible to streamline these games so you can get the most bang for your time...

Hearthstone [Free] is using a portal to go back in time this week - specifically back to August - and bring the Party Portals Tavern Brawl back. This Brawl came out in the middle of One Night in Karazhan adventure and brought along some of the adventure's festive flavor. Party Portals fills up your deck with various portals that let you deal damage and summon a minion, heal and summon a minion, gain armor and summon a minion, buff a minion and summon another minion, add a random minion to your hand but reduce its cost, and summon a random Partygoer (you can check out all the Portals here). As you can tell, there's a lot of minion summoning in this one. I still love the fairytale theme of Karazhan, so I enjoy seeing cards like Red Riding Hood and Romulo hit the board...

My fondness for Blizzard's Diablo goes back decades when me and my brother battled through all those dungeons to take the final boss down. Those were good times, and realizing that this year Blizzard is celebrating 20 years of that fantastic game makes me feel quite old. The original game was released on December 31, and with that day fast approaching, Blizzard has decided to celebrate the anniversary by sprinkling in-game events and goodies in all its games, including Hearthstone [Free]. As to be expected, these events will only be around for a limited time, so make sure you jump in once they're live...

Patches Good for the Meta (?), Card-Draw RNG, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #78

Welcome one and all to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly column on everything and anything Hearthstone [Free]. I hope you've been enjoying your holidays and your rest - if you've been lucky enough to have some of that. And, of course, I hope you've had the opportunity to play Hearthstone more than usual; if you have, then you've probably seen plenty of Pirate Warriors and, increasingly, our old friend, Mr. Midrange Shaman. As you can imagine, this past week (and a bit) hasn't been the most eventful in the world of Hearthstone, but there's still news to talk about and plenty of videos to watch. Without further ado, let's jump in then, shall we?..

Last year Nitrome released a very silly and clever puzzler called Silly Sausage in Meat Land [Free] where your goal was to stretch a freakishly flexible dog from point to point all while strategically avoiding various types of hazards on your way to each checkpoint. It was a lot of fun, and we really enjoyed Silly Sausage in Meat Land in our review. Well, the stretchy dog shenanigans were far from over as in September Nitrome announced a sequel, and as of this morning Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert [Free] is now available. Expect more crazy puzzling as in the first game, but with a truckload more sugary sweets. That's desserts, not deserts, for those keeping score at home...

The rumors were flying that Pokemon GO [Free] wasn't coming to the Apple Watch in the near future partly because Niantic was working on its own wearables. Well, apparently the first part of the rumor was false because an update that brings the game to the Apple Watch is currently making the rounds (keep in mind, these updates usually take a while to actually appear). The app will let you explore the world around and find those hidden Pokemon from the comfort of your wrist. You can also hatch Pokemon originally discovered in the Pokemon Gold and Silver games as well...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is all about the curve. Clockwork Card Dealer, which we've seen a couple of times in the past, uses these amazing contraptions that on each turn ensure you draw a card with a mana cost equal to the mana you have on that turn. In other words, on turn one, you'll draw a 1-mana card, on turn two, a 2-mana card, and so on. As you can guess, you can very easily build a deck that takes advantage of the Brawl rules and ensures you get the card you need each turn. Of course, it's not that easy if you don't have a good collection because you can be sure that players with expensive legendaries will get to draw them exactly when they want them, provided they're still alive...

Like most other similar games on the App Store, FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] is running a holiday event, and this one is called Football Freeze Program. The Program consists of two weeks of Live Events, Exclusive Plans, Special Edition Players, and more. If you go now to the Far North on the game map, you'll see a special Live Event that when completed unlocks one of 26 special Frozen Gifts (insert joke about "Let it Go"). During this holiday event, you can unlock a series of Elite Players - including Silver and Gold ones - by completing Specific Plans or buying specially marked Freeze packs (all this talk of Freeze is making me think of Mr. Freeze from the Batman movies)...

A few weeks back we wrote about Get Wrecked [Free], an upcoming 2v2 Arena Brawler that looked a lot like the PC game Battlerite. I thought it looked quite promising, and now you can all check it out because the game has launched. As you can read about in our forum thread, the game is focused on 2v2 brawls for now with more modes planned soon. The game has over 50 different skills and items you can use as you try and mold your character to play the way you want him or her to. The game also has 45 cards you can collect and upgrade as you again customize your hero to your battling tastes...

Pokemon GO [Free] has been praised for its very positive effect on people's mobility, and the latest numbers out of Niantic definitely prove that. Apparently, Pokemon GO Trainers have walked more than 8.7 billion kilometers since the game's launch, which comes out to more than 200,000 trips around Earth. While walking for all those miles, Trainers have caught more than 88 billion Pokemon, which comes out to around 533 million Pokemon a day. That's some pretty crazy stats, especially considering the fact that the game wasn't available in that many countries for most of these six months...

For the past year and a half or so, Lucas Wilde has been constructing what he hoped would be the ultimate first-person shooter for mobile devices, and after soft-launching on Android quite some time ago and again on iOS just last month, Bullet Force [Free] is now officially available. The first-person shooter on touchscreens has been a tough nut to crack. Many have tried and failed, and a few have been pretty darn good, but there hasn't been one that truly captures the fun of shooters AND plays well on a touchscreen since, in my opinion, Ngmoco's Eliminate Pro way back in 2009. Lord how I miss that game. Anyway, after the iOS soft launch of Bullet Force last month I took the plunge, and for the first time since those days back in 2009 and 2010, I got that same feeling of fun from playing a first-person shooter on my phone. ..

Obsidian said that Pathfinder Adventures' [Free] Deck 6 was almost here, and it was speaking truth because the latest update just brought Spires of Xin-Shalast to us just in time for the holidays. Deck 6 brings 5 new scenarios to the game, including the conclusion to the Rise of the Runelords adventure, 4 new locations, 4 new maps, over 40 new monsters, villains, and henchmen, and, of course, tons more weapons, spells, loots, and so on. The update also brings character equipment sets where characters have alternate versions you can purchase in the store and each alt has alternate art. You can see the slight differences between the alts and the original characters in terms of stats here...

Clash of Clans [Free] players, Supercell has given to all of you an early Christmas present in the form of a pretty big Christmas update with all kinds of new levels. Barbarian King and Archer Queen can now go to Level 45 at Town Hall 11, Wizard Tower goes to Level 10, Walls will now go up to Level 12, but you only get 50 of them, and Hog Riders can now go to Level 7. We are also getting Level 7 Clan Castle and Level 6 Golems. There's also tons of balancing with Witches getting damage and HP buffs, Balloons dropping the first bomb faster, Dragons seeing their damage speed increased, and the P.E.K.K.A also has its attack increased. Finally, the Poison spell is getting a buff in terms of radius and damage...

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] continues to pump more and more characters into the game, and this time around it's Thanos' turn to join the game. There are two Thanos variations coming to the game, a 3-Star Thanos (Modern) and a 5-star Thanos (Classic). Both of them will arrive in the game on Thursday, December 22nd. As expected, the new characters are coming with all kinds of events both to celebrate Thanos and for the holidays. There's a new Thanos PVE event called Crash of the Mad Titan, a Thanos Versus Tournament called Behold Thanos, and more...

For those craving for another mobile pinball game, Pinpop VEGAS: Extreme Pinball [Free] is one you should probably check out .The Nexon Korea game has you playing through all kinds of environments like forests, mines, deserts, and oceans, all of which change according to the weather. There's a whole story mode that should entertain pinball lovers out there. The game has a fun, cartoony look and while the physics are a bit on the sluggish side (the ball feels much heavier than your average pinball), you should still be able to hit your targets at will once you get the hang of it...

It's hard to deny Super Mario Run's [Free] charm - even though it's not a perfect game - and it looks like Nintendo's big hope for mobile is doing very well for itself despite middling reviews. The numbers aren't that clear at the moment because of how the revenue is lagging behind downloads (due to the monetization model), so keep that in mind. According to Apptopia, the game was downloaded 2.85 million times on the first day (App Annie has the number at around 10 million), which might beat Pokemon GO's 1 million downloads on day 1 but the latter was only available in 3 countries that day while Super Mario Run in 150...

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