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Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, Journey to Un'Goro, is getting closer by the day, so Blizzard has been trying to get us into the mood. First there was the expedition journal, and today we got the first episode of a new short series called Wonders of Un'Goro, starring the hilarious Danny Pudi. Pudi plays Professor George Herbert Doyle IV, a renowned explorer daring to traverse Un'Goro. He and Eddie, his talkative aide, are looking for a very rare specimen, Galvadon. As you'd expect, Pudi is completely unprepared for what Un'Goro has in store for all explorers...

March is going to be a pretty month for Clash Royale [Free] from the looks of it. The game has received a new update today that adds quite a few things while also preparing the ground for much more that will be rolling out during this month. This update adds Arena 11, a new Legendary Arena that unlocks at 3800 Trophies. Arena 10 is now called Hog Mountain instead of Legendary Arena. Legendary cards will still appear in your shop at 3000 Trophies, which is a good thing. The update is also adding Leagues, a fun new way to play the game. You'll enter the first League at 4000 Trophies, and you can climb through 9 Leagues. At the end of each month, you'll receive a reward based on the highest League you reached. The reward for Leagues is a very fun new Chest called the Draft Chest; this one offers multiple card choices, and you get to choose your own reward...




Back in January a then-upcoming game called Edo Superstar [Free] caught my eye with its really nice art style and promise of beating the crap out of opponents as a martial arts expert monkey. What more is there in life to want beyond THAT? In early February, Edo Superstar dropped in the App Store, and while it got a pretty positive reaction from those who played it, it also seemed to fly a bit under the radar. Part of that might have been due to the game launching as iPhone-only, and although it still technically played on iPad in 2x mode it lacked true Universal support. Well, that's no longer an issue as Edo Superstar received an update today adding in Universal iPad support...

Journey to Un'Goro Teasers, Price Hikes, a Kripp Interview, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #88

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our Hearthstone [Free] news and videos roundup. This week was a peculiar one since it started with more Un'Goro teasers but ended with players complaining very loudly about the changes in pack pricing across most non-US areas. The price hikes will affect purchases made through the PC, Mac, and Android clients as well as the Battle.net Shop. iOS will, fortunately, stay as is, at least for now. As you can guess, the changes didn't go over well with the community. The price hike wasn't the only interesting thing to happen in the world of Hearthstone; we also got more info and teasers on Un'Goro, although the real spoilers should be coming next week. So, let us begin...

Okay, not quite all of them. That honor goes to Enter the Gungeon (SUCH A GOOD GAME), but it doesn’t take long to see what the primary inspiration for this game probably was. If you’re into the roguelike offerings of Nuclear Throne or Enter the Gungeon, this mobile game was made just for you. It’s solid to the core, and while it somewhat ironically lacks a soul or identity of its own, it revels in tossing pretext aside and getting to the action. Most importantly, especially for a lot of people who read this site, the economy is a glorious, unobtrusive, generous, beautiful thing. *wipes away tear* This is Soul Knight [Free]...

This is my 4,000th post on this site, and seeing as I've typically been the Cat Game Guy for the majority of my nearly 8 years with TouchArcade (that crown has since been bestowed on Eric), it seems only fitting that number 4,000 is about a cat game. The cat game in question is called Kitty Lander [Free] from developer Perch Drunk Thugz, and what's funny about it is it's not a new game at all. In fact it's almost a year old. For some reason nobody in our community came across it in the past year, and for whatever reason the developers only just emailed us about it today. (Side note: Email us about your games, developers! We want to know about them when they're new!) With that out of the way, though, let's focus on Kitty Lander, a fantastic blending of Lunar Lander gameplay and cats...

Did you guys know that they’re making a movie about the Rampage video game franchise starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson!? I am super pumped for that. Shame it shares a title with an Uwe Boll franchise. I learned this piece of recent news researching for the game in this review. I grew up playing the Playstation/N64 Rampage games, World Tour and Universal Tour. I loved them as a kid and am rocking some rose-tinted glasses as far as they’re concerned. It’s been over a decade since we’ve had a proper Rampage entry, and that realization fills me with sadness, but there have been several mobile games inspired by Rampage specifically or kaiju city destruction in general. MonstroCity: Rampage! [Free] decided to put it as the freaking subtitle...

'Jelly Juggle' Review - Jelly Fish Pong

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March 10th, 2017 11:00 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in $1.99, 4 stars, Arcade, Free, Game Center, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews
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I've been down the road a couple of times before with games from developer Ian MacLarty, and I feel like I know at least a few things to expect from his work. First, my poor pride is going to take a serious beating. Second, I'm going to keep on playing anyway. That was true for Boson X [$2.99] and Black Hole Joyrider [$0.99], and it's true again for Jelly Juggle [Free]. This one has a cuter, softer, kid-friendlier look to it than MacLarty's last couple of iOS games, but don't be fooled. That smiling, goggle-eyed fish wants only one thing in this world, and that's to make you cry. You might not feel like you need another ultra-tough, one-touch game on your device, but if you've ever enjoyed that sort of thing, I certainly encourage you to give this quirky Pong take-off a try...

Despite its relative brevity, Collect or Die [$1.99] left a profound impression when I reviewed it back in January. While its ultra-hard masochistic approach to level design wasn't particularly innovative, Super Smith Bros' daring approach to make the game entirely tilt controlled gave Collect or Die a whole new level of challenge that drew parallels to many of the earlier titles on the App Store. With the promise of future level packs, Collect or Die was a relatively sound investment for only $1.99, however today the game has gone on sale for a limited time at the unbeatable price of completely free...

Clash Royale [Free] is getting a really fun mode soonish called Clan Battle, which is a fancy name for a 2v2 mode. It looks like it's going to be crazy fun. As revealed in the latest Radio Royale podcast episode, in this mode both players will have 10 elixir bars - with the elixir replenishing 15% slower than usual, and even though Elixir Collectors won't be shared, buffing cards like Rage will buff all units. Also, the bottom arena is extended by 4 tiles to fit the two towers next to each other. You can hear more details about how the mode came about and other fun info on the podcast episode, so make sure you check it out...

We knew that Villager Trading was coming to Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99], and today it's finally here. Update 1.0.4 has gone live, and now you can trade to your heart's content. Why should you care about Villager trading? Well, it offers a great way of getting your hands on all kinds of resources without having to go digging or killing for them. There are villagers with different professions, so don't expect to get the same things from all of them. You can go here to find a list with all the trading possibilities. In addition to village trading, update 1.0.4 has added the Strangers Skin Pack, the ability to modify the UI, music, and sounds using Add-Ons, a new Add-On format that will ensure all of your Add-Ons are kept updated, and more...

This one's for all the Barbie fans out there, both those who flaunt it and those who hide it. As part of Barbie's 58th birthday celebration, Mattel has just released Barbie Sparkle Blast [Free], a game that combines your typical match-3 gameplay with the ability to dress Barbie to your liking. The coins you earn when playing the match-3 part of the game can be used to unlock and collect outfits, which is a good way of drawing in players interested in different things. The outfits aren't just cosmetic; each of them has power-ups that affect the match-3 part of the game, which is a cool gameplay loop...

If you were hoping for a fun, easy Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl and an easy pack this week, I'm sorry to disappoint; instead, what we are getting is the second Heroic Tavern Brawl, the brawl for those with either a lot of money to spare or really good collections (or both). The Heroic Tavern Brawl costs 1000 gold or $9.99 to join, so it's definitely not the kind of Brawl you join for fun and hope for the best. Once you join, you build a Standard deck and then compete with others in a kind of constructed Arena. Lose 3 times and you're out; get 12 wins, and you get the keys to the city (not really, but close.)..

Blizzard is in the process of organizing the Hearthstone [Free] Global Games, a team-based tournament where countries will go head to head and battle for supremacy and country pride. Starting today, you can help decide who the players will be on each of the 48 participating countries by voting for your favorite players. There are 8 players pre-selected for each team, and by the end of the voting process, 3 will be chosen. The way it works is you can only vote for players from country of your Battle.net account. My account is in the US, so I have to pick among players like Muzzy, Firebat, Amnesiac, Zalae, and dog. Each player has a little thought bubble with either inspirational or silly words (Firebat hates pirates but likes winning)...

After a brief beta period, the strategy card game Faeria [Free (HD)] is finally out worldwide, and I'm quite excited about this one. This cross-platform game combines a hex grid (which immediately makes it a good game in my opinion) with a CCG, and in order to defeat the other player, you have to modify the board accordingly. Think of it as playing Magic the Gathering but instead of having to play 3 lands before playing a specific card, you have to transform three board tiles into that specific kind of land and then play the minion on one of those lands. So, you'll have to be thinking both in terms of what kinds of cards you want to play but also how to transform the board to suit your cards and strategy...

Warfriends [Free] continues to be a very entertaining game with a pretty big player base, so I'm not surprised to see the developers quickly updating the game to offer more content and keep players busy. The 1.2 update, which just released, adds a new map built around an abandoned theme park, 10 brand new weapons, 4 new Tier 6 units to add to your troops, and a new co-leader squad role. Also, the update extends ranks up to Rank 43. Another welcome addition is punishing those who drop out of games; leaving a game after an opponent has been found now costs a dogtag. There's also a new "Report Cheater" option to the results screen, which makes me wonder how big of an issue cheating is in this game to require a button for it. At the same time, the game has added server-side anti-cheating and anti-hacking checks...

Hearthstone's [Free] new expansion Journey to Un'Goro is heading our way at some point in April, but as is usually the case, Blizzard has started giving us more info on the expansion in entertaining ways. Today, we got E. Malone's Expedition Journal - Week One, and it's - probably - filled with clues on cards and themes. The journal starts at the City of Stormwind and with rumors of Galvadon, a semi-mythical beast rumored to live in Un'Goro Crater. The rumors become the impetus for Malone's journey, and he soon finds his way to the City of Gadgetzan - where he votes for Kazakus apparently - and then the Un'Goro Crater Rim. Here we get some clues about brightly colored parrots called Jeweled Macaws - which I'm sure will find their way into the expansion. Elise Starseeker also chases after a huge butterfly, another possible card...

Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] is giving you another reason to play the game this week by launching its first large-scale event called Prince Versus Princess Voting Gauntlet. In this event, eight princess and princesses - Alfonse, Sharena, Ephraim, Eirika, Chrom, Lucina, Leo, and Elise - will fight it out to see who will prevail in popularity. You first pick one of those eight characters and then go on to command teams of three. While the Voting Gauntlet is active, you'll have a new log-in bonus and new special quests that will grant you Battle Flags for the Voting Gauntlet. The event will be fought over three rounds, each lasting 45 hours...

Clash of Clans [Free] is starting its Spring Updates with a balance run that should reintroduce some troops back into the meta and give players more options. Air Defense levels 4-8 upgrade costs and time will be decreased while Air Defense level 9 (TH 11) will be added to the game. The latter will be added as a response to high-level armies gaining traction recently. Wall level 12 limit will be increased by 25 (TH 11) so players can have more options for defending their TH 11s, Hog Rider levels 5-7 will see their hitpoints increased while Miner will see a smaller hitpoint increase across all levels. This way, both these units will be a bit more survivable...

If you haven't been playing Marvel Contest of Champions [Free], then you probably haven't heard the screams of outrage from many fans who felt that the latest update pretty much killed the game for them. The outrage was so intense - and pretty justified - that the developers responded to the outcry in a super apologetic tone and promised to fix all that they've managed to break. After apologizing for update 12.0 unintentionally making the game harder in a number of areas and nerfing some of the most-used strategies way too much, they stated that a new update is being worked on and should be coming out as soon as possible...

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