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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...

Best Standard and Wild Decks, Expansion Details, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #115

Hello everyone and welcome to another weekly roundup of the best and most entertaining Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. As is always the case, we are your one-stop-shop that will help you keep up to date with everything going on in the world of the popular card game. This past week was a fun one since we got the first accidental hints at what the next expansion might bring to the game as well as the actual date for the expansion's reveal. We also got a taste of Blizzard's new Arena, and, as always, some of the best Standard and Wild decks of the week. Overall, not the craziest week in the history of the game, but with the new expansion coming up and the rumor mill heating up, expect more interesting news the next few weeks...

I have absolutely loved playing Forward Assault [Free] since its initial release on the App Store. In my opinion, it delivers a solid CS:GO-like experience on mobile devices that few other iOS games can rival. Lucas Wilde has been busy working on big updates (simultaneously) for Forward Assault and his other game, Bullet Force [Free]. Today, Forward Assault's update has arrived!..

After a relatively short soft launch period, Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter [Free] has spread its wings worldwide and is now available to everyone. The third game in the series brings much-improved visuals, a much larger world than before that also includes 360-degree battles, and a lot more. Taichi Panda 3 will feel more like an open-world game this time around since it brings to the series a seamless map, although I hope it doesn't also feel empty on the edges. And, as you probably guessed from the game's title, Taichi Panda 3 brings along huge dragons you can tame, ride, and use to take out everyone around you Game of Thrones-style...

If you've managed to get your hands on the Super NES Classic Edition (and it sounds like a lot more people have compared to last year's NES debacle), you've probably been enjoying some great old classic 16-bit games with a few useful new bells and whistles. One of those new features is the ability to rewind the game. It has been a popular feature in the unofficial emulation scene for a while but has largely been left out of official emulated re-releases until now. Save states are a handy way to get through some tough games, but it's annoying having to constantly save and load. A rewind feature simply takes you back a set amount of time to quickly undo mistakes...

Through rain, sleet, or snow, Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] continues to get significant monthly updates to respond to feedback from its rather large playerbase. For a while now, players have been looking for something to do with the massive amounts of colored badges they've accumulated through training their characters in the training tower. While they were originally used to rank characters up, such events are few and far between enough that just about everyone is sitting on a major stockpile of various badges. The latest update of the game, Version 1.8, finally gives everyone something else to do with those extraneous awards...

'Cally's Caves 4', the Latest Entry in the Excellent Action-Platformer Series, Has a November Release Date and an Explosive New Trailer

While big name developers have attempted to translate massive IPs to mobile with mixed results, it's the home-grown franchises that are the most memorable on the App Store. Not simply because they play to the platform's limitations and strengths, and not just because they are the result of the concentrated passions and interests of a few individuals, but they just feel so much more genuine - especially when many of the developers are active within the TouchArcade community. The Cally's Caves series is certainly amongst the very best of them, and it has been a joy to see the significant improvement between each iterative title over the past few years, culminating in the excellent Cally's Caves 3 [Free] that received a stunning five star review from Shaun. Today, the developer has announced that Cally's Caves 4 will finally be launching in November, and has shared a trailer showing some of the frantic platforming action that is to be expected in this highly anticipated sequel...

The weekend isn't perhaps the most popular or conventional time to debut your new iOS game onto the digital equivalent of The Hunger Games that is the App Store, but that doesn't mean some rather excellent titles haven't snuck onto our forums on Saturday or Sunday. It does mean that combing through the App Store at the start of every week is quite exciting, as there's every chance something blindsides me that looks particularly appealing. INFINIROOM [Free] is the next game to have such a status, and takes a really clever spin on the auto-runner genre at a point where I thought there wasn't much room (pun not intended) for innovation in one of the App Store's most tired gameplay mechanics. I've had a lot of run with INFINIROOM this morning, and the game is now available for free on the App Store worldwide if you want something to get past that moody Monday feeling...

'Ninja Scroller - The Awakening' Is a Frantic Sidescroller With Slick Graphics, Launching November 30th

If one thing's for certain in 2017, it's that ninjas are still as awesome as ever. I don't care what anyone says about the Assassin's Creed series - the stealthy secret agents from feudal Japan are far more contextually interesting, and also look infinitely more badass. Thankfully, the App Store has had a solid representation when it comes to ninjas, with Mika Mobile's classic (and sadly only 32-bit) OMG Pirates! being one of my favourite sidescrolling action games in the tentative early years of iOS gaming, and recent efforts like Mr. Future Ninja [$1.99] and Breakout Ninja [Free] have also been a lot of fun. Ninja Scroller - The Awakening is the next such upcoming release, and as you may expect from the name, features a lot of the titular mercenaries in a beautiful auto-runner environment. In the lead up to its November 30th release, the developer has released a neat preview trailer for Ninja Scroller on our forums...

Clash Royale [Free] players have been very divided on the recent 2v2 mode addition because while the mode itself was fun, having to play it with randoms as your teammates often took most of the fun away and led to all kinds of rage. Well, it looks that Supercell is finally fixing that issue in the upcoming October update. According to the latest sneak peek, you will now be able to do 2v2 challenges with clan mates and friends instead of random players, which should elevate the mode tremendously. And, to add even more fun to the mode, you'll be able to use brand new emote phrases to communicate with your teammate after the match...

Back when I was a child in school, the Pokemon vs Digimon debate was at its peak. While I greatly enjoyed the Digimon cartoon show, Nintendo's monster-fighting games were just so much enjoyable, and continue to be a favorite series of mine twenty years on. That being said, Digimon World for PS1 was a classic, and the recent Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth for the PS Vita was a mightily enjoyable return to form. Last week, we showcased the first English trailer for DigimonLinks [Free] - the major iOS debut of the series - and today the English version of the game is finally available to download on the App Store...

Jeff Weber's Just Ski [$1.99] is easily one of the most interesting games I've played on iOS over the past year, which may sound surprising for anyone who has not given it a go yet. While its hyper-minimalist aesthetic design and skiing mechanics we've already seen perfected in games like Alto's Adventure [$4.99] may make Just Ski not seem particularly distinctive, the developer's emphasis on realistic physics created what others may call the Dark Souls of the skiing game genre. Joking aside, such a lazy descriptor detracts from the fact that Just Ski's nuanced mechanics were immensely satisfying to nail down, and success or failure was entirely down to the player. For the first time, Just Ski is now available for free for a limited time only, which serves as a perfect excuse to get back onto the pistes and promptly crash to your inevitable alpine death...

Hearthstone [Free] players, it's time to get your hands on free packs. Unless, of course, you have something against free things. The 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour's last Championship is almost here, and, as is always the case now, it comes with a brand new "Choose Your Champion" contest. In Choose Your Champion, you pick one of the finalists as your champion, and for each round they win, you get a free pack. Pick wisely, though, because there's no changing Champions; once you pick one, you're stuck for the whole tournament. This year's champions include players like Orange, Purple, Pavel, SHRoyalBaiZe, OmegaZero, and more. You have until October 11th to pick your champion, so don't take too long...

Supercell has started teasing features for Clash Royale's [Free] upcoming update, and the first one we got to see today is Quests, which are a great way of giving players reasons to come back and play beyond just having fun and grinding coins. These Quests will eventually replace the game's Achievements, which weren't working that well if we are honest. We will now have both daily and weekly Quests, and the rewards for them will include Super Magical and Legendary Chests. As you can see from the video below, Quests include collecting a specific number of cards, winning a 2v2 Battle 5 times, play a spell card 50 times, and so on. As is the case with every other game of this type, you can replace one Quest per day if you don't like what's being offered...

The past few turbulent months for iOS gaming have forced me to try and re-evaluate my perspective on the legacy and impact of the App Store. It's an inevitability that many digital games in such a volatile ecosystem will eventually become unplayable - rather than lament the loss of many of my childhood favorites to the restrictions of iOS 11, it's probably best to just appreciate every release as it comes, and not expect much more. However, while I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the games that have perished from the App Store, there are equally as many that are still running strong today, and Dungeonism [Free] is one such title. Featuring classic dungeon-crawling gameplay with a simple and rhythmic turn-based twist, Dungeonism was well received in our review at its launch in 2013, and is available for free today for the first time on the App Store...

If you were looking for another MOBA to check out on your mobile phones, Square Enix has just delivered. Flame Vs Blaze [Free], which has been in beta for quite some time, is now available in the US and Canada. Flame Vs Blaze offers 10-minute long matches where you and 2 of your friends can go up against 3 others and show them who's boss. In order to prevail, you will be recruiting monsters and gathering resources to strengthen your own Reactor while trying to take down the opponents' Reactor. Flame Vs Blaze's "innovation" is what the developers call "Mode Shift," the ability to transform your character and gain new abilities, which should allow for multiple playstyles...

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