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Here's How to Unlock Wonder Woman in 'Arena of Valor' Right Now

Arena of Valor [Free], the latest mobile MOBA to take iOS devices by storm, finally has its first big licensed character hitting the US version of the title. Starting today, players can start the journey to obtain Wonder Woman, the DC-licensed Amazonian Warrior. Starting today, a multitude of quests are now available that will each bestow Wonder Badges. The quests range from a wide variety of objectives, most of them centered around trying all the different types of battles (3v3, 5v5 etc) as well as objective based quests (Defeat a tower in battle). Unlocking Wonder Woman will require a total of 76 Wonder Badges, meaning that players will need to continually check in on quest statuses and ensure that the login quests are all cashed in as soon as possible...

Last week a pretty cool trailer caught our eye for a game where you sail boats made out of giant bananas, a giant hot dog, a bathtub, and many more silly items. The game was very appropriately titled Silly Sailing [Free], and it's now available in the App Store ready to fulfill all your silly sailing desires. I downloaded the free game to give it a quick spin and I have to say I'm pretty impressed with just how fun it is. You tap the left or right side of the screen to turn your boat in either direction, and there's a bar at the bottom of the screen which you'll drag left or right to close or open your sail. The trick is harnessing the wind properly to propel your boat forward, and there's handy arrows showing you exactly how the wind is bouncing off of your sail...




Jigsaw puzzles are fun, but they're also kind of a pain in the butt. First of all you need kind of a lot of space where you can put them together, and if you're not going to finish a whole puzzle in one sitting then it's going to be taking up that space until you're finished. I remember not using our coffee table for a whole month as me and my roommates slowly pieced together a particularly difficult puzzle. Then there's the problem of losing or bending pieces, which can ruin hours of work. Similar to board games with their many pieces to keep track of, puzzles have benefited greatly from touchscreen devices becoming popular. Sure, it's not quite the same as doing a puzzle in real life, but you can carry dozens of puzzles with you in your pocket and you're never going to lose a piece. It's pretty cool. One of the best digital puzzle apps around is Zimad's Magic Jigsaw Puzzles [Free] which has been offering literally thousands of puzzles to players for several years now. This week they announced a partnership that piqued our interest as the latest update to Magic Jigsaw Puzzles adds in some of your favorite Cartoon Network personalities. Check it out...

Slime Pizza [Free] is a new game coming from Neutronized and Nitrome. Nitrome already brought us some great games like Tower Fortress recently and 2018 is beginning with some Slime Pizza. You play as a delivery boy for Slime Pizza and your ship has crash landed with all the pizzas missing. The video teaser shows off some physics that look familiar to what I’ve seen in LocoRoco and the likes. ..

'It’s Full of Sparks' Review - A Cracking Good Time

It’s Full of Sparks [Free] is the latest release from prolific App Store publishers Noodlecake and developer Dabadu Games, and it’d be understandable if there were lingering doubts about whether quantity would eventually come at the expense of quality, and if some titles would make less of a bang amongst the iOS community. Thankfully, It’s Full of Sparks lives up to its name - from the outset, Dabadu Games have made a game full of sparks, new ideas and an abundance of charm from start to end. While a ‘platformer’ in the loosest sense of the word, It’s Full of Sparks suits the iPhone and iPad perfectly with its simple but incredibly solid central premise, and inventive level design means it remains engaging even as the novelty begins to wear thin...

Last Friday we told you about how Autumn Games and Hidden Variable Studios were parting ways with their previous publisher of Skullgirls on mobile LINE Corporation, and thus would be launching a brand new version of the game this Thursday. You see, the LINE Skullgirls game shut down this past Sunday night, and the plan was for Hidden Variable to migrate over everyone's save game data from the old LINE servers to their new self-hosted servers in the time between the old game shutting down and the new game launching. However, it looks like that data migration went a lot faster than they anticipated and so the new self-published Skullgirls [Free] mobile game is now live in the App Store. ..

There's a surprising lack of quality boxing games in the App Store, but developer Koality Game added one to the list when they released their excellent arcade/sim hybrid Prizefighters [Free] just over a month ago. Taking cues from the classic Puch Out! in terms of presentation and core mechanics, Prizefighters actually plays a whole lot differently and features a really satisfying career mode and progression system for your boxer. And despite being released so late in the year, we still picked Prizefighters as one of our Top 100 Game of 2017. It's really good! In just that short amount of time since it came out, Koality has already released several updates for Prizefighters tweaking and polishing the experience, the most significant of which has landed this week. ..

After some time in soft launch, World of Warships Blitz [Free], Wargaming's second biggest game after the very popular World of Tanks Blitz, has finally hit all seven seas of the App Store. So, if you feel like sailing and blowing things up, you can now go ahead and do it for free. In World of Warships Blitz, you get to pick a variety of World War 2 ships from the USA, Japan, Russia, and Britain, and play either random multiplayer battles, Co-op Battles (where you and other players fight against the AI instead of other players), Campaigns inspired by historical naval events, and Ranked Battles. World of Tanks Blitz players can tell that World of Warships Blitz offers more content than its tank brethren...

One of the most revered mobile games in history is Robot Entertainment's Hero Academy [Free], which launched six years ago nearly to the day and brought with it easily digestible but highly tactical turn-based battling against players online. It was at a time when online multiplayer on mobile was still coming into its own, and the asynchronous nature of Hero Academy made it a perfect way to experience a dose of strategy gaming that fit into those free moments throughout your day. Well, obviously that was a pretty long time ago but the Hero Academy fanbase has stood pretty strong over the years. While we've lost the original game to the 32-bit Appocalypse, Robot Entertainment announced in the spring of 2017 that they were partnering up with fellow Texas-based studio BonusXP to create a sequel, and in fact they soft-launched that game in select countries at around the same time. That, too, was quite a while ago but today this new journey can finally begin as Hero Academy 2 [Free] has officially launched in the App Store worldwide...

‘Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia’ Pre-Registrations Are Now Open on Google Play

Square Enix has begun pre-registrations for the English release Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia. This is a spinoff mobile game of a spinoff of the mainline Final Fantasy franchise will be releasing soon on the App Store and Google Play in Western regions. Unlike the console Dissidia games, this isn’t an arena brawler fighting game but a free to play RPG with turn based combat. It will also feature multiplayer allowing you to team up with other people to challenge large foes. Watch the announcement trailer for it below:..

HCT World Championship, Free Packs, Cubelock, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #121

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best stories on videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This past week was another relatively slow one, with most stories focusing on the upcoming HCT World Championship and the usual top decks. Still, the game continues to be fun, and Kobolds & Catacombs continues to slowly surrender its secrets (the most recent one being all about a little Weasel). I hope you enjoy the best news and videos of the week, and don't forget to do two things this week: get your free packs for choosing a champion and watching the big upcoming tournament. Hop on below and let us begin...

Attention 'Skullgirls' Mobile Players: New App Releasing Next Week, Make Sure You're Ready to Migrate Your Progress Over

If you're an active player of the mobile Skullgirls then this is likely old news for you, but if you're like me and played the game a bunch when it came out in May but haven't been playing recently then this might be useful information for you to know. To back up a bit, Hidden Variable Studios and Autumn Games partnered with LINE, the juggernaut messaging company, to publish Skullgirls on mobile. However, the fit just wasn't right and so Hidden Variable/Autumn Games have mutually agreed to end their partnership with LINE and self-publish the game on the App Store. Unfortunately this means that the existing LINE version of Skullgirls is no longer available on the App Store, all IAP has been disabled as of January 9th, and on January 15th that version of the game will cease to function at all. It's a sticky situation...

Nintendo has been great with post launch support for Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] through seasonal events and adding more content. Today, they announce new heroes entering the fray on Thursday night at 11 PM P.T. The new heroes come from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn which released on the Nintendo Wii. It has been interesting seeing them go back to older games to add heroes as time goes by. In a lot of cases, there are games that were not released outside Japan. As usual, Nintendo released a new video showing off the new Heroes and skills which you can watch below:..

Netmarble Games Corp. announced that Lineage 2: Revolution [Free] has reached 5 million registered users since it launched worldwide. To celebrate this, there will be New Year in game events. Every player will get 5 Enhance Scroll items and there will be a new Tower of Insolence expansion bringing it up to 70 floors. Until January 18th, there will be a Combine Equipment Event that will reward players who get a Grade-S equipment through combining with a Grade-R Varnish Selection Box. There will also be a Growth Mentor Event that will go on until January 17th that will reward you with automatic leveling after clearing five quests. The rewards for these quests will include Adena, a Blessed Scroll Bundle, and Enhance Scroll Bundle depending on the number of quests completed...

Niantic just announced that Pokemon GO [Free] will be discontinued next month for iOS devices that cannot be updated to iOS 11. This will be implemented in an update to the app that will happen in the future. Pokémon GO has been pushing for new hardware specific features like the AR mode and they want to push further bringing improvements that require dropping support on earlier versions of iOS. Over the last year, we’ve seen dynamic weather and more come to Pokémon GO and I’m excited to see where the team takes the app going forward. ..

Every era of gaming has one or two genres that dominate. Eventually, the popularity of said genres give way to something new, and from there it's a coin toss as to how relevant they remain. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, one of those "it" genres was the beat-em-up. In many ways defined by 1986's Renegade, the genre became a worldwide sensation with the game's spiritual successor Double Dragon. The game was a huge hit in the arcades, and its many home ports were tremendously popular. There was a Double Dragon comic, a Double Dragon cartoon, a Double Dragon toyline, and eventually even a Double Dragon live-action movie. Innumerable clones from virtually every other game publisher followed, flooding arcades and eventually the 16-bit home consoles until the coming of one-on-one fighting games pulled the market in another direction...

Top Decks, Budget Decks, Deck Guides, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News and Videos in 'Touchstone' #120

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos of the past week. The Hearthstone world has been on the quiet side given the holidays, but there are still interesting stories about the best and most interesting decks you could be playing right now. As you'll see in the meta report below, the Kobolds meta is already settled, and that means there isn't too much room for experimentation (although that might change if players figure out the potential of other Kobolds cards). Overall, though, it's a quiet time, but that doesn't mean playing the game isn't still fun. Check out all the stories and the great decklists below...

The legendary beat 'em up series Double Dragon is no stranger to the App Store. DotEmu brought us the entire trilogy of arcade games back in late 2013 with the appropriately titled and quite good Double Dragon Trilogy [$2.99], and way back in early 2011 developer Brizo Interactive released an enhanced remake of the original Double Dragon that was based on a version released for the obscure Zeebo console. It was super weird, but I actually loved that version, and am sad it's no longer available. Anyway, this brings us to this weekend as Arc System Works has released their 2017 entry in the series Double Dragon 4 [Free] on the App Store. Arc picked up the Double Dragon license a few years ago and announced this new entry in 2016, with a release on Playstation 4 and Windows about a year ago and a Nintendo Switch port arriving this past September. Here's the official trailer...

The Pathfinder brand is huge in the world of tabletop RPGs, being a spinoff and extension of Dungeons & Dragons, and they've extended into the digital world with the Pathfinder Adventures [Free] mobile game, which was a digital adaptation of the physical tabletop game Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. We enjoyed Pathfinder Adventures very much when it launched in May of 2016, and with numerous content updates and highly-requested iPhone support being added to the game since its launch it has remained one of the better RPG adventures on the App Store. Then this past August, 37Games announced their own officially licensed Pathfinder mobile game, this time a competitive card game called Pathfinder Duels [Free], and today that game has officially launched in the App Store...

The classic horror game The 7th Guest [Free], from back in the early 90s and the age of CD-ROM, has gone free, so if you're in the mood to either enjoy a tinge of nostalgia (if you're my age) or discover what your mom and dad used to play, grab it while it's free. I remember playing The 7th Guest when it came out back in 1993 and being struck by the wonder of it all, trying to figure out all the puzzles and uncover all kinds of creepy secrets. The game really is an important moment in gaming history, and you should grab it if just for that reason...

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