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Video games and wolves are really a match made in heaven. Whether it's transforming into a twilit beast in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the loyal, loveable, and incorrectly named companion D-Dog in Metal Gear Solid V, or the majestic goddess Amaterasu in Okami, there really is an incredible track record for the ferocious canine in gaming. The Wolf: Online RPG Simulator [Free] looks to keep up this astonishing trend, and in a similar vein to the Goat Simulator series, puts you in control of the titular wolf in an open world environment, as you look to hunt sheep, fight deer bosses, and eventually become the alpha of the pack. While the game was slightly delayed from its original January release date, anyone looking to live on the wild side of life will be delighted to hear that The Wolf is finally available on the App Store to download for free...

Sky Force Reloaded [Free] left a particularly strong impression on both gamers and critics over the course of 2016, and for good reason. Regardless of whether you were a fan of the shoot-em-up genre, Sky Force Reloaded excelled with its presentation and attention to detail, but most of all with its undeniably commitment to consistent content updates. While the base game in Sky Force Reloaded was already essential, and even received a glowing five star review back in June of last year, these frequent updates only solidified infinite Dreams's futuristic shooter as the pinnacle of the genre on mobile devices, and the level of commitment from the developer to their considerable community of fans is almost unparalleled, even on the App Store. Sadly, there was always going to be a point when the update well would run dry, and it seems today we have reached this milestone. The 1.80 patch, dubbed the 'Missile Update', marks the end of the content updates for the game, but if the additions included are anything to go by, Infinite Dreams are determined to finish their perpetual support of Sky Force Reloaded with a bang...




The wait is over, North America. Fire Emblem: Heroes [Free]is finally out on this side of the world, too. The game started appearing on App Stores across the world late last night, but we were left to wait for hours and repeatedly check that iTunes link. No more, though, and now we can also join the Fire Emblem party. If you haven't read anything about the game yet, then you're probably living in a cave somewhere with no power and no internet. But for those few who don't know much about it, Fire Emblem: Heroes is Nintendo's mobile version of its famous franchise, and it will have you collecting heroes and doing battles...

Clash Royale [Free] has a pretty fun challenge this time around, and it's one that's doing something new. The Battle Ram Challenge allows you to build a deck with Battle Ram, even though the card isn't out yet, and any other card you want. That means you can play around with cards that aren't in your collection. The fun part is that if you manage to get 5 wins and up, you unlock Battle Ram cards, which means you'll see the card start appearing in your chests before the normal release of the new card. That's a pretty cool idea, I think. There are two price points for this challenge. The Grand Challenge costs 100 gems to enter, and the Classic Challenge is free on the first entry and costs 10 gems from there onward...

Last Christmas, Blizzard gave us one very fun Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl called Gift Exchange which was all about stealing presents from each other. Today, with a month's delay, we are getting Gift Exchange once more, and it's one of the best ones to play. The way this Brawl works is you build your deck and then you try to get the various crates that will drop on both sides of the field (they drop whenever there's no crate on that side of the board). Those crates contain stolen gifts, cards that allow you to Discover expensive powerful cards that you can play at a discount. Yes, there's RNG there, but it's good RNG because of the Discover mechanic. You can even break your own side's crates, so keep that in mind...

PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator [Free] is a pretty entertaining game even when you ignore the huge name that helped put the game on gamers' radars. The game continues to grow, and the 1.4 update, which went live today, has added a big feature, Networks, while also adjusting various timers to make leveling up easier. Networks are like clans in other games, and you can either create one or join an already-existing one. As part of a Network, you can contribute views to unlock perks for every member, which should help players level up more easily. Speaking of leveling up more easily, the update has also reduced high level items' shipping times as well as increased the views you get from videos. Those changes should make the game more fun to play for F2P players...

For those looking for some tank mayhem, today's your lucky day because Phil Hassey's Tankout [Free] has just attacked the App Store. As we wrote about a few days ago, Tankout is a tricky game to describe because it combines creating with destroying and then wrapping all that up in competitive play. You try to take out your opponents in a variety of online worlds, and as you do, you collect coins. The fun part is you can spend those coins to build your own worlds, but others can damage those worlds and insert their own obstacles as well. It's one of those games that's easier to figure out by playing rather than reading about...

While the big N has stated that their first mobile game release Super Mario Run [Free] wouldn't be getting major content updates during the course of its life, they've still been pretty active about updating the game in general and running new events and sometimes even adding new features, like the "Friendly Run" mode back in December and the "Loads of Coins" event a couple of weeks ago. Today they've gone and done it again by updating Super Mario Run not with actual new content but with a major tweaking to how the game works in an effort to appeal to those who find it too challenging. It's called "Easy Mode" and you'll get the option to replay a level in this new way once you've failed it at least once. Easy Mode removes the time limit and also gives you unlimited bubble redos, meaning you can die as often as you want and can take as much time doing so as you wish!..

In late October of last year we posted about the then-upcoming sequel to the 2013 platformer Snailboy: An Epic Adventure called Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron [Free]. The game featured some really fantastic visuals and some really interesting snail-based mechanics like slinging yourself around like a rubber band, sticking to walls, and shooting fireballs. Ok, maybe that last one isn't exclusive to snail behavior. Anyway, the game was looking great and about a month and a half after that initial announcement Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron soft-launched in select territories. Well, the wait is finally over as this morning Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron has officially launched worldwide...

Best Standard and Wild Decks, Nerfs and Pirates, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #82

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players and welcome to another weekly news and videos roundup here at TouchArcade. I hope you've been enjoying playing the game and you've found a couple of decks that are doing the job for you. This week there was plenty going on, from more talk about possible nerfs or Wild "demotions," to the Android client finally seeing the reduction it's always needed, to the top Standard and Wild decks of the week, and more. And, of course, we have the top videos of the week by Kripp, Trolden, StrifeCro, and more. The talk of possible nerfs has been growing stronger these last few weeks, so I wouldn't be surprised if we get an actual announcement some time soon. Until then, enjoy playing against (or as) pirates...

Just when you thought your Clash Royale [Free] units were safe, here comes the Executioner to lob some heads off and probably change the whole meta. The Executioner unlocks at Arena 9, costs 5 Elixir, and causes area damage, which makes him great for taking out swarms. What's even better is his axe flies in a straight line and then it comes back like a boomerang, damaging everything twice. With his long range and the ability to hurt ground and air units, the Executioner will certainly find a place in many decks. His weakness is his slow attack speed or 2.4 seconds, a century in game terms. As you can see in the video below, he's a lot of fun to use, and while he can be countered by swarming him from the sides, he'll still do very well in many decks...

If you're looking for another mobile FPS to scratch that itch, check out Squad Wars: Death Division [Free], which has just released globally. The game has you playing a participant in the largest squad-based tournament in human history, organized by the mysterious billionaire Barakiel. There's a huge prize, of course, and you're one of those trying to get their hands on that sweet, sweet money. The game features an ELO rating, a league system, and skill-based matchmaking with up to 6 players per match. Talk of ELOs is nice, but hopefully Squad Wars will actually get matchmaking to work well...

Once upon a time, there was a fairly popular Java-based online RPG named Wyvern [Free]. It began its life in 2001 and ran for 10 years before its server was shut down in April of 2011, much to the sadness of its devoted players. It took some legal wrangling, but its creator Steve Yegge was finally able to secure the rights to bring the game back, and he's opted to do it on iOS. Inspired by 1980s PC RPGs, Wyvern has something of a vintage look and feel to it, and it's anything but beginner-friendly. If you're okay with that, however, you'd be hard-pressed to find a deeper MMORPG experience on mobile...

Do you like your wrestling matches done using Match-3 mechanics? Then you're in luck because WWE: Champions [Free] has just released globally after a soft-launch period. WWE Champions is a puzzle RPG with all of WWE's old and new stars. The game includes wrestlers like The Rock but also the likes of Macho Man Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, Ultimate Warrior, and many more. For fans of wrestling's history, WWE: Champions will be a trip down memory lane for sure and a chance to make all kinds of fantasy matchups that time didn't allow...

'Bomb Hunters', the Explosive Endless Puzzler by Craneballs, Has Soft Launched

Back in December, Czech developers Craneballs announced Bomb Hunters, their latest game that cleverly merged Crossy Road-esque endless puzzle action with frenetic bomb defusing mechanics. With a back catalogue of strong releases such as Overkill [Free] and Splash Cars [Free], Craneballs had set a precedent that made Bomb Hunters one to look out for, however no explicit release date meant we were left guessing for when we'd be able to experience the interesting amalgamation of game mechanics present in the title. Thankfully, the wait wasn't that long, as today Bomb Hunters has soft launched for gamers in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Norway, New Zealand, or The Philippines and all their respective App Stores - if you're outside of these regions, use our soft launch guide to not miss out on the bomb defusing action...

Amidst the current political climate around the world, there have been an abundance of games on the App Store that have attempted to capitalise on the personalities of certain prominent figures in the form of low effort throwaway apps. However, such circumstances also give numerous creators across all forms of media to make their own message, and hopefully put an interesting and informative twist on matters outside of the world of gaming. Developers Dozen Minds are looking to make such a statement with their upcoming game Cryptocracy, which combines interesting match-three mechanics reminiscent of Triple Town with city-building elements amidst a dystopian backdrop that attempts to highlight how the developers believe modern society is truly being run. If you're in Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, you can download the soft launch release of Cryptocracy now, otherwise Dozen Minds are looking for beta testers of the game on our forums...

Over the last few months, I've heard from many Hearthstone [Free] Android players who were having issues with the game's client size to the point where they had to uninstall the game. Luckily for them, Blizzard is now rolling out a much better optimized Android client that will change how Hearthstone is downloaded and should allow for a smaller install size and much better patching experience in the future. The developers had told us they were working on fixing the Android side of the game, and I'm glad to see those attempts come to fruition. According to reddit users, the install size has gone down to about 1.5 GB from the original 3 GB, which is a substantial decrease, especially for those with older phones...

When new cards release for Clash Royale [Free], players often wonder about the best way to get their hands on them. Clash Royale Arena posted a blog today that offers tips to help you get those new cards as painlessly as possible. On the day of release, there's a special offer in the shop that lets you spend gems to get the new cards, but keep in mind that the offer lasts only for that one day. Giant, Magical, and Super Magical Chests are your best bet for finding a new card - as long as it's a common, rare, or epic - but you shouldn't open those chests immediately after the card releases because you'll only get 1 copy of that card if you do. Instead, unlock it with a Crown chest, Free chest, or Silver chest instead because that way, your special chest will give you more of that card...

Quite often - but not often enough for me - Hearthstone's [Free] Tavern Brawl borrows ideas from the various Adventures, and those are often some of my favorite Brawls. This week, the developer team decided to go all in with the Adventure theme and bring us Boss Battle Royale. In this brawl, you pick a class and instead of getting a normal deck, you get a corresponding Boss from one of the Adventures. Picking Mage as your class will turn you into the Curator, Warlock turns you into Noth, Shaman into Lady Naz'jar, Hunter into Skelesaurus Hex, Warrior into the Grim Guzzler, Druid into Razorgore, Priest into Gothik, Paladin into The White King, and Rogue into Grobulus. Reddit has been nice enough to list all the Hero Powers, so go here to check them out and prepare in advance...

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has been very creative in its events recently - like the Frankestein tank for Halloween - and its celebration of the Chinese New Year will continue that trend. Beginning January 27th, you can earn two new Premium tanks as part of the New Moon (not the Twilight movie one) event. Like in other similar events, you'll have to complete a series of stages in order to earn one of the two tanks. Why would you want to grab one of these premium tanks? Well, because they are all about dragons. Blaze WZ VII tank destroyer features a fire dragon, and the Glacial 112 VIII heavy tank features an ice dragon across the turret and hull. You complete stages by completing missions and playing battles, but if you are wealthy enough, you can just complete stages using gold...

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