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This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is a repeat one from early June, but it's still a very fun one. Cart Crash at the Crossroads has you picking a pre-made deck, but on the first turn, your deck becomes a mix of your class and of another one you get to pick in a Discover type mechanic. So, as you can imagine, all kinds of silly shenanigans will ensue if you are lucky enough to get good cards in your deck. Your hero power remains the same all the way through. When the Brawl first appeared in June, players really liked that they had the opportunity to try out different class combos and see what kind of card combos they could play and how well those worked or not...

If you are one of the many enjoying World of Warcraft's Legion, the game's latest expansion, then you should probably be using Blizzard's World of Warcraft: Legion Companion [Free] app, which was announced at PAX. Blizzard designed this app to help players make the most of their time in-game. Imagine the companion as a kind of mission control where you can track all kinds of information and take actions when needed. You can view your active world quests and emissary bounties and even check the rewards to help you decide which quests are worth your time. You can also see which missions are available in your Class Order Hall and get them started straight for the app...




In what should be good news to everyone, it seems like we might be getting an announcement about Arena changes in the near future. Reddit user alcxander posted an open question for the Hearthstone [Free] developers regarding the critique they receive after every content release, and Ben Brode responded with some interesting points and a hint at a possible Arena announcement in the next two weeks. Brode first talks about how all the devs visit the Hearthstone subreddit often and take player feedback seriously. He also points out that often players don't have access to the whole picture, so the feedback isn't always "fair."..

What do you get when you cross a multiplayer tank game like World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] with a decorated strategy RPG like Valkyria Chronicles? Well, to tell you the truth I'm not sure because we don't have all the details yet, but we do know that this collaboration is indeed happening. As the trailer talks about, this is the first time that Wargaming gets to work with another game company, so everyone seems to be very excited about...whatever this collaboration will end up being. Both games have to do with tanks, so there are definitely plenty of opportunities for crossing wires and seeing what comes up...

Great Karazhan Decks, Best Standard Decks, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #63

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, and this one probably finds you all going through withdrawal as One Night in Karazhan, the latest adventure, is now officially over. All good things come to an end, I suppose, and so did Karazhan. It's been a fun little ride, and I'm glad to see some of the new cards having an impact on the game already; it's always entertaining waiting to see whether people's predictions about card power levels were correct or way off the mark. This past week's news was on the limited side, possibly because everyone was too busy playing the last wing. Still, we have some interesting decks from, and card predictions about, Karazhan, and some more talk on Yogg-Saron. And, of course, the best videos of the week. So, let's wipe our silent tears, say goodbye to Karazhan, and move on...

If you were one of those saving to go to ClashCon this year, you are unfortunately out of luck. Supercell announced today that it won't organize a ClashCon like it did last year; instead, the team wants to put all its attention to benefiting the entire community of Clash of Clans [Free] rather than the few lucky souls that can attend ClashCon. And the best way to benefit the community is by working hard to improve the game and add more features to it. Having a small team, the announcement points out, means having to say no to things you actually want to do. So, sorry guys, no ClashCon for 2016...

'Justice Monsters Five' Review - Justice Denied

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September 2nd, 2016 6:00 PM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in 2 stars, Free, iPad Games, iPhone games, Pinball, Reviews, Social RPG
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You know, I actually had a small shred of hope for Justice Monsters Five [Free]. It looked like a take-off of the enjoyable Monster Strike [Free], had some nice-looking artwork, and its status as a Final Fantasy 15 spin-off, the first playable non-demo anything based on Final Fantasy 15, lulled me into thinking it was going to be of a certain level of quality. Plus, Square Enix has gotten better with their free-to-play efforts of late. They're all quite serviceable if not very exciting or innovative. Unfortunately, I was almost completely wrong about this game. The production values are good for what it is and it's not a broken game or anything like that, but those are both of the nice things I have to say about this shallow, dull affair...

Wargaming is celebrating 100 years of tanks with a special World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] event that sounds like great fun. The celebration is all about the Mark I, the first tank to roll on a battlefield, so you'll actually get your hands on one of those beasts rather than the technologically-advanced (for the time) WWII tanks we are so used to playing. So, in celebration of this event, WOT Blitz players will get to take control of a modified Mark I tank in a 7-7 battle. Once they complete 10 battles in the Mark I, players will get a special medal to remember the experience. Sounds like fun, and I'm curious to see how Mark I plays...

Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits [Free] is actually a couple of years old now, and only just arriving in more countries worldwide. In some ways, it feels its age. It's less refined than the usual spins on Puzzle & Dragons [Free] we see these days, giving it the feeling of something that was slapped together to cash in on a craze before the tide went out again. It initially comes off as crudely simple, but if you give it a little time, that basic simplicity gives way to a very satisfying set of mechanics. Unfortunately, one other way shows the age of this game. While many social RPGs have loosened up a little on the monetization squeeze in recent times, Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits has its boots firmly planted in the past. On your throat. What remains is a fun game that can get frustrating in a hurry if you're not willing to pay up...

'Ice Lakes' Is an Open World Ice Fishing Simulator With Bears, out September 5th on the App Store

Sandbox games have become all the rage as of late, because as consoles - and indeed smartphones - become more powerful over time, it has become easier for developers to create an open-ended experience that lets you play at your own leisure. This has led to a variety of open-world titles, such as post-apocalyptic wasteland explorers, epic fantasy simulators, and whatever label Grand Theft Auto decides to take at any given moment. However, Ice Flake Studios have attempted to rise above the generic tropes of the genre, and have created what is possibly the most imaginative use of free-roaming gameplay yet - ice fishing. In Ice Lakes, which is set to hit the App Store on September 5th, you take the role as a fishing guru, who must catch more than twenty different species of fish through holes drilled into rivers that have frozen over, all within a large, explorable sandbox environment. If you're somehow not sold on this incredible premise, here is a glimpse of what you can get up to in Ice Lakes:..

This is the way One Night in Karazhan ends, not with a whimper, but with The Spire. Yes, we have reached the fourth and final wing of Hearthstone's [Free] latest adventure, and as always, the time is bittersweet. Yes, the adventure is coming to an end, but we are getting some fun cards that, hopefully, will change up the meta a bit and get the game feeling fresh again. It's been a fun four weeks, and this final wing is no exception. This week we got the Shade of Aran, Netherspite, and Free Medivh! encounters, and there were some fun surprises along the way and some very promising cards, too. So, let's start, shall we?..

Looks like it's nostalgia week on the App Store because after getting a He-Man game yesterday, today we are getting G.I. JOE vehicles in Micro Machines [Free]. Micro Machines in itself is a retro game brought back to life, and adding G.I. JOE vehicles on top of that is like having a nostalgia sandwich. The new update adds seven classic G.I. JOE combat vehicles: you can drive the H.I.S.S. Tank around, use Cobra Rage to take out other players on the arena combat, or even mess around with Rolling Thunder. In addition to the G.I. JOE vehicles, the update has also added a new track, Army Action, that comes complete with plastic soldiers and tanks and even a working minefield...

Disney Crossy Road [Free] continues to be one of my favorite ways to get my Disney fix, so I like that we are still getting new figurines (and will most probably continue doing so). The whole system of adding new levels and new figurines for every new and older Disney IP is really the perfect way to keep a game fresh with relatively-minimal effort and time. Today's update has added Monsters Inc. figurines - Mike, Boo, Sulley, Randall, Roz, and more - and a new level, Monstropolis. There are a total of 12 new figurines added to the Prize Machine plus 6 secret unlocks, so plenty of content for the completionists among you or the Monsters Inc. fans...

Bad news if you enjoy playing Disney's Marvel: Avengers Alliance and Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2 [Free]. Disney has decided to shut down both of those games on all platforms on September 30th. In order to ensure that no one spends any more money on the games, purchasing has been disabled as of today. According to the announcement, this was a difficult decision because of the passion and support of all the players, but they want to shift their focus to new titles. They are at this moment shifting developing towards "a growing selection of Disney Mobile apps," so apparently something needs to go...

This is it everyone; the fourth and last wing of Hearthstone's [Free] One Night in Karazhan Adventure is now open, so go complete that climb and get to those cards. As is always the case, you'll have to deal with the various encounters - there's a twist this time around, but I won't spoil it - and get cards like Medivh, the Guardian, the neutral Legendary that lets you equip Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian, and Prince Malchezaar, another neutral Legendary. This one has been at the center of many debates on RNG since he adds 5 extra Legendary minions to your deck. We'll see how useful he ends up being...

Even though Leap Day [Free] only launched on the App Store in May, we have already seen five content updates be released for it in the three or so months since it came out. While none of these have been particularly groundbreaking, with only some characters and themes being introduced, they have helped reinvigorate the ridiculously compulsive platforming gameplay that quite literally never ends. This pattern of consistent improvements to the formula continues today, as Nitrome have released what they call the 'first major update' for Leap Day, and have introduced a multitude of new traps to sabotage your jumps, as well as new characters and levels to tide you through to the end of time - or whenever Leap Day is updated next...

While today's Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] update isn't nowhere as huge as the upcoming 0.16 Boss Update one we wrote about a few days ago, 0.15.7 has added one important new feature: a new texture pack. According to the update blog announcement, this one is mostly about Oculus Rift, but what the rest of us are getting is the Natural texture pack, which lets you enjoy higher-res textures and more realistic sheep faces (108 more pixels ready to haunt your dreams). The texture pack really makes a huge difference in the way the game looks, and although it won't be to everyone's liking (texture packs never are), if you wanted your Minecraft to look sharper, this is the texture pack for you...

He-Man was easily my favorite cartoon growing up - although I mostly liked playing with the action figures and the fun castles (especially Skeletor's castle with the microphone) - so whenever I see a He-Man mobile game, I download it immediately. After getting the side-scrolling He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe a few years back, which was fun but maybe a bit too F2P, today we got a clicker appropriately called He-Man Tappers of Grayskull [Free], which I quite enjoyed in the few minutes I played it this morning even though I'm not usually big on clickers...

Nothing says ferocious superhero like a cute, cylindrical, plush toy, right? Or are you going to tell me that Disney's Marvel Tsum Tsums aren't ferocious. Ferocious or not, these cute Tsum Tsums have been a great source of revenue for Disney, and after getting Disney Tsum Tsum on mobile, today North America is also getting Marvel Tsum Tsum [Free], and let me tell you, those guys and gals look very cute. The game is only out in North America for the time being, with the rest of the world following "later this year." You get to play with superheroes such as Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man, Gamora, Star-Lord, Spider-Man, and many, many more. And, of course, we are getting the bad guys too: Loki, Ultron, Green Goblin, and Ronan the Accuser...

The world of Fallen London [Freeis one of my favorite worlds to visit since it's a place dipped in gothic absurdity and dripping with quirky humor. When the game came on iOS, it found the perfect match in terms of platform, but the app itself was really buggy and plagued by server issues. Fortunately, most of those issues have been ironed out, and now the game has officially landed on Android. Apparently, when the developers asked Android users whether they wanted the game on their platform, they got an overwhelming yes as an answer. You can play the same save game across both iOS and Android - and PC if you have that too - but just remember to manually sync your game in app before switching so you don't lose any progress...

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