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After being announced for release and then soft launching in Australia, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free] is finally available worldwide on iOS and Android devices. While scheduled to release on November 22nd, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is now rolling out worldwide and it is out in the US App Store right now. It looks like Nintendo will not be missing any of the holiday or Thanksgiving spending with Pocket Camp...

As anyone who's ever watched him knows, Floyd Mayweather Jr,, the greatest boxer of the last 25 years, loves showing off his wealth. So it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that he makes his mobile gaming debut today in a game called Wild Poker [Free]. Wild Poker is a casino adventure game that's like Texas Hold'em with some RPG elements. The game has power-ups, character development, and other such features on top of your basic poker game. For instance, players get to embrace the spirit of their favorite animal characters and use special skills based on that animal. As players advance, they level up and unlock new characters...




Kobolds & Catacombs Reveals and Reviews, and Other 'Hearthstone' News & Videos in 'Touchstone' #117

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of the best news and videos. As you would expect, this past week was dominated by the upcoming expansion, Kobolds & Catacombs. We got to read about upcoming card reveals and see some more new cards, read the stories of Marin the Fox and King Togwaggle (the "smartest" Kobold ever), and much more. At the same time, questions about the game's cost surfaced once more, which isn't surprising given how many players are trying to find the best way to grab those new cards. There's a lot more news to read and some really interesting videos to watch, and I hope you enjoy it all...

The upcoming Hearthstone [Free] expansion Kobolds & Catacombs is getting closer, so the developers have started revealing more cards from the upcoming set. In a stream earlier today, we got to see 9 new cards, and they hint at new things to come to the popular card game. Peter Whalen, Game Designer and lead designer on the upcoming set, teamed up with streamer Brian Kibler to talk about the new set and reveal the cards. The biggest surprise of the reveals was probably the new Rogue secrets. Players don’t think of the Rogue class when thinking secrets, and while we won't be getting too many of those cards, they might offer a new way to build Rogue decks. The two secrets are Sudden Betrayal, a 2 mana card that redirects an attack on your hero to one of its neighbors (I'm not sure I like this new wording here because it might confuse players), and Cheat Death, a 2 mana card that returns a minion that died to your hand and reduces its cost by 2...

Can Pokemon GO [Free] players collectively catch 3 billion Pokemon in just 7 days? That is what the Global Catch Challenge hopes to find out. The Challenge has already started and will run until November 26th, when it will conclude with a special celebration at the Pokemon GO Safari Zone event in Tottori, Japan. If players manage to catch 500 million Pokemon, then everyone gets the Bronze reward, which will give players double XP and more Pokemon appearing globally. If 1.5 billion Pokemon are caught, even more Pokemon will appear globally, and if the 3 billion catches mark is reached, Farfetch'd will be available worldwide for 48 hours while Kangashkan will be available in East Asia for 48 hours. And, of course, players will get some other bonuses as well...

During BlizzCon 2017, we got to sit down with Mike Donais, Hearthstone's [Free] Principal Game Designer, and Jomaro Kindred, Senior Concept Artists at Blizzard, and talk about the upcoming Kobolds & Catacombs expansion. We talked about the evolution of the Dungeon Run mode, the way the loot system works in more detail, the various inspirations behind the expansion's art, and much more. As always, this was a cool opportunity to see the thought process behind a Hearthstone set, and this time it was even more interesting than other times because of the addition of the brand new Dungeon Run mode. And I've played enough of Dungeon Run at BlizzCon to know that they really knocked it out of the park with this one...

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius [Free] has been celebrating a year of service and Square Enix has announced a big batch of promotions and a big collaboration event for it. Noctis from Final Fantasy XV will be returning to Final Fantasy Brave Exvius along with Gladioulus, Cor, and Oris. There will be a new Final Fantasy XV event in the next few weeks with boosts to abilities and new ones for Noctis. This collaboration comes right after the return of Ariana Grande and the NieR: Automata collaborations. If you aren’t familiar with Noctis or the world of Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is on its way to the App Store already and you can check out Eli playing it below:..

CSR Racing 2 [Free] is one of the most popular games on the App Store partly because of its accessible gameplay but mostly because of its selection of gorgeous and highly detailed supercars. If you're among those who love their CSR2 car collection, you're in luck because starting today, you can enjoy that collection in augmented reality. The developers used Apple's ARKit to bring your garage into your living room or out in the street. And this is more than just being able to add a car-shaped blob in the middle of the house; this is highly detailed 3D models recreated in AR in great detail. CSR2's AR Mode boasts what the developers call "innovative features" like the ability to open the car's doors, trunk, hood, and even stepping inside a real-life size supercar. And, of course, you can share all your "real-life" photos of your customized supercars...

Way back in May (gosh that feels like it was FOREVER ago) I came across an unassuming little first-person puzzle adventure called Faraway: Puzzle Escape [Free] and posted a little thing about how much I was enjoying it. Not only did it offer some excellent Myst-inspired environmental puzzling, but it also weaved a complex sci-fi storyline that was actually quite engaging, especially with some of the deep secrets it was hiding. All of it was wrapped up in a clean visual style and a wonderful touch-based control scheme. Well, as we learned back in August, a sequel to Faraway was in the works that would take the adventuring from the desert sands to the lush jungle, and without much warning today Faraway 2 [Free] arrived in the App Store...

Mikey has flexed a lot of different abilities ever since first arriving in the App Store (and our hearts) back in 2012. From running, to jumping, to swinging, to rocket booting, Mikey has done it all. And in his latest endeavor, he does all of those things at the same time. Mikey Jumps [Free] arrived just over a year ago and it mashes all of Mikey's talents together into an auto-running platformer. The results were really good. Then this past May, a huge version 2.0 update arrived for Mikey Jumps adding in 200 new levels and a new portal mechanic. Now Mikey is back with another huge update, this time adding in a slick endless mode and a bunch of new vanity items to unlock...

The wait for the new Hearthstone [Free] expansion is almost over (okay, maybe a few more weeks), so it's time for the card reveals to begin. On November 20th at 11AM PST Game Designer Peter Whalen and streamer Brian Kibler will kick off the Kobolds & Catacombs card reveal season on Twitch. We don't have any information on how many cards we'll get to see, but the announcement does point out that glimmering treasures, hoarding dragons, and ancient weapons are all waiting for be unearthed, so I'm hoping we'll get to see different types of cards; that way, we'll have a better idea of the direction of the expansion...

It's been a long time coming for the latest entry in the popular Shadow Fight series, and we've been covering the development of the third game since it was originally announced in April of last year. After closed beta testing and a significant soft-launch period, Shadow Fight 3 [Free] has finally launched globally in the App Store. Shadow Fight 2 become a massive hit with its focus on extremely technical fighting and incredibly smooth animations. Basically, because its gimmick was that all the fighters were just silhouettes, they could add a tremendous amount of frames of animation to the characters without having to literally draw all those frames. It made for a really neat look, too. Well, Shadow Fight 3's major change is the jump into full 3D polygonal models and backgrounds, meaning the characters actually have details and there's a huge emphasis on all the crazy armors and weapons you can unlock and equip in the game which will change your fighter's appearance and abilities. Keeping to its roots though, the shadow fighting is still here, just as more of a special mode you can enter into during fights...

Injustice 2 [Free] players shouldn't be surprised to find out that today's 1.8 update has added all kinds of Justice League-related events and items, but that doesn't mean the additions aren't cool. The new update has added Justice League Batman, Justice League Aquaman, and Justice League Cyborg. And, of course, Mythic Wonder Woman is already in the game, ready to join the rest of the League. If you want to get your hands on these heroes, you can grab Aquaman and Batman through Arena Event rewards, which include a special Justice League Chest that should help you get those heroes a bit more easily...

Kobolds and Catacombs, Hearthstone's [Free] next expansion, is definitely drawing nearer, and Blizzard is starting to push the new expansion in all kinds of ways. First we got the Kobolds & Catacombs-themed Tavern Brawl earlier today, and now we also got Tale of the Fox Part 1, a narrative that will get players into the right mood prior to the new expansion's release. Tale of the Fox tells the story of (you guessed it) Marin the Fox. The story emphasizes the dangers and riches of the catacombs and all that Marin has to do in order to get the legendary axe Woecleaver, stashed in the catacombs alongside a very promising large chest. But, as one would guess given the expansion's theme, Marin has to brave Kobold architecture and "engineering" if he's to be successful...

Justice League, the film that brings together some of the most popular DC heroes, is about to hit movie theaters, and—as expected—it's also about to visit a few mobile games. Puzzle & Dragons [Free], the popular mobile puzzle game, will host three new character pairings in honor of the film: Batman and Cyborg, Superman and The Flash, and Wonder Woman and Aquaman (the last one is fan fiction waiting to happen). These three pairings will make their debut in the Justice League Collab Egg Machine, and players will also have the opportunity to fight against new DC villains as they battle through the new Justice League Collab Dungeon...

Blizzard is starting to warm us up for the upcoming Hearthstone [Free] expansion Kobolds & Catacombs with a Tavern Brawl that rewards players with a K&C pack. Treasure in the Catacombs is all about a race with premade decks. When you pick your class and start the Brawl, you and your opponent race to get 7 minions on the board combined, but the one who manages to reach 7 first gets an extra prize. The Quest reward is a Master Chest, like the one you get from the Legendary Marin the Fox. However, the one who gets to 7 first gets a Chest with 8 health and the opponent one with 4 health...

Lineage 2: Revolution [Free], the mobile game based on the PC game Lineage 2, is now available on iOS and Android, and it's an ambitious game. The game is all about the Massive part of MMORPG, and it boasts the largest multiplayer gameplay ever on the platform, with real-time 20vs20 and 50vs50 battles (as well as 3vs3 and 5vs5). If you saw the TwitchCon stream last month, then you saw Conan O'Brien show off the game's 50v50 Fortress Siege, a frantic but fun game mode. The game's massive nature should help with player disconnects as well, since losing a few out of a group of 50 matters less than when you're playing as part of a smaller group...

Gumi Inc. announced at the end of August that they'd be bringing their ultra-popular Japanese strategy RPG For Whom The Alchemist Exists to the rest of the world under the name The Alchemist Code, and as promised the game is now available on both iOS and Android and will be available on the Amazon App Store tomorrow. Gumi describes the game as "A full-scale SRPG that features classic tactical elements, The Alchemist Code features easy-to-learn mechanics, a deep job and levelling system as well as gorgeously animated characters brought to life in the exciting world of Babel." Here's the launch trailer...

Just a week ago we posted about a mobile game from NetEase called 荒野行动, which roughly translated to "Wilderness Survival," that had taken over the top spot in the Chinese App Store. Why was this a big deal? Well, Wilderness Survival is a darn near carbon copy of the unfathomably popular multiplayer battle royale game on desktop called PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, aka PUBG. Ever since PUBG became the most played game in the entire universe over the course of the last few months, several companies have tried to catch a ride on its coattails by making a mobile version of the game. What was crazy about Wilderness Survival is that not only did it mimic PUBG to an uncomfortable degree, but it also came from NetEase, one of the biggest companies in gaming, not some little indie developer. Also, when it hit number 1 in China it unseated the then-current hottest thing in mobile at the time, the MOBA Arena of Valor. A pretty impressive feat...

I have to give SEGA some credit. One of the many points where I felt that the initial line-up of SEGA Forever titles was lacking was in the selection; they were all games drawn from SEGA's 16-bit platform, and only two of the games were new to iOS gamers. Subsequent releases have mostly stuck to Genesis games, plus a few updated versions of prior SEGA iOS releases. But the Genesis games in particular that have been selected are certainly eclectic choices that demonstrate an affection for the deeper cuts from SEGA's 16-bit library, and that's pretty cool. It reassures me that in spite of the numerous issues that have plagued SEGA Forever, the project is a work of passion. Because honestly, who else but a SEGA super-fan would choose to release something like ESWAT: City Under Siege [Free] ahead of better-known titles like Streets of Rage 2 or Gunstar Heroes?..

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