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Magic the Gathering: Puzzle Quest [Free] continues to keep up with all the Magic expansions, and Hour of Devastation isn't an exception. If you haven't been following Magic news, Hour of Devastation is the 75th expansion and the second in the Amonkhet block. The story of the expansion is about Nicol Bolas coming to claim his perfect Zombie army, the Eternals. In terms of MTG: Puzzle Quest, Hour of Devastation brings 149 new cards and three new card abilities: Eternalize, Aftermath, and Afflict. We are also getting new Planeswalkers, like Elspeth, Sun's Champion. She is a white Planeswalker that should synergize well with Hour of Devastation cards...

Ticking Abomination, Frost Festival, Balance, Nerfs, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #106

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of cool news and videos. Even though we're in the middle of the summer and everyone is pretty much toasting in the sun, the Hearthstone world is still moving along towards the Frozen Throne. We have a story on a new Frozen Throne minion, the first of the latest reveals. We also have quite a few interviews with different developers on various aspects of the new expansion, clarification on the new events and the card pack rules, talk on the current state of the game, and more. Let us begin...




If you're been looking for a game like EVE Online to play on your phone, the just-released Hades' Star [Free] might be it. We wrote about the game back when it was looking for Alpha Testers, and our forum members who tried it were quite happy with what they saw. Hades' Star aims to be a less complicated version of something like EVE while still being deep and interesting. The developers built the game for mobile, keeping in mind that players usually jump in and out more than play for hours, so they focused on making it easy to play in small chunks...

You've probably heard by now that Niantic and Pokemon GO [Free] didn't have the best of weekends because of the huge mess that was Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago. However, it wasn't all bad news for Pokemon GO players since the game officially received the first Legendary Pokemon worldwide, which I know many players have been expecting for ages. The Legendary Pokemon are Lugia and Articuno, but in order to get them, you'll have to team up with others in Legendary Raid Battles. And pretty soon, you'll start catching another two Legendary Pokemon, Zapdos and Moltres. I hope you have friends to go on Raid Battles with...

Pocket Mortys [Free] was definitely not a quick cash-grab, as the game's many updates and new features have shown in addition to how good it is, and today we got to hear about even more content coming to the game. As Chris Johnston, Senior Producer at Adult Swim Games, tweeted earlier today, Pocket Mortys will be getting new Mortys and avatars from new Season 3 episodes each week, and the first one of those updates is already live. This update brings Weird Rick, Jungle Morty, Radar Rick, Lawyer Morty, Commander Rick, and many more, so go grab them...

One silver lining of the 32-bit Appocalypse is that many ancient titles that have been left to collect dust on the App Store for years have had the opportunity to be revisited by not only new players, but the developers as well. While many such games just receive a mere compatibility update, others have been bestowed by some significant tweaks and additions that serve to improve titles that may have been written off by fans. Connectrode [Free] is firmly in the latter camp - releasing all the way back in 2011, Deep Plaid Games' App Store puzzle title was the recipient of a glowing four-and-a-half star review around its launch. However, the last time Connectrode saw an update on the App Store was in August 2012, and therefore the game was firmly on the chopping block when iOS 11 was due to roll into town. To rectify this, the developers have revisited their time-honoured title and updated it almost five years later, and have also made the game free for the first time in its history...

Back at the end of May, Obsidian Entertainment announced that a big new content update was in the works for their digital version of popular card game Pathfinder Adventures [Free]. Details were vague at that time but we did know the new content would be called Rise of the Goblins and would be loosely based on the We Be Goblins expansion that was released for the physical version of Pathfinder. This week Obsidian has taken the lid off of Rise of the Goblins and have revealed that the new content will come in the form of an entirely new campaign. It will interweave with the existing Rise of the Runelords campaign but will be played from the perspective of the Goblins. They're introducing two new Goblin characters to star in this new campaign, Ranzak (from Skull & Shackles) and Poog (from Goblin Burn! Deck)...

Flop to the Top in Bizarre Arcade Platformer 'Corporate Salmon', Coming Soon to the App Store

I've seen some pretty strange premise for games, but Corporate Salmon really takes the cake (or takes the cod, if you will). The title doesn't lie - the protagonist of the game is quite literally a sentient salmon, who is determined to climb the corporate ladder through any means possible. In the game, such means include flailing up an escalator, collecting money all the while fending off other rival fish who are also aiming for the stars. It's a salmon-eat-salmon world out there, kids. Beyond its eccentric concept, Corporate Salmon does actually look like quite an inspired take on the one-touch arcade game on the App Store. With a vibrant and eclectic graphical style, some bizarre physics and multiple challenges in the elevator to earn the most money possible, Corporate Salmon is as silly as it is charming, and will be one to look out for when it flops onto the App Store in the next few months...

In January of last year FDG Games and SHD Games released an unassuming little sniper game called Lonewolf [Free] to the App Store. While the sniper genre had been absolutely oversaturated on mobile, Lonewolf managed to stand out from the pack with its unique noir-inspired visuals and an emphasis on telling an interesting story, which was rare for that type of game. We liked Lonewolf a lot in our review and awarded it our Game of the Week back then, and it was pretty universally loved by all who played it. The only problem was that the game ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and players were anxious to find out what happens next in a promised upcoming new chapter… except that chapter never came. ..

Legendary Pokemon have been one of the most requested and eagerly anticipated additions to Pokemon GO [Free] since the game released just over a year ago. While Niantic have remained tight-lipped over when Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and co would make their debut in the ridiculously popular augmented reality release, signs that Legendaries would appear within the game have occurred over the past few months. Today, through an epic reveal trailer reminiscent of that Super Bowl commercial from January 2016, Niantic have announced that Legendary Pokemon will be available to battle in Raid Battles, and then to subsequently catch, in Pokemon GO later this month...

Kenny Sun has amassed a formidable catalogue of releases since his 2014 debut on the App Store. Ever since Spectrum [$0.99] underlined his eclectic design principles three years ago, the Boston-based developer has released a succession of quality mobile gaming hits, with Circa Infinity [$2.99] and Yankai's Peak [$2.99] being bizarrely beautiful but also impossibly immersive puzzle games that suited the platform to a tee. Yankai's Triangle [$0.99] is potentially the weirdest of Kenny Sun's games thus far, as its colorful, psychedelic graphical design combined with its compulsive triangle-based geometry gameplay resulted in what can only be described as the Sgt. Pepper of the puzzle game genre. We awarded Yankai's Triangle a glowing five star rating in our review last year, and today the game has been reduced to the bargain price of free for the first time ever...

Injustice 2 [Free] 1.5 update is here to chill your summer with four new characters, Captain Cold, Sub-Zero, and two versions of Aquaman. Add all those together, and you can put out any fire and make those rising temperatures halt for a bit. As you would expect, each character has his own skills and style, with Sub-Zero freezing enemies, Captain Cold slowing your opponent's regeneration, and so on. Maybe these four will help keep your phone cool while you're playing in these pretty high temperatures. The update has also added more story for you to play, with Chapter 2 making its way into the game. You can play as Harley Quinn and get all those rewards at the end of the story rainbow...

We've been following the development of Project MALLOW [Free] for a while now, as its intuitive marshmallow-slinging mechanic combined with its abundant charm and deceptively sinister storyline looks like a sickly sweet winning formula. With over one hundred levels of rock-hard puzzle platforming to overcome in this obstacle-strewn candy factory, Project MALLOW aims to join the likes of Super Meat Boy and Downwell [$2.99] in the hardcore, retro and infuriatingly difficult gaming renaissance of late, and has today launched on the App Store as a free download, supported by an interesting lives-based monetisation system...

'Leap On!', Noodlecake's Next One-Touch Arcade Game, Is Set to Bounce Onto the App Store Tomorrow

While the Italian plumbers and cocky blue hedgehogs tend to save the day with their characteristic swagger and charm, there's something about undefined, faceless blob heroes and heroines that flick a particular switch inside me. Whether it's the pink transmuting ball of magical gust that is Kirby, or the strangely anthropomorphic protagonist in classic iOS platformer Bounce On [$1.99], I'm all for spherical avatars in my video games. Leap On! follows such a formula, as the latest release from Noodlecake and Flying Pants Games features an orbiting white ball that must be flung and bounced around a hazardous environment of nefarious black shapes to achieve the highest score possible. As a neat little arcade title, Leap On! looks to be as fun as the dot is cute, and will be worth a look when it launches on the App Store on July 19th as a free download...

Pokemon GO's [Free] developer, Niantic, has been steadily pushing the game to be more than just entertainment. We've had all kinds of attempts at bringing communities together, and recently another such effort was announced. Niantic will be challenging the youth of Boston to create new PokeStops around the city in an effort to push students to explore their communities and to promote civic advocacy. The challenge will run until August 18th, and it should be quite a fun way for young Bostonians to explore the city while playing Pokemon GO...

A few weeks back, Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] announced it would be doing "Twitch Drops," free content offered to players who link their Bethesda account with Twitch and then watch streams. Initially, the announcement didn't draw a lot of attention, but from what I've been hearing from players, this new way of promoting the game has been quite effective since everyone likes free stuff, and watching a stream (even on mute) beats grinding to get enough gold to buy packs. The drops at the moment are 600 gold (which get you 6 packs at 100 gold each), a random legendary card, or enough soul gems (the equivalent of Hearthstone's dust) to craft a legendary. In other words, these drops are nothing to look down upon and are definitely not cosmetic things...

Hit MOBA 'Honor of Kings' Labelled As "Poison" by the Chinese Government, as They Threaten a Further Crackdown on Online Games

Even though the PC and MMO sector of the industry is comfortably the largest in the world and worth over $12 billion, video games are a relatively nascent concept in China. Consoles were banned until 2015 in the East Asian country, and despite China's formidable eSports reputation and booming social network gaming scene, the government is still grappling to control the unprecedented and uncontrollable popularity of many mobile MMO titles. Honor of Kings is one such game, and with 200 million players since its 2015 release that results in the title making up to 40% of Tencent's total mobile games revenue, it has proved to be a runaway hit in China thus far. However, amidst legitimate fears of children becoming addicted to such massively online releases, the Chinese government has this week labeled Honor of Kings as 'poison' in the state-run People's Daily paper, and has threatened further action against Tencent to crack down on the influence such games have over vulnerable young gamers...

Ben Brode's AMA, Quest Rogue, Lich King, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #105

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern everyone, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup. We put together the best stories and videos from last week, and it was a pretty good week. Knights of the Frozen Throne, the next expansion, is rapidly closing in, and even though we didn't have any reveals this week (they start on the 24th), we still had some expansion-related talk. There was also Ben Brode's informative AMA, Caverns Below nerf, a silly Lich King ad, and much more. And, of course, plenty of fun and informative videos. Now let's all try and push July to move faster so August, and the expansion, arrive. Long live the Lich King...

In reality, two years isn't a particularly long time. However, in the rapidly moving maelstrom that is the App Store, 24 months is essentially an era in itself, especially when what can seem like all-encompassing fads such as Flappy Bird or Pokemon GO [Free] can come and go in a matter of weeks. As a result, it's great to see Brickies [Free] finally be updated for the first time since June 2015, especially amidst the ominous signs of the impending 32-bit Appocalypse...

Devious Party Game 'Triple Agent' Set to Release July 20th on the App Store

While there are a few exceptions, tabletop games generally fail to captivate me in the same manner as actual video games on devices such as the iPhone and iPad. However, Werewolf, Mafia and all the derivations of the party group game formula that result in you deceiving those closest to you and severing all life-long friendships always go down brilliantly with lots of people, even if the multitude of elements can lead to some sessions going somewhat off the rails. The upcoming Triple Agent aims to address this age-old issue, as developer Tasty Rook has married the exciting formula from the aforementioned party games to create a rather impressive looking product. I can't wait to show Triple Agent to my Werewolf obsessed friends, and the developers have today announced that the game will launch on the App Store for free on July 20th...

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