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Supercell is at it again. Clash Royale [Free] is getting an update January 13th, and the developers have once again started throwing sneak peeks our way. The first new addition is a new Arena, the Jungle Arena, which unlocks at 2600 Trophies and looks pretty awesome. We are also getting four new cards, with each card releasing every two weeks as per the usual recent practice. We are getting the Goblin Gang and the Dart Goblin along with two other cards. The Goblin Dart is very appropriate for the new Jungle Arena. We are also getting more ways to get your hands on Epic cards, with Epic Sunday, Epic Chests, and more. You can check all the details on the sneak peeks here...

There's a bit of lingo in Japanese gaming that doesn't have a great equivalent in English. The term is baka-ge (literally "stupid game"), and it refers to games that are intentionally ridiculous or absurd. Think of something like Goat Simulator [$4.99], and you'll be well on your way to understanding what a baka-ge is. The term doesn't make much of a judgment as to whether the game is bad or good, mind you, but the very presence of this kind of spirit is enough to draw a certain type of gamer. My Horse Prince [Free] is an amazing bit of baka-ge, a tapper that seems to find endless joy in warping its equine protagonist's body in nonsensical ways, sending up visual novel tropes, and making terrible dad-jokes. I suspect the majority of people who bring themselves to try it will find it too stupid to tolerate. For some of you out there, however, this might be one of the most memorable games of this year...




The original Fieldrunners [$0.99] was one of the first major indie hits on the App Store, and instigated numerous attempts at emulating Subatomic Studios' success through an abundance of similar tower defense titles. However, the first game in the series released over eight years ago (sorry for making you feel old!), which is a massive amount of time both in gaming as a whole, but especially in the fast-moving market of iOS gaming. Simply creating more iterative sequels like Fieldrunners 2 [$2.99] simply wouldn't work in the App Store of 2016, so Subatomic have flipped the formula on its head for its newest entry in the series. In Fieldrunners Attack! [Free] - which is now available for free worldwide on the App Store - you are now tasked with raiding defensive structures, as well as having to consolidate the gains made from such sieging activities, which sounds like a lot of fun for those disillusioned with typical tower defense action...

As a long time admirer of games that aren't afraid to be weird, I certainly appreciate and respect what Goat Simulator [$4.99] has done. I mean, you wouldn't think a buggy, janky game where you play a total jerk of a goat would strike it big, but it did. Gosh, did it ever. There are now tons of Goat Simulator games across multiple platforms, each offering their own variety of madcap entertainment. If you've been wondering what the deal is with this series but were too afraid to plunk down the money to see what it's all about, I've got some good news for you today. The original Goat Simulator is now available for free, for the first time ever...

The Star Wars: Force Collection [Free] card game is getting its third set of cards on December the 14th, and - to no one's surprise - this new set includes cards inspired by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The game is getting Darth Vader, Captain Cassian Andor, Alliance loyalists K-2SO and Bodhi Rook, as well as two incarnations of Rogue One's Imperial Troopers, Shoretroopers and Tank Troopers. These guys are specialists commissioned to protect top secret military facilities, and as all Star Wars fans know, they usually do a pretty bad job at it. These are just some of the cards included in the new set, and I have to congratulate the developers for managing to time the release just right...

Blizzard is well-known for brilliant cinematic sequences and for often making cool commercials. These latest live action ones for Hearthstone [Free], though, might not rank up there with the most memorable ones, at least not for the right reasons. The Take this Inside ads (which are two takes on the same idea) are about two co-workers fighting over a guacamole container during what seems like lunch break. The confrontation quickly escalates and the two decide rather than taking it outside (for some fisticuffs), to take it inside Hearthstone and battle it out...

Patches the Pirate, Top 'Gadgetzan' Decks, Meta Report, Reynad Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #76

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players, and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of everything that happened in the world of Blizzard's smash hit last week. To no one's surprise, last week was all about Gadgetzan, the latest expansion. We have stories about which classes are doing well and which aren't, what decks are the strongest in the current meta, what you can do about that Patches guy, and much more. We also have some fun and informative videos, and the first meta report post-Gadgetzan release, which will surely help you pick the right decks to play if climbing the ladder is your thing. So, step right in from the cold, and let's get started...

As there are so many fantastic sales on the App Store - especially during the lead up to Christmas - it takes a lot to really surprise me when it comes to iOS discounts, but that's exactly what developers Rayark have managed to pull off. Today, for some undisclosed reason (the aforementioned festive season is a pretty good guess), Implosion: Never Lose Hope [$9.99] is now available for free for the next two days only, which is one of the most mind-baffling sales I have seen on the App Store for years. We loved Implosion when it launched in April 2015, as its premium take on the third person action genre was stunning for a mobile game that was already easily more than worth ten dollars. This new price of absolutely nothing is therefore the epitome of a bargain, and I'd implore anyone unfortunate enough to miss out on the game first time around to take advantage of this temporary offer and download Implosion right now before it reverts back to full price at midnight of December 14th (GMT+8)...

If you managed to find (embezzle) around $5 million, what would you do with it? Buy expensive cars or indulge in all kinds of craziness? Well, this California guy did all that but also spend $1 million of that on Game of War [Free]. Yes, he spent a fifth of the money he embezzled buying IAPs for a game. I'm pretty sure there should be a different category than "whale" for a guy like him; maybe he's a dinosaur or something, I don't know. What I do know is that just the fact that you can spend that much money on the game goes to show that there's really no ceiling to its monetization system...

Supercell has added another toy for you to play with in Clash Royale [Free], and this time around it's a tricky spell. Clone is an Epic spell unlockable from Arena 8, Frozen Peak, costs 3 Elixir and has 3 radius. What it does is - surprise! - clone units, and the fun part is those cloned units don't have a spawn time, last forever, but they only have 1 HP. So they're pretty much paper tigers, but if used correctly, they are very damaging paper tigers. You can cast the spell anywhere you want on the map - your side or the opponent's - but it only works on units and not on buildings or units created from spells (sorry, no Log clone). This is going to be a fun spell to play, but it's also going to be a tricky one to get the most out of...

As we wrote about recently, King was running a contest to find America's Next Shuffle Cat, the cat that would briefly star in Shuffle Cats [Free]. After receiving plenty of cat photos and videos from across the US, the committee picked four finalists that got to strut their tails and furs on a literal cat walk even. After a hard fought battle, the winner was Wylie Coyote Super Genius (and by extension Michelle Meinhold of Fresno, CA), who'll now get to be in Shuffle Cats. As you can see from the photo, the kitty looks more perplexed than anything and doesn't ever realize he'll be the envy of all other cats...

There are few strategy games that deserve the title of a classic as much as the famous Panzer Corps, the behemoth of a strategy game that has so much content you'll never stop fighting war after war. This turn-based game comes with 10 Grand Campaigns, more than 800 unit types divided into 19 unit classes, and a ton of scenarios. Because of all that content - spanning most of the globe - and the $19.99 price for the base game, Panzer Corps isn't the most welcoming game for those who don't already know what it's all about. So, Slitherine decided to give players Panzer Corps Lite [Free (HD)] to help them painlessly dip their toes without having to buy a snorkel...

Gameloft’s Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free] has seen a steady stream of content updates, with the most recent one being the (pretty awesome) Halloween Nightmare Before Christmas event. Now, the freemium kingdom-builder is back at it again with a new seasonal event based on one of their most popular IPs...

We've seen quite a few celebrity-based games in recent years, from Kim Kardashian: Hollywood to Katy Perry Pop and Britney Spears: American Dream, and all of them were nothing but the same mechanics dressed in each celebrity's brand. Nicki Minaj: The Empire [Free] has joined the party of celebrity games, but this time around there's a new addition to the formula and one appropriate for a game based on a singer; you can actually sing and record your voice. Now, whether that's a good thing, only your shower knows. The game comes with quite a few beats - some free and some cost in-game money - and you can use those beats to record your own rap. There's a Beatbook (think Facebook) that lets you store your own verses and hear other player's raps. And apparently Nicki Minaj will be giving shout-outs on the best raps of the month...

As promised last month, developer Firi Games have released a huge version 2.0 update to their fantastic vertical shooter Phoenix II [Free]. The biggest change in this update is a new League system which will move players up and down in various levels of leagues based on how they perform in each day's mission. So, if you found the game pretty difficult you'll likely stick around in the lower leagues and get daily missions that are a bit easier. If you're quite proficient at the game, you'll rise up the league ranks and get daily missions that are increasingly harder. It's a smart system that should hopefully cater to a wider level of gamers than the original release...

Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest [Free], the most fun you can have with Magic cards on iOS, is celebrating its one year anniversary in a couple of days, so the game's getting a big update that includes 184 cards from the Kaladesh set, Magic's latest card set. Kaladesh is a really cool card set that includes vehicles, huge constructs, and all kinds of other cards not usually seen in Magic. The set comes with 4 new mechanics: Energize, Overload, Fabricate, and Crew. You can read all about those mechanics in detail here. If you want to check out all the Kaladesh cards coming to the game, go here...

I think it's fair to say base builders is one of the most popular genres on the App Store, so there's no shortage for players trying to get into one of them. Natural Motion's Dawn of Titans [Free] - which is out in the US today - is definitely a base builder, but it stands apart from most others for a few reasons. Firstly, the game's visuals are second to none in the genre, with great character and building design and a fully 3D fantasy world. The other feature that makes the game worth playing is the real-time battle control, which has you fighting the enemy in a manner similar to Total War games - although simplified, of course...

While the music/rhythm genre has become somewhat stagnant on consoles, it’s been alive and well on mobile with ports of classics along with new twists to enjoy. Still, it’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed a tried and true classic take on the rhythm genre. Pianista [Free] is an excellent new title that offers that exact experience with the added benefit of a treasure trove of classical music. In fact, when you combine the well-designed rhythm system with an interesting freemium system, there’s really no reason not to at least check it out...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is a deathrattle blast from the past. We first got Double Deathrattler Battler more than a year ago, and now it's here again. As you can guess from the title, in this brawl any deathrattle minion triggers twice, which is the path for all kinds of crazy shenanigans. You get to create your own deck this week, which was a slightly sore spot for many F2P players last time around because the best deathratttle minions came from Curse of Naxxramas, so those who lack that adventure are at a disadvantage this time around. Still, there are decks you can make that don't use too many Naxx cards...

We're now a week into December, which brings with it a whole host of wacky and wonderful things you just wouldn't see at any other time of the year. Firstly, an overabundance of decorative lights on virtually every surface. Secondly, cats around the globe endeavouring to pull down any festive tree within jumping distance. However, most importantly for iOS gamers are the various Christmas updates for many of the most beloved titles on the App Store, and while normally mere cosmetic differences, such additions serve as a fitting excuse to revisit some releases that may have been overshadowed somewhat since launch. High Risers [Free] is one such game, and has today received a new Santa Claus and North Pole themed update which should help shake up Kumobius's latest immensely compelling high score jumping game...

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