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Ball-rolling games have been around since the dawn of time, before electricity was even a thing, let alone OLED capacitive touch screens. They have also been an omnipresent force on the App Store from the very beginning, with titles such as Labyrinth 2 [$4.99] demonstrating the gyroscopic capabilities of the iPhone, and the genre has remained steadfast on iOS despite its inherently basic nature. However, this is by no means a slight at these sort of puzzle games - ball-rolling titles have evolved over the years to provide unique and memorable experiences. The Little Ball That Could [Free] marks the latest attempt at perfecting Marble Madness in a modern guise, and is available to download for free (with an in-app purchase to remove ads) on the App Store today...

A couple of months back developer Spellbind Studios were looking for beta testers for an upcoming mobile port of their rogue-lite dungeon crawling RPG Rogue Wizards, which launched on Steam to fairly positive reviews back in September of last year. Well, the beta testers have tested their little hearts out and, although it's a bit behind the rest of the week's new releases, Rogue Wizards [Free] for iOS has now arrived in the App Store. The game utilizes a neat isometric view that reminds me a lot of the excellent Shattered Planet [Free], and in addition to normal dungeon crawly things you'll also be doing a bit of city building, somewhat reminiscent of the wonderful Sproggiwood [$1.99]. Also the way the game world sort of pops in and pops out as you move gives me a heavy Bastion [$4.99] vibe. Basically, in a sea of mediocre dungeon crawlers, Rogue Wizards throws some interesting inspirations from a variety of great games into the mix to make itself stand out. One other cool touch about Rogue Wizards is that it offers two different modes. Story mode is the more casual option and features a quest-driven storyline and the town-building features. Gauntlet mode strips away the story and town-building stuff and throws you into an increasingly difficult dungeon with permadeath and challenges you to make it into the Hall of Fame...




'Cubie Adventure' Brings One-Touch Platforming Mayhem to the App Store, Releasing Worldwide on June 1st

As of late, the one-touch platformer has been particularly appealing for the cramped commute on the tube, as being able to play a game with a one-handed tap is extremely convenient irrespective of where I happen to be trying to kill time. DROP NOT! [Free] has been a particular highlight, however Cubie Adventure caught my eye when UNIT5 announced their latest title last month. As well as the typical cast of cute and colorful creatures that are obligatory in games with a similar voxel art style, Cubie Adventure impresses through its emphasis on immersion, with frenetic fast-paced action as your protagonist jumps to avoid dangerous obstacles and potentially fatal pits. After a brief soft launch and numerous delays later, Cubie Adventure finally has a fixed release date, and will hop, skip and jump onto the App Store on June 1st...

MouseBot [Free] came as something of a surprise when it launched last month. Vector Unit, the developers of this new eccentric gauntlet-esque puzzle game, were previously renowned on the App Store for their extreme sports series Riptide GP, and had only recently released the excellent Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99] that cemented their credentials in the mobile gaming space. As a result, a move towards a slower-paced, more casual friendly title was a major departure for Vector Unit, however is was quickly evident that developers of their calibre had easily acclimatised to this new direction. MouseBot was a roaring (or perhaps squeaking is more apt) critical success, and was proclaimed our Game of the Week when it launched because of its accessibility, charm and deceptive level of depth, and today a new update has landed that adds a brand new Chapter 10, title 'Boss Cat', to the game...

'Astro Crash' Is a Silly Smash-Em-Up in Space From Ex-Halfbrick Developers, Launching June 1st

My favorite part of the App Store is seeing some of the more ridiculous and absurd ideas from smaller developers come to fruition, and as soon as I saw the trailer from Astro Crash I was overwhelmed with an abundance of questions as to what I was actually looking at in the video. Seeing a giant kitty-shaped spaceship, dubbed the 'Lightning Cat', flying around the screen and crashing into other opposing vessels in a colorful, extraterrestrial environment may appear to be absurd, but in reality looks like a lot of fun and a strong App Store debut for ex-Halfbrick developers Affable Games. Astro Crash is set to launch for free on June 1st, however you can sign up for the beta test on our forums if you simply can't wait to cause comical chaos on your iPhone...

You may have played theme park, hospital or game development simulators, but nothing can prepare you for the comedic criminal construction chaos that is Prison Architect [Free (HD)]. Having launched in 2015 on PC to critical acclaim - and a BAFTA award in 2016 to add to its many accolades - Prison Architect puts you in prime control of a maximum security facility, with your tasks including literally constructing the concrete walls that separate your wildly unstable inmates from the outside world, as well as managing the variably violent criminals that are incarcerated in the lock-up. The mobile iteration of Prison Architect has been a long time coming, and after a limited soft launch in the Netherlands, the game has finally released worldwide on the App Store and is available to download for free, exclusively for tablet devices...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is one for the nostalgic among us. A Peek to the Past does away with all the expansions and adventures and, instead, turns back the hands of time to (almost) the beginning of Hearthstone. This week's Brawl will have you building a deck only with Basic and Classic cards, although there won't be exactly what older players will remember since we've had some nerfs and the Hall of Fame cards. Still, it will be fun going back to the good old days of the all-mighty Chillwind Yeti. The Brawl won't allow you to use any Legendaries or Epics, which should make for some interesting decks...

In July of last year Hidden Variable Studios announced that they'd be bringing the cult hit fighting franchise Skullgirls to mobile. Rather than mimic its older console siblings with a mess of virtual buttons, Skullgirls on mobile was taking the streamlined, gesture-based mechanics that have proven to work so well in other touchscreen fighters like Injustice and Marvel Contest of Champions. After announcing the game would be published by the almighty Line Corporation, Skullgirls went into a soft-launch/beta period earlier this year, which then brings us to today where Skullgirls [Free] has officially launched on the App Store. It's showtime!..

It may seem superficially tedious to anyone who has no interest in soccer, but the PES vs FIFA rivalry every year is not merely a quest for internet clicks, but one that has a significant amount of importance for any fans of The Beautiful Game. I've personally been firmly in the FIFA camp since 2007, however the past year has been something of an identity crisis for EA's commercial giant. The console version of FIFA 17, despite its flashy Frostbite engine, came across a bit sluggish and pedestrian for my tastes; the FIFA Mobile [Free] iteration that launched shortly after its bigger brother stripped the actual football for a strange minigame-focused card collecting spinoff, and is certainly better left forgotten. In spite of FIFA's profligacy, Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series has taken the reins - with a focus on slick arcade footballing action, the console version was arguably this year's definitive soccer title, and the mobile version of PES 2017 [Free] has finally today launched worldwide on the App Store after an extended soft launch period since last December...

World of Tanks Blitz [Free] continues its steady stream of updates, and while update 3.9 is adding some new tanks, the most interesting part of the new update is the nerfing of the game's Premium Shells. Premium Shells are shells you can buy with gold and used to have pretty crazy penetration values, which made them a great tool for those who could afford to buy them. Update 3.9 will make these shells cheaper and weaker. Certain Premium vehicles used to use primarily Premium Shells, so now those tanks will see an increase in the penetration value of standard shells. This change should (emphasis on should) make the game a bit more equal in terms of penetration and damage values...

Limbic Software's original Zombie Gunship ranks right up there with games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja as one of the most successful and sticky mobile games released in the earlier days of the App Store. In fact, the way that it has maintained popularity in the nearly 6 years since its initial launch makes it seem like there's no need for a Zombie Gunship sequel. However, 6 years is a long time and sometimes it's nice to be able to start fresh using all the knowledge you've gained from having such a successful app. That feels like the case with Zombie Gunship Survival [Free], the sequel that's a collaboration between Limbic and Flaregames that we've been following for the past couple of years and which just went live worldwide today, two days ahead of schedule. On first blush it doesn't seem too far removed from the first game in terms of core mechanics, but there are many new features added in and a brand new structure that makes it more well suited to today's free to play market than the original game ever was...

Racing video games have taken a bit of a personal renaissance for me lately. Maybe it's been instigated by the exhilarating and frankly ridiculous 200cc mode on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but I can't get enough of any title that lets me take a blistering accurately racing line around a particularly nasty corner. The App Store thankfully has its own share of brilliant driving experiences, from the blistering pace of Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99] to the more methodical simulation of Rush Rally 2. Today, Ace Racing Turbo [$1.99] joins the former camp in fast paced action, and after a limited soft launch earlier this month the game has finally released worldwide on mobile devices for the sweet price of absolutely nothing (with some in-app purchases in the back seat)...

Despite what Game of Thrones would have you believe, summer is coming, and with it come many Pokemon GO [Free] players looking for more reasons to get out and play the still-popular game. Well, if we are to believe Niantic's global product marketing lead, Archit Bhargava, Pokemon GO players are about to have a "legendary" summer, and that can mean only one thing: Legendary Pokemon are coming to the game. Specifically, a few days ago in his brief acceptance speech during the Webby Awards, Bhargava simply said "This summer will be legendary" (go to minute 19:00 to see his acceptance speech). While I don't want to draw any definite conclusions from just five words, I think it's a relatively safe bet to say that he was referring to legendary Pokemon coming to the game...

As you probably know by now, Clash of Clans [Free] Builder Base update is live, and it's brought plenty of changes to the game. We've already written about what the new update brings to the game, but if you want to get a leg up on the competition, check out a new update guide as well as various tips and tricks, both of them posted on reddit this morning. Andrakisjl's tips and tricks should help you get some more wins and more loot. The first thing to remember is that winning in the new Versus Battle mode gets you resources, but losing costs nothing. So, don't be too afraid to go battle since your resources are safe. The second tip is you must purchase certain buildings before being allowed to upgrade your builder's hall, so don't expect to have a defenseless base...

In early April, developer Cmune soft-launched their newest mobile first-person shooter Deadheads, and if you missed out on that chance to play the game early then I have some good news for you: Deadheads [Free] has launched worldwide as of this past weekend. If the name Cmune sounds familiar to you, it's because they've created quite a few mobile FPS games over the years. Their 2012 release UberStrike was their first game and was a smash hit, collecting more than 25 million players, but that sort of unexpected success is a blessing and a curse as the team was not prepared for that amount of players and the game was not designed to be easily updated and scaled. ..

After having to watch the Hog Rider babble on about being at sea, we finally got the new Clash of Clans [Free] update that brings the brand new Builder Base to the game. This is a brand new land that should make the game feel fresh again in quite a few ways. In order to start your Builder Base, you first have to make it to Town Hall 4 at your home village, and then you rebuild the boat and set sail for the other side. This other side of the Clash of Clans world works in a different way than what you're used to. The elixir and gold you collect over at your Builder Base can't be used in your home village, although your Gems do cross to ocean just fine...

Murloc Paladin and Silence Priest Guides, Deck Sharing, Elemental Art, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #98

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best stories and videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. Last week was quite an interesting one, with Blizzard announcing some big upcoming additions to the client. I was glad to see that the developers are actively working on ways to improve the game, and I'm hoping for a Tournament mode soon (fingers crossed). We also saw a new way to get free cards, and, more importantly for most players, some very good guides for some of the strongest decks in the current meta. We also had some fun tournaments. Scroll down to read all the stories and watch some of the best videos of the past week...

FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] developers have been increasingly trying to improve the game, and today's big update is another step in that direction. The new VS Attack Mode will replace the old Attack Mode and will feature simultaneous matches against opponents in real-time instead of the turn-based matches of old. This change should alleviate the frustration of waiting for opponents to take turns and then playing against AI versions of teams rather than against the actual players. Hopefully this will make that mode more fun to play. VS Attack will officially be available on May 24th...

Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)], the CCG based on the extremely popular universe, has received another update that has added the first version of Spectator Mode. Now, you'll be able to watch your friends screw up big time and, if you so desire, chat with them and tell them all the things they are doing wrong and why they should just quit and go play something they're actually good at. Or you could actually try and help them, but where's the fun in that, I ask. Jokes aside, a good Spectator Mode is an essential part of making a game ready for tournaments, so I'm glad to see Elder Scrolls: Legends starting to work on that feature...

Fidget spinners have taken over the US, and that's just a slight exaggeration. So, I guess we shouldn't be surprised that a digital version of a fidget spinner called Finger Spinner [Free] is now spinning on top of the App Store's Free App charts. In case you've missed out on the craze—which I highly doubt—fidget spinners are 3-inch twirling toys originally made to help children with attention disorders concentrate, but these last few weeks they have spread everywhere, spawning tons of articles and debates over their usefulness. And, as is always the case, they've spawned plenty of demeaning comments about millennials, which is a new sport nowadays...

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