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'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...

If you want to have a crazy Hearthstone [Free] party, then head to your local Tavern Brawl because this week the Medivas are putting on a special show, and you're the star. Party Portals is all about, you guessed it, portals, and you'll be using various portals to summon minions and create the most excellent performance. This Brawl is also a great opportunity to check out Medivh since it's Medivh vs Medivh. This Brawl really feels like an Adventure encounter, and that's a good thing. One player starts with Mark Moonwalker and the other one with Wanda Wonderhooves, both of which make portals cost 1 less. They are both immune, so they'll be sticking around...

Gamebooks based on the works of William Shakespeare are so hot right now. Well, okay, there's really just Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be [$5.99], Ryan North's Romeo And/Or Juliet, and now this one, but that's enough for me to call it a trend. A delightful, wonderful trend. But lest you think Choice of Games is merely riding the tailcoats of those previous books with A Midsummer Night's Choice [Free], let me assure you that this is an entirely different sort of animal. While North's gamebooks take the familiar situations and characters and give the reader the chance to move the story in wildly different direction, A Midsummer Night's Choice tells an almost entirely original tale, albeit with its fair share of nods to Shakespeare's famous play...

Infinite Dreams are continuing their rapid expansion of their excellent shoot 'em up Sky Force Reloaded [Free] with yet another new update dropping today. As with previous updates, this one comes with a code name, which is "The D Update." What's that "D" stand for? Dinosaurs! But not just any dinosaurs, but raptors with lasers attached to their head. Yes, laser raptors. Ahem. Perhaps you didn't hear me, I said LASER RAPTORS. Here are a couple of screens from this new Level 12...

A couple of weeks ago we posted a trailer for an interesting upcoming game from developer Legal Radiation called Line Defense, that looked to take the classic planet-protecting gameplay of Missile Command and blend it together with elements of brick-breaker Arkanoid and even a bit of the slice-and-dice gameplay of Fruit Ninja. Originally planned for release on August 26th, a few issues prevented that from happening, but thankfully the delay wasn't very long at all as yesterday evening Line Defense [Free] wriggled its way into the App Store...

Karazhan Guides, Yogg-Saron RNG Talk, Top Wild and Standard Decks, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #62

Welcome to our (slightly delayed) Touchstone Tavern, where we talk about everything that happened last week in the world of Hearthstone [Free] . Last week we got Wing 3 of One Night in Karazhan, and it was quite a fun one with plenty of beasts and other promising cards. Other than that, though, there wasn't that much going on in the world of Hearthstone. What I have noticed is that the voices claiming we have too much RNG in the game right now are getting increasingly louder. Whether that's a bad thing or a good thing remains to be seen. Other than that, we got some fun Wild decks if you want to jump over to that side of Hearthstone, a fun cartoon, questions about Yogg-Saron's role in tournament play, and more. So, let's jump in ...

Epic Flail [$1.99] was a really interesting concept for an arena fighting game when it was first released back in June. With some beautifully detailed pixel graphics, Epic Flail was all about evading enemy attacks and countering back with fatal blows of your own, and with a significant variety in the environments and challenges available, it did make for an enjoyable and unique experience. However, the main problem was synonymous with the game's title - the controls didn't give the precision that was required to pull off some of the more interesting tactical concepts, and so flailing, admittedly epically, around the screen became the only way to be victorious in the picturesque battles against gladiators and centaurs. However, developers Noxus Ltd have made great strides to fix these issues through implementing a fantastic new control system, and have also made Epic Flail free to download, so there is no better time to give this neat 2D brawler a bout...

There has been a wide variety of Final Fantasy spinoff games over the years, from sprawling turn-based strategy titles such as Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99], to some more eccentric entries like Chocobo Racing for the original Playstation. While fans may be focused on the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix are sharing some of the love with mobile gamers, as Justice Monsters Five [Free] has finally launched today on the App Store for free, seven months after we first learnt of its existence. Bizarrely merging pinball elements with RPG mechanics, this new spin-off title will certainly be one for any fans of the massively popular social RPG Monster Strike [Free] to try out, and worth a look for anyone looking to fill the void until the November release of Final Fantasy XV...

Hello everyone. Normally this is where I would talk to you about everything that has happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free] this past week, but due to reasons beyond my control, I had to delay our Touchstone column by one day. I apologize if I'm ruining your Monday ritual, but I'll make up for it tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed last week's Discover-based Tavern Brawl and Karazhan's Wing 3, The Menagerie. It's been a busy week for sure, so we should have plenty talk about tomorrow. Again, my apologies for the small delay, and enjoy a few videos I gathered up for you to hold you over until tomorrow...

Taekwondo Game Global Tournament [Free] has been my game of choice whenever I need a quick fighting game fix, but its lack of online multiplayer was always a big shame since the game is so well made. We really liked the game here at TouchArcade when it first came out and even gave it our Game of the Week award. Finally, in a update released today Taekwondo has added online multiplayer, which is great news (although as of this moment I'm still getting server issues). The update has also added new Suits but, more importantly it has brought in an official endorsement by the World Taekwondo Federation, which is great both for the game and for those who enjoy the sport...

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