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Last month RobTop Games teased something called Geometry Dash Meltdown on Twitter. Was it a new game? An update to the original Geometry Dash? Something else entirely? We didn't know! Well just today RobTop posted a brand new trailer for Geometry Dash Meltdown on their Youtube channel, and after watching it, guess what? I still don't know what it is! But it looks awesome...

Brad Erkkila's Flip Champs [Free] is a pretty fun game that you should play, but when it initially came out, it was lacking one killer feature: local multiplayer. See, the whole game is built around one-on-one battles, and the whole dynamic of trying to collect the energy orbs to charge up your weapon and use them on your opponent to win your battle where there's only two hits: you hitting them, and them hitting the floor. That competitive dynamic was apparent even against an AI opponent, but it was easy to think "what if I was competing against a real human being in these battles?" Well, good news: the game just got single device multiplayer. You and another person can battle to the death in best of 5 matches, with controls on each side of the screen...




Fruit Ninja [$1.99] is one of those platform-defining games and it put long-time Australian developer Halfbrick on the map in a big way. It was just about as perfect a mobile game as you can get. Short gaming sessions, intuitive touchscreen slicing controls, and colorful visuals made Fruit Ninja an immediate and long-lasting success. However, after years atop the iTunes charts Fruit Ninja was struggling to keep people interested in the face of a constant deluge of new games. ..

If you are surprised that this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is available early in NA, it's not a drill or a mistake; Blizzard has decided to change the Tavern Brawl times to help with the recent Brawl issues. Now, the Americas Brawls will start Wednesday 9:00 AM PST to give Blizzard time to monitor any issues that might pop up, increase their response time, and minimize service impact to all the players. So, from now on if you are in the Americas, you get to play the Brawl for a few more hours a week. Brawl time changes aside, today we have a new Brawl to play, and it's a very fun and festive one. The Gift Exchange Brawl, a special Winter Veil Brawl, is probably one of the most entertaining I've played so far. It's also season-appropriate as it's all about giving and receiving presents...

Crossy Road [Free] is one of those defining games for the mobile platform that struck the perfect balance between approachable and engaging, and it set off a firestorm of similar games in the wake of its success. That success led Bandai Namco to trust Crossy Road's developers with one of video game's most sacred icons: Pac-Man. The result was Pac-Man 256 [Free], a game that took the pellet-munching, ghost-evading gameplay of Pac-Man and "Crossy Road-ified" it into a slick endless formula. Now that synergy is coming full circle as the latest update to Pac-Man 256 brings with it a special Crossy Road theme. ..

When Kim Kardashian: Hollywood came out on the App Store, many scoffed at the whole conept and saw it as a silly little thing. And then the game started making a zillion (slight exaggeration) dollars a month, and is still almost in the 100 top grossing games. So yeah, Glu Games definitely found a pot of gold at the end of that celebrity rainbow. Today, Katy Perry is officially following Kim's footsteps with the worldwide release of her own game, Katy Perry Pop [Free], and will hope to also sing her way to iOS riches. When you compare the two games, you'll see a very sharp distinction; in Katy Perry Pop, you actually have to use a talent to succeed, which isn't the case in the Kim Kardashian game...

It's been a few days since Supercell released the huge Clash of Clans [Free] Town Hall 11 Update, an update that many feel has changed the game dramatically. Most reddit Clashers have mixed feelings about the update, liking this part and not that part, which was to be expected when such a big update hits a game played by so many people. To help players understand all the changes and the extent to which they've altered how the game's played, Supercell has put together an "Everything You Need to Know" webpage that lists in detail what the Town Hall 11 Update has done to the game. The page includes a 'Bite Sized Guide' of the Update as well as more extensive, and more in-depth, analysis of the various changes. If you are still unsure about anything relating to the Town Hall 11 Update, check out the guide here...

So this is how it ends, with the Hall of Explorers; not a bad place for Hearthstone's [Free] League of Explorers Adventure to conclude. After a month (and an extra, off week), the Adventure has concluded with the last - and largest- Wing of the whole Adventure. The Adventure ends at the Hall of Explorers, one of Azeroth's foremost collections of ancient relics and a place of ongoing archaeological research. By the end of the Adventure, the Staff of Origination will be combined and all kinds of crazy things will happen. The four bosses were quite entertaining and the cards we are getting have been eagerly awaited, especially cards like Desert Camel and Elise Starseeker (one for practical reasons and one for the fun of it. So, let's head for the Hall of Explorers and wrap this Adventure up...

Rayman is one of those franchises that always lights my face up when I play it. Despite my issues with a few of the older games, the newer generation of titles have been nothing short of amazing, and I'm including both mobile runners in that conversation. Rayman Jungle Run [$2.99] and Rayman Fiesta Run [$2.99] were excellent translations of the formula to the mobile platform, and although they're technically runners, they operate more like a platformer hybrid, and don't sacrifice any of the quality that the series is known for. Rayman Adventures [Free] is more of the same in that regard, with several holdups inherently related to its free-to-play nature...

'Pyro Jump Rescue' Review - Twirling, Twirling Towards Freedom

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December 11th, 2015 11:04 AM EST by Nadia Oxford in 3.5 stars, Free, Review, Reviews
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Pyro Jump Rescue [Free] is interestingly named. It insinuates that the game is about leaping around to save a pyromaniac. That'd be an interesting idea for a mobile game, but it's not what Pyro Jump Rescue is about. Instead, this action / adventure title works off the barrel-blasting mechanics popularized by 1994's classic Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo...

I think it's pretty fair to say that The Walking Dead universe and characters have been pretty huge hits on the App Store in the last few years. First, Telltale tried its magic narrative-driven recipe on characters like Lee and Clementine - and in the near future on Michonne - and then we got games like Scopely's The Walking Dead: Road to Survival [Free], which inserted the comic book characters into a base-building story-driven social game, and these are just a few of the ways the franchise has invaded the App Store. Now, Scopely and Telltale have decided to mix their universes for a limited time event that should be quite entertaining. Between December 10th and January 31, characters from Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 1 [Free] will make their way (probably hacking zombies along the way) into The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, initiating in that way a very intriguing blend of worlds...

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has decided to go all Japanese with its latest 2.4 update as it has introduced a full line of medium and light tanks, all ready to join the battle. Most of these tanks have good guns but relatively weak armors, but there should be fun to be had with the Chi-Ri (VII), the first autoloader in the game, and the Tier X STB-1, a pretty mobile tank with a pretty big cannon. There's also a new premium British Vehicle, the Excelsior. The update also adds a new map, Himmelsdorf, reworks the Lost Temple map, adds Clan channel history to help communication between clan members, and many bug and fixes. In addition, the developers have updated the render engine and added support for Direct X11 to the already exisiting support for OpenGL. This allowed them to significantly improve the graphics quality and performance on most devices along with fixing the issue of incorrectly displaying tanks located behind buildings, something that confused many players...

'CineMagic' Review - Match Three: The Movie

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December 10th, 2015 11:00 AM EST by Nathan Reinauer in 4 stars, Free, Games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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In the small town where I grew up, my parents run a little single-screen movie theatre called the Sunset. We spent a few years living in an apartment above it when I was a kid, and my first job was taking tickets at the box office. I still love going there when I visit my parents, even though I don’t always stay to watch the shows (which only play on weekends, of course.) Movie theatres are familiar and comfortable to me, and spending most of my life around one instilled me with a deep love and appreciation of movies and filmmaking in general. The folks at Jamwix seem to feel exactly the same way, and it shows in their latest app, CineMagic [Free]...

After weeks of teasing, Supercell has finally released the Clash of Clans [Free] Town Hall 11 update (although the servers are still offline). I wrote yesterday about all the new features and many changes coming to the game with this update, and now we have the official patch notes you can read at your leisure. Very briefly, the update adds Town Hall 11, we are getting a new Hero, the Grand Warden, and a new defense, the Eagle Artillery. We are also getting larger villages and more time to attack them, new troop levels, defense levels, and Clan Spell donation, the ability to attack through Shield at any time but with a penalty, guarding your play sessions when Shield's down, Goblins will chase Town Halls, League Bonuses and Trophy offers have increased, and much more...

As regular readers know, I play a lot of interactive fiction games. Visual novels, gamebooks, text adventures, I enjoy them all just the same. While I'm often pleasantly surprised by the writing or structure of these games, it's quite rare for me to come across something that is different from a gameplay perspective. Veteran gamebook developer Tin Man Games has been full of surprises recently, however, so I suppose I should start expecting things like Choices: And The Sun Went Out [Free]. It's a choice-based adventure with a couple of clever twists, with chief among them being that it's not finished. Okay, that's normally a bad thing to say about a game, but in the case of Choices, it's actually its main hook. Rather than presenting a complete story that players can purchase up-front, Choices instead offers a subscription-based model where new content arrives every week, building on the story bit by bit...

Today's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is a repeat performance of Encounter at the Crossroads, a pretty fun Brawl from the early days of the mode. Now, before you get all disappointed and call Blizzard lazy, consider what happened last week; the Tavern Brawl went up, then came crashing down, only to go up a few hours later. While I have absolutely no information about Blizzard's plans, I wouldn't be surprised if they wanted to play it safe this week and not go all crazy with another intense Brawl like last week's Decks Assemble. At the same time, I could be wrong and perhaps this was Blizzard's plan all along. Still, it's good to know that we shouldn't be having any issues with this week's Brawl (famous last words, I know)...

When it comes to gaming on the Apple Watch, there's one type of game that can work well; social, multiplayer type games. Mafia Watch [Free], a game by N3TWORK made specifically for the Apple Watch, has been built to take advantage of the Watch's notifications and multiplayer potential. In order to make Mafia Watch as good as it could be, the company brought in Takeshi Otsuka, who is responsible for Kaito Royale, one of the most popular DeNA games. He helped N3TWORK weave a PVP Collect + Protect mechanic into the heart of this social RPG and helped the company create a game that players can interact with many times a day as they fight to complete jobs with or against players. In this game you battle your way up the organization to become the Don (hopefully you're forced to use Marlon Brando's voice too), fight along your mafia brothers against other players to advance up the ranks, and collect and protect all the things necessary in your journey to be as bad as you can be...

Well, it's almost time; tomorrow, Clash of Clans [Free] is getting the huge Town Hall 11 Update that should change the game quite dramatically, hopefully for the better. Since Supercell has given us two full weeks filled with sneak peeks, I wanted to get everything together in one article to help prepare you for the changes coming to the game tomorrow. The first big change is Town Halls don't give shields anymore, so no more Town Hall sniping. Your Town Hall acts like a storage, but destroying it doesn't give you automatic shields. You can attack while shielded now, which reduces part of your shield time. You'll have now better control over the length of your shield, protection from disconnects, and from just missing the shield expiring. As the video states, we'll have to see how all this plays out once the update drops. We'll also get better loot, league bonuses, and trophy offers which should prevent very high level trophy players from getting destroyed in defense...

It could be easy to say that The Incorruptibles [Free] from BonusXP is a lot like Clash of Clans [Free], and I mean, it's not wrong to say that. It's got guilds to join, a map to raid, resources to collect, and all that fun stuff. After all, many games ape its structure because the game makes a bajillion dollars, and the potential of a fraction of a bajillion dollars is still enough for the promise of driving a different Tesla every day of the week. But The Incorruptibles joins that small list of games that do Clash of Clans but mix up the combat. In this case, the combat in The Incorruptibles is straight-up RTS gameplay...

The folks at Super Evil Megacorp appear to be ramping up their hero development cycle as the hit mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free] has a new hero to check out less than a month after its last hero hit the Halcyon Fold. This time it’s the Stormguard archer Kestrel that makes her debut. ..

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