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Finally, Whispers of the Old Gods, Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, is out now in NA (coming tomorrow to the rest of the world). If you go into the game right now, you'll find three Whispers of the Old Gods packs waiting for you in your Collection, and you should open them straight away because there's one of the four Old Gods hidden in one of them. More specifically, for the first time in Hearthstone history, Blizzard is gifting a Legendary to everyone who will log into the game during the launch window (Blizzard hasn't told us how long that window will be). In those three packs you are guaranteed to get C'Thun, the 10-mana 6/6 Old God, along with two copies of Beckoner of Evil, a card that buffs your C'Thun. So, make sure you jump in and get that really cool-looking Legendary for free...

If you've been playing Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free], you're going to be quite happy with the latest update. The character-collecting and character-battling F2P game was received quite positively (it does take a lot for Star Wars fans to dislike a Star Wars game), and this latest update aims to help all those players form Guilds in order to - possibly - save the galaxy more easily. Guilds are unlocked when players reach level 22, and there's a system in place to let you search for a friend, explore recommended Guilds, or create your own. In addition, new chat functionality lets players strategize with their Guild mates in real time, ensuring that you can blame your friends for not following your perfect strategy. The game will offer ongoing challenges for Guilds and offer both competitive and cooperative opportunities. And, of course, you can customize your logo...




'Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble' Review - Tap, Combine, and Pop

I am absolutely fascinated with Yo-Kai Watch. I've played the localized 3DS game, I watch the television show, and I have several trinkets from the toy line, including the actual titular watch. Having visited Japan for the first time last year I had the good fortune of speaking to residents about what a "Yo-kai" actually is, and how they differ from ghosts or other commonly known spirits. They're mischievous in nature, just like the "gremlins" in western folklore, which sets the perfect tone for a game featuring a crazy red cat that knows kung fu and calls his attacks "Paws of Fury." Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble [Free] is the latest creation in this cross-media venture, and it draws a lot of influence from modern puzzle hits like the Tsum Tsum series in a good way...

As you should all now by know, tomorrow Hearthstone [Free] is switching from its current format to the Standard and Wild formats, and with that change comes a great departure. For the first time ever in Hearthstone history, we'll see an Adventure removed from the shop, and by this time tomorrow, Curse of Naxxramas, Hearthstone's first-ever Adventure, will be gone for a long, long time. While the cards that came with the Adventure will be craftable even after Naxx is no longer in the store, what will be lost is the experience of playing this single-player Adventure and trying to make it through the various wings unscathed...

After watching the first official Clash Royale [Free] tournament a couple of weeks ago, it became pretty clear to me that the game is a great spectator esport (despite its balance issues and obsession with showing the game in portrait mode). On Sunday, April 24th, we are getting another tournament, the CR 1on1 Community Cup #1 Global organized by ESL Gaming, and it looks like it's going to be a fun one. In this tournament you get in touch with your opponent, join together in one of the ESLPlay clans still open, send a Friendly Battle request, and then play and report the results. The whole setup is pretty simple, but of course plenty can (and probably will) go wrong as is the case with any game still making baby steps into becoming a competitive sport...

What is our fascination with post-apocalyptic media? Maybe it's the fear of the unknown, in that things may actually be that dire one day, and a peek into the future is relatively harmless. Maybe it's because some of the greatest filmmakers of our time, including George Miller, flock to projects like that because they provide a blank canvas of expectations -- the world is theirs to create as they see fit. Chrome Death [Free] isn't necessarily that magnificent, but just like Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on PC and consoles, it really nails what makes that genre so special...

If you've been following Hearthstone [Free] news the last few weeks, you'll know that Blizzard has been constantly spoiling cards from the upcoming Whispers of the Old Gods expansion. With the expansion releasing April 26th, Blizzard went ahead and revealed all 134 WoG cards yesterday, and everyone's is really excited about what's to come next week. We got to see many of the new cards in action during Blizzard's exhibition matches yesterday, and it's clear to all that the meta is about to blow up and become something unrecognizable and, hopefully, awesome. I hope that with the release of Standard and the new expansion, watching and playing Hearthstone will be filled with unexpected moments not solely because of RNG, but also because of players' deckbuilding decisions...

A few weeks back I wrote about World of Tanks Blitz [Free] Update 2.8 adding a new consumable called Provisions that many felt pushed the game into Pay-to-Win territory. The complaints arose partly because these Provisions were passive boosts that could really tilt the balance in a battle, so many felt that adding another paid consumable on top of the already-existing ones was just too much, especially for those players who are either F2P or don't have enough premium vehicles in their garage. Well, the good news is that Wargaming.net didn't ignore those complaints and, instead, has made several fixes that should hopefully please players...

Following its big crafting update from early last month, Bethesda has launched yet another update for their apocalypse survival simulator Fallout Shelter [Free] today, this time adding the ability to break down your unwanted weapons and outfits and turn them into junk that you can actually use… for crafting stuff! So much synergy going on right now. This update also adds 3D Touch support for those of you on fancy new iPhones so you can hop right into any of your vaults straight from the homescreen icon. Convenient!..

Now that we officially know Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, is coming out April 26th and we know all the lovely nerfs, everyone should start preparing for the upcoming shift to Standard and Wild modes, a shift that should drastically change the game. If you've been trying to figure out how you should prepare for the upcoming changes, well, you've come to the right place. Here are a few things you should keep in mind for the upcoming changes and ways in which you can make the change work to your favor as much as possible. This list is, of course, not exhaustive, but it should set you on the right path and prepare you for the big upcoming changes. So, without further ado, let's proceed...

There are a lot of different ways a piece of interactive fiction can succeed. Some of them tell a great story, some of them give the player a genuine feel of agency in the plot, and some of them have interesting puzzles. Some have tense, RPG-like battles, while others have no fighting at all and focus on building character relationships. A few just take a very interesting setting or theme and run with it. But for all of these strong points that gamebooks can take advantage of, there are a ton of pitfalls that, if not specific to the format, are at least more potentially devastating to the overall enjoyment of a work. It's not an easy thing to put a smooth, highly-interactive narrative together that manages to be strong enough to carry an entire game. It involves almost all of the headaches of writing a good book combined with the difficulties of quality game design...

I know that this week's Hearthstone [Free]  Tavern Brawl is possibly the last thing on players' minds because of the expansion release date announcement and the upcoming nerfs, but it's still a fun one and still a good way to get some gold to use for expansion packs. So, this week we are getting a new Brawl called Idols of Azeroth, and as you can guess from the title, this one's all Raven Idols. You pick a class and then you get a deck full of Raven Idols, which is a recipe for controlled RNG. If you don't remember what the card does, Raven Idol costs 1 mana and lets you discover either a minion or a spell, giving you plenty of flexibility...

'Super Tribes' Review - Global Domination, Bit by Bit

The RTS genre is one I remember fondly. Micromanaging troops and building an empire is an unparalleled joy in some cases. For some titles, it was all about just getting through the day, and taking out an enemy force. But for others, it was about managing an economy, and growing over time to support your people. They’re the kind of games that lend themselves well to short or marathon sessions, where you can just pop in, stress free, and take care of business. The mobile arena is a perfect fit for that type of game, and Super Tribes [Free] is happy to accommodate...

Freebie Alert: Disney-esque Action Tower Defense Game 'Onion Force' Currently Free

Back in March, husband and wife development team Queen Bee Games released their action tower defense title Onion Force [$2.99] to a small but positive reaction. Being sick of the casual, free to play vibe of mobile gaming, Queen Bee created Onion Force to be a very challenging but still approachable game, selling it for $2.99 up front with no IAP. While it's a tower defense game at heart, Onion Force has an extra focus on action with 3 playable characters you control directly. Also, one of the developers is an ex-animator who worked for the likes of Disney, MGM, and more, and Onion Force is filled with interesting characters and beautiful animation. Unfortunately, Onion Force has faced the problem of so many other great games on the App Store in that it's hard to get the word out that it even exists. So, in order to drum up some interest, Queen Bee has dropped Onion Force down to free for the next couple of days...

Well, here it is, everyone. Magikiras [Free] is easily one of the worst gamebooks I've played in my years of reviewing, and hands-down the most painful. It's absurdly long given its meager premise, poorly-written, and just plain boring. There are tons of spelling and grammar mistakes, and many other instances of incorrect English. It's linear to a fault, with almost every choice in the book save a few very important ones coming down to the same set of approaches listed in the same order. Even those chances come entirely too sporadically, however. You'll mostly just be tapping through page after page of banal text, praying for a release that is perpetually too far away...

If you enjoy traveling through intriguing, mysterious worlds that combine a gothic sensibility with a tinge of the supernatural, then you should definitely check out Failbetter's Fallen London [Free], out now for mobile after residing in browsers for many years. Fallen London is a story-telling choose-your-own-adventure game that takes place in a dark - yet funny - version of Victorian London and spans over 1.5 million words. If you've played the browser version, you'll find many similarities between that version and the iOS version, but the iOS one has a beautiful soundtrack to go along with it. And, to be honest, the way the game is paced plays better on a mobile device than a browser...

The Kingdom Hearts series is one of the top-selling RPG brands in the world. It's hard not to be cynical about its origins, as it was a clear attempt to mash together two things that are very popular, especially in Japan, to see how much money would come out. The answer was, a lot. To the credit of the various development teams who have worked on the franchise, they've made the best of a very unnatural mash-up. The original game sort of coasted on the goodwill of fans and largely inoffensive gameplay, but some of the follow-up games have been surprisingly high quality. Even the failures have tended to be interesting experiments worth messing around with just to appreciate their quirkiness...

The odd week of new releases continues as more than a few games have trickled out later than anticipated. The latest is Umbrella's single-tap block-by-block platforming game Back To Square One [Free], which you may remember us checking out at GDC this year and really liking what we saw, and Carter felt similarly when he went hands-on with the game just a week ago. I hesitate to make the comparison, but this is almost a side-scrolling Crossy Road type of game, as your goal is to make it through a gauntlet of traps and hazards moving your square character one space at a time. ..

'Pocket Mortys' Spring Update Brings Quick Crafting, 10 New Mortys, a New Attack and More

Pocket Mortys [Free] has the distinction of being the absolute best Rick and Morty-themed Pokemon clone available. Nobody else is even close. That's because there IS nobody else, but that's not the point. Pocket Mortys is the best in class in its own very specific category, and there's simply no disputing that. It was great when it originally released in January, and it got even better with a big update in early February. Today, it gets even more better-er as another update adds 10 new Mortys to collect, a new Paralyze attack move, a new item to counter Paralyze, and best of all the new ability to craft items directly from the Recipe menu. All this is amusingly explained by Rick in the following trailer...

While not as popular as in the 90s, Sailor Moon still has a fan base, at least judging from cosplayers and Sailor Moon merchandise. If you do enjoy Sailor Moon and her quirky sidekicks, you'll be glad to know that after a few months in Japan, SailorMoon Drops [Free] has come to the US App Store. As for the gameplay, I'll give you exactly one guess to figure out how this game plays. Yes, a match-3 indeed. All of the characters have been transformed into cute versions of themselves, and the game does contain a storyline that you'll play through as you solve those match-3 puzzles. The game includes many familiar characters (both friends and enemies), and is definitely very cute to look at...

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