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There are few games that bring a smile to my face like Dumpling Design's Dashy Crashy [Free]. This lane-based avoidance game (calling it just a runner doesn't quite do it justice) captured the soul of some of the loudest, most attention-grabbing arcade games from the '90s while utilizing a really neat risk/reward system that dared you to go as fast as possible while avoiding crashing. Along with colorful, cheery graphics and tons of achievements and vehicles to unlock, there was plenty to love in Dashy Crashy in our original review. And while Dashy Crashy was a great–although simple–high score chaser, Dumpling had some major plans for the title and over the next year worked on a massive version 2.0 update which they dubbed Dashy Crashy Turbo. The update hit in early March and added special abilities to the many vehicles in the game, a sweet progression system that had you upgrading your driver's license by completing achievements, a way better system for unlocking cars, 25 brand new cars, and tons more. It was basically a sequel but delivered as a free update to the original game, which was pretty darn cool...

I'll be honest with you - Cars is, in my view, one of the weaker Pixar films. Releasing at the precipice of my teenage years means it doesn't have the nostalgic pull of some of the older Pixar franchises, and overall the cast of characters and story just felt a bit hollow and overly commercialised. However, I am no film critic, and this is a mobile gaming website, so such criticism of the movie is my long-winded way of saying that the latest Disney iOS adaptation of the series, titled Cars: Lightning League [Free], actually looks quite impressive for a spin-off title. While featuring the tried and true third person auto-running (or in this case, auto-driving) camera from Temple Run [Free], Cars: Lightning League looks to have some neat and varied gameplay elements that should appeal to younger readers and fans of the franchise alike...




'Brawl Stars' Has Soft Launched on the Canadian App Store, Android Version Coming Soon?

A whole host of massive games have been announced at E3 over the past week, and for some time it appeared that the iOS community had missed out on its own major upcoming release at the event. Thankfully, Supercell saved the day, and the announcement of their next 3-on-3 online shooter Brawl Stars was met with much excitement when it came out of nowhere on Wednesday morning. Best of all, you don't have to wait months to try out the latest release from the makers of Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free], as the beta for Brawl Stars has soft launched in Canada today, and can be downloaded from all regions through using our soft launch guide...

Back in August of 2016, we wrote a story about Rovio soft-launching Angry Birds Evolution [Free], and after a year in soft launch purgatory, the game is now out in the US. If you haven't heard anything about Angry Birds Evolution (or you're confusing it with one of the many other Rovio games currently in soft launch), know that this game is Rovio's take on the "bumper cars" style battling popularize by games such as Monster Strike [Free]. You mostly slingshot your characters around with the purpose of hitting your opponent's character at the right angle and with the right amount of power. It's quite a fun mechanic that can make for some fun gaming moments...

If you like your Hearthstone [Free] classes mixed up or want to get a taste of how two-class decks would look, go play Cart Crash at the Crossroads, this week's Tavern Brawl. We've played this one in the past, but as is the case after every expansion, new cards make for fresh brawls. Cart Crash at the Crossroads has you picking a class and getting a random deck, and on the first turn, you get to Discover another class. While your hero power remains the one of your original class, your deck becomes a mix of random cards from both classes. Keep in mind that your win only count towards quests for the original hero you picked...

As was to be expected, Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight, whose trailer looks like five movies combined into one, is paying a visit to Transformers: Forged to Fight [Free] in an update that's gone live today. This new update brings backgrounds inspired from various scenes from the upcoming movie. And we are also getting Autobot Drift, the samurai bot with questionable loyalties, as a new playable character. You can find more about his story in the A Question of Loyalty event. Megatron is also back as the new boss of Alliance Missions...

There has been a lot of activity around Supercell lately, and while we've seen the likes of Clash of Clans [Free] grow from a cult hit into a cultural phenomenon, many have been wondering what the Finnish developers have been up to since Clash Royale [Free] released in March 2016. Today, it seems like we may finally have an answer. A game titled Brawl Stars has been heavily teased on both Twitter and Reddit, and at 9am PDT an exclusive look is scheduled to be streamed on YouTube, giving a first glimpse of the 3v3 combat action in Supercell's next huge iOS release...

The CCG Shadowverse [Free] continues to be quite popular, and its developers continue adding content at a steady pace. This time around, we are getting a new expansion called Wonderland Dreams, and as you can see in the trailer below, it's all about fables and fairytales, with Alice leading the way and many others following suit. The expansion adds 104 new story-inspired cards, including cool Neutral deckbuilding options. The developers claim that the expansion will let you make new types of decks that should make the game feel fresh again. As is always the case, it remains to be seen whether those decks will be strong enough to stick around...

Clash Royale 1.9 [Free] update has just been released, and it brings a ton of new features and cards to the game. First of all, we are getting four new cards: Mega Knight, Cannon Cart, Flying Machine, and Skeleton Barrel. Each of the cards will release with its own Special Challenge as has been the case recently. And we'll be getting new Challenges: Sudden Death, Ramp Up, and Triple Elixir. 1.9 also brings more deck slots at Arena 8, the ability to copy decks from TV Royale and shared replays, and Clans will now unlock at Level 1—although card requests still unlock at Level 3...

Disguised Toast Gets Suspended, Kripp Builds 96K Deck, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #101

Welcome to Touchstone Tavern #101, our Hearthstone [Free] weekly roundup of the best stories and craziest videos. I hope you've been enjoying your card play and that the gods of RNG have been good to you. We didn't have any groundbreaking news last week, but there were still plenty of interesting stories, ranging from Ben Brode talking about the state of the game to Disguised Toast getting banned and plenty in between. The meta seems to be on the more stable side at the moment, which means we don't get too many surprises, but players overall seem to still be fine with the state of the game. How are you enjoying your playtime? Finding enough variety to keep it interesting, or are you already glancing to see when the next expansion will hit?..

If you like the dark side of the Star Wars universe, you should rejoice because Admiral Thrawn is coming to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free] very soon. According to the E3 announcement a few moments ago, Galaxy of Heroes is getting Admiral Thrawn and more Empire dark side content this season. Apparently, Admiral Thrawn is a killer in PvP, great in PvE, and a beast in raids. He's the first Empire character who has the Cleanse ability, which allows you to clear debuffs. He also has another unique ability that allows him to let Empire-only allies cleanse their own debuffs and manipulate turn meters. He's very strategic and can apply his turn meter to other players...

Supercell is pulling out the big nerf hammer next week and taking down some of the most popular Clash Royale [Free] cards. Night Witch, the latest card to have been added, will spawn 3 Bats on death instead of 4 and will spawn one second slower. Tornado's duration will go from 3sec to 2.5sec, The Log's range down to 11.1 from 11.6, Goblin Gang will now have 2 Spear Goblin instead of 3, and Skeletons will see a decrease from 4 to 3. Some cards will see buffs, with the Bandid seeing a 4% hitpoints increase, the Inferno Dragon a 7% hitpoints increase as well as a faster re-targeting, and more...

Framed [$3.99] has an ingenious premise behind it; move comic book panels around to change the outcome of the scene. When it was first announced a few years back, everyone was very excited to try it out. While the game had some issues, as we noted in our review when the game came out, it's still a fun game with great art, and it has gone free for the first time ever. This drop in price probably has to do with the recent announcement that Framed 2 is in development, which we posted about recently. Framed suffered from some very predictable puzzles—moving ladders around, rotating pathways, and so on—and a complete lack of narrative, which made players feel a bit lost and lacking an actual purpose outside escaping cops...

It feels like it was only yesterday that Pokemon GO [Free] took over both popular culture and TouchArcade, however somehow the first anniversary of Niantic's runaway augmented reality hit is rapidly approaching. The first few weeks of Pokemon GO fever may have been defined by the frequent server issues and in-game glitches, however an abundance of improvements, events and content updates since (including the addition of most of the Generation 2 creatures) has gone some way towards becoming the experience that many expected from that stunning reveal trailer from 2015. To celebrate such an occasion, Niantic are hosting numerous in-game and real life events that aim not only to help the most ardent of trainers finally catch 'em all, but also to bring Pokemon GO players together for some exciting birthday festivities around the world...

As you've probably read by now, Pathfinder Adventures [Free]  is getting some pretty cool Goblin content soon, but that's not all we're getting. In a recent blog, the developers have talked about updates coming to the Party Creation and Character Selection screen (as well as other interfaces) that should streamline the whole process, especially for those new to the game. Speaking of new players, the game is getting a substantially improved tutorial, which will come in the form of five short scenarios that will teach specific elements of the game in a clear way. And you'll get rewards for completing them. Part of the reason for the new tutorial is that around three-quarters of the players forced to play the original tutorial never returned to the game, which is pretty bad...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is called Just a Hallucination and is actually a pretty cool one. In Just a Hallucination you pick a class and get a random deck filled with spells that also includes these magical cards called Hallucination, 1-mana cards that let you discover a card from your opponent's class. As you can imagine, you get to play with some really fun class combinations; for instance, I was playing a Mage and kept adding Warrior Taunt cards to my deck, making for a pretty entertaining match, especially since my opponent kept using my spells and secrets on me and smashing my poor minions...

A few months back we talked about Candy Crush [Free] becoming a TV game show, and a few weeks back we heard that Mario Lopez, of Saved by the Bell, was going to present it. Jimmy Kimmel was able to read Mario Lopez's mind, and he re-did the TV game show's trailer with a bit more honesty at the end, so make sure you watch the whole video below. We shouldn't be surprised that Candy Crush will become a TV game show since the brand has been stepping outside the world of mobile gaming for some time now (including sponsoring the big Coachella party this year). And with most mobile gamers at least knowing—if not actually playing—Candy Crush on their phones, the game show has a ready-made audience...

Bethesda's Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] continues to add ways to play the game, and now it's ready to add a new mode called Gauntlet. The Gauntlet is a tournament-style mode that gives you the chance to put your best decks to the test against other players. Gauntlets come in various forms and will offer exclusive cosmetic prices among other things. The first Gauntlet, which is also the simplest, is called Rumble, and it will run from Saturday, June 10th until Monday, June 12th. In Gauntlet, you pick a deck from your collection and battle until you reach nice wins or three losses. It's a lot like Hearthstone's Heroic Tavern Brawls. It will cost you 150 Gold or one Event Ticket to enter, and you can get some pretty good prizes if you don't completely suck...

Enjoy Our 100th 'Hearthstone' 'Touchstone Tavern' Weekly Roundup

Welcome everyone to our 100th Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of everything cool and interesting in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. Hard to believe that we've reached that 100 issue milestone, which also translates into me doing this for quite a long time. The first time we published this column was May 26th, 2015, so the 100th issue comes just a bit after the two-year anniversary. I hope you've been enjoying reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. If you feel like seeing how much the game and the conversations around it have changed, go check out Touchstone #1. Fun times, I guarantee it. And now, enjoy last week's news, today...

I'm not entirely sure why, but water park levels in seemingly unrelated video games have some unique intrinsic novelty for me personally. Maybe because they're less abundant and not as cliche as their regular theme park counterparts; maybe because they're more creative and less mundane than something such as an airport or shopping mall. Either way, what I'm trying to say is I love a good water park map, and therefore the most recent update or Crash of Cars [Free] is totally up my street (or up my slide, if you will). With a new map featuring the aforementioned aquatic wonderland, as well as multiple new vehicles to eliminate your automotive enemies with, there's a lot to enjoy in this latest update, which is available to download for any ardent Crash of Cars fans today...

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