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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. ..

Ever imagined how Clash of Clans [Free] would look in first person? Well, thanks to this 360 Virtual Reality Raid, now you can. Supercell might busy preparing for the Town Hall 11 Update that should drop on December 10th, but the company still found some time to give us this really smart 360 trailer that shows you how a village looks from atop an Archer Town as it's attacked. You get to see giants, dragons, balloons, hog riders, and barbarians up close and pretty personal in a trailer that really helps bring the game to life. I could really see how Clash of Clans could become an animated series based on this trailer; the story part would be trickier than the visuals, but I'm sure it could be done...

'Code Of Arms' Review - Bar Versus The World

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December 8th, 2015 11:30 AM EST by Shaun Musgrave in 4 stars, Card, Free, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Strategy
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In a review of a different game that made use of barcode scanning, I talked about how I've always been enamored of the idea, but rarely found the games attached to the scanning to be of much merit. Well, I've finally found a pretty decent game that integrates barcode scanning. It's called Code Of Arms [Free], and it's basically like a simplified version of Dungelot [$1.99] fused with a card battler. If you enjoyed that game, you'll probably enjoy this one even if the scanning mechanic does nothing for you. Best of all, it's inexplicably free, without even so much as ads to support it...

After weeks of waiting and two full weeks of sneak peeks, we finally have the date that Supercell will drop the Clash of Clans [Free] Town Hall 11 update onto the world, December 10th! Now, according to the announcement, they aim to go live on the 10th, but that is still subject to change if something unforeseen pops up between now and then. Hopefully, it won't. We were suspecting that the update would hit around the 10th based on the timing of the sneak peeks, and I'm sure you are all glad to see the wait come to an end. Now, what remains to be seen is how will the massive changes coming in the TH 11 update alter the game. Some expect things to be pretty much the same, but the majority of those commenting around the web feel that these changes will be substantial. Whether they'll be good for everyone remains to be seen; my guess is some will like it, some will love it, some will hate it, as is always the case with any major update for a popular game...

'Groove Planet' Review - Click Track

'Groove Planet' Review - Click Track

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December 7th, 2015 12:32 PM EST by Nathan Reinauer in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, Music / Rhythm, Reviews, Time Management, Universal
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Clearly, Fizzpow and Noodlecake hit on something special with Bitcoin Billionaire [Free]. It certainly wasn’t the first clicker ever, or even the first on the App Store. Still, it seems to easily be one of the more influential of the bunch. Just about every clicker that comes out these days has the same combination of upgrades, investments, random card draws, and opt-in video ads. It’s a great formula, and I’ve sunk an embarrassing number of hours into Billionaire over the last year or so. Still, when I reviewed Muchos Tacos a few months back I quietly decided not to try any more clickers unless one did something new and unexpected. (And sadly, folding tacos instead of tapping just doesn’t do it for me.) In fact, the only reason I downloaded Animoca Brands' Groove Planet [Free] at all was because I didn’t realize it was a clicker. And while it does adhere to the Billionaire formula fairly closely, thankfully it does have one rather novel trick up its record sleeve...

Yesterday we got a glimpse of the Grand Warden, the new hero coming in the Clash of Clans [Free] Town Hall 11 Update. However, we only got to see him do his thing on offense; today, we also got to see him on defense. The Warden turns into a statue when he goes into defense as you can see in the video below. As you should know by now, the Grand Warden can go into air or ground mode, and he'll turn into a statue in both modes. When he turns into a statue, his Life aura will buff the Heroes, the Clan Castle troops, and the Skeleton Trap skeletons around him, which should help strengthen your villages' defenses considerably. Add to the passive buff (and to the Eternal Tome invincibility aura) the Warden's own long-range attack, and you can see how he should be an important defense factor. The video also shows him defending on ground mode and his transition from patrol to statue mode...

Well, we knew he was coming today, and indeed he did. The newest Clash of Clans [Free] Hero, who will come in the Town Hall 11 Update, has been revealed today (although just his Offensive capabilities), and he looks really powerful. The Grand Warden is upgradable to level 20 by using elixir and can attack both on the ground and in the air, giving him plenty of flexibility since he'll fit in a variety of army compositions. His hitpoints and damage per second aren't really that high, but that's not where his power lies. What is great about this Hero is his passive aura ability, a large circle around him. Any unit within that radius gets an HP boost, which will make your army much more robust and will help take down those powerful TH11 defenses...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Groove Planet'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

World of Tanks Blitz [Free] has been continuously expanding both in terms of tank numbers and maps. Upcoming 2.4 Update will be no exception to this trend as it will add 13 Japanese tanks to the game, a whole new line for players to explore and enjoy. We'll be getting 3 Light Tanks and 10 Medium Tanks, most of which don't have the greatest armor but have pretty good, quick guns as a general rule. They are the kind of tanks you don't want to put too close to enemy tanks but pretty good when you keep your distance and snipe. Chi-Ri (VII) is the first real autoloader on WOT Blitz and probably a blast (pun intended) to play, and the Tier X STB-1 is a pretty mobile tank with huge firepower. Overall, this should be a fun new addition to the game that should create even more variety in the battlefield, always a good thing in my eyes...

So, remember when I said yesterday that some Clash of Clans [Free] players weren't very excited about the last couple of Town Hall 11 Update reveals? Well, I'm pretty sure those players won't be excited about today's reveal, two new Achievements. Yes, that is pretty much all we got today. So, the two new achievements will be "Destroy the New Town Hall 11 Defense" and "Donate Spells to Your Clanmates." Both are pretty self-explanatory, especially in light of the ability to request/donate one Dark Spell to your clan mates that's coming in the new update. While they haven't officially revealed the name of the new Town Hall 11 Defense, it looks like it's called Eagle Artillery. So yes, not the most exciting of reveals, which makes me think that the developers announced the reveal schedule before checking to see whether they had enough to spoil to begin with...

There isn’t very much to say about virtual pets. We’ve all played with one at some point, whether it was a Tamogachi or a Clumsy Ninja [Free], and they all offer pretty much the same experience. They’re usually cute and also usually a bit shallow. So how do you direct someone’s attention to your virtual pet experience? By putting them in charge of one of the most destructive and incomprehensible monsters since before time was time, of course! And by making that elder god as cute as can possibly be, even as he eats his own servants because you forgot to feed him! Here’s the simple but amusing Cthulhu Virtual Pet [Free] from Silvia Sanchez and NeuroCreativa...

In September of last year a quirky little snowboarding game called Shred It! [Free] was released by developer Extra Mile Studios. Shred It! had an incredibly charming papercraft art style that gave it a really unique look, and really solid "behind the back runner" style snowboarding gameplay that worked well on the touchscreen. Unfortunately, finicky touch detection and a lack of content caused Shred It! to largely fly under the radar when it released. Extra Mile addressed that by updating the game with greatly improved touchscreen controls, a Checkpoint Challenge mode, and several seasonal content updates for Halloween, Christmas and New Years. Its last update was way back in January, but with winter in full swing and snowboarding being a winter pastime, a new Shred It! update has just landed that rejuvenates this overlooked little gem...

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