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If you've been playing Hearthstone [Free] for some time now, then you probably have a few copies of the Classic cards Blizzard nerfed just prior to Whispers of the Old Gods and Standard hitting. If you remember, on April 20th Blizzard dropped the hammer on several cards in order to ensure that newer cards have an impact on the game and to free up design space for future cards. In order to ensure players wouldn't feel cheated by these nerfs, especially if they had recently crafted any of those cards, Blizzard announced that players could disenchant any of these cards for full dust value (rather than a fraction as is usually the case). However, this full-value disenchanting will only be around until May 10th PDT, which makes today the last day you can get full dust...

The '80s was the best decade to be alive, and all you Millennials with your Snapchats and your Drake memes can just get off my lawn! Ok, so maybe the actual '80s weren't all that great, but all the stuff we use to remember the '80s is the best. Big hair. Neon everything. Leg warmers!? I mean, c'mon. Back in March we talked about a new neon-infused endless driving game called Cruise Control that was looking for beta testers and totally harnessed the awesomeness of the '80s. Well, beta testers beta'd, developers developed, and as of this morning Cruise Control [Free] is now available in the App Store. Here's the launch trailer...




I like anything Disney, so it's no wonder I've been playing around with Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free] (though not as much as I would if I had time on my hands). Fan service it is, but it's a very well made one for sure. As expected, we are already getting more content for our parks. Our Disney kingdoms can now have many of the Sleeping Beauty characters, prime among them Princess Aurora and Prince Philip but also characters like Fauna and Flora. Bringing Sleeping Beauty into the game makes perfect sense since her castle sits in the middle of Disneyland. In addition to the Sleeping Beauty characters, we also got Donald Duck and Mother Gothell, the mom from Tangled in case you haven't watched that animated movie...

Hearthstone's [Free] rule consistency - or lack thereof - has been an ongoing source of frustration for Hearthstone players, and the recent issues with card interactions post-Whispers of the Old Gods certainly haven't helped the situation. Fortunately, many of those issues were, indeed, fixable, and Blizzard released a hotfix yesterday that should help you get surprised less often (at least from card interactions). The hotfix addressed an issue where the interaction between Mad Scientist, SI Agent, and Mirror Entity was not resolving as intended, and addressed an issue where Wild Pyromancer and Haunted Creeper's Deathrattle were not resolving as they should. It also addressed an issue where Ancient Harbinger would add a 10-cost spell to your hand rather than a 10-cost minion (you had one job, Harbinger)...

In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, Marvel Avengers Academy [Free] is getting some Civil War content to coincide with the upcoming theatrical release of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War on May 6th. The new content revolves around campus safety and how best to protect the students. On the one side is Captain America, who wants to set up a training facility to better train and prepare the students while Iron Man - as always - wants to build an army of robots for protection. And, of course, these two different takes split the students in two. Each week, players get to unlock a new piece of Civil War story and get quests and prizes tied to the side chosen. Friends turn foes (and every one knows school is the most brutal battleground of all) and get to fight it out...

I can't decide if I'm happy or sad that we've gotten enough EXE-Create RPGs from Kemco this year that I'm getting a bit weary of them. The developer behind the Alphadia, Across Age, and Asdivine series, as well as numerous other one-off RPGs, EXE-Create generally creates the best games of any of the teams working for Kemco. They're particularly good at writing interesting characters and entertaining dialogue, and I can't honestly think of a single release from them that has let me down in that regard. The most common weak point of their RPGs is in how safe they tend to play things with gameplay mechanics. They seem to have really fallen into a rut of late, and it's made all the more apparent when you play their releases nearly back-to-back. For good or for ill, Glorious Savior [Free / $4.99] is another EXE-Create RPG through and through...

'Hammer Bomb' Review - A Fabulous Dungeon Crawler

Dungeon crawlers are in my blood. One of the first games I ever played for the NES was Dragon Warrior, also known as the first Dragon Quest. Sure I needed some help to actually beat it, but I eventually learned the concept of grinding out experience so that I was stronger, and the great feeling of conquering my foes with a newer better hero. Oh and the loot -- the fabulous loot -- that works in tandem with your newfound abilities to compound your strength. It's something I'll probably never get tired of. That experience doesn't always translate well to a smaller screen, but somehow, the developers of Hammer Bomb [Free] found a way...

If you're a Playstation owner, then this story should make you doubly happy. The just-released Uncharted: Fortune Hunter [Free] is an action-puzzle adventure following Uncharted's Nathan Drake as he continues to uncover the treasures of some of history's greatest heroes (or villains). A clear tie-in to Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, releasing May 10th, Uncharted: Fortune Hunter has you solving 200 deadly puzzle chambers all the while following various legends of history across six adventures. Since this is an Uncharted game, there are plenty of things to collect - all stolen from somewhere, I'm sure - and you can even partner with your friend Sully. The visuals are cartoony and fun, and the game feels well made, so if you like the Uncharted series or simply like fun puzzle games, you should enjoy this one...

If you were hoping for a Whispers of the Old Gods Tavern Brawl today, well, you'll be sort of happy. This week, Hearthstone [Free] has given us a repeat of the Webspinners one where you pick a class and then get a deck crawling with those pesky little Webspinners. In other words, expect to have plenty of Beast-related RNG in your matches. The good thing this time around though is that the Webspinner will be pulling Beasts from the Whispers of the Old Gods expansion as well, which should make the Brawl feel a bit different than all the other times we got to play it. You'll get to see Princess Huhuran (it was the first Beast I got), Addled Grizzly, Infested Wolf (which can help you flood the board even more), and - my personal favorite - Giant Sand Worm (yes, still trying to make it happen)...

World of Tanks Blitz [Free] continues to evolve, and the latest 2.9 update, which has just gone live, introduces a huge change in the game's matchmaking system. After today, you'll only get matched with tanks +1/-1 off your tier rather than playing with a Tier VII against a Tier X (and barely making a dent). This change should make players feel more important in every battle rather than occasionally feeling like they could play no part in their team's win or defeat. There were times in the game when my tank wasn't able to penetrate the enemy's higher tier tank, which resulted in me feeling like an overweight car rather than a war machine. Hopefully this change will make playing the game more fun...

After dropping 4 sneak peeks, Supercell has finally stopped the teasing and released the Clash Royale [Free] update upon the world. If you haven't been following our stories on the sneak peeks, this update brings six new cards - 3 Legendaries, 1 Common, 1 Rare, and 1 Epic - that you'll get from Arena 5 and above. Some of the cards look great fun, especially Sparky and the Miner, and I look forward to seeing them in play. The update is also increasing some of the rewards, with players getting more gold for each win, crown chests containing double the loot, and more. It also adds Live Spectating to let you mock your friends while they lose and lets you pick what Arena battles you want to watch on TV Royale. You can now also copy anyone's Battle Deck from their profile. These additions are fun since they should help the community grow even more by helping both streamers and tournaments...

I think it's fair to say that Mucho Taco [Free] is the preeminent taco-themed idle clicker available on the App Store today. No others even come close, or exist at all, for that matter. Anyway, with Cinco de Mayo looming developers One Simple Idea and publisher Noodlecake have decided to release a massive update for Mucho Taco which adds all sorts of new stuff while also overhauling some of the existing content. Some of the major new features include: a special new map and ritual system that allow for multiple prestiges/play throughs, a new relic system that allow you to permanently augment the look and performance of your restaurants, a new Offline Chef system so you can manage your taco empire even when you're not playing, and of course plenty of new ingredients as well as new ways to use existing ingredients...

'Fallen London' Review - An Artfully-Made, Wonderfully-Weird Labyrinth of Stories

I've always found the written word very alluring, which to a great degree explains my career choices and the fact that I'm writing this review right now. Books, and later adventure games and interactive fiction, were my gateways to all kinds of fantastic worlds, and I often judged those books on how well they managed to create a sense of place, how "real" those fake worlds felt to me. So, going in to play Fallen London [Free] (first its browser version and now its iOS version), I was intrigued by the description of the world I was about to inhabit - a "hilarious Victorian-Gothic underworld" version of London - and wondered how big that world would be and how vivid. Well, I soon realized that Fallen London's sense of place is among the best in any game I've played, textual or not, creating the strong impression that the world around me kept on living and breathing even in my absence, a key feature for any sense of realism when encountering absurd, fantastic worlds...

After unveiling three new cards earlier today, Supercell just revealed Clash Royale's [Free] next 3 Legendaries - Sparky, Lava Hound, and Miner - and they look fun (though I'll probably never get to play them). Let's start with the Miner, the silliest of the bunch. This goofy-faced troop starts at 1000 HP and hits for 160 damage at level one, but the cool thing about it is that it can burrow its way underground and pop up anywhere in the arena; in a way, it's a reverse Goblin Barrel. The Miner targets only ground units and does 133 damage per second. Sparky has 1200 HP, hits for an amazing 1300 area damage but has a hit speed of 5 seconds, so it will need a lot of protection. On the other hand, the flying Lava Hound has 2900 HP but only does 26 damage per second and targets only buildings...

'Tiny Tower' 5 Year Anniversary Update Coming May 26th

A few weeks ago Nimblebit announced they were in the midst of creating a massive update for their mega-hit tower building game Tiny Tower [Free] in anticipation of its 5-year anniversary. At that time they were seeking beta participants to try out the new update, and apparently that testing has gone well as today Nimblebit announced that the 5th Anniversary Edition of Tiny Tower will be available on May 26th. As mentioned before, this update will include improved visuals, streamlined tower manageent, tons of new missions and floors to build, and even the ability to share Bitizens between friends...

The simulation game factory that is Kairosoft continues to crank out new games to the iOS platform in the West, with the latest being Pocket League Story 2 [Free] which has just arrived this morning. It's a sequel to their 2012 fan-favorite release that had you putting together your own soccer team and then training them and making them into the top team in the world. Being a Kairosoft game it wasn't just about the team either, as you had to build a stadium to play in, a training facility for your team to practice at, sell merchandise to fans, and all those other little responsibilities that go along with managing a major sports team...

Now this is a fun sneak peek, isn't it? The latest sneak peek from Supercell shows off the first 3 of the 6 new cards Clash Royale [Free] is getting in the upcoming update. The first one is Fire Spirits, a very fast 2-cost common troop that targets air and ground and does a lot of damage. It's a kamikaze unit, so it blows up once it comes in contact with the enemy troops. It has low HP but does quite a bit of area damage. The second card is the Furnace, which spawns two Fire Spirits at a time for a total of 12. The Fire Spirits will be 2 levels above the Furnace level. Both Fire Spirits and Furnace unlock at Arena 5. The final spoiled card is the Guards unit, an Epic 3-cost troop that holds a shield. It unlocks at Arena 7 and is very fragile once the shield drops...

Clash Royale [Free] continues to give us sneak peeks for the upcoming update. The second sneak peek, spoiled today, is all about better rewards, specifically giving out more gold for wins. After the patch hits, you'll be getting gold after winning a battle, and you can get it up to 20 times a day. For Arena 1 you'll get 5 gold, Arena 2 7 gold, Arena 3 9 gold, Arena 4 11 gold and you can request 20 cards and donate 4, Arena 5 12 gold, Arena 6 14 gold, Arena 7 15 gold, and Arena 8 20 gold. Also, it looks like the Chests will have better drops, but we don't know all the details about that yet. If you multiply the new gold rewards by 20, you'll see that it's not that much gold overall, but it's definitely an improvement and should help F2P players...

Supercell has started spoiling features from the upcoming Clash Royale [Free] patch, so from now until the update drops in a few days, we'll be bringing you all the sneak peeks so you can be as prepared for the changes as possible. The first feature we are getting is a Live Spectate feature that looks exactly like the Ui you saw at the recent Helsinki tournament. As you can see from the video below, once the spectating starts, you don't get to see what cards each opponent has. Only once they start playing them will you get to see each deck, a feature possibly been implemented in order to avoid cheating in tournaments. You can also throw confetti on the field as well as check out how many people are currently watching the same match as you are. And we are getting new clan icons, which never hurts...

Well, everyone expected this to happen, and Supercell obliged. In the upcoming Clash Royale [Free] patch hitting May 3rd, Mortars, Bomb Towers, Elixir Collectors, Cannon, Royal Giants, Mirrors, and more will see much-needed changes. More specifically, Mortar deployment time will be increased to 5 from 3 seconds and damage decreased by 10%. The reason is the Mortar currently is too strong for a building with both offensive and defensive capabilities and offers too much value for 4 Elixir. Also, its use in Arena 8 is too high for such a specialized and contentious card. Bomb Towers will see their lifetime decreased to 40 seconds from 60 seconds because as it stands, the unit is too dominant and difficult to deal with in low to mid Arenas...

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