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The newest game from Peter Molyneux's studio 22cans, which soft-launched back in September and is published by Kongregate, is now available worldwide. The game is called The Trail - A Frontier Journey [Free] and it sees you creating a character and walking various paths in really gorgeous environments collecting resources and engaging in various activities before arriving at a settlement camp. There, you can trade or converse with the locals, craft items, or just rest up before heading back out onto the trail towards your next destination. If you find a town you like, you can settle down there and help to build the town up into prominence. Check out the trailer...

In mid-October we learned about the newest game from Little White Bear Studios, a sequel to their well-received spin on the brick-breaking formula ZenDots. The sequel was quite a different beast though, and its subtitle, One Dot's Journey, kind of said it all. Here you would be playing as a single dot navigating through complex mazes of obstacles as you attempted to make your way around and break every brick on the screen. See? It's still a brick-breaker at heart! Due to Apple taking an unusually long time approving it, it missed all the release hullabaloo from yesterday but, much like its dot protagonist, this morning ZenDots 2: One Dot's Journey [Free] pushed through all the obstacles and finally made its way to the App Store...




Rhythm games tend to have a way of reinvigorating even the most stale genres, as the music actually interacting with the gameplay rather than being passive in the background adds a whole new element of immersion - let alone when you're able to choose what tracks are played. Lost in Harmony [$3.99] was the iteration of this formula that took the runner mechanics that have been done to death on mobile devices, and turned the levels into dynamic and emotive experience that we loved in our review back in January. Today, Lost in Harmony has been put on sale for absolutely nothing, so any fans looking for something which isn't your typical runner game should definitely skate down to the App Store and try the unique amalgamation of ideas that developer Digixart Entertainment was so successful at combining for the price of absolutely nothing...

If you're one of those who enjoy racing where cars are not supposed to race, then you probably want to download Asphalt Xtreme [Free], the new Gameloft racing game that has just released. The game brings dozens of Monster Trucks, Muscle Cars, and barely-legal cars, from brands such as Jeep, Mercedes, Chevy, and more, and lets you visit the world and get all Xtreme, although technically not on the Asphalt. Would that count as false-advertising? Maybe? The game offers 8-player real-time multiplayer along with the typical vehicle customization that are always part of these types of racing games...

Many Pokemon GO [Free] players have been asking for reasons to play the game more, and Niantic has responded. In a blog post today, Niantic has announced that Daily Bonuses are coming to the game, and I think that's a feature that will get players back out and chasing Pokemon. Each day, trainers will be able to receive a bonus for certain activities, for instance catching a Pokemon, visiting a PokeStop, and so on. If you manage to do those dailies seven days in a row, you get an ever bigger bonus. In other words, Niantic is giving you a reason to go out every single day and hunt...

Nothing says He-Man, the strongest man in the world, like a bunch of cute stickers, and yet these new stickers are actually fantastic. In the latest update, He-Man Tappers of Grayskull [Free] has added 24 stickers for free, and if you like the heroes of that universe, you should definitely download the game, if you haven't already, just for the stickers. The stickers follow the game's exaggerated art, with big heads and small bodies, and they are all animated. Honestly, the stickers are much better than I thought they would be and are great for those of us old enough to remember the cartoon...

Few things suck as badly as pulling off a great World of Tanks Blitz [Free] performance, killing almost all of your opponent's tanks, and then losing because your teammates thought this was a sightseeing-in-a-tank game. Update 3.3 fixes that awful feeling by introducing Valiant Effort achievements (E for Effort!) that see the losing team's most effective players earn more Credits and XP. Grabbing any of the Epic medals, the Brother in Arms one, the Crucial Contribution, or the Battle Hero medal will give you a nice boost to your XP and Credits bank. I like this addition because it makes it less frustrating when you're stuck with a bad team...

If you've played the One Night in Karazhan Hearthstone [Free] adventure, you'll recognize today's Brawl. Yellow-Brick Brawl brings a Wizard of Oz theme to the game just like in The Crone encounter in Wing 2 of Karazhan. The way the brawl plays this week is you get a Dorothee, a minion which grants Charge to minions on one side and Taunt to minions on the other. You then build a 10-card deck, and get three copies of each of your chosen cards. And then you get ready to follow that Yellow-Brick road in the direction of the Yellow-Brick Brawl. This was a very fun encounter in Karazhan, and I expect it to be a very entertaining Brawl, too...

About a month ago we posted about how developer Kumobius, who you probably know from such hits as Bean Dreams [$2.99], Duet [$2.99], and Time Surfer [$0.99], were looking for beta testers for their new mobile game project, a platformer of sorts called High Risers. Well apparently the testing period went just fine as just this morning Kumobius pulled the rusty old release lever and High Risers [Free] is now available in the App Store. ..

Midnight Star: Renegade [Free], the sequel to Midnight Star, is a pretty fun and frantic shooter that tests your twitch reflexes in a mobile-friendly way. The game is getting ready to add a huge new feature this week, Versus Mode. I mean shooting running, bouncing aliens is entertaining, but it's a whole different world putting your skills and loadout against another player. Keep in mind, though, that this is going to be asynchronous PvP.  The way this new mode will work is you fight against others in newly-created PvP arenas and earn points for your victories. As you get more points, you rise through the ranks, and your rank persists throughout the month-long seasons. At the end of each season, you get rewards and the opportunity to mock your friends...

We are very close to BlizzCon, which means we're very close to the unveiling of the next Hearthstone [Free] adventure. All signs are pointing to something Gadgetzan-related, but it's hard to tell which aspects of Gadgetzan we'll actually see in the expansion. There's so much that Blizzard can do with this theme that I'm really not sure what we'll end up getting. Today, we got another Gadgetzan Gazette tease that will solve none of our questions but raise many more. The title is Civilization Comes to the City and the front page proudly advertises a world-class museum about to open in Gadgetzan. There's talk of artifacts, gold rewards and artifact donations for the coming Mysteries of Pandaria exhibition - run by curator Madam Goya. There's also talk of the new museum being haunted, which might be a hint that we're getting more re-animated skeletons...

The original DragonVale was, and continues to be, a huge mobile hit. The game had a zillion downloads, and I still see people tending to their virtual Dragon Parks. Backflip Studios has decided to follow up on that huge game and has just surprised everyone with the sudden release of DragonVale World [Free], so get ready to build even bigger Dragon Parks. The game is all about collecting dragons, breeding them, changing their appearance and abilities, and then displaying them in your park. It's like Jurassic Park but no one gets eaten (I hope). DragonVale World brings over 140 dragons to the game and plenty of ways to engage with them...

We wrote yesterday that Clash Royale [Free] is teasing a new update, and today Supercell has released the update along with details about the new features. Let's quickly review what we talked about yesterday. We are getting friendlier Friendly Battles with both players' cards leveled up or down to the Tournament Rules, four new cards - with Tornado coming November 11 and then the rest one every two weeks - and special event challenges, the first of which will be the King's Cup. The King's Cup will be a limited time challenge with special rules, and the fun part is that each battle you'll play with a pre-constructed deck. The first King's Cup challenge is free to enter and starts November 4th...

This past June, a refreshed take on the arcade classic Galaga was soft-launched by Bandai Namco in select countries with surprisingly little fanfare, given how beloved the Galaga series is. In a similarly low-key fashion, that game, called Galaga Wars [Free], has exited its soft-launch period and is now available worldwide. At least I think it's worldwide, I can't go around checking every country or anything you know, but it's definitely out in the US App Store because I just downloaded it! And let me just say that this game is freaking fantastic. The original Galaga is perhaps my favorite classic arcade game, and there's nothing scarier than seeing a company trying to "improve" one of its classic franchises for a modern audience. There's just so much potential to sully the good name of such a beloved game, but that's definitely not the case in Galaga Wars...

The game of chess may well have been one of the earliest examples of a game being easy to learn but hard to master. Learning how all of the pieces move and putting together a basic strategy towards getting a checkmate isn't that difficult, but the unpredictable nature of human behavior makes chess a game that always has something new to offer. There's almost always a move to make that could be considered the best, but it's only the best if your opponent reacts in the textbook way themselves. A strong chess player needs to study their opponent almost as intently as the board. That said, there's a lot to be said for learning some fundamental strategies, just in case your opponent plays things by the book. As an added bonus, that knowledge will help you if you decide to play Moveless Chess [Free]...

Supercell is teasing the next Clash Royale [Free] update already, and we've got three promising sneak peeks. The first sneak peek talks of friendlier Friendly Battles with both players' cards leveled up or down to the Tournament Rules. The second one is all about new cards. Supercell is doing what it did the last time it released cards and giving us four new ones with one new card released every two weeks. The first one to be released is Tornado, which is coming November 11. There's a Legendary in the mix too, but that one will be the last card to come to the game, so they'll be some waiting. I do hope we get some fun cards in lower Arenas too because newer players need new toys, too...

If you've ever wanted to play real-life and life-size Pokemon GO [Free], Instagram user mattcyborgelt is ready when you are. He went all out with this one, and it includes a Pokeball dispenser and a taunting Pikachu in the middle of a pretty real-looking representation of Pokemon GO's AR screen. Once you toss the ball and hit that Pikachu, a Pokeball pops in from behind and grabs that poor little yellow guy. You can even get stars for your effort! This is a pretty cool costume and probably the only way most of us will ever catch Pikachu; that little yellow guy is too rare for my taste...

It's Halloween everyone, so every game in sight is getting some kind of Halloween update to celebrate. And, of course, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff [Free] couldn't miss out on all the fun. So, the game is running a limited-time Halloween event that's bringing some fun characters to the popular game. Who are we getting, you ask? Well, you'll be getting a visit from Billy the Puppet, of Saw fame, Ash Williams, from the fun Ash vs Evil Dead, and Leprechaun, from the classic, cheesy Leprechaun film. All of these characters check into a haunted - yet hilarious - haunted hotel run by James Woods...

Gadgetzan News, Ladder Changes, World Championship Results, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #71

Hello and welcome to another weekly roundup of all news Hearthstone [Free]. This was an interesting week with two main things happening; on the one hand we have Blizzard teasing the new expansion, and on the other we had the Group Stages for the World Championship. We're getting more and more information on the new expansion, but there's plenty of question marks over the whole thing at the moment. I just with we get some big cards that shake the meta up quite a bit, maybe even a new keyword. We need some new toys to play with. As for the Championship, we got to see some fun games and some unexpected results, too...

It may be Halloween, but that doesn't mean it's not the time to start getting excited about the impending ski season. However, for anyone who doesn't fancy the idea of launching themselves down a hill at ridiculous speeds with only a mere helmet for protection, developers Sleepy Z Studios have a way of experiencing the same winter wackiness without the many risks associated with extreme sports, as they have made Ski Safari 2 [$0.99] free for today as part of a 'App of the Day' promotion...

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