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Marvel Pinball [$0.99] is about to get some of the most iconic female super heroes and super villains in a very fun new pack. I like the way Marvel Pinball has been expanding, and what an easy way for the developer to increase the game's revenue. Marvel's Women of Power pack is bringing two new tables and characters like Ms. Marvel, Black Widow, Squirrel Girl, Spider-Gwen, and more. The A-Force table brings an alternate Soviet-dominated reality and features an interesting storyline involving the destruction of a Cosmic Cube. The table's Wizard Mode lets you control Black Widow and Madame Masque directly as you try and keep the Cosmic Cube balls alive...

It was good while it lasted, wasn't it? After many weeks holding the Top Grossing spot of the US App Store, Pokemon GO [Free] has lost its throne. Pokemon GO sat on that iron throne for 74 days, below the record holder Clash of Clans (374 days) and Candy Crush Saga (109 days). Still, that's a more than respectable (and profitable) run for the game and one that I'm sure Niantic is pretty happy about. Who dethroned the king? That would be Supercell's Clash Royale [Free]. The main reason behind Clash Royale's coup is its latest content update that has muted emotes (a sore spot for many players) and, more importantly, added new chests and new cards, also known as new ways for players to spend money on the game...




Last month, a new game from Night School Studio and Telltale Games called Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa [$2.99] (or simply Exfiltration for sanity's sake) made a big splash when it hit the App Store. Designed as a companion experience to the first season of the award-winning Mr. Robot TV series, Exfiltration put you in the role of a hapless citizen who happens to find a smartphone on the sidewalk and, upon opening and investigating the phone, gets sucked into a crazy hacker plot. The game plays out entirely through a faux text messaging application interface as you discover new information and plot your way through by communicating with all sorts of people, some who are actual characters from the show. ..

I know that today you were probably wishing for more RNG in your Hearthstone [Free]. Well, never say that Blizzard isn't listening since this week's Tavern Brawl is Randomonium, one of those Brawls we've had multiple times in the past. Is that a bad thing? In this case no because I do enjoy this one despite (or maybe because of?) its craziness. So, in Randomonium you pick a class, get a random deck, and then play a game where card cost is random every single turn. So, as you can imagine, you don't know what you're getting next and you don't know how much it will cost the next turn. This brawl is not about good strategies but more about trying to make the most of each turn and, primarily, having fun with all the crazy RNG that's bound to happen...

Get excited guys because the big Teeny Titans [$3.99] update is coming this Thursday. As we talked about a few weeks back, this update is bringing a challenge mode to the game, called Justice League Recruitment Center, that will challenge even players with maxed out figures. When you win in the challenge mode, you'll get Justice points that let you rank up within the Justice League but also unique figures that can't be earned anywhere else in the game. And the challenge mode has an additional twist in the form of randomly generated teams and crazy gameplay twists that should add plenty of replayability to the already-great game and give us plenty more to do...

Donut is most well-known for making simple, mobile-friendly arcade-style games, but they went out of their own wheelhouse back in July of 2014 when they released the adventure platformer Traps n' Gemstones [$4.99], and they totally nailed it. It turns out that Donut was quite suited for more meaty experiences, but Traps n' Gemstones was more than two years ago, and in the time since then Donut went back to their usual (but still fantastic!) simpler fare. Well, it was just last week that we were first teased with images from a then-unnamed upcoming platformer from Donut Games, and only a couple days after that we got the first trailer as well as an official name for that game: Vulture Island. Donut was being a bit vague about the release date, simply saying it was "coming soon," but much to my own and I'm sure many others' pleasure Vulture Island [$2.99] has suddenly appeared in the App Store as of just a few moments ago...

With Mr. Robot's lead actor winning an Emmy last night, it is perhaps appropriate that we got a hacking game today. Hackers - Join the Cyberwar! [Free], which had a beta in our forums a few months back, lets you build a 3D network architecture and refine it as best as possible. You then use various tools you can build and upgrade to protect your network and also to attack various other networks around the world. In this hi-tech cat and mouse game, you'll have to build a robust enough network to protect your data while finding the best tools to use against others...

It's been a long time coming, but we finally have the ability to mute opponents in Clash Royale [Free]. I know, took a while. The latest update, which just went live, lets you mute your opponent but you still see him/her communicating, you just won't be able to see the specific emote. The developers are thinking of ways to make emotes cooler, and you can read about that here. In addition to the emote muting, this latest update has added a new tournament mode where 12 wins unlock the top prize, but if you lose 3 times, you are out (sounds like Hearthstone's Arena). The Classic Challenge costs 10 gems to enter and has a 2000 gold and 100 cards top prize while the Grand Challenge costs 100 gems and awards you with 22000 gold and 1100 cards. The current tournament system has also been reworked with prices and prizes altered...

Yogg-Saron RNG, Arena Bans, BatStone Bans, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'TouchStone' #65

Welcome to another weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. This has been an interesting week with the release of the Arena bans and the continuous talk about the future of the game's competitive scene. I believe it's fair to say that the game is going through one of its most turbulent periods in terms of how people see it and how they see its future. Of course no one is saying that the game isn't popular and won't continue to be so, but there's definitely a general feeling that the game probably isn't where the developers and players would want it to currently. The good news is that pro players like Firebat are jumping in to offer solutions to the game's competitive issues. So, read on...

When I first heard about Hatoful Boyfriend [$4.99] at its original release on Steam back in 2011, it was one of those games that was just so bizarre in concept it had to be played. If there was ever such a thing as a niche, a pigeon dating simulator certainly was one, so beyond the humor of the initial concept, I didn't expect much. However, I was blown away - Hatoful Boyfriend manages to not only be amusing, but an extensive - and at times shocking - experience, that contains a fantastic visual novel with multiple entertaining endings that are far bigger than merely a parodic take on some of the weirder dating games that have emerged in recent years. When Hatoful Boyfriend was ported to iOS back in May, it was a great excuse to revisit St. PigeoNation, and today, the game has gone on sale for the first time to $2.99, so if the absurdity of the concept initially put you off, this is a fantastic time to find your very first pigeon partner...

I've been reading numerous stories about driving while Pokemon GO-ing [Free] and the often-unpleasant results of it. Now, we have more scientific evidence on the relation between Pokemon GO and distracted driving. A recent San Diego State University study looked at over 300 thousand Twitter posts over 10 days in July (July 10-19) and found that 18% of them were from people driving at the time they tweeted. The researchers looked for tweets that combined the word "Pokemon" and "driving," "drive," "car," and so on. According to the analysis of those tweets, 18% came from people driving while playing, 11% talked about someone who was driving while playing, and 4% mentioned a pedestrian playing near traffic...

We knew they were coming, and now they are almost here. Supercell has just announced that balance changes are coming to Clash Royale [Free] on September 19th and that tomorrow, Saturday, we'll be getting the first sneak peek at the upcoming update. So, what changes are we getting? This time around Mirror, Rage, and Lightning caught the attention of the developers, who saw them as relatively underused. Rage will cost 2 instead of 3 elixir, its effect decreased to 30% from 40%, and its duration decreased by 2 seconds. Lightning will stun targets for 0.5 seconds, a new addition to the card that brings it more in line with Zap. And Mirror will now mirror cards 1 level higher than its own level, with max level Mirror creating max level +1 cards...

Quite a few years after the last time, the long-running TV show NCIS, currently in 14th season and going strong, has returned to the App Store in a new game called NCIS: Hidden Crimes [Free]. In this game you try to solve a variety of cases using 6 different investigation modes. I wonder if over-caffeinating people with Abby's huge Caf-Pow is one of those modes; I sure hope so. The game also has 9 puzzle games - including using drone surveillance - and some surprise actions. The game spans all 50 states and includes all of the cast (as it stands after Tony's recent departure)...

BlizzCon 2016 is getting closer day by day, and Blizzard has decided it's time to show us what Hearthstone [Free] in-game goodies attendees and Virtual Ticket holders will be getting. The card back we are getting is the Welcome Inn, which looks like the opening screen of the game and is, if I'm honest, quite good-looking. If it's anything like last year's, this year's BlizzCon will have a Fireside Gathering going on where you can go and play Hearthstone with others or even (probably) join Micro Tournaments. So, it makes sense that the card back is linked to that event and is, well, welcoming you "inn."..

Reigns [$2.99] is great fun, a great combination of storytelling, choose-your-own-adventure, and both quick play sessions yet with long-term consequences. In other words, we really like it here at TouchArcade towers; I mean the game even got 5 stars from Carter, which says quite a lot. The developer has tweeted recently that the game has sold over 600,000 copies (not just on mobile) and that more cards and new adventures are coming soon. When I was playing the game, I kept thinking how easy it's going to be for the developer to expand the game since the Tinder-like gameplay makes adding new cards, new paths, and new adventures very easy...

Back in May, developer Rumblecade released a side-scrolling beat 'em up called Rockabilly Beatdown [$0.99] that featured simple button-mashing gameplay and some of the nicest pixel art and animation I'd seen. Despite being a simple game with just a single attack button, there was some hidden depth to Rockabilly Beatdown that slowly unveiled itself the more you played. With the charm and personality of the characters in the game, this was definitely an "endless high-scoring" take on the beat 'em up genre that I could get behind. The biggest problem was that it felt like a one-trick pony and, besides shooting for high scores, there wasn't a ton of meat on the bones in terms of progression and unlocks, things we had issues with in our review. That's something that Rumblecade has attempted to rectify with the first big update for Rockabilly Beatdown...

Priests are getting some love in the latest Hearthstone [Free] update with the introduction of a new Priest Hero, Tyrande Whisperwind. In WOW lore, Whisperwind is the chosen high priestess of Elune and the most prominent night elf leader. You'll be able to get Tyrande Whisperwind and the Tyrande card back via an upcoming special promotion, which hopefully won't require me to make any new friends. The update has also added the Welcome Bundle, a one-time $4.99 bundle of 10 Classic card packs and a guaranteed Classic Class Legendary. The bundle is great value if you're trying to build up your collection or simply want some cheap dust, so pick this one up for sure...

As we learned last month, retro-inspired racer Horizon Chase [Free] has just reached the one-year anniversary of arriving in the App Store, and to celebrate the team at Aquiris Game Studio has just released a special update adding some great new content to the game. This new content comes in the form of a new Australian Cup with 9 brand new tracks and two new vehicles, one a more modern high-performance sports car and the other more of a classic muscle car. Both are very welcome additions to what I believe is one of the finest racers on mobile, and you can see the new stuff in action in the following trailer...

'Magic Mansion' Review - Monochrome Monotony

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September 15th, 2016 1:15 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 3 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Platform, Reviews, Universal
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If your game is going to be based on an endless principle, it better have a good hook. I'm not thinking narrowly in terms of unlocks, but a fundamental design philosophy that encourages the player to keep chipping away at their high score. A compelling art style and a responsive control scheme help, as endless games are generally great in quick spurts, and not with long marathon sessions...

By now, we all know what to do if a large meteor is on a course to strike the Earth: throw Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, and Steve Buscemi in a rocket loaded with a nuclear bomb, point them at the rock, and let the magic happen. They're our planet's ace in the hole. But what should we do if not one meteor is headed for us, but rather five? Ten? One hundred? Even if you throw in Casey, it's not enough Affleckpower to take care of that many flying chunks of absolute destruction. Such is the nightmare scenario considered by Atomic Super Lander [$2.99], the latest action game from Crescent Moon Games and bitWeird Games...

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