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'Heroes of Normandie' Review - This War is Hellishly Good

If you're a fan of strategy games, what is it about them that gets you hooked? Is it the ability to command huge armies and have them engage in long, epic campaigns over huge theaters? Or do you enjoy small, intimate engagements where every unit counts? For me, it's definitely the latter and that's because I like when games tell stories, when my soldiers' actions weave lovely - or painful - narratives that I can then recount and laugh, or cry. Heroes of Normandie [$14.99], the digital port of the Devil Pig Games' board game with the same name, is precisely the kind of wargame that creates stories not only because you usually command a very small number of units over a pretty small battlefield but also because the game is constantly celebrating its inspiration, the classic, bombastic WWII movies like The Dirty Dozen and A Bridge Too Far...

'One Night in Karazhan' News and Guides, Purify Talk, Best Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #60

Welcome everyone to Touchstone, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, and what a week the last one was. Hearthstone players, myself included, are always hungry for more content, so whenever new cards drop, you can feel the breath of fresh air running through the game. So, it's unsurprising that almost everyone had been waiting for the release of One Night in Karazhan Adventure with increasing impatience, and once the Prologue and Wing 1, The Parlor, hit last Thursday, everyone was all over it. I've enjoyed the first taste of Karazhan, and from what I've been reading around the internet, so did most of you...




If you've been thinking of trying to trick Pokemon GO [Free] in order to get those Pokemon more easily, you might want to rethink your plan because Niantic has now started permanently banning accounts that have anything to do with cheating of any kind. According to an announcement on Pokemon GO's webpage that offers a form for appealing a ban, Niantic is now permanently terminating player accounts for violations of the Pokemon GO Terms of Service. This includes, but not limited to, falsifying your location (cheating the GPS in other words), using emulators, using modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokemon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software...

TinyBuild is one of my favorite publishers on the App Store, as I've pretty much loved everything they've put out so far, and right now is a great time to experience their games as they're currently throwing a huge 99¢ sale on their entire mobile library. I mean, you could buy all of them for a grand total of about six bucks, and I can't even begin to imagine the hours and hours of gameplay you'd get for that fistful of dollars. However, if you had to pick just ONE of these games, I'd personally recommend Punch Club. It's not exactly a boxing game, more of a life simulator with a heavy boxing theme and tons of crazy humor and pop culture references. The game was a bit rough in terms of balance right after launch, but things have been smoothed over nicely with updates since then. And, for your convenience, here's links to the forum threads for each game as well as links to the ones that we've reviewed if you need some more information. The sale runs through August 21st so start checking the couch cushions for some spare change and grab these games while they're cheap!..

Colorful Arcade Shooter 'Hyper Blaster' Lands on the App Store on August 18th

Arcade shooters are a perfect fit for mobile gaming, as brief sessions focused on scoring the highest possible points total are perfectly suited to pick up and play gameplay. App Store developers certainly agree, and despite the multitude of solid entries in the genre, there are only a certain amount of ways that the core dual stick shooter formula can be dressed up to seem unique and fun, and not simply going back over well-trodden territory. Hyper Blaster, the result of one man development team Combopunk, has attempted to create its own identity, through eccentric and colorful graphics and some new control mechanics that distinguish itself from the fluidity of other two stick shooters, while encapsulating the nostalgic joy of '90s arcade titles when it launches on August 18th...

'Journey Below' Review - Started From The Top, Now We're Here

Inexplicably descending a dungeon full of trials, tribulations, and an eclectic cast of evil creatures that are dead-set on causing your avatar's demise - sound familiar? While it's extremely easy to draw parallels to Downwell [$2.99] - and such comparisons are certainly welcome, considering the latter was our Game of the Year Runner Up in 2015 - Journey Below [$2.99] manages to distinguish itself from similar titles through putting its own unique spin on the rock-hard, high-scoring gameplay that is so well suited to mobile gaming. It may not be the most expansive experience, but dig beneath the surface and Ravenous Games have managed to create a surprising level of depth in Journey Below that makes sure it doesn't stop being a highly compelling addition to the dungeon crawling genre...

I hope you've all enjoyed playing through the Prologue of One Night in Karazhan, Hearthstone's [Free] newest Adventure. If you haven't played the Prologue yet, you can check out our guide on how to defeat Prince Malchezaar. And now, the serious business of tackling the Adventure begins. Wing 1, The Parlor, has you walking through Karazhan along with Moroes, Karazhan's steward, since Medivh has disappeared after the Prologue encounter. This Wing has three bosses, the Silverware Golem, the Magic Mirror, and Chess, and all three are quite entertaining. There are also 2 class challenges, Shaman and Priest. You'll get 11 cards when you complete the Wing and the Class challenges, so plenty of lovely loot waiting for you at the end of The Parlor. This guide will cover all three bosses in both Normal and Heroic, so let's begin...

In our review of Brownmonster's Rush Rally 2 [$3.99], we called it "the best rally racer on iOS." But what happens when the best gets even better? Is it best…er? Even more best? The most bestest? Ah who cares, all that really matters is that on August 18th Rush Rally 2 is getting a brand new update that adds an oft-requested cockpit camera into the game. Brownmonster has recut the game's App Store preview video with some new footage of this new feature, check it out...

Welcome to our first of many guides on Hearthstone's [Free] latest Adventure, One Night in Karazhan. As this is the opening week of the Adventure, we'll have two guides, one for The Prologue - the free encounter that everyone gets to play - and one for the first, paid Wing, The Parlor. We'll be writing up guides every week to help you all make it through the Adventure as fast as possible and get your hands on all those fancy cards. So, get ready for another month of crazy Adventuring, Boss fighting, and card earning, and let's get started with The Prologue...

After weeks of teasing, Hearthstone's [Free] latest Adventure, One Night in Karazhan, is now available! This Adventure gives Medivh's tower, called Karazhan, a Disco feel, so expect to hear plenty of fun music and, in general, enjoy an upbeat Adventure. One Night in Karazhan comes in four wings plus a free Prologue that everyone gets to play, and today you can buy all four wings for $19.99 or just one wing for 700 gold or $6.99. If you want to buy the full Adventure, go to the Shop, tap on Adventure, and you'll see Karazhan there. If you buy the full Adventure in the first week, you'll get a fancy card back. The first encounter is the Prologue and at the end of it you'll face Prince Malchezaar. The Parlor is the first actual Wing of the Adventure, and is also available right now...

'Reigns' Review - Reign in Blood

The core concept of Reigns [$2.99] on paper seems intriguing enough. It's basically dating service Tinder, with swiping left or right to make decisions, combined with ruling a kingdom. Seems interesting enough, but Nerial and company have managed to imbue Reigns' concept in such a way that each decision feels weighty. As well, there's an intriguing long-term game here, with secrets to discover and an overall goal to reach that gives each session a unique purpose beyond its amusing concept, and elevates the whole experience above an amusing concept...

It's pretty crazy to think that Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99 / Free] from Tree Men Games has been around for nearly two years, and even crazier to think about the amount of content that's been added via updates in the time since its launch. It's evolved from a pretty simplistic vehicular arena survival game to one that features tons of different levels to play, multiple vehicles, additional game modes, and even a slick 3rd-person camera option. Today the latest Pako update has launched and once again it transforms the game significantly. The "Pakocalypse" update adds a new level called Aftermath along with 3 brand new vehicles all of which look like they came straight out of Mad Max. Of course, it's not just an aesthetic apocalyptic theme, as while you're playing Aftermath there are zombies roaming the land, tanks threatening you from all around, and even death and destruction raining down from the sky...

We've had our eye on Eisenhorn: XENOS from developer Pixel Hero Games, makers of the ultra-underrated action RPG Spiral Episode 1 [$3.99 / Free], ever since we got a quick demo of the game at GDC 2015. An impressive-looking trailer followed about six months later, and before we knew it we were back at GDC 2016 this past March getting another great demo of the game. People who had been following along had been very excited for Eisenhorn: XENOS to arrive, and just yesterday we learned that the game was set to launch this Wednesday, August 10th. Pixel Hero even posted a brand new developer diary video in celebration of the much-anticipated launch. Well, the weirdness of digital app stores and world time zones strikes again and as it turns out Eisenhorn: XENOS [$9.99] is now available as of just a few moments ago...

Niantic continues its efforts to improve Pokemon GO [Free], and update 1.3.0, which has just gone live, attempts to fix one of the game's main issues, the Nearby Pokemon feature. The previous update removed the footstep tracking from the Nearby Pokemon screen, which made figuring out where the Pokemon are almost impossible. Fortunately, Niantic listened to the game's player base and is now trying something new. Instead of the Nearby Pokemon screen, we now have the Sightings screen that starts empty and is gradually populated as you get closer to various Pokemon. The problem is that as far as I can see, there's still no tracking feature, so this new feature isn't much better than before...

Obsidian's Pathfinder Adventures [Free (HD)] is a highly entertaining card game with great flavor and fun mechanics, and the upcoming 1.0.3.7 update seems on track to make the game even better. Every person that updates will get 6 sets of the Red Righteous dice, one for each character in the largest party available. The update will add new interfaces so that you can assign a different die to each character if you like, which will make it more pleasing when you roll (and will make it easier to know which member of your party is really never any help). There are also rarities associated with the dice. The other change is in card rarity, with cards now being linked more closely to where you are in the story. That way, most of the cards you'll be getting will be usable in the immediate future rather than getting cards that won't be useful until much later...

Whenever a Hearthstone [Free] Adventure or Expansion comes out, there are some cards that get players all riled up because of their apparent uselessness. So, it's not surprising that the upcoming One Night in Karazhan Adventure has generated its share of complaining, but what is surprising is that the upcoming card Purify has been scorned so badly that Blizzard felt it had to come out and respond to the criticisms. Purify, a common 2-mana Priest spell that silences a friendly minion and lets you draw a card, has really become the focus of many players', including pro players', criticism and for many the best example of Priest's sorry state...

As soon as Pokemon GO [Free] launched, many players started using all kinds of cheats to be able to stream the game while sitting comfortably in front of their deck rather than walking around town. As you can imagine, not everyone was happy with that, especially not developer Niantic. Now, Twitch is cracking the whip and putting an end to all those shenanigans. According to a blog post on Pokemon GO cheating, the streaming of content which violates third-party terms of service is a violation of Twitch's Terms of service. That includes "cheating in online multiplayer games" as defined by the game developer...

It's tough to get a beat on exactly what Kairosoft's release strategy is, if they even have one. Sometimes it feels like months in between them releasing games, and other times it feels like there's a new one hitting every week. Not even two weeks after the release of the not-very-good Legends of Heropolis [Free], Kairosoft has just released another new game called The Manga Works [$4.99]. This is a simulation game (gasp!) that has you running your own manga studio, starting out as a solo artist and hopefully building up into a publishing empire...

Pokemon GO [Free] is still a very popular game despite complaints from some of its fans, and that popularity propelled the game's revenue to record heights according to a Sensor Tower estimation. During its first month of availability (and remember, the roll-out was quite slow), the game is estimated to have made more than $200 million in worldwide net revenue on the App Store and Google Play. To add some perspective to that number, the highest earners before Pokemon GO were Candy Crush Soda Saga [Free] and Clash Royale [Free]. Pokemon GO made more than seven times the revenue of Candy Crush Soda Saga during the first month (although we do have to keep in mind that the App Store and Google Play were different animals in 2014) and almost two times the revenue of Clash Royale...

Finally, Blitz Breaker [$2.99] is home where it belongs. After initially getting released on PC, Reece Kelly's fast-reaction platformer is on mobile. It's always felt like a perfect fit for phones in particular, what with the ability to simply swipe in the cardinal directions to launch your hero that way. Sure, it works perfectly fine from a keyboard, but it was easy to imagine doing all this with a thumb on a touchscreen. Lo and behold, it works beautifully...

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