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Clash Royale [Free] is getting a really fun mode soonish called Clan Battle, which is a fancy name for a 2v2 mode. It looks like it's going to be crazy fun. As revealed in the latest Radio Royale podcast episode, in this mode both players will have 10 elixir bars - with the elixir replenishing 15% slower than usual, and even though Elixir Collectors won't be shared, buffing cards like Rage will buff all units. Also, the bottom arena is extended by 4 tiles to fit the two towers next to each other. You can hear more details about how the mode came about and other fun info on the podcast episode, so make sure you check it out...

We knew that Villager Trading was coming to Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99], and today it's finally here. Update 1.0.4 has gone live, and now you can trade to your heart's content. Why should you care about Villager trading? Well, it offers a great way of getting your hands on all kinds of resources without having to go digging or killing for them. There are villagers with different professions, so don't expect to get the same things from all of them. You can go here to find a list with all the trading possibilities. In addition to village trading, update 1.0.4 has added the Strangers Skin Pack, the ability to modify the UI, music, and sounds using Add-Ons, a new Add-On format that will ensure all of your Add-Ons are kept updated, and more...




This one's for all the Barbie fans out there, both those who flaunt it and those who hide it. As part of Barbie's 58th birthday celebration, Mattel has just released Barbie Sparkle Blast [Free], a game that combines your typical match-3 gameplay with the ability to dress Barbie to your liking. The coins you earn when playing the match-3 part of the game can be used to unlock and collect outfits, which is a good way of drawing in players interested in different things. The outfits aren't just cosmetic; each of them has power-ups that affect the match-3 part of the game, which is a cool gameplay loop...

Last week Capcom announced a handful of new mobile ports of their classic arcade franchises, and today one of those has gone live. 1942 Mobile [$1.99] is a touchscreen-centric port of the 1984 arcade shoot 'em up which many consider the godfather of vertical scrolling shooters. Following Capcom's fairly disastrous ports of the 8-bit Mega Man games, it's understandable one might be wary of the quality of 1942 Mobile. Well, I'm happy to report that it's… actually pretty good? The game runs smoothly and seems authentic to the arcade original, and the simple fact that it's a shooter that can be controlled with one thumb as opposed to Mega Man which requires plenty of precision button inputs makes 1942 a game that would be hard to screw up on the touchscreen. Hard, but not impossible. ..

Football Manager Touch 2017 [$19.99 (HD)] is probably my favorite iPad game right now, and I admit spending too many hours trying to help my pretty bad Liverpool team do anything better than a 6th place finish. The developers have been fixing the game's issues in a string of updates, but the 17.3.0 update is not just about bug fixing; more importantly, it is about the big winter transfer window data update that brings the game up to date with everything that's been going on in the world of soccer. If you aren't familiar with the customary winter update, it brings the game's rosters up to date, so when you start a new game, you get the right players in the right teams. It also brings player stats up to date, ensuring that, once again, the game reflects the reality of soccer today...

If you were hoping for a fun, easy Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl and an easy pack this week, I'm sorry to disappoint; instead, what we are getting is the second Heroic Tavern Brawl, the brawl for those with either a lot of money to spare or really good collections (or both). The Heroic Tavern Brawl costs 1000 gold or $9.99 to join, so it's definitely not the kind of Brawl you join for fun and hope for the best. Once you join, you build a Standard deck and then compete with others in a kind of constructed Arena. Lose 3 times and you're out; get 12 wins, and you get the keys to the city (not really, but close.)..

Blizzard is in the process of organizing the Hearthstone [Free] Global Games, a team-based tournament where countries will go head to head and battle for supremacy and country pride. Starting today, you can help decide who the players will be on each of the 48 participating countries by voting for your favorite players. There are 8 players pre-selected for each team, and by the end of the voting process, 3 will be chosen. The way it works is you can only vote for players from country of your Battle.net account. My account is in the US, so I have to pick among players like Muzzy, Firebat, Amnesiac, Zalae, and dog. Each player has a little thought bubble with either inspirational or silly words (Firebat hates pirates but likes winning)...

Adventure gamers rejoice because Wadjet Eye Games has dropped another great adventure game onto the App Store, Shardlight. [$4.99] This apocalyptic story - since we haven't yet moved the to post part of this apocalypse - is all about Amy Wellard, one of the many citizens dying from the Green Lung disease, and even though everyone has pretty much given up on life, Amy still has hope that she can find a cure for this plague. Vaccines are in short supply, and the rich seem to be getting them much more easily than the rest of the population, which isn't a surprise...

After a brief beta period, the strategy card game Faeria [Free (HD)] is finally out worldwide, and I'm quite excited about this one. This cross-platform game combines a hex grid (which immediately makes it a good game in my opinion) with a CCG, and in order to defeat the other player, you have to modify the board accordingly. Think of it as playing Magic the Gathering but instead of having to play 3 lands before playing a specific card, you have to transform three board tiles into that specific kind of land and then play the minion on one of those lands. So, you'll have to be thinking both in terms of what kinds of cards you want to play but also how to transform the board to suit your cards and strategy...

Warfriends [Free] continues to be a very entertaining game with a pretty big player base, so I'm not surprised to see the developers quickly updating the game to offer more content and keep players busy. The 1.2 update, which just released, adds a new map built around an abandoned theme park, 10 brand new weapons, 4 new Tier 6 units to add to your troops, and a new co-leader squad role. Also, the update extends ranks up to Rank 43. Another welcome addition is punishing those who drop out of games; leaving a game after an opponent has been found now costs a dogtag. There's also a new "Report Cheater" option to the results screen, which makes me wonder how big of an issue cheating is in this game to require a button for it. At the same time, the game has added server-side anti-cheating and anti-hacking checks...

We loved Love You To Bits [$3.99], well, to bits when it released just over a year ago. This charming spiritual successor to Tiny Thief hit all the right buttons in terms of point and click puzzle solving, beautiful environments to explore, and adorable characters to invest in emotionally. In fact, if there was one problem with Love You To Bits, it was that we wanted more of it. Developer Alike Studio set out to rectify that problem by releasing an expansion which hit last July. It's been a while since then, so if you're a fan of the game you should be happy to hear that even more new content is coming as announced in our forums. Check out the first screens from this expansion...

Hearthstone's [Free] new expansion Journey to Un'Goro is heading our way at some point in April, but as is usually the case, Blizzard has started giving us more info on the expansion in entertaining ways. Today, we got E. Malone's Expedition Journal - Week One, and it's - probably - filled with clues on cards and themes. The journal starts at the City of Stormwind and with rumors of Galvadon, a semi-mythical beast rumored to live in Un'Goro Crater. The rumors become the impetus for Malone's journey, and he soon finds his way to the City of Gadgetzan - where he votes for Kazakus apparently - and then the Un'Goro Crater Rim. Here we get some clues about brightly colored parrots called Jeweled Macaws - which I'm sure will find their way into the expansion. Elise Starseeker also chases after a huge butterfly, another possible card...

Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] is giving you another reason to play the game this week by launching its first large-scale event called Prince Versus Princess Voting Gauntlet. In this event, eight princess and princesses - Alfonse, Sharena, Ephraim, Eirika, Chrom, Lucina, Leo, and Elise - will fight it out to see who will prevail in popularity. You first pick one of those eight characters and then go on to command teams of three. While the Voting Gauntlet is active, you'll have a new log-in bonus and new special quests that will grant you Battle Flags for the Voting Gauntlet. The event will be fought over three rounds, each lasting 45 hours...

Clash of Clans [Free] is starting its Spring Updates with a balance run that should reintroduce some troops back into the meta and give players more options. Air Defense levels 4-8 upgrade costs and time will be decreased while Air Defense level 9 (TH 11) will be added to the game. The latter will be added as a response to high-level armies gaining traction recently. Wall level 12 limit will be increased by 25 (TH 11) so players can have more options for defending their TH 11s, Hog Rider levels 5-7 will see their hitpoints increased while Miner will see a smaller hitpoint increase across all levels. This way, both these units will be a bit more survivable...

If you haven't been playing Marvel Contest of Champions [Free], then you probably haven't heard the screams of outrage from many fans who felt that the latest update pretty much killed the game for them. The outrage was so intense - and pretty justified - that the developers responded to the outcry in a super apologetic tone and promised to fix all that they've managed to break. After apologizing for update 12.0 unintentionally making the game harder in a number of areas and nerfing some of the most-used strategies way too much, they stated that a new update is being worked on and should be coming out as soon as possible...

It's no secret that the App Store currently lacks any good soccer games, especially after FIFA Mobile Soccer ended up being more of a card game and less of a sports game. One of the most entertaining soccer games out there is Active Soccer 2, which - shockingly - focuses on actually playing soccer, and now we just got Active Soccer 2 DX [$2.99], an improved version of Active Soccer 2 that comes with some new features and plenty of little improvements. There are some gameplay improvements like a dedicated dash button, many more teams, updates to team data and competitions to bring them up to date, classic teams addition (with the likes of Maladona and Cruiff), and more...

'Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze' Ep. 1 Review - A Fun Experience With Great Fan Service

Let me first start by stating the obvious; if you've watched even a few Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries' episodes (currently on Netflix), you will enjoy Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze [$2.99] Episode 1 much more than if you know nothing about the Australian lady detective. Before getting into the review, let's talk a bit about the TV show because its spirit is carried intact into the visual novel adventure. The show takes place in 1920s Australia and is a procedural of sorts with an overarching narrative loosely tying it all together. Miss Phryne Fisher is a private lady detective who doesn't take no for an answer and manages to solve all kinds of crimes using her wits, persistence, and feminine wiles. The show is quite funny and definitely entertaining...

Video games are the best form of artwork there is, because the unique aspects of the form create for interesting works. Like, Milkmaid of the Milky Way [$3.99]. It's a point-and-click puzzle adventure by solo developer Mattis Folkstead that pays homages to the initial heyday of the genre in the 1990s. And he does so in a game about a milkmaid in 1920s Norway that has to save her cows from aliens. While all the dialogue is written in rhyme. Oh, and the story has a certain melancholy to the whole affair, about time passing and losing loved ones. Also, you ride a hoverbike. Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a unique affair...

Geometry Wars almost spawned a  new genre of shoot 'em up when it arrived in 2003, as a Trojan horse of sorts inside of Project Gotham Racing. While developer Bizarre Creations thought it would be a throwaway extra that would be relegated to a behind-the-scenes lifespan, it became wildly popular and was eventually remade into its own release, and eventually, its own franchise. Characterized by a confined grid-like arena and its endless supply of cell-like enemies, the idea wasn't wholly new, but the neon art style conjoined with that setup was unique at the time. Hyperlight EX [$0.99] replicates that same experience, albeit with slightly less bravado...

'Djinn Caster' Review - This Djinn's a Tonic

At this point, I'd forgive anyone for having a genuine case of Kemco fatigue. On the one hand, they're one of the few publishers left in mobile who frequently deliver new, traditional RPG experiences, and I really do appreciate that. On the other hand, it wasn't hard to notice how similar their games were to one another, particularly as their number of sub-contracted developers started to dwindle. Even with me being as enamored of RPGs as I am, my enthusiasm for new releases with Kemco's name on them has been ground down to the point that I tend to kick them off to the side for a couple of weeks after buying them. This is a publisher sorely in need of a new trick, and as luck would have it, I think they found one in Djinn Caster [$4.99]...

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