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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...

With summer season in Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory [Free] coming to a close, the mobile MOBA has now turned its sights onto autumn with a new season, new hero and new interface improvements. Beyond the move to an autumn Halcyon Fold map, autumn season also brings significant changes to the game’s reward system. A new seasonal chest joins the batch of consistent rewards, with seasonal chests requiring more effort to unlock but can offer much greater rewards, including whole skins. Vainglory is also introducing a new Opal currency which is rare to earn and can be used to eventually unlock old limited edition special skins that were supposedly never to return (however, skins unlocked the opal way will look different than the original LE skins to differentiate)...

Ready for the Madden 2016 Season? Madden NFL Mobile [Free] has just received the 3.4 update that brings the new season to the game, and it comes bearing gifts. The latest update makes quite a few gameplay improvements, including letting your QB scramble if there's an opportunity (or if large men are chasing him down), adding dozens of Offensive Plays as well as Defensive Gameplans, which allow you to prepare numerous gameplans for specific offensive schemes like 2-point conversion etc. These changes should make players feel like they are more in control, although it all depends on how well your players actually respond to the gameplans...

Top 2 was a Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl back in May that was very entertaining and brought up a contest of sorts of who could make the most effective deck consisting only of copies of 2 cards. This time around, we are getting Top 3, which is bound to be even crazier. In this Tavern Brawl, you pick 3 cards and end up with a deck consisting of copies of just those 3 cards. Reddit has already sprung into action with a huge list of combos that work well in this Brawl. You could, of course, try and come up with your own 3-card combo instead. Know this: Prince Malchezaar is a fun card to pick in this Brawl because of all the Legendaries you'll get in your deck, but because Top 3 tends to be quick, you might never get a chance to play those fancy Legendaries...

Stoneblade's and Playdek's Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Free] continues to be one of the best card games on mobile, and the many expansions it has received have definitely helped it stay fresh and fun. Today, Ascension got its 9th(!) expansion, Dreamscape, which changes up the game quite a bit. In Dreamscape, you join the heroes of New Vigil as they explore the Dreamscapes. The expansion adds the new Insight resource and Dreamborn cards, which allow players to access Dream cards and other powers. You can use the Dreamscape to access the new Vision cards, which are pretty powerful, as well as the usual Heroes and Constructs...

Apparently, the rumors of Pokemon GO's [Free] demise are greatly exaggerated. Even though there has been a big drop in popularity, the game is still immense and is making a ton of money. According to a study by Slice Intelligence, Pokemon GO's paying population has dropped almost 80% since its peak on July 15th, which sounds like terrible news for Niantic, right? Well, not quite. You see, the game was so big when it launched, it nearly doubled the number of in-game spenders in the mobile gaming market as a whole. In other words, this one game created a huge spike in people spending money on mobile games...

In June of last year, a phenomenal puzzle/action platformer named Furdemption [$2.99] took the App Store by storm. We loved it in our review, as did players in our community. It was easily one of the best games of 2015. Then in September, just over a year ago in fact, developer RareSloth announced that a level editor would be coming to Furdemption that would allow players to create and share levels forever and ever and ever! Well, due to various circumstances, that level editor got put on hold indefinitely in November. The silver lining was that in place of the editor, RareSloth instead would be bringing out a brand new sequel to Furdemption, called King Rabbit [Free], which launched back in March and, like the original, was simply fantastic. Well, things are coming full circle as today RareSloth has announced that the level editor is back on and heading to King Rabbit early next year...

Rerunners: Race for the World [Free] is a very entertaining runner that we enjoy here at TouchArcade Towers (despite some monetization issues). The latest update lets players challenge friends and others to a 1v1 race, an attempt to make the game more social according to the developers. In this new mode, you get two options: you either race your in-game or Facebook friends in a Buddy Challenge or do a Quick Challenge that matches you against random players. In the Buddy Challenge you have to bet coins before entering and then the winner gets to collect them all. So, bragging rights and money, what more could you ask for? Since there's the betting side of it, this feature comes with a Fair Play option the equalizes skills and items...

Last week, we brought you the trailer for a charming upcoming point-and-click adventure game called Paul Pixel - The Awakening [$1.99], and as promised, the game is now available for purchase on the App Store. Paul Pixel the game follows the adventures of Paul Pixel the character as he wakes up to find that his neighborhood has been quarantined thanks to an alien zombie invasion. Yes, not just aliens, not just zombies, but alien zombies. Yikes! Your job is to escape the quarantine zone and save the entire world in the process. No pressure...

Alto's Adventure [$3.99] continues to be a fantastic game, and the latest update will make playing the game even better for those who have the latest iPhones. While 3D Touch isn't exactly a new feature, with iPhone 7 launching in a few days, even more people will have access to it. So, Alto's Adventure will now take advantage of 3D Touch in some clever ways. The first ones comes before you even start the game. If you hard press the icon, you get to choose between Standard and Zen mode, a clever way to use 3D Touch to save time. The other way you can use 3D Touch is when deploying your character's wingsuit. Hardpressing the screen once you have earned the wingsuit meter will have you flying around the screen...

Carcassonne [$9.99] has been one of the best looking and best digital board games for many years now (and also has the best music ever), and it's a gift that has kept on giving. Today, we got three mini expansions that will give you more ways to enjoy the game. The first one is Abbot, which brings a new piece you can place on Cloisters or Gardens (a new tile that just comes out of nowhere and lands on some of the existing tiles). You can recall that tiny little Abbot at any point during the game while still scoring points even without finishing the Cloister or Garden. The second expansion is The Old River, an expansion that was actually the first expansion ever published for the physical version of the game back in 2001...

Supercell has been way too quiet recently, and I was starting to wonder when we would hear about where Clash of Clans [Free] is going next. Well, today we got our first taste of what's to come; the game will be getting Clan Challenges. In Clan Challenges, Clans can issue a friendly War request (a funny phrase indeed) to any other Clan, and you can choose war participants, set the duration of prep/battle days, and then dispatch your Clan Challenge request to your friends, enemies, or frenemies. As soon as the opponent accepts your challenge, the preparation day will begin...

Last week we were told by the good folks at Mojang that the final installment in Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode [$4.99] would be hitting sometime this week, and now we finally know specifically when this week they were talking about: Right now! Or, right now-ish, I guess. The eighth and final episode of Minecraft: Story Mode, titled "A Journey's End?", arrives today on console and PC, and should be arriving on mobile platforms as well. In fact, it may even be there by the time you read this! In celebration of this momentous conclusion of Telltale's thus far longest episodic release ever, they've put together a brand new trailer for Episode 8 which shows the Minecraft: Story Mode crew going all Hunger Games to get out of their current predicament...

'GunBird 2' Review - Classic Cute 'em Up

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September 13th, 2016 11:42 AM EDT by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Shooter
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Shoot 'em ups have a rich, long history, perhaps one of the longest in all of gaming. While Pong and Pac-Man were the first for many, Galaga was right in the mix as well, and with the advent of easy to manage digital marketplaces we're seeing a resurgence of some of those classic games right here in the mobile space. Cave pretty much opened the shmup floodgates after some stragglers at the start of the Android and iOS movement, but there's plenty of other competitors vying for attention as well. That includes Psikyo, who developed the Gunbird series way back in 1998 on arcades (and eventually the Dreamcast). And here we are 18 years later with a mobile edition. Flaws and all, it's a pretty fantastic series of events...

If you are looking for a good Hearthstone [Free] deal, look no further than Blizzard's new Welcome Bundle, a great way to get some extra cards for cheap and, more importantly, get a guaranteed Legendary. The Welcome Bundle costs $4.99 and contains 10 Classic packs as well as one random class Legendary from the Classic set. Just so you understand what a good deal this is, normally you can get 2 packs for $2.99 or 7 packs for $9.99, and those packs don't guarantee a Legendary. With this deal, you get a pack for half a dollar and, hopefully, one of those good Legendaries, not those that no one uses ever...

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