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Supercell has started teasing features for Clash Royale's [Free] upcoming update, and the first one we got to see today is Quests, which are a great way of giving players reasons to come back and play beyond just having fun and grinding coins. These Quests will eventually replace the game's Achievements, which weren't working that well if we are honest. We will now have both daily and weekly Quests, and the rewards for them will include Super Magical and Legendary Chests. As you can see from the video below, Quests include collecting a specific number of cards, winning a 2v2 Battle 5 times, play a spell card 50 times, and so on. As is the case with every other game of this type, you can replace one Quest per day if you don't like what's being offered...

As any dedicated disc golf fanatic would know, today marks the start of the US Disc Golf Championships in South Carolina. While this event is apparently the pinnacle of the disc golf season, the App Store serves as a year-long celebration of the frisbee-throwing sport, as mobile gaming and disc golf has resulted in numerous excellent arcade experiences over the past few years. Disc Golf To Go [$3.99], from solo developer Kelsey Doherty, marks the latest iOS disc golfing release, and serves as an especially impressive premium title with 40 meticulously crafted levels, 20 unique discs and continued support since its release in August. To celebrate the big US Disc Golf Championships, Disc Golf To Go is now on sale for the first time since release, and is $2.99 for a limited time...




The past few turbulent months for iOS gaming have forced me to try and re-evaluate my perspective on the legacy and impact of the App Store. It's an inevitability that many digital games in such a volatile ecosystem will eventually become unplayable - rather than lament the loss of many of my childhood favorites to the restrictions of iOS 11, it's probably best to just appreciate every release as it comes, and not expect much more. However, while I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the games that have perished from the App Store, there are equally as many that are still running strong today, and Dungeonism [Free] is one such title. Featuring classic dungeon-crawling gameplay with a simple and rhythmic turn-based twist, Dungeonism was well received in our review at its launch in 2013, and is available for free today for the first time on the App Store...

If you were looking for another MOBA to check out on your mobile phones, Square Enix has just delivered. Flame Vs Blaze [Free], which has been in beta for quite some time, is now available in the US and Canada. Flame Vs Blaze offers 10-minute long matches where you and 2 of your friends can go up against 3 others and show them who's boss. In order to prevail, you will be recruiting monsters and gathering resources to strengthen your own Reactor while trying to take down the opponents' Reactor. Flame Vs Blaze's "innovation" is what the developers call "Mode Shift," the ability to transform your character and gain new abilities, which should allow for multiple playstyles...

Stranger Things, Netflix's TV show, really resonated with viewers both because it had a great cast and story but also—and perhaps primarily—because it perfectly evoked the 80s, tugging at those nostalgia strings throughout. Today in a surprise release, we are getting Stranger Things: The Game [Free], and it too hopes to take you back to the 80s both thematically and in terms of gameplay. This completely free game (no IAPs no anything) is pretty unforgiving, as were games back in the 80s, so it comes with two difficulty modes: Classic, for those used to dying a lot, and Normal, for those who want to explore the game at their own pace without fearing (spoilers) that they'll meet Barb's fate...

Although we knew that Hearthstone's [Free] next expansion would be announced at BlizzCon, since that's often the case, we didn't know exactly when that would be. Well, now we know. Blizzard has released the schedule for BlizzCon, and the "Hearthstone - What's Next" panel will take place November 3rd, at 1:45 PM PDT. As the schedule states, during that panel the team will give us a look at "what they're serving up next and delve deep into how the Year of the Mammoth will come to a close." As you probably know if you play the game, we have one expansion left in this season, and everyone's hoping it's a good one...

Batman: The Enemy Within [Free] from Telltale Games is finally available on iOS and Android. Having originally been announced for late September, Batman: The Enemy Within was delayed until today. The Enemy Within is accessible for both fans who played Batman: The Telltale Series [Free] and newcomers to Telltale Games’ releases. If you missed the original season, it got a performance update recently and you can play the first episode there for free as well. Watch the trailers for both episodes below:..

'Aka to Blue' Review - Red and Blue and Awesome All Over

It has been a bittersweet couple of months for fans of iOS shoot-em-ups. The removal of 32-bit support in the latest version of iOS effectively took out a swath of stunning games in one fell swoop, most notably the entire library of amazing arcade ports of Cave's games. On the positive side, the latest in the Danmaku Unlimited series released, and it was every bit as incredible as we could have hoped. Well, we can chalk another one up for the angels with the international release of Aka to Blue [$7.99], a brand-new bullet hell ballet from Tanoshimasu, a small developer founded by ex-Cave staff. The team's pedigree shows. This game could easily slide into Cave's line-up without much effort, even if it's not quite as rich in extras as some of their mobile ports...

Clash Royale [Free] these days is all about the upcoming new mode called Touchdown (which we talked about over the weekend), and the latest episode of the official podcast Radio Royale talked more about how they came up with the new mode. They talk about how they started removing different parts of the normal arena in order to make a mode that feels different, and that’s how Touchdown came about. They removed the towers, rivers, bridges, etc, and then had to think about how you would score in this new mode. They go on to talk about different versions of scoring and how they settled in the way the scoring works now. They also go into why some of the cards were pretty broken and, therefore, have limits in the way they can be deployed...

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] is celebrating its 4-year anniversary (how time flies, doesn't it), and it's adding new characters and introducing new events to the game. Specifically, we are getting a new 3-Star Modern and 5-Star Classic Gambit starting October 5th. In addition to this new character, the developers are adding Anniversary events starting on the 5th as well and ending on the 15th of October. As is always the case, if you log in during that period, you'll get a free Anniversary token. And all events will give players double Iso-8, again as is usually the case during events like this one...

Best Meta Decks, Top Podcasts, Fun Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #114

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos from last week. Overall, we had a pretty quiet week without any groundbreaking news, but there's always something interesting going on. We have plenty of decks you can copy if you want to either play some crazy decks or actually climb the ladder. Of course, it's one thing to copy a deck and another to figure out how to play it right. Still, quite a few options. In general, though, it's been a quiet week, and I'm guessing it's going to continue to be quiet until we hit BlizzCon and see what the team has in store for us. Until then, enjoy putting together fun decks...

Gameloft has been known for their attempts to bring popular "console-quality" games to the App Store, such as their personal iterations of the Grand Theft Auto series or the Call of Duty series. Gameloft's Modern Combat series has emulated the Call of Duty series throughout all 5 of its past installments and it has steadily gained traction/popularity on the App Store. It appears that the series will continue to thrive with the recent release of Modern Combat Versus [Free] (MCVS). MCVS is Gameloft's first foray into the "hero shooter" genre. However, there are many free-to-play gimmicks/shenanigans within Modern Combat Versus that can make things a bit difficult for the uninformed and casual F2P player. This guide will help you progress in MCVS as smoothly as possible (without spending a penny) by providing information about currency management, team composition, Agent suggestions, and various gameplay tips...

Puzzle Platformer Remake 'Duke Dashington Remastered' Is Charging Onto the App Store on November 9th

2014's Duke Dashington [$0.99] was the first in a long line of awesome puzzle platforming titles from developer Adventure Islands, and the frantic nature of the challenges combined with the Wario-esque arrogant swagger of the titular protagonist resulted in a particularly memorable mobile experience. Those of us who may have enjoyed the original game will be all to aware that the recent 32-bit Appocalypse means the game is currently unplayable on iOS 11, however the developers have seized this seemingly sad situation to bring Duke Dashington charging into 2017 in style. Enter Duke Dashington Remastered - don't let the name fool you, this entirely new game in the series is built from the ground up with new level design and improvements in almost every aspect of the title, and is set to launch on the App Store on November 9th...

We've written about REKT [$1.99] a couple times over the past few months, and for good reason. The game's beautiful futuristic aesthetic design combined with an exciting sandbox freedom to just barrel-roll around playgrounds resulted in something that Jared explained as 'if Jet Car Stunts had a baby with the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater warehouse level', and I can't really describe REKT any better than that. The emphasis on ridiculous combos, high scores and meticulous exploration from the latter skating series comes across strong at first glance, from grinding rails to making a tremendous leap of faith across a perilous gap between platforms, and maybe REKT can fill the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 void ever since the beloved iPhone port was killed by future iOS updates. At the very least, it looks like a lot of fun, and REKT is finally available to download on the App Store for $1.99 today...

Good news, Clash Royale [Free] players. Your favorite game is about to get a brand new mode, and it looks and plays very differently than everything else we've played before. This new mode is called Touchdown, and it can only be played in 2v2 (at least for the time being). The developers showed off Touchdown earlier today, and you can check it out here. This mode is a draft-only mode and is played on a field with no towers, rivers, or bridges; instead, it's played on a field with two end zones, one on each side. Every time a troop walks into the end zone, you get a crown. At three crowns, you win the game. Most minions can only be played within a specific part of the field, and spells can be played anywhere on the field...

Pocket Mine 3 [Free] from Roofdog Games is the best Pocket Mine yet. The franchise has done really well for them with Pocket Mine [Free] and Pocket Mine 2 [Free] crossing 9 million downloads when Pocket Mine 3 released. There's a lot to like and appreciate when it comes to QOL changes and general polish here. There are a lot of games on the App Store that allow for sharing friend codes and the likes to get more social and we have a dedicated section in our forum just for that. Check it out here. Watch the trailer showcasing how much better this game is compared to the previous entries below:..

Asmodee Digital has been releasing some fun card and board games, and the latest release, Harald: A Game of Influence [$1.99], sounds like an interesting concept and unlike most other card games on the App Store. Harald is all about using your cards to win the King's favor. You play as the head of a village, and you try to use your cards to charm the most influential character of the realm and be noticed by the King. The game comes with six different characters, each with different bonuses and function. You've got the scout, the merchant, and bard, the warrior, and so on. I like games where characters have different powers because that introduced interesting tactics and forces you to rethink your strategies depending on who you're playing as...

Lost Colossus [$1.99] by Game Stew Studio, the developer behind games like Tower of Fortune and The Lost Shield, is out now, so get ready for some retro robot warfare. As we talked about recently, Last Colossus is an ACT/RPG where you play as a commander who gains control of a giant robot after crash-landing on a war-torn planet. As me and other in our forums have pointed out, gamers love controlling giant robots. This simulation game spans 9 chapters, which come with plenty of different enemies and, of course, bosses that want nothing but to take you down. And the game offers 3 different endings that depend on the choices you make, which should offer more replayability for those who want their gaming bucks to stretch as much as possible...

You may read about Cubiques 2 [$0.99], the latest entry in Dilmer Games' minimalistic puzzle series, and wonder "but I only just finished the first game - how is a sequel coming so soon?". You certainly wouldn't be misplaced in your confusion, as we previously wrote about the release date of the original Cubiques [$0.99] a mere three months ago back in June. However, it's a testament to the hard work of the one-man development team that the sequel was programmed and designed all within 35 days, and while Cubiques 2 does not appear to be some sort of major mechanical shake-up, more of the same with an even greater emphasis on atmospheric aesthetic design is certainly a good thing. After such a short turnaround time, Cubiques 2 is now available to download on the App Store for $0.99...

Amidst all of the speculation over whether the game was a financial success, as well as Nintendo's later mobile and console achievements in 2017, the fact that Super Mario Run [Free] was actually an incredibly enjoyable arcade runner has become a bit obscured. It was by no means a revolutionary, platform-defining release as many had expected, but for me, Mario's first foray on the App Store was easily one of the most fun experiences of 2016. As we reported last week, a brand new major update for Super Mario Run has been in the works, featuring Daisy as a new character, a bunch of additional levels and much more. While the initial release date was slated for September 29th, it appears Nintendo has fired out these extra features a day early, as the latest update for Super Mario Run is now available to download - with the game's in-app purchase also getting a price cut to $4.99 for the next two weeks...

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