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Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] has been an undeniable success, and that success has translated into some crazy numbers. In celebration of the game's two-year anniversary, Kabam has put out an entertaining video that really puts these two years in perspective and shows just how popular this fighting game has been. Players have logged in almost a billion hours so far and have opened 7.3 billion crystals. There are currently more than half a million alliances with Summoners from over 240 countries with the game being played on over 87 million devices...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] continues to give us more heroes and more villains to play with, and this time around we are getting the first mega-expansion, Vengeance (imagine that word in an echoey, villainy voice). Vengeance brings five heroes and two environments to the game, but more importantly, it's actually bringing a whole new way to play the game. Team Villain Mode has your heroes fight it out against a team of villains, with the five villains that come in Vengeance designed to be mixed and matched into various villain teams just like you can do with heroes...




'Super Mario Run' Review - Mario and Luigi Are Doing What They Can

I feel pretty confident saying that Super Mario Run [Free] is the most hyped game release in the history of iOS. It has had the full marketing weight of two of the biggest giants in the industry behind it since its announcement, with Apple even going so far as to introduce a new notification system to allow players to pre-order it. That hype is there for good reason, of course. This is a historical moment for the video game industry. It's the first time a Mario game developed by Nintendo has released on non-Nintendo hardware since, I think, the original Mario Bros. back in the early 1980s. The legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto took a direct hand in the development of Super Mario Run, something he hasn't done for a Mario game since Super Mario Galaxy back in 2007. While the concept of Miitomo [Free] felt a bit underwhelming, Super Mario Run is Nintendo committing to mobile with unexpectedly fierce intensity...

Winter and snow has descended on World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] and brought along with it some fun goodies and a new event, Winter Fair. The event begins December 19th and ends January 16th and brings new missions, the Winter Fair Site, Auctions, and Chests. The new Missions will get you tickets, credits, premium time, and the first Swedish Premium tank in the game, the autoloading Stridsvagn 74A2. The Winter Fair Site lets you spent Tickets on Auctions and Chests, with Auctions letting you pick up rare Premium tanks - whose prices decrease over time but there's only a limited amount - and chests that come with cool prizes...

One of the most interesting and challenging aspects of Super Mario Run [Free] is the five hidden coins that can be located throughout each level. While the initial pink versions are relatively easy to locate, the final black coins can be extremely difficult to attain, even if you know where they are within the colorful environments Mario has to traverse to save Princess Peach. While I'd highly recommend trying to discover where each black coin is located by yourself, there may come a point where it is just too frustrating without successive retries to find them all. If you are truly stumped by the black coins in Super Mario Run, here is a guide to where each of the elusive item can be found in the game's levels...

For those anxious to see the end of Batman - The Telltale Series [$4.99], you don't have to wait any longer because Episode 5, City of Lights, is now available to download on the app. Despite its many, many technical issues, the Batman series is one of the most interesting takes on the Dark Knight - and especially on Bruce Wayne - which is why it's a real shame most of you haven't been able to really play the game. If you've managed to play it because your device is top of the line (though even then issues abound), then get ready to enjoy the final showdown between Batman and the Children of Arkham...

Nintendo's 'Super Mario Run' is Now Available!

It's been a long wait since Nintendo officially announced Mario coming to the iPhone in early September, and even longer if you consider that people have been clamoring for Nintendo to bring games to mobile even since the arrival of the iPhone a decade ago, but the time is finally here that Super Mario Run [Free] has arrived in the App Store. Well, arrived in "GET" form rather than the "NOTIFY" form it's been in since September, at least. As most everyone knows by now, Super Mario Run isn't exactly the Mario you know and love from the past three decades. This Mario runs, vaults over enemies, and does every other action besides jumping on his own, leaving you to focus all your attention on the jumping by simply tapping on the screen. It'll be interesting to see if Miyamoto and Co. have still provided a rewarding, skill-based Mario game despite the extreme distillation of its hallmark mechanics. ..

If you had any doubts (which you shouldn't) about Pokemon GO's [Free] global popularity this year, look no further than Google Trends for 2016, which shows the most trending searches during the very extraordinary year that we've had. The top 5 include Donald Trump and the iPhone 7, but above both of those is Pokemon GO, which is an amazing feat for a mobile game that was only around for half of 2016. The US trending searches were quite different from the global ones, but Pokemon GO still managed to be number 4 (just above Slitheri.io, another huge game)...

The card game Plants Vs Zombies Heroes [Free] has been doing pretty well so far, even grabbing one of Apple's best of 2016 awards recently. In the latest update, PVZH has added a new feature that should get players logging into the game more often. The new addition is weekly in-game single and multiplayer events that let you unlock new cards to add to your collection. These new cards aren't available via any other means, so this is your chance to grab some sweet exclusives. If you win games with that week's featured Hero class, you can boost the amount of tickets you earn, which in turn you can use to grab even more cards...

Nintendo's Miitomo [Free] hasn't exactly been the blazing success its first days promised - and Nintendo hoped for - but perhaps that's about to change as Nintendo releases more mobile games. Part of the criticism Miitomo received was that there wasn't really much to do that would keep players coming back, even though recent updates have added some promising features. If the recent discoveries from the Cutting Room Floor are accurate, Miitomo might be about to give Nintendo fans more reasons to come back to the game. According to text stored in a Miitomo Drop image file, Fire Emblem textures are coming to the game. These quite beautiful wallpaper and door textures will definitely go a long way to making those plain Miitomo rooms look better and letting players show off their love for Fire Emblem...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is finally all about Gadgetzan, and it's a fun one, too. The Battle for Gadgetzan picks the Druid, Priest, or Paladin class for you and then has you play with that class' Deck Recipe. In other words, you get to play with the various archetypes the developers feel work the best for each class (or at least are the easiest to play). Expect to play Dragon Priest, with all its beautiful new toys, Jade Druid, where you'll play those lovely buffed guys turn after turn, and Buff Paladin, where you buff minions in your hand. There's also plenty of banter between the leaders of the gangs while you play, which is entertaining...

A few years back, I got into the show Pretty Little Liars, and I'm still not sure exactly why I did so. It is a pretty entertaining show, and even though I'm not the target demographic - I know many, many teenagers who love that show - I still enjoyed the, well, interesting plot lines and the entertaining mystery. The show is launching its final season in 2017, but you can continue to enjoy the glorious adventures of Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily, in the form of an interactive fiction game. Specifically, Pretty Little Liars is launching today on Episode [Free], the interactive stories platform that has hosted stories like Mean Girls in the past...

Supercell is at it again. Clash Royale [Free] is getting an update January 13th, and the developers have once again started throwing sneak peeks our way. The first new addition is a new Arena, the Jungle Arena, which unlocks at 2600 Trophies and looks pretty awesome. We are also getting four new cards, with each card releasing every two weeks as per the usual recent practice. We are getting the Goblin Gang and the Dart Goblin along with two other cards. The Goblin Dart is very appropriate for the new Jungle Arena. We are also getting more ways to get your hands on Epic cards, with Epic Sunday, Epic Chests, and more. You can check all the details on the sneak peeks here...

There's a bit of lingo in Japanese gaming that doesn't have a great equivalent in English. The term is baka-ge (literally "stupid game"), and it refers to games that are intentionally ridiculous or absurd. Think of something like Goat Simulator [$4.99], and you'll be well on your way to understanding what a baka-ge is. The term doesn't make much of a judgment as to whether the game is bad or good, mind you, but the very presence of this kind of spirit is enough to draw a certain type of gamer. My Horse Prince [Free] is an amazing bit of baka-ge, a tapper that seems to find endless joy in warping its equine protagonist's body in nonsensical ways, sending up visual novel tropes, and making terrible dad-jokes. I suspect the majority of people who bring themselves to try it will find it too stupid to tolerate. For some of you out there, however, this might be one of the most memorable games of this year...

'Kathy Rain' Review - The Nightmare of the 90's is Alive in Conwell Springs

The point-and-click adventure game genre has seen quite the resurgence. Once seen as incredibly niche, a growing gaming audience has helped provide a market for many future games, many from those who enjoyed the genre back in the day. Kathy Rain [$4.99] deliberately pays homage to the 90's era not only by taking place in the decade of grunge, but through a low-resolution aesthetic that tries to make the game feel like it came from that original era. And thanks to a compelling story, this is a great way to spend a few hours solving a dark mystery...

Developer Quantum Sheep has earned a strong following over the years in the TouchArcade forums thanks to a combination of making great games, his sensible love of tea, and being a friendly, fluffy sheep. While the developer has been working hard on a few projects for iOS, it's been a little while since its last release on mobile. But that doesn't mean there's nothing Sheep-related for you to put in your own stocking, friends. Quantum Sheep has put together and released a bundle containing all three Air Supply games for the low price of $1.99. Since Air Supply - SOS [$1.99] usually sells for $1.99 on its own, it's like you're getting the other two for free!..

The original Fieldrunners [$0.99] was one of the first major indie hits on the App Store, and instigated numerous attempts at emulating Subatomic Studios' success through an abundance of similar tower defense titles. However, the first game in the series released over eight years ago (sorry for making you feel old!), which is a massive amount of time both in gaming as a whole, but especially in the fast-moving market of iOS gaming. Simply creating more iterative sequels like Fieldrunners 2 [$2.99] simply wouldn't work in the App Store of 2016, so Subatomic have flipped the formula on its head for its newest entry in the series. In Fieldrunners Attack! [Free] - which is now available for free worldwide on the App Store - you are now tasked with raiding defensive structures, as well as having to consolidate the gains made from such sieging activities, which sounds like a lot of fun for those disillusioned with typical tower defense action...

To be honest, I thought the day would never come when we would play Party Hard on mobile. The game had been announced for mobile a long time ago, but its PC release came and went with nary a mention of the mobile version. The game's publisher tinyBuild, is typically very open about what they're working on, so them being hesitant to show off what would become Party Hard Go [$6.99] was certainly odd. I wondered if the game even existed at some point. Like, I doubted that tinyBuild would be oddly skittish on this one's existence when they're so open with everything else, but it did seem odd. Well, after some work adapting the game and giving it a Go in the name, their murder simulator is finally here. And, well, it's a unique game, but one that has a lot of oddities to it...

As a long time admirer of games that aren't afraid to be weird, I certainly appreciate and respect what Goat Simulator [$4.99] has done. I mean, you wouldn't think a buggy, janky game where you play a total jerk of a goat would strike it big, but it did. Gosh, did it ever. There are now tons of Goat Simulator games across multiple platforms, each offering their own variety of madcap entertainment. If you've been wondering what the deal is with this series but were too afraid to plunk down the money to see what it's all about, I've got some good news for you today. The original Goat Simulator is now available for free, for the first time ever...

Apart from being a really creative, awesome RPG, the biggest thing that struck me about the original Siralim [Free] was just how frequently and magnificently it was updated. Everything from balance adjustments to new graphics to entirely new systems was added to the game after its release, and for quite some time, you could be confident that there would always be something new when you fired up Siralim. The sequel, Siralim 2 [$1.99], hasn't seen quite as frantic a schedule when it comes to updates. It appears that the developer is going for bigger, less frequent updates instead, which is fine by me. The latest one has just hit and it's a whopper...

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