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If you've watched Thor: Ragnarok (an excellent movie by the way), then you probably know that Hela, the Goddess of Death played by Cate Blanchett, was one of the movie's highlights partly because of her general badassery. Tomorrow, Hela is making her way to Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] and promises to be as devastating as she is in the movie. Hela's Special moves will be familiar to anyone who's watched the movie. Her first special move, Fury of the Dead, lets her stab her opponent in the heart (and not in a metaphoric, romantic way), her second, Soul Breaker, has her throwing twin blades and a huge axe with immense force, and her third special move, Hand of Glory, lets her summon a whirlwind of weapons just like in most of the movie's fight scenes...

Naruto x Boruto Ninja Voltage [Free] from Bandai Namco Entertainment has finally released for iOS and Android devices. Having initially been announced as a next generation mobile game a few months ago, you can now play as your favourite characters from the Naruto and Boruto worlds. The RPG will let you create your own ninja fortresses and infiltrate those of other players. Watch the gameplay trailer below:..




Recently, we got the opportunity to interview Dariya Klimchuk, eSports Director for Wargaming, during the Blitz Twister Cup of World of Tanks Blitz [Free]. We are always interested in how mobile games become competitive eSports games, and World of Tanks Blitz is a great example of that. Wargaming has become a behemoth by now, with World of Tanks Blitz doing very well and World of Warships Blitz on its way to a global release. It's always hard to gauge people's interest in eSports, but we do know that Blitz's PC brethren, World of Tanks, has been doing well as an eSport, so we wanted to see how the team is developing a mobile game with an eye towards eSports. Enjoy the interview below...

One game I've been having a ton of fun with since its release in early October is the stunt driving game REKT! [$1.99] from the Little Chicken Game Company. It gives you a handful of different stunts you can perform with your car, and then sets you loose in a big arena to go seek out the highest-scoring tricks and lines in the limited time of your run. It's kind of like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater meets an over-the-top stunt driving game. It's great! We loved REKT! in our review. One of the biggest requests I've seen since it came out though was for more levels to play in. The initial release came with just one level, and although it's pretty huge and filled with tons of ramps and obstacles, variety is the spice of life. So the developers listened to those requests and have just released a new update which adds a new level called The Bowl for players to explore. ..

Telltale continues to spit out episode after episode of its many series, and today is the turn of episode 3 of Batman: The Enemy Within [Free] , probably the best series of the last few months (judging from what I've played of it so far). In this series, Batman has to deal primarily with the Riddler (and a few others) while also trying to navigate the complex power politics of Commissioner Gordon and Amanda Waller (I won't say much about who she is because that would spoil the series a bit). And while Batman is having a hard time navigating his current situation, Bruce is also having more than a few issues of his own, which is part of what has made this series fun to play. The series managed to make Bruce Wayne an interesting character to play, and that has really helped the series...

Yesterday we wrote about Pokemon GO's [Free] Global Catch Challenge, which asked players to catch as many Pokemon as they can in one week and offered rewards according to how many were caught. Well, in barely a day, trainers across the world have captured over 500 million Pokemon, which unlocks the Bronze Rewards tier for everyone. The biggest reward is that now more Pokemon will appear globally, which will give players an easy way to complete their collection or just have more fun hunting down those poor critters. Given the current pace, I expect that players will reach the ultimate goal of capturing 3 billion Pokemon until November 26th; after all, I'm pretty sure Niantic picked a number that was sure to be surpassed...

As anyone who's ever watched him knows, Floyd Mayweather Jr,, the greatest boxer of the last 25 years, loves showing off his wealth. So it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that he makes his mobile gaming debut today in a game called Wild Poker [Free]. Wild Poker is a casino adventure game that's like Texas Hold'em with some RPG elements. The game has power-ups, character development, and other such features on top of your basic poker game. For instance, players get to embrace the spirit of their favorite animal characters and use special skills based on that animal. As players advance, they level up and unlock new characters...

Kobolds & Catacombs Reveals and Reviews, and Other 'Hearthstone' News & Videos in 'Touchstone' #117

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of the best news and videos. As you would expect, this past week was dominated by the upcoming expansion, Kobolds & Catacombs. We got to read about upcoming card reveals and see some more new cards, read the stories of Marin the Fox and King Togwaggle (the "smartest" Kobold ever), and much more. At the same time, questions about the game's cost surfaced once more, which isn't surprising given how many players are trying to find the best way to grab those new cards. There's a lot more news to read and some really interesting videos to watch, and I hope you enjoy it all...

Minecraft's [$6.99] MineCon Earth has come and gone, and—as we wrote on Saturday—it has brought along some pretty big announcements, chief among them the Update Aquatic announcement. While most of the big announcements are in the Saturday article, a few more have surfaced since then, so we wanted to make sure you're all caught up. Specifically, we are also getting another official server, The Hive. The Hive will launch later this year and will bring a new mini game to Minecraft called Death Run. In Death Run, players will take on an obstacle course with traps and challenging parkour. CubeCraft, a Java-based server, will also be making its way to iOS along with a new adventure map called Island Games...

The upcoming Hearthstone [Free] expansion Kobolds & Catacombs is getting closer, so the developers have started revealing more cards from the upcoming set. In a stream earlier today, we got to see 9 new cards, and they hint at new things to come to the popular card game. Peter Whalen, Game Designer and lead designer on the upcoming set, teamed up with streamer Brian Kibler to talk about the new set and reveal the cards. The biggest surprise of the reveals was probably the new Rogue secrets. Players don’t think of the Rogue class when thinking secrets, and while we won't be getting too many of those cards, they might offer a new way to build Rogue decks. The two secrets are Sudden Betrayal, a 2 mana card that redirects an attack on your hero to one of its neighbors (I'm not sure I like this new wording here because it might confuse players), and Cheat Death, a 2 mana card that returns a minion that died to your hand and reduces its cost by 2...

Can Pokemon GO [Free] players collectively catch 3 billion Pokemon in just 7 days? That is what the Global Catch Challenge hopes to find out. The Challenge has already started and will run until November 26th, when it will conclude with a special celebration at the Pokemon GO Safari Zone event in Tottori, Japan. If players manage to catch 500 million Pokemon, then everyone gets the Bronze reward, which will give players double XP and more Pokemon appearing globally. If 1.5 billion Pokemon are caught, even more Pokemon will appear globally, and if the 3 billion catches mark is reached, Farfetch'd will be available worldwide for 48 hours while Kangashkan will be available in East Asia for 48 hours. And, of course, players will get some other bonuses as well...

During BlizzCon 2017, we got to sit down with Mike Donais, Hearthstone's [Free] Principal Game Designer, and Jomaro Kindred, Senior Concept Artists at Blizzard, and talk about the upcoming Kobolds & Catacombs expansion. We talked about the evolution of the Dungeon Run mode, the way the loot system works in more detail, the various inspirations behind the expansion's art, and much more. As always, this was a cool opportunity to see the thought process behind a Hearthstone set, and this time it was even more interesting than other times because of the addition of the brand new Dungeon Run mode. And I've played enough of Dungeon Run at BlizzCon to know that they really knocked it out of the park with this one...

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius [Free] has been celebrating a year of service and Square Enix has announced a big batch of promotions and a big collaboration event for it. Noctis from Final Fantasy XV will be returning to Final Fantasy Brave Exvius along with Gladioulus, Cor, and Oris. There will be a new Final Fantasy XV event in the next few weeks with boosts to abilities and new ones for Noctis. This collaboration comes right after the return of Ariana Grande and the NieR: Automata collaborations. If you aren’t familiar with Noctis or the world of Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is on its way to the App Store already and you can check out Eli playing it below:..

Great news, Minecraft [$6.99] players! We're finally getting oceans worth exploring. During the MineCon Earth stream, which just concluded, the developers announced that the next update (for both the bedrock and Java versions) will be called Update Aquatic, and it will finally bring life to Minecraft's pretty empty oceans. This update will add corals, kelp, ocean sub-biomes—with both cold and warm oceans—shipwrecks, a ton of fish, dolphins, and bubble columns, which will change the buoyancy of anything floating above it. You'll have the ability to use a bucket and grab water with fish, and that fish will be persistent; in other words, get ready to build the craziest aquariums...

While the pace of them has slowed down a bit since iOS 11's initial release back in September, I still get unreasonably excited when I see an older game I'm still clutching onto get a 64-bit compatibility update. Today's winner: Disney's Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse [$1.99]. The game originally arrived on iOS with zero warning or fanfare back in November of 2013, only a couple of months after its debut on consoles. There had never been a single update to the game since then, however, which led me to believe that this would be one lost forever in the great 32-bit Appocalypse. I'm very happy Disney has decided to update Castle of Illusion, and on top of just basic compatibility, the game even supports the new iPhone X screen. Check it out...

CSR Racing 2 [Free] is one of the most popular games on the App Store partly because of its accessible gameplay but mostly because of its selection of gorgeous and highly detailed supercars. If you're among those who love their CSR2 car collection, you're in luck because starting today, you can enjoy that collection in augmented reality. The developers used Apple's ARKit to bring your garage into your living room or out in the street. And this is more than just being able to add a car-shaped blob in the middle of the house; this is highly detailed 3D models recreated in AR in great detail. CSR2's AR Mode boasts what the developers call "innovative features" like the ability to open the car's doors, trunk, hood, and even stepping inside a real-life size supercar. And, of course, you can share all your "real-life" photos of your customized supercars...

Way back in May (gosh that feels like it was FOREVER ago) I came across an unassuming little first-person puzzle adventure called Faraway: Puzzle Escape [Free] and posted a little thing about how much I was enjoying it. Not only did it offer some excellent Myst-inspired environmental puzzling, but it also weaved a complex sci-fi storyline that was actually quite engaging, especially with some of the deep secrets it was hiding. All of it was wrapped up in a clean visual style and a wonderful touch-based control scheme. Well, as we learned back in August, a sequel to Faraway was in the works that would take the adventuring from the desert sands to the lush jungle, and without much warning today Faraway 2 [Free] arrived in the App Store...

Plague Inc. [$0.99], which I've been saying for years now is one of the best dollars you can spend in the App Store, just continues to get better and better. Last month we detailed the new Mutation 15 update which would bring three new scenarios to the game which included the return of the infamous Mad Cow disease; a scenario where the majority of the world's population has mysteriously vanished making your efforts to spread disease quite complicated; and a near-future scenario where airports are plentiful even in the farthest reaches of the globe which adds a wrinkle to your disease-spreading strategies. Today the Mutation 15 update for Plague Inc. is now available...

Mikey has flexed a lot of different abilities ever since first arriving in the App Store (and our hearts) back in 2012. From running, to jumping, to swinging, to rocket booting, Mikey has done it all. And in his latest endeavor, he does all of those things at the same time. Mikey Jumps [Free] arrived just over a year ago and it mashes all of Mikey's talents together into an auto-running platformer. The results were really good. Then this past May, a huge version 2.0 update arrived for Mikey Jumps adding in 200 new levels and a new portal mechanic. Now Mikey is back with another huge update, this time adding in a slick endless mode and a bunch of new vanity items to unlock...

The wait for the new Hearthstone [Free] expansion is almost over (okay, maybe a few more weeks), so it's time for the card reveals to begin. On November 20th at 11AM PST Game Designer Peter Whalen and streamer Brian Kibler will kick off the Kobolds & Catacombs card reveal season on Twitch. We don't have any information on how many cards we'll get to see, but the announcement does point out that glimmering treasures, hoarding dragons, and ancient weapons are all waiting for be unearthed, so I'm hoping we'll get to see different types of cards; that way, we'll have a better idea of the direction of the expansion...

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