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February 27th is a big day for Pokemon fans everywhere since it marks the day the very first Pokemon games launched in Japan. The year was 1996, and it became the starting point for the craze that is Pokemon games. In celebration of Pokemon Day, our favorite Pokemon mobile game, Pokemon GO [Free], will join in with one fun event. From February 26th at 1:00 PM PST to March 6th at 1:00 PM PST, any Pikachu you encounter while out hunting Pokemon will be wearing a festive party hat. If you manage to catch one of those hat-wearing Pikachu, he will keep his party hat forever, which is good for those who like collecting and bragging...

One of the thing I love about Hearthstone's [Free] Tavern Brawls is the ability to play with cards not in my collection, and this week's Cloneball - a repeat from June - let's me play with a ton of Legendaries, so what's not to like? Okay, there are some things that aren't great about this Brawl, but I'll come to that in a bit. Cloneball gives you a deck of random legendaries, each cloned four times. You also get multiple copies of Offensive Play, a spell that makes the next legendary card you play - and each of its other copies - cheaper by 3 mana. Deciding when to play that spell often makes the difference between winning and losing...




Recently, we talked about how Hearthstone's [Free] developers were considering making big changes to the Arena in order to make it more fun to play. Now, we officially know what's going to happen and that those changes will go live in the next patch, which will hit before the end of February. The biggest change is the shift from Wild to Standard; from now on, when you play Arena you'll only get to see cards from the current Standard rotation. The reason behind this is to make Arena more about current card synergies and also to make Arena feel fresh when new cards hit the game. The other big change is changes to card rarity distribution. As it stands now, common cards are about 78% of all Arena cards, which the developers felt was too high given that common cards aren't that interesting. So, expect to see more Rare, Epic, and Legendary cards. Additionally, Flamestrike and Abyssal Enforcer will show up 50% less often than they currently do...

While the Futurama animated series may have come to a close in 2013, this doesn't mean the end of Fry, Leela, Bender, and all of the other eccentric characters that have become cultural icons through the cartoon's success and acclaim over the years. The App Store has already been blessed with the series in the form of Futurama: Game of Drones [Free], an interesting match-three puzzle title that launched in February 2016, and today Fox Interactive, TinyCO, and Jam City Company have announced Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, a brand new entry in the franchise that is attempting to emulate the characteristic humor and narrative from the animated series...

'Temple of Spikes' Offers Sharp Arcade Platforming Action, Launching March 2nd

One of the many constants in video games is the prevalence of spiky traps, which perpetually fulfil the sole purpose of causing the protagonist considerable pain, and normally at the usual cost of a virtual life. Whether it's the original Sonic or Mario titles, or even more recent efforts such as Downwell [$2.99] or Raider Rush [Free], spikes have stood the testament of time as the preferred dangerous obstacle in the medium. Temple of Spikes from developer Tigrido looks to follow this impressive precedent, and promises 'tons of insidious traps' as well as precise platforming action when it launches on the App Store on March 2nd...

A few days ago, we wrote that World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] was getting ready to expand its tank collection, and today's 3.6 update has done just that. The new update brings to the game a new French tech tree line that adds plenty of entertaining tanks, including ones with autoloaders. We are finally getting the AMX 50 120 and AMX 50B tanks, which are very fun to play with. The update also adds a new feature called Vehicle Enrichment, which will increase tech tree vehicles' Credit earning for a faster grind, hopefully. 3.6 also adds a Gift Store, which will allow you to buy and send Gold or Premium vehicles to friends or Clanmates...

Plants vs Zombies Heroes [Free], the CCG take on the famous franchise, ended up being much more fun than I thought it would be, so I'm glad to see the game continue to add content and new ideas. The latest addition, which came in a patch today, introduces Strategy Decks, pre-built deck blueprints for each of the game's heroes. Every hero now has three different Strategy Decks available, each with its own theme, that will be great help for those just learning how to play a CCG or experienced players who don't know yet what each hero's strengths and weaknesses are...

The latest Pokemon GO [Free] update with a whole new cast of critters to collect launched last week, and it's been great to see so many people venture outside - in the bracing cold Winter weather, no less - to try and discover and catch fan favorites from Totodile to Tyranitar. However, if you planned to catch 'em all without having to venture further from your local neighbourhood, you may unfortunately be out of luck. Similarly to the initial 151 set of creatures, some of the Pokemon within the game are exclusive to select regions, and it appears that Ash's Bug/Fighting stalwart Heracross, as well as the strange coral-like creature Corsola are only obtainable in certain locations and regions around the world...

'Realm Grinder' Review - Grind is Right

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February 21st, 2017 10:09 AM EST by Chris Carter in 3 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Simulation, Universal
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I feel like I've pontificated enough about the clicker genre. It's perfectly suited for mobile devices (where you can leave it dormant and come back to a fortune literally anywhere), and although it has its flaws and isn't for anyone, I'm glad that it exists. So many games have attempted to put their own unique spin on the formula with mixed results though, and that includes Realm Grinder [Free]...

One of the things I like about games and books is their unlimited possibilities; the stories we can create in both of those mediums are limited only by our imagination, especially when video games trade fancy visuals for text-based gameplay. Failbetter Games' Fallen London is one of my favorite games precisely for its imaginative and expansive world whose variety I find highly entertaining. Voyageur [$3.99], a piece of "interactive science fiction literature" as its developers call it, is inspired in many ways by Fallen London [Free], and that should come as no surprise since the game was produced in partnership with Failbetter Games. While in Fallen London you explore the streets and stories of an alternate Victorian-era London, in Voyageur you begin a one-way trip towards the center of the galaxy. Since this is a one-way trip, the game adds a roguelike layer to your typical interactive fiction experience, which attempts - thought not that successfully - to promote repeated playthroughs. Is the journey worth it, then? Read on and find out...

'Hidden Folks' Review - Seek This Game Out

While Game Oven Studios, the collection of maniacs behind Fingle [$1.99 (HD) / Free (HD)], Bam Fu [$0.99 / Free], Bounden [$2.99], and Jelly Reef [$0.99], is no more, developer Adriaan de Jongh is still out there making games. And he's back with another fantastic and unique experience that you have to try. Hidden Folks [$3.99] is a collaboration between him and illustrator Sylvain Tegroeg that takes a very simple concept of being a "Where's Waldo" game. Then it makes everything happen in a monochromatic world, with huge canvases to explore as folks wander around, and you have to find a certain bunch of these folks. It's a simple idea, but the work that the team behind the game has done with the art, sound, and playability, makes this a fantastic experience. ..

Earlier this month, OK Golf [$2.99] from suitably named developers Okidokico Entertainment launched on the App Store to much aplomb, being featured heavily by Apple and impressing both those with a casual experience of the sport and golfing veterans with its stunning aesthetic design and simplistic touch-centric controls. Despite the game's ingenuity, Carter stated in our review that occasionally OK Golf deviated too much from the tried and true golfing formula, and quite a few minor annoyances somewhat sullied what was an otherwise ambitious effort from the developers in standing out amongst the genre-defining efforts of Super Stickman Golf 3 [Free] and others. Thankfully, the developers have taken aboard much of the criticism from the game's launch, and have submitted an update for OK Golf that should attempt to fix many of the smaller issues that some have had with the game, in the lead up to a more substantial content update next month...

Year of the Mammoth, Free Dust, Ladder Changes, Pros' Views, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #85

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, Toucharcade's weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, and what a week we've just had. Blizzard finally revealed the Year of the Mammoth, which is what the next Standard rotation will be called, and all the changes we're getting. We are getting cards moved from Standard to Wild, expansions getting a slight overhaul, Ladder changes, nerfs, and more. This is one of those weeks that will go down in Hearthstone history as the start of the game changing hopefully for the better. Most players seem happy with the announced changes, and it's proof once more that the developers are listening to players' complaints, even if they take their time with the changes...

'Downwell'-Inspired Retro Platformer 'Tower Fortress' to Launch March 15th on the App Store

All the way back in August 2016, we caught the first glimpse of developer Keybol's Tower Fortress. While the arcade platforming action wore its influences such as Metroid and Downwell [$2.99] on its sleeve, the stunning pixel art graphics from the creator of PC hit Dungeon Souls, as well as an ambitious amount of content and customisable options, Tower Fortress offered a lot of potential to live up to the illustrious critical acclaim of the titles it was inspired by. After many months of fervent anticipation, Keybol has finally announced that Tower Fortress is set to launch on the App Store next month on March 15th, and has released a slick launch trailer that demonstrates the game's frenetic and feverish action in great detail...

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has a ton of tanks you can play with, but the upcoming 3.6 update is about to give us more choices. We are finally getting a French tech tree with ten brand new tanks. Some of the tanks will be very fun to play with, especially the ones after tier VIII. Why? Because even though they are heavy tanks, they behave more like big medium tanks because they come with autoloaders. So, when you get up close and personal, you can unload a few shells in rapid succession before needing to reload, which makes them pretty dangerous in the right hands. At the same time, the armor is on the weak side, so no head to head encounters are advised...

The sandbox crafting game Craft the World - Pocket Edition [$4.99] has been around for a couple of years now, but it's been a while since it saw an update. Today, the developers decided to remedy that by releasing an update that fixes quite a few things, adds plenty of other little features, and also makes two DLC available for purchase. The update has improved the dwarves models as well as added new animations and also improved their AI; idle dwarves will now find things to do rather than just sit around and be lazy. There are also many other additions like skill improvements, changes in the skill trees, and much, much more...

This Wednesday, Niantic finally announced that a whole new cast of Pokemon from the Johto region would be available to capture within Pokemon GO [Free], as well as an assortment of additional items, berries, and gameplay enhancements to make the augmented reality application even more immersive. While they touted a release date of 'later this week', it turns out we didn't have to wait long, as this landmark feature for Pokemon GO is now available straight within the game (a preparatory patch was released earlier today, and has to be downloaded before Gen 2 fun can begin). You now have no excuse to turn your cap backwards, grab your Poke Balls, and go out into the freezing Winter morning and capture some brand new Pokemon from the Gold, Silver and Crystal games!..

Thanks to Captain Kirk, weird mating rituals are an...interesting part of Star Trek, so it's not surprising that Star Trek Timelines [Free]  has a Season of Love event starting today that is all about a mating ritual. Apparently, the weird merging (coupling) of time and space triggered the peculiar pon farr mating ritual with every Vulcan in the galaxy simultaneously, so any Vulcan left unattended is at risk of becoming a plak tow, a combative and irrational individual. To save the universe, you'll have to help Vulcans hook up, which I'm pretty sure is not what Captain Picard thought would be doing when he woke up this week...

Bandai Namco and Paladin Studio's Galaga Wars [Free] is a great modern remake of Namco's classic arcade shoot 'em up Galaga. Utilizing modern 3D graphics and new features like multiple playable ships, Galaga Wars does a great job at retaining the essence of the original, which isn't always the case when older classics get the modern treatment. We really enjoyed Galaga Wars in our review, and this week a new update has arrived which features another of Namco's classic gaming icons: Pac-Man. ..

If you like the highly-entertaining bullet hell shmup Phoenix 2 [Free], prepare to enjoy even more content. The upcoming update will add three new extra hard leagues - because apparently the game wasn't hard enough for some of you. The SS, SSS, and SSSS Leagues will ratchet up the difficulty and provide a challenge for even the best of you. We also getting improvements for those who like speedruns. Specifically, now you'll be able to see the time differential from your previous time after each wave of defeated enemies. That way, you'll know if it's still worth going for it or just quitting and starting all over again...

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