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Hello everyone. As you probably know by now, every Monday we publish our weekly roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos, but for a variety of reasons, we won't be putting one out this week. Don't worry, though, because it's not like we're leaving you with not Hearthstone-related content. If you haven't read TouchArcade over weekend, you missed out on some great stories from Eli, who got to visit the new Blizzard Arena to watch the Hearthstone Championship Tour. There's a quick interview with pro player Dr. J in lieu of a podcast and another cool story on Eli's experience at the Blizzard Arena. Both of those are definitely worth your time if you're a fan of the game...

Amazon continues to host one of the biggest mobile gaming esports competitions, and this year it was the turn of Las Vegas to host Mobile Masters 2017. The whole two-day event went off pretty much without a hitch and had plenty of entertaining moments. The event consisted of three games, World of Tanks Blitz, Vainglory, and Power Rangers: Legacy Wars and offered a total of $70,000 in prizes, which isn't shabby at all. Who were the winners? Team SoloMid went undefeated and took first place for Vainglory (and the biggest prize of the night), HateUsMore gave players more reasons to hate them by picking up first place for World of Tanks Blitz, and pro player Jeremy DunkSB412 Schillaci took first place for Power Rangers: Legacy Wars...




ARKit [Free] is slowly but steadily growing and finding its way into more and more gaming experiences, and today it was the turn of the NBA to go all AR with its, you guessed it, NBA AR game. The game is pretty simple: you set up an augmented reality hoop anywhere you want in the world and then proceed to take as many shots as you can in a limited time. You can either take shots from where you're standing or walk back a bit and try and take three point shots. And in the spirit of competition, you get to compare your success (or failures) with your friends on the leaderboards...

War Dragons [Free], Pocket Gems' fire-breathing take on the base building genre, has quite a strong community that's been steadily growing ever since the game came out in 2015. Now, the developers are getting ready to bring Atlas, the first major expansion to the game. Atlas turns the world of War Dragons into an open sandbox 3D realm to explore and devastate, which should give players even more to do. After Atlas hits, players will face ever-changing world updates based on player decision and the territory they control, which should give the game much more variety and encourage them to build better defenses, breed powerful dragons, and in general work together to take down the all the enemy teams...

There are mashups that make sense. And there are ones that make absolutely no sense whatsoever. And then there's the mashup between Angry Birds Evolution [Free] and Iron Maiden that's in a category all in its own. The collaboration is for the Halloween period, so at least that helps it make a bit more sense. Specifically, from October 18th to the 31st, Eddie the Bird will join Angry Birds Evolution, and he will have four evolution states based on four of the band's classic albums: Killers, Powerslave, Somewhere in Time, and Book of Souls. And that's not all apparently. The whole main hub of the game will be dressed up as a heavy metal oasis with plenty of tributes to Iron Maiden, Eddie, and heavy metal in general. I mean, that's pretty fun and very unexpected...

It's time for Minecraft [$6.99] to join the Halloween celebrations with all kinds of themed events across the game's official partner servers. Hearing Halloween and Minecraft in the same update takes me back to the original Halloween update in 2010, when we got the Nether and pumpkins. Good old days. The game has come a long way since those days, as you can see in this Spooktakular celebration. For the next 20 days (until October 31st), you can visit the three official servers—Mineplex, InPvP, and Lifeboat—to experience a ton of different events, games, and, of course, frightful surprises. The Lifeboat server will host hostile zombie invasions, with players enjoying the Haunted House parkour courses. And, of course, the lobby will be Halloween-themed...

Cat Bird [Free], the very cute and very fun platformer that won our highly coveted Game of the Week award, will be getting more content on October 26th, which is great news for everyone who likes cats, birds, and cat birds. The update will add world 4, which will be unlocked for everyone in the beginning. This new world will have a space theme (cats in space!), so it will introduce a portal mechanic to make things fun. There are 2 levels that will require crowns to pass, but when you beat them, you get some new skins for your cute Cat Bird. So, as you can guess, we are getting unlockable skins in this update, which should be fun given how cute the original skin is for Cat Bird...

Friday the 13th is a day where all your frights come out to play, and if you grew up in the 80s and your frights included secluded camps with all kinds of murderers running around unchecked, then Slayaway Camp [$1.99] should be right up your alley. This game has been out for some time now, but it hasn't stopped growing in all kinds of creepy and gory ways, and its developers couldn't resist adding more free content for us on a day like today. There are new, free levels that take place in Hell Camp, the most banned movie ever (according to the developers, of course) where the murderer is a Holy Skullface with his "baptized" gorepack. There are also new killers (these are secret though but I'm sure they are fun), new kill animations, and much more...

I don't want to use the old equivalency argument for App Store pricing - for example, I rely on caffeine to live, and therefore $3.99 for a much-needed coffee is incomparable to a four dollar game. However, there are times when some of the best mobile releases are just so good that prices below ten dollars almost feel like stealing. Death Point [$2.99] was one such title, and its $5.99 cost of entry was a bargain for the awesome stealth shooting action within. In the strange case that you thought six dollars was too much, or perhaps you spent too much money on the other recent excellent 2017 releases, Death Point has today gone on a 50% sale for the first time, and is now available at a measly $2.99...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99], the popular card game with a thousand heroes and villains and a billion expansions (only slight exaggeration), is celebrating its 3rd anniversary this week, and as is to expected, it's dropping prices and offering deals for all those who either haven't bought the game yet or haven't bought the zillion expansions (again, only slight exaggeration). So, the base game is now at its lowest price ever, $.99 cents (down from $6.99), Season 1—which includes 7 expansions, 11 new heroes, 19 villains, and 11 environments— is 40% off ($14.99), and all standalone expansions are cheaper by a dollar. As you can see, this anniversary is the perfect time to either grab or expand the game for pretty cheap...

Imagine you are home, but there's no time to rest because zombies are coming your way, and they want to get in through those windows and doors you forgot to board up. This is the scenario of the FPS augmented reality game ARZombi [$0.99], which puts you in the shoes of a lone man trying to defend from wave after wave of zombies. The ARKit on your phone turns your windows and doors into AR portals, and you'll have to quickly board them up, and if that fails, take out any zombies that come in through them. You'll use whatever weapons you can get your hands on, including miniguns and grenades, all the while defending those doors and windows. And, in a clever gameplay twist, when you want a break or want to get some health back, you just sit down and grab a slice of pizza to increase your health...

Discord [Free], the chat platform with over 45 million monthly users and—more importantly—TouchArcade readers' latest home, continues to grow both in features but also in importance within the larger gaming communities, and today's update is an important step towards further legitimacy. Starting today, Discord will provide Verified Servers to developers so that players will know which server is the official one for their favorite games. These verified servers will come with customizable splash pages, vanity URLs (which will make them easier to find), and more. Developers such as Mojang, Supercell, and many others have already been verified, and I'm sure many more are coming...

We Bare Bears, the entertaining Cartoon Network show with a pretty big following—especially among the younger ones—is coming to mobile in the form of a game called We Bare Bears: Burrito Bash [Free]. The show, which is all about three bear brothers living among people as if nothing is weird about that, is quite silly in a good way, and it looks like that silliness is coming to Burrito Bash. In the game, Gizz, Panda, and Ice Bear (my favorite, of course) are dying to win an online burrito contest, so they decide to do what every bear would do: strap Grizz into a bumper car in an attempt to film the greatest action movie in history. What wouldn't bears do for a burrito, right?..

Hearthstone [Free] is famous for having some crazy card interactions, but it's also infamous for having some of those interactions resolve in unpredictable ways, which often messes with player decisions and frustrates players (and might even affect the outcomes of matches). Players have been calling for these interaction issues to be fixed, and it looks like the developers are finally starting to remedy those issues. In a video today, Josh Durica, Hearthstone Gameplay Engineer, talked about some improvements coming to the game. The first rule change is in order for "after" triggers to activate, the card needs to be present for the original action. So, when a Wild Pyromancer is summoned by a spell, it won't trigger because it wasn't present at the beginning of the action...

Plague Inc. [$0.99], or as I often call it the mass-murder simulator, has been going strong for many years now, letting otherwise-kind players plan and execute global extermination. The very popular and successful game continues to grow, and very soon it will get three new official scenarios that will challenge the best mass murderers among you. The first one looks to the past and to the 1990s Mad Cow Disease, which almost shut down the beef industry and took your beloved burgers away from you for a while. Although it was a relatively short incident, it did let people see how fragile the meat industry is. Well, in the new scenario, Mad Cow Disease is making a comeback as the developers try and imagine how such an outbreak would look like today...

'DropMix' Review - Music and Cards Make for An Awesome Board Game

With the physical instruments scene long past peak popularity, the folks over at Harmonix, in conjunction with Hasbro, have moved on to something that’s quite a bit different from the Boston developer’s previous games. DropMix [Free] is a physical board game that’s a delightful mix of approachable card-based gameplay combined with amazing music the Harmonix pedigree. Sure, the gameplay is a little basic, and like music games some of your enjoyment is based on your love of the music included, but damn if it isn’t simply fun to play with other people...

From the Forums: Is 'The Talos Principle' on iOS the Best Version of the Game Yet?

It certainly has been an exciting few weeks for iOS gaming. While 2017 has, on the whole, being an incredibly strong year for the platform, the onset of iOS 11 has resulted in a couple of huge surprise releases that have eclipsed everything else in their wake. The Witness [$9.99] brought Jonathan Blow's vibrant and challenging puzzler to the smaller screen in what can only be described as a phenomenal technical achievement, and this week The Talos Principle [$4.99] marked the latest - and hopefully not the last - major indie port for mobile devices. While there are hundreds of other reviews for the game that you can easily find online, as well as the official TouchArcade review hitting your screens soon, it's no secret that The Talos Principle is an excellent puzzle title that is more than worth the $4.99 from a gameplay perspective. However, the most pressing question for mobile gamers, and especially those who may already own the game on other consoles, is whether this iOS iteration is a fitting tribute to its incredible source material. To help, I've enlisted the assistance of the TouchArcade forums to share their thoughts on The Talos Principle on iPhone and iPad...

Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp released the latest update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] . In addition to the requisite balance changes to heroes, items, and talents, Version 2.9 sees the release of new skins (including Halloween themed ones), new items, significant changes to vision, and the launch of the newest hero the Churnwalker...

At long last Smash Up [$4.99], a unique card battler, has arrived in the Apple Store. Nomad Games has been steadily working on a digital version of tabletop hit for some time and you can now play the results. In Smash Up there are nine playable factions including zombies, ninjas, pirates, dinosaurs, and robots. Each faction has its own deck which boasts cards with unique abilities and a distinct play style. You start the game by taking turns drafting two of these factions into service and shuffling the two decks together into what is hopefully a powerful 40-card alliance fit to take down your opponents. We wrote about Smash Up's impending mobile launch last week, but the game has finally released onto the App Store today...

Despite Pokemon GO [Free] being very much the flag-bearer of augmented reality games on the App Store, its relationship with this pioneering new(ish) technology is a somewhat complicated one. As well as being a major source of battery drain, the AR features within the game actually made it harder to catch any colorful creatures, and so the vast majority of Pokemon Trailers I've spoken to turned off the feature within days, if not minutes. It's probably not too outlandish to claim that the vast majority of gamers who do still play Pokemon GO using AR simply do not know there is an option to turn it off - and the game isn't any less engrossing as a result. That being said, there have been some really neat (and awkwardly hilarious) AR photos from the game over the past few months, and Niantic are holding a competition for the best Pokemon GO pictures on Instagram in an attempt to truly bring Cyndaquil, Drowzee and others into the real world...

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