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I can think of plenty of times over the years that the excitement for the release of an iOS game has been palpable, and the wait for Death Road to Canada [$7.99] ranks right up there near the top. Ever since its initial announcement back in August of 2013, mobile gamers have been dying to take a road trip from Florida to Canada in the hopes of surviving and escaping the zombie apocalypse. Since then the game has actually launched on Steam and the reception there has been extremely positive from those who have played it. While it might have felt like mobile gamers were left out in the cold, the desktop launch of Death Road was actually a good thing as developers Rocketcat Games and Madgarden were able to squash a ton of initial bugs as well as add in tons of extra content, all of which has made it to the mobile release today. ..

A few days ago, we wrote about FZ9: Timeshift [Free], an FPS that's all about bullet time, and now that game is out for iPhones and iPads. In FZ9 you play as Mak, a government agent who was injected with some kind of weird serum that gives him the ability to control time. And, as every self-respecting man would do, Mak uses that ability to enter bullet time and take out his terrorist enemies in Matrix-like slow-mo. As you can see from the launch trailer, the bullet time ability does make for some fun moments where you can take out opponents in style...




Mike Donais, Hearthstone's [Free] Principle Game Designer, has revealed some very interesting cards from the upcoming Journey to Un'Goro expansion today. His reveals focused on the new tribe, Elementals. As was to be expected, Elemental cards have plenty of synergy between them, which in terms of lore is explained as latent energy left behind when Elemental cards appear. Interestingly, many of the Elemental cards get bonuses from cards played in the previous turn rather than on the same turn. The first card revealed is the 7-mana 4/4 Shaman Stone Sentinel, which has a battlecry "if you played an Elemental last turn, summon two 2/3 Elementals with Taunt." There's also Ozruk, the 9-cost 5/5 neutral Legendary with Taunt that gains +5 health for each Elemental played last turn, and three other low-cost cards that aim to push players to make Elemental decks...

A few days ago, we wrote that the digital port of the popular board game Tokaido [$6.99] was almost upon us, and today the game is finally available. Tokaido has you traveling along the East Sea Road connecting Kyoto to Edo, stopping at the various stations along the way to buy souvenirs, taste the local cuisine, and meet interesting people. There's a lot of emphasis on the joy of traveling and the experience of learning as you go along, which is a nice break from war-oriented board games. You'll have to be quite strategic during your travels because the order of play goes from the one who's farthest from the destination to the one who's closer; in other words, you won't just be traveling as fast as possible along the road...

Journey to Un'Goro Cards Revealed, Trump Joins Tempo Storm, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #89

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. This week was all about Journey to Un'Goro because we finally got to see more cards from the upcoming expansion. Most of the players seems to be happy with what they've seen so far, but—as it's usually the case—we'll have to wait until the cards hit the game to know what their effect will be. Still, it's fun to start theorycrafting and figuring out which cards might fit in which archetypes and whether some of the new cards will create brand-new decks. This week also saw more Un'Goro promotional material as well as a huge move in the game's pro scene. So, let us begin...

Like anyone who has been playing games for any length of time, I've seen so many endings that they barely even register in my memory anymore. But I distinctly remember the Saturday one summer in high school when I finally finished Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts. My friend owned the game, and I had dabbled with the game here and there over the couple of years leading up to that moment thanks to the occasional loan. It was something I had originally written off as being too frustrating to care about, but I was staying at my buddy's house that weekend and he was out for the day. Lacking other options, I sat down and played through the whole thing (twice). It's an incredibly difficult game even for its era, but there's a certain rhythm to it that will carry you through once you learn it. And to be perfectly honest, it's probably the easiest game in the series that started with 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins...

While the last open-world puzzle adventure I reviewed had the torches and pitchforks out for me, I do love the concept of like, a Metroidvania style puzzle-adventure. Take Pan-Pan [$3.99], a weird little game that has you crash-landing on a strange planet. The parts of your ship that can be used by your crew to repair your jalopy and get back into flying are scattered all about. So, you have to set out and discover just what's going on, solving weird puzzles along the way in an open world. It's a game that is rather charming, and can be a bit frustrating due to some design decisions, but it's a fun experience to check out...

Summoners War [Free] continues to be a very popular game, and the latest update should help make it even more fun to play. The update adds the World Arena, a new mode that allows players from across the world to compete in the game's PvP Arena, which is a recipe for loads of fun. And in an attempt to make the new Arena more fun, the developers have improved the game's matchmaking and the Victory Points system. The matchmaking should feel fairer now, and the new Victory Points system will reward you more if you take out higher-ranked players. Sounds great in theory, but we'll see whether the new system works as planned...

Today we got to see some new Hearthstone [Free] Journey to Un'Goro cards, and they are intriguing to say the least. During the livestream, Senior Designer Peter Whalen and Day9 showed off 16 cards, although some of them are actually tokens instead of cards you can play. And there are definitely some new ideas and new mechanics in this new set, most of which look really exciting. We got to see a silly 2-mana Warrior card called Explore Un'Goro that replaces your deck with copies of Discover a card; think of this one as having a whole deck full of Raven Idols. Don't expect this card to be competitive, but it will definitely be a very entertaining one to play...

I must have played billiards a hundred times as a kid before I truly understood what it was about. The mathematical calculations that go into each shot, the finesse and nuance involved, it blew past me while I was hitting a fun looking ball with a stick. Like a lot of sports the finer points were actually taught to me by way of video games, which highlighted the trajectory of the cue and where it would bank. It was an enlightening experience for sure, and one that I would apply to countless amounts of real life and digital games over the course of my lifetime.Incidence [$1.99] might look artsy, but at its heart it's basically a fancy version of pool or mini golf...

March 17th is here, which means we are about to get more card reveals from Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming Journey to Un'Goro expansion. At 11am PST, (which is half an hour after this story goes out) Senior Designer Peter Whalen and Sean "Day9" Plott will be livestreaming their journey to Un'Goro. During this journey, expect to see giant dinosaurs, crackling elementals, lethal flora, and, of course, all-new cards from the upcoming expansion. It's about time we got to see more expansion cards because up to now, we've been guessing at what the expansion's effects could be on the meta and on the game in general. Hopefully, we'll start getting a much better grasp of what kinds of cards are coming down the pipeline...

Just like in the recent past, Blizzard is once more running a Choose Your Champion event, but this time is for the Hearthstone [Free] Championship Tour Winter Championship. The way this works is you pick one of the sixteen players competing, and you get a free Gadgetzan card pack every time they progress in the tournament. If the player you pick manages to go all the way, you'll get four free packs, but even if he loses from the first round, you'll still get one free pack. Last time this event happened, a large majority of players voted for Thijs, but he promptly lost in the first round...

I don't think it's a secret that ever since FIFA decided to move away from making a game about playing the actual sport, football (soccer) games on the App Store have been few and far between. Active Soccer 2 DX is definitely a pretty good one, and now we have Dream League Soccer 2017 [Free], which looks like a pretty good soccer game in the few minutes I messed with it. I didn't see a gazillion menus like in other games that shall not be named, and the actual gameplay is pretty good; the animations are smooth, the player movement is good—if a little on the slow side—and overall it looks enjoyable enough...

Last week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl was the Heroic one, which made many of you stay pretty far away from that fourth button. This week's Brawl is very different both in terms of gameplay but also in terms of rewards. First of all, this week's Brawl is a slightly-different version of an older Brawl, Encounter at the Crossroads; the twist is that you get a Party Crasher minion every time you're the active player. This 3/5 Taunt minion is not under your control and attacks face every turn. Since your opponent will be getting a Party Crasher every single turn, you'll have to take care of those minions as soon as you can; otherwise, they'll get out of control quickly...

Titan Brawl [Free], the one-lane, fast MOBA, has been doing well since it came out, and now it's adding a very fun new feature that should give players a new way to enjoy the game. As part of its big 2.0 update, which has added a new progression system and better rewards, the game is getting Boss Raids. The way it works is Clans can challenge humongous creatures with infinite power and try to put as much hurt on them as possible within a specific time frame. Every time the Clan defeats a Boss, they receive rewards and a stronger, more challenging Boss appears in its place ready to take everyone down...

This is one of the best ideas I've heard in a while. The developers of the lovely Burly Men at Sea [$4.99]  (which also has one of the best titles ever) have turned every possible playthrough in the game into a gorgeous hardcover book that you can now get your hands on. Every possible story in the game has a number assigned to it, and if you go here and enter that number, you'll see the actual print book that retells your story. It's really a great idea that plays with different formats and platforms in a very clever way, and, personally, I think it's a fantastic one. I could see other choose-your-own-adventure style games doing something similar...

Pang was one of my favorite arcade games growing up, and I was glad to see the recent Pang Adventures [$3.99] port play as well as it does. Shaun enjoyed it in his review and felt that the game is well-suited for mobile. Now, you can grab the game for just $1.99, its lowest price since release, and if you're one of those who enjoy retro gaming or just want a fun, well-made arcade game to play, you should definitely pick it up. The game has you popping bouncing balls into smaller ones until they disappear, and even though the principle is pretty simple, it's actually great fun and has tons of puzzle-looking levels that you have to beat...

Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, Journey to Un'Goro, is getting closer by the day, so Blizzard has been trying to get us into the mood. First there was the expedition journal, and today we got the first episode of a new short series called Wonders of Un'Goro, starring the hilarious Danny Pudi. Pudi plays Professor George Herbert Doyle IV, a renowned explorer daring to traverse Un'Goro. He and Eddie, his talkative aide, are looking for a very rare specimen, Galvadon. As you'd expect, Pudi is completely unprepared for what Un'Goro has in store for all explorers...

I've been an advocate of the archery-based castle defense game Warcher Defenders [$0.99] from Ogre Pixel for quite some time now. Its trailer caught my attention in May of last year just a few weeks ahead of its release, and I even thought highly enough of the game to include it in our list of Hidden Gems of 2016. While it's been a while since the game came out, Ogre Pixel has been working hard on a pretty major update to Warcher Defenders and it's finally in its final stages and targeting a release next month. Probably the most major change in this update is the ability to hire mercenaries to fight alongside you as you defend against all manner of evil enemies. You can catch a glimpse of the mercenaries in this new trailer for Warcher Defenders...

March is going to be a pretty month for Clash Royale [Free] from the looks of it. The game has received a new update today that adds quite a few things while also preparing the ground for much more that will be rolling out during this month. This update adds Arena 11, a new Legendary Arena that unlocks at 3800 Trophies. Arena 10 is now called Hog Mountain instead of Legendary Arena. Legendary cards will still appear in your shop at 3000 Trophies, which is a good thing. The update is also adding Leagues, a fun new way to play the game. You'll enter the first League at 4000 Trophies, and you can climb through 9 Leagues. At the end of each month, you'll receive a reward based on the highest League you reached. The reward for Leagues is a very fun new Chest called the Draft Chest; this one offers multiple card choices, and you get to choose your own reward...

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