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After its well-received global launch back in February, we learned a couple of weeks ago that Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Identity [$4.99] would be receiving a huge paid expansion adding in a new chapter to the single-player campaign, new items and weapons, and more. Today that update is now available to players on iOS, and for the first time Assassin's Creed Identity is also now available on Android. The new campaign is titled Forlì - A Crimson Sunset and contains 4 new story missions, the new Forlì location with both At Dusk and Under Siege variations, a new "Crow Hunt" contract type, and 2 new Legendary Weapons added to the in-game shop. ..

Glu has been hunting for success with its celebrity games ever since Kim Kardashian: Hollywood made the publisher way too much money. Since then, though, Glu hasn't been able to really replicate that success with games like Katy Perry Pop not performing that well. Today, it's time for Britney Spears to, well, spearhead Glu's effort to rediscover its winning ways, and I hope for the company's sake that Britney Spears: American Dream [Free] helps it do it again. The timing of the release works for both Britney and Glu since the singer is way past her rough times and isn't Toxic anymore. One would say that she is Stronger now and has been driving her fans pretty Crazy with her latest Vegas performances. I could go on plugging in her song titles into this story, but that would really turn this into a Circus...




Action Platformer Favorite 'Goblin Sword' Gets New Chapter, New Items, and iCloud Support in Latest Update

Originally launched way back in September of 2014, Goblin Sword [$1.99] is one of the best action platforming games available on iOS. We loved it to pieces in our original review, and developer Gelato Games came through with meaty and frequent content updates for the game. An update in February of last year added a new chapter called The Lost City with 16 new levels, and an update last August added the Shadow Temple chapter, also with 16 new levels. Both content updates also added additional items, weapons, costumes, and features like MFi controller support. Basically, I always felt like I got way more than my money's worth even with the initial release of Goblin Sword, and each new update was just a huge cherry on top of an already delicious sundae. Well, get ready to chow down on even more dessert as Gelato Games have just posted another brand new update to Goblin Sword, this one adding 9 new levels in a new chapter called Sacred Ruins...

Paradox Interactive continues to dip its toes into the mobile pool, but the just-released Hearts of Iron: War Stories [Free] marks a different approach to mobile from the developer of some of the best grand strategy games to ever grace gaming. While we have seen some mobile games by Paradox, like the very entertaining Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet (alas, no longer available), this new release is a choose-your-own-adventure game that takes place during WWII. So, it's no surprise that the game has been developed as a companion of sorts to the upcoming PC grand strategy game, Hearts of Iron IV...

Back in March we told you about Mekorama, a slick new puzzler from developer Martin Magni, who brought us last year's hit puzzle platformer Odd Bot Out [$3.99]. Over the weekend, Mekorama [Free] officially launched in the App Store and so far it's been creating quite the buzz in our community. Mekorama is similar to the hit Monument Valley [$3.99] in that you're guiding your character along a 3D structure to a specific end point. Levels don't necessarily have impossible perspectives like that Escher-inspired game, but there are various moving parts and puzzle-like elements to pass on your journey. There are 50 pre-made levels included but the real heart and soul of Mekorama is in its fantastic level editor and sharing levels online with the world...

'The Walking Dead: Michonne' Episode 3 Review -  In the End, Does Her Violence and Killing Leave Space for Her Humanity?

If you've watched The Walking Dead TV show, then you probably know Michonne as the almost-immortal bad-ass with the samurai sword who chops off zombie heads as if her sole purpose is helping the poor creatures depart this world. The Michonne of the TV show has consistently been the most independent and strongest of the survivors, despite a few moments when her traumatic past rises to the surface. Those few moments aside, Michonne's character stands as the glue that often holds the group together, and her sheer will, determination, and head-chopping skills have turned her into possibly the greatest symbol of strength in the face of adversity. Having this Michonne in mind, I was immediately surprised by the way she's portrayed in the first episode of Telltale's three-part miniseries, The Walking Dead: Michonne [$4.99] (sorry, spoilers from here onwards)...

Having played hundreds of action adventure games over the years, the thirst is still very much intact. To many people out there there's only so many times you can adventure with Samus in space, or take an anthropomorphic rabbit on a quest to remember his past before you started to get winded of the concept. But every time I encounter a brand new 2D world, I feel like it's a brand new challenge to undertake -- a new excuse to get to know another universe. While the mechanics most definitely hold up, Soul of Sword [$0.99]'s world isn't necessarily worth uncovering...

Freeze spell has been a source of many complaints in the Clash Royale [Free] community because along with fast units like Hog Riders, it is devastating. Supercell finally agreed with players and is moving in to take some action. Freeze duration will be decreased by 1 second, so that should weaken the Hog-Freeze combo. Supercell doesn't want to deter offensive play, which is why they aren't nerfing Hog Riders instead. The Royal Giant will see a 4% damage decrease because he got too strong after the last update, and the Furnace cost went down to 4 from 5, its hitpoints decreased by 14%, and its lifetime decreased to 40 seconds. The reason is that Furnace wasn't used almost at all so they decided to try and make it a more viable choice...

Recently, almost everywhere I look I see teenagers playing Color Switch [Free]. If I were to judge by what I'm seeing, I'd say everyone is currently playing Color Switch, and I might not be too far off seeing how the game's been hovering around Apple's Top 10 Free Games over the last few days. Today, the game got a new update that adds a new endless mode, Spin, that - as you suspected - has you trying to hit those colors while everything is spinning. It pretty much looks like playing the normal mode while intoxicated. The mode is definitely entertaining and challenging and hits the sweet spot between making you want to throw the phone across the room and wanting to try the whole thing again...

Now, this is the kind of competition I can actually get behind. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade [Free] has decided to help players' Imperial Knights cross over from the digital to the physical world by running a clever competition for all players of the game. As you probably very well know, Warhammer is famous for its amazing kits that when professionally painted look amazing and when painted by someone like me look like a mech fell in a couple of buckets of paint and barely managed to survive the experience. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade players can now enter a competition by using the in-game livery creation tools to make their Knights look as fantastic as possible, then using the snapshot mode to submit photos of their Knight using social media integration (using new functionality added this week to the game)...

Exploding Kittens [$1.99] continues to be great fun, and it's a game I'll often pick up, play a couple of rounds, explode more than a few times, and put it down with a smile on my face because the game is still hilarious. In the latest update, Exploding Kittens continues to provide more reasons for people to laugh by adding a new avatar pack that's all about Science vs Religion. While other developers might have tried to go about this theme in a subtle way, Exploding Kittens goes head first by letting you play as Jesus or the Devil. So yes, not subtle but definitely funny, at least for me. The Avatar pack also adds Darwin, the Flying Spaghetti Monster (because why not), Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, and Jibbers. And, of course, they all come with hilarious sound effects. The pack costs $1.99, which is a small price to pay to play as Jesus or the Devil...

'Hungry Shark World' Tops 10 Million Downloads in Less than a Week

It's been only a week since Ubisoft finally released the forever soft-launched Hungry Shark World [Free] in the App Store, and already the game is dipping into the double digits in terms of millions of downloads. During Ubisoft's year-end earnings release today, the company announced that the latest in their series of eat everything survival games had eclipsed the 10 million downloads mark in just 6 days. That's not surprising to hear, as Hungry Shark World shot to the top of the Free Charts in a matter of hours following its release and the series as a whole has always had a ton of mainstream appeal...

There is no shortage of aerial dogfighting games in this world, both 2D and 3D. Tons of games try, fairly successfully, to capture that aerial combat dynamic, but very few are aces. That’s the kind of case we have on our hands today. Pilots of the Dawn [Free], from Sapeli Studio Oy, is brimming with talent and potential, and while it lacks variety in both gametypes and assets, what is there definitely shines...

If you've been playing the highly popular Slither.io [Free] on your iPhone or iPad, you'll know that controlling your ever-growing (and ever-dying) worm has been a bit of a challenge. Having to drag your finger around the worm to move it in different directions often resulted in death-by-finger-blocking-worm, especially on the iPhone. And since this game is all about quick movement and good timing, these control issues bugged me quite a bit. Fortunately, the developer agreed with me since the just-released update has added a second control method that is more akin to a virtual stick. It's now much easier to move the worm around, and even do a 180 without your finger getting in the way, and easier to play with one hand. Now I only have myself to blame for not managing to eradicate that really bad worm infestation...

I hope you don't mind Flamewakers because you're about to see that card many, many times during this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl, Top 2. In Top 2, you pick two cards and then have a deck full of just those two cards. As you can imagine, there are plenty of ways you can go about choosing those two cards. For example, some suggested Ice Lance - Blizzard to freeze everyone to death with repeated Ice Lances and the occasional Blizzard if your opponent manages to get anything decent on the board. Or you can try Unstable Portal with Mana Wyrm or some kind of cheap removal, or use cheap Discover cards for more flexilibity, Dreadsteed and Power Overwhelming, and so on...

It was just over a week ago we were telling you about the soft-launch of EA's latest take on the grandfather of matching games Bejeweled, called Bejeweled Skies at one point but officially changed to Bejeweled Stars at some point during the soft-launch. Well, apparently the testing period is over and went well as Bejeweled Stars [Free] is now available in the US App Store. Check out this wacky trailer for Bejeweled Stars that easily could have been made by Mike Meade himself...

We live in a pretty amazing time where we can beam entire video games to our insanely powerful pocket computers right out of thin air. This digital gaming revolution has a ton of benefits, like being able to buy a video game in your underwear without getting arrested, but there are also plenty of drawbacks. The biggest one being that with always connected "games as services" once that game ceases to be profitable anymore the developers need to shut it down. Shut down the servers, shut down any further development, shut down anything that costs money pertaining to that game. Well, that's exactly what's happening with Kabam's free to play hack 'n slash RPG Spirit Lords. As players have found out through in-game notification and on Kabam's official forums, Spirit Lords is shutting down its servers on July 8th. They've already shut off in-game purchases as of this past Sunday, and once the servers shut down the game will be completely unplayable and there will be no way of players accessing their profiles from that point forward. ..

If you've been playing Hearthstone [Free] recently or even simply following the game, you'll know that with the introduction of Standard and the new expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, players have found themselves with an abundance of confusing choices when it comes to what kinds of decks to play or, even more importantly for F2P players, which cards to craft to be competitive. Fear not because this crafting guide from Mana Crystals will set you well on your way to make the right decisions about where to use that hard-earned dust. The guide first asks you two important questions: what deck - or even deck type - you want to play, and whether you can make that deck with the cards you already own. That way you can have an idea whether what you're trying to build has too many expensive cards you don't own and whether there are good enough cheap alternatives for those missing cards...

Yes, you've read that right; another Warhammer game has hit the App Store, but at least this one is relatively different than most other Warhammer-themed games. Talisman: The Horus Heresy [$6.99] takes the Talisman rule system (which some love for its casual entertainment and others hate for its randomness) and uses it to bring the Warhammer 40K universe to life in the form of a digital board game. The game takes place during Horus Heresy, the galaxy-spanning civil war that ravaged everything in its wake but also became the reason why the Space Marine chapters were born. As with other Talisman games, you roll dice and move around the board and depending where you land, you have to take various actions, gain various benefits, suffer various penalties, and so on...

Raresloth's fantastic puzzle platformer King Rabbit [Free] is getting ready to be injected with a huge amount of new content this Thursday. As they've detailed in our forums, this update is dubbed the Fire Adventures Update and comes with 16 new campaign levels that'll be free for all existing owners, plus an additional 64 new levels in the Fire Adventures DLC pack which will launch at a sale price of 99¢ for the first 72 hours. That's like not even two cents per new level! In addition to new levels, there are now 8 characters to unlock and play as: Peach, Snobby, Albino, Demon, Jackalope, Leprechaun, Zombie, and Lovely. This update will also include 10 new unlockable customizations so you can trick out whichever character you prefer with some sweet flare. Both the new characters and the customizations are unlockable with diamonds, which by the way are now labeled on the level selection screens so you know which levels have them and which don't. Completionists rejoice! Check out this brand new trailer for the Fire Adventures Update...

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