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'Cover Fire' Is an Upcoming Shooter With 3D Touch Controls, and Is Looking for Beta Testers

The 3D Touch feature that made its debut with the iPhone 6S has been criminally underused in both App Store games and iOS as a whole. With only a very limited use that is normally restricted to navigational shortcuts as we've seen in both Alto's Adventure [$3.99] and Fallout Shelter [Free] over the past few months, a feature that has potential to offer a whole new spectrum of control within games has been sorely neglected. That's why Cover Fire, an upcoming on rails first person shooter from One Man Band, has me particularly excited. As well as a whole host of interesting features and some truly stunning graphics, the developers have included an option for 3D Touch aiming, whereby soft swipes are used to move the aiming reticle and harder presses shoot your weapon. This sounds like an incredibly intuitive control system and I can't wait to try it out - if you're similarly minded, the developers are looking for beta testers on our forum, where you can sign up and give Cover Fire a shot (no pun intended)...

Despite their overabundance in the formative years of the App Store's existence, I'm always incredibly excited to try out new match three games on iOS, as the sheer popularity of the genre forces developers to go the extra mile to stand out amongst the crowd. Swap Sword [$2.99] is one such title - while you are still tasked with matching similar tiles, you must also move the protagonist around through the eponymous sword swipes and a whole range of alternative lethal abilities at your disposal. With some stunning pixel art to boot - one would expect no less from the graphical geniuses behind Sunburn [$2.99] - this match three and roguelike amalgamation looked incredibly exciting when we first took a glimpse at it last week. While a December 1st release date was suggested, those who have been eagerly anticipating Swap Sword will be glad to know the game has launched early, and you can now slay creatures and competitors alike on the App Store...




Supercell continues to tinker with Clash Royale's [Free] cards, and the next balance update will see one of the most popular minions, the Mega Minion, nerfed. Specifically, the Mega Minion will see its damage decreased by 6% and hit speed decreased to 1.4sec from 1.3sec. The reason for the nerf is that the Mega Minion offers a lot of value in defense and fits in pretty much every deck. Developers don't like auto-includes, so they are reducing its damage output. Tombstone is also getting nerfed with spawn speed decreased to 2.9sec from 2.5. The reasoning behind the nerf is similar to that of the Mega Minion; the building is used too much at the top. The Lava Hound will also see a slight nerf with its hitpoints reduced by 1%...

After days and days of teasing, we now have the official date for Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, and it's closer than we expected. The expansion is coming out December 1st, or December 2nd depending on your region. Blizzard had said "early December," and apparently they really did mean the early part. If you want to get some of the new cards for a good price, make sure you grab the Mean Streets pre-order from here before December 1st. The pre-order lets you get 50 packs for $49.99, which is a great deal if you were planning on spending money on the game. You won't be able to open the packs until the expansion goes live, as is always the case with these things...

If you've been watching Westworld recently or just like your westerns, you should check out Colt Express [$6.99], the digital adaptation of the award-winning board game with the same name. Colt Express is a turn-based strategy game where you plot your actions using cards that have you move around a train, jump from wagon to wagon, take down other players, and, of course, collect the loot. You'll have to pick the right card at the right time to grab the most loot you can while not letting the other ladies and gents do the same. The game comes with an extensive story mode, where you follow 6 characters through 30 chapters. As you play through the single-player mode, you get to unlock game variants, a feature I like since it gives you more reasons to play the single-player part...

'Mean Streets', Priest, Shaman, Devolve, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #74

Hello once more and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly column that covers everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free] this past week. As you can probably guess, the world of Hearthstone currently revolves around the upcoming expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, so most of the news had something to do with the upcoming set. There's talk about the state of Priest and Rogue, new mechanics (good and bad?) coming to the game, Murloc Yule Log, and plenty of videos with card reveals and other fun stuff. So, let's not delay and let's jump right in, shall we?..

When I first heard about Eggggg [$3.99], I couldn't help but agree with the developer's own assessment that the title was 'ridiculous' and 'crazy'. After all, Eggggg is a game where you literally propel your protagonist around a variety of colorful environments with their own vomit. However, to describe Eggggg as a 'sick' platformer would be correct in every sense of the word - behind the rather odd concept is a charming adventure which is really unlike similar games on the App Store. While our review back in October was unrelentingly positive, the one issue I had was its relative brevity - once the mechanics have been mastered and the admittedly challenging levels have all been completed, it's impossible not to want more of the game's eccentric charm. Thankfully, developers Hyper Games have announced the first major update for Eggggg set to launch in December, with some cool new Christmas-themed additions as well as Apple TV and MFI controller support...

'Super Cat Tales' Review - Don't Paws, Play This Nya-ow

In spite of the seeming limitation of having no physical buttons by default, iOS has a lot of really great platformers. Some of them get by with virtual controls, putting some of the burden on the player to simply get used to them. That's fine, but unless the game is a port from another platform, I'm not sure if it's really the best way to go. I think some of the best platformers on iOS are the ones that avoid the temptation of using virtual buttons and find a way to build a game around a more fitting setup. Sure, you have to sacrifice some of the conventional ways of designing levels and obstacles, but in doing that, many games find something new and interesting...

Look, I love my hardcore math battles as much as the next person, but sometimes it's nice to get something a little lighter. It can be hard to find an RPG that skates the line between simplicity and complexity well, but that's just the spot that Witch Spring 2 [$3.99] fits into. With an emphasis on crafting, exploration of a limited map, and simple turn-based battles, it's probably not going to be to everyone's tastes. It also leans rather heavily on a cute anime style that is obviously going to resonate with some and turn off others. And yet, there's a lot of heart to the effort, and its innocent enthusiasm can be a little infectious. It's certainly a nice break from the usual template we see in this genre, if nothing else...

There are all kinds of characters one expects to find in a MOBA, and most of them are either fantasy characters (Mages and Warriors of all sorts) or the occasional sci-fi ones when a developer wants to move away from the current trend. What you don't usually expect to see is the infamous doll Chucky and the legendary Robocop. Yet those are exactly the characters the kind of characters that Kick9 wants in its MOBA Legends [Free]. Chucky was added during Halloween, which was an appropriate addition, and Robocop will be added as a limited addition in the near future...

Clash Royale [Free] continues to add new cards to the game on a regular schedule, and the newer one that has just been added to the game is Elite Barbarians, a common 6-Elixir card unlockable in Arena 7. The card spawns 2 handsome Elite Barbarians, which as expected are melee units. They work similar to normal Barbarians but have better damage and HP. The Elite Barbarians have a 1 second deployment speed, 1.5 second hit speed, and they are very fast. According to this guide, players expect Elite Barbarians to be used mostly as an offensive card and their fast movement and attack speed should make them quite damaging...

Have you been following the reveals for Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan? We've been getting some very interesting cards (and some not so interesting ones), and by now we've almost seen all 132 cards of the expansion. There are still a few missing, though, and we're probably about to have all of them revealed on November 28th. On that day at 10 AM PDT, Senior Designer Matt Place and caster Frodan, as well as some other members of the design team, will show on stream how each of the three families plays. This family versus family affair will, of course, be a way for the Hearthstone team to reveal more Mean Streets cards, and I wouldn't be surprised if we get to see all of them on that day...

I hope everyone is enjoying their Black Friday, and if you feel like spending a bit more money today, episode 4 of Batman - The Telltale Series [$4.99] is now available. Episode 4's called Guardian of Gotham and (spoilers) finds Bruce Wayne hanging out at the place he usually locks up others, Arkham Asylum. The announcement from Telltale came with a special note regarding Episode 4. Apparently, Episode 4 will leave players in very different places depending where they choose to go in Episode 3. So, expect to have very different experiences from your friends playing the series. A (very) few words about the episodes plot. Bruce is now at his lowest ever and outside the walls of the Asylum, all hell is predictably breaking loose. Now, Bruce will have to pick allies to help him break out, but as you can imagine, there's an interesting selection of allies in the Asylum...

Amidst all the excitement for the beautiful upcoming epic Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, it's easy to forget that the original game is still rather brilliant in itself, and despite the fact it released way back in 2013, it still holds up very well to this day. Oceanhorn [$8.99] is a fantastic substitute for the Zelda experience on the App Store, and through embracing this influence fully manages to retain what makes the Nintendo adventure classics so fun to play, while also crafting its own identity and world. Despite this, one of the key selling points for the original Oceanhorn was how it took the graphical capabilities of the iPhone to the limit, and the update released today continues with this theme with a variety of additions that bring the game firmly into 2016...

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [Free] has a particularly tragic past - and I’m not talking about the game’s incredible storyline. Released in the twilight years of the DS, Ghost Trick received unanimous critical acclaim across the board, winning a wide variety of awards in 2011. However, the timing of the launch meant that Ghost Trick was not as successful commercially as it was with the critics - and even then, the game tended to live in the shadow of Shu Takumi’s more popular Phoenix Wright series. I was a massive fan of the game on its original DS launch, so it was both incredibly surprising and infinitely awesome to see Capcom port it to iOS in 2012, and I can’t recommend it more for its engrossing narrative and truly unique gameplay mechanics. Today, Ghost Trick has finally been updated with iOS 10 support, which is a fantastic excuse to replay the game if you were a fan, or try it out (the first two chapters are free) if you missed it first time around...

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free] has been very popular and has made the most money of any other Star Wars game on iOS, so the frequent updates shouldn't be surprising. Now in addition to getting to play with all the Star Wars characters, you can play with all those starships and capital ships just like many did as kids. The new update has added famous ships like the Millennium Falcon, the Tie-Fighter, and the X-Wing to the game. You can even play with Ashoka's Jedi starfighter, so this update isn't only for fans of the movies. The update lets you call in reinforcements during ship battles, build your own Capital Ship, including those humongous Star Destroyers, and battle opponents in the Fleet Arena with ship blueprints on the line...

If you've enjoyed playing the visually-impressive Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade [Free] but haven't played it in a bit, now might be a good time to jump back into the seat of your huge Imperial Knight. In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the game has just received update 2.3, Chaos Gods. The new update brings along new Chaos knights, which let you get a taste of the dark gods and the evil lurking in the Warhammer 40K universe, Chaos relics, which you need to earn in order to unlock your Chaos Knight, the new Daemon event that has you battling the Bloodthirster in the depths of Ford Drakkus, and a new Dredmire Multiplayer Arena that lets you battle both Imperial and Chaos Knights. Plenty of chaos and darkness in this update...

If you ever worked in an office the last 25 years or have grandparents who owned a Windows PC, then you know Microsoft's Solitaire [Free] all too well, and now you'll be able to play this classic game on your mobile device. This game came with the Windows OS and became one of the most played games ever not because of how amazing it is but because it was always available to anyone sitting in front of a Windows PC. Don't underestimate what boredom can do to you; it can even make you play Solitaire countless times in a loop up there with any other groundhog day nightmare. Jokes aside, Microsoft's Solitaire has probably been a gateway game for many, so it deserves a spot in the hall of fame if just for that...

There's always a lot of talk regarding the educational potential of video games, and ASU professor, Karen Guerrero, has decided to use the popular Pokemon GO [Free] to improve elementary school students' geography, math, and language skills. According to Guerrero, teachers always look for a hook - a way to capture the students' attention - that makes teaching the subject matter easier. Pokemon GO is a no-brainer in that sense since it already has a huge fan base and even if a student hasn't played it already, she at least knows about it. The lesson aims to teach students map-reading skills and how to use geospatial technologies and communicate geographic information...

This week's Hearthstone [Free]Tavern Brawl couldn't be further from last week's Heroic Tavern Brawl. Instead of putting together your own deck and relying mostly on skill, this week you take Valeera's deck of spells to the brawl. The spells come from all classes, so you'll see some interesting lost opportunities for synergies, but the fun part is that every time you play a spell, it summons a random minion of the same cost. As you can imagine, this Brawl is pretty heavy in terms of RNG, but the fact that the minions aren't totally random and are, instead, of the same mana as the spell does give you a better idea of what you might get. You'll still be constantly surprised, of course. Keep in mind that spells are cast after the minion is summoned, so if you play a spell that clears the board, it will remove your own newly-summoned minion, too...

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