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A few weeks back, we wrote about HQ Live Trivia Show [Free], the game from the creators of Vine that has players answering live trivia questions twice a day for real money. I've been playing the game ever since, and I've been seeing the game grow day by day. A week and a bit ago, the game had around 26 thousand players and a prize of (usually) $500, but yesterday the game had over 80 thousand players and a prize of $5000. The game is pretty simple. You have to answer 12 questions right in order to get a cut of the $500, but the live host and the live nature of the game makes it feel different than most other App Store trivia games...

The news that Niantic is developing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite made many, many fans of the franchise very happy but also made Pokemon GO [Free] players nervous. Many Pokemon GO players started complaining that the game is still lacking many of the promised features (trading, etc) and felt that the Wizards Unite announcement meant that Pokemon GO would be pretty much left as is, with no new features added. Niantic listened to all those complains and responded in an attempt to allay all those fears. After expressing their excitement about the Harry Potter news, the Pokemon GO developers stated that they are 100% committed to creating an ever-changing and growing game that helps players deepen their connection to the Pokemon universe and with each other...




Good news, Hearthstone [Free] Arena players. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, the nine Knights of the Frozen Throne Death Knight Hero cards will be leaving the Arena draft pool. The developers decided to go ahead and remove the Death Knight cards because while they are exciting card to play, they offer permanent upgrades that are hard to combat in a format where players have limited answers to such upgrades. So, they decided to remove them all together. This move comes as a bit of a surprise because over the last few weeks, the developers had stated that Death Knight cards were not much stronger than other powerful cards and weren't going to remove them from the Arena at this time. It looks like the many voices advocating for the removal won the day. Keep in mind that if you have Death Knight cards in your draft pool, you'll still get to play them until your run is done...

My interest was piqued pretty hard as I was perusing the app store a couple weeks ago, only to see a puzzle game that involved exploring an alien ship and solving the puzzles of its technology and the fate of mankind after encountering them. That premise, for a sci-fi junkie like me, along with those drop dead gorgeous screen shots immediately had my attention. And while I was expecting something more akin to Myst [$4.99], what I received was closer to The Room [$0.99 (HD)] series, but with several areas of puzzles (The Rooms?) and a more cinematic piecemeal mystery story interspersed throughout. And it was pretty darn great. This is Returner 77 [$3.99]...

With the monstrous success of Super Mario Odyssey on the Switch, it's no surprise that Nintendo would be crossing over their latest console hit with their mobile Mario offering Super Mario Run [Free]. I mean, that's pretty much their entire reason for wanting to make mobile games, right? To get you interested in their console stuff? The latest example of this cross-platform synergy is a set of new Super Mario Odyssey statues which will be available for free in Super Mario Run over a staggered bi-weekly release calendar which is already under way with this week's Wedding Mario statue. Basically, all you have to do is log into Super Mario Run before 11pm PST on November 14th and you'll receive the Mario Wedding statue in your Gift Box...

As far as endless arcade type games go, the first Dragon Hills [$2.99] was a fun and chaotic beast. Featuring a princess in a tower waiting for her prince to rescue her, a prince finds all the gold on a lower floor and just books it. The princess, apparently being great friends with the dragon that ‘imprisoned’ her (I assume as a favor so she could get a man), sets off after this jerk of a prince with blazing fury in her eyes, embodying old sayings about hell’s fury and scorned women. All while riding said dragon, who gets around by burrowing, jumping, and sliding through the hills. Rebel Twins have now returned with a sequel, and it’s more varied, more polished, and much stranger than ever. Welcome back to the hills. It’s Dragon Hills 2 [$2.99]...

The big World of Tanks Blitz [Free] tournament called Blitz Twister Cup is coming to an end tomorrow when four teams representing four different regions—Europe, Russia, Asia, North America—will clash in Minsk to see who will prevail by blowing up tanks. The finals are giving away some pretty good prizes, with 1st place finishers getting $15,000, but the road to Minsk wasn't easy. Players had to go through two group stages and beat many other teams to make it to the finals. The matches are played with teams of 7 players in a best of three format, with the final being a best of 7. Maps will be chosen randomly, and it will be interesting to see which maps end up hosting the final matches...

Despite being released every November on the App Store like clockwork, I'm a huge fan of the iterative improvements that Sports Interactive make in their Football Manager series. For a game that is so easy to essentially commit every waking hour to, the small changes in the series can make all the difference, and Football Manager Mobile 2018 [$8.99] seems to be no different. As a more basic mobile alternative of the management simulator on the App Store, the 'mobile' version of Football Manager has always struggled in comparison to the Football Manager Touch alternative on the iPad, but the addition of up to 21300 active players serves as a notable step forward from previous iterations. As well as the long-awaited inclusion of the MLS, it's clear SI are pushing Football Manager Mobile 2018 hard this year, and the game is finally available to download for $8.99 on the App Store today...

If someone told you that there's a mobile game with Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, on the App Store, you would probably expect to find a basketball game, but Chef Curry [Free]  has nothing to do with that sport. Instead, the game relates more to Ayesha Curry's career rather than her husband's. Ayesha Curry has her own Food Network show and a series of cookbooks and cookware, so you shouldn't be surprised that the mobile game is all about running a restaurant. In Chef Curry, you have to race around the kitchen trying to prepare and serve all kinds of meals and keep the frantic kitchen under control..

Although I don't watch Steven Universe much, I can always see how popular it is just based on the crazy amount of merchandising I see everywhere. Today, Cartoon Network decided to bring more Steven Universe to mobile in the form of Steven Universe: Dreamland Arcade [Free], a collection of arcade games starring different characters from the cartoon series. The game starts with Steven falling asleep in the Funland Arcade, and—as is usually the case in stories like this one—his imagination conjures an arcade world packed with games inspired by his many friends. The whole "it was all a dream" idea is always a great vehicle for stories like this one and enables the developers to stitch together ideas that wouldn't normally work well together...

Players in our community really like Zach Gage's Sage Solitaire and Really Bad Chess, so every time he comes out with a new game, our readers pay attention. Today, Flipflop Solitaire [Free], the sequel of sorts to Sage Solitaire, is out, and it looks like another interesting take on the classic card game. The twist in this one is that you can stack both up and down, but you can only move stacks of a single suit. These two simple changes to the rules change the way you approach the game and turn it into a Zach Gage game, where traditional rules are slightly tweaked to offer a whole new experience...

Ludosity's Card City Night is a very fun card game with cool mechanics and charm to spare, and now Card City Nights 2 [$4.99] is here to bring even more of what made the first one successful. Card City Nights 2 has reworked the gameplay system to make it even better and is bringing a brand new adventure that involves a mysterious flying city called Starship Frivolity (love the name) whose inhabitants are all into The Card Game. And, of course, you'll have to use that card game to find your place in Starship Frivolity as you go from city location to city location. The game comes with 200 cards, so there's already plenty of content to go through...

The South Park series has always been legendary amongst anyone who likes irreverent, offensive and ultimately hilarious cartoons, however it's only recently that the franchise has made a significant impact on the gaming industry. 2014's The Stick of Truth on consoles was a surprisingly deep and engrossing Paper Mario-esque take on the RPG genre, and this year's The Fractured But Whole kept up the euphemistic naming pattern while also receiving strong reviews from critics. As a result, it was inevitable that Matt Stone and Trey Parker's iconic animated sitcom would make a major appearance on mobile, and today the long-awaited South Park: Phone Destroyer [Free] has finally released worldwide on the App Store. Featuring some typically inappropriate PVP combat, Phone Destroyer has gone down well amongst our forum members in its soft launch, and looks to be a fitting mobile debut for the cartoon...

The Last Jedi movie is coming closer, so—as was to be expected—Star Wars mobile games are getting in on the fun. Now is the turn of Star Wars: Force Arena [Free] to join the Jedi party. Today's update will bring to the game twelve new playable units, with Rey and Kylo Ren leading the way. Rey will bring alongside her the Millenium Falcon, which will appear in the game for the first time. Kylo Ren will have a special skill called Rage, which makes me think of the SNL skit about Kylo Ren and Undercover Boss (worth watching for sure). The update also adds brand new units like Grenadiers, Medics, Resistance Troopers, T-70 X-Wings, First Order Stormtroopers, Riot Control Stormtroopers, Flame Troopers, and Tie Fighters...

'Million Onion Hotel' Review - Got a Million Onions but a Leek Ain't One of 'Em

When it comes to the noble hobby of video gaming, there are a whole bunch of tried and true concepts to build new products from. Not even one of those concepts involves mashing onions as quickly and strategically as possible in order to make fruits appear that you mash to rack up points while space cows trot across the bottom of the screen and little cartoon characters throw off their clothes and embrace passionately in the starry sky. But thanks to Million Onion Hotel [$3.99], we can finally live the dream, friends. This is a fast-paced yet strategic arcade-puzzle game, and if nothing else, I can say that you probably haven't ever seen anything quite like it before...

Catan (and all its numerous expansions) is one of the most popular board games out there, even though most people I know don't actually like to play it. Today, Asmodee Digital has decided to give us a different take on the board game with Catan Stories [$1.99], a text adventure game inspired by the board game. This is the first time Asmodee Digital has interpreted a board game into a different genre rather than just turn the physical into digital. Catan Stories: The Legend of the Sea Robbers is based on the (you guessed it) Legend of the Sea Robbers Catan expansion and has you following the journey of three new characters in what looks like a very pretty game...

If you're a football (see soccer) fan and like to play mobile games, you know that there's been a dearth of good football games ever since FIFA decided to shift away from being a game about playing football and became a game about collecting things. PES 2017 took advantage of that gap in the market and got plenty of fans when it came out last year. This year's PES 2018 [Free] (which has replaced the 2017 app) wants to continue focusing on the football playing part of the sport while also taking us back to earlier footballing times. Specifically, the game features David Beckham (both in-game and as the app icon) as well as legends like Romario, Maradona, Ian Rush, Steven Gerrard, and Michael Owen (I know some will debate whether the last two should be called legends, but I support Liverpool, so there's that)...

'Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition' Pre-Registration Is Now Live on Android

Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition is a mobile remake of the massive Final Fantasy XV that released last year on PS4 and Xbox One platforms. When Eli played the opening section of it, he was pretty impressed with how well it followed the console game. The one thing we were all skeptical about was pricing because it isn’t a secret that Final Fantasy XV has been a massive project spanning over a decade for consoles. There’s a new trailer for the pocket edition that you can watch below:..

Words With Friends is probably one of the most recognizable mobile games in the world (along with games like Candy Crush Saga and, maybe, Clash of Clans), but after 8 years of life, Words With Friends is showing its age, so Zynga had decided to release today the sequel, Words With Friends 2 [Free]. This brand new game will bring changes both to the way the game looks and to the way it plays. Specifically, expect a more visually pleasant UI, with better colors and bigger fonts, both essential changes for the older demographic. The new version brings along more than just aesthetic changes. Words With Friends 2 gets Solo Challenge, a single-player mode that uses AI technology to help you improve your skills. Bots of a range of skills will help you finally get better at not losing that badly when playing...

As you probably know if you've been reading my reviews of Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 [$4.99], I haven't been too excited with the first three episodes. My primary problem with the game so far has been that the developers have been trying to turn Minecraft into a sword-swinging adventure, and given the limitations of the game's engine, it hasn't worked well at all. Today, we are getting Episode 4, Below the Bedrock, and I'm really hoping the series shifts away from its emphasis on violence and on swinging swords and goes back to focusing on the game's characters and on the many facets of the Minecraft universe. I'm still interested to see where Jesse's story goes in this episode (besides going literally below the bedrock) and seeing how the whole Admin story continues to play out...

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