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If you weren't playing Hearthstone [Free] when the Goblins Vs Gnomes expansion came out, then know that the expansion cards first came out in Arena mode before they were released. It looks like Blizzard is doing something similar but instead of going the Arena way, it decided to highlight the game's new mode, Tavern Brawl. Therefore, this week's most Glorious (Blizzard's words) Tavern Brawl will be called The Grand Tournament Match and will be all about the new cards. The Brawl will feature a thrilling match between two potent forces; one will be led by Medivh and will feature a deck built around the Inspire mechanic. On the other side of the Brawl will be Alleria's forces that will be all about the Joust mechanic. The Brawl will run as usual from Wednesday to late Sunday...

Deck Builders have really been on the rise in recent years. From the humble beginnings of games like Dominion, now we’ve even got Marvel and Alien deck builders. I’m really partial to this genre myself. Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer [Free] is a game I still log into from time to time and it has never left my phone or iPad. I think the appeal of deck builders comes from having every card you’ll need right in the box. You don’t collect or trade cards and meticulously build your own deck before even playing. You and your friends can play right out of the box with a much smaller financial investment. They’re massively approachable. Anyway, the point is, Deck Builders are my jam, and Splendor [$6.99] is a super tasty mixed berry jam that’s won several awards for being so darn tasty...




Day after day, we are inching closer to the release of The Grand Tournament, Hearthstone's [Free] next expansion that should shake up the meta, at least for a month or two. Today, Blizzard revealed some very fun cards on its stream, and also announced...no, not the release date, sorry. However, Blizzard did announce that it will reveal ALL TGT cards on its Facebook page by the end of today. This reveal will let you start deckbuilding before the cards even come out so you are one step ahead of the competition. Of course, like in warfare, fantasy deckbuilding cannot withstand the clash with the opponent's cards, but still, it's fun trying to figure out what new archetypes TGT might engender and whether we will actually see what Blizzard seems to be seeking, a slow-down of the meta...

If you loaded up the App Store around 2:00 PM central yesterday when the new App Store features come up, you may have noticed that Tactile Wars [Free] was the Editor's Choice this week. The game's been in soft launch for a while now, and has just now gone global, but it seems like that soft launch didn't prepare developer Ankama and publisher DOFUS for the game's launch, as the big feature caused the servers to not work. So Apple unpersoned the game – it's no longer featured and it no longer has its prominent Editor's Choice banner. If you search for the game on the App Store, it still shows its Editor's Choice label, but the game isn't there any more on the front page...

NRG, a pioneer in developing smarter energy choices (as per the company's website), has given us a lovely, free game, The Path to Luma [Free], that promotes sustainability by having you play as SAM (short for Sustainability Augmentation Model) as it travels to save the galaxy. The game plays out across 20 worlds filled with all kinds of puzzles, all the while reminding you that the device you are holding (which has been made using barely any renewable resources) can act as a messenger for a cleaner, more sustainable future. The game has a great art-style and lovely music and, despite my slight sarcasm earlier, does try to send a message through its gameplay, which is never a bad way of going about trying to change hearts and minds...

If you're a fan of platforming games like I am, then you're no doubt familiar with the excellent action platformer Goblin Sword [$1.99] from Gelato Games. Launching just about a year ago, Goblin Sword captured plenty of gamers' hearts with its fantastic pixel visuals and superb virtual controls. There was even some light RPG elements involved, and the entire production earned an easy 5 stars in our review. Several month down the road, in February of this year, a huge version 1.5 content update arrived for Goblin Sword adding in 16 new levels in a new chapter titled The Lost City, which also featured new enemies, new boss fights, new weapons and more. Now, as announced in our forums, Gelato is back with another huge Goblin Sword update. Here's a couple of screens from it!..

My first ever interaction with golf was on the NES. I remember being fascinated by the concept of hitting a ball across a screen, and although the idea of woods and irons completely eluded me, I was content with whacking away Happy Gilmore style. Over time golf became far less foreign, and though the sport's popularity has waxed and waned over the years, I still have a certain degree of interest in it, at least at a base level. Battle Golf [Free] doesn't really do a whole lot for me though...

Noodlecake has been porting games over to Android for a while now, among them the superb Wayward Souls [$6.99] and the more recent Shooting Stars [$2.99]. As Noodlecake noted in a recent blog, finding an audience for premium games on iOS is getting trickier by the day, but it still has faith that there's an audience out there for the company's games, which is why it went with a $2.99 price for Shooting Stars. However, the situation over on the Android side of the universe is even more desperate; of all the Android installs of Wayward Souls, Rocketcat Games' roguelike hit, only 11% were paid and the rest were pirated. These numbers prove once more that when developers claim there's no money to be made on Android for premium games, they are pretty much spot on. It's hard to motivate a developer to go through the wringer of porting to the many different Android devices only to see the game pirated...

Lest you forgot about Telltale's fantastic Tales from the Borderlands [$4.99] series, it's still cranking forward, with its fourth episode, "Escape Plan Bravo," scheduled for release next week, starting August 18th. As such, expect the iOS episode to release on or around August 20th, next Thursday. This is the second-to-last episode, so there's a big finale set to hit sometime really soon, too...

When it comes to this week's Tavern Brawl, some might say that Blizzard phoned it in by giving us the same Brawl as the one about a month ago. Sure, we once again have The Great Summoner Competition where every spell you cast summons a random minion that costs the same mana as the spell you cast. Here's the story from a month ago here so I don't repeat everything. So yes, we've been warned that we'd see Tavern Brawl repeats, but while the pessimists might claim Blizzard is getting lazy, resting on the pile of money Hearthstone [Free] is making, I'm an eternal optimist, and I believe that Blizzard went with an older Tavern Brawl only because the developers are all busy getting The Grand Tournament expansion ready to go next week...

The Long Siege [$1.99] clicked with me when I first saw it, despite my vocal distaste of match-3 games in general. I feel like the genre is just overplayed. But sometimes, a little bit of familiarity isn't a bad thing, and I actually do enjoy the unique aspects of this one, though it is definitely an imperfect game. This is a match-3 RPG of sorts, though to call it an RPG feels inaccurate. It's a match-3 game with an upgrade system. You fight an enemy army, trying to destroy their base, by summoning 3 types of units, repairing your base with utility tiles when the enemies destroy your unit generation, getting currency by matching specific tile types, and using cannon tiles to attack the enemy. ..

In early July a simple little endless runner named Samurai Blitz [Free] caught me by surprise. I know, I know, endless runners are SO blasé nowadays, but something about this one was different. The jumping mechanic felt really good, and there was the ability to attack with your sword and you could actually chain together combos by slashing enemies in succession while in the air. It was so cool! Something about playing Samurai Blitz just clicked in all the right ways, and on top of that it had excellent pixel art and animations which gave the whole game a lot of personality. It brought me back to the days of when Monster Dash [Free] and even Canabalt [$2.99] were the hot new thing. ..

'Engines of Vengeance' Review - Heavy Metal

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August 11th, 2015 4:14 PM EDT by Nathan Reinauer in $0.99, 3.5 stars, Fighting, Games, Reviews, Universal
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I’m not sure what it is about iOS games and metal bands, but they seem to go together well. Take Hail to the King: Deathbat [$4.99], for example. The hack ‘n’ slash gameplay paired pretty perfectly with the music (and personality) of the band Avenged Sevenfold, and we even gave it a pretty favorable review at the time. Another example is… um. Okay, I could only think of one. But there’s just something about the gritty, messy nature of rock & roll that seems to translate well to tiny little taped-together indie games. Wait! Here’s another example: Engines of Vengeance [$0.99] by Serdar Balli. (And just in the nick of time. This review was going nowhere.)..

'Operation Dracula' Review - One, Two, Three Power-Ups, Ahaha

I think I could play shoot 'em ups until the day I die. It was one of the first genres I experienced in arcades outside of fighting games, and to this day, it's by far the genre that I import the most. Ironically, Siberian Strike was one of the very first games I played on an iOS device as well -- it's in my blood. It's good that Operation Dracula [$7.99], in spite of its cheesy presentation, is a solid showing...

'Hanger World' Review - Not A Used Clothing Store

I was a fan of TouchArcade long before I was a writer here, and one of my favorite of the more recent regular features is Shaun’s Update Mondays posts. The weird thing is, the updates themselves aren’t even why I look forward to it every week. Rather, it’s because I think Shaun’s a funny dude and I just enjoy reading his descriptions of each update. More specifically, I need to know what game he decides to give the coveted Update Mondays Most Spider-Mans Of The Week Award to. Is it going to be Spider-Man Unlimited [Free] again? (I mean, it does get a lot of Spider-Mans.) Or will it be something completely random? Well, I think I may have found a good future candidate. I’m talking about A Small Game’s Hanger World [Free], and it’s packed full of all kinds of Spider-Mans slinging themselves this way and that. As it turns out, it’s also a really, really fun game...

We've been hearing about a Chapter 3 update for Pixelbite's incredibly awesome dual-stick action game Space Marshals [$4.99] ever since it was first unveiled in June. Pixelbite promised a heavier emphasis on stealth gameplay in Chapter 3 along with an assortment of new enemies, weapons and gadgets. At the end of last month, Pixelbite announced that the Chapter 3 update would arrive on August 13th, and since that's just a couple of days away they've just released a brand new trailer detailing some of the new stuff we'll be seeing in said update. Let me tell you, they have definitely lived up to their promises of delivering tons of cool new things...

'Agent Awesome' Review - More like Agent Meh

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August 10th, 2015 11:30 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $1.99, 3 stars, Action, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Universal
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As a general rule, I really dig espionage games. Although stealth is old hat for some, it's a nice change of pace from the action-heavy games I usually play, and as a fan of James Bond and other classic spy franchises, nice little gags and references usually bring a smile to my face. But with Agent Awesome [$1.99], things get a little awkward, with some tacky writing and weird delivery...

A couple of weeks ago, we learned via animated .gifs that the wonderful, adorable, and twisted puzzle platformer Furdemption [$3.99] was set to get a huge expansion called The Widow's Den. Since that time, developer RareSloth has created a proper trailer to showcase the new content and features in The Widow's Den, and announced that the update will be available next week on August 13th...

Oh no. Bitcoin Billionaire [Free], the clicker that once ruined my life by compelling me to just sit there and tap away at stuff for far too long, has a big update out now. Noodlecake and FizzPow are promising that this triples the amount of content in the game, to which I say: oh no. If you invested in time travel in the original game, you can now travel back to the prehistoric era, mining bitcoins in the era of dinosaurs. Want to use a woolly mammoth as a vacuum cleaner? You do that, champ!..

Recently, we've seen sim-factory Kairosoft make efforts to mix things up a bit in their releases. In some cases, they've broken away from their established templates, while in others, they've revisited a familiar framework but gone considerably deeper with the simulation elements. Fish Pond Park [$2.99] is yet another release that feels like it's outside of the norm for this little developer, though it's not quite as successful with its approach as other recent efforts. You're building and maintaining a business yet again, in this case a nature preserve of sorts, but the sim elements are lighter than they've been in quite some time. Instead of the usual case where the theme serves the simulation, in Fish Pond Park, all of your building and resource management is for the sake of some good old fishing...

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