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If you've been playing Hearthstone [Free] for some time now, then you probably have a few copies of the Classic cards Blizzard nerfed just prior to Whispers of the Old Gods and Standard hitting. If you remember, on April 20th Blizzard dropped the hammer on several cards in order to ensure that newer cards have an impact on the game and to free up design space for future cards. In order to ensure players wouldn't feel cheated by these nerfs, especially if they had recently crafted any of those cards, Blizzard announced that players could disenchant any of these cards for full dust value (rather than a fraction as is usually the case). However, this full-value disenchanting will only be around until May 10th PDT, which makes today the last day you can get full dust...

Quirky media can often be a breath of fresh air. Whereas dramas and grimdark settings usually go over well with just about anyone, weird comedies like Arrested Development can break the mold and have us enjoy something we never even knew we wanted. But quirk alone isn't enough to carry every project. Sometimes, studios or developers can go overboard, and made a game so loud, so desperate for your attention that it falls on deaf ears. Despite some solid gameplay mechanics, Egz The Origin of the Universe [$3.99] suffers from some of these issues...




The '80s was the best decade to be alive, and all you Millennials with your Snapchats and your Drake memes can just get off my lawn! Ok, so maybe the actual '80s weren't all that great, but all the stuff we use to remember the '80s is the best. Big hair. Neon everything. Leg warmers!? I mean, c'mon. Back in March we talked about a new neon-infused endless driving game called Cruise Control that was looking for beta testers and totally harnessed the awesomeness of the '80s. Well, beta testers beta'd, developers developed, and as of this morning Cruise Control [Free] is now available in the App Store. Here's the launch trailer...

I like anything Disney, so it's no wonder I've been playing around with Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free] (though not as much as I would if I had time on my hands). Fan service it is, but it's a very well made one for sure. As expected, we are already getting more content for our parks. Our Disney kingdoms can now have many of the Sleeping Beauty characters, prime among them Princess Aurora and Prince Philip but also characters like Fauna and Flora. Bringing Sleeping Beauty into the game makes perfect sense since her castle sits in the middle of Disneyland. In addition to the Sleeping Beauty characters, we also got Donald Duck and Mother Gothell, the mom from Tangled in case you haven't watched that animated movie...

It's not uncommon for Rockstar Games to put their Grand Theft Auto iOS ports on sale, but it's not as common to see the entire library of them all on sale at the same time. That's what we're experiencing right now, in what I'm dubbing "The Great Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto (and Max Payne) Cinco de Mayo Sale of 2016". Pretty catchy name, no? Right now all of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto iOS ports are available for just a few bucks, down from their already pretty darn cheap regular prices. If you were to do some sort of cost to hours played equation for something like GTA: San Andreas, we'd be talking fractions of a cent per hour of senseless violence and crime. It's an amazing deal and really there are no bad GTA games in the bunch. They've even knocked a buck off of the solid mobile version of GTA's bullet time cousin Max Payne. Now is a great time to pick up any of these that you don't own to fill out your collections. ¡Viva Rockstar Games!..

After a loooonnng soft-launch, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Identity [$4.99] finally launched world wide just over two months ago. Having not played an Assassin's Creed game since the second game in the series back in 2009, I wasn't totally sure what to expect from this mobile edition. As it turned out I was pleasantly surprised to find an experience that was heavily streamlined for mobile touchscreen play but still retained the essence of what makes Assassin's Creed so fun: whacking dudes while being a stealthy bad ass. ..

Hearthstone's [Free] rule consistency - or lack thereof - has been an ongoing source of frustration for Hearthstone players, and the recent issues with card interactions post-Whispers of the Old Gods certainly haven't helped the situation. Fortunately, many of those issues were, indeed, fixable, and Blizzard released a hotfix yesterday that should help you get surprised less often (at least from card interactions). The hotfix addressed an issue where the interaction between Mad Scientist, SI Agent, and Mirror Entity was not resolving as intended, and addressed an issue where Wild Pyromancer and Haunted Creeper's Deathrattle were not resolving as they should. It also addressed an issue where Ancient Harbinger would add a 10-cost spell to your hand rather than a 10-cost minion (you had one job, Harbinger)...

In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, Marvel Avengers Academy [Free] is getting some Civil War content to coincide with the upcoming theatrical release of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War on May 6th. The new content revolves around campus safety and how best to protect the students. On the one side is Captain America, who wants to set up a training facility to better train and prepare the students while Iron Man - as always - wants to build an army of robots for protection. And, of course, these two different takes split the students in two. Each week, players get to unlock a new piece of Civil War story and get quests and prizes tied to the side chosen. Friends turn foes (and every one knows school is the most brutal battleground of all) and get to fight it out...

'Hammer Bomb' Review - A Fabulous Dungeon Crawler

Dungeon crawlers are in my blood. One of the first games I ever played for the NES was Dragon Warrior, also known as the first Dragon Quest. Sure I needed some help to actually beat it, but I eventually learned the concept of grinding out experience so that I was stronger, and the great feeling of conquering my foes with a newer better hero. Oh and the loot -- the fabulous loot -- that works in tandem with your newfound abilities to compound your strength. It's something I'll probably never get tired of. That experience doesn't always translate well to a smaller screen, but somehow, the developers of Hammer Bomb [Free] found a way...

If you're a Playstation owner, then this story should make you doubly happy. The just-released Uncharted: Fortune Hunter [Free] is an action-puzzle adventure following Uncharted's Nathan Drake as he continues to uncover the treasures of some of history's greatest heroes (or villains). A clear tie-in to Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, releasing May 10th, Uncharted: Fortune Hunter has you solving 200 deadly puzzle chambers all the while following various legends of history across six adventures. Since this is an Uncharted game, there are plenty of things to collect - all stolen from somewhere, I'm sure - and you can even partner with your friend Sully. The visuals are cartoony and fun, and the game feels well made, so if you like the Uncharted series or simply like fun puzzle games, you should enjoy this one...

If you've been looking forward to punching some people out while reminiscing the 80s and the 90s, then look no further than Punch Club [$4.99], the boxing tycoon management game, currently at its lowest price ever. This management game moves beyond the ring and offers multiple branching story lines with plenty of references to the glorious movies of the 80s and 90s. The art is really nice and, of course, an homage to the video games of the 80s-90s, so as you can see, this game is like an 80s pizza with 90s ingredients. However, the game may look like a classic video game, but it's actually a pretty modern sim...

If you were hoping for a Whispers of the Old Gods Tavern Brawl today, well, you'll be sort of happy. This week, Hearthstone [Free] has given us a repeat of the Webspinners one where you pick a class and then get a deck crawling with those pesky little Webspinners. In other words, expect to have plenty of Beast-related RNG in your matches. The good thing this time around though is that the Webspinner will be pulling Beasts from the Whispers of the Old Gods expansion as well, which should make the Brawl feel a bit different than all the other times we got to play it. You'll get to see Princess Huhuran (it was the first Beast I got), Addled Grizzly, Infested Wolf (which can help you flood the board even more), and - my personal favorite - Giant Sand Worm (yes, still trying to make it happen)...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition's [$6.99] upcoming 0.15 update is promising to be a big one, especially for those who love playing the game with friends. As we wrote a couple of weeks ago, Mojang has opened Minecraft Realms - the Mojang-run Minecraft server service - to Android users for Alpha testing, and apparently that testing has been going pretty well. Today, Mojang announced that we are very close to a Beta version, so if you want to get the Android Realms alpha, today is your last chance. If you want to join the over 700,000 other users (what a number that is), you have to go here and sign up so you can play around until the alpha is shut down on Monday. I'm very much looking forward to Realms because I'd like to build and explore with other players...

World of Tanks Blitz [Free] continues to evolve, and the latest 2.9 update, which has just gone live, introduces a huge change in the game's matchmaking system. After today, you'll only get matched with tanks +1/-1 off your tier rather than playing with a Tier VII against a Tier X (and barely making a dent). This change should make players feel more important in every battle rather than occasionally feeling like they could play no part in their team's win or defeat. There were times in the game when my tank wasn't able to penetrate the enemy's higher tier tank, which resulted in me feeling like an overweight car rather than a war machine. Hopefully this change will make playing the game more fun...

'Chameleon Run' Review - A Change of Color

I've played so many runners in the past 10 years or so I've lost count. Much like my teenage years after I realized that I had played hundreds of platformers in my lifetime, over time, I started to notice that you can't really browse the App Store without seeing a runner front and center. While many groan at the prospect, I relish a new opportunity to check out a new entry, and a brand new way to spend entire days wasting away behind the comfort of a touchscreen...

After dropping 4 sneak peeks, Supercell has finally stopped the teasing and released the Clash Royale [Free] update upon the world. If you haven't been following our stories on the sneak peeks, this update brings six new cards - 3 Legendaries, 1 Common, 1 Rare, and 1 Epic - that you'll get from Arena 5 and above. Some of the cards look great fun, especially Sparky and the Miner, and I look forward to seeing them in play. The update is also increasing some of the rewards, with players getting more gold for each win, crown chests containing double the loot, and more. It also adds Live Spectating to let you mock your friends while they lose and lets you pick what Arena battles you want to watch on TV Royale. You can now also copy anyone's Battle Deck from their profile. These additions are fun since they should help the community grow even more by helping both streamers and tournaments...

I think it's fair to say that Mucho Taco [Free] is the preeminent taco-themed idle clicker available on the App Store today. No others even come close, or exist at all, for that matter. Anyway, with Cinco de Mayo looming developers One Simple Idea and publisher Noodlecake have decided to release a massive update for Mucho Taco which adds all sorts of new stuff while also overhauling some of the existing content. Some of the major new features include: a special new map and ritual system that allow for multiple prestiges/play throughs, a new relic system that allow you to permanently augment the look and performance of your restaurants, a new Offline Chef system so you can manage your taco empire even when you're not playing, and of course plenty of new ingredients as well as new ways to use existing ingredients...

'Fallen London' Review - An Artfully-Made, Wonderfully-Weird Labyrinth of Stories

I've always found the written word very alluring, which to a great degree explains my career choices and the fact that I'm writing this review right now. Books, and later adventure games and interactive fiction, were my gateways to all kinds of fantastic worlds, and I often judged those books on how well they managed to create a sense of place, how "real" those fake worlds felt to me. So, going in to play Fallen London [Free] (first its browser version and now its iOS version), I was intrigued by the description of the world I was about to inhabit - a "hilarious Victorian-Gothic underworld" version of London - and wondered how big that world would be and how vivid. Well, I soon realized that Fallen London's sense of place is among the best in any game I've played, textual or not, creating the strong impression that the world around me kept on living and breathing even in my absence, a key feature for any sense of realism when encountering absurd, fantastic worlds...

After unveiling three new cards earlier today, Supercell just revealed Clash Royale's [Free] next 3 Legendaries - Sparky, Lava Hound, and Miner - and they look fun (though I'll probably never get to play them). Let's start with the Miner, the silliest of the bunch. This goofy-faced troop starts at 1000 HP and hits for 160 damage at level one, but the cool thing about it is that it can burrow its way underground and pop up anywhere in the arena; in a way, it's a reverse Goblin Barrel. The Miner targets only ground units and does 133 damage per second. Sparky has 1200 HP, hits for an amazing 1300 area damage but has a hit speed of 5 seconds, so it will need a lot of protection. On the other hand, the flying Lava Hound has 2900 HP but only does 26 damage per second and targets only buildings...

'Tiny Tower' 5 Year Anniversary Update Coming May 26th

A few weeks ago Nimblebit announced they were in the midst of creating a massive update for their mega-hit tower building game Tiny Tower [Free] in anticipation of its 5-year anniversary. At that time they were seeking beta participants to try out the new update, and apparently that testing has gone well as today Nimblebit announced that the 5th Anniversary Edition of Tiny Tower will be available on May 26th. As mentioned before, this update will include improved visuals, streamlined tower manageent, tons of new missions and floors to build, and even the ability to share Bitizens between friends...

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