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With summer season in Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory [Free] coming to a close, the mobile MOBA has now turned its sights onto autumn with a new season, new hero and new interface improvements. Beyond the move to an autumn Halcyon Fold map, autumn season also brings significant changes to the game’s reward system. A new seasonal chest joins the batch of consistent rewards, with seasonal chests requiring more effort to unlock but can offer much greater rewards, including whole skins. Vainglory is also introducing a new Opal currency which is rare to earn and can be used to eventually unlock old limited edition special skins that were supposedly never to return (however, skins unlocked the opal way will look different than the original LE skins to differentiate)...

Ready for the Madden 2016 Season? Madden NFL Mobile [Free] has just received the 3.4 update that brings the new season to the game, and it comes bearing gifts. The latest update makes quite a few gameplay improvements, including letting your QB scramble if there's an opportunity (or if large men are chasing him down), adding dozens of Offensive Plays as well as Defensive Gameplans, which allow you to prepare numerous gameplans for specific offensive schemes like 2-point conversion etc. These changes should make players feel like they are more in control, although it all depends on how well your players actually respond to the gameplans...




If you have an iOS device and you've been looking forward to getting Season 2 of Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] this Friday as originally announced, I am sorry. Because of some unexpected issues described in this blog post, the iOS will probably not be coming this Friday but at a later, yet unannounced date. The good new for Android players is that Season 2 will release this Friday as originally planned. The release will also come with a 48 period discount period, a perfect time to pick up the game and its many expansions. Because of the iOS issues, Dark Watch Setback won't be available for unlocking until all platforms have the new version of the game...

Top 2 was a Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl back in May that was very entertaining and brought up a contest of sorts of who could make the most effective deck consisting only of copies of 2 cards. This time around, we are getting Top 3, which is bound to be even crazier. In this Tavern Brawl, you pick 3 cards and end up with a deck consisting of copies of just those 3 cards. Reddit has already sprung into action with a huge list of combos that work well in this Brawl. You could, of course, try and come up with your own 3-card combo instead. Know this: Prince Malchezaar is a fun card to pick in this Brawl because of all the Legendaries you'll get in your deck, but because Top 3 tends to be quick, you might never get a chance to play those fancy Legendaries...

Stoneblade's and Playdek's Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Free] continues to be one of the best card games on mobile, and the many expansions it has received have definitely helped it stay fresh and fun. Today, Ascension got its 9th(!) expansion, Dreamscape, which changes up the game quite a bit. In Dreamscape, you join the heroes of New Vigil as they explore the Dreamscapes. The expansion adds the new Insight resource and Dreamborn cards, which allow players to access Dream cards and other powers. You can use the Dreamscape to access the new Vision cards, which are pretty powerful, as well as the usual Heroes and Constructs...

Apparently, the rumors of Pokemon GO's [Free] demise are greatly exaggerated. Even though there has been a big drop in popularity, the game is still immense and is making a ton of money. According to a study by Slice Intelligence, Pokemon GO's paying population has dropped almost 80% since its peak on July 15th, which sounds like terrible news for Niantic, right? Well, not quite. You see, the game was so big when it launched, it nearly doubled the number of in-game spenders in the mobile gaming market as a whole. In other words, this one game created a huge spike in people spending money on mobile games...

In June of last year, a phenomenal puzzle/action platformer named Furdemption [$2.99] took the App Store by storm. We loved it in our review, as did players in our community. It was easily one of the best games of 2015. Then in September, just over a year ago in fact, developer RareSloth announced that a level editor would be coming to Furdemption that would allow players to create and share levels forever and ever and ever! Well, due to various circumstances, that level editor got put on hold indefinitely in November. The silver lining was that in place of the editor, RareSloth instead would be bringing out a brand new sequel to Furdemption, called King Rabbit [Free], which launched back in March and, like the original, was simply fantastic. Well, things are coming full circle as today RareSloth has announced that the level editor is back on and heading to King Rabbit early next year...

Rerunners: Race for the World [Free] is a very entertaining runner that we enjoy here at TouchArcade Towers (despite some monetization issues). The latest update lets players challenge friends and others to a 1v1 race, an attempt to make the game more social according to the developers. In this new mode, you get two options: you either race your in-game or Facebook friends in a Buddy Challenge or do a Quick Challenge that matches you against random players. In the Buddy Challenge you have to bet coins before entering and then the winner gets to collect them all. So, bragging rights and money, what more could you ask for? Since there's the betting side of it, this feature comes with a Fair Play option the equalizes skills and items...

Last week, we brought you the trailer for a charming upcoming point-and-click adventure game called Paul Pixel - The Awakening [$1.99], and as promised, the game is now available for purchase on the App Store. Paul Pixel the game follows the adventures of Paul Pixel the character as he wakes up to find that his neighborhood has been quarantined thanks to an alien zombie invasion. Yes, not just aliens, not just zombies, but alien zombies. Yikes! Your job is to escape the quarantine zone and save the entire world in the process. No pressure...

Carcassonne [$9.99] has been one of the best looking and best digital board games for many years now (and also has the best music ever), and it's a gift that has kept on giving. Today, we got three mini expansions that will give you more ways to enjoy the game. The first one is Abbot, which brings a new piece you can place on Cloisters or Gardens (a new tile that just comes out of nowhere and lands on some of the existing tiles). You can recall that tiny little Abbot at any point during the game while still scoring points even without finishing the Cloister or Garden. The second expansion is The Old River, an expansion that was actually the first expansion ever published for the physical version of the game back in 2001...

Supercell has been way too quiet recently, and I was starting to wonder when we would hear about where Clash of Clans [Free] is going next. Well, today we got our first taste of what's to come; the game will be getting Clan Challenges. In Clan Challenges, Clans can issue a friendly War request (a funny phrase indeed) to any other Clan, and you can choose war participants, set the duration of prep/battle days, and then dispatch your Clan Challenge request to your friends, enemies, or frenemies. As soon as the opponent accepts your challenge, the preparation day will begin...

Last week we were told by the good folks at Mojang that the final installment in Telltale's Minecraft: Story Mode [$4.99] would be hitting sometime this week, and now we finally know specifically when this week they were talking about: Right now! Or, right now-ish, I guess. The eighth and final episode of Minecraft: Story Mode, titled "A Journey's End?", arrives today on console and PC, and should be arriving on mobile platforms as well. In fact, it may even be there by the time you read this! In celebration of this momentous conclusion of Telltale's thus far longest episodic release ever, they've put together a brand new trailer for Episode 8 which shows the Minecraft: Story Mode crew going all Hunger Games to get out of their current predicament...

If you've been enjoying moving those huge spaceships around and blowing each other up in Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan [$5.99], you're in luck because the game is getting a new campaign called Black Rage on Sep. 15th, and it's going to be a free update for both iOS and Android. The developers had promised to continue expanding the game, and it looks like they're starting to make good on that promise. The new update will allow players to lead the Space Marines Flesh Tearers fleet in protecting Lysios in a new campaign map. The new ships, which come with the own rules, will be available in the skirmish and multiplayer modes, too...

If you are looking for a good Hearthstone [Free] deal, look no further than Blizzard's new Welcome Bundle, a great way to get some extra cards for cheap and, more importantly, get a guaranteed Legendary. The Welcome Bundle costs $4.99 and contains 10 Classic packs as well as one random class Legendary from the Classic set. Just so you understand what a good deal this is, normally you can get 2 packs for $2.99 or 7 packs for $9.99, and those packs don't guarantee a Legendary. With this deal, you get a pack for half a dollar and, hopefully, one of those good Legendaries, not those that no one uses ever...

'Siralim 2' Review - Have Another Scoop of the Good Stuff

No matter how you slice it, making a sequel to Siralim [Free] was always going to be a tough job. The original game is essentially an overstuffed endless pit of RPG joy, densely packed with enough systems, side content, and additional challenges to keep any genre fan busy for dozens of hours or more. In hindsight, it was almost an impossible achievement. It was developer Thylacine's first stab at the genre, and it was extremely unconventional. Mixing elements of monster-catching, base-building, and roguelikes, it was like someone made a delicious Shin Megami Tensei - Romancing SaGa - Rogue sandwich and somehow pulled that blend off with only a few minor hitches. Excellent post-release support ironed out just about all of the game's issues, leaving one to wonder what exactly a sequel could accomplish...

We've written in the past about Star Crusade CCG [Free], and even got a chance to check it out at GDC, and now the game is officially out. Yes, another CCG, but this one tries to bring a few different ideas to the table. The game has variable deck sizes - with smaller ones starting first and the larger ones having more survivability - module cards - which add unique bonuses and skills to your commander - and much more. There are over 400 cards available currently and plenty of different ways to play - casual, ranked, draft etc - that should keep you busy. From what I've seen in gameplay trailers so far, the game looks pretty good...

I love sushi more than pretty much any other kind food, so I was naturally very interested to check out the card game Sushi Go! [$4.99] when it came out, but for one reason or another, I never got around to it. Fortunately, we now have a digital version of the game and it's bound to make me crave sushi much more often. So, I would call it a mixed blessing. Sushi GoI is a fast-playing card game where your goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they quickly pass by you. You'll have to be strategic and fast while also making sure the other players don't get the sushi they need to win...

Back in July, Lucky Kat released their charming monster collecting/combining/battling game Combo Critters [Free], and we rather enjoyed it in our review. Taking a page out of Pokemon, in Combo Critters you'd explore an overworld map and engage in battles, and upon winning, hopefully snag that defeated foe to add them to your collection. Where things got really neat was in the way you could combine any of the creatures in the game to get a mishmash character as a result. It made for a ton of variety in terms of monsters, and today Lucky Kat has announced that there will be even more variety thanks to a new update next week that will add 3 new worlds and 45 new types of creatures to Combo Critters. You can check out the new stuff in this trailer...

Even though they are by no means scarce on the App Store, I'm always on the lookout for more relaxing and mentally stimulating puzzle games to play on long tube rides around London. Threes! [$2.99] is perhaps the most noteworthy example, so it's rather fitting that the next game that follows in such distinguished footsteps is from the developers that beat Threes! to our coveted Game of the Week award back in February 2014. makenines [Free], by Force of Habit, the people that created the aforementioned award winning and rather brilliant arcade shooter Toast Time [$2.99], describes itself as an 'ambient logic-puzzle game where you clear grids of numbers by making nines', and while this is a functional representation of what you can expect from the game, in practice it is so much more...

Strap yourselves in folks, as this is going to get confusing. Lumines Puzzle & Music [$2.99] launched last week, and while we recommended it in our review, developers Mobcast had promised an upcoming free version of the game in the weeks after launch. Today, Lumines Puzzle & Music Neo [Free] released on the App Store for free, however is neither a lite version nor a typical free-to-play experience. Instead, Neo offers all of the tracks in the original Lumines Puzzle & Music for free, except from the Classic Pack that contained the older skins from previous games in the series - and there is no option to buy this pack within the free alternative. Furthermore, Neo also includes brand new songs that are available to purchase as DLC, which will also allegedly be updated into the main paid game in the near future. To make matters even more complicated, Lumines Puzzle & Music Neo hasn't been fully localised, and while it is navigable, a lot of the text is still in Japanese, and there is currently no news as to whether English language support will be added anytime soon...

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