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We Bare Bears, the entertaining Cartoon Network show with a pretty big following—especially among the younger ones—is coming to mobile in the form of a game called We Bare Bears: Burrito Bash [Free]. The show, which is all about three bear brothers living among people as if nothing is weird about that, is quite silly in a good way, and it looks like that silliness is coming to Burrito Bash. In the game, Gizz, Panda, and Ice Bear (my favorite, of course) are dying to win an online burrito contest, so they decide to do what every bear would do: strap Grizz into a bumper car in an attempt to film the greatest action movie in history. What wouldn't bears do for a burrito, right?..

Hearthstone [Free] is famous for having some crazy card interactions, but it's also infamous for having some of those interactions resolve in unpredictable ways, which often messes with player decisions and frustrates players (and might even affect the outcomes of matches). Players have been calling for these interaction issues to be fixed, and it looks like the developers are finally starting to remedy those issues. In a video today, Josh Durica, Hearthstone Gameplay Engineer, talked about some improvements coming to the game. The first rule change is in order for "after" triggers to activate, the card needs to be present for the original action. So, when a Wild Pyromancer is summoned by a spell, it won't trigger because it wasn't present at the beginning of the action...




Plague Inc. [$0.99], or as I often call it the mass-murder simulator, has been going strong for many years now, letting otherwise-kind players plan and execute global extermination. The very popular and successful game continues to grow, and very soon it will get three new official scenarios that will challenge the best mass murderers among you. The first one looks to the past and to the 1990s Mad Cow Disease, which almost shut down the beef industry and took your beloved burgers away from you for a while. Although it was a relatively short incident, it did let people see how fragile the meat industry is. Well, in the new scenario, Mad Cow Disease is making a comeback as the developers try and imagine how such an outbreak would look like today...

'DropMix' Review - Music and Cards Make for An Awesome Board Game

With the physical instruments scene long past peak popularity, the folks over at Harmonix, in conjunction with Hasbro, have moved on to something that’s quite a bit different from the Boston developer’s previous games. DropMix [Free] is a physical board game that’s a delightful mix of approachable card-based gameplay combined with amazing music the Harmonix pedigree. Sure, the gameplay is a little basic, and like music games some of your enjoyment is based on your love of the music included, but damn if it isn’t simply fun to play with other people...

From the Forums: Is 'The Talos Principle' on iOS the Best Version of the Game Yet?

It certainly has been an exciting few weeks for iOS gaming. While 2017 has, on the whole, being an incredibly strong year for the platform, the onset of iOS 11 has resulted in a couple of huge surprise releases that have eclipsed everything else in their wake. The Witness [$9.99] brought Jonathan Blow's vibrant and challenging puzzler to the smaller screen in what can only be described as a phenomenal technical achievement, and this week The Talos Principle [$4.99] marked the latest - and hopefully not the last - major indie port for mobile devices. While there are hundreds of other reviews for the game that you can easily find online, as well as the official TouchArcade review hitting your screens soon, it's no secret that The Talos Principle is an excellent puzzle title that is more than worth the $4.99 from a gameplay perspective. However, the most pressing question for mobile gamers, and especially those who may already own the game on other consoles, is whether this iOS iteration is a fitting tribute to its incredible source material. To help, I've enlisted the assistance of the TouchArcade forums to share their thoughts on The Talos Principle on iPhone and iPad...

Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp released the latest update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] . In addition to the requisite balance changes to heroes, items, and talents, Version 2.9 sees the release of new skins (including Halloween themed ones), new items, significant changes to vision, and the launch of the newest hero the Churnwalker...

At long last Smash Up [$4.99], a unique card battler, has arrived in the Apple Store. Nomad Games has been steadily working on a digital version of tabletop hit for some time and you can now play the results. In Smash Up there are nine playable factions including zombies, ninjas, pirates, dinosaurs, and robots. Each faction has its own deck which boasts cards with unique abilities and a distinct play style. You start the game by taking turns drafting two of these factions into service and shuffling the two decks together into what is hopefully a powerful 40-card alliance fit to take down your opponents. We wrote about Smash Up's impending mobile launch last week, but the game has finally released onto the App Store today...

Despite Pokemon GO [Free] being very much the flag-bearer of augmented reality games on the App Store, its relationship with this pioneering new(ish) technology is a somewhat complicated one. As well as being a major source of battery drain, the AR features within the game actually made it harder to catch any colorful creatures, and so the vast majority of Pokemon Trailers I've spoken to turned off the feature within days, if not minutes. It's probably not too outlandish to claim that the vast majority of gamers who do still play Pokemon GO using AR simply do not know there is an option to turn it off - and the game isn't any less engrossing as a result. That being said, there have been some really neat (and awkwardly hilarious) AR photos from the game over the past few months, and Niantic are holding a competition for the best Pokemon GO pictures on Instagram in an attempt to truly bring Cyndaquil, Drowzee and others into the real world...

Bottom of the 9th [$4.99], Handelabra Games' great conversion of the fun card and dice game with the same name, is an fast and entertaining take on baseball that we liked in our review. Today, the game received an update that added even more content, which should please its players. The game has also launched on PC, so it should be easier to find people to play against now given that the multiplayer part is cross platform. As for the new content, the game received the Manager's Challenge solo campaign, where you try to lead your team to the playoffs over a six game homestand. There's also a variety of scenarios that modify various parts of the game to make it even more interesting. For instance, there are weather effects, pinch hitting, and even scenarios that expand the game to cover several innings...

If you like visiting other players' Minecraft [$6.99] Realms and you also like to see yourself on streams, you should check out today's "Realms Day of Play," organized by Mojang to celebrate the new features in the Better Together update. As you probably know if you play Minecraft, you can now visit someone's Realm just by accepting an invite link. So, today, you can head over to Mixer, Microsoft's streaming service, hit an invite link, and join one of the many streamers participating in Realms Day of Play. All you have to do is search for "Minecraft Realms Day of Play" and head over to those channels to join up. You can even open your own Realm for visits (by putting "Minecraft Realms Day of Play" in the title and the Invite Link in the stream description), although make sure to first download a copy of your Realm to prevent trolling. Head over here for more details on that...

Sorry to disappoint any fans expecting the SEGA Forever series to be literally faithful to its name, as there were only ever 897 Genesis/Mega Drive games published, and only a proportion actually developed by the Japanese company themselves. SEGA Forever - more like SEGA Seventeen Years, am I right? In SEGA's defense, they have released so many titles under this new moniker on the App Store that I can't even remember if I've made this awful joke before, so apologies if my terrible humor has started to get stale. Anyway, another week, another new SEGA Forever game, and this time around it's the short but sweet action RPG Beyond Oasis [Free]. In the game, your protagonist comes equipped with a magical Armlet, which can harness the powers of certain elemental spirits encountered on your travels. Beyond Oasis is definitely one of the strongest of SEGA's back catalogue, and is available to download today for free on the App Store...

Clash Royale's [Free]Touchdown, the recently added new mode, is really fun to play and offers a very different tactical challenge than the normal mode. If you've been having trouble figuring out how best to play it and how to get those Crowns, read on for some very useful tips from the Clash Royale Arena website. First, let's clarify those rules. In this mode you have to get troops into the opponent's endzone. Each time one troop gets into the endzone, you get a crown, and whoever gets to 3 crowns first wins. The first 2 minutes of the match are x1 Elixir and the rest x2 Elixir. And some cards cannot be placed past the middle of the field because they would pretty much break the game...

Ever since iOS 11 served as the first major shake-up to the App Store - and subsequently the mobile gaming ecosystem - since its inception in 2008, it seems some powerful force at Apple has been trying to capitalise on the latent potential of the platform by pushing through some ambitious acclaimed classics from consoles and PC. We first had The Witness [$9.99] - a true technical showcase for the power of the latest iPhones and iPads, let alone a brilliantly innovative experience - and it looks like The Talos Principle [$4.99] is the next App Store release set to push not only the boundaries of the hardware, but also the boundaries of what people expect of mobile gaming. From Croatian developer Croteam, and published by the prolific Devolver Digital, The Talos Principle is a stunning puzzle game set in a crossover of ancient and futuristic architecture, and is now available on the App Store for the phenomenal price of only $4.99...

More and more games are jumping on the AR bandwagon—with mixed success—and today is the turn of the very popular Guns of Boom [Free] to join the ARKit world. The new update adds what the developers are calling an AR Spectator Mode, which allows players to watch matches unfold in real time on their kitchen or living room table. As is the case with other ARKit applications, moving your phone or tablet around will let you experience the match from all kinds of angles and zoom levels, which should make it very entertaining to watch...

Telltale continues to release episodes from different series in a rapid-fire pace, and today is the turn of Episode 4 of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99]. Episode four is titled "Who Needs You" and continues what has become an entertaining story that mostly plays to the strengths of the Telltale formula. Spoilers from here on, of course. In the previous episode, Star-Lord decided the fate of the all-powerful Eternity Forge, but that, of course, created all kinds of splinters in the group and widened pre-existing ones. And now that everyone has to escape their confinement, things are getting critical. There might even a scenario where not everyone makes it out of there alive...

It's the most wonderful time of the year, children. And no, it's not Christmas, it's Halloween, of course. As is always the case, Blizzard is celebrating the season in Hearthstone [Free], so, appropriately, we are getting a new hero, the Warlock Nemsy Necrofizzle. This cosmetic hero looks really cool, and really tiny, and should make playing Warlock more fun. There's a catch, though: you can't get Nemsy unless you organize or attend a Fireside Gathering Tavern. Hosting a Fireside Gathering is pretty easy; all you need is three more unique patrons (you can find all the instructions on how to organize or attend one here). As is obvious with how heroes have been distributed so far, Blizzard continues to use them as ways to advertise various aspects of the game. Today it's Fireside Gatherings, a few months back it was Twitch streaming...

'REKT!' Review- A Flipping Fun Stunt Driving Game

I have been driving around my 2001 Chevy Cavalier ever since I was 15. Its golden color makes it shockingly ugly to the eye but my old "clunker" has faithfully served me well over the past couple years. However, it would not survive in the sandbox arena of REKT! [$1.99]. REKT! is an arcade stunt driving game where you traverse an open course in a variety of different vehicles, all while performing various stunts and maneuvers...

Just over a month ago, developer Oddrok released Power Hover: Cruise [Free], a more arcadey, endless high-scoring version of their highly underrated level-based 2015 game Power Hover [$4.99]. Upon launch Power Hover: Cruise offered up four different environments to play through, each with their own unique hazards and features, as well as an extensive cast of playable characters to unlock. Today in our forums, Oddrok has detailed the first big content update for Power Hover: Cruise, which will include three new playable characters and a new environment...

The Warhammer 40K universe has popped up in so many games on the App Store that many players have become numb to any new project, especially given how not all Warhammer 40K games ended up delivering what the fans want and enjoy. There's a new collaboration on the horizon, though, that sounds very appropriate and should be a good one. Wargaming's World of Tanks Blitz [Free] will be hosting some Warhammer 40K tanks soon, and it should be a blast (pun intended). Specifically, the Fort Despair map will be renamed Macragge—the home planet of the Ultramarines—and Warhammer tanks will make their presence known in Blitz. Details are yet to be revealed, but I have a feeling this collaboration should be pretty cool considering how amazing Warhammer 40K tanks can be...

Best Standard and Wild Decks, Expansion Details, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #115

Hello everyone and welcome to another weekly roundup of the best and most entertaining Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. As is always the case, we are your one-stop-shop that will help you keep up to date with everything going on in the world of the popular card game. This past week was a fun one since we got the first accidental hints at what the next expansion might bring to the game as well as the actual date for the expansion's reveal. We also got a taste of Blizzard's new Arena, and, as always, some of the best Standard and Wild decks of the week. Overall, not the craziest week in the history of the game, but with the new expansion coming up and the rumor mill heating up, expect more interesting news the next few weeks...

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