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The practice of cloning is troublesome for many reasons. There are the obvious problems, but beyond those, the fear of a game being perceived as a clone stifles the natural process of building on a great idea. We've seen some pretty shameful clones in the App Store's history, but perhaps none of them have been as harmful to the original game as 2048 was to Threes! [$2.99]. A marketplace battle took place, and I think it's safe to say a lot of people felt the wrong game won there. I'm not sure if the cloud hanging over that has kept more developers from taking a crack at ideas inspired by Threes!, but if it has, more's the shame. Still, we see the odd swing at doing something interesting with the compelling swiping and combining mechanism that Threes! introduced so well. The latest is Dungeon Tiles [Free], from developer Takashi Iyoda...

Sometimes I forget how many Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawls we've had so far, and then I get one like today's Clockwork Card Dealer, which was first seen back in October, and I realize that Blizzard has been pumping out these brawls for quite some time now. In case you either don't remember this brawl or weren't playing the game back in October, let me explain how it works. In this brawl, Tinkertown gnomes have gone for a protorype card-bot that will draw you a card with a mana cost equal to the mana you have that turn. So, in turn 4 you'll draw a 4-mana card, if you have one in your deck that is. As you can guess, these rules ensure that you draw cards on curve as long as you have cards of that cost in your deck...




Back in January Roadhouse Games announced a new mobile RPG based on the legendary band Iron Maiden. While that sounded like an odd combination, the game actually made a lot of sense as it let you play as a team of various types of Eddies, the bands longtime undead mascot, and play through the crazy environments show on the band's album art throughout the years. In short, it was a free to play battling and collecting RPG like those that are so popular on mobile, but dripping in Iron Maiden fan service. Following a brief soft-launch in late May, today Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast [Free] has released worldwide...

'Monster Hunter Freedom Unite' Review - Good-bye Free Time, Hello Wildlife Slaughter

Editor's Note: This game was recently updated to be playable again after being broken for ages. It's an incredible port from an amazing game franchise, so we're bumping the review up to the top of TA in case anyone missed it the first time around! Anyway, here's Shaun's original review which we published almost exactly two years ago, on July 3rd 2014:


Capcom's iOS games present a truly insane roll of the dice. You've got terribly reimagined ports of classics like Mega Man X [$4.99], wonderful ports of underappreciated games like Ghost Trick [Free], ports that are maybe a bit too perfect like Street Fighter II Collection [$3.99] or the dearly departed Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, and games that take familiar names and series and go in strange directions like Ghosts 'n Goblins Gold Knights [$0.99]. This time, however, they've really gone and done it. Just when you think they can't make you doubt them any further, they go and totally redeem themselves with an absolutely fantastic iOS version of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$14.99].

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One of the unique phenomenons of the App Store ecosystem is the sudden and inexplicable rise of certain games. While the holy grail of creating an app that skyrockets to the top of the charts was merely a pipe dream for the vast majority of developers, it was also a reason why the iOS gaming scene became so popular - especially in the early days. Perchang [$1.99] - with its current position at #3 for paid apps in both the UK and US at time of writing, and #1 of all paid games in the former - joins the extremely exclusive club of chart toppers that don't feature a bird motif, and appears to have achieved overnight success purely through creating a beautiful premium experience that has caught the eye of everyone from App Store veterans to those who rarely use their mobile devices for gaming...

If you're looking for visually-impressive fast-action MMOs to play on your iOS device, you don't have to look much further than Snail Games, the developer of Age of Wushu Dynasty [Free] and Taichi Panda: Heroes [Free]. If you enjoy games such as those two, you'll probably want to give Kingdom Warriors [Free] a try. This just-released action MMO takes players to the Three Kingdoms era and has them fighting to defeat the rising chaos (I know, very original story). The game offers 40 plus heroes to collect and command, and you have AI-controlled lieutenants to help you in your fights. In typical RPG fashion, you'll collect and upgrade items and customize your equipment as you level up...

'Drifty Dash' Review - Grand Theft Cartoon

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There's a distinct lack of car combat and otherwise silly vehicular based games in the current climate. Whereas everyone was chasing that almighty Destruction Derby or Twisted Metal dollar back in the day with entertaining, if flawed releases like Vigilante 8, nowadays a true successor is a rarity. Heck, even Mario Kart 8 had a ham-stringed battle mode. But with the multitude of platforms anything is possible, and although Drifty Dash [Free] doesn't come close to honoring its pedigree, it's not a bad way to pass the time...

After teasing for a few days, Supercell has released Clash Royale's [Free] 1.4 update that brings plenty of new things to the game. The first big feature is Tournaments. Once you've unlocked the Tournaments mode, you can create a local tournament based on your location. The Tournaments will offer "HUGE rewards" (Supercell's words, not mine), so that should be a strong incentive to try and organize or participate in one. In typical Clash Royale fashion, you won't be able to enter another tournament while you're unlocking your Tournament reward chest. Any new way of playing the game is fine with me since it should keep it fresher...

Leap Day [Free] is quite literally the gift that keeps on giving. Playing new and varied levels every day has proved to be an exciting experience which has captivated our forums and doesn't seem to be getting old anytime soon. Furthermore, the developers Nitrome have tirelessly supported the game with content updates adding new characters and other cool features, despite the fact it only launched on the App Store less than two months ago. This trend has continued, as today a new update for Leap Day has released with new themes, levels and more...

Supercell continues to spoil parts of the Clash Royale [Free] upcoming update, and this time around we got to see two new Legendaries coming to the game. The Log is a Legendary spell unlocked at Arena 6, and it will cost you 2 elixir to cast. When you cast the Log, you'll see, well, a log roll down the lane, damaging any units in the way. As the video points, this is the first 2-cost card that can take out a Princess, so it will be a very useful counter. And if nothing else, it's fun seeing that log run over everything in its path. The second Legendary card revealed in this sneak peek is the Lumberjack, a unit unlocked at Arena 8 and with a 4-Elixir cost. What is very interesting about this card is that after the Lumberjack perishes, he "spills" a Rage spell that continues to damage your opponent's units or buildings...

If you've been wishing for new Clash Royale [Free] units, you're in luck as Supercell's just revealed the Ice Spirit and the Bowler in Sneak Peek 2 for the upcoming update. New units are essential to keeping a game exciting, so I'm glad to see new ones coming our way. The Bowler is a 6-cost Epic card that unlocks at the new Arena 8, and the unit acts similarly to the Clash of Clans Bowler unit. In other words, he hauls boulders that bounce twice off their target, landing behind for a double strike. The first boulder also does pushback damage. As expected, the unit is slow and can take plenty of damage...

Everyone knows that Jean Claude Van Damme is the true Master of the Splits, but now you can a master of splits yourself and you (probably) won't even pull a muscle trying. Split Masters [Free] is a new high-score game that is best described as a vertical Daddy Long Legs [Free]. Your job is to creep up a vertical shaft step by step all while doing the splits. Each tap of the screen alternates between each leg and much like Daddy Long Legs you'll need to find a nice rhythm and maintain a good balance in order to be successful...

If you're tired of seeing the same Arenas over and over again in Clash Royale [Free], the upcoming update should provide some relief to those tired eyes. As announced today in the first Sneak Peek (Supercell sure loves its sneak peeks), we are getting a new Arena 8 that will bump Legendary Arena to 9. Frozen Peak is, as you would imagine, ice-themed and looks pretty cold - unlike what most of you are experiencing at the moment. With many higher level players  spending quite some time in the same Arena before managing to move to the next one, a new Arena addition should make the game feel fresher. However, I'm starting to wonder whether having some gameplay changes in later Arenas would make the game more fun. What do you guys think?..

I've talked about shoot 'em ups ad nauseum, and for good reason -- they're one heck of a genre, and they're making a big comeback on mobile devices. They're just so fun to play and prey off of your ability to react to any given situation. I mean, who doesn't love blowing up aliens or some otherwise evil entity while dodging a hail of bullets on-screen? It's pretty much a universally beloved pastime. Frantic Shooter [Free], which hails more from the Robotron school of thought than anything, is just as fun even with touch controls...

Disney films were a big part of my childhood, and I'm sure that sentiment is shared by many people. This means that even though Disney Crossy Road [Free] and the ever growing roster of stars are mainly an aesthetic change on the original formula, playing as the cast of characters I grew up with has a nostalgic joy that makes the game pretty difficult to put down. In accordance with the release of Finding Dory over the next couple of weeks (it's already out in the US, but some of us around the world are still impatiently waiting), a new update has dropped featuring many of the aquatic animals from he film, as well as other miscellaneous Disney figurines for any fervent collectors to acquire...

The days of every new iOS game dropping uniformly at midnight on Thursday morning seem like a distant memory. Owing to the evolution of the App Store and the emergence of soft launches for many new titles, the release schedule is significantly more fluid. This means that, while there is a lot more unpredictability and excitement on what's going to come out each week, sometimes games can slip past our concise weekly round up. One such game is Nanuleu [$2.99] by Selva Interactive, which won 2nd place at the 2015 Indie Game Maker competition and impressed us on our first look last week...

Back in late January, developer Kenny Sun released Circa Infinity [$2.99] to the App Store, describing it as a "brain-melting circular platformer." Well, seeing as actually describing in detail what it is you do in Circa Infinity is nearly impossible, "brain-melting circular platformer" is pretty on the money. Just know that there are trippy visuals, pumping audio, and frantic twitch platforming all wrapped up in a slick package. We loved Circa Infinity in our review, and that's probably the best place to find out just what this one is all about. Anyway, today is a big day for Circa Infinity as a huge new update was just released which adds in an entirely new endless mode called Circa Affinity...

It's no secret that I'm a True Skate [$1.99] addict. It's my daily habit, and thankfully, I've been told it's a lot healthier than smoking. This little skateboarding simulator has come a long, long way since its original release in the fall of 2012, and a constant flow of updates has added in lots of new courses and new features, making it easily the most robust skate simulator on the App Store. This Friday another new True Skate update is coming which introduces a couple of pretty big changes. ..

In a surprising move this morning, the highly awaited Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore has launched on iOS - however, only on the Netherlands App Store so far. The Galaxy on Fire series by Deep Silver Fishlabs has been a truly iconic IP for iPhone gaming, with previous iterations receiving critical acclaim and a fandom rarely seen outside of a far more established series. It's therefore unsurprising that the upcoming thread for Galaxy on Fire 3 on our forums has been buzzing ever since the initial reveal in 2015, and successive VR support for one of the most graphically advanced games on the platform have only fuelled the fire...

Warner Bros. has been great about publishing the many LEGO video games on iOS, whether that be in a pared down version of the PC and console counterparts or in a more tailored for mobile/handheld fashion. Today they're continuing this trend but taking it up a notch, as today is the day that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Free] is scheduled to arrive on PC and consoles, but an iOS version has launched right alongside it day and date...

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