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For the past year and a half or so, Lucas Wilde has been constructing what he hoped would be the ultimate first-person shooter for mobile devices, and after soft-launching on Android quite some time ago and again on iOS just last month, Bullet Force [Free] is now officially available. The first-person shooter on touchscreens has been a tough nut to crack. Many have tried and failed, and a few have been pretty darn good, but there hasn't been one that truly captures the fun of shooters AND plays well on a touchscreen since, in my opinion, Ngmoco's Eliminate Pro way back in 2009. Lord how I miss that game. Anyway, after the iOS soft launch of Bullet Force last month I took the plunge, and for the first time since those days back in 2009 and 2010, I got that same feeling of fun from playing a first-person shooter on my phone. ..

Obsidian said that Pathfinder Adventures' [Free] Deck 6 was almost here, and it was speaking truth because the latest update just brought Spires of Xin-Shalast to us just in time for the holidays. Deck 6 brings 5 new scenarios to the game, including the conclusion to the Rise of the Runelords adventure, 4 new locations, 4 new maps, over 40 new monsters, villains, and henchmen, and, of course, tons more weapons, spells, loots, and so on. The update also brings character equipment sets where characters have alternate versions you can purchase in the store and each alt has alternate art. You can see the slight differences between the alts and the original characters in terms of stats here...




Clash of Clans [Free] players, Supercell has given to all of you an early Christmas present in the form of a pretty big Christmas update with all kinds of new levels. Barbarian King and Archer Queen can now go to Level 45 at Town Hall 11, Wizard Tower goes to Level 10, Walls will now go up to Level 12, but you only get 50 of them, and Hog Riders can now go to Level 7. We are also getting Level 7 Clan Castle and Level 6 Golems. There's also tons of balancing with Witches getting damage and HP buffs, Balloons dropping the first bomb faster, Dragons seeing their damage speed increased, and the P.E.K.K.A also has its attack increased. Finally, the Poison spell is getting a buff in terms of radius and damage...

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] continues to pump more and more characters into the game, and this time around it's Thanos' turn to join the game. There are two Thanos variations coming to the game, a 3-Star Thanos (Modern) and a 5-star Thanos (Classic). Both of them will arrive in the game on Thursday, December 22nd. As expected, the new characters are coming with all kinds of events both to celebrate Thanos and for the holidays. There's a new Thanos PVE event called Crash of the Mad Titan, a Thanos Versus Tournament called Behold Thanos, and more...

For those craving for another mobile pinball game, Pinpop VEGAS: Extreme Pinball [Free] is one you should probably check out .The Nexon Korea game has you playing through all kinds of environments like forests, mines, deserts, and oceans, all of which change according to the weather. There's a whole story mode that should entertain pinball lovers out there. The game has a fun, cartoony look and while the physics are a bit on the sluggish side (the ball feels much heavier than your average pinball), you should still be able to hit your targets at will once you get the hang of it...

It's hard to deny Super Mario Run's [Free] charm - even though it's not a perfect game - and it looks like Nintendo's big hope for mobile is doing very well for itself despite middling reviews. The numbers aren't that clear at the moment because of how the revenue is lagging behind downloads (due to the monetization model), so keep that in mind. According to Apptopia, the game was downloaded 2.85 million times on the first day (App Annie has the number at around 10 million), which might beat Pokemon GO's 1 million downloads on day 1 but the latter was only available in 3 countries that day while Super Mario Run in 150...

Pokemon GO [Free] was supposed to come to the Apple Watch before the end of 2016, as part of the whole idea of being able to play on the go, but it looks like it's going to be delayed, and the reason for the delay is an intriguing one. According to a report by 9to5Mac, the delay is partly because Niantic is planning on announcing its own wrist wearable that will help players enjoy the company's geolocation games better. The announcement will be coming next month according to sources, but Niantic is trying to keep it a secret and isn't confirming or denying reports of the Apple Watch delays...

Patches and Pirate Warrior, Gadgetzan Decks, Crazy Trump Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #77

Hello everyone and welcome to our pre-holiday Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. As to be expected, most of the stories this week are still about the effect of Gadgetzan on the game, be that in terms of how the meta has changed or how the game feels after the influx of the 132 new cards. There's an interesting article on how Patches the Pirate came to be as well as an article on how to beat that scummy Pirate. Overall, most players seem to be happy with the current state of the game, and that's great because the game needed a nice boost of positivity after the last few months. And as to be expected, we won't be publishing a Touchstone Tavern next Monday because Christmas, of course. Let us begin...

After many years in development, Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] has finally hit the 1.0 milestone, and this update is a huge one. 1.0, or the Ender Update, is bringing everything from The End - End cities, End ships, Ender Dragon - Ender Pearls, Eye of Ender, Ender Chest, Dragon head, shulkers and shulker shells, chorus fruit and popped chorus fruit, end stone and end stone brick, purplur block, pillar, slabs and stairs, dragon egg, ability to craft lingering potions in survival, igloos and polar bears, strongholds, as well as support for world templates. You can check all the new additions here...

'Don't Grind' Review - Tally Me Banana

I don't know about you, but I always get unnerved at the death of tiny cute anthropomorphic things. Most people can rationalize "that's a banana getting grinded up into bits," but when you hear their screams and see blood splattering across the screen, it's a little different. Thankfully the point of Don't Grind [Free] is to save these little creatures, but as most endless games prove, death is inevitable. Maybe that's why it makes me so uncomfortable...

Back in 2012, Danish developer Press Play was acquired by Microsoft and used to create exclusive games for Microsoft's fledgling Windows Phone platform. One of those games was called Tentacles, and it was about controlling a little blob creature by touching the screen to grab onto objects and pull through the level using its set of 4 wiggly tentacles. It was a really unique game that worked wonderfully on a touchscreen, and when it was apparent that its exclusivity wasn't exactly bringing in the customers to the Windows Phone platform, Microsoft opted to bring the game to iOS in October of 2012 with the title Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin [$2.99]. It was an interesting and entertaining game that we enjoyed in our original review...

Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] has been an undeniable success, and that success has translated into some crazy numbers. In celebration of the game's two-year anniversary, Kabam has put out an entertaining video that really puts these two years in perspective and shows just how popular this fighting game has been. Players have logged in almost a billion hours so far and have opened 7.3 billion crystals. There are currently more than half a million alliances with Summoners from over 240 countries with the game being played on over 87 million devices...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] continues to give us more heroes and more villains to play with, and this time around we are getting the first mega-expansion, Vengeance (imagine that word in an echoey, villainy voice). Vengeance brings five heroes and two environments to the game, but more importantly, it's actually bringing a whole new way to play the game. Team Villain Mode has your heroes fight it out against a team of villains, with the five villains that come in Vengeance designed to be mixed and matched into various villain teams just like you can do with heroes...

Winter and snow has descended on World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] and brought along with it some fun goodies and a new event, Winter Fair. The event begins December 19th and ends January 16th and brings new missions, the Winter Fair Site, Auctions, and Chests. The new Missions will get you tickets, credits, premium time, and the first Swedish Premium tank in the game, the autoloading Stridsvagn 74A2. The Winter Fair Site lets you spent Tickets on Auctions and Chests, with Auctions letting you pick up rare Premium tanks - whose prices decrease over time but there's only a limited amount - and chests that come with cool prizes...

Square Enix's three GO games, Deus Ex GO, Lara Croft GO, and Hitman GO, are perfect examples of how to take an IP that was originally on another platform and turn it into a mobile game that while different in looks and gameplay, still retains the spirit of the original game. Square Enix has decided to make a nice bundle of all three GO games called The GO Trilogy for $4.99, which is a great deal when the original games aren't on sale. Remember, if you just have one or two of the games in the bundle, you can get the remaining for pretty cheap...

For those anxious to see the end of Batman - The Telltale Series [$4.99], you don't have to wait any longer because Episode 5, City of Lights, is now available to download on the app. Despite its many, many technical issues, the Batman series is one of the most interesting takes on the Dark Knight - and especially on Bruce Wayne - which is why it's a real shame most of you haven't been able to really play the game. If you've managed to play it because your device is top of the line (though even then issues abound), then get ready to enjoy the final showdown between Batman and the Children of Arkham...

Nintendo's 'Super Mario Run' is Now Available!

It's been a long wait since Nintendo officially announced Mario coming to the iPhone in early September, and even longer if you consider that people have been clamoring for Nintendo to bring games to mobile even since the arrival of the iPhone a decade ago, but the time is finally here that Super Mario Run [Free] has arrived in the App Store. Well, arrived in "GET" form rather than the "NOTIFY" form it's been in since September, at least. As most everyone knows by now, Super Mario Run isn't exactly the Mario you know and love from the past three decades. This Mario runs, vaults over enemies, and does every other action besides jumping on his own, leaving you to focus all your attention on the jumping by simply tapping on the screen. It'll be interesting to see if Miyamoto and Co. have still provided a rewarding, skill-based Mario game despite the extreme distillation of its hallmark mechanics. ..

If you had any doubts (which you shouldn't) about Pokemon GO's [Free] global popularity this year, look no further than Google Trends for 2016, which shows the most trending searches during the very extraordinary year that we've had. The top 5 include Donald Trump and the iPhone 7, but above both of those is Pokemon GO, which is an amazing feat for a mobile game that was only around for half of 2016. The US trending searches were quite different from the global ones, but Pokemon GO still managed to be number 4 (just above Slitheri.io, another huge game)...

The card game Plants Vs Zombies Heroes [Free] has been doing pretty well so far, even grabbing one of Apple's best of 2016 awards recently. In the latest update, PVZH has added a new feature that should get players logging into the game more often. The new addition is weekly in-game single and multiplayer events that let you unlock new cards to add to your collection. These new cards aren't available via any other means, so this is your chance to grab some sweet exclusives. If you win games with that week's featured Hero class, you can boost the amount of tickets you earn, which in turn you can use to grab even more cards...

I am mildly concerned for the wellbeing of the guys at Foursaken Media, as their unrelenting output of quality games and successive support for their quality releases is surely incompatible with sleep. Only last November we heard of Noblemen: 1896, the quartet's next release and arguably their most ambitious effort to date, and while December hasn't brought with it any new games, Foursaken Media have today released a major update in support of one of their most beloved titles. Block Fortress [$1.99] achieved significant commercial and critical success upon its release in 2013 for its unique amalgamation of Minecraft-esque building with tower defense gameplay, and although it hasn't received any significant content updates since May 2015, a huge new Holidays-themed patch has launched today with a variety of new weapons, equipment and levels, but also some more mechanical changes that have been popularly requested by fans over the years...

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