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It feels like it was only yesterday that Pokemon GO [Free] took over both popular culture and TouchArcade, however somehow the first anniversary of Niantic's runaway augmented reality hit is rapidly approaching. The first few weeks of Pokemon GO fever may have been defined by the frequent server issues and in-game glitches, however an abundance of improvements, events and content updates since (including the addition of most of the Generation 2 creatures) has gone some way towards becoming the experience that many expected from that stunning reveal trailer from 2015. To celebrate such an occasion, Niantic are hosting numerous in-game and real life events that aim not only to help the most ardent of trainers finally catch 'em all, but also to bring Pokemon GO players together for some exciting birthday festivities around the world...

As you've probably read by now, Pathfinder Adventures [Free]  is getting some pretty cool Goblin content soon, but that's not all we're getting. In a recent blog, the developers have talked about updates coming to the Party Creation and Character Selection screen (as well as other interfaces) that should streamline the whole process, especially for those new to the game. Speaking of new players, the game is getting a substantially improved tutorial, which will come in the form of five short scenarios that will teach specific elements of the game in a clear way. And you'll get rewards for completing them. Part of the reason for the new tutorial is that around three-quarters of the players forced to play the original tutorial never returned to the game, which is pretty bad...




This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is called Just a Hallucination and is actually a pretty cool one. In Just a Hallucination you pick a class and get a random deck filled with spells that also includes these magical cards called Hallucination, 1-mana cards that let you discover a card from your opponent's class. As you can imagine, you get to play with some really fun class combinations; for instance, I was playing a Mage and kept adding Warrior Taunt cards to my deck, making for a pretty entertaining match, especially since my opponent kept using my spells and secrets on me and smashing my poor minions...

Monument Valley 2's [$4.99] release timing was pretty impeccable, with the game popping on the App Store during Apple's WWDC 17. And, of course, the game had the huge success of the original Monument Valley as a wind beneath its wings, so it shouldn't be surprising that according to Sensor Tower's numbers, Monument Valley 2 reached the top of the US App Store four times faster than the original game, which is pretty remarkable. It's hard to know how well the game will do in the long-run, especially because the fortunes of paid games on the App Store change according to the times...

A few months back we talked about Candy Crush [Free] becoming a TV game show, and a few weeks back we heard that Mario Lopez, of Saved by the Bell, was going to present it. Jimmy Kimmel was able to read Mario Lopez's mind, and he re-did the TV game show's trailer with a bit more honesty at the end, so make sure you watch the whole video below. We shouldn't be surprised that Candy Crush will become a TV game show since the brand has been stepping outside the world of mobile gaming for some time now (including sponsoring the big Coachella party this year). And with most mobile gamers at least knowing—if not actually playing—Candy Crush on their phones, the game show has a ready-made audience...

Lo and behold; we got the second episode of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99] on the same day as the rest of the platforms. Who knew? As you probably know by now, Telltale's iOS releases haven't been the most predictable lately, but I'm glad to see the Episode 2, Under Pressure, release today. Under Pressure (spoilers) follows the Guardians' adventures as they try to evade a (probably misunderstood) genocidal maniac who wants to steal the powerful relic that can bring back people from the dead. Desperate for some help, Star-Lord and the rest will have to seek old friends and call in favors if they are to survive...

Everywhere you look today, you see Monument Valley 2 [$4.99] stories, which goes to show the impact the original Monument Valley made on the gaming community (and beyond) when it was released. To celebrate the release, Ustwo Games posted a behind-the-scenes video—made with the same artistry as the games—that's definitely worth your time. The video talks about the shift in focus in the new game and the way the developers see narrative and gameplay as intertwined. The developers emphasize the importance of telling a mother's story from her perspective rather than that of her children and hope to see parents and children experiencing the game together...

Telltale's Guardian of the Galaxy [$4.99] series is about to get its second episode, and today we got to see the trailer for Under Pressure. Spoilers from here on. The Guardians have in their possession an extremely powerful relic that can bring people back from the dead (and do even more), and they are being hunted by people who are more than willing to do bodily harm. So, Star-Lord and the rest have to go find old friends and call in some favors if they are to make it through alive. At the same time, the team isn't at its best, so it's quite possible the Guardians will start losing members in Under Pressure...

Enjoy Our 100th 'Hearthstone' 'Touchstone Tavern' Weekly Roundup

Welcome everyone to our 100th Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of everything cool and interesting in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. Hard to believe that we've reached that 100 issue milestone, which also translates into me doing this for quite a long time. The first time we published this column was May 26th, 2015, so the 100th issue comes just a bit after the two-year anniversary. I hope you've been enjoying reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. If you feel like seeing how much the game and the conversations around it have changed, go check out Touchstone #1. Fun times, I guarantee it. And now, enjoy last week's news, today...

'Beholder' Review - Oppressing People and Taking Names Was Never This Fun

Recently, we've had the "pleasure" of playing quite a few games that turn you into a cog in a totalitarian machine rather than a hero fighting against a ruthless State apparatus. Paper's Please and The Westport Independent played on the delicate balance between being moral and staying alive in an oppressive regime, although with differing levels of success. Still, they both managed to involve the player in what is a game of moral tug of war, where any initial desire to play the game as a moral and just individual slowly gets crushed under the reality that is survival for you and, in many instances, your family...

The Quest HD [$7.99], which actually isn't even called The Quest HD anymore because developer Redshift renamed it simply The Quest and then renamed the original The Quest and its many expansions to The Quest Classic but I didn't want to be any more confusing than I need to be and since this is the HD remake of The Quest I'm just going to go ahead and call it The Quest HD anyway… ahem, where was I? Oh yeah, The Quest HD has already received a lengthy expansion with Islands of Ice and Fire [$3.99], which was an HD remake of an existing expansion, but as was hinted at last month long-time The Quest expansion creator Zarista Games has been hard at work on a brand new expansion specifically for The Quest HD called The Quest - Thor's Hammer [$2.99], which just arrived in the App Store today...

Reigns [$2.99] is a pretty fantastic game both in terms of it's clever, Tinder-like mechanics and the silly storylines it creates. If you've played and enjoyed the game or even just want to learn more about the way developers come up with smart game mechanics, watch the GDC 2017 talk below by Francois Alliot, the game's developer. He first talks about the combination of short- and long-game goals and then goes on to talk about the right things they did while developing the game and all the mistakes they made along the way. He talks about how they used the gameplay's and tone's constraints to come up with ideas and also how bifurcation were essential to designing both the mechanics and content...

I'm not entirely sure why, but water park levels in seemingly unrelated video games have some unique intrinsic novelty for me personally. Maybe because they're less abundant and not as cliche as their regular theme park counterparts; maybe because they're more creative and less mundane than something such as an airport or shopping mall. Either way, what I'm trying to say is I love a good water park map, and therefore the most recent update or Crash of Cars [Free] is totally up my street (or up my slide, if you will). With a new map featuring the aforementioned aquatic wonderland, as well as multiple new vehicles to eliminate your automotive enemies with, there's a lot to enjoy in this latest update, which is available to download for any ardent Crash of Cars fans today...

We wrote a few weeks back that Hearthstone [Free] was going to get some new features, and those new features have just been added in the latest update. The first big feature is Deck Importing. You can now copy and import decklists from the internet or even from your own decklist library, a feature that should make our lives so much easier and make switching out decks faster. The client will know when a valid decklist is copied and will ask you whether you want to use it when creating a new deck. In theory, at least. The other big feature is Quest with friends, the ability to complete most quests during Friendly Challenges, which wasn't allowed before...

It's Wonder Woman time in pretty much everything DC on the App Store, so you shouldn't be surprised that Wonder Woman theatrical content is now available in the DC Legends [Free]  F2P strategy RPG. The new update has added Wonder Woman: Defender of Justice, a movie version of the famous superhero based on Gal Gadot. There will also be all kinds of Wonder Woman-related events throughout June, so plenty of opportunities for you to grab all that content. Specifically, there will be a 9-Day Hero Challenge where you will travel to Wonder Woman's Island paradise and battle in the new Gates of Tartarus environment to earn Wonder Woman: Defender of Justice fragments...

A few weeks back, we talked about King Rabbit [Free] developers looking for player-made levels to add to their upcoming Ruby expansion, and from what I've heard many of you responded to the call. Now the Ruby Expansion has gone live, and you can go play 64 levels that might include one of your own, if you are good at putting together puzzle levels. The expansion costs $1.99, but you get it for free if your level was selected. And those lucky enough to have levels selected also got a ton of diamonds (not the real ones, sorry) and their name displayed at the start of the level...

With Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] officially getting the big Minecraft Marketplace addition, we wanted to talk to the developers to get an insight look about how the whole idea came about, how they went about implementing it, what obstacles they encountered (if any), and more. So, I got to talk to John Thornton, Executive Producer of Minecraft Realms, and James Delaney, the Founder of Blockworks. I'm sure most Minecraft PE players will be happy to have access to all this new content, but let me know in the comments what you think about the Minecraft Marketplace...

It's finally here, ladies and gentlemen; the Minecraft Pocket Edition [$6.99] Discovery Update, or 1.1, has gone live. This update is packed with content that will change the way you play the game. First of all, the new update has added the Minecraft Marketplace, an expansion to the existing store that has added 14 pieces of content: six worlds, two survival spawns, two texture packs, and four skin packs. These should offer hours of ready-made entertainment for a pretty low price. The Worlds are huge builds with their own storylines, texture packs, and objectives that transform the way you play the game. Survival Spawns are builds that you can use as your survival games' base...

If you are a Power Rangers: Legacy Wars [Free] player, you're going to like the latest update. This update adds Tommy Oliver, the original White Ranger to the game. Apparently, Jason David Frank, the actor who portrayed Tommy Oliver in the series, helped design the White Ranger's moves. And while adding a new character might be fun, the most important part of this update is how the game has reworked the combat ruleset. After feedback from the community, the developers have changed quite a few things on how you fight. Strikes now defeat Breakers at any time during the Breaker animation, the hit reaction from an incoming attack on an Assist warrior will now carry over to the leader warrior, and recovery time has been reduced so that blocked players have a better chance at countering...

Supercell continues to inject new cards into Clash Royale [Free], and this time around it is the Night Witch's turn. The Night Witch is a new Legendary that costs 4 Elixir to deploy, is unlocked in Frozen Peak (Arena 8), and is a single-target melee troop that does high damage and can take some punishment too. Her hit speed is 1.5 seconds and takes 1 second to deploy. What does she do, you ask? The Night Witch summons 2 Bats every 5 second and summons four Bats when she goes to meet her maker. Since she can't attack any air troops, she can be easily countered with units like Minions, although her Bats can hit air targets...

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