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If you like your Hearthstone [Free] filled with spells, you've come to the right Tavern Brawl. Battle of Tal Barad, which we've played in the past, has you building your own deck, and then every time you play a minion, you get a random spell of the same cost that costs 0 mana to play. The spells will come from random classes, so don't go picking a class just because it comes with strong spells. And, since you're are getting random spells, expect plenty of RNG in this one, which is fine by me. When it comes to building a deck, go with minions on a nice curve (unless you find a specific spell essential for your strategy) and bring minions that are buffed by or interact with spells (expect to see Mana Wyrms and Flakewakers aplenty) since you'll be casting a ton of those...

Dial the clocks back to early December of 2015 and developer Art in Games released AirAttack 2 [$0.99], a sequel to their incredibly well-recieved 2010 vertical shoot 'em up. There was little warning of AirAttack 2's arrival, and as such it took both our community and our staff by storm as it proved to be one of the most visually impressive and refreshing shooters available on mobile. We awarded it 5 stars in our review as well as Game of the Week honors. And, despite releasing so close to the end of the year, AirAttack 2 made enough of an impression on us that we included it in our Best Games of 2015 as well. In short, AirAttack 2 is really, really good!..




The App Store is inundated with card games, but many of them are relatively complex, which makes getting into them too time-consuming. RPS Saga [$0.99], which has just released, hopes to offer something more casual to those who enjoy card games while still making it interesting enough. As the title hints at, the game uses the rock-paper-scissors rules that should reduce the complexity and make it easy to pick up. And judging from the trailer, the battles are fast enough to make it easy to play in short bursts. I play quite a few card games, but I think there's always space for a casual one...

We first talked about Voyageur [$3.99] in June of last year, as its description as a "literary space exploration game" and "procedurally-generated science fiction novel" really caught our attention. We also found it interesting that Voyageur was part of the Fundbetter initiative put together by Fallen London [Free] developer Failbetter Games. If the masters of narrative and literary games at Failbetter were also backing an indie literary space adventure, well, it seemed like nothing but good could come from that. And as of just a few moments ago, we can finally find out for ourselves as Voyageur has officially released in the App Store...

Malevolent Machines [$1.99] has been on my radar ever since we first caught a glimpse of the game back in September 2016. From its mysteriously ominous and beautifully alliterative title, to the game's interesting merger of auto-runner and shoot-em-up mechanics under a layer of luscious pixel art graphics, it appeared that Goodnight Games had really gone the extra mile to stand out amidst its many contemporaries on the App Store. While the developers have successfully satiated fans with a number of preview trailers over the past few months, Malevolent Machines has finally launched today on iOS for a modest $1.99, and if the game can live up to its impressive scope, it is surely an essential download for anyone wanting an accomplished attempt at an Altered Beast-meets steampunk-esque mobile game in this suitably malevolent modern era...

Nerfs, Dinosaur Expansion, Pirate Warrior Deck and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #83

Hello and welcome to another Hearthstone [Free] news and videos roundup. I hope you've had a good week and you didn't have to face too many Shaman decks (although the odds of that are not in your favor). This past week was a very interesting one as we got the first clear statement of nerfs coming to the game soon as well as possibly the name and theme of the next expansion. Are you ready for some dinosaurs? We also got stories about a great nation-based tournament coming as well as some ways to counter Pirate Warrior. And, as always, we got the best videos of the week. So come in and enjoy the roundup...

File this story under rumors and possible leaks, but it looks like we know the name and theme of the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion. According to a voice actor's resume (no point in including the name), the next Hearthstone adventure will be called Lost Secrets of Un'Goro, and there will probably be cards such as Golakka Crawler, Pteradactyl, Anklesaur, Hydra, and Brontosaurus. This is the extent of the evidence we have on the matter, but it looks promising enough. What would such an expansion bring to the game? Well, another viable tribe hopefully? I'd like those dinosaurs to stomp all over those puny pirates...

3 Sprockets' Upcoming Endless Driller 'Digby Forever' Gets an Explosive New Animated Trailer

I'm a big fan of 3 Sprockets, as their work on App Store classic Pac-Man 256 [Free] and the beautiful minimalist puzzler Outfolded [Free] exemplifies their dedication to quality, well thought out experiences on mobile devices. As a result, when I first saw the announcement of Digby Forever, I was instantly smitten. Combining the evocative nostalgia of games such as Mr. Driller with a modern intensity perfectly suited to the iPhone - all the while retaining 3 Sprockets' elite production values - is an incredibly compelling mix, and with a February 16th release date set in stone, there isn't too much longer to wait for any drilling devotees to try out this newest digging game. To help us get through the two weeks of impatient anticipation, the developers have today released a brand new animated trailer for Digby Forever, which goes some way in encapsulating the charm and character within the game...

Video games and wolves are really a match made in heaven. Whether it's transforming into a twilit beast in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the loyal, loveable, and incorrectly named companion D-Dog in Metal Gear Solid V, or the majestic goddess Amaterasu in Okami, there really is an incredible track record for the ferocious canine in gaming. The Wolf: Online RPG Simulator [Free] looks to keep up this astonishing trend, and in a similar vein to the Goat Simulator series, puts you in control of the titular wolf in an open world environment, as you look to hunt sheep, fight deer bosses, and eventually become the alpha of the pack. While the game was slightly delayed from its original January release date, anyone looking to live on the wild side of life will be delighted to hear that The Wolf is finally available on the App Store to download for free...

Sky Force Reloaded [Free] left a particularly strong impression on both gamers and critics over the course of 2016, and for good reason. Regardless of whether you were a fan of the shoot-em-up genre, Sky Force Reloaded excelled with its presentation and attention to detail, but most of all with its undeniably commitment to consistent content updates. While the base game in Sky Force Reloaded was already essential, and even received a glowing five star review back in June of last year, these frequent updates only solidified infinite Dreams's futuristic shooter as the pinnacle of the genre on mobile devices, and the level of commitment from the developer to their considerable community of fans is almost unparalleled, even on the App Store. Sadly, there was always going to be a point when the update well would run dry, and it seems today we have reached this milestone. The 1.80 patch, dubbed the 'Missile Update', marks the end of the content updates for the game, but if the additions included are anything to go by, Infinite Dreams are determined to finish their perpetual support of Sky Force Reloaded with a bang...

The wait is over, North America. Fire Emblem: Heroes [Free]is finally out on this side of the world, too. The game started appearing on App Stores across the world late last night, but we were left to wait for hours and repeatedly check that iTunes link. No more, though, and now we can also join the Fire Emblem party. If you haven't read anything about the game yet, then you're probably living in a cave somewhere with no power and no internet. But for those few who don't know much about it, Fire Emblem: Heroes is Nintendo's mobile version of its famous franchise, and it will have you collecting heroes and doing battles...

Over the past few years, developer Shelly Alon has released two quirky and enjoyable puzzle games for iOS in 2014's Partyrs [$1.99] and 2015's Sputnik Eyes [$1.99]. So when we learned earlier this week that his next game would be a vertical shoot 'em up, a genre that's notorious for the type of frantic action not seen in Alon's previous puzzle games, I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out. This new game is called Glitchskier [$1.99] and now that it's finally available I can answer my own sense of curiosity: It turned out brilliantly!..

Clash Royale [Free] has a pretty fun challenge this time around, and it's one that's doing something new. The Battle Ram Challenge allows you to build a deck with Battle Ram, even though the card isn't out yet, and any other card you want. That means you can play around with cards that aren't in your collection. The fun part is that if you manage to get 5 wins and up, you unlock Battle Ram cards, which means you'll see the card start appearing in your chests before the normal release of the new card. That's a pretty cool idea, I think. There are two price points for this challenge. The Grand Challenge costs 100 gems to enter, and the Classic Challenge is free on the first entry and costs 10 gems from there onward...

Just barely slipping past our normal weekly list of new releases was Grimnir and Snow Cannon Games moody new point-and-click adventure game The Frostrune [$4.99]. The game is heavily inspired by Viking legends and ancient Norse culture, and the gorgeous artwork does an amazing job of creating creepy and unsettling environments for you to explore and puzzle around in. We've covered the game several times over the course of the past year or so, and have really fallen in love with the tremendous atmosphere the game is able to create. Check out the newest trailer for The Frostrune to see a glimpse of the mood in the game...

Last Christmas, Blizzard gave us one very fun Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl called Gift Exchange which was all about stealing presents from each other. Today, with a month's delay, we are getting Gift Exchange once more, and it's one of the best ones to play. The way this Brawl works is you build your deck and then you try to get the various crates that will drop on both sides of the field (they drop whenever there's no crate on that side of the board). Those crates contain stolen gifts, cards that allow you to Discover expensive powerful cards that you can play at a discount. Yes, there's RNG there, but it's good RNG because of the Discover mechanic. You can even break your own side's crates, so keep that in mind...

It’s no secret around these parts that I have a great fondness for deck building card games. It also may come as a shock to you, me being a writer on a website and all, but I am rather fond of the fine art of word-smithery. Never did I think the two would be joined in such a perfect and holy union as they have been in Tim Fowers’/Fowers Games Inc.’s Paperback: The Game [$3.99]. It’s like the love child of Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer [Free] and Scrabble [$7.99], and while it could use some more meat on its bones, it’s a beautiful little baby...

PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator [Free] is a pretty entertaining game even when you ignore the huge name that helped put the game on gamers' radars. The game continues to grow, and the 1.4 update, which went live today, has added a big feature, Networks, while also adjusting various timers to make leveling up easier. Networks are like clans in other games, and you can either create one or join an already-existing one. As part of a Network, you can contribute views to unlock perks for every member, which should help players level up more easily. Speaking of leveling up more easily, the update has also reduced high level items' shipping times as well as increased the views you get from videos. Those changes should make the game more fun to play for F2P players...

For those looking for some tank mayhem, today's your lucky day because Phil Hassey's Tankout [Free] has just attacked the App Store. As we wrote about a few days ago, Tankout is a tricky game to describe because it combines creating with destroying and then wrapping all that up in competitive play. You try to take out your opponents in a variety of online worlds, and as you do, you collect coins. The fun part is you can spend those coins to build your own worlds, but others can damage those worlds and insert their own obstacles as well. It's one of those games that's easier to figure out by playing rather than reading about...

While the big N has stated that their first mobile game release Super Mario Run [Free] wouldn't be getting major content updates during the course of its life, they've still been pretty active about updating the game in general and running new events and sometimes even adding new features, like the "Friendly Run" mode back in December and the "Loads of Coins" event a couple of weeks ago. Today they've gone and done it again by updating Super Mario Run not with actual new content but with a major tweaking to how the game works in an effort to appeal to those who find it too challenging. It's called "Easy Mode" and you'll get the option to replay a level in this new way once you've failed it at least once. Easy Mode removes the time limit and also gives you unlimited bubble redos, meaning you can die as often as you want and can take as much time doing so as you wish!..

I’m a simple man. I see vikings, I click download. This has been true for years, and it was true a couple months ago, when Vikings: an Archer’s Journey [$2.99] was in the recommended new games section of the App Store home page. I didn’t opt for a review right away because this game definitely needed some more time in the forge, but a few thousand whacks with the hammer of improvement later and we have a solid bow-and-arrow-centric runner on our hands worth giving a look...

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