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Most Star Trek fans really like the Borg, the alien race that assimilates other species into the Collective through nanoprobes and cybernetic parts. Some of the best story lines had the Borg at their center, so I understand why Star Trek viewers are Borg fans. You'll be happy to hear that the Borg collective is coming to Star Trek Timelines [Free] in a month-long event called Process of Assimilation. During this event, players will try to repel the Borg while engaging in limited time Distress Calls and joining weekly in-game events...

'Protostrike', an Upcoming Online Arena Shooter, Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

Back in January, we brought you a first glimpse of upcoming online arena shooter Protostrike, which looked to make an impact in a somewhat overlooked genre with some intense real-time action on the App Store. With the ability to use numerous weapons and special attacks to eliminate your opponents, as well as the novel use of verticality in being able to jump up on buildings to evade a potential pursuer, Protostrike looked particularly promising when it requested testers for its initial alpha test period earlier this year. After months of balancing mechanics and tweaking the servers, Protostrike is finally ready for an upcoming closed beta test, and the developers are looking for aspiring mercenaries on our forums to dive into the action and give feedback on the game...




One of the more confusing things about analyzing games in modern times is that they can change and improve thanks to the nature of updates and digital distribution. Guns of Mercy [Free] hasn't necessarily seen dramatic overhauls since its initial release, but it's become a much better game, and a free download well worth checking out. This action game has you fending off endless waves of enemies, using a gun that you can aim in a 180 degree circle. One hit kills you, but shields, powerups, and a giant mecha can help you out along the way, as you fight ever more dangerous enemies and giant bosses. You collect coins, and these all go toward upgrades to help you blow up stuff better. It's a turbo-charged shooter, and it's worth the download just to check out, though if you're playing now, you're getting a changed and improved experience than those who first gave it a shot...

Minimalistic Physics Skiing Game 'Just Ski' Plummets Onto the App Store May 10th

Skiing is an absolutely exhilarating experience, sadly marred by its seasonal restriction to only the coldest and snowiest of climates, and also its exuberant cost of entry. Thankfully the video games industry has recognised the mass appeal of plummeting down a slope at ridiculous speeds, and so recent years have been littered with attempts to capture the lightning in a bottle of such extreme sports. Whether that's Steep on consoles, or even iOS titles such as the recently released Shiny Ski Resort [$4.99] by Kairosoft, skiing has never been more accessible, and Farseer Games' upcoming release Just Ski is the next release in the avalanche of alpine activities. Featuring a minimalist aesthetic and an emphasis on fast pick-up-and-play sessions, Just Ski looks to take a focused approach to the genre, and is set to launch on the App Store on May 10th for only $0.99...

A few months back, we wrote about Lightseekers [Free], the toys-to-life action adventure RPG that looked quite fun, and now you can try it out for yourself if you're in the US, Canada, or the UK (broader release to come later). While the game is using its pretty fancy—and expensive—figures as a selling point, it's totally playable without them, so don't let the $70 figures scare you away from what looks like a pretty fun—and totally free—action adventure RPG. As you can see from the video below, there's a ton of things you can do in the game besides just fighting enemies, and your heroes can be upgraded in cool ways...

We always talk about how big Hearthstone [Free] is, but we don't always have specific numbers to demonstrate that fact. Today, though, we have one pretty telling number: 70 million players. That's how many players have registered for the game so far, and that's a pretty huge number. It doesn't mean that all 70 million are currently playing the game, but that's still a pretty incredible number. To celebrate this momentous number, Blizzard is giving away 3 free Un'Goro packs to any player who logs into the game during the month of May, even if you are a brand new player. Freebies are always great, so you should log in and get those 3 packs; who knows, you might even get a Legendary (highly doubt that)...

Clash Royale [Free] is adding an interesting new spell today called Heal, and—as I hope you can guess—it heals your troops. This 3-Elixir spell heals your units every 0.5 seconds over 3 seconds for 176/sec at Level 7, and it can really change the momentum of a match if played at the right time on the right troops. The spell is unlocked at Arena 10, Hog Mountain. The Heal spell featured in its own Draft Challenge during the weekend, so some of you are already familiar with how it plays. For the rest of you, today's the day to go get your hands on it. Why would you want to play the Heal Spell in your deck?..

Paladin Rising, Wild Tournament Coming, Un'Goro Archetypes, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #95

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the most interesting Hearthstone articles and videos. This week we saw the meta starting to transition as some new decks started making an impression on ranked. We also have a Wild tournament coming (finally) as well as stories about new Un'Goro archetypes, the decks that should be dominating the meta in the near future, and much more. And, like always, we have some fun videos for your work/school break. Overall, it's been a pretty positive week with players enjoying the variety of decks. Without further ado, let us begin...

Super Senso [Free] has undoubtedly been one of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2017, and for good reason. While the game has been in soft launch since late 2015, and we have caught numerous glimpses of the title at events such as PAX in the subsequent fifteen months or so, Super Senso only released on the North American App Store last Thursday, with a worldwide release still in the pipeline. Initial impressions on our forum thread have been generally positive, with the futuristic fast-paced real time strategy action going down well with the iOS community at large, and such fervent pre-release hype being met by those eagerly anticipating an Advanced Wars-esque alternative on the App Store. To celebrate its long-awaited North American launch, publishers GungHo have released a brand new trailer for Super Senso, which showcases the numerous different characters that can be encountered in the game, as well as a taste of the title's eccentric humor...

Forget the theories of technological singularity where people claim artificial intelligence will end up surpassing that of humans - the biggest and most immediate problem that the future presents is that it is really quite expensive. Whether that's something as relatively small as that beautiful new 4K HDR television, or something as huge as space travel, our collective wallets will inevitably get a bit lighter as more shiny things appear at our doorstep. Thankfully, the App Store has a solution - both Missileman [$0.99] and Quantum Revenge [$0.99], two recent futuristic arcade titles released in 2017, have both been reduced to $0.99 over the weekend, which is both game's lowest price yet...

While some people may fight against convention by deleting Facebook or refusing to shop at big chain stores, my biggest stand against societal norms was by actually quite enjoying studying and solving math problems at school. As a result, I tend to gravitate towards puzzle titles and anything with a semblance of number crunching, such as Sudoku or Picross, if I need to kill some time, and the upcoming Mr. Mustachio 2 looks like it could be the next game to fill this particular niche on my iPhone. While sharing the same rough concept as the previous game in the series that was released in October 2016, Mr. Mustachio 2 adds not only more number questions, but puzzles involving images, shapes and words, resulting in an intriguing take on the Brain Training-esque format that should provide a fun and educational time waster when it launches on the App Store in the next few weeks...

Magic: Puzzle Quest [Free] continues to improve, and the latest 2.0 update has brought some very welcome changes. The first new feature is Event Decks, which will result in battles taking place with decks made for specific events rather than a random opponent's deck. The other new feature is Deck Slots, which apparently has been a feature players have been requesting for quite some time. Having multiple deck slots per Planeswalker will make it easier to jump into events without having to tinker with decks every time you do so. You can now buy 2 extra deck slots per Planeswalker...

We really liked Terra Battle [Free], the free-to-play social RPG, when it came out back in 2014, and even though the game has been adding content, it's been a while since we've heard much about it. Today, though, the developers are adding characters from Final Fantasy XV and are trying to bring lapsed players back to the game. Starting today, three new limited edition quests will feature Final Fantasy XV characters and exclusive new music by Nobuo Uematsu. The quests will be all about Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto fighting against Final Fantasy staples such as Behemoth and Titan. Once you complete the quests, you'll have a chance to roll the S-Class adventurer Noctis...

Sandbox Evolution [Free] has been expanding ever since it originally released, and the upcoming new feature is easily one of the more interesting ones. The game's next update, which will go live on iOS and Android on April 28th, will add 6 new vehicles to the game that will expand its platforming possibilities. The vehicles aren't just your typical four-wheeled type; we are getting a tank, a battlemech that can hover and also electrify metal wires, an attack helicopter, a submarine, a big spiked wheel called Reaptire, and a Bathysphere that will let you dive into hazardous underwater environments...

The lovely, minimalist folktale adventure Burly Men at Sea [$4.99] has made its way onto the Apple TV in the latest update, and I think it will look great on a large screen. If you haven't had the chance to play Burly Men at Sea yet, first you have to admit that it probably has the best name ever for a game. Moving beyond that, Burly Men at Sea is a game about three burly fishermen who have decided to venture forth into the Scandinavian waters of the last century and spice up their lives. The clever mechanic that really makes the game stand out is how instead of interacting with the characters, you interact with the environment by moving the camera around, which in turn lets you alter the narrative.

This is definitely the kind of game that ignites conversations over whether video games are art or not. Recently, the developers even turned player's runs into hardcover books with lovely art, which was a pretty cool idea. The free update also adds a sticker pack, which I'm glad about because, as you can see from the trailer above, the art is pretty neat.

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Team17 is on a roll with bringing their desktop and console published titles over to mobile, with Mouldy Toof's The Escapists [$3.99] arriving early last month and Self Made Miracle's awesome arena platformer Penarium [$1.99] surprise launching this morning. Penarium is actually the name of the twisted circus where the game takes place, and you'll play as Willy hopping from platform to platform trying to avoid an increasingly deadly barrage of hazards and traps as you try to collect as many barrels and coins as possible. Every fifth barrel you collect a new set of hazards will appear, and you'll continue on until you've completed a certain objective to finish a level or for as long as possible in the endless modes. Coins collected go towards picking up special cards which give you different abilities during the campaign levels...

Were you aware that there's currnently a Final Fantasy VI [$14.99] event taking place in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius [Free], Square Enix's popular social RPG? Well, even if you don't play that game and are not aware of the event, you can benefit from it if you don't already own the iOS version of the full Final Fantasy VI port. In celebration of said event, Square Enix has dropped the price of Final Fantasy VI down to $6.99 from its normal price of $14.99. The game has been on sale plenty of times before, but this is in fact the lowest it has ever been, and while 7 bucks is still considered high in the world of mobile games, your money is getting you one of the all-time classic RPGs with dozens of hours of gameplay. ..

'Star Cat Adventure' Review - Galactic Psychedelic Kitten

Sometimes it's nice to just relax and play a game with a weird creature at the helm. Maybe Bubsy isn't the best example, but cats are relaxing and stress-reducing creatures by nature, so I naturally gravitate towards projects that feature felines. That's why I opted to take a chance on Star Cat Adventure [$0.99]. Well, that, and the fact that its titular character looks like a rad '90s mascot...

If you're a Warhammer 40,000 fan, this story is definitely for you. Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf [Free] is a turn-based strategy game with a CCG component first-released on iOS in 2014, and while it had its issues—especially with regards to monetization—it looked pretty cool. A recent developer diary focused solely on the game's visuals, and it's definitely worth a read, especially if you're a fan of the whole universe. As an example of the depth of knowledge needed to design these characters, the developers go over every little piece of the Terminator Armor, describing its purpose but also what each of the symbols and colors mean within the context of the 40K universe...

If you don't like Yogg-Saron's spell shenanigans, you might want to keep away from Hearthstone's [Free] Tavern Brawl this week. The Servant of Yogg-Saron Tryouts, a repeat from last summer, has you picking a class and gives you a deck full of random minions. The fun part is that every time you play a minion, it casts a random spell at a random target. Even though this is a repeat Brawl, you'll be casting quite a few new spells because of the Un'Goro expansion, so it should still feel quite fresh and entertaining. If, of course, you don't like RNG, there won't be much for you to like in this brawl...

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