Category Archives: Universal

Do you like randomness? Do you like minions that change mana costs every single turn so that you never know what cards you can play the next turn? Then step right up because this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl, Randomonium, was made for you. This one is a repeat of a repeat, and it will scratch that RNG itch of yours (if you do have one, of course). You get to pick one class and get a random deck. The fun part is that every turn, the card costs get randomized, which is a recipe for silliness. You might get to play a powerful Legendary on turn 1 or play a crazy powerful three-card combo on turn 4. Great fun for you, though not great fun for your opponent...

Fight Hundreds of Toy Pokemon in 'PokeLand', Coming Soon to iOS and Android

It's been a Pokemon Master's dream on the App Store over the past year. With Pokemon: Magikarp Jump [Free] starring everyone's favorite useless fish in its own adorable clicker title, Pokemon Duel [Free] bringing an esoteric take on the figurine battler to the iPhone, and the popular culture phenomenon that is Pokemon GO [Free], there's been a lot for fans of the critter-collecting series to celebrate as of late. In a determined refusal to slow down in this impassioned delivery of new games, The Pokemon Company has today announced PokeLand, which looks to be a mobile adaptation of the popular toy conflict from the Pokemon Rumble 3DS series...




Earlier this month, news broke that Knights of Pen & Paper 2 [Free] was reverting from its previous $4.99 premium pricing to a brand new free-to-play monetisation model, and there was understandably a mixed reaction to such a sudden volte-face for one of the App Store's most beloved original series. Amidst fan criticism and issues surrounding save files being wiped from the new free version of the game, Knights of Pen & Paper 2 was promptly removed from the App Store, as many of our community wondered what this change would mean for the title. Today, we may finally have an answer - Knights of Pen & Paper 2 has returned to the App Store for free, and has been updated to rework the combat and game economy to be geared towards a new freemium existence...

Turn-based strategy titles, especially those with asynchronous or real-time multiplayer, are a perfect fit to the touch-screen, portable action that is available on the iPhone. Many developers have tried to perfect and refine this formula since the App Store's inception, and despite varying degrees of success, there has been something of a strategic renaissance in mobile gaming as of late. Titles such as Warbits [$4.99] have emulated the engrossing top-down perspective of genre classics Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, and other games like Super Senso have incorporated elements from more recent mobile releases to great effect. Blast Squad appears to follow in the latter's footsteps with its cast of eccentric and colorful characters, and is currently looking for tactical masters to partake in the game's alpha test on our forums...

We recently wrote about Pokemon GO [Free] probably getting Legendary Pokemon this summer, and today we got more evidence of that as well as new information about upcoming features. In a recent interview (that you can find here but will need to Google Translate) Mathieu de Fayet, Niantic's Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, talked about how the developers intend to keep people's interest in the long run. After saying how they learned from Ingress, their other game, that a game needs to create social interactions between players, he stated that they are working on giving more value to team choice and enabling battles between players. Additionally, they are planning on releasing Legendary Pokemon...

It's not an exaggeration to say that most superhero fans are anxiously waiting to watch the new Wonder Woman movie. It shouldn't surprise anyone, then, that the latest Injustice 2 [Free] update has added more Wonder Woman content to make all of you Wonder Woman fans happy. Specifically, update 1.4 has added two new Wonder Woman cards based specifically on the movie. These new cards are the Silver Tier Amazon Wonder Woman and the Gold Tier Mythic Wonder Woman. As you can see from the trailer, the two new costumes look pretty cool in-game. Each new Wonder Woman version has, of course, a full set of Gear for you to earn (grind)...

It's been a while since we got new content for the great Pathfinder Adventures [Free] game, but it looks like we're getting some new scenarios in the (hopefully near) future. As announced during PaizoCon 2017, Pathfinder Adventures is getting 5 new scenarios inspired by We Be Goblins/Season of the Goblins, 2 new playable characters Ranzal and Poog, new asymmetrical goblin dice, and more. We don't have more information or details yet, but I'm glad to see more content coming to the game. Pathfinder Adventures will be coming to PC as well, which is good news in terms of more revenue and, hopefully, even more content...

Most card games on the App Store let you collect cards but not trade them with others, which creates all kinds of issues for those looking to play those games on a budget. Magic Quest: TCG [Free], which has just released on iOS and Android, lives up to the Trading Card Game part of the name by offering players an Auction House where they can make get some gold for their extra cards. Now, that doesn't mean the whole action house thing will work well, but I'm glad to see that option offered in a card game. In terms of gameplay, Magic Quest doesn't seem to be bringing anything terribly original to the formula, and I do wish they had picked a more original name...

I've been a fan of The Sandbox series ever since the first entry in the series launched in 2012, as the unbridled freedom to do anything with a number of elements and tools at your disposal was extremely engrossing and perfectly suited to the iPhone's unique attributes. The sequel, titled The Sandbox Evolution [Free], has received periodical updates throughout its eleven month lifespan, and PixOwl's impressive commitment to its flagship title has seen tanks, zombies, and even Shrek enter the fray. Tomorrow marks the latest addition to The Sandbox Evolution, with an update bringing some complex contraptions that will cause even more chaos in your eclectic sandbox world...

Budget Un'Goro Decks, Wild Tournament Talk, Twitch Streamers and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #99

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of the best stories and videos. And, as you can see, we are up to issue 99, which is pretty crazy if I'm honest. This week we have some cool guides for Un'Goro budget decks—because we all need cheap things in life—talk about the new player experience, one of the most ridiculous matches ever starring streamer Day9, some issues with the upcoming Wild tournament, and more. It's been quite a busy week overall, and we are glad to be able to bring you all those news in one convenient story. I hope you enjoy both the stories and the videos, and I'll see you all next week for our 100th Touchstone Tavern...

If you like reading about game design or just really liked the excellent Card Thief [$1.99], you'll be happy to know that Arnold Rauers, of Tinytouchtales, wrote a great blog post about creating tension in Card Thief. The game is all about a thief sneaking into a castle and stealing all kinds of items, so the developers wanted to create a high-tension experience to evoke the feeling of trying to sneak in and out of a highly guarded place. The blog post talks about the path mechanic and how it offers many and interesting decisions that increase tension each turn. The stealth mechanic was also designed to increase tension, especially with how the thief can go to 0 stealth or even less but still continue on the board trying to get into a strong position or hoping for a lucky card draw...

The King of Fighters '98 [$2.99] is widely considered one of the best entries in the KOF series, and the iOS version that's been around for a few years is quite a bit of fun. But as long as that port has been available folks in the Eastern parts of the world have been playing a weird free to play mobile game based on it called King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Online, or KOF'98 UM OL for short. After enjoying quite a bit of popularity in Asian markets, KOF'98 UM OL [Free] has finally released out West...

Gal Gadot, or Wonder Woman if you prefer, is endorsing the just-released League of Angels - Paradise Land [Free], a turn-based fantasy RPG. Beyond loaning her face for the game's app icon and endorsing it, Gal Gadot doesn't seem to have much else to do with the game. However, the game itself looks fun for those who enjoy fantasy turn-based RPGs. The art is pretty good, although on the generic side, and I'm glad to see that League of Angels doesn't offer the usual fast-paced button mashing combat but, instead, offers turn-based gameplay...

Ball-rolling games have been around since the dawn of time, before electricity was even a thing, let alone OLED capacitive touch screens. They have also been an omnipresent force on the App Store from the very beginning, with titles such as Labyrinth 2 [$4.99] demonstrating the gyroscopic capabilities of the iPhone, and the genre has remained steadfast on iOS despite its inherently basic nature. However, this is by no means a slight at these sort of puzzle games - ball-rolling titles have evolved over the years to provide unique and memorable experiences. The Little Ball That Could [Free] marks the latest attempt at perfecting Marble Madness in a modern guise, and is available to download for free (with an in-app purchase to remove ads) on the App Store today...

A couple of months back developer Spellbind Studios were looking for beta testers for an upcoming mobile port of their rogue-lite dungeon crawling RPG Rogue Wizards, which launched on Steam to fairly positive reviews back in September of last year. Well, the beta testers have tested their little hearts out and, although it's a bit behind the rest of the week's new releases, Rogue Wizards [Free] for iOS has now arrived in the App Store. The game utilizes a neat isometric view that reminds me a lot of the excellent Shattered Planet [Free], and in addition to normal dungeon crawly things you'll also be doing a bit of city building, somewhat reminiscent of the wonderful Sproggiwood [$1.99]. Also the way the game world sort of pops in and pops out as you move gives me a heavy Bastion [$4.99] vibe. Basically, in a sea of mediocre dungeon crawlers, Rogue Wizards throws some interesting inspirations from a variety of great games into the mix to make itself stand out. One other cool touch about Rogue Wizards is that it offers two different modes. Story mode is the more casual option and features a quest-driven storyline and the town-building features. Gauntlet mode strips away the story and town-building stuff and throws you into an increasingly difficult dungeon with permadeath and challenges you to make it into the Hall of Fame...

Trusty JRPG publisher Kemco's been trying to spread its wings a little bit of late, trying out new developers and gameplay variations after years of serving up the same old. They haven't quite given up on the old formula yet, though. Developer EXE-Create is still by Kemco's side, cranking out their serviceable brand of JRPG joy every couple of months or so. Onigo Hunter [$4.99] is the latest offering, and it's more or less the usual fare for Kemco. It tries to do a few new things but was obviously constrained by the resources available, making for an experience that is likely to be a little too familiar to mobile RPG fans...

Some of our readers have often asked me about games they could play with their young ones, and Harvest Moon Lil' Farmers [$3.99] looks like it could be a fun one to try. As you can guess from the name, Harvest Moon (sorry, not THAT Harvest Moon) has you running a farm and doing the usual kinds of activities that come with farming (and I don't mean waking up at 4 AM every day). You and the little ones will be growing vegetables by planting seeds and then harvesting, caring for your farm animals by collecting eggs, milking cows, and so on, and keeping the locals happy by making sure your farm shop has plenty of produce to go around...

It's almost time for The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99] to come to an end, so Telltale released the final trailer for the From the Gallows episode. And, as you can already guess, it doesn't paint a lovely, peaceful picture of what is to come as the third season of the famous series comes to an end. Clementine and Javier are still trying to survive, and you can see plenty of clashes in the trailer, reminiscent of the later seasons of The Walking Dead TV show. Spoilers from here onward. As we've talked about before, the last episode finds Richmond on the brink of total collapse and the lives of everyone in danger...

'GRID Autosport' Has Been Delayed to Autumn for iOS, With an Android Version Launching Later This Year

The App Store port of Codemaster's premium console racer GRID Autosport has been one of the most eagerly anticipated titles on our Upcoming Games forum, and rightfully so. With the promise of the 'complete experience' of the 2014 iteration of the TOCA series, the forum thread for GRID Autosport has almost reached one hundred posts in a matter of months, and has garnered over 30,000 views from eager gamers wanting to get behind the wheel in the next big-budget racing release. However, the initial Spring release date came and went, and many have been asking when the game would finally be available on iOS, let alone whether it would launch at all on the Google Play store. Today, Feral Interactive have brought some clarification to the issue of the game's release date - as many had expected, GRID Autosport has been delayed to Autumn so more work can be done on the UI and performance. However, the developers have also confirmed that the racing title will also be making its way to 'select Android devices' later this year...

'Cubie Adventure' Brings One-Touch Platforming Mayhem to the App Store, Releasing Worldwide on June 1st

As of late, the one-touch platformer has been particularly appealing for the cramped commute on the tube, as being able to play a game with a one-handed tap is extremely convenient irrespective of where I happen to be trying to kill time. DROP NOT! [Free] has been a particular highlight, however Cubie Adventure caught my eye when UNIT5 announced their latest title last month. As well as the typical cast of cute and colorful creatures that are obligatory in games with a similar voxel art style, Cubie Adventure impresses through its emphasis on immersion, with frenetic fast-paced action as your protagonist jumps to avoid dangerous obstacles and potentially fatal pits. After a brief soft launch and numerous delays later, Cubie Adventure finally has a fixed release date, and will hop, skip and jump onto the App Store on June 1st...

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