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Ever since we first heard about Prevail [$4.99] all the way back in September 2011, the mobile community has been eagerly anticipating Johnny Two Shoes's open world exploration epic, with the thread in our Upcoming Games forum attracting a total of 601 replies and almost 129,000 views (as of publication). Since that fateful month over five years ago, we've seen Prevail brought back from purgatory in 2015, and an optimistic declaration that the game was finished back in January - but no news since as to when the title would land on the App Store. It's therefore baffling, but wholly unsurprising owing to its turbulent and secretive development period, that out of nowhere in the early hours of this morning, Prevail has finally launched on the App Store for $4.99...

Just when you thought your Clash Royale [Free] units were safe, here comes the Executioner to lob some heads off and probably change the whole meta. The Executioner unlocks at Arena 9, costs 5 Elixir, and causes area damage, which makes him great for taking out swarms. What's even better is his axe flies in a straight line and then it comes back like a boomerang, damaging everything twice. With his long range and the ability to hurt ground and air units, the Executioner will certainly find a place in many decks. His weakness is his slow attack speed or 2.4 seconds, a century in game terms. As you can see in the video below, he's a lot of fun to use, and while he can be countered by swarming him from the sides, he'll still do very well in many decks...




If you're looking for another mobile FPS to scratch that itch, check out Squad Wars: Death Division [Free], which has just released globally. The game has you playing a participant in the largest squad-based tournament in human history, organized by the mysterious billionaire Barakiel. There's a huge prize, of course, and you're one of those trying to get their hands on that sweet, sweet money. The game features an ELO rating, a league system, and skill-based matchmaking with up to 6 players per match. Talk of ELOs is nice, but hopefully Squad Wars will actually get matchmaking to work well...

After a small delay, the digital port of Potion Explosion [$4.99] has finally made its way to the App Store this morning. If you haven't heard or played the game before, Potion Explosion puts you in the shoes of a witch or wizard as you try to beat everyone in class by creating the best potions ever. Think of it as Hermioning those poor dimwits, Harry and Ron. In order to get those potions brewing right, you try to collect the correct ingredients to make potions like the Elixir of Blind Love, the Potion of Prismatic Joy, or the Sands of Time. And you can occasionally consume those potions to get all kinds of boosts or mess with your opponents in magical ways...

Do you like your wrestling matches done using Match-3 mechanics? Then you're in luck because WWE: Champions [Free] has just released globally after a soft-launch period. WWE Champions is a puzzle RPG with all of WWE's old and new stars. The game includes wrestlers like The Rock but also the likes of Macho Man Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, Ultimate Warrior, and many more. For fans of wrestling's history, WWE: Champions will be a trip down memory lane for sure and a chance to make all kinds of fantasy matchups that time didn't allow...

Despite its mysterious dystopian backdrop, Collect or Die [$1.99] ironically made me reminisce of the ‘golden days’ of the App Store. Specifically, a time when the perceived novelty of the iPhone’s gyroscopic controls means an abundance of tilt controlled titled, when rag-dolls and stickmen were being constantly flung to their inevitable bloody demise, and also one where an emphasis on genuinely fun gameplay trumped the need for timers and draconian monetisation mechanics. Collect or Die even has a Lite version- it truly doesn't get more retro than that. On the other hand, a lot has changed since 2008 - Collect or Die is a game that, in testament to its title, lives and dies as a result of its reverence to older iOS experiences, and while some may be turned off by its tilt-only rock-hard emphasis on platforming, Collect or Die features enough variety and irreverent humor to make it a highly enjoyable experience, even in 2017...

'Bomb Hunters', the Explosive Endless Puzzler by Craneballs, Has Soft Launched

Back in December, Czech developers Craneballs announced Bomb Hunters, their latest game that cleverly merged Crossy Road-esque endless puzzle action with frenetic bomb defusing mechanics. With a back catalogue of strong releases such as Overkill [Free] and Splash Cars [Free], Craneballs had set a precedent that made Bomb Hunters one to look out for, however no explicit release date meant we were left guessing for when we'd be able to experience the interesting amalgamation of game mechanics present in the title. Thankfully, the wait wasn't that long, as today Bomb Hunters has soft launched for gamers in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Norway, New Zealand, or The Philippines and all their respective App Stores - if you're outside of these regions, use our soft launch guide to not miss out on the bomb defusing action...

Amidst the current political climate around the world, there have been an abundance of games on the App Store that have attempted to capitalise on the personalities of certain prominent figures in the form of low effort throwaway apps. However, such circumstances also give numerous creators across all forms of media to make their own message, and hopefully put an interesting and informative twist on matters outside of the world of gaming. Developers Dozen Minds are looking to make such a statement with their upcoming game Cryptocracy, which combines interesting match-three mechanics reminiscent of Triple Town with city-building elements amidst a dystopian backdrop that attempts to highlight how the developers believe modern society is truly being run. If you're in Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, you can download the soft launch release of Cryptocracy now, otherwise Dozen Minds are looking for beta testers of the game on our forums...

It's been a while since the last Kairosoft game landed on the App Store. Unless any slipped through the cracks, The Manga Works [$4.99] launched all the way back in August 2016, and that five month gap is uncharacteristically long for the pioneers of iOS simulation games. Thankfully for any hardcore Kairosoft enthusiasts, the wait is finally over - today, March to a Million [$4.99] has released on the App Store, and features the developer's first major foray into the music industry, as you look to locate the brightest stars to form an elite band and eventually win the highly coveted 'Million Award' when you reach the big time...

Over the last few months, I've heard from many Hearthstone [Free] Android players who were having issues with the game's client size to the point where they had to uninstall the game. Luckily for them, Blizzard is now rolling out a much better optimized Android client that will change how Hearthstone is downloaded and should allow for a smaller install size and much better patching experience in the future. The developers had told us they were working on fixing the Android side of the game, and I'm glad to see those attempts come to fruition. According to reddit users, the install size has gone down to about 1.5 GB from the original 3 GB, which is a substantial decrease, especially for those with older phones...

When new cards release for Clash Royale [Free], players often wonder about the best way to get their hands on them. Clash Royale Arena posted a blog today that offers tips to help you get those new cards as painlessly as possible. On the day of release, there's a special offer in the shop that lets you spend gems to get the new cards, but keep in mind that the offer lasts only for that one day. Giant, Magical, and Super Magical Chests are your best bet for finding a new card - as long as it's a common, rare, or epic - but you shouldn't open those chests immediately after the card releases because you'll only get 1 copy of that card if you do. Instead, unlock it with a Crown chest, Free chest, or Silver chest instead because that way, your special chest will give you more of that card...

Quite often - but not often enough for me - Hearthstone's [Free] Tavern Brawl borrows ideas from the various Adventures, and those are often some of my favorite Brawls. This week, the developer team decided to go all in with the Adventure theme and bring us Boss Battle Royale. In this brawl, you pick a class and instead of getting a normal deck, you get a corresponding Boss from one of the Adventures. Picking Mage as your class will turn you into the Curator, Warlock turns you into Noth, Shaman into Lady Naz'jar, Hunter into Skelesaurus Hex, Warrior into the Grim Guzzler, Druid into Razorgore, Priest into Gothik, Paladin into The White King, and Rogue into Grobulus. Reddit has been nice enough to list all the Hero Powers, so go here to check them out and prepare in advance...

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has been very creative in its events recently - like the Frankestein tank for Halloween - and its celebration of the Chinese New Year will continue that trend. Beginning January 27th, you can earn two new Premium tanks as part of the New Moon (not the Twilight movie one) event. Like in other similar events, you'll have to complete a series of stages in order to earn one of the two tanks. Why would you want to grab one of these premium tanks? Well, because they are all about dragons. Blaze WZ VII tank destroyer features a fire dragon, and the Glacial 112 VIII heavy tank features an ice dragon across the turret and hull. You complete stages by completing missions and playing battles, but if you are wealthy enough, you can just complete stages using gold...

After many months in soft launch, Creature Quest [Free] has finally released worldwide. If the name isn't ringing any bells, I'm not surprised. What you should know, though, is that this game was developed by Jon Van Caneghem, the creator and designer of the venerable Might and Magic and Heroes of Might and Magic game series, both classic strategy games that I would consider among the most influential of the genre. However, don't get too excited because Creature Quest is a very different beast than those ones, though that doesn't mean it isn't an interesting game in its own right. Yet, it's F2P, and that will definitely scare many of you away...

Neon Chrome [$9.99] is one of those rare games that got a five-star review from our very own Carter, so it's worth checking out just for that. And now, you can get it for half the price. Neon Chrome is a dual-stick roguelike that's accessible enough to be welcoming to the less hardcore crowd while still offering a long-term challenge to keep you engaged. It's no accident the game won the highly-coveted title of TouchArcade game of the week when it first released. What's so great about the game? It's partly how well it combines a very well made dual-stick shooter with roguelike and RPG elements...

When Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free] ads pop up on my screen - either when at home or at the movies - I'm always amazed at how much money Supercell is willing to spend to advertise its games, which soon turns into a "they must have a ton of money" kind of thought train. Well, apparently all those spectacular ads have been failing miserably for the developer and have done nothing to revert the current negative trend of revenue for the developer's games. Chief executive and founder of Supercell, Ilkka Paananen, came out and said that their marketing ideas have all gone wrong and have started realizing that the competition in the sector is much higher than it used to be...

Pleasant is the operative word to describe Dan Fitzgerald and Lisa Bromiel's Dog Sled Saga [$3.99], a charming game about dog sled racing that is more of a simulator than a racer. It came out last fall, but I couldn’t let us get through the winter without giving it a proper look over. Especially since the current build is so much more polished and stable than launch. It’s definitely the strongest game the developers have released thus far and it only makes me look forward to what they comes out with next. So strap your boots on and clean out the kennel. It’s time to crack the whip!..

Big Bucket's Reverse Platformer 'Stagehand' Is Set to Launch February 8th on the App Store

One of my favourite recent App Store trends is how developers have started to place an emphasis on environment interaction, and using the level to manipulate your character rather than traditional control inputs. The compelling and curious Stretch Dungeon [Free] by Nitrome was one such title, and the upcoming Splitter Critters looks like an incredibly promising example of how puzzle games can feel fresh and fun through this environment-centric focus. Today, Big Bucket (of The Incident [$0.99] and Space Age [$1.99] fame) have announced that their latest title Stagehand - which we first brought you news of in November of last year - will finally release for iPhone on February 8th. While on the surface its pixel art graphics and platforming action may make it seem like little more than an retro auto-runner, rather than controlling the character, you have to move pieces of the stage to progress through the game's levels. It's great to see yet another excellent example of what the developers have described as a 'reverse platformer', and is definitely one to watch when it launches on the App Store on February 8th...

Clash Royale [Free] players have been complaining about Elite Barbarians being way too powerful ever since the new unit joined the game, and today Supercell has finally nerfed them by decreasing the hitpoints and damage by 4%. The unit did see a small increase in the hit speed from 1.4 to 1.5sec. Going by the many reddit comments, the nerf hasn't really hurt the Elite Barbarians in a substantial way, though that remains to be seen. The other big nerf in today's balance changes is Zap's damage getting reduced by 6%. Zap is one of the most used cards in the game, so the developers are hoping this nerf will bring the spell down a notch and make other similar spells playable again...

Buccaneer Nerf Coming(?), Gadgetzan's Effect, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #81

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players and welcome to another news and videos weekly roundup here at TouchArcade. I hope you've been enjoying your play and, hopefully, haven't been encountering too many Pirates along the way. This week we have some more talk on Gadgetzan and its effects, some interesting meta discussions, and, of course, some fun videos. I don't remember any other expansion creating so much talk post-release as Gadgetzan has, not so much in terms of intensity but in terms of how many different topics it seems to have generated. From talk about Pirates to discussions on Control decks to much more, this has been quite an interesting time for the game, hasn't it? Let's jump right in, then...

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