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The Room series is one of the most prestigious and well-loved franchises on the App Store to date, as Fireproof Games' meticulous and mysterious approach to the puzzle genre is perfectly suited to mobile devices, and puts an emphasis on premium, quality experiences that truly are one of a kind. While The Room 3 [$4.99] released back in 2015 to universal critical acclaim, Fireproof have been particularly quiet about their future projects and what they may be working on next. Thankfully, we have finally got an answer - the Guildford based developers today confirmed that their next game, titled The Room: Old Sins, is set to launch on mobile in late 2017...

After telling us the history of Hitman GO in a brief video, Square Enix Montreal has returned with the second episode of The GO Trilogy Series that talks about Lara Croft GO [$4.99], the second GO game that is - like Hitman GO - also highly regarded. The video talks about the ways in which Lara Croft GO departed from the board-gamey aesthetic of Hitman GO and managed to do its own thing. The game's aesthetic took a lot from the original game including some of the sound effects and even the low-poly look. The word homage comes up again and again, and I think it's an appropriate way of looking at Lara Croft GO because it feels less like a port and much more like a game inspired by many of the elements that made Tomb Raider the iconic franchise it is today...




Ellen DeGeneres decided to enter the world of mobile games back in 2013 with Heads Up!, and the game has been in the top grossing Apps pretty much ever since. So, it's fair to say that her popularity - and a well-designed game - is a pretty good recipe for success. That is why I expect her new game, Dice with Ellen [Free], to also be successful, although I'm not sure it's going to reach the success of Heads Up! [$0.99]. This dice game is pretty much a take on Yahtzee and is all about trying to get the best score and beat your friends and enemies...

The popularity of hero-centric multiplayer has taken gaming by storm over the last few years. Seeded by MOBAs like League of Legends and DotA 2 and spreading to the likes of Overwatch and Battleborn (R.I.P.). These games didn’t invent the concept of course, but it’s certainly become much more trendy. So, what would you say to a simple but deep hero centric turn based strategy game in a unique fantasy setting with day and night cycles during play that can completely change the face of a battlefield? All on mobile? I say heck yes. This is Little Lords of Twilight [Free]...

Even in comparison to its momentous launch last year, the past few weeks have been extremely significant for Pokemon GO [Free]. Having seen the introduction of Johto Pokemon, many trainers have braved the turbulent February weather to capture a whole new cast of collectible creatures, and a number of minor UI improvements have gone a long way to making Pokemon GO the idyllic mobile game that many envisioned and desired back in 2016. However, Niantic aren't getting complacent off the back of their impressive start to 2017 - at this year's Game Developer's Conference, the Pokemon GO creators outlined future prospects and events for the augmented reality app, as well as gave the audience a glimpse of some early ideas that didn't make the final iteration...

Legend of Grimrock [$4.99] is a terrific throwback to the good old days of dungeon-crawling RPG that got 5 stars from us, and it's on sale for the first time since 2015. In other words, you should pick this one up while you can. The game will really take you back if you're my age or introduce you to the masochistic habits of older gamers. The game is all about exploring a dungeon filled with traps and puzzles and taking on all kinds of enemies. Legend of Grimrock lets you side-step enemies and back away from them or even manage to move behind them and take them out more easily. You can also close doors strategically to limit the amount of enemies you have to take on at one time...

This week we have a brand new Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl called Gadgetzan Throw-Down, and as you can guess, it's all about those Gadgetzan crime families. When you start the brawl, you randomly get one of the three bosses and a deck full of cards from that family. Aya's hero power costs 4 mana and summons a Jade Golem, Kazakus' is a 2-mana add a random potion to your hand, and Don's costs 2 mana and gives +2/+2 to a minion in your hand. The decks, which appear to change every time, play pretty close to their design purpose, with Don being all about hand-buffing and strong taunts, Aya having the Jade Golems, and Kazakus potions and spells...

We've said repeatedly in the past that Square Enix's GO takes on huge franchises like Hitman, Tomb Raider, and Deus Ex are possibly the best example of how to distill a AAA franchise into a great mobile game. Today, Square Enix Montreal released the first of three episodes that will revisit the GO games and the thinking behind their development. As the series is moving chronologically, the first episode in The GO Trilogy Stories is about Hitman GO [$4.99] and the ways in which the game became a board game of sorts that perfectly captured the idea of always being literally one step ahead of your many opponents and adversaries...

We had a hunch that the big Hearthstone [Free] patch that will change the game quite a bit would hit today, and we were right. Even though it will take a bit for it to hit mobile, it's definitely on the way. What does the patch bring? Well, a ton of huge changes that should rejuvenate the game. The first is the addition of floors in Ranked; you won't be able to drop below certain ranks - 20, 15, 10, 5, and Legend - once you hit them. That should help the Ladder feel more fun and the level of challenge more appropriate for the rank, especially after the first week or so of the season. The other big change is the Arena shift from Wild to Standard and the change in card frequency; expect to see more rare, epics, and legendaries as well as more spells and fewer neutral basic/classic cards...

The Amazing Bernard [Free] is a pretty smart auto-runner/platformer where you get to create platforms and springs to keep Bernard going. Now, the game has gone free for the first time, and if you like smart, though not perfect, platformers, you should pick this one up. While the game has a few small issues - the jumping is on the floaty side and the whole game moves a bit too slow - it's definitely entertaining and comes with a ton of content and great art. Amazing Bernard has 30 unique levels for you to power through along with a Challenge Mode, where you play all 30 levels in a row and gain bigger rewards as you go along...

Ankama, of Krosmaster and Dofus fame, has given us another interesting mobile game called Krosmaga [Free], and it looks pretty fun. This CCG will remind you a lot of Mojang's ill-fated Scrolls in that you use cards to place units on a battlefield and take out the other player's towers while protecting yours. In Kromaga, you play as a god and can unleash godly - and probably ungodly - powers upon your poor opponent. As with every CCG, you collect cards, build decks - or go with the premade ones the game offers - and go for either the PvP or the single player mode...

'Journey to Un'Goro', Arena Changes, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #86

Hello everyone and apologies for coming one day late; we didn't want to ignore the big Monday news. So, what a week this past one has been, especially given what happened yesterday, Monday. Blizzard finally announced Journey to Un'Goro, the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion that we all knew was on the way. The announcement got generally positive responses, as is usually the case, but what matters is the impact the expansion will have on the meta and whether it will make the game more fun. In addition to the expansion news, we also heard about the upcoming changes to the Arena, which should make the mode feel fresher and - hopefully - more fun. I think it's fair to say that we've never had so many changes announced as we've had in the last couple of weeks, which I hope is part of the developers' attempts to solve the game's problems and improve the experience for everyone involved. So far, so good, I think. Let us begin...

Now that we know that Hearthstone's [Free] next expansion is Journey Un'Goro, let's check out some more of the new cards. Most of them were talked about on the official announcement video. First of all, check out the new Quest cards, a really fun new mechanic that I can't wait to get my hands on. When you play the 1-mana Awaken the Makers Priest Quest spell (the first Legendary spell ever by the way) and then manage to summon 7 Deathrattle minions, you get Amara, Warden of Hope, a 5-mana 8/8 Legendary minion that sets your hero's Health to 40. The fun part is that your opponent will be able to follow the progress of your Quest and act accordingly...

It's finally official; Journey to Un'Goro is the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion! We knew it would probably be that thanks to an early leak, but today we got the official announcement, which you can watch in the video below. In Journey to Un'Goro, we get to visit a land of primordial wonder filled with ancient elementals, scary flora, and - of course - some of the biggest, baddest predators of Azeroth. You can, of course, expect to see dinosaurs; many, many dinosaurs. The expansion will add 135 new cards with many Beast cards but also a new tribe called Elemental. There will be also all kinds of other mechanics going on, like quest cards that give you monstrous power once you complete their requirements. And dinosaurs are very territorial and can Adapt (the name of another new mechanic) to any threat that comes their way thanks to a newly-discovered from of evolution. Sounds intriguing...

'MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL' Review - You'll Have a Ball With This Game

Riverman Media has delivered two excellent titles in a row with Pizza vs. Skeletons [$2.99] and The Executive [$2.99], and they deliver again with MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL [$2.99]. Somehow, they've taken Pong, and turned it into a chaotic action game where you're trying to stay alive while enemies try to ascend the screen, and you're there trying to manage multiple balls, paddles with special abilities, and all manner of powerups. It's a chaotic game, and a remarkably engrossing one...

The Nintendo Switch is less than a week away now, and excitement for Nintendo's eccentric new console/handheld hybrid is at an all time high. Whilst the fervent anticipation for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has understandably taken the spotlight in recent days, many have been questioning the third party support for the Switch, with a specific emphasis on whether the capacitive touch screen controls on the device will enable titles from the App Store to make the, well, switch over to this new console. While there has yet to be a concrete answer to the breadth of support we can expect on the Switch, recent developments suggest that a Switch eShop/iOS App Store symbiosis isn't as far fetched as one might expect. Today, VOEZ [Free] has been announced for the Nintendo Switch, and marks the first upcoming title for the new console that can only be played in the handheld configuration...

Another week, another Clash Royale [Free] card, and this time it's Goblin Gang. The new card, which costs 3 elixir, spawns 6 single-target troops, 3 Spear Goblins and 3 Goblins. The troops are always spawned with the 3 Spear Goblins in the back, which makes perfect sense since you want them protected. The unit is unlocked in Arena 9, the Jungle Arena. If you wanted to spawn Goblins and Spear Goblins independently, you'd have to pay one extra elixir than this card. And, of course, you only need one card rather than two, so it's a win-win...

Rush Rally 2 [$1.99], a labor of love by a single developer, continues to improve, which is something given the fact that we gave the game 5 stars in our review. Since launch, the game has seen plenty of updates that have added features or improved existing ones, and the update that hit today does both of those. The most interesting addition is manual gears, which should give really good racers a better feel for the car. According to our forum users, manual gears have been implemented well, which is not the easiest thing to do on a touchscreen. The update also added analog steering wheel control, which should improve the car handling...

Star Wars: Force Arena [Free] managed to do pretty well for itself, and its Clash Royale-inspired MOBA-style gameplay was a hit with players. The game has received its first big update of the year, with version 1.4 bringing some very welcome changes that should make playing the game more fun. The first big change is upgraded rewards missions. The Play Pack rewards should be better, and Season Rewards will also include Legendary Cards. Season lengths are also reduced now, so players will be getting season rewards every week. Finally, there are Daily Missions available with plenty of rewards...

Rock Hard Auto-Runner 'Jelly Inc.' Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

Just as it appeared that the increased accessibility and technological advancements were making video games easier, there was been an equal and opposite force that has produced some of the most difficult and brutal titles gamers have seen to date. While the (for lack of a better term) Souls-like games by the geniuses at From Software may be the most well known benefactors of the recent gaming difficulty spike, smaller indie mobile games have taken on the literal challenge, with titles such as Mr Jump [Free] and Downwell [$2.99] achieving commercial and critical acclaim from such approaches. Jelly Inc. looks to follow in this pattern - with lethal saws, perilous rockets, and a number of other dangerous obstacles to avoid, Gang of One's interesting task on the endless runner promises to offer rock hard action when it launches in the next few weeks, and the developer is currently looking for beta testers on our forums...

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