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Supercell has been celebrating Clash of Clan [Free] fifth anniversary with all kinds of events both in and out of the game, and today the developer is working together with Facebook to bring the game's Builder into the "real world." Specifically, when you use Facebook's camera, you have access to an AR filter that places the Builder in the real world (where he will hammer things non-stop). And if you turn the camera around, you can, of course, make yourself look like the Builder. I can see the AR Builder becoming quite popular with fans of the game since you can set up all kinds of silly photos with the little round guy hammering away...

Butterscotch Shenanigans' Crashlands [$2.99] came out early last year, and was easily among the best games we played. They actually succeeded in making a crafting game that could be enjoyed by people who aren't really that into crafting games. I'm not sure how they did it, and it wouldn't surprise me if a monkey's paw was involved, but either way Shaun digs deep into the magic that is Crashlands in his review. Not only was the game well received critically, but judging by today's news it also did well financially: Crashlands has passed 500,000 copies sold, and with that the game has gone on sale to celebrate...




'Iron Marines', by 'Kingdom Rush' Developer, Releases September 14th

Ironhide Game Studios, the developer behind the excellent Kingdom Rush series, is getting ready to release the much-awaited Iron Marines on September 14th, and I personally can't wait. Iron Marines is a complex real-time strategy game that will have you completing some fun missions like hacking supercomputers, rescuing civilians, holding your ground against all odds, and much more. You'll be controlling a (very colorful) army consisting of units such as rangers, snipers, flamethrowers, and so on. In addition to your basic units, the game will also allow you to get your hands on things like intelligent mines, turrets, napalm rockets, ricocheting blasts, and all kinds of other crazy weapons that should make for some fun tactical decisions...

'Football Manager Touch 2018' and 'Football Manager Mobile 2018' Are Launching Alongside the PC Version on November 10th

The Football Manager franchise has had quite the history on iOS over the last few years. We've seen the games evolve and even get rebranded. Football Manager Touch used to be called Football Manager Classic and Football Manager Handheld became Football Manager Mobile. After much anticipation, SEGA and Sports Interactive have today announced some details and the release dates for both Football Manager Mobile 2018 and Football Manager Touch 2018. For the first time ever, both mobile versions will launch simultaneously with the Football Manager 2018 PC edition on November 10th...

Tabletop board and card games are a natural genre to get a remake into digital life. Such transitions don't always go well, but when they do it sure is satisfying to be able to play great tabletop games on your phone or tablet. Tsuro - The Game of the Path [Free] is, thankfully, an excellent example of the physical-to-digital conversion done right. In the game you lay tiles onto the game board to create a path. Your goal is to travel as far as possible, in actual game board centimeters, and to complete as many loops as you can while doing so. Your opponents, either AI or live humans in the digital game, are seeking to do the same and to disrupt your best efforts. Today, for the first time since its release, Tsuro is now available to download for free on the App Store...

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius [Free] and Ariana Grande are a thing once again. After joining Brave Exvius once before as Dangerous Aranea, you will now be able to obtain another playable character inspired by the pop sensation. Chic Ariana has a summer in game event and there's a 'Musical Showdown' event taking place for obtaining said character. This event is accompanied by a competition hosted by Square Enix and Gumi Inc., which gives you a chance to win tickets to the singer's Dangerous Woman Tour with a meet and greet pass. You can check the contest out on the official Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Facebook page...

Collect-em-all style games have long used rarity to drive player interest, and sales. Pokemon GO [Free] has certainly gone that way with legendary Pokemon and the ultra-rare "shiny" versions of otherwise regular Pokemon. Shiny Pikachu is a recent addition to the rarer-than-rare crowd, and can be distinguished by a darker shade of yellow and sparkling animation. Initially the shiny version of Pikachu was only catchable at the Pikachu Outbreak Festival in Yokohama, Japan. However, internet reports are coming in from other parts of the world where happy collectors have captured the shiny version in the wild...

'Super Phantom Cat 2' New Trailer Revealed, Set to Pounce Onto the App Store on August 17th

It's an understatement to say I've been extremely excited for Super Phantom Cat 2 ever since it was first revealed back in July. The original Super Phantom Cat [$1.99] was one of my favorite games of 2016, and not simply because of its adorably cute theme. The abundance of colorful worlds and levels to explore, combined with the wonderfully tight platforming action that managed to stay interesting and varied with a number of neat power-ups, resulted in what many described as mobile's own take on Mario - certainly high praise if there ever was some. As a result, a sequel that offers even more characters, chapters and phantom powers to experiment with is inevitably going to be high up my list of upcoming releases. After Cat Quest's [$4.99] impressive debut last week, August is proving to be an outstanding month for everyone's favorite domestic animal on the App Store, as Super Phantom Cat 2 is set to release on the App Store on August 17th...

'Mind Control' Is a Hectic Gauntlet Platformer Flying Onto the App Store September 20th, and Is Looking for Beta Testers

When a game has a name such as Mind Control, it would normally indicate some post-apocalyptic action romp against brainwashed zombies, or perhaps a deep psychological thriller with a pseudo-political edge. As a result, Geekabyte Games have impressed me through taking the most literal definition for their upcoming release's title. In Geekabyte's take on Mind Control, you're tasked with using mysterious propulsion methods to navigate a sentient brain around numerous obstacles, and the result is as bizarre and hilarious as you'd expect. Mind Control is set to launch on the App Store on September 20th, however the developers are looking for beta testers to try out the game before its release on our forum thread...

Simulating the complex and meticulous nature of a fighting game on a smartphone is a pretty formidable task, and arcade purists will likely lament the lack of physical controls and instant inputs that are so vital when a match is decided on solitary frames. That being said, Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$4.99], the latest iteration of Capcom's classic fighting series on mobile, comes pretty damn close to an accurate brawling experience, and is a whole lot of fun to boot. Jared's glowing review earlier in July emphasised the title's abundant qualities - despite not being the revolutionary step forward from the older Street Fighter mobile iterations - and Capcom have repeatedly pledged further support for their latest App Store release. As a result, the first major update for Street Fighter IV Champion Edition is set to launch this week, with new characters Guy, Evil Ryu and Gouken being added to the roster as free downloadable content...

I'm been very anxiously waiting for Minecraft's [$6.99] Better Together update to hit iOS (Android players have been beta testing the update for weeks now), but it looks like I'll have to wait a bit longer. The update was originally scheduled to go live this summer, but recently the FAQ was updated, and now Better Together is scheduled to launch this Autumn, "once it's ready and we've satisfactorily evicted bugs from the premises." While I'm glad to hear the developers are taking their time with this update and not trying to rush it out the door, it's still a bit disappointing to have to wait until the fall (although that could mean next month)...

'Rusty Lake Paradise' Is the Next Game From the Fantastic Developer of 'Cube Escape' Series

Rusty Lake has been giving us some really cool (and creepy) games, and today the developers announced that the next premium game currently under development is called Rusty Lake Paradise, which apparently many players had already guessed. The game is set on an 18th century remote island that's cursed with the 10 plagues (as any island tends to be). You'll have to explore the island, interact with your (probably very weird) family, and vanquish the plagues. And since this is a Rusty Lake kind of island, there's surely to be a constant sense of dread and weirdness that has become a staple of Rusty Lake and Cube Escape games. The developers feel Rusty Lake Paradise will have even better visuals than previous games and new gameplay ideas. And by allowing players to traverse the island, Rusty Lake Paradise should feel different from previous Rusty Lake adventures...

'Six Ages', Spiritual Successor of King of Dragon Pass, is Feature Complete

King of Dragon Pass [$9.99] is a civilization building, role-playing, interactive-fiction game set in the mythologically blessed world of Glorantha—home of RuneQuest, HeroQuest, and 13th Age. It operates on two levels, one of empire building where you grow a tribe into a dominant force and another of character-driven role-playing adventure. The fact the game can do both simultaneously and do it well is why the game, released way back in 2010, is an absolute iOS classic (not to mention the other platforms on which it appears). A Sharp Games, the developers of King of Dragon Pass, announced a follow-up game and spiritual successor to the game…nearly three years ago...

Wave Light Games is continuing their wave of updates for popular tactical role-playing game Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]. One week ago brought a release that brought us a new character option, the Cataphract, among a bevy of other nice changes. Today, I can tell you that another update has been submitted to Apple to unleash yet another character. ..

Apple's 32-bit App-ocalypse is drawing nearer, so more developers are announcing their update plans. Today was the turn of Double Fine to announce what will be saved and what will be doomed. As the developer pointed out, saving these apps isn't as easy as it sounds, so not all games will join the upcoming 64-bit future. Let's start with the good news first. Broken Age [$4.99] and the remastered Full Throttle [$4.99], Grim Fandango [$4.99], and Day of the Tentacle [$4.99] will be updated and will continue to grace our devices. Middle Manager of Justice will be broken initially, but the developers will be trying to figure out how to best save it...

Knights of the Frozen Throne, the latest Hearthstone [Free] expansion, has been welcomed by players, but it looks like it also messed up Arena in a couple of ways. As reddit user adwcta pointed out, several of the new cards are currently missing from Arena. Iksar, aka game designer Dean Ayala, responded to that post and said that there are currently 12 cards missing from Arena. This is because of a bug that has been fixed internally and should be going live at sometime this week (if everything goes as planned). He explains that it all comes down to an editor bug that would make cards "undraftable." So, expect to have all the cards available in the Arena by the end of the week...

Audio Adventure Game 'The Girl Who Sold the World' Launching Tomorrow

As we wrote about a few months back, The Girl Who Sold the World aims to provide a complete gaming experience based only on audio and without any visuals, and tomorrow you'll get to try the game yourselves. The game has you using a device called Skyler to help Frances survive the strange world she inhabits and discover the truth about who she really is. She has lost her memory and everything else, and she depends on you to help her overcome her fears and all the obstacles she'll face. As the developers point out, since an audio game forces players to use their imagination to fill in all the blanks, every player will have a slightly different experience with TGWSTW...

The newest Legendary Pokemon to get a raid in Pokemon GO [Free] is none other than Mewtwo. A stadium event in Yokohama, Japan just had thousands of trainers square off against Mewtwo in a raid battle leading to a successful capture. Unlike normal battles, raids are serious business. The Mewtwo raid will be an Exclusive Raid Battle which means they are invite only. To get an invitation for this, you need to have done a raid recently at a gym where said exclusive raid battle is about to take place...

Back in the early days of the App Store, the most controversial thing we ever had to talk about was whether or not Apple was going to allow fart apps. Since then the ante has been upped substantially, but an upcoming game from Mumbai-based Kierun Studios is in its own universe. Per the developer, "Abortion Simulator will put you right in the middle of the surgery room and let you perform various abortions." Featuring abortions ranging from "a few weeks" to "24+ week complex cases," the reprehensible Abortion Simulator seems on track to be the most controversial "game" the App Store has ever seen...

Best Frozen Throne Decks, Death Knight Rankings, Trolden and Kripp Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #108

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first post-Knights of the Frozen Throne Hearthstone [Free] roundup. We finally got the infusion of all the cool new cards into the game, and everyone seems to be happy, at least for now. The post-expansion honeymoon periods are always fun because the meta is very fluid and everyone is trying different ideas. Blizzard's new pack rules have helped most players get a good starting collection, and overall things seem to be good in the Hearthstone world. We have stories about strong Frozen Throne decks, stories about the new Death Knight cards, and a lot more. We even have a Destiny story. So, hop over the image below and let us begin...

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