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There's a Week Left to Apply for Stugan: Every Developer Needs to Sign Up

If I had to compile a list of really awesome things for developers to do, the #1 thing on that list would be a tie between Train Jam and Stugan. Unfortunately, you already missed Train Jam this year, but the good news is you've got about a week left to apply for Stugan. If this is the first time you've heard of Stugan, here's the gist: It's a non-profit accelerator where a select group of developers head to a remote cabin in the Swedish countryside with some of the best minds in the mobile industry as mentors for two months. Better yet, the only thing you need to pay for is your travel to Stockholm, Sweden. Everything else is covered. Oh wait, even better yet is that unlike a lot of accelerator programs, you retain full ownership of everything you make at Stugan. Their motivation seems to be exclusively to encourage the creation of awesome games...

Covering iPhone games over the last decade or so has resulted in some pretty crazy (and unexpected) adventures, but if you told me when I was writing about Doodle Jump way back when that I'd be in the Bahamas watching pro players play Hearthstone I'd probably be like... "What's Hearthstone?" For real though, it's unbelievable to be here, and while most of it is being streamed on Twitch, I've also got interviews set up with Hearthstone developers and access to all the players who are also here. Which raises the question: What do you guys want to know from the event? The whole reason I'm here is to report back for TouchArcade, so if at any point you guys watching the stream want to know anything else or have any questions you'd like me to relay to the Blizzard team and/or Hearthstone developers, either drop a comment here or hit me up on Twitter @hodapp...




Out Now: 'Death Road to Canada', 'The Elder Scrolls: Legends', 'Sunless Sea', 'One Finger Death Punch 3D', 'Crash of Cars', 'Sword of Shadows', 'Construction Simulator 2' and More

I'm still feeling fatigued from last week's crazy onslaught of new releases, but here we are again already with another massive batch of iOS games on our plate. Not only are we catching the tail end of Apple's Celebrating Indies promotion which brought forth several more big-time indie game releases, but this also marks the long-awaited release of Death Road to Canada which is one of the most eagerly-anticipated releases of the past few years. Maybe if we ask nicely Apple will give us a week off from new releases so we can try and play a little catch up? As always, you can catch the full list of this week's new iOS game releases below, so check 'em all out and let us know in the comments or in our Discord chat which game's you'll be playing this week!..

'Cut.' is Another Bedeviling Puzzler From 'Hocus.' and 'Pocus.' Developer Gamebra.in

Gamebra.in just released Pocus [$0.99] recently, but the studio is back with another neat puzzler coming in April called Cut. The game gives you a figure created with a single line, and starting from an endpoint, you have to cut it in such a way that all the pieces are of equal length. Each puzzle has a prerequisite number of cuts to make, so you have to analyze the shape, and see how the cuts play out. You're graded on a similarity score between the different segments, so getting everything as close as possible is ideal...

Journey to Un'Goro, Hearthstone's [Free] next expansion, is getting closer to release, so every day we are getting more information about what to expect. Today, Peter Whalen, Senior Game Designer, wrote a blog about Quests, one of the two main keywords that will be added to the game come early April. If you don't know what Quests are, they are cards that offer pretty huge rewards if their conditions are met. Each class will have one of them in Journey to Un'Goro. The Quest idea has been in the developers' heads ever since Whispers of the Old Gods, but it has changed quite a lot since the original idea...

Super Mario Run [Free] is out on Android everyone! Nintendo decided that Android players shouldn't wait for tomorrow, March 23rd, to play Super Mario Run, so it released the game one day early. As was the case with the iOS version, the game is free to download but will cost you $9.99 if you want to play beyond the four first courses. Super Mario Run is a great game, and if you're an Android user, you should definitely at least download it and give it a shot. In addition to the Android version launching today, the iOS version was just updated to 2.0. If you haven't read our story about it, version 2.0 brings new playable Yoshis to the game. These Yoshis come in different colors, and when you play Toad Rally with a Yoshi of a particular color, you get more Toads of that color...

After a very long beta period, The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] is finally out for tablets worldwide. This Bethesda CCG has more going for it than just the Elder Scrolls world; it also offers a story mode, with hours of gameplay, and a single-player draft mode that plays like Hearthstone's Arena but against AI. The other interesting wrinkle in the gameplay is the ability to upgrade certain cards you own rather than just collect new cards. Legends also has plenty of flexibility in deckbuilding because it allows you to craft a deck using two of the game's five attributes (strength, intelligence, willpower, agility, and endurance). Combining attributes gives your deck its own class in a way. Finally, the game's other major gameplay difference from the likes of Hearthstone is how the board is split in two lanes, with each lane affecting cards differently...

The 4X Board Game 'Exodus: Proxima Centauri' Is Coming to Mobile

Digital versions of 4X games are tricky to pull off partly because of how demanding the genre can be in terms of time. Offworld Games is hoping to adapt the board game Exodus: Proxima Centauri into a great 4X digital game that will be easy to learn and easy to use, so hopefully the game will work well on the platform. Exodus: Proxima Centauri is inspired by Stanislaw Lem's The Magellanic Cloud (you might know him better as the author of Solaris) and has humanity building a new civilization after Earth has been destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. There are six factions vying for supremacy, and each player gets to build a space fleet made up of customized ships, conquer planets, negotiate and vote for political decisions affecting the universe, and more...

'Shadowgun Legends' Continues to Look Great

The original Shadowgun [$4.99] game, which released back in 2011, was a pretty lovely-looking FPS with a ton of technical issues and some peculiar design decisions that, according to our review, made for a rather repetitive game. The upcoming Shadowgun Legends seems much-improved, judging from the gameplay video below, and its visuals remain top-notch. We've already talked about the game back in August, focusing on how those who've played it describe it as Destiny for mobile because of its persistent world and emphasis on loot. If they do manage to pull that off, it will definitely be fantastic...

Shadowverse [Free], the quite-entertaining CCG, continues to gain in popularity among players, so it's not a surprise that the developers are pumping out content as quickly as they can. After giving us expansions such as Rise of Bahamut and Darkness Evolved, the developers have started teasing the game's fourth expansion, Tempest of the Gods. Tempest of the Gods will feature 104 new cards, which will include two Legendaries for each class. Apparently, the expansion will bring very powerful cards to the game, including the god Zeus, that should shift the meta once they hit...

Pokemon GO [Free] continues to give us entertaining in-game events, and the latest one is no exception. The Pokemon GO Water Festival starts today and will run until March 29th, and for its duration the spawn rates for Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their evolutions have increased. There will also be a greater chance of encountering Water-type Pokemon originally found only in the Johto region in areas where Water-type Pokemon commonly appear. This event will be a great opportunity to grab those water-type Pokemon if they're missing from your collection...

The Upcoming 'Just Turn Right' Is, You Guessed it, all About Turning Right

Guess what's the only thing you can do in Just Turn Right; yes, you are correct, you can only turn right. This upcoming driving game puts you in a car with no brakes and a broken steering wheel, which keeps turning the car to the right, and has you driving from point A to point B in a bunch of levels strewn with obstacles, broken-down cars, jumps, and so on. As you can see from the trailer, the game is using pretty simple visuals, but a game like this one doesn't really need more than that. What it will need is good car handling and clever level design; hopefully, it will have both of those...

'Office Space: Idle Profits' is Going to Need You to Come in on Saturday to Finish those TPS Reports

One of the all-time best cult classic films is Mike Judge's Office Space, which lampooned the ridiculousness of Corporate America so well it's one of the most quote movies around and still feels relevant nearly twenty years after its release. And what mobile gaming genre would suit the soulless lifestyle of a corporate worker bee best? Why, the idle clicker, of course! Enter Office Space: Idle Profits, a collaboration between Fox Interactive and Kongregate. In Office Space: Idle Profits you'll start out in the basement with Milton and his stapler and work your way up the corporate ladder, generally following the plot of the movie which sees you installing a virus into the computer mainframe and syphoning off fractions of a cent until you're rich. Oh, and at one point you'll beat the crap out of a fax machine, naturally. Here's some screens from Office Space: Idle Profits...

'Card Thief' Review - It Eventually Stole My Heart

Tinytouchtales and artist Mexer reunite to make Card Thief [$1.99], a solitaire card game that is a follow-up to Card Crawl [$2.99]. Instead of being a dungeon crawler, this is about stealth, with a card system. You move your thief card around the board in any direction, dealing with traps, enemies, torches, and items that pop up. Your objective is to clear out cards to get through the deck, eventually picking up the treasure chest that gets on the board, and escaping when you've gotten through the deck. While there's actually an unlimited number of cards, the deck has certain milestones that pop up throughout your session. The thing is that where Card Crawl definitely added in some new elements after launch that added some depth and complexities to the experience, it's a much simpler game than what Card Thief is conceptually. For example, I went back to Card Crawl after a long time not playing (I have too many games on my phone...and iPad), and after a little bit of reacquainting myself, the game made sense. On the other hand, Card Thief off the bat is a more esoteric experience. It has its own rules, and a number of systems and card types that all interact with each other in ways that you probably won't understand right away. In fact, it plays fast and loose with the whole 'cards' concept to begin with. It could have just been a stealth action game without the card concept, I imagine. But the thing I found is that after a few sessions of not knowing what I was doing, the more I played, the more Card Thief clicked with me. And when it clicks, it's an amazing game...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Death Road to Canada', 'Tokaido', 'FZ9: Timeshift', 'Sword of Shadows' and More

Normally I'd be fully celebrating National Goof Off Day today, but Death Road to Canada hit the App Store super early this morning and I don't care about anything else in my life right now but playing this game. If you haven't downloaded it yet, we'll have a full review up soon, but in the meantime you can check out the impressions in our forums in the thread which is just blowing up. Death Road to Canada is my personal game to beat for Game of the Year this year, so, for real, don't miss this one...

I can think of plenty of times over the years that the excitement for the release of an iOS game has been palpable, and the wait for Death Road to Canada [$7.99] ranks right up there near the top. Ever since its initial announcement back in August of 2013, mobile gamers have been dying to take a road trip from Florida to Canada in the hopes of surviving and escaping the zombie apocalypse. Since then the game has actually launched on Steam and the reception there has been extremely positive from those who have played it. While it might have felt like mobile gamers were left out in the cold, the desktop launch of Death Road was actually a good thing as developers Rocketcat Games and Madgarden were able to squash a ton of initial bugs as well as add in tons of extra content, all of which has made it to the mobile release today. ..

'Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times' Announced for Release this Autumn

Just under four years ago, Rodeo Games in conjunction with Games Workshop released the turn-based strategy dungeon crawler Warhammer Quest [$2.99] which was quite positively received by players and went on to be a top seller. Well, you may remember about a year ago that the Rodeo Games team, following the disappointing reception of Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch [$1.99], decided to go on hiatus, and one of the founding members of Rodeo went on to form a new company called Perchang. So far that new studio has released the fantastic physics puzzler Perchang [$1.99], named after the company, but they're about to bring things full circle as Perchang the company has just announced Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times. Here's some screens...

We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

'Duel Beats', a Competitive Beat Rhythm Game, has Soft Launched

You can figure out most about the upcoming Duel Beats from its title; it's a competitive beat rhythm battle game where you take down your friends by staying on beat and using your taps and swipes to cause damage. Instead of simply playing for points, in Duel Beats you use your ability to tap at the right time to break down the opponent's defenses, and as you earn coins, you use them to summon different heroes with special abilities that can help you dominate even more...

A couple of months ago, Respawn Entertainment announced that Titanfall: Frontline, the CCG based on the popular FPS, wouldn't ever see the light of day despite reaching the beta stage. I thought that was the end of Titanfall games on mobile, but it looks like I was wrong. According to the official Titanfall website, Respawn has teamed up with Nexon with the goal of developing "awesome" mobile titles set in the world of Titanfall. Apparently, they've got some exciting stuff in the works that Respawn will be talking about in the near future...

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