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'Nightgate' is Another Gorgeous Minimalist Experience from Semidome, Creators of 'Last Voyage'

Semidome, the creators of the gorgeous Last Voyage [$1.99], are back with a new game this week. Nightgate has you navigating a futuristic computer network by activating various nodes, and trying to dodge the defenses protecting them. This takes the form of an arena-survival type game somewhat similar to Ellipsis, but with Semidome's own house style. ..

After making balance changes to Clash Royale, Supercell is also doing some balance changes to Clash of Clans [Free] in preparation for the next major update - which shouldn't be too far into the future. The changes, coming in a patch soon, are not that many but as everyone knows, every small change can make a big difference in a game like Clash of Clans. Cannon damage will be increased for levels 11-14 as a way to offer players a better defensive answer to mass attacks of mid-size units, and Healers will once again trigger air traps because recently they've become a staple high-level troop that can at the same time stay out of defensive range...




If you've been looking for a fun CCG that has you clearing out dungeons instead of fighting other players, you should check out Lost Portal CCG [$0.99], which just dropped to its lowest price ever. Lost Portal CCG has been a big hit among our forum members, with the game's thread now over 54 pages long. It's not hard to figure out why it's been so popular; Lost Portal CCG , which by the way is pretty much the word of one person, focuses on a single-player experience and has you exploring dungeons, collecting treasures, fighting AI enemies and bosses, and leveling up your character along the way. The game has plenty of content with random enemies and card drops, 216 cards in five rarities, over 80 enemies and bosses across 5 towns and 15 dungeons...

'The Witness' for iOS is Still Happening

If you recall, Jonathan Blow and his company Thekla Inc.'s puzzle game The Witness was announced for iOS a long time ago. The PS4 and PC versions came out, but the iOS port needed "a serious programmer" to help bring it to fruition. And then, no word on the iOS version. But now with IGN reporting that The Witness is hitting the Xbox One later this year, they interestingly also got some new details out of Blow for the iOS version. And Thekla is actively working on it! The plan for The Witness on iOS is for it to be the same game, just with lower-end graphics to work on mobile. Jonathan Blow told IGN "It’s such a lower-end platform and we have to redo a ton of stuff." There also is work to be done in adapting the controls to mobile, with a tap-based movement scheme the current method being practiced...

'Jurassic GO - Dinosaur Snap Adventures' Review - Prehistoric Pokemon Snap

There aren't enough games like Pokemon Snap in the world -- there just aren't, even though it was released nearly 20 years ago. I'd like to think that Nintendo and The Pokemon Company are sitting on the concept, ready with a tiny hammer to smash a glass container somewhere with the code for a mobile edition, but we aren't there yet. Instead, we'll have to deal with the various "tourist" and survival sandbox games we have now, which get us ever closer to that fully realized open world Snap many of us long for. Thankfully, Jurassic Go - Dinosaur Snap Adventures [$3.99] is helping us get one step closer...

Horizon Chase [Free] is a pretty astonishing mobile game in numerous different ways. Not only did it receive a glowing review back in 2015, where we declared it as the gold standard for retro-inspired racers on the App Store, but it was also used as a way for composer Barry Leith to propose to his girlfriend in the game, which won the hearts of many adoring fans - and most importantly the lucky lady, who did indeed say yes. Now with over 5 million downloads and around 70 million races completed since its release, developers Aquiris are celebrating the one year anniversary of Horizon Chase's launch with a set of updates that include a new cup, two new cars and Apple TV support...

Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99] launched on Apple TV earlier this month, and with its high-octane futuristic racing coupled with some beautifully detailed graphics, it went down extremely well with racing fans on the variety of platforms it was released on. However, with the series originating on iOS back in 2011, and the predecessor Riptide GP2 [$1.99] receiving much deserved praise in our review on its release in 2013, many fans on our forums have been eagerly anticipating when Riptide GP: Renegade would make the transition to mobile devices. Thankfully, it didn't take too long - Renegade has today launched on the App Store, and with the same premium features for a heavily reduced cost of $2.99 (from its previous $9.99 price point for the Apple TV version), it seems Vector Unit have yet again created another hit for any fans of adrenaline-pumping, high speed jet ski-esque action...

'Lumines Puzzle & Music' Set to Launch September 1st Worldwide on the App Store

Lumines Puzzle & Music only soft launched on the App Store back in July, but that didn't stop excited forum members finding ways to circumvent App Store regional barriers to download it early, despite being a paid title. While the game has lived up to the lofty expectations of Lumines fans, for those of us not in New Zealand, Australia or Japan, or anyone who was too poor, lazy or ambivalent to somehow acquire it from their respective App Stores, the wait is almost over. Lumines: Puzzle & Music is set to launch worldwide on the App Store on September 1st for $2.99, and developers Mobcast and Q Entertainment have released a new trailer with some pretty graphics in preparation for the upcoming release. An upcoming ask-me-anything on Reddit on August 30th with the series creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi is the icing on the cake, and for a series with a relatively turbulent existence, it'll be a great opportunity for fans to ask him what's next, on both iOS and beyond...

The beauty of the App Store is that developers aren't afraid to attempt combinations of ideas and concepts that would be too ludicrous or risky on most other major platforms. Before today, I had never considered that real-time strategy and beat 'em up games could come together to form a destructive combo, but I'm extremely glad that Defend Your Turf [Free] - from the efforts of sole developer Stephen Folkes - has taken this exploratory leap. You guide a faction of nondescript red characters to battle a team of opposing blue alternatives, but have to use a variety of attacks, techniques and weapons to defeat them in entirely creative and edgy environments such as a dump and a parking lot...

Pokemon GO [Free] is in the process of being updated to version 1.5.0 for iOS and 0.35.0 for Android,and the new update comes with one big new feature, Pokemon Appraisal. According to the patchnotes, Pokemon Appraisal allows trainers to learn about a Pokemon attack and defense capabilities from their Team Leader (Candela, Blanche, or Spark) to determine which of their Pokemon have the most potential for battle. It's good to see new features getting implemented because as popular as the game continues to be, it still doesn't let you do that much besides hunt for Pokemon...

'Color Snake' Will Add a Match-3 Element and More to the Classic 'Snake' Formula Later this Week

There are so many genres that have been done to death on iOS, it's only become harder and harder to get excited about seeing new ones. A new match-3, a new endless runner, the one-billionth casino game… it takes a lot to get me to notice any of those. The classic Snake that many of us remember as our first mobile addiction back on the old Nokia candybar phones is one of those genres that's hard to stand out in, but I think Color Snakes might be capable of doing just that. At the very least it has my attention. The game plays out like a normal game of Snake except that random assortments of colored blocks are constantly popping up on the screen, and rather than just chasing after that next tasty snake segment you're main goal is trying to gobble up 3 or more of the same colored block in a row. You see, Color Snake is constantly getting faster and faster as you play, and matching colored blocks in that way will help slow the game down...

The First 'Guildlings' Newsletter Reveals New Details on the Next Game from 'Threes' Developer Sirvo

The developer of Threes [$2.99], Asher Vollmer, founded Sirvo Studios to work on a new game called Guildlings, which was announced earlier this year. But just what Guildlings was going to be was still a bit of a mystery to be revealed. Now, some new details are being revealed, with the release of the first newsletter from Sirvo Studios. So, what is the game about? Well:..

'The World 3' Is a 3D ARPG Launching August 25th

There might be many ARPGs on the App Store at the moment, but that's not necessarily a bad thing since it is a genre that works well on mobile because it usually offers frantic action in quick bites dressed in pretty visuals. The World 3 will be joining the ranks of ARPGs on the App Store August 25th, and looks like it's going to be a good addition. In The World 3 you'll be fighting some tricky monsters that for instance might play dead and stab you from behind. You'll need to use the right skill to eliminate each enemy, which is a claim many games make and I hope this one really makes it work...

'KOMRAD' is a 'Lifeline'-Style Text Adventure From the Former Chief Design Officer of IBM's Watson

Thanks to the popularity of Lifeline [$1.99], games with narrative hooks and notification features have become in vogue. And KOMRAD is set to be another entry in that genre – replete with Apple Watch functionality, too. But the premise seems intriguing: the premise is that you're communicating with an abandoned Soviet-era computer AI, the eponymous KOMRAD. It's not talked to anyone in thirty years, working in isolation without knowing that the Soviet Union kinda doesn't exist any more, and you're out to stop it. Or help it in its mission, if you're feeling particularly red today, comrade...

Metroidvania 'Tons of Bullets' Hits iOS on September 22nd

Dr. Freakenstein, Fredbear Games, and PlayPlayFun's Tons of Bullets looks like a rather interesting Metroidvania-style platformer, and if you've been curious to check it out after it was announced back in March, well, good news: the game is set to release on iOS on September 22nd. This will be followed by releases on Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One, and Apple TV. A new trailer showing off how the game has advanced since its initial reveal is now available. The game's got some chunky, low-resolution pixel art, but there's some interesting visual effects in play:..

When Supercell's Clash Royale [Free] launched back in January, it quickly become incredibly popular and started bringing in even more money to Supercell's coffers. Fast forward a few months later, and it's hard to ignore the fact that the game just isn't as popular anymore. And according to a Wall Street Journal story, the game's revenue is in decline as well with an estimated July revenue of $62 million, which is less than half of the $133 million the game generated in March, the month of its global release. Not great news at all, but at the same time not that surprising either...

'Zip Zap' is a Weird Physics Puzzler Coming from the Maker of 'Squaredance' and 'Sometimes You Die'

Philipp Stollenmayer, aka Kamibox, made a big splash with his supremely clever puzzle platformer Sometimes You Die [$1.99] back in March of 2014, and most recently he flexed his puzzle-designing prowess with the excellent color-combining, block-sliding puzzler Squaredance [Free]. Oh, and he also made Pancake - The Game [Free]. Today he's revealed his next mobile puzzle game, and like many of his previous efforts, it's an interesting blend of action-based puzzle solving. The game is called Zip Zap, and it's simply about touching the goal in a level using various lengths of material that are connected by hinges, kind of like pieces of an Erector Set. Similar to another awesome puzzler Perchang [$1.99], when you touch the screen in Zip Zap you'll activate a piece, and when you release it deactivates it. You'll use that to inch, bounce, and swing your way towards each level's goal. This short trailer does a way better job at explaining Zip Zap than I ever could...

'Legend of the Skyfish' Review - Get Hooked on This

The hookshot, a close relative to the grappling hook, is one of my favorite tools in video games. Being able to pull things towards you, or reach faraway points, is just an aspect that is so compelling to me. Now, the number of grappling hook games being so small in number should not be a surprise – Kepa of Rocketcat Games says level design for grappling hook mechanics is really difficult. And considering Super QuickHook [$2.99] is so brilliant, and few games have tried to copy it, that makes sense. But there's such potential in a Zelda-style hookshot with a game being centered around it. Legend of the Skyfish [$3.99] is that game, and it uses the core fun of grappling and pulling from a distance inherent in the tool to make for a solid action-puzzle game in the Zelda vein...

'One Night in Karazhan' News and Guides, Barnes Talk, Karazhan Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #61

Hello everyone and welcome to Touchstone #61, our weekly article covering all the interesting and fun Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. Last week we got to play The Opera, Wing 2 of One Night in Karazhan Adventure, and personally I had fun getting through all the encounters. Yes, Karazhan isn't as innovative as League of Explorers in terms of the encounter mechanics, but thematically I find it more entertaining than the previous adventure, but that could be just me. Today you can check out our Normal and Heroic Guide for Wing 2, views on which classes are getting the best Karazhan cards, a very interesting article on how you should evaluate new cards, and plenty of tournament news and decklists. Let's get started...

Update Mondays: 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Star Traders 4X Empires', 'A Noble Circle', 'Demon's Rise', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Now this is more like it. I haven't had to be picky to fill out this article for a long while now, but this week saw tons of worthy candidates. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

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