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The really cool Superhot-inspired shoot 'em up Time Locker [Free] has gotten an update with two cool new features. First is the inclusion of cameos from Rodeo Stampede [Free]. Which makes too much sense – why not have stampeding animals in a game that's full of animals battling it out? Characters including the bull will appear in the 100 coin character machines that pop up on the main game screen for you to play as. ..

Welcome to our guide for The Opera, the second Wing of Hearthstone's [Free] latest adventure, One Night in Karazhan. Instead of going with Disney references like Wing 1, Wing 2 goes for a more literary vibe with references to William Shakespeare's, Grimm's, and Frank Baum's works. The three bosses are Julianne, Big Bad Wolf, and the Crone, and there are some fun ideas in this Wing, though nothing like the Chess from last week's Wing. The encounters are pretty easy on Normal - probably easier than last week's - but the Heroic ones are a different matter, especially The Crone one. Overall this is a fun Wing, and while most of the cards we are getting aren't the strongest - outside the Legendary Barnes - any new cards are always welcome...




Back in early March, developer Nanoo Company released their latest game Dark Sword [Free], a side-scrolling hack 'n slash game with a very stylish silhouette art style and great animations. Dark Sword featured bite-sized levels and simplified combat mechanics that still allowed for very satisfying button mashing gameplay. The biggest drawback, depending on your point of view I guess, was that the game is very free to play, meaning there's all the typical trappings from timers to in-game currencies and various IAP packs to be bought. However, if you're into your typical free to play grinding game this one was a lot of fun, and it featured tons of different types of loot to acquire and outfit your character with. Dark Sword has seen many updates in the months since its release which added things like new equipment, new difficulty levels, a Daily Raid mode, a pet system, and more, but its biggest update is yet to come as Nanoo has revealed that PvP is heading to the game in the next update...

3 Sprockets, the developer most known on their own for the Cubemen [$0.99 (HD)] tower defense games, but also as the team that developed Pac-Man 256 [Free] with Hipster Whale, have just released their latest game, Outfolded [Free]. The game gives you the task of unfolding various three-dimensional solid objects by rolling them around various levels, with their varying sides defining how they can be unfolded, with the goal being to use all the shapes to unfold at least one side on the goal...

The Long-Awaited 'Armajet' Closed Beta Just Went Live

For some of you, this is the story that will translate into losing many hours of your life staring at your device as the closed Beta for Armajet has just gone live. If you haven't played the game when it was out in Alpha, Armajet is a 2D shooter that's great fun to play and works amazingly-well on mobile. The Beta is bringing many new features to the game including adding friends from their in-game profile, getting notifications when friends jump online, Clans, Ranked Play that will use an ELO-style rating system, more weapons, more perks, more badges, more of everything. There's even a spectator mode. And it looks even cooler than it did during the Alpha...

The Angry Birds are Doing the 'Monster Strike' Thing with the Soft-Launched 'Angry Birds Evolution'

If you can think of a particular genre of video game, chances are pretty good that there's an Angry Birds version of it. The latest genre that Rovio and its famous feathered friends are tackling is the "bumper cars" style battling popularized by games like Monster Strike [Free]. Think of it like a digital game of marbles. Pull back on your character and take aim similar to launching a bird in Angry Birds proper, then let go and launch that character who will then bounce all over, hitting objects and enemies in the process. It's a fantastic mechanic for a touchscreen game, and although it hasn't quite seen the same success in the Western world, it has proven a winning formula for Monster Strike in Asia. Rovio is hoping to "strike" a similar hit with their soft-launched Angry Birds Evolution, which features similar battling style as well as light RPG and strategy elements...

If you are in the mood for theater and culture, then you're in luck because The Opera, the second Wing of Hearthstone's [Free] One Night in Karazhan Adventure, has just unlocked in NA. If you haven't bought the whole Adventure, you're going to have to buy this one either with 700 gold or with $6.99. You are going to help Julianne prepare for the performance of a lifetime, tackle the Big Bad Wolf, and more in another Wing clearly inspired by literary works. As a literature person myself, I'm really enjoying all these literary references in One Night in Karazhan, and I'm curious to see Blizzard's take on these famous characters and works...

Out There Chronicles [$2.99] is a good idea. Take the mysterious, interesting universe of the survival/resource management game Out There [$4.99] and create a gamebook in the same setting that helps flesh the background out. A boots on the ground view, so to speak. It's even written by the same person that wrote the original game. The presentation is quite strong for a game of this genre, adopting much of the aesthetic of the core Out There experience, and it even attempts to incorporate a few of the mechanics, such as learning alien languages and trying to conserve resources. As a companion piece to Out There, it's pretty neat. But while it's good at evoking the feel of its parent, as a piece of interactive fiction, it leaves me a bit cold...

Turn-Based RPG 'Shadow Quest' Hits the App Store Next Week

We're always excited to try out RPG's that mix up mechanics in interesting ways, and the upcoming Shadow Quest puts you in charge of a party of four, dungeon crawling using Minesweeper-like mechanics. Judging from the trailer, it seems like a mash up of Book of Heroes [Free] with a hint of the Dungelot [$0.99] series, which sounds pretty neat to me. Take a look:..

Dystopian Roguelite 'Leap of Fate' Out Now on the App Store

It feels like we've been waiting for Leap of Fate [$3.99] forever, as we first caught a glimpse of it on our forums in 2014, and then have had to watch as it launched on PC in March of this year, with mobile slated for a mid-August release. Thankfully, developers Clever-Plays have stuck to their word, as Leap of Fate has finally launched on the App Store today, having just sneaked past the traditional Wednesday round-up. It appears the wait has been justified, and the qualities that made it such a hit on its original Steam release are all present here, as you play as a technomage who has to fight against their own psychological demons with an abundance of glyphs, skills and a special mechanic of 'Shadow Walking'. Really, the trailer says it all, demonstrating the sort of ambition that Leap of Fate has for reinventing the dual stick roguelite genre on mobile devices...

It certainly is a fantastic time to be a fan of soccer (football) if you're an iOS gamer, as let alone the start of another season with its inevitable highs and lows (or just lows, if you support the wrong team), there are an abundance of new titles released to capitalise on the excitement of The Beautiful Game. Just this week we've seen EA announce a brand new FIFA game for the App Store that has polarised members on our forum thread, and a more traditional title in the form of Sociable Soccer - and this will likely only be the beginning, as new releases roll out in the coming months. Furthermore, for fans wanting their football fix right now, there are some fantastic new sales on some classics we have loved in the past, as Football Manager Mobile 2016 [$8.99] has dropped to its lowest price of $2.99, and Pixel Cup Soccer 16 [Free] is now completely free to try out...

Out Now: 'Deus Ex GO', 'Legend of the Skyfish', 'Warhammer 40K: Armageddon - Da Orks', 'Hyper Blaster', 'Mr. Robot', 'Ruins Ahead' and More

Welcome to another week and another batch of new iOS games! Unfortunately, the big game we revealed earlier today, a port of Bioware's RPG Jade Empire, will not be launching tonight as originally intended. Dang it! Look for it to come soon, and we'll be sure to let you know the moment it's available. Don't let that get you down, though, as this week is filled with goodness like Deus Ex GO and Legend of the Skyfish. So check out the full list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up this week!..

The iPhone has always been a perfect platform for racing titles, and while this year's Rush Rally 2 [$3.99] received much deserved praise in our review, the behind-the-car camera was maligned by a few for not recreating the immersion of a true first-person perspective of traditional rally games, or other driving simulators such as Real Racing 3 [Free]. Thankfully, within barely a few months of release, developer Brownmonster has updated Rush Rally 2 with a fully fledged cockpit view, which will certainly satiate any purists, or those who may want another dimension when driving around the numerous beautiful terrains that the game offers. ..

Three weeks ago, The Quest HD [$7.99] hit the App Store after receiving a very warm reception on Steam earlier in the year, but there was only one major problem: The game was iPad-only. That's all well and good if you have an iPad, but if you don't or even if you simply prefer gaming on your iPhone then you weren't able to experience this remaster of one of mobile gaming's all-time classic RPGs. Well, as it turns out, developer Redshift didn't make The Quest HD iPhone-compatible because the numerous previous releases and expansions of the original The Quest are all iPhone-only, and they were worried people might be confused which games were the old ones and which one was the new one when looking at them in the App Store. Well, it wouldn't be any more confusing than it already is with like 20+ existing versions of The Quest! Thankfully Redshift agreed, and so after seeing the demand from players wishing for an iPhone version, they quickly went to work on a Universal update which has just become available...

The thing that has made the Square Enix Montreal "GO" series so appealing is that the games have been so subversive, as well as being fun puzzlers. Hitman GO [$1.99] was a particularly absurdist take on Hitman, what with all the stealth kills and assassinations taking place as figures on a game board knocking each other over. Something about distilling the game down to that feels particularly amusing. Lara Croft GO [$2.99] was a bit more in line with the brand, but still felt like a unique take on the series with a Monument Valley [$3.99] esque aesthetic and the lower-polygon-count look, along with the fantasy environments in play. It was still rather fun to play, though. The concern with Deus Ex GO [$4.99] was whether Square Enix Montreal could deliver more fun turn-based puzzling, but what I think we were missing was whether they could cleverly subvert the themes of the Deus Ex series, and that's really missing here...

Bioware's Epic Action RPG 'Jade Empire' Hits iOS [Update: Soon, Not Today]

[Editor's Note: Please see the update at the end of this article.] Not even Master Li could see this one coming. Aspyr Media, the team behind the iOS ports of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99] and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy [$9.99], are adding another classic adventure to their iOS portfolio later today. Many of us had anticipated that their next release might be an iOS version of Obsidian's Knights of the old Republic 2, but it turns out they had their eyes on another RPG from the Xbox era first. Jade Empire, Bioware's epic martial arts fantasy, will be available for your favorite iOS device later today...

Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick's 'Thimbleweed Park' Gets a New Trailer for Gamescom

We've been really excited for Thimbleweed Park, a new adventure game from two of the creators behind Lucasarts classic Maniac Mansion, since we posted the first trailer for the game this past March. Another video surfaced in June, and continued to stoke the fire of anticipation for the game. With Gamescom this week, another new Thimbleweed Park video has been released, this one focusing on one of the game's five playable characters, an aspiring game developer named Delores Edmund. Check it out...

Pikachu will be pulling a Sherlock Holmes in movie theaters near you soon, and we might now know who will be in the movie's writing room. According to a Variety story, Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch are currently in negotiations to write the live-action Detective Pikachu, as the movie will be called. Perlman has been involved in the writing of Marvel movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor and will also be writing the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. Hirsch is responsible for Disney's Gravity Falls, so with these two writers behind the project, I'm hopeful that the movie will actually be well-written and fun (famous last words, I know)...

When Hearthstone [Free] got its first Co-op Tavern Brawl, Unite Against Mechazod, everyone was very excited because it really was a new way to play the game, and those moments are always welcome. This week, we got Nefarian Rises, another co-op Brawl where you join forced with a friend to take down Nefarian. "Anduin teams up with newcomer Morgl" this time, so you get to see that little Murloc dude in person if you haven't yet. Nefarian is a 0/200 Taunt minion that can't be targeted by spells. As you can guess, both decks consist of cards that buff the other player, so you should be playing with an eye to helping your opponent's minions survive and do more damage while keeping an eye on your health...

New iPhone Games: 'Deus Ex Go', 'Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa', 'Tetris Battle Drop' and More

Along with today's bonanza of iOS game releases, it's also National Medical Dosimetrist's Day. What's a medical dosimetrist? Well, it's a sub-speciality so complicated it takes an entire paragraph to explain. So, shout out to all the dosimetrist out there, may you have great luck in achieving some level of brevity when someone asks you at a party, "So what do you do?" Anyway, this week's list of releases is a tad more scant than we're used to, and I'm thinking there's two (possibly three?) reasons for that. First off, Gamescom is this week which is basically the European equivalent of E3, most traditional games media is swamped with that so this seems like a solid week to avoid releasing anything on. Additionally, unless plans have changed (again), there's a massive game release that people are going to be super blown away by along with the precedent its release could set for the release of ...other similar games. Or, ya'know, the App Store is just being weird...

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