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It seems everyone is talking about Pokemon again, although this time it's primarily about Pokemon Sun and Moon rather than Pokemon GO. In addition to those two very popular games, there's also a Pokemon film on the way, as we've talked about in the past. After getting Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch to write the script for Detective Pikachu, Legendary Entertainment has now picked Rob Letterman to direct the upcoming live action film. Letterman has directed Goosebumps and Monsters Vs Aliens and also wrote and directed Shark Tale...

If you haven't been watching, the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan packs from Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion came with an unintentional bug that made the drop rate of tri-class cards higher than intended. Well, Blizzard has just announced that a hotfix has been rolled out to all players on the Americas server at 2:30PM PST, and that should correct the issues. Any player on the Americas server who opened Gadgetzan packs prior to 2:30PM PST will receive additional packs as compensation. If you were one of those affected, you will receive 33% of the total amount of Gadgetzan packs you opened prior to 2:30 rounded up, regardless if you got the packs using gold, real money, or from quests. If you bought the 50-pack bundled and opened all of the packs before 2:30, you'll get an additional 17 packs...




Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] has been adding new characters frequently, and this time around we are getting Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans. As producers Josh Austin explained, Medusa won the poll that the developers conducted over the summer, so it looks like the players really wanted her in the game. She's designed to be a support character that can also cause damage while healing the team, if you know how to play her that is. Her hair appropriately can shake the board up by generating health, gaining additional AP, causing damage, or even swapping random tiles and stealing any swapped enemy special tiles. In other words, she can be a pain. Her abilities are all about messing with the opponent's tiles and turning the battle around all by herself. The Queen of the Inhumans is available starting today...

'Transformers: Forged to Fight' Is a One-on-One Fighting Game Featuring Your Favorite Robots

Hasbro is dipping its toes into mobile gaming once more with the upcoming Transformers: Forged to Fight, a fighting game with deep RPG elements. In this game, you'll collect the most memorable Transformers from all eras of the franchise, so prepare to see Autobots and Decepticons from the animated TV series, the films, the comic book series, and, of course, the toys. You'll of course play as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Starscream, Grimlock, and more, and all of them will level up over time and get better abilities and attacks. As you can see from the trailer below, the robots look really good and the animation is well-done too. Of course the game will be judged on how well it plays, but signs are positive so far...

Those who've been following my articles on Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] know what feature I've been patiently (and impatiently) waiting to see come to the game, and we are finally getting it in the upcoming 1.0 update, or The Ender Update. Yes, we are finally getting the original soundtrack, and I can't wait for it. It will be a separate download, so if you don't have the space you shouldn't worry about it. The iconic Minecraft music is for me one of the best parts of the game, and I'm very excited to finally have it in MCPE. The Ender Update is bringing much more than just the music, though. We are also getting The End, which makes the game a "complete loop" as the developers call it...

Check Out Two Solid Minutes of Gameplay in Upcoming Retro Shoot 'Em Up '1949 EndWar'

I've been quietly following the development of 1949 EndWar for over a year now, and we first brought you news of this spiritual sequel to Capcom's 1942 back in early October when developer Smallthing released the first official teaser trailer for the game. While the team had originally hoped to release the game before the end of 2016, they feel they need a little more time to get the game just right and are now targeting Q1 of 2017 isntead, along with an expanded set of release platforms like Xbox One, PC, Mac, and possibly even PlayStation 4 and Vita. Anyway, to temper the wait for those like me who are anxiously awaiting 1949 EndWar, Smallthing today has released a new gameplay trailer showing a solid 2 minute playthrough of the first level in the game...

New 'Rocky' Mobile Game Releasing to Celebrate Original Film's 40th Anniversary

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the original Rocky film, and yes, that makes me feel old. To celebrate this milestone, MGM Interactive and developer Tapinator are releasing Rocky, a new mobile game featuring the biggest of Rocky's rivals from the film. That includes Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and Ivan Drago. In the game you'll manage a boxing gym and as you build it up you'll unlock 37 different fighters across 4 tiers, including the rare movie star characters mentioned above as well as Rocky himself. ..

After what has felt like a horribly long and drawn out 2016, it's finally December, which brings with it a whole host of yearly traditions. Forget the holidays, advent calendars, snowmen and the like - for iOS gaming, it's the inevitable 'Best of 2016' lists which will begin to emerge amongst both critics and consumers, and while there will be some heated arguments along the way, it's a great time to evaluate the past twelve months and revisit some of the classics that have released on our favorite touchscreen platform. For me personally, one of the first games that comes to mind is Human Resource Machine [$4.99] - its programming-based puzzles were extremely compelling and suited to mobile, which coupled with some subtle yet supremely clever presentation resulted in an essential App Store release when it launched back in June. Today, Android gamers can join in the fun, as Human Resource Machine has finally launched on Google Play for $4.99, which is a bargain for the amount of frustration and fun you will get out of Tommorow Corporation's latest release...

Okay everyone, time to walk the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan because Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion has just released in the Americas (it will release tomorrow in Europe). There are now 132 brand new cards for you to get your hands on, and some of them are quite fantastic. A few quick words about the expansion first. Mean Streets of Gadgetzan puts you in the middle of a clash between three crime families running Gadgetzan, the Grimy Goons (Hunter, Paladin, Warrior), the Kabal (Mage, Priest, Warlock), and Jade Lotus (Druid, Rogue, Shaman). Each of the families plays differently with the Grimy Goons buffing minions in your hands, the Kabal using all kinds of crazy potions, and the Jade Lotus using stealth and the ever-growing Jade Golems to take down the opposition. There are also the Tri-Class Cards, neutral minions that can only be used by one family...

We posted about it coming a few days ago, but Tiny Wings TV has since been released on the Apple TV. If you load up your Apple TV's App Store, you'll see it front and centered featured for $2.99. Chances are you've already played the iOS version, but playing on the TV provides a new opportunity to play split screen multiplayer sharing either one Apple TV remote or using an Apple TV remote and a secondary MFi controller...

If you're super old school, you might remember Amateur Surgeon as Adult Swim's very first game on the App Store. If you never played it, it's basically Trauma Center: Under the Knife for the old school DS, but dripping with Adult swim charm and silliness. Amateur Surgeon was a hit, and Adult Swim went on to release two sequels to the original which all have since been removed from the App Store (although I'm not sure how many people noticed). As of this morning, Amateur Surgeon 4 [Free] hit the App Store. The fourth installment is a bit of a remaster of the original games, as well as being packed with new content, so there wasn't a whole lot of reason to keep the old defunct Amateur Surgeon games around...

'Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore' Officially Launching on December 8th

Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore has been one of this year's most controversial games in our community, as it's a significant departure from the open-world nature of its predecessors. Deep Silver Fish Labs have re-tuned the game to be more in line with how people are playing mobile titles in 2016, which puts greater emphasis on shorter, action-packed missions instead of endlessly wandering around in space...

Out Now: 'Apollo Justice Ace Attorney', 'Space Madness', 'Swap Sword', 'Knight Slinger', 'Colt Express', 'Arcane Dragons', 'JEX', 'Atlantean' and More

It's another week of new releases, and just like the Thanksgiving lull from last week, there's not quite the usual amount of new games that we're used to. There's still a lot of stuff though! Only in the wacky world of mobile is a list of 26 new games considered a lull. Headlining this week's haul is the arrival of Appolo Justice Ace Attorney, filling in that fourth entry gap in the main Ace Attorney series. There's plenty more potential gems in the list below, so be sure to check out everything and let us know which games you've got your eye on this week. ..

'Apollo Justice Ace Attorney' Hits the App Store

We're just mere moments away from our usual "Out Now" post, but I figured the arrival of Apollo Justice Ace Attorney [$0.99] was worth it's own little heads up. For those keeping score at home, Apollo Justice is the fourth game in the beloved Ace Attorney main series, though it doesn't actually star everyone's favorite ace attorney Phoenix Wright. No matter though, as our own Shaun Musgrave notes in the original announcement of this iOS port, "Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is both important to the overall story of the series and still a pretty awesome game in its own right." Just over a week ago the release date for Apollo Justice was announced, with iOS hitting right now and the Android version coming just one week later...

Space MMO 'Hades' Star' Looking for Alpha Testers

If you want to take a trip to Hades (sorry, couldn't resist), check out the upcoming Hades' Star, a persistent space MMO looking for Alpha testers in our Upcoming Games forum. The game is still in very early development, but if you want to be one of the first to travel the uncharted galaxies of an MMO, now is the time to join. According to this dev blog, Hades' Star aims to be less complicated than games like EVE Online but still be deep and interesting. Same goes for UI complexity, which can be a problem when the game is running on an iPhone. The other main design goal is to adapt this MMO to the particularities of the mobile platform. In other words, players should be able to jump in and out of the game quickly without experiencing long loading times. They are trying to do so by having the entire game take place on a single screen...

Don't Grind [Free] is a silly game, but silly in the positive sense of the word. We really like it here at TouchArcade towers, and it's no accident it was our Game of the Week. Something about trying to keep those poor vegetables, sweets, or whatever from dying at the blades of the huge buzzsaws is endearing, especially because the physics work great and make the game feel good. The game has just released a funny video to celebrate 2 million players, so we thought it would be a good time to write about this developer blog that talks about the game's origin and all the development decisions that went into making it. For instance, the developers wanted to have gore and screaming in the game but made sure it was more on the funny than horrifying side. That's why you won't see red-colored blood or any little animals falling into those buzzsaws...

In March of last year, Kalypso Media released a refreshing take on the roguelike genre with Crowntakers [$3.99 (HD)]. By taking elements from turn-based strategy RPGs and blending in some of the most popular elements of roguelikes, they created an experience that was more than the sum of its parts. Also, by including two difficult levels, one where you could take your characters and experience levels with you game to game and one that was truly permadeath and caused you to start completely over upon death, Crowntakers appealed to a wide audience of gamers. We loved it in our review and really the only problem was that Crowntakers was an iPad-only game, limiting the amount of people who could play it. Well, that's no longer going to be the case as Kalypso has announced that Crowntakers will be receiving iPhone support this coming January. Here's how the game will look on the iPhone...

Turn-Based Miniatures Game 'Warbands: Bushido' Coming Along Well

Warbands: Bushido is trying to bring the feel of moving miniatures around a board to your mobile devices, and it seems to be well on its way to do so. The game has just gone live on Steam Early Access, and while the developers say there's still a lot of work to be done before the game comes out on iOS, I'm glad to see it's on the right path. As you can see in the Upcoming Games forum thread for the game, Warbands: Bushido is a turn-based miniatures board game with cards, and it looks really nice. The isometric view makes it feel like playing the real thing and the miniatures - of which there are over 100 - look fancy...

Back in 2011, Onlive, a cloud-based service, tried to do something pretty crazy; let you play games without actually downloading them. Alas, the service was not long-lived and the service got its obituary around 2015. Now Rovio, the developer behind the little-known Angry Birds franchise, has decided to once more try and reach for the dream of offering players the ability to play games without having to download them on their devices. To do that, it has created a new company called Hatch Entertainment, and the name of its service is Hatch. Hatch will let you stream the games you play without having to do any updates, any in-app purchases, and, of course, without having to download anything. At the same time, you'll be able to either play with or against friends and also share videos or even broadcast your gaming live...

If you're a PlayStation 4 gamer, then you should probably download the new PlayStation Communities [Free] App, out now for iOS and Android. This app will let players meet players with similar interests so you can socialize or even team up. For instance, you can join parties and launch into games with other Community members, which is a great feature for those who like playing multiplayer games like Destiny or Overwatch but don't want to go through the solo queue. You can also check community profiles, join and leave communities, and pretty much position yourself among players with similar interests...

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