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If you've been playing Magic: The Gathering-Puzzle Quest [Free], you'll know the developers have managed to marry the two genres quite successfully and given us a pretty deep and entertaining take on the Magic universe. In other words, it's fun. Today, the game received its first major update that has added quite a few things. First of all, we are getting a new Quick Battle mode where you fight decks created by other players (but played by the AI), and while you don't lose points when defeated, you earn points that will give you rewards at the end of the event. Quick Battle now offers you a chance at cards from specific colors along with free card packs and currency...

Additional Deck Slots and Card Rotation Come to 'Hearthstone' Following Secret Meetings With 'Hearthstone' Illuminati

As revealed moments ago by Blizzard, Hearthstone [Free] is getting what will amount to the most significant (and inevitable) change to the game ever: Card rotation. Along with that, the game is going to be split into two distinct formats: "Standard" and "Wild" (Think Legacy in the Magic the Gathering world.) and to account for all the decks players are going to be making to play in both formats, the amount of deck slots are getting doubled from nine to eighteen...




The East New World [$1.99] is pretty comfortable wearing its inspirations on its sleeve. The enemy designs map pretty closely to those found in Goblin Sword [$1.99]. The button layout is very similar to the one used on Sword Of Xolan [$0.99]. The basic gameplay of all of these games isn't that far removed from Devious Dungeon [$2.99]. That's not to say that The East New World doesn't have a few ideas of its own, but it's similar enough to Goblin Sword in particular that it feels like a reskin at times. You'll need to make your way through preset levels, searching out three crystals and two chests per stage, defeating whatever gets in your way using your sword. Pick up all the coins and gems you find on the way so that you can buy new gear in town between levels. Use your trusty double jump to avoid spikes and other hazards, and make your way to the exit somewhere on the far right-hand side of the stage. Very much a clone, to be sure, but it's at least a good one...

If you're ravenous about Ravenous Games games, or just really like pugs, or puzzle platformers, Pug's Quest is an upcoming game that needs to be on your watch list. As mentioned on our forums, they kicked off the project in mid-January and hoping to have it finished by the end of February. That seems quick, but Ravenous Games, like many indie devs, are really good at pumping out games quickly. Take a look at the game in action:..

Tomb of the Mask was revealed on our forums in early December of last year, and like any game that is able to succinctly show me exactly what you do solely in animated gifs, it's been glued to my radar ever since. As mentioned in the thread, Tomb of the Mask is a procedurally generated vertical maze game that looks a lot like Downwell [$2.99] meets The Last Rocket [$1.99]. That's a combination that has me super-stoked. Here, just check out the .gifs:..

'Paper Wizard' Is an Upcoming Papercraft Dual Stick Shooter, Check out the Trailer

I've always been oddly fond of games with papercraft art styles. I'm not sure if it's just Paper Mario nostalgia, but I'm always willing to give any game that leans on papercraft a closer look, which includes an upcoming title which just got posted to our forums, Paper Wizard. It appears to be a dual stick shooter sort of affair that's really reminding me of Solomon's Keep. Take a look at the trailer:..

Following Sharp Decline in Profit, Nintendo Promises "Best-Known Character" in Upcoming Smartphone Game

If you're into the spectator sport of watching the ebb and flow of the video game industry, Nintendo's foray into smartphone gaming is your Super Bowl. Per a recent report by The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo's net third quarter profits fell 36%, largely due to a complete lack of any real blockbuster titles released in that time period. The previously announced smartphone social network / communication app Miitomo left both gamers and investors disappointed, which shifts a lot of the focus for Nintendo's future into their second smartphone title (or first game) which is said to "feature one of the company’s best-known characters."..

A few days ago, we wrote that Tyrone Rodriguez, founder of Nicalis and producer of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, teased a mobile version of the hit game. Still, we weren't sure whether an actual port would be coming to iOS, and if yes, when would that happen. Well, our forum users have noticed that Rodriguez has tweeted a vine video that seems to show The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth being played on an iPhone 5S with a bluetooth controller. Now, I have no idea whether this is a recent video of the game running on iOS, a leftover video from when they were working on the port in the past, or even Rodriguez messing with us. So, take this with a pretty hefty grain of salt...

'Super Phantom Cat' Review - A Purretty Clawsome Catformer Fur iOS

First off, sorry about that headline. I tried to fight the urge and I failed. Second, if you’re bummed that there’s no Super Mario game on the App Store (yet?), then you should drop what you’re doing and grab Veewo’s Super Phantom Cat [$1.99] right meow. It’s a fairly traditional platformer under the surface, borrowing heavily from Nintendo’s resident plumber, but I have to say--that surface is flippin’ gorgeous...

'All is Lost' Releases This Week, Just as Foursaken Media Said

When developers make a release date estimate, it's best to try and stick to it. After all, delays are disappointing. And as the FNAF World fiasco shows, releasing too early is a problem, too. Thankfully, Foursaken Games is going to hit it right on the button with the release of All is Lost. They said it would release in early February, and today they announced that All is Lost is going to release on February 4th, which is this Thursday. That's early February, and in fact is the very first Thursday of February, meaning that if this was PolitiFact, their release date claim would rate as True. Good job, Foursaken Media...

'A Short Tale' is the Punny New Game from the Developers of 'Forever Lost'

Glitch Games, creators of the Forever Lost trilogy, including last year's Forever Lost Episode 3 [$3.99 / $6.99], are releasing a new point-and-click adventure game next week on February 11th, called A Short Tale. Is it a reference about the length of the game? Not necessarily, as Glitch Games is promising a "large" world to explore. It's just that you're a tiny person in a normal-sized world, so everything seems huge. That's why it's a A Short Tale...

Sega Soft Launches English Language Version of 'War Pirates: Heroes of the Sea'

If you enjoy yourself some free-to-pirate games, by which I mean free-to-play games where you're a pirate, and not the "copyright violation" kind, well, Sega's got a game for you. They've soft-launched War Pirates: Heroes of the Sea in the Philippines, where you'll be battling your armada of ships against other plucky pirates in the Pirate Isles. You'll be able to recruit an army of 70 different pirates to battle, boasting different abilities, with timing of those abilities and your cannon fire being necessary to achieve pirate supremacy. The game originally released in Japan, and here's some footage of some Japanese YouTubers engaging in some piracy, though this soft launch is for the English-language version of the game:..

Nitrome's 'Ultimate Briefcase' Blasts to the App Store This Week

Nitrome's showing signs of getting off to its usual blistering release pace here in 2016, after the anticipated Rust Bucket [Free] update, and now the release of their first published game Ultimate Briefcase this week. The game was made by a third-party studio in Quite Fresh, but is helmed by a former Nitrome artist, so the game does fit into the Nitrome portfolio even if it actually does some things different from other Nitrome games...

'Card Thief' is the 'Dungeon Raid'-Inspired Followup to 'Card Crawl'

Tinytouchtales is making a followup to the fantastic and successful Card Crawl [$2.99], called Card Thief. This will be designed around the same solitaire card game principles, but will be centered around stealth gameplay of drawing paths, trying to avoid dangerous cards on a 3x3 grid, with influences from Sage Solitaire [Free] and Dungeon Raid [$1.99]...

'Assassin's Creed Identity' Finally Coming February 25th After 1.5 Year Soft-Launch

Dial your Wayback Machine to September of 2014 and Ubisoft soft-launched a game called Assassin's Creed Identity in the New Zealand and Australian App Stores. While the Assassin's Creed brand had been on mobile in several iterations before, Identity was the first "true" Assassin's Creed mobile game to mimic the play style of the popular console and PC games, rather than be some sort of branded spinoff. People who jumped in on the soft-launch had tons of great things to say about Assassin's Creed Identity, and it seemed poised to make a big splash for the franchise on mobile. Except… it never came. It just stayed in soft-launch forever until finally disappearing completely from the NZ and AU App Stores last month. As it turned out, all was well with Identity and it was merely pulled for its upcoming full launch which Ubisoft has told us will be later this month on February 25th. Here's a brand new trailer...

Craneballs' 'Splash Cars' Combines 'Splatoon' With Racing, Launches This Week

Craneballs' Splash Cars soft launched late last year, and has had a small following of excited players in our forums since then. Gameplay seems like a crazy mix of something like Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99] and Nintendo's Splatoon as you're driving around in a car trying to restore color to a black and white world by painting it with your car. Does the premise make much sense? Not really. Does it look like a lot of fun? Yes. Check out the trailer:..

Best of Trump, Top Midrange Decks, Crazy Videos, Best Cards to Craft, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #33

Welcome to another edition of our weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, your guide through the world of both casual and competitive Hearthstone. This week's news was definitely more about tournaments rather than anything else, perhaps a sign that we have entered the dreaded land that lies between expansions and adventures. This is a land where players figure out all the new cards and new decks and shift to autopilot; gone are the days of crazy experimentation, this is a time of efficiency and, therefore, a form of ennui. You'll see this feeling from our meta report towards the end of this roundup, which clearly shows a calcified meta. Still, on the tournament side of things, we have some very interesting ones coming up, including one that will try for the first time to remove the Classic cards from a tournament and see what decks we get. So, the Hearthstone world's still spinning, albeit slightly more slowly than usual...

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. Plenty of great games got updates this week, and not little updates, either. Add in the usual suspects, and we've got a healthy plate of goodies for you to savor this week. 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!..

Last September, Square Enix announced that they would be releasing a new remake of the original Mana game on iOS, Android, and PlayStation Vita. That game, known as Seiken Densetsu in Japan, has had many names in English. If you're North American, you might know it as The Final Fantasy Adventure on the original Game Boy, or perhaps as Sword Of Mana, as its Game Boy Advance remake was called. If you're from Europe, you probably know the Game Boy game as Mystic Quest. Well, the game has yet another title now, as the English version of this remake is going by the title Adventures Of Mana, a nice nod to both of its previous American names. Oh, and the important bit: it's coming out worldwide for both iOS and Android this Thursday...

Kingston's HyperX brand has largely been known for gamer-targeted, performance-focused computer components, but HyperX has started jumping into the gaming headset buiness recently, and with smashing results. The HyperX Cloud and Cloud II, priced at $79.99 and $99.99, are among the few well-regarded gaming headsets in the audiophile community in their price range. The headsets have good noise isolation, good sound for gaming, are remarkably comfortable, boast durable metal construction, and have detachable microphones. The Cloud II differs from the Cloud I in that it comes with a memory foam headband, and a 7.1 USB DAC for virtual surround sound. As well, the Cloud Core for $59.99 at Gamestop cuts out some of the optional acessories such as the travel pouch and optional earpads. ..

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