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deltaDNA, a game analytics firm which provides products that bring together many ad network SDKs for developers, has just introduced an ad platform called SmartAds, that has an interesting hook for developers and players. Basically, it's designed to segment players in to those responsive to in-app purchases and those responsive to ads. Realize that only a small fraction of players spend money in games to begin with, the numbers varying but generally that the whales dominate things. ..

This puzzle/adventure game from Bandai Namco is far from innovative but attaching average game play to a beloved franchise is a sure way to climb the charts. In Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle [Free], you play as an unnamed fighter working to avert the disaster of an "expanding dimensional distortion." Trunks and King Kai direct you on your quest, forwarding the plot and offering battle advice. The story gets a bit convoluted from there, especially when trying to explain why the Z-Fighters are battling each other...




Oh man, Bitcoin Billionaire [Free], what happened man? You swooped into my life in November of last year and I was absolutely obsessed with you for days and days on end. I clicked, I auto-clicked, I bought countless useless items for my crappy apartment and then… it all came to an end, and I craved more. And you promised that more was coming! But that was a long time ago, and I don't know, I feel different now, I guess. Can it still work between us? Do you really have anything more to offer me? The answer, apparently, is a resounding YES as we've just got word that Bitcoin Billionaire is set to get a massive update on August 6th that triples the amount of content in the game...

New 'Mos Speedrun 2' Gameplay Trailer Released

One of my all-time favorite platformers on ANY gaming system is Physmo's Mos Speedrun [$0.99]. Launched in 2011, its focus on speedrunning levels and masterful touch controls had me playing each of its levels dozens if not hundreds of times over and over, hoping to find new routes and techniques that would let me shave just that little bit of time off my final score. I was obsessed, and I loved it. So it should be no surprise that when Physmo began teasing Mos Speedrun 2 with screen shots in June of last year, I was pretty excited. Things were relatively quiet for a while after that, until this past January when we got a proper look at Mos Speedrun 2 with an excellent gameplay trailer. Well, things have been a bit quiet again since then, but now we've got ourselves another new look at Mos Speedrun 2 thanks to this new trailer...

'You Against Me' is a Game Center Multiplayer Game Releasing This Week

If you're looking for another neat head-to-head Game Center game in the vein of Kindo [$1.99], You Against Me should scratch that itch. It's a numbers-based card game, where you and an opponent take turns playing from a hand of 5 number cards, laying it down on a board. If your card is on a number, it's yours. If you get a number surrounded on one side by other numbers, it's locked and can't be played again. After each play, you draw from a pile of two cards, one being your color, the other being your opponent's. You can take your color card knowing that it's that number, or you can draw your opponent's card to prevent them from playing it, though you'll get a random number based on its card back instead...

'Five Card Quest' is Rocketcat Games' Upcoming Speedy Card Battler

While Rocketcat Games focuses their efforts on the upcoming Dad by the Sword, that doesn't mean they're forgetting their mobile roots, though their next game promises to be quite different. Five Card Quest is coming to mobile soon, and it's a turn-based card game where you use cards from a hand of five, dealing out attacks and moves toward an enemy party. They're aiming to combine fast-paced gameplay with strategy and planning. Here's some footage from the beta:..

Strategy RPG 'Demon's Rise - Conquest of the Deep' Coming Next Month

Wave Light Games has been hard at work developing their upcoming strategy-RPG Demon's Rise - Conquest of the Deep, and it's nearing release, with the game having been submitted to the App Store for a planned August release. The game was formerly known as Demon Hunters: Dungeon of the Hell Dragon when we previewed it, but it has gotten a final name change ahead of release. No matter, both sound plenty like they're serious RPGs...

Touchstone Tavern #10 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

What a week this one has been! Blizzard finally stopped teasing and started announcing, and we now know that at some point in August, Hearthstone [Free] will grow by 132 cards because of The Grand Tournament expansion, and it looks like it's going to change the meta quite a bit with a new keyword, new mechanics, and, perhaps, a strengthening of some existing tribes. No matter how much the meta ends up changing, I'm glad that Blizzard has decided to really shake up the game rather than go conservative with more of the same because that bodes well for Hearthstone's future. Unfortunately, I won't be writing a Touchstone Tavern for next week because I'll be really far from my keyboard, so I'm sure that when we meet up here again in two weeks, we'll have plenty to talk about...

Update Mondays: 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Ambition Of The Slimes', 'Farm Heroes Saga', 'The Ensign', 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. This week it's nearly all about free-to-play and little indies, but I suppose that makes sense, doesn't it? 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!..

'Five Nights at Freddy's 4' Hits Android, iOS Release Imminent

Good news, FNAF fans- It seems the mobile release of Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is barely trailing the proper Steam release this time around. The game was released on Google Play over the weekend, it's a 45M download which is seeing genuinely positive reviews aside from the predictable gems like this one by Alecia Wisely: "Love fnaf I hate buying stuff cuz it's a waste of money cuz I had to use my dad's money and gas money so people need to make it free no more money crap well I can't wait to play it"...

082895_largerWith Jared back in town and Mike with us (at least half the show) we switched back to streaming it live on Mobcrush, so check that out if you want to see the video version. Anyway, this week we kick things off with two iTunes reviews, an email, and a whole load of game discussion. Jared really didn't like Qbert Rebooted [Free], everyone really loved the new Pac-Man Championship Edition DX [$4.99], then we chatted about a trio of puzzle games: Prune [$3.99], The Long Siege [$1.99], and Guardian Sword [$2.99]. Oh, there's a quick mention of Vault! [Free] in there too.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Pac-Man Championship Edition DX'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

And the spoilers keep on coming. Blizzard is revealing more and more new Hearthstone [Free] Grand Tournament cards, and I'm quite excited that we still have a long way to go until we see all 132 new cards. Now, on to some of the new spoilers. The card that has my, and many others', attention (not for its raw power, though) is the Legendary Justicar Trueheart whose Battlecry, replace your starting Hero Power with a better one, is bound to create all kinds of trouble. At 6 mana, though, and with 6/3 stats, this is quite a weak card, and its Battlecry doesn't raise its value enough to make it worth a spot in most decks. However, a lot depends on what other cards we'll see in this set because we still don't know most of the synergies and combos from the new set...

Earlier in the week I stumbled across a very cool looking trailer for a game called Tap Quest. The goal in the game was to defend a tower in the center of the screen from enemies approaching from either side, and you'd do that by simply tapping either side of the screen to perform a dash attack in that direction. It's simple premise, lovely art style and chaotic action really caught my attention. Well, in a nice surprise, Tap Quest: Gate Keeper [Free] moved swiftly through Apple's approval process and is already available on the App Store...

'Battle Golf' is the Next Game from the Developers of 'Wrassling'

The duo of Colin Lane and Folmer Kelly, known for Wrassling [Free], are returning to an earlier collaboration between them in the upcoming Battle Golf. If you remember Golf is Hard [Free], this is basically that but centered around multiplayer, as you go head to head on the same device with someone, trying to get the ball in the hole before they do. And your balls can hit theirs. Have a shot that is close to going in? Shoot a ball all the way over to the other side of the map and stun your opponent before they can take a shot and knock your ball around!..

'The Elder Scrolls: Legends' Will be a Surprise Release, Just as 'Fallout Shelter' Was

We live in the era of game releases where we know that games are coming sometimes months ahead of time, and with soft launches, have them in some playable form before they're out worldwide. Fallout Shelter [Free] was a pleasant surprise because it was so sudden. It was announced, and then it was playable by everyone. Their next big mobile game, CCG The Elder Scrolls: Legends, is going to follow the exact same strategy, according to Bethesda's Pete Hines, speaking about it at QuakeCon. "I want to announce it, and then by 5 o' clock, people are getting in playing it."..

'Farming Simulator 16' Lets You Chop Trees and Farm with a Friend Next Month

There are some trends I just don't quite get, but hey, if it's your bag, don't let me stop you. I don't think I get the appeal of Farming Simulator, but it's apparently really popular in Europe. Y'all keep on farming, and with the upcoming Farming Simulator 16 for mobile, you can do just that. Enjoy massive open-world farming and even local multiplayer farming: ..

'Asterism' is a Gorgeous Perspective-Shifting Metroidvania Coming from 'Drop Wizard' Developers Neutronized

Neutronized, makers of the fantastic Drop Wizard [$1.99] and Lost Yeti [$1.99], have just revealed the title and trailer of their Metroidvania-themed platformer, and it's called Asterism. This puts a Fez-inspired twist on the 2D art and platforming Neutronized has generally done, as you control Jin, who must jump between dimensions to help save Coy. Check out the trailer: ..

Every single time we post about Fallout Shelter [Free], our Twitter gets flooded with people wondering when in the heck the game is coming to Android. (Android folks seem to get a bit perturbed with iOS exclusives, understandably.) Well, as part of Bethesda's QuakeCon announcements finally gives Android Fallout Shelter a date: August 13th, 2015...

Don't judge a book by its cover, or a game by its title, they say, and in this case, they are correct because even though Wars and Battles: October War 1973 [$6.99 (HD)] might win the award for the most self-evident and slightly uninteresting title ever, the game hiding underneath that title is an interesting strategy game that covers a conflict rarely visited by wargames. ..

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