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Card Pack Changes, Token Shaman Guide, Kripp and Kibler Videos, and More ‘Hearthstone’ Weekly News on ‘Touchstone’ #103

Card Pack Changes, Token Shaman Guide, Kripp and Kibler Videos, and More ‘Hearthstone’ Weekly News on ‘Touchstone’ #103

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players, and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best stories and videos from last week. As you’ve probably heard by now, we got some great news last week about changes in the card packs, changes that should help free-to-play players build better collections for cheaper. We also had some issues with the upcoming Wild Open. You will also read a Token Shaman guide, take a look at the good and bad Un’Goro card designs, and more. And, of course, we have the best videos from the past week. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s begin.



No More Duplicate Legendaries

Big changes are coming to card packs in the next expansion. Card packs will no longer give duplicate legendaries?instead you’ll get another legendary from the same set. This is a huge change that will allow players to freely craft legendaries without worrying that they’ll get that same legendary in the next pack they open. In addition, you will no longer get more than 2 copies of a card in a pack, which will also be great. Finally, starting with the next expansion, you will be guaranteed to get a Legendary in the first 10 packs of the new set. Great changes that should help F2P players build stronger collections.

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When Going All-In Goes Wrong

Check out this really cool moment when Thijs buffed up his Tirion Fordring as much as he could and tried to take out Pavel, who had Vaporize loaded up and ready to go. The result? Well, instant misery, of course, and a cool Hearthstone moment. Check out the story and the video below.

Firebat’s Deck Doctor is Great Content

Firebat, the first Hearthstone world champion, has a new series where he plays any deck submitted by his viewers, as long as there’s something interesting going on. He plays the deck and then tweaks it as it goes, which makes for great teaching moments for all watching. Check out the story here and watch the Deck Doctor go to work on an Elemental Priest deck.

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Token Shaman Guide

Token Shaman is one of the strongest Shaman decks right now, and one you’ll probably face on ladder. This guide includes a decklist and advice on how to go about piloting the deck. It also talks in detail about the various parts of the deck and how it fares against the competition. A solid guide for a strong deck.


Visa Problems Jam China’s Participation in Wild Open

The big Wild tournament is coming soon, but it looks like most of China’s players have been denied visas to travel to the US for the event. Both of the top Chinese players were denied, with one of them eventually getting a visa. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth best players, who would normally fill in for the one player not able to attend, were also denied visas. So, we’re still not sure who will be the second Chinese player in the Wild Open. Read the rest of the story here.


The Best and Worst Un’Goro Cards


This article looks at the best and worst Un’Goro cards as it tries to figure out what should be replicated and what avoided. Defensive cards like Tar Creeper, which got +2 attack on the opponent’s turn, worked great, but cards like Golakka Crawler, which destroy Pirates, don’t work well at all. Then there are well-designed early minions like Fire Fly and bad ones like Vicious Fledgling, quests that can bring class flavor into the game, card advantage tools, Discover cards, and more. It’s an interesting article that I think many of you will agree with. What kinds of mechanics and card designs would you want repeated and which avoided?




Kripp on Pack Changes

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Biggest BM in History

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Worst Un’Goro RNG Moments #5

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Kibler’s Honest Quest Mage

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Kripp on Best User Created Cards

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How to Shut Down a Mage

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25 Most Insane Weapon Combos

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Best of Disguised Toast

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Kibler’s Counter to Staleness

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Best of Top Decks #3

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Pros Lose to Rank 25

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As always, we have some good resources on the site for you in case you are new to the game or simply want to sharpen up your game. There’s never such a thing as too much help in Hearthstone, so check out our guides.  

Hearthstone Beginners’ Guide

Hearthstone Deck-building Guide








Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Pokemon Go’, ‘Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre’, ‘Vainglory’, ‘TypeShift’, and More

Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Pokemon Go’, ‘Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre’, ‘Vainglory’, ‘TypeShift’, and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the most noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Some awesome games got 64-bit compatibility in the last week! But besides that, some other games got some pretty cool content updates, too. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!

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TypeShift, Free There are lots of different ways to enjoy TypeShift. The daily puzzles are a nice regular reason to visit the game, for example. But if you like the puzzle packs, then your fun with the game is finite in that once you’ve cleared them all, there’s no strong reason to go back. Well, lucky for you, this game seems to be getting new packs monthly. This month sees two packs of clue puzzles and one bundle of standard puzzle packs added to the game, along with one free booster pack. This update also allows you to use hints on the daily puzzles, at the cost of not being able to post your final score. Sounds good!

Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO, Free Last night when I was out for my nightly walk with Mrs. Musgrave, we happened across a few cars parked in odd places. My wife suspected they were up to nefarious ends, but I had an inkling and took out my iPhone. Turns out there were some new gyms in the neighborhood, which is kind of the biggest point of the latest Pokemon Go update. In addition to the changes made to gyms, the other big update to the game is the new Raid Battle feature. High level trainers can now work together to tackle big battles. There’s more to it than all of that, but one paragraph isn’t going to be able to cover the details. Strange to see this one still kicking with such force.

Heroes of Steel RPG Elite

Heroes of Steel RPG Elite, $ 3.99 Some good content got added to Heroes of Steel this week, bringing the game a little closer to its conclusion. There are two new dungeons to conquer in the final Ember area of Episode 4. Speaking of Ember, it’s no longer a point of no return. You can now exit and head back to the War Camps if needed. Aside from that, there are a couple of little UI tweaks and bug fixes, which are welcome but not terribly exciting to fill a feature with. Come on, where are the ninjas and dry ice?


MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL, $ 2.99 Multimash Potato Galaga got a sweet update this last week. It adds a brand new mission that everyone can play with no additional purchase, lengthening the game by a significant chunk. Mulholland Tab Bagel Girl also received an auto-save feature, a quick restart button, a new leaderboard and some new achievements, and more. Check it out! I am not writing its name with all the dots because even I have my limits for stylized naming, sorry. But I will offer Muumuu Marble Tubby Grill the coveted UMMSMotW award for this week, which I hope its developers always cherish.

This War of Mine

This War of Mine, $ 1.99 This War of Mine is celebrating its second anniversary with the release of This War of Mine: Anniversary Edition, a free add-on that adds new characters, new places to check out, and a completely new ending. Hey, I wonder if it’s a happy ending? Well anyway, as I said, it’s a free DLC. The game itself is also on sale for an absurdly low price at the moment, so there’s never been a better time to depress yourself.

Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers, Free Friends, how rich are these Subway Surfers kids? They’re going to a new country like every two weeks and it’s pretty much no bigs. I’m guessing those coins they pick up are made from real gold or something, which makes me wonder who is leaving all that laying around and why it hasn’t destabilized the world economy? Oh right. Um, the kids go to Morocco this time. Collect tajines, ride on a Cobra board, and score a Nomad outfit for Snake Charmer Salma. Deserts, secret gardens, and more await these tiny, adorable gazillionaires. Have fun DESTROYING THE GOLD STANDARD, you decadent little hooligans!

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Dashy Crashy

Dashy Crashy, Free Game design is an art form where there are few universal truths, but one old creative axiom continues to hold true: you can never go wrong by adding dinosaurs. This week’s example is Dashy Crashy, which has added a playable dinosaur to the roster. It’s only a temporary addition unless you eat enough meat, but whatever. Dinosaur. It can crush cars with its spin attack and become a megosaur by smashing three in a row. It’s also easier and cheaper to get chances at new cars, and some systems have been added that make the chances of pulling duplicates lower. DINOSAUR.


Vainglory, Free Vainglory‘s update has no dinosaurs, unfortunately. But it does have a new character named Grace. She can protect her allies with shields and drop some serious healing magic, making her a useful member of any group. Besides the new (non-dinosaur) character, there are some new (non-dinosaur) skins, some balance adjustments to a few characters and items, and some (non-dinosaur) bug fixes and quality of life improvements.


Telepaint, Free Adding more levels is usually the sort of thing everyone can agree is good. Telepaint just added 40 new levels, so how about that? They are not free, though. They’re available through a $ 0.99 IAP, which is a pretty darned good price. Still, some people are angry. Such is the way of the world, and why we need things like cats, dogs, birds, hamsters, and alligators. And dinosaurs. Telepaint will also give you the warm and fuzzies if you let it. Allow it into your hearts, friends.

Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre

Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre, Free Let’s finish this off with a look at the smashing update that Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre got last week. It includes a tough new opponent to unlock, a new stopwatch mode that sees you racing as far as you can with a time limit, a new gummy boost, and Facebook integration. Everyone just loves that last one. So now you can share with your family, friends, co-workers, and all those other people who don’t really care what silly app you’re playing and would rather not get notifications about it. Well, good update anyway.

That about wraps it up for last week’s significant updates. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I’ll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

More ‘BlizzCon’ Tickets to Go On Sale July 5th

More ‘BlizzCon’ Tickets to Go On Sale July 5th

If you were hoping to attend BlizzCon this year, I’ve got good news for you. Blizzard has just announced that the Anaheim Convention Center brand-new hall is ready to accept visitors, so the conference will be expanding and with it the tickets available. So, if you didn’t manage to get your hands on any tickets the first two days they went on sale (and they did sell very fast), get ready to once more try your luck on July 5th. Specifically, on Wednesday, July 5th at 7 PM PT, you can try and grab one of the $ 199 tickets (plus taxes and fees) to attend the two-day gaming convention on November 3rd and 4th.

I attended last year’s BlizzCon, and it was great fun. I got to see a ton of Hearthstone [Free] matches?including the World Championship?attended Hearthstone developer panels, and got my hands on some sweet swag. So, if you want to try your luck once more, mark July 5th on your calendars.

‘Hearthstone’ Card Packs Changing – No More Duplicate Legendaries

‘Hearthstone’ Card Packs Changing – No More Duplicate Legendaries

Hearthstone‘s [Free] Ben Brode just announced some great card pack changes that will help you build a strong collection easier. Starting from the next expansion (but applying to all card packs in the game), when you open a pack that includes a Legendary, it will never be one that you already own; instead, it will be a a different Legendary card from the same set. What that means is you can go ahead and craft a Legendary without worrying that you might be unlucky enough to get that same Legendary in your next pack. Additionally, you will never get more than two copies of a common, rare, or epic card in one pack. Those two changes should help players build a strong collection faster and with less money, which is a great thing.

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Beginning with the release of the next expansion, you are also guaranteed to get a Legendary within the first 10 packs of a new set, which again should help players build better decks. Finally, there’s a special limited time promotion for Un’Goro starting in the next few days, where the price stays the same but you get more packs. For instance, buying 7 packs will actually get you 9 packs, 15 packs will get you 20, and so on. What do you think of all these changes? Sound off in the comments below.

Out Now: ‘Panthera Frontier’, ‘Age of Rivals’, ‘The Little Acre’, ‘Phantasy Star II’, ‘Hopeless 3: Dark Hollow Earth’, ‘Dash Legends’, ‘Hey Wingman’ and More

Out Now: ‘Panthera Frontier’, ‘Age of Rivals’, ‘The Little Acre’, ‘Phantasy Star II’, ‘Hopeless 3: Dark Hollow Earth’, ‘Dash Legends’, ‘Hey Wingman’ and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games, and it’s definitely an unusual week compared to most. First off, it’s quite a bit busier than your typical week for some reason. But the other weird thing is that Sega launched its Sega Forever program which sees classic Sega titles released for mobile for free, and we’ll continue to see new titles every two week for the foreseeable future. The problem is that this initial batch is far from exciting, and 3 of the 5 games released were games that have already been on iOS in some fashion. Even the 2 new to mobile games are nothing to write home about. Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how that initiative evolves, but even if you’re not into old Sega games there’s TONS of awesome stuff on offer this week so check out the full list below and let us know which games you’ll be picking up!


Age of Rivals

iTunes Description

Deep civilization-building strategy in a fast-paced card game! There are many paths to victory in this competitive strategy boardgame featuring hundreds of cards ranging from great pyramids and war elephants to sneaky spies and crafty merchants. Perfectly balance your city?s culture, military, defense and economy to outwit your opponent and win!

Age of Rivals was inspired by strategy boardgames and designed to be ideal for 1 or 2 players to play in 10 minutes with plenty of depth and replayability. It’s the “anti-deckbuilding” CCG, where having only minimal control over your deck encourages endless variety in each game and puts the focus on in-the-moment tactical decision-making.

There are no in-app purchases. All game content unlocks at a constant pace just by playing the game.

Forum Thread: Age of Rivals (by Roboto Games)

Altered Beast

iTunes Description

Venture into the underworld in SEGA?s legendary beat ?em up Altered Beast, now available on mobile. Play free and fight your way through the legions of hell!

Risen from the grave to fight the terrors of Hades ? you are the Altered Beast. Morph into killer predators using mystical power orbs, then claw, maul, and hack your way to the depths of hell to rescue Zeus? daughter, Athena. Combat waves of demons, overcome grotesque boss battles, and tear the armies of the damned limb from limb!

Altered Beast joins the SEGA Forever classic games collection, a treasure trove of free SEGA console classics brought to life on mobile for the first time!

Forum Thread: Altered Beast (by SEGA)

Astro Chimp

iTunes Description

Astrochimp is a beautiful action-packed 3D side-scroller; an addictive adventure game guaranteed to release your inner monkey.

Run, jump and swing your way through the Astro Chimp Space Program; a brutal set of challenges preparing monkeys for space.

A perfect blend of twitch controls and lateral thinking – time your swings to get astro chimp to the next chamber alive!

Forum Thread: Astro Chimp (by Broken Totem Studios)

Carrier Deck

iTunes Description

Carrier Deck is a fast paced time management game where you will play as the Air Officer on board a CVN-76 in the midst of active war. You, alone, are responsible for all aspects of operations involving aircraft on the ship and you’ll need to work fast to ensure everything happens in time for the highest chances of warfare success.

Load the right planes and helicopters up and ready them for the required military missions. Manage both launching and landing the planes, avoiding crashes that could spread throughout the deck wrecking multiple planes and damaging the ship.

Forum Thread: Carrier Deck (By Slitherine)

Cash Cow: Anniversary Edition

iTunes Description

Cash Cow makes pocket change add up to loads of fun! Help Buck the Cow and his friends save the farm in this original game of coin-counting. Combine small coins into bigger ones, and big coins into dollar bills! Use your earnings to spruce up the farm with new animals, plants, and buildings. Score big with gold nuggets and power-ups, but watch out for counterfeit coins and ladybugs!

Forum Thread: Cash Cow: Anniversary Edition (By Riverman Media)

Clouds Above

iTunes Description

Enter the magical world of the Clouds Above.
Grow Your tree as high as possible , discover the beautiful environment.
Wear headphones to enjoy the amazing sounds of the nature.

Forum Thread: Clouds Above (By Daniel Zeszut)

Comix Zone

iTunes Description

Enter the Comix Zone, in SEGA’s classic arcade-style beat ’em up, now available on mobile for the first time. Play free and prepare for the first truly interactive comic book ever!

You are Sketch Turner, a street-wise comic book artist trapped in a comic book world of your own creation. Journey into this post-punk nightmare world. See your enemies drawn before you and defeat them. Battle the Mutant Queen. Survive the Dead Ship and Lava Mines. Then defeat the super-villain, Mortus, to escape.

Comix Zone joins the SEGA Forever Classic Games Collection, a treasure trove of free SEGA console classics brought to life on mobile for the first time!

Forum Thread: Comix Zone (by SEGA)


iTunes Description

Cubiques brings you a collection of challenging puzzles with a minimalistic and incredibly beautiful environment. It’s a relaxing game, that is loaded with calming music and sounds that engage players through a fun adventure.

The main character is a red cube which main objective is to move through all tiles on each level.

Forum Thread: Cubiques (By Dilmer Valecillos)

Dark Beyond

iTunes Description

Dark Beyond is setting place in the epicenter of gravity field where you have to sustain energy level by destroying circles and making combos.

This relaxing game is challenging and exciting. Like all great puzzles, Dark Beyond will keep you entertained for just a moment, or will keep you engaged for hours of fun.

Your goal in each level is to clear the circles and substain energy level by make combos, and use special game mechanism.

Forum Thread: Dark Beyond (By Oliver Papp)

Dash Legends

iTunes Description

Face off against friends & real opponents and show them who is the fastest legend in the world!

A real-time multiplayer runner that fits right in your pocket. Select your favorite runners and arm them with discovered artifacts & fast pets. Run down the narrow paths Amazon jungles, underground mummy tombs or burning Viking ships and pick up powerful weapons to use against your opponents. Things never slow down in this 4 person PVP.

Forum Thread: Dash Legends: Real-Time Multiplayer Runner (Umbrella + UKI)

Disco Mazes

iTunes Description

This game is about rhythm, motion, color and light. Far from a typical maze game, it has bumpers, spinners and mushrooms, while you control disco balls with powerup modes like disco beats, disco king, disc jockey and disco steps. Sure, there is enemy too, some futuristic punk-techno ghosts. Will you stay on rhythm for all 25 levels?

Forum Thread: Disco Mazes (by Anthony Savidis)

ELEV8 – The Impossi-ball Game

iTunes Description


How high can you go?

Test your skills by dodging enemies while climbing your way to the top!

Forum Thread: ELEV8 – THE IMPOSSI-BALL GAME! (by Pumato Productions)


iTunes Description

Figura is a puzzle game in which you must connect the given points over the edges of the figure to solve it.

– 50 hand crafted unique levels with millions of combinations. New levels every week.
– 5 completely different gameplay modes with unique design.
– 10 custom soundtracks.
– Smooth graphics.
– Pay once and play forever.
– No advertisements or commercials.
– No internet connection required.

Forum Thread: Figura – Geometric Puzzle (By Vahe Arzumanyan)

Flick Champions Extreme Sports

iTunes Description

It’s time to get EXTREME with five of the most awesome sports on the planet! Soar through the air in your WINGSUIT, get the perfect shot in PAINTBALL, outrun the lava flow in ROCK CLIMBING, surge through the waves SURFING, and finally free run as fast as you can in PARKOUR.

Visit Extreme Islands and jump into Career Mode to win cups in every sport, conquering every discipline, challenge by challenge, on a tropical archipelago. Jump into Endless Mode and make your own choice of sport or chalk out the challenges and pit your wits, muscles, and daring against real players.

Forum Thread: Flick Champions Extreme Sports (by NAWIA GAMES)

Hey Wingman

iTunes Description

Your best buddy Dan is finally taking the big step and getting married – but the bride is a real witch! It’s up to YOU to guide your goofball friend Romeo through various crazy schemes to break them up. Race against time and change everyone’s future in his hilarious attempts to save Dan from making the worst decisions of his life!

Put your doubts aside and guide Romeo through a crazy adventure that will change the lives of everyone involved forever!

Forum Thread: Hey Wingman (By Wopidom)

Hopeless 3: Dark Hollow Earth

iTunes Description

The blobs are back with a vengeance! Join the ride in the 3rd chapter of the indie hit series, HOPELESS!

A journey from the frigid poles to the center of the planet in an epic quest to rescue the remaining blobs. Unlock and collect an array of carts, cars, and tanks, and arm yourself with powerful guns to defeat the evil monsters!
Experience the rich environment of the Hopeless world, from dark caves to icy planes. Upgrade your ride from one tiny cart with a pistol to a mighty war machine on wheels, ready to take on any challenge!

Do you have the skill to survive the journey? Will the blobs see the light of day? Or is it all HOPELESS?

Forum Thread: Hopeless 3: Dark Hollow Earth (By Upopa Entertainment)

Kid Chameleon

iTunes Description

Unleash your super powers in SEGA?s colossal platformer Kid Chameleon! Play free and experience one of the largest platformers ever created.

You are Kid Chameleon, an ordinary kid given strange and fantastic new powers through the use of magical masks. When the villain of a new arcade game escapes into our reality and only you can stop him! Using the masks, transform into an unstoppable warrior, high-flying superhero, or human tank to bring him to justice!

Kid Chameleon joins the SEGA Forever classic games collection, a treasure trove of free SEGA console classics brought to life on mobile for the first time! DOWNLOAD THEM ALL!

Forum Thread: Kid Chameleon (by SEGA)

Last Day on Earth: Survival

iTunes Description

Last Day on Earth is a zombie survival game, where all survivors are driven by one goal: stay alive as long as you can. There is no place left for friendship, love and compassion. When the apocalypse comes you can trust only yourself and your gun.

Forum Thread: Last Day on Earth: Survival (by Andrey Pryakhin)

Light of Aiaran

iTunes Description

Enter the world of Light of Aiaran: as a Theian, blessed by the power of god’s servant Aiaran, your role is to protect what’s left of a long-lost era of peace.

Join other fellow Theians in Guilds, fight in engaging PvP, PvE and PvPvE battles to show others who’s the real protector of the land.

Claim what’s rightfully yours while exploring the continent of Theia, overcoming the challenges it presents.

Forum Thread: Light of Aiaran (By by ENP GAMES)

The Little Acre

iTunes Description

The Little Acre follows the story of Aidan and his daughter, Lily, set in 1950?s Ireland. After discovering clues as to the whereabouts of his missing father, Aidan begins investigating until he inadvertently finds himself transported to a strange new world. Ever the hero, Lily sets off after him, encountering her own perils along the way. Featuring full voice-acting and hand-drawn animation, The Little Acre is a memorable, lovingly crafted adventure game.

The Little Acre is developed by Pewter Games alongside Executive Producer Charles Cecil (Broken Sword, Beneath a Steel Sky).

Forum Thread: The Little Acre (by Curve Digital)

Magical Swirl

iTunes Description

Welcome to this simple app. All you need is just 60 seconds.
Tilt your device and your toy will move around.
Collect stars to get points and increase multiplier.
Compete against your friends and time in this unique arcade app.
Complete missions. Get rewards. Get cards and have fun.

Forum Thread: Magical Swirl (by Tomasz Soroka)

Miner Mines

iTunes Description

Collect as much ore as you can!

Tap to throw your pickaxe at the ore.

Challenge yourself, your friends, and unlock all the characters to win.

Forum Thread: Miner Mines (By Squares)

The Mummy Dark Universe Stories

iTunes Description

The legend of The Mummy continues in this globe trotting supernatural mystery that picks up where the movie leaves off.

Choose your fate in an immersive visual tale filled with dynamic comic book style illustrations that spin you through an action-packed adventure.

Unlock hidden secrets in every interactive episode as you trigger unique puzzles and uncover multiple endings. Every spellbinding turn reveals a high-stakes decision that changes the outcome of the storyline.

Forum Thread: The Mummy Dark Universe Stories (By NBCUniversal Media)

Mystery At Woodbrook Hall

iTunes Description

Danny and Jen looked up to the sky as the sun slowly began to set on the horizon. Their backs were to the grass beneath them, and they enjoyed the silence.
But Danny and Jen were both a bit mischievous, and had a few ideas as to how they wanted to spend their evening.
?Hey, Jen,? Danny said. ?You know that house through the trees??
?You mean that freak mansion?? Jen said.
?Yeah,? Danny nodded. ?You won’t believe what I found.?
?How in the world did you get inside?? Jen asked. ?That whole place was boarded up.?

Forum Thread: Mystery At Woodbrook Hall – Hidden Object Game (by M9 Packaging)

Mystic Guardian : Final Quest

iTunes Description

As a great fan of JRPGs themselves, the two creators of Mystic Guardian were dedicated to create a game that has the feeling of classic JRPGs in the 90’s. After 5 years of developing and refining to get the right atmosphere, Mystic Guardian is finally ready to bring you back to the past.

Forum Thread: Mystic Guardian : Final Quest (by Buff Studio)

Newton – Gravity Puzzle

iTunes Description

The young Isaac Newton is sitting in his garden when an apple falls on his head and, in a stroke of brilliant insight, he suddenly comes up with his theory of ?GRAVITY?.

Newton – Gravity Puzzle is the game where you can control gravity. Can you solve the puzzles and take the ball to the destination against different obstacles? Creative mechanics and compelling levels will both allow you to think and have fun. Different mechanics will make each level unique, your reflexes and your brain will have to work together. Think, do your strategy and move on!

Forum Thread: Newton – Gravity Puzzle (by Binary Games)

Panthera Frontier

iTunes Description

Adventure across the universe with your starship and crew. Discover amazing new alien species to recruit and train, and find powerful weapons to install on your craft. Uncover unique ships to pilot and command, engaging in tactical combat where you command forces! The vast fantasy world of Panthera Frontier awaits you, commander!

Forum Thread: Panthera Frontier (By Ayopa Games)

Phantasy Star II

iTunes Description

An era-defining RPG. SEGA?s landmark sci-fi epic comes to mobile. Play for free and experience one of the most acclaimed games of its generation.

Team up with an unlikely ensemble of characters to thwart evil spreading across the once-peaceful Algo Star System. Combat mutants and robots, collect a plethora of equipment, and unravel the mystery behind one of the greatest RPGs of all time.

Phantasy Star II joins the SEGA Forever classic games collection, a treasure trove of free SEGA console classics brought to life on mobile for the first time!

Forum Thread: Phantasy Star II (by SEGA)

Piggy Wiggy

iTunes Description

What does this little piggy love to do? Pig out!

Help cute little piggies to get acorns by solving brain-busting puzzles!

Piggy Wiggy is a new cool physics-based puzzle game presented by Qaibo Games. Create links between various objects on the screen to help guide the pigs to the acorns in each level. Don’t let the pigs touch the spikes!

Forum Thread: Piggy Wiggy (by Qaibo Games)

Race Kings

iTunes Description

Experience thrilling new racing gameplay, and compete against 100% live real-time opponents.

Two drivers, one winner. Take every corner sideways in a scream of smoking tires, your rival just inches from your window, the finish line only seconds away. You?ve never experienced racing like this before: intense drift duels, winner takes all, designed for mobile.

Forum Thread: Race Kings (by Hutch Games Ltd)

Run Frankie Run

iTunes Description

You’re just the littlest Greyhound, but your dreams are big! In your latest attempt to bankrupt your owner in veterinary bills, you’ve decided to break out and run where no dog has run before, across the city skyline. Join Frankie as he runs on a grand adventure on the city rooftops. Run as far and as fast as you can, leaping from building to building in a thrilling endless runner. There’s all sorts of treats to eat and all sorts of enemies to avoid along the way. You live to run, but if you grab the Greyhound Cape, well, you get to fly too! Based on a real dog.

Forum Thread: Run Frankie Run (by Ramble Interactive)

Soar: Tree of Life

iTunes Description

Relax and unwind with Soar, an exploration based adventure game designed to restore colour and beautiful music to a stunning but unforgotten land. The Tree of Life has faded so a drought of colour has fallen on the Island of Paradise. The rings of colour need to be activated to restore the 7 colours and rejuvenate the tree.

Soar puts you at the heart of an incredible tranquil journey where you can collect your fellow birds, restore the sun and create beautiful music, leaving you with a sense of calm, in a relaxed state and feeling truly revitalised.

Forum Thread: Soar: Tree of Life (By Channel 4)

Sonic The Hedgehog

iTunes Description

The Sonic game that started it all is now free-to-play and optimized for mobile devices!

Race at lightning speeds across seven classic zones as Sonic the Hedgehog. Run and spin through loop-de-loops as you collect rings and defeat enemies on your mission to save the world from the evil Dr. Eggman.

Sonic the Hedgehog joins the SEGA Forever Classic Games Collection, a treasure trove of free SEGA console classics brought to life on mobile for the first time!”

Forum Thread: Sonic The Hedgehog (by SEGA)


iTunes Description

Starsceptre is a classic retro shoot ?em up with a twist. Its power lies in a unique gyroscopic tilting control system, creating a new genre of games we call ?Tilt ‘n’ shoot-em-up? (#tiltnshmup). Instead of using on-screen joysticks, you?ll use your body to steer your spaceship, tilting and shooting your way through the levels in a game that?ll push your piloting skills to the extreme.

Forum Thread: Starsceptre (by Richard Morgan)

Stellar Fox

iTunes Description

Stellar Fox is a new kind of puzzle game which incorporates beauty, cleverness and creativty all into one game.
Help the baby fox get to its goal by utilizing various type of inks, and objects with different abilities. It won’t be an easy but definitely fulfilling experience.

Forum Thread: STELLAR FOX (By Rawples Studio)

Tumble Ranger

iTunes Description

In Tumble Ranger, you have to jump from platform to platform to go as high as possible while avoiding everything that might kill you. Be fast and make the right decisions!

Forum Thread: Tumble Ranger (by Hamba Studio)

Two Touch: Switch

iTunes Description

TWO TOUCH is a new type of 3 match game.
Do not change the position of the block Touch to remove the block.
Each time the block is touched, the color of the round block and square block changes.
When three or more circle block colors are connected, the block can be removed.
Also, by being able to touch twice at once, you can play strategically.


Up&Up – Balloon Puzzler

iTunes Description

Do you enjoy physics puzzle games? Then here is one you were looking for!

Up&Up – Physics Balloon Puzzler is a challenging, logic puzzle game. The goal is to unblock the balloon out of the board by sliding the blocks and using the other types of block with the minimal moves.

Spoiled kid bullies the balloons and pierce all of them in turn!
The nasty kid hates the balloons and pierce them for fun.
Help the balloon flee and run away before it?s too late!
Collect stars and exchange them for new chapters, hints or balloon skins!

Forum Thread: Up&Up – Balloon Puzzler (by Kamil Chmiel)

Yalghaar: The Game

iTunes Description

The fate of future generations depends on this top military operation. You will get a chance to rescue hostages, diffuse bombs and mines, eliminate enemy suicide bombers and snipers.

Equip yourself with state of the art military weapons and lead your army to glory. Chase enemy boss and show them the way to hell. Combat against militants and terrorists in amazing 3D graphics.

Forum Thread: Yalghaar: The Game (by Rockville Technologies, Pvt. Ltd.)

66 Balls

iTunes Description

“66 Balls” is mini physical game.
Shoot color balls to cups to get scores.

“66 Balls” has lots of tracks.Time is the key!
It looks like easy, but if you don’t control the time, you can’t be god!

Forum Thread: 66 Balls (by YINJIAN LI)

New iOS Games on Our Forums: ‘Carrier Deck’, ‘Dash Legends’, ‘Last Day on Earth: Survival’, ‘The Little Acre’, the “Sega Forever” Games and More

New iOS Games on Our Forums: ‘Carrier Deck’, ‘Dash Legends’, ‘Last Day on Earth: Survival’, ‘The Little Acre’, the “Sega Forever” Games and More

We had a pretty crazy morning today with the release of the Sega Forever initial suite of games. If you haven’t checked those out yet, be sure you do. It’s also apparently National Selfie Day, so, seems like a good time to throw a selfie on Snap Chat or whatever it is kids these days do. If you’re not into selfies, well, the good news is there’s oodles of rad iOS games that have hit our forums in the last week or so.

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Here’s the full list of new games on our forums:

  • 66 Balls (by YINJIAN LI)
  • Altered Beast (by SEGA)
  • Aniscience (by Circus Atos)
  • Arcade Car Racing (by Phillip Urquhart)
  • Astro Chimp (by Broken Totem Studios)
  • bionoid (By Geert Verschueren)
  • Carrier Deck (By Slitherine)
  • Cash Cow: Anniversary Edition (By Riverman Media)
  • Clouds Above (By Daniel Zeszut)
  • Color Drop: Match + Paint (by Nix Hydra Games)
  • Comix Zone (by SEGA)
  • Dark Beyond (By Oliver Papp)
  • Dash Legends: Real-Time Multiplayer Runner (Umbrella + UKI)
  • Disco Mazes (by Anthony Savidis)
  • ELEV8 – THE IMPOSSI-BALL GAME! (by Pumato Productions)
  • escape twice (By Maher Gallaoui)
  • Flick Champions Extreme Sports (by NAWIA GAMES)
  • Galaxy Bug : Space Shooter (By Haejin Hwang)
  • Galaxy Warfighter (by Qplaze)
  • Intense (by PlayMotive)
  • Kid Chameleon (by SEGA)
  • Last Day on Earth: Survival (by Andrey Pryakhin)
  • Light of Aiaran (By (주)이엔피게임즈)
  • The Little Acre (by Curve Digital)
  • Magical Swirl (by Tomasz Soroka)
  • Miner Mines (By Squares)
  • The Mummy Dark Universe Stories (By NBCUniversal Media)
  • Mystery At Woodbrook Hall – Hidden Object Game (by M9 Packaging)
  • Newton – Gravity Puzzle (by Binary Games)
  • Phantasy Star II (by SEGA)
  • Piggy Wiggy (by Qaibo Games)
  • Pixel Survival Game 2 (by Cowbeans)
  • Race Kings (by Hutch Games Ltd)
  • Rainbow Ride (by Sergiy Yashchuk)
  • Run Frankie Run (by Ramble Interactive)
  • Skyjacker ? We Own the Skies (by 51st Parallel)
  • Soar: Tree of Life (By Channel 4)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (by SEGA)
  • Starsceptre (by Richard Morgan)
  • STELLAR FOX (By Rawples Studio)
  • Up&Up – Balloon Puzzler (by Kamil Chmiel)
  • Yalghaar: The Game (by Rockville Technologies, Pvt. Ltd.)

Stay tuned for the full roundup later this evening.

Mobile Gamers are Playing Longer and Spending More According to New Study

Mobile Gamers are Playing Longer and Spending More According to New Study

According to a new study by Flurry Analytics, mobile gaming habits are changing, with players having fewer gaming sessions that, however, last longer. And despite playing fewer times a week, players are spending more money. First, some other interesting numbers. The top 5 mobile gaming countries?USA, India, China, Brazil, and Russia?make up between them 50% of all global gaming sessions. Overall, there’s a decline in gaming sessions for the second year in a row, with a big drop in arcade and casual games, which in turn was a big factor in the overall game session drop within these last two years. Some other genres have been seeing more gaming sessions though, chief among them card and casino apps, board and strategy games, and racing games.

While we are seeing fewer gaming sessions, those sessions appear to be getting longer, especially in 2016. That indicates higher engagement according to Flurry, and it also shows that developers are fine tuning their mechanics and monetization systems and are succeeding in keeping players around for longer per session. Another interesting?though not very surprising?number is that screen size correlates with gaming session length, with full-size tablets having longer average session length than normal-sized phones.

Flurry’s tips for app developers based on these numbers is to intensify their engagement and monetization tactics, especially at peak usage hours on mobile devices (6-9PM), since players appear to be ready to extend their gaming sessions even more, although it might be harder for new apps to draw players away from their favorite games. What do you think about these numbers? Do they describe your changing gaming habits over the last couple of years? You can read the whole study here.

‘Kingdom: New Lands’, ‘Ys Chronicles 1’, ‘The Room Three’ and More in Today’s Sales Round-Up

‘Kingdom: New Lands’, ‘Ys Chronicles 1’, ‘The Room Three’ and More in Today’s Sales Round-Up

Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, hasn’t it? I have no idea why, but a bunch of cool games are on sale right at this very moment. I thought to myself, “You know who really likes cool games on sale? TouchArcade’s readers!”, and here we are. There doesn’t seem to be much of a theme or reason behind these sales, but there are some great games here that are selling for some of their lowest prices yet. Why not take a look? As usual, I’ll try to link reviews where we have them available.

  • Ys Chronicles 1 [$ 4.99] REVIEW
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse [$ 6.99] REVIEW
  • Kingdom: New Lands [$ 2.99]
  • Anodyne Mobile [$ 1.99] REVIEW
  • Sproggiwood [$ 1.99] REVIEW
  • Rules! [$ 1.99] REVIEW
  • Kathy Rain [$ 1.99] REVIEW
  • The Spatials [$ 1.99 (HD)]
  • One Button Travel [$ 1.99]
  • Little Luca [$ 0.99] REVIEW
  • Rusty Lake Hotel [$ 0.99]
  • Rusty Lake: Roots [$ 1.99]
  • The Room Three [$ 1.99] REVIEW

Those are some real barn-burner prices on Ys, Kingdom: New Lands, and Sentinels of the Multiverse, but they’re fairly good sales all-around. Admittedly, most of these games skew towards the more adventure- or strategy-minded players, but I know there are plenty of you out there who go in for that. As this doesn’t appear to be a formal sale of any kind, you’ll probably want to act sooner rather than later if you want something from the list.

Disguised Toast Responds, Best Wild and Standard Decks, Best Legendaries to Craft, and More ‘Hearthstone’ Weekly News on ‘Touchstone’ #102

Disguised Toast Responds, Best Wild and Standard Decks, Best Legendaries to Craft, and More ‘Hearthstone’ Weekly News on ‘Touchstone’ #102

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos from this past week. The past week was on the quiet side, with nothing really earth shattering happening. We are officially in the post-expansion lull, so there isn’t too much going on. Still, there are some interesting guides on various decks you can put together, a guide on what legendaries you should be crafting, stories on the game’s negativity, and more. How is your Hearthstone gaming going? Are you enjoying the current state of the meta, or are you ready for a change and for new cards to come into the game? Let me know in the comments.



Negativity in the Pro Game: Whose Fault Is it?

I don’t think you needed this article to tell you that there’s plenty of negativity in the pro circles of Hearthstone. The writer wants to know whose fault it is, mainly based on Brian Kibler’s recent video on the same topic. Kibler talked about how a game like Magic has its focus on tournaments whereas Hearthstone is exactly the opposite. This fact leads to very different types of content produced by the gaming and esports side of the game. He does discuss the issue of RNG, but he doesn’t believe that it’s the true source of the game’s negativity. The writer disagrees with Kibler and does believe RNG has something to do with it. Read the whole story here.


Druid’s Strongest Decks

If you want to play around with some strong Druid decks, check out this story. It provides decklists and guides for Token Druid and Jade Druid. Both are pretty strong decks, although Jade is pretty weak against aggro decks. Good and short guides are always welcome, and I think you can get quite a bit out of these two.


Strong Standard Mage Decks

Similar to the previous story, this one offers guides and decklists for Burn and Secret Mage, both strong and fun decks to play. The writer goes into detail on how to put those decks together, what role each card has in the deck, and how you should play the decks depending on what you’re facing. If you’re a beginner player, guides like these are really good teaching tools, so take a look and try to tease out deckbuilding philosophies. You can read the whole story here.

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Craft the Right Legendaries

If you want to know where to spend your hard-earned dust, this guide is for you. It offers a list of the best Legendaries to craft while also explaining the process behind choosing those Legendaries. This guide is useful in two ways since it both offers a useful list but, more importantly for new players, shows how to go about evaluating Legendary cards. The list is broken down in various tiers, with Bloodmage Thalnos, Alexstrasza, Tirion Fordring, and Leeroy Jenkins named the best, most versatile Legendaries in the game. Go here to read more about the lists and see whether it’s time to put some of that dust to work.

Disguised Toast Talks Suspension

As we talked about in last week’s Touchstone Tavern, Disguised Toast was briefly suspended for showing an auto-win exploit on his stream. This week, he responded. In the video he posted, he talks about how he ended up getting suspended and expressed his worries about Blizzard being able to in a way control his content. Apparently, they have compromised and he will only releases videos on bugs and such issues after Blizzard have fixed them.

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Make Your Own Elise the Trailblazer Papercraft

If you like Elise the Trailblazer and are looking for a new deck decoration, check out this short guide on how to make a papercraft version of the famous Legendary. There’s a PDF you can download and instructions to use to put her together. A fun idea and a fun deck decoration.


Top Standard and Wild Decks of the Week

HearthPwn put together the best Standard and Wild Decks of this past week, and there are some pretty good ones in there. There’s Murloc Rogue, Lyra Miracle Priest, Dragons of Oz and Bloodlust Hybric. The Wild side includes Infinite Thaddius, TTK Exodia Mage, Queen Carnassa, and more. And, as is usually the case, there are both cheap and expensive decks, so go pick one and start playing.




Kripp’s Zoo Priest Insanity

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Lyra RNG

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Bugs and WTF Moments #9

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Day9’s Shadowpriest Laddering

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Trump’s Wild Experiments

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Kibler’s Year of the Mammoth

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Kolento and Maximum Armor

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2HP Comeback

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Biggest Misplay Ever?

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Evolve Vs Devolve

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Best of Hallucination

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Trolden’s Funny and Lucky Moments #254

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As always, we have some good resources on the site for you in case you are new to the game or simply want to sharpen up your game. There’s never such a thing as too much help in Hearthstone, so check out our guides.  

Hearthstone Beginners’ Guide

Hearthstone Deck-building Guide



Multiplayer-focused ‘Street Kart’ Looking for More Testers in Our Forums

Multiplayer-focused ‘Street Kart’ Looking for More Testers in Our Forums

Street Kart. a multiplayer-focused racing game that’s been in beta for quite some time, is looking for additional testers in our forums, so if you’re interested, you might want to race over there and apply for the beta. Street Kart is a pretty fun racing game that focuses on short, frantic races and boasts the ability to easily challenge your friends to go do some racing. The game has been improving quite steadily, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, which is why the developers are looking for testers who can actually help improve the game.

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There have been a lot of improvements since early betas, with new karts and real life tracks added, improved physics and AI, and much more. If you want to learn more about the game and want to apply for the beta, hop over to our Upcoming Games forum thread.