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HQ Trivia [Free], the popular live quiz game that got a lot of attention in 2017 and whose prizes continue to grow daily, is now in Android limited Beta, and the developers are hoping that by New Year's day they'll manage to make the game available to all Android players. If you're an Android player, you can head here to pre-register for the game and get notified when the game finally goes live. If you're lucky, you might even get to play the beta before the game releases (the selection appears to be random). So, if all goes well, 2018 will see both iOS and Android players joining the HQ Trivia party...

Minecraft's [$6.99] empty oceans are about to get much more populated once the upcoming Update Aquatic hits in 2018. The developers decided to give us an early present by teasing us about a new water mob, turtles. Turtles will make their nests on shorelines across various biomes, and their young ones will scamper down to the water, according to the official description. The turtle textures in the screenshot below will likely be temporary and might change before they are added to the game. That's pretty much all the info we have on the turtles. I wonder if we'll get any uses for turtle shells (guitars?), although I'd hate to have to kill those cute creatures...




Tasos' 10 Best Games of 2017 - 'Arena of Valor', 'Gorogoa', and More Made the List

When I was putting my Best of 2016 list together last December, I remember having a hard time picking 10 games out of the many strong ones that came out during the year. Well, 2017 has made it even harder because it brought us a ton of amazing games—some ports, some originals—including some great games right at the end of the year. My criteria for picking a game for this list was whether I spent a lot of time playing a game or whether I thought a game did something original and clever that made me rethink what's possible on the platform. My list, as is always the case with any Best of list, is highly subjective, so I don't expect you to agree with me. I do hope, though, that you'll use it as a way to pick up games you might have overlooked for one reason or another. So, without further ado, let's see which games made my Top 10 Best Games of 2017. And please feel free to tell me what you thought of the list in the comments below...

Subway Surfers [Free], one of the most popular games in the history of mobile gaming and one of the most downloaded games even today, is on its way to becoming an animated series, and now we have the first teaser. The teaser shows off the locations where the story will take place and, of course, the infamous trains, which are such a big part of the game's identity. We even get a glimpse of the series' protagonist, Jake, who everyone who's played the game (or even looked at the game's icon) is familiar with. I like the art of the series, and I think it will be fun to watch, especially for the many fans of the mobile game...

'World of Warships Blitz' Releasing Jan. 18th, Pre-Register Now

After bringing us the very successful World of Tanks Blitz, Wargaming.net is getting ready to take over the mobile seas with World of Warships Blitz. The game is currently in soft launch, and it's hitting all the seas of the world on January 18th. If you're one of the many planning to play the game either on iOS or Android, you should head over here and pre-register because if you do, you'll get your hands on an Aurora Premium Ship, a Soviet Tier III cruiser. And since it doesn't cost you anything to pre-register, you should probably do so and get that Aurora for free...

Hello everyone. I hope you've been enjoying your holiday break and have more fun things to do in the upcoming week. Because of the holiday break, we won't be publishing our customary Hearthstone [Free] weekly roundup this week or the next. It's been a good year overall for the game, especially after the release of the latest adventure, Kobolds & Catacombs. The new single-player mode, Dungeon Run, has been well received, and the current meta feels fresh again. I do hope we get an in-game tournament mode at some point in 2018, since that's one of the last big pieces missing from the game. From everyone here at TouchArcade, have a great card-slinging 2018. Now, enjoy the videos below, and I'll see you all next year...

Apple's new pre-order system is tricky to navigate for anyone shopping on the App Store, but it appears to also be a bit on the confusing side for developers. Man Vs. Missiles [Free] was supposed to release on Thursday, January 4th, 2018, but the developers accidentally released it today because they mixed up the date that goes live for pre-order with the date of release. It appears the whole pre-order system still needs some figuring out. The developers decided to go with it after all, so Man Vs. Missiles is out now. The good news for us is that the game is out early, so now we have another game to play over the holiday break...

A few days ago, we wrote about 57° North [$2.99], an adventure game that utilizes the Merge Cube, and new AR peripheral, to tell the story about two cousins stranded on a remote island. 57° North has now released for iOS and Android. A few words about the Merge Cube, first. This "holographic object," as it's been described, is a very cheap little device (just a bit over $10) that allows players to merge the physical and the digital as well as interact with it in ways that make the gaming experience richer. As you can see in the trailer, the Merge Cube becomes an object that helps you make your narrative choices in an immersive way...

Multiplayer-Focused Karting Game 'Street Kart' Will Go Into Open Beta Early 2018

Back in 2016, we wrote about an upcoming racing game called Street Kart that was focused on multiplayer competition and as realistic a driving model as possible. That game has been in various states of testing since then, and I've had the opportunity to play it quite a few times. Soon, more of you will be able to try Street Kart out once it goes into open beta in early 2016, and soon after that it will soft launch in select territories. If you want to be one of the around 7000 people to be part of the public beta, head over here and sign up. If you like racing games, you should definitely try the game out, as long as you don't mind having to deal with the game's freemium model...

'The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game' Launching January 7th

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books are great fun (and so was the show based on the books), so I've been looking forward to The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game, which releases January 7th. As we wrote a year ago, the game was Kickstarted with great success (made ten times the initial goal) and has been very well received on other platforms. Now, we'll get to play it on our devices. A few words about the book series, first. Dresden Files tells the story of a poor wizard, called Harry Dresden, who works as a kind of private investigator in a world of urban fantasy and gets into all kinds of troubles with magical creatures...

Card Game 'Mythgard' Will Be Deeper than 'Hearthstone' and More Streamlined than 'Magic: The Gathering'

I know that there are so many card games on the App Store right now, but that's because touchscreen devices are the perfect platform for them. And, also, card games aren't that hard to develop, although they are hard to make interesting and well-balanced. Rhino Games' Mythgard, a lane-based collectible card game that will make its way to mobile when it hits beta, hopes to be more than just another one of many card games. Mythgard has quite the team behind it, including the engineering and product lead on Diablo 2, the founder of Flagship Studios, and the CTO and founder of Runic Games, so I think we can be confident that the developer knows how to make games, although it remains to be seen whether that expertise translates into a strong card game...

Krosmaga [Free], the fun collectible card game from Ankama, is getting more cards soon, and this time around the cards are coming straight out of the animated series Wakfu. As part of this cross-promotion, Krosmaga will get the "Brotherhood of the Forgotten," a group of characters pivotal to Season 3 of the animated series and who are also appearing in Dofus. The cards from the Wakfu series will make up eight of the 90 cards coming in the "Brotherhood of Oropo" expansion and will represent Oropo, Echo, Toxine, Poo, Arpagone, Bump, Mishell, and Dathura (for those who know the animated series). It's always fun seeing different media cross their beams, and I'm sure people who like the series will enjoy these new cards...

'PAKO 2' Racing to Your Devices Early 2018, Adds Drive-By Shooting

PAKO [$1.99], the isometric driving game all about avoiding cops and obstacles for the longest time possible, was one of my favorite games back in 2014 partly because of its entertaining levels but also because of its great handling. Today, I was happy to hear that developer Tree Men Games are working hard on bringing PAKO 2 to mobile, and I can't wait to play it. PAKO got new content for years after the original release, so I expect PAKO 2 to do the same. And the title will be premium (as the developers proudly proclaim in our Upcoming Games forum thread for the game), so no free-to-play shenanigans to worry about...

'Wargaming Mobile' to Publish 'Exiles of Embermark' and More Mobile Combat RPGs from Gunslinger Studios

Gunslinger Studios' Exiles of Embermark is easily one of my most anticipated games of 2018, and I was happy to hear that Wargaming Mobile, the newly formed division within the behemoth that is Wargaming.net, will publish this very promising game as well as other mobile combat RPG games from the developer. Wargaming Mobile sees Exiles as a great mobile game for those who enjoy quick experiences on the go and is probably also looking at the eSports capabilities of titles like Exiles and other similar head-to-head mobile experiences. I'm glad to see that Exiles found a strong partner that will ensure the game gets the proper exposure...

Thatgamecompany's 'Sky: Light Awaits' Has Soft Launched

Sky: Light Awaits, the upcoming mobile game from the developer behind Journey, has soft launched in the Philippines, and you should probably go grab it right now because it looks like it's going to be a fantastic game. Sky is a "social adventure" that has you and your friends explore the mysteries of a long-lost kingdom, but to do so, you'll have to fly across the world. And since you only have a small candle and flame, you'll need the help of others to use light to dispel the darkness that has blanketed the world (which is where the social part of the game comes in). I like seeing developers take advantage of the social aspect of mobile gaming in inventive ways that tie in with the narrative, and Thatgamecompany is definitely a developer that can do so well...

ARKit Game 'Orbu' Is a Charming Puzzle Game Launching December 21st

Augmented Reality games haven't yet exploded on the App Store, and might never do, but that doesn't stop some promising ones from finding their way to our devices and—by extension—our living rooms and kitchen tables. Orbu [$2.99], from a team mostly consisting of developers who worked at Sony's London Studio on Playstation VR Worlds and other titles, is a puzzle game inspired by Zen gardens, and you can clearly see that inspiration in the game's art. Using Zen gardens as an inspiration helps Orbu look lovely when projected in the real world and helps it tie in better with your furniture...

Clash of Clans [Free] update is coming soon, and this one is adding a new feature called Clan Games. Supercell has been teasing the Clan Games over the last few days, but a recent blog post gave us a bit more info on what to expect, although Supercell is still leaving it up to players to speculate at this point. Rumor has it, the blog post details, that Clan members will have to work together in the Games to complete challenges, and these challenges will reward players with new treasures. The Challenges range from multiplayer attacks in Home Village to Versus Battles in Builder Base, and—as expected—any points gained go towards a shared Clan Point Pool...

Winter is coming to Hearthstone [Free] everyone, so better get warm and cozy. Just like every year, Blizzard is bringing the Winter Veil celebration to Hearthstone, along with all kinds of fun little features. Winter Veil, which will run from December 17th until December 30th, will cover the game in Winter's Veil-themed boards for Orgrimmar and Stormwind and will add seasonal emotes so you can "spread some cheer" to your opponents (or mock them relentlessly in a happy, cheery tone). In addition to the boards and emotes, from December 20th to the 24th a special Tavern Brawl called Wacky Waxy Winter's Veil will await for you, and you will get up to three Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs, if you (literally) play your cards right. As you can guess from the title of the brawl, candles will play a significant role...

Promising Team-Based Shooter 'Hero Hunters' Coming in 2018

Shooters on mobile can be hit or miss sometimes given the platform's limitations, especially when developers decide to go with first-person. Hero Hunters, by Hothead Games, is hoping to deliver a fun team-based shooter by focusing on third-person, cover-based action and adding some MOBA elements. Specifically, the game will come with 40 heroes, each with their own skills, of course, and you'll be able to switch between heroes at any point during the fight. With an extensive campaign mission, Hero Hunters should give those who enjoy single-player games plenty to enjoy (although not sure whether internet connection will be required)...

'Gorogoa' Review - Picture Perfect

'Gorogoa' Review - Picture Perfect

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December 13th, 2017 11:45 PM EST by Tasos Lazarides in $4.99, 5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, News, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal

Puzzle games are a dime a dozen on the App Store and most offer only slightly different iterations of the same ideas. Once in a while, though, you get some innovative puzzle games that introduce some intriguing ways of interaction, and Jason Roberts' Gorogoa [$4.99] is definitely one of those special games. Gorogoa gives players the ability to manipulate four panels, but the ways those panels can be manipulated are very clever and offer some surprises that I really enjoyed. I knew Gorogoa gave players the ability to interact with the overlays of the various illustrations, but I didn't expect it to do so in such inventive ways. Add to those smart interactions some truly gorgeous, hand-drawn art, and a mystical story, and you have a puzzle game that everyone who enjoys the genre should definitely grab. And if you have friends who like to debate whether video games are art, send them Gorogoa just to add more fuel to the fire...