News via Pocket Gamer:

How Free-to-Play Works in Pac-Man 256

Hipster Whale revolutionized the mobile free-to-play formula with Crossy Road, so how will the system work in the upcoming Pac-Man 256? Pocket Gamer has the details.

Here’s the clever twist: you can play without credits for as long as you like in “free play mode”, which is exactly the same game but without any power-ups to help you out.

Via Pocket Gamer

How-Tos via Pocket Gamer:

Hints and Tips for Paradise Bay

Trouble in Paradise? Pocket Gamer’s guide for Paradise Bay can help you turn your tranquil island home into a thriving economic engine powered by cute animals.

Via Pocket Gamer

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News via Touch Arcade:

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 4 Gets a Trailer

The second-to-last episode of the excellent madcap adventures in Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 4 launches this week (probably Thursday), but you can catch a glimpse of it now in the video above.

Via Touch Arcade

Interesting via Pocket Gamer:

11 iOS Games That Have Moved Us Close to Tears

Looking for a game with an emotional wallop? Pocket Gamer has you covered, with 11 games that you ought to play near a box of tissues. Here’s the list, but click ahead for details.

  • Prune
  • This War of Mine
  • Papers, Please
  • Limbo
  • Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
  • The Walking Dead: Season One
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  • Thomas Was Alone
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery
  • Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD
  • Mountain

Via Pocket Gamer

Reviews via 148Apps:

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon Review – Atmospheric

Do you need to read another review of Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon before you’ll buy it? Yes? Well here you go, from 148Apps’s 4 star review:

Like the first Spider, the best thing about Spider 2 is its atmosphere. Every level is beautifully crafted and full of spider-sized nooks and crannies to explore. The really neat thing about checking out every inch of each level is that everything is so detailed that players can put together a pretty good idea of what’s going on with the residents of Blackbird Estate, all without having things spelled out.

For players looking for a fun puzzle game with some environmental story-telling hooks, Spider 2 is a must play. It isn’t a completely reinvented version of its predecessor, but it builds on the core elements in ways that keep it feeling fresh throughout.

Via 148Apps

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How-Tos via Gamezebo:

Monsters Ate My Metropolis Tips, Cheats, and Strategies

Gamezebo has gone and written the only guide you’ll need for Monsters Ate My Metropolis. If you’ve been playing the game and looking for ways to get ahead, you’d be doing yourself a favor if you read it.

The key to victory in Monsters Ate My Metropolis is taking advantage of elemental strengths and weaknesses. These “elements” are represented by the colors that border your cards: red, green, blue, and yellow. Red trumps green but is weak against blue. Green trumps yellow but is weak against red. Yellow trumps blue but is weak against green. And blue trumps red but is weak against yellow.

Via Gamezebo

Deals

Frontline: Road to Moscow is On Sale for $0.99

Strategy game fans will want to know that Frontline: Road to Moscow is on sale for $0.99. It’s normally $2.99, so check out the gameplay video above to see if it’s up your alley, and grab it if it is.

Deals

Grim Fandango Remastered On Sale for $6.99

What’s better than a classic game? A classic game remastered for new hardware. Grim Fandango is an excellent adventure game from Double Fine that normally sells for $9.99. Download it now to get $3 off.

Deals

Draw Something On Sale for $0.99

Remember Draw Something? It’s back! In sale form! The online Pictionary-style game is on sale for $0.99 USD, down from $2.99 USD.

News via Touch Arcade:

Weekly Hearthstone Update: Art and Artists, and Blizzard’s Bottom Line

Still no Grand Tournament expansion, but there’s plenty of Hearthstone news for Touch Arcade to recap, regardless.

Still waiting, Blizzard…We have officially entered the third week of August and still haven’t been invited to The Grand Tournament, Hearthstone’s [Free] upcoming expansion. There’s plenty of chatter that the expansion will be released on the 24th of this month, so that might actually be the date I get to open all my TGT packs.

Via Touch Arcade

Previews via Touch Arcade:

Pac-Man 256 Video Preview Shows Off the Game in Detail

Touch Arcade’s extensive stream of the upcoming Pac-Man 256 is a bit long, but packed full of yellow Pac-Man goodness.

My first impression of this game was how closely the game adhere’s to the original Pac Man visually and mechanically. Now sure there are some big time upgrades and the screen constantly scrolls rather than a fixed screen. Those differences don’t really detract from the old school 8 bit style still strongly popping out of this game. My first few seconds in the app were interupted with the original chiptuney melody Pac Man is famous for and from that point it has all been just nostalgia and great gameplay.

Via Touch Arcade

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News via Gamezebo:

Everything You Need to Know About Fallout Shelter’s First Update

Fallout Shelter received a big update last week, and Gamezebo has a summary of what’s important. Give it a go-over if you’re thinking of returning to your Vault Dwellers after a long, er, break.

Via Gamezebo

News via Destructoid:

Super Meat Boy Forever is Back in Development

Super Meat Boy Forever, the upcoming meaty endless runner from the creator of Super Meat Boy, is back in development according to an interview Destructoid had with Team Meat.

“Super Meat Boy Forever is back in development again and is my primary project at this point now that Afterbirth is basically complete on my end and Fingered is [almost] out. Mew is on hold till after Forever is out, the only target release is ‘when its done.'”

Via Destructoid

News via VentureBeat:

Disney Magic Kingdoms Lets You Build Your Own Disney Theme Park

Disney Magic Kingdoms is an upcoming mobile park-builder from Gameloft that lets you develop your very own Disney theme park. Finally! A chance to make a park that’s nothing but Space Mountain coasters!

(Video from Inside The Magic)

Via VentureBeat

Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Review: Smooth Ride

According to a review from Pocket Gamer, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 is a decent mobile port of the PC game — and there’s not a microtransaction to be found, which makes it far preferable to RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile.

It’s not perfect, but it goes a long way to restoring the glowing reputation of the franchise. So if you’re at all interested, now’s a great time to find out what all the fuss was about. And reward the developer for taking the premium route.

Via Pocket Gamer

Reviews via PC Magazine:

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon Video Review – Eight-legged Fun

According to PC Magazine, this clever sequel to Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor is well-worth the cost of entry.

Via PC Magazine

Previews via AppSpy:

Hands-On Video Preview: Horizon Chase

In the upcoming driving game Horizon Chase, you can reach for the horizon but you’ll never grab it. AppSpy has lots of preview footage from the game, which is coming to mobile very soon.

Via AppSpy

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Furdemption On Sale for $0.99

Run, rabbit, run. Puzzle / action game Furdemption is on sale for $0.99 USD, down from $2.99 USD.

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The Executive is On Sale for $1.99

You can unleash your inner beast without hesitation thanks to a price drop for The Executive. It’s currently $1.99 USD, down from $4.99 USD.

Updates

Trivia Crack Updates With Collectable Cards

Think being good at Trivia Crack makes you smart? Now you can prove it with collectable in-game cards.

What’s New in Version 2.2
◉ Rediscover the world of Trivia Crack with a new feature: collectable cards! Use the cards to get awesome prizes!.
◉ Bug fixes.

Updates

Cards and Castles Updates With New Cards and More

What should a card game update with? More cards, of course. Cards and Castles has the goods, plus lots more.

What’s New in Version 2.0.18
v2.0.18
– Mono faction decks and hero cards! 5 of our most notable legendary characters have been converted to hero cards. Hero cards have been revamped with slightly stronger mechanics and can ONLY be used in mono-faction decks, opening up great new themed options for deck building! Cards 2.0 is planned to launch with the following hero cards: Brynjolf the Ancient Hero (fitting!), The Eye of Flame, Dread Pirate Bobberts, The Spirit Panda and Jonviev the Protector.

– Mulligan system! You now have the option to swap out up to 3 cards in your starting hand!

– Expanded targeting: most cards now have more options for targeting either enemy or friendly units, opening up the potential for many clever plays. For example you might decide to reduce an enemy unit’s health with bloodthirst, or damage your own unit to trigger an on-death effect, or just simply make the hard choice to burn through a cantrip by buffing an enemy.

– Improved gold and card curve! Less top-decking, more interesting choices. The power of cards will increase more aggressively with higher gold costs, making the pace of the game more exciting. Players will find it beneficial to hold more cards in hand, reducing the frequency of top-decking gameplay. This change affects all numbers in the game.

– Greater variety of playstyles! The general numbers retune opens up many strategies that were previously unviable, while keeping things fun for everyone. Healing and direct damage are both more potent, ramp-themed decks are now viable, and many previously marginalized cards such as Battojutsu and Tower of Forbidden Knowledge have been restored to their former glory!

– Total tutorial revamp plus greatly improved friend rewards! It’ll be much easier to get your friends into the game after the revamp with our new tutorial and starting experience. All opening matches have been redone to better explain the game, and users now quickly earn a set of starter cards that will NOT appear in boosters! Rewards for referring a friend will also be greatly improved!

– Easier card collection and deck building! We’ve reduced the deck size to 30 and changed the individual card limit to 2, so each card you collect will bring you much closer to a full set! (Users with existing high stacks WILL BE COMPENSATED GENEROUSLY for this change). The new starter set classification is also excluded from boosters, which will make it easier to find the cards you want!

– Faster paced gameplay: in order to increase the variety of starting moves and improve the pace of gameplay, capturable towers have been removed from all gameplay formats.

– Much more customization, with unlockable customizable castles and limited edition alt-art cards. Earn these rewards through ranking and other avenues to show others how much of a bamf you are!

– In-game emote system, so you can communicate with the enemy player via simple emotes.

– Separate rules for async mode: async games will have different starting conditions from live games, allowing both formats to be better tuned to their respective timers!

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