October 2016

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King’s Cup, Tornado Card, and More in Next ‘Clash Royale’ Update

Supercell is teasing the next Clash Royale [Free] update already, and we’ve got three promising sneak peeks. The first sneak peek talks of friendlier Friendly Battles with both players’ cards leveled up or down to the Tournament Rules. The second one is all about new cards. Supercell is doing what it did the last time it released cards and giving us four new ones with one new card released every two weeks. The first one to be released is Tornado, which is coming November 11. There’s a Legendary in the mix too, but that one will be the last card to come to the game, so they’ll be some waiting. I do hope we get some fun cards in lower Arenas too because newer players need new toys, too.

The last one is all about a new Special Events mode, which feels a lot like Hearthstone Arena mixed with Tavern Brawls. They will appear occasionally, and the first one will be the King’s Cup. In this event you’ll get a random themed deck to play with. Sounds like great fun and a great mode for people who don’t …read more

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‘Feral Fury’ 1.0.1 Update Brings New Items, Features, and Tweaks to the Roguelike Shooter

Skandivania Games’ Feral Fury [$3.99] is a good pickup if you have been waiting on Binding of Isaac to hit iOS, as it’s a similar kind of top-down, roguelike dual-stick shooter. The team is currently tweaking the experience, though, with some new tweaks being brought to the title. It’s a little easier now as the starting HP for players (not in New Game+) has been increased. Boss encounters are now randomized, and there’s a new stage and boss. A new fire effect has been added, along with destructible crates.

A chest is now guaranteed on each stage, and 60 new items are in play, with various helmets, scrolls, and drones now available. Vending machines for HP and keycards can be found, too. If you’ve been wondering how to unlock stage 5, that’s now a bit less cryptic. A new weekly daily run leaderboard has been added in. Sadly, it doesn’t look like brightness has been cranked up, which is my number one request for this game – it’s way too dark! The 1.0.1 update with all these new tweaks is rolling out right now – be patient …read more

Lara Croft’s Next Game Name Reportedly Revealed

The third game in the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise is reportedly named Shadow of the Tomb Raider, according to an image posted to Reddit earlier today.

Reddit user Tripleh280 spotted someone on the Montreal subway working on what appears to be a presentation, featuring the logo for a Shadow of the Tomb Raider in the upper right-hand corner.

Reddit user Tripleh280’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider photo

A source speaking to Kotaku confirmed to the outlet that Shadow of the Tomb Raider is in fact currently the title of what would be the third game in the series, which relaunched with 2013’s Tomb Raider.

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‘Out There’ Developer Mi-Clos to Reveal New Details on Future Games on November 2nd

If you’re a fan of Mi-Clos’ work with Out There [$4.99] and their other titles, you’re going to want to tune into Mi-Clos Live episode 2 on Wednesday, November 2nd. For mobile gamers, the studio will be revealing some news about Out There Chronicles [$2.99], and a new game being published by Mi-Clos. As well, they will have some new info about their multiplayer interactive fiction game Antioch: Scarlet City along with an interview with FibreTigre about the game. And while it’s still not confirmed for mobile, Void and Meddler episode 2 will be showcased during the show.

The previous Mi-Clos Live came with a ton of cool info on upcoming projects including mobile announcements to go along with their PC games. The studio develops and publishes some interesting titles, so it’s worth keeping an eye on what they’ve got in the works. The livestream happens on Twitch on November 2nd at 9pm UTC+01 (which is 4pm Eastern time and 1pm Pacific time in this timeframe) and will be available on their YouTube channel at a later time.

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Treat Yourself With These Ten Games That Capture The Halloween Spirit

Most Halloween game lists are full of various horror titles. While titles like The Last of Us or Dead
Space are certainly worth playing during Halloween, October’s holiday is about
more than scares. Some Halloween classics have a sense of spooky mystery, while
others have a playful atmosphere of childlike wonder. All of these games may
not scare your pants off, but they’re easily some of the best games to get you into
the spirit of Halloween.

Kingdom Hearts
For many people, the classic Halloween movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas. So when an entire world was based
on it in the first Kingdom Hearts, the game became a Halloween staple by proxy
alone. The location has since appeared in other games, but Kingdom Hearts’ was
the first rendition that truly explored it the most. The level design is filled
with spooky locales as you visit iconic locations from the movie like Spiral
Hill or Oogie’s Mansion. This level alone makes the Kingdom Hearts series an
instant Halloween classic.

Costume Quest
One of the most important things about Halloween is experiencing it
with child-like wonder. It’s hard to capture that but Double Fine managed to
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Best ‘Pokemon GO’ Halloween Costume Ever?

If you’ve ever wanted to play real-life and life-size Pokemon GO [Free], Instagram user mattcyborgelt is ready when you are. He went all out with this one, and it includes a Pokeball dispenser and a taunting Pikachu in the middle of a pretty real-looking representation of Pokemon GO‘s AR screen. Once you toss the ball and hit that Pikachu, a Pokeball pops in from behind and grabs that poor little yellow guy. You can even get stars for your effort! This is a pretty cool costume and probably the only way most of us will ever catch Pikachu; that little yellow guy is too rare for my taste.

A video posted by Matt Borgelt (@mattcyborgelt) on Oct 30, 2016 at 6:44pm PDT

I have to say, this is both a very inventive and a very well-made Pokemon GO costume. What would make it more realistic, though, is if he had you walk into the street while tossing that ball and getting smashed by a car. Or maybe falling down a cliff? So, what do you think of the costume?

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‘Creepy Clown Attack’ Brings All Those Creepy Clowns to Android

You’ve probably heard about all the creepy clowns roaming around quite a few cities in recent weeks, so I’m not surprised that we just got an Android exclusive game called Creepy Clown Attack that’s, you guessed it, all about creepy clowns attacking everything in sight. Sweet, nice clowns really can’t catch a break, can they? The game has you playing as a creepy clown who gets to smash vehicles into smithereens, heavily damage buildings and monuments, all in order to earn points that you can then use to level up your creepy clown into an even creepier clown.

At the same time, you’ll have to be careful not to get noticed by the police or national guard because your rampage will soon come to an end. If you like creepy clowns, then, here’s your chance to be one without fearing real life arrest or injuries by all those who unfairly hate creepy clowns. The game is Android only, and you can pick it up here.

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Pokemon Company Interested in More Remakes

Pokemon series producer Junichi Masuda says the Pokemon Company is interested in more remakes of older Pokemon games.

“I think the remakes, like Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen, is still an approach we’re interested in,” Masuda told IGN. “With the Virtual Console releases of the original games, specifically there had never been a way to bring those Pokemon over to the latest generation. It had always been that you couldn’t get those Pokemon out.”

Masuda explained that services like Pokemon Bank and the Poke Transporter finally gave the developers an option to release the original versions on Virtual Console, essentially letting people upload first generation into the new game.

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‘Commands & Colors’ Going Digital, Hopefully Coming to Mobile, Too

There’s been talk of Commands & Colors coming to tablets for literally ages now, but so far nothing has come out of that. I remember Playdek was supposed to bring the famous tabletop game to mobile back in 2012, but then it didn’t, and most of us simply wrote it off. Apparently, we moved a bit too soon to do so. In the latest update on its digital plans and fortunes, GMT announced that a press release about Commands & Colors going digital will be coming soon and talked about how it has found an experienced digital team to make the games. The announcement mentions Commands & Colors Ancients and Commands and Colors Napoleonics, which is a great start.

If you don’t know much about Commands & Colors, it’s a pretty simple system where players take turns using their command cards to move units around the map and conduct combat. It’s not a very complex system, which is why it can so easily be adjusted to represent various periods. The digital games are planned for Summer 2017, and I’m hoping we’ll get them on our tablets, too.

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Apple Now Lets Developers Generate Promo Codes for In-App Purchases

Apple has at last made promo codes for in-app purchases available to developers. For the longest time, promo codes were only available for app downloads, but now individual in-app purchases can have promo codes generated for them. This means that developers of free-to-play games could run contests for in-game currency. Or for freemium unlocks for press or customers, those can be handed out as well. Apple enabled this feature only recently to developers, but it’s already working for developers – I was able to test it out with the upcoming ZenDots 2 and its level unlocks.

This is definitely an “at last!” feature for Apple, because not only has Google Play promo codes supported in-app purchases (though for whatever reason Google doesn’t support pre-release promo codes), but because the App Store has had this functionality for a while! There was a situation with a Real Racing 3 promotion that used a promo code specifically for in-app purchases, but it didn’t become available to developers at large until now. Better late than never.

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