July 2017

Frozen Throne Reveals, Frost Lich Jaina, Arthas Skin, and More ‘Hearthstone’ Weekly News in ‘Touchstone’ #107

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of the best stories and videos. As expected, last week was all about the upcoming expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, especially because the community has been trying to keep track with and evaluate all the revealed cards. Most in the community seem to be happy with the cards we’ve seen so far, and I hope that optimism continues even after the expansion arrives. It does look like Blizzard is starting to figure out the kind of content the community enjoys, so hopefully we’ll get the best expansion to date. There’s a few weeks to go until that, though, so for now enjoy our weekly roundup.

Stream Reveals Frost Lich Jaina and More

Last week we got to see another one of the Death Knight Heroes, specifically Frost Lich Jaina. The Mage Death Knight costs 9 mana and has 5 armor, and will be all about Elemental decks, since it summons elementals and also gives Elementals in your deck Lifesteal. The stream also revealed many other cards, so it’s definitely a good watch. Read our whole story here and watch the stream below.

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13 Awesome Games You Might Have Missed This Month

Tons of awesome games come out every month, but in the shadow of high-profile AAA titles, even the best ones can slip under our radars. Whether you’re a fan of challenging post-apocalyptic platformers, creepy puzzle games, or charming dating sims, there’s plenty to love in this month’s roundup.

For more, check out our list on the most-anticipated 2017 indie games, a love letter to the glory of weird, free web games, or dive into last month’s must-play games roundup.

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Former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett joins Lyft’s board

Valerie Jarrett, who served as Senior Advisor to President Obama, is joining Lyft’s board, the company announced Monday. The team already includes Lyft’s co-founders, Ben Horowitz from Andreessen Horowitz, Ann Miura-Ko from Floodgate and other industry players. The company believes that Jarrett, who previously chaired the Chicago Transit Board, “brings experience tackling… Read More …read more

Out This Week: Shin Godzilla, Tacoma, The Long Dark

With so many new games and movies coming out, it can be hard to keep up. Lucky for you, IGN is here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest releases each and every week. Check out the latest releases for this week, and be sure to come back next Monday for a new update.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

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Minecraft’s cross-platform “Better Together” update arrives in beta

Minecraft’s “Better Together Update” is rolling out now in beta, for players on Windows 10 PCs and Android devices. That means players on either platform with the beta installed will be able to participate in games from either type of device, together in cross-platform play.
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Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Elder Scrolls Legends’, ‘Phoenix 2’, ‘Nimian Legends’, ‘Injustice’, 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. I think someone must have stuck a broomstick in the update machine last week, because we got quite a few more interesting ones than we’ve been getting lately. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper 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!

Nimian Legends : BrightRidge HD, $1.99
Wow, this one got two updates last week. Hey, have you all played Nimian Legends yet? You really should, it’s quite nifty. Anyway, these updates add a bunch of things to the game, including an expanded day/night cycle, improved quality settings, fireworks, falling damage, and more. The updates also included an assortment of bug fixes and other minor improvements. Seriously, it’s only a couple of bucks, give it a go.

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Hack, Slash, And Dodge Through The Futuristic Catacombs of Immortal Planet

In the long forgotten technological ruins on a distant planet, a lone warrior awakes from his slumber, determined to uncover a way to escape the subterranean hell. From the developer of Ronin, Immortal Planet takes you through this dark and dangerous tunnels, discovering the place’s secrets while fighting your way through its roaming enemies and powerful bosses with methodical combat.

In the long forgotten technological ruins on a distant planet, a lone warrior awakes from his slumber, determined to uncover a way to escape the subterranean hell. From the developer of Ronin, Immortal Planet takes you through this dark and dangerous tunnels, discovering the place’s secrets while fighting your way through its roaming enemies and powerful bosses with methodical combat.

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Monster Hunter Stories Release Date Revealed

Monster Hunter Stories will be released on September 8 in North America and Europe, Nintendo announced today.

The news came via a brand new trailer, which you can check out below:

A demo for the spinoff Monster Hunter game will be available sometime next week. Stories has already been out in Japan since October 2016.

First announced back in 2015, Stories offers a different take on the series by sporting a more traditional role-playing experience. In addition to also having a more colorful and whimsical art style, Stories put players in the shoes of a “Rider” rather than a “Hunter.” Nintendo confirmed the game was headed West back in April.

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A New Legendary Arrives In Pokémon Go Today

Trainers, if you haven’t added Articuno to your Pokémon ranks yet, get out there and play. At some point today, Articuno will no longer be seen. This legendary Pokémon that represents Team Mystic is being replaced by Moltres, the fire/flying bird for Team Valor. Moltres will only be available for one week, being replaced by Team Instinct’s Zapdos on August 7.

What happens next is anyone’s guess. A popular guess among Trainers is Lugia being swapped out with Ho-oh in mid-August. Some people also believe Niantic will continue rotating the three team-based birds for an indefinite time. We don’t know if they will come back, however, so, if you want a full Pokédex, you had best get out and take on these Legendary beasts.

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Weekly events is exactly what Pokémon GO needs to keep the hardcore base playing. Limiting Legendaries to just a week is a risk, especially if Niantic has no plans of bringing them back any time soon. Time will tell what the plan is, but if the rotation of Legendaries eventually leads to Mew and Mewtwo arriving, I’m all for it.

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‘The Witch’s Isle’, a Beautifully Haunting Pixel Art Adventure Game, Is Free to Download Now on the App Store

Any TouchArcade readers who have been following the website since 2013 will not only be awesome people, but will also likely remember an incredibly, err, eccentric game by the name of Alpaca Evolution [Free] from Japanese developer COCOSOLA. Even with some of the bizarre experiments released on a weekly basis on the App Store, the cannibalism/mutation simulator of Alpaca Evolution really stood out at the time for its inexplicable premise, and was well received in our TA Plays feature around its launch. While we have heard little from the developer since its breakout release, their latest title dropped onto the App Store out of nowhere this weekend, and it’s certainly a major shift in direction from COCOSOLA’s previous releases. The Witch’s Isle [Free] is an incredibly intriguing point-and-click adventure game with some beautiful pixel art, and the Sword and Sworcery [$3.99] vibes I get from the screenshots can only be a good thing.

Considering their last major release featured cartoon graphics and alpaca cannibalism, The Witch’s Isle is a significant step up in scope, scale and complexity. An ordinary villager in a town is visited by a witch, who condemns them to death unless they can find …read more