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‘Pigeon Wings STRIKE’ is a New Endless ‘Pigeon Wings’ that’s Looking for Beta Testers

What started out as a small two month project between two indie developers back in the summer of 2015 actually ballooned into a two YEAR project called Pigeon Wings ($2.99), which launched back in August of 2017. Pigeon Wings is a side-scrolling racing game that plays like a cave flyer mixed with a shoot ’em up, and it’s extremely awesome. We loved it in our review, chose it for our Game of the Week when it released, included it in our Top 100 Games of 2017 list, and I picked it as one of my personal favorites of 2017. So yeah, it’s pretty good. Unlike most cave flyers Pigeon Wings is a level-based game, but a few months after its release an update added a cool endless mode to the game, which fans had been requesting. The only problem was that, according to the developer’s own analytics, hardly anyone played that endless mode. Enter: Pigeon Wings STRIKE, a brand new fully-featured endless follow-up to Pigeon Wings.

Pigeon Wings STRIKE will include many of the features that the developers had wanted to include in the original game’s endless mode but didn’t have time to implement. It’ll feature brand new unlockable characters like Cunningham the hotshot hamster and Presto the “literal fish out of water.” There will also be a local multiplayer mode so you can party up with friends IRL and get your Pigeon Wings on. Finally Pigeon Wings STRIKE will feature more enemies, more layout parts, more achievements, and is basically a full sequel to the original game. Pigeon Wings STRIKE is only weeks away from release but the developers could use some beta testing help to iron out any last minute issues, so if you’re interested in that then head over to our forums and register your interest and look for this one to launch in the very near future.

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/28/pigeon-wings-strike-beta-testing/…

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‘Cultist Simulator’ from Playdigious Is Coming to iOS and Android This Spring and Pre-Registrations Are Now Live

Over the last year or so, I’ve been keeping an eye on what Humble Bundle has been publishing on Switch and PC. They’ve released some great stuff like Aegis Defenders on multiple platforms but also some PC exclusive stuff like Cultist Simulator from Weather Factory. After a bit of teasing, Playdigious announced a mobile port of Cultist Simulator. Watch the trailer for it below:

Cultist Simulator has always felt like something that Humble would get ported to Switch because they’ve put a ton of stuff on Switch recently before other platforms. The way most indie games are these days, we usually have to wait for a PC release to end up on Switch then PS4 then mobile. Thankfully, Cultist Simulator is bringing occult strategy to iOS and Android before hitting any other platform after the original PC release.

The mobile port will support English and Simplified Chinese. What got me interested in the game when I saw the initial gameplay was the roguelike and card based nature. I also enjoy playing card based games on touch so this is perfect. I can’t wait to check it out on iPad. Cultist Simulator arrives on iOS and Android this Spring. You can pre-register for it on Google Play here. The iOS release is not up for preorder yet. There will be a preorder discount though. Check out the original PC version on Steam here.

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/28/cultist-simulator-occult-card-roguelike-mobile-announcement-confirmed-pre-registration/…

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The Division 2 shows the Dark Zone just before the Open Beta starts

We have been informing you about everything that has happened around Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 before its upcoming launch, including the previous private betas and the open beta event that will start tomorrow. The lucky ones that managed to take part in any of the other test phases probably have experienced the Dark Zones already, at least the East one, that has been the one available so far, but now everyone can take a sneak peek at those areas in a new video. Dark Zones are quarantined areas where up to 12 players will experience PvP combat and the places where you will be able to get some of the best loot in the game too.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Open Beta will allow you to play in Dark Zone East too, as well as through three main missions, five side missions, an endgame mission, and two maps for the Skirmish PvP co-operative mode for two teams of four players. It´s a bucketload of content for all the players the players to experience through the weekend. You can watch the Open Beta video published by Ubisoft below.

The Open Beta event will run from March 1st to March 4th and you can already pre-download the installation files for the game. If you plan on playing the game at some point, you should definitely play this beta, because by doing so you will unlock some nice rewards.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Open Beta Rewards

Finally, once you have installed the files needed to play tomorrow all you need to do is waiting until the Open Beta starts in your region. You can check what´s the appropriate starting time for you in the map below.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Open Beta Starting Times

All that is left for you to do is enjoying Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Open Beta during the weekend and remembering to check our comparator if you want to find the best price for the game.

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Gamevice Discounts iPhone Controller to Celebrate ‘Fortnite’ Season 8 for a Limited Time On Amazon

Fortnite (Free) Patch 7.30 added controller support and a whole lot more to iOS and Android. A blog post on Gamevice has various details about matchmaking and how certain aspects on iOS will be handled. Epic Games likes to keep the playing field fair for matchmaking so controller players on mobile get matched with console players. Today, Season 8 arrived and Gamevice has a limited time discount on its iPhone controller.

The Gamevice iPhone controller that costs $79.99 usually is available on Amazon and Gamevice for just $49.99 for a limited time. Fortnite was already great on iOS with 60fps on many recent devices but having proper controller support as well makes it the best portable version since you don’t have to worry about tethering to another device when on the go like you do on the Switch. When it comes to controllers on iOS, the Nimbus or Gamevice are basically your only real options. If you do consider buying the Gamevice on Amazon to get the discount, buying through our links helps TouchArcade in a small way, so get an iOS controller and give us something at the same time!

If you do play Fortnite, we have a dedicated channel in our Discord. Make sure to join our Discord channel here to squad up and get some Victory Royales. If you play only on Nintendo Switch, you can now play with PS4 gamers as well thanks to Sony finally allowing true cross play. Are you excited to use your controller with it on mobile?

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/28/gamevice-discounts-iphone-controller-to-celebrate-fortnite-season-8-for-a-limited-time-on-amazon/…

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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Pokemon Sword’ and ‘Pokemon Shield’ Revealed, ‘RemiLore’ Review, ‘Ape Out’, ‘Deltarune’, and Today’s Other New Releases, the Latest Sales, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for February 28th, 2019. Another month has passed us by, full of exciting news and new releases for the Switch. March is looking to be another big month, at least in terms of eShop releases, and it’s only going to pick up from there. Today, we’ve got a look at the new Pokemon games, the big list of today’s releases, some sales information, and a review of RemiLore.

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‘Pokemon Sword’ and ‘Pokemon Shield’ Were the Stars of the Pokemon Direct

Yesterday’s Pokemon Direct ended up being about exactly what everyone suspected it would be about: the latest entries in the mainline Pokemon series. Dubbed Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, they take place in a fictionalized version of the United Kingdom. The three starter Pokemon were revealed, and we also got to see some footage from the games. The games will launch worldwide simultaneously later this year, and are currently available for pre-order on most popular online shops.

Reviews

RemiLore ($39.99)

RemiLore is a bit of an odd beast. Its production values are quite good, with nice graphics, full voice acting, and an overall heavily-polished feel. It definitely comes off like something from at least a mid-sized publisher rather than an indie. Mechanically, however, it’s about as straight-forward as it gets. You hack, you slash, you find some loot that hopefully includes a better weapon now and then, you gather up resources and trade them for upgrades, and do whatever you have to in order to get from the start of each stage to its exit. And there really isn’t a lot more to it than that. Combat is extremely simple and only two steps away from just hammering away at an attack button. There’s a strange gap here; a decidedly small, focused concept is dressed up in some impressively fancy clothes.

I’ve been doing this kind of work long enough that I can easily poke at RemiLore‘s weak points. The combat isn’t completely brainless but it begs for a little more variety and flexibility. The voiced dialogue is sometimes excessive, and the somewhat-randomized order conversations appear in sometimes leads to bizarre outcomes like a character asking what another character’s brothers are like only to immediately after ask if said character has any siblings. The procedurally-generated levels have that familiar issue where chunks start to repeat and little about them feels satisfyingly designed. It’s probably, probably a little too easy for its own good. And above all, it definitely has an issue with repetitiveness. Not enough enemies, not enough enemy patterns, not enough variety in the stages, not enough moves for your character.

And yet, I somehow really enjoyed this game. It’s not that those negative points didn’t bother me sometimes, because they did. But the gameplay was just engaging enough, the characters just interesting enough, and the bizarre arsenal of loot just intriguing enough that I couldn’t stop playing until I made it to the end. It’s silly and colorful and light-hearted in just about everything it does, and that is such an unusual thing in a game like this that it gave the whole thing the layer of novelty it needed to patch over its shortcomings. …

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‘Golf Blitz’, the Manic Multiplayer Entry in the ‘Super Stickman Golf’ Series, Has Soft Launched on iOS and Android

If there’s one thing that Noodlecake Studios are better at than producing some of the most compelling arcade experiences on the App Store, it’s creating excellent (and downright hilarious) marketing campaigns. It’s been a while since I physically laughed out loud at a promotional campaign for a video game, but the ridiculously over-the-top battle sequence in their Golf Blitz trailer, as well as their latest take on that orange square from the Fyre Festival campaign, managed to do just that. I guess Noodlecake really do have that sort of influencer appeal within the mobile gaming community. Anyway, the Super Stickman Golf series is one of my all-time favorites, so I’m delighted to announce that Golf Blitz, a real-time multiplayer version of the classic series, has today soft launched onto the iOS and Android in a number of regions.

Sadly, despite the teaser trailer featuring some epic fighting scenes, this isn’t Noodlecake’s attempt to bring the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to the App Store. Instead, Golf Blitz takes the excellent Race Mode from Super Stickman Golf 3 (Free) and turns it up to 11, creating a RPG-esque level-up system and throwing in a ton of power-ups, weapons and customisable options to give the game its own identity. Initial feedback from the game’s beta test has proven to be positive, although with such a strong source material to expand upon, it’s no surprise that Golf Blitz is a complete hole-in-one.

Of course, this is just the soft launch, so with the developer’s proven track record of updating games long after their official launch, we can expect even more content to be added to Golf Blitz over the course of 2019. If you’re based in Canada, Germany, Ireland or South Korea (or you have an iTunes account linked to one of these regions), you can download Golf Blitz from the App Store and Google Play Store now.

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/28/golf-blitz-soft-launch/…

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Blizzard Announces the ‘Hearthstone’ Year of the Dragon, Pre-Release Events, Solo updates, and More

When Blizzard introduced the concept of “Years” to Hearthstone (Free), things changed quite a bit. I’ve been playing it right from the start on iPad and the rotation cycle system has been the best thing they have done to keep things fresh for me. As with past years, Blizzard announce a new year in February and 2019 will be the Year of the Dragon for Hearthstone. Watch the chat for Year of the Dragon below:

The Year of the Raven ends and the Year of the Dragon will begin. This time, there will be a single story told over three expansions. The first expansions begins the Year of the Dragon. As always, the expansion will have new cards changing up the meta. Solo adventures get an enhancement this year beginning with the expansion that arrives in April with the solo adventure aiming to be bigger than before when it arrives in May. The expansion can be purchased per chapter for 700 gold or for $19.99 for the whole thing. Each extra chapter will include two new playable characters with three hero powers and four starter decks unlocked with progress. More information on this will be revealed soon.

Year of the Dragon will also see the Year of the Mammoth go wild. This means the Journey to Un’Goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Kobolds & Catacombs cards will be wild when the Year of the Dragon begins. Pre-release events in 2019 will let you open expansion packs early and get used to the cards in Fireside Brawls. Each new year also has new Hall of Fame inductees. This year Divine Favor, Doomguard, Naturalize, Baku the Mooneater, Genn Greymane, Black Cat, Gloom Stag, Glitter Moth, and Murkspark Eel will be joining the Hall of Fame.

Blizzard is also finally going to add a card back randomizer. There will also be other quality of life updates like better auto complete for decks and arena wins to count towards Golden Hero progress. I’m excited to see what is to come with the new story that spans multiple expansions this year. Do you still regularly play Hearthstone?

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/28/hearthstone-year-of-the-dragon-details-expansions-date-more/…

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‘Skylanders Ring of Heroes’ from Com2uS Is Finally Available Globally On iOS and Android

Skylanders Ring of Heroes from Com2uS was announced a while ago. In fact we even covered it when not much was known barring the turn based RPG nature. Com2uS began pre-registrations for this back in October last year and we finally have the game live on the App Store and Google Play worldwide.

Skylanders Ring of Heroes lets you join Stealth Elf, Spyro, and more Skylanders (80+) and mix and match to create the ultimate strategic team. Skylanders Ring of Heroes soft launched recently and the global release is finally here for free. I’m curious to see how this does because the Skylanders brand itself still has a following even though recent console toys to life entries haven’t done too great.

The toys to life genre is basically dead with Nintendo being the exception with amiibo still doing super well. If you’re interested in checking Skylanders Ring of Heroes out, download it here on the App Store and here on Google Play. Check out the official website here.

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/28/skylanders-ring-of-heroes-com2us-available-free-ios-android-worldwide/…

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Pokemon Shield and Pokémon Sword: Who’s that Pokémon?

Along with The Pokémon Company and Game Freak, Nintendo has officially unveiled the first looks of the 8th generation of Pokémon. A video revealed three starters of Sword, Shield, and the thirteen Pokémons that fans will be seeing in the new region of Galar.

From what we already know, both Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword will have better graphics and animations. Players will see sharper characters with more expressive faces and an even clearer environment. With Pokemon Let’s Go being the first and only Pokémon game coming to Nintendo Switch so far, it is almost certain that the ability to trade and battle with Pokemon Let’s Go is included. You can probably bring your eighth generation Pokémon to the Let’s Go region as well.

Pokémon Shield, Pokémon Sword: What’s the difference?

The Pokémon Company has been tight-lipped about the differences between the two; however, if we go back to the previous games released, we could say that there must be unique Pokémons and legendaries exclusive to each version. Releasing two versions of Pokémon is seemingly consistent as this has been their trend for a while, with Red and Blue, Ruby and Sapphire, and Diamond and Pearl.

Get to know the complete list of all the Pokémons for Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword that have been revealed so far:

Pikachu (Generation 1, Electric Type)

 

Minccino(Generation 5, Chinchilla Pokemon)

 

Wishiwashi (Generation 7, Water-type Pokemon)

 

Grubbin(Generation 7, Bug-type)

 

Hoothoot(Generation 2, owl-like Pokemon Normal/Flying-type)

 

Zweilous(Generation 5, Dark/Dragon-type)

 

Flygon(Generation 3, Ground/Dragon-type)

 

Braviary(Generation 5, Normal/Flying-type)

 

Lucario(Generation 4, Fighting/Steel-type)

 

Tyranitar(Generation 2, Rock/Dark-type)

 

Munchax(Generation 4, Normal type) 

 

Scorbunny(Generation 8, Fire-type)

 

Sobble(Generation 8, Water-type)

 

Grookey(Generation 8, Grass-type)

Until now, there’s still no exact date for the release of Pokémon Shield and Pokémon Sword. The only thing we know about their launch is that it will happen “late on 2019”, but if you want to know more, subscribe to our blog to get daily news of your favorite games.

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‘Fortnite’ Season 8 Is Here Adding the Volcano, Lava, Party Assist, New LTMs, New Weapons, an All New Battle Pass for Season 8, and More

Fortnite (Free) finally got controller support on iOS and Android with Patch 7.30 and even allowed for 60fps gameplay on a few Android devices. Patch 7.40 brought back gifting and let you earn the Season 8 Battle Pass for free. Today, Season 8 arrives nearly 3 months after Season 7 arrived and it brings a lot. Watch the Season 8 cinematic trailer below:

Season 8 sees a huge volcano appear. Pirates, Ninjas, new fighters, and more are here with new legendary loot and weapons. Lazy Lagoon and Sunny Steps are new locations you can reach with the volcanic vents on the map. Party Assist is new with this patch and it lets you ipck a daily or weekly challenge to get help from friends for completion. When it comes to Weapons, the Pirate Cannon lets you launch yourself or a cannonball to destroy enemy locations or structures.

Lava is new to the map and it damages you with 1 damage per touch. Volcanic Vents boost players and vehicles into the sky. This Season begins with the 50V50 and Close Encounters LTMs. The new Battle Pass has over 100 new exclusive rewards and the Pass still costs 950 V-bucks. Purchasing it nets you the Blackheart and Hybrid progressive outfits instantly. Watch the Season 8 Battle Pass trailer below:

If you do play Fortnite, we have a dedicated channel in our Discord. Make sure to join our Discord channel here to squad up and get some Victory Royales. If you play only on Nintendo Switch, you can now play with PS4 gamers as well thanks to Sony finally allowing true cross play. If you’re curious about which Android devices can run Fortnite at 60fps, read this. The big update will be a larger than usual download and it has started rolling out across all platforms. What do you think of Season 8’s changes?

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/28/fortnite-season-8-battle-pass-map-changes-skins-cosmetics-and-more-lava-volcano/…

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