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App News: Goblins vs. Gnomes Goes Live and Hiccups, Suburbia Update On the Way, Heroes of Might & Magic Coming to Tablets and more...

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Hearthstone Expansion Goblins vs. Gnomes Goes Live
As we mentioned last week, yesterday saw the release of 120+ card expansion Goblins vs. Gnomes for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. As is typical for releases from Blizzard Entertainment, the launch did not go as smoothly as planned.

While most people were able to log in and buy new packs in the early afternoon, by twilight the game had completely shut down not allowing people to log in at all to play. Eventually the login problems were fixed, but the Store was closed and new packs were unavailable for purchase. I'm not totally sure when it all got sorted out, but I know I checked in around midnight CST and found the game playable and new GvG packs ready for purchase. I even watched a certain somebody from Playdek lose an Arena match in spectator mode, which is pretty spectacular, by the way. ninja

Anyway, you can pick up Hearthstone for iPad here and on Battle.net for PC and Mac here. If you're playing on the PC/Mac there is a new option for buying packs, too: 60 packs for $70. What a deal! Actually, you're saving $0.08 per pack if you head that route, so why not buy a couple of them!



Suburbia Update Incoming
Suburbia is one of those board game ports that works fantastic on a tablet, but it shipped with a couple rough edges. A lot of those were smoothed out via updates, but the game hasn't seen an update since last March.

That's about to change. Developer Jeremiah Maher is currently working on a new update that should make Suburbia fans awfully happy.

I could try and paraphrase everything in the update, but I'll just let Jeremiah tell you himself:

Jeremiah Maher wrote:
The update will have a number of small bug fixes and enhancements, but the focus is on several major new features. First, we are adding a Player Statistics screen, so users can see stats like wins, losses, win percentage, high and low scores, etc. Second, we are moving the Rules and Tutorial to a new Reference screen. We've revised and shortened the Rules, giving the Tile Reference its own screen and adding a new Goal Reference screen.

For fans of the Single Player Campaign, we're adding two new cities, continuing our theme of gaming convention sites, by adding Seattle and Boston, home to the PAX festivals. Seattle will be unlocked by default, and beating it will unlock Boston.

We're also making some changes to improve the Online Multiplayer experience. Before, the list of In Progress games had rather vague information, making it difficult to tell which game was which. Now, if available, Round number, player names, and date Created will all be shown. In addition, we've added a new button to go straight to the In Progress games list after your turn in an Online Multiplayer game, which should make it easier to navigate between multiple online games.

The game will require at least iOS6 and will, hopefully, hit the iOS version before the App Store shutdown in late December. The Android version of Suburbia will see the update a bit later, in early 2015.

You can pick up Suburbia for iPad here and Android here. It will cost you $5 on iOS and $4 on Android.



Heroes of Might and Magic 3 Heading to PC, Tablets
If you were playing PC games back in the 90's, then the Heroes of Might and Magic series probably has a special place in your gaming heart. Particularly the classic Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia which was probably the pinnacle of the series (I, for some reason, preferred HoMM2, but 3 was pretty spectacular too)

Today Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. (Ubisoft) announced that it has revamped HoMM3 with HD graphics and is launching it onto PC as well as iPad and Android tablets in January! It appears to be the same great game, but the graphics have been improved to allows for widescreen aspect ratios on PC. The iPad version looks pretty spiffy, too, though.

It will have a campaign, but anyone who's played the HoMM games knows that the real fun is in the skirmish mode. This version doesn't fail there, with 48 different skirmish maps. It will only have local multiplayer, so I'm guessing that means hotseat or pass-and-play.

Look for HoMM3 to hit PC and tablets on January 29, 2015.





Slitherine Releases Frontline: The Longest Day
Because Slitherine Ltd. can't go a week without releasing a new game, today we have Frontline: The Longest Day hitting PC, iOS and Android devices.

Frontline: The Longest Day is a game about an astronaut that experiences time dilation as he travels near the speed of light. Wait, I've just been handed a note that says that's not correct. It's actually about the D-Day invasions of Europe in 1944. I was close.

You can pick it up for iOS Universal here and for Android devices here. Both of those will cost you $3.

You can also nab it on Steam for PC here for $4. It's currently on sale on Steam, so if you want it there, don't wait too long to pick it up.




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