As promised, Rome: Total War -- Alexander has been launched to the App Store for the iPad. This is the third and final entry into the Total War series. Alexander takes place as the famous emperor "ascends the Macedonian throne and embarks upon an audacious campaign to conquer the all-powerful Persian Empire," according to the official App Store description. You do not need to first two Total War titles to enjoy Alexander, but its probably a lot more fun if you played at least the original.
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WWE Tap Mania is a new clicker released by SEGA. Clickers are all about simple nonstop controls and unlocking new characters, and Tap Mania does not disappoint. It features tons of current WWE superstars and past legends, including The Rock, John Cena, Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Charlotte, The Miz, Randy Orton, Sasha Banks, Dean Ambrose, Eddie Guerrero, Ultimate Warrior, and many more. The game is availble for free on the Apple App Store.
Blizzard this week released a Midsummer Frost Festival for Hearthstone. The Frost Lord has replaced Ragnaros' Midsummer Fire Festival with a new tournament where you can earn Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion packs. You won't be able to open the packs until August when the expansion is officially released, but it is a fun way to earn the new cards early. You can read more about the Midsummer Frost Festival on Blizzard's official blog, or check out the video posted above.
Capcom released Street Fighter IV Champion Edition to the App Store this week. Champion Edition is basically the upgrade to Street Fighter Volt fans were asking for. It includes wide screen support for tablets and the larger iPhone models, 3 new characters for a total of 25, higher resolution graphics and a multiplayer option.
Street Fighter IV Champion Edition is available for $4.99 on the App Store.
Blizzard announced on Thursday that Knights of the Frozen Throne will be the next Hearthstone expansion. Frozen Throne will include 135 new cards including nine new legendary Hero Cards that transform players into fearsome Death Knights.
"In Knights of the Frozen Throne, players storm Icecrown Citadel, the Lich King’s frozen fortress, in pursuit of the forbidden might of runic magic. Rumor has it the Lich King seeks champions to imbue with the icy essence of undeath: players will soon receive his favor in the form of nine new legendary Hero Cards that, when played, transform Hearthstone’s heroes into fearsome Death Knights, granting frost-rimed armor and modified powers."
Futurama is the television series that won't die. The gang from Planet Express has found new life on the Apple App Store with a new mobile game from TinyCo. Worlds of Tomorrow is a building title that features an all-new story by series creator Matt Groening and executive producer David X. Cohen. The game was written by original series writers and it stars the original voice cast. Futurama fans will definitely want to check out Worlds of Tomorrow, available for free on the App Store.
SEGA has begun releasing classic Genesis and Dreamcast titles to the App Store under its new SEGA Forever banner. The initial launch includes three titles that have already been ported to iOS in the past. All the games are free-to-play with the option to remove ads for $1.99. So far the user reviews have been mixed while Touch Arcade says the launch has been a total disaster.
Sony announced PlayLink for the PlayStation 4 at E3 this week. The new app allows users to play games on their console by using the touchscreen of their iOS device. Sony previewed a few upcoming PlayLink titles that will be availble at launch. Check out the descriptions and trailers below.
PlayLink will be available for free on both the App Store and Google Play on July 4th.
The creators of the popular Scrabble-like Words with Friends have teamed up with People Magazine to launch Crosswords With Friends, although you can't really play head-to-head against your friends. The free-to-play app offers a daily crossword puzzle written by "industry experts." Each daily puzzle has a specific fun pop-culture theme with hints and tips for when you get stuck. Crosswords With Friends is available for free on the Apple App Store.
A game about cultivating cannabis isn't something one would expect to pop up on the Apple App Store, but it has in the form of a resource management title called, Wiz Khalifa's Weed Farm. In the game, Khalifa teaches you how to "plant, grow, and harvest the finest herb on earth" in a post-prohibition world. Players can tap and swipe to grow different strains of cannabis and invest their resources to grow their weed empire. Khalifa's Weed Farm has earned a solid 5-star App Store rating since its launch. The game is available for free for all devices running iOS 7.0 or later.
The popular desktop game Age Of War 2 is now available for iOS devices. Age of War is a side-scrolling, tower defense title where you progress through different times in history. The sequel includes 2 additional ages than the original, and it the first title in the series to include female characters. In the game players must defend their home base by training different characters based on the current age.
Age of War 2 features seven different stages of war including new Spartan and Egyptian ages, and 29 unit types from cavemen to cyborgs. The iOS version also includes 4 difficulty modes with plenty of achievements and challenges. Age of War 2 is available for free now on the Apple App Store.