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Before anyone gets mad, I want to warn you that this post has very little to do with mobile gaming. That said, it does involve one of the best mobile games on the App Store growing up, so I thought it worthy of a mention. The game is Auro: A Monster Bumping Adventure which was our Runner Up Word/Puzzle Game of 2015, even though it's neither a word nor puzzle game. It was a weird time. Don't ask. Today, designer extraordinaire Keith Burgun released the game for Windows on Steam, with a Mac and Linux version to follow. Hooray, Auro!

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Although it released in January, Crashlands is good enough that we've etched its name onto the Writers' Dungeon wall with an old spoon handle, lest we forget it around December when we're handing out awards. A mix of survival game and action-RPG whose fun comes not as much from surviving, but from exploring the strange and wonderful world created by Butterscotch Shenanigans.

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Several weeks ago I wrote a lengthy post about the games we played on the first day of my boardgaming vacation and if they would make for good mobile apps. A couple weeks later, I was outdone by Kelsey who extolled the virtues of GMT Games' fantastic Liberty or Death: The American Insurrection. Not only was his article better written than mine, it opened my eyes to how I should have done my board game reports from the beginning. Instead of 3500+ word treatises which give brief glimpses into several games, we should give each game its due in manageable, normal-length post bites! It all made perfect sense! Also, I'm too lazy to write another 3500+ word article, so it works out for everyone.

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Jozemite Apps is a small developer--one man--who just also happens to be a Pocket Tactics' reader. A few months back he sent me a link to a game he'd created called Chomp'd - How long can you last? I took a look at the iTunes page and kind of forgot about it. First of all, it's too cute for Pocket Tactics, secondly, it's free to download. "No thanks, Jozemite!" I said to myself while shaking my head and primping my self righteousness. Recently I received another message wondering if I had looked at the game and guilt set in. I can at least look at it, right? I downloaded it, expecting to delete it after a minute or two. Instead, after about five minutes I found myself purchasing the only IAP in the game, $1 to remove the ads. I was hooked.

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Kamisado is an abstract tabletop game released back in 2008 by Burley Games. It's also been published by HUCH! & Friends and has had several new releases over the years, the last coming in 2014. Until today, I'd never heard of it. That's more my fault than Kamisado's, however, as I tend to steer clear of games with the abstract label. If abstract gaming in your thing, I'm guessing you've at least heard of Kamisado, as it has racked up a number of awards and was even on the SdJ Recommended list back in 2010. If you haven't given it a try, now's your chance. HUCH! & Friends has recently released a digital port of Kamisado for both Android and iOS devices.

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It had been one of those slow weeks, without any terribly noteworthy new releases, and we were shuffling around in the writers’ dungeon at Mt. Hexmap, twiddling our thumbs and kicking the dust off of our shackles, when someone said “wait, aren’t there some good games coming out… later? Next week, or next month?”

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Last year CatRabbit released a digital version of the over-the-top tabletop wargame, Heroes of Normandie with the promise of a mobile version coming down the road. Since October, it's been fairly quiet regarding a mobile version of HoN, but on Friday the fine folks at Touch Arcade were able to corner the devs and snagged a release window of July 2016.

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Back in 2012 we thought Lock 'n Load's light, head-to-head tank battle game Tank on Tank was being developed by Playdek and would be on our iPads in 2014. We then promptly forgot about it because there's a small [rather large, actually -ed.] leak in the bucket we call our brain. Flash forward to this weekend when reader Trent Garner arrived with some towels and caulk, repaired the leak, and filled us in on the fact that there's a digital version of Tank on Tank in the works, and it's coming to PC/Mac soon with iPad to follow shortly thereafter.

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Over at our sister site, The Wargamer, Alex has been regaling us with the wonder that is the upcoming Battlefleet Gothic: Armada for PC. Based on a tabletop miniatures game from the 90's and set firmly within the much frequented Warhammer 40K world, the game pits gigantic battleships in endless war against the backdrop of space. Armada looks simply amazing and is set for a PC release on April 24. Kind of sucks for us mobile gamers, but Grand Cauldron has our backs. They're coming out with a mobile version of Battlefleet Gothic, subtitled Leviathan, and it looks like we're in good hands.

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When Hearthstone has an expansion on the horizon, everyone knows about it. It's merits are debated even before any cards are revealed, and then Blizzard has the sense to trickle out new cards as the release date nears, creating even a bigger frenzy. Maybe Magic is big enough that Wizards of the Coast doesn't need to do that as I tend to learn about expansions to Magic Duels only days after they release and only because I notice the app needs an update on my iPad. Case in point, on Wednesday WotC unleashed a massive expansion for Magic Duels, Shadows Over Innstrad, and I just found out about it due to an iPad notification.

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