News by Numbers - September 25th 2017

By Nick Vigdahl 25 Sep 2017 1

Welcome to this week's edition of News by Numbers, where we highlight some of the can't-miss mobile gaming news each and every week.

ENYO: version 1.03

Hook-and-shield roguelike ENYO, by the unstoppable TinyTouchTales, just had an update that fixed a bunch of bugs. Nothing too exciting, though of course it is always good when a developer supports their game. More exciting is a content update in the works that will bring new enemies to take down and a new game mode to master.

Minecraft: version 1.2, Better Together

Cross-platform play has arrived for mega-hit Minecraft. Now you can play with up to eight players using Windows 10 PCs, Android, iOS, Xbox One, and virtual reality platforms. Microsoft has made some huge multiplayer servers ready for this "Better Together" update including a server browser on which you can socialize with millions of other Minecraftians. The update also brings new in-game items like fireworks and jukeboxes, new world starting options, and new more.

Hearthstone: 5 card changes

Version 9.1 is live for CCG heavyweight Hearthstone with five card nerfs with which to contend, including some of the most-played cards from the evergreen Classic card set.

  • Innervate now reads: Gain 1 Mana Crystal this turn only. (Down from 2)
  • Fiery War Axe now costs 3 mana. (Up from 2)
  • Hex now costs 4 mana. (Up from 3) 
  • Murloc Warleader now reads: Your other Murlocs have +2 Attack. (Down from +2 Attack, +1 Health)
  • Spreading Plague now costs 6 mana. (Up from 5) 

2K Mobile Titles: 64 bit status

As of last week iOS 11 is out of beta and into the wild which means the end-of-life for all of those 32-bit apps, for anybody that updates that is. 2K Mobile released this summary of which of their games will work, which will go away, and which they intend to rescue in the not-too-distant future. The biggest name we're saying goodbye to is Sid Meier's Pirates, which is a real bummer. It was easily the best pirating game I've played on any platform. A couple other big names are getting updates: XCOM: Enemy Within has already been updated and is safe on iOS 11 and Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 has been pulled but will be back at a later date.

Reigns: 500,000 Google Play downloads

Indie game legend Reigns just keeps chugging through the popularity milestones. Last week it surpassed half-a-million downloads on the Google Play Store alone. Will this popularity extend into a big splash for Reigns: Her Majesty when it releases later this year?

That's all for this week's news round-up - have a great week, and happy gaming!

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