‘Dice Brawl: Captain’s League’ Launching Next Tuesday and Up for Pre-Order Now, Here’s a Sneak Peek

Idiocracy, Inc’s Dice Brawl: Captain’s League is coming next week to iOS. This colorful free to play game is a swashbuckling adventure with some throwback art that is aiming to distinguish itself from some hefty competition. Dice Brawl is a 1v1 pvp game where you face off against a similarly experienced opponent in a pirate duel. You will construct and destroy buildings, cross swords with boss mobs as well as your opponent, and use a deck of cards to sway the fight in your favor. As you progress in your career, you will unlock new cards and gain resources to upgrade your current cards. If you are familiar with Clash Royale [Free], you basically already know how the card and deck system works. If you are not familiar with Clash Royale, welcome to 2018 and this is a mobile video game website, TouchArcade.

Whether you want to talk about Clash Royale’s mass appeal, earnings, or involvement in eSports, there is always something going on with this mobile juggernaut. When it comes to games you may want to emulate, it’s hard to find a game that brings the gacha income and competitive gravitas like Supercell’s successful follow up on their Clash of Clans universe. Make no mistake, Dice Brawl‘s deck management and acquisition system is very strictly modelled after Clash Royale and is definitely hoping to capitalize on the familiarity of that system. Where Dice Brawl is hoping to inject some originality is in the gameplay experience. Instead of a real time strategy-like environment with cards that go back into your hand after being used, Dice Brawl has a finite number of card uses and you’ll be duking it out on a game board moving and fighting at the whim of dice rolls.

We’ll have a review out for Dice Brawl once it releases but in the meantime this is a game that definitely warrants keeping an eye on. The pirate theme, art style that is vaguely reminiscent of Dragon’s Lair, and boardgame like gameplay are key points that we think will help this game escape the large shadow cast by the genre’s founder and predecessor. You can currently pre-order Dice Brawl by clicking this link on an iOS 11 device, if that’s a thing you want to do, otherwise look for the full release next Tuesday, February 20th.

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Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: ‘Death Squared’, ‘Florence’, ‘Dice Brawl: Captain’s League’, ‘Purrfect Date’, and More

Hey it’s International Book Giving Day, which is a great way to unload all those old books you move from apartment to apartment while looking super generous at the same time! Once you’ve finished doing that, you can relax and play some of the new iOS games that have hit our forums this week. The biggest two releases are probably Death Squared and Florence (which we already reviewed). These initial roundup posts are getting a little weird because of the whole preorder thing, so make sure you check out full listing later in the evening where we catch all that stuff as it hits the App Store.

Here’s the latest new games that have hit our forums:

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‘Badland’ Developer Frogmind Soft-Launches New Physics-Based Battling Game ‘Badland Brawl’

Developer Frogmind released their first mobile game Badland [$ 0.99] back in the spring of 2013, and the ultra-stylish flappy cave flyer (which predated Flappy Bird, btw) went on to see some extreme success. We loved it in our initial review, it won an Apple Design Award a few months later at WWDC, and Apple even chose it as their iPad Game of the Year for 2013. Badland was also one of the most well-supported iOS games post-release, receiving near constant updates with new levels that culminated in a fully-featured level editor being added to the game in September of 2015.

Just a few months after that major update, Frogmind surprised everyone by releasing the sequel Badland 2 [$ 3.99]. We loved the sequel in our 5 star review and despite releasing so late in the year Badland 2 still managed to make our Best Games of 2015 list. Frogmind has continued to update both Badland games regularly ever since, but in September of last year a surprising twist developed when they announced that they had been acquired by Clash of Clans [Free] developer Supercell and going forward would only be releasing free to play titles, 3 of which were already in development. The company has been pretty quiet since then but today we can see the first fruits of their free to play focus as they’ve soft-launched their new game Badland Brawl in the Finnish App Store. Here’s the trailer.

As Frogmind themselves explain in their email to us today, “Badland Brawl is a fast physics-based PvP (1-vs-1) brawler, that takes place in the BADLAND universe, expanding it with dozens of new characters. Sling your clone units onto your opponent’s to fight them, build chain reactions with clever combos & timing, push units, pick them up, stick bombs onto them to get them to your opponent’s tower and bring it down before they can do it to you!” The multiplayer is in real-time, and one neat feature will be a built-in replay viewer which Frogmind is calling BadTube that will allow players to learn new tactics by watching others play. The most interesting thing about Badland Brawl to me personally is how they’re expanding on the original Badland universe with so many new characters while still retaining that stylish look of the original games. If you’re in Finland or have a Finnish iTunes account you can take Brawl Stars for an early spin with the link below and talk about it with other early players in our forums. As Frogmind stress tests their servers and other features of the game they’ll slowly begin rolling it out to more territories, and we’ll keep you up to date on how their progress is continuing.

Finnish App Store Link: Badland Brawl, Free (By Frogmind)

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‘Overwatch’ Halloween event brings back last year’s spooky brawl

Blizzard teased that its hero shooter Overwatch would get Halloween seasonal event last week, but didn't release any details. But now it's live, which brings back last year's spooky players-vs.-AI brawl mode with the standard slew of new character sk…
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How Brawl in Cell Block 99’s director ‘made it happen on the set’

Writer-director S. Craig Zahler seems to think it’s pretty funny that people don’t know how to categorize his new film, Brawl in Cell Block 99. “All these reviews say, ‘It’s hard to classify it between the grindhouse and the arthouse,’” he chuckles. And he’s right, it is. But that isn’t a problem. For people who love to see some sophistication in their cinematic mayhem, it’s a major thrill.

The film recently had its American premiere at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, alongside other hyper-violent, cult-oriented splatter films like Revenge and Blade of the Immortal. In some ways, Cell Block 99 is a classic exploitation film, about a drug dealer named Bradley (Vince Vaughan) brutalizing a horde of criminals to get to the man who kidnapped his…

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