Mobile Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Mobile RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Telltale Announces Release Date for The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 5 https://www.gameskinny.com/vxzkv/telltale-announces-release-date-for-the-walking-dead-a-new-frontier-episode-5 https://www.gameskinny.com/vxzkv/telltale-announces-release-date-for-the-walking-dead-a-new-frontier-episode-5 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/55b000d1b7a11c8642fbf401e4eb2e86.jpg vxzkv/telltale-announces-release-date-for-the-walking-dead-a-new-frontier-episode-5 Wed, 24 May 2017 18:44:11 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

Episode 5 of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: A New Frontier has received a release date: May 30. Fans of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead will be able to play the episode on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, as well as iOS and Android devices. 

Players will get to see the results of Javier's choices in what will be "Telltale's most tailored episode to date," as stated in a recent release by the developer. Telltale went on to say that many of the characters will be pushed to their breaking points as crisis encompasses Richmond. 

"From the Gallows" will round out a season that has seen Javier battle heartache and pain over five episodes. And Telltale promises a big payoff for those that have been following the series since Episode 1, which released last December. 

For those that purchased the season pass of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, the season finale will automatically download when it releases on May 30. 

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Telltale Announces Release Date for The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 5 https://www.gameskinny.com/vxzkv/telltale-announces-release-date-for-the-walking-dead-a-new-frontier-episode-5 https://www.gameskinny.com/vxzkv/telltale-announces-release-date-for-the-walking-dead-a-new-frontier-episode-5 https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/55b000d1b7a11c8642fbf401e4eb2e86.jpg vxzkv/telltale-announces-release-date-for-the-walking-dead-a-new-frontier-episode-5 Wed, 24 May 2017 18:44:11 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

Episode 5 of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: A New Frontier has received a release date: May 30. Fans of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead will be able to play the episode on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, as well as iOS and Android devices. 

Players will get to see the results of Javier's choices in what will be "Telltale's most tailored episode to date," as stated in a recent release by the developer. Telltale went on to say that many of the characters will be pushed to their breaking points as crisis encompasses Richmond. 

"From the Gallows" will round out a season that has seen Javier battle heartache and pain over five episodes. And Telltale promises a big payoff for those that have been following the series since Episode 1, which released last December. 

For those that purchased the season pass of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, the season finale will automatically download when it releases on May 30. 

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7 Best Mobile Roguelikes You Can Play Right Now https://www.gameskinny.com/pcisf/7-best-mobile-roguelikes-you-can-play-right-now https://www.gameskinny.com/pcisf/7-best-mobile-roguelikes-you-can-play-right-now https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/i/n/binding-isaac-wallpaperkid221-d5ovlnt-640x360-d3284.jpg pcisf/7-best-mobile-roguelikes-you-can-play-right-now Wed, 24 May 2017 18:26:22 -0400 Erroll Maas

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Some roguelikes have a difficult learning curve, while others are easy to learn but hard to master. Those seen on this list all have their similarities and differences, but are all roguelike games at their core. 

\n

While playing these games on other devices would probably prove to be beneficial, having these games available on mobile devices gives players an alternative option to their console counterparts. No matter which one mobile gamers are most interested in, hopefully, they'll be able to provide an enjoyable experience.

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Ananias

\n

Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: $4.99

\n

Ananias is a game that released in February and was developed by Slashware S.A.S.

\n

In Ananias, players explore five different worlds and engage in turn-based combat by choosing one of eight different player classes -- with four "Legendary" classes added in the Fellowship Edition. Each class has been designed with their own playing style, with some being more combat oriented and others using magic spells from four separate types of magic. As players progress, they will encounter various monsters that can be recruited by using certain spells. 

\n

In the story of Ananias, an evil serpent named Kramora has been released from the underworld. The last hope to defeat it is a hidden magic ring that holds the power of the ancient king, Ananias, which the player will be searching for as long as they can survive the dangers that await them.

\n

The art style of Ananias isn't quite exactly pixel art, but is similar to certain computer games of the late 80's, such as Drakkhen.

\n

Ananias is a great choice for any mobile gamer or roguelike fan who wants a good nostalgia kick from the computer games of the past.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/7b673119a7203d4ee72933960af07f68.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/7b673119a7203d4ee72933960af07f68.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10939","description":"

Sproggiwood

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Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: $4.99

\n

Developed by Freehold Games and released in 2014, Sproggiwood breaks the roguelike genre down to its core parts: six different unlockable customizable character classes -- Farmer, Warrior, Archer, Thief, Wizard, and Vampire -- plenty of items and weapons to collect, and procedurally generate dungeons with monsters and traps that combine to provide distinct tactical challenges. Each dungeon dive follows the heroic rise of one adventurer from your civilization. Journey through teeming forests, haunted swamps, teetering cliffs, and glacial mazes to uncover your civilization's whole story. *A wondrous and humorous setting inspired by Finnish mythology

\n

Each dungeon dive follows the heroic rise of one adventurer from your civilization. Journey through teeming forests, haunted swamps, teetering cliffs, and glacial mazes to uncover your civilization's whole story. 

\n

In Sproggiwood, players start out as a simple farmer from an island known as Clog. The player character is then led through a strange portal by a talking sheep. The character then becomes a prisoner of Sproggi, and the rest is history from there.

\n

The art style of Sproggiwood is much unique when compared to many other roguelikes, which helps it stand out amongst the rest. It's hard to explain without use of the word "adorable," but just play the game and you'll see what I mean. 

\n

Sproggiwood is a charming and humorous roguelike that should be recommended to any mobile gamers interested in the genre.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/2e16bd748944bce0b27406df0de3a440.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/2e16bd748944bce0b27406df0de3a440.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10938","description":"

Tallowmere

\n

Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: $0.99

\n

Tallowmere was developed by Chris Mcfarland and released in 2015. It is unique in that it's one of the few sidescrolling roguelikes available on mobile devices.

\n

In Tallowmere, one of the player's most important weapons is his or her shield, which they can raise to block enemy attacks or lower to strike foes when the timing is right. The player will also collect weapons, outfits, headgear, and more powerful shields as they search for the key to the next room. As with most Souls inspired games, souls from defeated enemies allow the player to increase their character's stats and abilities.

\n

The player will also collect weapons, outfits, headgear, and more powerful shields as they search for the key to the next room. As with most Souls inspired games, souls from defeated enemies allow the player to increase their character's stats and abilities.

\n

Tallowmere's art style is unique: characters are drawn in a pixelated format, while backgrounds and set pieces are rendered in a three-dimensional style, which helps make it easier to distinguish enemies and items.

\n

Tallowmere would be a great game for any Souls series fans who want to try playing a roguelike on their mobile device. The story of Tallowmere is minimal, but one of survival. How far can you make it through Lady Tallowmere's dungeons? 

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/176febe19cae24ad913084e098e9e131.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/176febe19cae24ad913084e098e9e131.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10937","description":"

Wayward Souls

\n

Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: $6.99

\n

In Wayward Souls, players choose one of six different characters -- Warrior, Mage, Rogue, Adventurer, Spellsword, and Cultist -- who all have their own unique playstyles, abilities, and equipment. Each character can also find equipment that will change or enhance their playstyles. On top of that, players will journey through 13 different area types, each with a variety of different enemies, traps, and rare encounters, which can kill them and steal all their items if they're not careful. 

\n

The bosses and overarching story of Wayward Souls are the same for all six characters. The tower featured in the game has been cursed after its residents stumbled across evil magical relics. But as the overall story is the same for each character, each of the six characters has their own separate story as well. These are unveiled through text interludes between sections and scripted encounters.

\n

The art style is inspired by games like Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger and adds a bit of charm to this otherwise standard roguelike. Wayward Souls would be a good pick for any mobile gamer who enjoys Super Nintendo-era RPG graphics and a variety of different gameplay styles.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/510fb235429a559a5a69318f839e056e.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/510fb235429a559a5a69318f839e056e.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10936","description":"

Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition

\n

Platforms: iOS
Price: $4.99

\n

Crypt of the NecroDancer -- a game developed by Brace Yourself Games and released in 2016 -- is perhaps the most unique game on this list. In it, players move their character to music -- either with the game's original soundtrack or their own iTunes library. 

\n

Unlike traditional roguelikes, the player can only move or attack when they execute an action to the beat of the music. As with most rhythm games, each successful movement boosts a coin-scoring multiplier. If the player fails to match the beat, they will not be directly harmed in most situations, but the scoring multiplier will be reset and the character may be harmed by a nearby monster if they are in their attack path. When (or if) the character's health meter depletes, the game ends.

\n

In addition to various temporary items that are lost upon player death, there are permanent character ability enhancements that can be purchased in the game's lobby. 

\n

Crypt of the NecroDancer also has quite a story, which adds to the game's replay value, and due to its ability to play and utilize music from the players iTunes library, it's addicting gameplay, and it's Super Nintendo RPG isometric graphics, players should have a ton of fun jamming to this game.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/565472df411f183d4f523cc4405debf6.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/565472df411f183d4f523cc4405debf6.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10935","description":"

Pixel Dungeon

\n

Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: Free

\n

In this 2015 game developed by Watabou, players explore the eponymous area as one of four classes -- Warrior, Mage, Rogue, and Huntress, -- to collect various items and fight formidable foes while hoping to find the Amulet of Yendor. As with most roguelikes, permadeath is a key feature in this game, and when players die, they lose all of the items gained from their past run.

\n

Pixel Dungeon has a bit of a story, mostly provided through text summaries given before each stage, which range from dungeons and caves to even a dwarven metropolis. But overall, the story elements in this roguelike are light. 

\n

The art style of Pixel Dungeon is generic pixel art -- which doesn't make it stand out much -- but players should be having such an enjoyable time with the gameplay that the art style will be nothing but an afterthought.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/1148a75f4b59a8be8788ffeecf8d4d6c.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/1148a75f4b59a8be8788ffeecf8d4d6c.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10934","description":"

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

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Platforms: iOS
Price: $14.99

\n

From the creator of Super Meat Boy comes the Legend of Zelda- inspired nightmare fuel known as The Binding of Isaac. An RPG shooter roguelike with some truly grotesque imagery and controversial anti-religious themes, The Binding of Isaac is a great game overall.

In The Binding of Isaac, the player takes the role of the titular character as he journeys through various dungeons and faces the horrors that await him. Certain items can change Isaac’s form and give him powerful abilities, while most items gained will be lost once the player is killed.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is an enhanced remake with a new game engine, all-new hand-drawn pixel style artwork, an all-new soundtrack, and plenty of revamped enhancements. Offering more 500 hours of gameplay, this game would be hard for any mobile gamer to put down.

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/i/n/binding-isaac-wallpaperkid221-d5ovlnt-640x360-d3284.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/i/n/binding-isaac-wallpaperkid221-d5ovlnt-640x360-d3284.jpg","type":"slide","id":"159203","description":"

Roguelikes are growing in popularity. From games like Enter the Gungeon to recent sidescrollers like Flinthook, the number of roguelike games releasing each year is seemingly infinite. Predicated on journeying through procedurally generated levels that predominantly showcase tile-based graphics, Roguelikes have carved a niche for themselves, especially with players that take permadeath seriously. 

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There are a handful of roguelikes on each console, but most seem to start on the PC before moving over. Once these games gain good enough reception, they're typically ported to consoles or mobile devices. 

\n

And although your Android or iPhone may not be the best device on which to play roguelikes, there are tons of great games that exploit those devices' best features. So if you're a heavy mobile gamer and would like to take a chance at playing some truly punishing roguelike games, here are 7 great entries you can choose from right now. 

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7 Best Mobile Roguelikes You Can Play Right Now https://www.gameskinny.com/pcisf/7-best-mobile-roguelikes-you-can-play-right-now https://www.gameskinny.com/pcisf/7-best-mobile-roguelikes-you-can-play-right-now https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/i/n/binding-isaac-wallpaperkid221-d5ovlnt-640x360-d3284.jpg pcisf/7-best-mobile-roguelikes-you-can-play-right-now Wed, 24 May 2017 18:26:22 -0400 Erroll Maas

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Some roguelikes have a difficult learning curve, while others are easy to learn but hard to master. Those seen on this list all have their similarities and differences, but are all roguelike games at their core. 

\n

While playing these games on other devices would probably prove to be beneficial, having these games available on mobile devices gives players an alternative option to their console counterparts. No matter which one mobile gamers are most interested in, hopefully, they'll be able to provide an enjoyable experience.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ffcaac7bcdcacb7ee94fbe2ae2487454.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ffcaac7bcdcacb7ee94fbe2ae2487454.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10940","description":"

Ananias

\n

Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: $4.99

\n

Ananias is a game that released in February and was developed by Slashware S.A.S.

\n

In Ananias, players explore five different worlds and engage in turn-based combat by choosing one of eight different player classes -- with four "Legendary" classes added in the Fellowship Edition. Each class has been designed with their own playing style, with some being more combat oriented and others using magic spells from four separate types of magic. As players progress, they will encounter various monsters that can be recruited by using certain spells. 

\n

In the story of Ananias, an evil serpent named Kramora has been released from the underworld. The last hope to defeat it is a hidden magic ring that holds the power of the ancient king, Ananias, which the player will be searching for as long as they can survive the dangers that await them.

\n

The art style of Ananias isn't quite exactly pixel art, but is similar to certain computer games of the late 80's, such as Drakkhen.

\n

Ananias is a great choice for any mobile gamer or roguelike fan who wants a good nostalgia kick from the computer games of the past.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/7b673119a7203d4ee72933960af07f68.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/7b673119a7203d4ee72933960af07f68.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10939","description":"

Sproggiwood

\n

Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: $4.99

\n

Developed by Freehold Games and released in 2014, Sproggiwood breaks the roguelike genre down to its core parts: six different unlockable customizable character classes -- Farmer, Warrior, Archer, Thief, Wizard, and Vampire -- plenty of items and weapons to collect, and procedurally generate dungeons with monsters and traps that combine to provide distinct tactical challenges. Each dungeon dive follows the heroic rise of one adventurer from your civilization. Journey through teeming forests, haunted swamps, teetering cliffs, and glacial mazes to uncover your civilization's whole story. *A wondrous and humorous setting inspired by Finnish mythology

\n

Each dungeon dive follows the heroic rise of one adventurer from your civilization. Journey through teeming forests, haunted swamps, teetering cliffs, and glacial mazes to uncover your civilization's whole story. 

\n

In Sproggiwood, players start out as a simple farmer from an island known as Clog. The player character is then led through a strange portal by a talking sheep. The character then becomes a prisoner of Sproggi, and the rest is history from there.

\n

The art style of Sproggiwood is much unique when compared to many other roguelikes, which helps it stand out amongst the rest. It's hard to explain without use of the word "adorable," but just play the game and you'll see what I mean. 

\n

Sproggiwood is a charming and humorous roguelike that should be recommended to any mobile gamers interested in the genre.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/2e16bd748944bce0b27406df0de3a440.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/2e16bd748944bce0b27406df0de3a440.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10938","description":"

Tallowmere

\n

Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: $0.99

\n

Tallowmere was developed by Chris Mcfarland and released in 2015. It is unique in that it's one of the few sidescrolling roguelikes available on mobile devices.

\n

In Tallowmere, one of the player's most important weapons is his or her shield, which they can raise to block enemy attacks or lower to strike foes when the timing is right. The player will also collect weapons, outfits, headgear, and more powerful shields as they search for the key to the next room. As with most Souls inspired games, souls from defeated enemies allow the player to increase their character's stats and abilities.

\n

The player will also collect weapons, outfits, headgear, and more powerful shields as they search for the key to the next room. As with most Souls inspired games, souls from defeated enemies allow the player to increase their character's stats and abilities.

\n

Tallowmere's art style is unique: characters are drawn in a pixelated format, while backgrounds and set pieces are rendered in a three-dimensional style, which helps make it easier to distinguish enemies and items.

\n

Tallowmere would be a great game for any Souls series fans who want to try playing a roguelike on their mobile device. The story of Tallowmere is minimal, but one of survival. How far can you make it through Lady Tallowmere's dungeons? 

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/176febe19cae24ad913084e098e9e131.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/176febe19cae24ad913084e098e9e131.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10937","description":"

Wayward Souls

\n

Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: $6.99

\n

In Wayward Souls, players choose one of six different characters -- Warrior, Mage, Rogue, Adventurer, Spellsword, and Cultist -- who all have their own unique playstyles, abilities, and equipment. Each character can also find equipment that will change or enhance their playstyles. On top of that, players will journey through 13 different area types, each with a variety of different enemies, traps, and rare encounters, which can kill them and steal all their items if they're not careful. 

\n

The bosses and overarching story of Wayward Souls are the same for all six characters. The tower featured in the game has been cursed after its residents stumbled across evil magical relics. But as the overall story is the same for each character, each of the six characters has their own separate story as well. These are unveiled through text interludes between sections and scripted encounters.

\n

The art style is inspired by games like Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger and adds a bit of charm to this otherwise standard roguelike. Wayward Souls would be a good pick for any mobile gamer who enjoys Super Nintendo-era RPG graphics and a variety of different gameplay styles.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/510fb235429a559a5a69318f839e056e.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/510fb235429a559a5a69318f839e056e.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10936","description":"

Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition

\n

Platforms: iOS
Price: $4.99

\n

Crypt of the NecroDancer -- a game developed by Brace Yourself Games and released in 2016 -- is perhaps the most unique game on this list. In it, players move their character to music -- either with the game's original soundtrack or their own iTunes library. 

\n

Unlike traditional roguelikes, the player can only move or attack when they execute an action to the beat of the music. As with most rhythm games, each successful movement boosts a coin-scoring multiplier. If the player fails to match the beat, they will not be directly harmed in most situations, but the scoring multiplier will be reset and the character may be harmed by a nearby monster if they are in their attack path. When (or if) the character's health meter depletes, the game ends.

\n

In addition to various temporary items that are lost upon player death, there are permanent character ability enhancements that can be purchased in the game's lobby. 

\n

Crypt of the NecroDancer also has quite a story, which adds to the game's replay value, and due to its ability to play and utilize music from the players iTunes library, it's addicting gameplay, and it's Super Nintendo RPG isometric graphics, players should have a ton of fun jamming to this game.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/565472df411f183d4f523cc4405debf6.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/565472df411f183d4f523cc4405debf6.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10935","description":"

Pixel Dungeon

\n

Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: Free

\n

In this 2015 game developed by Watabou, players explore the eponymous area as one of four classes -- Warrior, Mage, Rogue, and Huntress, -- to collect various items and fight formidable foes while hoping to find the Amulet of Yendor. As with most roguelikes, permadeath is a key feature in this game, and when players die, they lose all of the items gained from their past run.

\n

Pixel Dungeon has a bit of a story, mostly provided through text summaries given before each stage, which range from dungeons and caves to even a dwarven metropolis. But overall, the story elements in this roguelike are light. 

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The art style of Pixel Dungeon is generic pixel art -- which doesn't make it stand out much -- but players should be having such an enjoyable time with the gameplay that the art style will be nothing but an afterthought.

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

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Platforms: iOS
Price: $14.99

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From the creator of Super Meat Boy comes the Legend of Zelda- inspired nightmare fuel known as The Binding of Isaac. An RPG shooter roguelike with some truly grotesque imagery and controversial anti-religious themes, The Binding of Isaac is a great game overall.

In The Binding of Isaac, the player takes the role of the titular character as he journeys through various dungeons and faces the horrors that await him. Certain items can change Isaac’s form and give him powerful abilities, while most items gained will be lost once the player is killed.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is an enhanced remake with a new game engine, all-new hand-drawn pixel style artwork, an all-new soundtrack, and plenty of revamped enhancements. Offering more 500 hours of gameplay, this game would be hard for any mobile gamer to put down.

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Roguelikes are growing in popularity. From games like Enter the Gungeon to recent sidescrollers like Flinthook, the number of roguelike games releasing each year is seemingly infinite. Predicated on journeying through procedurally generated levels that predominantly showcase tile-based graphics, Roguelikes have carved a niche for themselves, especially with players that take permadeath seriously. 

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There are a handful of roguelikes on each console, but most seem to start on the PC before moving over. Once these games gain good enough reception, they're typically ported to consoles or mobile devices. 

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And although your Android or iPhone may not be the best device on which to play roguelikes, there are tons of great games that exploit those devices' best features. So if you're a heavy mobile gamer and would like to take a chance at playing some truly punishing roguelike games, here are 7 great entries you can choose from right now. 

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Injustice 2 Roster List with Stats https://www.gameskinny.com/ybqoh/injustice-2-roster-list-with-stats https://www.gameskinny.com/ybqoh/injustice-2-roster-list-with-stats https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/o/s/roster-head-5c033.png ybqoh/injustice-2-roster-list-with-stats Tue, 23 May 2017 15:38:52 -0400 Tobbpitt

The Injustice 2 roster is expansive, currently with 29 unique playable characters and seven Premier Skins to choose from. Want to out-gadget your opponents with Batman or whip your opponents into shape with Swamp Thing? You can certainly do that, plus a lot more.

Out of the current roster, 13 are from the Injustice: Gods Among Us and 16 are completely new to the series. This huge roster helps Injustice 2 feel completely fresh, and the Premier Skins definitely help change things up.

The roster list below is sorted alphabetically along with each character's stats. Characters that were present in the first game have an asterisk (*) next to their names.

Three characters have already been announced for Fighter Pack 1 DLC. These are Starfire, Red Hood, and Sub-Zero. Their stats will be added once they are released, but for now, they are listed here with no stats.

Aquaman*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Atrocitus

STR: 1250
ABL: 950
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Bane*

STR: 1250
ABL: 950
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Batman*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Black Adam*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Black Canary

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1000

Blue Beetle

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1000

Braniac

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Captain Cold

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Catwoman*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Cheetah

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1100

Cyborg*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Darkseid (Pre-order or DLC only)

STR: 1250
ABL: 1000
DEF: 800
HP: 1100

Deadshot

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Dr. Fate

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

The Flash*

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1000

Firestorm

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Gorilla Grodd

STR: 1250
ABL: 950
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Green Arrow*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Green Lantern*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Harley Quinn*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Joker*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Poison Ivy

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Red Hood (Not out yet)

STR: ??
ABL: ??
DEF: ??
HP: ??

Robin

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1000

Scarecrow

STR: 1250
ABL: 950
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Starfire (Not out yet)

STR: ??
ABL: ??
DEF: ??
HP: ??

Sub-Zero (Not out yet)

STR: ??
ABL: ??
DEF: ??
HP: ??

Supergirl

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Superman*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Swamp Thing

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Wonder Woman*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Premiere skin characters

Injustice 2 has a Premiere Skin system that allows you to completely change the look and sound of one character to another cahracter entirely while keeping the original character's move list and gameplay.

Here are the current Premiere Skin characters and how you get them.

Jay Garrick

Replaces The Flash.

Can be obtained by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Grid

Replaces Cyborg.

Can be obtained by linking with the Injustice 2 mobile game or spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Reverse-Flash

Replaces The Flash.

Can be obtained by buying Injustice 2: Ultimate Edition or by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Power Girl

Replaces Supergirl.

Can be obtained by buying Injustice 2: Ultimate Edition or Fighter Pack 1, or by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

John Stewart

Replaces Green Lantern.

Can be obtained by buying Injustice 2: Ultimate Edition or by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Vixen

Replaces Cheetah.

Can be obtained by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Mr. Freeze

Replaces Captain Cold.

Can be obtained by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

 

More characters will be added past Fighter Pack 1, so keep a look out for what NetherRealm Studios has in store for Fighter Pack 2 later this year.

If yo need help getting started in Injustice 2 or need some tips and strategies to take your game to the next level, check out these guides: 

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Injustice 2 Roster List with Stats https://www.gameskinny.com/ybqoh/injustice-2-roster-list-with-stats https://www.gameskinny.com/ybqoh/injustice-2-roster-list-with-stats https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/o/s/roster-head-5c033.png ybqoh/injustice-2-roster-list-with-stats Tue, 23 May 2017 15:38:52 -0400 Tobbpitt

The Injustice 2 roster is expansive, currently with 29 unique playable characters and seven Premier Skins to choose from. Want to out-gadget your opponents with Batman or whip your opponents into shape with Swamp Thing? You can certainly do that, plus a lot more.

Out of the current roster, 13 are from the Injustice: Gods Among Us and 16 are completely new to the series. This huge roster helps Injustice 2 feel completely fresh, and the Premier Skins definitely help change things up.

The roster list below is sorted alphabetically along with each character's stats. Characters that were present in the first game have an asterisk (*) next to their names.

Three characters have already been announced for Fighter Pack 1 DLC. These are Starfire, Red Hood, and Sub-Zero. Their stats will be added once they are released, but for now, they are listed here with no stats.

Aquaman*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Atrocitus

STR: 1250
ABL: 950
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Bane*

STR: 1250
ABL: 950
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Batman*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Black Adam*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Black Canary

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1000

Blue Beetle

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1000

Braniac

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Captain Cold

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Catwoman*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Cheetah

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1100

Cyborg*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Darkseid (Pre-order or DLC only)

STR: 1250
ABL: 1000
DEF: 800
HP: 1100

Deadshot

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Dr. Fate

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

The Flash*

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1000

Firestorm

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Gorilla Grodd

STR: 1250
ABL: 950
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Green Arrow*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Green Lantern*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Harley Quinn*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Joker*

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Poison Ivy

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Red Hood (Not out yet)

STR: ??
ABL: ??
DEF: ??
HP: ??

Robin

STR: 1100
ABL: 1100
DEF: 950
HP: 1000

Scarecrow

STR: 1250
ABL: 950
DEF: 900
HP: 1050

Starfire (Not out yet)

STR: ??
ABL: ??
DEF: ??
HP: ??

Sub-Zero (Not out yet)

STR: ??
ABL: ??
DEF: ??
HP: ??

Supergirl

STR: 1050
ABL: 1150
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Superman*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Swamp Thing

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Wonder Woman*

STR: 1150
ABL: 1050
DEF: 1000
HP: 950

Premiere skin characters

Injustice 2 has a Premiere Skin system that allows you to completely change the look and sound of one character to another cahracter entirely while keeping the original character's move list and gameplay.

Here are the current Premiere Skin characters and how you get them.

Jay Garrick

Replaces The Flash.

Can be obtained by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Grid

Replaces Cyborg.

Can be obtained by linking with the Injustice 2 mobile game or spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Reverse-Flash

Replaces The Flash.

Can be obtained by buying Injustice 2: Ultimate Edition or by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Power Girl

Replaces Supergirl.

Can be obtained by buying Injustice 2: Ultimate Edition or Fighter Pack 1, or by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

John Stewart

Replaces Green Lantern.

Can be obtained by buying Injustice 2: Ultimate Edition or by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Vixen

Replaces Cheetah.

Can be obtained by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

Mr. Freeze

Replaces Captain Cold.

Can be obtained by spending 6,000 Source Crystals.

 

More characters will be added past Fighter Pack 1, so keep a look out for what NetherRealm Studios has in store for Fighter Pack 2 later this year.

If yo need help getting started in Injustice 2 or need some tips and strategies to take your game to the next level, check out these guides: 

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The Best 7 Match 3 Games on Android https://www.gameskinny.com/fciq6/the-best-7-match-3-games-on-android https://www.gameskinny.com/fciq6/the-best-7-match-3-games-on-android https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/n/d/android-4414b.png fciq6/the-best-7-match-3-games-on-android Mon, 22 May 2017 10:00:01 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

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It's hard to make an original Match 3 game these days, especially a veritable ton in the app store, the Google Play store, and the internet in general. 

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That being said, these are seven of the best match 3 games around that will keep you entertained and pass the time when you're waiting for classes or meetings to start.

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Which one of these do you find to be the most addictive?

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Bee Brilliant

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Bee Brilliant is a Match 3 game that is overly excited about bees and their honey-making knowledge. The goal of the game is to connect the matching bees together in order to unleash combos. There are six different game modes and about 1,200 levels. The game also has quite a few characters including Ms. Honey, Sgt. Sting, Beecasso, and several others.

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This game is unique because it has singing Babees who will "break into a tune of buzzing barber shop disco!" and it will give you tons of bee puns to whip out at a moment's notice.

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Lastly, it's perfect for children and adults. It's not too challenging and incredibly fun. 

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Gummy Blast

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Gummy Blast is actually a matching game where you can match two or more of the same gummies -- as opposed to three -- and make "powerful combinations." It contains three game modes, including Spread the Jam, Release the Hidden Bunnies, and Collect the Pandas.

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In Spread the Jam, you are supposed to cover the gummy pieces with jam by letting it explode. Release the Hidden Bunnies lets players find the bunnies that are hidden in the ice on the playing field. And in Collect the Pandas, you collect each of the Pandas in order to win.

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The game is colorful, offers multiple lives, and has close to 100 levels, each more unique than the last.

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Jelly Blast

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Are you ready for an adventure? Well, get ready to "help Lily and her friends journey to save the Jelly Kingdom!" In this Match 3 game, there are hundreds of levels, Racoon's Requests for rewards, and up to 10 spins on the Spin to Win reel -- which lets you earn gold, magical boosters, and other things.

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Similar to other Match 3 games, the purpose is to match three candies to collect jelly drops. Once you've collected them, you get to travel to the candy track. What makes this game fun are the colorful characters and backgrounds. While there have been some complaints, it seems that most people enjoy the game because it's free to play, challenging, and is cute.

Also, it's a great time waster.

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Bubble Shooter

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Bubble Shooter is probably one of best arcade games there is on offer, and I'm not just saying that because every computer game I had as a kid had some version of it installed.

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On the real though, there's just something fun about shooting cannons to match colors that makes a person think. Now, maybe it's just me, but the physics in the game alone make it worth playing -- especially when you're able to shoot the bubbles toward the corner so that it can hit another one and explode.

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Bubble Shooter also has a Puzzle Mode, where you use limited bubbles to clear the bubbles on the screen, and an Arcade Mode, where you clear all of the descending bubbles. With 300 levels and beautiful scenery in the background, there's no way to get bored with this game. So make sure that you give it a try!

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Bubble Witch Saga

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King is back, and this time they've brought witches to the party! Bubble Witch Saga lives up to its predecessor Candy Crush Saga, but the two games have quite a few differences.

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In this game, you will help The Witches fend off dark spirits, travel on broomsticks, and win potion challenges that will free the country one step at a time. Your trusty tools include three friendly cats; potions and charms for challenging levels; bombs; spider webs; doom bubbles; locks; and tons more!

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The game can even be synced with multiple devices so that the fun can continue for as long as you like! So take some time to check out Bubble Witch Saga. After all, not all witches want to cast a spell on you. 

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Bejeweled Classic

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Bejeweled Classic is one of the first Match 3 games to ever come out, and it still remains one of the most popular. There are six modes in this gem-matching game, including Butterflies, Zen, Lightning, Poker, Diamond Mine, and -- the newest -- Ice Storm.

Each mode provides something different for the player. Butterfly allows players to match gems in an attempt to rescue the butterflies from a ravenous spider. Zen mode has relaxing music to get players in the matching mood. In lightening mode, players race against time to finish matching as many gems as they can.

Poker lets players make top hands, and Diamond Mine gives players a run for their money while searching for treasure. Ice Storm is the mode where players must keep the cold out the playing field. And, of course, Classic is always an option for those who want to dial it back.

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All in all, Bejeweled Classic is the one Match 3 game that no one can stay away from for too long.

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Candy Crush Saga

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Candy Crush Saga has been around since 2012. Created by King, it was first featured on Facebook, followed by iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and WIndows 10. It's a variation of the game Candy Crush.

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By this point, almost everyone who has access to technology has played this game at least once. So what brings them back to this sweet-tooth miracle of a game? Well, first off, there are hundreds of levels. Each one has a different objective and increases in difficulty the more you play. Second, once you get past Level 50, there's a Dreamworld that gives you a whole other Candy Crush universe to explore.

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Lastly, the ability to sync the game between devices means that you never have to worry about starting over from the beginning (unless you're a master who has completed all of the available levels).

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Between all of these, and the fact that candy is involved, Candy Crush Saga is one of the best Match 3 games that you could play!

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Androids have been around for a while now -- the phone, not the half human half robot hybrids -- and manufacturers have made major breakthroughs with the technology that drives them over that time. And that's not to mention the creative minds that have made apps for them, too. From movie and book apps to planners and calendars, the sky is the limit.

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But on top of that, Android developers really excel at creating fun, playable, free games. And of those, Match 3 games are the best of all. They're ubiquitous and easy to understand. Anyone can pick them up and play. They don't need a huge manual or world map, either. 

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So what are the very best Match 3 games on Android? Let's take a look at seven that could very well don that moniker. 

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The Best 7 Match 3 Games on Android https://www.gameskinny.com/fciq6/the-best-7-match-3-games-on-android https://www.gameskinny.com/fciq6/the-best-7-match-3-games-on-android https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/n/d/android-4414b.png fciq6/the-best-7-match-3-games-on-android Mon, 22 May 2017 10:00:01 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

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It's hard to make an original Match 3 game these days, especially a veritable ton in the app store, the Google Play store, and the internet in general. 

\n

That being said, these are seven of the best match 3 games around that will keep you entertained and pass the time when you're waiting for classes or meetings to start.

\n

Which one of these do you find to be the most addictive?

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Bee Brilliant

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Bee Brilliant is a Match 3 game that is overly excited about bees and their honey-making knowledge. The goal of the game is to connect the matching bees together in order to unleash combos. There are six different game modes and about 1,200 levels. The game also has quite a few characters including Ms. Honey, Sgt. Sting, Beecasso, and several others.

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This game is unique because it has singing Babees who will "break into a tune of buzzing barber shop disco!" and it will give you tons of bee puns to whip out at a moment's notice.

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Lastly, it's perfect for children and adults. It's not too challenging and incredibly fun. 

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Gummy Blast

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Gummy Blast is actually a matching game where you can match two or more of the same gummies -- as opposed to three -- and make "powerful combinations." It contains three game modes, including Spread the Jam, Release the Hidden Bunnies, and Collect the Pandas.

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In Spread the Jam, you are supposed to cover the gummy pieces with jam by letting it explode. Release the Hidden Bunnies lets players find the bunnies that are hidden in the ice on the playing field. And in Collect the Pandas, you collect each of the Pandas in order to win.

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The game is colorful, offers multiple lives, and has close to 100 levels, each more unique than the last.

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Jelly Blast

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Are you ready for an adventure? Well, get ready to "help Lily and her friends journey to save the Jelly Kingdom!" In this Match 3 game, there are hundreds of levels, Racoon's Requests for rewards, and up to 10 spins on the Spin to Win reel -- which lets you earn gold, magical boosters, and other things.

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Similar to other Match 3 games, the purpose is to match three candies to collect jelly drops. Once you've collected them, you get to travel to the candy track. What makes this game fun are the colorful characters and backgrounds. While there have been some complaints, it seems that most people enjoy the game because it's free to play, challenging, and is cute.

Also, it's a great time waster.

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Bubble Shooter

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Bubble Shooter is probably one of best arcade games there is on offer, and I'm not just saying that because every computer game I had as a kid had some version of it installed.

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On the real though, there's just something fun about shooting cannons to match colors that makes a person think. Now, maybe it's just me, but the physics in the game alone make it worth playing -- especially when you're able to shoot the bubbles toward the corner so that it can hit another one and explode.

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Bubble Shooter also has a Puzzle Mode, where you use limited bubbles to clear the bubbles on the screen, and an Arcade Mode, where you clear all of the descending bubbles. With 300 levels and beautiful scenery in the background, there's no way to get bored with this game. So make sure that you give it a try!

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Bubble Witch Saga

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King is back, and this time they've brought witches to the party! Bubble Witch Saga lives up to its predecessor Candy Crush Saga, but the two games have quite a few differences.

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In this game, you will help The Witches fend off dark spirits, travel on broomsticks, and win potion challenges that will free the country one step at a time. Your trusty tools include three friendly cats; potions and charms for challenging levels; bombs; spider webs; doom bubbles; locks; and tons more!

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The game can even be synced with multiple devices so that the fun can continue for as long as you like! So take some time to check out Bubble Witch Saga. After all, not all witches want to cast a spell on you. 

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Bejeweled Classic

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Bejeweled Classic is one of the first Match 3 games to ever come out, and it still remains one of the most popular. There are six modes in this gem-matching game, including Butterflies, Zen, Lightning, Poker, Diamond Mine, and -- the newest -- Ice Storm.

Each mode provides something different for the player. Butterfly allows players to match gems in an attempt to rescue the butterflies from a ravenous spider. Zen mode has relaxing music to get players in the matching mood. In lightening mode, players race against time to finish matching as many gems as they can.

Poker lets players make top hands, and Diamond Mine gives players a run for their money while searching for treasure. Ice Storm is the mode where players must keep the cold out the playing field. And, of course, Classic is always an option for those who want to dial it back.

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All in all, Bejeweled Classic is the one Match 3 game that no one can stay away from for too long.

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Candy Crush Saga

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Candy Crush Saga has been around since 2012. Created by King, it was first featured on Facebook, followed by iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and WIndows 10. It's a variation of the game Candy Crush.

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By this point, almost everyone who has access to technology has played this game at least once. So what brings them back to this sweet-tooth miracle of a game? Well, first off, there are hundreds of levels. Each one has a different objective and increases in difficulty the more you play. Second, once you get past Level 50, there's a Dreamworld that gives you a whole other Candy Crush universe to explore.

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Lastly, the ability to sync the game between devices means that you never have to worry about starting over from the beginning (unless you're a master who has completed all of the available levels).

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Between all of these, and the fact that candy is involved, Candy Crush Saga is one of the best Match 3 games that you could play!

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Androids have been around for a while now -- the phone, not the half human half robot hybrids -- and manufacturers have made major breakthroughs with the technology that drives them over that time. And that's not to mention the creative minds that have made apps for them, too. From movie and book apps to planners and calendars, the sky is the limit.

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But on top of that, Android developers really excel at creating fun, playable, free games. And of those, Match 3 games are the best of all. They're ubiquitous and easy to understand. Anyone can pick them up and play. They don't need a huge manual or world map, either. 

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So what are the very best Match 3 games on Android? Let's take a look at seven that could very well don that moniker. 

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Crash Club: Drive and Smash City - Tips & Strategies for New Players https://www.gameskinny.com/8nz1t/crash-club-drive-and-smash-city-tips-strategies-for-new-players https://www.gameskinny.com/8nz1t/crash-club-drive-and-smash-city-tips-strategies-for-new-players https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/r/a/crashclub-guide-feature-44603.jpg 8nz1t/crash-club-drive-and-smash-city-tips-strategies-for-new-players Sun, 21 May 2017 13:01:00 -0400 Miranda Kirk

Crash Club: Drive and Smash City is a new game from PrettyGreat Pty. Ltd. Your goal is to smash and destroy everything and everyone in your way -- or not. It's all up to you in this game.

Play against actual humans and destroy their cars, destroy the city, and beat your competition to tokens and extra perks. By destroying the city you'll find tokens, upgrades, and weapons to destroy the competition.

Take a look at our strategy guide to increasing the damage you unleash on the city, and you'll be on your way to victory. 

How to Dominate in Crash Club: Drive and Smash City

Stay Out of the Action at First

When you first enter the arena, you'll need to build yourself up before you'll have much impact on other players. You could be entering the match with someone who's bought several upgrades and already outclasses you. So spend the first couple of minutes gaining weapons, tokens, and planning out your strategy while you let the big guys destroy themselves a little bit. 

It's a lot like the Hunger Games -- watch everyone else duke it out right from the get-go, then get in on the action once their numbers have thinned out a little.

Buy Weapons and Permanent Upgrades

Once you have some tokens, head on over to the Stop-N-Go and get yourself some weapons. Get some permanent upgrades as well that stay with you until your current round is done. If you stay alive, those permanent upgrades will come in handy and are worth the tokens.

Find Green Gems With Gem Radar

All over the city, there are five gems hidden away that you'll have to search for. They are hidden in objects throughout the map. Destroy these objects and you'll get the gems.

But if you are searching and searching without finding a single gem, make sure you're keeping an eye on the gem radar! As you get closer to finding the gem, the light will start flashing. This lets you know that you are close. Keep looking in that area and you'll have your gems.

Hide Out at the Stop-N-Go

Someone is chasing you, you have no weapons, and your life is on the line. What do you do? As long as you have one token, you can stop at a Stop-N-Go -- and it might just save your life. You can hide away at the Stop-N-Go any time you find yourself in a sticky situation.

The city never changes, so after a few rounds you'll be able to easily remember the locations of each store just in case you're in a bind. 

Buy Cars with Gems

Those green gems you've been collecting? Take those and buy new cars! Once you unlock more tiers of cars, you'll have an even better chance of getting a legendary car which has three perks built in. By improving your ride consistently, it'll be easier to beat out any competition that focuses only on destroying things and not the upgrades. 

That's it for this guide! Now get out there and smash things -- and if you've found any helpful secrets for success in Crash Club: Drive and Smash City, tell us about them in the comments below!

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Crash Club: Drive and Smash City - Tips & Strategies for New Players https://www.gameskinny.com/8nz1t/crash-club-drive-and-smash-city-tips-strategies-for-new-players https://www.gameskinny.com/8nz1t/crash-club-drive-and-smash-city-tips-strategies-for-new-players https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/r/a/crashclub-guide-feature-44603.jpg 8nz1t/crash-club-drive-and-smash-city-tips-strategies-for-new-players Sun, 21 May 2017 13:01:00 -0400 Miranda Kirk

Crash Club: Drive and Smash City is a new game from PrettyGreat Pty. Ltd. Your goal is to smash and destroy everything and everyone in your way -- or not. It's all up to you in this game.

Play against actual humans and destroy their cars, destroy the city, and beat your competition to tokens and extra perks. By destroying the city you'll find tokens, upgrades, and weapons to destroy the competition.

Take a look at our strategy guide to increasing the damage you unleash on the city, and you'll be on your way to victory. 

How to Dominate in Crash Club: Drive and Smash City

Stay Out of the Action at First

When you first enter the arena, you'll need to build yourself up before you'll have much impact on other players. You could be entering the match with someone who's bought several upgrades and already outclasses you. So spend the first couple of minutes gaining weapons, tokens, and planning out your strategy while you let the big guys destroy themselves a little bit. 

It's a lot like the Hunger Games -- watch everyone else duke it out right from the get-go, then get in on the action once their numbers have thinned out a little.

Buy Weapons and Permanent Upgrades

Once you have some tokens, head on over to the Stop-N-Go and get yourself some weapons. Get some permanent upgrades as well that stay with you until your current round is done. If you stay alive, those permanent upgrades will come in handy and are worth the tokens.

Find Green Gems With Gem Radar

All over the city, there are five gems hidden away that you'll have to search for. They are hidden in objects throughout the map. Destroy these objects and you'll get the gems.

But if you are searching and searching without finding a single gem, make sure you're keeping an eye on the gem radar! As you get closer to finding the gem, the light will start flashing. This lets you know that you are close. Keep looking in that area and you'll have your gems.

Hide Out at the Stop-N-Go

Someone is chasing you, you have no weapons, and your life is on the line. What do you do? As long as you have one token, you can stop at a Stop-N-Go -- and it might just save your life. You can hide away at the Stop-N-Go any time you find yourself in a sticky situation.

The city never changes, so after a few rounds you'll be able to easily remember the locations of each store just in case you're in a bind. 

Buy Cars with Gems

Those green gems you've been collecting? Take those and buy new cars! Once you unlock more tiers of cars, you'll have an even better chance of getting a legendary car which has three perks built in. By improving your ride consistently, it'll be easier to beat out any competition that focuses only on destroying things and not the upgrades. 

That's it for this guide! Now get out there and smash things -- and if you've found any helpful secrets for success in Crash Club: Drive and Smash City, tell us about them in the comments below!

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Art Of Conquest Gets Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/ponfh/art-of-conquest-gets-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/ponfh/art-of-conquest-gets-release-date https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/4bc00a4dee18364192927440158709c9.jpg ponfh/art-of-conquest-gets-release-date Thu, 18 May 2017 17:22:34 -0400 UltimateWarriorNot

Art Of Conquest, a new mobile MMO that combines elements from the MMORPG genre with the RTS genres, is currently in development at Lilith Games. According to the developers, the game seeks to "push the genre forward."

This week, the developers announced more information behind the game's story, and that the game will be released worldwide on June 6. In talking about the game's story, they said:

In ancient times, the land of Nore was part of the giant landmass of Avalos. A terrible war broke out between the mythical creatures of the land and sea. This great war broke Avalos apart into three large continents and several smaller archipelagos. 

After this cataclysmic event, new civilizations began to spring up over the next thousand years. In the present day, the continent of Nore is fought over by six powerful kingdoms, each of them seeking to unify the land under their banner."

The story aside, the gameplay seeks to provide and interesting take on the genre, with an all new trailer and several new screenshots showcasing overworld exploration, RTS-style combat, and some of the game's heroes. Players will be able to build armies, which can then be bolstered by hero units that activate abilities in battle.  

The game is said to allow over 400 troops on screen at once. With the game currently in beta, we'll have to wait and see if it turns out to be as good as the developers claim it to be. However, it certainly does look like it is different from the classic Clash of Clans-style approach that is currently popular in the space. 

 

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Art Of Conquest Gets Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/ponfh/art-of-conquest-gets-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/ponfh/art-of-conquest-gets-release-date https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/4bc00a4dee18364192927440158709c9.jpg ponfh/art-of-conquest-gets-release-date Thu, 18 May 2017 17:22:34 -0400 UltimateWarriorNot

Art Of Conquest, a new mobile MMO that combines elements from the MMORPG genre with the RTS genres, is currently in development at Lilith Games. According to the developers, the game seeks to "push the genre forward."

This week, the developers announced more information behind the game's story, and that the game will be released worldwide on June 6. In talking about the game's story, they said:

In ancient times, the land of Nore was part of the giant landmass of Avalos. A terrible war broke out between the mythical creatures of the land and sea. This great war broke Avalos apart into three large continents and several smaller archipelagos. 

After this cataclysmic event, new civilizations began to spring up over the next thousand years. In the present day, the continent of Nore is fought over by six powerful kingdoms, each of them seeking to unify the land under their banner."

The story aside, the gameplay seeks to provide and interesting take on the genre, with an all new trailer and several new screenshots showcasing overworld exploration, RTS-style combat, and some of the game's heroes. Players will be able to build armies, which can then be bolstered by hero units that activate abilities in battle.  

The game is said to allow over 400 troops on screen at once. With the game currently in beta, we'll have to wait and see if it turns out to be as good as the developers claim it to be. However, it certainly does look like it is different from the classic Clash of Clans-style approach that is currently popular in the space. 

 

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Zombs.io - Possibly the Best Surivial IO Game https://www.gameskinny.com/1ie5o/zombsio-possibly-the-best-surivial-io-game https://www.gameskinny.com/1ie5o/zombsio-possibly-the-best-surivial-io-game https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/z/o/m/zombsio-26419.png 1ie5o/zombsio-possibly-the-best-surivial-io-game Wed, 17 May 2017 10:53:14 -0400 LillyBilly

Survival games seem to be the focus of most .io game developers right now. In the last few months, we have seen the release of Moomoo.io, Starve.io, Glor.io, and now Zombs.io. Plus, I know a few developers that are still working on their survival .io games.

But why could Zombs.io be the best of them all?

Growth of Zombs.io

First off, let's look at how the game is being promoted. Like most .io games, the developers have been promoting the game through various .io game aggregation sites. This serves as the launching platform for the game and is usually sufficient enough to keep the ball rolling and get noticed by various YouTubers.

Once YouTubers start producing content about a game, that game sees a sizable burst in traffic. Zombs.io has taken this one step further: the developer is working directly with Curse. And Curse is pulling out all the stops, presumably because their ad network is paving the way for Zombs.io's success.

Curse's ad network is sizeable and spread across many popular sites like Minecraftforums.net and Gamepedia.com, pushing large amounts of traffic over to Zombs.io. Just turn off your adblocker and check out those sites, you will see ads for Zombs.io popping up all over the place.

Zombs.io Gameplay

When you first start playing Zombs.io, you could be forgiven for thinking you were playing Moomoo.io. The graphics and feel of the game are eerily similar. Even the basic concept of collecting resources to build a base is the same. And then, you place your gold chest and everything changes.

The goal of the game is to gain as much gold as possible and live as long as possible. By placing your gold chest, you enter into the next step of the game -- survival, where you must gain gold by creating gold mines.

The gold chest attracts zombies hell bent on destroying it. Your mission is now to protect the chest at all costs. Hopefully, you have been collecting wood and stone by hitting trees and rocks. You can now use those resources to build a fort around your gold chest, thus protecting it. Well, that is until the zombies break down the walls.

Not to worry, though: you can also build defensive towers like cannon towers, ballista towers, bomb towers, and magic towers. These structures launch projectiles at the zombies, (hopefully) killing them. And so, you live to see another day.

You don't just face the same boring zombies over and over, either. The game is played in waves. Survive one wave and the next will be harder. Each wave comes with the night, meaning you have time to rebuild and strengthen your base and defenses. Structures call also be upgraded to better your base.

As you can see, the game incorporates the survival aspects of Moomoo.io and couples them with the massively popular gameplay of the tower defense genre.

Final Thoughts

Even though the game is heavily based on Moomoo.io, Zombs.io does its own thing, and it does it very well. The game is fun to play and like most tower defense games, it's crazy addictive. 

The fact that Curse is helping drive traffic to the site will only help carry this game to the top. More traffic will mean more media coverage -- and everything will start to snowball.

Zombs.io seems set to gobble up the competition. 

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Sources: http://iogames.land

 

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Zombs.io - Possibly the Best Surivial IO Game https://www.gameskinny.com/1ie5o/zombsio-possibly-the-best-surivial-io-game https://www.gameskinny.com/1ie5o/zombsio-possibly-the-best-surivial-io-game https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/z/o/m/zombsio-26419.png 1ie5o/zombsio-possibly-the-best-surivial-io-game Wed, 17 May 2017 10:53:14 -0400 LillyBilly

Survival games seem to be the focus of most .io game developers right now. In the last few months, we have seen the release of Moomoo.io, Starve.io, Glor.io, and now Zombs.io. Plus, I know a few developers that are still working on their survival .io games.

But why could Zombs.io be the best of them all?

Growth of Zombs.io

First off, let's look at how the game is being promoted. Like most .io games, the developers have been promoting the game through various .io game aggregation sites. This serves as the launching platform for the game and is usually sufficient enough to keep the ball rolling and get noticed by various YouTubers.

Once YouTubers start producing content about a game, that game sees a sizable burst in traffic. Zombs.io has taken this one step further: the developer is working directly with Curse. And Curse is pulling out all the stops, presumably because their ad network is paving the way for Zombs.io's success.

Curse's ad network is sizeable and spread across many popular sites like Minecraftforums.net and Gamepedia.com, pushing large amounts of traffic over to Zombs.io. Just turn off your adblocker and check out those sites, you will see ads for Zombs.io popping up all over the place.

Zombs.io Gameplay

When you first start playing Zombs.io, you could be forgiven for thinking you were playing Moomoo.io. The graphics and feel of the game are eerily similar. Even the basic concept of collecting resources to build a base is the same. And then, you place your gold chest and everything changes.

The goal of the game is to gain as much gold as possible and live as long as possible. By placing your gold chest, you enter into the next step of the game -- survival, where you must gain gold by creating gold mines.

The gold chest attracts zombies hell bent on destroying it. Your mission is now to protect the chest at all costs. Hopefully, you have been collecting wood and stone by hitting trees and rocks. You can now use those resources to build a fort around your gold chest, thus protecting it. Well, that is until the zombies break down the walls.

Not to worry, though: you can also build defensive towers like cannon towers, ballista towers, bomb towers, and magic towers. These structures launch projectiles at the zombies, (hopefully) killing them. And so, you live to see another day.

You don't just face the same boring zombies over and over, either. The game is played in waves. Survive one wave and the next will be harder. Each wave comes with the night, meaning you have time to rebuild and strengthen your base and defenses. Structures call also be upgraded to better your base.

As you can see, the game incorporates the survival aspects of Moomoo.io and couples them with the massively popular gameplay of the tower defense genre.

Final Thoughts

Even though the game is heavily based on Moomoo.io, Zombs.io does its own thing, and it does it very well. The game is fun to play and like most tower defense games, it's crazy addictive. 

The fact that Curse is helping drive traffic to the site will only help carry this game to the top. More traffic will mean more media coverage -- and everything will start to snowball.

Zombs.io seems set to gobble up the competition. 

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Sources: http://iogames.land

 

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Animated Teaser Trailer, Screenshots, and Gameplay Details Revealed for Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow https://www.gameskinny.com/u09hn/animated-teaser-trailer-screenshots-and-gameplay-details-revealed-for-futurama-worlds-of-tomorrow https://www.gameskinny.com/u09hn/animated-teaser-trailer-screenshots-and-gameplay-details-revealed-for-futurama-worlds-of-tomorrow https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/4be8aa847bb85da648d449ac72f51aac.jpg u09hn/animated-teaser-trailer-screenshots-and-gameplay-details-revealed-for-futurama-worlds-of-tomorrow Wed, 17 May 2017 09:56:02 -0400 Erroll Maas

New information -- including an animated teaser trailer and a few screenshots -- has been released about the upcoming mobile game, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. This game is being developed by Jam City via its game studio TinyCo (of Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff and Marvel Avengers Academy), in collaboration with distributor FoxNext Games (of Alien Isolation and The Simpsons: Tapped Out). 

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow was created in conjunction with Matt Groening and his production company, Curiosity Company, alongside Futurama Executive Producer David X. Cohen, original writers from the series, and American animation production studio, Rough Draft Studios. Developer Jam City is also working alongside animators, and the original cast of the animated series in order to create more animated content for the game.

Jam City has also provided more details about gameplay in the upcoming mobile game. Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow will bring the futuristic sci-fi hijinks of the Planet Express crew to mobile devices and feature a mix of simulation, combat, space exploration, and choice-making mechanics.

The game features two different settings: the 31st century New New York and the vast galaxies which surround it. The game sections set in New New Work will focus on simulation and character progression, while the Space Adventures will have players journeying through various worlds and fighting against enemies across the entire Futurama universe.

In New New York, players will focus on rescuing various characters, gathering different items and materials, leveling up their characters, crafting character outfits which give and boost different abilities, and taking on a handful of story-driven missions.

In Space Adventures, players will fight against different enemies in 16-bit, arcade-style combat, and explore diverse planets where the choices they make will determine their success or their demise.

Check out the screenshots below to get a sense of both settings:

Futurama Worlds of Tomorrow will be available on Google Play, the App store, and the Amazon App store at an unspecified date in the near future -- or as the trailer says:

"Available wherever you download stuff."

Jam City has confirmed that further information on the game will be released soon. For details about the game as they are revealed, visit the game's official Facebook page, Twitter, or the Jam City website.

In addition to visiting these social media pages, intrigued players can pre-register on Google Play or visit the game's website to be notified once the game has been released.

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Animated Teaser Trailer, Screenshots, and Gameplay Details Revealed for Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow https://www.gameskinny.com/u09hn/animated-teaser-trailer-screenshots-and-gameplay-details-revealed-for-futurama-worlds-of-tomorrow https://www.gameskinny.com/u09hn/animated-teaser-trailer-screenshots-and-gameplay-details-revealed-for-futurama-worlds-of-tomorrow https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/4be8aa847bb85da648d449ac72f51aac.jpg u09hn/animated-teaser-trailer-screenshots-and-gameplay-details-revealed-for-futurama-worlds-of-tomorrow Wed, 17 May 2017 09:56:02 -0400 Erroll Maas

New information -- including an animated teaser trailer and a few screenshots -- has been released about the upcoming mobile game, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. This game is being developed by Jam City via its game studio TinyCo (of Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff and Marvel Avengers Academy), in collaboration with distributor FoxNext Games (of Alien Isolation and The Simpsons: Tapped Out). 

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow was created in conjunction with Matt Groening and his production company, Curiosity Company, alongside Futurama Executive Producer David X. Cohen, original writers from the series, and American animation production studio, Rough Draft Studios. Developer Jam City is also working alongside animators, and the original cast of the animated series in order to create more animated content for the game.

Jam City has also provided more details about gameplay in the upcoming mobile game. Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow will bring the futuristic sci-fi hijinks of the Planet Express crew to mobile devices and feature a mix of simulation, combat, space exploration, and choice-making mechanics.

The game features two different settings: the 31st century New New York and the vast galaxies which surround it. The game sections set in New New Work will focus on simulation and character progression, while the Space Adventures will have players journeying through various worlds and fighting against enemies across the entire Futurama universe.

In New New York, players will focus on rescuing various characters, gathering different items and materials, leveling up their characters, crafting character outfits which give and boost different abilities, and taking on a handful of story-driven missions.

In Space Adventures, players will fight against different enemies in 16-bit, arcade-style combat, and explore diverse planets where the choices they make will determine their success or their demise.

Check out the screenshots below to get a sense of both settings:

Futurama Worlds of Tomorrow will be available on Google Play, the App store, and the Amazon App store at an unspecified date in the near future -- or as the trailer says:

"Available wherever you download stuff."

Jam City has confirmed that further information on the game will be released soon. For details about the game as they are revealed, visit the game's official Facebook page, Twitter, or the Jam City website.

In addition to visiting these social media pages, intrigued players can pre-register on Google Play or visit the game's website to be notified once the game has been released.

]]>
3 Best Fidget Spinner Apps on Android https://www.gameskinny.com/0p9xa/3-best-fidget-spinner-apps-on-android https://www.gameskinny.com/0p9xa/3-best-fidget-spinner-apps-on-android https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ce38625f5368fe67d034ca45467c76ea.jpg 0p9xa/3-best-fidget-spinner-apps-on-android Tue, 16 May 2017 16:39:05 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

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Fidget spinners are great for both the real world and the mobile world. They help improve concentration and eye-hand coordination, among a plethora of other things. Plus, kids absolutely love them. 

\n

So put a smile on your kid's face and download one of these three fidget spinner apps!

\n

Are you into the fidget spinner fad? Or do you just have the app for the neighborhood kids to play on occasionally?

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Fidget Hand Spinner

\n

Fidget Hand Spinner is the app for you! It focuses on helping players with focus and kinesthetics, while simultaneously allowing them to compete for best scores.

\n

Spin fast, slow, or flick it as often as you need to get the spins that you need. Just make sure that you're ready for all that it has to offer!

\n

 

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Fidget Hand Spinner

\n

Fidget Hand Spinner is the spinner app that you've been needing all your life.

\n

There are several spinners in this app, but the most popular ones are those that resemble the symbols from Batman and Spider-Man. There are also subtle and tactile spinners, which gives you the bragging rights when they out-spin their fidget spinner cousins -- and your friends.

\n

And, remember, the game exists to soothe and relax. So settle down, and get ready!

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/i/d/fidget-spinner-best-one-b22d2.png","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/i/d/fidget-spinner-best-one-b22d2.png","type":"slide","id":"158848","description":"

Fidget Spinner-The Best One

\n

Do you need something to do while waiting for that boring meeting to begin? Well, man, do I have the solution for you.

\n

Introducing Fidget Spinner-The Best Onean Android app that brings the joy of a real-world fidget spinner to your phone. There are six different spinners to choose from, ranging from black and white to multi-colored and beyond. There are also different shapes and bearings to choose from. 

\n

It's a great activity to keep you, and your friends, busy!

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ce38625f5368fe67d034ca45467c76ea.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ce38625f5368fe67d034ca45467c76ea.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10895","description":"

Ok. So you might be asking yourself: What the heck is a fidget spinner? Well, the first thing that you need to know is that they are taking over the world of toys -- especially for elementary students.

\n

Fidget spinners are gadgets that spin around for endless fun. Why are people into them? Well, like all fads, it's interesting and serves a purpose ... kind of. The long and short of it is fidget spinners help soothe people; they relieve stress, promote hand-eye coordination, and help improve focus.

\n

And Now There's an App, which is good, because it means for places that ban actual fidget spinners, players can use a virtual one. So here you go: the 3 Best Fidget Spinner Apps on Android.

"}]]]>
3 Best Fidget Spinner Apps on Android https://www.gameskinny.com/0p9xa/3-best-fidget-spinner-apps-on-android https://www.gameskinny.com/0p9xa/3-best-fidget-spinner-apps-on-android https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ce38625f5368fe67d034ca45467c76ea.jpg 0p9xa/3-best-fidget-spinner-apps-on-android Tue, 16 May 2017 16:39:05 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

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Fidget spinners are great for both the real world and the mobile world. They help improve concentration and eye-hand coordination, among a plethora of other things. Plus, kids absolutely love them. 

\n

So put a smile on your kid's face and download one of these three fidget spinner apps!

\n

Are you into the fidget spinner fad? Or do you just have the app for the neighborhood kids to play on occasionally?

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Fidget Hand Spinner

\n

Fidget Hand Spinner is the app for you! It focuses on helping players with focus and kinesthetics, while simultaneously allowing them to compete for best scores.

\n

Spin fast, slow, or flick it as often as you need to get the spins that you need. Just make sure that you're ready for all that it has to offer!

\n

 

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Fidget Hand Spinner

\n

Fidget Hand Spinner is the spinner app that you've been needing all your life.

\n

There are several spinners in this app, but the most popular ones are those that resemble the symbols from Batman and Spider-Man. There are also subtle and tactile spinners, which gives you the bragging rights when they out-spin their fidget spinner cousins -- and your friends.

\n

And, remember, the game exists to soothe and relax. So settle down, and get ready!

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/i/d/fidget-spinner-best-one-b22d2.png","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/i/d/fidget-spinner-best-one-b22d2.png","type":"slide","id":"158848","description":"

Fidget Spinner-The Best One

\n

Do you need something to do while waiting for that boring meeting to begin? Well, man, do I have the solution for you.

\n

Introducing Fidget Spinner-The Best Onean Android app that brings the joy of a real-world fidget spinner to your phone. There are six different spinners to choose from, ranging from black and white to multi-colored and beyond. There are also different shapes and bearings to choose from. 

\n

It's a great activity to keep you, and your friends, busy!

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ce38625f5368fe67d034ca45467c76ea.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/ce38625f5368fe67d034ca45467c76ea.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"10895","description":"

Ok. So you might be asking yourself: What the heck is a fidget spinner? Well, the first thing that you need to know is that they are taking over the world of toys -- especially for elementary students.

\n

Fidget spinners are gadgets that spin around for endless fun. Why are people into them? Well, like all fads, it's interesting and serves a purpose ... kind of. The long and short of it is fidget spinners help soothe people; they relieve stress, promote hand-eye coordination, and help improve focus.

\n

And Now There's an App, which is good, because it means for places that ban actual fidget spinners, players can use a virtual one. So here you go: the 3 Best Fidget Spinner Apps on Android.

"}]]]>
Interview: Rinikulous Games's Nik Mihaylov Shares Insights and New Titles https://www.gameskinny.com/oyi6y/interview-rinikulous-gamess-nik-mihaylov-shares-insights-and-new-titles https://www.gameskinny.com/oyi6y/interview-rinikulous-gamess-nik-mihaylov-shares-insights-and-new-titles https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-77f97.jpg oyi6y/interview-rinikulous-gamess-nik-mihaylov-shares-insights-and-new-titles Tue, 16 May 2017 13:28:08 -0400 Jerline Justo

Game developer, director, and artist Nik Mihaylov broke into the game industry with Steven Ritchie to establish an indie game studio called Rinikulous Games. Together, these co-founders explored amazing ideas that would create compelling experiences -- and got their feet wet with their first indie game, Lonely Sun. This mobile platformer caught the attention of reviewers and critics -- including a writer here at GameSkinny, who gave it a stellar nine out of ten.

Now they're looking forward to adding even more games to their portfolio, and I got the chance to talk to Nik Mihaylov about his role as a developer -- as well as the state of development on two of Rinikulous' upcoming titles, Hyper Beam and Unlonely.

The Work of a Game Developer

As a developer, Mihaylov tackles a lot of new ideas and inspirations, especially when designing a new game. When considering a potential idea, he tries to realistically analyze how a game will perform in the indie sphere. Mihaylov asks himself a series of questions that help him consider the gamer’s experience and the game's potential mechanics.

But of course, all that has to start with an idea. When we asked how his idea-generating process usually works, Mihaylov replied:

NM: “That’s a great question. Creative minds tend to get excited quite easily, and keeping your focus on one thing is always a challenge. When you have decided on what the game’s core mechanic or story is, brainstorming ideas to build on top of that can be tricky. You’re constantly going from one idea to another. Personally, I have to stop myself sometimes and focus on one thing at a time.”

During his first foray into development with Lonely Sun, Mihaylov and his team learned everything as they went. He soon realized that making video games had a lot in common with what he does as a Senior Creator over at Critical Mass (a digital design agency).

He tends to a game as though he is solving a puzzle that requires taking each element -- music, SFX, gameplay, and art design -- and combining them into one compelling whole. And in doing so, he often discovers new things about his own creations that he hadn't seen before. When creating Lonely Sun, for example, he only recognized its foundational metaphor -- where living one's life contains various obstacles and struggles just as the game includes them -- while he was evaluating other aspects of the game:

NM: "...while testing the controls (controlling gravity as main mechanic), I further realized that Lonely Sun won’t be an easy game or be to everyone’s taste, and I was totally okay with that. The game’s difficult on purpose. Nothing in life comes easy – if it does, there’s something wrong. Moreover, there are no checkpoints in life, hence none in the game..."

Mihaylov also applies this metaphor to his own work. He tries to tackle each task as a challenge by taking it one step at a time. Whenever he faces an obstacle, he always reminds himself about the big picture and uses that as motivation to push forward on a project. This concept later became a central part of his future works.

Upcoming Mobile Games 

Hyper Beam

After developing Lonely Sun, Ritchie and Mihaylov decided to come to back to an old project called "Quantum". Both creators planned and brainstormed ideas on art concepts and game mechanics, eventually progressing toward smaller details like the enemy behaviors and beam designs -- which is how they settled on Hyper Beam's abstract space setting.

Unlike Lonely Sun, Hyper Beam focuses solely on gameplay with minimalist approach to AI interaction, user experience, and visual effects. The purpose of the game is for the players to discover, develop, and adapt. 

This iOS space game contains two twin stick controls, which players can manipulate around to destroy enemies. The goal is to survive as long as possible through dodging, destroying, and getting hyper. As the player progresses, game increases in difficulty.

NM: "HYPER BEAM's twin-stick controls, the constraints of (limited) screen space, complimentary music and sound effects, minimal art direction, and enemy and beam behaviors all create an unique experience that puts the player in a position to embrace the inevitable nature of survival."

Unlonely

Because of the Lonely Sun's success, Rinikulous Games opted to give it a sequel called Unlonely. Mihaylov wanted to use this project as a show of his gratitude for those who provided so much support for his first game. So he created parts of Unlonely in collaboration with six game review sites who covered his original project --Snappzilla, iFanzine, IndieHangover, Indie Game Launchpad, Orange Bison, and our very own GameSkinny. The game will include planets and levels based on the personality, atmosphere, and brand of each website.

When we asked if there will be any difference between Unlonely and its predecessor Lonely Sun, he replied:

NM: "As of this moment, Unlonely will retain Lonely Sun’s overall low poly art direction, minimal UI and gameplay mechanics (with a few surprises, though), [while] feature brand new music/atmospheric and SFX design to match the overall vibe of each level. [It will] have a more diverse and visually appealing level design and camera movements and be a tiny bit easier in terms of gameplay difficulty than Lonely Sun."

Like any idea-rittled game dev, Mihaylov has lots of other ideas and concepts for new games -- especially some that focus on story-driven gameplay. But for now, he's focusing on Hyper Beam and Unlonely before he starts moving on to other things.

Lessons and Advice For Future Developers

Mihaylov's venture into the gaming industry was met with lots of support and positive feedback, which has left him feeling accomplished and successful.

NM: "To be completely honest, I wouldn’t call myself successful in what people in this industry may call successful. However, I am grateful for the numerous friends I’ve made and positive feedback we’ve received so far – this is success to me."

When we asked Mihaylov for advice he'd like to share with aspiring game developers, he offered a few pointers about how to work well in the gaming industry -- mostly that it requires the persistence to continually reach out to the community and persevere through failed concepts and ideas before giving up on a project.

But most of all, he emphasized the importance of respecting everyone in the industry you share with them -- even if they're critics who disagree with you or what you're doing. Everyone has different preferences, and it's impossible to please them all. But by staying true to himself, Mihaylov has learned to push forward and continue making games like Hyper Beam and Unlonely come to life. 

Mihaylov has a passion for games that makes his work unique and immersive. And his fans can continue to look forward to what he and the whole team at Rinikulous Games is going to bring to the community in the future. 

I would like to thank Nik Mihaylov for taking his time to chat with us. You can keep up with his development progress by following Rinikulous Games on Twitter. If you want to try out the beta version of Hyper Beam, check out their official website for more information.

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Interview: Rinikulous Games's Nik Mihaylov Shares Insights and New Titles https://www.gameskinny.com/oyi6y/interview-rinikulous-gamess-nik-mihaylov-shares-insights-and-new-titles https://www.gameskinny.com/oyi6y/interview-rinikulous-gamess-nik-mihaylov-shares-insights-and-new-titles https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/e/a/header-77f97.jpg oyi6y/interview-rinikulous-gamess-nik-mihaylov-shares-insights-and-new-titles Tue, 16 May 2017 13:28:08 -0400 Jerline Justo

Game developer, director, and artist Nik Mihaylov broke into the game industry with Steven Ritchie to establish an indie game studio called Rinikulous Games. Together, these co-founders explored amazing ideas that would create compelling experiences -- and got their feet wet with their first indie game, Lonely Sun. This mobile platformer caught the attention of reviewers and critics -- including a writer here at GameSkinny, who gave it a stellar nine out of ten.

Now they're looking forward to adding even more games to their portfolio, and I got the chance to talk to Nik Mihaylov about his role as a developer -- as well as the state of development on two of Rinikulous' upcoming titles, Hyper Beam and Unlonely.

The Work of a Game Developer

As a developer, Mihaylov tackles a lot of new ideas and inspirations, especially when designing a new game. When considering a potential idea, he tries to realistically analyze how a game will perform in the indie sphere. Mihaylov asks himself a series of questions that help him consider the gamer’s experience and the game's potential mechanics.

But of course, all that has to start with an idea. When we asked how his idea-generating process usually works, Mihaylov replied:

NM: “That’s a great question. Creative minds tend to get excited quite easily, and keeping your focus on one thing is always a challenge. When you have decided on what the game’s core mechanic or story is, brainstorming ideas to build on top of that can be tricky. You’re constantly going from one idea to another. Personally, I have to stop myself sometimes and focus on one thing at a time.”

During his first foray into development with Lonely Sun, Mihaylov and his team learned everything as they went. He soon realized that making video games had a lot in common with what he does as a Senior Creator over at Critical Mass (a digital design agency).

He tends to a game as though he is solving a puzzle that requires taking each element -- music, SFX, gameplay, and art design -- and combining them into one compelling whole. And in doing so, he often discovers new things about his own creations that he hadn't seen before. When creating Lonely Sun, for example, he only recognized its foundational metaphor -- where living one's life contains various obstacles and struggles just as the game includes them -- while he was evaluating other aspects of the game:

NM: "...while testing the controls (controlling gravity as main mechanic), I further realized that Lonely Sun won’t be an easy game or be to everyone’s taste, and I was totally okay with that. The game’s difficult on purpose. Nothing in life comes easy – if it does, there’s something wrong. Moreover, there are no checkpoints in life, hence none in the game..."

Mihaylov also applies this metaphor to his own work. He tries to tackle each task as a challenge by taking it one step at a time. Whenever he faces an obstacle, he always reminds himself about the big picture and uses that as motivation to push forward on a project. This concept later became a central part of his future works.

Upcoming Mobile Games 

Hyper Beam

After developing Lonely Sun, Ritchie and Mihaylov decided to come to back to an old project called "Quantum". Both creators planned and brainstormed ideas on art concepts and game mechanics, eventually progressing toward smaller details like the enemy behaviors and beam designs -- which is how they settled on Hyper Beam's abstract space setting.

Unlike Lonely Sun, Hyper Beam focuses solely on gameplay with minimalist approach to AI interaction, user experience, and visual effects. The purpose of the game is for the players to discover, develop, and adapt. 

This iOS space game contains two twin stick controls, which players can manipulate around to destroy enemies. The goal is to survive as long as possible through dodging, destroying, and getting hyper. As the player progresses, game increases in difficulty.

NM: "HYPER BEAM's twin-stick controls, the constraints of (limited) screen space, complimentary music and sound effects, minimal art direction, and enemy and beam behaviors all create an unique experience that puts the player in a position to embrace the inevitable nature of survival."

Unlonely

Because of the Lonely Sun's success, Rinikulous Games opted to give it a sequel called Unlonely. Mihaylov wanted to use this project as a show of his gratitude for those who provided so much support for his first game. So he created parts of Unlonely in collaboration with six game review sites who covered his original project --Snappzilla, iFanzine, IndieHangover, Indie Game Launchpad, Orange Bison, and our very own GameSkinny. The game will include planets and levels based on the personality, atmosphere, and brand of each website.

When we asked if there will be any difference between Unlonely and its predecessor Lonely Sun, he replied:

NM: "As of this moment, Unlonely will retain Lonely Sun’s overall low poly art direction, minimal UI and gameplay mechanics (with a few surprises, though), [while] feature brand new music/atmospheric and SFX design to match the overall vibe of each level. [It will] have a more diverse and visually appealing level design and camera movements and be a tiny bit easier in terms of gameplay difficulty than Lonely Sun."

Like any idea-rittled game dev, Mihaylov has lots of other ideas and concepts for new games -- especially some that focus on story-driven gameplay. But for now, he's focusing on Hyper Beam and Unlonely before he starts moving on to other things.

Lessons and Advice For Future Developers

Mihaylov's venture into the gaming industry was met with lots of support and positive feedback, which has left him feeling accomplished and successful.

NM: "To be completely honest, I wouldn’t call myself successful in what people in this industry may call successful. However, I am grateful for the numerous friends I’ve made and positive feedback we’ve received so far – this is success to me."

When we asked Mihaylov for advice he'd like to share with aspiring game developers, he offered a few pointers about how to work well in the gaming industry -- mostly that it requires the persistence to continually reach out to the community and persevere through failed concepts and ideas before giving up on a project.

But most of all, he emphasized the importance of respecting everyone in the industry you share with them -- even if they're critics who disagree with you or what you're doing. Everyone has different preferences, and it's impossible to please them all. But by staying true to himself, Mihaylov has learned to push forward and continue making games like Hyper Beam and Unlonely come to life. 

Mihaylov has a passion for games that makes his work unique and immersive. And his fans can continue to look forward to what he and the whole team at Rinikulous Games is going to bring to the community in the future. 

I would like to thank Nik Mihaylov for taking his time to chat with us. You can keep up with his development progress by following Rinikulous Games on Twitter. If you want to try out the beta version of Hyper Beam, check out their official website for more information.

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