Mobile Platform RSS Feed | Mobile RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network The Sims Mobile Aging, Retirement, and Heirlooms Guide Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:14:55 -0400 Will Phillips

While it's definitely possible to get attached to Sims you spend so much time dressing up and completing event with, after a while you may grow bored of seeing the Sims day after day. Well luckily that's why they put the ability for your sims to retire in this game. Retiring is a way to "level up" your account by getting Heirlooms while also making room for you create more Sims. This makes for an interesting game play loop that ensures there are always incentives to keep you engaged.

How to Retire in The Sims Mobile

So how exactly do you retire? First things first, you have to be level 16 in order to unlock this feature. After that, you simply just play the game. Your character naturally ages over time from completing events, participating in hobbies, and going to work. So if you want to retire your Sims sooner, just make sure your Sims are always at work or in some type of event. Eventually, your Sim will let you know that they are ready to retire.

Note that you don’t have to retire your Sims if you don’t want to. You can choose to do so later. 

If you chose the option Not Right Now, you can then retire your Sim at any time by clicking this icon in the lower left corner next to your Sim's face.

Then pressing the traits button on the following screen.

After that you will see the option to retire your Sim next to your traits.

So now that you know how to retire your Sims, your next question might be why you should even consider doing that.

Getting Heirlooms in The Sims Mobile

Once your Sims retires, they give you something called Heirlooms. You might have already seen Heirlooms in the shop, but since you get very little Heirloom Tickets, you probably haven’t gotten one yet.


 That is unless you want to shell out some real money for them.


Heirlooms allow your next generation of Sims to gain access to new and leveled up traits. Other than your Lifestyle Score, this is the one other method to “level up” your account.


And if you end up getting duplicates, you can sell them for Heirloom tickets, which of course allow you to buy new Heirlooms from the shop.


In case you're scared that retiring your Sims will mean they're gone forever, don’t worry. Your Sims will still be around, they just won’t be playable. However, they are useful for your future generations of Sims. These retired Sims will occasionally prompt you with a mentor event. These events are opportunities for you current Sims to gain career or hobby EXP.


That's it. To summarize, your Sims will naturally age as you play. At point they will want to retire. Upon retirement, you will be gifted with a Heirloom that will make you future generation of Sims better!

Check out our other The Sims Mobile guides:

Hearthstone: The Witchwood Expansion and New Cards Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:14:27 -0400 Edgar Wulf

Blizzard recently announced its newest Hearthstone expansion -- The Witchwood. It will introduce 135 collectible cards with several new mechanics, a new hero skin for the Druid class, and an entirely new game mode called Monster Hunt which will, judging by initial information, be similar to the recent Dungeon Run mode and feature four classes unique to this mode. All of that and more will come in due time, but for now, enjoy these six newly revealed cards to give yourself an idea of what the upcoming expansion is all about.

Pumpkin Peasant card in Hearthstone Witchwood

Starting with, arguably, the least interesting card, Pumpkin Peasant is an average-looking card with underwhelming stats, and Lifesteal doesn't really compensate for that. However, the utility of being able to use the card either offensively or defensively, especially with hand-buffs, could prove useful in certain situations.

Phatom Militia card in Hearthstone The Witchwood expansion

Next one up is the Phantom Militia, which sounds like a good name for a rock band. This card introduces a new mechanic: Echo. Once you play the card, it will create a copy of itself in your hand and, provided you have enough mana, allow you to play it again on the same turn. Under normal circumstances, up to 3 copies can be played on the same turn for 9 mana. Many have already pointed out this card's synergy with Warlock's class card Summoning Portal, which would allow up to 6 Phantom Militia to be played on turn 10. Think of it as a Spreading Plague for Warlock in that case.

Militia Commander card in Hearthstone The Witchwood

Militia Commander is the only class card revealed so far for Warrior, and it also features a somewhat new mechanic. The Rush mechanic is your typical Charge, except it can't attack heroes on the turn it's played. This has already been seen in the past with cards like Icehowl and Charged Devilsaur. The battlecry, however, effectively makes this into a 5/5 charger, and if you attack with it on turn 4, you will often be left with a 2/2 minion, which is a pretty damn good deal. It's essentially a better Bomb Squad.

Genn Greymane card from Hearthstone Witchwood

One of the three legendaries to be revealed, Genn Greymane introduces a new Start of Game mechanic and discounts your hero power by 1 if your deck meets the requirement of only including cards with an even mana cost. Consider it a neutral Raza The Chained with much more severe deck-building restrictions. Despite that, Prince Keleseth has been a great example of how ignoring cards of a particular mana cost can still lead to a more than capable deck, and I'm sure Genn Greymane will be experimented with a lot.

Baku the Mooneater card from Hearthstone The Witchwood

Similarly to the previous card, Baku the Mooneater restricts your options when building the deck by only allowing the inclusion of cards with an odd mana cost. If this condition is met, then at the beginning of the game your hero power will be upgraded. Kind of like what Justicar Trueheart did in The Grand Tournament expansion way back when. The resulting effect itself is nothing new, but it will be nice to see it come back and spawn new, original decks.

Azalina Soulthief from new Hearthstone expansion The Witchwood

Last, definitely not least, Azalina Soulthief is a highly understated 7 mana legendary neutral minion with an equally powerful effect. It has been compared to a Paladin class card Divine Favor, which draws cards until you have as many as your opponent and has been included in aggro decks for the longest time. This, in essence, has a similar effect, with the exception that you are taking your opponent's cards and, hence, if you are playing against a combo deck, the cards might not be as useful to you. Regardless, this is an exciting card and one you will see a lot during the first weeks of the expansion.

The precise release date for The Witchwood is not yet known, but it is slated for a mid-April launch, and we still have 129 new cards coming up. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Hearthstone and The Witchwood info as it develops.

Fortnite: Where to Search Between Vehicle Towers Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:00:10 -0400 Ty Arthur

Didn't manage to get your hands on a Fortnite Mobile friend code yet? Yeah, me neither, but that's alright because plenty of people are still logging into the 100 player death matches on PC, Xbox, and PS4.

As Season 3 grinds on, there are now seven new weekly challenges available for the Battle Pass crowd, including the usual mix of dealing damage in certain ways, getting kills in specific locations, and of course, finding hidden spots that test your knowledge of the map.

These new weekly challenges are now ongoing for Season 3, Week 4 of Fortnite Battle Royale:

  • Deal 500 damage with a sniper rifle to opponents (5 Battle Stars)
  • Search 7 chests in Flush Factory (5 Battle Stars)
  • Search 3 supply drops (5 Battle Stars)
  • Visit 5 different ice cream trucks (5 Battle Stars)
  • Hard challenge: search between a vehicle tower, rock sculpture, and a circle of hedges (10 Battle Stars)
  • Hard challenge: complete 1 trap elimination (10 Battle Stars)
  • Hard challenge: eliminate 3 opponents in Tomato Town (10 Battle Stars)

As usual, you only need to do four of the challenges each week instead of all seven. Below we explain exactly where to go to nab that first hard challenge (it's actually pretty easy) of finding a secret Battle Star treasure nestled between three unnamed landmarks.

collecting a battle star while halfway submerged in Fortnite Grabbing the hidden Battle Star treasure in Fortnite Week 4 (thanks to DooM Clan for the screenshot)

Vehicle Tower, Rock Sculpture, Circle Of Hedges Treasure Location

This week's hidden Battle Star treasure is actually found in a pond, and it won't be visible from a distance (although the landmarks will be). It doesn't wink into existence until you walk very close to its spawn location, so jump around in the water if you don't see it appear at first.

To get to this location, jump off the Battle Bus at the southwest corner of the map if possible so you don't have to spend the whole match running to the other side. This one is at the far southwest corner of the Battle Royale map, so if you don't land fairly close right at the beginning of the match, it's a good bet the storm will have covered the location before you can get there.

That's bad because it means you may have to play multiple matches to finish this challenge without getting killed by the storm, but it's also good because there will probably be fewer well-equipped snipers there waiting to kill you (maybe).

The exact coordinates are at the edge of grid H9, at the southwestern end of Moisty Mire. You will be able to see the edge of the map from the pond where the Battle Star spawns, and the rock sculpture will be to your north on a hill.

There's also more than one watery area here, so you may have to walk around a bit. You are looking for the pond near a shack with a tree on the water's edge. The specific Battle Star location is also marked on the map below. As with the other challenges, remember you have to finish the match or it won't register as completed.

Fortnite map displaying the location of the battle star for week 4 Fortnite Vehicle Tower - Rock Sculpture - Circle Of Hedges Search Location

There you have it -- one "hard" challenge done in just a few seconds of searching around Moisty Mire's ponds. Sure hope you didn't get sniped by the guy lying in wait at the rock sculpture trying to get an easy kill!

Need help completing any other Fortnite Season 3 content? Check out our other latest Fortnite guides below, and stay tuned for more Week 4 guides coming soon!

How to Get Into the FortCraft Beta Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:18:39 -0400 Stephanie Tang

It's undeniable that while PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds may have been the game to really ignite the Battle Royale game fever, Epic Games's Fortnite has pretty much managed to edge PUBG out of the top spot.

So while there are plenty that still argue that Fortnite is a clone of PUBG in and of itself, it's really not surprising that a Fortnite clone, FortCraft, has also hit the mobile market -- and has even managed to come out on beta even earlier (it opened March 12).

Currently, to get into the Fortnite Mobile beta you need to have an invite from either Epic Games or a friend, but FortCraft allows pretty much anyone to sign up and play.

Using a flamethrower in FortCraft

It also shouldn't surprise anyone that FortCraft was developed by none other than NetEase Games -- the massive Chinese publisher behind four different mobile PUBG copycats (including its most popular, Rules of Survival and Knives Out). 

If you didn't make it into Fortnite Mobile's beta and you're really gunning to bring the fun of building stuff, smashing 100% breakable environments, and participating in massive PVP shootouts to your phone, here's what you need to know about getting started in FortCraft instead!

Sign Up for the Beta

First thing's first! Not only do you need to install the game through the appropriate app store, you will also need to sign up for the beta through the FortCraft TestFlight website here.

(Update: Please be aware that currently the iOS beta is full. You can still sign up on Android.)

If you're on iOS and didn't get signed up for FortCraft in time, it can't hurt to try and sign up for the Fortnite Mobile beta here, which is still open for sign-ups, although they're currently done with this round of keys too.

Check Your Device Compatibility

While anyone can sign up, not every device can handle the game. Here's what FortCraft will currently play on:


  • Requires iOS 9.0 or later 
  • Requires iPhone 6 or later / iPad mini 4 or later / iPad Air 2 or later / iPod 6 or later 


  • Requires Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 or later / Snapdragon 810 or later / Samsung Exynos 7420 or later / Huawei Kirin 930 or later / Huawei Kirin 650 or later / MediaTek Helio X25 or later 


  • At least 600 MB available space

This is particularly important because there's no point in downloading a game that you can't actually play -- and while the Play Store is normally pretty good at hiding the apps that aren't compatible with your device, this isn't the case with the FortCraft beta.

Error: Phone Not Supported


A phone not supported error message in FortCraft

If your device doesn't meet the specs above, chances are you can probably still download the game -- you just won't be able to play it. There are no current fixes for this error yet.

Get In Game at the Right Time

Since FortCraft is still in beta, it unfortunately won't be playable at all times of day and night; in the interests of improving player match-ups, the daily login time is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. EST

Furthermore, the number of new players on any one day is limited to 20,000, and after this is reached, game access is closed and you will be required to try again the next day.

If you want in, you need to get set up (including character creation, which honestly just requires you to choose a gender and a name) early in the day to ensure that you actually get to play!

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on FortCraft as it develops.

Hearthstone: Why Now Is a Great Time to Start Playing Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:13:32 -0400 Edgar Wulf

With approximately a month left until the release of a new expansion and an exciting transition into the Year of the Raven, now would be an excellent time to join the Hearthstone community.

What the flock is the Year of the Raven? Well, each year has a particular theme. Currently, for instance, we're in the Year of the Mammoth, and within each year are three unique expansions released across, roughly, four-month intervals. At the end of each thematic year, several of the older expansions rotate out, meaning that the available card pool for standard play is at its lowest point, and decks would consist of three to four sets of cards at most. New players can greatly benefit from this transition since they don't have to purchase older expansions or worry about not having enough cards. This is as fresh of a start as it can get.

So you've downloaded the game; Hearthstone is free to play, might as well. Where do you begin? You have no idea what the differences are between the nine unique heroes, you barely have any cards to play with, and, to top it off, you have zero gold. You should probably start by completing the tutorials, which will net you some gold and additional cards, as well as teach you the basics of the game.

Your main income, at least initially, will come from daily quests. Each day you will receive a quest and, upon completion, it will reward you with a set amount of gold. There are several: 40, 50, 60, 80, and 100 gold quests, each with varying requirements. However, after the transition, 40 gold quests will reward 50 gold instead, and many of the requirements will be lowered. This is welcome news and demonstrates Blizzard's willingness to accommodate a fresh player base. For now, a 40 gold quest might require you to "Win an X amount of games with class Y." On the other hand, a 100 gold quest would often require you to win a larger amount of games but would not restrict your class choice. And by the way, the 80 gold quest is by far the best, as it only requires you to play (not necessarily win) against a friend. And you both earn the reward, regardless of who has the quest.

Lastly, you can re-roll any quest you have once per day, and you can have up to a maximum of three at any given time. So make sure you always have a slot free for a new quest by completing the older ones. But I've bored you enough with the details. You simply want to know how to earn more of that cash-money, right? I got you covered.

Typical daily quests in Hearthstone

Ever since I started playing over three years ago, I've diligently followed the same, simple method of completing my dailies. This won't be anything new to the game's veterans, but if you're a rookie in the world of Hearthstone, then you might want to consider the following. Say you're on a clean slate, and your first quest is a 40 gold one. You re-roll it, and you get another 40 gold quest. If that is the case, leave it. If it requires you to win with a certain class, simply play with another. You're looking for 60+ gold quests; you want to maximize profit. And if 20-40 additional gold doesn't sound like much, then trust me, it adds up. If all three of your quests end up being 40 gold (and this can definitely happen), then just complete one to free up a slot for a new one.  If you get a quest requiring you to play a deck you're not comfortable with, then play in casual mode. That way, any potential losses won't affect your rank in the current month.

Is that it?! Sounds like a lot of work for an insignificant reward. No, there is also the infamous Arena mode, and I strongly suggest that you take the time to learn it. With enough practice and persistence, you could pay for card packs and any new expansions by only using in-game currency.

Hero selection screen in Hearthstone

In Arena, upon paying a 150 gold entry fee (your first entry is free), you are presented with a choice of three out of the nine heroes, randomly. Once you pick your champion, you will enter the draft stage, during which you will be offered 30 consecutive sets of 3 random cards, but you can only pick 1 out of each set until you've built a deck of 30 cards. Afterwards, you will play against other players who've built their deck in a similar fashion, up to a maximum of either 12 wins or 3 losses. Once you inevitably reach one of those numbers, you will be presented with rewards based on the final amount of wins.

Rewards are randomized and can consist of a combination of gold, dust (from which you can craft new cards), card packs (a value of 100 gold), and cards, either regular or golden. By the way, always disenchant golden cards for dust; they don't offer any gameplay benefits and only differentiate themselves with animated card art. Here's the kicker: If you can consistently average seven wins, then you may continue to play Arena indefinitely. That amount will always reward you with at least 150 gold, which already covers the entry fee, and additional rewards, one of which is always a pack from the most recent expansion, leading to a grand total value of 250+ gold.

Don't get too excited, though. That level of consistency requires a substantial time investment and practice. Begin by watching some of the more proficient Hearthstone Arena players who regularly reach high win counts, like Grinning Goat, Kripparian, or Shadybunny. Follow their draft choices and the decisions they make during each match, and then, eventually, you will become a much better player. You can also download the Hearth Arena Companion App, which will support your draft by suggesting cards of high power level, or a significant amount of synergies. I found this app extremely valuable when I started out. In addition, you can refer to the Lightforge tier list brought to you by the jolly guys at Grinning Goat. Many players have gone infinite (7+ wins) thanks to their hard work and input. It took time, but I got there; so can you!

How to Start a Career in The Sims Mobile Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:21:16 -0400 TMSingle

The Sims Mobile has career opportunities so that Sims may experience a life of employment. Like in its predecessors, Sims have the opportunity to level up in each of their careers.

In this mobile adventure, it is easy to level up in careers because there are no necessary skills like Creativity, Logic, Fitness, etc., to worry about. With a little energy and real-time commitment, reaching the top of the job food chain will be a snap.

Choose a Career

With The Sims Mobile, there are specific careers to choose from in this setting. In choosing a career, the Sim begins a work story, as each career has a small story to go along with it. There are seven career stories to complete. However, not all are available at once. 

an alterations associate in the sims mobile

The only available career in the beginning is the Barista. Head to the map to find a location where a job may be available. Parkside is the only option in the beginning, and the café is the work location available there. There is a lock on the café, but unlike later locations, it is free to unlock the café. This is where the career experience will begin.

After playing for some time, the ability to unlock other careers will become an option.  

Working the Job

To begin work, you click on the workstation and start an event.

Working a culinary career in the Sims mobile

As the Sim has no experience in the job, the only option is to Work a Shift. When more experience is gained and levels are reached, there will be several different shift options. Once the event begins, all the Sim will be able to do are work-related tasks.

There are arrows pointing to specific items or people. This is where you can find your job tasks. Each task requires a certain amount of energy and will take a specific amount of time to finish. When the task is complete, a green check mark will appear, and the sim is free to move on to the next task.

Each normal task allows your Sim to build up confidence. When the Sim becomes confident while working, risky tasks open up, and those arrows pop up with a cool smiley face inside. These tasks have a chance of success and a chance of failure. If the task is successful, the Sim will receive greater experience and grow more confident, and a large amount of time will be subtracted from the shift. If the task is a failure, the Sim will only receive partial experience and will lose their confidence.

If you choose to walk away and let the Sim work on his or her own, then if a shift is 30 minutes or longer, that is how much real-time it’ll take for the event to end.

The time required for the Sim to finish a task in The Sims Mobile

You can still complete the event with one star, even if you let the Sim finish on his or her own.

After leveling up a few times, you can then choose the option to Work a Standard Shift. It is longer, but you gain more career points when completing it. After the Standard Shift, there is the option to Work a Long Shift. Again, the amount of career points increases and brings you closer to finishing the career story.

Leveling Up

To level up, the Sim must complete work events. At the end of each event, experience is rewarded. The first shift you take and complete as a Barista will result in moving up a level.

As you continue to work, you will unlock items to help you gain experience points faster. The first item to unlock in the Barista career is the Mismatched Mug Rack. It is the first Barista Career Item, and with it in the café, you’ll receive bonus experience points.

Another option to level up faster would be to carefully choose your traits. 

For the Barista or Culinary career, choose the Foodie trait. The Foodie trait will allow you to gain bonus experience points in the Barista and Culinary career every so often. 

For a boost in any career, choose the Ambitious trait. The trait will allow bonus points as well. 

Once you reach the cap level of the career and complete the story, your Sim can go and begin another career story. Leveling up not only brings the opportunity to complete the chosen career story, but it also fattens a Sim’s pocket with simoleons.

Have you gotten a promotion in The Sims Mobile? Tell us all about it in the comments, and continue to check out GameSkinny for more helpful guides! 

Will Yo-Kai Watch 3 Release in the West? Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:34:19 -0400 Erroll Maas

 In July 2013, Yo-Kai Watch took Japan by storm. This Nintendo 3DS-exclusive RPG centering around Japanese mythological creatures was even seen as a competent competitor to Pokemon, which at the time was experiencing a slight decrease in popularity. The popularity of Yo-Kai Watch  in Japan led to several sequel games, spin-off games, an anime series, several movies, and plenty of toys. Eventually, Yo-Kai Watch even saw a release in North America -- as well as Europe and Australia -- although this wasn't until 2015. Despite the fact that Yo-Kai Watch didn't have nearly as much popularity in the West as it did in Japan, it still had just enough to stay relevant, receiving an English dub of the anime series and first movie, as well as English localizations of Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls, and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters. While Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters was the most recent game in the series to receive a Western release (on September 29, 2017), the most recent iteration in Japan, Yo-Kai Watch 3: SushiYo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura, and the updated version, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki, have not yet been confirmed for a Western release. With its popularity dwindling in Japan and many current and former Nintendo 3DS owners moving over to the Nintendo Switch, will Yo-Kai Watch 3 still see a release outside of Japan? Let's see if we can find out with the available information. 

Nintendo 3DS Still Has Support for Now

While the Nintendo Switch has gained plenty of traction in its first year on the market, the Nintendo 3DS is still going strong with both continuing sales and an already large user base. In the March 2018 Nintendo Direct, several Nintendo 3DS titles were announced, most of which will release in 2018, but some -- such as Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jrs. Journey -- won't actually launch until 2019. Yo-Kai Watch 3 might not be announced for the West yet, but the game could still release this year due to the previous pattern of Yo-Kai Watch releases. The international release of the first Yo-Kai Watch was announced at E3 2015 and arrived in North America on November 6, 2015, and in Europe on April 29, 2016. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits and Yo-Kai Watch 2: Fleshy Souls were announced for Western release during E3 2016, and they arrived in North America on September 30, 2016, and in Europe on April 20, 2017. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters, an updated third version of Yo-Kai Watch 2, was announced on July 31, 2017, and released in North America and Europe on September 29, 2017.  From this pattern, it's easy to come to the conclusion that if Yo-Kai Watch 3 is heading westward, then it will be announced this coming summer and will release sometime in fall. However, there are some factors which could cause a longer wait.

Sometimes Localization Can Take Awhile

There were two years between the Japanese and North American releases of the first Yo-Kai Watch game (three years between release in Japan and Europe). While this isn't a long wait compared to some other Japanese games, Yo-Kai Watch had to be changed a bit for Western audiences due to its heavy influence from modern Japanese culture. In the game, it's not as bad as the infamous 4Kids English anime dubs from the early 2000s, but there are some similarities.

Because of all the editing that comes with the localization process and how many other games the main localization team may be working on at the time, there's a possibility it may take a little longer for Yo-Kai Watch 3 to release, although it could still be within 2018. While Sushi and Tempura would most likely see a 2018 release,  Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki probably wouldn't be released until 2019 due to Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters releasing in the West a year after Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls.

Ultimately, It's Up To Nintendo and Level-5 to Decide

Even though Yo-Kai Watch has never had as much popularity in the West as it once did in Japan, all three versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2 managed to be localized in the last two years. If Nintendo wants to keep showing that they will still support the Nintendo 3DS through 2019 despite more fans moving on to the Nintendo Switch, then announcing and releasing Yo-Kai Watch 3 would provide a way to continue that trend. Western fans will be glad that they will be able to play the Nintendo 3DS series in its entirety, and they will hopefully look forward to the possible Nintendo Switch release of Yo-Kai Watch: Shadowside as well as other upcoming Level-5 titles.

Watch Out for Yo-Kai

As previously stated, due to previous patterns, it's possible that Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi and Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura will be announced this summer for a fall release. It could be during E3 2018, it could be some time later, or it could not receive a Western release at all -- although that's not likely. At the moment, Western fans of the franchise will just have to hope for the best and expect their mischievous yokai friends to make another appearance soon.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 Introduces New PvP Battlez Mode Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:50:11 -0400 Zach Hunt

PopCap Games and EA Mobile know you love taking out encroaching zombies in their wildly popular tower-defense game, but they figured it was time you tested your mettle against other Plants vs. Zombies 2 players.

Available now, the brand-new Battlez Mode represents Plants vs. Zombies' first foray into PvP, pitting players against one another in head-to-head, asynchronous battles to accrue the highest score and move up the leaderboards. The actual scoring works a little differently from the main game in Battlez, as you'll gain more points for zombie kills the farther away they are from your home.

Colored banners at the bottom of the screen delineate these scoring zones, and your score for each kill will appear in that zone's color. If you don't manage to take out a zombie before it reaches its destination, you won't lose, but you also won't gain any points as the lawnmower clears that row. All the while, you'll be keeping an eye on the top of the screen, where a meter indicates your opponent's progress.

With Battlez maps set to change each week, daily activities, and weekly in-game tournaments, there's never been a better time to partake in garden warfare. Plants vs. Zombies 2 is available to download for free from the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Plants vs. Zombies 2 info, tips, and more.

Level-5 Reveals New Gameplay Trailer for Inazuma Eleven Ares Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:19:38 -0400 Erroll Maas

During the latest Inazuma Walker broadcast, Level-5 revealed a new gameplay trailer for Inazuma Eleven Ares, the next game in their strategic soccer RPG series, Inazuma Eleven.

Additionally, the new anime series of the same name and based on the game was announced to premiere globally on April 6, 2018.

Inazuma Eleven Ares will launch for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android in Summer 2018 in Japan. It is currently unknown if the game will release outside of Japan.

If the game does release outside of Japan, it will be the first in the series to release in Europe since the two-version game, Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stones: Wildfire and Inazuma Eleven GO Chrono Stones: Thunderflash, which released on March 27, 2015. It would also be the first in the series to release in North America since the enhanced Nintendo 3DS version of Inazuma Eleven, which released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on February 13, 2014, and at this time is the only game in the series to see a North American release.

If Inazuma Eleven Ares doesn't see a release outside of Japan, interested fans will still be able to play the game due to both the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch being region-free, although it would likely only have Japanese language support.

Keep an eye on GameSkinny for more Inazuma Eleven Ares news updates.


How to Get Married in The Sims Mobile Sun, 11 Mar 2018 14:15:22 -0400 Tobbpitt

The Sims Mobile just wouldn't fit in with the rest of the series without the ability to befriend and marry other sims. This time around it's pretty easy, aside from the in-game Energy or real-life time investments.

Getting hitched is a step-by-step process here, so we're going to go into the process of how to get married in The Sims Mobile step by step. It's not hard, but it does take some time.

Step 1. Get yourself to level 10

This is a prerequisite to purchasing some items before you get married. It's best to know this before you get this whole process started. No surprises here!

Step 2. Get your relationship with a sim up to level 10

This can take some time (and interaction spamming, much like a regular game of The Sims).

You can't just get someone to agree to marrying your sim by spamming it with friendly interactions, though. Make sure to build up the relationship with your sim's future spouse using romantic interactions.

At a level 10 relationship, your sim and its romantic interest will hit Soulmates. From there you two are ready to get hitched.

Step 3. Make at least three level 2 friends

It's best to work on this while you're wooing your sim of choice so that you don't have to wait when you're finally ready. You need three sims sitting at level 2 or more friendship to get married.

Step 4. Propose to your sim's soulmate

Easy enough! Just interact with the sim and propose. You'll receive the wedding quest after you propose.

Step 5. Purchase the wedding decorations

A Sims veteran will be familiar with the process of buying a wedding arch to get hitched, and it's basically the same here in The Sims Mobile. Well, almost.

Remember the first step, which was just "get to level 10?" This is where it comes in. You can't buy the required items unless you are level 10.

If you followed the steps, you will be able to buy your wedding items: a Wedding Arch, a Floral Pillar, and a Windowed Rose Lattice. The store will indicate these are the items required to get married, so don't stress if you can't remember them.

Step 6. Fulfill the other wedding quest requirements

Making those three friends is one part of the quest, but there are two other things you must to do fulfill its requirements:

  1. Choose to interact with your sim's partner and reassure their cold feet over the wedding
  2. Interact with a table and choose the option to work on your wedding vows

Step 7. Get married!

The time has finally come! Once all of the above steps are complete, you can select the Wedding Arch and choose to get married with your sim's soulmate. 

It takes a while to get married, but who can stand in the way of true love? Not I, says the Sims fan.


Have you tied the knot in The Sims Mobile? Let us know all about it in the comments, and be sure to stick with GameSkinny for more helpful guides and tips.

Hearthstone: Upcoming Changes in Patch 10.4 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:50:28 -0500 Edgar Wulf

In their most recent "Designer Insights," Blizzard announced some big changes coming to Hearthstone's Arena mode via upcoming patch 10.4 that would, in particular, affect drafting. Kris Zierhut, Lead Systems Designer for Hearthstone, began by briefly describing a typical draft pick in Arena. In his example, for a common rarity pick you would get a Fireball, an Ice Barrier, and a Wisp. Sound familiar? For those with Arena experience, and this is something Kris also emphasized, the pick is quite obvious -- Fireball -- with the remaining choices being quite underwhelming.

He then proceeded to describe a different situation, where the same Fireball would be up against a Leyline Manipulator of rare quality and a Primordial Drake of epic quality. Now, the decision is no longer as obvious and is strongly based on any potential synergies your deck might already have, though I would still argue that the Leyline Manipulator is no competition for the other two cards. Also, notice how each card is of a different rarity. Since the very beginnings of Arena, any specific draft pick would always contain three cards of the same rarity, either common, rare, epic, or legendary.

That is soon to change. Each pick will contain cards of a similar power level but varying rarities, with the exception of legendaries -- there will always be three, similarly powered legendary cards. As before, picks 1,10, 20, and 30 will offer cards of a rare or higher quality. Bonus rates for cards from new expansions will be temporarily disabled, and rates for many existing cards will be rebalanced. In addition, each class will receive one arena-exclusive card.

Though I was skeptical back when wild cards were removed from Arena, it ended up being a good kind of change. I also believe that these new changes will, even if not right away, make the drafting experience better and incentivize a more thorough decision.

As of yet, the release date of patch 10.4 is not known, though I am willing to bet it will launch alongside the new expansion and the transition into The Year of the Raven, which is likely sometime in April of 2018.


Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more information on Hearthstone and the upcoming expansion as it develops.


Space Snake Tips Guide - How to Slither Your Way to the Top Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:00:26 -0500 Felicia Miranda

Space Snake is a mobile game from Ketchapp that challenges you to continuously move through levels chasing orbs called pieces and avoiding obstacles called blocks. While the premise sounds simple, surviving the turbulent waves of neon obstacles and the ever-changing landscape is much tougher than it looks. After putting in a few hours of frustrating yet incredibly addictive game time, we’ve put together these tips to help you reach that high score in Space Snake you’ve always wanted.

Tip 1: Use your head

Placing your finger on any part of the snake will move it in the direction you choose, but moving the snake from its head gives you more time to react. Having more time to respond will help keep your movements smoother and more accurate since you’ll be less likely to wildly dodge each obstacle as it comes up.

Tip 2: Stay ahead of the game

Upcoming pieces can help you predict where blocks and openings will appear. Whenever there’s a piece occupying a space, you can know with certainty that this a safe opening. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t proceed with caution since it’s not uncommon for a block to appear right behind it, so always stay on your toes!

Tip 3: Move with purpose

Keep your movements short and quick. It helps to return to the center of the screen when you can and to remain as controlled with your movements as possible. This is one of those tips that’s easier said than done, especially when obstacles are popping up quicker than you can avoid them, but keeping your cool is a tactic that will definitely help you get that high score.

Tip 4: Uncover patterns and techniques

If you look closely, you’ll notice that the levels in Space Snake tend to use many of the same patterns and techniques to trick you. For example, a common tactic you’ll find uses three blocks with spaces in between them. One of the blocks will move from side to side to try and catch your snake as you pass through. If you memorize how these blocks move and the right ways to respond to them, you’ll be able to avoid making the same mistakes and last longer.

Tip 5: Find your winning Snake

If you take a look at the bottom of the menu of Space Snake, you’ll see a gift box and a play button next to a gem. Pressing here lets you watch ads in exchange for gems that you can use to unlock different snakes. Granted, anything that involves watching ads can be a little annoying, but at the very least, you won’t have to spend your hard-earned money. You might find that changing the shape and color of the snake can positively impact your gameplay. I know it did for me!

Hopefully, these Snake Pass tips help you get to the top of the scoreboard. If you have any suggestions to add to this guide, let us know in the comments, and we’ll be sure to add them in. For more on addictive mobile games, check these articles out.

Black Desert Mobile -- What We Know So Far Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:28:44 -0500 Kengaskhan

Pearl Abyss' highly anticipated Black Desert Mobile just launched in Korea, and it’s already looking to be one the biggest mobile games of the year, coming in at nearly 5 million pre-registrations in Korea alone, with servers overloaded at launch by the huge influx of traffic. In a way, it’s not totally unexpected, as Black Desert M is a spin-off of Pearl Abyss' MMORPG, Black Desert Online, and it shares many of the features that made its predecessor so popular.

However, as is tradition with Pearl Abyss, not much gets filtered our way from across the globe, aside from what the players in the KR region generously translate for us. Still, there have been a couple of trailers and other videos released on YouTube about BDM, which is more or less where all of this information comes from.

The first thing that stands out from BDM's trailer is that it's very impressive from a graphical standpoint, and by all reports it runs quite smoothly on modern devices (though it’ll probably chew up your battery). BDO veterans will also notice that the gameplay is fairly reminiscent of the original game’s -- however, anyone hoping for a way to play BDO while away from their computer will be sorely disappointed. Not only is there no cross-platform play, they’re not even technically the same game, and any crossover between BDM and BDO will likely take the shape of cross-promotional events held by Pearl Abyss.

Still, that’s not to say that BDM will be a lesser game, though as as a free-to-play mobile title, it’ll certainly be more accessible. For starters, the combat has been stripped down and modified to resemble the mobile ARPG-style of combat you’d find in a game like Lineage 2: Revolution.

In addition, BDM is launching with only 5 of BDO’s 12 classes (Warrior, Ranger, Witch, Berserker, and Valkyrie), and the only lifeskills we’ve seen in trailers like this one are resource gathering, farming, and horse training, though the developers have also mentioned trading. That being said, it’s a pretty safe bet that the devs will add more classes and life skills later on in BDM’s lifespan (especially since that’s what Pearl Abyss did with the MMO).

On the other hand, BDM is also launching with some features that BDO’s community wishes their game had, like structured PvP and party dungeons. Another major difference that will appeal to casual players (and probably most people in general) is that BDM’s gear enhancement system looks to be far less rage-inducing than BDO’s, which is notoriously punishing.


At the moment, there's no solid Western release date for Black Desert Mobile, but going by the staggered release of Black Desert Online worldwide, it'll be at least half a year until we see it on smartphones and tablets in NA/EU.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding Black Desert Mobile's Western release, or check out other Black Desert-related news here!

Power Rangers RPG Beta Now Available in Select Territories Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:27:16 -0500 Erroll Maas

Developer Nexon has released a beta of their upcoming mobile game, Power Rangers RPG, based on Saban's long-running Power Rangers franchise, in some territories, including North America.

In Power Rangers RPG, players will command different ranger team combinations, pilot Megazords, complete daily missions and dimensional explorations, have ranger teams compete in 5 vs. 5 training battles in the dimensional arena, team up with other players to complete Alliance Raids, receive exclusive rewards, and more. 

The beta features Rangers from Power Rangers RPM, Wild Force, S.P.D., Mystic Force, Megaforce, Super Megaforce, and Operation Overdrive.

The Power Rangers RPG beta will be available until March 2, 2018, after which all data will be wiped to work on balancing and other improvements. It has been stated the the beta is closed to testers only, but anyone with an Android mobile device should be able to download and play it. A release date for the final version has not yet been announced. It is currently unknown if the game will also release on iOS devices.

2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Power Rangers franchise. To celebrate, Saban will host special touring live events; Boom! Studios will be releasing more of their multiple Power Rangers comic book series, including the upcoming "Shattered Grid" event; Power Rangers: The Ultimate Visual History book will be released; Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel will premiere, which will include guest stars from previous seasons and a 25th anniversary special; new Legacy series Power Rangers toys made exclusively by Bandai will be released; and special collectible commemorative pins will be available at conventions and expos.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Power Rangers game news as it develops.

Does Historical Accuracy Matter in the RTS Genre? Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:27:37 -0500 Alberto C.

The simple and straightforward answer to the question, "Does historical accuracy matter in the RTS genre?" is “well yeah, duh.” If we’re going to be playing a game based around a certain time period in history, or if it is supposed to depict a historical event, perhaps because we generally tend to “know” what really happened and are aware of the facts surrounding them, we have a natural inclination to denounce everything we perceive as “false.” It only seems logical that if we witness something we think to be untrue, to call it out or at least notice it.

This problem on the question of historical authenticity is and has been especially problematic within the RTS genre. It is one of the few types of games where the player simultaneously controls various types of units at the same time and tests them against one another. This means that developers have to take into account how each and every unit will react when put against all the others. What’s more, the RTS genre is one heavily dominated by games that use history itself or a period of it as a base for the whole game. Games like Total War, Age of Empires or Company of Heroes are some of the heaviest weights you can find in the genre and, with the exception of recent Total War titles, rely heavily on history.

Age of Empires is famous for depiting ancient historical periods...while being able to Wololo that war elephant into joining your army.

The question is then not so much does historical accuracy matter, but how much does it matter, and up to what point. When playing an RTS game that is based on a historical period, chances are we would prefer to play a title that is historically accurate rather than one that isn’t. The exception to this would be if a game is explicitly marketed as one that doesn’t intend to be accurate and it is not what players should expect. Games like War Front: Turning Point or Age of Empires do not have the emphasis on being accurate, but rather on taking you through alternative timelines or various historical ages, respectively.

Though not an RTS, Civilization is a series guilty of historical inaccuracies.

The titles that do brand themselves as being historically factual have then to find a balance between that faithful representation of reality, and being overall fun. These are the titles where developers are inevitably forced to decide how much are they willing to bend the rules and how can they justify it. In the end, developers do and should put gameplay and enjoyment over being accurate. If they did the opposite, games wouldn’t be nearly as fun and it would result unavoidably (but historically accurate) imbalances that would be especially pronounced in the multiplayer arena. Games shouldn’t be imbalanced no matter how accurate it may be.

Most history buffs of World War 2 know that German tanks were overall better than their American counterparts, but that doesn’t mean it should be as so in a video game that doesn’t go beyond a computer monitor. RTS and video games overall are meant to be fun first and foremost. They are rarely, if ever, marketed as tools meant to depict how past events developed. The fact of the matter is a historically inaccurate game is infinitely better than a broken game, which was what they risk being by putting the former ahead of the latter.

German Tiger Tank I was notoriously superior to the M4 Sherman.

No matter the game and no matter the time period, some players out there are always willing and determined to point out the historical inaccuracies a game may suffer. They’ll voice their complaints about how their favorite unit should endure more damage or whatnot within the game. What these players often fail to realize is that games that take history as a basis do exactly that: as a basis. They merely use it as a foundation upon which to build their own fictional world. To expect anything other than that is misguided, ill-founded, and will only hamper the enjoyment of the game itself.

How to Build the Ultimate Kingdom in Caravan War Fri, 23 Feb 2018 11:06:31 -0500 Stephanie Tang

When it comes to strategy games, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for the tower defense subgenre -- ever since I was introduced to Bloons on Newgrounds as a young, impressionable soul. 

The format is fairly easy to pick up, although every game has its own particular twist. Build towers. Slow the enemy down. Kill them all.

Caravan War adds simulation game elements to the game format, encouraging you to build up your town and its buildings. Set in a cartoon-y medieval fantasy world, Hiker Games's newest title also throws PVP play into the mix, encouraging player clans and the ambushing of each other's caravans in the bid for riches and power. 

So how to make it to the very top? These are some of the things you're going to need to know.

Get to know your units

The tutorial blitzes you through the basics of setting up an ambush with both towers and your set of minions, but it doesn't really give you the time to look and learn the strengths and weaknesses of each. After you get a head start building your town, take a minute to look over each of the bandits to check out their attributes. This will play into strategizing where and how you're going to use them.  

An example of the cartoonish look of Caravan War

To continue progressing in this game, you're going to need to keep your fighting force fit and up to the task. Make sure that they stay healed, and make sure that you upgrade them whenever you can

Know how you want to set them up. Towers are handy, but you also want to make sure you've got the right minions set up where you want them. Heavily armored bandits are your best front line, while you should keep your squishier (but higher-ranged) archers further back. 

Play through campaign mode

Not only will this acclimate you to the game and how ambushes should be played, but you will also receive general loot from completing each level. You won't be able to just blitz through the chapters very easily right away, so make sure you keep your units upgraded so that you're not underpowered for the task.

The most important thing is that after completing certain chapters, you unlock new towers to add to your arsenal in ambushes. Once you do that, learn your towers so you know when and where to deploy them since they, much like your minions, have different strengths and weaknesses that correspond to different caravan units. 

Take a look at what the caravan is packing before you set up your stuff. If they're coming in heavy, for example, bring out the Mage Tower, which allows for armor penetration. You always have a little time to study your enemy before you need to engage. 

Keep upgrading and using your buildings 

In order to keep up with the increasing difficulty of ambushes, you're going to need to keep upgrading your units ... and in order to upgrade your units and your towers, you're going to need to keep your buildings upgraded as well. As the tutorial already shows you, you've got quite a few buildings taking up your town right from the start that are going to need your attention. 

Make sure that you're always keeping yourself well funded by sending out your caravan on trade missions -- this is what keeps you in gold, which you're going to need lots of to make your upgrades.

Building will need regular attention in Caravan War

Since this game is fairly PVP-oriented, there is a good chance that your caravan is going to be attacked by other players when you send it out on trade missions. That's fine. Pack them with as many units as you want so that you're not quite easy pickings, but even if they're successful, they're not going to rob you blind. You'll still come away with something, and you're going to want to keep that cash flowing as much as possible. 

Make sure that you keep your trade missions active even when you're not actively playing the game because they'll still count down the time necessary to complete the mission regardless of whether or not you have the game open. When you sign in again, they'll still be there waiting for you. 

Set out and do some ambushing yourself!

Keep up with the ambushes in Caravan War to score great rewards

Since it's a mobile game, it's not like you're going to have to sit through anyone cursing you through the Internet for your larceny. The rewards for successful missions are easy to see and show up at the top-left corner of the screen before you choose to engage. 

Even better, after 10 ambush attempts, you are awarded an Ambush Chest that holds even better rewards compared to your regular loot chests (seven cards versus the usual four), a guaranteed rare, and a chance for epics. 

Don't worry about losing

Learning your units is the most important thing, and knowing what they can (and can't) do against an enemy is what is going to make you better at it. 


Know any other strategies to get better at Caravan War? Let us know in the comments below!



Mobile Gaming Dominated iOS App Store in 2017 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:19:02 -0500 It's Gavin!

Now that 2017 has come and gone, it's a good time to study mobile data to understand future trends. With over 450,000 apps that emerged last year for U.S. iOS users, the largest category for apps is first and foremost games.


According to data from tech startup AppBi, a company dedicated to mobile marketing and analysis, 19.7% of apps on the current store are mobile games. This overtakes the 10.7% of business-based apps and the 9.1% of lifestyle-based apps. Games still dominate the market, and interested developers should take note.

This is also true for the most-used keywords of the year. As shown below, the the top three keywords used by apps were "Free", "Games", and "Game".  Considering the strong usage of free-to-play mechanics in many mobile titles, it isn't surprising. 

What do you think about this data? Is it surprising to you, or nothing special? Do you think 2018 will change things? Leave your comments below!

Reroll or Keep? The Grand Summoners Tiers List Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:55:52 -0500 Littoface

Say goodbye to your free time: Japanese mobile battle game Grand Summoners has made its debut in the USA in English. The spiritual successor to Brave Frontier brings with it an immersive story, tons of quests, and, of course, massively powerful units to battle with.

As in many other battle mobile games, Grand Summoners allows players to summon powerful warriors and  magical beasts to fight alongside your main character. Each of your four-unit party can be equipped with various trinkets and spells, enhanced and upgraded to unlock its maximum potential, and combined with other units of the same type to enhance its stats.

Of course, the characters in your party contribute greatly to the game's difficulty, as well as to how you fare against other players. This leads to a number of questions: Who should you hope to draw in your summon? What are the Grand Summoner rarity tiers? Is there any way to reroll in Grand Summoners?

Read on to uncover the answers to all of the above, and more!

How to Reroll in Grand Summoners

Grand Summoners, as the name suggests, places a large emphasis on summoning fighter units. Summons cost in-game money in the form of gems, which you receive for completing certain quests and challenges, logging in on consecutive days, or simply buying them. To give all players a leg up when they are first starting out, players receive 175 gems following the tutorial and introduction -- enough to summon 11 heroes 3 times and still have gems for equip draws. While there are other ways to get units (through questing or Invasion quests, for instance), this initial lump of gems can make acquiring good units much easier.

Not all summons will be worth keeping, and you will undoubtedly get some doubles. Didn't get the top summons on your first try? The units you start with will determine your strength (or lack thereof) as you progress through the game. Having the best starter units is essential -- and to do that, you may need to reroll.

There is no official way to reroll, but if you want to reset the game and get another shot at a highly ranked summon, here are three unofficial ways to reroll in Grand Summoners:

  • Android devices: Clear the game's data.
  • iOS devices: Reinstall the game.

(Owners of rooted devices can directly delete certain files to reset the gem count, but we won't go into that here).

Once you do this, all you have to do is play through until you receive 175 gems again, and give the summoning another try.

Who should you reroll for? We have a few suggestions below.

Grand Summoners Tiers List

The Grand Summoners tiers and rarity levels are based on the numbers of stars a unit can potentially have. The following is a breakdown of the tier list:

  • No rarity rating: 2 stars
  • Rare: 3 stars
  • Super Rare: 4 stars
  • Hyper Rare: 5 stars
  • Evolved Blade Master: The Blade Master you choose in the beginning of the game can be evolved into a higher tier later in the game.

The higher the potential power, the better ranked the unit is. Many units can also be evolved into higher rarity versions of themselves by raising their level to the maximum and using special items. (However, this is a lengthy process.) These are all things to keep in mind when you roll (or reroll) for summons in Grand Summoners.

Grand Summoner Unit Types

To have a truly balanced team, it isn't enough to have just high-tier characters. When putting together your dream team of fighters, you'll need to consider their types as well. Different types of units can equip different types of equipment, and it's a good idea to have a balanced team with a variety of units for the best effect.

While most good summons can equip three items, which equipment they can wield varies by type. The unit types and the equipment slots they come with are:

  • Attacker: The offensive unit which provides high damage. Can usually equip two attack items.
  • Supporter: The buff unit which provides temporary stat boosts for the whole team. Can usually equip one attack item and one support item.
  • Breaker: The boss-hunting unit which specializes in breaking the boss gauge. Can usually equip 2 attack items.
  • Healer: The, well, healer unit. This is generally the only unit capable of equipping healing items. Can usually equip one defense item and one healing item.
  • Defender: The tank unit which protects your team from enemy damage. Can usually equip one defense item.

Grand Summoners allows you to have more than one loadout, so try different party configurations until you find what works for you.

Best Grand Summoners Characters to Use

Of course, not all top-tier summons in Grand Summoners are equal. The trick to creating the best team is to mix and match unit types into a cohesive 4-summon army.

Here are a few current fan favorites to aim for, as well as their unit type and element, and their strengths as a unit:

  • Valhalla: Healer; Wood. Although this unit is not very powerful, its healing and buffing skills are top-notch.
  • Ragna: Breaker; Fire. A solid unit with great resists and buffs for the team.
  • Eden: Defender; Light. A defender unit with a 5-star healing slot and potential for damage negation.
  • Toto: Supporter; Wood. A reliable party buffer with support equip slots and regenerating health.
  • Yomi: Attacker; Water. A powerful attacker with physical and support equip slots and high water damage.
  • Arosdea: Attacker; Fire. A strong unit with three physical attack slots and useful skills.

Whichever of the three starter units you choose will also serve you well later in the game, as the Blade Masters -- Clyde, Corsair, and Arth -- have the potential to become even stronger than the summoned units. It is also recommended that you check in for future limited-time-events, which provide higher chances of landing a prized or limited unit.


Now that Grand Summoners has gone global (or at least has a U.S. release), English speakers can join in on the fun of this expansive battle mobile game. And with our Grand Summoners tier list and unit recommendations, you can start your journey into the game with a powerful team!

9 Mobile Games With Surprisingly Deep Storylines Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:21:42 -0500 Blackcreed11

Mobile games are far from the usual gamer's choice of gaming. In fact, it is difficult to find a mobile game that keeps the player interested as well as has a story that's worthwhile. Here are nine mobile games with unexpected storylines that will have you hooked.

1. Homescape

This game involves you helping a character named Austin the Butler, who moves back home with his parents. His old childhood home is a bit of a fixer upper, but you help him improve the house. The game is a mix between The Sims and Candy Crush SagaAs you play the match-3 games, players earn money and help him make improvements on the home. This game is available in Google Play Store.

2. Infinity Blade

This game is an RPG combat adventure where, as the player, you face off against the main antagonist. The game plays in cycles, allowing you to fight the antagonist every time it is reborn. As the main character, Siris, you are on a mission to find what killed your father. The game consists of swipes to attack and dodge the enemy. This game you can find in iTunes App Store.

3. Device 6

This is a text-based game that uses images and sounds to guide the player through a set of puzzles, which the in-game protagonist, Anna, needs to solve to escape from an unknown island. She wakes up in a castle as she meets strange people and creatures appearing to be unresponsive or electronically controlled. The game consists of swiping the screen to move through or to review the story, using buttons to interact with in-game elements, shown in black-and-white pictures to get hints or to solve a puzzle.  Device 6 is available in the iTunes App Store.

4. The Room

This mystery puzzle game has four levels, each of which gives clues for the player to solve puzzles that reveal the plot of the story and lead to the next level. These clues are left behind by a benefactor and each clue brings you closer to the truth and a revelation about the story. This game can be found in the Google App Store as well as the iTunes App Store.


This indie title is a first-person sniper game with moral conflicts and a main character seeking revenge for the death of his family. It has a neo-noir style, which adds more suspense to the drama. The beginning missions start out easy and let you get accustomed with the system. The controls are simple and the aim is in the middle of the screen. Look for this game in the Google App Store.

6. Sinister Edge

This Android game allows for exploring locations, complex puzzle mechanics, and detailed surroundings full of unexpected occurrences. As the player, you are looking for your missing family members and uncovering a dark truth. This 3D game is available in the Google Play Store and iTunes App store.

7. Dark Meadow: The Pact

The game starts with you waking up in an abandoned, decrepit hospital with no memory. There is a strange man in a wheelchair warning you of the creatures dwelling within the halls and mentions a "witch" before quickly rolling away, never to be seen again. The game is in first person view; you can explore your strange new world. Touching certain items will open them and give you items. Small green nodes on the ground show you where you can go, and the controls are a simple tap and go; no on-screen D-Pad. Make sure to check this game out at the Google Play store and the iTunes App Store.

8. SIM- Sara is Missing

The game takes place on a lost cell phone which the player has found. The phone belongs to a girl named Sara. The phone seems to have been corrupted and the phone’s AI system, I.R.I.S. greets you with a friendly “Hello Sara." After typing responses to I.R.I.S, it soon becomes apparent Sara is in grave danger. You as the player must help I.R.I.S find Sara by searching through the most recent text messages, notes, emails, pictures and music to try and find relevant information on Sara. The iTunes App Store and Google Play App Store both have this game

9. Ninja Arashi

The game starts with the escape of the main villain from his prison. The villain proceeds to kill Arashi's wife and kidnaps his son. The game consists of using all the main character’s weapons in defeating the villains in the hopes of finding his son. The graphics are reminiscent of the Edo time period and the colors used for special attacks and traps are beautiful. The controls on the left side of the screen are two arrows used for moving either left and right. On the right side are four other buttons used to perform a variety of commands. This game is available in the iTunes App Store as well as the Google Play Store.

Check some of these games out and see which one you like!

Dissidia Opera Omnia: Should You Reroll? Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:16:01 -0500 Spongehoe

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia is quickly becoming a mobile favorite RPG, a great collection of Final Fantasy heroes and villains in one. By completing quests and challenges, the player can level up and gain access to more maps and explore further, not to mention get a hold of better, stronger equipment to help them through. 

Like most games in the genre, this one offers a gashapon where players can obtain new, better equipment with gems. However, there are only so many gems a player can receive at once.

Some players get lucky from the first roll with the initial 5000 gems, but most players are usually not so fortunate. They're usually stuck with whatever they get from the start, but with such a rare combination of heroes, players don't have to settle for less!

The simplest way to get access to the best items and weapons is to reroll. The question is when is it worth the reroll

A reroll is not always necessary, but it is generally recommended when players do not get either Vann or Terra's strongest 5-star weapons or the duplicates for easy Limit Breaks by fusing together the duplicates of the weapons. 

5-star (and 4-star) weapons are both rare and valuable for the Affinity Ability corresponding with the character they are meant for. In short, the weapon can make the character extremely potent. 

This is especially important if someone is min-maxing their character. That said if a player is simply aiming for weapons for their favorite heroes, that alone should justify a reroll. 

Rerolling is a fairly simple process, taking about 20 minutes at most:

  • Android: Settings > Apps & notifications > App info > OperaOmnia. Change the emulated file name. Clear the storage of the game and reboot it. 
  • iOS: Delete and reinstall the game.

And that's all there is to it. If you have any other tips for rerolling on Opera Omnia, comment below and let us know!