Android Platform RSS Feed | Android RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Build a Whole New You with Minecraft's Character Creation Tool Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:08:38 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Minecraft has been around for a long time — 10 years, in fact — and despite all the changes and updates we've seen come to the sandbox builder/survival extravaganza, never before has the game included a built-in character customization tool.

That's about to change, though.

Mojang has announced the latest Minecraft beta is introducing a character creation tool for the Windows 10, Xbox One (finally), and Android versions of the game. It's available today, with the usual warnings that come with entering a Minecraft beta. Namely, that it replaces your current game of Minecraft.

It's a fairly extensive creation and customization tool as well. Mojang promises more than 100 free items for players to choose from. Customization options include:

  • facial hair
  • skin tones
  • hairstyle and color
  • eyes
  • mouth
  • limb replacement
  • body size
  • body shape

More accessory options are planned for a later date, but those won't be free.

Should any of the options available in Minecraft's character creation tool not seem appealing, Windows 10 and mobile users can still import skins from outside the game, per usual — and there are quite a few quality skins that can be imported.

Mojang even provided the steps needed to import skins in the patch notes:

  • Profile
  • Edit Character
  • Classic Skins tab
  • Owned
  • Import
  • Choose New Skin

Minecraft players using other Bedrock versions of the game needn't worry that they're being left out in the cold. Mojang says the character creation tool will be rolled out across all platforms after the beta ends.

Full details about the new beta, including bug fixes, can be found here.

2019 has been another very busy year for Minecraft, and the updates and upgrades aren't done yet. News about the big graphics update is expected later this year, and on top of that, Minecon is coming soon, complete with news about upgraded biomes.

Gear Up for Battle — Call of Duty Storms Onto Mobile Soon Wed, 18 Sep 2019 13:35:37 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

After a long wait and a lengthy beta period, Activision and Tencent's Call of Duty Mobile finally has a release date. Call of Duty Mobile will launch on the App Store and Google Play on October 1 as a free-to-play game.

This is a global launch, with all countries except Belgium, Vietnam, and mainland China getting the game at the same time.

We detailed the game's main focus a while back, but as a refresher, Call of Duty Mobile is essentially a compilation game. It brings together maps, modes, and characters from throughout the series, including the Black Ops and Modern Warfare subseries.

Activision's VP of Mobile, Chris Plummer, said:

We are delivering the definitive, first-person action experience on mobile with signature Call of Duty gameplay in the palms of your hands

We are bringing together some of the best the franchise has to offer, including Modern Warfare maps like Crash and Crossfire, Black Ops maps like Nuketown and Hijacked, and many more, into one epic title.

That said, it does only include multiplayer and battle royale modes at launch.

However, Activision mentioned more modes and content will be added to the game as time goes on, and the multiplayer component is more diverse than it might seem, with bits and bobs pulled from other Call of Duty multiplayer modes. Some of these multiplayer modes include Search and Destroy, Team Deathmatch, and Free-For-All.

CoD Mobile's battle royale is Call of Duty meets PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, with up to 100 players fighting for survival, using their wits and whatever they can find — including vehicles — to try and make it out alive.

Ahead of its October 1 release date, Call of Duty Mobile's pre-registration is also open now and can be found here.

Biome the Vote: Choose Which Minecraft Biomes Get Updates, New Features Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:51:43 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Minecon Live is the celebration of all things Minecraft, and Mojang is adding to this year's event by holding a user poll to see which Minecraft biome gets a big upgrade first.

The choices are Swamp, Mountains, and Badland, and Mojang promises a variety of new features for all three biomes, including new mechanics and new models. Regardless of which biome wins, all will eventually get upgraded, since the Big Biome Vote is just to determine which one should gets the big makeover first

The poll opens on September 28 at 12 p.m. EDT, but between now and then, Mojang will release videos on Twitter showcasing what players should expect from each biome's update.

Minecon Live 2019 itself also begins September 28 and will be broadcast via Twitch, Mixer, YouTube, Facebook, and

This year's convention is hosted by four influencers and Minecraft experts, Masuo, Marielitai, Shubble, and Dangthatsalongname.

It'll include all of the usual fare: a 90-minute presentation of in-depth announcements about upcoming changes to the game and a series of panels hosted by Minecraft masters talking about what they do best, from modding to being a marketplace creator.

With Minecon Live, there is a number of Minecraft-related announcements we might expect to see. Minecraft Earth is one, or the recently announced ray tracing and graphics suite updates.

Then there's the Diablo-inspired Minecraft Dungeons, which hasn't gotten much attention since its initial announcement earlier in the year.

Whatever it is, we'll just have to wait and see. Be sure to tune in on GameSkinny to watch it all unfold. 

Meanwhile, check out some of the highlights from last year's Minecon Earth, which kicked off the Life Aquatic update, here.

Get Ready for Unova Pokemon in New Pokemon GO Update Mon, 16 Sep 2019 11:19:55 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Niantic and The Pokemon Company announced that Pokemon from Generation V — Black and White, then Black 2 and White 2 — will be appearing in Pokemon GO later today.

As with previous generation rollouts in Pokemon GO, the entire Unova Pokedex won't be available all at once. However, there's still a wide variety of Unova critters coming.

Here are the 'mon we'll be seeing soon:

  • Snivy
  • Tepig
  • Oshawott
  • Blitzle
  • Patrat
  • Lillipup
  • Purrloin
  • Pidove
  • Drillbur
  • Foongus
  • Litwick
  • Ferrosseed
  • Klink
  • Deino
  • Golett

Of these, Lillipup, Patrat, and Klink will be available in raids, and raids are the only way to encounter Klink in the wild. There's also a chance of encountering Shiny Lillipup and Shiny Patrat.

There are other ways of nabbing some of these Pokemon, though: Eggs.

  • 2km Eggs: Patrat, Lillipup, Purrloin, Pidove
  • 5km Eggs: Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Blitzle, Foongus, Drillbur
  • 10km Eggs: Klink, Ferroseed, Litwick, Deino, Golett

The official Pokemon GO Twitter account also dropped a new trailer showing some of these 'mon in action.

Naturally, players can evolve these Pokemon as well, though some, like Litwick's first evolution, Lampent, will need the new Unova stone to reach their final forms. This special evolutionary stone can only be acquired through research breakthroughs.

Note, too, that the Elemental monkeys and two others are region-specific.

  • Pansage the Grass-type is exclusive to the Asia-Pacific region
  • Pansear the Fire-type is exclusive to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India
  • Panpour the Water-type is exclusive to Greenland and the Americas
  • Durant the Steel/Bug-type is exclusive to the Eastern Hemisphere
  • Heatmor the Fire-type is exclusive to the Western Hemisphere

Usually, region-exclusive Pokemon get shuffled around over set periods of time, so while there's no indication the above Pokemon will be in other regions at any point, it's always possible.

Niantic promised even more Unova Pokemon over the coming months, so rest easy: everyone's favorite trash bag will probably be coming soon.

How to Read Minecraft's Enchanting Table Language Mon, 09 Sep 2019 14:45:15 -0400 Ty Arthur

While Minecraft's enchanting table language isn't actually new, as the alphabet dates back to 2001 and hails from the classic Commander Keen PC game, there's a renewed interest in understanding it. 

Have you been dying to know what your Minecraft item enchantments actually say and want to directly read the Standard Galactic Alphabet used in enchanting tables? If so, read on because ... 

There's, unfortunately, no rhyme or reason to them you just get randomized words and phrases that don't have any meaning or correlation to the enchantment. On the one hand, that's not particularly helpful for the actual process of enchanting, but on the other hand, it can result in some truly hilarious descriptions.

Of course, a language only a handful of people understands make the enchanting language particularly suited to that other favored pastime of the gaming community: secret codes!

Here's the specific translation for each letter:

Now, you could painstakingly reference the translation table above to convert every letter in any given sentence, but that's a lot of work. 

Instead, some dedicated fans have put together a conversion tool that works just like Google Translate, except it translates English to Standard Galactic Alphabet.

Have fun making up your own enchanting language text over here, or instead use the tool to instantly read any text from an enchanting table.

Now that you know how to read Minecraft's enchanting table language, be sure to check our other latest Minecraft guides here:

How to Get Free UCs in PUBG Mobile Mon, 09 Sep 2019 10:01:22 -0400 Sergey_3847

Every PUBG Mobile player knows how hard it is to get cash and/or UCs. However, they are a necessary component of getting ahead and getting the best out of the game's gear and weapons. That's why it's important to learn how to get free UCs in PUBG Mobile as fast as possible.

Below, you will find a couple of working (and legal) methods on how to get free UCs in PUBG Mobile — without getting yourself banned. 

Method 1: Complete Weekly Missions

One of the most popular and legit ways of earning UCs in PUBG Mobile is completing weekly missions.

However, you can't access weekly missions unless you have the Elite Royal Pass, which can be purchased for $10 or 600 UCs. Thankfully, it's a one-time purchase per season; you will have access to weekly missions until the end of the season.

Here's how you can purchase the Royal Pass in PUBG Mobile:

  1. Go to main screen
  2. Click the RP button on the right side of the screen
  3. Tap the Upgrade Pass button
  4. Pay and unlock the pass

Method 2: Complete Challenges

If you don't have the initial $10 to purchase Royal Pass, then you can take part in various online challenges for PUBG Mobile.

The last challenge was the India Bonus Challenge that allowed all PUBG Mobile players to compete for free UC packs and other rewards.

If you want to take part in the next challenge, you need to monitor the official PUBG Mobile Facebook page for all news and updates. When the next challenge comes up, sign up for it and get your free UCs without spending a dime.


For more PUBG Mobile guides, check out the list below:


How to Use the Flare Gun in PUBG Wed, 04 Sep 2019 17:03:53 -0400 Ty Arthur

Gameplay tweaks and new items are always landing for battle royale titles like PUBG, with one of the latest weapons causing a bit of confusion for players: the flare gun.

The infamous weapon was previously available in PUBG Mobile and as a limited-time event item in other versions, but it is now standard on all maps for all versions with tweaked mechanics.

Want to know where to find a flare gun and how to use it for maximum effect? Let's take a look!

Flare gun drops are totally randomized and can potentially spawn in any location on any map, from Erangel to Miramar and beyond. Keep in mind that the half grip attachment looks surprisingly like a flare gun, so it's very easy to mistake the two.

Sadly, it doesn't deal any actual damage to another player; the flare gun is useless as a last-ditch weapon if you're surrounded. Instead, it calls in a care package airdrop.

You can't call a care package until after the first blue circle. This is to prevent an early advantage. But you can still fire the gun before that point, which is a waste of a flare.

What's in Airdrops? 

There's some confusion in what airdrops provide and where they land, as players are consistently getting a vehicle instead of the gun package they are expecting. Here's what you get based on where you fire the PUBG flare gun:

  • Inside safe zone white circle  weapon/item pack
  • Outside safe zone white circle  armored UAZ off-road vehicle

Note that there was a bug where firing a flare gun would cause a vehicle to sink, but that was recently patched out.

In some cases, you might not get anything at all, however, as each match has a maximum number of available drops. If multiple flare guns spawn, they may all be used already by the time you grab yours.

Be careful where you launch a flare outside the safe zone, though: it's possible for the vehicle to land in a place you can't reach or drive away from!

Keep in mind that anyone near your location gets an on-screen text indicator that a care package is incoming, and the flashing yellow flare gun care package icon will be visible to anyone on the map.

In other words, the flare basically summons enemies in addition to a package.

Of course, there are ways to use this to your advantage, like firing the flare gun into an open field while hiding out in a sniper's nest with a clear line of sight to where the care package will land.

Finally, some particularly petty players have started taking ammo but leaving the gun so that no one can fire it and get the package.

If you come across a flare gun without any ammo, be on the lookout for nearby players and make sure to take their loot, as they probably have your flares.

Be sure to check out the rest of our PUBG guides over here.

Lego Star Wars Battles Announced, a Deck-Building Strategy Mobile Game Tue, 03 Sep 2019 11:20:27 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Just like the filmic universe it's based on, the Lego Star Wars franchise is further expanding. The latest announcement in the franchise is Lego Star Wars Battles, a deck-building, PvP strategy game for mobile devices. It will be a free-to-play game with in-game purchases.

Lego Star Wars Battles is the product of a collaboration between TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, The LEGO Group, and Lucasfilm. It combines bits of all nine Star Wars films — including elements from The Rise of Skywalker — plus The Clone Wars and Rogue One.

The announcement suggests Battles will be a mashup of sorts. On the one hand is the deck-building side. Players will create decks using vehicles and characters spanning the Star Wars mythos, from Darth Vader and Stormtroopers to Battle Droids and Obi-Wan, the Millenium Falcon, and, of course, Porgs, among other notables from the Star Wars universe.

It doesn't sound like the invisible line separating good and evil can be crossed, though, since players will build either "a deck of light side or dark side forces."

The game also seem to contain PvP, tower defense-style elements, where players face off in "real-time, one-versus-one battles." A big part of the battle system involves deploying troops to build and defend towers as players gradually push to capture more territory.

Despite Battles' emphasis on strategy, Sean McEvoy, The LEGO Group's VP of Digital Games, says the game retains its signature LEGO feel:

LEGO Star Wars Battles brings all the lighthearted charm of LEGO games to an ever-growing audience of global mobile players.

It's easy to pick up and play and offers fun, fast-paced LEGO gameplay for both new and experienced players.

Other details are thin right now, including specifics about deck-building and combat, but LEGO Star Wars Battles is set to launch sometime in 2020 on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Pokemon Masters Rerolling Guide: How to Get the Best Trainers Mon, 02 Sep 2019 11:37:21 -0400 Ty Arthur

Got a 3-star trainer in your first Pokemon Masters sync pull and not willing to live with that indignity? You can ensure a 4- or 5-star trainer team right from the start with just a little bit of effort.

It's the age-old mobile game question: to reroll, or to not reroll? We'll skip the monologue on whether tis nobler in the mind to keep your first pull or try again for something better and just get on with it — we know you want to reroll!

How to Reroll in Pokemon Masters

Thankfully, mobile app developers are catching onto the fact that players like the option to try again if they pull something less than ideal after the tutorial mission.

In Pokemon Masters, there's no need to uninstall, hunt down hidden files in your phone to delete, and then reinstall the app to reroll.

You do still have to go through the tutorial mission and extra app download screen, but the entire Pokemon Masters reroll process is handled right through your in-game account options after completing main story quest The More The Merrier.

After finishing that quest, go through the first Sync Pair Scout process, which will always result in pulling Whitny & Miltank. Afterwards, the app will restart to download the extra post-tutorial data.

Now, you can finally grab your bonus starting gems (click the gift box icon if you haven't already) and see what you pull in the store. 

If you didn't get the 4- or 5-star trainer pairs you want, pull up the Poryphone in the lower-right corner and choose:

Account -> Delete Saved Data -> Yes.

This process works even if you have already linked to your Nintendo account, so you don't need to worry about that part.

Just go through the tutorial again, grab your starting gems, and try for new pulls.

Here's the percentage chance for getting specific star trainers in each Sync Pair Scout attempt:

  • 3-Star: 73%
  • 4-Star: 20%
  • 5-Star: 7%

With only a seven-percent chance for the best 5-stars, you may have to do this more than once, so the only real question is how many times you feel like going through the 10- to 15-minute tutorial section yet again.

Wondering about the best trainers to try for? If you didn't get any of these in your initial pulls, you may want to go through the effort to reroll:

  • Kris and Totodile
  • Phoebe and Dusclops
  • Olivia and Lycanroc
  • Brendan and Treecko
  • Karen and Houndoom
  • Acerola & Palossand
  • Cheren & Stoutland

How many times did you reroll, or did you get lucky and pull your ideal 5-star team from the start? Let us know in the comments, and then check out our other Pokemon Masters guides here:

Top 8 Scary Minecraft Seeds and Horror Maps Mon, 02 Sep 2019 10:52:03 -0400 Ty Arthur


That's it for our latest roundup of the best spooky Minecraft seeds and maps! What did you think of our list, and do you know of any others that should be added?


Sound off in the comments below, then check out the rest of our seed lists here:


Minecraft Map: Dead By Daylightcraft


Your eyes do not deceive you: some mad modder actually recreated the asymmetric horror Dead By Daylight experience in Minecraft! Unlike the other seeds and maps we've covered so far, this one is meant to be played multiplayer with 2-5 players.


Unfortunately, getting it up and running for five people can be finicky, since you all need to have the same map and texture packs downloaded  but the end result is well worth the effort for horror fans!


Minecraft Map: Dyemona


Want to play a horror game in celebration of Halloween but just can't quite give up your Minecraft addiction? That's where maps like Dyemona come in, which are essentially self-contained horror stories complete with jump scares and bloody discoveries.


If you dig what Dyemona has to offer and crave even more, there's now a sequel available that continues the story.


Minecraft Map: Hello Neighbor


Yep, this nifty map is designed around the concept of indie reverse home invasion phenomenon Hello Neighbor! Like the game that inspired it, you'll need to find a way into the neighbor's house, hide in closets to avoid detection, and flip switches to gain access to the basement.


What diabolical secrets are waiting down there? I won't spoil it see if you can find out!


Minecraft Seed: 1004965171

  • Version: Bedrock
  • \n

There's something about secluded, cold locations that ramp up the dread factor, and that's what you get here with a skeleton dungeon located high up on a snowy mountain.


Want to go mad traversing the dark, undead-filled tunnels? Head to coordinates 226, 95, 92 for the skeleton dungeon.


Minecraft Seed: 206889990

  • Version: Java 1.14
  • \n

Fiery, hellish nether fortresses are already pretty spooky places by Minecraft standards, and this seed has two of them directly next to each other. Yep, it's a double nether fortress seed!


If you want to try your luck at finding blazes and wither skeletons head to coordinates 300, 300.




Minecraft Seed: -424359071 

  • Version: Bedrock
  • \n

We've covered zombies and skeletons, so you knew a spider spawner had to be coming next, right? Getting there is a bit of a trek, though, as you've got to find a ravine, travel down to a stronghold, and then enter a mineshaft to find the spawner at -678, 31, -266.


Not interested in all that underground travel? This seed also features a pillager outpost if you prefer to deal with human enemies instead. 


Minecraft Seed: -6346922995396016419

  • Version: Java 1.14
  • \n

Rather than zombies, this seed plops a skeleton spawner in the mountainside directly next to a village. If you want a proper undead rampage, this is the seed to pick.


Just head over to coordinates -866, -200 to get started. If you don't see the spawner right away, try digging a bit into the mountain next to the buildings.


Minecraft Seed: 6897005041604436933

  • Version: Java 1.14.4
  • \n

This seed's starter village has an open zombie spawner located inside the village, so be prepared for some serious Resident Evil action as soon as you show up!


If you don't act quickly, this will become a zombie village in no time flat. Of course, that might be what you're going for, especially if you want to farm zombies for any reason.


Finding scary Minecraft seeds is harder than it sounds.


While there are plenty of breathless headlines about how you shouldn't use this "ultra-scary cursed" seed if you want to keep your pants unsoiled, the sad fact of the matter is that most of the "scary" and "spooky" seeds out there are clickbait garbage. 


It's a good bet if you're reading a description of some ancient Japanese horror folklore that's invaded a Minecraft seed, what you've got is more Creepy Pasta and less actual working seed.


In most cases, in order to get something scary, you want to look for seeds that have a zombie or skeleton spawner very close to the initial spawn point, or instead be on the hunt for seeds that give you great Halloween color themes with their biomes.


Otherwise, the only way to get an actually spooky Minecraft experience is to download a custom made map, as straight seeds aren't going to generate the scare factor you're seeking.


As always, a special thanks goes out to Minecraft Reddit fanatics and forum junkies who originally mined for these seeds. Be sure to keep in mind that not every seed will offer the same results with every version of the game!

Pokemon Masters: How to Evolve Pokemon Fri, 30 Aug 2019 11:27:10 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Pokemon Masters is here and trainers all over the world are tapping their screens until their fingers break trying to level their team up to be the best trainer in the world. Part of climbing that ladder is evolving your Pokemon, which proves to be a very different task from the rest of the series.

As you probably know, you cannot change the Pokemon in a sync pair, but you may not know that some of them can evolve. Knowing how to evolve your Pokemon in Pokemon Masters is a critical step to making sure your team has what it takes to reach the top.

The newest and most unique mechanic in Pokemon Masters is the sync pair. This pair is a combo of a trainer from a previous main Pokemon series game and a Pokemon they are known to have used. For example, Brock has Onyx, Misty has Starmie, and Barry has Piplup.

Each sync pairs has different rating, which are denoted by stars. The higher the stars, the more potential the sync pair has to become... the very best.

Three star sync pairs are the lowest while five stars are the highest, and each rating a hard level cap:

  • Three star pairs have a level cap of 90
  • Four star pairs have a level cap of 95
  • Five star pairs have a level cap of 100

What this boils down to is that three and four star sync pairs will eventually be useless in the face of five stars, as five star pairs will eventually eclipse even four stars in most meaningful ways.

How to Evolve in Pokemon Masters

As with any RPG, you will level up to become more powerful. You level up in Pokemon Masters by battling and using level up manuals.

In the main series of games, different Pokemon level up at different levels - some evolve early in their teen levels whereas others need to be over level 30.

In this game, a Pokemon's first evolution happens at level 30 and the second evolution happens at level 45 if they have one.

In Barry and Piplup's case, the Pokemon in this sync pair will level up at 30 despite leveling up at 16 in the main series.

Evolving your Pokemon doesn't just require leveling them up, you are going to need resources from the in-game shop.

To purchase these items, see Tricia and go to the Item Exchange menu. There you will be able to buy the two types of evolution items used: Evolution Shards and Evolution Crystals

Your first purchase of Evolution Shards, used for first stage evolutions, is only going to be 1,000 for 5. After you purchase the shards for 1,000 twice, you will have to pay 10,000 for a set of five of them.

Your first purchase of Evolution Crystals, used for second stage evolutions, is 5,000 for 3. Afterwards, it shoots up to 300,000 for just 1.

Due to the cost prohibitive nature of evolution in Pokemon Masters, you will want to plan who you want to evolve first ahead of time. Do not squander your resources on a Pokemon you don't see yourself using -- aka keep it to five stars.

After you have reached level 30 or 45 and acquired a sufficient amount of Evolution Shards or Crystals, you are ready to battle for evolution. You can access the evolution battle by going to Explore then finding it under the Sync Pair Story section for the duo you want to evolve.

Evolution battles are one-on-one instead of the normal three-on-three. The battles, especially for the second stage of evolution, are incredibly difficult. You are likely going to need to over level in order to defeat your opponent and evolve.

When I want to evolve Barry's Piplup twice, these will be the steps:

  1. The pair would need to be level 30 in order to become Prinplup
  2. I would need to spend 1,000 coins in the Pokemon Masters shop to get Evolution Shards x 5.
  3. Defeat trainer Cheryl and her Blissey using Barry and Piplup
  4. After defeating her, Piplup would become Prinplup
  5. Repeat the process at level 45 in order to become Empoleon.


That does it for the process of evolution in Pokemon Masters. Who will you be evolving or have already evolved first in your playthrough? I obviously went with Piplup! Let us know your choice in the comments.

Pokemon Masters: How to Change Pokemon Fri, 30 Aug 2019 10:38:08 -0400 Joseph Rowe

One of the hallmark features of the Pokemon series is the ability to catch all of the Pokemon possible. In Pokemon Masters, things are a bit different. Instead of collecting and changing out Pokemon, players collect sync pairs -- Pokemon and trainer combos.

As of release, there is no way to outright switch out a trainer's Pokemon. It seems as if the sync pair is bonded permanently, at least for the time being. Though that could change with future updates.

Many trainers in the Pokemon game series and anime are known for having multiple Pokemon that they train and battle with. For example, it would make sense for Misty to have a Psyduck in addition to her Starmie.

While it is definitely disappointing to not be able to switch your trainers' Pokemon out, it is not all doom and gloom. There's still plenty of variety! You're able to choose sets of sync pairs before battle, which still gives you some wriggle room with your lineup.

Right now, there are 65 sync pairs, but more will come with future updates to the game. You can collect famous trainers from Pokemon Red and Blue like Brock and Misty as well as more recent characters like Hau and Raichu from Pokemon Sun and Moon.

On top of that, each trainer/Pokemon combination has a different role in addition to the typing from the normal series

  • Strike sync pairs have lower HP, but higher Attack/Special Attack. 
  • Support pairs have higher HP and the ability to support their teammates.
  • Tech pairs use moves that affect status.

There are even stars and levels that determine a sync pair's strength. The more stars and the higher the level, the stronger they will be. Some sync pairs can even evolve their Pokemon to make them even stronger.

In summary, while you can't swap Pokemon in and out for the trainers, you can collect sync pairs if you feel like you "gotta catch 'em all." Your next step is leveling your pairs up and evolving the Pokemon you can to keep progressing through Pokemon Masters.

Pokemon Masters: Error Code 20101 Explained Thu, 29 Aug 2019 15:24:32 -0400 Ty Arthur

Pokemon Masters is the latest take on the long-running catch-em-all franchise. Unfortunately, like many major mobile game launches these days, things are off to a bumpy start, mainly because of error code 20101.

If you can't log in because of it, you aren't alone. The issue has plagued new players since the moment the game came online.

Pokemon Masters Error Code 20101

20101 error in Pokemon Masters asking to check the internet connection.

Both Error Code 20103 and the more common 20101 pop up with the message, "Please check your connection and try again," which is developer speak for a server error, very likely caused by a huge number of people all trying to connect at the same time on the first day of an international launch.

Unfortunately, the only real "fix" at this point is to close the app entirely, wait a few minutes, and then try it again.

If it keeps happening, just wait longer for the server to come back online (or for a new server to become available).

Some players have reported getting in faster by using a VPN that connects to a different server than you normally connect with, but frankly, that's a lot of work for something that will likely be fixed within the next day or so.

Considering that mobile games of this sort tend to have policies against that sort of behavior anyway, it may not be worth the chance of getting your account suspended, either.

For now, you can check out the list of known issues like Error Code 20101, and their expected resolution date, over at the Pokemon Masters website here.

Have you found a sure-fire workaround to the problem other than using a VPN? Let us know what worked for you, and we'll update this article with the fix! Once you can get in, be sure to check out our other Pokemon Masters guides over here.

Pokemon Masters Out Now, Special Launch Events Detailed Thu, 29 Aug 2019 12:44:33 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

After a summer of teasers and info dumps, The Pokemon Company and DeNA have finally launched Pokemon Masters worldwide today.

While we didn't get a lot of new information about the game itself in the launch press release, we did get a new launch trailer. Also, the first episode of the official Pokemon Masters News series did outline some special events going on for a limited time.

First up is a host of first-time login bonuses. Players can receive 1,000 Gems the first time they log in, with an extra 200 Gems every day for 10 days, also just for logging in. These are enough Gems to roll for 10 Sync Pairs.

However, there's also a different Sync Scout event going on that revolves around paid Gems; those earned through gameplay don't count. It's a 10x Scout guaranteed to result in a 5-Star Sync Pair, but if buying the Gems is a concern, this particular event lasts until November 28.

Meanwhile, there are a few offers for 1,600, 3,200, and 5,200 Gem discounts as well, though they do vary depending on what operating system the user's phone runs and where they're located.

On top of that, there's a set of missions celebrating Pokemon Masters' launch that offer unique and helpful items upon completion; these will be available until October 17.

Finally is a unique story event featuring Blue and his Pidgeot from the series' first generation. Story events are limited time opportunities to fight alongside a Sync Pair that hasn't been introduced in the game yet or that players haven't managed to already recruit.

During this event, players will team up with Blue to fight Kanto trainers, and winning these fights plus completing the event will net the player a variety of unique rewards.

Those who aren't familiar with what Pokemon Masters is and how it works can check out our coverage of the basics and also the game's combat to get up to speed.

Top 8 Minecraft Seeds with All Biomes In Close Proximity Tue, 27 Aug 2019 10:00:02 -0400 Ty Arthur


That's it for our list of the best Minecraft seeds with all biomes! What did you think of our list, and have you found any other seeds with multiple biome types that we should check out? Leave us a comment below, and then check out the rest of our seed roundups here:


 Seed: -478563080

  • Version: Bedrock 1.12 
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There are plenty of forest and swamp areas in this seed to explore, but the real selling point is the dungeon with a spider spawner and two chests underground very close to the spawn point!


Aside from that nifty little starting gift, here are a few specific locations to search out while exploring all the different biome types:

  • Pillager outpost:  1445, 70, -2127
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  • Swamp witch hut: 291, 66, 193
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  • Ocean monument:  -969, 61, -887
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Seed: 2583372187968070576

  • Version: 1.14 Java
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If you want it all in one location, this is a great seed to get started. 0,0 puts you in a nice calm forest biome near a village, but there are plenty of dungeons, mineshafts, and underground loot to be found if you do a little exploring.


That little pink blip at the top is a mushroom covered island, and some great spawners can also be found without much effort. Head to these locations to find them:

  • Zombie Spawner: 264, 46,350
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  • Skeleton Spawner: 250, 54, 232
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Seed: 306959825

  • Version: 1.14 Java (also works on Bedrock and console versions!)
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There's a whole lot to explore in this particular seed spread out across wide open landmasses. From woodland mansions to mushroom areas, there's a bit of everything here. These couple of spots, in particular, are also well worth checking out:

  • Bamboo jungle: 390, -982 
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  • Village with a boat: -2746, Z: 1393
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  • Pyramid with diamonds and emeralds:  -2693, 1641
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  • Coral reef: -1924, 1493
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Seed: 981506332

  • Version: Windows 10 Better Together Update
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This one's a nice easy seed with fairly quick access to chests, villages, blacksmiths, and temples without having to trek too far.


You'll spawn very close to frozen ocean, mesa, birch forest, desert, and snowy taiga biomes. Here are some of the major highlights to search for after leaving the spawn point:

  • Shipwreck: 515, 45, -451
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  • Podzol blocks: 2847, 78, 620
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  • Pumpkin patch: -229, 65, -56
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Seed: 681766937004248

  • Version: 1.8 Java
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Want to grab an iron pickaxe right away? This seed pops you onto a mesa plateau right by mine shafts with quick access for several chests to loot.


Several ocean monuments are close to the spawn point (marked by the blue indicators in the map above), which is helpful if you need prismarine for using the Heart Of The Sea.


If you don't feel like going for an immediate dive, there are deserts, savanna, jungle, taiga, and beach biomes all within a very close distance. 


Seed: 915293094237492

  • Version: 1.14 Java
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You'll spawn in thick jungle with this one and pop up close to nearly every biome type in each cardinaral direction. While there's plenty of deep sea stuff to explore to the west and northeast, keep an eye out for these particularly interesting land locations:

  • Jungle village: 1850, -1400
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  • Shipwreck partially on the beach: -145, 900 
  • \n
  • Stronghold beneath a ravine: 1947, -815
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Seed: 1342300981

  • Version: Bedrock Better Together Update
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There are tons of badlands area in this map, although the rest of the biomes are also hiding out if you don't mind traveling a bit.


The real reason to pick this option over any of the other all-biome seeds is that you spawn right by a desert village, with a woodland mansion and an ocean monument in close proximity. Be sure to also check out these landmarks:

  • Underwater ruins: 988, 46, 245
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  • Coral reef: 1033, 50, 776
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  • Desert temple: -407, 74, -902
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  • Blaze spawner: 120, 77, 20
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Seed: -5541185355023925660

  • Version: 1.13 Java
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This one has a bit less water than some of the other maps, but it more than makes up for it in a wide variety of land mass types. Be ready for a long jog and a swim though. You'll likely spawn on some vertical extreme hills near the center of the map on a small island.


The only biome lacking here is ice plain spikes, although there are cold tundra spots so you don't lose out on that side of the equation entirely. If you trek all the way to the northwest edge of the map, you can also find a large coral reef!


Seeds with a dominant major biome or with a specific landmass type are a dime a dozen in Minecraft, but finding seeds with every last biome all together are a lot harder to come across.


Each of these eight seeds features all of the game's biomes, and typically within a short distance from the spawn point (although you may be in a for a bit of a hike with a few of them).


In most cases, with these seeds, you can always find one of each biome variety with 2,000-3,000 blocks of your starting point.


Note that not all seeds will work with all Minecraft versions and platforms (in particular, seeds found in Bedrock editions may not yield the same results in the Java edition). The specific version used to verify the seed is listed in each slide. Even if you don't have that version, its still worth giving it a try, however, as you may get something similar.


Before we get started, a special shout out deserves to go to the redditors, Planet Minecraft and Mine Atlas folks, and various dedicated seed searchers who originally located these seeds!

Minecraft Bees Guide: How to Craft a Beehive and More! Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:38:46 -0400 Ty Arthur

The latest Minecraft snapshot is here and it brings a brand new mob to play with -- bees! Lots and lots of bees.

All "Minecraft got a new bug" jokes aside, you can now find lots of bees (don't look now, try to act casual!) in three different biomes, as well as nests, hives, and honeycombs to use for crafting.

The bees just arrived, so there's a lot of speculation and uncertainty about where they spawn and how to interact with them. Here's everything we know so far about bees in Minecraft's 1.15 snapshot!

Where To Find Minecraft Bees

Bees are neutral mobs that won't attack you unless you attack them first, which is a fairly bad idea, since they will sting.

Simulating stinger loss, bees will automatically die 20 seconds after stinging a player.

Besides causing damage, bees don't drop anything if they die this way, so try to avoid ticking them off and getting stung. 

Bees will travel between their hives or nests and any location with flowers to collect pollen and nectar.  At the moment, bee nests are only found to spawn in these locations:

  • Beneath trees in forest biomes
  • In plains biomes
  • In sunflower plains biomes

If they can't find any locations to acquire pollen or nectar, they will eventually return to their home hive for a short duration. During night time and rain storms, bees will also stop their current activity and return to their home nest to wait until morning.

In the event a bee's home nest is destroyed or it gets lost, it will search until it finds a different nest to set as its home base.

Bees will follow you around when carrying a flower, and they can be bred with flowers to make new baby bees.

Using Bee Hives And Nests

After gathering pollen from flowers, bees return to their nests and hives to create honey. Full hives and nests are visibly noticeable because they will drop single blocks of honey.

How to Craft a Beehive

Nests can be sheared for honeycombs, and the process can be automated with a dispenser rather than using shears manually. That's an important process, because you can now craft your own beehives using this recipe:

  • Planks x3
  • Honeycomb x3
  • Planks x3

Besides shearing for honeycombs, hives and nests are used to gather honey by placing a dispenser or bottle against the block.

Full honey bottles don't stack in your inventory, however honey can be eaten while full and it has high saturation.

Using a single honey bottle while crafting will result in Sugar x 3 being added to your inventory.

You are supposed to retrieve honey from a hive after a bee completes its flying dance, indicating more honey has been added to the location, but there's an exploit available at the moment.

While it will likely be fixed soon, a bug with the initial release of bees allows you to fill glass bottles with honey from completely empty bee hives and nests. Take advantage of it while you can, because it won't be around long!

Bee nests and hives can be moved by a player if you want to relocate your bee home base to a better position, but they will be destroyed unless you pick them up using the silk touch enchantment.

Finally, campfire smoke is supposed to calm angry bees, but that functionality appears to be bugged as placing a campfire beneath a nest or hive doesn't actually do anything right now.

Found any other uses for bees, or know of any other places where they are spawning? Leave us a comment below, then check out our other Minecraft guides:

Interview with Duolingo: Come for the Spanish Lesson, Stay for the Gamification Thu, 22 Aug 2019 13:59:32 -0400 Mark Delaney

It wasn't long ago that parents told their children that video games would rot their brains and get in the way of their vital schoolwork. Today, we know that the two can coexist quite peacefully. We also know that gaming can even lead to the improvement of some facilities in the brain, such as problem-solving.

On mobile platforms, there's perhaps no better expression of the relationship between games and education than Duolingo, the language-learning app with nearly 28 million monthly active users.

After watching my wife enjoyably grind German lessons for two days earlier this summer, I began to pick up Duolingo, and it quickly became my go-to mobile game. It's a funny designation for an app that helps me brush up on my Spanish.

What makes Duolingo so addictive is its gamified user experience. You can compete in weekly leaderboards and climb the ranks like you would in Overwatch or Rocket League, the game regularly awards you with in-game achievements, and you're rewarded with XP for returning daily and hitting your self-made milestones.

You can even participate in double XP events and spend in-game currency on cosmetics for the app's mascot, a green owl named Duo. Mine is currently dressed like a superhero. Clearly borrowing a lot from more traditional games, Duolingo has carved out its own space, blurring the line between play and instruction and studies keep telling us it's working.

To learn more about the intersection of gaming and learning, I spoke to Duolingo's Senior PR Manager Michaela Kron about the company's vision for gamified learning, which video games inspired Duolingo's design, and just how many people are taking lessons on High Valyrian. Dracarys!

GameSkinny: Duolingo is heavily gamified to keep users engaged. What specific resources, like studies or other examples in educational gaming, did you consult to build Duolingo?

Michaela Kron: From the very beginning, we knew that in order to be an effective learning resource, Duolingo needed to offer a fun and enjoyable experience that kept people coming back. When you’re trying to learn a new language, daily practice is key in order to get the most out of it.

However, the hardest part of learning a language is staying motivated to keep up with it. This is why we felt it was important to make Duolingo feel more like a game than a traditional study tool. Teaching something as complex as foreign languages through an app presents a unique challenge that isn’t found in classroom settings, since we
don't have a captive audience and our learners can easily turn to many other forms of entertainment and distraction.

Many members of our team are avid gamers and draw inspiration from the games they play. One specific game technique that we’ve adopted is “appointment mechanics”, as evidenced through our daily streak feature.

This means that
in order to succeed, a user must return to Duolingo at least once per day and meet their daily goal in order to maintain a streak. We reward learners who come back to Duolingo each day with in-app currency that can be spent on various rewards. Not to mention, besides the reward, the streak on its own is a powerful motivator for many of our learners! 

Another key part of our approach is A/B testing and iterating on all new features before they are rolled out widely to all users. In doing this, we want to make sure that any changes to the app or website experience are optimized for improved engagement, learning, and more.

GS: What does your data tell you about how these gamified mechanics of Duolingo influence the way people use the app? 

MK: When we first launched Duolingo back in 2012, our next-day retention for users of the app was 13%. Now, next-day retention is 55%, which is on par with successful mobile games rather than education apps. This has a lot to do with the gamified elements that have made Duolingo a highly engaging learning platform. More than half of our nearly 28 [million] monthly active users take lessons in the app at least once per week.

GS: What are some unexpected user behaviors that have manifested during the growth of Duolingo? 

MK: As mentioned before, we have found that maintaining a streak is very motivating for many of our learners. In fact, some learners form such an attachment to their streak that when they lose it, they reach out to us asking whether there’s any way to restore it.

We’ve heard this from people in more extreme situations, such as those who were in the hospital and didn’t have access to Duolingo, or experienced power outages as a result of natural disasters like hurricanes. This summer, we’ve heard from a few younger learners going to camp for a certain period of time (without their phones) asking if there was a way to preserve or repair their streaks upon their return.

We have also seen numerous
tweets from people who end up doing their lessons while at nightclubs so as not to lose their streaks. 

Something else that’s been pleasantly surprising is the unexpected fan love we’ve gotten from learners who celebrate streak milestones in unique ways, like this person who made a cake to celebrate a 1-year streak.

GS: I find myself competing daily in the leaderboards to maintain the very top spot  currently fighting through the Sapphire League but I wonder how a leaderboard group is chosen.

For an app of 30 million people, what’s going on behind the scenes that groups me with a set of 49 other people? How are those competitors chosen?

MK: With the Leaderboards, you are grouped chronologically according to when you complete your first lesson of the week, together with people in the same League as you (the people who are in your League would have finished their first lesson of the week at around the same time as you).

This makes it so that your cohort is filled up nearly instantly and so that you never have an empty group.

"Next-day retention is 55%, which is on par with successful mobile games rather than education apps."

GS: Did any specific video games inspire any elements of the app? Does Duolingo have a lot of gamers in the office?

MK: Yes, several of our team members are gamers and gaming enthusiasts, and we’ve been inspired by a few different games over the years; Clash Royale, in particular, is a favorite around here.

We have also hired people who previously worked in gaming; for example, our VP of Product formerly worked for Zynga, where he was a lead developer of FarmVille 2.

Because gamification is one of our core differentiators as a learning platform, our team members are encouraged to play games and consider which features of those games might apply to Duolingo.

Proposed features are then A/B tested across portions of our user base, and if the tests are successful, they then get rolled out widely for all learners on all platforms.

Last year, for instance, we introduced the biggest redesign to Duolingo’s courses in years:
Crown Levels. This added a lot more content — including more challenging content — to each course by introducing the ability to get up to Level 5 in each skill of a given Duolingo course.

While this was a big improvement to the learning experience on Duolingo, the feature was actually inspired by a similar feature in Clash Royale – a popular game among many of our employees.

GS: What other elements of video games might you like to implement in the future?

MK: We're always thinking about how to make learning languages on Duolingo a more social experience, since social interaction is so critical to language learning. We're also thinking about how to extend the gamification elements we already have in place to encourage learners to explore and engage with some of our newer products and features, such as the Duolingo Spanish and French Podcasts, Duolingo Stories, and Duolingo Events.

Imagine earning XP for attending a Duolingo Event in real life, as an example. While there are no concrete plans in place for this, it is something we have been thinking about.

GS: Do you have any plans to implement live multiplayer lessons, either something competitive or maybe something like a classroom setting?

MK: Not at this time, though that is an interesting idea!

GS: The app also offers some languages from fiction like High Valryian from Game of Thrones and Klingon from Star Trek. What do the statistics reveal about the way people are interacting with these courses?

MK: Our High Valyrian course now has 1.03 million active learners and is our 14th-most-popular course for English speakers, and our Klingon course currently has 472,000 active learners.

The popularity of High Valyrian in particular is not all that surprising, given the overwhelming significance of Game of Thrones in pop culture over the years. We find that our High Valyrian and Klingon courses are popular among fans of GoT and Star Trek, respectively, as well as language enthusiasts who want to try something new and experience languages that are very different from others that they have previously studied. 

One interesting observation we have recently made is that our High Valyrian course tends to be a “gateway drug” of sorts to other courses we offer on Duolingo; in fact, we’ve found that 44% of people who came to Duolingo to learn High Valyrian went on to practice other languages.

GS: Duolingo just announced a partnership with Twitch, the video game streaming platform. Can you talk about your intentions and hopes for this program?

MK: We have partnered with Twitch to showcase multilingual streamers from around the world as a resource for language learners. Learning a new language requires exposure to a variety of media like books, movies, and music. We believe games and streaming content are a more interactive form of media that can help learners improve their language skills.

Duolingo streamers are not language experts, and they’re not language teachers. Rather, they provide new ways for viewers to engage with foreign languages by giving them somewhere fun to listen, practice, and learn. 

Overall, we have been very encouraged by the response to our partnership with Twitch and the launch of the Duolingo Verified Streamer Program. Many of those in the streaming community are excited about this partnership and all of the possibilities that come along with it in terms of opening up new ways for people to engage with the languages they’re learning.

We always hear from people who learned a language from watching TV shows or listening to music. Our hope is that in a few years, we'll start hearing from people who learned a new language from watching streamers on Twitch.

"We’ve found that 44% of people who came to Duolingo to learn High Valyrian went on to practice other languages."

GS: How effective has Duolingo been with helping users learn a language? What sort of measurements are available?

MK: An independent study conducted by the City University of New York has shown that 34 hours on Duolingo are equivalent to a full university semester of language education. Our team of learning scientists and curriculum experts is constantly working to improve and evolve the learning experience on Duolingo.

In the last few months, we have revamped some of our most popular courses, including Spanish and French, in order to help learners get to a higher level of proficiency. These courses now each feature over 800 new words and many new grammatical structures, as well as dozens of illustrated tips on grammar, pronunciation, and common phrases.

And more content updates are underway! There is more information about these recent updates in
this blog post.

Thanks to Michaela and Duolingo for taking the time to speak with me. You can find Duolingo on PC, iOS, and Google Play. The app is free with ad support, although it offers a Plus subscription starting at $6.99 a month.   

Witcheye: Redesigning Platforming With Just One Eye Wed, 21 Aug 2019 16:57:15 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Platforms. Gaming has a long history of characters jumping between, off of, and onto them.

In the Super Mario Bros. series, you play as plumbers who jump on platforms and each other and weird little mushrooms.

In Crash Bandicoot, you play as a bandicoot that runs from boulders while jumping across deadly chasms — and, of course, much more.

However, Witcheye adds a little spice to the platformer cauldron by removing the ability to jump altogether! You're not a plumber, a bandicoot, a bobcat, a jazzy jackrabbit, or even a sentient ball of meat. You're a flying eyeball.

"That sounds like a hot mess," you're thinking (maybe). If so, you're wrong.

Witcheye is the latest release for Android and iOS by developer Moon Kid and publisher Devolver Digital. Moon Kid, also known as Peter Malamud Smith, created the mobile puzzle game Satellina. He was also half the team behind the Great Gatsby adaptation for the NES.

His knowledge and skills were put to good work when he created this new kind of adventure platformer. I say a "new kind" because no other game in this genre solely revolves around controlling a floating witch’s eye to fight bad guys and collect gems.

The goal of Witcheye is to control a witch who has turned herself into a floating eye as she tries to reclaim her stolen belongings from a klepto knight. It is also a platformer where you float – you do not jump. There is no jumping here.

Thankfully, the game’s controls are so simple and intuitive that you won’t miss jumping. Swipe to go in a direction, tap to stop. That's essentially it. Easy peasy. 

The game’s challenge comes from avoiding attacks while killing enemies and traveling through levels. Some of the enemies are simple to kill, whereas others require you to perfectly time your swiping and tapping to kill them.

It's natural that enemies will repeat as you go through the game's various levels, which include beaches and an autumn setting for example. But luckily, each new area introduces new enemies with new attacks. 

The game stays fresh by going at a quick pace. Unless you get stuck on a particular foe, you’ll clear each level before you have the chance to get bored of it. For players that might want to take their time, each level also has a subgoal: retrieving four gems by killing enemies (some of which are hidden). This adds a layer of replayability to the game, albeit a small one.

There are also two additional difficulties to unlock after beating the game on normal, so subsequent playthroughs should be more satisfying for players craving something more challenging.

On top of additional difficulties, the game has an unlockable speedrun mode, as well as boss rush and mini-boss rush modes full of tough enemies. In true old-school fashion, beating the game will also unlock a sound test tucked away in the options menu (which is a great bonus since the Witcheye soundtrack is awesome, complete with NES-era charm).

  • Intuitive control scheme makes the game simple and fun
  • Original character designs reminiscent of games from a bygone era
  • Enemies, especially bosses, are fun to fight
  • Great soundtrack
  • Unlockables
  • Amazing price point
  • Short
  • Might be too easy for some players before unlocking harder difficulties
  • Not fun if you don't like the eye gimmick

One of the most appealing aspects of Witcheye is its retro graphics. It's true that many games over the past decade have employed graphical styles from the 8- and 16-bit eras, and while some have succeeded in capturing the ethos of those eras and others have failed, Witcheye is of the former camp.

Witcheye is a good investment considering what you get for the price point. It's obvious a lot of thought went into every detail of the game, whether it’s the character and sound design or the extra features added into a game that only costs a few bucks.

In an era where console games are largely recycled AAA releases and most mobile games try to take every single penny they can, it is refreshing to have a complete, stand-alone retro-inspired “platformer” on mobile. 

[Note: A copy of Witcheye was provided by Moon Kid for the purpose of this review.]

Minecraft Blue Creepers Guide: How to Find Them and Make Them Wed, 21 Aug 2019 14:20:41 -0400 Ty Arthur

The pesky explosive creepers in Minecraft are normally covered in a weird seaweed green pattern, but some players have come across a very rare blue variant.

There are two different kinds of blue creepers you might discover; regular blue creepers palette-swapped from the standard green, and the ultra-rare charged creepers surrounded by a blue aura.

If you're looking for the former type, you'll need either a mod or a community skin download. An absolutely absurd number of blue creeper skin variants can be downloaded over here.

For the latter, there will be a bit more work involved. Charged creepers don't spawn on their own anywhere in the wild.

Where To Find Blue Charged Creepers

Charged blue creepers can appear anywhere normal creepers spawn, but they require an extra step before they spawn.

A normal green creeper turns into the super-powered charged blue creeper whenever lightning strikes within 4 blocks of their current position.

Charged blue creepers have double the explosion power of a normal green creeper, making them quite deadly to an unprepared player.

The charged versions should be fought at range with a bow, and you should definitely be wearing armor if you want to avoid getting caught in the blast.

Like the standard green version, this variant can spot you from 16 blocks away and will make a distinctive sound before exploding.

If you have a flint and steel, you can also light them on fire just like with the normal version.

Creating Blue Creepers

Specifically looking to create walking bombs rather than running across them randomly?

The easiest way to do this is to build a nether brick fence enclosure around a standard creeper.

Any structure that keeps the creeper in place and is open to the sky will work, but nether brick fencing won't catch fire and burn down when lightning strikes.

You can stand around waiting for lightning to strike during a storm, or if you are using console commands, pull up the window and type /summon lightning_bolt when standing near the creeper to ensure it is hit (note: you will also take damage as the lightning spawns next to you).

Waiting around for random lightning can be an obnoxiously long process, and summoning bolts isn't exactly smart either, so there is another option available if you don't want to get crispy fried.

Using a Trident

If you have a trident with the channeling enchantment, you can also create a lightning bolt by hitting a creeper during a thunderstorm while it's raining. Using the trident without the thunderstorm active won't summon the lightning bolt.

This is easily the most efficient way to create charged creepers on a regular basis.

Don't have a trident yet? Drowned mobs have an 11% chance to drop a trident when killed by a player, so hit up an ocean biome with light level 7 or less and wait for a group of drowned to spawn.

Harvesting Mob Heads With Blue Creepers

So now the real question: what's the benefit to a charged creeper?

Mobs, other than Ender dragons, which are immune to the effect, that die from a charged blue creeper explosion have a much higher chance to drop their corresponding mob head.

Since the base chance for skulls to drop is 2.5% per kill, that's a huge boon when you need specific mob head types.

Found any other ways to create charged blue creepers? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out our other latest Minecraft guides:

How to Get the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Compass in PUBG Mobile Tue, 20 Aug 2019 10:25:35 -0400 Sergey_3847

The latest 0.14.0 update for PUBG Mobile adds a series of events to the game that requires players to locate hidden spots that may contain one of the three new compass items, including bronze, silver, and gold compasses.

You can exchange these compasses for various items, such as weapon skins or character skins, BP scrap, classic coupon scrap, and other items. Different items require different numbers of compasses, so you will have to look for them all over the map.

If you want to know how to easily locate them, then follow our quick guide below with exact locations.

PUBG Compass Map Locations

There are nine sure locations where compasses can spawn in PUBG Mobile. If you’re lucky, then you’ll find a golden one in at least one of these locations. But mostly, you’ll find bronze or silver variants, since these spawn randomly.

Here are some surefire locations.

Sosnovka Island

Land on the southern island of Sosnovka and go to the top of the radio tower, which is located on the hill between the Novorepnoe and Military Base.

Between the Sosnovka Island and Ferry Pier, there is a tiny island where these items can also spawn.

Mylta Power

Go to the eastern part of the island and locate the large stacks at the back of the Mylta Power building. Compasses should spawn near the tallest chimney.

Move north a bit and look out for a house on top of the hill near the prison building. Look inside that house.


Between Rozhok and the school building, there is an excavation site, where you can look out for more compasses.

Go west of Rozhok to the ruins area, find a church, and search the backyard for more potential spawn points.

Shooting Range

Lastly, explore the shooting range area between Severny and Georgopol in the northern part of the map.

There are two possible spots here: one at the plane crash site, and the other one at the entrance into the tunnel on the other side of the hill.


For more PUBG Mobile guides, check out the list below: