Android Platform RSS Feed | Android RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network A Guide to Getting Started in Durango: Wild Lands,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/3b6666104a0717a92b0068176411de6b.jpg ztcxj/a-guide-to-getting-started-in-durango-wild-lands Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:34:28 -0400 Stephanie Tang

Post-apocalyptic survival is definitely not a new thing in video games -- particularly since we've long since been beaten to death and antipathy by the zombie craze. And post-apocalyptic dinosaur games are also fast-becoming a thing, with games like ARK and Horizon Zero Dawn already out and making waves. Fueled by a generation and a half that grew up on Jurassic Park, they're pretty damn good and doing great. 

Enter NEXON Korea (a subsidiary of the main NEXON company) working with What! Studio to bring you another hit to add to the roster. Durango: Wild Lands is a mobile MMO spin on the genre, where players are thrown through a time warp into the prehistoric era. Here they must band together to fend off dinosaurs, starvation, and (let's face it) some fast-disintegrating clothes.  

The game hasn't officially released yet, but it is looking good and was already nominated for Best Mobile/Handheld at E3. A limited closed beta ran late last year/early this year, and now it's currently in open beta on the Google Play Store... but only in a select number of countries -- the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Russia, Australia, Brazil, Vietnam, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland. 

Unfortunately, the biggest chunks of the gaming markets are sadly out of luck - looks like you've still got some waiting to do. But in the meantime, you can still peruse this beginner's guide to Durango: Wild Lands so you'll be ready to play when the game releases in your region.

Note: For those of you who can play it, keep a charger handy. This gasme eats your battery like crazy.


Character Creation/Class Choice

The game throws you on a moving train of people where you must choose, almost at random, which character you wish to play as. Each one will have certain bonuses that correspond to a certain play style, but at a glance it can be a little tough to figure out which will be the most applicable to you.

If you're anything like me, you pick the one in the cutest skirt and go on blindly from there. You then learn that you can customize your character's appearance and clothes in a fairly in-depth character creation menu. (Go figure.) This part happens after you choose your class and is fairly standard and self-explanatory. So don't worry -- you'll get the chance to look exactly how you want to look.

If you're not like me and actually want to know what these bonuses are and how they affect you, this is what you need to know:

Seat Class Skill M/F
1 Soldier Melee M
2 Office Worker Building F
3 Job Seeker Defense F
4 Engineer Weapon Crafting M
5 Homemaker Cooking F
6 Soldier Melee F
7 Homemaker Cooking M
8 Attendant Craft Clothing M
9 Office Worker Building F
10 Farmer Farming F
11 Farmer Farming M
12 Attendant Craft Clothing F
13 Engineer Weapon Crafting F
14 Student Gather M
15 Student Gather F
16 Job Seeker Defense M


There are 8 classes and a choice of male/female for both. The class and gender is far more important at this stage of the process, because you can customize appearances almost immediately after.

  • Note: What you choose at the very beginning won't necessarily impact your life choices forever -- if you've got the skill points to spend, you can push them into one path, another, or more than one if you want to. But if you decide to commit right from the beginning, you'll get to where you want to go much more efficiently. 

Here they are, in general order of ease to play/usefulness as a starting character:

Job Seeker

With an extra bonus in Defense, this character gets a boost in several different stats, including HP and defense, and a higher health regen rate. 

Note: A highly recommended class for starting out with, especially in a survivalist game. Choose this one if you want to choose an easier, well-rounded character class. (You may need to ignore the fact that the character's life story is kinda... pathetic.)



Choice 1 if you usually enjoy combat in MMOs. This is fairly straight-forward and allows you to learn a number of attacks very quickly right from the beginning. In spite of the name, it will also give you a boost in learning weapons too. 

Note: Unfortunately you won't get a chance to test out what the combat system actually feels like before you make your character choice. It can feel a little clunky; the game combines timed mobile game controls with an isometric view. However, being good at killing things is handy in any MMO.


This gives you the skills to craft both weapons and tools. No matter what skill you choose to specialize in, you're going to need to have at least some basic tools to work with -- this is in fact the first kind of crafting the game introduces you to!

Note: Another decent choice to start with as a newbie. Whether you like combat, survival, or hunting/gathering, you're not going to get far working with only your bare hands. 


Eating a necessity is dino-land, so it stands to reason that the food that you make also ends up being rather important too. Cook food that can regen your stamina, HP, and eventually provide your character with extra buffs as well.

Note: This class compliments almost everything that you might want to do in this MMO because food is such a necessity to keep you alive and fit. 


Gather resources from the wilds to supplement any kind of crafting; in the beginning of the tutorial you learn to gather dates (and in my case, pretty much never stopped). This skill will help you figure out what ingredients are useful and how to gather them. As you progress, higher and higher-level resources can be gathered.

Note: While important, you will find that you can do a lot of this regardless of whether or not you pump your base stats into this skill. 


Considering how quickly your neat little uniform falls into a torn and ragged mess, this will give you a boost in crafting better clothes that will help maintain your stats and keep you alive. The more your skill increases, the longer your defensive gear lasts.

Note: Extra nice to have if you're anything like me and enjoy being a pack rat because you are able to increase carry capacity. Also nice to have if you're like me and blunder into rivers without looking too closely and soak yourself. While handy, this skill is starting to get a little niche according to play style. 

Office Worker

This character gives a crafting boost in building - houses, villages, and all the stuff that you can make inside (e.g. Furniture/Workbench, Installation/Decoration) improving areas that have been eroded away and improving human civilization.

Note: If you're just starting out on your first character, this may not be of much use to you to learn the game right away. The boosts this character provides certainly benefits you more later on when you start working with other players to build tents, houses, village parts. 


Once established, farmers can craft farm tools, make fertilizer, and plant crops.

Note: This class bonus is also most beneficial to you later on in your character journey when you've begun to develop a village and to support it agriculturally. To get to this point, you will likely push your skill points elsewhere first. 

There are other skills in the game, but these aren't ones that you gain automatic bonuses in right from the get-go. They are: 

  • Surviving: increases as you gather basic resources, build shelters, and craft tools
  • Slaughter: helps acquire meat, leather, and bone from a dead animal
  • Archery: skill in slings, bows, and crossbows


That's all for now! Good luck creating your character! And stay tuned for more Durango: Wild Lands guides here at GameSkinny.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice Released On Mobile Today,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/p/i/spirit-justice-image-026f3.jpg fddnp/phoenix-wright-ace-attorney-spirit-of-justice-released-on-mobile-today Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:37:19 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is the sixth and most recent installment in the Ace Attorney series. The game was originally released for the 3DS in 2016 -- but as of today, it's also available for iOS and Android devices. 

This release is keeping in line with Capcom's ongoing tradition of releasing every main series Ace Attorney game on mobile devices some time after its release on the DS family of systems. Capcom has done the same for the original Ace Attorney trilogy, as well as the fourth DS title Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies.  

Spirit of Justice follows recurring series protagonist Phoenix Wright as he travels to the mystical kingdom of Khura'in to visit his old friend Maya Fey upon the completion of her spiritual training. As tends to happen a lot in this series, he gets tangled up in a series of cases involving a number of falsely accused individuals, and seeks to prove their innocence by defending them in court -- all while fighting the unfamiliar justice system of a new country.

While Phoenix is taking care of things in Khura'in, the other members of the Wright Anything Agency, Athena Cykes and Apollo Justice, hold down the fort and handle cases back home.

The mobile version of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice is available now on both iOS and Android devices, and the original version is available for download on 3DS. You can watch a trailer for the game down below:

Square Enix Announces New Mobile Title, Battle of Blades,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/f46b407c93d03bba130623bc23c14398.jpg e6a4x/square-enix-announces-new-mobile-title-battle-of-blades Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:19:27 -0400 Wizard of Warsaw

A new mobile game, Battle of Blades, has just been announced by Japanese developer Square Enix. Available on Andriod and iOS, the fantasy-inspired battle arena game appears to be available only in Japan at the time of this writing, with no mention of a Western release. 

The game features a single-player mode with a story written by Higashide Yuuichirou, one of the writers of Fate/Apocrypha. Additionally, a ton of customization options have been shown off as it pertains to accessories, including special weapons from other Square Enix games, such as Nier: Automata, Secret of Mana, and Romancing SaGa. 

Battle of Blades also features several multiplayer functions, such as a battle arena, where players team up to battle each other in 4v4 battles, and large-scale boss fights that carry with them special rewards. A short preview video shows off a team of players taking on monsters and other players. 


Pre-registration for the game is available now, but there's no mention of a release date yet. If you're interested in pre-registering for Battle of Blades, you can check out the game's Japanese website here

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on Battle Blades as it develops. 

TCGs and CCGs -- Not Every Card Can be Good,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/a/d/bad-cards-banner-3fc66.png 3mypg/tcgs-and-ccgs-not-every-card-can-be-good Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:57:02 -0400 Kengaskhan

Be it Magic: The Gathering, Hearthstone, or some other TCG or CCG, you'll find cards that are laughably unplayable. Some are so bad that they've become memes within their communities.

As a player, it can be frustrating when your booster pack's rare card finds a home not in one of your decks, but in that large box of unused cards sitting in your closet.

Or, maybe, you think you've found a card with a really cool, interesting effect -- a card you'd love to build a deck around -- only to notice that its mana cost is double what you think it should be.

Unfortunately, bad cards are a necessary evil for the TCG/CCG genre, and it all comes down to how complicated it can be to design and balance hundreds or even thousands of cards.

Why do Bad Cards Exist?

In Magic (or whatever TCG/CCG's) R&D's card-slinging utopia, bad cards wouldn't exist -- after all, what company wants their consumers to associate their product with a feeling of disappointment?

In the real world, things aren't quite as simple -- card design is a very complicated and nuanced process, and each individual card, no matter how plain or simple, must be carefully crafted to maintain competitive balance.

And therein lies the problem.

In a Youtube video, Hearthstone's creative director Ben Brode discusses some of those issues, focusing specifically on the the design choices they made with one of the most maligned cards in the game: Purify.

That video may not have answered all your questions, but when you look at a card and think, "What were they thinking when they designed this terrible?", there are three things you'll want to consider: human error, the fact that cards don't exist in a vacuum, and the diversity of play formats.

R&D is Only Human

If there's one lesson that Magic R&D has learned over the past two-and-a-half decades it's that they've made mistakes in the past and that they're going to make mistakes in the future.

The most notable of these mistakes typically results in an overtuned card, like Skullclamp or Siege Rhino, cards that wind up dominating their respective competitive scenes.

Other times, they'll design cards that they think will be powerful, but reality inevitably proves them wrong. One infamous case of this was the printing of Scornful Egotist, a card that costs eight times the mana you'd expect it would.

Here's a snippet of internal discussion R&D had regarding the card:

Theoretically, the card was intended to play nicely with cards that played off of expensive mana costs (Riddle of Lightning, for example), but in the end, all players saw in Scornful Egotist was an 8-mana 1/1 dork.

Cards Don't Exist in a Vacuum

Naturally, Magic R&D errs on the side of safety by intentionally undertuning cards that could potentially be problematic for the competitive scene, as the only way for them to deal with such cards after releasing them is to outright ban them.

You might be wondering how a card could get nerfed so hard during development that it goes from "potentially problematic for competitive play" to "you're reading an article to try to figure out why it's so bad," but don't worry, that's not actually where I'm going with this.

Card game designers put a lot of effort into maintaining the delicate balance of their competitive metagames, and while they may want certain strategies to be present, they may not want them to be prevalent.

Take Hedron Alignment, for example -- it's a fun win-condition that's strong enough that people have managed decent tournament results with Alignment decks. In a lot of ways, Hedron Alignment is a brewer's dream.

That being said, it's also a very gimmicky card, and as fun as it might be, it'd be pretty format-warping if such an unconventional deck made it Tier 1. What could R&D have done (or might have done) to stop that from happening?

Well, they could nerf the Hedron Alignment into oblivion, and it's possible they did reduce the card's power during development -- or, they could cut back on the cards that would support the Hedron Alignment deck.

It's conceivable for a card like Secret Salvage to have had its mana cost lowered to 4 without pushing the card into the realm of overpoweredness. However, a 4-mana Secret Salvage might have been enough to push those Alignment decks up to Tier 1.5.

That's not to say that Secret Salvage is a bad card, but it's very possible that there are other cards that aren't as strong as they could have been because of the presence of Hedron Alignment in Standard.

The Diversity of Formats

In MTG, there are two general format archetypes: constructed and limited. In constructed formats, players have all their cards in their collection at their disposal (as long as they're format legal) -- whereas in limited, players only have access to whatever random 45 or 90 cards they open from their booster packs.

As such, constructed and limited are vastly different, and R&D spends a lot of effort maintaining both, which means each new set introduces cards for two separate metagames.

While a constructed metagame only consists of the cream of the crop, a limited card pool forces players to consider a much broader spectrum of cards.

Shepherd of the Lost is an absolute limited all-star, yet it is equally unplayable in Standard, the lowest-powered of all the constructed formats -- there are simply far better options.

Now, imagine what a Draft filler card might look like to a constructed-only player.

You wouldn't even find a card this "bad" in one of WotC's preconstructed decks, and those are notoriously underpowered even for casual constructed play, yet Wetland Sambar has seen a good bit of use in Khans of Tarkir limited.

And that's not to mention the loads of unsanctioned formats the game has, like Commander, Cube, or Penny Dreadful, all with their own unique card pools.

"Bad" Cards are Necessary

The reality of the current state of TCG/CCG design is that there's no way to avoid "bad" cards when the designers have to juggle so many different cards for so many different formats and metagames.

It can be particularly tough on paper card games, like Magic, where R&D has no realistic way of nerfing cards after they've been printed, forcing them to be more conservative with the power level of their cards.

However, if you start opening up to other formats of play, you might find that a lot of "bad" cards do have a place in the game -- and that they may actually be quite playable in those formats.

RO: Idle Poring - How to Get Honor,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/i/d/l/idle-poring-honor-head-9c041.png neo2p/ro-idle-poring-how-to-get-honor Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:45:39 -0400 Ashley Gill

Honor: It's one thing we all need, but the game doesn't do an amazing job of really highlighting its importance and use for new players.

As I went over in my RO: Idle Poring progression guide, there are a fair number of ways to progress your character and make it more powerful. One aspect not mentioned in the linked guide is acquiring new skills, which is something that needs a guide on its own due to skill acquisition being tied to Honor.

Unlocking new skills requires nothing but Honor, but Honor itself is something that can only come with knowing how to get it, time, and patience. New players need to know how to jump on the Honor train early so they can start working towards new and more versatile skills.

How to Get Honor in RO: Idle Poring

There are only a few ways to get it, and we're going to cover them all here.

1. Stroking friends and giving them roses

You have definitely seen people begging for strokes in chat. A stroke grants you 40 Honor, but can only be done a few times a day.

Stroking doesn't require any investment from you but giving away roses does.

You can give another character a rose once per day, with the rose either costing 50 or 500 Diamonds depending on the one you buy.

The 50 Diamond Icy Rose is the typical option, as it has a much better Honor to Diamond ratio, whereas the Eternal Rose is used more to gain Bond points to improve your relationship with that character.

As a side note, if you don't feel like giving other players Icy Roses, you can instead make a second character for yourself and send them to that character instead.

In addition, stroking is so important that you absolutely should add friends to stroke each day. If you both have each other added to your friend list, you can exchange strokes (instead of toss them at people who won't reciprocate).

2. Daily quests

The game prompts you to complete daily quests all the time, and as you push through your daily tasks the game will grant you Honor on top of quest rewards. You can get up to 4 relatively small Honor packages per day via completing most of the quests, making it especially important to stay on top of them.

3. PvP

I hope you haven't been avoiding PvP, because it's a pretty good Honor supplement. You get a very small amount of Honor per win in PvP, but that's not the real meat of its rewards.

You can be awarded anywhere from 2000 to 4500 Honor each week, depending on your ranking for the duration. Check out the reward tiers below -- they're good enough to warrant going into PvP whenever you have tickets.

4. VIP and SVIP

I'm not going to comment on whether these are worth it or not since the game is so new (and I'm running on VIP) but the fact remains both options grant 50 Honor per day.

Honestly I would not go crazy over the 50 Honor reward with either of the VIP options, you would want them for their other benefits. But Honor is Honor, and you need it. It's just one added option to be aware of.

Getting Honor isn't complicated, you just have to know how to do it. Luckily the game's other systems are a bit more complex. If you want to know about character attributes and what they actually do, check out my attribute allocation guide. And if you're a newer player getting stuck on stages, absolutely take a look at my character progression guide so you can keep your progression fast and stress-free.

RO: Idle Poring Guide -- The Ins and Outs of Character Progression,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/h/a/character-progression-header-a41ef.png sluyg/ro-idle-poring-guide-the-ins-and-outs-of-character-progression Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:59:47 -0400 Ashley Gill

It may take a few days for the ins and outs of RO: Idle Poring's character progression. Heck, you may still be a bit lost on how to actively improve your characters to push to higher stages.

We're going to go over each of the game's character improvement methods available to you and how to use them to your benefit. You can't really just rely on accelerating to get you to the strength point you need to be at to progress, since levels and gear itself only go so far -- though you should definitely accelerate daily.

Are you doing everything you can to progress your characters quickly? You're about to find out! Let's go over Idle Poring's many methods to improve your characters and how to use them properly.

Getting and Improving Gear

You can get new equipment not only from fighting your way through stages, but also through the Smith and the Market.

The Smith is a more effort-intensive option, as it requires you have accumulated Smelting Points via smelting gear you don't need -- but you'll often be able to get items that are improvements to your own via the Smith.

Getting them via the Market is more expensive. Though both the Smith and the Market charge Zeni to refresh, the Market demands you spend either Gems or Diamonds or Zeni to get what's on it. Never spend Diamonds on equipment on the Market.

Refining and Gem Socketing

The game explains these systems to you -- but if you're not a diehard Ragnarok Online fan or are just not familiar with Korean-style MMORPGs, these systems may seem optional. Surprise: they are not.


You can refine your equipment via the Hero menu simply by tapping on a piece of gear and then on "Refine". There are a few things to know about refining:

  • Refinement bonuses are attached to the equipment slot rather than the actual piece of equipment (so you can change your actual gear out and not have to refine it again)
  • Every 10 refinement levels you have to spend Enhance Metals (and after 30, materials from MVP fights) to break the equipment slot through to the next tier, giving it a sizable bump in its primary stat and allowing you to continue to refine
  • You can only refine up to your current character level
  • Most of your Zeni is going to be used to refine

With all of this in mind, you can push forward with refining your slots with no stress. There are absolutely no downsides to refining all of your equipment slots to the maximum level you can, outside of the drain on your Zeni balance and Enhance Metals.

Gem Slotting

This is another carry-over system from RO and in this iteration is a fairly painless process.

Much like refining affects your gear slots, Gems are also not tied directly to the equipment you have in a slot. The only restriction on them is whether or not an item has a slot or not. And you generally do not want equipment with no slots.

Slotting Gems costs no Zeni and removing them is similarly free -- plus you don't have to worry about socket size.

To attach a Gem to a slot, simply tap the equipment, then Gem, and then choose the one you want to attach.

Getting More Out of Your Gems

The game goes over combining your Gems to make them more powerful, but after the first explanation it expects you to remember. You may not have, so here's a reminder.

Go to the Bag menu, and then tap on Gems. You can see all of your Gems in this menu and you can fuse them together simply by tapping on a stack of them and then choosing "Compose", then paying the fee.

You can combine Gems up to several tiers, with each tier requiring 3 of that exact Gem to craft a better one.

Slot your best gems (keeping your character's wanted stats in mind) for a boost to your overall power.


Pets are a huge component to how powerful your characters are, especially once they get a few affection levels on them. They grant hefty flat stat bonuses along with percentage increases to your combat abilities, such as reducing the damage you take or healing a percentage of the damage you do.

I'm going to level you up, I swear.

Because pets are so important, it's vital you keep them improving via exploration missions and advancing them when they hit their level cap. Each level improves their attributes and each advancement improves their combat capacity. Choose your pets based on your pets' attributes and combat capacities.

You can get pet fragments from raiding, as gone over below, but you also get 31 free fragments per day in the Store.

Boss Raiding for Pet Fragments

This is another feature that doesn't get mentioned much by the game but factors heavily into your progression.

Boss raiding may grant you pet fragments, and you're allowed 3 boss raids a day (though the game is currently just throwing Boss Challenge Tickets at players).

You can access boss raiding via the Map button in the Battle menu. This will open up the map and let you choose which area you want to raid for fragments.

I do not recommend choosing your raids willy-nilly. Instead take a look at your pet Grimoire and see which ones you are either close to obtaining or want, then tap on the small icon with a plus sign next to the fragment bar to see where you can obtain their fragments.

Attribute Allotment

This is the most basic set of building blocks for any Idle Poring character and it's the most important, since you can stack tons of points into your preferred attribute to specialize one way or the other.

I don't really like to give attribute allotment advice -- a lot of people are currently testing going all-in on a class's primary attribute, whereas I'm not too keen on the all-in approach.

I will say that, after testing different stat approaches between two characters, that dumping most of your attribute points into a character's primary attribute does do well over the first 40 levels. If you're not keen on your current attribute set up and don't feel like you're doing as well as you should, you may want to adjust your stats by using an Attribute Book (look in your items).

It's doubtful that sticking with one attribute will do as well at high levels, due to the frequency of status effects and the high value many of the non-primary stats (CRI, EVA, Tenacity, ATK Spd). If you want to know what your attribute points really boil down to, I recommend reading my Idle Poring attribute allocation guide.


The skills you have equipped, the order they're in, and their levels are a pretty sizable chunk of your overall combat efficiency. You can have some amazing stats but still fall flat if your skills aren't organized in a way that plays to your benefit.

In both PvE and PvP situations, critical hits and status effects are king. Stun, freeze, and/or sleep your opponents to get a few free hits in and to keep enemies from casting.

The Berserk skill is a must-have for most skill layouts because of its critical rate boost and Tenacity buff (it says "control free" on the skill at the moment). Pairing Berserk with whatever your class's double-hitting skill is will make you pack a wallop.

Test out different skill orders with bosses if you're floundering but seem to have a chance to win.

This advice is all information any RO:Idle Poring player needs to know. Like its namesake, the actual Ragnarok Online, the game isn't going to hold your hand and take you exactly through each and every thing you need to do. Stay diligent with your progression and the facets of it mentioned here and you'll do just fine.

RO: Idle Poring -- Attribute Allocation Guide,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/i/d/l/idle-poring-attributes-40686.png sm2zi/ro-idle-poring-attribute-allocation-guide Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:10:09 -0400 Ashley Gill

RO: Idle Poring is the latest addition to the long line of Ragnarok Online spin-offs, and whether or not you're playing Idle Poring probably has something to do with your fond memories of good ol' RO. The game is pretty much Ragnarok Superlite.

Just like in Ragnarok Online itself, in Idle Poring, you can allocate attribute points to your characters to customize how they play. But with the game's brand new community, no one knows the optimal attribute builds for each class yet. Heck, I don't even know -- but if you want to build your characters right, you need to know what the attributes and stats do, and that is something I do know.

Idle Poring's stats do not line up with those in RO, so you can't build your characters as you would in the actual MMO. No DEX Mages here. So let's go over each of the game's attributes and what they increase for all three main jobs.

Each job has a stat that affects their actual ATK (attack power), with the other two jobs receiving different benefits from that stat. Swordsman specializes in STR, Mage in INT, and Archer in DEX.

Attribute Stat Effects

Attribute Stats
 STR (Swordman)
4 HP
2 SP
(Mage & Archer)
8 HP
8 SP
 AGI 2 ATK Spd
12 HP
16 HP
 INT (Mage)
4 HP
2 SP
(Swordman & Archer)
8 HP
8 SP
 DEX (Archer)
4 HP
2 SP
(Mage & Swordman)
8 HP
8 SP
2 Tenacity
10 HP


Stat Effects

Now, let's dig a bit deeper. What do all the stats themselves mean? We see how attributes indirectly affect your characters' growth, so what about their stats? Let's go over them.

  • HP -- Maximum health
  • SP -- Maximum SP
  • ATK -- Attack power
  • DEF -- Defensive power
  • M.ATK -- Magic attack power
  • M.DEF -- Magic defensive power
  • HIT -- Hit chance
  • CRI -- Critical hit chance
  • Tenacity -- Resistance against status effects
  • EVA -- Dodge rate
  • ATK Spd -- Skill cast speed
  • Cast -- Cast time (Not confirmed! Haven't gotten a single bit of this)
ATK Spd and Tenacity

Everything's pretty self-explanatory, except Tenacity and ATK Spd.

The game never actually mentions what Tenacity does, but it does, in fact, act as your resistance against status effects. One can easily imagine this making LUK especially useful at very high levels, especially with the HIT and CRI attached to it.

ATK Spd is the most confusing of the stats in Idle Poring, because it doesn't affect your actual attack speed at all. It actually affects how quickly you start to cast your skills. Sounds convoluted, right?

A character with a higher ATK Spd than its opponent will begin to cast its skills first, and this is the cast in both PvE and PvP. Their skills will take the same amount of time to cast.

Which Attributes Should You Invest In?

Now, I'm no pro and this is not an easy question to answer. All I can do is give you some advice and you choose what to do with it.

You see a fair number of players claim it's best to go all-in on a character's primary attribute, but that probably is not the best idea if for two factors alone:

  • Every job's skills are named differently but all do the same thing at the same tiers
  • Equipment grants so much ATK -- both directly and through granting your primary stat -- that using attributes only for it may feel like a waste

ATK, SP, and HP aren't the only important stats. CRI, HIT, ATK Spd, Tenacity, and EVA are all important when you have an abundance of them.

Because all the jobs use the same skills and effectively act the exact same way, I'm not all that sure there's even a need to build them differently. You could easily do an attribute build that does 1 STR; 2 STA; 2 AGI on a Swordman, then turn around and do the same build, but with 1 INT instead of  STR on a Mage.

Hopefully, this information will help you build your characters. Your attribute allocations are important and if you feel like you messed up, don't forget the game granted you some Attribute Books early in the game. They can be found in your bag under 'Items'.

And last (but certainly not least) if you are still having trouble pushing through the stages with this information in mind, I highly recommend taking a look at my Idle Poring progression guide, which goes over each of the game's progression aspects so you know what to do each time you log in. Happy grinding!

Flip Master Tips and Tricks: The Beginner's Guide to Dominating the Trampoline,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/l/i/flip-26f4b.jpg xaz6k/flip-master-tips-and-tricks-the-beginners-guide-to-dominating-the-trampoline Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:17:53 -0400 Selandrile

Flip Master is a free-to-play mobile game developed by Miniclip. With over 50,000 reviews and an average of 4.5 stars on the Google Play StoreFlip Master is most definitely a well-received app.

The game comes with a mostly voiced tutorial, though the information it provides is just barely enough to get you started. Because of how sparse it is, we've collected some extra beginner's tips and tricks that will have you bouncing through Flip Master like never before. Let's get down to it!

Trampolines Are Your Friends

Flip Master has many unlockables, but none are as important as new trampolines. The basic starting one is simply pathetic. Newer unlocks will allow you to bounce higher, which gives you extra time to do more of the tricks and spins that net you coins. 

Trampolines function much like new areas, with new scenery unlocking when you acquire them. Beyond a higher bounce, new trampolines will also usually have a larger surface area to give you more room to plan and execute your move sets.

Just make sure to begin using a new trampoline immediately after you unlock it! This way you can begin to snowball your gains and grind through the game faster.

Don't Forget About Training!

Obvious to some and obscure to others, Flips Master includes a training feature that you can use to upgrade your characters. The training requires coins, but it's invaluable in improving your performance. In fact, you probably won't be able to progress very far without making training your priority.

Focus primarily on balance when you train, as your most difficult task will be landing your jumps. Executing a complex trick maneuver only to break your neck is never exciting -- so grab this one quickly.

Don't Abandon Your Character

Upon unlocking a new character, you might be tempted to immediately switch to them. Resist this urge. Instead, continue utilizing your current trained character to acquire more coins, which can then be funneled into training the new unlock. After an appropriate length of time and a decent amount of training, you can then switch to your new favorite without sacrificing your ability to earn coins. Efficiency at its finest.

Shoot for Streaks Over Flash

The key to successfully generating more coins is not to display an impressively flashy trick set, but to maintain the game's streak meter. It is always better to successfully complete one minor trick and safely land than to flop while attempting a fancier move.

Losing your streak meter will reduce the amount of coins you acquire for your feats, so make sure to prioritize it! If you wipe out, take your time rebuilding your streak before attempting the more complicated moves again.

Pay Attention To The Ads

Being free-to-play, Flip Master is rife with in-game purchases through its common and premium in-game currency. Collecting more coins (the common currency) will be your primary goal while playing.

To avoid paying real-world money there are in-game ads. While your automatic reaction might be to skip them, try not to. These 30-second videos will net you between 22 to 35 coins, and are a great way to avoid paying real-world money while also supporting the developer. Watching them early on before the prices increase will maximize your total gains.


Overall Flip Master is a cute little game that can be quite the challenge. Executing complex tricks, calculating spins, and landing -- all while pushing for the most efficient coin-collecting path -- makes for a game that has more depth than it first appears.

What other tricks have you found that work best for you? Let us know in the comments below! And stay tuned for more Flip Master guides.

Noblemen: 1896 Beginner's Tips, Cheats, and Strategies,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/v/cov2-30eb6.jpg 9qaud/noblemen-1896-beginners-tips-cheats-and-strategies Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:08:44 -0400 Ty Arthur

Foursaken Media's cross-genre war game Noblemen: 1896 combines the overhead strategy and base-building mechanics typical to mobile war games with third-person shooter and cover mechanics during individual battles.

Keeping track of all the different elements during the campaign isn't too difficult -- but there are a few places that new players can get tripped up and will need some help on the strategy front.

For those looking to cheat, rather than git gud, there are Noblemen: 1986 APK downloads out there at some rather disreputable sites that claim to give you infinite gold. Personally I haven't found any at this point that actually work and aren't malware, so proceed at your own risk if you decide to brave those risky sites where its never quite clear what's an ad and what's the legitimate download button.

For those who aren't into the cheating business, let's get on with the Noblemen tips and tricks!

Getting The Game Running

Since the September 12th update, most players have been left unable to download necessary update files, or the game will just immediately crash on launch. If that describes you, there's nothing to do but wait for the next update to address the issue.

For those who can still play, many users are reporting intermittent crashes and slow downs, but that's because the app is a lot more graphically intensive than your typical mobile title. Noblemen: 1896 was specifically optimized for these GPUs:

  • Adreno 400 or better 
  • Mali-760, 860, 880 or better
  • Tegra 3, Tegra 4, Tegra K1 or better
  • PowerVR Rogue series or better

Noblemen: 1896 Basics

When you can actually launch the app, there's one critical element that's easy to forget about. Outside of combat on the world map, keep an eye on your supplies.

Just about any activity -- moving, attacking, even defending -- requires supplies. If you find that for some reason you can't move across the map or bombard an enemy position, it probably means you ran out of supplies and need to drop some gold on re-provisioning. Having low supplies will also result in less useful soldiers during combat.

Before battle, take note of every combat advantage you can get. Attacking instead of defending gives a bonus, as does attacking at night. Attacking from a forest tile also gives a defense bonus. As battles get harder later in the campaign, you want to have every possible advantage.

In combat, remember that the left side of the screen is for movement, while the right side is for looking and aiming, and you can use the arrows to cycle through targets. You also have to actually tap the bullet button to fire (the way it's shaded with the missing color segment makes it look like an oddly shaped "ID" on the lower right side of the screen).

During combat, don't forget about special ammo. It costs gold, but can make any given skirmish much less difficult. The explosive HE rounds can take out a group quickly with only a round or two, while the AP rounds are needed for armored units or vehicles.

Range in gun combat is also critical, and is marked by the colored arrow above an enemy. If you are at medium or extreme range you aren't dealing the damage you want to be dealing.

 Firing On Targets

Unlike your typical run 'n gun shooter, in Noblemen you always want to be behind either light or full cover. Health recovers faster in cover, and you take next to no damage in full cover. Unless the enemy is in a full-blown retreat, or there is only a single enemy soldier on his own, you should absolutely never attack from the open.

Oddly, buildings don't appear to give cover. It's not really clear why, but don't stand behind buildings expecting to not got killed. You need something like sandbags, fences, or trees instead.

Cover is incredible effect, but not just for you -- it also aids the enemy. It can be pointless to trade fire with the enemy for extended periods if you are both behind full cover. Instead, re-position yourself to flank or come up behind the enemy.

 Even Explosive Rounds Aren't Effective Against Cover 

Melee Sword Combat

While the game touts swordplay as a valid tactic, melee combat is only worthwhile under specific conditions. It can be more effective than firing since it's more accurate, but you have to sprint into the open -- leaving yourself vulnerable to fire from whoever you are charging (and more importantly, any other nearby squads).

You are also locked in melee combat for a few seconds and can't disengage immediately to run back to cover. Unless there are only a few enemies left and you are low on ammo or somehow don't have cover nearby, it's not really worth going into melee.

Command Mode

Combat gets frantic, and in ground view your troops will move on their own to seek out cover and engage the enemy. You should pop into the sky view Command Mode frequently, as this gives you a better idea of the enemy's position, and also lets you pause to direct the flow of battle.

There's also a nifty little trick here for keeping yourself alive for a push towards the enemy -- command your troops to protect your Nobleman so you have troops guarding you during your advance!

 Scouting The Enemy From Command Mode

Those are all the basics you need to know to get started dominating in combat during Noblemen: 1896's campaign mode or random skirmishes. Have any other tips for newcomers that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

Beginner's Guide to Getting Started in KING'S KNIGHT,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/k/i/n/kings-knight-ann-tgs16-init-b142f.jpg k5twv/beginners-guide-to-getting-started-in-kings-knight Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:03:27 -0400 Autumn Fish

When you first boot up KING'S KNIGHT -- the new Android and iOS game, not the Final Fantasy XV minigame -- you'll be thrust into an introductory sequence with pre-leveled characters to give you an idea of how the game plays. You run through a vertically scrolling level, fighting monsters and collecting loot until you reach the stage boss.

Once you defeat the dragon, the game slams a gaggle of confusing menus on your screen to figure out and navigate. You could just continue fighting through the levels and ignore the menu for now, but you'll quickly hit a wall for neglecting your weapons and the all-mighty gacha.

In this beginner's guide, you'll learn everything you need to know to stay ahead of the curve by upgrading and replacing your characters and weapons. (And be sure to make your prayers and offerings to RNGesus before we get started.)

KING'S KNIGHT Beginner's Tips and Tricks

In order to be sure the Fiends won't overcome you and your party, you'll need to be vigilant about acquiring better characters and weaponsupgrading your weapons, and upgrading characters.

Acquiring Better Characters and Weapons

In order to get better characters and weapons, you must use a special gacha system under the Spin tab of the main menu. For a chance at the gacha, you need to spend Regalite -- a freemium-like currency that you find scant few of for completing missions and side-objectives in quests.

A new character costs 25 Regalite, while a new weapon costs 15. Alternatively, if you're patient, you could snag 11 characters for 250 Regalite and 11 weapons for 150. Be sure to hold on to everything 3-star and above. Anything below that is really just filler.

If you don't get the weapons you want, there is an exchange system under the Shoppe tab on the main menu. If you trade in four 4-star weapons, you may choose any 4-star weapon you prefer in their stead.

Upgrading Your Weapons

Once you have a 3-star or higher weapon that you wish to use, it's time to upgrade it through Tempering and then Reforging. First, reach the Tempering menu through the Manage tab and select the weapon you wish to upgrade. Here you can enhance your weapon's abilities with your hard-earned Zell.

Once your weapon's been maxed out through tempering, you should look into Reforging it to unlock skills and increase the max Tempering level. Reforging costs materials, however, which must be found by completing levels and collecting treasure. Rinse and repeat this process until your weapon is completely maxed.

Upgrading Characters

You can unveil a character's true potential by unlocking their abilities and unleashing their soul. To unlock abilities, head to the character page under the Manage tab and select the character you want to upgrade. You'll need a combination of Zell, AP, and materials found on quests to unlock an ability. If the character is 3-star or higher, however, the last ability will need to be unlocked by completing their Subquest.

Unleashing the soul of a character is another beast entirely. To do so, head over to the Unlock Ability screen and select the Unleash Soul tab. Each character's soul can be unleashed up to 5 times to increase their base stats. You'll need special types of Souls to do it, though, which can only be earned as rewards for later quests.

Be sure you don't slack off on any chance to upgrade your party or you'll soon regret it. KING'S KNIGHT is a fairly hard game, and you'll need every advantage you can get -- especially if you plan on taking the new Co-Op mode for a spin.

Good luck, and may the RNG gods be with you.

What's the Best Moveset for Raikou in Pokemon Go?,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/a/i/raikou-5b155.png kpps6/whats-the-best-moveset-for-raikou-in-pokemon-go Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:14:02 -0400 adelgirl

For this month only, the legendary dog Raikou is available for Pokemon Go players to catch and add to their collections. This rare Pokemon has a fairly small catch chance, and is only available through completing Gym raids. (For more information on acquiring him, check out our guide on how to catch the Legendary Dogs.)

Once you've gotten your very own Raikou, you'll want to load him out with the best moves possible to ensure you're making the most of this legendary Pokemon. There are different moves you can pick up, and the best ones for you will depend mostly on your play style and what role you want this dog to play in your team. 

Raikou has two possible fast moves (Thunder Shock, Volt Switch) and three possible charged moves (Thunder, Thunderbolt, Wild Charge) that he can learn. So which ones are best?

Best Moves for Raikou (Offensive)

If you prefer to play on the offensive, you'll want to pick up the following moves for your Raikou:

  • Thunder Shock
  • Wild Charge 

Best Moves for Raikou (Defensive)

If you prefer to play on the offensive, you'll want to pick up the following moves for your Raikou:

  • Volt Switch
  • Wild Charge

That's all you need to know! Now your Raikou should be ready to face any battle you come across. 


If you're having trouble completing the raid to get this Legendary Dog, our Gym Raiding guide can help you succeed. And if you want more tips, check out the rest of our Pokemon Go guides for everything you need to know!

Digimon Links Will Have A Western Release,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/maxresdefault-92393.jpg ffw1r/digimon-links-will-have-a-western-release Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:53:41 -0400 Erroll Maas

Bandai Namco has revealed that Digimon Links -- a mobile game based on the Digimon franchise that released in Japan as Digimon Linkz last year -- will be coming to Western territories in the future.

In Digimon Links, players will obtain Digimon and use them in 3-on-3 battles that are somewhat similar to battles in the Digimon Story video game series. Each Digimon will have its own set of unique Leader Skills, Signature Skills, and Legacy Skills. Digimon will also have different attributes and resistances that players have to keep in mind when engaging foes in battle. Players will also be able to create facilities that can help make their Digimon stronger and offer various additional effects.

The Western release date has not yet been announced, but Android users can pre-register for the game through Google Play. The game will also include in-app purchases to speed up player progress and enhance other gameplay elements.

Top Drives Hack: The Best Cars for Any Situation,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/o/p/top-drives-1458c.jpg 9lneb/top-drives-hack-the-best-cars-for-any-situation Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:22:18 -0400 ESpalding

There are over 700 cars to collect in Top Drives, so it's no wonder that some people wonder about which ones are the best. Is it all about the speed? Is the Bugatti Veyron really worth it? Which car is the best at Drag Races? Well, you have plenty to choose from!

In this guide, we want to give you the lowdown on some of the great cars you can find in the game and which kind of events they are best at. These picks will predominantly be super rare quality cars, as that's obviously the most prestigious type. But there will be cars from the other higher rarity bands, too. No matter what your play style or preferred track, there are cars from over 25 different manufacturers to suit your needs!

The Best Speed Cars in Top Drives

Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus

With an acceleration rate of 0-60 MPH in 3.1 seconds, it's clear that the Audi R8 Coupé V10 is perfect for the 0-100 MPH races. It doesn't have the best grip of the top spec Audis, but it certainly has the top speed!


Pagani Zonda 760RS

Like the Audi, the Zonda goes from 0-60 MPH in 3.1 seconds. But it has a higher top speed for you to max out at as you race. With that in mind, it's hard to say whether this car would be better suited to the 0-100 MPH race or a 100km drag race!

Caterham RS Levante

There are a number of cars that are faster than the Levante at top speed, but few (if any) can beat its insane acceleration rate. With the ability to go from 0-60 MPH in just 2.9 seconds, you'll be leaving your opponents in the dust the moment you leave the starting line. 


Best Grip Cars in Top Drives

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

This pretty car might not win races when it's pitted against some upper-tier cars in a speed match, but it's got something else to offer. With an 89 grip rating (out of 100), this Corvette model is a surefire bet for G-Force events!

McLaren P1

With a top speed of 217, this is a pretty fast car. At speeds like that, you'll need a fair amount of grip. Otherwise you'll just fly off the track when you go around a tight corner. You obviously don't want to do too much cornering in this McLaren -- but when you do, that 95 grip rating will be a huge boon.

Volvo 850 BTCC

This lovely car from Sweden doesn't have a high top speed like the rest of these grippy cars, but this one should be a top pick when you're trying to win those twisty circuit races. The 95 grip rating will help you stay on course -- and we all know that slow and steady often wins the race!


Best Off-Roaders in Top Drives

Hummer H3T

You basically can't talk about off-roading vehicles without mentioning Hummers. While these cars are very rare in game, you'll be happy to have it once you've found one. They're great for pretty much any dirt and sand track out there!


Audi Sport Quattro S1

This off-roader is pretty quick compared to some of the others in its class. It's also one of the most recognized rally cars in the world. With a nice balance of quick acceleration, decent grip, and 4WD, this is an all-around great pick for fast-pased off-roading.


Mercedes-AMG G 63 6x6

Forget 4x4s -- this 6x6 is where it's at. You probably won't win very many street races with this car's stats, but it's still a fantastic choice for your lineup if you're looking for some serious off-road action. 

As there is very little actual racing in Top Drives,  you don't really need to worry too much about your coordination and performance when it comes to winning. The main thing you need to focus on are the cars themselves -- how fast they are, how well they grip, and how they cope with off-road conditions or rainy weather.

With these cars in your arsenal, there aren't many races that you'll lose. Bear in mind, though, that this is just a handful of the top-tier cars in Top Drives. I'm sure you will find your own favorites as your racing career progresses.

Have you found some great cars yet? If so, which ones? If you need a hand getting started with this mobile racer, check out the rest of our Top Drives guides for all the tips and tricks you'll need!

Square Enix Reintroduces KING'S KNIGHT on Mobile Devices,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/k/i/n/kings-knight-98dbd.jpg qjaka/square-enix-reintroduces-kings-knight-on-mobile-devices Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:11:01 -0400 LuckyJorael

KING'S KNIGHT, last released in 1989 by Square, has received a mobile facelift courtesy of Square Enix for iOS and Android devices. The company announced the game last year, and Final Fantasy XV has a version of the game in its world.

This new version of KING'S KNIGHT, subtitled Wrath of the Dark Dragon, features a brand new story, a new world, and vertical scrolling gameplay in which players have to destroy enemies as well as obstacles to survive. The game features "job elements" and up to 4-player cooperative play.

In a press release, Square Enix says of the newly reinvigorated title:

"Fans and a new generation of players will be challenged by a level of difficulty that remains true to the original game."

Square Enix also introduced a social media campaign in conjunction with the release of KING'S KNIGHT. Players can contribute to the campaign by joining the heroes of Final Fantasy XV in defeating giant bosses by "sharing to sites like Facebook and Twitter to reduce [bosses'] HP in the FINAL FANTASY XV x KINGS KNIGHT Giant Boss social campaign." The campaign runs through September 29.

You can find more information on KING'S KNIGHT Giant Boss social campaign here. KING'S KNIGHT - Wrath of the Dark Dragon is available for download from the App Store and Google Play.

Top Drives Beginner's Hints and Tips,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/o/p/top-drives-242b0.jpg xqi0s/top-drives-beginners-hints-and-tips Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:22:09 -0400 ESpalding

Taking the tabletop card game Top Trumps to the next level, London-based developers Hutch Games and super car website EVO recently released a mobile card game that draws clear inspiration from the family-favorite card game. The game is called Top Drives -- and as the name might suggest, it's primarily aimed at car and racing enthusiasts.

You need to collect a number of car cards, build a team, and then set your team up to complete various races and events. There are car cards from all major and well-known car makers such as Chevrolet, Nissan, and Ford. Even the mighty Hummer makes an appearance! The events and races take place all over the world, from West Coast USA to Tykkimäki in Finland. No matter where in the world you are racing, your team go head-to-head with other vehicles in modes like drag races, G-Force tests, and indoor karting circuits.

While the game itself may seem relatively straightforward, there are a few things you'll want to know when you're first starting out. And in this beginner's guide, we're going to lay out all the tips and tricks you need to get ahead of the pack in Top Drives.

Learn Your Cars

I can't stress this enough. There's a whopping 700 or so car cards in the game, which seems like a lot to take in -- but some of them you are just going to sell as soon as you get them and some of them aren't going to be used as often as others.

Because there are different kinds of races, you need to remember your best cars for each kind of race. While it is exciting to collect all the cars you can, your main aim is to progress through the game. Having a well-established deck and knowing what you have will help you get through the levels quicker. 

Your garage only has a limited number of slots to hold cars, so you are going to want to have a couple of cars that accelerate quickly for drag races, cars that have good grip, cars that do well on dirt or sand, cars that run well in the rain, etc.

Remember to Upgrade

All cars can be upgraded, and you should invest in doing so. You never know when you are going to pull a great car card -- so once you start getting Rare cars (the ones highlighted with blue), you need to go about upgrading them.

Each car has 24 upgrade slots that are split between engine, weight, and chassis upgrades. Starting prices vary depending on the rarity of the car, but the "standard" rare car upgrades start at 700 in-game dollars.

Replay Each Location to Reap More Rewards

As you will notice, each location has a maximum of three stars for you to collect, depending on how well you do in the races there. Each location also has 15 reward cards for you to choose from. Each star means that you can pick one card.

This might seem a bit unfair, forcing you to leave 12 cards which could hold a special car, etc. But the good news is that you can replay locations as many times as you want until you have received all 15 rewards. Given that there are 15 locations, that's a lot of gold, XP -- and more importantly, cars -- for you to pick up just by replaying those tracks.

Another reward that you must make sure that you get is the Boss cars. After you have gone through nine of a location's stages, you get a chance to take on that location's champion. Beat them and you will get their cars. Most of the time they are pretty good, so grinding for these wins can be useful when you are just starting out and need to have a few decent cars to get through the earlier levels.

Buy Card Packs

As you progress, you will earn both gold and dollars. These can be used not only to upgrade your cars, but also to purchase packs of cards from the "Buy Cars" menu. Most of the packs contain 5 cards (apart from the ceramic ones that also come in 25 and 50 packs) and you are guaranteed to get at least one good car in each pack (apart from in the cheapest pack). Of course, the rarity of the cars you pick up will mostly depend on how much you want to spend on a pack.

You can also purchase card packs if you are wanting to find a certain kind of car. If you wanted to specifically find a French car, an off-roader, a coupé, etc. then you can buy specific packs in hopes of getting what you want.

We hope that these hints and tips will give you a better experience when it comes to playing Top Drives. At the end of the day, it all comes down to looking at the race requirements and finding which cars in your deck which match them.

Have you played any Top Drives? How have you found it? Tell us which impressive cars you've managed to find. And stay tuned for more Top Drive guides!

12 Minecraft Mods That Will Seriously Change Your World,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/i/n/minecraft-hero-ogc5517b7973e1-68e03.jpg kklld/12-minecraft-mods-that-will-seriously-change-your-world Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:32:08 -0400 Ty Arthur


There you have it -- 12 mods to totally change your Minecraft world, from menu screens to resource gathering and even onto whole new futuristic or fantasy worlds! Which one was your favorite?


This is just the tip of the Minecraft mod iceberg, though, with thousands of others available out there. If you can't get enough, be sure to take a look at these other fine mod lists:


Tamriel In Minecraft Mod


Download This Minecraft Mod Here


Yep, some crazy folks decided to undertake the mammoth task of trying to recreate all of Tamriel, Oblivion, and Sovngarde inside Minecraft. While it's no secret I wasn't a fan of the game's latest main entry (and really wish they'd go ahead and make a new game instead of re-releasing Skyrim in a dozen different editions), even I'm suitably impressed by the amount of effort put in here and can have an awesome time exploring a blockified Elder Scrolls world.


Doctor You Mod


Download This Minecraft Mod Here


I recently upset a long time friend when I revealed I don't actually like Dr. Who and don't care for the cheesy and silly style (I think the Inspector Spacetime Community spiff was rather spot on). As my penance, I've now got to spread the good word of the Time Lords and their companions far and wide, including in Minecraft.


More than just a new map, Doctor You lets you slip into that pretty blue police box and explore a TARDIS that's bigger on the inside than the outside. More than half a million blocks have been painstakingly placed to recreate Uncle Digby's, the Ood home world, and even a Dalek ship.


Biomes 'O Plenty Mod


Download This Minecraft Mod Here


I could list out dozens of different biomes mods, but there's no point because this is the one you want.  There's something like 90 biomes added with this mod, from moors to mystic forest and oddities like quagmire, ominous woods, and outback. 


If you'd prefer to hunt through all the various single biome mods instead to find that one perfect atmosphere you need, well, head on over and start scrolling.


FuturePack Mod


Download This Minecraft Mod Here


Sick of the same old, same old in Minecraft? How many biomes can you explore and how much ore can you excavate before you've seen it all? Shifting away from the vanilla style of the game, this mod has you exploring space stations, interstellar ships, and even other planets. There are new futuristic structures to build, new enemies to fight, and even new resources to gather.


Witchery Mod


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Bring back the old ways to Minecraft with this fun little mod that adds magic with broomsticks, functioning cauldrons, ritual circles, a little necromancy on the side, and of course a cool witch hat.


From puppets and voodoo dolls to new plants and mobs, there's a little bit of everything here for playing Minecraft around Halloween time. Sadly, it doesn't appear to have been updated for the latest version of the game. If you've got an old build though, have fun!


Mob Grinding Utilities


Download This Minecraft Mod Here


There are plenty of mods that add new types of mobs to discover, but this one changes how you interact with them and what kind of resources you can get out of them.


Fans, for instance, let you push mobs in any direction (even up), while the absorption dropper automatically picks up mob drops and experience orbs for you.


Pam's Harvestcraft Mod


Download This Minecraft Mod Here


If you want more food options, this is basically a required download. Pam's Harvestcraft includes more than a whopping 1,300 items from vegetable crops to fruit, fish, and many, many new kinds of blocks. You can even use the tofu to replace meat in different recipes. If you fancy yourself a bit of a Minecraft green thumb, this is the one for you.


CritterPet Mod


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Add a little Ark: Survival Evolved to your Minecraft! Of course, there's already taming in the base game, but it takes time and only works on certain creatures. With the CritterPet mod, you can instantly tame any creature you come across -- even if they are hostile! Why not have a horde of zombies or creepers at your beck and call?


Not Enough Items (NEI) Mod


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Your go-to mod for inventory and recipe management, NEI gives you the recipe view that lets you see what recipes and usages are available for any given resource.


The mod also gives you a comprehensive search feature for your inventory, along with a subset drop down menu. We can't recommend this one enough if you don't want to have to constantly look up what items are needed for which recipes.


Journey Map Mod


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ZOMG, this mod is so incredibly useful! This must-install mod keeps track of everywhere you explore, mapping out your current world in real time. You can place the info as a mini-map in the corner of the screen or instead, tab over to a web browser to see the full map and your positioning. It also keeps track of mobs, which I guess is sort of cheating, but you usually want to know if a zombie is approaching, so...


Custom Main Menu Mod


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Although it's a screen avid players will frequently see, you probably don't think about the game's main menu all that often. If you'd prefer the menu be arranged a different way -- or even have a totally different appearance -- this mod lets you completely customize the entire menu any way you see fit.


Add images, links, or even new sub-menus! You can also combine this one with Custom Backgrounds to change the standard dirt menu background and the Resource Loader to add new images and textures to the game.


Hunger In Peace Mod


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For the newbies who are baffled by the game's mechanics and can't figure out how to survive, there's this difficulty-easing mod. With Hunger In Peace installed, you won't get attacked by any mobs and your hunger meter won't ever drop, letting you have all the time you want to explore and start crafting.


While, obviously, this one is aimed at new players, there's no reason veterans can't try it out if they want to get on building something epic without being interrupted.


How do you change a world that's already built entirely around players changing it to their own liking? Minecraft modders have come up with some incredibly clever ways to tackle that conundrum, expanding and altering the game in ways you might not expect.


From customizing backgrounds and menus to adding in thousands of new items and blocks and painstakingly recreating other fantasy universes, there's a whole lot of world changing mods available for everyone's favorite pixelated open world game.


Read on for our 12 favorite world-changing mods and maps for Minecraft, and be sure to leave a comment letting us know about your favorite mods!

How to Get the New Legendary Dogs in Pokemon GO,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/o/k/pokemon-legendaries-708f5.jpg lx1ty/how-to-get-the-new-legendary-dogs-in-pokemon-go Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:45:26 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Right on the heels of the legendary birds, Niantic recently introduced Suicune, Entei, and Raikou -- the legendary dogs from Pokemon Gold and Silver -- to Pokemon GO. Like in their original games, these beasties are tough to track down and catch. But we've got you covered with our handy guide!

Niantic will be switching the locations of these legendary Pokemon every month, mimicking their patterns of rapidly relocating in the original games. Each month, one major region of the world will get one of the legendary dogs to catch. 

This month, the locations are as follows:

  • US and NA: Raikou
  • EU and Africa: Entei
  • Asia and Pacific: Suicune

These locations will switch on September 31, and then again on October 31. So all interested trainers should have a chance to capture each legendary dog before they disappear completely at the end of November.

How to Catch Suicune, Entei, and Raikou

To get these legendaries, don't go looking for them in the places you'd normally expect to find Pokemon of similar types. They can only be found via Raid Battles.

If there's a raid taking place nearby, you'll receive a notification. And if you happen to be near a Gym that's topped by an egg rather than a Pokemon, you'll know that a Raid is coming on soon. If that egg looks like the picture you see below, it will hatch as a legendary Pokemon:

Image via Ranked Boost

But remember: you do need a Raid Pass to participate in these events and try to catch the legendary dogs. You can either use the Free Raid Pass, which you can get by spinning the Photo Disk at a gym. Or you can use the Premium Raid Pass that you can purchase in the in-game shop.

The recommended trainer count for these legendary Raids is around 8 -- and for good reason. The legendary beasts have the highest CP of any Pokemon in the game, with capture rates ranging between only 2-3%. However, there are things you can do to improve your capture rates. 

The Golden Razz Berry increases your capture rate by 3%, so having some of them on hand can be a huge help in catching these elusive legendary dogs.

Similarly, throwing Curve Balls -- where you give the ball a bit of a twist as you throw it -- increase it by a further 3%. The throw itself plays a role too, with higher capture percentages being associated with better throws. An "Excellent" throw with a Curve ball and a Golden Razz Berry raises the capture rate to approximately 15%. (Check out our Poke-Ball throwing guide for more tips that will help you master your throws.)

Image via Ranked Boost

Of course, you'll want to be prepared with the right Pokemon team as well. As an Electric type, Raikou is best tackled using ground types. Grass and Electric work best for Suicune. And Entei has the most weaknesses -- including Water, Rock, and Ground. So a well-rounded team will increase your capture chances even further.


That's all you need to know for catching Raikou, Suicune, and Entei. But be sure to check out our other Pokemon GO guides for more tips on other aspects of the game. 

Good luck with your Raids!

How to Find the Gas Mask and Acid Bath Blueprint in Last Day on Earth,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/g/e/dgerzdjxkaigdye-cafca.jpg itfww/how-to-find-the-gas-mask-and-acid-bath-blueprint-in-last-day-on-earth Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:07:57 -0400 Skrain

Now that Last Day on Earth: Survival has gotten a few updates, many of us players who've jumped into its unforgiving world are scrambling to take advantage of the new resources and features that have been added to the game since it was first launched. 

With these new additions, players can now get the Gas Mask and build the Acid Bath. But where and how can you do that? In the recently unlocked Alfa Bunker, of course! In this Last Day on Earth guide, we'll go over all the answers you need. So keep quiet and treat yourself to an extra bottle of water while we dive into Bunker Alfa and find what you're looking for. 

At the entrance of this Bunker, you'll find CAC Card A at the entrance to the Bunker, meaning you won't have to do anything else to get inside the primary level. However, you will need a code to access the sublevels of Bunker Alfa. This code changes every three days, and can be obtained by looting a dead soldier that can appear in resource areas randomly. (Check out our Last Day on Earth vault code guide for more information!)

You can also listen to the CB radio to find out when the code for this bunker changes -- and when it does, the radio will have an exclamation point hovering over it. Alteratively, you can also have a friend tell you the code, since a recent patch made it so that the code isn't unique to each player anymore. 

Where to Find the Gas Mask in Last Day on Earth

Once you're inside the Alfa Bunker, there are two ways the gas mask can be obtained -- looting or trade.

You can loot the gas mask down down in the sub levels of Bunker Alfa -- but this isn't a guaranteed method for acquiring it. So if you want a more surefire method of getting your hands on it, you'll want to opt for the second option. 

For this method, you'll need 30 Combat Gear Coupons. Redeeming these at the Bunker Alfa Combat Gear Terminal will always grant you four guns, two sets of armor, a gas mask, and potentially some vehicle parts and paints as well. Other than the gas mask, the weapons, armor, and parts you obtain are randomized.

Where to Find the Acid Bath Blueprint in Last Day on Earth

There is only one way to get the blueprint that unlocks the Acid Bath for construction. Thankfully, you're guaranteed to find it. Getting to the blueprint is not easy, though, as it's at the end of Bunker Alfa's sub level. This is certainly not an area for those who are new to the game -- so prepare a strategy and stockpile extra medical kits, weapons, and armor.

The acid bath blueprint will only be available once you finish Underground Floor 2 in the Alfa Bunker. Once you've cleared it, you'll be able to hunt down the blueprint and build the acid bath. 

How to Use the Gas Mask and Acid Bath

The Gas Mask is currently used to survive in the gas chamber located in Bunker Alfa. Be careful though -- the gas mask decays incredibly fast while in the gas chamber, so you can die quite easily if you aren't paying attention.

The Acid Bath is solely used to clean infected crates -- you know, the ones covered in orange slime. Without the Acid Bath, they can not be opened. But once you clean them off with your newly built bath, you'll be able to pop them open and loot whatever's inside.

Move Quickly

Things can change quickly in Last Day on Earth. The developers work hard to constantly push out patches and updates that change up the game all the time. So if you want this information to be useful to you, do try and obtain the your Acid Bath blueprint and Gas Mask expediently. 


That's all you need to know for now! Be sure to check out the rest of our Last Day on Earth guides for more tips and tricks that will help you survive this zombie-infested world.

10 Outstanding Indie Games From PAX West 2017,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/a/x/pax-west-2017-banner-56afe.png 500wy/10-outstanding-indie-games-from-pax-west-2017 Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:17:43 -0400 Greyson Ditzler (PurplePocketPirate)


That's the list! After getting to check out all these awesome demos, I can't wait to see these indie gems release throughout the rest of this year and early next year. 


What were your favorite games from PAX West 2017? Let us know down in the comments!


Super Meat Boy Forever (Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, PS4, iOS, Android)

Team Meat

Our little boy is growing up.


As an official sequel to the critically acclaimed and famously difficult indie hit Super Meat BoySuper Meat Boy Forever has some big and very bloody shoes to fill. But we may be able to put those worries to rest, because it seems as though those same shoes still fit the sequel's squishy feet. 


Super Meat Boy Forever is a follow-up that keeps the same spirit and familiar feel of the original game while still managing to feel completely new and original. You can still deftly dodge insta-kill obstacles using the game's simple move-set and tight controls, but there are quite a few additions and revisions to the core gameplay. 


Both Meat Boy and Bandage Girl now run automatically, meaning that the stress of movement for the most part has been removed. Instead you must focus on the various moves you can pull off, which still includes the old wall slide, wall jump, and a high jump. But you also now have an air-dash, a sliding tackle attack, and a fast-falling downward dive. These moves lead to new obstacles, new methods of success, and of course, many new deaths.


The speed and flow of the first game is still there, but the levels evenly balance both the classic and new mechanics in order to make them feel like something that is truly meant to succeed the original. The levels will also become harder each time you beat them, and the dark world equivalents with much more difficult design return as well. And rest assured -- Super Meat Boy Forever is just as hard as Super Meat Boy, and you'll still feel that rush of adrenaline whenever you figure out the trick to getting past that one obstacle that killed you twenty times.


In terms of content, very little has been revealed. There's no telling how many levels we can expect out of Forever, but hopefully it's somewhere around the 300+ from the original game. There's also no word yet whether this game will feature playable characters from other indie games or not. It is confirmed that players will be able to play as either Meat Boy or Bandage Girl right from the start. 


Super Meat Boy Forever is already shaping up to be a great game and a worthy successor. It is currently planned for release in Summer of 2018, and will come to the Nintendo Switch first.


Wandersong (PC)

Dumb and Fat Games

Wandersong is a musical adventure game where you play as a bard tasked with preventing the erasure of the entire universe, and you must use your natural talents as a singer to solve puzzles and help people out with their problems. You use a series of notes represented by color-coordinated notches on a wheel in order to swing a sword, fend off ghosts, and gain the favor of passing songbirds in order to get a boost.


The game's bright, colorful visuals, friendly comedic writing, and excellent soundtrack and sound design may make it look happy -- but there very well may be something sinister that lurks beneath it all. A mysterious force that speaks an unknown language is against you on your quest, and you'll slowly uncover what secrets it holds as the game goes on.



Studio MDHR

If you've been paying attention to the indie-gaming scene for the past three years or so, odds are you've heard of Cuphead. It's been in development hell for years past its expected release -- and for good reason.


The whole game was hand-drawn using traditional animation techniques similar to the cartoons of the 1930's, particularly those of Fleischer Studios and Disney. Because of the amount of work necessary to make this style look and play smoothly, brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer have been working on the game for a total of nearly seven years.


The final package exemplifies their efforts, as Cuphead is one of the most visually detailed and fluidly animated 2D games ever released. From the film-grain filter to the exaggerated facial expressions, from the bright colors to the rubber hose arms and legs, Cuphead looks and plays authentically like Contra adapted into a Merrie Melodies cartoon.


It's a highly difficult, fast-paced run-and-gun shooter where Cuphead and his friend Mugman must take on a series of elaborate boss fights in order to appease the devil and keep their lives after losing to him in a game of chance. There are various weapons, a two-player co-op mode with Mugman, an overworld map to navigate with its own secret areas, and special moves for that extra bit of razzle-dazzle.


Cuphead is a visually flooring, skill-testing, action-packed love letter to a golden era of animation -- and it's finally planned for release on PC and Xbox One on September 29.


The American Dream (PS VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)

Samurai Punk 

Have you ever heard the saying "guns are as American as apple pie"? Developer Samurai Punk of Melbourne, Australia certainly has, and they're setting out to prove how great guns make America (sarcasm) with The American Dream. It's a satirical shooting-gallery VR game where all the basics of the 1950's "American Dream" lifestyle are handled with guns.


Whether you're feeding your baby, flipping burgers at a greasy spoon diner, putting holes in bagels on a production line, or even driving home from work, you're doing it with the help of your trusty sidearms. The game is set to take place across 20 different stages set in a Norman Rockwell-esque parody of 1950's suburban America, with an ongoing narration from the comedy stylings of "Buddy Washington".


The guns don't have a lot of kick to them, but the actual aiming and reloading of cartridges in midair actually takes some practice and skill, making even the most menial tasks with your guns a lot of fun. The environments are also very reactive and loaded with lots of cracking, snapping, and toppling physics. 


The American Dream is a fun and funny experience with sold gun-play that you should keep an eye out for in early 2018. If you want to get a better sense of the kind of tone that Samurai Punk is going for, then you should check out the short "educational film" they've made for the game below. It's just too funny:






Coffence (PC)

Sweet Bandits

Coffence is a game about fencing with cups of coffee. This 1-on-1 fighter has you compete against an opponent to steal their coffee by using yours wisely. 


It may not be a graphical powerhouse, but the gameplay is what makes it all worth it. Coffence has quite a lot of different tactics to take advantage of and plenty of opportunities for mind-games. Your cup of coffee is on the end of a piece of elastic string, and you must thrust it in different directions in order to knock coffee out of your opponent's cup, and then steal it out of the air before they can.


You can also swing your cup to block attacks, perform a short-range melee swipe, jump, and move freely around the 2D arena -- or even drink some of your own coffee in order to speed yourself up and slow down your opponent. There are also different types of coffee that have different unique properties, and the characters will have slight differences, like longer reach or shorter stature that protects them from a straightforward attack.


Coffence is a simple, pick-up-and-play fighting game with a unique hook and enough depth to be replayable. It is available now through Early Access on Steam.


OK K.O! Let's Play Heroes (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Capybara Games/Cartoon Network Games

Cartoon Network Games had a small but still impressive showing at PAX this year that included a preview of the very intriguing OK K.O! Let's Play Heroes from Capybara Games, the studio behind Superbrothers Sword & Sorcery EP and Super Time Force.


The game is based off of the recently premiered Cartoon Network show OK K.O! Let's Be Heroes, which stars the titular KO as he and his friends seek to defend Lakewood Plaza Turbo from evil forces while also running a convenience store and leveling up to become great heroes. 


The game is best described as a combination of an adventure game, an action RPG, and a classic arcade beat-em-up. It's equal parts combat against robots and running around the Plaza to talk to people. The fighting feels very satisfying, with plenty of moves that are easy to string into combos and keep you flowing through the battlefield, and there seems to be dozens of cards for the player to unlock and use as assists.


What's especially interesting about this licensed game is that it began development around the same time that the show did. The developers at Capy and the show's creator Ian Jones-Quartey even visited each other's studios many times and spoke on a weekly basis in order to get better insight on the creative process for both sides.


The show itself also shares elements with video games, such as every character having a slowly increasing level and a special move of their own, which made adapting the property into a game a lot less than difficult than it would be for some other properties. This -- alongside the game's quality writing and fantastic character and cutscene animations -- makes the game feel like you're playing through several episodes of the show and not just some failed imitation. The entire main voice cast for the show also lent their voices to the project, so the game really is just a playable version of the show.


OK K.O! Let's Play Heroes is a quality beat-em-up and a passionate licensed game that should be enjoyable for younger and older players, as well as fans on the show and newcomers alike. 


Save Me Mr. Tako: Tasukete Tako-San (PC, Switch)

Christophe Galati/Nicalis

Save Me Mr. Tako is a kind of homage that should have come along in game form a long time ago. What Shovel Knight is to the NES, and what Freedom Planet is to the Sega Genesis, Save Me Mr. Tako is to the original Game Boy. It's a 2D platformer that takes elements from some of the best and most well-known games on the system and pick-and-mixes them into something fresh yet familiar; celebrating the charm and style of the old days while moving forward with newer, more polished technology.


The game was developed almost single-handedly by one man, Chris Deneos, who has said that he wanted to make something new using elements of all of his favorite games on the Game Boy growing upMetroid's influence is especially apparent, as Mr. Tako's main weapon temporarily immobilizes enemies and turns them into makeshift platforms, much like the Ice Beam.


While Save Me Mr. Tako isn't the first game to try and imitate the Game Boy style of presentation, it's definitely one of the best attempts I've seen yet. The graphical style, the quality of sprites and color palettes, the simple-yet-expressive animations, the dialogue boxes, the catchy chirping 8-bit music...every bit of it is right on the nose in terms of paying tribute to this beloved period in early handheld gaming.


While the game is inspired by simpler time in gaming, Chris Deneos didn't just leave it at that -- opting for a somewhat darker, more mature story than any Game Boy game really did. Mr. Tako is an octopus who's part of a greater army of octopi that's at war with the humans on the mainland. Deneos wanted to depict both sides as simply doing what they thought was best for their people, and show Mr. Tako as a man caught in the middle of it all after saving a human princess from execution, doing his best to be kind and not hate anyone.


Save Me Mr. Tako is a passion project from Chris Deneos that he's really put his heart into -- and even quit his full-time job to finish. This fun, charming throwback to a more innocent time in gaming with a fresh take is currently planned for release on Nintendo Switch and Steam later this year. 


Way of the Passive Fist (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Household Games

Way of the Passive Fist is a twist on the classic beat-em-up genre with a motto of "the best offense is a good defense". Instead of making your way through hordes of enemies by beating them down with punches and kicks, you must instead defend yourself with a series of blocks and parries in order to tire out your enemies, whereupon you can move on.


The gameplay is less of a chaotic violent mishmash like the arcade games that inspired it, and more of a rhythmic combat game with a lot of stress management, pattern memorization, and prioritizing threats in order to effectively take down your murderous opponents. You also level up and gain new abilities as you go along, keeping the gameplay fresh. As a bonus, the variety of customization options for difficulty and playstyle make a low barrier for entry and a high skill ceiling.


The sprite work is also well-executed and neatly captures the look of the overly animated and (often colorfully designed) characters of older arcade beat-em-ups like X-Men and Turtles in Time. The sound design is solid as well, giving every enemy a distinct and bit-crushed grunt, and making sure that all moves are choreographed by sound as well as sight. Last but not least, the pumping music succeeds in making a mostly non-combative situation feel intense.


Way of the Passive Fist is a new take on an old idea that manages to evoke the past while also breaking new ground. It is planned for release on Steam, PS4, and Xbox One in early 2018.


Blasters of the Universe (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)

Secret Location

Blasters of the Universe is the kind of game that had to happen eventually. It takes the frantic twitch-reflexes of a bullet-hell shooter and brings it to first-person virtual reality. This sci-fi shooter that expects you to physically duck, dodge, twist, turn, and just generally keep on your toes and stay alert so that you don't get shot in the side by half-a-dozen floating metal heads.


The demo had me on the floor, shooting sideways and tilting my whole body on several occasions, but it never became overbearing because I was never required to completely turn around. I did constantly have to turn my head left and right in order to keep track of the action and enemy threats -- but by keeping the danger in a rough 180 degree area, it never took me unfairly by surprise.


Though the game will only feature four levels, it will also feature a vast number of weapon combinations as well as a scoreboard, which may help encourage players to replay in a variety of ways and improve their high score. Blasters of the Universe was an intense, enjoyable, and fresh-feeling burst of neon colors and glowing red bullets that I can easily recommend to VR enthusiasts looking for a well-made and immersive action game. 


Blasters of the Universe is available now on Steam for VR devices.


Monster Prom (PC)

Beautiful Glitch

Okay, stop me if you've heard this one before: Monster Prom is a competitive dating-sim party game about trying to be popular in a monster high school so that you can take one of the cool ghouls to prom. No? You've never heard that one before? Yeah, me neither.


It's a refreshing take on both party games and dating-sims, using its gameplay to tell jokes and start conversations among the players, as well as tell a variety of small character-stories with it's diverse and highly likable cast of characters. Every round is constantly throwing jokes and surprises at you with barely a minute to breathe, and the art speaks as many volumes about the characters as the writing does.


The core mechanics take some inspiration from tabletop gaming -- likw the stats doled out at the beginning and gained through decisions in conversations, as well as the frequent occasions where the players are advised to talk among themselves and create different scenarios in order to advance the game. It's almost like playing a game of Dungeons & Dragons where your DM is a snarky bisexual millennial who's kind of drunk -- and that's a lot of fun. 


It's also a game that cleverly avoids the local-play issues of the PC by allowing up to four players to participate while only using one controller. It's a great game to break out with friends and strangers alike -- assuming they can appreciate more than a few raunchy jokes and out-there writing. It had me and everyone who even glanced at the booth while walking by laughing quite a lot.


The game boasts a lot of different scenarios that can occur based on the player's decisions, although I did see some people pick the same options in two different games, so your mileage may vary. The sense of humor may not be for everybody, since it's pretty raunchy and often very sexual -- but if you're interested in that sort of thing, then you're gonna have a great time.


Monster Prom truly feels like a new idea for both dating sims and party games, and by the end of each game you'll want the whole cast to sign your yearbook. The game is currently planned to release some time in October. 


PAX West 2017 had tons of great games on display, but the indies in particular were abundant and especially interesting this year -- so we've put together this list of some of the most unique and standout titles among the independent crowd for you to consider checking out in the future.


We can't promise you that all of these games are great, but they're all definitely good, and they're definitely interesting. Enough stalling...let's see what these independent endeavors have to offer!

Egglia: Legend Of The Redcap Review -- Great Mobile Experience with Old-School Charm,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/8c90695c26411269d493741c7e2e32a6.jpg 350nd/egglia-legend-of-the-redcap-review-great-mobile-experience-with-old-school-charm Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:49:00 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

If I could describe Egglia: Legend of the Redcap in one sentence, it would read as follows. This is a JRPG that was plucked from the 1990s and placed in our phones. That might sound like a bad thing, but trust me -- it speaks highly to what this game is and what it offers players.

Egglia looks and feels as though it was made during the Super Nintendo Era. But this isn't just a coincidence. In fact, the game as a whole bears a strong resemblance to the Secret of Mana series -- from its visuals right down to its music.

It's no surprise that this is the case, given that some of the minds behind the Mana games created this title as well -- including director & character designer Shinichi Kameoka, background artist Koji Tsuda, and composers Yoko Shimomura and Yoshitaka Hirota. These gaming industry veterans have collaborated before on the Mana series, and they've brought a lot of that inspiration to Egglia as well. 

Story Time

Egglia's story is charming fairy tale. A young girl tasked with saving the world and a redcap free of violence cross paths. Their destinies intertwine and their story plays out in much the same way that you'd expect from any RPG. Along the way, you'll meet a very colorful cast of characters -- and you'll also see a lot of different races from fantasy lore. It's kinda like Lord of The Rings, if you dipped it in sugar and rainbows.

I won't reveal any story details to ruin the experience -- but I will say that though the narrative isn't Oscar-worthy, it is entertaining. You'll explore new lands, meet wondrous characters, and smite evil here and there. But that said, the plot often feels stuck in a lighthearted tone, because nothing ever seems too serious. The game's dialogue is permeated with humor, and it seems to gloss over the whole fate of the world deal. This might be a deal-breaker if you need a high-stakes tale, but I didn't mind so much. Games tend to be too serious at times, anyway.

The Playground

Despite being a mobile game, the gameplay in Egglia is rather robust. You'll mostly be an explorer of new areas as they appear. Stage traversal also features some games of chance, as your number of movements/actions depends on dice roll.

During your exploration, you're expected to gather materials and battle foes. And you're expected to level up like any RPG -- but if you squeeze in a few minutes here and there to focus on doing so, this doesn't really get in the way of enjoying the game. 

As you progress in the story, you'll also be joined by companions to aid you. (Can't save the world without an entourage, right?) With each new area will come new NPCs that can add their services, resources, or talents to the town as it grows into a bustling hub. And the more you refine this town with new folks, the more it'll help you out as the game progresses in difficulty. 

With this being a mobile game, you'll also be encouraged to play everyday as well. Doing so will net you bonuses such as funds, building materials, and so forth. But that doesn't mean it's a grind to get through at all. 

If there's any particular portion of the game that is boring you, you can just focus on its other aspects. Tired of being a brawler? Stay busy building up your town or harvesting materials. You'll be hard-pressed to find this kind of choice in most games -- much less in a mobile title. So that's really nice to see. 

The Stage

Simply put, this game is very pretty. The scenery is so lovely and sweet that my teeth start to rot while I enjoy it. The bright color palette makes for some lovely vistas, and the characters stand out both in scenes and in battle. Because of this vibrancy, even the most mundane aspects of the game are easy to appreciate on an aesthetic level. 

The many fantasy races and strange monsters are animated very fluidly, and their special effects play well on screen. When you see the game in motion, a low budget app is the last thing you'll think of. It's a full fledged game -- right down the smallest of details.

The Acoustics

Given Egglia's candy-like design, the uplifting tone of its music is no surprise. Its songs range from adventurous to comical to happy. Yoko Shimomura and Yoshitaka Hirota are no rookies when it comes to the tunes, so very rarely will you find a song out of place. Even when you level up, the music is magical -- perfectly suited to the Disney-esque feel of the game.


Egglia is a really special game and an even more special mobile experience. Even if you've never been privy to the games that inspired it, playing it for just a few minutes will prove that it's not just another mobile game. This is one of those rare, full-fledged titles that just happens to be on a mobile device. 

And the beauty of it being a mobile game lies not only in its excellent execution, but in the fact that the game's progression is built with the mobile platform in mind. So you can make the smallest amount of progress whenever you have a few minutes, then pop out and save the rest for later. 

Fans of JPRGs will definitely be doing themselves a favor by picking this one up. Egglia: Legend of the Redcap is currently available on both Google Play and the App Store for $9.99.

[Note: A copy of Egglia was provided by the developer for the purpose of this review.]