Android Games  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Android Games  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network How to Complete The Sims Mobile Spring Events and Egg Hunt https://www.gameskinny.com/k9l8o/how-to-complete-the-sims-mobile-spring-events-and-egg-hunt https://www.gameskinny.com/k9l8o/how-to-complete-the-sims-mobile-spring-events-and-egg-hunt Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:02:04 -0400 Will Phillips

Spring is in the air in The Sims Mobile. This seasonal event has you completing a series of Spring Egg Hunt quests to earn exclusive Easter-themed decorations, like a variety of decorative eggs and Bun Bun the Bunny. Be aware that these are only here for a limited time. If you want to complete The Sims Mobile quests as fast as possible, I wrote some tips that will help you to do so. Some of these can take a good bit of time, so unless you have a hefty surplus of cupcakes, it’s best to start now rather than later.

In order to complete this as fast as possible, it's best to have all your Sims available and not doing other tasks. So before you get started, go ahead and finish up any events your Sims are already in the process of completing. Once all your Sims are standing at the ready, it's time to hop to it!

Quest 1: Spring Cleaning

Quest 1 starts you off with a bit of spring cleaning. All you have to do here is click on a couch. There will be a blue option that comes up saying you can “Search for shelf.” Click on it and wait, and you've completed the quest!

Upon turning in the quest, you will be rewarded with the Cracking Good Shelf.

(Side Note: For some reason, the couches I chose for my home didn’t work, so if you ran into trouble like me, you can use the couch at the company office in downtown to complete this quest.)

Quest 2: Sticky Business

Quest 2 is completed by giving out stickers to other Sims. For most, this should be second nature, but if you haven’t used this feature yet, you give stickers simply by clicking on a Sim with a blue gem above their head, and choosing one of the three weekly stickers to give out. Once you do this three times, you’re good to go.

Quest 3: Keeping in Touch

Quest 3 has you completing relationship events with other Sims. The quickest way to do this is to invite a friend over to your house and complete a quick hangout. These events take about an hour, but you can get one done in about five minutes if you complete activities to speed things up. I would recommend doing two of these events at once to complete them as soon as possible.

Completing this quest rewards you with the Jelly Bean Dot Egg.

Jelly Bean Dot egg as part of The Sims Mobile egg hunt

Quest 4: Catching Some Zzz's

Quest 4 can be completed simply by taking a nap. Just go to your home and click on any bed, and the option to “Dream about hidden eggs” should appear. Complete the event and you're good to move onto the next quest.

Quest 5: Getting to Work

Quest 5 requires you to complete three career events in order to progress. The quickest way to complete it is to have three of your Sims simultaneously work a quick shift at each of their places of work .

After all three are done working, you will be rewarded with the Skippy Zigzag Egg.

Skippy Zigzag egg as part of The Sims Mobile egg hunt

Quest 6: Party Time

Quest 6 is pretty simple. Just go to a party! You don’t have to do anything there; simply arrive, and the quest will be ready to turn in. You can go to a party by clicking the small arrow on the right side of the screen. This will open up a menu. Simply click the icon with the balloons, and a list of available parties that you can choose to attend will appear.

Quest 7: Collecting Tickets

Quest 7 can take a bit of time, depending on your luck. You need to earn a total of 10 Sims Tickets in order to progress. The way you earn Sims tickets is by completing relationship events like you did in Quest 3. However, there is a chance to get regular or super Sims tickets, and only regular ones satisfy the quest requirements, so the best way to ensure this gets done quickly is to have all your available Sims completing quick hangouts with their friends. The quick events reward five Sims Tickets each, so once two events successfully reward you with regular Sims Tickets, you’re good to move on. 

This quest rewards you with the Springtime Stars Egg.

Springtime Stars Egg in Sims Mobile egg hunt

Quest 8: Ohh the New Vanity!

Quest 8 has you reflecting on your progress quite literally. You may run into some confusion because it asks you to complete an event at a vanity mirror. Luckily this isn’t a specific item, and you can simply use your bathroom sink/mirror to complete this quest. Simply click on the mirror and you will be presented with the option to “Reflect on egg hunt progress.” Click on the option and wait, and you're good to move on.

Vanity Mirror in The Sims Mobile

Quest 9: Making Money

Quest 9 requires you earn a bit of money. All you have to do is earn 200 Simoleons. The quickest way to complete this task is to have two of your Sims complete quick shifts like you did in Quest 5. That should give you enough Simoleons to complete this quest.

After you’ve made some dough, you will be rewarded with the Pastel Diamond Egg.

Pastel Diamond egg as part of The Sims Mobile egg hunt

Quest 10: Social Butterfly

Quest 10 requires you to make 3 new friends. Simply click on some Sims that you haven’t started a relationship with, add them to your contacts, then begin the Relationship Event “Begin a Friendship.”

The fastest way to do this is to use all available Sims and start new relationships simultaneously. Once all three "Begin a Friendship" events are completed, you can move on to the next quest!

Quest 11: More of the Same

Quest 11 is just a copy-paste of Quest 2. Simply give out three more stickers and you’re good to go.

Quest 12: Developing Relationships

Quest 12 can be a bit time-consuming, depending on how far you are in your relationship stories. Rather than just completing a friendship event, you are required to complete two relationship story chapters.

Given that you started three new friendships only two quests ago, the quickest way to do this is to level up these new relationships to level 3. Achieving level 3 unlocks a new relationship chapter in all relationships, so do this twice and you’re good to go.

This quest rewards you with the Bunny Hop Egg.

Bunny Hop egg as part of The Sims Mobile egg hunt

Quest 13: Decorating 

Quest 13 has you get into the holiday spirit by requiring you to set out all of the decorative eggs you acquired from previous quests. Luckily, the first quest gave you a shelf to put them all on. Once they’re all out of your storage, simply click on each individual egg and choose the "admire decorative egg" option to complete the quest.

Quest 14: Career-driven Sim

Quest 14 is the final quest and can also be the most time-consuming, depending on where your Sims are in their Career Story. Similar to Quest 12, it has you completing Career Story Chapters as opposed to just completing a career event.

This can be a hassle if you’re in the later levels of your career, so your best best is to find the Sims with the lowest career level and level them up to the closest career chapter.

You can see what level they need to be in order to unlock the next career chapter by clicking the pink star at their work and looking at the grayed-out option at the top.

After you complete this event, you will receive Bun-Bun the Bunny.

And that’s that! You have successfully completed all of The Sims Mobile Spring Events! No you have some cute decorations for spring time and future Easters to come. And the items are only available for a limited time, so you’ll be able to show off to your friends who were lazy or got into The Sims Mobile late.

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PUBG Mobile Adds Temporary Clothing and Why That's a Bad Thing https://www.gameskinny.com/zs1n6/pubg-mobile-adds-temporary-clothing-and-why-thats-a-bad-thing https://www.gameskinny.com/zs1n6/pubg-mobile-adds-temporary-clothing-and-why-thats-a-bad-thing Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:57:53 -0400 Will Phillips

PUBG Mobile recently rolled out an update for their game. For the most part, it was just bug fixes and optimizations. However, there was one new addition in particular that stood out to me. That one thing is temporary clothing drops. Basically, they added a new loot box called an Outfit Box III.

What these boxes drop are a limited pool of some of the rarer clothing. What’s different about these crates as opposed to the normal Soldiers Crate is that the clothes they give you can only be worn for a limited number of days after opening them. I personally feel that this is a step in the wrong direction for PUBG Mobile, and I’m here to let you know why.

My first thought after seeing these clothes was Why did they think players wanted this? As far as I know, the addition of temporary clothes was only done for mobile. Given that they haven’t monetized the game yet, it seems as though this is the first step towards a skeezy loot box system. I don’t say "skeezy" just because it’s loot boxes, but because the rewards are temporary.

I’m a person who likes my characters to look their best. On top of my playing The Sims Mobile for the past couple of weeks, my attention to my outfit has been more keen than ever. That being said, I don’t mind dropping a couple of bucks for a chance to get some sweet threads. However, I can guarantee you no matter how good the clothes look, I’m not spending a dime if it only lasts for a week.

 

Another thought towards this recent change is that these temporary rewards are taking the place of permanent rewards. My logic here being that if they didn’t have the option to give us temporary loot, they would give us permanent loot instead. Nowhere is this more infuriating than the reward for getting gold rank this season. Up until the update, we were all led to believe that if we got gold before the next season, we would be getting this sweet jacket.

  

And that’s a great reward. It’s an exclusive item that after a certain point can’t be attained. So if you get it, it’s an exclusive trophy to display your accolades. It’s a meaningful piece of loot because not everyone can get it.

After the update, all players who have played in at least five gold matches will still receive that jacket, but the jacket only lasts 80 days. This isn’t too bad. You still get to wear it for a whole season before ideally attaining the reward for the next season. However, I would much prefer to build a collection of my high-rank rewards, having something to look back on that represents my accomplishments. This is by far my biggest gripe about this feature, and has now made me lose interest in getting gold whatsoever. And that leads me into my final point.

It’s a pretty simple concept that you want your players to enjoy buying things in game. If your players actually feel good about spending money, then of course they’re more likely to spend more of it. Personally I’m a player who doesn’t mind throwing some money at a mobile game if I enjoy playing it. While I can’t speak for everyone, I can guarantee that I will not spend a dime on cosmetics if I can only have them for a limited time. Regardless of how rare the item is, if it vanishes in a week, the best reaction I will give is a disinterested “cool,” and that is not a feeling worth spending money on.

I guess at the end of the day, I’m just confused. Confused about why anyone would want this and why the creators who implemented this thought players would. It’s an addition to their current loot system that only diminishes its value and disincentivizes people to potentially spend money in the future and rank up in order to get seasonal rewards. Now to be fair, we’re talking about cosmetics here, and nothing that significantly impacts your ability to play the game. That being said, I still felt the need to express this is a bad direction for the game, for the creators, for the players … for everyone.

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5 Underrated Android Idle Games Worth a (Not) Play https://www.gameskinny.com/reh3p/5-underrated-android-idle-games-worth-a-not-play https://www.gameskinny.com/reh3p/5-underrated-android-idle-games-worth-a-not-play Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:50:13 -0500 Nilufer Gadgieva

Not going to lie, idle games are a pretty huge waste of time in terms of modern productivity. Many of them are cheaply made and shortlived, some of them are sophisticated and interesting, but all of them are just that -- idle.

These mini-games were originally created to be mocked, but they then progressed to become a smartphone addict's greatest pleasure. I mean, Flappy Bird anyone?

That said, Android has a variety of genuinely great games that don't receive much attention from casual and core gamers alike. Here are five clickers worth a play while you're at it.

5. Idle Universe - 4.1/5 Google Play Store

Recommended for Big Bang Theorists, this idle game allows you to create your very own universe from a series of clicks that bring it to life. Collect, collide and reproduce in space to your heart's content. With Divine Powers to unleash and Dark Forces to be reckoned with, Idle Universe allows one to put together a unique universe and reap its timeless benefits. 

4. SPACEPLAN - 4.3/5 Google Play Store

Another popular clicker for our astrophysicists bored at space camp -- except this time, you're literally launching potato-based probes into orbit around a peculiar unknown planet. SPACEPLAN was meant to be a rather humorous plot twist of Stephen Hawking's work, with a pleasant soundtrack and dimensions to span across and explore.

3. Endless Frontier - 4.5/5 Google Play Store

Endless Frontier is considered an epic RPG by gamers -- except it's in clicker form. You must try to end the dark reign of the -- not surprisingly -- Dark Prince and overthrow his power. It might look like a five-minute put-together, but the upside of this beauty is the online PvP option and the limitless upgrades your protagonist can reap to the end of the story. 

2. Kittens Game - 4.7/5 Google Play Store

Lately, this particular ad-free idle game has been receiving momentum on Reddit and the likes, but many are still unaware of the fascinating aspects of the game. Regulate and run a village of nothing but kittens, and keep them busy with sustainable development and resource management. While the game is in traditional menu form, it has become quite an addiction. 

1. Egg Inc. - 4.7/5 Google Play Store

The best of best would have to be Egg Inc. It's obviously rare to see free clickers on the market today with crisp 3D visuals and vibrant colors as beautiful as this one. With swarms of chickens galore, you must build a strong, stable chicken farm and produce as many eggs as you can in every manner possible, whether that means investing in research or putting together some chicken coops in the corner.

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With the ongoing popularity of these incremental games at our fingertips, almost everybody, regardless of their schedule, can enjoy these on a daily basis.

What are some of your favorite idle games? Comment below and stay tuned for more great content!

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6 Android Games That Will Get You Through Thanksgiving https://www.gameskinny.com/e5n3w/6-android-games-that-will-get-you-through-thanksgiving https://www.gameskinny.com/e5n3w/6-android-games-that-will-get-you-through-thanksgiving Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:00:10 -0500 ReadyPlayerPaige

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Will these games keep you satisfied? Post your comments below and Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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6. Dan The Man 
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Dan the Man is a funny beat-em-up game with an interesting story. Kinda the same story of Super Mario, but different. Customize your character, increase your fighter skills, and take on the biggest bosses. Become your inner ninja and be the man. Be Dan The Man.

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There is nothing like playing a classic game of UNO. If you've played this game, then you should know the rules. However, if you never played UNO before, it's pretty simple. Play cards that match the color or number, skip a player, reverse the turn order, change colors, or make a player draw cards. Fun game I promise you.

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Download Crossy Road now!

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5 Cutest Cat Care Games for Android https://www.gameskinny.com/xjb90/5-cutest-cat-care-games-for-android https://www.gameskinny.com/xjb90/5-cutest-cat-care-games-for-android Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:18:23 -0500 Allison M Reilly

Because taking care of a real pet cat isn't enough for some of us, we play mobile games about taking care of digital fuzzballs without the hassles of a real-life litter box. We also play mobile games about cats because they're cute and fun! For your fair share of cuteness, here are five of the cutest cat care games for Android.

Cat Cafe ~Raise Your Cats~

As the name suggests, Cat Cafe ~Raise Your Cats~ is a game where players raise kittens with hopes of having those cats find their forever home. Once those cats are adopted, you use the funds to purchase and raise more kittens, and the cycle continues. Cat Cafe doesn't have much to offer for the cafe part of things, but raising a bunch of felines can be hard enough!

What makes Cat Cafe more interesting is that players can unlock multiple cats of each breed, creating an incentive for achievement hunters. There are also stats players can raise, like discipline and cat ratings, to increase the price of the cats and make more money. Overall, Cat Cafe is cute, but has way more to it than it appears.

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector

  • Free to Play for Android
  • In-App Purchases Available
  • Get it on: the Google Play Store

When it comes to taking care of cats, some of us like to adopt a cat or two as a pet, and some like to run a shelter or a cat cafe, like the previous game. Others, like my great aunt, like to feed all the neighborhood feral cats out of their garage. If you're like my great aunt, then you'll find Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector a lot of fun.

In Neko Atsume, players provide food and toys in their backyard for the stray cats to enjoy. Certain types of food and specific toys will attract specific feral cats. The goal is not only to have all of them spend time in your yard, but to make them love you enough to give you a memento (and you can check out our memento guide for help getting them all too). The mementos are the normal things cats like to leave behind for their caretakers, like a glasses lens or a bent bottle cap.

In the end, Neko Atsume is a great game if you want something to play a little bit at a time.

Cat Room

Cat Room is kind of like Neko Atsume, except players collect the cats in a room instead of a yard. You can customize the room and earn coins to buy new toys as well. However, where Neko Atsume ends, Cat Room is just beginning.

In Cat Room, there's a special room just for kittens, you can have a customized cat, and, on top of that, you can collect recipes to make food for your cats. Cat Room also has mini-games similar to Bejeweled and those types of puzzlers. There's a social aspect to this game that isn't found in some of the other games on this list too, as players can visit their "neighbor's" room and see their cats.

Cat Room is a little bit of everything, so it's a good choice if you like everything else these games have to offer or if you think of the cats as a perk versus a primary focus.

Bubbu - My Virtual Pet

  • Free to Play on Android
  • In-App Purchases Available
  • Get it on: the Google Play Store

If you have fond memories of playing Tamagotchi and raising a virtual pet, then Bubbu - My Virtual Pet is the game for you! Bubbu is like a Tamagotchi, but with a few more mechanics than what came with the popular '90s toy.

Besides having to feed Bubbu and give him love and attention, players have more than 30 mini-games to choose from when playing with Bubbu. These mini-games allow players to earn coins so they can purchase more food and other items. However, don't overdo it the mini-games, as that could tire out or injure Bubbu. If Bubbu is injured, then players have to play doctor, treat Bubbu, and help him recover.

If you ever wished you could care for and raise your cat more like a tiny human than a four-legged critter, then you'll want to download Bubbu.

CatHotel

  • Free to Play on Android
  • In-App Purchases Available
  • Get it on: the Google Play Store

CatHotel is the game for cat lovers who really do like cats...but just other people's cats. In CatHotel, players run a...well, a cat hotel, and have to cater to the needs of the individual felines. Like some of the other games on this list, the hotel is customizable. Besides expanding the hotel to fit more guests, players can choose different types of furniture, rugs, toys, and the like to make the "cattery" more comfortable.

Unlike some of the other titles, there isn't much of a collection aspect to  CatHotel. Instead of trying to get every single type of cat to stay at your hotel, it's a matter of knowing who needs what and providing those needs. But, the cats are still cute, even though they aren't kawaii.

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The best thing about the games on this list is that they're all free-to-play, so you can download all five games, and everything will still be cheaper than taking care of a real cat. Of course, the last sentence is only true if you don't make any in-app purchases. Nonetheless, there's a cat for every cat lover and a cat game for every gamer. Everyone's got to start somewhere!

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Android's 8 Best Mobile Board Games https://www.gameskinny.com/30eye/androids-8-best-mobile-board-games https://www.gameskinny.com/30eye/androids-8-best-mobile-board-games Tue, 04 Jul 2017 20:50:07 -0400 Adreon Patterson

Board games have been a great past time for years gone by. Since their conception, they have always stuck to three main principles -- strategy, luck or diplomacy, with a combination of the three sometimes appearing. The experiences range from role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons to guessing games like Pictionary, and even physical skill on the odd occasion like Jenga. Fandom for these types of games has soared since the late 1990s with forums, documentaries and even cafes jumping in on the action.

As the digital world continues to make its mark on the world, board game makers have caught wind of this and brought many of their creations into the mobile gaming realm. With that in mind, here are some of the best mobile board games for Android users if you're after some classic board game action.

1. Elder Sign: Omens

Based on the celebrated Elder Sign board games, the Android version allows up to four players to prevent a series of monsters called the Ancient Ones from erecting the demon god, Azathoth by finding long-lost relics. This version adds to the original charm of the card-and-dice game by incorporating a detailed interface and streamlining its card effects. It also adds an inventory system so that players can enjoy hours upon hours of the otherworldly gameplay.

Buy Elder Sign: Omens on Google Play

2. Catan

Based on the ever-popular Settlers of Catan, Catan allows up to four players to create multiple settlements and roads, as well as possess large armies, all while bartering with rivals for precious resources. The mobile version is also host to an online multi-player function that provides an element of competition with fellow Catanians in the quest to be Lord of Catan.

Buy Catan on Goggle Play

3. Carcassone

This mobile version of the beloved board game uses the tiles of the original for the game's main aim, which is to collect the most points by way of land and followers. Mobile Carcassone allows online gameplay for up to six players or AI interaction for a highly enjoyable game night of fast-paced fun.

Buy Carcassonne on Google Play

4. Suburbia

Another tile-based board game, Suburbia thrives on collecting buildings like stores, museums and of course suburbs. The aim is simple: build to your heart's content and fill your town with as many people as possible. This particular version allows AI interaction and online multi-player alongside a single player mode for endless gameplay. SimCity fans will not be disappointed.  

Buy Suburbia on Google Play

5. Galaxy Trucker

Like the original board game, Galaxy Trucker lets the player build a ship in real time so they can deliver goods across the galaxy in the fastest possible time against their opponents. The mobile version breaks this down into the two simple steps of ship building and space travel, which are then put to use in the single player campaign or multi-player modes. Aspirational truckers who have always wanted to travel to space, look no further.

Buy Galaxy Trucker on Google Play

6. Pandemic: The Board Game

This co-operative board-turned-mobile game allows up to four players to work together in order to save mankind from four simultaneous outbreaks. With an 'undo' system, easy interface, single player modes and pass-and-play multiplayer, the mobile version adds a new dimension to this classic game for intense, but friendly gameplay.

Buy Pandemic: The Board Game on Google Play

7. Ticket to Ride

The mobile adaption of the acclaimed board game follows the original concept of claiming railways to various cities on a cross-country trip. However, it also expands on this by incorporating notes from the conductor, cross-play with other tablets and phones, pass-and-play multi-player, AI interaction and multiple country expansions. All of this culminates into endless railway antics for any player who wants to unleash their inner train conductor.

Buy Ticket to Ride on Google Play

8. Neuroshima Hex!

Acting as the mobile spin-off of the celebrated Polish board game, Neuroshima Hex! allows as many as four players (human or AI) to lead armies in a game of tact in the war against machines.  This version has the potential to provide many hours of gameplay with its easy interface, multiplayer and single player modes, and elevated levels of difficulty for those who want an extra dose of challenge in their mobile gaming.

Buy Neuroshima Hex on Google Play

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Looking at this list should give Android users hope that more and more physical board games venture over to the mobile arena. Many assets and aspects of board games seem to effortlessly transfer to digital platforms (whether it be multi-player functions or world building), so as the future and past continue to merge, players may soon have all of their board game favourites at the tip of their fingers. 

Have you tried out any of the games in our list? Do you have any other recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!

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7 Adventure Games for Android with an Old-School Feel https://www.gameskinny.com/4bq1k/7-adventure-games-for-android-with-an-old-school-feel https://www.gameskinny.com/4bq1k/7-adventure-games-for-android-with-an-old-school-feel Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:09:32 -0400 Matthew_tanner

For some old-school gamers, having the opportunity to play a few of the classics on a smartphone is a real treat. It's also a little ironic that the honking machine you put together in the 2000s (which cost you $5,000) is now overpowered by a little device in your pocket. But such is the way of technology, and one is best served by embracing it.

One way to embrace it is by playing awesome adventure games on your mobile device -- especially ones that hearken back to the golden gaming days of old. The following adventure games all have that familiar, old-school feel and are available now on Android. So if you're looking for nostalgia, you've come to the right place. 

1. Fallout: Shelter

The original Fallout was a classic from the 90's with a great story, stunning RPG elements, and a tactical, turn-based combat system that was a lot of fun. This new incarnation was released as a prelude to Fallout 4, but it has done so well that Bethesda continues to update it -- adding more adventure and combat elements to what started as a simple building game.

The Vault Dwellers you manage in Fallout Shelter all have stats, using the same RPG-style "SPECIAL" scores from the original game. You give them armor and weapons, train them, and then send them out to face the Wasteland. The developers have even added quests and buildings to explore. This one is well worth the free download.

2. Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

This mobile-ready installation in the long-running Final Fantasy saga really feels like the old SNES chapters of the game. The artwork and design hearken back to the beginnings of Final Fantasy. With a true sense of magic and wonder, it is a completely new addition to the franchise, and well worth a try -- even for those who have never played any FF games before.

In Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, you lead a couple of (sometimes bickering) companions on a quest to save their homeland. You'll meet friends along the way while collecting weapons, equipment, and various other resources. As always with a Final Fantasy game, story and character development are important as the game progresses.

3. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

This addition to the original, best-selling game from 2002 doesn't just have an old-school feel -- it is actually old, although way ahead of his time. But that does not mean that it isn't still fun. Of course, the story itself takes place in a replica of 1980's Miami, so the nostalgia doubles-down in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

You build a character in a crime world, following the story as you grow in power and rank. You start stealing cars... and the next thing you know, you're controlling the largest crime syndicate in Vice City. This game combines some of the earliest open world gameplay with a pretty good character-driven story. It also successfully pulls off the glamor and glitz of the 80's with its art and music.

4. Myst

The oldest gamers will remember when this came out in 1993 and wowed the world with its beautiful graphics, intriguing puzzles, and hauntingly lonely atmosphere.

You are dropped onto an abandoned island filled with strange, almost magical gadgets. All alone, you must work your way through the mystery of Myst (dubbed realMyst on mobile) by solving dozens of complex puzzles. Each one leads you to more clues as to who built the island and why.

The puzzles can be real mind-benders, and they still offer a challenge today. The graphics are simplistic by modern standards, but that does not take away from the magical aura of the game. It is also a perfect game for those who just want something on their phone to kill a little time, rather than invest in a full-blown RPG adventure.

5. Missing

This is definitely a new game, but it has the feel of some of the game-noir entries from the 90's -- especially Bladerunner. The settings in Missing are beautifully drawn and the characters are very real. It has a lot of choice-making, which is something more common in early RPGs. Before the dark times. Before the conversation wheel...

This game also has a real cause behind it, as it focuses on the horrible reality of child sex trafficking.

You start the game as a young girl abducted into human trafficking. Her experiences are based on real stories of this very dark world. The girl, Champa, is imprisoned in the Red Light District. She is propositioned and pushed around. Her goal is to make the right choices and find her way to a freedom which always seems to be elusive.

6. Her Majesty's Spiffing

This game is a true callback to some of the early adventure sagas like Space Quest. It has the humor that's missing in many modern games, yet was so popular in the early days. The Monty Python-style British humor is quite funny, and the art style is lovely and engaging. It began as a Kickstarter project, and it really took off.

In Her Majesty's Spiffing, your heroes hail from post-Brexit England. The queen has taken her royal prerogative to reclaim control of the country, and she has set up a new space agency, SPIFFING. You and your companions must launch out into the galaxy to explore planets and spread the British Empire to all of them.

Most of the activity is puzzle-based, and the screens are very well drawn. The voice performances are pretty strong, which is important for a game so based on humor and character interaction. The main problem with it is that it may just be a little too short. 

7. Devious Dungeon

Of course, you have to have a pixel-art game in this list. Devious Dungeon applies the 8-bit art form to mobile devices with great success. It truly has the look and interactive feel of a classic Nintendo adventure game. The art and sound come together in a perfect retro atmosphere.

This game is full of missions and equipment, and you grow your character through an RPG type system. Explore dungeons. Collect treasure. Defeat the bad guys. It’s a classic gaming format with a classic design.

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This is just a short preview of all the awesome old-school (or old-school feeling) mobile games out there right now. What are your favorites? Will you be downloading any of these? Let me know in the comments!

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7 Surprisingly Good MMORPGs on Android https://www.gameskinny.com/pd0m0/7-surprisingly-good-mmorpgs-on-android https://www.gameskinny.com/pd0m0/7-surprisingly-good-mmorpgs-on-android Mon, 01 May 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Paige McGovern

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Albion Online

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All characters are classless in this medieval cross-platform MMO. Your equipment determines who you are and what you will become.

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Albion Online features a completely player-driven economy with PvP battles of varying sizes. There are hundreds of territories that guilds must compete for. Since the game is cross-platform, all players can interact with one another, making this a truly satisfying MMO experience.

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What do you think about these 7 Android MMOs? Are you playing any? Let us know in the comments!

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And while you're searching these games, check out our other list on more mobile MMOs you should download right now.

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Toram Online

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Toram Online has much more customization variety than most MMOs, both in character appearance and equipment. You can build your own houses and own pets in this adventure, or you can focus only on your character and choose the skills and stats that are unique to you.

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Arcane Legends

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This fantasy action MMO offers superb graphics, decent storyline and questing, and weekly and seasonal events. In addition, there's player housing, which isn't seen too much in mobile MMOs. 

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While there aren't a lot of classes, Arcane Legends makes up for this flaw by its multiple PvP modes and mystical pet collection system.

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Aurcus Online

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This is another mobile MMORPG by Asobimo, Inc. Its graphics are simple yet beautiful for a mobile device. Fight against enemies of all kinds and build up your combos in this action-packed game.

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Players can participate in open world PvP battles with their friends. Combat is skill-based and challenging. Although players can opt to pay for a subscription, players assure that this game is not pay to win and truly delivers the MMO experience to small screens.

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Order & Chaos 

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Dungeon Hunter 5

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Graphics are stunning and game play is smooth for a mobile MMO. You won't easily get bored in this game. Immerse yourself in the single player story mission experience, or compete against others in the Stronghold mode. Earn resources to upgrade your stronghold and become the strongest warrior in the land.

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Avabel Online

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Classes aren't fixed and can be changed at any time. Combat is fast and fluid. For an older game, there's still an active player base. Avabel Online is fun and easy to pick up whether you're a veteran to the mobile MMO scene or just getting started.

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When most people think of an MMORPG, they don't think about the mobile market. In fact, the mention of a mobile MMO may be enough to drive interested players away.

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A Complete Guide to Success in Madden NFL Mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/p5l7g/a-complete-guide-to-success-in-madden-nfl-mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/p5l7g/a-complete-guide-to-success-in-madden-nfl-mobile Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:44:33 -0500 Samuel Schenerman

Madden NFL Mobile is now winding down its' 3rd season of football action. Millions have downloaded and played the game already, and there is a thriving community devoted to the phone and tablet exclusive game. What that community talks about, above all else, isn't about helpful tips and hints. That's why people like me don't watch their Reddits, so this article is meant as a guide to success. Success, both for veterans and for those just starting their teams up.

Before continuing, disclaimer: Madden NFL Mobile is freemium. Freemium meaning that it's completely free to use and play, but in app purchases are not only available, but subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) encouraged. In full transparency, I have paid for packs that have aided me in speeding up my (still ongoing) journey to the top of the leaderboards.

However, if you don't want to be like me, this guide may help you even more so you can save the money I spent while still learning the ropes. Now that's out of the way... follow these helpful hints and your team will score touchdowns aplenty.

Tip #1: Be patient

After all, like most freemium games nowadays, each game or event your teams plays costs energy. Energy that refills slowly. If you aren't into shelling out cash to speed up the process of refilling energy, be patient. If you take your time to build up your team, it pays off heavily in the end. That includes not immediately putting special players for that week up for auction, because the longer you wait to post those players, the more in game coins you can get because of simple supply and demand; the longer you wait, the scarcer your player is on the market.

Tip #2: Always play the daily warmup

First of all, the mini-game is free. If nothing else, it reinforces useful skills by repetition. It also rewards simply playing the game every day. At the end of each 7 day cycle, you get a Pro pack, which is awesome for stocking up on good new players, and getting others to complete sets which get trophies, items, and MORE players.

Tip #3: Head to Head isn't that important

Although it may be nice to show other players the majesty of OBJ (as long as he doesn't play the Packers in the playoffs), it isn't necessary to play Head to Head (H2H) in order to get a good team together. I barely ever play, and my team rating has gone up rapidly. There really isn't any reward to playing H2H other than pride and the experience points.

Tip #4: Every position matters

Unlike in many sports games, every position in Madden Mobile can and does make a difference in the game. If one of your OGs is subpar, the AI will constantly exploit the weakness in your offensive line and sack you relentlessly. Also, while it may be tempting to use your flex running back for another HB, use it that way at your peril. While it may be great when you want that extra speed, it will cost you whenever you run the ball. That's why you should use a fullback at the flex position. Unlike other flex positions, this one is always active.

The FB when not acting as a runner or receiver, is like your tight end: a blocker. This comes in handy every time you run the ball with your primary running back. Also, if you get the right FB, he can be used like another tight end; a reliable receiver who can truck like nobody's business.

Tip #5: Be like retail stores in naming your price

Sure, whole numbers look pretty and all, but something that's priced at $9.99 will sell significantly faster than the same item priced at $10. Why? It's simple: that one cent left off doesn't change the amount the seller receives by an appreciable amount, but our brains perceive even a minuscule discount in price to be an enormous opportunity to be frugal and save money. This is just as true in the auction house. Try putting your buy price at 9,999 instead of 10,000 and see what happens. I bet you'll be happy with the results.

Tip #6: Complete player sets whenever you can and as often as you can

Simply using your energy on playing season mode can be a ton of fun, but it most definitely IS NOT the way to upgrade your team with alacrity. Allocating your energy budget so the majority of it is spent completing drills will allow quick access to specialty packs by completing sets. This is BY FAR the best way to get new players.

Almost as good, these sets also provide great cards to auction off and receive coins to buy players off the marketplace for yourself.

Tip #7: Have fun

Remember, as you are grinding out mini-games with a subpar team, frustration is inevitable. However, at the same time, try to have fun. After all, that IS what games are made for. Remember to watch those beautiful plays you and your team create; the interceptions, the touchdown dances, the kick returns. Just enjoy it.

Have you got any more tips you have found work? Let us know in the comments below!

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Confessions of a Hardcore Mobile Gamer https://www.gameskinny.com/n0ejn/confessions-of-a-hardcore-mobile-gamer https://www.gameskinny.com/n0ejn/confessions-of-a-hardcore-mobile-gamer Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Samuel Schenerman

When you think of hardcore gamers, you don't picture them using an iPad.

When most people think of hardcore gamers, they think of individuals devoting all their free time in massive gaming sessions, finishing the latest AAA title with religious like fervor. However, more importantly to this article, what is the platform which is commonly thought of as the hardcore gamer's prime choice?

Rightfully so, the standard hardcore gamer uses one of four choices: a PC (Macs are very rare in this category), Xbox, Playstation, or Nintendo. For a millennial like myself, this is very true. I spend dozens of hours every week jamming away on my Xbox One.

I just recently bought myself an EA Access account and I'm enjoying killing Rebels aplenty for free with Star Wars: Battlefront. However, over the past year, I've noticed myself going more and more towards my iPad when looking for that gaming fix. I originally bought an iPad all the way back in 2010 or 2011 when the first generation came out. I bought it to use instead of a Gameboy or PSP (both of which I owned at one time or another). It was a good choice, as every tablet or iPad user can attest to. It just does way more than play games. However, ever since then, whether it was my first iPad, my phone, or my most recent iPad Air purchase, I've used it to play games.

It started just as a replacement for a Gameboy. But it's grown bigger than that

Ever since the release of the 1st Infinity Blade, games on the iOS device have really gained in quality. Titles coming out now such as the previously named series, the Dead Trigger series, and many more mobile exclusive games have delighted both me and millions of other users across the globe.

However, I've found that I'm playing Madden Mobile instead of buying Madden 17. I had my first taste of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic not on an Xbox or through Steam, but on my iPad. I've played just as many hours of FIFA games on my iPad as I have on my Xbox. I even withheld altogether a purchase of the newest installment of the Guitar Hero franchise and instead waited for the iOS version to reduce in price to $9.99 and play it happily, without the guitar controller and just using touch. Now, instead of on long car rides and commutes, I am playing PES Club Manager as much as I am playing FIFA 16 career mode (I haven't felt the need to spring for FIFA 17, mostly due to my completely irrational fear of playing a FIFA game without Leo Messi on the cover. I'm a Barça fan, so go figure). I find it peculiar, but not as surprising it it once might have been.

Mobile Games have evolved and improved in quality at a similar pace with the hardware they are consumed on

I think it probably has to do simply with the amount of time, effort, and money being invested in games for iOS and Android (and others I suppose, but these are the big names where the vast majority of the money is). Comparing games released today, such as Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore, with mobile games that originally released, and you notice many things.

One of these is obvious: the quality of the graphics. Unlike in the beginning, the processing power of modern smartphones and tablets allows game developers to push the graphics of their games to almost comparable levels with modern AAA games. I could easily see the aforementioned GoF game coming out for the Xbox 360 just a couple of years ago and be considered of pretty decent graphical detail.

Another important innovation is the evolution of mobile game production. For instance; there are more and more games that utilize full cutscenes, dozens of voice over artists, and have a dozen or more people on the development teams.

Much more money is invested and time spent in the making of mobile games than was the norm at the beginning of the decade. Just like the phones and tablets that power them, mobile games have come a long way from simple and low resolution puzzlers, to full quality AAA level immersive entertainment that can be played just as religiously as the latest and greatest installment of Grand Theft Auto. They even have many classic GTA games ported to app stores!

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Play Lost Order Wherever, Though Probably Not on Handhelds https://www.gameskinny.com/6ueeh/play-lost-order-wherever-though-probably-not-on-handhelds https://www.gameskinny.com/6ueeh/play-lost-order-wherever-though-probably-not-on-handhelds Sat, 07 Jan 2017 06:54:53 -0500 Danny21_2396

It has been a year since Cygames announced Lost Order (as Project Re:Link), their real-time tactics game, and not much has been heard about the game since.

We do know that the game is developed by Platinum Games and helmed by people who have worked on many Final Fantasy titles in the past. Names like Yasumi Matsuno and Akihiko Yoshida, both are famous for Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII. There's also Yoshiki Kashitani, who was the lead game designer for Final Fantasy XIII-2 as well as being main programmer for Final Fantasy XIII and Dirge of Cerberus, and Daisuke Sakata who was the sound designer for Bayonetta.

Speaking to Famitsu magazine, the developers said that the game, which is planned to be released on iPhone and Android, is about 70% complete and they will have some information to share at the beginning of 2017. Unfortunately, they didn't mention when they will update us exactly, nor did they mention the game's release date. But, they said that they aim to make Lost Order go beyond the limitations of smartphone apps in terms of quality, with its rich 3D graphics and enhanced contents such as team composition, equipments, and other strategic elements.

Lost Order takes place in the “Perished Capital of Gold Heaven,” a hierarchical city created for colonization purposes in a new continent. Not much can be shared about the story other than it will revolve around the social disparity issue rooted in the city. It is said that there will also be a “Legend of the Thirteen Soaring Jet Black Knights” that will play a key part in the game’s storyline.

The game is labeled as a “real-time tactics” game where players will have to make strategic choices for automatic battles in a vast field. It has not been confirmed whether the game will have a multiplayer mode, either local or online. There has also been no confirmation if we will see the game on home or handheld consoles. But, stay tuned on GameSkinny for the updates on Lost Order.

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Five Games to Hold You Over For Super Mario Run on Android https://www.gameskinny.com/ytgby/five-games-to-hold-you-over-for-super-mario-run-on-android https://www.gameskinny.com/ytgby/five-games-to-hold-you-over-for-super-mario-run-on-android Sun, 25 Dec 2016 13:31:40 -0500 sknau002

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So there you have it, five games to hold you over for Super Mario Run. Many of us are anxiously awaiting Run's release, but as we've shown here, there are some real quality mobile games of the same vein to hold us over until the mustached plumber decides to give us Android users a chance.

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Are there any other games similar to Super Mario Run that are worth playing? What about any other mobile game that's come out lately in general? Let us know!

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Rayman Adventures 

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Developer: Ubisoft
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Aah, Rayman. Ubisoft's disjointed, French answer to Mario... and a great one at that. Why isn't Rayman more well known to the public? A question for another time. Next on this list is Rayman Adventures

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Rayman really is, in its most basic form, very similar to Mario, and as such, his mobile game Rayman Adventures works as a great way to hold over til the release of Super Mario Run. Rayman Adventures has players running around in a game very similar to Rayman Legends, so fans of the series pretty much know exactly what they're getting into.

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This game actually has tons of levels and things to do. A feature that many Rayman games have been known for as of late is being filled to the brim with content and this Android game is no exception.

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ReRunners: Race For the World

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Developer: Game Alliance
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ReRunners may look quite familiar, as it seems to take a note from Speedrunners. Both games have a similar concept in racing others in a 2D side-scrolling race. There are a few differences including one big one: ReRunners is available on Android.

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The game also doesn't rely on laps like Speedrunners, but instead has longer, one-direction maps to race on. It has skills to unlock as well, giving a sense of progression beyond just getting better at the controls, which are also said to be tight, especially for a mobile game.

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Alto’s Adventure

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Noodlecake Studios Inc.
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Alto's Adventure is a gorgeous runner (or rather, skier) that tells a bit more of a story other than "Go real fast to the end of the level". That being said, there isn't really a story per se, but more of a set dressing to fill in what's left unsaid.

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The music is very reminiscent of Superbrothers Sword and Sworceryand even though the visuals are different in aesthetic, the way they help paint what Alto's Adventure really is is extremely satisfying, making it more than just a game and more of an experience.

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Alto's Adventure is available on Android through Google Play.

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Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom

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Developer: Sega
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Okay, yes. More times than not, Sonic games are garbage. There's no denying that. But when it comes to a mobile running game... the two first franchises that come to mind when looking mainstream is Sonic and Mario, and we already know what game inspired this list.

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Cue Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom. Sonic Boom was awful. But it also tried too hard to be something it wasn't... and there were glitches. Lots and lots of glitches. But Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom takes the original Sonic Dash, a game of the same concept, and applies the new Sonic Boom aesthetic to the game, which is arguably the only good part about Sonic Boom.

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But what this game does is channel what made Sonic good in the first place: running. And not much else. No stopping to swipe a sword, no Werewolf transformations, no slow-paced exploration, just running. Each character has their own unique moves that help with the running, but it all has the same goal: To run.

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Some gamers think mobile gaming isn't "hardcore" (although we at Game Skinny think otherwise) but many would also say that the problem with the modern sonic franchise it that they try too hard to innovate on things nobody asked for. For Sonic Dash 2: Sonic Boom: you take classic Sonic, you put it on Google Play, change the perspective from the side to behind, then you just go. It's a little more nuanced than that, but ultimately, they just focus on what Sonic does best. 

Just run Sonic. Run!

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Wind-up Knight 2

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Developer: Robot Invader
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Wind-up Knight 2 features a little clockwork knight that is controlled by being wound up. He runs toward his destination in hopes that he isn't hit on the way there or runs out of juice.

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To rewind Wind-up Knight's time gauge, players can collect more wind-up keys to keep him going. He's also able to jump, swing his sword and block with his shield to cleverly get around enemies that would otherwise kill him in one hit. There are also other items available in certain levels for boosts and the game plays with perspective by using background-foreground travel. The Knight is also customizable, making this Android game pretty replayable.

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Super Mario Run has already released on iOS and all the Apple users get to enjoy the running and jumping that comes with it. But Android users are stuck with a "Coming in 2017" announcement. So we put together a list of five games to hold you over until Super Mario Run releases for Android.

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Considering that Super Mario Run is one part auto-runner and one part platformer (with a ton of other features in between), this list will include both types of games -- which are all free to play! 

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And in case you're wondering, this is how fan reaction to Super Mario Run has been so far. 

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Pocket Mortys Winter 1.8 Guide: New Mortys and Investment Rick https://www.gameskinny.com/w7k59/pocket-mortys-winter-18-guide-new-mortys-and-investment-rick https://www.gameskinny.com/w7k59/pocket-mortys-winter-18-guide-new-mortys-and-investment-rick Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:04:10 -0500 Ty Arthur

The Pokemon-inspired Pocket Mortys is easily the title most responsible for getting me into mobile gaming, which was a platform I just didn't devote much time to before this hilarious little gem landed at the beginning of the year.

Lots of additions have arrived since then, including Lab Morty and the Morty Games arena, and the freshly unveiled Winter 1.8 update gives you a new Rick store to interact with (and earn more schmeckles), along with an additional 10 Mortys to collect and upgrade.

As an aside, series fans should be paying attention to these additions to Pocket Mortys, as there's some serious question of whether we are currently seeing things now in updates that might be included in Rick and Morty season 3, which rumors peg as either dropping in March of 2017 -- or even Christmas 2016! 

Regardless of the new season's release date, one thing's for sure: Pocket Mortys is getting some significant updates and we're going to check out the latest right now. 

Investment Rick

Found just south of the portal, this new Rick doesn't technically sell anything but does require you give him money. If you drop 100 schmeckles and choose one of three different timed tiers, you will get back your investment and then some when the timer runs out.

The tiers are three hours for a 150 schmeckles return, six hours for a 225 schmeckles return and 24 hours for a 700 schmeckles return.

If you're wondering, yes, you can do all three at once, but you can't do the same tier more than once at a time. In other words, you have to actually wait three hours for the first investment to come back, and you can't do the same investment over and over at the same time if you have a lot of schmeckles on-hand already.

Essentially, this is just a clever way to get people to log in daily, rather than a depleting power resource or the typical daily rewards system featured in many freemium games.

Not seeing Investment Rick? I had to manually go into Google Play on my Android device and tap Update, as it didn't give me an auto-update on this one for some reason.

New Mortys

It wouldn't be an update without new Mortys, and that's exactly what the Winter 1.8 Pocket Mortys update brings, now tipping the total number to nearly 170 (remember when there were only 82?).

Paper Type Mortys

The paper type additions start with the sad-looking Seedling Morty, featuring the Cell Splitter paper-element attack plus the Gooey Discharge neutral attack.

Combining two Seedling Mortys gives you the three-headed Morty Of The Valley, which has all the same attacks with upgraded stats, plus the Sprout attack that lowers an enemy's defense and accuracy, but also gives them an attack boost, which is a bit of a wash.

For the final paper tier, combine two Mortys Of The Valley to get the fully upgraded Mortydrangea. This drooling, thorny monstrosity gains the Poison Spit attack and starts with much higher stats.

Mortydrangea Upgrade Path

Rock Type Mortys

This upgrade path has Morty eventually becoming a hard drinking noir detective. The path starts with Rookie Morty, who has the standard Neutralize and Slam attacks, in addition to Extort, which raises your defense.

Melding two Rookie Mortys creates the Detective Morty, who gains the Humiliate ability for lowering an enemy's attack power.

At the end of this evolutionary branch is Hardboiled Morty, who gets the crazy Attention power to raise attack, defense, speed and accuracy all in one shot.

Alas, it seems like they missed a golden opportunity for a joke by combining him with Egg Morty. Anyway ... 

 Hardboiled Morty Progression

Scissor Type Mortys

Outside any progression path is a scissor type called Poorly Cloned Morty, who was clearly one of Rick's many mistakes. Despite his appearance, he's got crazy high stats and an absurd range of attacks, including debuffs, neutral attacks, scissors attacks and a poison ability called Vile Spew.

 Poorly Cloned Morty

Finishing off the 1.8 update additions are a trio of scissors types seeing Morty onto the path of culinary excellence, beginning with Kitchen Boy Morty. This bottom of the totem pole Morty has both Outburst and Nibble, in addition to the Mouth Off skill for lowering enemy accuracy.

Combining two Kitchen Boy Mortys creates Pastry Chef Morty, who gains the Slice And Dice attack. This one does several low power attacks in a row, each with decreasing accuracy.

And at the end of the road is Head Chef Morty, who gets the powerful Gooey Cheese scissors attack that deals damage and paralyzes foes.

Head Chef Morty Upgrade Path

And there you have it. All the Mortys -- and Rick -- that came with the latest 1.8 update to Pocket Mortys

What's your favorite new Morty added in with this winter update, and how much money do you plan on investing with the shady Rick? Let us know in the comments below. 

 

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The 10 Most Anticipated Android Mobile Games for 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/qyski/the-10-most-anticipated-android-mobile-games-for-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/qyski/the-10-most-anticipated-android-mobile-games-for-2017 Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:22:16 -0500 sknau002

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2017 has a surprising amount of hype for its mobile gaming department. Our list of most anticipated Android mobile games turned out to be bigger than we thought as more and more developers realize how to make mobile games -- or translate old classics to one of gaming's youngest, yet most promising mediums. 

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Did we miss any of your most anticipated Android games? Let us know!

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Super Mario Run

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Honestly, who didn't see this coming? Not Super Mario Run itself -- that was a total surprise. But once it was announced, how could it not make it on this list? Super Mario Run will feature typical Mario levels where instead of playing them normally, Mario will run on his own and the player must time his jumps, attacks and tricks accordingly. 

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In classic Nintendo fashion, they're making use of a different control scheme and creating something new out of it. There will also be a time trial mode where the player races another player's past performance on a track. 

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Nintendo will undoubtedly cram tons of features into this game, as they never release one-trick ponies, but the details are still under wraps. While this list wasn't in any specific order, this game is definitely high on many gamer's wish lists -- if not the top of our most anticipated Android mobile games of 2017.

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Durango

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An original mobile game, Durango is an isometric survival building game. It takes place on an island filled with dinosaurs and present day people stranded there. Their only hope is to collect supplies, build tribes and make the best of their surroundings. 

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Durango is planned to be an open-world survival game with multiplayer elements from Nexon Korea, the team behind Maple Story. Although this game seems to be nothing like Maple Story, and more like How to Survive, the mixing of multiplayer and single player elements from Nexon Korea seems promising for this 2017 Android release.

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King's Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon

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Before Final Fantasy took the stage in the JRPG genre, Square made an arguably fun, arguably terrible game called King's Knight. It was a fun game, sure. Going through levels, shooting at blocks, revealing secrets, gathering points, beating bosses...

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But the game failed to adequately tell you how to beat it. If you lost one character, you were allowed to continue, but you could not beat the game. This took a clever idea and stomped it into the mud. That is, until 30 years later in 2017, where a remake/reimagining takes place!

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King's Knight Wrath of the Dark Dragon returns with similar gameplay as the original, but with a huge upgrade to graphics. It even adds a huge roster of characters.

The game never quite begged for a remake in the traditional video game sense, but it fits perfectly in the Android market with its bite-sized levels, item gathering and leveling up.

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Oceanhorn

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This game is another title originally slated for 2016 being pushed into the next year. Oceanhorn is a Zelda-like action-adventure game that takes settings and ideas from Wind Waker but changes perspective to the isometric POVs of classic top-down Zelda titles.

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A sequel, Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm has recently been announced, but a mobile version of the original could boost sales, as Oceanhorn was a bit of a sleeper hit, despite featuring music from Kenji Ito and Nobuo Uematsu. Expect to see this on iOS and Android in 2017.

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Skullgirls Mobile

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What's Skullgirls, you ask? Skullgirls is a 3-on-3 fighting game from Reverge Labs that pits cute girls in a battle royale. The series has been praised for its animation and controls, and it was actually heavily based on the Marvel Vs Capcom series in regards to its tag team combat system, assists and hyper counters. 

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Being quite successful in the fighting game market, Reverge Labs announced Skullgirls Mobile, which puts a twist on the fighting game's mechanics. To match the limitations of twitch mechanics on an Android and iOS device, the game focuses more on RPG elements like equipping your favorite Skullgirl with new equipment and moves. Don't worry though, the game still seems fast-paced and exciting.

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Torchlight Mobile

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The Torchlight series has been a big hit with gamers around the world. Torchlight Mobile is set to be a faithful adaptation of the series on Android and iOS. Each character has six skills, but they can be customized to create many more than that. 

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Torchlight Mobile will include a PvP mode and even a MOBA mini-game that doesn't detract from the game as a whole. Torchlight Mobile could really be successful on Android with its touch-to-move/attack controls, and if the dungeons are cut up into bite-sized pieces, this game could really sing.

The video presentation of the game shows the art style is very accurate to the existing iterations in  the series and the action seems to fit right in with what Torchlight fans are used to.

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Sheltered

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Another game coming from another platform, Sheltered started life as a PC game. In it, the player assumes the role of a family of four. They must survive in a bunker after an apocalyptic event. This involves crafting, decision making and scavenging for supplies. 

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The entire game takes a 2D perspective and is controlled mostly by a mouse, making the translation to Android touch controls relatively easy to comprehend. No release date has been promised, but the developers have said on multiple occasions, including their Kickstarter page, that they want to bring the game to Android and iOS in 2017.

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Sdorica - Sunset

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Not much is known about Sdorica - Sunset except that it's from Rayark Inc., the creators of Implosion: Never Lose Hope, and it is set for an Android and iOS release. It was set for a late 2016 release, but with 2016 nearing an end and no update on the release, it can only be assumed this will be pushed into next year.

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Sdorica is a 2D fantasy game with beautiful artwork similar to Odin Sphere. The lack of details and a month of silence from their social media team is a little concerning. However, the success of Implosion should give some hope, although the new art style is a huge departure.

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Armello

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In September 2015, Armello released on PC, and later on Playstation 4 and Xbox One. After receiving additional support from government funding in Australia and meeting its Kickstarter stretch goals, the game was also planned to release on Android and iOS. 

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Armello is basically a board game. Unlike many board games however, it initially existed as only a video game with a board aesthetic.

The premise follows a dying king and characters aiming to take his place as ruler of the animal kingdom. The player chooses one of these anthropomorphic heroes and sets out to take the throne. The art-style alone is enough to sell the game, but those who enjoy board games would feel right at home with Armello. Speaking of art style...

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Duelyst

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Duelyst is currently on PC, Mac, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. It started as a Kickstarter project come to life and focuses on short play sessions. Clocking in at around ten minutes, each turn-based tactical battle is meant to be bite sized and pick-up-and-play. 

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As a Tactical RPG that also plays like a deck-building game, Duelyst lends itself pretty perfectly to the Android market. There's also a practice mode, Challenge puzzle modes and a tournament mode.

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Mobile gaming has always been hit-or-miss. But as of late, it's been hitting a lot more than it used to. So much so that there are a few games on Android that we're legitimately hyped for! So...we created a list of our most anticipated Android Mobile Games of 2017!

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Some of these titles are already on other devices/consoles, but most are new releases. However, all of them were picked with their compatibility with mobile gaming in mind.

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5 Ketchapp Games Absolutely Worth Your Time https://www.gameskinny.com/xdu98/5-ketchapp-games-absolutely-worth-your-time https://www.gameskinny.com/xdu98/5-ketchapp-games-absolutely-worth-your-time Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Janette Ceballos

Ketchapp games, while simple in design and gameplay, are surprisingly addicting! The company has a selection of over 90 mobile games with varying objectives, making it hard to sift through them all to find one that won’t bore you within five rounds.

Here I’ve listed a few of the highest rated Ketchapp games that provided a nice blend of visuals and gameplay that had me playing for hours.

HOP

The objective of this game is to survive as long as you can by sliding your finger across the screen to move a ball onto different platforms. By doing so, you can collect diamonds, which can be used to buy different balls, though they don’t seem to add anything new.

There’s something about the game that makes you want to keep going. Maybe it’s the satisfying click you hear when you land on a platform, the little “Hooray” cheering you on, or the endless void of white for a background that make you think “Gee, I sure could go for one more round!”

It’s a nice game overall if you’re looking for a game to kill time with, but there are ad videos offered every few rounds. You can always skip over these easily.

STACK

STACK’s goal is to, well, stack. Tap the screen to land platforms on top of each other to build the tallest tower you can. Stack eight tiles perfectly in a row and the platforms grow, a mechanic that’s both a blessing and a challenge as they grow in different directions.

Just like HOP, this game lets you buy new platform designs with in-game diamonds earned from playing or watching ads, giving players a goal to work towards.

It's simple objective and gradual change in background and platform colors make for a game that is nice to look at for hours, which is probably how much time you’ll spend trying to beat the high score.

Skyward

Players control two dots, one red and one blue, that circle around a labyrinth-like path. Tap on the screen when a dot hovers above the path to land on it, but be careful; dots shrink if you wait too long. Special tiles can alter speed and direction if you land on them.

This game also stood out because it was one of the few that had multiple modes of gameplay. Classic mode lets you play the game as usual but in Hardcore mode, the dots shrink a lot faster, giving you only one shot at landing on the platform. Think fast!

A major downside to this game, however, is the fact that ads continuously pop up. They aren’t needed at all to play the game or buy items, but they show up every few rounds. I can easily see this as an annoyance to players who want to play multiple rounds consecutively.

SKY

A lovely piano soundtrack accompanies this coin-collecting game. Tap the screen to make a little square jump over roadblocks to collect coins. Collect enough coins, and you can unlock different characters, each with their own animation. Levels are randomly generated which keeps the game from being predictable.

The neat and challenging thing about this game is the cloning mechanic: when you pass through certain areas, one square can turn into two, three, or four little squares moving around the board to collect coins. This adds a fun challenge for players since you’ll have to keep an eye on each clone to make sure they all survive for as long as possible.

Break Liner

 

My personal favorite on the list, this game drops you right in the game without any instructions.

You are a rocket ship soaring through space, trying to break white lines by tapping on the screen to send the ship sideways. White lines are breakable, and if you’re fast enough, you can multi-break the same line. Black lines bounce you off and turn red if you hit them, and red lines are an instant death, exploding your ship.

There is a level-based system with each level adding new components that amp up the difficulty of the game. Such additions include lines alternating between black and red or black and white, smaller white lines, and red lines that jut out at odd angles to block your path.

Minimalistic and easy-to-grasp visuals and gameplay make a majority of Ketchapp games generally fun to play, but each game listed here has a unique mechanic or objective that makes them almost impossible to put down.

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The Upcoming RPG Seventh Rebirth: What Happens When You Mix a FFXI Producer and Chrono Trigger Composer? https://www.gameskinny.com/ask1k/the-upcoming-rpg-seventh-rebirth-what-happens-when-you-mix-a-ffxi-producer-and-chrono-trigger-composer https://www.gameskinny.com/ask1k/the-upcoming-rpg-seventh-rebirth-what-happens-when-you-mix-a-ffxi-producer-and-chrono-trigger-composer Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:23:01 -0400 Janette Ceballos

Final Fantasy XI producer Hiromichi Tanaka, Chrono Trigger composer Yasunori Mitsuda, and publisher GungHo Online Entertainment have worked together to create the smartphone-based RPG, Seventh Rebirth. Tanaka has previous experience with this genre as the producer of Square Enix’s first MMORPG, FFXI, while GungHo has been publishing mobile games since 2002, making for a good combination.

The first video trailer has been uploaded to YouTube with information on the story of the game. Every thousand years, the world undergoes a great destruction and rebirth, with this game beginning in the seventh cycle. The main character is a young mayor adventuring to build and protect their village.

While the video shows no actual gameplay, Tanaka promises a relatively traditional RPG, saying in a recent interview that, “it is basically being made to be a very orthodox RPG. Instead of something shiny, we’re making it into a fun and fleshed out game.”

The game will be free to download, but will contain in-app purchases.

A pre-registration campaign in Japan has been ongoing since October 19 in preparation for the 2016 autumn release. The campaign is a tier-based system where a threshold number of people joining determines the in-game bonuses players will receive when they download the game. These bonuses include villagers and weapons or attacks based on previous GungHo games such as Puzzle and Dragons, Divine Gate, and Princess Punt.

Seventh Rebirth will be available in Japan for Android and iOS this fall with no word as to whether there will be an English release.

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Tap your way to victory in Rolling Sky without cheating https://www.gameskinny.com/9q5pd/tap-your-way-to-victory-in-rolling-sky-without-cheating https://www.gameskinny.com/9q5pd/tap-your-way-to-victory-in-rolling-sky-without-cheating Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:36:48 -0400 Ty Arthur

Let's get this out of the way immediately: this game is going to ruin your life. Rolling Sky is easily as addicting as any of those freemium base simulators, but its even easier to get into and harder to stop playing.

After lulling you into playing "just one more time" for the hundredth or so time, it will also dawn on you: this game is pure evil. We're talking about difficulty on par or worse than some of those infamous NES platformers. If you have a few dozen (or hundred) hours to spare, you can grab Rolling Sky here:

Rolling Sky Basics

The basic concept on display is incredibly simple. The idea is to roll your ball continuously forward while not falling off the edges and not hitting any obstacles. These obstacles can be literally anything - trees, hammers, big blocks, etc. The only object you ever want to collide with is a gem.

 Hey, this looks pretty easy!

That sounds simple enough. Roll around pits and don't hit things. How hard could it be? The problem is that the terrain is rapidly changing, with floors falling out from beneath you, tiles suddenly shifting position, vast chasms having to be jumped over, etc.

All of this must also be done with your device in vertical position, which may be annoying if you have a large tablet and aren't playing on your phone.

You can pick any of the levels at any time without having to progress through previous levels, but trust me, you want to start at the beginning before really feeling the pain. 

 This is where the trauma begins

When you run out of balls (and you will run out of balls), you can get 10 more free by watching ads, or get unlimited by spending a little dough.

Because of how fast the terrain is moving beneath the ball, any lag is immediately deadly, so the better your device's specs the better you'll do, and obviously don't play in battery saver mode.

Most infuriatingly of all, you have to start the level over at 0% each time you lose a ball, no matter how close to 100% you had reached. I hope your phone has accidental or intentional damage insurance.

 This is when I started screaming...

Rolling Sky Strategies For Success

First and foremost, always keep your finger on the screen and slide left or right. Don't ever lift up and set back down, as the ball follows where you are pressing and holding.

In general, its better to make small, minute corrections rather than gigantic ones where you scroll all the way across to the other side, as its too easy to over-correct and end up falling off a gap in the floor. 

The exception to this rule occurs in the small number of places where you need to leap from one edge of the screen to the other, like the halfway point of level 3. In this case, you need to very quickly slide from one edge of your device to the other without letting go, which is another way that larger tablets actually make this game harder.

Always pay attention to the color scheme on the floor – this is generally a good indicator as to whether a segment of floor is going to fall away. If there are two obviously different patterns and one of those leads a trail to the end of the area, that's where you want to go (or not go, as the case may be).

 The edges of this segment are going to fall away when you hit them

The closer you get to 100% on any level, the more outrageous the obstacles become. Instead of falling away, the floors might roll left to right and force you to move with it. An apparently clear path with suddenly be flooded with deadly laser beams, and so on.

In areas with rotating obstacles like the hammers that spin, there's usually one solid path that requires no moving left or right at all. Instead, you can just simply roll straight through between the movement of each obstacle as it passes.

This is usually (but not always) right in the middle. Look for a spot where the obstacles meet and that's usually where you want to go for a hassle free ride through areas that are otherwise difficult.

 Follow the middle rather than wildly spinning left and right

As you play any given level, try different screen finger positions and stick with one. I found that when my finger was near the bottom edge of the screen, I'd accidentally swipe too low when moving quickly and bring up the Android menu.

This is especially critical in later levels, as the speed greatly increases at level 3 and there's no room for error in having to reposition your finger if it falls off the screen.

Using Different Rolling Sky Tactics

When you get frustrated by a part that seems impossible to pass, try coming from the opposite direction of where you usually lose a ball. For instance, if you are normally rolling from the right and can't make a jump or slam into an obstacle, re-think your plan and try coming from the left slightly earlier. This can make all the difference.

Those areas where the floors move beneath you can actually become insanely easy if you are coming from the opposite direction, since you will roll right over all the moving parts as the flow under you. 

 This rolling segment seems impossible - until you hit it from the right angle

It's All About Memory

Like with the absurdly difficult but addictive Mr. Jump, the idea here is essentially memorization over skill. You just have to learn the pattern and follow it with your finger in exactly the same way each time to hit 100%.

The game's music changes when the colors on the floor change, and it also gives clues as to when something bad is going to happen, like a laser firing or a giant hammer falling. If you are playing with the volume up, learning the music is useful to memorizing the level's pattern.

When you hit the right pattern and fully memorize a level, it should only take between 1:30 – 1:50 to beat, which will probably provoke bouts of extreme rage after spending days failing at the harder levels.

Have fun, and don't smash your phone with a hammer!

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Top 8 Tower Defense games to play on Android https://www.gameskinny.com/v9s8p/top-8-tower-defense-games-to-play-on-android https://www.gameskinny.com/v9s8p/top-8-tower-defense-games-to-play-on-android Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:16:31 -0400 Sagger Khraishi

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#1 Evil Defenders

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4.3 Rating. In-App purchases. Offline Friendly. Download Here.
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In Evil Defenders, you play as the poor, demonized demons trying to defend against attacks by the nefarious, evil humans. With this kind of twisted humor as the setting, you find yourself protecting different zones.

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Evil Defenders is a fun, frenetic defense game with a bit of humor thrown in. Featuring beautiful graphics and challenging gameplay, Evil Defenders lets you build and upgrade powerful defensive towers, use special landmarks unique to each map, and cast spells to repel enemy forces as you defend.

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And with an upgradable skill path, you can easily grind the coins needed to progress smoothly. So the fireballs you throw can get bigger, and the towers can defend more easily. You can download it here.

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Tower Defense games are fun, but chances are we missed a few games in making our list. If you want to add something though, make sure it is three things first. Android, Free to play, and a tower defense game. Let me know in the comments, and I will check it out. 

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#2 Defenders: TD Origins

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4.3 Rating. Free with in-app purchases. Download Here.
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Out of everything Defenders did, their complete control of the map feels the most right. Just by taking your two fingers and turning them on the screen, the map will turn a complete 180 degrees. I'm bringing this up at the start as a bit of a warning. Playing other games afterwards -- that do not offer the same kind of map control -- will just feel off.

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There is a learning curve. As you find out what each ability does the game becomes progressively harder. While you have the option to pay, you don't need to. The game is supported by ads, but you can also play offline --  without affecting the gameplay at all -- in order to turn them off. By playing different levels to try and get the highest score, you will end up being able to unlock all of the towers in the game.

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With a story line and with boss fights, Defenders isn't so easy that it makes you uninterested in playing. Neither is it so hard that you will need to go online and look for guides. Instead, it rests in this Goldilocks zone of not too warm and not too cold.

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My issue with Defenders is that it is pretty CPU intensive for the phone. This means that in terms of playing, it will drain the phone pretty quickly. Also, when you do beat all the levels and finish the achievements, that's it. But all things considered, this game should be in your top 10. 

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Still, if there is a game that can beat this Defenders: TD Origins, it's our number one.

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#3 TDX - Tower Defense eXtreme

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3.6 Rating. 29 mb. no ads, in app purchases. Offline Friendly. Download Here.
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If you are looking for a tower defense game with a more retro feel, you should check out Tower Defense eXtreme. Think back to the games you might have played in the 2000's, with simple graphics and an image pasted on the background. With a free-roaming map, you build the direction you want with straight forward skills. There are four tower types that upgrade linearly. You have the low power cannons, area of effect slows, the heavy splash damage cannons, and the fast rocket attacks.

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In some levels, the entrance and exit are just one tower away from each other, whereas on other maps there is a looping path. If you are in trouble or need time to think between waves, you can pause the game to build or destroy towers. But be careful, with the partial refunds it might be better to just restart the level.

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TDX is a game that sells itself as something without any gimmicks, and delivers an easy offline play. But what it does not deliver is an easy learning curve. With almost no description of what each tower does, or what the upgrade paths are, you will need to test things out.

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But maybe one of the best tower defense games is at number 2 for free-to-play android users, so check out the next slide!

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#4 Plants vs. Zombies

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4.4 Rating. 61 mb. In-app purchases. Needs wi-fi connection. Download Here.
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Plants vs Zombies started off as a computer game and eventually moved over to mobile. You must defend your home from an endless wave of zombies, using 49 different plants that can grow in water, at night, or during the day. With other tower defense games being focused on the map path, PvZ is a single direction path of destruction.

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The game is fun and mini-games help spice it up. That said, playing the computer version first left the mobile version feeling a bit weak. Personally, I prefer being able to disconnect from the internet and play games in peace. With PvZ, the internet connection requirement was something of a turn-off.

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If you are looking for something you can let children play on your phone, this game can do the trick. But if you want a game that will give you the tower defense experience you deserve, check out number 3's TDX.

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#5 Kingdom Rush

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4.3 Rating. 174 mb. In-App purchases. Download Here.
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In terms of tower defense games, Kingdom Rush is pretty much the dead center standard. It has all that you would look for in a game: endless waves of mobs coming in to attack you, the familiar towers, and a standard difficulty that progresses as you go level to level.

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But it is just that. Coming from Armor Games, Kingdom Rush is a little bit too generic. If you are trying out tower defense games for the first time, this game would be perfect for you. But if you just want to try it out, the 174 mb download size is a bit too much. The towers are things you probably have seen before in other games - much as if the developers decided to take the safe path in game design.

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And while they do throw in things like achievements, Kingdom Rush is best served as a stepping stone to other tower defense games...like Plants vs Zombies at number 4.

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#6 Castle Defense

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4.4 Rating.16 mb. In-app purchases. Offline Friendly. Download Here.
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If you like fantasy style tower defense games, Castle Defense delivers that and a bit more. From the beginning, there is a story line progression where you choose a character to fight against the hordes of evil. But don't think of it as a game that would win you over with just that.

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The four towers come in the three generic TD versions with one exception: the cheap arrow tower, the slow splash cannon, the slow tower, and a chain attack tower. These towers can then be evolved into further specialized towers.

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There are also achievements you can get from playing the game, if you are interested in leveling up your Google Play score. But as the game has a ton of in-app purchases, it also has a ton of ads. So if you don't mind getting 4 ads popping up before playing, feel free to try the game here.

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Otherwise, check out number 5 on our list, Kingdom Rush.

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#7 Radiant Defense

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4.0 Rating, 17 MB. in app purchases, 0 ads. Offline Friendly. Download Here.
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In terms of Tower Defense games, Radiant Defense does not disappoint. It looks pretty, the mechanics work, and you can set up the map however you want. But the issue is that it's just that. After a while, it will get kind of boring because it is the same kind of enemy level after level.

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While there are benefits to playing this game, like it working with Android TV, it should serve mostly as a way to refresh the Tower Defense genre for you with the art direction and style. But since there is a paywall inside the game (you have to pay to unlock certain towers), this isn't something that would be played endlessly.

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The game itself is a light download with a total game size of 17 mb. The economy supporting it is in-app purchases as the developers decided not to opt for ads, which seems like a nice touch -- until you reach the said paywall for more towers.

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Anyways, number 6 might be a game you are familiar with, Castle Defense.

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#8 Bloons TD Battles

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4.3 Rating. 54 MB. Needs wi-fi to play. In-app purchases. Download Here.
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Bloons TD, from Ninja Kiwi, is a strategy game that involves monkeys throwing darts at balloons. While most of the Bloons Tower Defense series is pay-to-download, this is the free-to-play version. With 18 different maps, you play against random opponents in one of three modes: Assault, Defensive, and Battle Arena.

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In Assault Mode, the point is to send balloons to the enemy player and build your defenses against attack. For Defensive Mode, you try to outlast the competition in a never ending onslaught of balloon attacks. And with Battle Arena, players put down the medallion in-game currency as a bet with the winner taking all.

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The game itself is pretty fun, but it requires a constant internet connection to play. It's also hard to click on some places in the map, and if you disconnect it's a loss. So if you are a fan of the Bloon series on armorgames.com, then this game can be something worth playing. But if you are looking for a less cartoonish vibe, check out number 7, Radiant Defense.

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It is kind of funny how Tower Defense games started to spring up from a Warcraft Mod all those years ago. Starting with Element TD, the genre's popularity spread from the PC game to Flash games and eventually to mobile devices.

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But as with all games, you can't just take in what the developers want you to know and base your decision to play on that! There are things like having the right balance in gameplay, to being compact in download size, or even knowing if a game is really offline friendly (not all games that Google Play says are, are.)

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But with this guide of what we think are the top 8 free tower defense games on Android, it should help with your decision of what to play a bit more. That said, lets start with number 8's Bloons Series by Ninjakiwi.

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Five of the Best Android Games to Play in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/d699d/five-of-the-best-android-games-to-play-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/d699d/five-of-the-best-android-games-to-play-in-2016 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 04:37:38 -0400 MatthewA

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SoulCalibur

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For another console-quality title on the Android and iOS, check out SoulCalibur. This is one of the foremost console combat series that has made its way onto the Android with this port of the first SoulCalibur title. It is one of the best Android combat games ever in full 3D, and if anything the graphics are enhanced on the original.

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All the cast from the console game, and their special moves, have been faithfully restored in the Android and iOS versions. You can play the battle mode from the arcade version in which you battle your through each opponent that stands in your path. The game also includes a time attack and survival modes that give the gameplay a little more variety.

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This game is retailing at a hefty $13.99 on Google Play, but it doesn't include any IAPs. You'll also need to have about 226 MB of storage available on your Android device.

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Asphalt 8: Airborne

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Asphalt 8: Airborne is a high thrills racing game rated among the best titles on Android. You might have seen the trailers for this game, which has slick 3D visuals and a great physics-engine. So this is a racer filled with ramps across its various tracks that send players airborne for 360 degree jumps.

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The game has a variety of exotic locations for you to race through in single player or multiplayer mode. It includes tracks in Venice, Tokyo, Nevada Desert, San Diego Harbor, Dubai, and more besides. Unlike most racing game that have linear race tracks, in Asphalt 8's circuits you can take alternative routes that might give you a shortcut in the race.

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Asphalt 8 also has a terrific soundtrack. It includes a mix of licensed music such as Bloc Party and Mutemath & The Crystal Method.

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The best thing is that Asphalt 8 is freely available on Google Play. However, it does require a hefty 1.8 GB of internal storage. With dream cars, high-octane physics and fantastic 3D graphics, this is certainly an Android game to play in 2016.

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Dead Effect 2

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Dead Effect 2 is raising the bar for Android gaming. This sci-fi first-person shooter is a direct sequel to Dead Effect, in which Grey has killed off Wagner after discovering she was a part of a Dead Effect experiment on the ESS Meridian. The sequel has a cooperative multiplayer mode in which players can play through the game levels.

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Dead Effect 2 is pushing the boundaries of mobile gaming by making the most of Android & NVIDIA technology. With that it has stunning console-quality 3D graphics with high quality textures. Added to that is its atmospheric soundtrack and audio effects.

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There's plenty of gore in Dead Effect 2 with hordes of zombies to blast through, and it also has an interesting plot. This is a free Android game with IAPs included, and you'll need extensive storage and least one MB of RAM for it to run smoothly. You can find further details for Dead Effect 2 at its Google Play page.

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Cut the Rope: Magic

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Cut the Rope is one of the best established game series on Android with more than 800 million downloads. In Cut the Rope games, players feed candy to Om Nom by cutting ropes and collect stars. At the end of last year, the series got its latest installment with Cut the Rope: Magic.

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Cut the Rope: Magic has a new transformation element. With this transformation you can transform Om Nom into new animals. For example, you can transform into a mouse, bird, fish, or ghost. This new mechanic adds a new dimension to the gameplay.

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Aside from retaining the gripping gameplay from earlier Cut the Rope games, this addition to the series also has a little extra graphical gloss. The game has vivid colors and some great lighting effects.

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Cut the Rope: Magic is certainly getting some rave reviews on its Google Play page. This is also a freely available title, and you can add it to your tablet or mobile from this page.

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DomiNations

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DomiNations was one of the most notable new Android games of 2015.

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This is the best MMO strategy game since Clash of Clans. Its gameplay is much the same, as you build up a nation by collecting resources -- like food and gold -- and invading other nations with your army to climb the rankings.

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As a Brian Reynold's title, it is in some respects comparable to the Civilization series as it includes a tech tree and different ages to advance through. Players can advance their nation to the Space Age, and each age has its own set of Wonders to build.

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In DomiNations you can play through its single player campaigns, but it's primarily a multiplayer game. You can join alliances, and the recent World War update has added alliance wars to DomiNations. As it's freely available it offers great value, and you can add it your Android device from this page.

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Android games are getting better and better. More big publishers -- such as Square Enix, Bandai Namco, and EA -- are developing games for the platform, and tablet titles now have much better 3D visuals more comparable to consoles. These are five of the best Android games to play in 2016.

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Alto's Adventure Beginner’s Guide Tips And Tricks https://www.gameskinny.com/ji2dc/altos-adventure-beginners-guide-tips-and-tricks https://www.gameskinny.com/ji2dc/altos-adventure-beginners-guide-tips-and-tricks Wed, 02 Mar 2016 17:10:58 -0500 Justin Andress

For those of us old enough to have memories of computers that were considered “too grown up for kids,” the original Windows Entertainment Pack -- a free addition to Windows operating systems in the early ‘90s -- was a gift from God. Real classics made their first OS appearances in the Entertainment Pack (Minesweeper, ftw). The entire pack was outshone, however, by an addition to EP 3 -- the world’s first (or at least earliest notable) endless skier, SkiFree.

Adults still chasing that SkiFree high will find a good friend in Alto’s Adventure. Best of all, you don’t need to worry about that stupid, stinking Yeti ruining a perfectly good run.

Welcome to the Odyssey

Alto’s Adventure is a welcome addition to the endless runner genre. The titular Alto is a llama herder (or breeder? I don’t know llamas) who’s presumably stricken with panic after his llamas escape their pen and flee down the mountain. Alto responds by taking to his snowboard and pursuing his presumably beloved pets down the treacherous mountain face.

There’s really not a whole lot of what you’d call traditional plot structure before players are launched into the adventure, sliding, grinding and jumping their way down an endless mountain. When players hit a rock, smash into a campfire, or plummet down an endless chasm, they’re simply respawned at the top to relive the fun all over again.

If you really stop and think about it, Alto’s inevitable last moments on Earth are spent worrying about the fate of his llamas before he’s maimed in some excruciating way before being forced to relive the terror all over again … it doesn’t sound like Heaven …

At any rate, there’s a lot to love about Alto’s Adventure. The controls are easy to learn: tap the screen to jump, tap and hold to do a backflip. Done. The game is also freaking beautiful, with an alternating day and night cycle and plenty of eye-catching animations to keep even the most discerning visual snobs appeased.

Ways To Avoid An Agonizing Death

Before we begin, you should know that Alto’s Adventure revels in death. Your death. And it’s going to be a chore to avoid giving the game what it wants. It’s a super fun chore, though. Before we dive into a bunch of tips and whatnot for making sure you live as long as possible, you should know this: take chances.

You will be dying a whole lot, so you’ll need to get used to it and simply accept the fact that you will be starting over quite a bit. So, since you’ll be dying, you might as well live your short life to the fullest and take some chances while you still can.

Now, on to the tips!

Keep your eyes on the prize.

Here’s the thing about that last statement — the eye-catching animations one. Always keep your eyes on the hill in front of you. Alto’s Adventure is pretty unforgiving -- it will kill you gleefully at a moment’s notice and not feel one ounce of remorse. In other words, while it can be tempting to bask in the tranquil beauty whipping by, you should always keep your eyes on the next thing that’s waiting to kill you.

Danger is in the eye of the beholder.

Sometimes the game’s beauty can be kind of a detriment, making the most commonly annoying obstacles — things like campfires and rocks — a little more difficult to see. It’s usually just a matter of keeping alert to these perils, since avoiding them is relatively simple.

Relax about the level’s goals.

When the game begins, Alto slides past his cozy-looking ranch and hits a steep incline. Hovering in the open air above that initial drop is a set of goals — do three backflips, grind so far, reach this distance, that kind of thing. You should always keep these tasks in the back of your mind, of course, but don’t obsess over them.

Every time you start down the mountain, the path is procedurally generated -- in other words, Alto’s Adventure isn’t concerned about whatever arbitrary goals they’ve put before you. Take your opportunities when they present themselves, but keep your mind focused on survival.

Spend your coins wisely.

Okay, before we talk about the money, let’s just say this: unless you’re super into grinding — and I’m talking about replaying things over and over for the sake of a consistent, yet small reward, not sliding your board down a rail — then you should know now that coins may be plentiful, but stuff is expensive. Make sure you spend your coins wisely and consider keeping some in reserve for future unforeseen expenses.

Pay attention to the coins.

Okay, they’re really more like gears…or cogs. In any case, as he descends the mountain, Alto will find floating gold dealies standing in his path. These coins (for lack of a better word) are usually a good indication of the dangers that lie in waiting. If you’re flying down the mountainside and you see a quick arc in the gold coins, guess what? You’re going to need to jump. Coins usually serve as a good visual warning of Alto’s next hurdles.

Okay, that said …

Don’t get crazy about collecting coins.

The floating gold whatnots are all over the place, so you don’t need to worry a whole lot about trying to rack them up. Listen, Alto’s Adventure is a bit of a grind. Results won’t come quickly, so you’re going to need to derive your joy from zipping down an endlessly changing mountainside.

This goes for coin magnets and hover feathers, too. You’ll inevitably gather TONS of gold coins and other bonuses as you play, so it’s best to just work on achieving the single most important goal for success in Alto’s Adventure.

Survive.

Work on snowboarding for longer and longer distances. Don’t worry about gathering coins. Don’t worry about hitting backflips (though definitely try to knock them out when possible). Just worry about getting as far down the mountain as possible, because you will die. A lot. Opportunities for sweet tricks and excellent cash grabs will present themsleves. You just need to be alive to see it. Just survive.

Oh, and persevere.

If you manage to stay alive long enough, you can unlock some pretty neat stuff in your quest to wrangle some llamas. Actually, you can play as a freaking llama (starts around 15:50), as well as a few other characters once you progress. And that time is actually well spent. If you can somehow divorce yourself from the gamer’s desire to constantly level up, then Alto’s Adventure is a somewhat peaceful experience that offers a consistent challenge, an ever-changing route, and all the beautiful visuals your phone can handle.

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