Bluestacks Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Bluestacks RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network How to Zoom In and Out on Bluestacks on PC Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:56:58 -0400 Ashley Shankle

If there's one function the Android emulator Bluestacks needs to make more obvious, it's the ability to two-finger touch and swipe. A huge amount of games allow you to zoom in and out via pinching your fingers together or swiping them apart on the screen.

If you've ever given up on emulating a particular Android game because you weren't sure how to zoom in or out, you'll be free of that restriction soon enough.

There are two methods PC users can use to imitate pinching and outward swiping to zoom in and out in games on Bluestacks. These are:

  • Hold the Ctrl key while pressing the - key to zoom out and the + key to zoom in
  • Hold the Ctrl key while scrolling up or down using the mouse wheel

This works in any game that innately has a zoom in and zoom out function, but does not work on games that do not allow you to zoom.

Bluestacks has several keybinding functions. Some games have keyboard layout presets already available when you first launch the game (such as Lineage 2: Revolution), but most require you to set the keys yourself if you want to use the keyboard.

You can set up custom keybindings using the keyboard icon  on the bottom left of the Bluestacks window. Unfortunately you can't use this function to set your preferred camera zooming method, but holding Ctrl and scrolling the mouse wheel is pretty simple.

There are a lot of reasons to use an emulator like Nox or Bluestacks -- perhaps your phone can't run a game, or you prefer to play your shooters on PC -- but not knowing how to do a function as simple as pinching in or out to zoom is a big enough reason not to bother. Luckily now you do know how to do it, so go forth and emulate!

How to Play Dissidia Opera Omnia on PC Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:35:55 -0500 Nilufer Gadgieva

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia is a free-to-play mobile game on both iOS and Android. The combination of beautiful graphics, fine details, a variety of characters, and customizable teams makes for a refreshing alternative to the main installments.

Story-wise, the game is related to Dissidia NT; however, the game takes on the traditional RPG format rather than team-based fighting (although the latter did incorporate similar features, such as team attacks, segregated HP/BP damage and more). Heroes and villains of the Final Fantasy franchise come together in this turn-based combat RPG.

While it is mainly a mobile game, it is possible to enjoy it on PC in an easy, hassle-free way. Just follow the steps below!

How to play Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia on PC for Windows/Mac

  1. Install a compatible Android emulator such as Bluestacks. Note that the Nox emulator will not support the game. Other great alternatives include Remix OS and Andy OS. 
  2. Launch the program, navigate to the App center, and open Google Playstore.
  3. Search for the game in the search engine; take care to type out the full title.
  4. Download and install the game.
  5. Locate it in the App center. 
  6. Click and play to your heart's content!

If you happen to come across an issue with downloading/installing the game via Playstore, you can download it as an APK file on either PC or the emulator, and it should install and run successfully. Simply search it up on any search engine, and it should pop up. 

And that's it -- you can enjoy the game on the big screen with little to no fuss at all. Stay tuned for more guides on GameSkinny!


How to Play Lineage 2 Revolution on PC Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:42:52 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Let's be real: Lineage 2: Revolution is best played on PC, at least for most people.

I say this for a few reasons, which we'll get to here shortly, but don't think you have to play on ONLY your mobile device or ONLY your computer. You can hop between your phone or tablet and PC by making sure your Google or Facebook account is linked to your Lineage 2: Revolution account.

Why play on PC?

There are some distinct benefits to playing on PC rather than your phone, and there are some decent reasons to play on both platforms.

  1. The game will most likely run better on your computer than your phone
  2. You get to see more on the screen, and it's not all tiny and hard to read
  3. The UI is definitely easier to deal with on a bigger screen
  4. You can use the keyboard to play instead of tapping
  5. Swapping between mobile and PC lets you grind on the go while doing your serious playing on keyboard + mouse

Those all sound like pretty good reasons to me, especially for an MMORPG.

How to play Lineage 2: Revolution on PC

Considering how niche Android emulation is and how irritating it used to be, you may be surprised that Android emulation is actually easier than ever on the end user. You can easily get an emulator running and hop right on, provided you have at least 4GB of RAM.

There are two Android emulators people use today: Nox and BlueStacks.

I don't have any experience with Nox (official site), but I have been playing Revolution (and ArcheAge Begins) via BlueStacks on PC, and it is easy as can be. I've heard using Nox is similarly easy, but I'll be focusing on BlueStacks and its convenience for the sake of this article. Both options are free in any case.

You can download BlueStacks from its official site, on which you very well may see a banner for the game. I recommend downloading it from this section of the site to avoid compatibility issues.

Once you get BlueStacks downloaded and installed, you can search for Lineage 2: Revolution in the bar at the top right and download the game. After it's installed, you can hop right on and start playing -- make sure you log in with the same Google or Facebook account you attached to the game on your mobile device.

BlueStacks compatibility issue - Solutions

These solutions were provided by the BlueStacks team themselves, but we're going to touch on them here.

Downloading the right client

Some users are reporting that Google Play says Lineage 2: Revolution is not compatible with BlueStacks.

To avoid this, it is especially important to download the game via the recommended link. If you downloaded from the front page of the site, uninstall and download the game again using the above link. If that doesn't work, there are some other options you can try.

Adjusting settings for less than 4GB of RAM

This part is not necessary for everyone. You may have to adjust the emulator's memory usage if your PC has less than 4GB of RAM.

You can do this by clicking the downward arrow at the top right of the emulator and then clicking on Settings.

From here click on Engine.

If your "Memory (MB)" section says less than 1800 MB, scale it up to exactly 1800 MB. Restart the program.

From here (this is important), you then must delete the data and cache for the Google Play Store.

There are two ways to go about this: either download and run this executable from BlueStacks (the page it's linked on is also linked above), or do it a little more directly by following these steps:

  1. Go to the Home tab
  2. Click on 'System App'
  3. Click on 'Settings'
  4. Click on 'Apps'
  5. Find 'Google Play services,' click it, and then click on 'Clear data'
  6. Find 'Google Play Store,' click it, and then click on 'Clear data'
  7. Restart BlueStacks

Don't let the help bits in the second half of this article deter you from trying to run Lineage 2 Revolution on BlueStacks. If you download the right client and make sure to adjust the emulator's memory usage before even trying to download it, you should be in the clear to play on PC.