Ios Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Ios RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Exciting Plans Ahead for Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links https://www.gameskinny.com/59u7v/exciting-plans-ahead-for-yu-gi-oh-duel-links https://www.gameskinny.com/59u7v/exciting-plans-ahead-for-yu-gi-oh-duel-links Tue, 09 Oct 2018 15:32:58 -0400 Joey Marrazzo

Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links was back at New York Comic Con this year showing off the newest 5D's World which just released at the end of September. 

I was lucky enough to chat with the Senior Producer Kenichi Kataoka to discuss future plans for the game. 

Yu-Gi-Oh fans have been looking for the game to add a draft mode. Kataoka responded to that by saying that it has been brought up before and the team is currently brainstorming ideas on how they can bring it to Duel Links. 

Yu-Gi-Oh is known for having an incredible story arch whether it is in the manga or the anime, but Duel Links does not have a narrative arc in the game. According to Kataoka, that might be changing soon. In 2019, they will be releasing a new story narrative based in the 5D's world that was released in September.

You have been able to find Duel Links on iOS and Android devices but recently it was added to your computers through Steam. The community has grown by 50% since its launch on the platform, but don't get excited about being able to use mods or hack the game to get a better deck. Cheating means a quick ban, as it should.

You can play Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links and its newest 5D's update on iOS, Android and Steam. I would like to thank Kenichi Kataoka for taking the time to speak with me.

If you were at NYCC, did you stop by the Yu-Gi-Oh booth and play the trading card game or play Duel Links on those giant monitors? If you did, let us know in the comments and how you did!

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Mobile Gaming Dominated iOS App Store in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/97gcn/mobile-gaming-dominated-ios-app-store-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/97gcn/mobile-gaming-dominated-ios-app-store-in-2017 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:19:02 -0500 It's Gavin!

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

 

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

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

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

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Crazy Dreamz: MagiCats Edition Review -- Don't Even Waste Your Time https://www.gameskinny.com/ct30h/crazy-dreamz-magicats-edition-review-dont-even-waste-your-time https://www.gameskinny.com/ct30h/crazy-dreamz-magicats-edition-review-dont-even-waste-your-time Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:01:24 -0500 buymymixtape123

In a world where even indie studios are making games that are rivaling or are even better than Triple-A games, you should be able to make something at least playable or fun. Dreamz Studio failed to do either with the buggy and poorly made game that is Crazy Dreamz: MagiCats Edition.

Crazy Dreamz: MagiCats Edition is a free to play platformer with a few good aspects to note, but sadly the bad vastly outweigh the good.

The Good

The game has a creator feature in it, which allows you to create and share your own custom-made levels with people around the world. What really stands out about the creator mode is the game's best feature: the ability to create custom code for parts of your level. You are able to code different NPCs to do what you want them to do, and it is very similar to real coding. Let's say you are trapped in a room at the start of the level, and you want the rat with the giant sword to help the player out of the room and to talk to the player -- well, you can just program the rat to do exactly that. This is a pretty unique feature and more game should try to do something similar.

Good ol' coding!

Another great aspect of Crazy Dreams: MagiCats Edition are the levels that people create. Some of them can be very challenging and creative, and it's fun to see what people come up with.

The Bad

This game is very unoptimized on iOS and has game breaking bugs that make some levels unplayable. I couldn't even play the tutorial because every time I would start up the first tutorial, it would not let me move and none of the controls would pop up on the screen. I tried to wait it out for a few minutes to see if anything would happen, but nothing ever did, which led me to not knowing how to play for the first 40 minutes of the game.

Still waiting for the tutorial to load...

Another problem was dying to things that shouldn't kill you. My character jumped at a wall trying to climb it, but instead died for no reason. When doing that same jump, he survived and was able to climb it. This random dying is extremely problematic in hard levels where you would have to redo a difficult segment again.

Also, the controls are very wonky and unresponsive at times, but this is a problem I have with a lot of mobile games and this may not be a problem in the PC port. 

One of the most annoying things about the game is the Unity ad that plays every four times you die. I understand that ad revenue is a great source of income for a free to play game, but this takes you out of the game and makes you just want to just exit the app. They should find a better way to place ads in the game, and at least have some variety to it, because you will see that same Unity ad a lot on difficult levels where you die a lot.

Just imagine seeing this 40 times in a hour.

One of the biggest flaws of Crazy Dreamz: MagiCats Edition is that it does nothing special for the platforming genre to make it stand out, even with the coding aspect. Instead, you could be playing something like Super Mario Maker -- even though it may lake the intricate coding system, it still does everything else this game does, but better and in a more polished manner.

Overall, Crazy Dreamz: MagiCats Edition is mess that needed more work put into it. I wouldn't even recommend downloading the game for free in its current state. It has a lot of potential but it just falls flat.

Note: A review copy of this game was provided.

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5 Weirdly Awesome Japanese Mobile Games You Need To Try https://www.gameskinny.com/t7efo/5-weirdly-awesome-japanese-mobile-games-you-need-to-try https://www.gameskinny.com/t7efo/5-weirdly-awesome-japanese-mobile-games-you-need-to-try Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:00:02 -0500 Azreen_Azmi

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From cat stacking to idol dancing, these uniquely Japanese mobile games are definitely awesome to play. Now, what are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor and head over to their iTunes or Google Play page and download them immediately!

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If you rather play mobile games that are already available, check out the 7 scariest games that you can play on your mobile phone right now!

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Is there a mobile game that you hope to be released outside of Japan? Let us know in the comments below!

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Uta No Prince-sama Shining Live
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Developed by KLAB, the people behind the widely popular Bleach Brave Souls, Uta no Prince-sama Shining Live is a mobile rhythm game based on the widely popular anime series, Uta no Prince-sama.

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Similar to Love Live School Idol Festival, the game lets you collect character cards and play songs based on the anime. The game also features the anime’s idol units, STARFISH and Quartet Night, along with their songs. Despite being a rhythm game, Shining Live boasts a deep story mode with characters rendered in the Live2d animation system.

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Now, technically, this one is a bit of a cheat since the game is currently only available in Japan but an English version is being planned for release.

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Battle Cats
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Japan is not kitten around when it comes to games about cats. Battle Cats is definitely one of the more outlandish -- and fun-- mobile games.

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Developed by PONOS, Battle Cats is a tower defense game that’s free-to-play on both Android and iOS. In the game, you command an army of weirdly cute cats and wreak havoc on the world by battling various monsters. With the combination of addictive gameplay and bizarre humor, Battle Cats has amassed quite a rabid fanbase despite not being officially released outside of Japan.

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The iOS version has been updated to an English version but the Android version is still in Japanese.

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Moyashibito DX
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You know it's a weird Japanese game when the entire premise of the game is for you to harvest bean sprouts with weird faces. Everything from old men moyashi that have a desire to someday become artists, to moyashi that have pompadours, because why not, to moyashi that are also part bonsai tree, which confuses me more than moyashi growing hair for some reason. 

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Moyashibito DX (which stands for Delicious Xtacy) is the sequel to the surprisingly popular Moyashibito - Fun Game For Free, that was developed by Goodroid,Inc. The game basically has you harvesting different kinds of bean sprouts (over 50 kinds apparently). While also tasking you with watering the moyashi to help them grow. 

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Moyashibito DX's gameplay is a simple yet super-addictive loop of watering the bean sprouts and pulling them out when they've grown. It's sweet and simple while also being weird and somewhat unsettling. 

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MewMew Tower
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In Japan, games with cats aren't just a thing, they're practically their own genre. Okay, maybe that's a smidge dramatic, but while there are a number of weird cat games out there, MewMew Tower stands out thanks to its absurd premise.

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In MewMew Tower, all you have to do is just stack your cats. That’s it! The simple nature of the gameplay is what makes it uniquely addictive. Trying to stack one cat after another, each with their own unique shapes and sizes, can get pretty exciting. The higher you get, the harder it becomes to balance your tower of cats, which could end up in a cat-tastrophe (I will not apologize!).

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The game is available for both Android and iOS but only the iOS version is available internationally. Although it’s not fully translated, the game's simple nature makes this less of a problem than it'd be for other games. 

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Battle Champs (Little Noah)
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Right off the bat, we have Japan's take on the popular Clash of Clans style game with Battle Champs (or Little Noah as it's known in Japan). Developed by BlazeGames, Battle Champs stands out among the slew of real-time strategy games with its clever infusion of JRPG elements.

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Fans of Japanese RPG games will surely be attracted to the art design as it's headed by Akihiko Yoshida, the man behind big JRPGs such as Final Fantasy Tactics, Vagrant Story, and Bravely Default. With a perfect blend of recognizable yet refreshingly unique art, Battle Champs' character designs are absolutely adorable. The main protagonist, Nia, is a particular standout due to her mad scientist outfit.

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Of course, the gameplay is equally as good. You can expect to spend hours building and battling monsters while you unlock new job classes and build up your army of champs.

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Whether it be the anti-idol, metal group featuring 3 teenage girls, Babymetal, or things involving tentacles which we won't discuss further, Japan is known as the mecca for all things weird and awesome. Mobile games are no exception and you can bet that they have some weirdly awesome titles.

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From surprisingly robust JRPGs to weird puzzle games based on cats (and trust me, there are a lot of them), Japan’s mobile game industry is a treasure trove of fun titles that are uniquely Japanese. Now, finding the good ones can be overwhelming if you don’t speak a lick of Japanese but worry not, here are five games that you should definitely check out.

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If you’re ready to lose hours of your life with these games, then read on!

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Love Monument Valley? Here are 7 iOS Games with a Similar Aesthetic https://www.gameskinny.com/1gf1b/love-monument-valley-here-are-7-ios-games-with-a-similar-aesthetic https://www.gameskinny.com/1gf1b/love-monument-valley-here-are-7-ios-games-with-a-similar-aesthetic Sun, 26 Nov 2017 12:39:45 -0500 Lauren Harris

Monument Valley was a puzzle game with a beautiful aesthetic that set the tone for a more personal experience. It had a touching story, and the game's puzzles were always interesting to solve -- the game always felt like it had a purpose.

If you're looking to scratch that Monument Valley itch, here are a few games that might do the trick.

Two Dots

Two Dots has a similar aesthetic to Monument Valley with its beautiful design and colorful puzzles. Even though all players need to do is to connect dots together, the puzzles become harder as you get farther along in the game. If you've played Dots then you’ll really enjoy Two Dots.

Download Two Dots on iTunes.

Price: Free

Lonely Sun

Lonely Sun is an interesting game that's about bringing the environment together. The player has to go through hand-crafted levels on five different planets, each with amazing visuals and their own unique dangers.

The game focuses on life and the hurdles you'll face to get to where you want to goIn that sense, Lonely Suns is similar to Monument Valley because both games are about dealing with your own personal feelings and overcoming obstacles that we deal with everyday. Lonely Suns teaches you that patience is key to greatness -- creating a beautiful solar system won't just happen overnight.

Download Lonely Suns from iTunes.

Price: $1.99

Lunar Flowers

Lunar Flowers is an atmospheric puzzle game that possesses the same stunning visual quality that Monument Valley has, making it an absolute pleasure to solve many of the game's brain teasers. The game seems to admire and appreciate beauty, giving it a feeling of mystery and peacefulness.

Download the game on iTunes.

Price: Free

Lara Croft GO

Tomb Raider might be the last thing on your mind when you're thinking of games similar to Monument Valley, but this iOS turn-based puzzle game bears many resemblances. Like Monument ValleyLara Craft GO combines puzzle-solving and exploration in order to create a world you want to learn more about -- and you can do just that in Lara Croft GO by unlocking ancient artifacts and relics.

Download Lara Craft GO from iTunes.

Price: $4.99

Mekorama

This fun and relaxing puzzle game by Martin Magni is about a tiny robot that you must help guide through fifty puzzle dioramas. Like Monument ValleyMekorama is centered around architecture and physics, where the player can use physics and building blocks to maneuver their tiny robot through the puzzles.

Download Mekorama from iTunes.

Price: Free

Dream Machine: The Game

Dream Machine is a beautiful puzzle game that has the player escaping from a cold factory in order to free themselves into a fantasy world. Like Monument Valley, the colors and the art create a wonderful atmosphere, making the hand-crafted levels a joy to explore.

Download Dream Machine: The Game from iTunes.

Price: $1.99

Ghosts of Memories

Last but not least, Ghosts of Memories is a an adventure puzzle game with 21 levels spread out across 6 different worlds. Just like in Monument Valley, the player will travel and uncover different paths and solve mysterious puzzles to progress in this game.

Ghosts of Memories creates breathtaking landscapes by combining beautiful 2D artwork in a 3D environment which goes a long way in capturing the mood and atmosphere of the worlds traveled.

Download Ghosts of Memories from iTunes.

Price: $0.99

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Although these seven games aren't exactly like Monument Valley, they all share a similar tone or geometric aesthetic that Monument Valley is so well-known for. They all consist of puzzle solving and exploration (usually through ruins), and the beautiful visuals of all the games are matched only by their stories.

Do you know of any other games like Monument Valley? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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Immortal Conquest's Charity Campaign begins with 10,000 players already signed up https://www.gameskinny.com/9d228/immortal-conquests-charity-campaign-begins-with-10000-players-already-signed-up https://www.gameskinny.com/9d228/immortal-conquests-charity-campaign-begins-with-10000-players-already-signed-up Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:51:43 -0400 UltimateWarriorNot

Mobile developer NetEase’s Nerd Vs. Veteran charity battle in Immortal Conquest is officially underway. A total of $15,000 dollars is up for grabs and will be donated to the winning factions chosen charity.

As both sides prepare their forces for combat, interested players can join specific Discord servers for either the Nerd or Veteran alliance. Over 10,000 players are fighting in this contest, and the match is still going strong. The battle allows both sides to show differing strategies while keeping up friendly competition for charity. 

While both sides fight to conquer Delphi, both Leaders have been formally introduced. Rapper Dan Bull and Stack-Up CEO Stephen Machuga might be the Ambassadors to both sides, but the players leading the fight are DayDreamZ and Dan Wise (aka. Little Lewbowsky). DayDreamz is celebrated for being one of the most elite strategy gamers by ranking in the top 10 in Clash of Kings, as well as being a noted strategy gamer on YouTube. Dan Wise is straight from the Pentagon after two deployments to Iraq, he’s an avid strategy gamer with skills in logistics and development.

Nerds and Veterans are fighting to conquer the city of Delphi in-game, a city notorious for its difficulty. Nerds began in Asgard, while Veterans began in Vanaheim. If either side is unable to take the city by the deadline, the winner will be chosen by the team with the most regional capitals. If it’s a tie, the money will be split evenly for both sides to donate to their preferred charity. The contest began with a $30,000 donation from Netease, the developers of Immortal Conquest, to Stack-Up: a charity dedicated to sending games to deployed soldiers and returning veterans.

Immortal Conquest is a strategy game that is heavily focused on the complexities of war, letting players create cities, build armies, and expand their territory to rule the world. Each in-game season resets the world, letting players fight for dominance. Interested gamers can download Immortal Conquest for free on iOS and Android.

Will you be joining the Nerd vs. Veteran fight? Let us know in the comments, or talk to us on Facebook.

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7 Best Mobile Roguelikes You Can Play Right Now https://www.gameskinny.com/pcisf/7-best-mobile-roguelikes-you-can-play-right-now https://www.gameskinny.com/pcisf/7-best-mobile-roguelikes-you-can-play-right-now Wed, 24 May 2017 18:26:22 -0400 Erroll Maas

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Some roguelikes have a difficult learning curve, while others are easy to learn but hard to master. Those seen on this list all have their similarities and differences, but are all roguelike games at their core. 

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While playing these games on other devices would probably prove to be beneficial, having these games available on mobile devices gives players an alternative option to their console counterparts. No matter which one mobile gamers are most interested in, hopefully, they'll be able to provide an enjoyable experience.

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Ananias

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Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: $4.99

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Ananias is a game that released in February and was developed by Slashware S.A.S.

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In Ananias, players explore five different worlds and engage in turn-based combat by choosing one of eight different player classes -- with four "Legendary" classes added in the Fellowship Edition. Each class has been designed with their own playing style, with some being more combat oriented and others using magic spells from four separate types of magic. As players progress, they will encounter various monsters that can be recruited by using certain spells. 

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In the story of Ananias, an evil serpent named Kramora has been released from the underworld. The last hope to defeat it is a hidden magic ring that holds the power of the ancient king, Ananias, which the player will be searching for as long as they can survive the dangers that await them.

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The art style of Ananias isn't quite exactly pixel art, but is similar to certain computer games of the late 80's, such as Drakkhen.

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Ananias is a great choice for any mobile gamer or roguelike fan who wants a good nostalgia kick from the computer games of the past.

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Sproggiwood

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Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: $4.99

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Developed by Freehold Games and released in 2014, Sproggiwood breaks the roguelike genre down to its core parts: six different unlockable customizable character classes -- Farmer, Warrior, Archer, Thief, Wizard, and Vampire -- plenty of items and weapons to collect, and procedurally generate dungeons with monsters and traps that combine to provide distinct tactical challenges. Each dungeon dive follows the heroic rise of one adventurer from your civilization. Journey through teeming forests, haunted swamps, teetering cliffs, and glacial mazes to uncover your civilization's whole story. *A wondrous and humorous setting inspired by Finnish mythology

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Each dungeon dive follows the heroic rise of one adventurer from your civilization. Journey through teeming forests, haunted swamps, teetering cliffs, and glacial mazes to uncover your civilization's whole story. 

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In Sproggiwood, players start out as a simple farmer from an island known as Clog. The player character is then led through a strange portal by a talking sheep. The character then becomes a prisoner of Sproggi, and the rest is history from there.

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The art style of Sproggiwood is much unique when compared to many other roguelikes, which helps it stand out amongst the rest. It's hard to explain without use of the word "adorable," but just play the game and you'll see what I mean. 

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Sproggiwood is a charming and humorous roguelike that should be recommended to any mobile gamers interested in the genre.

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Tallowmere

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Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: $0.99

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Tallowmere was developed by Chris Mcfarland and released in 2015. It is unique in that it's one of the few sidescrolling roguelikes available on mobile devices.

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In Tallowmere, one of the player's most important weapons is his or her shield, which they can raise to block enemy attacks or lower to strike foes when the timing is right. The player will also collect weapons, outfits, headgear, and more powerful shields as they search for the key to the next room. As with most Souls inspired games, souls from defeated enemies allow the player to increase their character's stats and abilities.

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The player will also collect weapons, outfits, headgear, and more powerful shields as they search for the key to the next room. As with most Souls inspired games, souls from defeated enemies allow the player to increase their character's stats and abilities.

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Tallowmere's art style is unique: characters are drawn in a pixelated format, while backgrounds and set pieces are rendered in a three-dimensional style, which helps make it easier to distinguish enemies and items.

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Tallowmere would be a great game for any Souls series fans who want to try playing a roguelike on their mobile device. The story of Tallowmere is minimal, but one of survival. How far can you make it through Lady Tallowmere's dungeons? 

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Wayward Souls

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Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: $6.99

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In Wayward Souls, players choose one of six different characters -- Warrior, Mage, Rogue, Adventurer, Spellsword, and Cultist -- who all have their own unique playstyles, abilities, and equipment. Each character can also find equipment that will change or enhance their playstyles. On top of that, players will journey through 13 different area types, each with a variety of different enemies, traps, and rare encounters, which can kill them and steal all their items if they're not careful. 

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The bosses and overarching story of Wayward Souls are the same for all six characters. The tower featured in the game has been cursed after its residents stumbled across evil magical relics. But as the overall story is the same for each character, each of the six characters has their own separate story as well. These are unveiled through text interludes between sections and scripted encounters.

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The art style is inspired by games like Secret of Mana and Chrono Trigger and adds a bit of charm to this otherwise standard roguelike. Wayward Souls would be a good pick for any mobile gamer who enjoys Super Nintendo-era RPG graphics and a variety of different gameplay styles.

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Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition

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Platforms: iOS
Price: $4.99

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Crypt of the NecroDancer -- a game developed by Brace Yourself Games and released in 2016 -- is perhaps the most unique game on this list. In it, players move their character to music -- either with the game's original soundtrack or their own iTunes library. 

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Unlike traditional roguelikes, the player can only move or attack when they execute an action to the beat of the music. As with most rhythm games, each successful movement boosts a coin-scoring multiplier. If the player fails to match the beat, they will not be directly harmed in most situations, but the scoring multiplier will be reset and the character may be harmed by a nearby monster if they are in their attack path. When (or if) the character's health meter depletes, the game ends.

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In addition to various temporary items that are lost upon player death, there are permanent character ability enhancements that can be purchased in the game's lobby. 

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Crypt of the NecroDancer also has quite a story, which adds to the game's replay value, and due to its ability to play and utilize music from the players iTunes library, it's addicting gameplay, and it's Super Nintendo RPG isometric graphics, players should have a ton of fun jamming to this game.

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Pixel Dungeon

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Platforms: Android & iOS
Price: Free

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In this 2015 game developed by Watabou, players explore the eponymous area as one of four classes -- Warrior, Mage, Rogue, and Huntress, -- to collect various items and fight formidable foes while hoping to find the Amulet of Yendor. As with most roguelikes, permadeath is a key feature in this game, and when players die, they lose all of the items gained from their past run.

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Pixel Dungeon has a bit of a story, mostly provided through text summaries given before each stage, which range from dungeons and caves to even a dwarven metropolis. But overall, the story elements in this roguelike are light. 

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The art style of Pixel Dungeon is generic pixel art -- which doesn't make it stand out much -- but players should be having such an enjoyable time with the gameplay that the art style will be nothing but an afterthought.

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

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Platforms: iOS
Price: $14.99

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From the creator of Super Meat Boy comes the Legend of Zelda- inspired nightmare fuel known as The Binding of Isaac. An RPG shooter roguelike with some truly grotesque imagery and controversial anti-religious themes, The Binding of Isaac is a great game overall.

In The Binding of Isaac, the player takes the role of the titular character as he journeys through various dungeons and faces the horrors that await him. Certain items can change Isaac’s form and give him powerful abilities, while most items gained will be lost once the player is killed.

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is an enhanced remake with a new game engine, all-new hand-drawn pixel style artwork, an all-new soundtrack, and plenty of revamped enhancements. Offering more 500 hours of gameplay, this game would be hard for any mobile gamer to put down.

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Roguelikes are growing in popularity. From games like Enter the Gungeon to recent sidescrollers like Flinthook, the number of roguelike games releasing each year is seemingly infinite. Predicated on journeying through procedurally generated levels that predominantly showcase tile-based graphics, Roguelikes have carved a niche for themselves, especially with players that take permadeath seriously. 

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There are a handful of roguelikes on each console, but most seem to start on the PC before moving over. Once these games gain good enough reception, they're typically ported to consoles or mobile devices. 

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And although your Android or iPhone may not be the best device on which to play roguelikes, there are tons of great games that exploit those devices' best features. So if you're a heavy mobile gamer and would like to take a chance at playing some truly punishing roguelike games, here are 7 great entries you can choose from right now. 

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The 5 Best Mobile Games of 2017 So Far https://www.gameskinny.com/5197x/the-5-best-mobile-games-of-2017-so-far https://www.gameskinny.com/5197x/the-5-best-mobile-games-of-2017-so-far Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:00:02 -0400 Erroll Maas

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Mobile games may not be the best category of video games, but it's easy to see that the quality of mobile games are getting better as more enjoyable and better quality mobile games are being released more often.

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If companies continued this trend, as well as making barriers for entry a bit stronger, than mobile gaming could see a rise in the number of players who prefer to play video games on their mobile devices.

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Pokémon GO (Updated)

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Android and iOS
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Pokémon GO may have released last year, but it just had a big update this year with some new features.

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Other than a few tweaks to the games already present system, such as improving how hatching eggs work and balancing how difficult certain Pokémon are to catch, the most important new feature, is that now Pocket Monsters introduced in the second generation of games (Gold, Silver, and Crystal versions), are now available to find and capture.

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Pokémon GO may have seemed like a short fad, but the monster catching mobile game is still being written about often and plenty of people are continuing their Pokémon catching adventures. According to Forbes, as of April 5th, Pokémon GO  has about 65 million monthly active players.

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Even though players may not be as active as they are in other games, it's still impressive how many people keep coming back to catch Pokémon.

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Get in on Google Play or the App Store.

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Kingdom Hearts Union X (Cross)

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Android and iOS
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Kingdom Hearts Union X is the long awaited multiplayer update/sequel to Kingdom Hearts Unchained x.

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Union X continues the story from Unchained x, part of which was turned in a cinematic for Kingdom Hearts 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue, and will be important to the story of Kingdom Hearts 3.

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All gameplay from Unchained x is still present, and save data will be transferred over, while  new players can still make their own avatars and choose their faction.  Battles are also still the same, continuing the use a card selecting mechanic with special medals representing different Disney characters.

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The main new feature Union X  introduces is a multiplayer option. Players are now able to join with up to five members of their party and take on quests and battle Raid Bosses. 

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Union X is the second game in the Kingdom Hearts franchise to feature a multiplayer option, the first of which was 2009's Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for the Nintendo DS, and the first to feature online multiplayer.

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This may be a sign Kingdom Hearts 3 may have a multiplayer option as well, but for now this is what fans will have to play to tide themselves over.

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Get it on the Google Play or the App Store.

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Power Rangers Legacy Wars

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Android and iOS
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This mobile fighting game was released alongside the brand new movie, and unlike movie tie-in games of the past, it's actually decent.

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Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is a fighting game where you can play as almost any ranger or main villain from the franchises 23 year history. You only start with three characters, but as you progress through the game, you can unlock more characters by buying them with in-game currency or completing certain challenges.

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Not only is it a surprisingly fun mobile fighting game as well as a treat for any Power Rangers fan, but it has also managed to be the best Power Rangers game released this year. The previously released, Power Rangers Mega Battle, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One got less than stellar reviews and ironically looks more like a mobile game than Legacy Wars.

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Hopefully we'll get to see a console version of Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, or at least something similar, soon enough.

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Get it on Google Play or the App Store.

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Fire Emblem Heroes

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Android and iOS
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Nintendo's  most recent mobile spin-off game is based on one of their currently most popular franchises. In Fire Emblem Heroes, players can make a team of up to four different characters to fight against enemies in  the single player mode or to battle other players in PVP mode.

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 The in-game currency in Fire Emblem Heroes can be spent to obtain new characters, be used to fully heal and revive all of the player's units, or to give an experience boost or gain stamina.

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Fire Emblem Heroes also introduces three brand new characters available as soon as players begin the game, with plenty of other characters available to unlock.  A handful of other characters have been added since release as well, and even more may be on the way in the near future.

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With more main series Fire Emblem games on the way, Fire Emblem Heroes is sure to see plenty more updates in the future.

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Get it on Google Play or the App Store.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

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Android and iOS
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Duel Links has all voice actors of the original series returning to reprise their roles. A feature even the most recent console Yu-Gi-Oh! game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist -- which follows the story of each Yu-Gi-Oh! series-- doesn't have. 

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The duels in Duel Links are designed to be quicker, having a few differences from the actual card game by ommiting or changing certain rules or cards. Making duels faster also makes them a bit more difficult, since you may have less time to stall your opponent if you're in a tight spot

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Each character has different skills attached to them, such as always having a field card activated, or  being able to start  off with a life point boost, with more skills unlocked as characters level up. There are also easily skipped CG animations when characters summon their signature monsters. 

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Duel Links can only be played with an online connection, but would be better if it also had an offline mode.

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 Duel Links provides a fun mobile game for  Yu-Gi-Oh fans, but even after a handful of updates, still has plenty of room for improvement.

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And if you're having trouble, we have guides for beating Yami Bakura and the best ways to gain experience points, as well as a list of other games for you to try if you enjoy Duel Links but want to play something new.

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Get it on Google Play or the App Store.

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Video games released for mobile devices typically get a bad rep. The mobile market is filled to the brim with barely functioning ports, sub-par spin-off games, pay-to-win traps that try to steal your money, and other cardinal sins of gaming. But the low barrier to entry for mobile keeps allowing more and more terrible games to hit digital storefronts in Google Play and the App Store.

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In recent years, we have seen a rise in enjoyable mobile games -- especially with companies like Bethesda and Nintendo taking a chance with the mobile game market. Even so, there still doesn't seem to be that many quality mobile games quite yet. Or at least, not enough to outweigh all the bad ones that still burden the market. 

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But so far, 2017 has actually been a promising year for mobile games, and we've seen some very well made titles released in the last few months. Here are five of this year's best games, which are available to download right now. 

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How to Find the Lazy River in Club Penguin Island https://www.gameskinny.com/ca44t/how-to-find-the-lazy-river-in-club-penguin-island https://www.gameskinny.com/ca44t/how-to-find-the-lazy-river-in-club-penguin-island Sun, 16 Apr 2017 13:54:50 -0400 Paige McGovern

After Club Penguin’s shutdown on March 29, all penguins set sail for Club Penguin Island -- Disney’s mobile-only adaption that launched worldwide the same day. On April 7, the official Twitter thanked the over one million fans who signed up on the Android and iOS app.

But one of the important new features of Club Penguin Island are its Daily Challenges, which consist of assigned player activities that must be completed daily. Some of these challenges are for a single penguin, but others require the whole community to pitch in.

The lazy river is a part of four daily challenges:

  • Whoa Cocoa (Single player) -- Penguins must drink hot cocoa while tubing down the lazy river.
  • Cocoa-rific! (Community) -- 1,000 penguins must drink hot cocoa while tubing down the lazy river.
  • Want a Pizza Me? (Single player) -- Penguins must eat a slice of pizza while tubing down the lazy river.
  • Anchovy Overload (Community) -- 1,000 penguins must eat slices of pizza while tubing down the lazy river.

But where can a penguin find this lazy river to complete challenges?

It’s easy! It’s right in Coconut Cove. But floating down it in one’s tube is the real challenge.

First, make sure you have the Club Penguin Island mobile app installed. If you don’t, you can download it for your iOS or Android device. Next, make sure you have registered for an account and created your penguin.

Once you've got that all set up, starting from Beacon Boardwalk, waddle right until you reach Coconut Cove. On the far-left side of the cove, you should see a trail of shells on the sand, leading up to a wooden dock. Follow this trail. Once on the dock, move forward to the edge and jump up and across the rocks to reach the top of the waterfall. These are tricky jumps, so it may take a few tries.

Once you have successfully climbed to the top, open your inventory, find your tube, and press the action button to wear it. The default tube in Club Penguin Island is the Island Tube, but there's been several other designs implemented with the 1.2.0 update:

  • Funky Feather (unlocked at level 2)
  • Cake Cruiser (level 5)
  • Firebreather (level 7)
  • Gravitube (level 9)
  • UGGA TUBE (level 13)
  • Lifesaver (level 15)
  • Xpedition (only obtained from the "Icy Infiltration" adventure)

(Above screenshot from Club Penguin Island Island Help.) 

Once your tube of choice is equipped, jump off the waterfall to be carried down the lazy river’s gentle stream. The light blue arrows in the water indicate which way the river is flowing. Remember to have hot cocoa or pizza ready if you want to complete one of the solo challenges. When your relaxing journey has ended, simply press the action button again to stow your tube.

Unfortunately, the Daily Challenges and tubes are only available for paying members. If you don’t have a Club Penguin Island membership, you can get one now for $4.99 a month. The first seven days are free. If you’re not willing to pay -- or your membership trial has expired -- you can still locate the lazy river and follow it, but you won’t be pushed along in a tube.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for the latest Club Penguin Island tips and tricks.

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7 Hilarious Mobile Games That Will Make You Laugh Out Loud https://www.gameskinny.com/u968w/7-hilarious-mobile-games-that-will-make-you-laugh-out-loud https://www.gameskinny.com/u968w/7-hilarious-mobile-games-that-will-make-you-laugh-out-loud Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Nick Lee

If you're ever on the go and don't mind mobile gaming, take the time to download these hilarious but also fun games to take a midday break every now and then. Most of these games are pretty time consuming, however, so don't say I didn't warn you.

Call of Doodie - Run to the Office Toilet in Time

Call of Doodie, toilet

Call of Duty fans will note the similarities and blatant differences for this game from the name along. Call of Doodie allows players to control stereotypical office place employees as they get the awkward urge to get to the bathroom.

The game also adds in bonus doors that may or may not be the bathroom you desire, but no spoilers on that one. After playing this game I can attest that going to the bathroom has never given me such anxiety while I also try to explain what I'm playing on my phone (which is a bonus game really)!

Available on: iOS / Google Play

The Battle Cats

battle cats, cats

If you like cats but always felt there was an element of war and fatality missing from their daily activities, have we got the game for you. As weird as the game may seem, it's actually quite simple as you choose which cat you wish to send into battle and you even get to fire a cat cannon! Frequent updates continue to add to the game so be sure to keep playing; can't say this is PETA approved however.

Available on: iOS / Android

The Simpsons: Tapped Out

the simpsons, tapped out

If you can imagine The Sims meets actively satirizing the game format of The Sims, you've got this game. Created by the minds of The Simpsons TV show, Tapped Out comments on the absurdity of the game and even calls out EA a few times.

My favorite quotes are from Homer who will regularly say things like "Work?! I thought this was a video game" and "Aw, I wish this was a shooter." Throughout the game as iconic characters and locations seen on the show are unlocked, more comedy ensues as you level up.

Available on: iOS / Android

Llama or Duck?!

llama or duck, quiz

The game, as simple as it may sound, provides near endless entertainment as you ponder simple questions with even more simple pictures provided. Hold no shame in answering this free quiz game as you click through. Just remember, however that there is no more to this game than what the title says so don't fool yourself into thinking there might be.

As I played this I started to question, is there something more in this picture of a llama that might make it resemble a duck? Or perhaps I needed to think about ducks on a metaphysical level, in which there are no wrong answers, to truly get this game. Either way I will never admit how much time was spent playing this.

Available on: iOS / Android

KleptoCats

 

This game is both simple and rewarding, and involves mischievous cats so what's not to love? Be advised feline owners, stray away from letting your pets get any ideas from this one. You're the owner of an apartment or home in which you go from owning items and cats. The cats don't seem to enjoy you owning the former however and take it upon themselves to mess things up. The game combines both cute and funny elements as there are plenty of cats willing to rob you blind.

Available on: iOS / Android

Clumsy Ninja

clumsy ninja, ninja

While fun, this game is no joke when it comes to difficulty as it can match the best of mobile games. You take the role of a mentor or parental figure who watches as your little ninja becomes a real warrior. The game offers challenges that keeps you involved in a mix of the cute and the funny.

Available On: iOS / Android

Dumb Ways to Scare

Dumb Ways to Scare, dumb ways to, dumb, scary, scare

Following after the lighthearted tone but often dark implications of Dumb Ways to Die, this game takes you into a monster's perspective to scare people. Can't say if he'll ever be satisfied, but how could you when life's a scream? The game keeps you entertained by the absurdity of just trying to scare people in the most home-video type of way to just down right evil deeds.

Available on: iOS

These seven games span the spectrum of satire to just plain slapstick in their comedic material as they provide something for each type of mobile gamer. What's more important than a quick laugh however is each games ability to provide varying levels of interactivity. For example, The Simpsons: Tapped Out provides linear, story based, game play while Call of Doodie can be opened quickly and played with no long term effects. Granted playing that last game could have long term effects on your office to bathroom use ratio that we don't have the analytics on yet.

Are there any games we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mobile Game Chezz Actually Makes Chess Really Interesting https://www.gameskinny.com/v0wo5/mobile-game-chezz-actually-makes-chess-really-interesting https://www.gameskinny.com/v0wo5/mobile-game-chezz-actually-makes-chess-really-interesting Sat, 28 Jan 2017 10:00:01 -0500 Bryant Pereira

A new way to play an old classic is now available on mobile app stores. Chezz adds a fresh twist to the centuries-old Chess formula. There are already dozens of Chess-related apps on the mobile market, but developers QuickByte Games changed the formula just enough to make themselves stand out and better appeal to the gamers in the market.

The first thing anyone playing Chezz will notice is the modification of a major Chess rule -- turns. There are no turns in Chezz. That’s right, none. Each player is free to move any of their pieces at any time without waiting for their opponent to make a move. This opens new opportunities for players to quickly move pieces out of a square as they are about to get taken by an opposing piece. This also opens the chance for pieces to intercept others during their movement phases.

Now, this may sound like absolute madness (and it is) but as they say -- there’s method in the madness. Although there are no counted turns in Chezz, each individual piece is set by its own limitations. Not including the regular movement rules, each piece has a cooldown of a few seconds before it can move again. You can also upgrade each piece's speed or cooldown by leveling up.

In addition to the speed increase, the game offers a few extra variants to spice things up. Traps like fire pits or holes will limit piece movement, lest someone loses their piece. The board is set up differently nearly every time you play, too. From the conventional Chess set up to setting the board up diagonally with half the pieces, each game of Chezz will be different from the last.

The single player adventure mode is set up in a similar fashion to other mobile games like Candy Crush. There’s a ladder of levels you can play through that challenge you in different ways. Each level rewards you with experience points and pawns that you can use to level up and play online. The game even has boss fights and different game modes like King Protect, a survival mode where you have a set time to keep your King piece alive.

The game isn't without flaws, however. Chezz is a relatively new game on the market, and with that comes a number of bugs. Online matches can be laggy, game pieces don't always register, and there are some long ads that play between matches.

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Growing up in a home with very few family members, I didn’t have many opportunities to get into classic board games, like Chess. As someone who grew up glued to my Nintendos, the thought of playing something manual was beyond my millennial thought process. Chezz takes everything great about tabletop Chess and gears it toward gamers. It does an excellent job at teaching players the basic rules of Chess, while also rewarding players in the same ways video games do.

The elimination of turns makes Chezz more of a strategy tactics video game than it does a reemerging of a classic board game. Matches can be finished in under a minute, which means I'll be playing a lot more matches than I ever played of regular Chess. Its rules would never work with physical pieces, but in a digital environment, Chezz adds a whole new definition to the classic board game. 

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9 Most Anticipated Mobile Games for iOS in 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/kdbgo/9-most-anticipated-mobile-games-for-ios-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/kdbgo/9-most-anticipated-mobile-games-for-ios-in-2017 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:00:02 -0500 SarahKel

So, cometh the New Year, cometh a whole load of brand new games and there is a certainly going to be a lot of choice for 2017.

This is most certainly true of the iOS market, where there are always so many games, both free and premium. We all want to play those golden games that will be THE must-play games next year. We’ve done the hard work for you and found 9 of the most anticipated games of 2017. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect from them:

Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadne Conspiracy

This is the upcoming puzzle game and the seventh main entry in the Professor Layton series. The game follows a new protagonist, Lady Layton, searching for her father, Professor Layton himself.  The game will feature various puzzles for the player to solve whilst they explore the environment and progress through the game’s story. It is Lady Layton’s job, using albeit bizarre methods to become a detective and find her missing father. This game certainly adds a new and exciting twist to the Layton game series. The game is set to be released in Spring 2017.

Antioch: Scarlet Bay

The game is an online, cooperative and interactive fiction game. Play as one of two detectives attempting to solve an intriguing crime. The setting is the city of Antioch, a dark metropolis, surrounded by mountains and sea. Players need a good sense of observation, whilst they look for clues and meet strangers along the way that will help to understand the story. Play with friends, or strangers, but remember, sometime disagreeing whilst collaborating can be good for both players. The game is due in March 2017.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends

This game is a strategy card game that explores The Elder Scrolls’ characters, creatures, deities and lore. Spend ten minutes or ten hours immersed in The Elder Scrolls universe. 

The battlefield is split in two, Field and Shadow – meaning players can immediately play a card, or keep them safe from attack.  This game play ensures that no two games will ever be the same.

Build a deck of cards, with a gradually increasing pool of magic points with which to play cards.Each card is a character with their own special ability, such as shields, or immediate attack. Cards of different colours represent a broad play style. For example, red cards are strength and green cards are agility-based. The deck is very flexible and a good range of colour cards are required to defeat enemies. A confirmed date for this game in 2017 is yet to be announced. Players can learn more about the game play of Legends on GameSkinny.

Animal Crossing

The popular Nintendo simulation game, where the human player inhabits an anthropomorphic world and carry out tasks, such as fishing or fossil hunting, will soon be available for iOS, with a delayed release for 2017.

The open ended game play and simulation of the real passage of time will work perfectly for iOS devices, as the game is intuitive for the seasons and therefore many Halloween or Christmas updates are to be expected.  The customisation of characters and residences is expected to be expanded in this game. Characters are expected to collect items, such as fruit, to be sold for Bells, the in-game currency. Players can rack up bells to buy better items. The game is set to be released Q1 of 2017.

To The Moon

This beloved indie PC game will be released for iOS devices in 2017. To The Moon allows players to play as a scientist, who is given the opportunity to revisit their own memories and change them, so they can live out their unfulfilled dreams. The character delve into the mind of an ill, old man whose dream it was to travel to the moon, and make that happen!

The real world elements intermingle with the dream world constantly throughout the story and the game play involves collecting special orbs that represent the old man’s key memories. To do this, players need to speak to people along the way, visit locations and collect other items. The game combines humour and touching drama for an excellent game. The game is set to be released in Q1 2017.

Static Sky

A great cyberpunk real-time strategy game, where players lead three mercenaries, who are always summoned by influential corporations whenever there is immoral work to be done. The characters are a heavy weapons expert, an agile street samurai and a dual blade wielding spy.

The game features an isometric view and is extremely focused upon tactical game play. The combat proceeds in real time, although this can be slowed down to issue orders to characters. Characters also have the ability to hack various devices. As the game progresses, players earn money, which can be spent on buying bonus abilities, better weapons and useful equipment for characters. Expect this game in February 2017.

Sheltered

This is a survival strategy game set in post-apocalyptic reality, developed by the studios known for Worms. The player becomes a leader of a group of survivors, hiding in a gloomy underground shelter after a nuclear catastrophe. The game begins when the first bombs are about to fall and players have a limited time to gather supplies for the first few weeks of underground living.

Later in the game, players are forced to leave the shelter to hunt for food, water, medicines and other supplies. During this time, players are faced with having to fight hungry mutants and other survivors, whilst maintaining the shelter itself and helping others ravaged by disease. The game features retro pixel art graphics and a B-movie style soundtrack. The release date for this game is 2017, but very much a month TBA. 

Antihero

This is a turn based strategy game, set in the Victorian era, in a grotesque version of a British town. The game incorporates descriptions of Britain from the novels of Charles Dickens. Players play as a leader of the local thieves guild. Their goal is to develop their organisation and fill the vaults with gold.

To achieve this, players must recruit new members to the gang to train and send them on missions, such as muggings and assassinations. Players must infiltrate influential institutions, such as banks to succeed, whilst simultaneously build useful structures and research technology – without going broke! Game play can be concentrated on either discrete activities of fully fledged assassin’s guild. The game is expected to be released in Q2 2017. 

Attack on Titan

This is an arcade game specifically designed for mobile devices. The game immerses the players in a post-apocalyptic universe, known from the comics, in which humanity faces the attacks of giant beasts – the Titans. Survivors have hidden in a grand city, but after decades of peace, the defence walls have been breached. Only the most fearless warriors can face the colossal opponents and the player assumes the role of one of them.

The game play is based on battles against the titular adversaries, the Titans. The protagonist moves automatically and the player activates attacks and stunts by performing various gestures. As the player progresses in the game, the character becomes stronger and can face stronger enemies. The game features great three dimensional graphics in the style of the comics the series is based upon. The game is expected for release in early 2017. 

So, there it is: the 9 most anticipated iOS games for 2017. Whether iOS games based upon existing franchises is important, or equally an indie game, there is something out there to suit everyone. We are looking forward to playing all of these game and we hope you do too. For those of you who love gaming on Android, we have a list for you too!

Let us know in the comments what games you’re most looking forward to.

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The Five Best Time Management Games for iOS You Need to Get https://www.gameskinny.com/97utv/the-five-best-time-management-games-for-ios-you-need-to-get https://www.gameskinny.com/97utv/the-five-best-time-management-games-for-ios-you-need-to-get Fri, 25 Nov 2016 11:00:01 -0500 SarahKel

Time management games are perfectly designed to hold a player's interest for a short period of time. Players effectively allocate resources in real time, in consequential order to fulfill objectives, whilst reacting to incoming requests to gain rewards. Spend rewards to upgrade resources, then wait patiently for the upgrades to be constructed. 

Whether the player is managing a farm, an airport, or a planet, there are so many different environments for everyone to experience. So we’ve dedicated this listicle to 5 of the very best iOS that are perfect for on-the-go gaming.

Diner Dash

This is the iOS version of the popular game series Diner Dash, where players must seat diners as quickly and as effectively as possible. Players level up their diner to eventually achieve a 5 star restaurant, whilst striving to keep customers happy. Match the colour of customer's clothing to the diner's seat colours for an additional bonus. Undertake general café duties -- handing out menus, drinks and food.

In order to proceed with the game, players can perform a Boost action by either spending the premium in-game currency, which unlocks coffee machines and other appliances that make the game easier; or sit and wait for the items to automatically unlock. The in-game currency is rare, so it’s worth the wait for items to unlock for free.

The career mode for this game is perfect for on-the-go gaming -- as the name suggests, it's a dash to please all customers, then can be left to progress in the player's absence.

Download Diner Dash for iOS for free.

Pocket Planes

This is a great business simulation game, where players purchase and upgrade assets, such as airports, whilst ferrying passengers and assembling planes across the globe. Making money and leveling up ensures that more items can be unlocked and more luxurious items become available, such as a better quality plane.

Players choose a starting region, with a small, humble plane, with the intention of expanding across the world. Assigning work to each winged vessel involves tapping selection buttons -- for example: which plane and to what destination. Select these carefully in order to maximise profit, as more money means the hangar capacity of the airport increases.

Obtaining the in-game premium currency of bux is reasonably easy to acquire, as when players level up, or complete tasks, hidden bux may be found. Spending bux is useful for instantly completing journeys. If players don’t decide to spend bux, then, like all time management games, it is just a case of waiting.

This game is perfect for on-the-go gaming, as it automatically syncs progress to the iCloud, meaning whether the game is played on iPhone or iPad, its there for the player.

Download Pocket Planes for iOS for free.

Disney Magic Kingdom

This is a great time management game set in the Disney universe. The Kingdom has been overrun by dark magic, where Maleficent is the prime suspect. The Kingdom is an amalgamation of Disney parks and players are required to unlock adjoining ‘lands’, where rides, houses and restaurants can be built.

The game is a light park simulation game, where players need to make as many visitors dreams come true as possible. Characters gain Happiness when they reach their desired location and the game's progress is reliant on Happiness. Happiness contributed by characters that have left the park disappears, encouraging players to play often. Time is spent employing characters to perform tasks, which in turn produces the in-game currency of Magic, earns XP, levels up characters and produces superior items. Actions take time to complete, which is beneficial in this game as characters can only perform one action at a time. It’s a great game for Disney fans.

The social media interaction with this game is great for on-the-go gaming, as players can view friends' parks for inspiration and improvements, so the game can be considered even whilst players are waiting for unlocks.

Download Disney Magic Kingdom for iOS for free.

Marvel Avengers Academy

A fun time management game set in the Marvel universe. This game looks great and naturally has a ton of recognisable characters and a ton of content.

Nick Fury is recruiting teenage superheroes to an institution to educate and train them to combat super villains, who are being trained in the rival school, Hydra. To combat Hydra's nefarious schemes, more students are needed and the school needs to rid itself of a mysterious barrier called timefog. This allows more facilities to be built. Employ workers to conduct more tasks and to build more buildings. There are also mysteries in the game, such as why was the school was built so close to the timefog.

If you keep building and keep waiting, it is worth the time to explore this fun game!

The diversely timed missions make this game a great choice for on-the-go gaming, as players can set up longer timed missions, in the knowledge that they won't be able to check in for a while. Yet if a player has a few minutes to spare, they can complete some of the smallest missions too.

Download Marvel Avenger Academy for iOS for free.

Peter Rabbit’s Garden

The illustrations in this game are simply beautiful. It is worth playing simply for the illustrations alone, as it's based in the universe of the author Beatrix Potter.

Peter Rabbit is once again stealing vegetables from Mr. McGregor’s garden, but one day is forced to move away with his mother. Here, a new story unfolds, where the Rabbit family dig plots, plant crops and await their growth, whilst building various structures to provide income. Grown crops can be sold in a variety of locations and this unlocks other characters from the novel series, such as Mrs Tiggywinkle.

To ensure the other characters stay around, buildings must be constructed before a timer expires, or they will have to be re-recruited at a later point. There is a degree of stealth, as Peter still continues to pillage from Mr McGregor.  This is really cute twist on a farming time management game.

This game is great for on-the-go gaming as it is a lovely simplistic, indie game to play for 5 minutes, whilst players appreciate the gorgeous illustrations and visual treat for the eyes. All the while, your childhood is reminisced about.

Download Peter Rabbit's Garden for iOS for free.

So, there we have it...

5 brilliant and very differently themed iOS time management games. Whilst games may share a theme or sub genre, for example, farm management, even within that there is enough differentiation between the titles, as well as each being high quality, for a five minute distraction.

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Burrito Bison Launcha Libre Special Gummies Guide with Tips https://www.gameskinny.com/bbl60/burrito-bison-launcha-libre-special-gummies-guide-with-tips https://www.gameskinny.com/bbl60/burrito-bison-launcha-libre-special-gummies-guide-with-tips Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:28:56 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Burrito Bison Launcha Libre brings some new special gummies to the series, much to the delight of fans of the two previous games (myself included).

As with the other Burrito Bison games, each special gummy has its own use -- and many require special inputs to make the most use of. For instance, Puncheus Pilot requires you to tap to punch when you hit the ground to get an extra height and speed boost, and Gumdalf requires you to tap to keep the key afloat to unlock chests.

Special gummies make the world go 'round, and they are the bread and butter of the game. You're not going to get far if you don't invest pesos into them, and you'll do even worse if you don't use them the way they are intended.

Every special gummy gives you a speed boost except Robbear, who simply gives you pesos. Whenever you're running low on speed, be sure to hold onto a rocket boost or two to hit a special gummy, and when you're going fast, just try your best to hit as many as you can.

Puncheus Pilot

This special gummy isn't satisfied with walking alongside the other gummies. Instead, it rides a unique (bear-like) punching machine.

Puncheus Pilot is always found bouncing on the ground. You tap to make the punching glove hit downward -- and you tap to punch right as you hit the ground while riding Puncheus to get more height and speed.

When you hit some other special gummies when riding Puncheus, such as Lt. Jel E. Boom, you will exit Puncheus and instead do what the other special gummy requires.

Lt. Jel E. Boom

This grizzled veteran gummy is very different from Puncheus Pilot. He's generally found flying at medium-height and is one of the harder special gummies to use well.

Lt. Jel E. Boom's effect is just like bouncing between barrels in Donkey Kong. Tap when the barrel you are in is pointed almost directly at the next one to be shot into the next barrel.

If you successfully reach the golden barrel, you'll get an even bigger boost of speed. Just to note: The longer you wait to shoot yourself to the next barrel, the lower you get in height. Faster is better for sure.

Wannabear

Wannabear = wannabe bear. Get it? Silly bear poser.

Anyway, this special gummy is one of the most common. This is probably because all it does is give you another rocket boost to use.

Wannabear generally shows up flying at low-to-medium height, but it has a very special use: to give you rocket boosts without having to ram yourself into the gummies on land. Wannabear is great for keeping your rocket boosts up when you're flying high, and that alone makes it well-worth investing into.

Gumdalf

You may like this old wizard because of the money you get from successfully pulling off unlocking each chest, but the real bonus here lies in the speed you get after you unlock the last chest.

Gumdalf seems to be most common at medium-height and his minigame can be hard for inexperienced players. The best advice I can give is to not tap too quickly, and accept when you miss.

Even if you miss the first chest you get a small speed boost, which is better than nothing. You get a decent one (and some pesos) if you unlock each chest.

If you miss a chest, make sure you tap rapidly to get as much height as you can before the key disappears.

Prickly Pear

Is this the best special gummy? Nah, definitely not. That spot goes right to Hunny Potter -- but Prickly Pear is a pretty close second.

When you land on this gummy and his balloon, you knock him off and have to tap rapidly to bounce on the balloon to catch up with him. It's more stressful than the other special gummy effects, that's for sure.

If you catch up to Prickly Pear himself (you should, tap faster!), his cactus outfit will pop the balloon and send it flying, netting you even more speed. The balloon trajectory is random, so don't bother trying to steer it.

Dr. Wormageddon

Any other gummy sends you upwards, but Dr. Wormageddon takes you underground instead.

This guy is usually at around medium height and when you hit him you take a ride on his giant tunneling worm. Sounds pretty great, huh?

The diggers you eat when underground do count toward your rocket jump meter, so be sure to eat as many as you can. Tap to go lower and don't touch the screen to go a bit higher up. Make sure aim for the gem at the end for some extra money and speed.

Hunny Potter

Oh, Hunny. How I love you. Hunny Potter is the last special gummy you unlock, and is one of the best to get. It's generally found at medium to medium-high height. It's rarely seen from the ground and is well-worth ramming yourself into.

Unlike most of the other special gummies, all you have to do is hit Hunny to get stuck in a giant honey ball and roll up all the gummies you come across. No tapping required!

Hunny nets you some nice speed and money, and it's a nice relaxing change from pretty much every other gummy.

Teddy Flare

This is one special gummy that players who don't pay attention to their speed generally underestimate, but Teddy is very useful.

Teddy Flare is generally found low, near the ground, and shoots you up into the air (higher up the higher level it is) and grants you an increase in speed. That's it and that's all you need.

A very useful but underrated gummy that's a huge help when you start to slow down. If you tap while you're riding it, you'll hop off the rocket and it will whirl away and hopefully hit some nearby gummies.

Robbear

This little dude isn't exactly exciting: hit him for some extra cash and move on. That's about it.

Robbears can be found on the ground and flying at medium height and do not grant any speed when hit. The extra pesos is a bonus but ultimately, this is the least useful of the special gummies since he gives no speed bonus on impact and -- let's be honest -- you get so much money from pinatas, Robbear can't compete.

Jelly Roger

Another very simple special gummy, Jelly Roger is a real savior, much like Teddy Flare.

Jelly Roger's bomb grants an extra speed boost and he can be found both in the air and on the ground. When you hit a Jolly Roger when using another special gummy you'll still get the speed boost you'd usually get when you hit him.

Another very useful but underrated special gummy.

That's about it for the special gummies found in Burrito Bison Launcha Libre. With each investment, these squishy little guys get more potent and helpful, with all but Robbear giving more speed and/or height with each upgrade.

You'll get increasingly familiar with each special gummy as you progress. Keep these tips in mind to make the use of your squishy friends and reach new distances. Eventually, you too will burst your way through the final cookie wall and punch the big bad right in his face.. about 8 times. Then it's time for the real grind.

If you liked this guide and still want to improve your Burrito Bison game, check out my guide to critting opponents all the time in Launcha Libre. You know you want to!

 

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Criminally Underrated Adventure Games You Can Play on Your iPhone https://www.gameskinny.com/0j6vn/criminally-underrated-adventure-games-you-can-play-on-your-iphone https://www.gameskinny.com/0j6vn/criminally-underrated-adventure-games-you-can-play-on-your-iphone Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:16:38 -0500 chopchamen

IOS has been a source of some pretty quality gaming titles over the past few years. There have been many good games, apps and adaptions, but there's always those games that are less noticed or those that have had a less than favorable rating from the small amount of people that have played them.

In this list, we're going to look at some of the more honorable mentions from the past several years that either got overlooked or were unfortunately shot down by the first people to play them.

1. Dead Eyes

Dead Eyes is a turn-based tactical game in which you have to evade zombies and get to an objective for each level. If any zombie has direct sight of you (horizontally or vertically), the darn zed will follow you. If you break from their sight, they will go to the last square they saw you, which can make some of the levels a pain in the butt. Good news: You can also make zombies walk into each other, stunning them for a few turns.

Everything can get fairly intense, especially seeing every zombie chasing you all at once.

You can get Dead Eyes on iOS for $2.99.

2. In Fear I Trust

In Fear I Trust is a first-person horror game in which you play as a man who has the ability of retrospective visions, meaning he can view the past and find important hints and clues. Your goal is to escape a horrifying facility, where you come across many obstacles and puzzles along the way. Something else that's cool about it? It's got a very noticeable Condemned 2: BloodShot vibe going on.

You can get In Fear I Trust on iOS for $2.99.

3. Back to the Future: The Game

Back to the Future: The Game is one of TellTale's best "make your own decisions" adventure games. Telling the story of the zany Doc Brown and always quirky Marty McFly, it's a pretty fun game that can be played multiple times, taking you on different paths every time.

You play Back to the Future: The Game on iOS for free.  

4. The Shadow Sun

The Shadow Sun is a Western Action RPG with a deep single player experience. Featuring a gripping story, important player choices, dynamic NPC dialogues and multiple ways of solving quests, The Shadow Sun provides hours of gameplay. There is even a character creation and a skill system. The combat seems to take certain elements from both Final Fantasy 12 and The Elder Scrolls Online.

You can get The Shadow of the Sun on iOS for $2.99.

5. Taichi Panda

Taichi Panda is a goofy and thrilling adventure hack and slash MMO RPG. It has a player progression system (skills, equipment, pets, etc.), online multiplayer with real-time PvP and team dungeons, fast-paced action gameplay, challenges, bosses much more (Yeah, it's got a lot of content).

Even better: You can get Taichi Panda on iOS for free! 

There you have it! Although these games were underrated, they're diamonds in the rough, so to speak. 

What do you think? Do you agree that these are good, and are unjustly underrated? Do you have any other mentions worth bringing up? Let us know in the comments! 

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Top 10 Tips for Puzzle and Dragons Beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/i2g44/top-10-tips-for-puzzle-and-dragons-beginners https://www.gameskinny.com/i2g44/top-10-tips-for-puzzle-and-dragons-beginners Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:50:25 -0400 StraightEdge434

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1. Be Active and Keep Up!

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There is a good reason why this is my number one tip. This game receives new content and updates on a monthly basis. New monsters, dungeons, mechanics, rewards, and more are always being added to this game.

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If you don't keep up with the updates, or don't pay attention, then you will be left behind, and really struggle to keep up. Don't let this happen to you!

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Thankfully, there are a good amount of sites that you can use to learn more about the game, keep up with the updates, and expose yourself to the community, and all the content this game has to offer.

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  • Facebook Page. This is where you'll find all the latest announcements like updates, in-game events, new releases (evolution and monster cards), and lots more. 
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Hopefully, these tips will be useful enough for beginners to grasp some of the key aspects of Puzzle & Dragons. If you want more help, or want a guide on something more specific, let me know in the comments below!

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2. Friends and Pal Points

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Having friends in Puzzle & Dragons is very important. Without friends, you'll have a hard time clearing dungeons -- you don't have to know them in reality. 

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Before you enter a dungeon, you'll be required to select a friend helper. A friend helper will be acting as your sixth monster card on your team.

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If you don't have any friends, don't despair! You'll see the word "user" next to another player. After you successfully clear a dungeon, you'll have the option of sending that user a friend request. If they accept, you become friends! And same thing might happen to you. If you get a friend request, that means someone used your monster to clear a dungeon. So, accept it!

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Whenever you use a friend helper, you'll receive Pal Points. Pal Points can be used to roll the Pal Egg Machine. Every few days, the Pal Egg Machine changes its content. Sometimes, it'll be evolution material monsters. Sometimes, it'll be enhance material monsters, but you can always get pal points no matter what.

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PRO TIP: Try to find friends who use the same leader skill monster as you. That way, the abilities that the leader skills give will be doubled for maximum effect!

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3. The Gacha and Godfests

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So, you kept reading this word, "gacha." But you were probably asking yourself, "what...?" Gacha is a fancy, or to be more specific, a Japanese term for Rare Egg Machine (or REM for short). It costs five stones per pull, but what do you get? Well... you can get anything from this gacha because it's random. The good news is that you won't waste five stones and get something that you can get as a common dungeon drop. The bad news is that if you want something in particular, you may or may not get it. It's pure RNG.

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The image above, is a Godfest (God Festivals). Godfests are in-game events that are held every few weeks. They increase the chance of a specific pantheon (Norse Gods, Greek Gods, Japanese Gods, Egyptian Gods, etc.) by three, meaning that monsters from that particular pantheon are three times more likely to appear for you. You can try and roll for a God outside of a Godfest, but that is not recommended at all!

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Also, Godfests have the chance of giving you a Godfest exclusive monster card. Those are very desired, extremely rare, and incredibly useful monster cards that you can only get during a Godfest. Some examples are: KannaTsubakiSherias Roots.

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PRO TIP: Never roll outside of a Godfest! Always roll during one!

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4. Skill Transfer and Tans

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Some time ago, GungHo Online Entertainment (the developers of the game) introduced the magic of Skill Transfer. You can transfer a skill from one monster to a completely different monster. Extremely useful, right? But of course, there are a few catches...

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UPDATE: As of version 9.6, skill transfers are faster and easier than ever. Monsters whose skills are being transferred no longer need to be max level, Tans are no longer required, and the cost has been reduced to one million coins (used to be two million)!

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This Facebook post reveals a bit more information.

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5. Monster Points (MP)

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Monster Points (or MP) is a new currency, introduced to Puzzle & Dragons over a year ago. All monsters are now worth some MP. The rarer the monster, the more MP it's worth.

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  • Silver rarity monster cards from the gacha are worth 3,000 MP.
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  • Gold rarity monsters from the gacha can be worth 5,000 or 15,000 or 50,000 MP (depending on rarity as well).
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What can MP get you? You can either purchase evolution material monsters (monsters needed to perform an evolution. Though, recommend you not do this, as they are pretty pricey, and you can get them once a week anyway).

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Latent TAMADRAS, Tans, and very good monster cards like Shiva DragonRa DragonXiang Mei, and much more can only be obtained in the MP Shop.

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(Credit for the video above: SanchoPanda VTW)

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6. Team Composition, Synergy, and Leader Skills

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You cannot just put a bunch of monster cards on your team and expect to clear everything in the game. You will fail. That team will be absolutely awful!

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In the video above (though somewhat outdated), this is just a very basic example of team synergy. There are more teams that are better in terms of synergy and working with one another. It is fair however, to point out that some of the best teams with excellent synergy can only be obtained from the gacha.

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In the photo above, that is one of my best teams (the sixth card is a friend helper and not one of my cards). The basic idea of this team is to match as many different color combos as possible. The more combos you make, the more damage you'll do. The Leader Skill of the first monster triggers that effect -- a Leader Skill is on the very first monster in your team; it's the only Skill that is always active.

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The active Leader Skill of my monster card converts all orbs on the current board into other element orbs. Very useful when you don't have enough to make a combo.

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The second monster's active skill reduces damage by 75% for two turns.

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The third card reduces enemy HP by 20%, and clears binds. When a monster is bound, it's unusable for a set number of turns. Think of it not being there at all.

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The fourth monster multiplies the attack of all God type and Dragon type monsters on the current team by two (all of them are at least one of those types).

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The fifth one reduces damage by 50% for three turns.

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The sixth card (the friend helper), is exactly the same as the first card (including the Leader Skill).

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In more simple terms, I can take less damage, reduce enemies HP, multiply my own attack, and deal colossal damage by matching all orb colors -- as you can see, all of my cards cover at least one of every orb element, except for heart orbs. Heart orbs simply heal you when you match three or more.

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7. Skills and Skill-ups

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Each monster in the game has an Active Skill. An Active Skill can be used as many times as you want during battle. However, each has a cool-down, meaning once you use it, you must wait a certain amount of turns before using it again. It is however, possible to reduce the amount of turns needed to wait in order for the skill to recharge.

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Let's say that I have a monster card, whose Active Skill changes all fire orbs into dark orbs. The skill will only be usable after 10 turns, but I want to reduce that to the lowest possible for that specific monster card, let's say five -- each monster card has a different amount of turns that you need to wait. I can do so by feeding a copy of that monster to the initial monster. If successful, the total amount of turns will go down by one, meaning that I'll now have to wait nine turns -- five being the minimum. This is called a skill-up. I'll have to keep feeding the copy of that monster until it reaches five turns.

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However, there is a huge RNG factor in this. The chance of me getting that skill-up is only 10%. Sometimes during in-game events, the chances of a skill-up are increased to 25%, 30%, or 40%. But, more bad news, the rarer the monster, the more difficult it is to skill-up. Especially if it came from the gacha.

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Thankfully, sprites known as a Py (one is pictured above) will always guarantee a skill-up. So, it is wise to save them up and only use them on the rarest of the rare monsters. The color of the Py corresponds to what element it is, and which monster it can skill up 100%. Going back to the Py above, this one is a dark element, so it can only skill up dark element monsters. Same rule applies to other Pys of different elements. Needless to say, they are not easy to obtain...

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UPDATE: As of version 9.6, King Tans have made their debut. They too guarantee skill-ups.

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Check out THIS link for a more detailed guide.  

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8. TAMADRAS

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Cute? Yes. Adorable? Sure! Elusive? Definitely Yes! The little sprite above is an extremely useful monster card because it unlocks Awoken Skills on another monster card. But, what is an Awoken Skill?

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In the example above, the three little icons in the red outline are Awakenings (or, Awoken Skills). They are basically hidden abilities, that can be unlocked with two methods.

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First, you must power up a monster that you want with the exact same copy of that monster. So, let's say I want to awaken one of Siren's abilities. I can do that by powering her up with the same exact card.

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The second method is "feeding" her a TAMADRA. Once fed, one awakening will be unlocked (they unlock in order, from top to bottom). The more awakenings a monster card has, the more TAMADRAS are needed. The maximum I've ever seen was nine.

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There are different types of awakenings. In the above image, they are:

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  • Enhanced Heal - increases recovery by 50. Yes, it's stack-able with Plus Eggs.
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  • Auto-Recover - instantly heal for 500 points every time you clear at least one orb combo.
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Finally, how do you even get TAMADRAS? Gifts from game developers from time to time, rewards for clearing certain dungeons, TAMADRA Village, or as very rare drops in Castle of Satan.

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There is also a variant of TAMADRAS called Latent TAMADRAS. Those can be purchased in the MP shop (Monster Point Shop) or farmed in PreDra Infestation and can be fed to any monster you wish. They share similar awakenings as normal awakenings, but are slightly weaker because they can be given to any monster. The maximum amount of Latent TAMADRAS given to a monster can be five (if more, the rightmost skill will be "moved" to the right, thus disappearing and clearing the way for a new Latent Awakening).

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9. Plus Eggs

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In the image above, the little plus sign next to the striped egg signifies it's a Plus Egg. It gives bonus points to one of the three stats: Attack, HP, Recovery.

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The more points the better. So for instance, if I get two points in attack, then it's a total of +20 (but only for attack).

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A total of 99 points for each stat can be administered to a monster card, making it a maximum of 297 points (99 x 3 since there are three stats), no higher. In the end, this serves as a boost to your monster cards, because it greatly increases their stats, making them have more health, deal more damage, and recover more health when they lose it.

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How to get them? Well... this is a lengthy process. You can get them as monster drops in dungeons, but only specific ones. And they only come with one extra point per stat, but there's never a guarantee that the drop will be a Plus Egg. Luckily, there are dungeons that always guarantee Plus Egg drops like, Star Treasure Thieves' Den and Ruins of the Star Vault.  From time to time, there are in-game events that increase the drop rate of Plus Eggs by 10 times in Special Dungeons.

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10. Enhance Monsters

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All monsters need to be leveled up in order to evolve (some don't though). The process can be a bit tedious, especially when a monster is fully evolved, since its maximum level becomes 99.

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To speed up the process, there are sprites known as Enhance Material. They give a big exp boost to any monster (more if that monster is the same element as the Enhance Material).

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In the photo above, that is a King Gold Dragon. He will give a big boost to any element monster card, but even a larger boost (specifically, increase the exp by 1.5) to any monster that is light element, just like him! The same rule applies to other attributes.

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Dungeons with Enhance material monsters appear at random times during the day. How do you know when? When you get access to your ID, look at the third number. That number corresponds to your group:

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A0,5
B1,6
C2,7
D3,8
E4,9
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Once you find out, use this website to find out your time slots (left chart).

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UPDATE: As of version 9.6, the Dragons are now permanently there: Dark on Mondays, Ruby on Tuesdays, Sapphire on Wednesdays, Emerald on Thursdays, and Gold on Fridays.

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Check out THIS link for more information. 

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The commercial for Puzzle & Dragons only shows the basic idea of the game - move orbs around for a certain amount of time and try to get as many combos as possible. However, the commercial does not go into detail about other (and very important) aspects of the game, which as a result, might leave beginners clueless, or simply confused.

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The following top 10 tips will allow beginners to know more about the mobile game, as well as the important details not mentioned in the commercial.

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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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Classic Bioware RPG Jade Empire Available Now on IOS https://www.gameskinny.com/f4zkn/classic-bioware-rpg-jade-empire-available-now-on-ios https://www.gameskinny.com/f4zkn/classic-bioware-rpg-jade-empire-available-now-on-ios Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:08:11 -0400 Michael Llewellyn

Jade Empire is a martial arts RPG set in an ancient China inspired fantasy setting and is getting ported to the iOS platform for £7.99 in the UK and $9.99 in the US. Those of you familiar with Bioware games will no doubt be familiar with the moral choices, depth of character and an enjoyable stories that come as standard in a Bioware title.

Next to Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic, Jade Empire is one of the most requested classic Bioware games fans are hoping will get a reboot or a sequel. Obviously this is neither, but if sales meet expectations on the the new platform who knows what could happen. Aspyr Media are handling the mobile port for Jade Empire, the same company who handled the iOS version of Knights of The Old Republic.

New Features

The game features new touch controls, achievements and full MFi controller support -- if you aren't keen on using the touch controls.  As this is the special edition of the game, it will include all the added content.

The full trailer for Jade Empire: Special Edition is below, but it is available now on iOS:

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What Does Pokémon Go Mean For The Tech World? https://www.gameskinny.com/je38b/what-does-pokemon-go-mean-for-the-tech-world https://www.gameskinny.com/je38b/what-does-pokemon-go-mean-for-the-tech-world Sun, 18 Sep 2016 20:59:58 -0400 EdWade

There is no denying that the rise of Pokémon Go has been simply extraordinary. Nintendo's stock prices rose an incredible 53% with an additional $7.5 billion being added on to the company’s value. The game, developed by Nintendo and Niantic, is arguably the first of its kind.

Using virtual reality is a huge component in opening up a whole new world of Android and iOS gaming. Although Apple has been way behind in terms of augmented reality, there are so many downloads of Pokemon Go via their products that they are still set to take a large chunk out of Pokémon profits.

So in the long run what does Pokémon Go mean for the tech world?

Augmented reality is set to be a huge hit over the course of the next decade. Creating things we can see and even touch whilst being in the real world is the next step in terms of gaming. However, if more companies are set to produce further games similar to Pokémon Go, then the hardware those games will run on needs to improve. Apple and Samsung, who produce the most smartphones, have to take it seriously and realize its potential.

In terms of apps, don’t be surprised to see a massive increase in augmented reality games. Pokémon has now set a standard that's based on limited technology. Because the game has been so successful, it wouldn’t be surprising to see augmented reality hardware and software be developed faster.

Apple is currently stumbling the most when it comes to producing something substantial for augmented reality -- way behind the likes of Microsoft and HTC. This has had a negative effect on the company as a whole. At its most recent media event, where Apple unveiled all its new products, investors weren’t exactly overfilled with excitement. The iPhone 7 Plus, an updated Apple watch, and Super Mario were the big releases by one of the world’s biggest tech companies.

Nonetheless, the disappointment with regard to the release led to lack-luster growth in the value of the stock. By the end of the trading session, the stock closed at $108.38 per share after a small gain of $0.68 per share or 0.63%. In afterhours trading, the stock is down 0.02%.

Does Apple really need to do much though?

At the moment I would have to say no. If the company is already gaining a massive slice of any app products like Pokemon Go, then why change? Apple has done very little and gained an awful lot. With its hardware by far the leader in the market, it has a fair amount of control over how quickly augmented reality is pushed into our phones and other handheld devices.

On the other hand, yes they have an awful lot to do. This is the first year that iOS sales have declined, so developing further hardware which will further develop the use of augmented reality is only going to be a plus.

So what sort of difference will Pokémon Go actually make? In the short term, it is relatively safe to say that we will see a lot more augmented reality games. In the long term, hopefully we will be able to see progress in hardware, that could open the doors up even further, pushing us more into the world of virtual reality.

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Telltale Games Reveals A Mr. Robot Game On Mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/zx6z1/telltale-games-reveals-a-mr-robot-game-on-mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/zx6z1/telltale-games-reveals-a-mr-robot-game-on-mobile Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:49:47 -0400 Dustin Frisch

Telltale Games, a company well known for making The Walking Dead narrative-driven game, among many other famous titles, has revealed they have created a game based on Mr. Robot -- which airs on the USA Network currently and is getting a third season in 2017. 

The video above is a behind-the-scenes look at the game that's out right now on Android and iOS for $2.99. It looks as if you are going to be playing a lot of the game via text based messaging in the game. You are able to choose an option to type back to whoever you are speaking to and your actions may or may not change the game.

The game is confirmed to be canon according to the video. Not many people have played enough yet to form an opinion, but it sure does look like fun for fans of Mr. Robot.  Below is the official tweet that Telltale posted yesterday confirming its release. 

So, what do you think of the game? Do you think it's a good take on the Mr. Robot world, or a dud? Sound off in the comments!

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