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Pixel Dungeon, the most played roguelike on An…

Pixel Dungeon, the most played roguelike on Android:

If you’re looking for a textbook example of the roguelike genre, look no further than Pixel Dungeon. You could pretty much consider it one of the heavyweights of the new silver age, way above and beyond the rough ASCII environments used in Rogue, Hack or Moria. Although it was initially released for Android in 2012, the fact that it was distributed under a GNU license and shared its source code publicly, has led to countless clones and remakes. These new versions have continued to add endless content to the already enormous number of possibilities of the original game.

Pixel Dungeon art

The Russian developer Oleg Dlya (most well-known for his online pseudonyms like Watawatabou), was most inspired by Brogue, another old-school roguelike based on the almost academic NetHack. Thus, the objective in all of them are always the same: to descend through various randomly generated levels of a dungeon until you find the amulet of Yendor in the deepest level. A nearly impossible feat considering your adventure starts over from scratch as soon as you run out of health…which unfortunately, happens time and time again.

Pixel Dungeon comparative

The game was later ported to other platforms since it was developed in Java and used the Libgdx libraries. In fact, in 2015 it moved to Steam Greenlight and you can currently find the desktop version in the Valve store for a reasonable price. But that’s not its natural environment; where it’s really managed to thrive is on Android. At one time or another, we’ve all searched for a dungeon crawler, RPG, or roguelike and have seen at least a dozen titles with the icon of the pixelated chest in all colors and shapes. 

Of all the remakes, the most successful, without a doubt, has been Shattered Pixel Dungeon, which expands and improves upon the original formula in many aspects both visually (with a more elaborate tileset and adjustments in various sprites), as well as in terms of content (with more enemies, objects, and general balance). In this case, the game is 100% free, open source, and ad-free, making it the most downloaded out of all of its peers. Although both this game and the original have been around for over six years, both continue to receive constant updates and improvements.

In addition to the ones mentioned above, it’s also worth mentioning Sprouted Pixel Dungeon (a version that’s practically identical to the original but easier), Pixel Dungeon ML (a translation of the original Pixel Dungeon into different languages), and Remixed Pixel Dungeon (which adds a new character class and more different enemies). All it takes is a quick search to find tons of other versions to fit the likes and preferences of any player.

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Facebook Messenger Lite now offers video chat

Facebook Messenger Lite now offers video chat:

The arrival of Messenger Lite in 2016 was a relief for frequent Facebook users. After all, the traditional Messenger app uses TONS of resources, so its lite version has become a must-have app for many of us. This is especially true for those of us with a mid to low range smartphone, or anyone who doesn’t have the best Internet connection. This lightweight version may not offer all the same features as Messenger, but now, we can finally use video calling in Messenger Lite. 

Facebook Messenger Lite

The arrival of video chat on Messenger Lite has been a pleasant surprise, to say the least. Everyone’s biggest concern with this reduced version is that the app will start getting loaded with features that increase its size and start using resources. The problem is that technology is in charge and video calls have become the standard in most communication apps. This is the reasoning behind adding the feature to Mark Zuckerberg’s lightweight version of the messenger app.

Facebook Messenger Lite

The way it works is simple: all you have to do is tap the new video call icon that you see in the upper right corner of any chat. If the other person accepts the call, you can start chatting via video. You’ll see the your own image in the upper right part of the screen and the bulk of the screen will be taken up by the person you’re chatting with. Plus, if you’re already in a normal voice call in Messenger, you can easily turn on the video by simply tapping the new video button on the screen.

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Messenger Lite Video Chat

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In Facebook’s blog, they explained that the decision to add video chat to Messenger Lite was based on the enormous popularity of the feature in the original app. According to Facebook, in 2017 there were 17 billion video calls in Messenger, twice as many as in 2016. We’d imagine this number will continue to grow in 2018.

The best news about this new feature is that Messenger Lite will continue to take up less than 10 MB, so we don’t have to worry about it turning into another resource hog like the original Messenger app. For now, anyways.

Messenger Lite for Android on Uptodown [APK] | Download

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Chromer is now called Lynket with its new and …

Chromer is now called Lynket with its new and improved version 2.0:

One of the most interesting browsers in the Android ecosystem has undergone some radical new changes. Chromer has changed its name to Lynket, with the arrival of its new version 2.0, but that’s not the only thing that’s changed. The app is now more complete than ever and has been given a whole Material Design makeover that optimizes all the new updates and features.

Lynket

Chromer caught our attention for being a free tool that took advantage of Chrome’s customized tabs to be used from any app. This made for a much faster and convenient navigation. The problem is that this feature no longer sets it apart. That’s why Chromer has been reborn as Lynket, a tool that takes its old features and adds a few new handy dandy updates to continue evolving in this fast-paced technological world.

Lynket

The first thing that’ll jump out at you is its stylish Material Design in action. You now have three main browsing tabs where most of your time will be spent: a home screen with your recent links and a search bar, another with your active tabs, and one more with your history and the option to go into incognito mode.

Lynket

We still have the features Chromer made famous, like bookmark and login information synchronization, but it’s now been improved in tons of other ways. The pages load faster than ever and you can use shortcuts to these links in the form of floating bubbles. Plus, you have tons of customization possibilities for the websites you open via Lynket: a distraction-free reading mode, the option to enable AMP, color customization options, animation when you open links, and the list goes on…

Lynket

Lynket is a fantastic tool that’s totally free, has no ads, and is even Open Source. It’s hard to find a better browsing alternative that offers as many options and makes organizing your links so simple.

Lynket for Android on Uptodown [APK] | Download

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10 games by Miniclip that you can’t miss out o…

10 games by Miniclip that you can’t miss out on:

We’ve been big fans of Miniclip for a long time. It all started in 2001 when a website with games turned into a world renowned reference for mobile gaming. It grew so expansive that they even released a few titles for current gen consoles. Their specialty is live action games with simple gameplay mechanics that can be enjoyed by anyone. We’ve selected some of their most famous games for this list of the best games by Miniclip for Android.

Bowling King: The Real Match

Miniclip has a series of online competitive games centered around different sports. One of those is about the world of bowling, which is one of the most iconic activities of the United States. Your task is to win each online PvP match the game throws at you to move up in the rankings and get different items. In addition to classic bowling matches, there are several other game modes to add a bit of spice to the experience. [Download]

Bowling King: The Real Match

Rail Rush

The endless runner genre is one of the most heavy exploited genres by big companies in the world of mobile gaming. Miniclip has also jumped on the bandwagon, but they managed to add a unique twist to their title Rail Rush. Rather than simply running forward for ever and ever, here you have to ride a wagon and try to collect as much gold as you possibly can. It’s not exactly outstandingly original, but it is a fun game with a unique setting and interesting mechanics. [Download]

Rail Rush

Soccer Stars

Who out there hasn’t played a game of bottle-cap soccer before? That’s exactly what you’ll do in Soccer Stars, an Android classic which still maintains a solid player base to face off against. The online matches are won by the first player who manages to score two goals. It’s a great concept that’s been perfectly adapted to touch screen devices. This game’s popularity doesn’t seem to be dying down any time soon. [Download]

Soccer Stars

Football Strike

Here we switch out the bottle caps for a goal post. In this shoot out festival you have to score more points than your online opponent to win. Fortunately you have the help of a bulls-eye on the goal post that you need to draw a line to in order to score. At first it’s as easy as it sounds, but later on you have to really be quick. The game slowly adds new levels of difficulty like training bars that block your shots and moving targets that make the game a bit more interesting. [Download]

Football Strike

Agar.io

A game like Agar.io truly needs no introduction. This game’s popularity skyrocketed online for so long that it’s difficult to find anyone on Earth that hasn’t already played it. On top of that, Agar.io has spawned a bunch of games that copy its basic gameplay formula in which you have to get bigger in order to avoid getting swallowed up. It’s endless fun. [Download]

Agar.io

Basketball Stars

We’ve already seen bowling and soccer, so now it’s time for some basketball. The basic gameplay is the same: PvP matches where you have to get more points than your opponent. It also features the standard unlockable content and a progressive ranking system. But the most interesting thing about Basketball Stars is that you don’t have to aim the shots, just control the power behind them. [Download]

Basketball Stars

Flip Master

It might not seem like jumping on a trampoline would be the most interesting concept to come out of a brainstorming session, but Flip Master proves the contrary. This Miniclip title takes the gameplay of Flip Diving and expands it by adding a rebound effect to each jump you make. It takes a while to get the hang of it, as seen in our gameplay video, but little by little you’ll get better and start adding new flips to your repertoire. [Download]

Flip Master

8 Ball Pool

This little game of billiards is no joke. 8 Ball Pool is one of the most played multiplayer games around and one of Miniclip’s most famous titles. Its simplicity, combined with its depth, is its greatest strength. The player base is also impressive, with tons of people playing it from the first day it came out. [Download]

8 Ball Pool

Plague Inc

2012 was the year this gem in which you play the bad guy was released. Your objective is to infect humanity with a pathogen in order to wipe out all life on the planet. The concept is a bit crazy, but this strategy game is incredibly original. You can’t take any direct actions in the game, but you can evolve your lethal agent to modify its behavior. It has a steep learning curve, but it’s the kind of game you can play for hours and hours on end. And keep an eye out for the notifications it sends, which are hilariously ironic. [Download]

Plague Inc

Bowmasters

Miniclip’s games generally feature a similar visual style, but Bowmasters is exception to the rule. Its unique graphics are just a preview of what the game offers: it’s an amazing shooting game in which you have to hit your opponent before they hit you. It’s a super fun title with an unexpected level of gore that will fulfill your need for violence. There is truly no end to the fun this game offers. [Download]

Bowmasters

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Spotify launches a new official app to listen …

Spotify launches a new official app to listen to online radio:

Spotify is constantly searching for new ways to bring its music catalog to its users. Stations is the name of their new official app that’s completely independent of the Spotify client. It lets you listen to themed radio stations through a much simpler interface than its older sibling. At the moment this version is still just experimental, but you can already go ahead and download it for Android devices.

The app was trial launched in Australia, but by installing it via APK (available on Uptodown), you can try it out without geographical restrictions. The only requirement is that you have an active Spotify account, but it doesn’t need to be premium, since the free version is more than enough.

The app displays a list of stations organized by category. In fact, there isn’t much different from the original app in that respect, but in this case it’s much easier to access the full list of stations by swiping vertically. Once you select a category, the music starts to play. Granted, you can’t skip songs or create a custom station, and your only option is to pause.

As for the list of genres, you can modify the selection in the app’s options menu, with the additional option of adding a list of weekly discoveries to the main menu. On top of that, by adding songs to your favorites the app will create stations tailored to your personal taste, just like the official Spotify app.

Stations (Spotify) for Android on Uptodown [APK] | Download

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Spotify pulls the plug on unofficial clients

Spotify pulls the plug on unofficial clients:

The way Spotify turns a profit is primarily through subscriptions to its Premium service, more so than through advertising in its free version. Understandably, this is the main reason that the company has recently decided to eradicate any trace of alternative clients that illegally offer the features from their paid version, and even some shady ones that let users download songs. In fact, at Uptodown, we’ve recently received a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notice to delete some of these versions.

Sites like XDA Developers and Github have had to take down alternative clients like Spotify Dogfood. In our case, we’ve had to take down a modified version of the client that made it possible to use the interface of the client for tablets on any smartphone. That said, on the users’ side of things, anyone detected to be using an alternative client has most likely received an email warning to uninstall the unofficial app and install the official one.

To drive home the final threat of the message: if you continue using these clients, Spotify could potentially shut down your account for good.However, you CAN still use apps that use the API externally like SpotOn, which lets you use your Spotify playlists as an alarm clock. Also, there are other legal ways to enjoy Spotify content like the official app, Stations, which is centered around listening to themed radio stations.

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Makai Wars is finally here after 14 long years…

Makai Wars is finally here after 14 long years of development:

The turn-based strategy genre is having its very own heyday on mobile devices lately. We’ve always said that smartphones provide the perfect platform for these types of games, and Makai Wars is here to prove us right. Here we have a game that was lost many years ago and that unites the characters from two sagas: Disgaea and Yurudora. 

Makai Wars

The history behind Makai Wars in interesting, to say the least. The game was announced for the first time in 2004 and was going to be released for the PSP. One year later, the plans changed and was then going to become a game for PlayStation 3 … which, as you can imagine, didn’t happen either. Makai Wars still had a long hard road ahead of it, and now, 14 years later, it’s finally reached its destination. Although, that destination has been recalculated a number of times, with a few u-turns thrown in for good measure. Ultimately, it’s finally been released for mobile devices.

Makai Wars

Bringing together the characters Disgaea and Yurudora hasn’t been exactly difficult, especially considering the stars of the games from Nippon Ichi have already appeared in tons of other videogames. The game style should also be familiar to players since fans of the Japanese developer are going to find a simplified SRPG with shorter rounds. This makes sense considering it’s for playing on mobile devices. Here, you’ll battle it out on 6×5 game boards, along the same lines as Fire Emblem, where you’ll need to make sure you have a well-balanced team to be successful. Best of all, you get to play with legends like Laharl, Flonne, and Etna, so you know the fun is guaranteed. However, you will find the typical monetization method that we’re all already used to by now: the gacha system for recruiting characters.

Makai Wars

Makai Wars is an excellent SRPG that we can finally enjoy after a long, long wait . Asagi, the game’s hero, has already become a meme after 14 years of cameos in other games from Nippon Ichi, but now we can finally enjoy her story. That said, the game is in Japanese for now, just like the last game from the Shin Megami Tensei saga. The good news is that this won’t stop us from admiring its fantastic audio and visuals.

Makai Wars for Android on Uptodown [APK] | Download

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Music Racer is a game you play using the songs…

Music Racer is a game you play using the songs on your smartphone:

We have a certain weakness for rhythm games and Music Racer definitely does not disappoint. This musical arcade game brings us fast-paced races on tracks that are generated according to the song being played. And the best part? You can use the music on your own device to play. Needless to say, this opens a whole world of exciting possibilities.

Music Racer

Musical games got a very important push when AudioSurf came out in 2008, which let us import our own music to play. Plenty of videogames have followed in its footsteps, and now thanks to Music Racer, we can experience this gameplay on Android. 

Music Racer

Playing Music Racer couldn’t be simpler. After loading the song you have on your device, all you have to worry about is tapping either side of the screen to move right or left to dodge the obstacles in your way. It’s the typical endless runner gameplay we all know, and it works perfectly in this game. Best of all, the songs aren’t just a simple superficial addition; the game literally adapts and changes according to the rhythm of the song playing. So if the song is upbeat, you’ll need to be ready for tons of obstacles, while a slower song will let you relax a bit more between each obstacle you dodge.

Music Racer

Music Racer is an excellent rhythm game that you won’t want to miss. Dodging obstacles while listening to your favorite music gives this game a whole new dimension. Plus, the game has stunning graphics that hit you with powerful visual effects and give you a sort of trippy experience. And that’s not all — the game even offers unlockable content that’s easy to achieve. You won’t see non-stop ads and impossibly expensive content here. It’s clear to see why we’d recommend this game with our highest approval.

Music Racer for Android on Uptodown [APK] | Download

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Ten apps that use gamification to make any tas…

Ten apps that use gamification to make any task more rewarding:

Gamification, or ludification, is defined as the use of certain techniques from games to make everyday tasks seem a bit less daunting and a bit more fun. It’s used in all kinds of different fields, although encouraging learning and building motivation are two of the most common. There are lots of apps for mobile devices that use these techniques, so we’ve gone ahead and made a list of the best Android apps that use gamification.

Gamificacion

Habitica

There are tons of productivity apps that use gamification to give you a little extra bit of motivation in your daily life. We’ve included several of them on this list, but Habitica is one of the most original. This app helps you overcome a list of daily tasks by turning them into a kind of RPG where you gain experience and points to level up and customize your character. It’s a great app that gives an element of role playing to your day to day life. [Download]

Habitica

Forest: Stay Focused

Many people live with their phones glued in their hands, and it can be difficult to set them down. That’s where apps like Forest come into play, with the goal of getting you to make better use of your time than just checking your device over and over. And it does so in a profound way: you plant a seed each time you want to disconnect from your smartphone for a certain amount of time. If you manage to do it a tree grows, and you can continue the process to plant your own little forest. If you don’t make it, you have to watch the tree wither and die, which serves as a metaphor for your failure. [Download]

Forest: Stay Focused

Fabulous

We love Fabulous, and we’ve made that clear on a number of occasions. It’s always good to get a bit of extra motivation, especially when it comes from such a well designed app. The gamification in this app incentivizes the completion of positive tasks by offering you small prizes. On top of that, you can use it to take a break and relax with some of its other features. [Download]

Fabulous

Classcraft

This app is great because it takes the gamification experience to the classroom. Classcraft is an app designed to facilitate learning in classes by incorporating common characters from modern video games. A teacher needs to start a ‘game’ where a student’s activities let them unlock new powers and abilities. Each student chooses a character class, which are taken from standard medieval fantasy games, with the ability to unlock more as they play. It’s an original way to engage students in learning. [Download]

Classcraft

Remente

Remente is one of the most complete apps for personal development. You can set your current physical or emotional status, and select which parts of your life you want to try to improve. The app gives you missions to progress in your improvements and when you finish them you can unlock new features within the app. All of that presented with a clean and attractive design. [Download]

Remente

Zombies, Run!

This one is a classic. It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard of the game that makes you run to escape the zombie apocalypse. This special pedometer adds an interesting new twist to your daily exercise routine. Although you can listen to music, the game adds audio tracks between songs that narrate misadventures in a world dominated by the undead. It’s a good way to get into the habit of exercising. [Download]

Zombies, Run!

Duolingo

Duolingo is one of the best apps on Android to learn languages. That fact isn’t really up for debate, since by now it’s well known and loved by everyone around the world. We could have included several other apps of the same style, but Duolingo best represents the combination of gamification and learning. The app encourages you to overcome certain challenges each day in order to continue improving in whatever language you choose. [Download]

Duolingo

Lifes Game

Its name is a clear indication of what this app is all about, and Lifes Game: Make Everyday a Game will make you take pleasure in completing all of your daily chores. As you finish each of the tasks that you’ve chosen, you will gain experience that you can use to level up. When you do, you will get rewards that you can use to treat yourself to a bit of well deserved relaxation. [Download]

Lifes Game

Fitocracy

Exercising isn’t something that appeals to many of us, but fortunately there are apps like Fitocracy that supply that extra bit of motivation. As you complete activities and exercise routines you will gain levels. Then you can start unlocking achievements and beating missions to make all that hard work a bit more bearable. [Download]

Fitocracy

ThinkUp

Positive reinforcement is something that you can never have too much of. There is nothing better for this than your own voice to motivate you in your lowest moments. This app rewards and inspires you with positive thoughts. You can select certain life goals to complete every day in order to make your life more rich and relaxing. There can never be too many of these apps in this turbulent 21st century that we all live in. [Download]

think up

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The best free FPS games available on Android

The best free FPS games available on Android:

One of the most sought-after genres for any gaming platform is the one we like to call “shooter.” Shooting games in general have always experienced tremendous popularity, especially ones with a first-person perspective. While FPS can mean a lot of things, we’re talking about First-Person Shooters, the crème de la crème in the world of action games. Seeing as there are endless mobile games belonging to this genre, we see no better reason to create our own list of the best free FPS games on Android. 

OverKill Strike

There was a time when one game dominated the rankings of online FPS games and its name was Counter Strike. We can’t even count how many games have followed in its footsteps, but this OverKill Strike is a good example of one of them. You’ll find the settings, skins, and even sounds familiar if you compare them with the original game from Valve. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less fun, although perhaps a bit outdated. [Download]

OverKill Strike

Heroes of Warfare

We already talked about this game when we listed the best videogame clones on Android, but it deserves another mention since it’s also an excellent FPS. Obviously, if it weren’t for Overwatch, this game probably would have never existed, but little by little, it sets itself apart from the masterpiece by Blizzard. Saddle up for a totally diverse game with tons of characters to enjoy. [Download]

Heroes of Warfare

King Of Shooter: Sniper Shot Killer

The FPS genre includes several subgenres for us to further obsess about, and on Android there’s an excessive trend of sniper games. We’re talking about games where you can’t even move your character, but instead must focus all your efforts in aiming and shooting. King of Shooter may not be the best in its category, but it is a recent title with plenty of content to enjoy. [Download]

King Of Shooter: Sniper Shot Killer

Major GUN

Here’s a classic from the Android catalog that still continues to be updated even today. Its style reminds us of the classics from the genre, like XIII and Borderlands, although its gameplay is closer to the timeless Time Crisis. It’s an interesting FPS option that provides pure and straightforward fun, which is just what we need from time to time. [Download]

Major GUN

Bullet Force

Enjoying an online FPS may have meant playing with a mouse and keyboard at one time, but that’s not the case anymore. However, Bullet Force could easily pass for a computer game with its incredible depth and graphic style. You better clear your schedule; this exceptional multiplayer will have you hooked for hours and hours. [Download]

Bullet Force

Modern Combat 5 Blackout

Everyone knows about Gameloft’s passion for creating games “inspired” by famous franchises, but fortunately, these products tend to be of the highest quality. Modern Combat 5 Blackout is a Call of Duty for smartphones that’s impressive, to say the least. Although it’s been around for a while now, its gameplay and production values continue being top-notch in terms of quality. It’s really a must-have in the world of FPS. [Download]

Modern Combat 5 Blackout

N.O.V.A. Legacy

Speaking of high-quality videogames, N.O.V.A. Legacy is another one from Gameloft that you won’t want to miss. Although the game is inspired by the Halo franchise, it’s an impressive game in its own rights. It’s a diversified FPS with an attractive story and takes Android shooters to a whole other level. Plus, it comes decked out with plenty of game modes and an undeniable graphics quality. [Download]

N.O.V.A. Legacy

Guns of Boom

Although many know it as the Team Fortress 2 of Android, Guns of Boom isn’t as similar to the game from Valve as it may appear. It’s an easy-to-learn, multiplayer FPS that immerses you in an online world that’s much more complex than it seems at first glance. There’s no button for shooting, so you can focus on your movement and using different objects you have access to. It’s a solid online game, that’s for sure. [Download]

Guns of Boom

Sniper Strike

Playing Sniper Strike: Special Ops is a little intimidating, considering it doesn’t look like a videogame for smartphones and tablets. Not only for its technical quality, which stands out, but for its wide range of possibilities and game modes it offers. At first, it seems like yet another sniper game, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. With all its different game styles, Sniper Strike couldn’t be more varied even if it tried. There’s no other option but to recommend this videogame with our highest approval. [Download]

Sniper Strike

Critical Ops

Last but not least, we have a mulitplayer option that’s like a fun new version of Counter Strike. Get ready for some intense, 2-team battles in extensive maps, along with plenty of different game modes to enjoy. Hands down, it’s one of the best online action games available on Android. [Download]

Critical Ops

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