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Call of Duty: Legends of War is out now on And…

Call of Duty: Legends of War is out now on Android:

After constant leaks from the different closed beta phases held in Asian countries, we finally have the chance to try out the long-awaited Call of Duty: Legends of War for ourselves. It’s the newest installment in the saga, exclusively for mobile devices that’s been developed by Tencent (specifically their TiMi studio, creators of one of the two existing PUBG Mobile games) under the sponsorship of Activision.

For the time being, it’s a soft-launch that’s only been released in Australia, but there are no geographic restrictions, so you can play it on your device no matter where you’re located.  What it is is a preliminary beta that doesn’t offer all the features included in a final version but lets users play the main game modes on maps taken directly from the classic installments of Modern Warfare and Black Ops. For now, you can play the maps Standoff, Nuketown, Hijacked, and Killhouse. The multi-player modes currently available are:

  • Frontline: You have to kill as many players from the enemy team as possible. The first team to reach the top score wins. You’ll constantly respawn in the starting point of your base. (6 to 10 players)
  • Team Deathmatch: Just like Frontline, except with no respawn, so the winning team is the last one standing. (6 to 10 players)
  • Search & Destroy: Defend or attack a strategic objective without respawning. (6 to 10 players)
  • Free-for-All: Basically, it’s an individual deathmatch. The last player standing wins. (4 to 8 players)

The classic game modes are accompanied by the one-player Zombie Mode where you can participate in nine missions and can get different rewards. Plus, the Operations mode presents you with three missions to complete in a row (in three different difficulty levels) in the Zombie mode with the possibility to play in teams of four players. 

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As we’ve mentioned, the game is currently in a tester phase so many options aren’t available, like the clan creation (although you can add friends) and the IAP store still isn’t up and running. Also, the Facebook login option isn’t available (unless you use a VPN) so your progress will only be saved locally.

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Skylanders Ring of Heroes is now available on …

Skylanders Ring of Heroes is now available on Android:

The Skylanders saga has been around for years. While the console installments have been around since 2011, there are also half a dozen derivative titles for mobile devices. And to add to this list, we now have a new installment: Skylanders Ring of Heroes was just released on Android as a Free-to-Play RPG with turn-based combats, seasoned with PvP battles and the inevitable creature collection. That said, in this case you can forget about interacting with plastic figures through the portal of power, which brought the brand its original success.

In this case Activision left the game’s creation in the hands of South Koreans Com2Us. While on a visual level, it’s awesome and is completely integrated with the series’ iconography, its MMO gameplay clearly shows the Asian features that are so common in the genre for mobile devices. That said, the progression system fits like a glove given the formula’s based on collecting and battles between monstrous creatures.

The heart of the game is made up of turn-based battles where you have to create teams of three creatures to complete different types of missions assigned to you. Well, when we say different types of missions, we mean the story mode, daily missions, guild challenges and other typical F2P features. The combats are always the same: each character has two special abilities (plus a third one that can be unlocked), letting you choose the objective of each attack, although you can also leave it up to automatic combat. Also, there are ten different elements with their own advantages and disadvantages, sort of like rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock.

Beyond all this, you have your operations base where you can improve your installations to increase looting. In terms of the monetization, the game is based on the typical system where each action requires you to spend energy, which reloads with the passing of time, thus extending the life of the app as you play it every day. Of course, you always have the option to pay real money to reload it, along with the option to pay to make your characters level up quicker or unlock new ones. In case there was any doubt, the gacha system is what’s for dinner, so you’ll need plenty patience and determination in order to unlock the 80+ Skylanders available.

Currently, the game has been released as a soft-launch in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, although it can be played without any geographic limits by installing it via APK.

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PvP combat is now available in Pokemon GO

PvP combat is now available in Pokemon GO:

It didn’t make much sense that one of the main features of the Pokémon saga didn’t exist in its mobile version. While it was announced a few days ago, the new options for real time combat against other trainers in 3vs3 battles are finally available today.

You can participate in any of the three leagues available according to the CP of your Pokémon team: Great (1500), Ultra (2500) and Master (no CP limit). To access these options, you’ll have to go to the Nearby menu where you can challenge other trainers by sharing or scanning a QR code. You can also fight against players who aren’t nearby, although they have to be friends, either Ultra or Best Friends.

The battles take place in real time, letting you use any of the two special abilities of each character, in addition offering two Protect Shields in each combat. That said, your Pokémon will never lose energy after the battle, and can even earn stardust or evolutionary items after a conflict. However, you can’t use any healing items while in battle.

Beyond all this, it’s also possible to get daily rewards both as team leader or trainer. In regards to this last point, you can train with Blanche, Candela, or Spark, regardless of the team you have assigned.

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Combat depression and anxiety with Moodpath

Combat depression and anxiety with Moodpath:

Life is stressful nowadays. Societal norms and the pressure they put on us are making us increasingly likely to suffer from anxiety or depression. Although the best idea in these cases is to see a specialist, your Android can also be a big help in identifying these conditions. Luckily, there are apps like Moodpath that let you keep track of your daily moods, and make you aware of whether you should be seeing a psychologist or therapist, so you can take that first step toward getting help.

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Take a breath and think about your daily state of mind

One of the great things about Moodpath is that it hard takes any time at all to responding to the questions the app provides. In just a couple minutes, the tool will have enough information to evaluate your emotional state. The idea is to answer the different questions the app asks for 15 days. For example, you’ll indicate if you slept well last night or if you feel like it’s been hard to make decisions.

After responding to each question intuitively, Moodpath invites you to put weights into a backpack according to how much these aspects affect your mood. This way, the app will get precise data in order to offer you a final report.

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Moodpath generates a report based on your evolution

From the statistics section in Moodpath, you can see the evolution of your emotions and moods. The app offers information divided into one or two weeks according to the answers you’ve given the app. It’s a really useful feature to clearly see which mood is the most prevalent on a daily basis.

Desde la sección de estadísticas que contiene Moodpath podremos ir consultando la evolución de nuestras emociones y estados de ánimo. La aplicación nos ofrece datos segmentados por una o dos semanas en base a las respuestas que vamos dando. Resulta muy útil poder consultar gráficos de barras y observar así el estado emocional que va prevaleciendo.

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Moodpath also includes an alert system  that will remind you to complete the survey every day. Plus, it asks you about your regular sleep schedule so the notifications don’t bother you when you’re sleeping. If you feel like you’re suffering from the effects of depression or anxiety, this is an interesting app that will help you to identify and hopefully find a solution for your symptoms. 

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[Updated] Brawl Stars is finally available for…

[Updated] Brawl Stars is finally available for download on Android:

It’s been well over a year since we first mentioned Brawl Stars, the new game from SuperCell that breaks away from the formula used in their other successful titles (Clash Royale, Clash of Clans). After having to sit around and wait while people have been playing on iOS for this entire time, we can finally announce that the game has arrived on Android. You can download Brawl Stars from our website without any geographic restrictions.

[Updated (12/12/2018)]: The game has officially been released on Android today, although the game will gradually be showing up in different countries through Google Play. However, if you don’t want to wait, you can already play it without any geographic restrictions by installing it via APK, without any need to use a VPN. 

SuperCell have always taken their time in releasing videogames. Unlike other companies, these Finnish developers aim to perfect their projects before they’re officially released. They’ve been following this work ethic for a while now and it’s even meant that they’ve completely cancelled videogames in an advanced development stage. That’s why we didn’t know for sure if Brawl Stars was going to ever see the light of day on Android or if it was just going to end up being another cancelled project. Especially when it’s been in soft launch on iOS for over a year.

Luckily, Brawl Stars is now available for download on Android. We don’t know if this MOBA of sorts is a little late to the scene or not, but at least we can be sure that it can be enjoyed on our smartphones. That said, since it is a soft launch, the game is only available officially in certain countries: Canada, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, and Malaysia. But don’t worry if you don’t live in one of these countries – you can always download Brawl Stars for Android from Uptodown and use one of these tools to play it.

After the releases of ARK Survival Evolved and PUBG2018 continues to welcome big names and the arrival of Brawl Stars allows us to continue crossing titles off the list that we put together at the end of 2017. We’ll be sure to talk long and hard about this game when we can finally try it depth, so be sure to keep an eye on our blog and YouTube channel.

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Today you can play PUBG Mobile’s new snow map:…

Today you can play PUBG Mobile’s new snow map: Vikendi:

Recently, the news was leaked that Vikendi, the new map for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will officially arrive on the Android version on December 20. However, starting today and for a limited time, you can play it thanks to the beta version of PUBG Mobilewhich was just updated to the 0.10.0 version. What’s more, even if you installed the beta 0.9.0, it will automatically be updated directly from the servers.

For the first time, the users of the mobile version get to experience the same new features as the PC users, who also recently received the map through the trial servers. Vikendi will be available to play for 24 hours starting at 1:30pm IST / 8am UTC-GMT. The good thing about taking the plunge and installing the game’s beta version is that it doesn’t replace the stable version of the game, so you can have both versions installed on the same device without a problem.

Regarding the map itself, it’s a snow-filled mountain terrain of 6km x 6km where you’ll also have some new features like a snowmobile and the possibility to throw snowballs on the beginning island, along with a new winter skin for the frigid weather. Beyond all this, these are some of the most important notes about the patch leaked through XDA:

  • New snowy weather effect
  • Added a new preset to the virtual controls for long fingers
  • Crossplatform matchmaking among users at the same level from different servers
  • Players who repeatedly leave games before finishing will be temporarily banned
  • Added Arabic language
  • Players can collect bells in the classic mode to exchange them for rewards
  • Players can now collect all daily mission rewards at once

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Instagram rolls out new voice messaging featur…

Instagram rolls out new voice messaging feature:

Even as we reach the end of 2018, Instagram doesn’t stop rolling out new features. The latest version of the app has just added a new feature users have been waiting for. Now, you can communicate using voice messages without having to use external messaging services like WhatsApp or Telegram.

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Sending audio messages via DM couldn’t be easier

If you want to try out this new feature, all you have to do is start a private conversation with any of your contacts. To do that, you just have to tap the ‘Direct’ icon found in the upper right corner of the interface. Once the chat is open, you’ll see a microphone icon down on the text bar.

You can record the audios just like you do with other apps. Just hold down the microphone icon while you talk. Once you let go, the sound will be sent to your contact for them to hear it. If you want to cancel the recording before it’s sent, you just have to swipe to the left, until you reach the trash can icon and it’ll be dismissed.

Instagram tends to pay close attention to even the most insignificant details of its design, and just like we see in Telegram, you’ll see the sound waves of your audio as you record it and after it’s sent. Thanks to this, you can clearly see any silences in the recordings and skip them easily.

Now you can also create friend lists

In addition to the new voice message feature, Instagram has also added the possibility to create friend lists. With this new feature you have the option to send Stories to certain groups of contacts. This makes it way easier to target the specific audience you want to reach with your content.

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Once you’ve created one or various lists, you just have to create a ‘Story’ and share it with the group of friends you want privately. This way, you’ll see a green icon show up on the story to remind you that it’s not visible to all your followers.

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Instagram keeps on evolving in search of the best features to continue down the path of becoming the most complete social network out there. It’ll be interesting to see what else its developers have up their sleeves and whether or not we’ll see anything else new in the last few weeks leading up to 2019.

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Virtually decorate any space with IKEA Place

Virtually decorate any space with IKEA Place:

When it comes to decorating your home or any space, it’s never a good idea to improvise. That’s why the multinational company IKEA has decided to make its customers’ lives easier with IKEA Place. Thanks to this simple app, it’s easy to see how the furniture from the Swedish company will look in any room before you buy. Using augmented reality, the app lets you place the different products the company offers anywhere you want.

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With IKEA Place it’s easy to see all your options

Anyone who’s ever shopped at IKEA knows the products are characterized by their simplicity and functionality. So of course, the same can be said about the IKEA Place app, with a simple interface that allows you to try out any piece of furniture in a matter of seconds.

The app offers a huge part of the brand’s catalog and shows the furniture items divided according to collections and types. So you just have to browse each section until you find the products you’re interested in. In order to try them virtually, you need to have a device with Android 7.0 or higher that’s compatible with ARCore technology.

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Use augmented reality to try out each piece of furniture

Once you’ve found a piece of furniture, you just have to select the image from the catalog. Now here’s where the augmented reality aspect comes in: you can virtually place the object anywhere in the area around you, wherever you point your phone’s camera. Plus, you can also drag each product to whatever position you think is best, and even adjust its size.

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Another key aspect in IKEA Place is that the app lets you mark any item you like as a favorite. You can even find the price located in the upper corner of the screen. This makes the buying process a breeze in the case you decide to purchase the items you try out.

IKEA Place is an app that takes the decorating process one step further and offers great features to try out the products from the IKEA catalog virtually, before you buy. Place each piece of furniture in different settings and choose whichever item looks best.

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The top Android games of 2018

The top Android games of 2018:

Last year, the Uptodown Game Awards were born; an initiative in which our team of editors selects the best Android games released throughout the year according to their categories. The feedback was so great that we decided to do it again this year, with our selection of the best games released in 2018.

If 2016 was the year of augmented reality and 2017 was all about the MOBAs, then without a doubt, 2018 has been the year of the Battle Royales since the arrival of PUBG and Fortnite on the platform, along with the flood of clones and variants we’ve seen coming out of the woodwork. But let’s not generalize here, there are actually plenty of hidden gems that deserve their moment in the sun. We’ve chosen 12 categories to demonstrate this diversity, and selected two games in each one: the top game of the year, and one honorable mention.

Ghostbusters GO – Best Augmented Reality game

What? Where are the adorable fluffy monsters? It’s taken a couple years, but the formula created by Niantic Labs is finally expanding beyond what we’ve seen in Ingress and Pokemon Go. With the opening of the Google Maps API, and the implementation of the ARCore technology, we’re finally starting to see concepts like Ghostbusters GO.

There are plenty of things that make this game special, beyond the use of the old license. The South Korean Studio, 4:33 under the sponsorship of Sony Pictures, has developed a title that gives you the chance to explore your surroundings in search of ghosts. Beyond the fact that the ghost hunting using your proton pack is super fun, you can also put the creatures you capture up against others as if it were a turn-based RPG, as well as advance throughout a long story mode that narrates your adventures as the team rookie. [Our review]

Special Mention: The other big AR title that’s also based on a successful license is The Walking Dead: Our World. This game is based on the TV series from AMC where you have to collaborate with other survivors to clean up your city of the undead.

Man or Vampire – Best RPG

We felt ourselves obligated to separate this genre from the MMORPGs since it offers completely different mechanics. Man or Vampire is a role-playing game with turn-based confrontations on a grid setting, which doesn’t say much at all about the greatness of this game. In this title from HIDEA, you have to explore randomly generated dungeons with your team of adventurers while facing all sorts of dangers. But again, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The combats, worthy of a sizable SPRG, require a good positional strategy of your adventurers in order to come out of endless interactions unscathed. There’s a reason there are 70 different characters available in the game, each one with its own skills. Plus, you can convert any of them into a vampire, which will stop them from being able to level up, but allow you to revive them in combat. [Our review]

Special Mention: Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Legend of Cao Cao. An SPRG set in the historical Chinese novel is a hit on Android? Yup. This direct decedent of the renowned Eiketsuden saga from the studio Koei, is one of the best of its genre.

Life is a Game – Most innovative game

A game doesn’t have to be an absolute masterpiece in order to leave a lasting mark on our hearts. Life is a Game is a modest title. In fact, if you take away the conceptual layer that surrounds it, we’d simply be talking about a runner where you have to collect objects scattered around the setting. The key is in the fact this journey represents your existence, and the actions you take along the way are what determine your future throughout your short life. 

Each round lasts no more than five minutes, going from your birth to your deathbed in a dizzying life race plagued with possibilities. Will you have a happy childhood or will sadness plague you the rest of your life? Will you make a living with small jobs or be a bohemian artist? All major decisions that are decided by jumping around the setting and that will make sure you embrace a strong message that’s worth remembering: life goes by in the blink of an eye. [Our review]

Special Mention: Hide Online. The so-called Prop Hunts have been around on PC for years now, but this game is one that’s finally successfully brought the formula to Android. A competition where one team has to find the members of the rival team, who in turn, can camouflage themselves in the form of inanimate objects in the setting. As simple as it is wacky.

Hundred Souls – Best visual design

Seldom have we seen such a great use of the Unity engine on Android. Hundred Souls is a powerhouse on a technical level thanks to its development team: the studio Hound 13 is a dream team made up of former workers of other successful MMOs. In this case, the formula is taken to the hack-and-slash terrain with a visual design that’s better than other projects from bigger names. After all, we tend to disregard mobile platforms when they’re really almost as good as traditional consoles, even on a technical level (despite the obvious hardware level disparities, of course). [Our review]

Special mention: Alto’s Odyssey. It was hard to top the beautiful Alto’s Adventure, but the developers definitely outdid themselves with the sequel. A great artistic vision is a must in order to convert an endless runner with physics into a relaxing stroll over dreamlike landscapes without becoming boring or monotonous.

Ragnarok M – Best MMORPG

It’s been 15 whole years since the iconic MMORPG Ragnarok Online came out on PC, but its impact was so great in the world of online role-playing games that the brand continues to thrive even today. Or at least that’s what the whirlwind release of Ragnarok M on Android has demonstrated. Continuing with its casual philosophy, far from the momentous and epic Asian MMOs, it’s managed to make players fall in love with it once again.

This time, this new installment in the saga has managed to find a nice balance between the old 2D sprites from the original, and the later 3D versions. The customization of your character and all the sweetness that shows in the mounts, mascots, and graphics are the weapons that have taken this game to the top of its category in 2018.

Special mention: RebirthM. On the flip side of the coin, we have this game that’s much closer to the philosophy of the Korean MMORPGs from the Lineage school. That is, spectacular graphics, experience grinding, an enormous open world, and unimaginable content in the form of dungeons, guild missions, daily challenges, and your typical PvP.

Badland Brawl – Best PvP

We’ve been witness to a constant parade of Clash Royale clones for a couple years now. A long line of games where innovation has been starkly lacking. It’s a good thing Badland Brawl has come to get us out of this rut thanks to its intelligent mix of concepts: instead of calling upon units to attack the rival base, you’ll shoot them at your enemies as if it were a sort of competitive Angry Birds.

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It’s a game where you don’t only have to pay attention to the typical pros and cons of your units, but also their physics. The rounds may seem like a chaos of explosions, but soon, you’ll discover that there’s no room for luck here. It’s a fun title that has enough personality to stand out among the rest of the PVPs that have appeared this year. Plus, it has the added bonus of the fantastic design of the universe from the Badland saga. [Our review]

Special mention: Super Senso. Giant robots and Advance Wars is a mix that most players have a hard time saying no to. The title from Turbo Studios provides great turn-based rounds lasting less than 5 minutes, where each one of your movements is necessary to pave the way to victory. It’s impossible not to want to give this unique mobile game some recognition.

Super Cat Tales 2 – Best platform game

Platformers may not be the number one choice of a genre for mobile devices, due to the fact that it’s hard to really make precise movements on a screen. But this downfall has led developers to search for new ways to provide quality titles. Super Cat Tales 2 is probably the one that’s most successfully achieved this: it’s a platformer with no jump button.

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Your friendly little kittens will jump when they’re running and come across any unevenness. It’s an intelligent decision considering you still have to be precise, but the touch screen won’t be an obstacle. The game doesn’t hide its love for Super Mario World, and you’re going to be wowed by its over 100 levels, different cats to unlock, and awesome retro look. [Our review]

Special mention: Slime Pizza. We’ve come to expect that anything branded with the Nitrome seal is guaranteed to be high quality. But this year, NEUTRONIZED has left us doubly amazed. In addition to the excellent cat game mentioned above, the studio has also given us this mini-metroidvania about a blob of slime who has to collect as many slices of pizza as possible. It’s a stellar platformer that will have you hooked for hours.

PARADE! – Best rhythm game

Your sense of rhythm and timing when it comes to tapping the screen are going to be put to the test in the great PARADE! This title has flown way under the radar in a genre that’s greatly lacking in original games. It’s a real shame that more people haven’t tried this one out, because it’s a low-poly knockout with a funky rhythm. Who wouldn’t love to lead a parade of animals, robots, zombies and dinosaurs? We hope this little shout out we’re giving it is enough to get it noticed by more people.

PARADE!

PARADE! doesn’t follow the tradition of the typical mobile rhythm games that take their gameplay inspiration from Guitar Hero. Here, you have to swipe in the directions the game tells you to in each one of its wacky screens. It may take you a while to get the hang of it, but soon you’ll find it to be a real must-have if you love this genre. [Our review]

Special mention: Superstar BTS. The popularity of the band BTS is undeniable and their official videogame has been a total success. A game that compiles all the hits from the South Korean band and that offers plenty of unlockable content to keep fans coming back for more.

PUBG Mobile – Best Battle Royale

2018 was the year of the Battle Royale. Almost any game described using these magic words has ended up becoming a success, but we still think that the mobile world has had a clear cut winner. While PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS has been losing steam on PC in favor of Fortnite, PUBG Mobile has become the family jewel. All thanks to the fact that it’s successfully managed to improve significantly with each new update, making it one of the best games of the year for mobile devices.

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This game has become a total phenomenon with everything that comes with the title: clones everywhere you look, its own lite version, and even the appearance of a Beta version where you can be one of the first players to discover new features. 2018 has been the year of PUBG Mobile and it remains to be seen if 2019 is going to follow along the same path. [Our review]

Special mention: Battlelands Royale. This game from Futureplay is worth highlighting, since it’s successfully transferred the action from battle royales to rounds lasting between 3 and 5 minutes. It’s an ideal game for playing on mobile devices, and it has charming visuals that you just can’t say no to.

Bendy in Nightmare Run – Best arcade game

Arcade games have found their perfect adventure outlet in the world of Android. And within this extensive category, endless runners are one of the main focal points. Bendy in Nightmare Run isn’t only a fantastic endless platformer, it’s also managed to put a new spin on the genre: the perspective has changed and your friendly little character runs toward the screen in his frantic getaway.

Bendy in Nightmare Run

The influence of Cuphead is clear as day, but this endless runner isn’t just a simple tribute to the game from Studio MDHR. That said, its difficulty could be a turn off for more casual players. [Our review]

Special mention: PAKO 2. We went crazy for the first PAKO, but this sequel has left us speechless. It has the same soul, but the experience has improved in all aspects: more vehicles, weapons, progression system, and visuals that are worth applauding until our hands can’t take anymore. Don’t miss the article we wrote about the saga created by Tree Men Games.

Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle – Best puzzle game

Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle is the perfect game for anyone who thought that Sokoban-style puzzle games were overdone. Its fun visuals and nods to one of the most influential slasher sagas in history make it stand out as one of the top games of the year. It’s a fantastic package that makes us forgive the fact that it’s almost a skin of Slayway Camp.

Friday 13th Killer Puzzle

The Friday the 13th franchise may not stand out for its sense of humor, but you’re guaranteed to have a great time playing this game from Blue Wizard Digital thanks to is parody-like tone. More than 100 levels await you and your machete. [Our review]

Special mention: Alphabear 2. The sequel to the beloved Alphabear brings us more bears and linguistic challenges to overcome. It’s hard to find a better way to continue improving your vocabulary in the language of Shakespeare.

Brawl Stars – Best MOBA

It seemed impossible that Supercell could possibly generate the same expectation that it did with previous games. However, the truth is that it’s manged to overhaul this genre to give it a second life on Android. Brawl Stars is a MOBA that uses minimum expression in terms of controls and gameplay. But it still manages to provide enormous depth, that represents the cornerstone of the whole experience.

This team-based brawler managed to drum up interest even before its release thanks to word of mouth. And the fact that it’s been in soft-launch for months in certain countries is just a preview of what’s to come given the expectation it’s generated. After enjoying it at length, we can assure you that’s how its going to be. [Our review]

Special mention: Survival Heroes proves, once again, that hybrids of genres are key to reaching new horizons on a market as saturated as Android. Combining the structure of a battle royale with the controls and gameplay of a MOBA is just as fun as it sounds.

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Destiny Child is an eye-catching RPG that remi…

Destiny Child is an eye-catching RPG that reminds us of Shin Megami Tensei:

Trying to find a decent mobile videogame among the enormous catalog of Asian games that haven’t made their way west yet is like looking for a needle in a haystack. It’s not that there aren’t enough good ones to choose from, no, high quality games are a dime a dozen, but getting past the language barrier isn’t always easy. That’s why we’re a little late in our discovery of Destiny Child. But timing isn’t important when we stumble upon a gem like this one. Destiny Child is an excellent RPG with breathtaking graphics. 

[Updated (2018/12/10)] The game is now available globally on Android translated into five different languages (English, French, Chinese, Japanese and Korean).

Destiny Child

The name Hyung-Tae Kim may or may not ring a bell, but we’re talking about a fundamental figure in South Korean videogames. A designer recognized by his awesome and excessive art, he’s known for designs that are too exaggerated in their forms (especially the female figures) and with a strong color load that makes them stand out from the rest. You may be familiar with his work in the RPG Magna Carta or the famous MMORPG Blade & Soul. But what we’re talking about here is his amazing work in Destiny Child. Hyung-Tae Kim created the illustrations of all the characters and that’s one of the big reasons this game is so successful. Check out this interview in Gamasutra where he explains how he works.

Destiny Child appeared in South Korea in 2016, but its popularity hasn’t stopped growing in time and it recently just experienced a new release in Japan. It’s a game that reminds us a lot of the saga Shin Megami Tenseitons of dialog in its long and entertaining campaign mode and the possibility to put together an immense team of characters. The game uses a technology animated in two dimensions where each character is made up of over 200 different parts in order to achieve almost 3D movement. So yeah, that’s why we can’t get over the artist aspect of the game.

Playing Destiny Child is a fantastic experience, given its elevated production values. Not only in terms of design, but in the quality of the dubbing and the animated scenes. It’s true that we haven’t mentioned much about the combat, the most playable part of the game. But it’s a pretty simple system where your characters automatically attack and you have to unleash their special powers when they’re active. That’s about it. But even though one of your main objectives is creating powerful characters, the experience in Destiny Child ends up focusing more on the pure and simple collecting aspect of the game, using the typical Gacha system.

And for anyone who gets lost with the Korean, here you have a complete guide with the basic concepts. What’s more, in the Reddit community, they’re also working on a patch to translate it to English, which you can find here.

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