Nintendo and Cygames’ Dragalia Lost is a very pretty mobile game. The characters are lovely, the music is gorgeous, and its overall presentation is quite charming. One could almost forget it’s just another generic character collecting mobile action RPG under all of that polish. Almost.
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Early next week, Blizzard will release Hearthstone's largest balance patch in two years, changing a total of six cards, one of which was nerfed less than a year ago. What's interesting is that four of the affected cards are all from the one expansion — Kobolds & Catacombs — a testament to the expansion's ridiculous power level.
Google's already tossed Pac Man into its maps - now it's Mario's turn to shine. To celebrate Mario Day, users of the Google Maps phone app can now send their favourite plumber karting around their neighbourhood.
Pokemon GO player Rickey Yaneza stood in New York's High Line park, built on what was once a stretch of elevated train tracks, waiting for Mewtwo. It was an EX Raid, an invitation-only in-game event where teams of 20 players can fight to take down the game's strongest Pokemon and, if they win, add it to their rosters. He was surrounded by ghosts.
Pokemon GO's weather effects were announced earlier this week and have already their way into the game with local conditions affecting what players' GPS maps look like and which kind of pokemon are likely to be around. Unfortunately, the update is also pummelling some players with "extreme" weather condition warnings even when it's completely fine out.
Game developers have been trying to figure out how to paddle their way through pirate-infested waters for decades. DRM, "glitches" designed to thwart pirates, and more DRM have done little to stem the tide.
Seeing this, a handful of developers took less combative approaches, putting their games on sites like the Pirate's Bay themselves. Months (or in some cases, years) later, they say it was a worthwhile experiment, even if it didn't improve their sales all that much.
Many of us use our smartphones and tablets to stream videos and movies, but not before we plug them in to make sure there's enough battery life to last the viewing session. But cradling your device for hours at a time can get uncomfortable, especially when you've got a charging cable poking out of it. That's where this Podium-Style Charging Stand comes in handy, and it's on sale for nearly 80 percent off.
The future is wireless as far as phone charging is concerned. You may expect to shell out for the most up-to-date charging tech, but with the Mini Qi Wireless Charging Pad going for 70 percent off, you can do so without breaking the bank.
Originally I had "mobile gaming" instead of "the world" in the headline, but realised Niantic's augmented reality game has busted well and truly free of its humble silicon confines. No, it's pretty much a global phenomenon at this stage. But how much so? Two brave souls have attempted to quantify Pokemon GO's effect on the planet.
Final Fantasy Agito is dead. It's no more. In its place, Square Enix is launching a new online title in its place: Final Fantasy Type-0.
Melbourne-based developer Hipster Whale is best known for its iOS hit Crossy Road, though it's soon going to be famous for another success -- Pac-Man 256, a mobile game that pays homage to the original ghost-fleeing, pill-eating yellow pie. According to publisher Bandai Namco, the title has reached the milestone of five million downloads, which is a respectable number in anyone's books.
Video: The folks over at Touch Arcade have uploaded a hands-on video of Horizon Chase. It's being marketed as a "love letter" to the 8-bit and 16-bit racers of years past, and it drops on Thursday, 20 August.
The first Infinity Blade wasn't the deepest of games, but the touch controls and rebirth mechanic were compelling enough to make up for it. The next two games improved the formula, relegating the original to electronic aether for most people, but if for some reason you want to play all three together, you can currently grab the trilogy at a discount.