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10 Titles that Prove Gaming is a Force for Good

In lots of games these days you basically play as a homicidal mania, pumping bullets into every living thing you see. Yeah, but not all games are like that, you might reply. That’s true. Pocket Gamer has a list of 10 positive games that let you do good in this world.

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Interesting via Touch Arcade:

Don’t Worry, Everything’s Going to Be OK in Mobile Gaming

Touch Arcade’s Carter Dotson has rung in with his take on the future of mobile gaming. His position: The state of mobile gaming is strong. From his editorial:

Just because you don’t like what free-to-play is right now doesn’t mean you will in a year or two or five from now. Many people who say they hate free-to-play often have that one or two games that they like anyway, like Hearthstone [Free]. I think that more “buts” like that are coming. Remember that free-to-play is still relatively new as a mainstream way of making money off of games.

Via Touch Arcade

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Out Now: Capitals from Nimblebit

A really great idea and really well done. A multiplayer word game with an air of the game Risk about it. 

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Can Knockdown 3 is On Sale for $0.99

We enjoy a good carnival game, and we enjoyed Can Knockdown 3, a great-looking game that’s currently on sale for $0.99, down from $1.99. Buy it while it’s cheap.

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Out Now: Gameloft Releases Ice Age Themed Match-3, Ice Age Avalanche

Match-3s, everybody’s doing it. Why not another?

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Tempo is On Sale for $0.99

Regularly $3.99, the “cinematic action game” Tempo is on sale for a buck. It’s good enough that Pocket Gamer gave it 8 out of 10 in their review, so scoop it up quick if it looks like your type of game.

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Death Rally is Currently Free

If there’s one genre that’s not represented well enough in the world of games, it’s combat racers. Thankfully a great one, Death Rally, is currently totally free to download. Grab it now.

Updates

Pac-Man Gets Big 35th Anniversary Update

Gaming’s beloved yellow pizza-thing is 35 years old, and to celebrate, Bandai Namco updated the mobile Pac-Man game to add tons of new features.

• New Multiplayer challenges and tournaments
• New Visual Hints and Pro-tips
• New UI and look for 2015
• New mazes for all new challenges
• Play an arcade perfect port of classic PAC-MAN
• Two different control modes
• Three game difficulties (including the original 1980 arcade game)
• Retina display support
• MFi controller support

Interesting via Touch Arcade:

STUGAN Involves Developers, Mentors, and Cabins

What happens when game developers from all over the world cram themselves into a cabin, wherein they’re mentored by industry veterans for two months? We’ll find out soon.

Developers from North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and India are going to be at STUGAN for two months, with winners from the program being selected on August 15th. The Tommy Palm connection in particular is worth keeping an eye on – as someone with a chief role in one of the biggest hits in gaming history, this incubator could be key in forming some great games.

Via Touch Arcade

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Framed On Sale for $0.99

Loveshack’s uniquely brilliant puzzle mystery game Framed is on sale for $0.99 USD. If you haven’t played it, now’s the time. It usually costs $4.99 USD.

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Bean Dreams On Sale for $1.99

The excellent and very filling mobile platformer Bean Dreams is currently on sale for $1.99 USD. It usually goes for $2.99 USD, so now’s a good time to get some fiber in your diet.

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Previews via AppSpy:

Hands-On Preview of Cartel Kings

Remember chunky-looking shooting games like Time Crisis? Eight Pixels Squared remembers, and it aims to recapture that fun with its upcoming shooting / strategy title, Cartel Kings. Look for it soon on iOS and Android.

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News via Pocket Gamer:

The Witcher 3 Map Companion Helps You Navigate the Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a big game, and Prima’s official map companion app may be what you need to survive. It contains interactive maps, chest locations, quest locations, and much more.

Via Pocket Gamer

Updates

World of Tanks Blitz Update Adds More German Tanks

The tigers have broken free in World of Tanks Blitz, which recently updated with a new branch of medium German tanks. The 1.9 update also includes other small fixes and tweaks.

Deals

Alto’s Adventure on sale for $0.99

It’s a new low price for Alto’s Adventure — one of the best games so far this year. Grab it now if you haven’t already tried it.

News via Siliconera:

First Trailer for Silicon Studio’s JRPG Grand Sphere

Fans of mobile JRPGs will definitely want to check out the debut trailer for Grand Sphere: The Queen of Destiny and the Dragon Knight, a game by the same studio that brought us Bravely Default (and will be bringing us Bravely Second). The trailer’s in Japanese and there’s no word on an English-language release, but that might change at some point.

Via Siliconera

How-Tos via Touch Tap Play!:

Hints and Tips for Oddwings Escape

Life’s not easy when you’re a Frankenduck. That’s why Touch Tap Play! put together a small strategy guide for anyone looking to do their very best in this good-looking endless flying game.

Via Touch Tap Play!

Interesting via Touch Arcade:

Best of Five Nights at Freddy’s Reaction Videos

Scott Cawthon’s horror indie game Five Nights at Freddy’s has remained one of the App Store’s consistently most popular apps since its introduction. People sure enjoy being scared by run-down animatronics, as Touch Arcade’s compilation of player reactions demonstrates.

Via Touch Arcade

Deals via New York Times:

Get a Free NYT Crossword Puzzle Pack via the Starbucks App

Coffee wakes up the body, and crosswords wake up the mind. It’s the perfect combination. If you download the Starbucks app this week, you can use it to grab a free New York Times crossword puzzle pack. The puzzle pack normally costs $2.99 USD.

Via New York Times

Reviews via 148Apps:

KANO Review: Volcanic Fun

Do you enjoy bouncing on the tops of active volcanos? If so, you’ll love KANO, a game that lets you do just that. From 148Apps’s 4 out of 5 star review:

KANO is, quite simply, an extremely well-made game. The colors are vibrant, the style is impressive, and the sound effects have real impact. I mean actual impact. The noise you’ll hear when you manage to land a bounce dead-center quickly becomes a short-term goal for every single spin. It’s practically Pavlovian.

Via 148Apps

Interesting via Touch Arcade:

Exciting Things Ahead for Mobile Gaming

Touch Arcade’s Eli Hodapp has rung in on how the games press is finally facing the fact that big game publishers are treating mobile like a first-class platform. Of course, many publishers have been doing that for years now, but many of them are just now announcing it in earnings calls, which makes it “official.” Read the full article here, after enjoying this excerpt.

Expect to see far more names you recognize from the console world appearing on the App Store throughout 2015, or at least, some significant peacocking of future plans to take over mobile in more meaningful ways than dumb, often half broken companion apps and second screen experiences. With E3 less than a month away, we’ve been getting some very curious contact from huge studios and giant publishers you normally wouldn’t think would bother talking to us, which historically means one of two things: 1. Confused PR people (Never count this out). 2. A mobile project waiting in the wings.

Via Touch Arcade

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