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Month: July 2018

Holedown brings ball-bouncing, block-breaking arcade bliss to the Play Store

Holedown is a brand new game from the developer of the acclaimed real-time strategy game Rymdkapsel which mixes elements of arcade classics like Pong, Tetris, and Breakout with last year’s big hit Ballz to create a fiendishly addictive puzzler. Described on the Play Store as “A Ball Bouncer With Depth,” in Holedown you’ll need to dig your way down to a planet’s core. In your way are odd shaped blocks which are broken by bouncing balls into them. Editor’s Pick 15 best puzzle games for Android Puzzle games are among the most popular, ever. In fact, the most popular individual gaming franchise on mobile (Angry Birds) is a puzzle game. The genre has evolved consistently and developers have been finding new … As with any great puzzle game, it all starts out very simple, but you’ll eventually be choosing upgrades, bouncing multiple balls, and angling bounces to maximize the number of hits with a single ball. Holedown features six planets with each featuring procedurally generated block layouts. In total it’ll take you around five to six hours to complete but there’s also a bonus endless mode once you’ve completed the game, so you can effectively play forever. The game’s oddball charm is matched by its simple, cartoony visuals and “space acid” soundtrack. All in all, the game looks and plays like the rest of Grapefrukt a.k.a. Martin Jonasson’s work,...

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SwitchArcade Roundup: ‘Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1’ Impressions, ‘Rocket League: Ultimate Edition’, and a “FAST” Game of the Day

Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for July 31st, 2018! Let’s close out the month of July in style with your daily dose of news, impressions, new releases, and sales just like we always do here at the Roundup. This time around I have impressions to share regarding the first Mega Man X Legacy Collection, but before diving into those, let’s take a look at our Game of the Day. Game of the Day FAST RMX ($19.99) We’re starting off in a futuristic direction for the SwitchArcade Roundup today. For years, Nintendo fans have loudly clamored for some more F-Zero, but their vocal support of a new entry in the series has fallen on deaf ears (or in Internet text form, blind eyes). While only vaguely similar to Nintendo’s futuristic racing franchise, FAST RMX from the mighty tech wizards at Shin’en manages to develop  a blisteringly quick and exciting racer that might just scratch that racing itch that F-Zero fans have missed. FAST RMX is pure racing without the use of weapons. It’s all about using your mastery of your racing skill to reach the finish before your competitors. The central mechanic in the game, other than obviously racing, is switching between orange and blue on your vehicle’s shield in order to interact with things like boost pads and jumps. If you have a blue shield on your vehicle while...

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro may have Kirin 980 chip and in-display fingerprint sensor

A new report claims to have information on the unannounced Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. The story says that the phones may be the first to have Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor inside. It adds that the Mate 20 Pro could also have an in-display fingerprint sensor. We haven’t heard much from the internet grapevine about plans for Huawei to launch a successor to its Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, which first went on sale nearly a year ago. However, that has now changed. A new, unconfirmed report from XDA-Developers claims to have information on the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. The information comes from firmware files for the phones that have been allegedly secured by Twitter user @FunkyHuawei. Read more: Has Huawei launched a triple camera trend? According to the firmware info, the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will both have the the Kirin 980 processor inside. That’s the next-generation mobile chip from Huawei’s in-house HiSilicon division. Previous rumors claim the Kirin 980 will be built using TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing process, compared to the 10nm process used for the current Huawei flagship chip, the Kirin 970. XDA-Developers claims the Kirin 980 may be as much as 20 percent more powerful than current high-end mobile chips, while also offering 40 percent better power efficiency. The story adds that, according to the firmware, the standard Huawei Mate 20 might have a 6.3-inch...

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Weekly Plan Spotlight: Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ lease from $9/month

It’s Weekly Plan Spotlight time, deal fans. If you’re not too fussy about the concept of ownership, then this is a peach. Why spend $800 on a Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus, which will be old news in a couple of years, when you can lease it for 18 months at just $9 per month? You can have your fun, save a bundle, then ditch it for the newest shiny model next Christmas. Hold on… Really? Absolutely. That’s the deal Sprint is offering right now on Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus Flex Leases when you sign up for a new line of service. You save $24 per month over 18 months, so on top of your plan you’ll pay just $9 per month for the Galaxy S9, or $14 per month for the Galaxy S9 Plus. Put another way, you can lease a brand new Samsung Galaxy S9 for 18 months for just $162. Even better, Sprint includes an optional upgrade on your Flex Lease after 12 months, and it’ll also cover switching fees of up to $650. For a limited time you even get free activation when ordering online, which saves another $30. Sprint must really want your business. Splendid. Any hidden catches? Nope. You need a new line to get this deal, and you’ll have to stick with it for 18 months to get the...

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Pocket City brings SimCity-inspired gameplay to Android: Download it now

Indie studio Coldbrew Games has launched Pocket City for Android and iOS. The game is a city building and management simulation inspired by the classic SimCity. The game costs $4.99, but there is a limited free demo available. Without a doubt, one of the most popular video games ever made was the original SimCity. The idea of creating and managing your own virtual metropolis is something that is truly irresistible for many people. While publisher Electronic Arts released an official mobile edition of the franchise, called SimCity BuildIt, a few years ago, many mobile gaming fans have been waiting for a city building sim title that looks and plays a bit closer to the original SimCity. Read more: Best simulation games for Android Today, it appears those wishes may have been answered. Coldbrew Games, a one-person indie studio, has just launched Pocket City for Android and iOS. It definitely looks like the first PC version of SimCity, in terms of its art style. Pocket City allows you to create your own thriving urban areas. You have to develop, build and maintain your city’s commercial, industrial and residential zones and you have to keep the residents and workers in those zones happy. As your city grows, you also have to keep track of your municipal budget, and use it to put in improvements for transportation, power, and more. Of course, it wouldn’t be a city...

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