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Month: September 2019

“Mario Maker Meets Bastion” Action RPG ‘Monolisk’ is Launching October 15th on iOS and Android

We first caught wind of Monolisk, a unique action RPG from developer Trickster Arts, back in May when it was posted to our upcoming games forum. Right from the start I was digging the look of Monolisk, which had a sleek art design and utilized the same sort of visual technique as Bastion where each level would sort of fly in piece by piece as you moved further through it. Digging beyond the surface though and Monolisk was doing some really interesting things. First off, each of its bite-sized levels are called Shards, because as the story goes the world where the game takes place was shattered into all these little pieces. Functionally though, Shards are little levels that users can create and upload for others to play, and then earn rewards based on how well the community rates those creations. Think of it sort of like Bastion and Mario Maker had a weird little baby. Here’s the trailer from the initial announcement of Monolisk that gives you a good idea of what it’s all about. That beta has been quite popular among our community and the feedback about Monolisk has been very positive. I’ve even dabbled with the in-progress version over the past several months and think it’s one of those games with a lot of potential. With all that testing completed and tons of feedback shaping up...

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The history of Android Easter eggs

Google has a long tradition of hiding Easter eggs in its software offerings. It started in 2010 with Android Gingerbread and ever since we’ve been treated to at least one new Easter egg a year. In computer software and media, an Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, a hidden message or image, or a secret feature. Google has included everything from pictures to simple games, but each time they’ve captured our attention. Here’s how you can check out the current Android Easter egg for yourself. Open up Settings, head to System, and press About Phone. Once there, rapidly press the Android version until the Easter egg pops up. With some Android skins though, you might have a slightly different route to reach to the Android version. We’ve compiled a list of the Android Easter eggs over the years, and we’ll keep updating as Google adds new ones. Enjoy! Android 2.3 Gingerbread This, frighteningly enough, started the trend. The story goes that Android framework team head Diane Hackborn was friends with an artist named Jack Larson. Larson made Zombie portraits (as you do), and Hackborn thought it would be fun to hide one inside Android. As you can see, the outlook is not good for Bugdroid: zombies surround it, but it might be okay since they’re all distracted by the Android phones in their hands. Android 3.0 Honeycomb Honeycomb was the...

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Apple Arcade: ‘Hot Lava’ Review – Your Screen is Lava, Don’t Use It

You may have heard of and even played Hot Lava before. This game has been in development for a few years now and many people got their chance to play its beta version on Steam. Now, after 27 updates, the game has finally officially released, and we can play it on Apple Arcade. Hot Lava is an action game developed by Klei, the studio behind games like Don’t Starve. This game takes your childhood memories of playing “the floor is lava” to the next level. You’ll be jumping, sliding, swinging and sticking to walls. You can do anything but touching the floor because, you know, it’s lava. Just in case you didn’t get that part. You’ll start the game playing as Hazard, but you can also play as the other Global Action Team (G.A.T.) members available from the toy shelf. You’ll play in different maps that go from the school to the playground and even the basement. As of right now, there are 6 maps, each one with a series of levels. Mostly, you’ll have to get from point A to point B in each level. However, that’s easier said than done. You’ll face a lot of obstacles along the way. To unlock a new map, you’ll need a certain amount of stars, which you get by playing the levels on every map. There is more than one star...

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YouTube TV finally makes its way to Amazon Fire TV devices (Updated)

Update, September 30, 2019 (3:35 PM ET): The YouTube TV app is now officially available on many Amazon Fire TV devices. We updated the article with all of the relevant information. In a press release posted this April, Amazon announced that two things were happening few of us would have expected: Google’s YouTube and YouTube TV apps were coming to Amazon Fire TV and Amazon’s Prime Video app was coming to Google’s Chromecast and Android TV devices. After months of waiting, Google’s cord-cutting service YouTube TV just landed on many of Amazon’s Fire TV devices like the Fire TV Stick 4K, the new Fire TV Cube, and many more. Support for Prime Video on Google devices arrived in July, but we are still waiting to see support for YouTube and YouTube Kids on Amazon Fire TV devices. For a long time, Google only allowed the YouTube apps on Android TV devices, Apple TV (post-second-gen), and a few others, with Chromecasts having casting abilities. Eventually, Google rolled out the YouTube app to Roku devices but still kept it off Amazon Fire TV devices until YouTube TV arrived this morning. Editor’s Pick Here are 3 ways to install Kodi on Amazon’s Fire TV/Stick Installing Kodi on Firestick or a Fire TV is easy as pie — no technical knowledge is required. There are a number of ways to do it, three of which...

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Apple Arcade: ‘Red Reign’ Review – Simple RTS on the Outside, Complex Strategies on the Inside

If you’ve ever played Starcraft’s or Warcraft’s traditional multiplayer modes, you’ll probably be drawn to Red Reign initially. Your goal in the game is to destroy your opponent’s castle and this is done by gathering up resources, creating and upgrading troop-buildings, and sending your soldiers on their merry way either up, right, or diagonally. Each of these options have their own benefits other than just trying to flank enemy troops. Idle mines, towers, lumber mills, and more lay on some paths which will help you earn resources faster or defend your castle more easily. While there are those similarities, you can definitely see some differences in the gameplay. There are no hero troops nor any mobs to kill on the battlefield, but even so, it’s a game that works and offers up a good variety of strategy and troop-types. You also don’t have to upgrade any buildings other than the bastion or stronghold to unlock the bigger and better buildings, like the ones to allow you to build siege weapons. This means that you could save all your resources up at the start and begin by throwing out mounted units and wizards while avoiding footmen or archers entirely. There are only two races in the game which means there’s not a whole lot of options there. Orcs are your traditional ‘big, dumb, angry, green people’. Rather than archers, they’ve...

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