Despite Spotify now streaming tens of millions of tracks to over 75 million paying customers for 10 bucks a month, not everyone has found solace with the market leader. You can count now Google among the rivals that think it can do better.
Its alternative is the brand-new YouTube Music, which now comes with an optional $10 a month subscription with features aimed squarely at Spotify. We got an early look at it, and wanted to share our first... Read More »
Once you've decided to go to the movies, there are several annoying steps between you and a comfortable reclining seat, a massive high-definition screen, and a tub of hot-buttered popcorn. First, there's the long ticketing line that inevitably leads to a sold-out sign for that opening-weekend flick. Even if you've managed to make it through that test of wills with those dreaded front-row tickets in hand (hope you brought your neck pillow), you're still faced with the labyrinthine concessions stand... Read More »
Washington D.C. politics has gotten intensely interesting in the last year and a half, and the flood of news has been enough to drown most casual observers. How do you stay afloat? Is there any news source that can keep it all sorted -- and do it without breaking your budget?
Well, thanks to the magic of capitalism and the deep pockets of one particular tech billionaire, the answer is "Yes." But it may be the best kept secret in the... Read More »
In the world-building game, The Battle for Polytopia, you lead a tribe, conquer cities, take land, gather resources, and get the highest score before your time runs out.
Part of what makes The Battle for Polytopia a joy to play is, unlike some other world-building games that require you to master quite a bit before you can start enjoying your conquests, this turn-based strategy game for Android and iOS is easy to jump into and start building an empire.... Read More »
Warner Brothers and TT Games have just announced that The Incredibles are getting their own LEGO game on June 15, to coincide with the long-awaited sequel to Pixar's 2004 animated film arriving a week later. LEGO The Incredibles will be coming out on the Nintendo Switch mobile game console, as well as the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. The game is priced at $59.99 for all three platforms. A Windows release has not been announced.
TT's LEGO games straddle... Read More »
Hooray! Another post-apocalyptic zombie game! And this one's good! In Last Day on Earth: Survival -- from Kefir and currently in beta -- you play as a survivor in a zombie-filled wasteland, searching for food, water, and materials. As you level up, you can build a shelter and fortify it; craft weapons and clothes; and even erect a radio tower, so you can chat with other players in the game. The game is in beta, so some final... Read More »
In Badland -- a haunting and evocative platformer -- you fly a dark, fluffy creature through dangerous woods to safety (iOS and Android). The bat-like creature, called a clone, floats through the troubled forest, bouncing off branches, pipes, gears, paddles, and other clones. The game is beautiful, with a hand-drawn feel, and you progress by avoiding threats and obstacles that change as the day moves from morning to night. Play alone, with four friends on... Read More »
WB Games' Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (iOS, Android), the fifth installment in the Lego Star Wars series, based on the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, picks up 30 years after the climactic conclusion to Return of the Jedi, after Darth Vader sacrifices his own life to save his son, Luke Skywalker's, and the damage-dealing Death Star is blown to bits.
Skywalker has been missing ever since, and the Resistance (formerly the Rebels), now led by... Read More »
FoxNext Games announced today that Marvel Strike Force, a free-to-play squad-based role-playing game set in the Marvel comic book universe, is now available for iOS and for Android. You can assemble a team from a selection of over 60 characters, from stalwarts such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, and Captain America and newer favorites including Groot and Star-Lord to resurgent heroes like Daredevil and Doctor Strange.
The game includes a single-player campaign, "Events" (missions specific... Read More »
The Wolf Among Us (iOS, Android) is a gripping interactive 3D storybook game, from Telltale Inc., the game studio best known for the award-winning game The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series and Batman: A Telltale Series. But instead of post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled Atlanta or contemporary crime-riddled Gotham City, The Wolf Among Us, a five-episode prequel to the Fables series, is set 20 years before the events from Bill Willingham's popular comic series on which it's based, in 1986... Read More »
Fireproof Games announced today that the next chapter in its Myst-like puzzle game series, The Room: Old Sins, is making its way to Android devices on April 19, after a brief exclusive on iOS. This atmospheric and Gothic puzzle series has been a perennial hit on mobile devices, and Old Sins is now the fourth such game; there's even a series of papercrafts that you can download and print out, to mystify your friends and neighbors with.
In... Read More »
You subscribe to Netflix to watch unlimited movies and Spotify to listen to unlimited songs. Why not subscribe to a mobile games service to play unlimited games? That's the question Hatch is asking gamers in Europe as it rolls out Hatch, a cloud-gaming service that is currently in beta testing and gives users access to more than 100 mobile games.
The Hatch streaming service is available in 18 European countries, including Finland, France, and Germany, with the United Kingdom this... Read More »
Niantic and Nintendo announced today that the mythical mew will be coming to Pokemon GO (Android, iOS) this week, making it the 151st creature, finally completing the original Kanto Pokedex for the popular mobile augmented reality (AR) game that still has hordes of people wandering the physical world to collect virtual pets. And to make things interesting, Niantic is adding a series of challenges you have to complete to get a chance to encounter... Read More »
Once you start, you just can't stop. Candy Crush Saga (iOS and Android) is a sweet Match 3 puzzle adventure game that has seen millions of players switching and matching candies across trillions of levels. In greater numbers, women are leveling up in games like these as players, but behind the scenes, they still have a long road ahead of them to match the numbers of their male designer colleagues. According to the much-quoted International Game Developers Association's... Read More »
The world's in major danger in FoxNext's upcoming squad-based RPG Marvel Strike Force, thanks to the game's arch-villain, the infamous Kree warrior and Eternal, Ultimus, and his evil forces. It's up to you to collect a roster of at least 70 customizable and upgradable Marvel heroes and villains, such as Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Loki, Elektra, Captain America, and Iron Man to defeat him. Before Marvel Strike Force goes live on the App Store and Google Play Store,... Read More »
If you're ready to commit to a new collectible card game, The Elder Scrolls: Legends - Heroes of Skyrim is prepared to deal you in.
The Elder Scrolls: Legends draws on Bethesda's Elder Scrolls story and offers a game that will feel familiar to collectible card players but different enough from Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering that it is worth downloading and playing.
In the game, you build your deck using two of the six available colors... Read More »
Monument Valley (iOS , Android) designer Ken Wong could have easily created yet another love story about a couple of fair-faced Westerners finding each other and ultimately living "happily ever after." But then again, the 35-year-old game designer, who heads Mountains craft game studio doesn't write fairy tales for The Hallmark Channel. More inclusive-minded than many, Wong and his team at Mountains made every effort to create a game that acknowledges the North... Read More »
See if you're up to the challenge of discovering the familiar object in the shadows in Shadowmatic. In this clever and inventive puzzle game, you'll rotate abstract objects in front of a light source, study the silhouette cast on the wall, and pick out a recognizable shape, such as a rabbit, chess piece, or tea kettle.
Sure, you think, how much fun can that be? A lot, actually. The game is pleasingly challenging -- as... Read More »
There was a time when you couldn't make it from your living room to the kitchen without stumbling over a tycoon game, and now they've almost all faded into the mists of time. RollerCoaster Tycoon (RCT) is basically the honey badger of this genre, spawning three direct sequels, five spinoffs, and even a pinball machine. While the upcoming Nintendo Switch version had some initial skepticism around its Kickstarter-like funding, we can confirm that this game is actually slated... Read More »
Adjusted for inflation, Westworld made a modest $57M as a film in 1973, and it could easily have been forgotten in an era before home video became a thing. But despite everything, we've got another smash-hit HBO show boasting a level of talent and creative passion that the original makers couldn't have imagined. Westworld, as a mobile game, coming to a phone or tablet near you in April, is positioned as a logical extension of watching the show,... Read More »