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While Pokemon GO [Free] players likely know the name Pokemon, there's another name to know: the developer, Niantic. Namely, because they made another geolocation game called Ingress [Free] that served as the foundation for Pokemon GO. And as it turns out, there's years of advice in playing Ingress that's useful for Pokemon GO. We already know that you can use the Ingress map for Pokemon GO, since it's based on the same data. As such, it's worth heeding tips and tricks from Ingress veterans. What you may not know is that it was once possible to submit data for where Pokemon and various gyms would be, but this was shut down. Still, if you want to know why some Pokestops are what they are, these guidelines explain why. In particular, so many churches are Pokestops because of the connection to Ingress' lore. Turns out Pokemon wasn't Satanic, it was gonna drive people to church! Literally! The point is that if Ingress grew too large for further portal submission, don't expect to be submitting your own Pokestops any time soon...

'Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition' Review - Let it Steal Your Heart

One of my favorite games of the past few years on PC is Crypt of the NecroDancer [$4.99], a rhythmic roguelike that I tried out with a friend, and I fell in love with the whole concept of the game. It's a roguelike where movement is set to the beat of a fantastic soundtrack by Danny Baranowsky, with the idea being that the entire game can be controlled by the four directional inputs on a Dance Dance Revolution dance pad. After enjoying my first time with the game, I rushed out and bought the game with its soundtrack on Steam. ..




'Super Stickman Golf 3' Review - Another Great Day at the Sticky Links

It's been a few years since Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free] first released, and there's been plenty of time for that game to kind of fade into memories to a certain degree, what with the constant deluge of releases that mobile gamers are beset by. So even huge fans of that game might have forgotten just why it was so much fun. And really, that's what Super Stickman Golf 3 [Free] does best: it advances the franchise with its new spin mechanic, but also shows just how solid the core established by earlier games was. It's just better than ever...

'NBA Live Mobile' Now Available Worldwide

July 5th, 2016 6:45 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Perhaps all this NBA free agency news has you jonesing to play a basketball game, and trying to construct a super-team of your own to rival the potential basketball juggernaut that is the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors with Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson. Well, EA Sports has conveniently launched NBA Live Mobile [Free] worldwide today on iOS and Android. In a similar vein to the FIFA Mobile [Free] and Madden NFL Mobile [Free] games that are out right now, this is an evergreen version of EA's basketball franchise, with current Thunder point guard and likely future "most shots taken in a season" record holder Russell Westbrook on the cover of the game...

'Super Stickman Golf 3' Launches Thursday; What is the Game's Premium Mode?

You need one final reminder, as you'll want to pay attention to this game: Super Stickman Golf 3 launches on Thursday, July 7th. Noodlecake is in North American time zones, so expect this one late on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, not necessarily super-early . Though App Store releases are often really weird, so it could pop up at any random point in the near future. But just a heads up on that. If you need to know a bit more about this one, check out our preview coverage and watch our lengthy Mobcrush stream that discusses a bunch of aspects of the game with Noodlecake's Ryan Holowaty, that wound up split into part 1 and part 2...

The entire Infinity Blade trilogy has just all gone free. While you could have gotten the various games in this notable franchise for free at various points, right now on July 4th you can get all 3 games for free. These games were all must-play titles when they released, and if you haven't checked them out, or only played one or two entries in the series, then here's your chance to complete your collection for free:..

'Skullgirls' Mobile Adaptation Enters Beta Test, Releasing Later This Year

Hidden Variable Studios and Autumn Games are bringing fighting game Skullgirls in a free-to-play mobile version, as announced at Anime Expo 2016 in Los Anageles. A straightforward mobile release would be...challenging, to say the least, so the plan is for the game to tackle more of the Injustice [Free] model of creating teams and sending them into battle against opponents' teams. The game will of course feature the fantastic 2D, classic-cartoon-inspired artwork and animation that the fighting game is well known for, as the trailer shows off:..

Brace Yourself Games has just launched the fantastic rhythmic roguelike Crypt of the NecroDancer [$4.99] for iOS and Apple TV. The game's been out on desktop and console for a while now, but finally you can play this game on mobile. The hook is that it's similar to many roguelikes in that you go from tile to tile, and bump into enemies to attack them, but you have to move and act as according to the rhythm of the music. Oh, and each level has its own music tracks with their own beats, the enemies all have their own predictable yet complicated behaviors. There's secrets to discover, permanent unlocks to be had for the main campaign, and characters with different behaviors that will alter the way the game works...

Both of the major Puzzle Quest games out there right now are getting some nifty new updates. First up is Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free], which has added a new Captain America: Peggy Carter. Yes, the character who has become a standout among the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making appearances in several Marvel movies, getting her own underappreciated TV series, and being part of most pressing question currently facing America: "if you're frozen in suspended animation for several decades, and you make out with the great-niece of the woman had a mutual romantic interest with back before you were frozen, is that weird? Especially if y'all just kissed like days after her great-aunt died? Like, what's the protocol here?" ..

'Cat Quest' is a Promising Action-RPG from the Developers of 'Slashy Hero'

The Gentlebros is the studio that brought you the fun Halloween-themed action-RPG, Slashy Hero [Free], which Kongregate wound up publishing last year. The ex-Koei-Tecmo developers aren't resting on their laurels, as they're hard at work on a brand new game, Cat Quest. You play as a customizable hero adventurer cat, exploring the world, fightnig enemies, and explring various caves nad dugneons for loot. Check out the trailer, and see how many cat puns you can spy:..

'Quell Zen' is the Latest in Fallen Tree Games' Popular Puzzle Series

Fallen Tree Games is set to introduce the latest in their popular series of Quell games, with Quell Zen. A followup to 2015's Quell Memento [$2.99], this game where you slide a ball around puzzle mazes, using walls and endless looping walls to help solve the tricky puzzles ahead of you, this will feature plenty of new mechanics to puzzle you, which you can sample in the new trailer:..

Square Enix has just put Adventures of Mana [$13.99] on sale, and if you've been looking to play this one, the $9.99 price point is the game's first sale. If you're used to mobile game prices, that might not seem cheap, but it's still less than the regular $13.99 price. Which is a normal price for a video game, not just the weird warped world of mobile gaming pricing. But not only is this one on sale, there's also a cool new feature: you can choose between the new arranged soundtrack, but also the original Game Boy soundtrack. Huzzah!..

'Combo Quest 2' Features More Heroes and Combo Meter Action This Week

Tapinator has published a couple of really cool games from Boarding Party Games in Combo Quest [Free] and Dice Mage [Free], each showing some cool pixel art with interesting game ideas. Now, the publisher-developer combo is set to return to their first game with Combo Quest 2, and the first trailer is looking combo-ier and quest-ier. Sadly, they didn't call it 2 Combo 2 Quest like I want all appropriate sequels to be called, in the vein of 2 Fast 2 Furious...

'The Little Fox' Finally Combines Auto-Runner Gameplay with Hex Grids

For far too long, fans of stylish-yet-cute games have had to trade their love of easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master games with the fact that they aren't real games. You see, many of these games don't have hex grids, so they're not real games. So disappointing. But every so often, you get a game that is both casual-friendly but also a real game. Like, Oddhop [$1.99] is a pretty fun little game that's got hex grids. But they are too few! The Little Fox puports to do just this: be a cute and appealing game that's an auto-runner while also using hex grids, what?!..

'Super Stickman Golf 3' Release Date Announced  - Watch a Preview Stream on Mobcrush Tonight

Good news if you are excited to finally play Super Stickman Golf 3 and didn't get into the beta, or got into it and can't wait to toss Noodlecake all your money on card packs, bux, and the XP doubler: Noodlecake has officially announced that Super Stickman Golf 3 will launch on iOS and Android on July 7th. The game will be free-to-play, but there will be a 'premium mode' unlock that disables ads, and opens up the entire game for one fee. That feature was disabled in the beta, but it will be in the final version. Do note that the level editor isn't quite ready yet, though the infrastructure to download courses made with it is in the game. Noodlecake just didn't want to delay the game because the level editor wasn't ready...

'Monster Hunter Explore' Shutting Down, Will Not Release Worldwide

If you're interested in Capcom's upcoming Monster Hunter Explore, then bad news: the game is being shut down in soft launch. On June 23rd, Capcom posted a notice saying that the game was going to cease IAP purchases on June 30th, with the game being shut down in late July. Our forum readers caught this on the 23rd, but interestingly, I played the game on our Mobcrush channel on the 25th, and no notice was given until I launched the game today and saw the shutdown notice...

Kongregate's 'Animation Throwdown' is a CCG Combining Family Guy, Futurama, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, and King of the Hill

Kongregate and Fox Digital Entertainment have announced a new CCG that features quite the interesting crossover cast in Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards. The game will feature the casts of Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Futurama, American Dad, and King of the Hill. So, it's kind of a reunion of Fox Animation Domination shows, though two of those shows are canceled and one isn't even airing on Fox any more. It's the crossover of shows that air reruns on Adult Swim except not Futurama any more! But finally, your dreams of pitting Bender against Bob Belcher are set to come true...

Supercell is introducing a new Tournaments feature to Clash Royale [Free], and they've run down how they'll work in separate blog posts. So, the idea is that once you've unlocked the Tournaments mode, you can create a tournament that has a location attached to it, with battles set to use the established Tournament Rules. It's possible to have greater precision to your location, but the idea is that Supercell wants to make it easy to establish local tournaments. Matches won't use a standard bracket format, instead being based around a closed matchmaking system with its own leaderboard. ..

Namco has soft launched a new shoot 'em up called Galaga Wars in Canada and Australia. Now, when I first heard the name, I thought "Oh no, Namco's trying to do a Galaga Clash of Clans [Free] clone?" Because that's what "Wars" seemed to indicate. Amazingly, no: this is basically the Galaga take on Pac-Man 256 [Free], where you have one life, and advance through random formations of enemies. The game lets you fly about in all directions, so it's not entirely like Galaga, but it's still got the classic enemies in their formations, and the ship you can rescue from the enemy's clutches...

Surprise, Nitrome's got a new game out now, called Redungeon [Free]. They're describing this as kind of being the Platform Panic [Free] of top-down dungeon crawlers, in that you collect coins and have multiple characters that you can upgrade. This one has you moving from tile to tile in real-time, trying to avoid the many deadly hazards that populate this deadly dungeon you're exploring. Your different heroes that you unlock along the way can help you out by taking out enemies, keeping you safe, being immune to hazards, and more...