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It's still baffling to see the extent that Pokemon GO [Free] has blown up since its release two weeks ago. Even in relatively quiet suburban towns, everyone is glued to their phones to ensure any elusive Pokemon don't slip under the radar, and in big cities there have been thousands of people gathering for critter hunting en masse. As a result, it was extremely disappointing to see the massive server crashes this weekend, as walks and gatherings were spoilt and effectively rendered pointless, as there were no virtual creatures to throw balls at on the way. These major periods of server downtime are unavoidable - however, some of the smaller bugs and freezes that occur during normal gameplay of Pokemon GO can be avoided or compensated for. Don't let a glitch stop you from catching your ten-thousandth Pidgey; here are the steps you should follow for the most seamless Pokemon catching experience currently possible...

The most frequently asked question and only major decision you'll have to make whilst playing Pokemon GO [Free] is 'what team should I join?'. Your decision, whether that is Blue for Mystic, Red for Valor or Yellow for Instinct, will come to define and mould your experience of playing Pokemon GO, and also cannot be changed after the fateful choice has been made at level five. Owing to the importance of such a decision, make sure before you finally have to make that life-changing selection you are fully prepared, and will not pick a Pokemon team that you will later come to regret. Here are the pivotal steps to ensure you choose the team that truly suits you...




Now that Pokemon Go [Free] has been out in the wild for a little bit and the servers seem to have settled down, one of the more interesting facets that newcomers are starting to realize is the distinct lack of any in-game guides or tutorials. This is especially true for the game’s gym and combat guide, which is decidedly different from other ‘normal’ Pokemon games. Well, we’ve certainly been out and about catching them all in the wild and we’ve got some tips and info for folks looking to figure out how to get started with gyms...

Battles in Pokemon Go [Free] are relatively simple in nature, but are still significantly different than that of its console counterparts. In addition, Pokemon Go has a much different way of improving your pokemon team than previous titles. So, check out the following tips and guidance for improving your team and making it more likely that you’ll win those gym battles in the future...

It seems the US launch of Pokemon Go [Free] has been a ... bit of a sh*t show, for lack of a better way to put it. The game seems to be totally overloaded with players, which I suppose is a good problem for Niantic to have, but it's left more than a few people in our community wondering if there's just no Pokestops and Pokemon gyms near them... Or if the game is just stuck eternally loading map points which never appear. Well, thankfully there's a pretty great way to scope out your neighborhood for nearby Pokemon Go locations, as well as potentially scout out other locations you could swing by soaking up Pokeballs and other goodies...

When Minecraft: Pocket Edition's [$6.99] Friendly Update hit yesterday, we got numerous new features. However, the biggest one is easily Minecraft Realms becoming available to mobile and Windows 10 users. If you don't know what Realms is, think of it as a paid multiplayer server hosting service provided by Mojang itself. The goal of this service when it was conceived a few years back was to take the hassle out of establishing your own server while at the same time offering a safe environment for people of all ages to play Minecraft together. With 0.15 update finally bringing Realms to iOS and Android, we've put together a guide to help you navigate this new feature and help you create or join a Realms server to enjoy Minecraft: Pocket Edition with friends...

How to Hit the Leaderboards in 'Slither.io' - Tips on Winning from a 'Slither.io' Pro

Slither.io [Free] combines the classic eat-em-up experience of Snake, the granddaddy of all mobile games, with massively multiplayer action. Slither.io started as a web-based game, but made the leap to iOS in March of 2016. It’s just had a major update this week and it continues to sit at the top of the free app charts. A big part of the appeal of the game is the leaderboard, where the names of the ten longest snakes are displayed. It can be a thrill seeing your name on the board, and even more exciting if you become the longest snake of the week. If you achieve that incredible feat you can leave a custom message for all players to see… at least until a bigger snake comes along. With a few simple strategies it should be possible for anyone to break into that top 10 leaderboard...

Just as the first game did a few years ago, Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2 [Free] has grabbed a lot of my attention since its release not long ago. It's a little buggy in places, but the turn-based battle system is very satisfying and strategic, and the team-building offers a lot of options to support a variety of play styles. Plus, it has Spider-Man in it. So, since I'm playing the game an awful lot anyway, I thought I'd put together a bit of advice for anyone else who might be interested in the game. Note that I'm going to try to keep away from recommending specific characters, since an overpowered character is often one update away from being toned down...

Gameloft’s take on a freemium city builder infused with Disney magic is an excellent title for those that interested in anything related to the House of Mouse. Yet, similar to other similar titles, Disney Magic Kingdoms does possess some nuance to the way it handles its timer based gameplay. We’ve been playing it quite a bit in order to build our ideal Disney park (hint, it doesn’t involve putting the Astro Orbiters in front of the entrance to Tomrorowland) and have a few tips to impart for those looking to build without resorting to IAP...

I quite enjoyed Rope Racers [Free] in my review last week, and in fact I’m still playing every day. Flying through each level via ropes and trying to beat nine other people to the finish is incredibly fun, but unfortunately the game has just about every free-to-play mechanic you can think of. There’s a slot machine, two currencies, a stamina meter, and several other timers. It’s far from the worst I’ve seen, but it can hamper your progress if you’re not careful. Fortunately, I managed to unlock all 20 leagues and most of the characters since it came out, and I’ve compiled some of the tips and tricks I used below...

So, you've read our guide to starting out in Clash Royale [Free], and you're looking to get better. Well, we're here to help. If you want to make the leap to being a better player, here are some key tips that will help you get the advantages in battle that you need...

Clash Royale [Free], Supercell's latest game, has just released worldwide, and I'm sure many of you will be playing it for the first time today. So, we thought you'll probably need some help getting the most out of the game because the more you win, the more fun you'll have. And if you haven't thought about trying it out, I suggest you download it because Supercell has managed to pack plenty of strategy in a very refined, and good looking, package. Add to that a pretty good monetization model that lets you get plenty of good cards and have a lot of fun without paying a dime (if you so wish), and you can understand why Supercell has a winner in its hands and why you should be playing it. If you're just starting out, this relatively short guide will teach you the basics of Clash Royale and get you playing well and winning battles. So, without further ado, let's jump in...

I've been spending a lot of time with TinyCo's Marvel Avengers Academy [Free] recently. What can I say? I have a documented weakness for Marvel fan-service, and this app really packs it in nicely. Now, there's not a whole lot of playing to be done here, since at its heart it's more or less a superhero aquarium, but I have found a few tips to help things move along a little quicker for those of us who want to enjoy the game for free. Some of these are obvious to anyone who has messed around with a game like this before, but for the sake of anyone who hasn't, I'm going to include basic advice along with the rest. Excelsior!..

In addition to the launch of a Lunar New Year map skin, new hero skins, and various gameplay changes, Version 1.14 in Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory [Free] also saw the debut of Ozo. A fast and furious melee jungler, Ozo relies on quick player reflexes in order to do the most damage to his enemies. I’ve been enjoying Ozo during his ICE-exclusive period and now that he’s available for Glory unlock, we thought we’d post an introductory guide for players looking to see if he’s worth adding to your repertoire (spoiler alert: I think he is)...

Craneballs’ Splash Cars [Free] may look like a version of Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99] with a little Splatoon thrown in, but it definitely stands on its own. I gave the game four stars in our review, and I’d happily do it again. (If for some reason I had to review the same game twice. That’s weird though.) Unlike Pako or Splatoon, though, Splash Cars is very much a free-to-play game. It has timers, dual currencies, ads, and plenty of grinding. So what can we do about this?..

After spending the last two weeks with Vainglory’s [Free] newest hero, Reim, I have to say that he’s had the most challenging difficulty curve of any hero that I’ve written a guide for. With high-damage moves dependent on timing, sustain reliant on landing said moves, and middle of the road mobility, I found that Reim requires a player that will give him a lot of attention. However, with proper training (perhaps starting with our guide below), he has the potential to be a high end jungle front liner for any team down the stretch...

So, you want to download soft-launched games like Clash Royale, don't you? We often talk about soft launched games here on TouchArcade (and if you enjoy our coverage, your support is most welcome), with a winking hint toward people who know how to get these games. But the methods to do so are often tricky, left to be known by a few. While getting soft launched games in a country you don't reside in isn't necessarily easy, it's not that difficult to do, you just have to know where you're looking and what to do. Here's how to register an iTunes account in a different country for soft launch games...

With the advent of the new Rick and Morty game, Pocket Mortys[Free] , you might find yourself a little out of practice at being the very best there ever was at capturing and battling living beings against each other. No worries, however, I've rekindled my inner trainer and want to share with you some really nice little tips on how to maximize your fun through ruthlessly defeating all the other Ricks out there that are just pretending to be the best. Also, be sure to hit up our Pocket Mortys Thread on our forums to follow the discussion as it's happening!..

My New Year's Resolution was a weird one, while you guys are quitting smoking, going to the gym, and other lofty life-changing goals, I decided I would play Clash of Clans [Free] on a high level. Admittedly, it had a lot to do with seeing a Clash of Clans trailer before Star Wars and thinking to myself, "You know, it's kind of dumb that I'm not regularly playing a mobile game that's grown so huge it's the last thing you see before the new frickin' Star Wars starts." That being said, the cool part about hopping into the wild world of Clash of Clans now is that over the years they've added so many different quality of life improvements to the game. It's sort of crazy how often I find myself thinking, "It would be nice if I could do ____________," only to delve deeper into the menus and see that already exists. That being said, the game has also grown exponentially in overall depth and complication, making the original version that I first played back when it was released years ago feel... Surprisingly basic in comparison...

I’ve been a pretty big fan of all the recent heroes that have debuted on Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory [Free]. However, I get particularly excited whenever there’s a new ranged hero designed for lane play. Kestrel is the latest hero to enter the Halcyon Fold in that role and I was pretty excited to check her out. After some extended play I’m also pleased to say that she’s an excellent addition to the slowly expanding lineup in the popular mobile MOBA. Now that she’s out of her week-long ICE exclusivity period we figured we’d launch our usual beginner’s guide for players that are trying to decide if she’s worth the investment...

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