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A new Batman game hit the App Store this morning, titled Batman: Arkham Underworld [Free], and it's ... actually surprisingly cool. When we originally heard about it back in March (of 2015), the original pitch made it sound a lot like Batman meets Clash of Clans [Free]. In actuality, it's more like Batman meets Evil Genius [Free] with a sprinkle of Dungeon Keeper [Free] and a slightly detectable hint of Breach & Clear [$3.99]...

Decluttr is a web service that buys up your old junk, including CD's, DVD's, games, cell phones, and a bunch of other stuff. Apparently, like everyone else, they've gotten into Pokemon Go [Free] in a big way, and compiled a map based on state-specific search terms to find which Pokemon people are looking for most in each particular state. I'm in Illinois, and they're right on the money here. Everyone is wild about catching Eevee. Word on the street is they can evolve into tons of different things, which, I suppose, is super appealing to Illinoisans...




Niantic's Pokemon Go [Free] is well on its way to being to biggest video game ever, but the one trend that's arguably even more predictable than Pokemon games doing well is internet curmudgeons racing to let everyone know how much they don't like or don't care about the new popular thing. It's a time honored tradition, dating back far before the internet even existed. Preferring rollerblading because too many people skateboard, suddenly hating your favorite band because they got played on the radio and now people know who they are, choosing to ride your horse to work because you refuse to be yet another sheeple with a car... The list goes on and on. The good news is, if you're this kind of person, the PokeGone browser extension is just what the doctor ordered. (Although what if even this extension gets too popular? Then what?)..

How to Create or Change a PokeStop in 'Pokemon GO'

July 14th, 2016 12:30 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News
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It was once impossible, but you can request new PokeStops, and to report PokeStops for various reasons, in Pokemon GO [Free]. The game's developer, Niantic, has created a support form where you can submit addresses to create new PokeStops or Gyms, either as a general request, or if there are none near you. As well, it's also possible to report a PokeStop if it's dangerous, if it's on your personal property, or if there's an issue with that location's PokeStop or gym...

Out Now: 'Quell Zen', 'Bomboras Forever', 'Combo Critters', 'Lanota', 'Crush Your Enemies', 'Klocki', 'Polyforge', 'Comblosion' and More

Welcome to another Wednesday night slash Thursday morning and another Out Now post filled with a ton of new iOS games. The "big name" game this week was definitely Day of the Tentacle Remastered, which dropped somewhat out of nowhere earlier this week, and is an absolute treat on mobile. However, I've already ran through the entire game since it came out, and as is pretty normal for a mobile gamer, I'm hungry for more, More, MORE! As always we list all the noteworthy or otherwise interesting-looking games below along with links to each game's forum threads, screenshots, and descriptions, so give this list a nice look and let us know which games you're interested in this week down in the comments below...

First Video Released for 'Get Me Outta Here', an Upcoming Action Platformer from the Makers of 'Jump Jack'

Back in October of last year, the two-brother team known as Rossman Bros Games released the frightfully difficult and highly underrated auto-runner Jump Jack [$0.99], which was a passion project completed in the brothers' free time and also was based on an actual bedtime story Eric Rossman would tell his son Jack. Well, this past April, the bros announced their next mobile project, a more traditional-style action platformer called Get Me Outta Here. Since that announcement, the bros have been dropping little snippets of info and some very early teasers of the game in our forums, but today they released the first actual gameplay video of Get Me Outta Here in an early alpha state, and I am now tingling with excitement after watching it. Not that I wasn't tingling from the teasers, but this video kicked the tingling into overdrive. Ok, enough about tingling, check out the vid...

It was just last week we learned that adorable point-and-click adventure Love You To Bits [$3.99] would be getting two brand new levels and iCloud syncing, and today that update has gone live in the App Store. Love You To Bits was a story about a space explorer searching the galaxy to collect all the parts of his robot girlfriend, who had been blown to bits. It was created by some of the same people who made the wonderful (and sadly now defunct) Tiny Thief, and felt like an appropriate spiritual successor to that title. ..

If you like your Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl with a side of RNG, today's Brawl should be just your thing. 'Servant of Yogg-Saron' Tryouts has you picking a class and then gives you a deck full of random minions. For every minion you play, a random spell is cast on a random target; in a way, it's a one-shot Yogg-Saron effect. As you can imagine, this Brawl is great for completing your dailies because even if you aren't very good at playing the game, Yogg-Saron might still come through for you with his random spell-casting. If you're the kind of player who hates RNG, though, better keep away from this on because it will possibly drive you insane (which is a common effect of the Old Gods)...

One minor difficulty with Pokemon GO [Free] is that some of the Pokestops are not always convenient to get to. Some may be in the middle of the ocean. But some may be in buildings that aren't always accessible to the public, such as sports stadiums. Like, minor league baseball stadiums. Thankfully, minor league baseball teams are constantly looking for new and crazy ways to get people out to their ballparks, and the Double-A San Antonio Missions have decided to let Pokemon GO players specifically into their stadium two hours early with the purchase of a ticket. They conveniently have several Pokestops including a Gym at their park. Seems like a clever way to sell some tickets and get people out to a stadium that's not really convenient for a lot of people, and in the middle of July when even at 7pm, first pitch is gonna be 100 degrees Fahrenheit. But if you can own a Gym that is tough to otherwise access, that's worth the steep cost, no?..

'Riptide GP: Renegade' Hits Apple TV on August 2nd, iOS Shortly Afterward

Vector Unit's latest entry in their fun Riptide GP series of water vehicle racing games, Riptide GP: Renegade, has been in the works for a while now, with our latest major look at it being at PAX Prime in 2015. The good news is that the game is set to finally release, with Apple TV and the Nvidia Shield Android TV set to get the game on August 2nd for $9.99. A mobile version is set to hit "shortly after" the TV versions. ..

For quite some time, whenever someone wanted to make a generalized statement about how popular mobile gaming is, he would use Candy Crash Saga as the example, and that made sense given the game's 20 million peak active users in the US. However, there's a new kid in town now, Pokemon GO [Free], and according to this Surveymonkey data, it has just surpassed Candy Crash Saga to claim the US mobile gaming throne and officially become the biggest mobile game in US history. The game now haz 21 million active daily users, so it's handily beating games like Clash Royale, Slither.io, and pretty much everything else around. And the game hasn't been out in the States for that long either, so we've definitely not reached peak Pokemon GO...

Yesterday we posted that the Pokemon Go [Free] 1.0.1 hit the App Store, and with it came stability improvements as well as fixing the whole Google account permissions thing. Problem was, as people quickly started discovering, updating to 1.0.1 broke people's ability to log into the game via their Pokemon Trainer Club login. It's a pretty typical App Store SNAFU, really. Race out an update to fix one thing, break other stuff in the process, repeat...

While it seems that Pokemon Go [Free] has completely taken over the planet, brave developers are still releasing new iOS games this week. The haul feels a little lighter than usual as far as big name releases are concerned, and we got more than a few emails from devs who pushed their game release back 1-2 weeks likely to try to avoid Poke-mania... So the next couple weeks should be pretty full. Either way, it's National Beans 'n' Franks Day, so regardless of whether you're playing Pokemon Go or downloading these new games, it's time to break the glass on your emergency supply of hot dogs and baked beans...

We have been inundated with weird, wacky and wonderful stories related to Pokemon GO [Free] ever since it became a national phenomenon in every single country it has been released in. Whether that is people using drones to catch Pokemon from afar, or the Westboro Baptist Church using the app in an attempt to further their hate-filled agenda, it seems there is always something or someone trying to push the boundary for crazy stories related to the ridiculously popular iPhone game. I believe the internet was at its zenith today, as following on from the format of 2014's Twitch Plays Pokemon, there is now Twitch Plays Pokemon GO. I can't believe it either. Check out the Twitch stream in all its glory here...

Although many indies have tried to replicate the tiny racing feeling of classic early '90s release Micro Machines on mobile, the actual licensed IP has been strangely absent from the App Store. Way back in October of last year, Chillingo and original Micro Machines developer Codemasters announced a partnership to revive the series for mobile, and after a fairly lengthy soft-launch period their new Micro Machines [Free] has hit the App Store just ahead of its previously announced July 14th global release date...

Monument Valley [$3.99] was one of those games that broke into the mainstream (thank you Frank Underwood and House of Cards) and stayed there. Many people I know who don't play mobile games have either seen or heard about the game. Now, Monument Valley's lead designer, Ken Wong, has decided to found his own studio called Mountains. Wong describes Mountains as a 'craft games studio' with the goal of making small, beautiful games. We've all appreciated his artistic vision in Monument Valley, so I'm intrigued to see what Mountains has in store for us...

In an interesting and quite peculiar twist in the popularity of Pokemon GO [Free], the game has become a 'weapon' of choice for political statements. This story is so crazy, though, that you might want to take it with a pinch of salt because it borders on the unbelievable. The infamous Westboro Baptist Church - known for its protests of military funerals and other even less savory incidents - apparently got involved in a Pokemon war when its location happened to be the location of a Pokemon GO gym. So, an LBGT ally used a Clefairy nicknamed "LoveIsLove" to take control of the gym, making quite the political statement. The Westboro Baptist Church then decided that it could use Pokemon to make its own political statements and, in the process, fight against Clefairy...

Pokemon GO [Free] has only been out for a few days, but we've already seen numerous highly creative attempts at cheating the system and becoming a Pokemon master, through the traditional technique of living a sedentary lifestyle from the comfort of your sofa. We've seen record players and ceiling fans being utilised to hatch eggs, and even drones equipped with smartphones to be able to catch Pokemon regardless of where the critters are contained. While some may call it lazy, and others will attest to the ingenuity of such methods, one thing that is certain is that cheating is a time-honored tradition in all Pokemon games and definitely not unique to Pokemon GO. Thanks to the detective work/legendary laziness of Reddit user Neo-Ninja, here is a short yet inspired timeline of cheating in Pokemon games (not including glitches or hacking devices such as GameShark or Action Replay because I've faced enough shiny level 100 Arceuses online and it's all your fault)...

In early June, we scoped out a wacky trailer for an upcoming third-person shooter from Flange Studio called Gun Glory: Anarchy [Free], and today the game has just gone live in the App Store. So what made the trailer so wacky? Two words: Bunny hats. Gun Glory goes beyond the tired modern military motif and features some more fantastical elements in terms of weaponry and, yes, even character outfits. It's this over-the-top element of Gun Glory that is really appealing to someone like me who has had his fill of the same old same old in shooters...

Hearthstone's [Free] latest update is a big one, and while it doesn't change much about the game, it does add some interesting new features. We are getting a new Shaman hero, Morgl the Oracle, which can be earned by referring a friend and having them reach a total of 20 levels across all classes. They cannot be recruited if they've already reached level 20. According to the patchnotes, your next four recruits will earn you a free Classic Pack. Said friends will get a free pack for accepting your generous and completely not self-serving invitation, and you'll get a new hero to play with...

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