‘PUBG Mobile’ adds fast-paced War Mode and clans

PUBG Mobile just got some spicier gameplay, whether you're just looking for a quick fix or striving for glory. Both Android and iOS versions of the game now include War Mode, which ditches the familiar battle royale in favor of a deathmatch-style experience where respawns are available and kill counts are the key to victory. At the same time, competitive players are getting their fill with clan support (including insignia, missions and a Clan Shop).

Source: App Store, Google Play

Valve removes game purchases from Steam Link’s iOS beta

Apple and Valve have been at an impasse for weeks over the release of Steam Link for iOS, but it looks like they might be closer to an arrangement... if not necessarily the one you'd hope for. TouchArcade has discovered that the latest beta test for Steam Link's iOS edition removes purchasing from within the app. If you visit a game's product page, the usual buying options are replaced with a notice that the content is "available for purchase from your PC." You can use any existing funds in your wallet when you're in the Steam Marketplace, but you can't add funds.

Via: MacRumors

Source: TouchArcade

‘Alto’s Odyssey’ reaches your phone on February 22nd

Built by Snowman's Alto's Odyssey has been public knowledge for more than a year (and was subject to a last-minute delay in late summer), but it's finally here... almost. The Alto's Adventure sequel is now slated to launch on iOS and Apple TV devices February 22nd with a not-too-unreasonable $5 price tag. As before, Odyssey takes the endless boarding concept to a desert landscape that throws fresh challenges into the mix. You'll have to contend with natural hazards (including lemurs) and take advantage of hot air balloons, shifting grind rails and wall rides in order to keep moving.

Via: Federico Viticci (Twitter)

Source: App Store, Built by Snowman

Xbox party chat arrives on iOS in beta

You no longer need an Android phone if you want to join in Xbox party chats when you're away from your console -- Microsoft has introduced party chat to the beta Xbox app for iOS. If you've been accepted into the program (you have to sign up first), you can keep up with your teammates' voice conversations from your iPhone or iPad while you're racing home to join them in a multiplayer match.

Via: OnMSFT, Windows Central

Source: Xbox App Beta signup

Empire-builder ‘Civilization VI’ comes to the iPad for $30

Usually, playing Civilization on the go means playing one of the cut-down Revolution games. They're fine, but they're not the same thing. You won't have to make that compromise from now on, however. Aspyr Media has released Civilization VI for the iPad -- yes, the whole thing. If you can't stand the thought of waiting to get home before advancing science or invading an empire, you just have to tuck an Apple tablet in your bag. That's no mean feat given how visually and computationally intensive the turn-based strategy game can be.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: App Store

Play-Doh’s new toy-to-life app is pointless, but fun

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/410cd5a58e3a1c9474303d1fcf4b8a42/204534775/Edit+1.00_01_33_00.Still004.jpg" />If you had a decent childhood, you probably crafted some Play-Doh masterpieces back in the day. Today, however, kids are less likely to play with the modeling compound and more likely to spend time on an iPad. As such, Hasbro is taking a stab at making the 60-year-old brand relevant to modern kids with its new "Touch" app for <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/31/ipad-regains-tablet-market-share/">iPads</a> and <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/13/iphone-7-and-7-plus-review/">iPhones</a>. The game scans your creations and animates them in a virtual world that's as immersive as it is entertaining, even if you're nearly 30 years old (ahem).

BioWare’s ‘Jade Empire’ gets another shot at life on iOS

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/20cd15d5b8f7029f6804ff352de692e0/204433654/jade-empire.jpg" />BioWare is virtually synonymous with <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/12/mass-effect-andromeda-trailer/"><em>Mass Effect</em></a> and <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2014/11/20/playdate-dragon-age-inquisition-ps4/"><em>Dragon Age</em></a> these days, but it has had its share of experiments.  Remember <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2011/09/24/jade-empire-is-near-and-dear-to-bioware-sequel-could-be-comin/"><em>Jade Empire</em></a>, its China-inspired (and critically well-received) action role-playing title?  Aspyr does -- it just released versions of <em>Jade Empire: Special Edition</em> for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/jade-empire-special-edition/id1099295860?mt=12">the Mac</a> and, crucially, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/jade-empire-special-edition/id1108475553?mt=8">iOS</a>.  You can now relive the story of a martial artist restoring balance to the world using your phone or tablet, not just your computer at home.  There are simple controls in the iOS version if you're not comfortable with a touchscreen, but you can also switch to an expert mode when you're comfortable with using taps and swipes to defeat other warriors.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a  href="http://kotaku.com/bioware-action-rpg-jade-empire-now-available-on-ios-1787481767">Kotaku</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/jade-empire-special-edition/id1108475553?mt=8">App Store</a><!--//-->, <a  href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/jade-empire-special-edition/id1099295860?mt=12">Mac App Store</a><!--//-->, <a  href="https://www.aspyr.com/games/jade-empire-special-edition">Aspyr</a><!--//-->

iOS 10 can livestream your games

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/a07cf54d1b1aee7444f0c3e0a6f88e93/203951181/s.aolcdn-1-ed.jpg" />You won't have to use an Android phone if you want to <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/03/14/google-play-games-livestreaming/">livestream your mobile gaming</a> sessions. Apple has <a href="https://blog.mobcrush.com/wwdc-e7c04b0d50d7#.3i9qgtpub">revealed</a> that <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/13/apples-ios-10-is-all-about-expanded-3d-touch/">iOS 10</a> will include ReplayKit Live, a feature that livestreams apps in addition to previous recording support. As you might expect, you can also include your own audio or video remarks. You'll have to wait for both iOS 10 and supporting apps, of course (Mobcrush is one of the first to make plans), but it could be a big deal for iOS gamers who've wanted to share a hot new title while they're playing it. ReplayKit Live should be useful in more productive apps, too -- it could help teachers demonstrate concepts through educational apps, or open the window to live technical help.
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2016/06/14/apple-ios-10-replaykit-live-streaming-gameplay/" >9to5Mac</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://blog.mobcrush.com/wwdc-e7c04b0d50d7#.3i9qgtpub" >Mobcrush (Medium)</a><!--//-->

Engadget giveaway: Win a Genius Kit and iPad Air 2 courtesy of Osmo!

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/c8929f1de09820b57d132366b9cc1d5d/203400517/201601osmo-giveaway-1400-2JT.jpg" /><p class="p1">Kids have been known to hog the iPad, so you may as well load one up with fun <em>and</em> educational games to offset all that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2O30pDefKs">Rastamouse</a> binge watching. <a href="http://www.playosmo.com/">Osmo</a> is an interactive game system that can challenge and entertain young minds beyond just swiping and tapping. The company's Genius Kit includes an entire suite of games that teach through storytelling and utilize a special mirror to turn the table into a playing field. <a href="https://www.playosmo.com/en/order/?cc=us">Hands-on games</a> like Tangram, Numbers and Words focus on the basics of spacial skills, math and writing, while Newton and Masterpiece provide interactive drawing tools. <a href="http://www.playosmo.com/">Osmo</a> has given us an iPad Air 2 and a Genius Kit for one lucky Engadget reader this week, so they can give the gift of fun and learning to the next generation -- or, you know, just play with it. All you need to do is head to the Rafflecopter widget <!--more--> for up to three chances at winning this unique blend of physical and digital fun.</p>

Winner: Congratulations to Nick B. of Waseca, MN!

Engadget giveaway: Win a Genius Kit and iPad Air 2 courtesy of Osmo!

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/c8929f1de09820b57d132366b9cc1d5d/203400517/201601osmo-giveaway-1400-2JT.jpg" /><p class="p1">Kids have been known to hog the iPad, so you may as well load one up with fun <em>and</em> educational games to offset all that <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2O30pDefKs">Rastamouse</a> binge watching. <a href="http://www.playosmo.com/">Osmo</a> is an interactive game system that can challenge and entertain young minds beyond just swiping and tapping. The company's Genius Kit includes an entire suite of games that teach through storytelling and utilize a special mirror to turn the table into a playing field. <a href="https://www.playosmo.com/en/order/?cc=us">Hands-on games</a> like Tangram, Numbers and Words focus on the basics of spacial skills, math and writing, while Newton and Masterpiece provide interactive drawing tools. <a href="http://www.playosmo.com/">Osmo</a> has given us an iPad Air 2 and a Genius Kit for one lucky Engadget reader this week, so they can give the gift of fun and learning to the next generation -- or, you know, just play with it. All you need to do is head to the Rafflecopter widget <!--more--> for up to three chances at winning this unique blend of physical and digital fun.</p>

Donald Rumsfeld helped make an iPhone game

                    <img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/3000x2000+0+0/resize/1400x933!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://hss-prod.hss.aol.com/hss/storage/midas/239857ea55c75f45955f8f047eb28704/203303777/590103113.jpg" />Like him or hate him, <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/08/rumsfeld-resignation-captioned-well-by-mac-os-x/">Donald Rumsfeld</a> has been a jack of all trades -- and apparently, that now includes mobile games. The veteran politician has teamed up with programmers to release <em><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/churchill-solitaire/id1030804846?mt=8">Churchill Solitaire</a></em>, an iOS game based on the card game that Winston Churchill supposedly played to sharpen his strategic thought processes. Rumsfeld was strictly a creative director (he's not exactly a coder by trade), but his influence is everywhere. Reflections on Churchill's life appear while you're playing, and even the pricing mirrors Rumsfeld's values -- while the base game is free, hints and retries cost money ("there are damn few undos in life," <a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/former-defense-secretary-marches-into-new-territory-videogames-1453483137?mod=e2tw">he says</a>).
                                    <strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/former-defense-secretary-marches-into-new-territory-videogames-1453483137?mod=e2tw" >Wall Street Journal</a><!--//-->
                                    <strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/churchill-solitaire/id1030804846?mt=8" >App Store</a><!--//-->

11 Great Apps That Are Even Greater on the iPad Pro

So you’ve got a brand spanking new iPad Pro. You’re probably going to want to take advantage of the 12.9-inch display, the four speakers, and the souped up A9x processor. We’ve made a list of the coolest, most beautiful apps you can get, whether you’re a designer or just someone who appreciates big screens.

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‘Mortal Kombat X’ for mobile rewards your victories with konsole kred

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After a lengthy hiatus, Mortal Kombat is coming back to the mobile world -- and it's giving you a few extra incentives to brutalize fighters while you're waiting for the bus. Mortal Kombat X will reach Android and iOS users on April 14th with not just the obligatory fatalities and other gory details, but a two-way reward system that encourages you to keep playing when you switch platforms. If you thrash enough suckers to unlock content on your phone, for example, you'll get some perks when you fire up your console at home. Something tells us the mobile MKX won't be as challenging as its full-size counterpart (swipe to finish someone off, really?), but look at it this way: it's not often that you get to break someone's jaw on your commute and feel good about it later. Filed under: , , , Comments Source: Warner Bros. (BusinessWire)

Trials Arcade for iPad is motorcycle trick-riding fun with only one flaw

IMG_0420 Trials Frontier is a fun arcade-style motorcycle stunt riding experience. The whimsical graphics, unique bike controls, and intricate courses make the riding interesting, and you’ll find yourself laughing at your own crashes. Even at the very beginner levels, the bike responds well to inputs and you’ll quickly become more expert in jumping, wheelying, and flying through the air without landing on your head. Trials Frontier is set in a dusty desert town. You play the part of an aspiring motorcycle trials rider. (For the uninitiated, motorcycle trials is the sport where you try to get you and your bike up, over, and around obstacles without falling or putting a foot down.) The town is populated with various characters, some friendly, some nefarious, and some who want your help. In order to help them you take part in motorcycle competitions, sometimes against the clock, and sometimes against one of the bad guys, collecting rewards for good performance. You’ll need those rewards to upgrade your bike and remain competitive as you pass through the many levels. Characters include a map-maker who needs your help charting desert territory, a bad guy named Butch who’s been terrorizing the town, and a damsel who needs your help to get rid of Butch and reclaim the town. Continue reading "Trials Arcade for iPad is motorcycle trick-riding fun with only one flaw"

Air Race Speed for iPad-An Entertaining Space Flyer

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Air Race Speed is a fast and fun way for you to test your space-fighter pilot skills like Luke Skywalker in the famous trench-run finale to the original Star Wars movie. You use the iPad’s motion sensor or on-screen controls to guide a series of faster and faster ships through tunnels, past obstacles, and around moving barriers. Air Race Speed is a perfect combination of easy to pick up, but challenging to get good at. While the object of the game is immediately apparent, and the controls self-explanatory, getting higher speeds and therefore lower lap times takes skill, practice, and luck. As a beginner, you start with a slow but easy-to-control ship. Your mission is to guide your ship through a series of tunnels and around obstacles without crashing, and get the lowest possible time on each course. The ship is set to coast at a slow speed without any interaction from you. You speed... < p style="clear:left">Read the whole entry... »

Apple rejected one of the best games of the year over pixelated nudity

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If you've ever played the fantastic Windows or Mac versions of Papers, Please you already know how fantastic of a fit it will be on iPad when it launches on Friday. The game -- referred to as a "dystopian document thriller" by its creator -- tasks you with screening immigrants at the border of a war-torn country. Its debut on iOS is nearly upon us, but the game's developer, Lucas Pope, revealed today that it was initially rejected by Apple due to "pornographic content." Yikes.

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In the game, it's up to you to check identifications, verify permits, and in some cases put suspicious individuals through an x-ray scanning device. The resulting images often reveal bombs, weapons, or other prohibited items, but they also show a good bit of nudity. This might already seem like a bit of a sketchy reason to reject an iOS game -- there's really nothing explicit or suggestive about the images -- but it's even more questionable once you actually see the game's super low-res, pixelated graphical style.

A bare breast is essentially a semicircle with a dot on it, and good luck identifying anything in the mess of pixels that resides down below. To call such a thing "pornographic" is a massive stretch, but rather than fight the decision (which you can't really do anyway), Pope decided to remove the nudity from the game entirely.

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