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Here are your headlines for this week:
- The Google Play Store is once again giving folks rentals for up to 75% off. With this, you can rent a single movie for up to 75% off so if there’s a title you’ve always wanted to watch, this is a great way to do it. This is likely to promote the video streaming side of the Play Store and you can take advantage of this rental until March 31st.
- WhatsApp has had an interesting week. First, it was announced that WhatsApp will be dropping their yearly subscription charge. Now, it has been revealed that WhatsApp will begin sharing details about its users with Facebook in order to, and I quote, “improve Facebook experiences”. We suppose it was only a matter of time before this happened and you’ll have a whole new terms of service to read as well.
- A while back, renowned indie developer Chris Lacy sold Link Bubble and Tap Path to an unknown entity that would be revealed later. Later is right now. The company is called Brave Software and Lacy’s apps are being used as framework for a browser that will pay you for the advertising you see. The idea is to get rid of large, annoying ads and replace them with ads that don’t compromise the experience, but also doesn’t screw over publishers like ad block does. We’ll see how that turns out.
- Roadhouse Interactive, developers of the popular Warhammer 40,000: Carnage game, has announced that they’re working on an Iron Maiden game. This isn’t the first time a musician or artist has used a mobile game to promote their work, with artists like Avenged Sevenfold and iamyank doing similar titles to promote their work. It’ll be out this summer and it should be interesting.
- The latest Humble Bundle is now live! After announcing that the mobile exclusive ones would be discontinued, a new Humble Bundle materialized out of nowhere and we couldn’t be happier. This one has a few Pac-Man games, Puzzle Quest 2, Flight Control, and a few other games. You get three games for a buck and every game in the bundle if you pay more than $5.
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Loot and Legends is a new game that was made for the nerd in all of us. It was designed by Richard Garfield who is known for creating Magic: The Gathering and includes enough pop culture and nerd references to fill a large boat. It’s technically a card collecting game mixed with a board game but you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to collect loot and more. It’s a unique experience that feels fresh in a genre that’s been overloaded the last couple of years.
Crashlands is a fun little action adventure game where you play Flux, a trucker who gets stranded on an alien planet. Your job is to deliver packages while outwitting bad guys, crafting all kinds of things from random stuff that you find, and then defeat bosses. There are over 500 items that you can craft, an infinite inventory that manages itself, and RPG elements for character development. Best of all, there are no in-app purchases which means no ridiculous pitfalls!
Mimicker Alarm is the latest application to come out of the Microsoft Garage Project and it’s going to wake you up. It’s a well designed alarm application with Material Design elements that makes you play games with it in order to turn off the alarm. Sometimes it’ll ask you to make faces into the camera, speak various phrases, or actually get out of the bed. If you don’t, the alarm will sound again. It’s well done and it definitely works.
LEGO The Lord of the Rings is the LEGO take on the epic fantasy adventure and one of the few LEGO games that actually costs money. This is a point and click, hack n slash game that retells the epic story of The Lord of the Rings except with a few fun little LEGO twists. The graphics are pretty good and the mechanics are solid even if they take a moment to get used to. It features 90 playable characters, various control schemes, and tons of stuff to do. There are also no in-app purchases.
After a very long time, Kickstarter has finally graced the Google Play Store with an official application. Thankfully, the extra time seems to have paid off because the application is everything it needs to be. You can quickly browse and search through various categories, quickly log in and back projects you want to contribute to, and despite having a ton of information, the app does a good job of not getting overwhelming. It’s a free app and Kickstarter fans should definitely have this.
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