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Welcome to the 264th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the big headlines from the last week:

  • The next Reigns game is close to launch. It uses a lot of the same mechanics as the previous two games. However, this one comes with a Game of Thrones theme. It lets you play as characters from the show and often decide their fates. It features simple game play mechanics. You swipe cards away Tinder-style to make decisions. The game is more difficult than that, though. You will die often as a result of your decision making. In any case, the game is up for pre-registration on Google Play. Hit the link to learn more!
  • Plex is launching a new web shows feature soon. It should work a lot like Plex’s podcast service. It delivers the shows to your device for free and you watch them as you normally would. The service has a bunch of genres, including Home & Garden, Food, Science, Tech, Entertainment, and more. There are even some popular content creators like Epic Meal Time and ASAPscience. The beta should be available now for Plex users. It should also be available to those without a Plex Pass or a personal library.
  • YouTube ads are about to get worse. Google recently expanded its TrueView ad service to include more interactive ads. Those ads are coming to YouTube as well. A few large companies already signed up for it. They seem to be working, though. Vodaphone announced an uptick in ad clicks by using this new service. However, that means the ads become more plentiful and, by extension, more annoying. Just remember that these ads pay the YouTubers you watch. Or you can pay for YouTube’s monthly premium service to avoid them altogether. There are more, less palatable options, but you already know them.
  • Facebook announced a new hack this last week. It compromised the accounts of over 50 million users. Facebook handled it surprisingly well with all things considered. They fixed the breach quickly and immediately logged out every affected Facebook user. This severed the connection hackers had to their profile. Facebook forcibly logged out over 90 million accounts in total. That includes the 50 million compromised accounts and 40 million more as a precaution. The worry is over, although some are mad about the breach exposing sensitive data.
  • Microsoft is doing some excellent things in the app space. That includes the new Your Phone app. Microsoft officially soft-launched the app in a beta update this week. It’s kind of a neat experience. You can use it to answer texts and view photos from your phone on your Windows laptop or desktop. Some demos showed Snapchat usage and other stuff as well. The early beta for all of us includes only the texts and photos, though. It’s early and it needs work, but it’s actually really neat to use. We’ll have more details when we check it out.

Super Cat Tales 2

Price: Free / Up to $4.99
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Super Cat Tales 2 is a new platformer game with exploration and adventure elements. It features adorable pixel graphics, simple but fun controls, and a familiar retro platformer feel. The game itself features over 100 levels, unlockable characters and items, a bunch of secret locations, and Google Play achievements and leaderboards. This reminded us of the popular (and somewhat similar) Super Phantom Cat, but with more adventure and exploration elements. You've played games like this before and it's just as enjoyable as it was before. It's a surprisingly good platformer.
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Inware

Price: Free
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Inware is an information app for your phone. It quickly shows a variety of fun facts about your phone. That includes software version, pre-loaded Android version, display details (resolution, size, etc), specs, camera details, and more. Our favorite feature of this is the ability to quickly show if a phone supports Treble or Seamless Update support. The UI is simple, minimal, and excellent. Otherwise, that's about it for this one. It's a simple app that does exactly one thing and does it as well as it possibly can. The app is also in early development and is also entirely free.
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Inware

Marenian Tavern

Price: Free / $7.99 / In-app purchases
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Marenian Tavern is the latest mobile RPG from the venerable Kemco Games. It contains freemium elements like many of its newer titles along with a premium version that comes with some additional goods. Anyway, this isn't like your typical gacha mobile RPGs. You start a tavern, cook and eat food, battle bad guys, and explore the world. The combat mechanics are turn-based. Most of the mechanics are JRPG-style, actually. It's a little bit like Harvest Moon meets a PlayStation-era JRPG with some freemium elements. There is a free version as well if you want to go the free to play route.
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Yahoo Together

Price: Free
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Yahoo Together is a new messaging service in a very crowded market. This one focuses mostly on group chats. You get a bunch of friends, family, or colleagues into a group chat and, well, chat with them. It has some organization features, a decent design, and it works as expected. Some other features include a mute function, a blast feature for important features, attachments, and more. The app requires an invite code for now. Obviously that restriction is only temporary. It's not terrible or anything, but it's hard to get excited at yet another chat app.
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Chroniric XIX

Price: Free / $2.99
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Chroniric XIX is the latest text game from Playdius games, makers of A Normal Lost Phone and Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story. This one merges point-and-click adventure, hidden object, puzzle, and text game elements into a single title and it does so very well. Players have an option between three characters and three different endings. Interactions affect the story and there are also 40 achievements to unlock. Text games are in the middle of a bit of a revival on mobile and this is easily among the best ones so far. There are even two play modes where you can play it all at once or a normal mode where things come occasionally.
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