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- Nintendo won a lawsuit versus a ROM website this last week. It received damages of $2.1 million. It’s a rather small reward for such a big company. However, Nintendo was mostly making a statement about its feelings about ROM websites. Of course, they wouldn’t be necessary if Nintendo actually made their backlog of games available, but it is what it is. There are plenty of other ROM sites, so the battle will only be short-won for the gaming giant.
- LG reportedly stopped making cell phones this last week. The company also sent out an email to tell customers about the death of LG Pay. LG’s rival to Samsung, Google, and Apple had strong roots, but never really took off, much like the rest of LG’s mobile efforts. The service will shutter toward the end of 2021. Hit the link to learn more.
- Riot confirmed the existence of a Valorant mobile game this week. The gaming giant aims to take on Call of Duty, PUBG Mobile, and Fortnite with its next offering. You can hit the link for more details. This also follows on the heels of an Apex Legends mobile game so it may yet be a great year for the FPS genre.
- Google wants to improve its privacy for end-users. It intends to match Apple with a much stricter policy when it comes to apps tracking people. The policy will start with devices running Android 12 and rolls out to all phones in early 2022. This is a bit of good news after court documents revealed that Google may have hidden the location toggle on some devices.
- Apple promised to make AirTags less creepy this week. It plans on overhauling some privacy stuff to assuage concerns about it. Additionally, Apple announced that an Android app was in the works so Android users could also buy AirTags. The privacy changes are actually rolling out as we speak, but the Android app is launching later. We’ll probably hear more during WWDC 2021.
Knights of San Francisco
Knights of San Francisco is a text-based RPG that takes place in the future. Players explore the ancient remains of The Golden City while fighting off enemies and finding loot. The mechanics are classic text RPG. You read the text on the screen and respond with a text response. The game does what you say, does some behind-the-scenes dice rolling, and tells you the result. The game is a bit short, but it’s also relatively cheap. It definitely hits the spot for people who enjoy the genre.
Price: Free / $4.99
Fanya is a to-do list app mixed with a calendar app. It works like most to-do list apps, for better or for worse. You can create tasks, have them repeat, and see them in a calendar context so you can plan your life. The app also includes a backup and restore function for when you switch phones. It also lets you import your Google and Microsoft Outlook calendars. The UI is quite nice and it also comes with a widget for additional functionality. The premium version is less expensive than most competitors as well so it’s a decent option there as well.
Price: Free to play
Catopia: Rush is a mobile RPG with gacha elements. Instead of heroes, you command a team of cats against the enemy. The mechanics are pretty simple. You collect characters, upgrade them as you play, and then do combat. Combat is mostly tapping and swiping so it’s nothing too complicated. The energy system prohibits tons of play and the free to play grind is readily evident. Those are the two biggest cons to this game. It’s otherwise a cutesy RPG for people who like cutesy stuff.
Balance: Meditation & Sleep
Price: Free / $11.99 per month / $69.99 per year
Balance is an app to help people meditate and sleep. It starts out by asking you a bunch of questions about your meditation and life goals. It then suggests various things you can do to attain them. The app asks the questions consistently so it can change and evolve based on your needs. There are also 10-day plans with suggestions on when to meditate, even on the go. Some additional features include customizable session durations, various meditations to practice, and personalized guided meditations. The app is rather expensive so we definitely recommend trying it before you buy it.
Not Exactly A Hero
Price: Free / Up to $3.99
Not Exactly A Hero is the latest game from the developer of Buff Knight and Underworld Agent. This one follows Riley, a guy who runs around and cleans up after superheroes. It’s a narrative-based game, so you’ll spend most of your playtime making decisions that impact the story later. Your decisions affect things like character interactions, the branching story, and which of the nine endings you come up with. The unique storytelling and quirky humor make the game fun and the nine endings add levels of replayability. This one is pretty good overall.
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