If you somehow missed the news, many parts of the United States will be witness to a total solar eclipse on August 21 for the first time in over 90 years. It'll be possible to see the eclipse in at least some capacity throughout the continental U.S., although folks in parts of the pacific northwest, mid-west, and southern U.S. will be the only ones to see the total eclipse.
Whether you're travelling to view the eclipse in totality, or if you're keen to observe at home, there are a few apps on the market to help you understand just what you're looking at. Just remember, never look at the sun, even if it's partially eclipsed, directly or through your phone's camera. Get yourself some of those hip eclipse glasses.
Solar Eclipse Timer
This app is an invaluable tool if you're playing on viewing the eclipse from the path of totality. It will give you verbal cues counting down to the eclipse, before describing all of the different phases during the eclipse itself. It even tells you when it's safe to take your glasses on and off.
Solar Eclipse by Redshift
Redshift's app is perfect for anyone with an interest in the solar eclipse, whether they're in the path of totality or not. The app features a timer with verbal cues, but you'll also find interactive eclipse simulations, 3D globes, and lots of helpful solar eclipse facts.
Sky Guide: View Stars Night or Day
This Apple Design Award winner is a true boon for amateur astronomers, eclipse or no eclipse. This handy app creates an interactive map of the night sky via GPS by simply pointing your phone's camera at the night (or daytime) sky. The app helps you identify planets, stars, and other celestial objects. Sky Guide's well prepared for the eclipse, too. You'll again find timers and other eclipse viewing tips and tricks.
Are you traveling to see the eclipse next week? Let us know about it in the comments.
Games like ARK: Survival Evolved and Conan Exiles have taken the world of gaming by storm. The market is now flooded with hardcore survival games that send players off into the game's world with nothing but maybe the clothes on their back.
Never one to miss out on a good trend, the mobile industry has embraced survival games whole-heartedly. There are quite a few good ones on iOS in fact. We're here today to do you the service of highlighting the best of the best.
Supercell has been teasing fans with 2v2 windows that allow players to team up for limited periods of time. The Summer of 2v2 was just this past July, but players are already clamoring for more of that sweet, sweet team-based action.
The fans have been heard, and Supercell is planning on bringing 2v2 back next week, though we can't say for how long. If you haven't gotten to try 2v2 yet, here are five reasons you don't want to miss out on that 2v2 button that will be appearing next week.
It seems like the week's only just started, and yet here we are with a huge pile of discounted games to sort through. There are some real doozies on sale this week. We're talking some truly stellar titles. Let's take a look at four of the best deals on the App Store this week.
Cat Quest is an absolutely charming open-world RPG that's taken the gaming world quite by storm. This game about a world populated by furry kitty warriors is actually a full-length RPG with sturdy mechanics and a lovely little story.
It's certainly a game of the year contender in our books. You should jump on Cat Quest as soon as you're able. To help you get started we have a few handy beginner's tips. Off we go.
Silly Walks is an all new adventure game that lives up to its name. It sees you playing as a variety of snack foods as you teeter-totter your way to rescue your friends from the evil blender and his villainous minions.
It's all very . . . well . . . silly, but there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind as you set out on your adventure. If you want to complete the game in style, you'll want to take our advice.
Nostalgia for classic point-and-click adventure games has reached an all-time high in recent years, and the rise of mobile games have provided a perfect platform for this old-school genre.
This week we're going to take a look at some of the best adventure games on mobile that aren't by Double Fine. Double Fine adventure games are great, but we think you know all about them at this point, and if you don't, information on them is easily available. Here are some other quality point and clicks for you to try.
Respawn's dazzling mech battler Titanfall has gotten its first mobile game at long last -- Titanfall: Assault. Assault transforms that parkour FPS action into a card battler not dissimilar to Clash Royale.
Titanfall: Assault isn't just another clone, though. The game has some pretty deep gameplay, and it'll be helpful to have a few beginner's tips going in if you want a head start on the competition.
Tencent Games is making its first moves into the European gaming market with the launch of Arena of Valor. Published by Proxima Beta, the 5V5 mobile MOBA game has proved to be hugely success in parts of Asia where it has topped the download charts – and the game is now officially coming to Europe.
Arena of Valor’s look and feel is something MOBA fans will be immediately struck by. Bringing together best in-class graphics and popular MOBA gameplay, Arena of Valor has been designed especially for mobile gaming lovers. Offering three lanes and a jungle, different gameplay modes including 5v5, and a growing roster of exciting heroes to play, Arena of Valor’s original soundtrack has been composed completely by the world renowned composed Hans Zimmer.
The hits continue to come fast and strong this month, as August welcomes in game after game, many of them of very high quality.
It's been another busy week, but we're not complaining. This week saw the arrival of some of the best mobile games possibly this year! Some are adorable, some are a little more hardcore, but there's something to please every type of mobile gamer this week. Here are our top three.
Getting better at racing the AI in CSR Racing 2 is a pretty straightforward process. You run enough races with a particular car to get its shift timing down, continually improve it by buying upgrades whenever you can, and add any fusion parts you grab along the way.
Tuning adds another dimension to the whole affair, but not enough to significantly throw you off course. If you just keep plowing ahead, you'll be able to take down all the crews in the game eventually and figure out what happened to your friends' stolen cars.
The Live Race mode, however, is a different beast. In contrast to some other mobile racing games, it provides CSR Racing 2 with a true multiplayer experience, allowing you to race head to head with a live human opponent at any time (or at least any time the servers are functioning properly).
War Robots VR: The Skirmish is an all new adventure from Pixonic, makers of the ultra-addictive multiplayer strategy game of the same name. The Skirmish is a single player VR short for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, that’s just arrived today.
This all new VR adventure sheds the third-person perspective for some truly immersive first-person gameplay. The Skirmish sets you in the midst of a war-torn, post-apocalyptic city. You have no recollection of how you’ve arrived there, and instead must set out with your mech to find your purpose.
You’ve got a few tools to help you out on your journey, though, including some useful monitors that will give you a reading on enemies you might find in the vicinity. If you do stumble upon an enemy mech, you’ll have access to some seriously powerful weapons to take them out.
Based on the short teaser, the game looks quite slick, with mechs engaging in intense firefights. VR seems to be the perfect home for a campaign that pits mechs against each other. The game’s neon cyberpunk setting really drives the concept home.
War Robots VR: The Skirmish is free on Steam and Oculus Store, and requires an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset.
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If you’re a fan of games like Kingdom Rush and Plants vs. Zombies, Gamespire’s Tower Defense Generals should keep your taste for tower defence ticking over. Arriving on Android earlier this year, the game has now launched on iOS, so it’s good news for the Apple army.
Tower Defense Generals stays true to the tried-and-tested formula of TD games. You’re trusted with keeping a colony safe from invading enemies. You do that by deploying defensive tower units, equipped with turrets unleashing everything from lasers to missiles at whatever comes your way. Use the 12 different towers available strategically to stop each wave of baddies breaching the colony gate. Each time you blow an enemy unit to pieces, you’re rewarded with dollars to spend on upgrades. Let one unit slip by intact and roll into the colony compound, though, and you’ll lose a life. Lose all your lives and its mission over.
There are 20 types of enemy unit keen to see you fail, so you’ve got to use your towers, upgrades and reinforcements wisely during the 26 levels. Tower Defense Generals has three difficult levels so you can ramp up the challenge if you’re after a real battle. Mission terrains vary from sun-baked desert to chilly tundra, all rendered in high definition 3D.
This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.
I don't know much about archery in real life, meaning if there's an apocalypse that leaves us having to hunt food without firearms, I won't be much help. But I've always loved archery in comics, movies, and video games, which is one of the reasons I love Bowmasters.
The game's dark humor and silly gore (if there is such a thing) help a lot too. Most of all, I just want to collect all the different characters and put them all through their paces, even if that means they'll all end up dying bloody deaths dozens of times over. C'est la vie, right?
A few new ones were added to the mix in a recent update, meaning there are now more options than ever for your arrow-shooting pleasure. Here's the entire list of Bowmasters in one handy character guide.
Update 08/09/17 - This list now contains all of the characters currently available in the game!
The App Store has been especially generous in recent weeks, and it doesn't seem to be bucking that trend anytime soon. We've got a slew of fresh new deals that just went up this week.
As is tradition, it is our duty to seek out the best discounted games of the week and serve them up to you in one handy little list. Let's see what's on offer this week, shall we?