Here's a formula that sounds like it was made for success: Disney plus cute emojis plus match-3 gameplay.
You can stop coding now though, because someone has already beaten you to it. Disney recently released Disney Emoji Blitz on the App Store to enthusiastic response, which is no surprise considering how it combines some very accessible (and adorable) elements.
Nothing in the game is particularly revolutionary, as it features a number of mechanics seen in other match-3 games. Still, if this is your first time playing one, or it's just been a while, we've got some tips and tricks to help you get higher scores than you might venturing into this colorful world of emojis on your own.
Playing Pokemon GO without walking is sort of defeating the purpose. Nintendo wanted Niantic to help it create a game that would get people up and moving about, and darned if that isn't exactly what they got.
Nowhere is that more true than when it comes to hatching Pokemon Eggs. As we've told you previously, there are three kinds of eggs, each of which takes a different amount of walking to hatch. Or maybe we should say "walking" in quotes, because despite the developers' best intentions, there are ways around doing 10 km on the shoe leather express.
One of the more frustrating aspects of Pokemon GO in its first few weeks of release is that it's unquestionably been a victim of its own success. The vast number of people scrambling to catch 'em all right off the bat has made server outages and lag a regular thing, and that's even without hackers trying to take the servers down.
Naturally, where there's a service to be given, there's an app developer or two ready to jump into the fray to assist. With that in mind, we check out two unofficial Pokemon GO companion apps to see if they can really help you determine if the game's servers are down in your area.
Clearly, Niantic and Nintendo don't need any advice on how to create a popular mobile game. Pokemon GO fever has swept not just the nation, but the entire world. Except Japan, ironically, where it's not out yet.
On the other hand, even the developers would have to admit that there are ways that the game can be improved. It's not the deepest Pokemon game ever, and since it's on mobile, content updates will be not just hoped for, but absolutely essential to keep it relevant for the long haul.
Nothing is as hot on the App Store as Pokemon GO. Its unparalleled speed of adoption is like nothing ever seen before, a tale that we don't need to rehash here.
But if anything can come close, it's the unofficial Pokemon GO companion apps that have sprung up, aiming to take advantage of the frenzy by helping assist all those new Trainers out there. We introduced one of them, PokeFinder, to you last week.
A similar app has raced toward the top of the free app charts since then, and it works in a similar manner. Called Poke Radar for Pokemon GO, the idea behind the app is similar, in that it uses crowdsourced data to help players pinpoint where certain Pokemon can be found.
There's no real rush to get ahead in Pokemon GO. Even if it starts to fade a little after its ludicrously fantastic launch, there are millions of people who will be just getting into the game over the weeks to come. Maybe you're one of them -- after all, the game just launched in Canada, and Japan is still waiting for it.
But while others may proceed at a leisurely pace to catch 'em all, let's assume that's not for you. If the thought of having other teams control the Gym near your house makes your blood boil, or you simply have dreams of becoming the very best (like no one ever was), you're going to need to level up faster.
Pre-registered for JoyCity's new RPG, Eldrian Legacy? Well listen up. Not only is the game out right this second on Android and iOS, but you should grab it right away. You've only got 7 days to claim your free 600 diamonds, 20,000 gold and 50 energy, so get the game and jump in right now!
For everyone else, here's what it's all about. Eldrian Legacy is a huge fantasy RPG, which has you putting together a team of heroes from a pool of 37 characters, and sending them out to battle. Each character has one of 6 elemental classes, and each comes with its own special abilities, powers, weakness and strengths, so you'll need to work out which work best together.
It was probably inevitable that with the runaway success of Pokemon GO, a number of unofficial apps intended to help players with the game would spring up in the App Store. That is indeed what's taking place, and one of them PokeFinder - for Pokemon GO, has elbowed its way into the top 10 on the U.S. app charts.
Outside of the general caution one should have when dealing with apps that are obviously not official companion apps, we decided to dive into PokeFinder to find out what it is and whether you should consider downloading it to aid you in your trainer adventures.
In your Pokemon Go adventures, one thing you're bound to realize is that Pokemon Eggs are the real deal. Not only do they encourage you to get out and walk around -- after all, you can drive to a PokeStop, but you pretty much need to hoof it to hatch those Eggs -- they provide an alternate method to catching Pokemon on a slow day.
If you've found enough of them, you've also undoubtedly realized that the Pokemon Egg comes in three varieties, distinguished by the distance you need to walk to incubate each one. Some Eggs require just a 2 km jaunt, while others need you to walk 5 or even 10 km to see what's inside.
Even as we move further and further into the digital age, the appeal of trading cards is still understandable. There's a natural inclination for all of us to want to collect something, even if the expense and physical space taken up by small pieces of cardboard is more difficult for some people to fathom.
Topps understands both parts of this dichotomy, which is why it's been pushing aggressively into the digital trading card space with apps like NFL HUDDLE and the more recent UFC KNOCKOUT. Now the company has turned its attention to the world of sports entertainment, releasing the WWE SLAM app this week.
Fans of the previous apps will find this one all too comfortable, since many of its core features are the same. For everyone else who's a fan of the WWE, trading cards, or both, here are a few reasons why you might want to check it out.
Lovers of real-time MMORPG games will be pleased to hear of Korean developers Webzen’s new release, MU Origin, coming to iOS and Android systems on July 28th. With its 100% real-time elements and heavy immersion playing style, the slickly designed title is set to enthral.
With the official launch, there will be three playable characters for gamers to opt for: Dark Wizard, Dark Knight and Elf, who are all highly customisable throughout the game. Additionally, MU Origin remains engaging consistently due to its easy levelling premise, which sees quick but steady progress, as players get more involved with the title.
Gladiator Heroes is a new RPG game that offers so much more than combat. Genera Games have brought you something completely unique and original by perfectly balancing RPG and construction simulation.
If that wasn’t enough to intrigue you, the game is set in possibly, the most iconic city in the world, Rome and it’s up to you to build, manage and defend this glorious city.
You have total freedom of movement around a city that holds over 25 striking buildings. Explore, defend and conquer ancient landmarks such as, Jupiter’s Temple, Catania and Coliseum.
Just like Benjamin Franklin said the only two certainties in life were death and taxes, there are two equally unavoidable truths about Pokemon GO. The first is that it's a phenomenon on a scale which mobile gaming has yet to see, and the second is that it's an absolute terror for the battery life of your iPhone or iPad.
We're talking about play sessions that can be measured in minutes, not hours, if you attempt to go out for a Pokemon-catching stroll without your battery indicator at 100 percent. And even fully charged, Pokemon GO eats up juice at a dizzying rate.
If you're a lifelong Pokemon fan who appreciates the way that Pokemon GO celebrates the original 151, you've probably ended up asking yourself one big question: Where are the legendary Pokemon?
Specifically, we're interested in the whereabouts of Articuno, Moltres, and Zapdos. The three legendary birds are part of that initial group of Pokemon a few decades ago, and they just so happen to look a lot like the emblems of the three teams you're asked to join:
Unless you're a complete newcomer to the world of Pokemon, you already know that one of the pleasures of playing any game from the franchise is to evolve your pocket monsters into more powerful forms. It's been one of the core concepts of the IP from the start, and it's a part of Pokemon GO as well.
That said, it's also one of the many aspects of the game that isn't explained to new players at all. Unless you already know where to look or simply stumble into the best way to evolve Pokemon, there's nothing leading you in the right direction.