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Rodeo Stampede update: hats, new animals and more

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 8th, 2016
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If it's been a while since you've tended to your sky zoo in Rodeo Stampede, it's time to go back. And not just because the people in charge of ensuring animals get treated properly are going to be looking for you by now.

No, it's time to return because the game's latest update has introduced a few new things you've probably been craving. Also hats.

I'm not even making that up. Unfortunately, it's not animals wearing hats. Here's what you'll find in the game's latest update anyway:

Bowmasters character guide: All the archers you could ever want

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on September 6th, 2016
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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.

Marvel Tsum Tsum tips, tricks, and hints for beginners

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 31st, 2016

If you've not been bitten by the Tsum Tsum bug yet, let me assure you in the words of Master Yoda, "You will be. YOU WILL BE."

There's something irresistibly cute about the stackable plush toys, so much so that people love them even when they are forced to do battle. You'll find them doing exactly that in Marvel Tsum Tsum,the latest release from XFLAG. Interestingly, you don't actually stack them, but you do match three or more and get them to unleash cool special abilities.

You won't find that in your average plush toy. Or maybe they're pillows, because that's how my wife uses her Hulk Tsum Tsum. In any case, if you'd like to get the basics of Marvel Tsum Tsum down, we've got the tips, tricks, and hints you need.

Mobius Final Fantasy: Multiplayer update guide

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 30th, 2016
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Up until now, Mobius Final Fantasy has been about as single-player an experience as an RPG can be. Not only do you play solo, but you are literally one among a seemingly unending wave of faceless warriors on the road toward the same goal.

That changes with the game's latest update, though not officially until Thursday, September 8, when the multiplayer mode called Ring of Braves goes live. Here's what you need to know.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 29th, 2016
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I'm not sure if it's possible to say you are an anime fan but also never have seen one episode of Naruto. If it is, then I resemble that remark, and if not, I offer a hearty apology.

Sometimes, though, playing games based on anime franchises without knowing the source material can actually be a boon, as it allows you to experience the narrative fresh. Such is the case with yours truly and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing. It's fun whether you already know the story or not.

It's also similar to but not exactly like other Bandai Namco mobile games based on popular anime properties. That doesn't mean it's exceptionally complex, just that it might help to read through our Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Blazing tips, tricks, and hints to gain some more confidence that you're headed for ninja stardom.

Pokemon GO update: Take me to your leader

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 24th, 2016
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The Team Leaders in Pokemon GO have had it pretty easy up until now. They show up when players reach level 5, make their cases for joining their respective teams, and that's pretty much it. Light work, as Floyd Mayweather might say.

Niantic's latest update for the game changes that situation and turns every Team Leader into a consultant of sorts. Can't blame them for that, as there's money to be had in that field, or so I'm told.

They still don't have to commute or work out of an office, but here's what you need to know about the Team Leaders' new duties and the new update in general.

Bowmasters tips, tricks and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 23rd, 2016
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At least for this writer, archery was one of the more pleasant surprises of the 2016 Rio Olympics. As opposed to target shooting with guns, which was dreadfully boring, watching people shoot arrows at targets was pretty darn cool.

Of course those targets didn't fire back, making them sitting ducks. That's definitely not the case in Bowmasters, an outrageously over the top mobile game where it's arch or be arched. Er, shot. I think it's still shot when you're talking about a bow.

Assuming it's too late in life for you to turn into the next Clint Barton or Robin of Locksley, we can still help you hone your skill with virtual arrows -- and other projectiles too, as it turns out. Read on for our Bowmasters tips, tricks, and hints, and you'll skip right past shooting an apple off someone's head and just plugging them straight between the eyes. In the game, we mean.

What is Flip Diving, and why has it taken over the App Store?

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 22nd, 2016
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Move over Pokemon GO. There's a new king in town, and it's "the world's #1 cliff diving game."

How many other games it had to beat out to earn that distinction is something I simply can't tell you. It could be that there are a bunch of other cliff diving titles I simply haven't encountered, but even if that's true, I'd wager none of them ever ascended to the top of the App Store in countries all over the world like Flip Diving.

That means the only logical thing to do is to dive right in -- pun intended -- to try to discover why Miniclip's latest has made such a big splash.

Madden NFL Mobile: How defense has changed

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 19th, 2016
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Saying that defense is not a priority in Madden NFL Mobile is a bit of an understatement. In asynchronous head-to-head play, you don't take control of your defenders at all, as the AI manages them while your opponent plays offense. When it's your turn, you play offense only.

Yet assembling a top defense is still part of your team-building duty, and for the new NFL season, Madden has made some intriguing changes to the way you give instructions to your defense by totally revamping the Gameplan system.

How does it work now? Read on and we'll explain.

Reigns character guide: Who's who in your kingdom

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 18th, 2016
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Know your foes. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. And there are probably some other cliches that would apply to your perilous spot on the throne in Reigns as well.

We can do you one better than that. If you've already absorbed our one vital point for beginners, we're here to help give you the lowdown on the denizens of your kingdom. We won't give details on all the characters in the game, because that would spoil some of the fun of discovery, but some hints on the various people, animals, and um, other things with which you'll be interacting certainly can't hurt.

Deus Ex GO tips, tricks, and hints

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 18th, 2016
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When Square Enix Montreal first hit us with Hitman GO,it was seen as a clever board game twist on a property that you wouldn't normally think would fit that kind of format. Lara Croft GOexpanded things even further while keeping some of the same core gameplay elements, and now Deus Ex GO has taken the whole thing and gone sci-fi.

For fans of the previous games, much will feel familiar this time around, yet there will still be plenty to discover by trial and error -- probably the biggest unifying element throughout this multi-IP series. Added to that are the brand new goodies the developers have cooked up, and there are a number of them in what is the most intricate GO title to date.

That being the case, it doesn't hurt to have some help on your side. We're not talking about cool tech and hacking skills, though those certainly don't hurt. No, we simply mean someone to show you the ropes, and that's what we're happy to do with these Deus Ex GO tips, tricks, and hints.

Madden NFL Mobile: What you need to know for the new season

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 17th, 2016
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One of the best ideas that EA ever had for its mobile games was to stop putting out different versions of its sports titles on an annual basis and just stick with a single title per sport that receives annual updates. Madden NFL Mobile has definitely been better off for it, and has kept this writer playing longer than ever would have been possible under the old system as a result.

While the actual NFL season is still several weeks away, Madden season is upon us now. The first thing you'll notice is that the game has a new cover athlete (though that term doesn't actually make much sense for a mobile game, really). Odell Beckham Jr. is out. Rob Gronkowski is in. Gronk on.

The hard work of building up a top team also starts all over again -- or nearly all over, as we'll discuss -- with teams being reset for all users. This happened in 2015, and EA has been very upfront about it throughout, so there should be a minimum of gnashing of teeth from gamers. Your team from last year remains in your own personal hall of fame, and can be dusted off for certain Legacy Live Events.

Rest assured, though, that Madden NFL Mobile is bringing more to the party that just updated rosters. Here's what you can expect as you get back to football.

Championship Manager 17 guide for beginners

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 16th, 2016
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No matter how good you are at football management games, no one is ever going to let you take the reins at Manchester United or Chelsea. It's simply not in the cards for us mere mortals.

The next best thing, other than screaming at your television and participating in all the #WengerMustGo hashtags, is to take a stab at being a skipper in the virtual realm. On mobile, the latest option is Championship Manager 17 from Square Enix.

While it's not quite as packed with features as similar sims on the PC, it's as close to a full management experience as possible in the sense that you must juggle a roster on a budget, keep an eye out for transfers that will strengthen your team, take control of strategic decisions during matches, and handle player morale and negotiations, all while trying to win glory and avoid being sacked.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, we've got some good news. We can help you take your first steps toward becoming the next Sir Alex (as if) with our Championship Manager 17 guide for beginners. Read on for the equivalent of that scene in The Matrix, except instead of Keanu Reeves saying, "I know kung fu," it'll be you saying, "I know football."

The one secret you need to rule longer in Reigns

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 15th, 2016

Some mobile games offer simple gameplay but surprise you to the upside with how difficult they are to stop playing. Reigns fits that description perfectly, as it turns the act of ruling a medieval country into a card game where you only have two choices (and sometimes not even that) per card.

Before you make each decision in Reigns, you'll be able to see whether or not your choice will affect the land's church, people, army, and treasury. The tricky part is that common sense can sometimes tell you whether swiping that direction will be good or bad in those areas, but you never really know for sure until you do it.

Over time, you'll see some cards appear enough times that you'll know exactly what to expect from both decisions on them. But that still doesn't mean you'll escape from the precarious balancing act required to extend your time on the throne. Seeing any one of the four facets of the kingdom fall all the way to nothing means instant death.

Yet there's another important thing to keep in mind, the biggest secret to success in Reigns by far. We'll share it, but it's worth a spoiler warning here if you'd rather uncover all of the delights of the game on your own.

How to get a Bugatti Chiron in CSR Racing 2

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 14th, 2016
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If you've been playing CSR Racing 2 since launch, you've probably got yourself a pretty nice garage by now. Just reaching and participating in Tier 5 races means you've been privileged to drive one of the premier supercars in existence, vehicles sporting prestigious names like Lamborghini or Ferrari.

Still, if you really want to be at the wheel of the freshest thing on four wheels, you'll need to aim even higher. We're talking about the Bugatti Chiron, a car so luxurious and exclusive that you have to be rich (the price tag is over $2.5 million) and know someone (less than 500 came from the factory in the initial production run) to own one.

And yet real car enthusiasts could if they would. The Chiron boasts an insane 1,500 HP engine, capable of sending the car from 0-60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds. It's so powerful that the car actually has an engine limiter said to keep its top speed at 261 mph. Yes, you read that right.

So how can you get your hands on one in CSR Racing 2? There are two ways to nab one within the next few weeks.