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Fate/Grand Order finally makes it to North America

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Popular RPG hits NA.

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Kill Shot Virus Review

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Kill Shot... zombies.

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Flyp Review

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Win a brand new Honor 8 Pro smartphone in Pocket Gamer’s latest giveaway

Win a brand new Honor 8 Pro smartphone in Pocket Gamer’s latest giveaway

Jun 9, 2017

Do you have what it takes to win the Honor 8 Pro? Well, the time has come for you to prove it.

Tell us what you think makes for the perfect gaming phone and you could win one of 5 brand new Honor 8 Pro smartphones being offered in Pocket Gamer’s biggest competition yet.

The Honor 8 Pro is the updated version of its predecessor Honor 8 device. The Pro looks to enhance all the best features from the original and bring more, boasting a Vulcan API system which allows next level gaming and a massive 6GB of RAM.

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At a pocket-stretching 5.7 inches, the Honor 8 Pro brings cinematic quality games and videos to your mobile. With a massive 64GB storage you will have all the room in the world to enjoy your favourite past times, with a pocket-sized companion to makes these experiences even sweeter.

How to enter

To enter simply reply to the tweet below telling us your requirements for a perfect gaming phone followed by #PGamerWishlist, #honor8pro and @honorglobal. We’ll look at all entries and decide on 5 lucky winners that will receive a new Honor 8 Pro.

You’ve got until midnight on Monday 19th June to enter which is open to readers’ worldwide!

Competition rules

• The competition closes on Monday 19th June, at midnight BST, and no entries will be accepted after this date.
• You must use the hashtags #PGamerWishlist, #honor8pro and include @honorglobal in your reply for your entry to be considered.
• The winners will be notified by Twitter or Facebook shortly after the closing date of the competition – make sure you are following Pocket Gamer so your account can receive direct messages, or opened your Facebook account so you can receive inbox messages.
• The competition is open to readers worldwide.
• The winners will be the persons who the judges deem has answered the challenge in the most appropriate fashion.
• Pocket Gamer parent company Steel Media’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the winners of the competition.
• The competition is not open to employees of Steel Media or Honor or any of their agents involved in setting up this competition.
• By entering, you agree to the official rules and Steel Media’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

‘Kosmonavtes: Escape Reality’ makes it to Google Play

‘Kosmonavtes: Escape Reality’ makes it to Google Play

Jun 8, 2017

Kosmonavtes: Escape Reality has just arrived on the Play Store courtesy of LKMAD.

With the Earth’s resources dwindling, the Kosmonavtes program is announced!

The goal is one, assemble a cadet team and send them out to colonize another planet!

Help Vala become one of its first cadets and fulfill her dream of becoming an astronaut!

Features:
– Point and click, puzzle adventure game!
– Beautiful graphics bring the game to life!
– Many items to collect and puzzles to solve!
– Original soundtrack and sound effects!
– It’s FREE! Just download and play!

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

PayPal makes sending money abroad easier via update

PayPal makes sending money abroad easier via update

Jun 7, 2017

PayPal is becoming a bit more potentially useful for more people with its latest update, which includes the ability to send money to a host of countries worldwide.

Here are the update details (per Google Play):

We’ve made it even easier to send money to friends and family abroad. You can now support your loved ones in 62 countries around the world by sending money, paying bills, and reloading phones through Xoom. Tap ‘Send Money’ to try it out!

PayPal remains free on Google Play.

MARVEL Future Fight gets uncanny with new addition: the X-Men

MARVEL Future Fight gets uncanny with new addition: the X-Men

Jun 7, 2017

MARVEL Future Fight is getting an august addition: the X-Men!

Hey, and we are talking about some of the best… Storm, Cyclops, Magneto and the big guy… Wolverine.

And others.

Per the changelog:

WHAT’S NEW


Featuring the debut of X-Men in Marvel Future Fight! 7 mutants have joined the battle: Wolverine, Magneto, Jean Grey, Storm, Cyclops, Rogue, and Beast
1 New Epic Quest: “Rise of the X-Men”
Join Wolverine and experience a thrilling, action-packed adventure!
2 New Uniforms
Crystal (Royal Suit Uniform)
Gwenpool (Gwen Poole Uniform)
Misc. UI/UX Improvements

Looks good.

This game caught our attention when we tried it out; it remains free on Google Play.

Check out the trailer and artwork below.

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[Our MARVEL Future Fight Review.]

Nova gets Dots and more via update

Nova gets Dots and more via update

Jun 7, 2017

Everyone’s favorite third-party launcher Nova is getting an update.

Here’s the changelog:

Dots! Android O style notification badges
Round searchbar style
Performance improvements
Minor fixes for Android O

Nova Launcher is $4.99.

New multiplayer animal simulation The Cheetah arrives on Google Play

New multiplayer animal simulation The Cheetah arrives on Google Play

Jun 6, 2017

Swift Apps had a great coming out party with canine simulator The Wolf, and now,it taking on the big cats with the just-released multiplayer RPG The Cheetah.

Here are the game details (per Google Play):

Become one of the fastest animals on Earth today! Explore wide and hot savannas as a cheetah and develop your skills to become the best of best. Encounter different kinds of wild enemies and prey, ally with other cats or try to compete with them – the choice is yours in this RPG! You can try yourself in one of two modes: CO-OP or PVP – everything in Online Real-Time Multiplayer. Play with people from all over the World!

Online Real-Time Multiplayer RPG
Stunning 3D graphics
Beautiful environment
Realistic animals
Character development and upgrades
Cooperative multiplayer hunting and PVP Battle Arena modes
Smooth performance

The game is free (with in app purchases) on Google Play.

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Upcoming game Flipping Legend due out this month

Upcoming game Flipping Legend due out this month

Jun 4, 2017

Noodlecake and Hiding Spot Games have a new game on the wire: Flipping Legend.

Per the presser:

In Flipping Legend you take control of one of many heroes, each with a custom look, ability set and skill tree. By tapping left or right you flip forward on a diagonal to the next square. Land on an enemy to take them out and add life back to your ever draining heart bar.

But beware there are many dangers on your journey. Spike pits, enemies projectiles, lava, ghosts are out to get you. Move too slowly and have your heart meter run out and its game over. Flipping Legend is all about mastering speed and pattern recognition.

Once you start to level up your character an entire custom skill tree is available to you that powers you up and allows you’re adventure to last longer. There is also a custom loot system where you can unlock gold and new skins by collecting different chest types.

Due date? June 14th.

Ah… the trailer:

YouTube rolls out updated app version

YouTube rolls out updated app version

Jun 3, 2017

YouTube is getting a new build which should make it more usable; now, users can get to their content and lists more easily.

Per Google Play:

A new design makes it easier to use YouTube:

• Find your watch history, uploads, purchases, and playlists in the new Library tab

• Reach tabs more easily and switch between them from any screen

• See more videos with a smaller navigation bar

• Switch accounts, view notifications, and manage settings by tapping your avatar

The new design will gradually be available to everyone.

YouTube is available for free on Google Play.

Check out the trailer for upcoming game Dead Age: Video of the Day

Check out the trailer for upcoming game Dead Age: Video of the Day

Jun 2, 2017

Headup Games has a new coming out soon called Dead Age.

We got the trailer.

And what should we expect with the upcoming game? Per the presser:

Survive the zombie apocalypse with turn-based combat and permanent death! Manage survivors, go on dangerous scavenging runs, build alliances, craft equipment, make difficult story-influencing decisions, defend your camp against undead hordes and experience non-linear rogue-lite elements. In addition, each new playthrough in this Indie Survival-RPG offers different random missions and survivors to meet.

Just after the zombie outbreak you were fortunate enough to join a group of survivors and hole up in their camp. But that doesn’t set you out of danger! Food supplies are running low, injured survivors must be tended to and materials need to be scavenged to keep the camp intact. The zombie threat increases steadily and gangs of hostile survivors keep you on the defensive.

Okay, okay… here’s the trailer

[via Headup News]

4 Games to try out on the Honor 8 Pro

4 Games to try out on the Honor 8 Pro

Jun 2, 2017

The Honor 8 Pro packs a big punch when it comes to sheer performance. The phone’s 4,000 mAh battery, stunning display, and Kirin 960 processor make the phone a real dream for mobile gamers, too.

How do you make the most of those killer specs, though? These four games will show you what the Honor 8 Pro is truly capable of.

1. Perfect for clicking – SPACEPLAN

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The Honor 8 Pro boasts a beautiful 515ppi Quad HD display. The screen is big enough for serious gaming, but small enough to fit in your pocket. If you thought you needed a tablet to get the most out of your mobile games, think again. The Quad screen is super responsive, too, which is incredibly important for mobile gaming, especially when playing those idle clicker games.

Devolver Digital’s latest game, SPACEPLAN, is the perfect clicker game to take advantage of the Pro’s unique display. The game has beautiful graphics that will look great on the display, and it’s a clicker, meaning you’ll be tap, tap, tapping for a good long while.

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2. Stunning visuals – Monument Valley

If it’s gorgeous, cinematic visuals you seek, the Honor 8 Pro will not disappoint. The Quad HD display features advanced color management that will render your games with the highest fidelity. You can soak in every detail.

Monument Valley is the best game to put these features to the test. It’s easily one of the most beautiful games on the mobile market, with its bright colors and stunning environments.

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3. Lagging solutions – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

No one likes lag. In fact, the problem has spawned an obsession with framerates among gaming enthusiasts worldwide. That likely won’t be a problem with the Honor 8 Pro, with its lightning fast 8-core processor and Vulcan API, which specifically works to cut lag.

Test it for yourself with some of the most demanding Android games. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, a console and PC port launched last generation, is easily one of the most punishing games for mobile hardware. That shouldn’t be a problem for the Honor 8 Pro, though, thanks to its hefty processing power.

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4. Epic playing time – Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Battery life can be just as important as performance for mobile gamers, and the Honor 8 Pro performs in that area as well with 1.5 days* of battery life at full load. That gives you plenty of time for gaming before you have to charge.

Bioware’s Knights of the Old Republic is the perfect game to put that impressive battery to the test. Clocking in at 40 hours, this mobile port is a fantastic and faithful remake of one of the most famous western RPGs in recent years.

*Data based on Honor lab tests. Battery life may vary based on usage patterns and network conditions.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

You can now create an account directly in Google Voice app

You can now create an account directly in Google Voice app

Jun 2, 2017

Another Google Voice update!

This one adds the ability for folks to create an account right in the app.

WHAT’S NEW

May 2017:
• Sign up flow – create a Google Voice account in the Android app
• Home screen widgets – long-press on the home screen to add a widget
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

Google Voice remains free on the Play Store.

Root Explorer update extends Dropbox interoperability

Root Explorer update extends Dropbox interoperability

Jun 2, 2017

Premium file management utility Root Explorer is getting an update that adds some welcome fixes, especially for those of its users that also rely on Dropbox.

Version 4.1.4 reportedly updates Root Explorer code so that app works with Dropbox’s new API.

Specifically (per Google Play):

WHAT’S NEW

Version 4.1.4
• Updated Dropbox code to use their v2 API. This update is essential for all Dropbox users in order to keep Dropbox functionality working after June 28th.

Root Explorer is an app we really got to enjoy when we formally tried it.

It costs $3.99 on Google Play; there is also a free version available for folks who would like to get their toes west before diving in.

[Our Root Explorer Review]

Duolingo’s Japanese Course Rollout is live!

Duolingo’s Japanese Course Rollout is live!

Jun 1, 2017

Duolingo is adding its most requested language.

Fans of the free language learning utility will be happy to know that the gradual unveiling of Japanese is on now.

Per the press informational:


– This course pioneers a new way of teaching Japanese, focused around useful themes like food, travel, activities and topics of interest like Japanese anime and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
– The course teaches all three Japanese character alphabets and is designed to help users pass a basic proficiency exam by the end
– It is by far our most requested course ever. No matter what Duolingo does or says on social media for the past few years, someone will always ask about Japanese!

It’s free with in-app purchases.

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[via Duolingo]

We tried the Honor 8 Pro for you: Here’s how it went

We tried the Honor 8 Pro for you: Here’s how it went

Jun 1, 2017

The Honor 8 Pro is the latest smartphone from Honor and marks an upgrade from the previously released Honor 8.

As Honor’s new flagship smartphone competing with the top high-end mobile devices on the market, a lot of work has gone into its sleek design, sharp camera lens and easy-to-use interface.

After a playtest with the phone, here’s what we found.

Unboxing

Upon unboxing the Honor 8 Pro you see just how far Honor has gone to make a product competing with the big players. Everything you need is neatly packed in, from the device itself to the charger and important documents.

What’s most unique however is the inclusion of a Google Cardboard headset. This means straight out of the box, after a tiny bit of set up, you can start experiencing virtual reality. This saves you having to go out and purchase a separate and expensive device, particularly useful if you’re unsure about VR in the first place.

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Design and Display

The Honor 8 Pro is a big phone – it has a 5.7 inch touch screen in fact. But it’s not unwieldy. It may take some getting used to at first if you’re used to smaller screens, but the 2560 x 1440 Quad HD display offers crisp images.

The screen’s size also offers more practical benefits, such as an easy to use touch keyboard and a bigger space for game user interfaces, which can make games more easily playable in some cases.

As for design, its flush 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel dual rear-facing camera, which doesn’t protrude outward, is a particular highlight that completes a real sleek look.

Battery life

The Honor 8 Pro packs in a 4,000 mAh battery that’s said to last for 2 full days of regular use and almost 1.44 days of intensive use.

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Having played a few games on the device, including the power sapping Pokemon GO, the phone holds up well to intensive usage. After about an hour of use, power did not suffer greatly, suggesting a few extended gameplay sessions won’t leave you without any power for the rest of the day.

In case you do start to run low on juice however, there are some smart options to keep your phone running. The typical power saving mode can add a few hours of battery life by limiting background app activity and reducing or disabling some visual effects and sounds.

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But the best feature here is the ‘Ultra’ power saving mode. During testing, selecting this mode offers a tremendous boost to battery life by cutting down the phone to only the most important apps. It automatically selects phone calls, texting and your contacts book – but leaves other slots to add apps of your choice.

User interface

The Honor 8 Pro uses Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 user interface. It’s simple and clean to use, and navigation buttons are built into the screen. The simple user interface makes it easy to navigate around your apps and rearrange your library to suit your tastes and needs. Settings are also easy to navigate, making it easy to customise features and set preferences.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners

My App Addiction: Mint

My App Addiction: Mint

May 31, 2017

Making ends is very important, but managing the made money is almost more important. In an electronically mobile world, real cash takes a backseat to binary data, and it is quite important to know how things shake up.

For those of us who started working before direct deposit became standard, making the switch from physical checkbook to digital ledger might not have been instinctive, but it was necessary.

I cut my digital teeth on SplashMoney; that program was fantastic on Palm OS, and gave me the baseline for what to expect from mobile financial management software. By the time I worked my way to connected smartdevices and on to Android, I was in need of something pretty strong.

I found Mint: Budget, Bills, Finance.

With Mint, I’m able to figure out what’s where when with a high degree of certainty. It tunnels in securely to my relevant accounts, and updates quickly when accessed. It can be secured with PIN, and even with fingerprint authentication on devices so equipped. It is made to work with financial instruments from several banks: BoA, Wells Fargo Chase, Amex, and a whole lot more. PayPal, Loan originators, investment firms… it is harder to find an institution that doesn’t work with the service.

One thing that keeps this application useful is how often Intuit updates it. Recently, it added some great features; expanding the Bill functionality was great. Now, you can keep track of bills right within the app, and the added interoperability with Google Calendar is a big plus.

Mint is a full-fledged web app, so it can be accessed from any computer with web access.

I haven’t been in a physical bank for years. My main institutions are thousands of miles away. No sweat… an app like Mint leaves me very un-tethered.

Just the way I like it.

You can now make photo books directly from Google Photos

You can now make photo books directly from Google Photos

May 31, 2017

If making photo books is still somewhat of pleasurable tradition, Google Photos’ latest update will be quite welcome.

WHAT’S NEW

Create and print photo books
• Beautiful hardcover and softcover books—perfect for every occasion.
• Make it in minutes, not hours, with automatic photo curation and easy customization.
• Made in the USA from premium, responsibly-sourced paper.
Archive photos
• Hide photos from your main photos view, like receipts, screenshots, and notes
• Archived photos are still visible in search, albums, and in the new Archive view

Photos remains free on Google Play.