Category: gaming

Dawn of Crafting mobile game review

Dawn of Crafting is a mobile game that scratches the crafting-resource management itch in a big way without ever clobbering you with in app purchases – (no timers, no ads!).  No complex fighting, no dying, no energy timers, just a deep and fun growth and exploration game.  

This game is amazingly crafted to draw you in deeper and deeper.  You will start to think you’ve found everything when an entirely new person/ game/ area pops up. No matching, no puzzles, just balancing and exploring. 

Best of all, you can pick it up and put it down with no saving walls or loss of progress. 

I originally played Dawn of crafting 3 years ago and was so enthralled that I played for 3 days straight without opening another app and continued playing for weeks.  I recently started a new Dawn of Crafting game and haven’t opened another app for 5 days.

Why is this game so engaging?  The game’s simple interface is deceiving. It has a cute storyline with good writing and surprises, resource management that gets increasingly complex without being boring, discovery of new recipes and abilities and things to do. The game gradually opens up into more and more things to do without ever leaving behind the calming simplicity.  

You acquire a helper and must keep yourselves fed, so the fundamental activity of the game is finding items and combining them to create new recipes, items, and tools.

The game features cooking, tools, weapons… it grows and grows. Well. I won’t spoil it for you.

Despite the age of this offering, it is fully functional and supported. Try it!

Guest post written by wyerae (reddit alias).

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Knighthood mobile gamer Q&A

We interviewed redditor ManaBuilt about Knighthood, and here’s how it went!

Q: What is Knighthood?

A: The game is a portrait-oriented RPG with turn-based battle mechanics and hero collection.

Q: How did you hear about the game?

A: I heard about it through a friend that downloaded it and recommend I give it a shot.

Q: Why do you enjoy playing it?

A: I enjoy the game because of its solid gameplay and unique graphics. The fights are satisfying and the hero collecting doesn’t take center stage, which lets you spend most of your time upgrading your own character.

Q: Could you elaborate on gameplay a bit.. talk about objectives, progression, items, etc.

A: The game is semi-linear, with your character needing to go through set battles in order to continue on to new lands. As you move through the world, there are some branching paths that lead to various repeatable activities that are all about grinding for the necessary components to level up. Hunts are battles that can be farmed for upgrade materials and EXP, while Shrines of Power are quests that you can send your companions out on to get unique items and level them up, etc. There’s a good amount of variety to be had and daily missions will pretty much get you to touch each of the events in one way or another.

Q: How are the graphics? Can you compare the graphic / art in the game to anything?

A: I could not think of any other game that has graphics like this, possibly Fortnite? It’s a very clean look, and moving between menus and battles feels very smooth. Equipment (weapons and armor) have unique looks for each rank, making your character look very unique from other players the more you play.

Q: Can you talk about the game controls? How complex are touch screen mobile controls during gameplay?

A: Controls are pretty simple. Tap once to attack with weapon, swipe up to attack with your gauntlet. Gauntlet attacks power up your special, which changes based on the companions you bring with you into fights. Gauntlet and standard weapon attacks can be chained together in some fun ways, as high attack combos deal more damage, but higher gauntlet combos fill your special meter faster. So there’s some interesting planning that needs to happen if you know that a later wave of enemies will be better dealt with a big special attack. It feels very nice playing mobile, and I would say a lot of care went into making sure it didn’t feel like a port from PC or anything; buttons are all easy to press, text never feels too small, and it’s pretty light on battery and data to boot.

Q: How does upgrading your character work?

A: Upgrading your character happens on a lot of different levels. Your character gains actual EXP from fights, but you also need to upgrade your weapons, armor, and companions. Hunts, as mentioned, are the easiest ways to farm for materials to upgrade each of these, but as the game goes on you start needing to find special and harder to find items to move a piece of equipment into the next rank. So there’s a good blend of grinding and needing to hunt down valuable materials and then making a decision about which item will get moved into a new rank or level.

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Playing Nintendo Classics During Quarantine

Those who still own a Nintendo 64 should treasure it like something out of a museum. In 2020, these gaming consoles are few and far between.

Unfortunately, I never actually owned a 64. Growing up, my parents bought us a Playstation for Christmas, and it didn’t really make sense to have more than one video game console.

Back then, gaming was considered a leisure activity. Video games were more often seen as a waste of time than as a way to potentially build a career. The perception was not dissimilar from how people today perceive time spent watching shows / Netflix.

Over the years, we’ve seen gaming change a lot. The gaming industry has measurably grown. Processing power and graphics have improved. Video gaming has dramatically increased in popularity. Platforms like Twitch have enabled people to bring their unique style and personality to live stream games to demonstrate skill. A not-insignificant number of these people now make a living playing video games.

Ten years ago, who ever thought you could make money playing games? If there were people out there making money from video games, I didn’t hear about it. Had I known, perhaps I would have figured how to make it work. Maybe my parents would have encouraged me to play MORE hours of Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 instead of less.

With gaming’s big changes, its great to see that some things have remained constant.

While in a self-quarantine during the recent coronavirus pandemic, I’ve been lucky to have a friend with a Nintendo 64. Yesterday, with a small group practicing social distancing, we took a nostalgic journey through the levels of the classic version of Mario Kart on 64.

After making it through Frappe Snowland, Moo Moo Farm, Sherbet Land, Bowser’s Castle, and more, something unimaginable happened — I got to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Nintendo Switch for the FIRST TIME EVER.

The experience equated to the experiences of Christmas long, long ago…. trying a new game, on a new console, and playing it all morning in your PJs before family comes over to celebrate the holidays.

But wait – the Switch version of Mario Kart was released in 2017… Why did it take this long for me to try it?

Regardless of differing levels of video game dedication and passion from one person to the next, the fact that I was late to try the game made no difference in how much fun it was to play. For me, everything in the game was new.

Although they added a multitude of new levels, characters and more, I most admire Nintendo for maintaining a similar theme and style with their games as new console technology has been released. Nowhere is this more true than Mario Kart.

Which game systems have featured Mario Kart?
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Nintendo 64
iQue Player
Game Boy Advance
GameCube
Nintendo DS
Arcade
Wii
Nintendo 3DS
Wii U
Nintendo Switch
iOS
Android

As we like to call the Game Boy the “original mobile gaming device“, its great to see that Nintendo has also expanded into mobile games by developing Mario Kart Tour, a version of the game to be played on iOS and Android smartphones.

Whether on the original Nintendo 64, GameCube Double Dash, or any of the other platforms, Nintendo maintains its commitment to build a new and improved version of Mario Kart for virtually every system.

I have always felt deeply connected to Nintendo. Their games have that effect. No matter how old they get, they’re never obsolete. Nintendo games are built to last.

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How will 5G impact Gaming?

Now more than a buzzword, 5G will revolutionize mobile networks. This article covers 5G, discussing how it may impact gaming.

  • What is 5G?
  • How will it make gaming better?
  • What will this make possible?
  • How will 5G impact data plans?
  • When will it be here?

What is 5G?

Not to be confused with 5Ghz wifi, 5G cellular networks will open up entirely new possibilities that weren’t feasible on slower networks.

5G is the next step up in cellular network technology (there was 3G, then 4G LTE, and now 5G). 5G mobile internet is rumored to be 10 times faster than LTE, 5G increases wireless broadband speeds for smartphones and other devices, thus improving data transfer on cellular and mobile networks.

Although dramatically impactful in many disciplines (medicine: surgery performed remotely, automobiles: self driving cars, IOT: smart cities), 5G will also enable and improve many aspects of gaming.

How will 5G impact gaming?

5G will make gaming – specifically mobile gaming – better. This will include:

1. Immediate responsiveness:

This means lower latency. Latency is the time it takes to transmit data from your device to the network and back again. This increases the speed with which a command is registered on your screen. For gaming, a lower latency means that gamers will more quickly be able to make decisions.

2. Better mobile graphics:

The ability to transmit and receive larger amounts of data will allow mobile frame rate to increase (as of January 2020, Fortnite on console can handle up to 60 FPS whereas Fortnite on PC and iPad up to 120 FPS, for example). With a higher frame rate, graphics will be more crisp and player movements will be sharper and easier to calculate.

3. Faster downloads:

5G will notably increase the download speed for games and other apps to your phone. Today, downloading mobile games (many of which are well over 1GB) requires gamers to connect to wifi and plug in their phone to prevent battery drainage. 5G will allow games of this size to be downloaded no problem. Data plans will likely be larger, so people will be more apt to download these games on the go. This will lower the barrier to entry to play all types of video games, increasing its popularity broadly, from mobile and casual gaming to esports as well.

4. Better reliability

Because 5G will provide extremely stable connections, gamers will not experience game and internet connections to drop off or remain unsteady. As more people have stable and reliable internet connections, mass multiplayer online mobile games will continue to grow, expanding the social aspects of many games such as Fortnite, while providing space for the birth of mobile-first multiplayer online games.

5. The end of lagging?

Lagging gets worse when a game’s network reaches peak player volume. Since 5G can handle a higher network throughput than 4G, game servers will manage peak hour data usage more efficiently. Since 5G will reportedly make games 1000 times faster, gamers can expect little to no lagging and more consistent high quality gameplay.

However, game companies will inevitably develop more complex and graphic intensive games. Especially with the continued growth of virtual reality gaming, the processing power required to run video games can be expected to increase.

While 5G will allow game developers to to do more with future video games, we can expect game developers to to continue to push the envelope of technology, eventually reaching the limits of 5G.

What will 5G make possible?

1. Cloud Gaming

Cloud gaming should allow you to play high end, graphics intensive online multiplayer games on your mobile device with low (if any) latency and extremely high quality, resolution, and response time.

You won’t be able to tell that you’re not playing on a mobile device. Look for the following cloud gaming systems to exist soon:

  • Playstation Now
  • Google Stadia
  • Microsoft Xcloud

2. VR Streaming

Virtual reality entertainment has higher bandwidth requirements for a couple reasons:

  1. two images need to be streamed for VR, one to the left eye and one to the right eye.
  2. both of these need to be high-resolution to deliver high-quality experiences.
  3. low frame rate is one of the chief reasons that some VR players get headaches or have poor quality experiences in VR gaming.

The ability for 5G to handle the higher data receipt and transmission will make VR streaming of movies and games much smoother.

3. Future of mobile devices

5G will enable a new breed of handheld gaming consoles – 5G shells that transmit and receive high quality graphics via cloud computing. With the power of 5G, processing power local to device is not practical.

In the future, the purposes served by multiple devices (X-Box, PC, mobile, etc.) may combine into one one device optimized for transmitting and receiving data via the cloud.

With this data being processed non-locally, there is no need to purchase physical copies of games and other software, since they can be easily procured via the internet.

How will 5G affect data plans?

For consumers, it is hard to know if 5G will mean higher prices or not. Given that 5G is an enabler of extremely high download capacity, unlimited data plans will likely be required to take advantage of 5G.

The good news is that some companies such as TMobile have pledged to keep prices the same as 4g.

Data caps may still be a factor as they are today, but ultimately 5G will make the ability to transmit and receive data more abundant.

When will 5G be here?

5G is already here, its just not widely distributed yet. Some cellular plans such as T-Mobile and AT&T already have 5G out. We recommend contacting your provider directly to inquire more about 5G and what it would take to get access.

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Best Free Mobile Games 2020

The best free mobile games in 2020 are in some ways similar to last year, but with the advancement of mobile game technology, mobile gamers have a lot to look forward to!

The list of best free mobile games of 2020 are all considered to be “hyper casual games”, a game genre that is simple, short, and can be enjoyed by a wide audience.

Here are our top picks for the best free mobile games of 2020:

Best Free Mobile Games 2020

  • High Hoops
  • Geometry Dash
  • 2048 Balls
  • Color Bounce – developed by Jimmy On
  • Surfline game
  • Coin Rush
  • Bikes Hills
  • Hoop stars
  • Pokey ball
  • Fit
  • BlockuDoku
  • Dot n beat
  • Clash of blocks
  • Bumberkart.io

How to Disable iOS 13 Gesture Pop-Up Bar for 3 & 4 Finger Claw

When you play Fortnite mobile on iOS 13 with 3 or 4 finger claw technique, there’s a weird glitch as a result of the multi-touch gesture setting that causes the editing bar (undo/redo/cut/copy/paste) to pop up unexpectedly.

How does the iOS 13 Gesture Bar Interrupt Gameplay?

The gesture bar shows up when you tap your screen with 3 or more fingers. This can interrupt mobile gameplay and can be quite frustrating as it momentarily freezes your ability to control the game.

The ability to use both the thumbs and index fingers to perform three or more actions simultaneously while playing (such as Move, Fire, Look, or Crouch) is very important for mobile gamers that play with the 3 or 4 finger claw technique.

Since there was no way to turn this setting off in iOS 13, the bar has all but ruined the experience for claw style mobile players.

There has been a significant amount of backlash from the mobile gaming community online.

frustration with ios multi-touch settings

Thankfully, Apple is a large company and is therefore able to make improvements quickly.

With the launch of iOS 13.1 in September as well as subsequent releases of 13.2 and 13.3, Apple has added “improvements and bug fixes” which fix the problem.

If you wait to upgrade your device, however, the problem will continue until you upgrade.

SOLUTION: In iOS 13, there is no way to turn the setting off. The only way to fix this is to upgrade your device.

If you’re a visual learner, the video below demonstrates the problem and how to resolve it.

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Mobile Gaming Manifesto

The Mobile Gaming Manifesto

The Mobile Gaming Manifesto describes the rai·son d’ê·tre for mobile games.

Mobile games in context of the current state of technology:

  1. Mobile devices are becoming the primary access point to the internet, globally.
  2. It is normal to have 24/7 access to a mobile device.
  3. Tablets and smartphones (now one and the same) are replacing laptops. A single device serves as a phone, tv, computer, game console, and more.
  4. Whether home or abroad, whether on a car, bus, plane, or train, people can play mobile games everywhere.
  5. People can enjoy video games without the need to access a console.
  6. Mobile players of today have the early adopter advantage: As of 2020, fewer gamers play on mobile compared to console and PC. In the future, more people will play on mobile devices. But for now, there is less competition for those who do play on mobile.
  7. Mobile is no longer reserved for simple and hyper casual games. Complex, MMO PC and console native games like Fortnite and COD are present on mobile devices, with more games on the way.
  8. As technology advances, it becomes more elegant – smaller or even invisible. The cables and boxes formerly required for gaming will become obsolete. Consoles are becoming smaller and may disappear entirely.
  9. It is becoming easier to connect mobile devices to larger display screens.
  10. It is becoming easier to connect mobile devices to a diverse array of gui controllers – from keyboards and mice to Xbox controllers.
  11. There are millions of game apps on mobile.
  12. Mobile game development is accessible to everyone.
  13. Whereas console controllers are rigid, standardized, one-size-fits all by nature, mobile controls involve the touchscreen. Touchscreens are modular. With touchscreens, users can customize the the button control layout for each game. The only challenge (for now) is that touchscreens are flat. Future mobile devices could incorporate more ergonomic designs – from folding or curved screens and beyond.

Our why

Mobile Game Talk exists to share a love for mobile gaming with the world. We constantly focus on the advancement of mobile technology to shape the future of gaming. We acknowledge the importance of saying “no” to many projects in order to focus on areas where we can make a significant contribution. Regardless of where we are in our journey, these values are embedded in the foundation of the company.

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Best Free No-Download Online Games

In this post we’ll cover the best free, simple, no-download online multiplayer games. Why download a game if you don’t have to?

Aside from the fact that they are all free, these games are similar in a few ways.

Known as the “dot-io” games, they are simple by design, but become more complex as you develop different strategies to play and progress in each.

For one, they’re all accessible right from your browser without ever downloading a file onto your computer. In all of them, the entity you control moves non-stop. Since there’s no way to pause, the games require your undivided attention.

Slither.io

Slither.io will remind you of the old classic “Snake” that was popular on cell phones in the early 2000s. The difference is that its an online multiplayer game where seemingly hundreds of other snakes (players) are all in the same arena battling it out. The objective: get as big as possible.

  • To get bigger, you have to consume mass — colored dots scattered around the map.
  • Careful! If you run into another snake, you’re out! You lose and your snake turns into a concentration of colored dots for others to consume and get bigger.
  • Aggressive players will try to speed in front of you, so watch out. You can speed by holding down the mouse button, but you’ll slowly lose mass in order to speed up.

Link: click here to play Slither.io.

Paper.io

There is not another game like Paper.io – it is completely unique. Like the others on this list, the game is an online multiplayer game.

  • The objective is to cover as much of the area as possible with your color. You move your player across the screen to create loops, and
  • While drawing a new loop, you’re vulnerable! If another player crosses your path before you close your new loop, then you’re out!
  • Score is kept based on the percentage of the map you have covered, and the player rankings are displayed on screen as well.
  • From the home page of the game’s website, you can change game mode. Small Map and Fast Speed are pretty fun, and there are even a few older versions that host games with an antiquated, blocky feel.

Link: click here to play Paper.io.

Hole.io

Hole.io feels a bit different than the other two. You control a circle (the hole) with your mouse, moving it around an arena that resembles a city. When you move your circle around an object, the object will drop down into the hole. Your goal is to consume various objects in the city such as benches, light posts, cars, buildings.

  • Your circle will get bigger as you consume more objects.
  • The kicker with Hole.io is that it’s timed. Although endless games can be fun, the fact that Hole.io is timed can be beneficial if you only have a few minutes to play

Link: click here to play Hole.io.

As simple and lightweight as they are, you can find yourself jumping in for just a round or two and playing for an hour before you know it. These games are great time wasters, perfect when you’re bored at work. They’re ALSO available on mobile (slither is, paper is, and I need to check to see if hole is) waiting for your plane, in transit, etc.

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Fortnite: What the Weapon Colors Mean

Fortnite colors represent the rarity of that weapon

The weapons in Fortnite are glowing a different color (gray, green, blue, purple, orange, or gold). When you pick up a weapon and it goes into your inventory, the weapon icon will display the same color, distinguishing one from another.

The colors of Fortnite weapons symbolize “rarity”, which describes how rare and also how powerful each weapon is. A gray weapon is not as powerful as a green one, and so on.

Fortnite Weapon Color Rankings

There are 6 Fortnite Weapon colors. The list below ranks them from weakest to most powerful, with #6 being the most rare and powerful.

  1. Gray (common)
  2. Green (uncommon)
  3. Blue (rare)
  4. Purple (epic)
  5. Orange (legendary)
  6. Gold (mythic)

Gray is the weakest, Gold is the strongest (in theory). As of the Star Wars partnership events, a First Order Blaster rifle is one of the only Gold weapons in the game, and can be found by eliminating one of the bots in Stormtrooper uniforms. Gold weapons are special, and the core weapons present in the game do not have a gold ranking.

What determines the power of a Fortnite weapon?

There are a number of factors that determine how effective a weapon is. The different factors are DPS (damage per second), damage, fire rate, magazine size, and reload time. These statistics get better for each weapon as the weapons become more rare.

Statistics for Every Fortnite weapon, by color and type:

Below, you will see the stats for all of the main damage dealing weapons and equipment in the game of Fortnite, ranked with their respective colors and factors. We have excluded vaulted weapons and event related weapons (which are temporary) such as the lightsaber.

common, uncommon, and rare
epic and legendary

Can you change the color of a weapon?

You can change the color or rarity of a weapon.

To do so, you must “upgrade” the weapon, at specific places in the game. Upgrading typically requires different amounts of resources (wood, brick, and metal), and will then allow you to upgrade the weapon one level at a time. As you progress in rarity, weapons require more resources to be upgraded, while others are not able to be upgraded (Legendary and Mythic equipment cannot be upgraded, for example). It takes more resources to go from purple to orange than it does to go from grey to green, for instance.

For a more in-depth analysis of the different kind of weapons, I recommend this article.

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Top 4 Fortnite Mobile Tips for Beginner Players

Fortnite is a game unlike any other. As competitive as it is fun, Fortnite keeps players chasing the sacred Victory Royale – a first place win in a live online match against 100 other players.

The game is available on PC, Xbox, Playstation and Mobile. If you’ve decided to play on mobile, welcome! We are going to cover a few important points for a beginner who chooses to play Fortnite on a mobile device.

Disable Auto Fire

When you first download Fortnite Mobile from the app store, you have a choice between various aim and control styles. Auto fire is a setting that is usually “on” by default. Although it can be fun to use when you’re new, it’s a great idea to disable it, so that you’re the one controlling your weapon. Here’s why you should disable auto fire:

  1. “Auto fire” is a control setup that automatically shoots whenever your weapon is aimed at another player.
  2. By using auto fire, you have an unfair advantage because the setting makes the game easier.
  3. You will waste ammo because the game will fire for you whenever pointed at a player, even if they’re out of reach.
  4. It enables you to fire without actually tapping the fire button, so you have fewer actual controls. The game performs the critical act of firing shots for the gamer.
  5. Having an automation like this enabled during a live match will cause other players to become frustrated with you and you may even get reported.

Work Towards Becoming a 4-finger Player.

Playing Fortnite – or any first person shooter game – on a mobile device comes with unique control styles. Naturally, Fortnite mobile players tend to use their thumbs to aim, move, jump, fire, build, etc. But with the vast amount of buttons on the screen, it can be tough to perform all these different actions concurrently with just two thumbs.

The solution that has been popularized is to use your two index fingers in addition to your thumbs. To do so, you rest your mobile device on your pinky, ring, and middle fingers, while wrapping the thumb and index fingers of each hand around to the front of the screen, hence the name “4-finger”.

Given the awkward nature of the 4-finger technique, it has been termed “the claw” by some as well. Although the technique does take some getting used to, it can be extremely effective. The best mobile players tend to use this technique during gameplay.

By using the 4-finger claw for control, you should be able to better match your fingers to the position of the buttons on screen, giving you optimum speed and reach capabilities. This brings us to our next point…

Use the HUD Layout Tool to Customize your Button Layout

Fortnite mobile offers you the capability to move the action buttons around on your screen.

This customize-ability of the mobile control system goes hand-in-glove with your gradual progression towards becoming a 4-finger player. As you adapt to 4-finger, it’s important to shift and reposition your custom button layout to the setup that fits best with the natural flow of your hands on the screen during gameplay.

To see how to do this, see the post on the HUD Layout Tool.

Turn on Turbo Build

Turbo Build is a configuration in mobile that allows you to build quicker. It can easily be enabled by going to settings. Turbo build allows you to continue building the same piece when you hold down the build button.

After enabling turbo build, make sure to add the build shortcut tools to your HUD Layout, as described above. This allows for quicker access to build mode so that you can instantaneously build whatever block you want during heat of the moment combat fights.

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