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Fortnite Weapon Color Power Rankings and Analysis

Fortnite is a unique game for many reasons. As a player, understanding the purpose of each Fortnite weapon is crucial to help you choose which weapons to hold in your inventory.

Weapon Color Power rankings:

  • Gray (common)
  • Green (uncommon)
  • Blue (rare)
  • Purple (epic)
  • Orange (legendary)
  • Gold (mythic)

Types of Weapons

There are four categories of Fortnite weapons: Mid-range, Short-range, Long-range, and Explosives.

There are also some weapons that NEVER run out of ammo – like the beam gun (mythic level). As of this writing, the easiest way to get these beam guns is by elim’ing one of the bots (they are in Starwars Storm Trooper uniforms).

With the current Winterfest events going on as well as the Starwars partnership presence, the Fortnite weapons are likely to change as the game puts out new updates. so we will make sure to update accordingly. Here is a run-down of the weapons in Fortnite as of this writing.

Mid-Range

Arguably, the most common encounter in a Fortnite match is mid-range. While mid-range combat tends to happen more often in the game, fights usually begin in one of two ways. Once two opposing players encounter each other, a fight will occur as long as both players don’t run away from each other.

  1. if one player runs away and the other chases, this usually means the guy being chased is either low on health, doesn’t have resources, or knows he is overpowered by weapons. In my experience, most often the guy chasing will win the fight and get the elim.
  2. if both players approach each other for combat, we’ll then have either a mid-range shootout, OR we’ll see the players progress towards more of a short-range fight. The dynamics of mid versus short range fights are quite different

Although mid-range encounters are likely to end up being short-range battles, here are the available weapons for mid-range combat.

Burst Assault Rifle – each time you tap the fire button, this weapon shoots bursts of three shots at an opponent.

Assault Rifle – fires once with the tap of the button.

Sub Machine Gun – fires automatically for as long as the button is pressed. Seems to be less accurate then an assault rifle as the distance gets larger.

Short Range

As mentioned above, many short range fights begin as a mid-range encounter. As players naturally gravitate towards each other, they will switch from their mid-range weapons (such as assault rifles) to something like a shotgun or even lightsaber. Here’s a run down of the Fortnite short-range combat weapons available at players’ disposal.

Tactical Shotgun – this weapon is great because there is minimal time in between shots, compared with the tactical shotgun.

Pump Shotgun – as mentioned above, sometimes you have to take what you find. If it’s the first weapon you find, you’re picking it up!

Light Saber – extremely formidable and hard to defend against. We’re unsure how long these will remain in the game, but they’re here for now. Although lightsabers can be incredibly annoying, we’ve all gotten our fair share of elims with them, so they’re at least a little bit fun. But I’m still not 100% sure about the general consensus… do people like them or not? For close combat I mean you really can’t beat them. And each box has like 4 of them inside, so you can mark them for your squad.

Long Range

Sniper Rifle – the only true long-range weapon with a scope, the sniper rifle is valuable for at least one of your squadmates to hold on inventory.

*Some would categorize the assault rifle as a long range weapon, because it is effective a far distances. However, keep in mind there is no scope and you lose a bit of accuracy the further away you get.

Explosives

Explosives are valuable for a few reasons. For one, they deal a large amount of damage. Additionally, they deal damage to structures, which can be valuable when your opponent is building and you want to knock them out of the structure.

Rocket Launcher – long range and powerful. If someone use a rocket launcher on you, the only advantage you have is that you have a few seconds to see them coming and move out of the way before it hits.

Snowball Launcher – mid-range and deals splash damage over a hefty radius. This means that even if you have no aim accuracy, you should still be able to get a couple elims.

Grenades – these are really great for knocking down structures. the challenge with using them is that you can only carry 6 and they are difficult to aim.

Selecting your inventory:

Aside from your harvesting tool, you only have 5 open spaces for inventory, so choose wisely. Based on our descriptions above, here are our thoughts about about how to decide what to hold in inventory.

  1. First, you want to hold any kind of assault rifle, or a handgun. These are the most versatile weapons and can be used effectively at further mid-range distances, as well as close up short range if need be.
  2. Tactical shotgun, ideally a purple/gold shotgun of any kind. Given that tactical shotguns of purple/gold are so much more rare, its worthwhile holding a green or blue tactical if that’s all you find. You’ll need it for close range.
  3. (and 4) – either a Sniper rifle or rocket launcher should take third and fourth priority, consuming those slots if you’re lucky enough to find both. Rocket launchers are rarer than snipers, so if you don’t have a rocket launcher, its worth holding grenades or a snowball launcher in place. Having an explosive like this is extremely valuable to knock down build structures,
  4. see above #3
  5. Blue half-pot shield potions. Ultimately, you want to have some type of healing in your inventory at all times. Often, you’ll be able to find more and pick up what you need in a bind, but its crucial that you have something just in case you end up with close to no health. Blue shield potions are the best because they are the only ones that can put you back up to 200. But use your best judgement when deciding what makes sense. If you have to run from the storm, you’ll want to have at least 10 or more bandages just in case.

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10 Ways Fortnite is Unlike Any Other Game You Have Ever Played

As a Battle Royale style first person shooter, Fortnite has gained a dedicated community of gamers since its initial release in 2017. Its 2020 now, and the game is alive and well, loved by over 250 million players.

“No matter how old you get, you will always remember the video games you played when you were young”

-EspressoMonkey, Fortnite Mobile player

Here are the top ways Fortnite is different from any other game you can play today.

Structure Building

The process of acquiring resources by hacking at structures with the harvesting tool is crucial to winning. Being able to actually build a structure to protect yourself from other players is key.

There is not another mass market first person shooter game that incorporates building the way that Fortnite does. Building adds a level of complexity that gamers must learn to use to their advantage.

Some have compared the build-up capability to Minecraft, in that you can create whatever shape structure you want with general templated blocks. The Fortnite Creative mode takes this a step further, giving players a server with an empty ground on which to build.

Cartoonish Characters

Since the graphics are not designed to look or feel realistic and are cartoonish by design, the game contrasts games like Arma III, which is designed to resemble real-life combat as closely as possible.

With the cartoon-base design and artwork of the game, players experience a lighter, almost fun and party feel (avatars will even dance) rather than a serious or morbid feel that other games can portray.

The game hosts its fair share of components that add a level of silliness. At the start of each match, for example, players skydive out of a school bus suspended in the air by a hot air balloon.

10 ways fortnite is unlike any other game
the Fortnite battle bus

Minimal Violence

Although Fortnite is a first person shooter, the game is rated T for teen, and has little to no violence. Instead of blood and gore, players are removed from the game by a science fiction-like animation that looks like an alien abduction or something. This abstract method of eliminating a player from the game adds to the mystery and wonder of the game, but also keeps it PG.

This brings up another interesting fact: rather than calling them “kills”, the word “elimination” or simply “elim” is used when you take out another player.

Despite having a PG-rated violence level, the game still attracts players of all ages, old and young.

Camping out is not necessarily frowned upon.

In Fortnite, camping exists in the game almost by design. As you jump out of the bus and skydive down to the island for battle, your first order of business is finding a weapon. Here, players are forced to look in hiding spots — roofs of houses, basements, stairs, bushes, etc. — all the while making sure they are not caught by another player before finding their first weapon. Players are almost required to take time out of combat to stock up their inventory on resources, weapons, and ammo. Since looting is such a big part of the game, all the players camp for at least part of each match.

Social

Players aren’t necessarily just looking to experience the most action-packed video game when they log onto Fortnite. In fact, gameplay can be somewhat slow in the beginning depending on where you drop. It seems that one of the biggest attractions to the game is the social aspect.

Due to the time it takes to load and organize 100 players into a server, there is always a small break in between matches – just enough, usually, to run and grab a snack. During this small amount of downtime, players have the chance to connect with their friends in the game, squad up on teams, trash talk other players, etc. For this reason, Fortnite is also hugely popular for streamers.Gives streamers the chance to talk to their chat. In Fortnite, hard scoping is not necessarily frowned upon.

Dedicated, Youthful Player Base

According to the numbers, 53% of the players are between the ages of 10-25. With such a large number of young people that play the game, even if everyone were to stop playing the game tomorrow, Fortnite would remain in the memories of these players for many decades to come.

No matter how old you get, you will always remember the video games you played when you were young. Those of us who grew up playing Nintendo games like Super Smash Bro’s and Mario Kart will always have a nostalgic love for these games for the rest of our lives. The same can be said of people who play any video game today. For this reason, Fortnite will be especially loved for many years to come.

Unique Physics

Realistic or not, the physics of the game bring important considerations for players.

First, long-shots take gravity and leading into account. So, if a player over 100 yards away is running horizontal to you as you target with a sniper, you’ll need to aim slightly up and in front of them to land a shot.

Another example is build physics. You can build as large and complex a structure as you like as long as it is anchored to the ground at just a single point. To take down the entire structure, all that a player has to do is break the grounding links of the structure.

Strong Partnerships

In December 2019, Fortnite and Starwars formed a big partnership, hosting lightsabers as a weapon in the game, for example.

There are many other examples of Fortnite partnerships as well, such as recently hosting famous actor Keanu Reeves as a character in the game.

New Game Updates Often

Fortnite updates their game often. With each release, players get to experience a wide variety diverse weapons and features. No matter how small, each update changes the dynamics of the game in some way. This is good because it makes gameplay feel fresh and exciting while keeping gamers on their toes.

Some changes have been a hit and popular, while others have caused a backlash of criticism from the community. Some gamers blame the game for adding in too many updates, or “nerfing” certain weapons to make them less powerful.

Another update that really changed the game was the removal of transparent build edits. Whereas players used to be able to see through the wall while editing, the edits are now are greyed out, instead of transparent. Previously, keeping build edits transparent meant that players could see what was happening outside the structure while staying within the protection of its walls.

However you feel about the updates, one thing is for sure: updates and changes will be constant. Its clear that Epic Games (creator of Fortnite) is investing a lot in game improvements and additions with the ultimate goal of making the game more fun, and keeping the game profitable for them.

An Exciting Future

Just a few days ago, right after Christmas, there was a curious tweet from the Founder and CEO of Epic Games as it relates to the future of Fortnite:

Fortnite is a game. But please ask that question again in 12 months.— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) December 26, 2019

Who’s to say what the game will look like a year from now other than the head of the game company.

Fortnite lovers will see dramatic changes and have a lot to look forward to over the next year. We look forward to sharing information and insights about these updates on MobileGameTalk for years to come. Happy Gaming!

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What is Hard Scoping in First Person Shooter Games?

And is hard scoping frowned upon? 

“Hard scoping” is when someone looks through the scope of a sniper rifle for an extended period of time (say, longer than 2-3 seconds). Hard scoping is frowned upon in many games because it allows players to camp in one spot and target other players from a distance. Taking time to aim and lock down a perfect headshot may be viewed as an unfair advantage.

Fortnite Mobile elim via a 3 second scope

There are many who believe hard scoping is part of the game. You have a scope, and you might as well use it. 

But why is hard scoping even a big deal?

With the popularity of streaming platforms and YouTube highlight videos, gamers enjoy showing off trick shots like fast scope snipes. As players have begun to hold this type of video in high regard, scoping for longer than just a second or two has come to be a mark of inexperience in gaming. 

Some gamers would tell you don’t EVER look through your scope for more than two seconds, subscribing to the ideology that you should only use the scope when the distance is so far that regular aiming is difficult or impossible. Players that scope for longer… 5 to 10 seconds or more, are considered “hard scopers” and are universally condemned.

The verdict…

After thinking through it further, I’m not sure we can come to an official conclusion at the moment. Ultimately, there are a lot more factors to take into consideration such as skill level, game style, as well as the actual game itself. Conventions in Fortnite may be different from those in Call of Duty, and vice-versa.

So what are your thoughts? Is ‘hard-scoping’ a big no-no, or is it acceptable? Let me know what you think.

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Who Remembers the Gameboy Color?

Speaking of mobile gaming… who remembers the Gameboy Color? Between the years of 2002 and 2004, this little purple game console changed the lives of so many 90’s kids just like us.

Mobile games have come a long way.. Isn’t it interesting that both Gameboy AND smart phones share generally the same rectangular shape? It’s almost as if we’ve come full circle, right?

Before you reach for your smartphones for the next round of whatever game you just downloaded from the App Store, I hope this short video brings just a bit of nostalgia, and reminds you of quieter, simpler times in mobile gaming.

After years in a dusty drawer of my parents house, I can’t say I surprised that it will not turn on. Yes, I am heartbroken and need to find a Gameboy repair shop right away. But in a way, this is just evidence as to WHY obsolete technology gets replaced. It’s old and unreliable. So as sentimental as that video might make you and I feel, we can rest easy knowing that we’ve moved on to bigger and better games.

As we approach 2020, futuristic technology innovation will be present as always. Here’s a prediction for the day: Devices that fold will be a thing of the past. Before you know it, we’ll ALL be saying goodbye to folding laptops. Instead, we will likely carry some ambiguous smartphone/tablet-like device… used with any number from a suite of controllers of our choosing… bluetooth keyboards and mice, styluses, aux game controllers, and even just our fingers.

Merry Christmas mobile gamers.

Happy gaming to all, and to all a good night.

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The 6 Biggest Reasons Mobile Gaming will Dominate

A Growing Industry

There are more mobile games today than ever before. 2020 will bring even more. With a combination of the iTunes App Store, Google Play, and indie websites like itch.io, mobile gaming has turned into a universal phenomena.

Mobile Twins of Console Games

Not everyone has an Xbox, Playstation, or Nintendo console. But everyone does have a smartphone within arms reach at all hours of the day.

Whereas consoles are becoming reserved for the die-hard gamer, mobile is dramatically lowering the cost of customer and user acquisition. Game companies can build mobile versions of console games to reach a broader audience, targeting less-committed gamers. Many of the biggest game companies in the world have already built mobile versions of their most popular console games. You can play major games like Fortnite, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, Mario Kart RIGHT NOW from your phone.

Ease of Setup

Mobile games are arguably more easy to setup; you don’t have run cords from the power outlet to the console and into the back of your dusty television. You just tap to download a lightweight app – seconds later you’re playing.

This lets you try new games much more quickly and easily using a device you already use daily: your phone. No need to spend hundreds on a console.

Mobile Controllers

Mobile gamers can attach ergonomic handheld controllers to their mobile devices. The controllers help people who are familiar with the handheld devices and button setups on consoles replicate that experience with mobile.

Multi-touch

We’ve all seen the ability to do gestures with two or more fingers on a mobile device. This is great in gaming. But the other advantage, compared to, say, clicking on a computer, is that you have multiple access points to the screen. Instead of only having one degree of access with a mouse on a computer, on a mobile device you ALWAYS have two or more degrees of access to what’s happening on the screen. At a minimum, you can use two thumbs.

Innovation in Mobile Development

The number of platforms that allow for you to build mobile games is ever growing. With free software tools such as BuildBox, even people without a technical background can build mobile games. These tools require no coding and no software development needed, so its easy to get started. If you do know some code, BuildBox does allow you to go in and customize Javascript code, although this is not required.

Unity is also an extremely popular game development tool, although it requires a bit more technical know-how.

VR / AR

Beyond simple mobile gaming, the takeoff of virtual and augmented reality cannot be understated. One critical enabler of these technologies is a camera sensor so that objects can be overlaid onto the real world.

Since mobile devices have cameras native to the device, this makes VR and AR experiences extremely fluid and natural. Overtime, it wouldn’t surprise me to see these experiences to be built for mobile-first, rather than console or desktop.

Smartphone manufacturers have added more and more cameras to all sides and faces of mobile devices with the release of every new model, and we can expect this trend to continue to evolve. Its not unreasonable to suppose that 360 degree cameras could soon be present on all smartphones.

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Why Fortnite Post-Game Analysis is a MUST for Mobile Players

In Fortnite Mobile, analyzing the elims you both deal AND take can be invaluable to developing your technique as a player.

Doing a Fortnite post-game analysis will not only show you what you did wrong during gameplay, but it can also be valuable to help you realize where your opportunities are to improve.

1. Discover Weak Points

You’ll notice your weak points. A common theme in the play by play analysis video is that he was SLOW to build up. Realizing this can give you ideas for how to improve your build speed and flow.

For example, you could take time to play Fortnite Creative and actually practice building.

Another idea to improve your build speed is by switching up your mobile button position using the HUD layout tool. One thing you can do is actually ADD an extra action button to the side of the screen opposite your look control. That way, by holding down build action, you can quickly look in a sweeping circle motion to build a surrounding enclosure.

2. Analyze Unfavorable FNM Situations

You’ll see what you did to put yourself in an unfavorable Fortnite situation. For example, staying in the same general area for too long will eventually allow other players to realize where you are located.

When your spot gets blown, its identified by more than a few players on the map. By doing so you put yourself at a BIG risk of being attacked by multiple players at one time. While this can be thrilling and makes for an exciting, action-packed game, keep in mind that other players will find you.

3. The small details

The small points are easy to forget to do in the heat of the moment during gameplay. For example:

  • Jumping while running
  • Re-loading during down time, before the action hits.
  • Not switching to a close range weapon like the tactical shotgun when necessary.
  • Not stocking up on resources given the chance
  • Forgetting to check the attics for weapons

4. What works

Remember what went well. Maybe you had a few mid-range AR scopes that just clicked?

Did pick a really good drop point on the map? Did you drop early or late?

Did you move to the new circle early? Doing so may have helped you loot additional buildings before the players further outside.

Ultimately, re-watching your Fortnite games can be really helpful if you want to get better. While it can be annoying to record your screen and have to find a way to store large files (delete them later), its definitely worth it.

The video below provides a short example of play by play post-game analysis, taken from a few clips of Fortnite Mobile gameplay.

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Fortnite Winterfest Update 11.31 Details 12/18/19

Welcome to Fortnite Winterfest!

Patch 11.31

Epic Games (the creator of Fortnite) put out an update patch 11.31 late last night / early this morning, which added a lot of updates to the game… from challenges, weapons, presents, and more..

There is a Winterfest Lodge where you can go and open a new present every day, for 14 days. According to the Epic Games website, presents will include gliders, outfits, wraps, pickaxes, emotes, and more. (You have until Jan. 7 to claim them).

Fortnite also announced LTMs (limited time modes) so you’ll get the chance to try out different events in Battle Royale.

In addition to the presents, Fortnite will be unvaulting weapons throughout the holiday season! The first unvaulting, for ONE DAY ONLY, is the double barrel shotgun.

Fortnite Challenges: With the upcoming in-game challenges players have the opportunity to earn extra experience points and add to the items they could potentially unlock. For day 1, the first challenge will be to deal damage with the snowball launcher. The reward is a new loading screen.

Time for Presents!

That’s right, for every day during Winterfest, Fortnite will give players the chance to claim a different present from the Winterfest Lodge. Here’s the video below covering the day 1 present EspressoMonkey got.

If you’re a Fortnite Mobile player and you want to squad up or go Duos at all over the holidays, add me on FNM to play: EspressoMonkey

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Top 19 Brain Exercise Mobile Games 2020

Below, we highlight the 19 best mobile puzzle games of 2020, which can be great for brain exercise and keeping your mind sharp. We ranked the best mobile puzzle games based on how each of them seems to challenge your mind to navigate situations that are more complex than your average hyper-casual mobile game.

Some mobile games are known foster analytical thinking, problem solving and creativity. When we think about mobile puzzle games, famous games like 2048 come to mind. But among the millions of mobile gaming apps in the app store, we tried hundreds to help you answer the question of “what are the best mobile puzzle games?”.

The Best Mobile Puzzle Games of 2020

best mobile puzzle games 2020 #1
Clash of Blocks

1. Clash of Blocks

In this game, you strategically place blocks that unfold gradually taking over the entire space of the shape. The goal is to dominate as much of the board as possible by blocking the other colors.

2. Tenkyu

In Tenkyu, you tilt the board back and forth to allow the ball to roll into the pocket. Fine-tuned movements are required as you reach higher levels to keep the ball on path.

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Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #3
Amaze!

3. Amaze!

You must guide the ball through a path covering each space, while using as few moves as possible. Strategically planning your route before moving will help to avoid extra moves.

4. Oco

In Oco, you tap to jump a dot as it moves along rotating shapes. Simulated forces of gravity in the game result in movements that take getting used to and well timed taps!

5. Wordscapes

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #6
Decipher

This game is your classic word un-scrambling game. Although it may remind you of Words with Friends or Scrabble, in 2020 there are much simpler options like Wordscapes! The analytical mind is used to not only come up with a single unscrambled word, but EVERY possible word that can be made using the given letters. Just when you think you’ve thought of all the words, give it some more thought and come up with a few more!

6. Decipher

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #7
Achromatic

Your goal is to line up the gaps with the lines to complete the network connecting the dots. But once you start rotating the circles, you have to map out which ones move together and which don’t. This game is similar to _-_, in that the shapes move in unexpected ways based on which ones you drag.

7. Achromatic

The objective of this game is to convert all shapes to the same color. You can do so by finding sequences of shapes that are “sandwiched” by two identical shapes and drawing a line through the ones in the middle, connecting the entire sequence with a line.

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #9
Dungeon Drop

8. _-_

Yes, the name is actually underscore dash underscore. While you notice dragging each row moves the blocks in unexpected patterns, you have to figure out how to bring the dashes into a single line.

9. Dungeon Drop

As the claw closes down on you from the top, you must move the sliders to allow the gold to drop through the dungeon. The items perform unexpectedly, and you must use them in unique ways to progress past each level.

10. Slices

Move the pizza from the inside to the outside by tapping one of the outer circles. Your goal is to make full pizzas – pick your pies wisely.

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #12
Ballpaint

11. Threes Freeplay

Remember 2048? This game is pretty similar – but with a slight variation. The numbers one, two, and three are all incorporated, which makes for slightly different patterns as the math switches up as the blocks get larger and larger.

12. Ballpaint

Change the colors of the 3D Object with each new ball of paint. The abstract spatial shapes make this game just fun to look at. One of the recent winners of our “Game of the Week” on the podcast.

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #13
Block Star 3D

13. Block Star 3D

As the shape falls down, rotate the layout to match the outline below, so that it fits. This game definitely leverages your brain’s visual spatial way of thinking.

14. 2048 Balls

Again, another take on the evolution of the famous 2048. Combine similar numbered balls to double up and reach 2048.

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #15
BlockuDoku

15. BlockuDoku

This game is essentially a merging of two classics: Sudoku and Tetris. The board is a square made up of a 9 by 9 grid of 81 squares. Each group of 9 is divided up, and your goal is to create complete rows or complete groups of 9. The shapes they give you are tough to add up, and its more difficult than you would expect.

16. Flow Free

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #16
Flow Free

In this mobile game, your objective is to connect the dots without any of the paths crossing. As you see in the image, each pair of dots is color coordinated so that you know which goes where.

17. Ball Pack

Think you can focus on two things at once? This game will let you find out! Ball Pack is the ultimate multitasking game – you control balls on multiple lanes at once to avoid the obstacles.

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #17
Ball Pack

18. BrainRush!

Relative to its simplicity, this game is quite difficult. By either holding or releasing the screen, you must switch the object to match the shape that is approaching. More difficult than it looks.

19. Nonogram

This game is a bit similar to sudoku as well – it leveraged matrix oriented thinking. The objective is that each row and column must have the correct number of shaded blocks as specified, complying with the required arrangement of the board at large.

Best Mobile Puzzle Games 2020 #19
Nonogram

By playing mobile puzzle games, you get to solve new types of problems, putting your brain through complex situations and scenarios. Since you are not exposed to these types of challenges during your everyday life, it can be beneficial to play mobile puzzle games for a few minutes each day.

Of the millions of games in the app store, the few we covered barely scratches the surface of what’s out there. Explore the app store, and let us know if you find any new favorite games!

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Fortnite Snowball Launcher is SO POWERFUL

The Fortnite Snowball Launcher is a legendary explosive weapon for the holiday event. It’s quite powerful within mid-range distances. The Snowball Launcher in Fortnite is difficult to defend against for a few reasons:

fortnite snowball launcher
Snowball Launcher is a
holiday event explosive
weapon.
  1. Splash Damage: Aside from just dealing a lot of damage, the weapon is considered an “explosive”, which means it has a large area of impact. If you are in range, this means it is very difficult to avoid getting taking the hit if someone uses it on you.
    • Even if a snowball does not land directly on you, it will still deal damage if you are located within its wide impact area.
  2. No Ammo: the Snowball launcher does not have ammo, but a simple refresh period of a few seconds before firing another shot. This means it can be used over and over.
  3. Strength: Because the Snowball Launcher is considered a “Legendary” weapon, it deals a significant amount of damage by design.
  4. The snowball launcher will destroy structures, making it difficult to continue building up.
  5. Range: Whereas the rocket launcher is more effective for long-range targets, the snowball launcher lobs the explosives over a mid-range distance, which is a quite common zone of attack during game play.

In the video below, we go through a live-game situation where we were eliminated by an opponent using the Snowball Launcher. We analyze the weapon’s uses and effects, and bring up a few strategic plays to defend against the weapon and avoid dying. either building up heavily or fleeing.

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How to Customize Button Layout on Fortnite Mobile with the HUD Layout Tool

The button layout has a tremendous impact on your victory or defeat as a Fortnite Mobile Player. Fortnite allows mobile players to customize the locations of each button (fire, jump, crouch, joystick, etc.) in Fortnite Mobile by using the HUD Layout Tool.

This post will cover everything you need to know to start customizing your controls with the HUD layout tool:

  • What is the HUD Layout Tool?
  • How do you access the HUD Layout Tool?
  • What is the best HUD Layout for Beginners?
  • What are some HUD Layout Tips?

“re-position Fortnite’s buttons on a mobile device however you want…”

What is the HUD Layout Tool in Fortnite?

The HUD Layout Tool is a feature built into the game of Fortnite. The ability to customize the button/control layout is unique to Fortnite Mobile.

  • You can use the HUD Layout tool to re-position Fortnite’s buttons on a mobile device however you want, placing the buttons anywhere on the screen and re-sizing them as needed.
  • Additionally, Fortnite Mobile gamers also have the option to attach a bluetooth controller to their device, if they are more accustomed to console style gaming. Shop bluetooth game controllers here.

The HUD layout tool allows mobile gamers to account for differences in device size and personal preferences. Since editing the button layout is possible at any time, gamers may find it valuable to tweak & revise the setup after each match when starting out. Ultimately, this will allow gamers to find the button layout that works best for their gameplay.

How to get to the HUD Layout Tool

Step 1:

To access the HUD Layout tool, click the hamburger menu icon in the top right corner of the screen at any time.

Step 2:

At the bottom of the menu list, select “HUD Layout Tool”. Tapping this brings up the interface to re-position the buttons.

Step 3:

Simply hold and drag buttons to move them around. Tap the arrow icon in the top right corner of the screen to show the button customization menu. It will tell you what the button is, let you resize them, and more.
Tap the 4 arrows in the top left to re-center the tool.

Step 4:

Dragging your finger on the screen will allow you to move the map around and reveal Extra Buttons available.

While it may seem a bit overwhelming with just how many Extra Buttons there are to choose from, you can actually ignore the majority of them for regular Battle Royale gameplay.

HUD Layout tool 2

What is the best HUD Layout?

Your HUD layout will depend a lot on your skill level and how long you have been playing Fortnite Mobile. Buttons should be in a place where you can access them fluidly and naturally during heat of the moment fights.

A Beginner’s HUD Layout Setup

If you are new to Fortnite Mobile, go with something simple. When I started playing, my first custom HUD had minimal buttons on screen, no quick access build buttons, and was designed to be used with just two thumbs.

Here is what my first HUD layout looked like, which may be suitable for other beginners as well. Again, this HUD is designed to be simple, for people playing with two thumbs as opposed to four fingers. Since then I’ve experimented with various setups optimized for building and aiming, but we’ll cover that in a future post.

HUD Layout Tool for beginners
HUD Layouts: the simpler, the better (especially for beginners)

The great thing about Fortnite Mobile is that every button is moveable and customizable. You can access the HUD Layout tool at any time to (tweak and change things slightly after each match) so your control setup is always evolving improving with you as you become a more experienced player and figure out what works best for you.

General HUD Layout Tips:

  1. You may want the Fire button near the thumb of your dominant hand.
  2. Look and Move: Move should be on the side of your non-dominant hand. Look should be on the side of your dominant hand.
  3. Map and Settings buttons: move these to the the furthest corner of the screen. While the map takes up a large amount of space on the screen, do you really need to view your minimap at all times? Perhaps it can be covered by your thumb, somewhere out of the way.
  4. Tools and Weapons inventory: there are a few spots you could put these, depending on your play style. If you play 4-Finger, you may want these to be near your non-dominant index finger. If you play with just your thumbs, keeping these at the bottom or top of the screen may be most convenient for reachability.
  5. Jump and Build should be simultaneously accessible while using the Fire button.
    • Having Jump and Build easily accessible allows you to manage all three of these attack and defense processes to give yourself an advantage.
    • When engaged in a close combat fight during a match, you’re going to be jumping a lot and building up for barricade protection. Although it can be tricky to coordinate all three of these processes, the best players master the ability to do so.
  6. Remove unnecessary buttons from your layout. You can drag them to the side so that they are out of the display window.
  7. Some devices allow you to have TWO fire buttons. If you have this option, consider placing a smaller fire button on the side of your non-dominant hand.
    • This would allow you to more easily access Fire when standing in one spot and aiming at opponents.
    • While using your dominant thumb to control Look, it may be more fluid to tap Fire with your non-dominant thumb or forefinger, in this situation.
  8. General Button Settings:
    • Turn on Tap Anywhere to Fire from the main control settings page. This is helpful in addition to having a dedicated fire button.
    • Turn on Turbo Build, and place build shortcut keys on screen for faster building.
  9. Re-size buttons: Although the HUD is great because we can customize it, the caveat is that the more buttons we have on screen, the harder it will be to see the actual gameplay. With each HUD, its important to have a balance between ease of view as well as clickability.
    • The buttons you use most often (Fire, Jump, or Scope for example) should be the largest buttons on your screen.
    • Other buttons, such as Reload, should be easily accessible on screen, but can be smaller so that you can see the actual game.

As a Fortnite Mobile gamer, you have the unique advantage of customizing your button layout. The best part is that you tweak and change the layout as often as you want – even after every match. Eventually, you’ll find a layout that works best for your specific style of game play.

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