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The Case Against Bots: 3 Reasons Bots Ruin Play-To-Own Games

How Do We Prevent Players from Using Bots in Sunflower Land?

When players use bots in an ecosystem like Sunflower Land, the game loses value at its core. 

If assets and progression in the game can be attained without a person actually playing it, then those bot-users gain an unfair advantage over the other players. 

The people who don’t use bots will get discouraged and frustrated having spent real time playing and advancing their farms, while another group of players was able to achieve a greater level.

When people don’t play the game for the sake of playing it, the game loses its appeal to players. 

Once the game is no longer fun for these formerly engaged players, the community surrounding the game starts to dissipate. 

Its difficult for game devs to identify people using bots

It is hard for even the most technical developers to understand how many players have implemented bots to play for them.

It is a challenging technical problem that involves reviewing website log data, among other techniques.

Fortunately, the game developers of Sunflower Land have implemented strict no bot policies in the game. 

Additionally, the mobile version of the game is playable on an app like Metamask using the dapp browser… you just need a crypto wallet.

While the SFL developers have stated that this is strictly against the rules and you will get banned if you try to do this, there is a chance that some people are using bots in a way that is undetectable from the game developers noticing. 

People that use bots get blacklisted, which marks out your Farm NFT with a red X as shown in the image. Don’t be one of those people!

Good work to the SFL team for keeping the community strong and free of bots!

blacklisted and banned farms in sunflower land
blacklisted / banned farms in Sunflower Land

Why crypto game Sunflower Farmers is worth exploring

When something new and exciting happens in crypto, it is wise to take some time to at least explore it.

A hot new and explosively adopted project is not super rare nowadays in crypto, but nonetheless, they are hard to find because there are so many projects flooding the attention-sphere.

sunflower farmers

It is just hard to filter through everything and find the gems.

All too often, you hear about a new project just slightly too late, after the majority of the hype has been achieved and thus value has been realized.

So I set aside a few minutes at lunchtime today to get setup and try it out.

Coindesk described the game as “a simple resource-gathering game that uses blockchain transactions for in-game actions.”

Sunflower Farmers is a new crypto game built on the Polygon Blockchain.

When I heard of a new crypto play to earn game, I instantly thought of Axie Infinity.

A game that has established itself as a legitimate way to earn money, Axie Infinity gained popularity in places like Pakistan and the token increased in value by over 100X.

While we haven’t missed the boat with Sunflower Farmers, unfortunately, its unplayable right now due to game maintenance by the developers.

More on that later, but I’m still super bullish on the game overall and I do believe it will be a big deal at some point in the future, once they get some of the technical difficulties figured out.

Here’s why I’m optimistic on Sunflower Farmers.

Why I’m Bullish on Sunflower Farmers

Community: The support on Twitter and Discord appears quite positive.

Although the project does not have a ton of followers on Twitter, the engagement is solid. A lot of comments, a lot of discussion on each Tweet they post, etc. Same thing for discord.

The thing about crypto business world nowadays is that it is all about kindness, empathy, sharing, and community.

These principles are held in high regard in some of the most prominent communities such as Bored Ape Yacht Club and Crypto Punks, with everyone saying gm to each other, maintaining the mentality that “we all gonna make it”.

From my initial research, I feel that the Sunflower Farmers community embodies these characteristics.

Vision of the Developers / Team: The team behind the game is very vocal about the fact that the developers don’t control the token.

For example, there is apparently no pre-mine, and the game will be launched for free for the community – only requirement to play was a donation. A noble vision, as long as it works!

The game is also OpenSource and decentralized, and has had about 8 developers on GitHub help build it.

Its built on Polygon / Ethereum. So, it leverages Ethereum’s true security and decentralization while also enabling better scalability on Polygon.

SF’s roadmap for 2022 also looks solid.

Initial Buzz: SF made headlines on crypto Twitter on January 6th and 7th, 2022 after it overwhelmed the entire Polygon blockchain due to its popularity, increasing transaction fees to around $0.50.

Twitch – this is absolutely a game that could get big on Twitch. Although known for high-paced first person shooter games, there are plenty of creators on Twitch who have a solid niche following that play games with a silly, fun, and relaxing vibe.

Similarity to Farmville: The game’s playability looks similar to Farmville.

For those that remember, Farmville was a popular gaming app on Facebook during Facebook’s early days, around 2010 or earlier. It was a pretty big deal for a period of time.

SF seems to be positioning itself well, giving itself the potential to go as viral as something like Farmville did. Now that crypto is very much a real thing, there’s no reason that a silly and simple game like farmville couldn’t allow players to earn money.

Paired with play to earn and tokenization, SF seems to be enabling players to earn money in a unique way.

Sunflower Farmers is all about planting seeds, and harvesting crops. Crops are worth more than seeds. So you essentially spend money on seeds, which will then provide greater returns once the seeds grow into crops. It gets more complex, and I’d recommend reading about tokenization in the developer docs.

Gamework: Think about farming which, in real life, is difficult, back breaking labor.

We have a game that is simulating this difficult job that very few people would enjoy doing, and yet, people are playing this game largely for fun.

The processes in the game are all about simulating work that would be done in real life.

So, is it a game, or is it work? Difficult to say, but there are other games like this.

Animal Crossing, for example, is a game that gained a ton of popularity, especially as people were staying at home during the pandemic, etc. Animal Crossing is a game that has been described by some as simply “gamework”.

Gamework is a somewhat surprising and interesting phenomena – but these types of games often become extremely popular.

More on gamework the video below.

Anyways, back to Sunflower Farmers…

The game had a malicious attacker and is in maintenance mode

Unfortunately, when I logged back onto their website, sunflower-farmers.com, I was disappointed to see that the game was down.

Not only that, there was a message on the website that described how there was a malicious user who tried to corrupt the game, and so the developers had decided to move the game into “maintenance mode”.

This was extremely disappointing. According to discord, building a fix may take 4-6 weeks.

To play the game, apparently all you needed to do was simply go to the website and login by linking your Metamask wallet.

Easy enough.

Perhaps the time to build and develop the game will give the team time to build hype for the game, so that they’re even more ready for re-launch when that time comes.

Tokenomics

The game uses $SFF token and will apparently also offer NFTs.

According to the gaming docs, “the aim is to reward farmers who are early to the game and drive scarcity.” [1]

The Tokenomics documentation goes on to describe that “the earlier you start farming, the more you will be rewarded as the supply increases.” [1]

Basically, you plant seeds and can harvest those plants for more money than the seeds were initially worth.

In game strategy is somewhat complex, in this case, when you choose to plant is important. If a halvening event happens, or supply increases, this will affect the price and rewards you get for harvesting plants.

No mobile option?

I did notice, before my lunch break, that the game did not have a way for users to play on their mobile devices.

A mobile option is a MUST, and I will be sharing a few thoughts on this in the ideas section of the SF discord channel. Look for me in there, say what’s up if you see me in discord! I use the handle Espressoinsight everywhere.

The reason mobile is important is that more people use mobile devices than anything else…

In 2022, mobile is a must for any application, especially games.

Everyone carries their mobile device with them everywhere. And with the planting / harvest system of the game, I feel like the the gameplay itself lends itself to checking the game frequently, multiple times per day.

It is perfect model for a mobile game, similar to an idle oriented game like Clash of Clans.

The game has a Twitter account… If you’re reading this, tweet at them and tell them we need a mobile option.

What’s Next for Sunflower Farmers?

Hearing about another potential Play to Earn game in the cryptosphere, reading about it on the website and instantly became excited to play.

I know it will take time for the developers to work out everything, but I can’t wait for the game to finally be ready.

Given that this blog has such a low visitor count, I doubt anything I post here will have any impact on the hype of a project at all. But let this post serve as a flag in the ground – Sunflower Farmers will be HUGE.

Sources:

  1. Tokenomics: https://docs.sunflower-farmers.com/tokenomics
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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 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.

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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, check out the FULL ANALYSIS article covering the Fortnite weapon power rankings and what each color does.

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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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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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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