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Play This Now: Spider-Man Unlimited is an endless runner/crawler/swinger

Play This Now is an ongoing feature in which we highlight free or cheap games that you should play. Now. In what should be considered a war crime against free time, Gameloft has done the unthinkable with Spider-Man Unlimited: created a free-to-play endless runner/swinger/crawler in which you control Spider-Man as he defends Earth from the Sinister Six. Oh, did I mention you also spend the game collecting other Spider-Men and Women ... and also it's really fun? It's frankly unconscionable. Spidey zips along New York rooftops, through buildings, even inside spaceships as he darts between obstacles (scoring bonus points for waiting till the last second) and kicking the snot out of bad guys. The action occasionally switches to segments where Spider-Man swings through the air,...
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The Kansas City Royals made the World Series despite their Clash of Clans addiction

The Kansas City Royals are playing in the World Series, but things weren't looking so rosy in mid-July, back when the club had more losses than wins — partly because of an obsession with Supercell's Clash of Clans, reports the Kansas City Star. Jarrod Dyson had introduced the addictive free-to-play game to fellow outfielder Lorenzo Cain early in the season. Cain has been an avid gamer for years — according to the Kansas City Star, he "barely paused" a game of Madden when he got the call in 2004 that he'd been drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers — and he helped spread the Clash of Clans habit among his teammates. Following a loss on July 20 that dropped the team's win percentage below .500, first-base coach Rusty Kuntz was dismayed to find a number of Royals tapping away on their iPads in...
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Hearthstone for iPhone and Android phones slips to early 2015

Blizzard Entertainment's digital collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft won't make its way to mobile phones until next year, the developer confirmed today, saying the iPhone and Android phone versions of the game need more time. Hearthstone for iPhone and Android was announced at last year's BlizzCon by then-chief creative officer Rob Pardo. While the Android tablet version is still slated for a release before the end of 2014, Hearthstone fans looking for a more compact version of the game will have to wait a bit longer. "We're also close to having Hearthstone out to our iPhone and Android phone users, but it's become clear that we need a little more time to get that version right," community manager Christina Sims wrote in a development update.  "While we have a build...
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République Episode 3 launches for iOS on Oct. 23 as full series hits Android

The third episode of République — indie developer Camouflaj's episodic stealth action series — will launch on Oct. 23, the studio announced today. Episode 3: Ones and Zeroes will launch for iOS through the iTunes App Store. At the same time, the full available series — including Episode 1: Exordium and Episode 2: Metamorphosis — will launch for Android for the first time thanks to a partnership with Darkwind Media. These three episodes will be available through Google Play and the Amazon App Store. Episode 3 will be available for $4.99 and requires having purchased both previous episodes to play. During the new episode's launch week, Episode 1 will be reduced to $2.99 on both iOS and Android. Alternatively, players can purchase a season pass for $14.99 that grants access to all five...
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'Big Hero 6' makes its gaming debut with mobile game Bot Fight

A match 3 video game based on Disney's upcoming animated film, Big Hero 6, is launching for Android, iOS and Windows 8 mobile devices Nov. 3, Disney Interactive producer Scott Humphries announced during a recent event in San Francisco. Called Big Hero 6: Bot Fight, the game allows players to collect "hundreds of bots" and evolve them into higher forms. Players make matches in order to have their bots attack enemies. Humphries said the game will involve "strategy and depth" as players customize their team. Characters from the movie will also appear in-game. According to Humphries, Disney Interactive wanted to expand on the film's world of San Fransokyo — a mashup of San Francisco and Toyko — and allow players to explore further. Disney worked with mobile developer Gumi, creator of...
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It takes nearly an hour to scroll through 10,000 holes in Desert Golfing [Correction]

Desert Golfing is a mobile game based on the hellish idea of hacking your way across a nearly endless sandtrap. It has 10,000 "holes" laid out on a continually scrolling 2-D landscape. Someone filmed the entire thing, and it takes 51 minutes to see them all. Correction: Desert Golfing actually is limitless, theoretically going past 10,000 holes. This is just where the video's creator decided to stop. The developer advises not playing past 3,000 holes as the terrain goes flat, though that may be changed with a later update. Desert Golfing is made by Captain Games, and if you're a masochist with an iOS, Android or Amazon device, it sounds like it's right up your alley. There is no restarting in Desert Golfing; once you're in, you can't replay any hole for a better score. It always picks...
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Real-world racing video game Anki Drive launches on Android

Anki Drive, the real-world robotics-based racing game, is now available on select Android devices, developer Anki announced today. The game now supports the Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 3 and Note 4, along with the latest Galaxy Tab 10.1, as well as the Google Nexus 5. Anki expects to announce compatibility with additional Android devices in the future. According to a blog post from Anki, the company wants to support as many mobile devices as it can, but is limited by Anki Drive's requirement of Bluetooth 4.0 low energy support. Must Read Bringing a video game into the real world with Anki Drive "Unfortunately, only a small number of devices currently support the necessary features required by Anki Drive, but we're committed to the platform and can't wait to bring...
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Amazon Game Studios unveils new adventure, tower defense and comic adventure games

Amazon Game Studios unveiled three new Fire-centric games this morning being created in conjunction with a trio of different partner studios. Til Morning's Light, which is set in a haunted New England mansion, is a touch-based action adventure game that has players exploring the cursed home, solving puzzles and even a touch of combat. The game is in co-development with WayForward Technologies, the company behind a slew of titles including DuckTales Remastered, A Boy and His Blob and Aliens Infestation. The game will be out "soon" exclusively for the Fire Phone. Tales From Deep Space is a two-player, local co-op game in development exclusively for Fire tablets. The comic adventure is set on a space station called Big Moon and has players helping a traveling salesman trying to escape...
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Capcom's new Street Fighter game borrows a few moves from Puzzle & Dragons

Street Fighter is going mobile with a new game for Android and iOS platforms that looks like Capcom's take on mobile megahit Puzzle & Dragons. Dubbed Street Fighter: Puzzle Spirits, the game looks more like the gem-matching action of GungHo's runaway free-to-play hit than it does like Capcom's own Puzzle Fighter. Street Fighter: Puzzle Spirits sees players matching colored gems to execute moves from fighters like Ryu, Chun-li, Ken and Cammy from Street Fighter 2, with characters like Ibuki and Juri representing newer Street Fighter games. The free-to-play game is described as a "fighting puzzle RPG." No word yet on Puzzle Spirits coming stateside, but the game will be released in Japan sometime this winter.
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Zen Pinball's 'South Park' tables launch this week

Two South Park-themed tables join Zen Studios' pinball lineup this week. South Park: Super Sweet Pinball and South Park: Butters' Very Own Pinball Game will launch on all platforms except Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Zen announced this morning. That means they'll be on the Zen Pinball or Pinball FX applications for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Mac OS and Windows PC and iOS and Android. Super-Sweet Pinball features characters, scenes and gags from the 17-year-old series, spanning main characters Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman to regulars like Wendy, Jimmy and Timmy, Chef, Mr. Garrsion, Mr. Hankey and ManBearPig. Butters' Very Own Pinball Game adapts three stories involving him over the years: "Marjorine" from season nine, in which Butters infiltrates a...
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A classic adventure series gets its first new story in 15 years

Sierra's much-loved (and sometimes hated) Gabriel Knight series is already on the way to a revival thanks to an upcoming 20th anniversary remake of its first game, Sins of the Father. But what about long-time fans who want something new from the series? Well, we've got good news.This week, as part of a series of content releases leading up to the launch of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - 20th Anniversary Edition, Phoenix Online Studios released a new Gabriel Knight story available free to everyone in PDF form. Titled "The Temptation," the 15-page story is written by Gabriel Knight's creator, Jane Jensen, and is set six months after the events of 1999's Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned, the last game released in the series. It finds the titular...
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What do you do when you can't sell your game? Give it away

Developers won’t be able to sell their games on the upcoming Samsung and Oculus VR platform Gear VR for the first few months. The payment system won’t be ready in time for launch, which means you can either hold your content back until the payment system is ready, release a demo or just give your game away. "It was a surprise. I immediately had to rethink my launch strategy," E. Mcneill, the developer of Darknet, told Polygon. "The obvious solution was either to delay the release or to make some sort of Darknet lite version, but both options seemed awkward to me. The game is set to be finished in time for the Gear VR launch; am I really just going to put it away in a drawer for months?" He didn’t want to miss the launch of the hardware, and neither option sounded right, so he decided...
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Huge companies, tiny consoles: The upcoming console war will be micro

Sleek, tiny boxes that can deliver a near-endless stream of music, television, movies and games are starting to nose their way into the multi-billion dollar video game industry.Call them set-top streamers or micro-consoles or streaming media devices, the latest entries in this growing market are coming from behemoths like Amazon, Razer and Sony. All three will have their own take on the diminutive devices out this year. It's a trend powered by the trifecta of a consumer base growing used to downloading content, the increasing quality of mobile games and a desire to tap into a blossoming market with a relatively low-cost device. Fire TV Amazon's Fire TV went on sale in April, delivering a 0.7-inch-thick rectangular box and voice-activated remote control for $99, and an Amazon Fire...
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Teaching kids to code, and to empathize, lies at the heart of Codemancer

There's a special moment in Rob Lockhart's Kickstarter video for his game, called Codemancer. It's a shot from behind the screen of a laptop where a little brown-haired girl — she's all of seven years old — is tapping away with a mouse. Her tongue is pressed tightly into the space where her two front teeth used to be. She's thinking hard. Then there's a flash across her face; a sudden awareness, a burst of laughter and a smile. Spend time in a classroom, or around a dinner table doing homework, and you'll recognize that expression. It's the look of real learning taking place, the moment when the lightbulb turns on. It's a child growing into a new set of knowledge, and loving the way it makes her feel about herself. Creating moments like that, for a wide variety of communities of...
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Disney Mobile blows up Tiny Death Star without telling its creator

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, Nimblebit's mobile clone of its popular Tiny Tower game, was pulled from app storefronts this week after a year on sale — and evidently Disney didn't tell the studio it was doing so beforehand. Nimblebit's Ian Marsh told PocketGamer he wasn't told of the game's removal, which caught the studio off-guard because it was "a significant source of revenue for us." Tiny Death Star became available on iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices last November. Another mobile title, the card battler Star Wars: Assault Team also was taken off stores. (It launched in January.) An unidentified source told PocketGamer that Disney and LucasArts made the decision in order to focus attention to Star Wars Commander, a free-to-play Clash of Clans clone that launched in August.
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Mistwalker announces Terra Battle launch date, releases bizarre 'behind-the-scenes' video

Terra Battle, an upcoming role-playing game from Hironobu Sakaguchi studio Mistwalker, will launch globally for iOS and Android devices Oct. 9, the company announced today. In Terra Battle, players engage in touch-based tactical battles. The game includes a roster of more than 150 characters to choose from, and in battle, players move warriors around a grid in an effort to sandwich and attack enemies. Some foes will pose different threats or have unique skills that make them more difficult to kill. Terra Battle will use a Kickstarter-inspired system called a "Download Starter" to add additional content; as more people download it, Mistwalker will add new characters, music and more from former Final Fantasy developers and more. At the 2 million mark, Mistwalker will begin development...
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