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How to Win ‘Brawl Stars’ Games: Join Our ‘Brawl Stars’ Discord Server and Play with Us

How to Win ‘Brawl Stars’ Games: Join Our ‘Brawl Stars’ Discord Server and Play with Us

We’ve been all about Supercell’s latest game, Brawl Stars, since it launched. Our first impressions piece dives deep into what makes Brawl Stars great, but in a nutshell it’s a super-simplified MOBA. The game is soft launched in Canada right now, and is incredibly easy to download following our guide. As great as Brawl Stars is, we’ve seen a lot of complaints around the game, which you see a lot in the world of MOBAs: “I always lose because my teammates are idiots.”

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And, well, that’s usually true. MOBAs are intensely skill-based games, and Brawl Stars is no different. Playing your character well, having your team play their characters well, and knowing how to deal with whatever characters the enemy team is playing are key to victory. Being soft launched, the matchmaking pool seems to be super tiny resulting in many games which … aren’t matched that well. I’ve played games against a team of three rare characters with two teammates who I suspect were on their very first Brawl Stars match. It’s annoying, and if you lose enough like this it’ll really spoil the game.

So how do you fix this? Well, the solution is obvious: Play with people you know. You can totally rule out clueless newbies from the equation by forming a team of three and wrecking anyone you come across. Where do you find people to play Brawl Stars with? Join our Discord server!. We’ve got a super-active Brawl Stars channel with people always throwing out invite codes to join their game lobby. The win streaks I’ve had playing with TouchArcade people is seriously borderline unbelievable.

It makes such a difference when you team up with people and actually form a cohesive strategy with characters that make a well-rounded team. Better yet, right now it seems as if the matchmaking doesn’t prioritize matching premade groups with other premade groups, like most MOBAs do, so with even the smallest amount of coordination and communication you can just steamroll the enemy team.

I suspect once the game launches globally, racking up wins this way won’t be anywhere near as effective, but for now, it’s silly how well grouping up works. Particularly considering it seems very unlikely that Supercell will reset progress when the game is launched worldwide, so winning a bunch, raking in a ton of coins, and soaking up bundles of elixir and character unlocks is going to be a great way to get ahead.

So, what are you waiting for? Come hang out in Discord and start winning in Brawl Stars.

‘Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow’ Hits the App Store and Google Play on June 29th

‘Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow’ Hits the App Store and Google Play on June 29th

Back in February, Jam City and its in-house development studio TinyCo teased a new mobile game based on the Futurama animated series called Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. At that time we really had no idea what type of game this would be based on the single teaser image, but just about a month ago the developers released a new teaser trailer and some new still images that painted a pretty clear picture of Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. It’ll be a city-building type of game with some PvP battling and a little choose-your-own-adventure stuff thrown in for good measure. That brings us to today, where they’ve finally announced the release date for Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow alongside this lovely new animated trailer.

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Yes, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow will be beamed directly into your eyeballs on June 29th on both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. And those snazzy celebrities of science from the trailer above, Stephen Hawking, George Takei, Bill Nye, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson? They’re all playable in the game, naturally. What has me most excited about Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow is how closely TinyCo is working with some of the creators of the show, including Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. The fan service in this one should be off the charts. So keep your eyes to the sky for Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow to drop at the end of this month on June 29th.

‘Minecraft: Pocket Edition’ Servers Will Greatly Expand How You Play the Game

‘Minecraft: Pocket Edition’ Servers Will Greatly Expand How You Play the Game

You probably know by now that Microsoft has announced that Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$ 6.99] will become just Minecraft and will have cross-play with all other platforms using the bedrock engine. The other new feature that’s been announced is servers coming to mobile, which will greatly expand how you can play the game. In a video and blog post published today, Microsoft offered a few more details on how the servers will work. First a necessary clarification: Realms and Servers are a different thing. Realms are private, cloud-hosted worlds hosted by Microsoft that you have to pay to run. Servers, on the other hand, are community-owned and are open to everyone who wants to join.

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The servers will be offering activities like co-op exploration, PvP game modes, competitive builds, and more. I do share the concerns of many that going into a PvP fight against someone with a mouse and keyboard will be most probably a death sentence, but, as you’ll hear in the video, the server owners are trying to find modes and ways to play that will level the playing field. Are you interested in joining these servers once they become available later this summer?

‘Brawl Stars’ Discord Server and How to Play the Soft Launch

‘Brawl Stars’ Discord Server and How to Play the Soft Launch

After its shocking reveal with a tournament stream, it took only one night for the Brawl Stars soft launch to happen. Debuting initially in Canada, this means that it’s relatively easy to get access to Supercell’s top-down multiplayer online shooter. But if you need the specifics on how to do so, well, we have a guide that will get you up and running with the game in a jiffy. While getting soft launched games in a country you don’t reside in isn’t necessarily the most convenient thing, it’s not that difficult to do, you just have to know where you’re looking and what to do. Here’s how to register an iTunes account in Canada for the Brawl Stars soft launch.

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How to register a soft launch account from your iOS device

Admittedly, you’ll have an easier time doing this from desktop iTunes, and you’ll want to create a new iTunes account. This process is doable from iOS, but you’ll have to sign out of your current iCloud account and create a new account to do so. it is possible to change the country or region on your current account. The issue is that if you buy a lot of TV shows, movies, and music, you may run into issues with using or accessing that content. And if you have any season passes for shows, you will also not be able to change your region on your account until those passes have been fulfilled. We’ll have instructions on how to do this later in the guide, but if you want to register an account straight from your device, it is possible.

First off, sign out of your iCloud account in Settings. This listing is the very big first entry. Make sure your contacts, photos, and reminders are backed up if they are not! Now once it says that you’re signed out, tap on the “Sign into your iPhone/iPod/iPad” prompt. Then, tap the “Don’t have an Apple ID or forgot it?” link.

Create an Apple ID. You an use an existing email address, but the old Gmail trick of adding a + after your email username to be able to use your same base email, but inputting something like [email protected] doesn’t quite work on iOS 10.3.2. The easiest trick is to just get a free iCloud email address:

Now complete account registration. You will need to verify with a phone number, and though you may be signing up for a different country later, you can use a US phone number. Complete registration. Now, go to the App Store, and sign in. It will prompt you with some various information to fill out. This includes the country for your account. In this case, choose Canada, but if you’re creating a soft launch account for another country, choose the appropriate country.

Now, it will prompt you for your billing address. You will not need to enter any payment information. For an address, I recommend the Fake Name Generator, or for countries not on that site, find a random address in the country by Googling and use that. It doesn’t actually matter what it is.

Now, go and download Brawl Stars! If you can’t find it in search, use the direct link or look up Supercell’s developer page. You’ll be able to download the app without any issue. While you can’t use a credit card from outside the country to pay for content on iTunes, if you get the hookup with gift cards, those can be used without issue!

And if necessary, sign out of this account and back into your main iCloud account. If you need to sign back into your Canadian account to use a gift card for IAP, you don’t need to sign out of your base iCloud account. Instead, you just need to scroll down to the bottom of the App Store on your device, sign out of your current account, and sign in to the one you wish to use. This will also automatically switch to the region linked to your account.

Enjoy the game!

 

How to register a soft launch account from desktop iTunes

Start by signing out of your account. Go into the App Store on iTunes, and scroll all the way to the bottom to where you see the country flag, or the “Change Country” link. Click that, and now select the country that you want to sign up in, which in this case is Canada. I recommend repeating this process for countries like the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, as these countries regularly get soft-launched games as well.

How to Soft Launch - Change Country

Now, go and download a free app. Ideally, it’d be Brawl Stars, but any free app will work. Once you do this, it’ll prompt you to sign in to the iTunes Store. Choose “Create Apple ID.” You’ll want to make sure that you download a free app. You can’t just register a new account outright as you’ll have to put in a credit card number, and well, if you had that, you wouldn’t be reading this article, now would you?

How to Soft Launch - Create Apple ID

For the email address, you can either create a new iCloud email, or use an existing email address. Apple seems to have caught on to the “+ca” trick that I used to add to Gmail addresses. A burner email will always work.

How to Soft Launch - Email

Obviously for payment method, choose none. For the personal information including billing address, you’ll need some sort of quasi-usable address in the country you’re signing up in. Personally, I like to use a fake name generator website for coming up with usable addresses and info. Fill that out, and hit Create Apple ID. You’ll need to verify your Apple ID, but once you do, it should be usable. Now you can sign in with it on your device.

To switch Apple IDs, scroll to the bottom of the App Store, tap the Apple ID section, and choose Sign Out. Then, sign back in with your new Apple ID. The App Store will automatically switch you to your Apple ID’s App Store. From there, you can download whatever free apps you want to that account.

Do note that you can’t necessarily buy anything from this account without some form of payment method attached. You could get someone to give you a gift card from Canada of course, or possibly buy the country’s iTunes gift card off of eBay. What you can’t do is buy IAP in the app from your home account; Apple requires that you be signed in to the account that you bought the app on to buy IAP in it. There’s not really an easy way around this, so you’ll just have to play free games for free unless you find a hookup. Otherwise, you’ll see a screen like this:

Note that if Supercell releases an update, the App Store won’t automatically update the game, it’ll usually just make you sign in with the password of your alternate country’s account for the update to download. And when you sign in with your other account, the store will switch automatically to the account’s country. Also, be sure to sign into an account in-game so that you don’t lose progress when the game comes out in your country. You’ll need to delete and re-install on your primary account so that you can make purchases.

In general, the soft launch account process should be pretty painless. This is as compared to the Android process, where…well, it’s not as easy to do it yourself since Google restricts it based on the device’s region, which is harder to fake. This trick has worked and been known for a few years now, and while Apple could possibly change it someday, you should be good for the foreseeable future to download soft launch games. Get to downloading Brawl Stars, and join our Discord server to talk about the game in the #brawl_stars channel!

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Ten of the Best Graphically Impressive Games to Play on Your New iPad Pro

Ten of the Best Graphically Impressive Games to Play on Your New iPad Pro

Logo_on_whiteLast year we posted a list of the best games to test out the new GPU power of the iPhone 7. Well, the new iPad Pro is now available which features the new A10X Fusion chip which Apple is touting as “faster than most PC laptops shipping today.” Additionally, this year’s iPad Pro has a 40% faster GPU over last year’s model which was already really fast. The strange thing is, when it comes to the most graphically impressive 3D games available on the App Store, this list hasn’t really changed since the iPhone 7, making this list of games still incredibly relevant for anyone looking for the best games to check out on their new iPad Pro.

As we mention in the original article:

Games-wise, though, it feels like we’ve been at sort of a standstill for a few years now. There’s nothing that’s quite “blow your mind” crazy in terms of visuals; we’ve been enjoying “near console-like” visuals on iPhones for a long time.

Which is kind of funny, as when I sat down to think of some cool visually-impressive games to throw into a list for people to check out on their new iPhones, a lot of the usual suspects from the past few years are still the ones that pop up as graphical showpieces. Hey, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and in fact it shows how some developers were so far ahead of the graphical curve that they’ve been able to endure multiple years as top-of-the-line games. Plus, there are some new games that are pushing the graphical boundaries of the latest devices. So with that, here’s some games to download to your new iPhone 7 iPad Pro that’ll wow your friends and loved ones.


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Infinity Blade III – Well, duh! The Infinity Blade series has long been a showpiece for Apple’s latest iOS hardware, and the third and final(?) installment is still one of the benchmark gaming experiences on the App Store even though it was first released years ago. Not only is it still a visual showpiece, but Infinity Blade III is also great at showing how native touchscreen controls can work without just slapping virtual buttons all over the place.


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Real Racing 3 – Even more astonishing than Infinity Blade III’s staying power is that of EA’s Real Racing 3. I mean this thing launched in early 2013, about 7 months before Infinity Blade III. Due to a constant stream of updates, Real Racing 3 has remained relevant for all those years and I see no signs of that slowing down. Racing games have been avenues for showing off graphical capabilities on gaming platforms for decades, and even all this time later Real Racing 3 is still a sight to behold.


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Asphalt 8: Airborne – Over on the other side of the racing game spectrum is Gameloft’s Asphalt 8. Whereas Real Racing 3 approaches racing in a more simulation kind of way, Asphalt 8 is anything but. You’re literally barrel-rolling and spinning your car in mid-air at 200mph. It’s awesome! Asphalt 8 has also always been one of my favorite iOS games graphics-wise. It’s incredibly stylish, runs at a really smooth clip, and features all sorts of neat graphical tricks that constantly have me dropping my jaw. Again, this is another game that came out in 2013 and still holds up incredibly well today.


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AG Drive – See? I told you racing games are good at visuals. Here’s another example of that, the futuristic racer AG Drive. This falls somewhere in the realm of “F-Zero meets Wipeout“, which is kind of funny because those are the two most well-known futuristic racing game series but they couldn’t possibly be more different from each other. Somehow, though, AG Drive finds a nice balance between the two and ends up being one of the better futuristic racers on the App Store. It was also notable for being among the first games to take advantage of 3D Touch, which oddly enough still isn’t a feature available on the iPad.


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Oceanhorn – Jeez, we might as well call this feature “The Best Games from 2013 to Play on Your iPad Pro” but Oceanhorn is certainly worthy of mention here. Like the other games above, this was one that was a graphical showpiece right when it launched, but thanks to numerous updates over the years it has managed to stay relevant. In fact, Oceanhorn is always one of the first games to update and take advantage of whatever fancy new software or hardware features Apple is releasing.


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UNKILLED – Madfinger Games is another one of those developers who are always pushing the boundaries of graphics on mobile devices. UNKILLED is their most recent offerings, coming out just about two years ago, but honestly even all their older titles still look incredibly impressive even now. I recently started playing through Shadowgun again and man, that is one nice looking game. As for UNKILLED, I never really got into this one, but it’s continued to get a lot of nice updates over the past year and if you’re looking to show off the shiny on your new iPad Pro this is a great, and free, option to do so.


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Submerged – Ok, it’s not ALL old games in this list, as Submerged from Uppercut Games just launched last year. Being a port from the PC version means Uppercut had to make some sacrifices in terms of visuals in order to get it working on iOS hardware, like scaling down the draw distance and reworking nearly all of the textures in the game. That said, it’s still one of the more beautiful games I’ve played in recent memory. Given the pretty large increase in performance between the new and previous generation iPad Pro, I’m hoping we start seeing developers updating their games to really take advantage of that extra power.


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Eisenhorn: Xenos – While many people see a Warhammer affiliation and hope for some sort of wild action or strategy game, Eisenhorn: Xenos is definitely not that. I mean, there’s some combat and even an eventual Arena mode coming, but this game is far more about the characters, story, and lore of the universe than it is about beating the crap out of people. It also features some really nice visuals, which come at a cost of a few gigs of storage space on my iPad. Thank the heavens for those new 512GB models this time around, although I’m sure I’ll somehow fill that one up soon enough and I’ll be making the same complaints this time next year.


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Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade – Hey, another Warhammer game! Unlike Eisenhorn, Freeblade is very much an action game about blowing the crap out of everything as a giant mech. Funny enough, this was actually the showpiece game for Apple’s iPhone 6S keynote, as it took advantage of the new 3D Touch capabilities of that device. Nearly two years later and Freeblade has received a bunch of awesome updates and continues to be one of the more visually impressive games around.


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Oz: Broken Kingdom – Ok, I couldn’t possibly get through this whole feature without mentioning the main game that was showcased at last year’s iPhone 7 unveiling. Well, the main game that wasn’t a Mario game, I should say. Oz: Broken Kingdom takes the familiar characters from the Wizard of Oz and wraps them up in a free to play team battler. The art direction is especially cool in this one, and yes, it also has some really impressive graphics, which is why Apple chose to show it off.


Have other games you recommend people try out on their new iPad Pro? Drop your suggestions in the comments below!

Google Play Launches Android Excellence Section Showcasing Best Apps and Games

Google Play Launches Android Excellence Section Showcasing Best Apps and Games

Google Play has launched an interesting new section on their Android marketplace, the Android Excellence section. What this section is designed to do is to showcase the best apps and games not just by quality, but with other factors, like design, technical performance, localization, and device optimization. These features will reset quarterly, but will serve as a prominent spot for featured apps and games. The games list contains mostly recent releases from the past year or so, with a couple of exceptions. It also has Golf Clash [Free], which, if you haven’t played it, is fascinating. It’s literally the Clash Royale [Free] formula applied to a golf game. It’s nutty.

These are part of the larger, curated, editor’s choice sections, which contain lists of games. Both the App Store and Google Play seem to be making bigger steps towards curation and editorial content on their stores. Considering how hard it is to find good content (though you should support sites like TouchArcade that do that work!), these are good steps to helping users out.

Cross-Platform ‘Minecraft’ Play Coming in ‘Better Together Update’, Includes Massive Community Servers and Improved Visuals

Cross-Platform ‘Minecraft’ Play Coming in ‘Better Together Update’, Includes Massive Community Servers and Improved Visuals

Huge news out of E3 right now as Mojang and Microsoft just announced that Minecraft [$ 6.99] is going fully cross-platform in an update called Better Together, coming this summer. All of the Minecraft versions will be unified (so forget the Minecraft: Pocket Edition name, all will be called Minecraft), which means you’ll be able to play with every other Minecraft player regardless of platform choice, and that’s pretty huge. Keep in mind, though, that the Java version won’t be included in this move. And Mojang mentioned that it will include massive servers that you’ll be able to join in-game. The service will launch with four servers?Lifeboat, Mineplex, InPVP, and Cubecraft?with more to follow.

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Finally, we are also getting a huge free update to the visuals (which you don’t have to use if you don’t want to) that will bring improved lighting, shadows, water effects, and more. This is a huge move by Microsoft and one that will continue to move the various Minecraft versions towards feature parity. I’m very excited by this move because uniting the Minecraft world into one huge server of sorts is a fantastic idea. What do you all think?

‘LEGO Quest & Collect’ Has Soft Launched, Brings Along Plenty of Ways to Play

‘LEGO Quest & Collect’ Has Soft Launched, Brings Along Plenty of Ways to Play

I’ve been a LEGO fan for pretty much as long as I can remember, so I get excited for every LEGO game that comes out (though, usually, only briefly). Today, another LEGO game has popped up on the App Store, although only if you are in the Philippines. LEGO Quest & Collect lets you build your own collection of LEGO Minifigures and playsets from all kinds of product lines, including Ninjago, Castle, Pirates, Minifigures, and more. There’s more to the game than just collecting and building; you can also complete in squad-based combat against bosses controlled by The Mad Creator.

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LEGO Quest & Collect also includes 3 Vs 3 PvP battles, daily dungeons, and plenty of other content, as is usually the case with LEGO games. I like the collecting part of the game (I’ve always wanted the LEGO Castles), but it looks like there’s plenty for players to do. If you have a Philippines App Store account, you can go check the game out now. And if you don’t have one, use our guide to make one. If you’re an Android player, you can grab the game here. And, of course, check our forum thread on the game as well.

Quirky Free to Play Battler ‘King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Online’ Finally Makes its Way Out West

Quirky Free to Play Battler ‘King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Online’ Finally Makes its Way Out West

The King of Fighters ’98 [$ 2.99] is widely considered one of the best entries in the KOF series, and the iOS version that’s been around for a few years is quite a bit of fun. But as long as that port has been available folks in the Eastern parts of the world have been playing a weird free to play mobile game based on it called King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Online, or KOF’98 UM OL for short. After enjoying quite a bit of popularity in Asian markets, KOF’98 UM OL [Free] has finally released out West.

This is certainly not a traditional fighter, but the mechanics are strangely enjoyable despite being so simplistic. You’ll play through a number of fights in each chapter of the main campaign which sees your team squaring off against a group of baddies that leads up to a boss fight. You’ll tap an enemy to attack, and then mash a quick-time event to begin and continue a combo with the rest of your team member’s attacks. It’s a bit like the battling in the Mario and Luigi RPGs or the Active Time Battle from some Final Fantasy games. It rewards you for perfect timing but also doesn’t require much complexity other than tapping, and somehow it’s a lot of fun.

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The overall game itself is a dizzying collection of free to play stuff. Seriously, it’s quite overwhelming, and the tutorial (which apparently is still going on well into chapter 2) is the type that simply highlights the part of the game they want you to tap and guides you through that way, which doesn’t do a great job at actually teaching you what you’re doing or why you’re doing it. However, I’m starting to come to grips with everything, and if you’re pretty well versed in other free to play social RPG type games I have a feeling KOF’98 UM OL will end up being just fine for you after that initial curve.

All that said, there is a tremendous amount of stuff to do in this game. Multiple difficulties of the main campaign, ultimate trials, combo challenge, many modes of PvP, and so much more. There’s a very handy breakdown of all the game’s modes and features at this wiki page which a member very helpfully linked in our forums. There is a ton of stuff to learn and understand, and an unbelievably cluttered UI, but if you typically enjoy these types of games and you’re a King of Fighters fan then this is a surprisingly neat little game.

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While I’m still working my way through the early portions of the game, I’m actually really digging KOF’98 UM OL as a longtime King of Fighters fan. It looks as though the entire KOF’98 roster is here in chibi form, and it uses all the same sound effects and special moves used in the normal fighting game. It’s also quite tongue in cheek with its dialogue, poking fun at certain characters and even the series itself. If you liked the look of the above trailer and are looking for a new free to play time sink with lots of King of Fighters fan service, give KOF’98 UM OL a download for free and check it out.

The Surreal Adventure Game ‘Karma.Incarnation 1’ Is Live on Google Play, iOS Coming Soon

The Surreal Adventure Game ‘Karma.Incarnation 1’ Is Live on Google Play, iOS Coming Soon

As we wrote a few days ago, the pretty colorful Karma.Incarnation 1 has landed on Android, with the iOS version coming in the near future. If you don’t know anything about the game, in Karma.Incarnation 1 you play someone who’s beloved has been abducted by evil spirits, and in your attempt to turn into a ferocious dragon to get her back, you end up as a worm called Pip. In order to get to your beloved, you’ll have to travel across a lovely psychedelic world and solve puzzles as you try to learn the laws of Karma.

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The game has really fun art, but, as Steam reviews reveal, it’s also quite fun to play. If you want to check it out you on your Android device, go here, and if you are an iOS version, you should soon get your hands on it as well.