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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted’, ‘Monstrum’, and Today’s Other New Releases, Plus the Latest Sales – Touch Arcade

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for May 22nd, 2020. With it being Friday, weve got a lot of new releases to check out today. That includes surprise release Journey to the Savage Planet and the latest release in the Five Nights at Freddys series among many others. Weve also got a ton of new sales to dig into. Lets have a look and see whats what!

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This humorous exploration game hit other platforms a few months back to a decent if not overwhelmingly positive reception. Its a first-person game but dont come in expecting a shooter. Youre meant to explore as much as possible and find secrets while navigating the often-hostile creatures that inhabit the planet. Its a bit rough around the edges but the writing is sharp and at its best moments it really is excellent. Even the clunkier bits can sometimes elicit a chuckle depending on your frame of mind.

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Five Nights at Freddys: Help Wanted was originally a VR game, and it was an extremely successful one. It got a re-release as a non-VR game on some platforms, and that version has now made its way to the Switch. This is a collection of mini-games involving the locations and characters from several of the FNAF games and as such gives you a new perspective on some very familiar sights. Its surprisingly quite good, and if you have any love for the series at all youll probably love it. As everyone thinks its funny that I get scared from FNAF games, I have of course been assigned to review this one. Please look forward to it.

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Oh, weird. Another first-person horror roguelite game. I think we had one of those yesterday. Oh well. Monstrum is a pretty cool game if you like first-person roguelites. Its not as action-packed as some similar games, instead having more of a survival-horror vibe to it. There are three different monster types, and you wont know which one youre facing each time until you start the game. The whole thing takes place on a ship, though it obviously changes each time you play. Youll have to learn the layout and escape routes in a hurry if you want to keep one step ahead of whatever monster youre up against. Make a mistake and its all over. Good stuff.

Sort of Destruction Derby crossed with cardboard crafting, Concept Destruction is about as enjoyable as that game is now. The cars break apart as you go, and there are four different modes where you can crash to your hearts content. Youll earn points when you play, and you can use those points to unlock additional cars. Two players can play together locally, but theres no online mode. I dont know. Its really shallow, but it can be fun. For the price its going for, I could see some people being happy with it.

Uh well, this has some big early iPhone game" energy, and that could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what youre looking for. The idea here is that your character runs back and forth holding an animal and you have to press the button at the right time to toss it up to another character on the next floor. Repeat until the animal is up to the top floor, at which point the stage is cleared. Water rises up from the bottom to add a bit of pressure, so you have to move quickly. You can play with up to four players locally, where youre racing to see who can rack up the highest score. Perhaps too simple for some, but for three bucks I feel like it gives a fair bit of value.

Hamster digs deep yet again and pulls out UPLs 1985 maze shooterthis week. I suspect a lot of people havent heard of this game and theres probably a good reason for that. Navigate narrow passages and destroy targets while you search for the exit of each stage. Its fine, I guess. Not something Id drop a second quarter into, which probably means I wouldnt spend eight bucks on it. But if you would, youll be happy to know that Hamster has treated it with the usual class.

Well, this is an interesting way to sell a jigsaw puzzle game. For your ninety-nine cents, you get three pictures that you can play in three different puzzle sizes. Additional pictures are available as DLC, and Id imagine it could get awfully expensive if you want it all. I mean, this is probably a good way to test if video game jigsaw puzzles are for you or not. Assuming you cant figure that out without putting your hands on a game, that is. The last time I actually did a jigsaw puzzle was right after I came to Japan. My internet wasnt going to be hooked up for a few weeks and I was bored as heck. The jigsaw puzzle did not help.

Its another word game from the nice folks at Lightwood Games. As you may guess from either the name or the screenshot, this is a game about cracking ciphers. There are 180 inspirational or famous quotes that youll have to reveal by breaking the code for each of them. These kinds of things were a staple of the puzzle books I used to buy when I was a kid, and although they arent my favorite, I cant deny that they pass the time quite well.

An adventure game where you need to defeat an evil wizard who seeks to use magic books to rule the world, or something like that. Youll explore three kingdoms and use a lot of items on things to try to make progress. Apparently there are also some mini-games, and some full-motion cinematics. This is not an Artifex Mundi game, but it sure reminds me of one. Not my scene, but ten bucks seems like a reasonable price for this kind of thing. Reviews on other platforms seem okay but not great, so I suppose it depends on how much you need a fix.

(North American eShop, US Prices)

Tons of new sales today, though the bulk of it is just the usual stuff we see practically every week. The big deal today is the violent beat-em-up Mother Russia Bleeds, which you can pick up for a ridiculous ninety-nine cents. Yooka-Laylee & the Impossible Lair has a nice sale going on, and Flashback is back to a buck again. Fans of logic puzzles and word games should find something to like in Lightwoods catalogue, many of which are now half-price. Theres quite a bit in the outbox today, so have a good look at everything to make sure youve got what you want.

Select New Games on Sale

Yooka-Laylee & the Impossible Lair ($20.99 from $29.99 until 5/31)Mother Russia Bleeds ($0.99 from $14.99 until 5/25)Arrest of a Stone Buddha ($13.49 from $14.99 until 5/28)Game Tengoku Cruisin Mix ($23.99 from $29.99 until 5/28)Red Wings: Aces of the Sky ($17.99 from $19.99 until 5/29)MotoGP18 ($11.99 from $29.99 until 6/4)The TakeOver ($17.99 from $19.99 until 6/4)Destruction ($4.99 from $9.99 until 6/4)Vortex Attack ($4.99 from $9.99 until 6/4)Monkey Wall ($2.49 from $4.99 until 6/4)Rotating Brave ($2.49 from $4.99 until 6/4)Gear.Club Unlimited ($4.99 from $14.99 until 6/3)Gear.Club Unlimited 2 ($11.99 from $59.99 until 6/3)Crash Dummy ($4.99 from $9.99 until 6/3)Letter Quest Remastered ($2.99 from $11.99 until 6/3)

Slain: Back From Hell ($3.99 from $19.99 until 6/3)Valfaris ($14.49 from $24.99 until 6/3)Horror Bundle Vol.1 ($6.09 from $30.49 until 6/3)Bleed ($3.59 from $11.99 until 6/3)Bleed 2 ($4.49 from $14.99 until 6/3)Bleed Complete Bundle ($4.19 from $27.99 until 6/3)Slayaway Camp ($2.99 from $14.99 until 6/3)Dont Die, Mr Robot! ($0.98 from $8.99 until 6/3)Three Fourths Home: Extended ($0.98 from $8.99 until 6/3)Flashback ($0.99 from $19.99 until 6/3)INK ($1.34 from $8.99 until 6/3)Hacky Zack ($0.99 from $9.99 until 6/3)INK & Hacky Zack Bundle ($2.24 from $14.99 until 6/3)Blacksea Odyssey ($3.24 from $12.99 until 6/3)Pipe Push Paradise ($3.73 from $10.99 until 6/3)

Contraptions ($4.99 from $9.99 until 6/3)Uncanny Valley ($2.49 from $9.99 until 6/3)Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human ($3.89 from $12.99 until 6/3)Fall of Light: Darkest ($4.49 from $14.99 until 6/3)Shikhondo Soul Eater ($4.19 from $13.99 until 6/3)Nefarious ($4.49 from $14.99 until 6/3)Vertical Drop Heroes HD ($1.99 from $9.99 until 6/3)Reverse Crawl ($4.41 from $12.99 until 6/3)Frost ($3.89 from $12.99 until 6/3)1979 Revolution ($3.59 from $11.99 until 6/3)Unexplored ($4.50 from $15.00 until 6/3)Spectrum ($2.39 from $11.99 until 6/3)Horizon Shift 81 ($4.99 from $9.99 until 6/3)Skelly Selest ($3.39 from $9.99 until 6/3)Straimium Immortaly ($5.99 from $11.99 until 6/3)

Skelly Selest & Straimium Immortaly ($5.99 from $19.99 until 6/10)XenoRaptor ($7.49 from $14.99 until 6/3)Tamashii ($5.99 from $11.99 until 6/3)Demon Pit ($4.99 from $9.99 until 6/3)Underhero ($10.19 from $16.99 until 6/3)Golem Gates ($7.49 from $24.99 until 6/3)Omega Strike ($4.49 from $14.99 until 6/3)Paranautical Activity ($1.03 from $7.99 until 6/3)Vegas Party ($10.99 from $21.99 until 6/3)Monster Slayers ($3.74 from $14.99 until 6/3)Super Blood Hockey ($5.09 from $14.99 until 6/3)Chicken Range ($4.99 from $9.99 until 6/3)Verlet Swing ($5.09 from $14.99 until 6/3)Oniken: Unstoppable ($3.39 from $9.99 until 6/3)Odallus: Dark Call ($4.07 from $11.99 until 6/3)

Oniken & Odallus Bundle ($4.99 from $19.99 until 6/3)Glass Masquerade ($3.59 from $11.99 until 6/3)Glass Masquerade 2 ($8.03 from $11.99 until 6/3)Snakeybus ($8.99 from $11.99 until 6/3)Animated Jigsaws Collection ($12.49 from $24.99 until 6/3)Black Paradox ($5.09 from $14.99 until 6/3)Pic-a-Pix Deluxe ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)Pic-a-Pix Pieces ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)Block-a-Pix Deluxe ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)Link-a-Pix Deluxe ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)Just a Phrase by POWGI ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)Word Sudoku by POWGI ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)Word Search by POWGI ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)Word Puzzles by POWGI ($4.99 from $9.99 until 6/10)Word Wheel by POWGI ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)

Word Sweeper by POWGI ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)Fifty Words by POWGI ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)Tic-Tac-Letters by POWGI ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)Fill-a-Pix: Phils Adventure ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)Epic Word Search Collection ($3.99 from $7.99 until 6/10)The Keep ($8.99 from $17.99 until 6/10)Jim Is Moving Out! ($7.49 from $14.99 until 6/10)Strikey Sisters ($4.99 from $9.99 until 6/10)Desktop Basketball ($5.04 from $7.20 until 6/10)Car Mechanic Simulator ($2.99 from $14.99 until 6/10)Harvest Life ($13.99 from $19.99 until 6/10)Chameleon Run Deluxe ($2.99 from $5.99 until 6/10)Super Chariot ($1.49 from $14.99 until 6/9)Mugsters ($1.49 from $14.99 until 5/31)

Robbie Swifthand ($8.99 from $17.99 until 5/28)Spencer ($2.09 from $6.99 until 6/1)Swamp Defense 2 ($1.64 from $2.99 until 6/1)M.A.C.E. Space Shooter ($1.49 from $4.99 until 6/1)Bubble Shooter DX ($1.64 from $2.99 until 6/1)Marble Power Blast ($1.64 from $2.99 until 6/1)Balance Blox ($1.64 from $2.99 until 6/1)Perry Pig Jump ($1.64 from $2.99 until 6/1)Super Star Blast ($1.49 from $4.99 until 6/1)

Sales Ending This Weekend

3000th Duel ($10.49 from $14.99 until 5/23)Adventure Time: Pirates ($13.99 from $39.99 until 5/23)Ben 10 ($6.99 from $19.99 until 5/23)Caveman Chuck ($1.19 from $3.99 until 5/23)Crayola Scoot ($5.99 from $29.99 until 5/23)Dark Tower ($1.49 from $4.99 until 5/23)Dreamworks Dragons ($13.99 from $39.99 until 5/23)Hotel Transylvania 3 ($10.49 from $29.99 until 5/23)Magic Nations ($2.99 from $9.99 until 5/23)PAW Patrol: On a Roll! ($19.99 from $39.99 until 5/23)UglyDolls ($7.99 from $39.99 until 5/23)A Normal Lost Phone ($2.99 from $5.99 until 5/24)Anarcute ($9.99 from $14.99 until 5/24)Another Lost Phone ($2.99 from $5.99 until 5/24)Away: Journey to the Unexpected ($4.99 from $16.99 until 5/24)Blood Will Be Spilled ($10.49 from $14.99 until 5/24)

Bomb Chicken ($7.49 from $14.99 until 5/24)Bombslinger ($4.99 from $11.99 until 5/24)Brakes Are For Losers ($1.49 from $4.99 until 5/24)Bury Me, My Love ($0.99 from $4.99 until 5/24)Cast of the Seven Godsends ($1.29 from $12.99 until 5/24)Children of Zodiarcs ($15.99 from $17.99 until 5/24)Dead in Vinland True Viking ($19.59 from $27.99 until 5/24)DragoDino ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)Dragon Pinball ($1.19 from $2.99 until 5/24)Dungeon Rushers ($2.99 from $14.99 until 5/24)Galaxy of Pen & Paper +1 ($9.99 from $12.49 until 5/24)Grand Prix Rock N Racing ($1.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)Hover ($9.99 from $24.99 until 5/24)Indie Games Bundle Nonograms ($13.59 from $16.99 until 5/24)Indie Gems Bundle Explosions ($9.99 from $29.99 until 5/24)

Indie Gems Bundle JRPG ($5.99 from $19.99 until 5/24)Instant Sports ($19.99 from $24.99 until 5/24)Instant Tennis ($2.98 from $9.95 until 5/24)Jurassic Pinball ($1.19 from $2.99 until 5/24)Kill The Bad Guy ($2.79 from $6.99 until 5/24)Lethis Path of Progress ($14.99 from $19.99 until 5/24)Lost in Harmony ($1.99 from $6.99 until 5/24)Lost Phones Stories ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)Melbits World ($7.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)Momonga Pinball Adventures ($2.99 from $5.99 until 5/24)My Arctic Farm 2018 ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)My Exotic Farm 2018 ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)My Farm ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)Mystery of Woolley Mountain ($1.29 from $12.99 until 5/24)NeuroVoider ($5.99 from $13.99 until 5/24)Pankapu ($2.99 from $11.99 until 5/24)

Pen & Paper Games Bundle ($22.49 from $29.99 until 5/24)PictoQuest ($5.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)Piczle Cross Adventure ($8.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)Rock N Racing Off Road DX ($1.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)Shape of the World ($4.99 from $14.99 until 5/24)Skelittle: A Giant Party! ($6.65 from $9.99 until 5/24)Splasher ($4.49 from $14.99 until 5/24)Steredenn: Binary Stars ($4.99 from $12.99 until 5/24)Super Arcade Soccer ($2.09 from $6.99 until 5/24)Super Rocket Shootout ($1.99 from $4.99 until 5/24)The Escapists 2 ($6.79 from $19.99 until 5/24)The Escapists: Complete ($2.99 from $14.99 until 5/24)The House of Da Vinci ($4.99 from $9.99 until 5/24)The Last Door Complete ($9.99 from $14.99 until 5/24)The Long Reach ($2.99 from $14.99 until 5/24)

The Next Penelope ($1.99 from $12.99 until 5/24)The Walking Vegetables: Radical ($1.94 from $12.99 until 5/24)Titans Pinball ($1.19 from $2.99 until 5/24)Tower Inferno ($4.79 from $7.99 until 5/24)Transcripted ($1.49 from $7.99 until 5/24)White Night ($2.99 from $14.99 until 5/24)World Soccer Pinball ($1.19 from $2.99 until 5/24)Yono & Celestial Elephants ($7.99 from $19.99 until 5/24)Zombie Night Terror ($7.49 from $14.99 until 5/24)

Thats it for today and this week, friends. Next week has a lot of great titles lined up, with the headliner being the remake of Xenoblade Chronicles. Besides that, theres Minecraft Dungeons, Shantae & the Seven Sirens, Bug Fables, the Bioshock and Borderlands Collections, XCOM 2, and well, you know what? Just be there, friends. Be there, or be square. I hope you all have a great weekend, and as always, thanks for reading!

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Urban Flow is coming exclusively to Switch on June 26th! – FULLSYNC

Bring harmony into the chaos of street traffic the chill action puzzle game; Urban Flow. Let there be lights!

The Rules

Urban Flow is a game about the subtle beauty of city streets filled with cars moving in perfect harmony. But such order does not happen all by itself the city needsYOUto control the traffic lights and to make sure everything goes smoothly. That means no crashes, no jams. Everything will run perfectly as long as you stay focused!

Switch lights, keep the city safe! Urban Flow is aimed for fans of action puzzles, good single player content, local multiplayer games and urban music!

The Content

Each of the100 levelsis a busy intersection. You have one job: operate the lights and keep it safe. Immerse yourself in a beautiful, hand-crafted, low-poly world to discover the enormous satisfaction of watching the hundreds of tiny, colorful cars flowing through the streets to the sound of chill urban music. The rules are simple, but keeping up with the traffic can be a real challenge. Make a mistakeand find out how fun it is to watch them crash and pile up!

Dont want to play the campaign?

Try our score-basedEndless ModeorChill Mode where you play as long as you want, no rush and no score only you and the music. Urban Flow is designed to be a great single player experience!

Party Game (even if you party all alone!)

Play by yourself or with your friends in scalable drop-in, drop-out local co-op mode for two, threeor four players!

You can help your friends or be a little rascal and spread the chaos! Watch out for special vehicles make way for the ambulance, the tank that will make its own way or other players!

Discover various environments and weather conditions. Play with touch controls, Pro Controllers or Joy-Cons. Complete challenges and unlock rewards. Become one with the flow. The Urban Flow!

Coming only to the Nintendo Switch onJune 26th!

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What Is Neversong? The Atmospheric Adventure Game Once Upon A Coma Renamed And Released On Steam – Happy Gamer

Neversong, formerly known as Once Upon A Coma right up until earlier this year, is now available on Steam after several years of work between Atmos Studios and Serenity Forge. The game follows the story of Peet through a dark, complicated and occasionally hilarious world.

The idea first started with Coma, a flash game released by Thomas Brush (creator of Pinstripe), which was then slated for release for multiple platforms in 2019. Neversong is the finished product after the combined work of Brushs studio Atmos Games and Serenity Forge.

Neversong is a dark and atmospheric puzzle platformer, a psychological adventure game, and story experience. With vastly positive reviews on Steam, the game handles the heavy concepts of depression and discovering who you really are during times of crisis.

As a complete project, you can certainly tell the game comes from a certain stock of game. With Hollow Knight vibes, a little dash of that Limbo originality, and the beauty of Night in the Woods. If short and intense story-driven adventure games are your type, this is a great game to add to your collection.

The game is beautifully animated, and the rolling piano soundtrack is the fitting backdrop to the six illustrated levels that you play through on Peets adventure. Other sound design, such as the wind and voice acting, are well-polished.

Uncovering the truth about Peets coma is no simple feat there are waves of enemies, mobs, bosses and fussy grown-ups to batter your way through with the trusty baseball bat. Combat is simplistic but satisfying.

Neversong is also very dark the level design is creepy, the characters are creepy, and the story itself goes to places that arent often touched upon in video games. Yet, there are moments of light relief, and the narrative keeps you hooked in a way that doesnt leave you shivering in your seat for the whole game.

Thomas Brush, the creator of the original Coma and Pinstripe, tracked the entire development process on his YouTube channel. Its easy to see once you play the game the love and care that has been put into this title.

The gameplay is neat and refined, the music is excellent, and although the game is short, the storyline is rewarding and thoughtful. Neversong is currently available for 10 dollars on Steam.

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7 types of games that benefit from remote play services – GameCrate

Were all spending some quality time at home these days, and that means we have a lot more time to play video games. But contrary to popular belief, video gaming isnt actually an isolated activity. There are many games that are built around being social, around inviting a couple friends over to sit on your couch, pick up a controller, and just have a good time. Of course, these days couch co-op might be a life endangering activity, so thats where remote play services come in.

Remote play services, like Parsec or Steams built in Local Remote Play, essentially use the same game streaming technology that services like Google Stadia use, but on a much smaller scale. One player runs the game locally on their system as usual. That player then streams a video feed to any number of other players, who stream a series of inputs back to the original hosting player. With a good computer and decently fast and stable internet connection, services like this really do allow you to play couch co-op games with low latency online play.

What should you play? Well anything really! Any game that you could play on the couch with a buddy can be played online via a remote play service. Then again, plenty of games have their own built in online services, many of which simply perform better than streaming a whole video feed to other players.

We put together a short list of games that genuinely benefit from remote play services. If you are looking for something new to play on your next game night, try some of these.

This was actually what got me, personally, to start using remote play services. There are lots of multiplayer RPGs out there that have only ever been local. Bandai Namcos Tales franchise prominently comes to mind, but you can find examples all over the RPG world, especially when it comes to action RPGs and JRPGs. Heck, some RPG classics, like Final Fantasy VI have multiplayer capabilities, and you probably didnt even know it. Im happy to announce that I am now on hour 70 of a four player weekly Tales of Berseria campaign played over Steam Local Remote play, and while we have to spend five minutes at the top of each session making our controllers work, thats more on Bandai Namco than Steam. Pick a multiplayer RPG, get a group together, and youll have hundreds of hours of entertainment on your hands.

Puzzle games are a perfect candidate for remote play services because they arent super graphically complex. Remote play tech is still young, which makes it prone to errors. Fortunately, theres only so much an error can cost you in Tetris or Puyo Puyo or Panel de Pon. Once again, puzzle games are one of the few genres of game that reliably has multiplayer but doesnt reliably have integrated online multiplayer, making remote play a pretty good stand-in.

There are two types of party games. The first is the goofy action game, like Overcooked or Moving out or arguably some fighting games like Gang Beasts. These will frequently have local multiplayer but no online multiplayer, which once again relies on remote play services to fix the problem.

The second type is the trivia game, like the Jackbox Party Packs. These dont technically need remote play services to function. Frankly, you could stream them across Twitch and play them just fine. However, streaming services like Twitch bake in a delay to the stream, which requires you to turn on massively long timers and makes every game run slower than usual. Remote play services stream with as low latency as possible, allowing you to play Jackbox games as if you were there in real life.

Lets talk about budgets. Creating a local multiplayer mode doesnt cost that much, or at least it doesnt cost nearly as much as coding an entire online suite for your game. This is why a lot of indie games only have local multiplayer and not online multiplayer. Of course, remote play services take any game with local multiplayer and turn it into an online game. This is great because the indiesphere is home to some great game genres that just dont get love in AAA developing. There are tons of great Beat Em Ups, Shoot Em Ups, Run N Guns, and more, just waiting to be played with friends over the internet. Heck, you could spend hours of your life just trying to 100% Cuphead.

Online gaming Is relatively new for consoles. In fact, we only seriously started online gaming last generation on the PS3 and Xbox 360. That means there are tons of multiplayer games out there from generations past that never got the online treatment until now!

Have an emulator? Then you have a way to play some of the greatest games of the past with friends online. Want to unleash a Colossus yell on X-Men: The Arcade Game? You can do that. Feel like taking on a three-player campaign of Secret of Mana? You can do that too! Hell, you can play Pong over the internet for all we care. The entire world of retro games is at your fingertips, and you can share it with all your online friends using Parsec or any other remote play service.

Wanna hear something depressing? Both Steam local remote play and Parsec are sometimes better than the built in netcode for certain fighting games. Without the fan-made netcode patch, I have definitely gotten better performance in Street Fighter V via remote play services. To be honest, Ive gotten better performance on most delay based netcode fighting games. This is exactly why EVO had to scale back their main games to exhibition status, and replace them with four new games known for their rollback netcode.

Now dont get me wrong, this isnt the best way to play fighting games online. In fact, there are ways to inject GGPO into your favorite fighting game that are better than simply loading up a remote play service. However, this is the easiest way to get a slight boost in performance online. Not to mention only one person has to own a fighting game via remote play service, so its a great way to let your friends try out new games as well.

What? Why would you ever load up a single-player game in a remote play service?

Two words: hot seating.

Have you ever invited a friend over to play a single-player game together? Maybe you both wanted to play an RPG together so you can riff on the storyline. Maybe you could only afford one copy of God of War so you both played it at the same time. I dont know about you, but I love sharing single-player experiences with a group of my friends. Its just more fun that way.

Well remote play services let you do that. Not only can all your friends watch you play, you can connect multiple controllers to a single controller slot. This effectively means you can swap control whenever you want. It also means you can troll your friends by wresting control from them at the worst possible time but dont do that.

This article gave you seven types of games that are improved by remote play services, but theres something else you can do with remote play services that isnt necessarily gaming, but is improved nonetheless: watching stuff.

Many people are having Netflix or Crunchyroll watch parties these days. However, the bane of the watch partys existence is desynching. Ideally you want every person to be watching the same video feed at the same time.

Well remember, remote play services strive to make each player experience the same video feed simultaneously. Its the only way remote play gaming could work. So you could use one of these services with, say, a Netflix window and be assured that all of you will be watching the same thing at the same time. It also allows everyone to control the player, allowing someone to pause the video if they have to go to the bathroom.

So remember, just because we are all stuck at home for now, doesnt mean that we cant be stuck at home together. Its the age of the internet and theres no better time to substitute an internet connection for a couch.

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Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells: Few interesting facts you didnt know about the game – The Indian Express

Written by Karanveer Singh Arora | New Delhi | Published: May 21, 2020 6:02:42 pm This is the first-ever Harry Potter game for Amazon Kindle. (Image: Google Play Store)

Zynga has a lot of popular games under its belt including Farmville, Zynga Poker, CSR Racing 2 and more. The company has now launched a new game in partnership with Portkey Games from Warner Bros, called the Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells, which is based on JK Rowlings popular book series Harry Potter.

The game is now available on Android, iOS, Amazon Kindle and Facebook. We take a look at a few interesting facts about Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells.

This is the first-ever Harry Potter game for Amazon Kindle. This is the third game Harry Potter game to arrive for mobile devices. Earlier ones are Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, both are only available on Android and iOS.

This is the first official puzzle game based on Harry Potter to have launched on iOS and Android platforms. The game is similar to Kings Candy Crush. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an AR game, whereas, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is an RPG game.

Players will be able to create a persona with which they have to solve the Candy Crush esque puzzles to unlock exclusive Wizarding World elements such as new spells and brewing potions. They will also be able to cooperate with other players to complete special in-game activities.

Also Read:Harry Potter: Wizards Unite first impressions: No, this is no Pokemon Go

While playing the game, you will be able to encounter iconic moments and memorable faces from the Harry Potter films.

There are a lot of similar games like the new Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells available for iOS and Android devices. These games include Candy Crush Saga, Farm Heroes Saga, Pokemon Shuffle Mobile and more.

A new card-based RPG game called Harry Potter: Magic Awakened will be running its first open beta starting May 29. The game was initially announced back in October. The beta test will initially run in China only for both iOS and Android. There is no word as to when the game will be available globally.

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The game will follow the books and the movies storyline very closely. In the game, the players will be able to visit and do a lot of things that they saw in the movie such as access the 9 3/4 platform and being sorted into Hogwarts houses.

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Clubhouse Games is a Switch board game collection and Wii Sports replacement all in one – CNET

Toy Baseball on Clubhouse Games: basic and addictive.

My family's not going anywhere this summer. Our months at home are going to turn into more months at home. We're digging into board games, taking long walks, setting up some fun in the yard. Hello, Clubhouse Games, nice timing.

Just like Animal Crossing: New Horizons seemed to arrive right at the moment when everyone was stuck at home longing for human connection, Clubhouse Games may well turn into the "hey I'm bored" quick fix of the summer. I've been interested in great family multiplayer games on the Switch, and this one's got a lot going for it. It also has some of the games that made Nintendo's old Wii Sports games so great. This isn't Wii Sports... but in some ways, it's spiritually closer than you think.

Nintendo's newest game, arriving June 5, is a compilation of 51 family games, all classics of some sort. Card games, solitaire games, board games, some silly super-simple games, retro-type recreations of mechanical games, and... a piano. Just a digital piano. Hey, why not?

I played Clubhouse Games in its first form about 15 years ago, on the Nintendo DS. I still have it. That was a lot of fun because back then, in 2005, the iPhone didn't exist. A portable board game pack was special on its own.

Clubhouse Games on the Switch, and the older version on the DS (playing on a 3DS).

Now there are all sorts of ways to play card games, backgammon, chess or whatever else on a screen lying somewhere around your sofa cushions. In that sense, well, Clubhouse Games is packaging ideas you could get elsewhere.

Nintendo's design and presentation are great, though, and almost all of the 51 games are fun enough to keep coming back and distracting yourself for a long while. Most of them have two-player modes, and some have three- and four-player modes. Games can be played on one Switch, huddled over them in a tabletop touchscreen mode, or with detachable controllers. Or docked with a TV.

Playing touchscreen chess with my kid on the Switch.

Some use Joy-Cons with motion controls, like bowling or darts -- and this is where it feels like the return of Wii Sports. Suddenly, that casual let's-stand-in-front-of-the-TV-and-wave-your-arms-around feeling is back again. The Switch has surprisingly few games that take advantage of this type of gameplay.

The old Clubhouse Games on the DS was deeper in card games, and had Hearts and even Contract Bridge. The new Clubhouse Games has a more diverse assortment (but no Hearts or Bridge, sadly), and it even has an instructional Mahjong full game (which I've been meaning to learn to play). Some international games like Carrom, Shogi and Hanafuda (the card game that got Nintendo started back in 1889) are here, and games I've never played, like Nine Men's Morris, which dates back to Roman times. Want to learn billiards game rules? Spider solitaire? The games can act as instruction kits for real-life stuff you may have lying around. There's a version of Mastermind, called Hit and Blow.

Nine Men's Morris. Never played it before, but now I want to set it up with real marbles.

A bunch of retro-style "toy" games were previously on the long-forgottenWii Party U. They're a better fit here on Switch. A basic baseball, tennis and Rock-'em-Sock-'em-type boxing game are here -- the Toy Soccer game is like tabletop foosball. Air Hockey is perfect with touch controls. They're easier to just slide into, or play quickly on a TV. A few arcade games -- a battle tank game and even a competitive Tetris-like puzzle game called 6-ball Puzzle -- are welcome extras.

I haven't tried any online play yet, because I'm playing the game prerelease and no one else seems to be out there. But you can. Local play works across other Switches with a free bridging app that I also haven't tried, either, but I love that idea: Few Switch games enable multiplayer this way without charging extra for another copy. There's a crazy multi-Switch "Mosaic" mode that adds extra playing space for some games like Slot Cars, a holdover idea from the Wii Party U game too, if you remember. I haven't gone there, either.

At $40, which is a little less than most Switch games, this is a great bundle of board games and multiplayer stuff. Nintendo's Super Mario Party is also a type of board game for families, but that game -- while a lot of fun too -- leans on arcade-like minigames. The patient and even educational spin to Clubhouse Games is its own special fun. If you're stuck inside for a while and have a lot of people to play with, this might be your next great go-to.

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Technology has played a major role in transforming the world where we live. The main contributors to technological advancements are seen in smartphones. People no longer use their phones only for calling and sending text messages. Indeed, smartphone technology is constantly bringing something new to the table. So, we have witnessed some of the latest technological advancements incorporated in the smartphone display or software.

Thanks to smartphones, online gaming has been on the rise in the last years. Indeed, gaming on-the-go is so popular, especially among the younger generation. Top providers have uploaded the online games in the app store, so now they are readily available in the app store to download on your smartphone device, no matter which operating system they use.

Online Casino Games

Online casino gaming is another online gaming industry with big potential. There is a huge variety of online casino games that players can choose from. The games are very entertaining and you wont even notice how time flies when youre playing the games. Top providers, such as UK online casino, Casimba, offer a variety of promotions to make your gaming experience an unforgettable one. The apps are available at your fingertips it only takes a few seconds to download the game app and enjoy your favorite online game on your smartphone device.

How It All Started

The early beginning of mobile gaming date back to the 90s when the game used to be non-interactive and way too simple. Since then, mobile gaming has become a very popular trend among online game players. However, puzzle games still remain popular mobile games even in this century. The early solutions to mobile gaming were a simple interface and easy gaming consoles. Nowadays, the mobile games interface is much more comprehensive and user-friendly.

Mobile games in the past used to be much more boring and unattractive. Nowadays, thanks to multimedia expansion, the easier interface, and interactive gaming are what capture the players attention. Especially when it comes to competing against friends or random players, mobile gamers can enjoy exciting tournaments together with their friends. The 20s have introduced players to new technological advancements that improve the gaming experience to a very high level.


The biggest change in the 20s was turning from QWERTY to Smart. Smartphones then became not only phone devices but an everyday tool that people cant live without. The touchscreen technology has introduced a much simpler gaming console that simplifies the whole gaming experience. The biggest advantage of smartphones is their mobility and portability. The online gaming industry has recognized the potential of smartphones to make gaming on-the-go, while on the bus or lying on the sofa.

Smartphone apps also save the players money because they no longer need to pay for physical CDs to play their favorite video games. Its much simpler to just download the app on your smartphone device. It has definitely made mobile gaming much more accessible to the general audience. Now, mobile games have striking visual graphics, almost cinematic-quality graphics, as well as innovative gaming mechanisms.

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Word Games – The Bethel Citizen

Summer: long sunny days, swimming, fishing, loafing, etc. Summer: dark nights, rainy days, bugs, activities curtailed this year. Summer slump: losing ground on last school years learning.

Fortunately, we dont stop practicing English. We speak and listen, hopefully we read and write. Consciously or unconsciously, we rehearse vocabulary, grammar, syntax, usage. Its important to know the right words, and how to use them. In conversation, the trouble with you know is how often neither party does.

Omnivorous reading is the best teacher: books and magazines, newspapers and instructions; e-books, websites, etc.; with a dictionary at hand. Blockbuster beach reading isnt useless. Harry Potter still intrigues many. A fun addition is word games, commercial and homemade.

Scrabble is perhaps the most famous. Invented in the 1930s, promoted in the 1950s, it remains popular worldwide, in many languages. Its said that a third of American households have a set, so if you cant find yours, check with the neighbors. Or buy an inexpensive set, or a pricey antique on E-bay. A great vocabulary builder.

Puzzles can be addictive: crosswords, Sudoku, acrostics, you name it. Puzzles for kids for summer are fashionable. From the New York Times to the Navajo Times, childrens sections feature them. The Navajo Times offers tough word searches; not surprising on a reservation where spelling bees are big events, regularly reported. For the rest of us, puzzle books abound. Theyre available, and cheap, in big box stores, dollar stores, etc.

The equipment for story building is simple: a blackboard or whiteboard, or a big piece of paper; something to write with. And ideas; maybe not so simple. Two can play; three to five or six works best. Someone writes the first sentence. It can be simple: Fred woke up early. In whatever order theyve chosen, each player adds a sentence, another when their turn comes again It can get fancy; any player can start a new paragraph.

Results vary wonderfully. Ive seen strange vacation journeys, surprise romances, embarrassing encounters, everyday life, weirdness Steven King could get pointers.

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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Arrest of a Stone Buddha’, ‘What The Golf?’, and Today’s Other New Releases, the Latest Sales, and More – Touch Arcade

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for May 21st, 2020. As we approach the end of the month, were seeing more releases arriving. There are a lot of new games to check out today, and thats how well be spending most of our time here. There are also the usual lists of sales information, and thats about the lot. Lets check it out!

SwitchArcade Highlight!

One of the coolest surprises of last year was The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa from Circle Entertainment and developer yeo. On its face it was an homage to games like Kunio-kun/River City Ransom, but it was so utterly contemplative and unique that it got its hooks into me in a major way. Not for everyone, to be sure, but extremely cool in my books. Sadly it took me a little while to come to that realization, but thats not happening with the latest from that publisher/developer team. Ive been playing Arrest of a Stone Buddha for a bit now, and its another one-of-a-kind experience. You play as a hitman as he lives out one fateful month of his life in 1976 France, alternating between some genuinely hardcore shooting action and quiet slice-of-life moments in cafes and movie theaters. Ill have a full review of this one soon.

SwitchArcade Highlight!

This game is stupid as heck in all the best ways. You may have played it already on Apple Arcade, but this Switch version has a new Party mode that adds some extra content to the game. Is that extra content worth twenty bucks if youre happy with Apple Arcade? Probably not, but it is what it is. Anyway, this is kind of a golf game but kind of not. Youre basically flinging things towards a goal, but the game does all kinds of weird stuff within those broad strokes. Its a good time whether youre playing alone or with a friend. No online multiplayer, unfortunately.

SwitchArcade Highlight!

This is a bit of a complicated game for a couch co-op affair, but if you have the right group, its a real blast. Lets try to describe it in a paragraph. Youre competing with other players to see who can haul in a certain amount of loot first. But you, the players, are also competing against the computer. If you screw around too much, theres a real chance the computer will win and you wont be able to move on. Matches tend to switch between sabotaging each other to forming temporary and highly unstable alliances quite quickly. You can play solo but it loses a lot of its punch. Multiplayer is local only, unfortunately. I think its neat anyway.

SwitchArcade Highlight!

I remember when Myst was the punching bag of the hardcore gaming circle. Heck, I joined in back then. When youre young and part of Gen X, whatever is popular is the least cool thing of all, I suppose. Well, you know what? Myst is a pretty solid adventure game. And realMyst, which lets you enter what was once a pre-rendered world and enjoy it in full 3D, is a great version of that adventure. And now you can play it on your Switch. If you havent played Myst before, I think it still holds up well enough for those who can handle some nasty puzzles and a slightly cheesy story. If you have played Myst before and want it on your Switch, here you go.

In this puzzle game along the lines of stuff like Adventures of Lolo or Kickle Cubicle, you have to push and pull blocks to defeat enemies in 50 tricky levels. You can play solo or have a friend join in for some local co-op. The game is a lot trickier with one player most of the time, as having a second player makes it easier to manipulate the blocks. There are five boss battles along the way that will test your skills and patience. Not bad for what it is. I find people are either into games like this or not, and that factors more heavily on whether or not theyll like any given game more than anything else. With that in mind, Ill let you decide if the game is right for you. Its certainly a well-made example of the genre.

Okay, so first of all, dont confuse this for Puzzloop clone Luxor. This is Luxar, and it is totally different. You control an organism as it navigates through 16 increasingly challenging stages. You have a limited supply of air that dwindles as you go, and if you hit any enemies or obstacles youll run out of it faster. It starts off promising enough, but it soon becomes a tremendous slog. Levels take too long and failure sends you all the way back to the start with probably zero motivation to retrace the last several minutes worth of play.

This game has a really interesting idea behind it. Its a competitive multiplayer dating sim that takes place in a monster high school. You have to woo one of eight possible candidates to be your prom date, but work quickly because if one of your friends sets their eyes on the same classmate things can get ugly. You can also play it by yourself, making for a slightly more standard experience. Reviews of this game on other platforms were quite mixed, but this Switch version has all the DLC and extra update content packed in from the start, which might make a difference. If I find myself pleasantly surprised by it, Ill let you all know.

Well, this is an oddball title. There are basically three components to Steel Rain. At the forefront is the shoot-em-up part of the game. Its a horizontal shooter that takes cues from R-Type, Gradius, and so on. But after you liberate a planet, you can build a colony on it, which in turn provides you with resources you can use to keep on building and improve your ship. Youll have to defend your colonies if they get attacked, so its not all cakes and candies. Its a lot of shooting, a little base-building sim, and a dash of idle resource collecting. I cant say it all clicks together flawlessly, but if youre tired of more orthodox shoot-em-ups you might appreciate this games ambition.

Another one of 8Floors light strategy games and the latest in the Lost Artifacts series to make the jump to Switch. As always, youre tackling distinct stages that require you to clear obstacles, build structures, and so on. There are more than 50 in here, which should keep you busy for a while. Nothing too taxing, though getting three stars on every stage can be a little tricky. Theres a story told as you go, which might be enough incentive for some to see the whole thing through. Well, Im not the target here so Im not going to get too far into the weeds talking about it. If youve enjoyed the other games from this developer, youll probably like this one too.

Oh goodie, Sabec. Well hey, Ill give them credit for one thing this time: they actually put a two-player mode into this game. Anyway, its a bare-bones take on chess, but with some alternate pieces and boards to spice things up. If you dont have anyone to play with you locally, you can go up against the AI. The description in the store say it is smart, and store descriptions never lie. There are four different difficulty levels, which I would hope covers a decent range of player levels. Honestly, its a strong effort by Sabec standards. But if youre willing to spend ten bucks on this, youd be far better off finding a few more bucks and buying Chess Ultra, which is superior in literally every way and not by a little.

Hey, its another VR game that has made its way over the Switch and dumped the VR element. But hey, at least its not more expensive here. Its a first-person roguelite, something weve seen a few times before to generally good success. This one has a bit of a sci-fi/horror bent to it, and its pretty decent. Still, Id be lying if I said the game didnt lose a lot without the VR aspect going for it. If you have the means to experience it that way, Id strongly recommend it. Otherwise, this is a serviceable take that should entertain those whove enjoyed stuff like Immortal Redneck.

Ahh, thats a really nice blue sky. As you can probably figure out from the screenshot, this is a 3D shooter with a cartoony style that uses the rise and fall of the Red Baron as the subject of its story. Theres a substantial campaign here with dozens of missions to play, and more than ten different historical warplanes youll pilot. It kind of rides the line between trying to be historical and going deliberately over the top, but thats often the take with the romanticized retellings of this period. If you have a friend who wants to join in locally, you can play a few different modes in co-op and watch each others backs. Its no Crimson Skies, but for some it will scratch the itch at least a little.

Another bundle from the folks at Digerati, this one combining run-and-gun Skelly Selest and roguelite Straimium Immortaly into one value-priced bundle. Both games are decent enough, but the usual warning applies here. These games go on sale often, so you should probably also wait for this bundle to go on sale before you consider buying it. And of course, if you already own one of the two games theres no particular benefit to buying this bundle.

If youre on the hunt for another 3D space shooter, this is definitely one of those. It bills itself as being arcade-style, so dont expect any sim elements. You arent on rails, and there are 20 reasonably-sized levels to explore. A nice variety of enemies populate those levels and its more or less your goal to kill them all. Besides the main story mode, theres also a survival mode, a time attack mode, and an obstacle race mode. Its nothing too fancy but it does what it sets out to do, which is a fair enough accomplishment for a seven-dollar game.

(North American eShop, US Prices)

Yeah, the wave hasnt arrived yet as Im writing this. There are a few interesting things here, though. Lines XL is a no-brainer pick-up at nineteen cents if you like puzzle games at all. Elemental Knights R finally drops down to a fair price, but Id avoid it anyway as the game just isnt very good. Kissed by the Baddest Bidder is still my favorite title for a game ever. Lots of rare retro game sales are ending soon, so stock up on your Atari and Psikyo classics while you can.

Select New Games on Sale

Lines XL ($0.19 from $1.99 until 6/8)Lifeless Planet: Premiere ($3.99 from $19.99 until 5/27)A Case of Distrust ($2.99 from $14.99 until 5/27)Pinstripe ($2.99 from $14.99 until 5/27)Lets Go Nuts ($0.99 from $9.99 until 6/9)Where the Water Tastes Like Wine ($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/27)Awesome Pea 2 ($3.99 from $4.99 until 6/3)Madorica Real Estate ($9.90 from $14.99 until 5/29)Elemental Knights R ($0.75 from $22.75 until 6/5)Enchanted in the Moonlight ($13.99 from $19.99 until 6/5)Star-Crossed Myth ($20.99 from $29.99 until 6/5)Kissed by the Baddest Bidder ($17.49 from $24.99 until 6/5)OMG Police Car Chase TV ($3.99 from $4.99 until 5/28)Fly Punch Boom! ($12.74 from $14.99 until 6/11)

Sales Ending Tomorrow, Friday, May 22nd

All-Star Fruit Racing ($12.99 from $19.99 until 5/22)Atari Flashback Classics ($19.99 from $39.99 until 5/22)Bargain Hunter ($7.49 from $12.49 until 5/22)Breakfast Bar Tycoon ($3.49 from $4.99 until 5/22)Crayon Shinchan: Kasukabe Runner ($6.99 from $9.99 until 5/22)Dragon Blaze ($6.39 from $7.99 until 5/22)Gnomes Garden: New Home ($0.99 from $4.99 until 5/22)Gunbarich ($6.39 from $7.99 until 5/22)Gunbird ($6.39 from $7.99 until 5/22)Gunbird 2 ($6.39 from $7.99 until 5/22)Hell Warders ($6.74 from $14.99 until 5/22)Hot Gimmick Cosplay-Jong ($14.00 from $20.00 until 5/22)Muddledash ($2.03 from $5.99 until 5/22)Must Dash Amigos ($3.59 from $17.99 until 5/22)Our World Is Ended. ($27.49 from $49.99 until 5/22)

PlataGO! Platform Game Maker ($10.99 from $19.99 until 5/22)R.B.I. Baseball 20 ($24.99 from $29.99 until 5/22)Raging Loop ($22.49 from $29.99 until 5/22)Razed ($4.07 from $11.99 until 5/22)Samurai Aces ($6.39 from $7.99 until 5/22)Sin Slayers ($9.99 from $19.99 until 5/22)Sol Divide ($6.39 from $7.99 until 5/22)Spartan ($1.39 from $3.99 until 5/22)Strikers 1945 ($6.39 from $7.99 until 5/22)Strikers 1945 II ($6.39 from $7.99 until 5/22)Tengai ($6.39 from $7.99 until 5/22)Tokyo School Life ($6.74 from $14.99 until 5/22)Trover Saves the Universe ($17.99 from $29.99 until 5/22)Zero Gunner 2- ($6.39 from $7.99 until 5/22)

Thats all thats good for today, friends. Tomorrow will have a bunch more new releases to look at, and I suspect that will again be the biggest part of the article. Well also have all of the sales that pop up and whatever big news comes along. I hope you all have a great Thursday, and as always, thanks for reading!

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Vetrix Provides A Fresh Perspective To VR Gaming – VR And Fun

A lot of the times we see VR games being super colorful and eccentric with all the themes but Pixel Racers looks to create change to that notion with Vetrix.

Vetrix is a puzzle game inspired by Tetris, but with its own original mechanics built for virtual reality. The player will have to demonstrate dexterity, organization, and good skills in the geometry of space as well as proprioception to achieve the best possible score.

While Tetris is all about dropping blocks from the sky, Vetrix allows you to add in blocks from the sides to make sure you solve the puzzle.


Place the shapes wherever you want

You can place shapes on the bottom, the sides, or even the top of the puzzle area. Theres no gravity so make good use of the space.

Special blocks

Special blocks will give you bonuses, make sure you collect them swiftly.

Two game modes

Score mode Reach the highest score possible in 300 seconds.Time mode Reach the target score as fast as possible.

Online Leaderboards

So your friends know whos the best!

Vetrix is currently available on the Valve Index, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift. If you are a fan of puzzles and the original Tetris, you might experience a refreshing take of the classic fan favorite.

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