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Pikmin Bloom players can now complete Weekly Challenges

Posted by Nitisha Upadhye on May 1st, 2022

Pikmin Bloom will be adding a new weekly challenge feature to allow players to play with their friends. This is the biggest update of the game since launch, and players have one whole week to complete each challenge with their friends.

Players will be able to tackle weekly tasks starting from April 28th.

What is this weekly challenge all about?

The challenge is limited to a group of five players. However, solo players can also participate and complete the challenges. You can sign up for a challenge as a solo player, or with your friends.

As a part of the challenge, players with their buddies will be walking a certain number of steps. You will be rewarded with nectar and other items after completing the challenge.

The developers expect to get more players involved in Niantic's most recent mobile games with this challenge. And, it’s perfect timing too, as players from Northern Hemisphere can enjoy the weekly challenges during the spring season.

How to earn rewards in Pikmin Bloom weekly challenge?

You can start ticking off the tasks with the new widget on the app's home screen. You’ll want to, if you haven’t yet, add friends by entering the 12-digit code or QR code with the friend's function tab in the app.

Here you can see the avatars and incremental steps done by each buddy. You’ll be able to see their real-time progress here too.

To complete the weekly challenge, you need to meet the total number of steps given in the theme. You will be rewarded nectar once you reach it. Don't lose heart if you don't qualify, you will still be showered with huge participation bonuses.

The developers are expecting to introduce more challenges in the future. There might also be a variety introduced beyond walking such as through planting flowers and other items.

But, for now, it’s well worth adding a bunch of friends who get out and use the app a lot, to make sure that your team wins the first challenge.

You might be interested in: All you need to know about Pikmin Bloom

GDC 2015 - Piloteer is Whitaker Trebella's Latest Project, and it's Definitely Something DIfferent

Posted by Rob Rich on March 3rd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

You know Pivvot, right? Of course you do. You're probably also familiar with Polymer. And if you haven't played either you probably should, because they're excellent. Well, the mind behind both of these Editor's Choice games, Whitaker Trebella, is at it again with yet another game that begins with a "P" - Piloteer.

Piloteer is about an inventor who loves (loves) jetpacks. She loves jetpacks so much that she's decided to make it her personal mission to convince a society that hates them to, well, love them. And the way she'll do that is by completing a bunch of crazy jetpack-related tasks that may or may not be likely to result in a horrible crash. Imagine trying to fly a jetpack in QWOP and you'll have a general idea of how it plays, actually.

Piloteer should hopefully be seeing an App Store release in May, at which point you can rest assured that we'll have a review raring to go.

Check Out the Trailer for the Upcoming FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 26th, 2015

DeNA and Square Enix have announced that FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper is currently in development. The game is a combination of all of the past Final Fantasy games and allows players to relive their favorite moments from the series. You'll be able to build a team of classic characters such as Tidus, Lightning, and Cloud, and customize them with a ton of iconic gear, powerful spells, summons, and weapons. [Editor's Note: Hopefully it won't be another All the Bravest...]

"FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper delivers the ultimate FINAL FANTASY experience for the dedicated and passionate fans of this franchise and we are excited to work with SQUARE ENIX to bring it to players worldwide this spring," said Shintaro Asako, CEO of DeNA West, in a press release.

FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper is set to release in spring, but if you can't wait you can pre-register at FinalFantasyRecordKeeper.com to receive updates about the game and unlock special in-game characters including Tidus from FINAL FANTASY X.

Don your Cape and Save Springfield in a New Update for The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 20th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: SOULLESS CASH-IN :: Read Review »

The Simpsons: Tapped Out, by Electronic Arts, is back in action. Super-heroic action!

Heroes and villains have invaded Springfield and once again you must save the town from certain destruction. You'll meet classic Simpsons characters as their alter-egos, and fight against the forces of evil. The update comes with new characters, buildings, decorations, and more.

As always, you can download the super sized update for The Simpsons: Tapped Out for free on the App Store.

Barry Steakfries Meets Dr. Peter Venkman as Ghostsbusters Invade Monster Dash

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 6th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DASHING :: Read Review »

Halfbrick and Sony Pictures are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters with a spooktacular update to Monster Dash.

Now you'll get to play as Dr. Peter Venkman, proton pack and all, as he fights ghosts on New York City rooftops. You'll also get new daily events including the new “Who You Gonna Call?” challenge where you get to bust Slimer. Additionally, Halfbrick has added an offline mode to the game so you can play anytime you want.

You can download Monster Dash for free on the App Store now.

Card Battler Earthcore: Shattered Elements is Coming to the iPad

Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 20th, 2015

Earthcore: Shattered Elements, by Tequila Games, is a new collectible card game that's coming out soon.

In the game you not only collect cards, but can use them to craft new, more powerful cards. This allows you to customize your deck with over 500,000 possible cards to fit your play-style. The cards use a 3-element battle mechanic in a "rock, paper, scissors" fashion - Fire, Nature, and Water battle it out against each other. Earthcore includes a single player campaign as well as ranked multiplayer leagues and online PvP modes to satisfy competitive players.

There's no official launch date set yet, but until then you can drool over AppSpy's preview video of Earthcore: Shattered Elements.

This is my car - Mechanics for kids Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Amy Solomon on November 13th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A PEEK UNDER THE HOOD
This is My Car - Mechanics for Kids is an educational kids app that allows little ones a peek behind the hood.
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Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Amy Solomon on October 7th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar ::
Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats is wonderfully imaginative as it is interactive.
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AppSpy Breaks Down the iPhone 6 - Explains How iOS Games Could Prosper or Suffer

Posted by Rob Rich on September 11th, 2014

Our friends over at AppSpy have put together a pretty great video about the iPhone 6 that touches upon both the potential of the more powerful hardware, and the way in which it may alienate developers. Give it a watch, and let the sound of James Gilmour's relaxing voice wash over you.

Do you agree with what AppSpy has to say about the 6 and 6 Plus? Are you more optimistic? Think mobile gaming is doomed? Don't be shy about chiming-in below!

SimCity BuildIt Will Be Coming to the App Store Soon

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 11th, 2014

Fans of the SimCity series will be thrilled to hear that EA's SimCity BuildIt, a mobile version of the game, will be coming to the iOS soon. Players will be able to build their city in high quality 3D graphics, and the app allows you to pinch, zoom, and rotate your city 360 degrees so you can see it in all its glory.

You will, of course, still have to worry about keeping your citizens happy by managing and expanding your city.

EA hasn't announced a release date or pricing for SimCity BuildIt yet, but they assure us it is coming "soon."

Take a Look at These Special Limited-Edition Plants vs. Zombies Earbuds from Skullcandy

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 2nd, 2014

Crazy Dave has a crazy new product for you: Plants vs Zombie Headphones.

Skullcandy has partnered with Popcap Games to create a pair of stylish headphones to surround you in the sounds of zombies groaning and exploding in all their glory. The headphones come equipped with silicone gel tips in interchangeable sizes for a more comfortable fit, along with a one-button mic/remote and a flat cable that's easier to untangle and lasts through the wear and tear of continual use.

You can pick up a pair from the Skullcandy website for $24.99

It's a Shark Stampede! Sharknado Now Free in Honor of Shark Week

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 13th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: :: Read Review »

What game offers you the chance to jump into the middle of a tornado and fight sharks with nothing but a chainsaw? Sharknado: The Video Game!

The crazy SyFy movie that was transformed by Other Ocean Group into a mobile game is celebrating Shark Week by offering the app for free. Play as Finley "Fin" Shepard, a former surfing champion as he fights an onslaught of man eating sharks. The game lets players run around Manhattan in board daylight wielding a broadsword, use hammerhead sharks like trampolines, reclaim their former glory by surfing through the flooded streets, and flying around inside the tornado; all while being attacked by angry sharks.

You can get bit by Sharknado: The Video Game for free right now.

Munin: Norse Puzzling, Feather Finding Fun Coming this July

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 10th, 2014

Munin, one of the two the raven messengers that serve Odin, has been turned into a little girl by Loki! Oh no!

In Daedalic Entertainment's new 2D Norse Mythology puzzle platformer, Munin, you take on the role of the raven in human form as he tries to collect the feathers Loki stole and spread across the nine worlds of Yggdrasil. In the 77 levels of maze-like puzzles the player can turn parts of their path in order to clear obstacles and create safe passages for Munin as he activates switches, jumps from moving platforms, and avoids bubbling lava. All in a days work of a messenger of the gods.

Munin will be released on July 7for $2.99.

AppSpy Puts the Watch_Dogs Companion: ctOS Mobile Through its Paces

Posted by Rob Rich on May 28th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Like most gamers, you've probably heard about Watch_Dogs coming out yesterday. What you may not have heard about is that the game has received a companion app titled Watch_Dogs Companion: ctOS Mobile, and that it allows iOS users to directly affect console and PC users' games by taking over control of the police. Personally I think that sounds awesome. James and Peter from AppSpy apparently did, too. At least they thought it was awesome enough to record themselves playing it for your amusement.

You can check out the Watch_Dogs Companion: ctOS Mobile video from AppSpy below, with the app available as a free download.

Plague Inc. has Mutated Yet Again - We're All Doomed Even More than Usual

Posted by Rob Rich on April 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Plague Inc. has mutated for a whopping eighth time, bringing all sorts of new horribleness to the popular plague simulator.

The "Mega" mutation features an all new "Mega-Brutal" difficulty setting for those who might think that regular old Brutal is too easy, three new cheats, and four new scenarios. I'm particularly curious about the one involving trying to destroy the world with a 30,000 year old virus.

You can grab Plague Inc. off the App Store for $0.99, and

1. “Mega-Brutal” difficulty – for players who thought Brutal was Casual!
- Experience Plague Inc.’s toughest challenge yet and try to infect a world with random medical checks, genetic drift and research tech improvements. Adapt or die…
2. Mega new Cheat Modes – 3 new cheat modes are added which will all give you very different Plague Inc. experiences.
- Shuffle Strain: All evolutions are mixed up
- Turbo Strain: Starting country is 100% infected
- Lucky Dip Strain: Start with 5 random evolutions
3. Use cheats on any plague type (and even combine different cheat modes!)
4. New Scenarios – 4 new scenarios give players brand new challenges from infecting the world with a 30,000 year old virus through to surviving in a world with artificial organs
5. New events and achievements
6. Performance improvements for all devices
7. Minor game balance / AI improvements / bug fix