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Game Developers: Here's How To Make Your Game Stand Out With A Great Google Play Store Listing

Hi. I'm Michael. I look at a lot of Google Play Store listings, and Artem and I usually pick out more than a hundred apps and games every month to be featured in our weekly roundups here at Android Police. After doing this week in and week out for a couple of years, there are some observations I'd like to share with developers on how to make your game stand out of the crowd. With us, as with consumers in general, you might only get a few seconds to grab the attention of potential players before they move on - it's important to make the most of them.

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Gravity-Defying Puzzle Game 'In Between' Has Fantastic Hand-Drawn Art And Animation

At the moment pixelated faux-retro graphics are all the rage, partly because they're trendy, partly because they don't require lots of hardware resources to implement, and (let's be honest) partly because they're easier for developers to create than high-resolution 2D sprites. So occasionally it's nice to see a game like In Between, which bucks the trend with both characters and backgrounds that are completely unique and drawn by hand. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean:

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Thursday App And Game Sales: Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies, Darker Pro, Greedy Spiders 2, And Much More

You could just buy apps and games wherever you want, or you could be more strategic about it and save a few bucks. That might not be a lot of money, but over time it adds up. Maybe one day you'll be able to retire on the savings from all those app purchases. I mean, probably not, but why give up on your dreams? Dreams are what keep us going! Wait, what were we talking about? Oh right, here are some app and game sales.

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Console And PC Shooter Titanfall Will Come To Android In 2016, Probably As A Freemium Game

Here's a gaming announcement that came out of nowhere: Titanfall, one of the biggest new first person shooters to appear on gaming PCs and consoles last year, will get a mobile release. The Guardian reports that Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment (made up mostly of ex-Call of Duty developers) and Nexon (a developer that focuses on full-sized PC games that use the freemium model) will both invest in newbie mobile developer Particle City, with the aim to create "several mobile games based on Titanfall."

If you weren't following the gaming news in early 2014, Titanfall is an arena-based shooter that puts a sci-fi spin on the popular FPS genre.

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Nintendo's First Mobile Game, Miitomo, Scheduled To Hit Smartphones In March Of 2016

Gamers have been alternately salivating and sweating at the prospect of Nintendo games coming to Android and iOS. News has been scarce since the initial announcement of a partnership between Nintendo and mobile publisher DeNA earlier this year, but Nintendo's president Tatsumi Kimishima announced details of the first game yesterday at a press briefing in Japan. Wired reports that the first title will be Miitomo, an extension of the Mii gaming-social platform Nintendo has been building and expanding since the launch of the Wii console in 2006.

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[Update: APK Download Enables Recording] Google Adds Gameplay Recording To Play Games App

Google launched YouTube Gaming a few weeks back, but you need lots of content to make that service work. Now you can easily record your Android games and upload them to YouTube with the Play Games app (which we spotted in a teardown). However, this feature is only coming to the US and UK for the time being.

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Hasbro Releases Chromecast Editions Of Monopoly And Yahtzee For Up To Four Players

Chromecast is best known for getting video from your phone or tablet onto your television screen. It also streams audio, if you're into that sort of thing. These two things cover most of what people generally do with Google's little streaming stick.

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34 New And Notable (And 1 WTF) Android Games From The Last 2 Weeks (10/13/15 - 10/27/15)

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Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android applications, games, and live wallpapers that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous 2 weeks or so.

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Looking for the previous roundup editions? Find them here.

Games

Minecraft: Story Mode

Android Police coverage: Minecraft: Story Mode From TellTale Games Launches On Google Play And The Amazon Appstore

Minecraft doesn't lend itself towards storytelling. That's kind of the point - it's basically a digital sandbox.

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[Update: 1337] Google Dramatically Increases Top Price Limits For Apps In The Play Store - US Apps Can Now Cost As Much As $400

Most apps on the Play Store are free, and those that are paid usually cost somewhere between one and five dollars. The top price for applications and in-app purchases in the US version of the Play Store before today was $200 (which usually wasn't actually seen except for IAPs for freemium games). Last night, the Play Store developer support page for paid apps was updated, and in nearly every territory where paid apps are supported, the top limit was increased by two to three times. Developers can now set apps or in-app purchases to as much as $400.

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Thursday App And Game Sales: Worms 3, Shuttle+, Broken Age, And More

As you should already know, paying for things usually guarantees better things than you can get for free. That doesn't mean you have to pay a lot, though. There are some great deals on apps and games in the Play Store, so get your wallet ready.

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