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Comic book favorites Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy get their own adventure game

Unless you're a dedicated aficionado of rare and indie comic books, you might not have heard of The Adventures of Dog Mendonça & Pizzaboy. It's a much-loved little series that combines a sarcastic version of noir storytelling with urban fantasy - think Harry Dresden meets Monkey Island, and you're about there. Originally published in Portugal before getting an English release via Dark Horse, the series spans three volumes and a short story. Now fans can also dig into a standalone adventure game as well.

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[Still no Japan] Pokémon GO official in 26 new European countries

Pokémon GO's worldwide phenomenon is spreading fast and now, if you live in Europe, odds are you'll have more chances of seeing people huddled up acting weird staring at their screens and trying to play with imaginary creatures. Why? Because while we, lucky Android geeks, have been able to manually grab the APK and install it on our phones regardless of where Niantic has officially released the game, many regular Android users didn't know how to do it and almost all iPhone users simply couldn't.

So what are these 26 lucky countries? Here we go, the official list:

Pokémon GO is available in twenty-six new countries.

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Love is for the birds in Hatoful Boyfriend, a pigeon dating simulator now on the Play Store

The dating simulator genre is still somewhat niche, so here's a quick breakdown if you haven't heard about it. In a typical anime-style dating simulator, you play as a young man or woman (often high school or college age) looking for love. This usually means talking to a bunch of different characters and potential romantic interests in branching dialogue. It's like an old-school adventure game, but the stakes are your love life instead of saving the world. Hatoful Boyfriend [sic] is like that, except that all your suitors are pigeons.

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[Update: Italy, Portugal, and Spain too] Pokémon GO is go for launch in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom seems considerably less, well, united than it used to be. But if there's one thing everyone can agree on, it's that they want a chance to play Pokémon GO. Niantic's augmented reality take on the classic Nintendo franchise is a smash hit in its first week, though a limited launch means that only those in the US, Australia, New Zealand, and just yesterday Germany have been able to play it so far. Now that launch has officially expanded to the UK, according to the official Pokémon GO Twitter account:

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T-Mobile jumps on the Pokémon GO bandwagon with free data access for players

If T-Mobile has proven anything in the last few years, it's that the company knows how to get the attention of new and potential customers. So it was only a matter of time before they seized hold of an increasingly global mobile gaming phenomenon. That's right, T-Mo's latest customer-friendly promotion is all about the Pokey Mans. Pokémon GO players on the network won't get dinged for any data used by Niantic's augmented reality game for the next year starting on Tuesday the 19th.

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Sponsored locations will eventually come to Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO is a massive hit for Niantic and The Pokémon Company. After just a few days, the game has rocketed to the top of the Play Store, including the list of top grossing apps. So, it's already making a ton of money, but it's going to be making even more in the not too distant future. Niantic CEO John Hanke recently noted that sponsored locations will be part of the game.

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[Update: Intel x86 processors too] Pokémon GO goes to Germany officially and now works with Android Nougat [APK Download]

I'll let you in on a secret. I haven't played Pokémon GO yet. There was a time when I liked watching Pokémon and laughed my ass off each time Meowth came on the screen, but I was a little too old then to play the game let alone get obsessed by it. I was... 17. So I don't get the craze behind GO all that much, but I'm not completely uninterested.

Actually, I decided yesterday to try the game to get a feeling for it, but I thought it better to install it on my secondary device: a Nexus 5X.

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Tuesday app and game sales: Another World, Talon for Twitter, Castle of Illusion, and more

There are plenty of deals happening on Amazon today, but what of the Play Store? There's a ton of great stuff for your phone on sale today too. You want classic RPGs? Widgets? Exercise apps? Puzzles? RAM cleaners? We've got you covered on all but the last count.

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[Deal Alert] Grab Carcassonne for 10 cents in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK , and 20 cents in Australia

We often see deals on Carcassonne on the Play Store, but never has the price dropped below the 2 dollars mark. That is until today. Carcassonne is this week's Google Play deal, which means that it's discounted in a couple of countries already. It's down to EUR 0.10 in France, Spain, Italy, and Germany, GBP 0.10 in the UK, and AUD 0.20 in Australia.

Carcassonne usually costs $4.99 or thereabout in the different currencies mentioned above, so this is a significant saving on the original price. Sure, the game is old and some of the recent reviews haven't been very positive, but it's still the famous Carcassonne board game we're talking about here, with its strategic turn-by-turn gameplay and online multiplayer, and which, over the course of its existence on the Play Store, has amassed over 100,000 installs and a 4.3 average rating with more than 12000 reviews.

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Video: hands-on with Android apps and the Play Store on Chrome OS

In our latest video, Facundo Holzmeister goes hands-on with Android apps and the Play Store on Chrome OS using the Chromebook Flip. I've used the Flip's Android apps a fair bit now, and I have to say, while the experience is buggy, it does hold a lot of promise. Our video hands-on should give you a better idea of what the whole thing looks and feels like, as well as some of Facundo's thoughts on how things are progressing. For now, things do break, some don't work, and others just feel oddly out of place - but the things that do work often work well, and it's hard not to be excited about the future of Android apps on Chrome OS.

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