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Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall hands on: Yet another F2P strategy game ruined by greedy monetization

Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall is an upcoming mobile strategy game that clearly contains a Game of Thrones skin, and it recently entered into a beta testing phase in Australia and New Zealand. Luckily, this beta also appears to be accessible to the US, so I've installed the game so that I can go hands-on with the title to report on exactly what it has to offer.

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Sega Catcher Online lets you play a claw machine remotely from your phone

Cue black and white, low-quality footage, with a dramatic voice-over: "Do you ever get that itch to play a claw machine when there just isn't one around? Well, now you can!" And suddenly we see a bright, colorful world of happy kids in too-clean homes gleefully tapping away at their phones, clearly astounded at the prizes they're winning. Well, that's not exactly what you're going to get from the new US launch of "Sega Catcher Online," but you will get to essentially gamble except without winning money using a remotely-controlled, webcam-equipped claw machine, and I think it's pretty hilarious.

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36 temporarily free and 48 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. The end of the work-week is finally here, which means it's time once again to check out all of the app and game sales currently available on the Google Play Store. Today's list is a long one, with more than a few notable apps, and a slew of quality games, such as Meteorfall: JourneysRiver Legends, and Out There: Ω Edition (which just received a significant content update, so make sure you don't miss out on this sale). As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 36 temporarily free and 48 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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Indie adventure game Summer Catchers is finally coming to Android, pre-reg now available

It has just come to my attention that FaceIT's stylish indie adventure game Summer Catchers is finally available for pre-registration on the Play Store. Back in July of 2019, the game was published on Steam by Noodlecake Studios and has racked up many positive reviews on the platform over the last six months. The game plays like an auto-runner, though it also offers a story-driven experience, so expect something a lot more polished than the standard auto-runners on the Play Store.

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There's a new Kingdom Hearts game coming to Android, and Square Enix wants you to guess the name

Square Enix has revealed a new Kingdom Hearts game for mobile, and it's tentatively titled Project Xehanort. The reason for this placeholder name is so Square Enix can drum up press by asking everyone to join a Twitter campaign to guess the game's name.

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Mario Kart Tour online multiplayer beta invites everyone to play during its second lap (Update: Out now)

The much-anticipated release of Mario Kart Tour this September (after an extended period of testing) was a bit of a letdown. The game was riddled with excessive in-app-purchases, had a questionable loot box mechanism, and lacked a multiplayer component — arguably the selling point of the entire Mario Kart series. At the time, the in-game-menu said that multiplayer was "inbound", and we now know more details.

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Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming beta comes to Canada on January 29 (Update)

Google hasn't announced Stadia in a vacuum; game streaming services have been in the works for years, with varying degrees of success. The technology to provide virtually lag-free, high-end graphics over miles of cables and Wi-Fi networks has only recently become robust enough. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Microsoft on Tuesday announced the public preview of its own remote gaming service xCloud, available starting next month.

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Good ol' Tetris comes back officially to the Play Store, simpler and better than ever

Shortly after the disappearance of EA's Tetris titles on the Play Store, the new mobile Tetris license holder N3twork has published a classic alternative. In contrast to its Tetris Royale that adds a 100-player mode and daily challenges to the classic game, the brand-new Tetris is as barebones as it gets.

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15 temporarily free and 30 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. Today marks the middle of the week, and usually, Wednesday is the slower day for sales, though I still have a few standouts to share today, such as Game Dev Story and Burly Men at Sea. As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 15 temporarily free and 30 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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Grand Mountain Adventure’s huge snowboarding overhaul lands today (Update)

A year ago, I wrote about the preview build for Grand Mountain Adventure, a gorgeous skiing game that most definitely deserved the attention. In March of this year, the game was officially launched on the Google Play Store and has so far amassed over 300,000 downloads with a solid 4.4-star rating. Suffice to say it's a quality release, and over the previous weekend, one of the developers created a post on Reddit that outlined an upcoming update that will add in snowboarding, twin-tip skiing, and maybe even a few new mountains.

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