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Minecraft Earth is bringing its AR world-building to Android this summer as closed beta

Last week we learned that Microsoft would be releasing an augmented reality game based on the Minecraft franchise, and today it has been revealed that Minecraft Earth is the name of that title, and that it will be coming to Android as a closed beta sometime this summer. Supposedly it will take everything you know and love from the Bedrock Edition to then repackage it as an AR game. What this means is that you'll be able to play what is essentially the full game in the real world through the lens of you phone's screen, which actually sounds pretty cool.

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Asmodee Digital releases Talisman: Origins, a new solo board game that explores the history of the series

Asmodee Digital has released a new entry in the Talisman board game universe that's been specifically designed to offer a solo experience. It's called Talisman: Origins, and the idea behind this release is that it should allow players to explore the history of the Talisman world along with many of the elements that make up the original game's many expansions.

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[Update: Pre-registration available] Idle RPG 'Nonstop Knight 2' will be launching on Google Play in 2019

Kopla Games created an enjoyable idle RPG called Nonstop Knight, and it was published on the Play Store all the way back in 2016 by Flaregames. Over the last three years, the title has amassed over five million installs on the Play Store and over fifteen million installs across multiple marketplaces. Well, it would appear the devs have a new project on the horizon, and it's a direct sequel to Nonstop Knight. Today Flaregames and Kopla Games have announced that Nonstop Knight 2 will be coming to Android in 2019.

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[Update: Removed] Don't fall for this scammy $32 'Call of Duty: Mobile' game listing on the Play Store

I'm not a gamer, but even I knew that Call of Duty coming to mobile is big news. Big enough to have people trying to find ways to play it even before it's officially released, and scammers using the opportunity to prey on those who aren't knowledgeable or perceptive enough. And today we have the first signs of the latter: a scam listing for Call of Duty: Mobile has surfaced on the Play Store and it costs a — hold your breath — whopping $32. Yeah... no.

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Alt-Frequencies is a new narrative mystery from Accidental Queens, and it's available on Android a day early

Earlier this month Accidental Queens announced that its audio-based narrative mystery Alt-Frequencies would land on Android, iOS, and PC on the 16th of May. Lo and behold the Android version has arrived on the Play Store an entire day early, leaving the other two release platforms in the dust. For once, Android plays second fiddle to no one.

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Durango: Wild Lands is an open world sandbox MMO from Nexon, now available on Android

Nexon's Durango: Wild Lands mashes together a bunch of different genres, so think of it as an open-world survival game that you can easily play with friends that also contains collection mechanics much like the Monster Hunter series, and it all exists in a free-roam sandbox. So in true mobile-gaming fashion, Durango: Wild Lands is an amalgamation of quite a few popular genres wrapped into an easily accessible multiplayer package, and as of today it's available worldwide on the Google Play Store.

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12 temporarily free and 22 on-sale apps and games, including Trine 2 and Dandara

Welcome to another round of app sales, everyone. Despite being in a different time zone, I managed to compile a nice little list for you all. It features some notable goodies, like Trine 2 (SHIELD exclusive) and Dandara. You'll find my recommendations in bold below.

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Tame the red planet in Terraforming Mars, the latest board game adaptation from Asmodee Digital

Asmodee Digital published Luckyhammers' digital adaptation of FryxGames' physical board game Terraforming Mars on PC in October of 2018, but thanks to a rough launch the planned mobile release was apparently put on hold. Well, it would appear that Asmodee Digital finally feels confident enough to push out a mobile beta test, which means you can finally pick up the Android version of Terraforming Mars on the Google Play Store for $4.99.

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38 temporarily free and 33 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Welcome to a fresh, new week, everyone. I hope everyone has recovered from the Google I/O bonanza and enjoyed their weekend — I certainly did. Before I leave for a trip, here's some app sales for y'all.

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16 best new Android games released this week including Magnibox, Hamsterdam, and Merge Empire

Welcome to the roundup of the best new Android games that went live in the Play Store or were spotted by us in the previous week or so. Today I have a delightful puzzle game themed around magnets, an early-access release for an adorable rhythm-based brawler, and an idle game all about merging troops and forming empires. So without further ado, here are the most notable games released this week.

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