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Pac-Man Geo is an augmented reality game from Bandai Namco, now available for pre-registration

Many developers have been trying to copy the success of Niantic's Pokémon GO with clones that offer similar gameplay, and so it's easy to jump to conclusions when new augmented reality titles are revealed. Surprisingly Bandai Namco has actually come up with a unique way to utilize AR, and so Pac-Man Geo is a game where players will create new mazes out of the streets in their cities. While there's still a collection aspect in the title, seeing that high-scores will unlock collectible landmarks, at least the core Pac-Man gameplay has been retained. Pac-Man Geo is a brand-new listing on the Play Store, and it's already available for pre-registration.

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Company of Heroes finally arrives on Android with an excellent port

Feral Interactive has ported a solid library of console-quality games to Android over the years, and today the studio has finally released Company of Heroes on Android. Feral originally brought this popular real-time strategy game to the iPad back in February (2020), and over the last few months, has been working on the smartphone version for both Android and iOS. So if you're looking for a deep strategy game to dive into on your smartphone, starting today, you can grab Company of Heroes from the Play Store for $13.99.

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18 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. Today we have more than a few apps and game sales to share with everyone, along with a handful of standouts, such as Pixelbite's excellent top-down shooter Space Marshals. There's also a sale on Templar Battleforce RPG, a fantastic strategic role-playing game from Trese Brothers. We also have the enjoyable minimal puzzler Hexologic, which is a great title to wind down with at the end of the day. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 18 temporarily free and 47 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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PAKO Caravan adds Snake mechanics to the popular racing series, out now

Tree Men Games racing series PAKO has found a fair bit of success thanks to its breezy controls and casual obstacle avoidance gameplay. The last title we covered was PAKO 2, which was released two years ago, and expanded on the original title's gameplay. It was an enjoyable release. Today Tree Men Games has launched PAKO Caravan. It, too, offers a bunch of casual avoidance fun, but it also provides a new mechanic where you'll collect cars in a line, much like the classic video game Snake, making for a familiar but unique experience for seasoned fans of the previous titles.

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Angry Birds Legends is a new card-based RPG from Rovio, now available in beta

For the last few years, Rovio has really been scraping the bottom of the barrel with its Angry Birds franchise. It would seem the dev has been slapping the property onto just about every casual gaming genre out there, from bubble poppers to match-3 titles, and then right back to bubble poppers, Rovio is clearly out of ideas. This is probably why the company is currently testing Angry Birds Legends in the UK, Sweden, and Finland as we speak. It's a card-based gacha RPG that stars Angry Birds characters, and since it's currently in testing in select regions, I've gone ahead and sideloaded the APK (v2.0.1) in order to take a closer look.

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PUBG Mobile 1.0 offers a completely overhauled user experience with improved controls and visuals (APK Download)

PUBG Mobile was initially released on Android in 2018, and over the last two years, the game has seen many updates and improvements, but it still hasn't reached version 1.0. Well, this will all change on September 8th. PUBG Corporation has just announced that a slew of improvements are coming with the update to version 1.0 this September. This is so the game will offer a smoother experience for eSports. You see, PUBG Mobile World League and the World Championship are going to be combined this November into one event called PUBG Mobile Global Championship (absolutely nothing confusing about that), which will offer a $2-million prize pool.

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44 temporarily free and 53 on-sale apps and games for Labor Day

Welcome to our Labor Day sales roundup, everyone. It's the beginning of the week, and since it's a holiday in the US, we have more than a few sales to share with everyone. Rainbow Train has listed the entirety of its catalog for free, such as Hook and Push, which are some of my favorite minimal puzzlers on the platform. We also have solid discounts on OK Golf and Unbroken Soul. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 44 temporarily free and 53 on-sale apps and games for Labor Day.

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15 new Android games from the week of August 31, 2020

Welcome to the roundup of the 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 wonderful block-based puzzler, a gorgeous point and click adventure game, and an enjoyable puzzle-based adventure game. No kidding, the top of today's roundup is absolutely packed with quality games. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of August 31, 2020.

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15 free-to-play Android games that don't suck

Free-to-play games generally get a bad rap for a reason: they're exploitative, timer-filled hellscapes that use things like multiple in-game currencies and needlessly challenging grind requirements to advance beyond your first few hours or days playing. But there are some F2P titles out there we think actually set the bar higher, and don't try to turn you into a human piggy bank. Here are 15 we think even F2P skeptics like us can feel good about recommending.

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30 of the best Android games with controller support in 2020

Android smartphones have long supported gamepads, and many Android games have long supported them, but that really doesn't tell the whole story when it comes to using buttons and analog sticks to play your favorite titles on the go. Individual game support for controllers can range from totally seamless to super clunky, and it's hard to tell just which titles are best suited for physical controls simply based on a Play Store listing. We've got a list of 30 we've personally tested and can confidently state work well with most Android-compatible gamepads, including everything from console-quality ports to mobile-first titles.

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