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11 new Android games from the week of September 28, 2020

11 new Android games from the week of September 28, 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 the arrival of Genshin Impact, a quality F2P gacha game that actually offers enjoyable gameplay. We also have Monopoly Sudoku, and even though Monopoly is in the name, this is a sudoku title through and through. Last up is Hot Wheels Unlimited, a lackluster racing game that greedily gates content behind a subscription. So without further ado, here are the new and notable Android games released during the week of September 28th, 2020.

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25 temporarily free and 45 on-sale apps and games for Friday

25 temporarily free and 45 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. We have a packed roundup today, with more than a few noteworthy games worth mentioning. First up is Battle Chasers: Nightwar, one of the best RPGs on the Play Store. Next is Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, and while this title doesn't come from the original developers of the series, there's a bit of fun to be had, though bugs are present. And last but not least is 80 Days, a delightful choose your own adventure game. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 25 temporarily free and 45 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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Stadia Pro adds Dead By Daylight, Human: Fall Flat, and four more titles you can grab right now

Stadia Pro adds Dead By Daylight, Human: Fall Flat, and four more titles you can grab right now

Stadia Pro continues to load up on the great game selection, and with October's lineup, has 29 games to claim and play as long as they remain subscribers. And the list of six new additions for the month are pretty good, including crowd favorites like Dead By Daylight and SUPERHOT. Not only are there new games, but some new features are also going live, including live streaming to YouTube with support for Crowd Choice.

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Here are 570 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now

Here are 570 apps and games available on Google Play Pass right now

Google Play Pass, a program that gives subscribers no-charge, ad-free access to premium apps and apps with premium features, launched last year with over 350 titles on its roster. Thing is, though, Google doesn't make it easy to suss out all of the apps participating in the program, whether through the Play Store or external documentation on associated Google sites. Great. Well, guess what? We're gonna give it a try and list as many apps participating in Play Pass as we can.

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Google Play Pass launches in 24 new European countries

Google Play Pass launches in 24 new European countries

Play Pass, Google's apps and games subscription service on the Play Store, launched nearly a year ago in the US then expanded to nine new markets this past July. It's now spreading its wings across Europe with 24 newly supported countries.

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Stadia on Android TV isn't officially coming until 2021, even though it works already

Stadia on Android TV isn't officially coming until 2021, even though it works already

Google has been preparing Stadia support for Android TV for a while now, and it remains one of the only Google platforms where the game streaming service isn't officially available yet. It's already been possible to sideload Stadia to Android TV devices in the past, but initial scaling issues and a Bluetooth mouse requirement for setup made it more than tedious to get started. The last few Stadia updates have solved a lot of these problems except for the sideloading requirement, making the game streaming service seem almost ready for prime time.

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Pokémon Go removes some temporary bonuses introduced due to COVID-19

Pokémon Go removes some temporary bonuses introduced due to COVID-19

Remember Pokémon Go? The global phenomenon came to Android in 2016 and was downloaded from the Play Store over a million times in a single month. Players have kept on "catching 'em all" since then, with Niantic making some temporary changes to the game earlier this year due to the pandemic. Now it looks like some of those changes are going permanent — but others are vanishing faster than a wild Rattata.

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Monopoly Sudoku is the latest release from Marmalade Game Studio

Monopoly Sudoku is the latest release from Marmalade Game Studio

Marmalade Game Studio has been releasing digital adaptations of Hasbro board games for a few years now, and already offers several familiar titles, like Clue, Battleship, and Monopoly. Of course, why sit on a lucrative license if you're not going to use it, and so Marmalade has been busy creating offshoots of these classic titles that offer their own unique mechanics in order to expand its catalog, and so the latest release from the company is Monopoly Sudoku, available today for $3.99.

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

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

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. While the middle of the week tends to be slow as far as sales are concerned, we still have a few standouts to share with everyone today. First up is the pleasant weather app YoWindow, which offers a slick theme thanks to its beautiful backgrounds. Next up is the popular rhythm game Muse Dash. And last but not least is Space Grunts, a delightful roguelike. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 16 temporarily free and 30 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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Hot Wheels Unlimited is a shallow racing game that has the nerve to ask for a subscription

Hot Wheels Unlimited is a shallow racing game that has the nerve to ask for a subscription

At first blush, I thought Hot Wheels Unlimited looked like an enjoyable children's game where kids can create courses to race on with their favorite Hot Wheel vehicles. Sadly this game is simply a shallow, boring, and cheaply developed cash-grab, just like the rest of Budge Studios' catalog. It would seem this developer has a knack for shoving Mattel properties into the lowest-quality games possible, and so Hot Wheels Unlimited's content is gated primarily behind a monthly subscription ($4.99) as if the quality of this casual racer is actually worth such a ridiculous price. It isn't, and this game should be avoided.

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