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ZeptoLab's newest game is Om Nom: Merge, an adorable take on 2048 (Update: Out now)

ZeptoLab is a famous mobile game development studio thanks to its casual arcade series Cut the Rope and its many spinoffs. The last monumental release from the company was CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars, though it would appear that the developer is going back to its roots with a new testing release titled Om Nom: Merge, though we're not too sure exactly where it's being tested other than in Brazil. This means the majority of Android users will not be able to play just yet. The game appears to offer a twist on the classic 2048 formula, where you'll combine Om Noms to create new characters for the purpose of eating fruit so that you can earn in-game currency.

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(Update: More territories) Minecraft Earth is finally available in the US as an early access release

Over the last few months, Minecraft Earth has entered into early access in many regions, with the UK joining in last week. Well, today, fans in the US can finally see what all the fuss is about. That's right, Minecraft Earth is officially available in early access in the US, and it's now clear that the game is free-to-play, and it includes in-app purchases that range up to $79.99 per item. So if you were hoping for a premium game, think again.

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Legends of Runeterra is a new League of Legends card game

Yesterday was Riot Games' tenth anniversary and with that came several huge announcements. Among these, we were introduced to Legends of Runeterra, a strategy card game where "skill, creativity, and cleverness determine your success." The game will feature Champions from League of Legends, while also introducing new characters to the mix.

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[Update: Gameplay Video] Madfinger unveils Shadowgun Legends, an MMORPG shooter


Mobile gaming has been getting pretty intense in the last few years, due in no small part to increasingly powerful hardware available to shove into phones and tablets. Games like Clash of Clans and Hearthstone have served to push the mobile platform forward into general popularity, something that the rest of us gamers can appreciate. Hoping to take full advantage of what we have available now, developer Madfinger Games has released a teaser trailer for their upcoming addition to the Shadowgun franchise: Shadowgun Legends.

For those of you who never played the original game, it is a third-person shooter set in a dystopian future where corporations rule in place of governments.

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[Game Review] Deus Ex GO: An engaging mobile take on a fantastic franchise

Following a surprisingly fun couple of mobile titles, Deus Ex GO takes Square Enix's formula for adapting its popular AAA series to handheld devices and brings it to the delightful Deus Ex Universe. This turn-based “point-and-click” style board game shares precious little with its cyberpunk dystopian source material (which happens to be one of my favorite franchises). However, that is not to say it is a bad thing, as the fanboy in me screams to claim. It is actually a fun, rewarding, and decidedly challenging experience that fits in nicely with the Deus Ex library.

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Deus Ex GO, much like Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO before it, reminds me of some of the classic point-and-click PC titles that I grew up playing. You, the player, have a top-down isometric view of the game “board” which contains various pre-determined paths.

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Finding Teddy Review: One Of The Most Agonizing Games I've Ever Loved

Finding Teddy is the kind of game that could entice me away from console gaming. I know, I know, the new visuals just revealed at E3 are mind-blowing, but I've long passed the point where graphics were the reason I turned to consoles when it came time to whip out a game. What draws me towards consoles is the level of immersion that can be found in titles with bigger budgets and more talented teams. Finding Teddy, despite being short and pixelated, still manages to draw me into its world. Even though I find every third room infuriating, this is one environment I'm delighted to explore.

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[New Game] Despicable Me: Minion Rush Dashes Into The Play Store With Cinematic Charm Intact

Fans of Gru and his yellow henchmen have had to wait three years for a sequel to the 2010 animated blockbuster, and while Despicable Me 2 is expected to hit theaters early next month, we all know the last month of anticipation is the hardest. Lucky for fans, Gameloft has dropped Despicable Me: Minion Rush into the Play Store to help that last month go by just a tad easier. While this licensed title may not feature the most original gameplay out there, it does give players a chance to see those adorable minions in all their charming glory.

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Minion Rush places gamers in control one of the trademark minions as they compete in various challenges and obstacle courses to impress their boss, the super-villain Gru.

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[New Game] Zynga's Battlestone Slashes Its Way Out Of Beta And Into The Play Store

Zynga's Battlestone is now available on Google Play for any and all who just can't wait to answer the call and ready their blades. With just a swipe of the finger, players can bring the forces of evil down to their knees. This game comes with player-versus-player multiplayer support, so while you won't have to explore that 3D world alone, you won't be doing it with friends.

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Players can create dozens of heroes to lead off into battle, all performing various attack combinations with mere touches and swipes. They will acquire Battlestones from vanquished foes that can be used to summon new characters with unique skills.

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Running Rings Around Other RPGs: Chaos Rings Omega Review

What looks, plays, and sounds like a Final Fantasy game, but isn’t? If you answered Chaos Rings Omega, I’d like to give you a no-prize. This game comes to us from publisher Square-Enix, who also handles a lot of the other JRPGs that have shaped the genre into what it is today.

Like my colleagues at AP have commented, the Chaos Rings series may be their way of testing the waters before a full-fledged Final Fantasy mobile title, and it shows; the game is one of the most beautiful that I’ve ever played on the Android platform, and it is worth every penny of the $12.99 price tag.

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