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Mar 06, 2020. 9 comments

It's Literally Just Mowing (And Microtransactions, Ads, And Loot Boxes)

It's Literally Just Mowing (And Microtransactions, Ads, And Loot Boxes)

As soon as I heard about the game It’s Literally Just Mowing, I was like, “Hell yeah!” Unfortunately, the game is not literally just mowing.

It’s Literally Just Mowing, which arrived on iOS and Google Play last week, has been promoted as being about mowing some lawns, and that’s it. But once I played it, I found a mobile game like so many other mobile games, rife with microtransactions and...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jan 23, 2020. 7 comments

New Kingdom Hearts Game Is Coming To Mobile

New Kingdom Hearts Game Is Coming To Mobile

Square Enix tonight announced Project Xehanort, the working title for a new game coming this Spring for iOS, Android and Amazon.

In true bullshit Square Enix fashion, though, absolutely nothing was shown or described about the game, and the only online presence it has is a single screenshot and a competition for fans to try and guess the game’s name (like Kingdom Hearts Excelsior Abundance K3...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Dec 18, 2019. 10 comments

I Feel Ready For The Future Of Video Game Streaming On Xbox One With This $15 Piece Of Plastic

I Feel Ready For The Future Of Video Game Streaming On Xbox One With This $15 Piece Of Plastic

Power A’s new mobile gaming clip looks like the sort of accessory I might have bought for my Game Boy Color back in the 90s. It’s a mess of black plastic that makes weird clicking noises and, to the untrained eye, looks like garbage. But it’s made my Xbox One controller into an excellent portable gaming device.

While it’s made by Power A, the MOGA Mobile Gaming Clip is officially licensed by...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 12, 2019. 10 comments

Black Desert Mobile Is Out Globally Today, And It's Good

Black Desert Mobile Is Out Globally Today, And It's Good

Black Desert, the fantasy online role-playing game with the character creator we wouldn’t shut up about a few years back, started on PC, then jumped to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 . Last year, developer Pearl Abyss released a free-to-play mobile version in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Starting today, everybody can play the tablet-taxing MMO on iOS and Android, and yes, it’s still got a pretty...

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Oct 16, 2019. 13 comments

League Of Legends' Creators Also Making An Animated Series, Card Game, Fighting Game And Shooter

League Of Legends' Creators Also Making An Animated Series, Card Game, Fighting Game And Shooter

In addition to the announcement that a version of the main game itself is coming to consoles and phones , Riot have also tonight said that there are a bunch of League of Legends spin-offs in the works, along with an animated series.

League Of Legends Is Coming To Consoles, Phones

After a decade of dominating on PC, League of Legends is finally launching a version of the game on

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Oct 06, 2019. 14 comments

The Best Way To Play Call Of Duty Mobile Is On A PC

The Best Way To Play Call Of Duty Mobile Is On A PC

Call Of Duty: Mobile was released worldwide earlier this week for Android and iOS devices. It’s a strange mix of different maps, guns, and mechanics from various Call Of Duty games from the past. It also is developed by a company that is owned by Tencent. So I decided to load up CoD: Mobile on Tencent’s official Android emulator on PC and gave the game a spin with mouse and keyboard.

If you...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Oct 04, 2019. 14 comments

What The Golf Turns Everything Into Golf, And It's Great

What The Golf Turns Everything Into Golf, And It's Great

I knew What The Golf? was brilliant just a few minutes after it began. An early hole was structured such that I could bank a shot off a mound and a get a hole in one, as opposed to sloppily shooting around an obstacle—in this case, some cats chilling out nearby. Setting up this shot made me feel clever. I charged up my meter and sent the ball soaring. It bounced off the mound and into a...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Sep 27, 2019. 5 comments

Pinball Wizard Is The Perfect Game To Play On A Commute

Pinball Wizard Is The Perfect Game To Play On A Commute

Pinball Wizard, a new pinball game for Apple Arcade starring an actual wizard, has all the elements of a great subway game: It’s easy to learn, challenging as you keep going, and it doesn’t always need all of your attention.

Pinball Wizard is basically pinball, but with spells. Your wizard is the ball, and you tab the bottom corners of the screen to activate the bumpers and send them flying....

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Sep 26, 2019. 1 comments

I Wasn't Expecting This New Fashion Game To Be So Political

I Wasn't Expecting This New Fashion Game To Be So Political
Kotaku Game DiaryKotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.

For a while, I couldn’t open Instagram without getting an ad for Covet, a styling game similar to Love Nikki. Covet’s hook is that it features real fashion brands, and while it was tempting, I also suspected that it would be like taking a vacuum to my bank account. After Jezebel editor-in-chief...

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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Sep 26, 2019. 8 comments

Bleak Sword Does Action Better Than A Mobile Game Should

Bleak Sword Does Action Better Than A Mobile Game Should

I was not aware that game developers were legally permitted to make action on mobile games that’s as good as the fighting in Bleak Sword. When it comes to games, touchscreen controls are a thing that we just kind of deal with in the hopes that someone comes up with an ingenious use for them, like with The Room series of games. Barring that, most just settle for fine—rare is the truly bad...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 25, 2019. 21 comments

Mario Kart Tour Locks The Fastest Race Mode Behind A Paid Subscription

Mario Kart Tour Locks The Fastest Race Mode Behind A Paid Subscription

Mario Kart Tour is available today on iOS and Android, bringing some portable kart action to phones and other devices. If you want to enjoy tough races with a faster pace, though, it turns out you’ll need to shell out some money.

Mario Kart games have always had different racing tiers. This usually means starting with the slower 50cc races before moving up to higher-speed races. In Mario Kart...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Sep 16, 2019. 8 comments

Soccer Management Sim Is Surprisingly Artsy

Soccer Management Sim Is Surprisingly Artsy

I don’t know much about soccer, but I love how seriously its fans take it. I can’t count the number of Saturday mornings when I’ve been woken up by shouts coming from the English pub a block from my house when there’s a Premier League game.

Football Drama, coming out Wednesday for PC and phones from Italian developer Open Lab Games, is a weird, unique take on soccer management simulators that...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Sep 02, 2019. 15 comments

The Mobile Port Of GTA San Andreas Contains New And Secret Cheat Codes

The Mobile Port Of GTA San Andreas Contains New And Secret Cheat Codes

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was ported to mobile devices back in 2013 and then this version of the game was ported to PS3 and Xbox 360, as well as a few other places. GTA fans and modders have recently found that in this mobile version of the game there are a host of new and undocumented cheat codes that aren’t found in the PS2 version of the game.

Popular GTA YouTuber Vadim M has teamed up...

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Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 22, 2019. 15 comments

I Braved A Heat Wave For A Desolate Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Event

I Braved A Heat Wave For A Desolate Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Event
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite had its first Community Day this past Saturday. There was a heat wave in my area, but I headed out to play the game anyway. Ever since Wizards Unite came out, I haven’t run into anybody else playing it, and I figured the Community Day would be the chance to finally see how popular...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 18, 2019. 9 comments

Dota Underlords' Meta Is In An Awkward Spot

Dota Underlords' Meta Is In An Awkward Spot
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Ideally, Dota Underlords, like its auto-battler kin, plays out as a game of slow-build strategy in which you amass an army of heroes based on synergies between them. Maybe that means a chanting brood of surprisingly survivable warlocks. Maybe that means a beefy team of brawny boys who are even beefier together...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jul 10, 2019. 5 comments

Provocative Jeopardy Champ Says HQ Trivia Owes Him $20,000 In Winnings

Provocative Jeopardy Champ Says HQ Trivia Owes Him $20,000 In Winnings

If you play HQ, a trivia app that supposedly doles out cash prizes, this kind of story might be familiar to you: someone won money from the game but can’t cash out and have access to it. The “someone” in this case is controversial Jeopardy player Alex Jacob, who has been trying to get his $20,000 jackpot for the past month to no avail.

HQ has been going through a lot of changes, most of them...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jun 28, 2019. 9 comments

There’s A Flappy Bird Battle Royale Game Now, And It’s Good

There’s A Flappy Bird Battle Royale Game Now, And It’s Good

Flappy Royale, released today in beta on mobile and PC by game designers Orta Therox, Em Lazer-Walker, and Zach Gage, seems like a lot of things: clever, opportunistic, a joke. But it’s also fun.

Inspired by the 2013 mobile sensation Flappy Bird, Flappy Royale has you compete against 99 other poor souls to see who can survive the longest against a maze of deadly pipes. You can customize your...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 26, 2019. 15 comments

A Guide To Auto Chess, 2019’s Most Popular New Game Genre

A Guide To Auto Chess, 2019’s Most Popular New Game Genre

Over the weekend, Dota Underlords lured 200,000 concurrent players onto its checkered battlefield of swords, sorcery, and slot machines. Meanwhile, Riot’s Teamfight Tactics continued to duel with Fortnite for the Twitch throne. Also, I played Dota Underlords like it was my dang job. If it feels like these Auto Chess games have taken over the world overnight, that’s because they kinda...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 21, 2019. 10 comments

Auto Chess Took Over My Life In A Single Afternoon

Auto Chess Took Over My Life In A Single Afternoon

I had plans, darn it. Grand plans. I was going to go outside, probably. I might have picked a flower. Maybe it would’ve slipped from between my fingers, only for me to bend down and find three stray kittens, who I’d have ultimately adopted and come to love like the furry little couch-ruining aliens they would have been. This would’ve taken me on a journey of self-discovery and responsibility,...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Jun 21, 2019. 15 comments

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Improves On What Makes Pokémon Go Great

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Improves On What Makes Pokémon Go Great

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is the amount of game that I wanted Pokémon Go to be at launch. It’s polished, there’s lots of stuff to do, and it sometimes really makes you feel like you’re a wizard.

Having been a Harry Potter fan since I was around 11 years old, I am constantly combating the feeling of being a Harry Potter snob. I’m not a huge fan of any of the things J.K. Rowling has done with...

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