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‘Chariot’ rides into your living room via NVIDIA’s Shield TV

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With Android spreading to a wide variety of devices and form factors, one of the challenges for developers is figuring out how to take advantage of new platforms. Developer Frima Studio is bringing their Chariot game for consoles like the Xbox to the NVIDIA Shield TV. This means players will be able to engage in “couch co-op” play on the big screen with friends and family.

“Pokémon GO” gets real world touch with Niantic Labs help

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The world of Pokémon will be getting an infusion of virtual and real world gaming fun thanks to a new title called Pokémon GO that is in the works. The interaction between digital space and meat space is on its way to being a reality for Pokémon fans thanks to some help from Google’s – er, Alphabet’s – Niantic Labs. You may be familiar with Niantic Labs as the creator of the popular Ingress game and it appears Pokémon GO will get a touch of that same technology.

New Minecraft Pocket Edition update adds controller support and cross-platform multiplayer

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Minecraft Pocket Edition got a pretty major update today that adds in two new features; controller support, and cross-platform multiplayer for up to five people.

Controller support is a big one, especially if you hate playing games like this with a touch screen. Now the app features a page in the settings where you can assign buttons to actions, so you can completely remap a controller however you see fit.

Acer’s Predator 8 gaming tablet will officially be available in November for $299

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Acer’s anticipated Predator 8 gaming tablet finally has an official release date and pricing, and it’s pretty reasonable for something that’s designed primarily to play games.

The Predator 8 sports an 8-inch 1080p display with an Intel Atom CPU and 2 GB of RAM, plus options for 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The screen is touted as being incredibly precise with a 100% NTSC color gamut rating, too. Acer has included four front-facing speakers on the aluminum frame of the device, plus enhanced tactile feedback for gaming.

EA releases first ‘Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes’ trailer

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Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes was announced by Electronic Arts at E3 2015 in June. Details surrounding the card-based role-playing game were kept to a minimum at that time, but now EA is ready to show how the game operates. The company released the very first trailer for Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes earlier today and it is packed with key characters and glasses from the beloved franchise. Players will be able to collect characters through cards and upgrade them with new abilities and gear as they advance. Gameplay, as expected, is also turn-based.

Hit the break to watch the trailer.

‘The Walking Dead’ role-playing game debuts in the Play Store

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Millions of people love The Walking Dead. What started with a comic book series has spawned two television series, high-end video games, and much more. The wildly successful franchise is constantly seeing new releases in all types of media. And the newest game from The Walking Dead is made specifically for mobile devices with support from creator Robert Kirkman.

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is a role-playing game that drops players right in the middle of the infamous zombie apocalypse. Rick, Michonne (who is getting a game of her own), and the Governor are among familiar faces appearing alongside players in Road to Survival. What’s everyone doing? Collecting resources and defending themselves from zombies, of course!

Humble Humongous Entertainment Mobile Bundle offers ‘Spy Fox’, ‘Pajama Sam’, and more

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Unless you’re in your earlier twenties or younger, chances are you’ve never played a game from Humongous Entertainment. The video game developer is responsible for series like Putt-Putt, Spy FoxPajama Sam, and Backyard Sports. Believe me, children loved these games and Humongous Entertainment sold millions of copies throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium.

You can now replay games from Humongous Entertainment, thus reliving your childhood, since the newest Humble Mobile Bundle features their titles.

Acer Predator gaming tablet on way to market as production commences

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With the tablet market cooling off so much recently, companies are starting to look for niches where special purpose tablets may make sense. One of those companies is Acer which announced plans to produce a tablet device that targets gamers. The only device on the market now that really focuses on the gaming market is the NVIDIA Shield. Acer hopes to capitalize on interest from gamers with the Acer Predator 8 tablet.

New ‘Play-Doh Jam’ game hits the Play Store with simple, addictive gameplay

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A new Play-Doh Jam game has been released onto mobile app stores from Backflip Studios (with Hasbro’s licensing, of course) that aims to offer a simple experience with Play-Doh balls. There’s really not much you can do with Play-Doh in the context of a game besides rolling it up into a ball and crashing into stuff, anyway.

The game is extremely simple, and all you have to do is guide your ball of clay across obstacles from your finger. The more things you roll over, the bigger your Play-Doh ball will grow. There are different monsters in the game, as well as tons of items, and a few different stages to play on, so there’s a decent amount of content to keep you or your kid engaged for a while.