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The Best Free Driving Games For Your Smartphone

In reality, driving isn’t particularly exciting. It’s simply a way of commuting from A to B. You can’t experience the rush of adrenaline from hitting a corner at breakneck speed or the thrill of dashing past another vehicle . Well, okay, you can but you would probably have your licence revoked by the DVLA and action by the police coming your way – not to mention putting people’s lives in danger.

However, these aren’t issues in the fantasy realm of smartphone gaming where driving games can let you live out the extremes impossible in real life. Here are some of our favourite driving games you can download for your smartphone today for free:

Real Racing 3

Created by EA, Real Racing is an award-winning franchise of mobile racing games that is available for both Android and iOS devices. It allows you to race over 45 cars in which you can compete in drag races, tournaments and eliminations.

Asphalt 8

French developers Gameloft have created an exhilarating driving game with Asphalt 8 that is loaded with ramps, jumps and stunts – all of which you can perform in real life sports cars and across exotic locations like Iceland and Venice.

Need For Speed No Limits

The popular racing game comes to smartphone in the form of No Limits, which is available on iOS and Android. It is a reckless street racing game with white knuckle intensity from EA. The Need For Speed franchise began way back in 1994 and has also been adapted into a major movie starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul.

Racing Rivals

Racing Rivals lets you race against the whole world with live opponent which you can connect with in the app. Your players can compete in tournaments from which you will win prizes that allow you to unlock exciting new features from Racing Rivals. It is available on iOS and Android.

CSR Classics

No racing game has graphics quite as impressive as CSR Classics, a game from Natural Motion that lets you get behind the (digital) wheel of legendary cars such as the Ford GT40 MK I and the Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing.

This article is sponsored by HastyBrake.

Tokyo Studio Reimagines Multiplayer Action With Mobile Game

Multi-player action gaming is one of the few genres that remains popular exclusively on console rather than smartphone or tablet. While racing games, fighting games, role playing games and much more have gained a newfound popularity on mobile devices, major multi-player action titles mostly continue to exist solely on Xbox and Playstation. There is no mobile equivalent to Call Of Duty, for instance, nor Battlefield.

One of the reasons why multi-player action games aren’t particularly commonplace for mobile devices is because of the trends of mobile gaming. Whereas the aforementioned console titles usually require some time commitment – they are not games you play for a few minutes at a time – mobile gaming is predominantly done on the train, in the doctor’s office or on work breaks.

A Tokyo studio is attempting to finally make the genre accessible for mobile game players. Asobimo Inc. is developing a real-time strategy game called GodGames for which pre-registrations are currently open on their official website. So how does Asobimo Inc. intend to make such a complex, time-consuming type of game work for people on their smartphones? Well, it’s simple… No, that’s it. They’re making it simple.

GodGames will feature quick bursts of gaming as opposed to the long matches that define titles like Call Of Duty. In GodGames, which sees you play as character whose skills can be improved and items can be crafted in the game, you have to battle against other players in three minute matches. 30 players will be able to play in each battle with two teams of 15 people.

The game will hopefully provide the experience of multiplayer action gaming but with the limitations of smartphone and tablet gaming.

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Welp. It has happened. We have our first glimpse at the first original smartphone game turned into a movie. It comes in the form of Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainments’ joint animated feature based on the latter’s universally famous Angry Birds.

Unlike their competitors in the genre – the likes of Pixar, Disney and Dreamworks – Columbia hasn’t exactly had a successful run when it comes to animation. Their 2011 Smurfs movie was called “numbingly generic” by The Hollywood Reporter while the response to 2012’s Hotel Transylvania was ever-so-slightly less damning – “it’s not awful”, said a critic at Philadelphia Weekly. Therefore, expectations weren’t exactly set high when they announced they would be releasing and Angry Birds. The trailer has arrived online today, and it does little to set those expectations higher.

Despite a stellar voice cast including the likes of Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Josh Gad, Hannibal Buress and Maya Rudolph, it looks absolutely atrocious. It proves what we probably all expected: that a 2D game in which one fires birds at pigs probably doesn’t make for creative, fun or exciting drama.

Of course, the quality doesn’t matter. Having accumulated over 3 billion downloads and established itself as a brand, it will make a slaying at the global box office. Let’s not pretend there was any other reason this was made, or that anyone involved gives two hoots about about the film’s content.

Anyway, here is the trailer in question for your viewing displeasure:

Get In The Mood For Fallout 4 With Fallout Shelter Smartphone Game

2015 has been a year of unexpected surprises so far. In music, Kendrick Lamar came out of nowhere to deliver one of the great albums of the year. In movies, no one expected that Blackhat would be the masterpiece it is regardless of bombing at the box office. However, one thing is almost a guarantee: Fallout 4 is going to be something very special.

It would be something of an understatement to say that Bethesda’s upcoming next gen game Fallout 4 is the most hotly anticipated title of the year. In fact, as fans have been waiting for a next installment in the post-apocalyptic RPG since New Vegas, one might call it the most anticipated game of the decade. It hits stores across the United Kingdom in November, but if you can’t wait, Bethesda recently released a Fallout themed smartphone game to make the wait a little easier: Fallout Shelter.

Fallout Shelter takes the form of a game like The Simpsons: Tapped Out, allowing you to build and manage your own vault in a post-apocalyptic landscape where these bunkers provide sanctuary from the harsh wasteland outside. Your job is to make sure the vault is maintained to a standard that keeps your dwellers content. This involves building rooms for generating power, providing clean water and cooking food for the people living in your fault. You must put your dwellers to work in these areas, which they will excel at depending on their skills (which you can also enhance in the game). Bottle caps – Fallout currency – can be earned once milestones are reached, which is done through efficient maintenance and keeping the people in your vault happy.

The game has very little in common with the tone, gameplay or style of a typical Fallout game. It’s just a small little side project thrown together by the folks at Bethesda to make the wait for their big Fallout 4 launch to seem shorter. However, it provides a fun distraction to pass the time on a long journey. There are always challenges to overcome, constantly new things to build and there’s a great deal in satisfaction in building your little bunker into a thriving underground community.

How To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Game Boy

The Game Boy could be considered the prototype for all smartphone games.

The Game Boy was one of the very first handheld consoles (and certainly one of the most popular) to be released around the world. It boasted a number of game changing – literally game changing titles – that took the idea of gaming out of the arcades and into the palm of gamer’s hands. These included the Pokemon entries, Super Mario Land and The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

As the technology behind gaming has advanced and evolved, many of these titles got left in the past. They are no longer commonly available in stores, even if you still owned a Game Boy device which has long been discontinued. However, fans now have a way to relive these classics through their smartphone – not just the games themselves, but also the iconic design of the Game Boy device.

Hyperskin have built a Game Boy case which people can slide their smartphones into and play games through. For the full Game Boy experience, you could even download an emulator to your device and install ROMs of the old games on your phone to play via it. This is perfectly legal so long as you own the original cartridge.

There is also a Game Bat add-on that you can connect to the case to provide you with the arrows and buttons to actually play the games the way they were originally made. It is shaped just like the classic old console and works with all Android devices.

The case is named the Smart Boy and looks something like this:

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Nintendo Announces When First Smartphone Games Will Arrive

Nintendo is finally stepping into the realm of smartphone gaming and has announced when the first mobile and tablet products will be made available for consumers.

The Japanese gaming giant, who has been struggling to compete against Sony and Microsoft of late, has confirmed that their first game will arrive before the end of the year. There are also plans to release four other games between then and March 2017.

Five may seem like a small number for mobile gaming, but Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata has explained that these are not going to be your average smartphone or tablet products. He hopes that each of these games will pack the same clout with their release as any other major Nintendo title. They aim “to make each title a hit”.

After denying a move into the smartphone sector for a long time it seems that Nintendo is now committing to this medium in a huge way – more so than any of their competitors.

The question now remains what these titles may be. Could they be based on beloved existing franchises and characters such as Mario, Zelda or Donkey Kong? Or will they be wholly original ones for a new generation of gamers?

All we do know is that they will not mere ports of released titles, in the same vein as what Rockstar did with their early Grand Theft Auto titles or the first Max Payne games.

 

How Playing A Smartphone Game Might Get A Professional Sportsman Banned

Playing smartphone games are a great way to pass the time,  provide education and improve children’s brain functions. However, a smartphone game also managed to get a professional sportsman in hot water last week. Now he is facing a lengthy ban from his field.

Gaioz Nigalidze is recognised as one of the best chess players in the world. At the tender age of 26, he is ranked 400th in the world and is the Georgian national chess champion. Last week, he was competing in the Dubai Open tournament with a first prize worth $12,000. He had made it through to the sixth round and was facing Tigran Petrosian.

Tigran Petrosian noticed that his opponent was taking very long bathroom breaks after almost all of his moves. He became suspicious and a search was made of the bathroom. Those searching it apparently found a smartphone hidden in the bin with an as-of-yet-unnamed chess game loaded on it. When they opening a Facebook app, Gaioz Nigalidze’s account was allegedly signed in.

A full investigation has been launched into the incident with Gaioz Nigalidze denying that he was cheating. Depending on the outcome of the claim, he could be facing a ban from all chess tournaments for as long as three years.

Ever Wanted To Be A Detective? This Smartphone Game Lets You

 

I’m sure everyone has a part of them that wishes they could play detective. Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Columbo and TV’s most famous detectives make it look like a thrilling, perilous and exciting line of work. Games have attempted to let audiences play detectives in the past, but not entirely successfully.

There was lots of hype surrounding the film noir, Raymond Chandler inspired Rockstar game L.A. Noire several years ago but its simplicity underwhelmed a lot of people. Similarly, there are online games dedicated to it, but most lack the imagination or storytelling abilities to make it truly arresting as a gaming experience.

Last week, along came a game that changed that finally raised the bar for the murder mystery genre of video games. Relentless Software launched The Trace for iOS users. It challenges you to solve a cast by discovering clues, tracking down leads and gathering evidence to use against your suspects. The game includes elements of forensic science – you can finally live out those CSI fantasies! – and the study of fingerprints as well as many more fun puzzles and mysteries.

The game is available in a number of different languages including English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. Players in all of these countries have spoken highly of the game – not entirely surprising considering it was created by a BAFTA award winning studio. The reviews have only been tempered by criticism of how short the game is though with only one case to solve at the minute. If the game is a success, however, it is likely that the smartphone game for iPhone and iPad will add more downloadable cases in the future.

Could Apple Revolutionise The Smartphone Gaming Industry?

One of the most recent Apple patents could indicate a groundbreaking shift in the way that we play smartphone gaming. They have just taken out exclusive rights for what is called a ‘multi-function input device’. It would essentially create a pop-up home button for future iPhones that would function as a small joystick. This would not only change the way that we play smartphone games forever but would also open up the opportunity for more games to reach this platform.

One of the major complaints from the gaming community about smartphones is that they aren’t able to accommodate the kind of complex gaming that consoles can. That there is only so far that a touchscreen can take a game. Apple’s potential smartphone joystick would be able to fix this issue. You would be able to switch between the standard home button and a joystick by flipping up the button. It would make your smartphone more akin to a Nintendo 3DS or a Playstation Vita handheld console.

Apple has, however, recognised that it could cause some potential problems. The patent explains that it could not only be an issue for people who own cases or protective covers as it would get in the way. Similarly, they explain that there are concerns about a pop-up button as it would expose some of the phone’s hardware, leading to a heightened risk of damage.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the joystick is going to be coming to the next generation of iPhone. There have been plenty of times that the tech giant has patented things in the past and never gone on to use them.