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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 170th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Google Allo limped over the ten million installations mark this week. It’s a number to be proud of, but we all know that Allo has had a cold reception from almost everyone. That makes the ten million mark seem both impressive and a little sad. The app has been getting better and we’re sure it’s only a matter of time before things pick up a little more. As it stands, these things are marathons and not sprints, so it’s still too early to call this a success or failure.
  • Evernote has updated their privacy policy and everyone’s pretty mad about it. The policy will give a small number of Evernote employees the ability to view your notes. According to the CEO, this is so the machine learning features that will be implemented soon can work properly. Thankfully, the company will give users the option to opt out of this if they want to. The change will take place in late January so keep your eyes peeled if you use Evernote.
  • Okay, so get this. Someone actually went and spent $1 million on a freemium game. The guy who did it actually stole the money from the job he was working. He then turned around and blew a million of it on a game called Game of War. He also spent money on plastic surgery and season tickets to the San Francisco 49ers. As you can imagine, the man has been arrested. This also no doubt helped Game of War’s bottom line quite a bit.
  • Google released their top regular search trends for 2016. As you can imagine, it sums up the year pretty well. You see the expected results like Hillary Clinton and Trump along with Prince, the Olympics, David Bowie, and Pokemon Go. The very top of the list was Powerball, which was worth a mind-bending $1.56 billion back in January. Apparently, everyone wanted to see how that turned out.
  • Super Mario Run was released on iOS this last week. There are tons of game play videos on YouTube now if you want to check that out. It’s had a fairly polarizing reception so far with some praising the mobile-centric game play while others wish it adhered to older Mario mechanics. In either case, you can get it on iTunes now. Nintendo is going to release the game on Android. However, they have been a little quiet on when that will happen for right now.

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Retro Winter Sports 1986

[Price: $1.99]
Retro Winter Sports 1986 is a sports game that is actually comprised of six other mini-games. You’ll be able to play retro versions of Ski Jump, Biathlon, Bobsled, Speed Skating, Curling, and Slalom. The graphics are as you’d expect from a game with the word “retro” in it. You’ll also be able to play against other people, choose between 12 different nations, and you’ll have access to leaderboards and achievements via Google Play Games. It’s a cheap game with no in-app purchases.

Download now on Google Play!


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyEvents from Facebook

[Price: Free]
Events from Facebook is the latest arm of Facebook to be spun off into its own app. This one handles all of your events. It also allows you to search for other events that you may want to attend. You’ll also be able to import calendars from your phone to keep track of them as well. The interface is a bit clunky but still usable. It’s also worth noting that the app’s layout isn’t all that great either. You can try it and it should work for the most part. However, don’t expect the most enjoyable experience right now.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyKathy Rain

[Price: $4.99]
Kathy Rain is a puzzle-adventure game with a retro style. You’ll play as Kathy, a go-getter journalist who is investigating the death of her grandfather. The journey is wrought with peril and some emotional distress. As a player, you’ll follow a trail of clues that will lead you to the killer. The game features 40 hand-drawn environments, 40,000 lines of dialogue, and even voice acting. It’s a nice blend of old and new and there are no in-app purchases.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyNetflix VR

[Price: Free]
Netflix has officially released their app for Daydream VR. The good news is that it should work with all of their video content. The VR experience puts you in a room with a TV with Netflix playing on that TV. It actually looks pretty cool. The bad news is that the app is suffering from some release bugs which include playback errors. The UX probably could use a little work as well. Still, it does work most of the time so it’s worth a shot if you have Daydream.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyShadow Bug Rush

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Shadow Bug Rush is an action-platformer mixed with an infinite runner. You’ll play as a little silhouetted robot as you cut your way through various enemies and levels. It features one-finger controls, procedurally generated levels, and dozens of obstacles for your to overcome. You’ll also have leaderboards and achievements if you want those. It’s a freemium game which isn’t great. However, it’s a good little time killer that looks nice and plays well.

Download now on Google Play!


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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 169th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Niantic and Starbucks have announced a collaboration. Over the course of the coming weeks, 7800 Starbucks locations will be turned into either a Gym or a PokeStop. This comes just a couple of weeks after a similar Sprint deal that saw 10000 stores join the ranks of PokeStops or Gyms. Additionally, Starbucks will be selling a Pokemon Go Frappuccino. This is just in time for the massive December update that promises more Pokemon along with more features.
  • Pandora has finally announced a relative release date for their Pandora Premium service. For those who don’t know, the service is going be much like Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, and others. It’ll have on-demand access to a larger music library, playlists, and more. It’ll still have some features of the original app. Pandora is launching the service sometime in early 2017. We don’t know how much it’ll cost, but we’re guessing it’ll be the standard $9.99 like most services.
  • Google Play is reportedly testing a new and separate apps and games section in the Google Play Store. Currently, both are in the same spot in the Play Store. Earlier this year, Google started removing the games from the app section of the top charts. This seems to be a natural continuation of that effort. We don’t know if it’s rolling out to everyone or if it’s just an A/B test, but it would be really nice if it did.
  • A while back, Sony teased that they could be getting into the mobile gaming fray. This week, they officially announced that they are working on ten mobile games. ForwardWorks will be developing and releasing all ten games. That is a company that Sony set up specifically to make mobile games based on PlayStation IP. The release date is set for 2017 for all ten games. In a surprise twist, Square Enix will also be collaborating on a game with Sony next year as well.
  • Google has officially opened up Google Home for app development. The platform should allow developers to integrate new voice commands into their apps to make it compatible with Home. A few developers are already working on it, including Yahoo, Dominos, CNBC, and others. Google will also be adding in additional features over time. Some examples are the ability to purchase things or book things like airplane flights.i

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Apollo Justice Ace Attorney

[Price: $15.99]
The cult classic courtroom sim from Capcom has hit Android! Apollo Justice Ace Attorney was released this last week to critical acclaim. The game is the fourth in the series which is a bit odd but that isn’t a bit issue. It has been faithfully ported with all of the game play of the original. The controls have, of course, been adapted to mobile for easier play. It costs exactly one arm and one leg at $15.99, but there are no in-app purchases.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyPayPal Business

[Price: Free]
PayPal Business was quietly released by PayPal last week. As the name implies, the app was made for business owners. It has a variety of business-oriented features, including the ability to manage invoices, send invoices, transfer money, access customer information, and you can even manage sales and account activity. It has a simple design that is quite easy to use. It’s also complete free. You could do a lot worse than this if you run a business out of PayPal.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyDawn of Titans

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Dawn of Titans is a new strategy game. Okay, it’s not exactly new. It was soft launch months ago. The game was officially launched this week. This game shares a lot of mechanics with other large scale war games and strategy games. The difference is that this one looks pretty good. You build and command a giant army that you’ll have fighting against massive titans. It has the usual array of stuff, including daily quests, events, and campaigns that you can engage with. It’s a freemium game, but it’s worth a shot if you don’t hate those.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyTrusted Contacts

[Price: Free]
Trusted Contacts is a new app from Google that tells other people your location. Thankfully, it’s only when you want it to. The app works by allowing you to define a number of trusted contacts. Those contacts can request your location at will. If you don’t respond in a reasonable time frame, the app will let them know where you are. It’s great for emergency situations, natural disasters, and especially for families. It’s also completely free.

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyBully

[Price: $6.99]
Bully was originally released by Rockstar Games back in 2006. Like its Grand Theft Auto titles, it received its fair share of controversy but had a loyal cult following anyway. Now, the game is on Android. For those who never played, it’s an open world adventure game where you play as a kid. Your goal is to complete various missions, go to class, and engage in various other activities. It’s relatively inexpensive at $6.99 and it has no in-app purchases.

Download now on Google Play!


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10 best new Android games of November 2016!

Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month it seems and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a beat more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Let’s take a look at the best new Android games from the last month! You can watch the videos on YouTube from passed months by clicking here!


Asphalt Xtreme

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Asphalt Xtreme is the latest game in the Asphalt franchise. Unlike the prior game where you drive cars over tracks, Xtreme has you driving off-road vehicles over various off-road courses. You’ll have about three dozen vehicles to unlock and play with. It includes a rather lengthy campaign mode that includes various challenges to help keep things fresh. There is also online multiplayer mode if you want to play that. It’s a good looking game with decent mechanics. The only caveat is that it’s rather aggressive with its freemium content.

Download now on Google Play!


10 best new Android games of November 2016!Astral Frontier

[Price: $4.99]
Astral Frontier is the latest game out of Kemco, a developer known for its mobile RPG titles. It plays like a classic jRPG from the 1990s. You’ll be exploring various places, fighting bad guys, and trying to save the world. It also includes an elemental stone mechanics to help liven things up a bit. Players will notice that is a little dry and there is tons of dialog. Otherwise, it’s a fun experience for those who like a retro feel to their RPG experience. It’s $4.99, but there are no in-app purchases.

Download now on Google Play!


10 best new Android games of November 2016!Batman – The Telltale Series

[Price: Free / $4.99 per episode]
Batman – The Telltale Series is an episodic adventure game about Batman from Telltale Games. This adventure follows Batman through a new story line that promises to be as gritty and violent as the Batman series can get. You’ll also meet a number of characters from the Batman universe. This one is having more issues than usual for a newly released game which is a bit of a bummer. However, Telltale is known for their high quality game play so we imagine these issues will be worked out eventually. For now, keep this one on your radar.

Download now on Google Play!


10 best new Android games of November 2016!Eisenhorn: Xenos

[Price: $5.99]
Eisenhorn: Xenos is an adventure game that takes place in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It’s also based on a book by the same name. You’ll play Gregor Eisenhorn, an Inquisitor that has some stuff that needs done. You’ll be fighting bad guys and exploring the world under this premise. It has pretty decent graphics and game play along with some special powers to help you along the way. It’s also fully voice acted if that matters to you. It’s $5.99 with no in-app purchases.

Download now on Google Play!


10 best new Android games of November 2016!Gear.Club

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Gear.Club is a new racing game that tries to focus more on realism. It boasts a mechanics engine that adheres to realistic expectations of what a car can do. It also has some pretty decent graphics. On top of its looks, you’ll be racing through various courses, upgrading and unlocking new vehicles, and there is an online multiplayer mode that you can engage with. Like the Batman game mentioned earlier, this one has a few more issues than what would be considered normal for a new game. It’s free to download if you want to try it.

Download now on Google Play!


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10 best new Android games of November 2016!Jade Empire: Special Edition

[Price: $9.99]
Jade Empire is actually an old Xbox game from Bioware that has been officially ported to Android. This new special edition contains the entire game that we all know and loved from many years ago along with additional content specific to this mobile version. The mechanics have been adapted for mobile and it turned out pretty well. This is a rather large and epic game that boasts about 40 hours of game play. It costs $9.99, but there are no in-app purchases.

Download now on Google Play!


10 best new Android games of November 2016!Microsoft Solitaire Colleciton

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Microsoft released their eponymous Solitaire game to Google Play. The Microsoft Solitaire Collection comes with a total of five variants of Solitaire, including Klondike (traditional), Spider, Freecell, Tripeaks, and Pyramid. The game is entirely free to play and you can replay them as often as you want. You’ll have to deal with some advertisements, but otherwise the game is free. You can pop down some money for platinum status which actually doesn’t add all that much.

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10 best new Android games of November 2016!


10 best new Android games of November 2016!Neko Collector

[Price: Free]
Neko Collector is a port of the Easter egg game in Android Nougat. It allows most devices to play the game for a little bit of fun. Truth be told, there isn’t a lot to this game. You’ll lay out some food, a cat shows up, and you add it to your collection. The goal is to collect every cat. It’s a simple game that doesn’t take much battery and it seems to work rather well. It’s completely free which is also a plus.

Download now on Google Play!

10 best new Android games of November 2016!


10 best new Android games of November 2016!PinOut

[Price: Free / $2.99]
Pinout is an arcade pinball game from the same developers that brought us Smash Hit. This is an endless runner game with pinball mechanics. You’ll try to shoot the ball through an infinite level to see how far you can get. It features bright, neon colors, smooth game play, and it culminates in an excellent experience that should leave you feeling elated. It’s a time waster style of game, but it’s free to play with no advertising. You can throw down for the full version which includes a couple of additional features.

Download now on Google Play!


10 best new Android games of November 2016!The Trail

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The Trail is a freemium game created by Peter Molyneaux. For those who don’t know, he’s done a lot in the God Game genre, including the mobile game Godus. The Trail will have you traveling down a trail, meeting travelers, trading for stuff, and eventually settling down to create your own town. You’ll also craft stuff, explore various places, and more. It has a unique graphical style and it’s an overall enjoyable experience. The only caveat is that it is a freemium game with the usual pitfalls.

Download now on Google Play!


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Google Play trialing individual game ratings for gameplay, controls and graphics

Some users of Google Play have begun seeing ‘feature ratings’ for games in Google’s marketplace, according to Android Police, who have received screenshots of the changes. The shift takes the familiar “one rating fits all” approach and breaks it down into more detailed aspects including gameplay, controls and graphics.

The idea makes a lot of sense, as a game might have brilliant gameplay and graphics but be let down by sub-standard controls. In cases like this the game might still be worth installing, assuming you have an Android controller. Or, a game might have beautiful and enticing graphics but simply awful gameplay that makes it not even worth a trial run.

Google Play trialing individual game ratings for gameplay, controls and graphics Android Police

If you want to see if you have the feature enabled on your device, head to the games section of Google Play, pick an app and scroll down to the normal overall rating. Below that you’ll either see the usual review highlights, or you’ll see circular feature ratings before the review highlights start.

If you can see the new feature ratings you’ll also be able to submit game reviews that take advantage of these new granular ratings. After first assigning an overall rating for the game you’ll see an additional three screens for rating each individual aspect of the game mentioned above.

Let us know if you like this new option and if you’ve got the feature on your phone.

9 best Android emulators for PC


There are a lot of valid reasons why someone would want to run Android emulators on their PC. App developers may be trying to test their application before shipping it out. Gamers may want to use a mouse and keyboard on their games. Maybe you just want it there to have it. In any case, Android emulation on PC is possible and we’re going to take a look at the best Android emulators for PC. Please note, the process is rarely easy and some of these require some technical knowledge. Also note that many of these emulators are made more or less the same way. It’s a matter of finding the one that works for you! Let’s get started.


AMIDuOS

Price: Free Trial / $10-$15
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AMIDuOS is first on our list and this is a relatively newer Android emulator for PC. This one comes in two flavors: Lollipop and Jelly Bean. Aside from the version type, the only other difference between the two is Jelly Bean costs $10 while Lollipop costs $15 and those are one-time charges which is kind of nice. AMIDuOS runs very well. It’s a smooth emulator that does things like productivity and gaming quite well. Most users should be able to use this for pretty much whatever they need it for and the install process isn’t bad at all. Obviously, it’s not overly great for developers since it doesn’t give you device-specific configurations but on a consumer level, this one works very well.
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Andy

Price: Free
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Next on our list is an entirely free emulator called Andy. We reviewed this when it first came out and while it did have some issues back then, it still managed to prove itself as a capable replacement for apps like Bluestacks. It runs pretty much the entire gamut of the Android experience including productivity apps, launchers, games, and you can even install root access if needed. It has fixed pretty much all of its early day issues but it is still a little bit more involved of an installation than something like Bluestacks. In any case, it is free and it does work very well. We have our video about it linked below if you want to know more. About the only complaint we've heard is that people occasionally have problems uninstalling this one.
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Bluestacks

Price: Free / $2 per month
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Bluestacks has long been the de facto solution for putting Android on your PC. For a while, they fell behind but have spent much of the last year bringing much needed updates to their platform. The result, dubbed Bluestacks 2, is a faster, more stable, and an overall better Android emulator for PC than its predecessor. It supports multitasking apps and has built-in functionality for things like shaking the screen and setting a location, features it did not previously have. It’s still marketed mainly to gamers, but it is now far better for those looking for productivity solutions as well. The price remains the same as it did previously, which is free with an optional $2/month premium subscription. It’s still quite bloated and many of its new features cater to a very specific gaming audience, but it’s still a good option overall.
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droid4x

Price: Free
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Our next emulator is called droid4x and it’s an interesting choice for an Android emulator on PC. It runs in a similar fashion as Andy or AMIDuOS and the performance and productivity is about the same as well. I may not have said that a year ago but like the other two, there have been improvements made. What makes this one interesting are the add-ons. This one includes an application you install on your smartphone so that you can control games on your computer. For instance, you’ll be able to use the accelerometer to turn your car in Asphalt 8. It’s definitely better than Andy or AMIDuOS for games although we believe that Andy and AMIDuOS may be a bit better in terms of stability and speed.
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Genymotion

Price: Free with paid options
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This Android emulator is geared toward developers who want to test their apps or games on a variety of devices without actually being required to own those devices. You can configure the emulator for a variety of devices with various versions of Android to help suit your needs. For instance, you can run a Nexus One with Android 4.2 or a Nexus 6 with Android 6.0. The choice is yours and you can easily switch between “devices” at will. It’s not great for consumer uses such as checking email or using apps, but Genymotion does offer their services for free for personal use so that option is there if you really want to.
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KoPlayer

Price: Free
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KoPlayer is a newer Android emulator for PC. It has also managed to fly under most radars until recently. It's another emulator that is made for gamers. You'll be able to use keymapping to emulate a controller with your keyboard. Players will also be able to record game play and upload it wherever they want. The install process is easy enough and it seems to work alright. Like most emulators, it does have issues that you'll run into randomly. Tis the life of a virtual machine instance of Android. Nevertheless, it's a free option that's worth a shot.
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MEmu

Price: Free
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MEmu is another of the up and coming Android emulators that seems to do quite well. It boasts complete compatibility with Intel and AMD chipsets which is nice and their latest releases are for Android Lollipop 5.1.1 which is also great news. It comes with root access as well as a sidebar that comes complete with a ton of extra functionality and features. It’s not bloated and scores well on benchmarks. It’s a nice alternative to many other Android emulators, especially if you need one for both gaming and productivity. You can also get help in their forums, check out new releases, and more on their official blog.
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9 best Android emulators for PC

Nox

Price: Free
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Next up is Nox. Like Bluestacks, Nox is one of those Android emulators for PC that is set up to cater to gamers. This includes utilities and additions that are specifically catered to helping gamers control their games using their keyboard and mouse. This includes things like the capacity to assign “swipe right” to, say, an arrow key and simulate actual gesture movements directly on your keyboard or joystick if you have one. It’s a lot of fun and seems to work rather well most of the time. It’s also entirely free. The video below was recorded with laggy software (not Nox, but the screen capture software), but there is a good explanation on how the key macros work.
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Remix OS Player

Price: Free
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Remix OS Player by Jide is one of the newer Android emulators for PC. It's also the only one that runs Android Marshmallow instead of Android Lollipop or Kit Kat. The installation process is pretty simple and using it also fairly easy. It's built for gaming so you'll have a variety of options via the sidebar to customize the experience to your liking. It's new, so they're still working out some bugs. Even so, it still works better than most and it's free in perpetuity. The only main caveat is that it doesn't support AMD CPUs.
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Deal: Square Enix offering 80% off selected games ($0.99 each)

If you’re a gamer and looking for a new and exciting game to play on your Android device, we have some great news. Square Enix, the Japan-based developer, has launched a flash sale and is now offering 80 percent off a few of its popular game titles.

You can download Deus Ex GO, Lara Croft GO, Hitman GO or Hitman: Sniper from Google Play for only $0.99. The flash sale is available for a limited time only, but the developer hasn’t revealed when exactly it will end. Our best guess is that it won’t last for more than a few days.

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10 best new Android games of October 2016!

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So we suggest that you act fast to ensure you’re able to secure the 80 percent discount Square Enix is offering. You can follow the links above or head over to the developer’s page on Google Play by clicking the button below, where you’ll also be able to check out some of the other games Square Enix has to offer.

But, if you would still rather hold on to your money — despite the discount — feel free to check out our list of the 15 best free Android games of 2016.

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Star Wars: Force Arena brings massive multiplayer battles to your phone

It’s almost December, and that means Star Wars fever is here. With the imminent release of a new Star Wars film comes a huge amount of promotional content, and a new app is looking to tide over those eagerly awaiting the release of Rogue One.

Star Wars: Force Arena throws players into massive galactic battles using their favorite characters. Each player can lead teams of over 60 characters from the Star Wars universe, including but not limited to Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Ezra Bridger, and more. Players must collect different characters through various methods in the game, and can forge the perfect squad to make their way to the top of the leader-board.

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The game looks to be an interesting combination between an MMO and a “Command and Conquer”-like strategy game, so we’re eager to see exactly how it plays out. It has the full backing of both Disney and Lucasfilm, so we’re sure they will deliver quality content when the game finally launches.

There isn’t an official launch date that has been announced for the title, but we’re sure it will arrive before the release of the new Star Wars film. Those that want to know more about the game as soon as information is released can pre-register at the official website or on the Google Play Store. The who pre-register will receive a number of special rewards, which increase the more people sign up. The game will be available on both Android and iOS.

Are you excited for this title? We’re sure we will be covering it in detail once it is launched, so stay tuned to learn more in the coming weeks!