Pokémon GO Easter Event Hatches Egg-Themed Bonuses

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Pokémon GO’s steady seasonal event tie-ins continue with an Easter Event, which lasts throughout the next week. Naturally, it’s all about the eggs.

The biggest bonus of the Easter Event can be found in the smallest 2 km eggs. Normally these easy to hatch eggs usually contain common Pokémon. During the Easter Event, you’ll find a greater variety. You’ll also be rewarded with more candy for each Pokémon you hatch.

To continue with the egg theme, Lucky Eggs will be available to purchase in the in-game shop for half off. Lucky Eggs double the amount of experience you earn for 30 minutes.

Finally, everything you do during the Easter Event, from catching Pokémon to earning medals, will earn double experience.

It’s a shame that the precious egg incubators are not given the same discount treatment. Having multiple incubators is the best way to hatch eggs. In a true nickel and dime scenario, the eggs may be nicer but the incubators will cost you.

Pokémon GO remains popular even if its incredibly explosive launch has faded in the public consciousness. A steady stream of seasonal events and bonus rewards are a nice incentive to keep playing. The most recent event, the Water Festival, gave us a bunch of extra water Pokémon to find and catch.

I still play regularly, though casually, and I never feel the need to spend money. In fact, this Easter Event may be a great time to finally use some of those Lucky Eggs I’ve been hoarding.

The Pokémon GO Easter Event ends April 20.

Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers Is a New Mobile Game for Young Children

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A new mobile spin-off title from the Harvest Moon series is being aimed directly at younger children. Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers is being developed by Daredevil Development, who previously created kid franchise apps like Bob the Builder and Paddington Bear. It is published in cooperation with Rising Star Games and Harvest Moon owner Natsume. It’s coming worldwide on May 25 for iOS and Android mobile devices.

“We are thrilled to enter the app market with a title based on Harvest Moon, a series whose name has been synonymous with family-friendly gaming for 20 years,” said Martin Defries, Managing Director at Rising Star Games. “We worked in close partnership with the series’ originator Natsume for complete authenticity, and partnered with developer Daredevil for its impressive experience in delivering engaging and kid-friendly experiences based on trusted children’s brands.”

Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers uses simple tap and swipe controls to farm and raise animals. Activities include collecting eggs, milking cows, planting seeds, and providing your produce to the locals. There’s no on-screen text as the game is aimed at the preschooler crowd.

Harvest Moon Lil' Farmers

Recently the Harvest Moon series went through a confusing name change with Story of Seasons and publisher Marvelous Entertainment. The Harvest Moon series of the 90s evolved into Story of Seasons. Natsume would retain the rights to the name “Harvest Moon,” however, and would publish their own Harvest Moon games beginning in 2014. Thus far Story of Seasons has been more well-received by fans and critics.

Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers launches on May 25 for iOS and Android.

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Pokémon GO’s Water Festival Event Brings Out the Water Types

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Pokémon GO’s next seasonal event has begun. Although Spring just started, the Water Festival has more of a Summer vibe. It’s a simple event: you’ll find more water-type Pokémon. Specifically the update names Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their respective evolutions. Squirtle and Totodile are both Starter Pokémon from Gen 1 and 2, making them relatively rare, and their evolutions even more so. Magikarp’s evolution is the mighty Gyarados, which is normally very difficult to find and evolve.

In areas where water-type Pokémon are normally found (hint: near bodies of water) you’ll also find more Gen 2 Pokémon, including the rare Lapras. The Water Festival update also adds a new avatar item, the Magikarp Hat.

The Water Festival comes on the heels of a minor update. Last November, Pokémon GO added daily bonuses and 7-day streaks for PokéStops and capturing Pokémon every day. Niantic has increased the rewards for getting a full 7-day streak of collecting a PokéStop at least once a day. Now in addition to the bonus XP and Stardust, you’re rewarded with a random evolution item.

In related news, some Pokémon GO players are posting screenshots and videos of Shiny Pokémon. Shiny Pokémon were introduced in the second generation of Pokémon games. They are ultra-rare and come in an alternate color scheme. They are the Mt. Everest for Pokémon collectors. Neither Niantic nor The Pokémon Company have confirmed or announced the existence of shiny Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

So far only Shiny Magikarp and its evolution Shiny Gyarados have been found. The catch is that the Shiny Pokémon don’t show up as Shiny in the wild. Gotta Check ‘Em All!

The Pokémon GO Water Festival ends on March 29 at 1p Pacific/4p Eastern.