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The Toca Life Series Is the Absolute Best Set of Kids Apps

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Read the headline. There I said it. I rarely call anything the “absolute best.” Even less so in a world that’s populated by thousands of choices. But the Toca Life series of apps are the best. Though they’re not overtly educational, they give kids the largest amount of creativity and freedom to create their own worlds and characters. The sheer options in these games are enormous and they’re made by a dedicated team who loves to see kids play. Read More

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Pokémon GO Expands Holiday Event with Free Incubators

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Two weeks ago Pokémon GO kicked off a limited Holiday Update that added Pikachus wearing Santa hats, as well as a few select Pokémon from the second generation games. Niantic recently announced they are expanding the Update in two different ways. The first will reward free egg-hatching incubators, while the second sees an increased chance to finding the original Gen 1 starters and their evolutions.

“As the year draws to a close, we want to give you a great way to celebrate the end of the year with Pokémon GO,” states the press release. “For the next couple of weeks, you’ll have even more reason to explore the world with your friends and family while you enjoy our year-end event.”

Running right now through January 3, 2017 (“afternoon PST”), you can earn a free single use incubator each day upon visiting a PokéStop. This is a huge boon since incubators are limited use. All the newly added Gen 2 Pokémon like Togepi and Pichu can only be found by hatching eggs.

The Update also adds “a greater chance of finding [Gen 2] Eggs.” If you’re like me and have played Pokémon GO every day and still haven’t found a Santa-sporting Pikachu, Niantic is keeping them around longer as well, and increasing their spawn rate.

The second update hits on December 30 and runs through January 8, 2017 (“afternoon PST”). During this period the original Kanto starters, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, and all their evolutions will see an increase to their spawn rate. These are some of the rarest and most sought after Pokémon.

As an added bonus, Lure Modules during this time will last 60 minutes instead of the usual 30. Gotta Catch More of ‘Em!

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RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic Launches on iOS and Android

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It’s shaping up to be a fine year for theme park sims. Not long after the release of RollerCoaster Tycoon spiritual successor Planet Coaster, original RCT publisher Atari has launched RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic. RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic combines the first two classic RCT games for mobile devices.

“As the creator of the original RollerCoaster Tycoon PC games many years ago, I have seen how much excitement and entertainment they have brought to players all over the world,” said Chris Sawyer, producer at Atari. “I believe fans of the RCT series will greatly enjoy playing the classic titles enhanced on a new platform.”

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic was developed for iOS and Android by Origin8, and produced by original series creator Chris Sawyer.

The mobile port includes all the features of the classic theme park sims. It includes coaster construction, guest management, original music, and over 90 scenarios. The number of scenarios suggests that the port includes all the expansions released for RCT 1 and 2, which is a ton of content.

This news means that you can now play the first three RollerCoaster Tycoon games on your mobile device, as RCT 3 was released last Summer. If you’re yearning for a proper theme park follow-up on PC, look no further than Planet Coaster. It’s developed by the original team of RCT3. In my review I said it was “absolutely the RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 you’ve been waiting for.”

RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic can be found on the App Store and Google Play for $5.99.

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Batman – The Telltale Series Final Episode Launches Next Week

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Telltale’s episodic Batman adventure series will come to a close next week. Episode 5: City of Light launches digitally worldwide on December 13 for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, iOS, and Android.

“In Episode 5, the leader of the Children of Arkham prepares to execute the final act of a plan to destroy the Wayne family name, and the people closest to you are in their path of vengeance. Can Batman’s ultimate secret be kept – his very identity – when it is causing chaos and death in Gotham? The fate of the Wayne family and of the city itself rests on your choices. What will you do? How far will you go? Which mask will you wear?”

If you’ve been waiting until all episodes were released, now may be a good time to jump in. Batman – The Telltale Series Episode 1: Realm of Shadow is currently free to download for PC on Steam. The press release takes care to mention a performance patch  that has updated the game since its rocky launch earlier this year.

The adventure series is also available in physical format. The disc only includes the first episode, with a Season Pass that unlocks the other four via download.

Batman – The Telltale Series has mostly adhered to its one episode per month schedule since the launch of Episode 1 in August. Episode 4: Guardian of Gotham was released in November. In her review Ingrid felt “renewed enthusiasm for the series’ take on Gotham and the Dark Knight.”

Episode 5 is rated M for Mature for Violence, Blood and Gore, and Language.