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Battle the Dark Arts in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Halloween Event

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Hogwarts is getting into the Halloween spirit. This October brings new Dark Arts-themed content to mobile RPG Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.

Hogwarts gets a full spooky makeover filled with pumpkins as well as the many ghosts of Hogwarts, including Nearly Headless Nick. Students will need to investigate the mysteries disappearance of their brother, and deal with different sinister threats like Boggarts depending on their school year.

Beginning around mid-October a new seasonal side quest will begin. A full moon rises and Hogwarts is invaded by dark forces. Students will need to use their defensive spells to combat them.

A special Dueling Club event will also be added. Melefors Jinx will allow you to transform your opponents heads into a pumpkin.

“This October, we’re exploring the darker side of Hogwarts,” said Josh Yguado, Jam City President and COO. “From the Halloween feast in the Great Hall, to our in-game events and side quests, players will have the chance to experience a full month of October festivities, ranging from fun to fearsome.”

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery launched earlier this year on iOS and Android mobile devices. It’s been celebrated as a high quality mobile RPG that lets you customize your own wizarding student and attend classes at Hogwarts. It’s been criticized for limited energy and microtransactions. It’s free-to-play with in-app purchases. It’s rated 12+.

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Civ Gets Smaller as Civilization VI Launches on iPhone

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Late last year 2K, Firaxis, and Aspyr Media launched Sid Meier’s Civilization VI on the iPad. Today Civ gets even more mobile as it officially launches on iPhone. It’s currently available at a special promo price of $23.99 (60% off). The sale ends October 16.

Civilization VI is a universal app, which means anyone who purchased it for iPad can download it to their iPhone for free (and vice-versa). The app is available for free with a 60-turn limit, with the in-app purchase to unlock the full game. The 60-turn demo only allows you to play as a single civ, and doesn’t feature more maps or game saving.

The mobile version of Civ 6 is the exact same as the PC game (hence the full game price) with a more mobile-friendly interface. It features the classic turn-based, empire-building, eon-spanning gameplay that makes it one of the most popular strategy game series of all time. Engage in tactical warfare on the hex grid world, plan out multiple districts in expanding cities, research centuries of technology and improvements, adopt social policies, and engage in diplomacy with world leaders.

Civ 6 on iOS features local multiplayer only. Quick scenarios are designed to be played and completed in a single session.

Civilization VI requires iOS 11.4.1 on iPhone 7 and above. The iPad version requires at least an iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro. The mobile version includes only the base PC game, though DLC packs have begun appearing on the app store as add-ons. The large expansion that released last year, Rise and Fall, has not yet been ported to mobile yet.

Civilization VI is available now on iPad and iPhone. The mobile version is developed by Aspyr Media. The 60% off sale runs until October 16. Civ 6 is rated E10+.