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Pokémon GO Dev Reboots Original AR Mobile Game Ingress

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When Pokémon GO launched two years ago, it drove a lot of newcomers to the concept of Augmented Reality. Developer Niantic had built upon their AR technology with an earlier game, called Ingress.

This week Niantic launched a rebooted version of Ingress, called Ingress Prime. Ingress Prime is available now as a free download on iOS and Android.

“Ingress Prime is built on Niantic’s Real World Platform and serves as a key driver for innovation around gameplay and technologies for all Niantic products,” said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic. “Since its original release in November 2012, Ingress and its passionate and diverse user community have been an inspiration for the team to create new and innovative ways for players to work together both in-game and in the real world.”

Players embody agents of two different factions: the Enlightened and the Resistance, within the sci-fi near future world of Ingress. The story will evolve and change depending on how the agents interact and which side can control various landmarks around the world.

Anomaly events are similar to Pokémon GO’s Community Days, bringing people together for a weekend of mobile gaming. Niantic plans to host 12 Primary Anomaly events around the world, as well as over 100 smaller community-drive events. You can find out the wheres and whens of the events on the Ingress website.

With the launch of Ingress Prime, Niantic is also expanding the story and setting of their sci-fi universe. The Ingress Anime is an new CG-animated series coming in 2019 on Netflix. It’s described as a sci-fi adventure thriller featuring Ingress Agents and gameplay.

Pokémon GO will be celebrating Ingress Prime’s release with shiny green Cubones and blue Ponytas, as well as free in-game avatar gifts. Ingress Prime is available now on iOS and Android mobile devices.

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Pokémon Reveals Meltan’s Evolution: Melmetal

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The surprising new Mythical Pokémon addition, Meltan, was announced last month in Pokémon GO. It turns out Meltan can also be evolved into a much bigger, more powerful form called Melmetal. The catch is that it can only evolve in Pokémon GO.

In order to evolve a captured Meltan, you’ll need to catch a whole lot of them, or select one as your Buddy Pokémon to generate candy. Evolving Meltan requires 400 Meltan Candies. Trading with friends as well as sending Meltan to the upcoming Switch games Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu! will also earn candy.

Melmetal remains a Steel type Pokémon, though its weight is increased by 100x. Its body hardens and it grows powerful arms it can use to swiftly punch opponents.

Melmetal can learn a unique Steel-type move called Double Iron Bash. Double Iron Bash deals a significant amount of damage and has a chance to cause the target to flinch and miss their turn.

Once evolved, Melmetal can be transferred to Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu! on Switch.

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Earning candy should be slightly easier with the upcoming Adventure Sync update. Adventure Sync is a new feature coming soon to Pokémon GO. It records walking distance even when Pokémon GO isn’t running. This lets you earn candy via the Buddy Pokémon as well as hatch eggs must faster. Adventure Sync can connect to both Apple Health on iOS and Google Fit on Android.

Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu! are coming to Switch November 16.

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Smash and Grab in Cartoon Network Party Dash, Out now on Mobile

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Indie mobile developer Crystal Fish Games released an officially licensed platformer based on several Cartoon Network shows. It’s called Cartoon Network Party Dash, and it’s available now on iOS and Android. It’s free to download with in-app purchases and ads.

Cartoon Network Party Dash features 10 unlockable characters across three different Cartoon Network series: Ben 10, We Bare Bears, and The Amazing World of Gumball.

The 10 featured characters are Four Arms, Heatblast, XLR8, Gumball, Dwarin, Anais, Penny, Grizz, Panda, and Ice Bear. The characters are forced to join forces when several villains attack a party hosted by Ben 10, the Gumball crew, and the Bear siblings.

The gameplay features fast-paced 2D platforming as you dash through levels by filling a combo meter.

Each character can unlock new gear and perks as they attack enemies and grab coins. Coins can be used to purchase powerups like extra lives, shields, and jumps. Alternative outfits are available as in-game purchases. Party outfits mix in themes from other Cartoon Network shows like Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, and Steven Universe.

Cartoon Network Party Dash is rated E for Everyone. It’s available now on iOS and Android mobile devices.