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Humble Cities: Skylines Bundle Features Over $100 of Content

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Humble is offering a fantastic deal for city managing fans with the Humble Cities: Skylines Bundle, available until July 8.

Cities: Skylines is everything a SimCity fan would want, and it’s available in the bundle for as little as $1. Like other Humble Bundles, you can choose to pay more to unlock more games (via Steam codes). In this case, the additional content adds a large amount of previously released DLC.

Pay at least $1:

  • Cities: Skylines
  • Deep Focus Radio DLC

Pay more than the average donation (currently $7.32) to also unlock:

  • Concerts DLC
  • High-Tech Buildings Creator Pack
  • Snowfall DLC
  • Natural Disasters DLC

Pay more than $10 to also unlock:

  • Mass Transit DLC
  • Green Cities DLC
  • Industries DLC
  • Campus DLC
  • Art Deco Content Creator Pack
  • European Suburbia Content Creator Pack

The newest DLC that released earlier this year, Sunset Harbor, is not included in the bundle.

The Content Creator Packs are smaller DLC that add new models and buildings, typically priced around $5. The others are larger additions that add new features and mechanics, such as Mass Transit’s new service hubs and scenarios and Campus’ school zones and educational policies. Each of the bigger DLCs are priced between $13 and $15.

As with all Humble Bundles, you can choose how much of your donation goes to the developers, how much to the chosen charity (Child’s Play, though you can choose your own from their database), and how much to Humble.

Cities: Skylines originally released in 2015 by Colossal Order and published by Paradox Interactive. It expertly filled the single player city building void left by the disappointing SimCity (2013), and has released numerous paid DLC and content updates in the years since.

Cities: Skylines is rate E for Everyone.

Ticket to Ride: Stay at Home is a Free Print-and-Play Expansion

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With most of us still self-quarantining and social distancing, family-friendly tabletop games are more important than ever. After releasing several print-and-play games for free last month, board game publisher Asmodee is offering a free print-and-play expansion to popular tabletop game Ticket to Ride.

Ticket to Ride: Stay at Home is a cute, printable expansion for 2-4 players that replaces cross-country train routes with traveling to and from different rooms of a house. The recommended age is 8+.

Note that it’s not a full game. You’ll need the physical trains and train cards from Ticket to Ride, Ticket to Ride Europe, or Ticket to Ride Germany in order to play.

The expansion includes its own printable board for an all-new map, including destinations like Sister’s Room and Dad’s Chair.

The gameplay is largely the same: each turn you draw cards hoping to create a matching set of colors to place trains and complete tickets.

The expansion adds a new semi co-op element: family routes. Only one train can be placed on the multi-colored family route on a turn, but anyone can add a train car to a single route. Once a family route is completed, anyone who has placed a train car there can benefit from it.

The Stay at Home expansion includes the new game board (printed on multiple pages to be combined) and new destination tickets. Ticket to Ride is available at all major gaming retailers, and is highly recommended as an excellent, easy to play family game.

Atlas Empires Is a Base-Building AR Game, Coming Soon to Mobile

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Since the explosive release of Pokémon Go four years ago, the augmented reality genre has seen mostly clones, such as Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Cerberus Interactive is hoping to shake up the formula with Atlas Empires, an AR mobile game that combines base-building and real-time strategy within an AR experience.

Like other AR games, Atlas Empires provides a virtual map of your surroundings. Instead of capturing pokémon or casting spells, however, you build outposts and battle enemies. By searching around the real world, you can collect treasures, and purchase more powerful troops.

“We are incredibly grateful to our initial wave of fans for their ongoing support and dedication to Atlas Empires,” said Sami Khan, CEO and co-founder, Cerberus Interactive. “Put simply, we could not have created such an amazing game without their feedback and help during development. We look forward to the global launch of the game so we can showcase this unique experience to all fans around the world.”

Atlas Empires has been in beta testing, and recently soft launched in select countries, including Australia and Canada. It’s due out in the US later this summer as free-to-download with in-app purchases. You can pre-register at the official website. It’s rated E10+.

Pokémon Go Fest Goes Virtual in 2020

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Each year Niantic hosts a large gathering of Pokémon Go fans for a special event that runs for several days. Last year the Pokémon Go Fest took place in three different cities around the world, including Chicago, and drew hundreds of thousands of trainers.

With the COVID pandemic canceling all events and gatherings, we’re seeing a shakeup this year. Pokémon Go Fest 2020 is set for July 25 and 26, and will take place entirely online.

While we’ll miss the traditional congregation of Pokémon GO fans, we’re thrilled to bring a special Pokémon GO Fest experience to Trainers. Not only are you in for an exciting weekend of bonuses, Pokémon encounters, and Special Research, there will also be exciting ways to connect with other Trainers and experience other fun surprises throughout the entire summer.

Despite moving to a virtual format, the event will still require paid tickets to access. However, this year one ticket will grant access to both days of the two-day event.

The original Pokémon Go Fest took place in 2017 and was a disaster, but since then the event has improved and been well-received by fans around the world.

More details on what will be featured during the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

In other Pokémon Go news, if you have a fancy phone, you can take advantage of new Reality Blending AR technology. With Reality Blending, Pokémon will properly hide behind objects such as trees and furniture. The feature is currently rolling out for random trainers with the following devices: Samsung Galaxy S9 and S10 and Google Pixel 3 and 4.