LEGO Builder’s Journey is a Puzzle Adventure, Now on Apple Arcade

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Light Brick, an excellently-named new internal games studio from LEGO, has released their debut game exclusively on iOS through Apple Arcade. LEGO Builder’s Journey is an adventure-puzzle game where players solve a series of building challenges.

“We’re excited to bring digital LEGO brick building into new genres and reach new audiences with a different kind of game experience,” said Karsten Lund, creative director and head of studio, Light Brick. “LEGO play stands for the power of systemic creativity where sometimes you have to think differently and try new approaches in order to get new results. And we’re definitely tapping into that vibe.”

Unlike the more action-adventure LEGO games, LEGO Builder’s Journey is designed for all ages as a soothing puzzle experience with meditative music and zero dialogue. Build bridges and pathways and use bricks to manipulate the tiny cube worlds to help the pieces find their way home.

LEGO Builder’s Journey is available exclusively through Apple Arcade on iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV. Apple Arcade is a gaming subscription service that launched earlier this year, and includes over 100 mobile games, for $4.99 per month.

LEGO Builder’s Journey requires iOS 13.0 or later, and has a 4+ age rating.

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Get Civ 6 DLC Free on Mobile During Holiday Giveaway

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Aspyr Media is celebrating the holidays with a generous free giveaway: no fewer than six Civ and Scenario DLC packs for the mobile version of Sid Meier’s Civilization 6.

The only catch is that you’ll need to download them as they become available throughout the next two weeks, with a new DLC going free every three days. Here’s the schedule of free DLC:

  • Dec. 18-20: Poland Civilization & Scenario Pack (Normally $4.99)
  • Dec. 20-22: Vikings Scenario (Normally $4.99)
  • Dec. 22-24: Australia Civilization & Scenario Pack (Normally $4.99)
  • Dec. 24-26: Persia and Macedon Civilization & Scenario Pack (Normally $8.99)
  • Dec. 26-28: Nubia Civilization & Scenario Pack (Normally $4.99)
  • Dec. 28-Jan. 1, 2020: Khmer and Indonesia Civilization & Scenario Pack (Normally $8.99)

In addition to the smaller DLC packs, the two larger expansion packs, Rise and Fall ($29.99) and Gathering Storm ($39.99), are also available as in-app purchases.

Civilization 6 originally launched on PC in 2016, with the mobile version arriving in 2017. It’s since come to consoles, including Switch, and enjoyed several DLC releases. Rise and Fall added new golden and dark ages, while Gathering Storm introduced climate change and natural disasters.

The mobile version is available for iOS only (iPad Air or better or iPhone 7 or better). It’s free-to-download but limited to a 60-turn skirmish with pre-set Civs. The full game can be unlocked for $19.99.

Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 is rated 12+ on the App Store.

It’s a Christmas Calamity in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

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I always found it odd that a school so blatantly celebrated a religious holiday, but I suppose Hogwarts is anything but a typical school. Christmas has always been a major part of the series, and it’s no different for mobile AR game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

The Christmas Calamity Brilliant Event will consist of several events beginning on December 3, and features special scenes and memories from the Hogwarts Yule Ball, as well as helping Hagrid return lost magical creatures.

Here’s the official schedule of events:

Christmas Calamity Brilliant Event Part 1: December 3-10

  • Relive the winter wonderland of the Hogwarts Yule Ball, including memories of couples like Hermione and Viktor, as well as Hagrid and Madame Maxime.

Christmas Calamity Brilliant Event Part 2: December 17-24

  • Reflect on Yule Ball memories from Ron and his friends, including memories of Parvati and Harry, as well as Fred and Angelina.

In addition, Wizards Unite will have a Community Day on December 14. During the one-day event, players can find special Portkeys that will teleport to Hagrid’s Hut to unlock rare magical creatures. Developer Niantic is also teasing a 12 Tasks of Christmas Event, with details to follow in the coming days.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is free-to-play on iOS and Android.

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Pokémon Go Celebrates Sword and Shield with Galarian Weezing

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Mobile AR game Pokémon GO is celebrating the recent release of Pokémon Sword and Shield on Nintendo Switch. An exclusive Galarian version of Gen 1 Pokémon Weezing can now be found in raid battles.

Galarian Weezing is a regional variant Pokémon, which were first introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon with the Alolan Region. Regional variant Pokémon use a similar base model but have a different appearance and different typing than their base counterparts. In this case, Galarian Weezing is Poison and Fairy type.

New avatar items based on clothes from Pokémon Sword and Shield have also been added to Pokémon GO.

In addition to Galarian Weezing, Pokémon GO is hosting several events throughout November.

The Supereffective Week runs through next Tuesday, Nov. 26. During the week you’ll find more Pokémon who are particularly effective against Team Rocket. You will also earn double the Stardust from Trainer Battles and receive more potions and revives from PokéStops.

The following week, from Nov. 27 through Dec. 2, is the Friend Fest event. During that week, you will encounter more family-themed Pokémon in the wild, such as Nidoran and Nidorano. You’ll also gain an attack boost when raiding with friends, and get a 50% stardust discount on trading Pokémon with friends.

Finally, Terrakion, the Legendary Cavern Pokémon will be added to Pokémon GO later this month. Beginning Nov. 26, Terrakion will begin appearing in five-star raids, through Dec. 17.