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The Flappy Bird Fighting Game Is Somehow Good

Screenshot: Flappy Fighter

Remember Flappy Bird, the mobile game that took the world by storm (and made its creator, Dong Nguyen, upwards of $50,000 a day) back in early 2014? Nguyen pulled the game from the App Store just a month after its debut, but the legacy of Flappy Bird continues to influence mobile game development to this day. Flappy Fighter, released for free through the iOS App Store on May 2, is the latest to pull inspiration from the simplistic flying game, and because I’ll devote stupid amounts of time to anything even slightly resembling a fighting game, I spent much of the past day messing around with it.

Much like the game it parodies, Flappy Fighter is beautiful in its simplicity. But where Flappy Bird was focused on flying through an endless series of obstacles, Flappy Fighter pulls the iconic bird character into the world of fighting games by giving him a muscular body and a collection of easily-recognizable Street Fighter-inspired attacks. The overall presentation is slick, with arcade-style graphics and all the trappings one would expect from an old-school fighting game, including hype intros, splash screens, and over-the-top K.O. animations.

Flappy Fighter is obviously not the first or only fighting game released on mobile platforms. Over the last few years, classic genre entries like Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Soulcalibur have been adapted for smartphones to varying degrees of success. The main sticking point is allowing players comfortable control over their characters within the limitations presented by a touchscreen-exclusive interface. Some mobile fighting games, like the aforementioned ports, place an unreliable virtual joystick on the screen and call it a day, but Flappy Fighter improves the experienced greatly by restricting movement to two options: dash forward and dash backward.

Attacks in Flappy Fighter are similarly limited, with four virtual buttons dedicated to one move each. Button 1, for instance, is a Tatsumaki, the spinning Hurricane Kick made popular by Shotokan karate practitioners like Ryu and Ken in the Street Fighter franchise. Button 2 performs a jumping kick, Button 3 throws a Hadouken fireball, and Button 4 performs a Shoryuken uppercut, all of which also reference similar moves from Street Fighter with new, humorous names to match the overall theme (Flapooken, Flappyken, etc.). These moves also double as movement tools on top of the existing dashes. Finally, a super move, the Shin Flappyken, is activated with a simple press of the health bar once the requisite meter has been built up.

Even with its pared-down interface, there’s still some depth to Flappy Fighter’s combat system. By using the jumping attack and pressing the Hurricane Kick button while Flappy is in the air, he’ll perform an airborne version of the move—again, just like Street Fighter. The projectile button becomes a simple jab when close to the opponent, which can be linked with a second press of the same button to combo into the fireball. Flappy is also capable of dash-canceling the fireball, opening up further offensive opportunities as the opponent reels from the chucked plasma. During my time with the game, I’ve been able to come up with a variety of interesting combos that didn’t seem possible at first due to its simplistic nature. Turns out the controls are responsive enough to allow for some pretty neat stuff.

Unfortunately, the fun of Flappy Fighter begins and ends with training. The only other mode is a bare-bones series of fights against a computer-controlled Flappy. There are three difficulties from which to choose, but I found myself dispatching the opponent quickly and easily at each level. Furthermore, because Flappy is the only character at the moment (stay tuned), you’re stuck playing mirror matches. Online play, a staple of competition, is also missing.

Flappy Fighter is a surprisingly amazing take on the fighting game genre. Even shrunk down to a mobile platform, its combat system is compelling thanks to the way it simplifies movement and attacks while providing depth for those willing to explore a bit. The controls are tight and responsive, and despite using virtual buttons on a touchscreen, the act of experimenting felt as fun in this game as I’ve found it to be in pretty much every other fighting game I’ve played in recent memory. The lack of features, however, will likely keep casual players from coming back for more. Still, it’s incredible to see a capable fighting game arrive on iOS, and I can’t wait to see what else comes from this plucky little project.

Ian Walker loves fighting games and loves writing about them even more. You can find him on Twitter at @iantothemax.

Source: Kotaku.com

Dragalia Lost Is Crossing Over With Fire Emblem

It’s a big week for players of Nintendo’s mobile action role-playing game Dragalia Lost. Along with permanently reduced prices for summoning heroes and dragons, familiar faces are crossing over as part of the special Fire Emblem: Lost Heroes event.

A portal opens between the worlds of Fire Emblem Heroes and Dragalia Lost, bringing beloved characters like Alfonse, Marth, Fjorm, and Veronica face-to-face with the dragon-summoning heroes of Alberia. The event introduces a whole new quest type to the game called “Defensive Battles,” in which up to four players can team up to defend their gates from the advancing Imperial army, led by a mysterious new envoy.

The Fire Emblem: Lost Heroes event runs from 2 a.m. Eastern tomorrow, April 26, through May 14, with special login rewards spanning the duration. Players will be able to add five-star Alphonse to their team as a temporary member, and the prince will join their squad permanently if they earn enough friendship points during the event. Should be a piece of cake.

The launch of the special event also coincides with lowered prices to summon characters and dragons in the game. The amount of in-game currency (Wrymite) and premium currency (Diamantium) for a single summon has been reduced from 150 to 120. A thank you gift of 4,500 Wrymite rolls out to players with tomorrow’s update, which is enough to summon 37 times. Between the Fire Emblem crossover and the bonus currency, it’s a good time to be a Dragalia Lost player.

Dragalia Lost is a free download for iOS or Android devices. Fire Emblem Heroes is a free download for Android or iOS devices. You are a free download for iOS and Android devices.

Source: Kotaku.com

Horny-Looking Game Actually Just A Series Of Menus

Screenshot: Game Of Sultans

For the past month, every time I’ve logged onto Instagram, I’ve seen an ad for Game Of Sultans. These ads are, in a word, horny. Busty suitors compete for your love and the ability to sire your heir. The ads included flavor text like “my girlfriend’s character is already queen!” Whose girlfriend, you ask? There was only one way to find out. I had to play the game.

This made me laugh so much
Screenshot: Game of Sultans

Turns out, it’s not very horny. As advertised, this looked like it would be a game about having children and marrying them off. Having played my fair share of Princess Maker and Long Live The Queen, I thought I might as well give it a shot. Spoiler alert: that is not what the game is about.

In the opening cutscene for Game Of Sultans, you learn that you’re a prince at your father’s deathbed. He dies due to old age, and you ascend as sultan. You’re given a chance to name this young king, and I hit the random button until it landed on Hardy Castenada. An appropriate name, right? I thought it might add to his fortitude.

From there, you enter menu hell. I quickly found out that you don’t even unlock the ability to get married until you’ve played through most of the lengthy tutorial. Game Of Sultans is more about raising the overall strength of your empire than anything else. You do that by training your viziers, which you do by spending the in-game currency of gold coins on them. You earn gold coins by either levying them—an option nested under the Imperial Parliament screen, which can be completed by tapping a button—or by winning battles on the campaign. In order to win battles, you have to have soldiers, which you can also earn by levying them.

During battles, you’re basically just matching up a bunch of numbers, like the overall power of your empire and the number of soldiers you have, against the numbers of the enemy. Are your numbers higher than their numbers? Great! Put your phone down and return to find more gold after the game has finished scrolling through about a minute’s worth of tedious animations.

Screenshot: Game of Sultans

Game Of Sultans is a spiraling tangle of a game. Even after playing a healthy amount over the past day or so, I’m still finding new parts of this game. You can join Unions with other players, or you can have your Viziers fight other players’ Viziers in the Arena. There’s events in the Frontier, where you can earn gold and rewards from hunting. You can gain allies from other nations, who will give you gifts. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time slapping a Barbarian, which has also earned me some gold and other random awards as all the players in the game collectively wear their health down.

The attractive ladies and their royal children are possibly the smallest part of the game. You’ll gain one wife during the tutorial, Canfeza the Dancer, and I got another one via leveling up. Her name’s Cecilia, which makes me feel weird (one of my Kotaku coworkers is also named that).

You can also find new wives via random encounters in The Masquerade, which you can only visit three times every couple of hours. Visiting your wives in your harem will raise their charm and intimacy with you, and also introduces the chance of them giving you a baby. I’ve had four so far, and I was already able to marry one off. In this game, all you need to do to raise children is feed them, which ages them rapidly. You only get food for your kids every couple hours, but that was enough to raise one kid to an adult and find him a wife. He seems pretty happy!

I’m finding that I’m playing through all the rest of the bloat in this game just for the chance to have more babies. The ads for Game of Sultans really made me want to have those babies, and by gum, I’m gonna do it. But you’re not able to visit your wives or raise your children very often throughout the day—at most, you can visit a couple times every few hours. That is, unless you pay real money to buy packs of items that will shorten or temporarily eliminate all the timers. Did I not mention the timers? Everything, everything in this game is on a timer, and some of them are as long as three hours. Not only do I want this game to be hornier in a figurative sense, but also, in a literal sense. I feel like Hardy should have a shorter refractory period than three hours.

I still haven’t deleted Game Of Sultans off my phone yet. I still want to see what my babies will look like when they grow up. While I’m waiting for all my timers to reset, though, I should probably just start a new game of Princess Maker. That game won’t make me wait all day just to see my partner.

Source: Kotaku.com

You Can Stream PS4 Games To Your iPhone and iPad Now, But You’ll Really Want a Controller

After seemingly being left for dead, iOS MFi game controllers suddenly seem poised for a comeback. Fortnite recently added support for controllers on mobile, and we covered the best options here, and now, you can use them to play PS4 games as well.

Sony’s new, free firmware update finally brings officially sanctioned game streaming to iOS, and while the PS4 Remote Play app can overlay on-screen controls in a pinch, you’ll certainly have a better experience with an actual controller. Unfortunately, your DualShock 4 won’t work with your favorite Apple device, so you’ll have to buy an MFi-certified gamepad. The <a rel="nofollow" data-amazonasin="B01AZC3III" data-amazonsubtag="[t|link[p|1833133206[a|B01AZC3III[au|5727177402741770316[b|theinventory[lt|text" onclick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Commerce', 'theinventory – You Can Stream PS4 Games To Your iPhone and iPad Now, But You'll Really Want a Controller’, ‘B01AZC3III’);window.ga(‘unique.send’, ‘event’, ‘Commerce’, ‘theinventory – You Can Stream PS4 Games To Your iPhone and iPad Now, But You'll Really Want a Controller’, ‘B01AZC3III’);” data-amazontag=”theinventory-20″ href=”https://www.amazon.com/SteelSeries-Nimbus-Wireless-Gaming-Controller/dp/B01AZC3III/?tag=theinventory-20&ascsubtag=ea0dfb475163ea66c79b71c5574442e8e2d655c8″>SteelSeries Nimbus is by far the most popular option out there, while <a rel="nofollow" data-amazonasin="B07J1J7D6Z" data-amazonsubtag="[t|link[p|1833133206[a|B07J1J7D6Z[au|5727177402741770316[b|theinventory[lt|text" onclick="window.ga('send', 'event', 'Commerce', 'theinventory – You Can Stream PS4 Games To Your iPhone and iPad Now, But You'll Really Want a Controller’, ‘B07J1J7D6Z’);window.ga(‘unique.send’, ‘event’, ‘Commerce’, ‘theinventory – You Can Stream PS4 Games To Your iPhone and iPad Now, But You'll Really Want a Controller’, ‘B07J1J7D6Z’);” data-amazontag=”theinventory-20″ href=”https://www.amazon.com/Rotor-Riot-Certified-Controller-Compatible/dp/B07J1J7D6Z?tag=theinventory-20&ascsubtag=3f8d6175122ff8445ce71329f5eeb721ab265d0a”>this controller from Rotor Riot includes a dock for your phone as well.

Update: As user Skyfireblaze points out on Resetera, if you’re within range of your PS4, there is a workaround to use a DualShock 4 while streaming to your iOS device:

– Make a second user on your PS4

– Use the second user to connect via Remote Play

– Use your DS4 controller like you normally would directly connected to your PS4 logged in as your primary user

In either case, just be sure you’re buying the iOS version, since Android controllers won’t work with iOS, and remember not to stay up too late playing Red Dead Redemption 2 in bed.

Source: Kotaku.com

PlayStation 4 Firmware 6.50 Officially Brings Remote Play To iOS

The days of paying for a premium app to remote play PlayStation 4 games on iPhones and iPads is over. Today’s 6.50 PS4 firmware update enables game streaming between the console and the newly-released PS4 Remote Play app.

PlayStation 4 owners have been able to remote play their games on iOS devices for a couple of years now via applications like R-Play, a popular third-party solution sold on the iTunes app store for $11.99. The official PS4 Remote Play app, available now, does the same thing, only for free. Just download the app, pair it with your PS4 over the network, and you’re good to go.

The app uses on-screen controls by default. In landscape mode the controls are laid over the game screen, as seen here in a shot grabbed via my iPad Pro. In portrait mode, games run on the upper portion of the display, with touch controls underneath.

I have a good internet connection, which may be why I encountered very little lag while playing. Still, I wouldn’t recommend playing games that require precision timing. At least, not without a good third-party Bluetooth controller. The app is perfect for role-playing games, visual novels and other less controller intensive fare.

Thanks for keeping us going while Sony got its crap together, pricey third-party remote play apps! They’ve got it from here.

Source: Kotaku.com

The Skylanders Return In A New Mobile Game

PLayers get to create their own Portal Master. Mine is the redhead on the right.

Available today worldwide on iOS and Android devices, Skylanders: Ring of Heroes takes the colorful characters from the toys-to-life series and turns them into pawns in a free-to-play, character-collecting role-playing game. That’s fine, I guess. Not like Activision was doing anything with them recently.

Aside from the animated Netflix series, we haven’t heard much from the Skylanders since Activision put the games on hold following 2016’s Imaginators. Many fans, myself included, were feeling burnt out after playing six games in as many years and collecting dozens of the accompanying toys. It was sad to see the series stall, but a break wasn’t the worst thing.

The good news is, Skylanders: Ring of Heroes does not require toys to unlock new heroes—just in-game currency. Developed by Com2uS, the game sees players forming teams of both heroic Skylanders and their villainous foes in order to partake in turn-based battles. Kaos is on the loose once more, and he’s stolen the Book of Dark Magic—it’s up to the players’ Portal Masters and their little friends to save the day.

Look at all these damn stats.

Using currency earned by playing or purchased with real-world cash, players collect and level up Skylanders. The elementally attuned creatures can evolve to become more powerful and even awaken into new, enhanced forms. There’s a lot of menu-based futzing about to do with each character.

Of course, you can build a town. What kind of free-to-play collect-a-thon would it be if you couldn’t build a town? These are not amateur mobile developers.

There are no real surprises here. Skylanders: Ring of Heroes is a by-the-book mobile RPG starring characters that fans of the series might be missing about now. It’s nice to see Hot Dog, Jet-Vac, Spyro and friends doing stuff, even if it’s samey stuff.

Source: Kotaku.com

The Complete Guide to Tethering From Your Phone or Tablet When You Don’t Have Wifi

Photo: David Nield (Gizmodo)

Phone or tablet tethering can give you some precious internet connectivity when you’re out of wifi range, and in terms of connecting on the go, it’s much more secure than the public wifi you’ll find in hotels, coffee shops, and so on. Here’s how to do it, simply and painlessly, whether you’ve got Android or iOS on your mobile device.

We’re going to focus largely on wifi tethering here—creating a wifi hotspot from your phone or tablet—but you do have other options. If you’ve got a spare USB cable you can create a more stable connection between laptop and mobile device, or you can tether via Bluetooth, which is significantly slower but less taxing on battery life.

Picking a data plan

Screenshot: Gizmodo

Before you can fire up tethering on a phone or tablet, you need a suitable data plan—specifically, one that allows tethering. Most now do, but hotspot data is sometimes counted separately to standard data you use on your phone, and you’ll probably see slowdowns (or extra charges) after you exceed your limits.

Check out Sprint’s unlimited plans and you’ll see the hotspot data allowance goes from 500MB to 50GB per month depending on how much you’re willing to pay. Some hotspot data allowance is available on more limited plans, and separate deals can be picked up if you’re connecting a tablet.

It’s largely the same across the other carriers: Most AT&T plans, Verizon plans, and T-Mobile plans include a mobile hotspot allowance for tethering, though as we’ve said sometimes hotspot data is counted as separate (check with the carrier directly if you’re not sure). Note the transfer speeds too—some Verizon plans offer unlimited hotspot data but at a maximum speed of 600 kbps, while T-Mobile distinguishes between 3G and 4G LTE speeds (the latter costs more).

And that’s another important consideration when tethering: Actually having a strong enough 4G LTE data signal to get by. If you’ve got a patchy cellular connection then chances are you’re not going to get the browsing speeds you need on your laptop, and you’ll need to move to an area with better coverage.

Tethering from Android

Screenshot: Gizmodo

With so many devices and variations on Android out there, it can be hard to provide a definitive guide to its functions, but most Android phones or tablets will work along similar lines—even if the manufacturer of your smartphone has changed some of the settings and menus around, the tethering process should be broadly the same.

When it comes to the stock or close-to-stock version of Android 9 Pie you’ll get on Pixels and phones like the Nokia range, you need to open up Settings then pick Network & Internet, Hotspot & tethering, and Wi-Fi hotspot. Turn the toggle switch to On, and you can set your hotspot name and password (something you definitely want in place if you don’t want a bunch of strangers borrowing your data connection).

The same Hotspot & tethering screen gives you access to wired and Bluetooth tethering as well—just tap the relevant toggle switch to enable the feature. Alternatively, there should be a Hotspot icon in the Quick Settings draw at the top of the screen, which you can tap to enable tethering over wifi using the default configuration.

Screenshot: Gizmodo

If you’re connecting wirelessly from Windows or macOS, the process is just the same as it is for connecting to any other wifi network: Search for available networks or devices, then select your phone or tablet when it appears.

If you’ve picked Bluetooth tethering, from the Windows Settings pane you need to go to Devices, Bluetooth & other devices, and Add Bluetooth or other device to get connected. On macOS, open up System Preferences then choose Bluetooth and click Connect next to your phone or tablet when it appears.

For wired connections (USB tethering), Windows should automatically detect your phone or tablet as a wired connection once you’ve enabled the option on the device. That said, you might well run into driver problems that seem to vary by device—we’d recommend using the wifi option unless you have good reason not to.

On macOS, cabled tethering is even more complicated. Just in case you absolutely have to do it, you need this driver very generously provided by a third-party developer. You also need to enable Developer Options and USB debugging (on the Developer Options menu) on your phone before the connection will appear. There’s a useful and comprehensive walkthrough here.

When it comes to Chromebooks, there’s now an Instant Tethering feature available for connecting to Pixel phones (with support for more Android devices rolling out as we speak). Essentially, it makes the tethering process just a touch easier, with Chrome OS automatically latching on to an available and recognized cellular device if a normal wifi network isn’t detected.

Screenshot: Gizmodo

From the Settings pane in Chrome OS, you need to scroll down to Connected devices and choose Setup. Follow the instructions on screen to make the connection, which also enables the Android Messages app for Chrome OS (so you can send and receive SMSes through your Chromebook).

After the connection is made, select the device in Settings to configure it further (and turn off the SMS feature if you don’t like it). You also need to make sure the Instant Tethering option under Google in Settings is switched on, but it should be by default.

You can use wired tethering if you wish—it should be as simple as plugging in your Android phone or tablet via a USB cable and then enabling USB tethering on your mobile device. When we tested it, the device immediately created a connection labeled “Ethernet” on the Chromebook we were connecting to.

Tethering from iOS

Screenshot: Gizmodo

If you’ve got an iPhone or a cellular-enabled iPad to hand, then tethering life is a bit more straightforward, especially if you’re needing to hook up to the web from a Mac. From Settings, pick Personal Hotspot, enable the feature, and… you’re just about done. Connect to the device as a wireless network or a Bluetooth device to use its internet.

If you’re signed into the same iCloud account on both the Apple device you’re using as a hotspot and the Apple device you’re connecting from, it’s even easier: The device appears as an option in the networks list and can be connected to with a click, no password required.

Should the situation demand a wired connection, again this is very straightforward if you’re using a macOS computer with an iOS device. You still need to switch the personal hotspot feature on, but when the device gets attached via USB, it immediately appears as a hotspot in the network connection list.

Screenshot: Gizmodo

As on Android, the wireless option is probably the one to go for, particularly if you’re not using a Mac. In theory, the wired USB option should work with Windows too… but in practice it tends to throw up several issues, mostly around drivers and older OS versions. That said, it worked fine on our Windows 10 and iOS 12 setup—the iPhone immediately acted as a wired network connection without any other configuration.

If you’re connecting from a Chromebook, the iOS device can be connected to as a wireless network without any issues. At the time of writing, Bluetooth and USB tethering isn’t supported in Chrome OS, however, so you don’t have those as options unless you’re using an Android device.

For those of you with a decent data plan, a strong 4G LTE connection and plenty of battery life left, you might find tethering an even better option than wifi in some situations, working from your phone or tablet as a mobile hotspot is usually relatively straightforward—unless you’re trying to do cabled tethering from Android to Mac

Source: Kotaku.com

A New Dr. Mario Game Is Coming To Phones

Nintendo just announced a new mobile game partnership with Japanese company Line, which will involve a new Dr. Mario game coming to iOS and Android.

It’ll be called Dr. Mario World, and is being co-developed by both companies, with further assistance coming from NHN Entertainment. It’ll be out worldwide in “early summer 2019″.

The game is described by Nintendo as a “puzzle” title, of course, while thy also say it’ll be “Free to download with optional in-app purchases”.

The announcement comes just after Nintendo also announced a delay for the Mario Kart phone game, which is now also scheduled to appear in the summer.

Source: Kotaku.com