Alto's Odyssey Is Finally Out, and Here's How to Play It

Alto's Odyssey Is Finally Out, and Here's How to Play It

An endless runner is supposed to be a tense gambit of lightning reflexes and pattern memorization, so Alto's Adventure went against the grain when it dropped in February 2015. But its relatively gentle mountain slopes and minimalist beauty allow you to get into a kind of zen-like flow that has proven very popular, and now Alto's Odyssey takes the setting from snowy peaks to endless sand dunes. There's more going on here than just a climate change, though. Here's what... Read More »

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Alto's Odyssey, the Sequel to Alto's Adventure, Lands Today for iOS Devices

Alto's Odyssey, the Sequel to Alto's Adventure, Lands Today for iOS Devices

Alto nailed this landing. Alto's Odyssey, the follow-up to the enchanting and beautiful Alto's Adventure endless runner, launches today for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

First expected last summer, the new game takes the llama-herding Alto away from his mountaintop home to a vast desert, where he glides over sand dunes, across ropes and vines, past rock walls, and by strange ruins to explore a new mysterious landscape.

Everything we love about Alto's Adventure is here in his... Read More »

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How to Play Monster Hunter on Your iPhone

How to Play Monster Hunter on Your iPhone

The blockbuster Monster Hunter series finally came to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in January with Monster Hunter World, and millions of copies have been flying off the shelves. In this addictive Dark Souls-esque RPG, you'll track down giant creatures, kill them, and collect trophies, either by yourself or online with friends.

But what if you don't want to plunk down $60 for it? Or maybe you want to play a little when you're on the go? Well, that's where Monster Hunter Freedom Unite... Read More »

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9 Tips and Tricks for Puzzle Games Like The Room: Old Sins

9 Tips and Tricks for Puzzle Games Like The Room: Old Sins

The Room: Old Sins (download for iOS) is the latest in a long line of very popular puzzle games designed for Android and iPhones, combining gothic supernatural spookiness with challenging but fair brain teasers. But while the puzzles themselves aren't cryptic or tedious, the worlds around them will be much easier to navigate and understand if you keep a few important rules in mind. We've put together a collection of handy tips that should help you keep your... Read More »

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Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Hands-On

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition Hands-On

The Final Fantasy series is one of the most popular franchises in gaming, and XV is generally regarded as a return to form after years of choppy waters -- but it doesn't run on mobile devices. However, publisher Square Enix anticipated this and began work years ago on a mobile-optimized version called Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition (Android, iOS). At $20, it's the most expensive Final Fantasy game for Android or iOS, which is saying a... Read More »

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Alto's Odyessy Coming February 22 to the iPhone

Alto's Odyessy Coming February 22 to the iPhone

Alto's Odyssey, the sequel to the beautiful and captivating Alto's Adventure mobile game, is coming February 22 to iPhones and iPads everywhere.

Originally due last summer but then delayed, the much-expected side-scrolling endless runner takes Alto out of the mountains and puts him to the desert, swapping his snowboard for a sandboard. In the new Alto game, Alto and his friends will glide over dunes and bridges, bounce off hot-air balloons, interact with new landscapes, and navigate through... Read More »

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Game Dev Tycoon: Here's How to Rock the Industry

Game Dev Tycoon: Here's How to Rock the Industry

Despite the trials and tribulations of office life, a lot of us still enjoy games about working at an office, and Game Dev Tycoon (Android, iOS) is arguably the best one we've seen; sadly, it hasn't been available for Android or iPhone users until now, five years after its debut on Windows and macOS. But it's quickly climbed into the top sales charts on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, and it's easy... Read More »

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First Look: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Mobile Game

First Look: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Mobile Game

It hasn't even officially launched yet -- the game is slated for release later in 2018 -- but the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery mobile game has already made a mysterious appearance in Google's Play Store and is soft-launching in a handful of regions.

To build excitement, the game also has an official website, where you can uncover a few more details about the game and sign up to learn even more, and be notified... Read More »

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Tags: Android , iOS

Apple iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad first look

Apple iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad first look

iOS 11, coming Sep. 19, will include a raft of new features, in time for the ensuing releases of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X.

Siri

Voice assistant Siri can now anticipate your needs -- thanks to advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence -- so it'll make suggestions even before you bother to ask.

Messages

A revamped iMessage app in iOS 11 will include a drawer to easily find your iMessage apps and stickers. iMessage users will also be to... Read More »

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Apple shows off iOS and MacOS updates at WWDC

Apple shows off iOS and MacOS updates at WWDC

Apple took the wraps off the next major revisions of its mobile and desktop operating systems at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference this morning, offering up speedier web browsing, person-to-person payment transfers via iMessages and Apple Pay, popular MacOS features for the iPad, and more.

iOS 11

iOS 11, coming this fall, will include a raft of new features. A revamped iMessage app in iOS 11 will include a drawer to easily find your iMessage apps and stickers. iMessage users will also... Read More »

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IoT World promotes child safety with three connected devices

IoT World promotes child safety with three connected devices

Child safety is critical, yet most parents can't monitor their children 24 hours a day. In those moments when children are out of sight or earshot, connected or smart devices can step in to play the role of guardian. At this week's Internet of Things World 2017, we found three revolutionary products that can help you protect your children, even when they're out of reach.

Owlet Baby Care (iOS, Android)

The fear... Read More »

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Star Apps: Glass Animals' Dave Bayley

Star Apps: Glass Animals' Dave Bayley

Glass Animals' singer Dave Bayley enjoys easily discovering new tunes on streaming sites, such as Spotify (iOS, Android), Apple Music (iOS, Android), and Amazon Music (iOS, Android). But, like most audiophiles, today, the psych pop frontman misses the context provided by the album artwork, band photos, and lyric sheets that historically accompanied record, cassette, and CD releases.

To give listeners insight into the characters who inspired Glass Animals' recent... Read More »

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Google I/O wows with three jaw-dropping announcements

Google I/O wows with three jaw-dropping announcements

Google I/O 2017 demonstrates how Google is doubling down on artificial intelligence to give its products an edge over the competition.

Announcing Google Lens

Google CEO Sundar Pichai kicked off I/O by announcing Google Lens, which will work as an extension of Google Assistant and Google Photos (Android, iOS) (with integration in other apps planned for the near future). It takes the input from your phone's camera and attempts to tell you more about it -- people, places,... Read More »

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Free Calling and Messaging with Amazon Echo Alexa

Free Calling and Messaging with Amazon Echo Alexa

Siri and the Google App demonstrate that using your voice can be the fastest way to get an answer to something, from driving directions to the middle name of the 21st President of the United States ("Alan"). Amazon's popular Echo devices can work this magic as well, with a built-in AI the company calls Alexa. In May 2017, Amazon added free messaging and voice calling to the Alexa app and all Echos. The people on both ends of the conversation... Read More »

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Tags: Messaging , VoIP , Amazon

5 things to know about Thirstie

5 things to know about Thirstie

With so many drink delivery apps vying for your disposable income, how does Thirstie set itself apart?

Watch our Download.com colleague, Carlos, make a Thirstie-inducing margarita

Thirstie offers on-demand delivery of beer, wine, and liquor (an hour or less) in 10-plus cities -- Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and the Hamptons (soon) -- but also ships within three days to 35 states without bottle markups. What sets Thirstie... Read More »

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5 drink delivery apps for Cinco de Mayo

5 drink delivery apps for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo may be a big drinking holiday in the U.S. (much grander than in Mexico, in fact). But why do we clink margarita glasses every May 5?

Watch our Download.com colleague, Carlos, make a Thirstie-inducing margaritaWhat we are celebrating

The fifth of May marks the day the Mexican Army defeated their French invaders at the Battle of Puebla, back in 1862. No, it's not, as some think, Mexican Independence Day, which actually takes place on September 16. It's... Read More »

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Tale of the tape: What's the best video streaming service?

Tale of the tape: What's the best video streaming service?

Is your cable TV bill too damn high? Or maybe you don't have cable but want to watch the cool new shows. Well, you can find solid alternatives to cable these days, and we're not just talking about Netflix (Android, iOS). With a collection of video apps on your smart TV or with an inexpensive streaming hardware hooked up to it, you can watch, pause, and record live channels and wade in an ocean of live... Read More »

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Tags: Guides , video , streaming

5 things to know about this week's creepy app, FaceApp

5 things to know about this week's creepy app, FaceApp

With so many face transformation apps flooding the App Store today, do we really need another one?

Yes, say FaceApp's developers. Available for iPhones and Android devices, FaceApp lets you transform your standard selfies into something far more exciting -- or weird or creepy. Why go with basic when you can age yourself 40 years or even change sex?

This is how you do it:

Start by snapping your own selfie or importing an existing headshot from... Read More »

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Friday 5: Google Earth, Pandora, YouTube, Apple's Clips, Lumino City

Friday 5: Google Earth, Pandora, YouTube, Apple's Clips, Lumino City

With Pandora Premium unleashed upon the suspecting public this week, the long-running music streaming service finally joined the on-demand listening party, after making its name as a radio-style service. Less expected was a big version bump for Google Earth, the fun-for-a-few-minutes 3D navigation app whose potential thunder has been mostly stolen by Google Maps for the last several years. Apple, YouTube, and popular indie game Lumino City also made a splash. Let's show you the highlights.

Pandora Premium (Android,... Read More »

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Best marijuana apps

Best marijuana apps

You've probably seen and heard the fictional tale of The Goonies, who sought One-Eyed Willy's Treasure, armed with only a map and a skeleton key. But it's far less likely you've heard of the real-life Waldos, who searched for a pot farm, near San Rafael High School, back in 1971, armed with only a treasure map and a few joints, even though their story's had a far-reaching impact. See, they met each day at 4:20 by the statue of... Read More »

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