We're heading back to the Golden Apple Archipelago, featuring new events, new story, and a new cast of characters
Summer is here in Genshin Impact, and there's no better way to celebrate than by going on a trip to a paradise full of wonder, mystery, and of course, partake in summertime shenanigans with some of your favorite characters, all right before we head off to a new region. This means it's time to reveal what's new, how to participate in the main seasonal event Summertime Odyssey, and wipe the new limited-time Golden Apple Archipelago clean before it disappears again.
Multiply the difficulty of Wordle by four with Quordle
Unless you've been living under a rock on social media, you probably have heard of Wordle by now, the 5-letter daily word puzzle game that famously went viral over the web. Once you've begun playing Wordle, you'll understand why it's gained so much popularity over the last year. There's nothing more satisfying than being one of the first to solve the daily puzzle, but once you're done, you are left starving for more. You could install some of the best alternatives to Wordle to quench that hunger, but maybe you're in the market for a game similar to Wordle with a new difficulty spike. Look no further; Quordle is here. No more worrying about outsmarting Wordle and being done within minutes; Quordle is four times the size offering enough gameplay to satiate your hunger for word puzzles.
Ubisoft is off to a great start, the game looks comparable to its console brethren
Last week Ubisoft revealed that it's working on a The Division shooter for mobile, known as The Division Resurgence, bringing the third-person shooter to mobile to compete with the big boys like Apex Legends and Call of Duty. At the time, very little was revealed, which is why Ubisoft has just released a gameplay walkthrough recorded in-game to show everyone precisely what the title will have to offer. So if you're curious to see The Division Resurgence in action, with its mechanics explained, Ubisoft has your back.
Including a free trial for non-Stadia members
Outcasters is one of the few exclusives on Stadia, an online multiplayer top-down shooter that launched on the platform at the tail end of 2020 for $20, a title we reviewed and were impressed with, even though the price was a little high. Well, Google has just announced that the game is going free to play for all Stadia members, even if you're not subscribed to Pro. There's even a new free trial for the game where anyone can test Outcasters without a Stadia account.
Grab a smorgasbord of free PC games on Amazon's dime
Today's the day to build up your PC gaming library with over 30 games currently up for grabs during Amazon Prime Day. You only need an active Amazon Prime membership and a quick visit to the Prime Gaming hub to claim all of the free goodies. Some freebies include AAA titles like the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, which is currently $60 on Steam. So make sure to take a few minutes to get your hands on all of these Prime Day games.
Soon you won't have to worry about losing your streak when switching devices
How obsessive a Wordle player are you? Do you keep your carefully curated list of starting words secret, lest your friends gain an unfair advantage? Is your day-to-day vocabulary starting to drop all those useless longer-than-five-letter words? Maybe most importantly: what's your streak? The only thing worse than an undignified five-guess win is missing a day entirely — and that's not a situation helped any if you're juggling multiple devices. Thankfully, Wordle is planning to do something about that.
Lose yourself in a brand new world
Settling down with an RPG for Android is the perfect way to end a long day. Long gone are the days when the only place to get lost in an RPG was your desktop computer, now your Android phone is bursting with quality games. From original mobile titles like Battle Chasers to ports of classic PC RPGs like Knights of the Old Republic, there are fantastic new games being published on Android every year.
2.1 brings a new themed mode, a K-pop concert, and an overhauled chat feature
It's been two months since PUBG Mobile 2.0 dropped this past May, and even though today is filled with news about Prime Day, LightSpeed & Quantum Studio is full speed ahead with today's update announcement. Fans can expect a new themed mode with the return of the quicksand statue Pharaoh, plus there's a global virtual concert that will run from the 22nd to the 24th, starring the K-pop band Blackpink. So if you have eagerly awaited PUBG Mobile's latest update, 2.1 starts rolling out today.
A running list of the best Android games available today
Cataloging Android games is just something we do here at AP, partly because the Play Store is utterly useless for discovery and partly because many mobile games simply aren't worth playing. This is why we've created a roundup of the best Android games out there, the best of the best, and it's a growing list continually updated. So if you've been hunting for the best games currently available on Android but didn't know where to start, today's roundup is for you. Enjoy!
If you demand tactile controls for your mobile games, the Razer Kishi is one of the best solutions around
Since Razer released the Kishi controller in 2020, it's been a staple of mobile gaming, which is a good reason. It's built well, is comfortable to hold in hand, relies on USB-C for connections cutting down on latency, folds up for easy transportation, and fits a solid selection of Android phones. The only caveat for the last two years is that the Razer Kishi is typically an expensive controller, but thanks to the onslaught of Prime Day sales, you can pick one up today for $45 (typically retailing for $80), which is about as good as it gets.
Get the most out of your Prime membership by claiming free games and loot
An Amazon Prime membership can open doors to all sorts of perks, even if you don't regularly shop at the retailer. One of these perks adds excellent benefits for gamers, and that's Amazon's premium program, Prime Gaming. Prime Gaming offers plenty of freebies if you're subscribed to Amazon Prime, including free games, in-game loot, and monthly Twitch channel access. But in order to claim these freebies, you'll need to sign up for Prime Gaming, so that's where Android Police comes in to walk you through the process and teach you how to take full advantage of the program.
Don’t miss out on the latest word game trend sweeping the web
Wordle caused a massive internet explosion upon its release, and it still holds a spotlight on our social media posts today. It's not just the game's puzzle-solving premise that caused such a spike in popularity. It's about the shared experience that happens globally. Everyone competes to solve the daily word puzzle and then ultimately brag or rant over their results, all sharing a similar experience. This is why Wordle is such a powerful game, it sparks tons of conversations everywhere you go, but amazingly enough, it's also an entertaining game with simple-to-learn rules.
For $5 you get the entire game and its new DLC
Terry Cavanagh's (of VVVVVV fame) roguelike deck builder Dicey Dungeons has finally launched on Android and iOS, along with all-new DLC for the game, which is now available on all supported platforms. Often compared favorably to Slay the Spire, Dicey Dungeons is a single-player experience where you won't have to continually spend money collecting cards to chase the meta. You can go at your own pace, building better and better decks as your progress, and since the mechanics are easy to understand, just about anyone can pick this up for an enjoyable gaming session or three. So if you've been itching for a fresh deck builder to play through and have yet to experience Dicey Dungeons, now is your chance to play on Android.
69 of the week's best Android app and game sales
Thanks to events like the Steam sale, you'll find discounts across many storefronts, including the Play Store, and so even though Steam's summer sale is over, we still have a large group of the best Android games and best Android apps on sale for the weekend, including Bad North and My Child Lebensborn, not to mention a sweet discount on Cubasis 3, an excellent DAW for those of you into music creation. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are the best temporarily free and on-sale apps and games for the weekend.
A monthly roundup of new and unique Play Store games
Now that June is over, it's time to check out all the best Android games released during the month in AP's latest monthly game roundup. This is a static page where each month of releases is available in an expandable box, so if you're curious to see what May or April offered, you're covered. Of course, today's post is all about the releases in June, and we have some bangers, including the slick platformer Dadish 3, and the roguelike dungeon crawler, Gloomgrave. So get comfy, as we have a handful of awesome games to explore.
A standalone Gwent expansion focused on PvE gameplay, out now for $10
CD Projekt Red built an interesting card game known as Gwent for The Witcher 3, more or less a mini-game that could be played within the AAA title. Even though the card game's beginnings were humble, CD Projekt Red eventually fleshed the game out further to launch the online multiplayer title Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. Well, apparently, fans were itching for a single-player Gwent experience where they don't have to chase the meta constantly, and so CD Projekt Red has released Gwent: Rogue Mage, marketed as a standalone expansion for Gwent; it's a premium release built around PvE play, now available on Android, iOS, and PC for $10.
A new release in the open-world third-person shooter franchise, offering a fresh storyline and characters
Apparently, no well-known franchise is safe from receiving a free-to-play mobile interpretation, and so Ubisoft has just announced that it's working on a Tom Clancy's The Division mobile game. This title is known as Tom Clancy's The Division Resurgence, and unsurprisingly the game will be free-to-play, offering the familiar cover-based shooting the series is known for, and it all will take place in an open world. This mobile offshoot will expand on the lore of the first two games in the series, offering solo or co-op play spread across PvE content, and testing should begin soon, which is why Ubisoft is already providing a way to sign-up on the game's website if you'd like to apply to test the unreleased title before it officially launches.
Amazon Luna is an up-and-comer in the game streaming market, offering promising features that shouldn't be missed
The emergence of cloud gaming has been on the rise with xCloud, Google Stadia, and Nvidia GeForce NOW, so it was only a matter of time before Amazon wanted to take a piece of the pie. So the company launched Amazon Luna in 2022. Amazon may be a newcomer to cloud gaming, but its Luna service is already proving to be a suitable competitor in the market. So let's break down why gamers shouldn't be sleeping on Amazon Luna in 2022.
Disney's latest gacha game is a mirror into the corporate soul
Disney Mirrorverse is a free-to-play gacha game, developed by Kabam Games (the developer of Marvel Contest of Champions, a similar title). Set in the titular Mirrorverse, you'll collect and control your favorite Disney characters to battle your way through hordes of minions and evil copies (or mirrors) of Disney characters. Thanks to the incredible graphics, it might be worth it for some Disney fans, but there are far better Android games available that offer much fairer monetization.
Learn all about Diablo Immortal's MMORPG mechanics to improve your dungeon diving and the loot rewarded
Blizzard has teamed up with veteran mobile developer NetEase to release the first Diablo game to land on mobile, Diablo Immortal. The title aims to bring back the magic to the series with high-quality gameplay and premium-feeling controls, a lower barrier for entry with the free-to-play model, and a clear-cut storyline that doesn’t require a lore roadmap for newcomers to follow. So if you have never touched a Diablo game before, now is a better time than ever to get a taste of why Diablo has been such a financial success for Blizzard.