Apple Arcade: ‘Discolored’ Review – You Don’t Know What You Have Until It’s Gone

I don’t know about you, but I never think about how important color is in our daily lives. Without color, our perspective on things would be so much different. Everything would be boring and even a bit creepy.

I didn’t think about it like that until I played Discolored, a game that removes all the color, and makes it your job to get it back. You’ll do this by completing different puzzles in a deserted diner in the middle of nowhere.

Discolored is a puzzle game created by Jason Godbey and published by Shifty Eye. You start in what I can only assume is your office. Since the beginning, you need to start solving puzzles to start the real puzzles. You start by getting a viewer, a tool that’ll let you go through a painting Super Mario 64 style.

After you use the viewer, you end up inside the painting, in a lonely diner in the middle of the desert. Everything is silent, dark and colorless. Nothing tells you what to do, you have to already know what the goal of the game is.

The atmosphere makes you feel uneasy. I had to double-check if Discolored was just a puzzle game, or if it …read more

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IGN’s Staff Reviews Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

As you all know, IGN’s official Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review score is the opinion of an individual reviewer who has played to completion, and not a consensus among the entire staff. That’s been standard practice among virtually all review outlets for decades, largely because of the challenging logistics of having so many people play so much of a game in such a short period of time. But what if, hypothetically, a whole bunch of IGN editors and hosts just happened to play Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order so intensively that a bunch of us finished within the first week? What if they all told you what they thought at once with brief reviews and personal scores, and we rounded them all up in one place instead of spreading those opinions out over our numerous shows and over weeks or months?

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Here Are the Recognizable Voice Actors in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a true cinematic Star Wars experience, and Respawn hired a voice cast to reflect its blockbuster ambitions. Recognizable stars have lent their voice and likeness to give Jedi Fallen Order’s corner of a galaxy far, far away a little Hollywood flourish.

The star of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is Cameron Monaghan, who plays the Jedi in hiding Cal Kestis. Monaghan is best known for his roles in shows like Shameless and Gotham where he played the iconic villain Joker.

Helping him on his journey are other recognizable faces like Debra Wilson of MadTV fame. Wilson plays Cere Junda, a crewmate who recruits Kestis to help restore the Jedi order. They’re both joined by Daniel Roebuck’s (Lost, Matlock) grouchy spaceship captain Greez Dritus.

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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Samurai Shodown’ Delayed, ‘Garfield Kart Furious Racing’ and Today’s Other New Releases, the Latest Sales, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for November 19th, 2019. It’s a little shorter today than usual, but we still have a handful of new releases to check out along with a bit of news and a few sales. Today sees a duel between two brand-new racers. Which one comes out on top? Not the one with Odie in it, I can tell you that much. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty!


‘Samurai Shodown’ Coming West in Q1 2020

While the Switch port of SNK’s Samurai Shodown revival was originally scheduled to hit this year and indeed will be coming out in Japan on December 12th, it appears its Western release is slipping a few months. The game will now release in the West in the first quarter of next year. The good news is that the interesting pre-order bonus from Japan will be available in the West as well. The NEOGEO Pocket Color Samurai Shodown! 2 will be a bonus for anyone who buys the game ahead of time on the eShop. Surprisingly playable, and a nifty little extra.

New Releases

WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship ($49.99)

SwitchArcade Highlight!

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Give InKind’s smarter giving platform brings in surprise $1.5 million in pre-seed funding

Helping out a friend in need online can be surprisingly difficult. While giving cash is easy enough, that’s often not what people need most — so Give InKind aims to be the platform where you can do a lot more than write a check. The idea is such a natural one that the company tripled its goal for a pre-seed round, raising $1.5 million from Seattle investors.

The company was selected for inclusion in the Female Founders Alliance’s Ready Set Raise accelerator, at the demo day for which I saw founder Laura Malcolm present.

The problem Malcolm is attempting to solve is simply that in times of hardship, not only do people not want to deal with setting up a fundraising site, but money isn’t even what they require to get through that period. Malcolm experienced this herself, when she experienced a personal tragedy and found that what was out there to let others help …read more

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The D&D vs Rick and Morty Game is Just as Wild as You’d Expect

This has been a busy fall for Wizards of the Coast’s D&D team. Having just released a new campaign in September’s Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus and preparing to publish another alongside a new setting expansion in Eberron: Rising From the Last War, the team is also getting ready to launch an adventure and starter set based on the hit TV show (and crossover comic series) Dungeons & Dragons vs Rick and Morty.

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Alleged Half-Life: Alyx Story, Gameplay Details Revealed

Valve Software officially announced Half-Life: Alyx, a new Half-Life VR game and the first Half-Life title in 12 years. Valve says it will fully reveal details for the game later this week, but new details have already emerged about its possible gameplay mechanics and setting.

Ars Technica published a report with new details about Half-Life: Alyx. According to their sources, Half-Life: Alyx will be a prequel that takes place between Half-Life 1 and Half-Life 2. As the title implies, Half-Life: Alyx will put players literally in the shoes of Alyx Vance, Gordon Freeman’s partner introduced in Half-Life 2.

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Where Is Our Shenmue 3 Review?

After nearly two decades, Shenmue 3 is actually out today. Wild! So why don’t we have a review up?

We only recently received review copies of Shenmue 3 from publisher Deep Silver, and not nearly in time to have a review ready for you all by today’s release. But rest assured we are working on one at this very moment, and expect to have it for your viewing pleasure by early next week – maybe late this week if it turns out to be shorter than we’ve heard it is.

Additionally, you may have heard rumblings that the Shenmue 3 review embargo was actually set for two days after its release today, but the review embargo we agreed to lifted at launch this morning. It’s IGN’s policy to never knowingly agree to a post-launch embargo, and Deep Silver has said that the embargo with a two-day delay reported by some was the unintentional result of a miscommunication that has since been remedied.

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‘GRID Autosport’ for Android from Feral Interactive Finally Has a Release Date with a Huge Supported Devices List

Feral Interactive’s GRID Autosport ($9.99) is one of the best looking portable racing games on any platform. It brought superb quality racing on iOS a while ago and then made its way to Nintendo Switch in an excellent port. The premium racing port for iOS and Nintendo Switch has been great to play but Android owners have been waiting a while. Today, Feral Interactive finally announced that GRID Autosport is coming to Android next week. Watch the new trailer below:

GRID Autosport on Android needs 3.9 GB of free space and supports Android 9.0 and higher. The port includes all content released on iOS and Nintendo Switch. The supported devices are below:

Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy Note8
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy Note9
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Galaxy S10+
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
Google Pixel 2
Google Pixel 2 XL
Google Pixel 3
Google Pixel 3 XL
Google Pixel 4
Google Pixel 4 XL
HTC U12+
LG V30+
Motorola Moto Z2 Force
Nokia 8
Razer Phone
Sony Xperia XZ1
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
Huawei Honor 10
Huawei Mate 20
OnePlus 5T
OnePlus 6T

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Robotics startup Picnic, known for its automated pizza assembly system, raises $5 million

Picnic, a robotics startup that focuses on food production, announced today that it has raised $5 million in additional seed funding. The new round was led by Creative Ventures, with participation from Flying Fish Partners and Vulcan Capital.

The company also said it has hired Kennard Nielsen, a product engineer who worked on the first four Kindle Fire tablets, Nike Fuelband, Microsoft Xbox and Doppler Labs’ HereOne from Doppler Labs at previous positions, as its new vice president of engineering.

The new funding will be used for product development, hiring and marketing.

Picnic is known for an automated pizza assembly system that launched in October. The configurable, modular platform currently focuses on high-volume pizza production and can reach rates of up to 180 18-inch pizzas or 300 12-inch pizzas an hour. The system fits into existing kitchen layouts, including food trucks and kiosks, and integrates with Picnic’s software to provide backend data and cloud analytics that help with consistency, speed and reducing food waste.

Picnic operates on a “robotics-as-a-service” model, with users paying for the system on a subscription basis. The pizza assembly system’s first customers were Centerplate, a food and hospitality provider for large event venues, and Washington-based restaurant chain Zaucer Pizza.

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