Firaxis Reveals First Expansion for Civilization: Beyond Earth

Since the beginning of the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise, players have been tethered to land. Coastal cities and oceanic trade routes are key to expansion, and naval superiority is often helpful in military pursuits, but most leaders succeed by dominating the sprawling continents. Soon, though, that approach will face complications.

Civilization: Beyond Earth‘s first expansion, Rising Tide, invites players to the seas. Maps aren’t divided anymore. Coastlines are no longer boundaries. Settlers can colonize water tiles, establishing cities as far into the ocean as desired. And in addition to this maritime focus, Firaxis is incorporating a new diplomatic approach, hybrid affinities, factions and artifact system.

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‘Final Fantasy: Record Keeper’ Adds Four Characters With Its Latest Content Update

Fans of DeNA’s Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] will notice that the freemium RPG didn’t have a new timed event this week. Instead, players that logged in over the weekend were met with the English version’s second large content update.

This update saw the debut of records from Final Fantasy VIII and Final Fantasy XIII, as well as additions to the records already available in Final Fantasy I, II, III, V, and X. In terms of difficulty, these new records are in continuation of the game’s last content update, so you’re going to be seeing battles with difficulties that start in the mid-20s and extend all the way out to the low 40s on classic (with a significant increase in the elite equivalents). In terms of success, adherence to our general guide is a must. Otherwise, players have all the time in the world to level up to the strength necessary to succeed.

In terms of loot, players are looking at 2 and 3 star orbs of a wide variety across all the new battles. However, the real value is in the new character records that can be unlocked through playing through all the classic dungeons. Across the new content, players …read more

Can You Make it to Grandma’s Alive in Red Retold?

Over the river and through the woods, past the graveyard, around the bear, bypassing the witch, over the spiked pile, away from the cultists in the church, past the wolves, beyond the poison, far from the lightning bolts, down the foggy street, a hop, skip, and a jump from the haunted castle, and a few steps from the creepy marionette to grandmother’s house we go! That’s how it goes, right? Well, maybe in most versions, but in Barry Atkins’ Red Retold, it’s a lot harder to get to your grandma’s house than you may remember.

Red Retold features several tiny screens filled with locations and dangers, and by clicking on one of these places, Red will warp to it. Using this power and her considerable jumping skills (a career in basketball should be coming her way), you should be able to dodge around the enemies on each screen and make your way to your grandmother’s house intact. Maybe even collect a few coins to help the old lady out in her retirement while you’re at it. Wolves, witches, and other dangerous fairytale things are waiting along the path, though, their deep-seated …read more

Trailer Roundup for May 18, 2015

From real time naval combat RPGs to roguelites about controlling mobs, has you covered.

All Guns On Deck
Windows | $TBA | Early access summer 2015

This one is an action RPG centered around naval warfare.

Windows | $TBA | Sometime 2015

Aurion’s new trailer does a much better job of showing their gameplay off than anything we’ve seen so far. This game from Cameroonian developer Kiro’o is to be a 2D side-view action RPG.

Das Tal
Windows, Mac, Linux | €40+ | July 2016 | Kickstarter

This game is a top-down sandbox MMO with a focus on real time, skill-based combat.

Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android | $TBA | Fall 2015

From the developer: “Désiré is colour-blind from birth; he will lead you into in world of black and white. A taciturn loner, ill at ease, Désiré constantly tries to find himself, to make his own way in life. He marches on hesitantly, as life never brought him much joy. When the schoolteacher asks Désiré why he didn’t draw the sun like the …read more

Xurpas buys into, its first investment outside Asia

Philippine consumer technology company Xurpas has bought a stake in American startup, marking its first investment outside Asia.

Xurpas today told the Philippine Stock Exchange that it acquired 666,666 series A preferred shares of for US$1.50 apiece, making a total of US$999,999. The deal gives Xurpas 4.5 percent ownership of the soon-to-launch mobile search engine. was founded earlier this year as a company of Idealab, a Pasadena, California-based creator and operator of technology businesses.

Mobile-first is the fifth company to join Xurpas’ portfolio following the latter’s IPO in December. Xurpas earlier invested in Singapore-based game development studio Altitude Games and multiplayer games platform MatchMe, a Philippine HR-tech firm, and an Indonesian mobile content provider.

“Expansion has always been one of our company’s priorities. We will continue to do this through the acquisition of new distribution channels and world-class products,” said Xurpas CEO and president Nix Nolledo. “It is the main reason why we decided to raise money through last year’s IPO.”

Xurpas specializes in the creation and development of digital products and services for mobile users. Its portfolio includes online casual games, messaging applications, as well as mobile platform solutions such as call/SMS/data bundles, mobile …read more

This app lets busy parents know what’s going on in their child’s classroom

Helping kids reach their potential in school isn’t solely the role of teachers. It’s a partnership with parents or carers at home. So parents need to be aware of what goes on in the classroom. Yet there’s an obvious communication gap: so-called PTA meetings are few and far between. There are ways to get involved, but it seems almost impossible for some parents caught up between work and chores.

Enter mobile apps like MyChild. MyChild keeps parents in the loop about their children’s performance in school as well as their activities.

“It’s a portal for busy parents,” says its founder and CEO Alan Gosiengfiao.

Parents can view their child’s grades, and keep track of homework and projects pending or submitted on the app. They can also check the schedule of their child’s school activities on a calendar.

The best thing about the app is it allows teachers and parents to chat. This is helpful in instances where teachers want to focus on a particular issue, such as attendance, or parents want to clarify instructions for a homework or a project.

This means parents are able to review information on their child at the touch of a button.

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GTA 5 Physical Sales Pass 5 Million in the UK

Over 5 million physical copies of Grand Theft Auto V have been sold in the UK alone.

The news comes courtesy of Chart-Track, which doesn’t factor digital sales into its calculations when working out the weekly sales chart.

It’s yet another milestone for the game which, at the last count, has managed to ship over 45 million copies to retailers. Grand Theft Auto V launched in early September 2013, and we loved it. It made $800 million in a single day, then $1 billion in three days, before going on to become the best-selling title of 2013 in the United States. It’s since gone on to sell 33 million copies.

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