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RollerCoaster Tycoon World Won’t Have Build Timers

Unlike mobile versions of RollerCoaster Tycoon, the upcoming RollerCoaster Tycoon World game for PC will not have build timers.

Speaking with Digital Spy, Senior Producer Matthew Labunka said “There’s no build timers – the game is a premium, full PC game. So there’s a challenge mode, there’s a simulation mode – when you’re building your park, just the same way you would have ten years ago, but with some pretty cool new features associated with it.”

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, build timers are a monetization element often found in free-to-play games, which are common on mobile devices. They appear as needlessly long countdowns that keep you from progressing until you wait — sometimes for minutes, sometimes for hours or more.

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Blackbeard’s ‘Mega Drift’ Powerslides into the App Store on April 16th

Chillingo and Blackbeard Games have just announced a new title that promises to combine auto-runners with car drifting, in Mega Drift. The game’s goal is to race through levels, trying to drift successfully around corners. It’s a one-tap game, as you tap to start a drift, and release when necessary, trying to come out of the turn in a straight line, giving you a boost that will let you reach the next checkpoint. If you’re good at drifting and understand the mechanics of it, you’ll likely be good at this game! If not, then you’ll need to learn in order to do well!

I’ve played a bit of this, and it’s remarkably challenging, but I also stink at drifting. I’m curious to play more, because maybe I’ll finally understand how to be a drift master? I was solid at drift turboing in Mario Kart DS, but my skills have eroded since then. There’s a bunch of courses to race through, with myriad cars to unlock and upgrade as you try to become the best drifter on Earth. This one releases on April 16th.

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Alibaba’s Mapping Service AutoNavi Unveils LBS+ Open Platform

AutoNavi, China’s leading mapping service fully acquired by Alibaba, has taken the wraps off LBS+, an open platform for location based services. Now serving a broad range of fields like car rental, O2O, smart devices and environmental protection, the platform provides location based service solution plans that integrate development kit, big data, and relevant services and functions.

At the press conference, the company also announced tie-ups with car rental service Zuche, NGO Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, massage booking service Kungfu Bear, and drone developer Ehang.

In addition to AutoNavi’s free digital map database and mobile LBS development kits, LBS+ features location big data analytic services, helping clients gain insights on customer numbers, customer location and hot areas. AutoNavi’s cloud computing service was also integrated, to enable data storage, management and analysis.

Previous LBS open platforms only offers developers with LBS development kits. LBS+ added mapping big data and mapping cloud computing service, enabling users to manage and analyze data, and then to make wiser business decisions based o these results.

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Surong360 Targets University Students and Alumni for P2P Lending

University students in China now number over 30 million, more than the population of the average country. Surong360 targets university students and alumni for the P2P marketplace, observing that alumni favor their graduating university and have a bond with their successors, so they will more readily lend money to these students.

While there are many P2P finance companies in the market, they typically offer fixed interest rates while lenders do not know who borrows their money. Surong360, however, does not intervene in the transaction, instead functioning as a social network for P2P lending with flexible interest rates. Borrowers can publish their requirements and lenders can choose from whom they want to borrow. Credit points are given based on the borrower’s financial activity to help lenders decide.

Surong360 is born out of CEO Andy Xue’s personal experience. “My major was computer science. The school lab closed early every day and the computer quality was very poor. I had no money at that time to buy a laptop. I think if I could have borrowed money for one, I could have done more things, even started running a startup earlier. So when I graduated, I wanted to help my successors avoid that experience.” …read more


Infinite Crisis Review

Unlike the superheroes of comic books, Infinite Crisis makes no effort to hide its true identity. It is, through and through, a clear play for the lucrative MOBA market featuring familiar DC Universe characters as playable champions. While no one can fault Warner Brothers for wanting its franchise to be represented among the ever-growing population of MOBAs, you might have expected to see more effort to mask the face of gameplay we’ve seen regurgitated over the past few years.

Infinite Crisis follows a formula similar to most of the

Attempting to kill the Raider alone may attract enemy heroes.

If you only play the standard maps in DotA and League of Legends, you will find Infinite Crisis’ default map a bit different from what you’re familiar with due to the objectives beyond defeating towers and neutral monsters. At a certain point, power relays unlock that players capture by standing on them. Controlling two of the three relays enables stronger drones for your top lane, while controlling all three powers the drones in both lanes. The inhibitor/rax interaction of other games is completely absent in lieu of this territorial control element. The extra level of strategy involved in controlling the …read more


‘Hearthstone’ Blackrock Mountain Guide: Free to Play Decks to Beat Heroic Molten Core

r/hearthstone member u/TommyJTheGamer is back at it again, taking out the heroic adventures of Hearthstone’s [Free (HD)] Blackrock Mountain with super cheap and even free decks. Each time we feature him, I can’t wait to see how he manages the toughest content with such basic decks. Only the first deck will cost you dust to the tune of 80 dust total to assemble. The other two are completely free.

Here’s a list of links of our most recent Hearthstone news and updates:

Thanks again to u/TommyJTheGamer for being a Hearthstone master.

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App Store Update: April 10

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

Rogue Star – ($4.99)

It’s finally here! Rogue Star’s been in development for what seems like ages, but now you can soar through its take on outer space at last:

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Listen to Xenoblade Chronicles 3D’s Awesome Music

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D comes out today in North America (and launched last week in Europe), and Nintendo has released a bunch of new music videos to mark the occasion.

Below, enjoy five live recordings of some of the best songs from Xenoblade Chronicles 3D. In addition, be sure to check out IGN’s review of the sci-fi RPG from Nintendo and Monolith Software.

And let us know what songs from Xenoblade Chronicles 3D have you really feeling it in the comments below.

The Main Theme

You Will Know Our Names

Mechanical Rhythm

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