GamingMonk: A Community of 1 Million Gamers

GamingMonk, a community-focused gaming company servicing Esports and content, has just hit the 1 million user mark.

As one of India’s largest Esports community platforms, GamingMonk aims to spread awareness about gaming and its competitive nature.

Started by Ashwin Haryani & Abhay Sharma in 2015 as a gaming e-commerce company, GamingMonk has pivoted to an esports platform since.

GamingMonk operates across three fundamental verticals that aims to fulfill user engagement and satisfaction: Play, Watch and Discover.

Play– GamingMonk organizes competitive online and offline gaming tournaments for games like PUBG Mobile, Garena Free Fire, WCC Rivals, Clash Royale, FIFA 20 etc. Users can participate in multiple tournaments throughout the day and win cash prizes.

Watch– Users can watch livestreams of various tournaments conducted by GamingMonk throughout the day, and also consume video content around Esports and Gaming.

Discover– Users can discover new games, new content around games and engage with other gamers across India through the discover section.

In the past, GamingMonk has partnered with leading brands and organizations like Logitech, Asus, Nubia, Colourful, Nvidia, Sony, EA, Riot Games, Tencent, Benq, Poco, Xiaomi, Oneplus, Juglee games, AFK gaming, Network 18, and many more.

The company recently hit the 1 million user mark, where more than 300,000 of those users were acquired in the last 3 months itself.

Ashwin Haryani, the co-founder of GamingMonk said, “All of us at GamingMonk are excited to hit this milestone of 1 million users. We started off doing small-scale offline events inside restaurants/cafes with just 80-100 participants, today we conduct 100+ tournaments online everyday replicating the same competitive and social experience of those offline events. We want to take this opportunity to thank all our users who have shown immense support & love for GamingMonk.”

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The Poco Battle Arena- Powered By Poco in Partnership with GamingMonk

GamingMonk and the people’s favourite smartphone brand Poco have partnered together to bring to you the PUBG Mobile Poco Battle Arena.

What is the Poco Battle Arena?

The PUBG Mobile Poco Battle Arena is a huge tournament for the game PUBG Mobile with over 500 squads. These squads will be comprised of 4 team members each. The qualifiers for this tournament will occur on 28th April and 30th April. The winning squad will be awarded 4 Poco X2 smartphones, one for each squad member after the Grand Finale on 4th May.

A Livestream for the tournament will also be available to watch on YouTube and the GamingMonk app.

How to Register?

To register for the Poco Battle Arena, you will need to download the GamingMonk app and create a GamingMonk account if you haven’t already. Then in the ‘Tournaments’ category, you will see the Poco Battle Arena tournament listing. Click to Join the tournament and invite your friends to the squad. All you have to do then is wait to be notified about your match on the day of the tournament.

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The Ultimate Clash Royale Guide For Beginners

Clash Royale is a hugely popular game in India. And it’s nothing like PUBG Mobile or COD Mobile, instead, it’s a card-based strategy game where you take on opponents in 1-v-1 battles. So if you’re used to the action of PUBG Mobile and are planning to try this as well, you might find that the same tricks don’t help you. So we’ve made this beginner-friendly guide for people looking to get started with Clash Royale.

Here are some helpful tips and tricks to ensure you have a fun and thrilling experience starting this game and bag some wins:

1. Balanced Deck

Always keep balanced units in your deck. This will make sure you don’t need to wait for too long for your elixir to refill and you’ll be able to deploy units faster. It will also help you be quick when it comes to launch counter-attacks and defend your tower. A good, balanced deck will be very helpful in keeping your opponent under pressure.

2. Don’t Waste Elixir

The most important thing in Clash Royale is Elixir management. If you’re good at timing your cards and managing Elixir, you can take down your opponent even if your deck is weaker than them. In the beginning of a match, if your opponent is waiting, it might be best for you to wait as well, for your Elixir to fill up to 9 bars before you start placing your units on the field.

But if you’re being attacked, there’s no point in waiting too much because you’ll end up taking a lot of damage on your towers in the meanwhile. That’s why in most situations it’s best to deploy your defensive units as soon as the enemy starts attacking you.

Saving up Elixir won’t help you in every situation, the only thing that will happen is your opponent will be able to deploy more units and recharge his Elixir again, so make sure you don’t let them do that, otherwise they’ll gain a significant number advantage on the field. It’s okay if you’re trying to execute a specific strategy, like baiting your enemy into a trap, but otherwise make sure you make good timely use of the Elixir.

3. Zonal Play

The playing field in Clash Royale has two halves, one for you and the other for your opponent. You may feel like it’s best to place your units as close to the enemy half as possible in the starting, but don’t make that mistake. If your enemy has just deployed a unit and it’s moving towards your half, wait for the right moment. Let it enter your side and then launch a counter-attack. With this you’ll be able to take down the enemy units more easily as your own towers will fire at them too, and you won’t waste any time killing the enemy units.

Similarly, when you’re on the offensive, make sure you don’t activate the enemy king’s tower. It will remain passive until you attack it directly and it won’t shoot your units at all. This will make sure your troops take less damage and be able to put more pressure on the enemy by damaging their towers.

4. Don’t Panic, especially at the end.

Apart from Elixir management and deck building, the most important thing in Clash Royale is to make sure you don’t lose your calm and play with a cool, composed mind. If you panic, you’ll end up making some wrong moves in a hurry and the opponent will be able to take advantage of your mistakes and defeat you.

The probability of this happening is the most once the timer goes below the 1 minute mark, because then the Elixir starts recharging twice as fast. Make sure you don’t put all your units on the offense, and take care of your own towers and focus on their defense as well.

By doing this, you can even turn around a losing game by the time that last 1 minute gets over, because your enemy will try to make sure to do the most amount of damage to your towers and might even let his own towers remain open for attack.

5. Mind Games – Play Your Opponent, Not Just Their Cards

In the middle of the match in Clash Royale, you can use quick chat and reactions as well. You can use these to irritate your opponent, frustrating them into making a rash move. Make sure you don’t cross any limits, and time the reactions well to make sure your enemy loses his focus as being distracted can directly give you an advantage in the game.

These were our 5 top tips for beginners to help them get started with Clash Royale. If you found these helpful, be sure to check back regularly for more guides for all your favourite games, from PUBG Mobile to COD Mobile, Clash Royale, Garena Free Fire and more!

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4 Hidden Tricks in PUBG Mobile That You Might Not Know

We have posted quite a few PUBG Tips but here are a few tricks that you may not know about that could be useful if you’re ever in trouble and need some way to get an advantage. So without further ado, here are four hidden tricks in PUBG Mobile you might not know about that can be helpful.

1. Car Bug

The car bug is when you jump onto the side of a car but not on top of it. You jump right onto the edge so it looks like you’re floating and then you go prone and you’re basically completely hidden while also being in a usual spot from which you can aim and get people.

2. Crawling Underwater

If you are near a body of water and think someone might be over and don’t have any cover, you could use this trick. Go prone outside the body of water and select any throwable object. Then start aiming to throw it but don’t actually throw it. Just hold it and start crawling towards the water until you’re completely submerged and not visible. You won’t have to worry about oxygen and can catch an enemy by surprise.

3. Red Zone Camp

This is a risky thing to do but can help you switch your tactics. You take damage if you’re in the red zone, however, if even a single small pixel of your character’s body is touching the blue circle, you won’t take damage. You can use this and always stay at the edge until the very end. Remember, camping is a viable strategy in this game.

4. Stairway Spot

If you’re inside a house and want to ambush people use this. If there’s a staircase, you can jump onto the ledge on the wall of the staircase and position yourself above the staircase, a spot where nobody tends to check, especially in FPP. You will literally have the drop on them once they start climbing the staircase as they won’t spot you and you can kill them. You will be in a vulnerable spot though so if there is more than one person and you shoot too soon, you could be in trouble so do this when there’s back up around.

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COD Mobile Vs PUBG Mobile, Which Is Better?

A lot of people have been playing COD Mobile recently while it was in closed beta, and the game is actually pretty good. Not only does it have the same Battle Royale as PUBG, but it also has a ton of other game modes if you want some variety. With COD Mobile soon coming back in open beta, many have been asking what the differences between the two big games are, and which game will be more fun with friends.

Graphics

Firstly, let’s talk about the graphics – Both games look good on phones, but for my preference, COD Mobile looks a bit sharper. It only has one map in the Battle Royale mode, but it has a lot more maps in the different games modes and all of it adds a lot of variety to how the game looks.

Gameplay

Next is the gameplay, and this is probably what will mean the most to players. PUBG Mobile leans more towards a more realistic military feel, while COD Mobile is a lot more arcade-ish. You move a lot faster in COD mobile and the gameplay is lot more frantic. If you prefer a more tactical and slow approach, PUBG Mobile is more suited for you. However, if you prefer a faster gameplay style, COD Mobile is easily the best in the genre. Weapons feel tight and accurate, and the movement is really fluid.

Stability

Anyone who has played PUBG Mobile for a good amount of time will know that the game has terrible optimization. Fun as the game is, it has a lot of performance issues, and the game constantly drops frames below 60. COD Mobile, however, is super smooth and runs at 60 FPS without any lag at all. This alone made me want to play a lot more of COD Mobile over PUBG Mobile. Picking up items and opening doors always felt janky in PUBG Mobile, while it’s really responsive in COD Mobile, and it feels great.

Game Modes

The biggest difference between COD Mobile and PUBG Mobile are the game modes. Both games have the popular Battle Royale game mode that is all the craze right now. However, in COD Mobile Battle Royale, you can drive even more vehicles and even fly a helicopter. This is a lot more fun and gives you more options to chase down enemies. You can also jump off the helicopter and redeploy the glider to land safely. Apart from the Battle Royale mode, COD has lot of other popular multiplayer modes like Free For All and Deathmatch, with a lot of different maps.

This is a big difference from PUBG Mobile, which does have a few other modes but feels really lacking in comparison. This variety is also refreshing and is a good reason for you to keep playing the game and get some good practice with the shooting, even if you get bored of the Battle Royale mode.

Conclusion

Overall, it really feels like COD Mobile is a more refined version of PUBG Mobile, and players will have a lot of fun playing it. It’s not that COD Mobile will be a PUBG killer, but it sure will give it some tough competition. Almost everyone I know who plays PUBG Mobile has great things to say about COD Mobile and said that they would rather play COD Mobile over PUBG.

So which one do you think is the right game for you, PUBG Mobile or Call of Duty Mobile? Let us know in the comments what you think about both the games and which one you like more.

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PUBG Mobile Best Weapons Guide

PUBG Mobile has a lot of weapons you can choose to help you win. From Pistols and SMGs to Shotguns, Assault Rifles and Sniper Rifles, there’s just about every kind of gun you can find either on the battleground, or in the air drop. With so many options, choosing the right weapon for your play style can be a difficult task. So here’s a handy guide with all the best weapons in PUBG Mobile across the different weapon types. Without further ado, let’s see what they are.

AWM- Long Range God

The AWM is the most powerful gun in the game as it will kill someone even with a level 3 helmet with one headshot. However, the gun can only be found in airdrops which mean that getting it is a risky affair. If you do get it though, you will tear through your opposition if you’ve mastered this gun.

SKS – The Assault Rifle for For Long Range Fighters

With the proper attachments, the SKS is better than the SLR which is also a fantastic weapon to use. For battle between 200-600m, this gun with attachments is a beast that will not let you down.

AKM- The Power Hitting Rifle

The AKM is a damn good weapon if equipped with a compensator as it deals the highest damage out of the other non crate ARs. The fact that it can be found so easily and with an attachment can be turned into a mean machine makes this a very viable choice.

M416- The All Rounder Assault Rifle

With all the attachments, this weapon right here will have an edge over the AKM. However getting all the attachments can be tricky but if you do, this weapon will never let you down.

UMP9 – The Close Quarter Killer

Set it to auto and watch enemies close to you drop like flies. This thing is great when it comes to close encounters due to its high rate of fire and its magazine capacity. The Vector is also a good choice but can get you in trouble due to its magazine size.

The AUG, Kar98, Scar-L and the Groza are also great weapons that if you find are absolutely worth using with the proper attachments. What are your favourite weapons? Let us know down below and check out the links below if you’re looking for more PUBG Mobile guides, or tips for any of your favourite games, like Call of Duty Mobile, Garena Free Fire or Clash Royale.

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: What We Know Till Now?

We are less than 2 weeks away from Ubisoft Forward, Ubisoft’s digital event where they will reveal details about upcoming games and that showcase will no doubt include the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Hopefully it’ll show us more gameplay than what we saw in the Xbox’s event. Even though we haven’t seen a whole lot from the game other than trailers and pictures, there’s quite a lot the developers have revealed about the game. This article will sum up everything we know about the game till now and will prepare you for Ubisoft’s event.

SETTING

If it wasn’t obvious enough from the name, the next Assassin’s Creed will be set in the Viking Era. The game will specifically focus on the 9th Century, the height of the Viking Age. The player plays as Eivor, a Viking raider and also a leader of a clan from Norway. The game will not be entirely set in Norway. Instead Eivor and their clan will be driven out of there due to reasons the developer hasn’t yet spoken about.

You get to explore England as well, where the player has to build settlements. During this time, Vikings raided many villages so the player will also experience them. However it is to be seen how the developers show that in a positive light. The trailers indicate that Eivor isn’t as cruel as his clan members as he protects someone from getting killed. From the reveal trailer, it seems like King Alfred of Wessex will be the main antagonist of the story. He was the only ruler who could withstand the Great Heathen Army.

Most games like God of War(2018) focus more on the Norse Mythology. While this game will certainly have elements of it, it aims to give a more grounded and realistic experience which will be quite unique for players.

GAMEPLAY

The developers have said that this game will have a different structure for the narrative. The player will also build and manage their own settlements in this game. There was a feature like this in Assassin’s Creed 3, but this time their approach would be similar to Red Dead Redemption 2 than the former. Like Odyssey, the player will get to choose whether to play as a male or a female character. But this time, both characters will have the same name Eivor.

Also like Odyssey and Black Flag, this game will certainly feature naval combat. This was pretty much a given since Vikings are synonymous with ships and naval combat and the trailer confirmed it. Dual-wielding is now a core part of the game’s combat system and unlike Odyssey the hidden blade will be back in the game. This time you will be accompanied by a Raven for your Eagle Vision/Raven Vision. A Raven is a perfect fit for this game as Ravens are closely related to Norse mythology. This game will also boast a wider variety of enemies this time.

OPEN WORLD

Assassin’s Creed games have always had enormous open worlds and up until the last game, they have always made these games bigger and longer. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was criticized heavily for being too long and grindy (apart from the fans who were already triggered by the fact that the series was moving in a new direction). The game’s creative director has said that the game’s length will be shorter than the last one. So you can expect less fluff in this game.

Players will be visiting and exploring parts of Norway as well as England as the Vikings raid and build settlements there.

If you want to know more about the game, you can check out these links:

The game is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal who made Assassin’s Creed Black Flag. So fans have really high expectations from this game. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be released in December on PC and consoles of the next and last generation. It will also be compatible with Xbox Smart Delivery, so players can buy the game for their last gen xbox and get a free upgrade for the next gen consoles.

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Hidden Games on the Play Store part 3

If you are looking for more weird recommendations from the Play Store, we have more for you. Here are five more games dug from the Play Store that you need to play now.

Mars: Mars by Pomelo Games

If you’re looking for a simple and chill, this game is perfect for you. You can guess from the title that this game is set on Mars. You control the jetpack of an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and has to travel to an infinite number of fuel stations for some reason. Maybe he didn’t see how Matt Damon passed his time on that planet. You have to control the thrusters on each side by touching either side of your phone’s screen. As you progress through the game, you find some weird structures and locations where if you hover for some time, you can click selfies at those points. This game has a myriad of astronauts that you can unlock as well by collecting credits. Each astronaut brings a new look with them. You can get bonus credits if you land on successive platforms without crashing. This is a simple game that you can boot up and play anytime.

Tactile Wars by ANKAMA GAMES

This game looks like a standard real time strategy game but it has some interesting mechanics which set it apart from other games. In this game, you control a group of soldiers and your main objective is to capture points and also protect them. The colourful visuals might seem childish but this game has a surprising amount of depth. You can arrange your soldiers in any configuration you want as you get to draw the pattern you want them to stand in. This allows a lot of flexibility for the player’s strategies. Apart from this, you also have mines, tanks and many more defenses that you can place to protect your base camp. The game also has a decent progression system which allows you to upgrade your troops as you go.

Leap Day by Nitrome

Nitrome makes quite impressive games, and this game doesn’t disappoint. This is a vertical platformer of sorts where you tap to make your character jump, and your objective is to just go up. But sprinkled along the way are numerous obstacles that you have to avoid to complete each stage. All these obstacles add a puzzle solving element to the game. To ensure that the game stays fresh all the time, players get a new level everyday and they can even go back to play the previous levels. But the best things about this game is that even though there is an endless supply of levels, each level is different enough from the others to keep challenging the player. Nitrome has many good looking games, and this game certainly is one of them.

Heads Off by PONOS Corporation

If you were looking for weird games in this list, then here’s our pick for you! In this game you find yourself controlling a disembodied head. On tapping, the head screams which gives a thrust to move the head in the opposite direction. The platforming in this game isn’t too hard by itself, but the absurd physics based controls of this game make it about a hundred times more challenging. What makes this game even weirder is the progression in this game, where the further you go in the game, on the right of the screen, you get to read about the life of the head you are controlling. New heads can also be unlocked which grow on a spooky looking tree. You need to collect orbs to grow these heads.

here – a puzzle game by Tecchyonic

This is a minimalist puzzle game. For the people who don’t know what that means, this is a genre of games which focuses on simple puzzles all of which have the same endpoint. In this game, it is to find the word ‘here’. Each puzzle will be different from the other and the game expects the player to figure out not the solution but how the puzzle works themselves. While it looks simple, some puzzles will certainly make you scratch your head. While it doesn’t really do anything new in this genre, it is certainly a solid starting point for it.

Try these games out and tell us in the comments how they were. Stay tuned for more such fun articles and news on Mobile Gaming. If you’re interested in reading more such articles, check out the links below.

Area F2: Basic Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Dying to play Rainbow Six Siege but don’t have the hardware to run the game well? Or are you just bored from all the battle royale games on the play store? Then try this game out. This is Area F2 and it is the first CQB or Close Quarters Battle shooting game on mobile. You will find a variety of different operators and maps with destructible roofs and walls which can be used tactically.

Getting into this game is certainly tougher than other mobile games. But here are some basic tips and tricks that you can employ to get better at the game.

Map Knowledge

Unlike most FPSs with larger maps, this has smaller maps and the combat is confined to rooms and corridors, hence it’s called a Close-Quarters Battle game. This means map knowledge is key. It is extremely important to know every corner of the room especially when you are on the attacking side. The defenders can place traps and can be hiding anywhere.

Use the Preparation Phase

Before every round there is a preparation phase. This is an extremely important time and you should use it wisely. Attackers can use their drones to spot enemies and the objective while the defenders can place traps and defences. You can also plan with your teammates and coordinate with them.

As a bonus, attackers can hide their drones in various hiding spots once they have spotted the enemies to keep an eye on them even after the round has started. Defenders should look for these drones and shoot them off as soon as possible.

Barbed Wires

Barbed wires in this game are extremely effective if used correctly. Don’t place barbed wires in obvious spots like under a barricaded door where the attacker can easily spot it and avoid it. Instead place them in choke points forcing the attackers to walk through them. Not only does it slow them down but it also makes a sound that reveals their location. Attackers can break these wires, but if you shoot them then your gunshot will be heard by the enemies. Use melee weapons instead.

Look for Clues

In this game bullet holes stay for the entire round. Use this to guess where the enemy might be hiding or coming from. Attackers can also make guesses on where the objective is by spotting defences and traps set by the defenders.

Don’t Be Stupid

While playing as defenders, many players barricade themselves into one room without thinking of the repercussions. This makes it easier for the attackers to overwhelm you as there aren’t many spots left for you to hide or take cover in. While barricading, make sure that you use at least two rooms so that you have enough room to move around.

So these were a few tips to get better at Area F2. Stay tuned for more such guides and updates on multiplayer games. If you’re interested in reading more such articles, check out the links below.

How to Rank Up Quickly in Call of Duty Mobile?!

Call of Duty: Mobile is one of the more popular games on the Play Store. Many players have been playing this game from the day it launched. This means new players can sometimes have a hard time ranking up in this game. If you’re having trouble leveling up in this game now, this guide will help you rank up quickly.

Complete Missions

The game constantly throws new challenges at the player in the form of daily missions and seasonal challenges. These challenges tell the player to get kills with different weapons. You should try completing these as not only will they reward you with new skins and items, but it will also force you to use weapons that you might not have used otherwise. By doing this, you will learn to switch up your gameplay and get better at the game. Which in turn, will help you rank up faster.

Play With Friends

To gain more xp, you need to win matches. This is harder to do when you can’t coordinate with your team. To coordinate with your team, communication is key. You need to think of how you will face the enemy teams and which team member will use which weapon. All this is harder to do when playing with randoms, so it’s best to play with friends. Not only is the game more fun when played with friends, but you can also communicate with them more easily.

Different Loadouts for Different Situations

Sometimes newer players get used to playing with a certain loadout and stick to it all the time. While this might work for you in some matches, it’s always safer to have multiple loadouts so that you are ready for different situations. Obviously some guns in the game are better than some others and every player has their own playstyle. But all guns can’t be used in all situations. So keep a loadout for running and gunning, one for mid range combat and one for sniping people at longer ranges.

Try Different Game Modes

Call of Duty: Mobile has a lot of game modes. Some of them focus on individual skills like Free-for-All or Team Deathmatch. But there are other game modes like Kill Confirmed or Capture the Flag that give emphasis on team play. If you’re not good at getting kills, then you can play the objective to gain xp. This won’t help you improve your gameplay, but this is an easier way to get xp to unlock weapons and armour.

Play Regularly

This last tip is an obvious one but it’s obvious for a reason – because it works. Playing regularly will get you accustomed to all the maps in the game which will definitely give you an advantage over players who don’t. Many players who are at higher ranks play regularly, and this game usually has shorter, fast paced matches. So you can play them in your free time.

So these were a few tips that will help you rank up quicker in Call of Duty: Mobile. Stay tuned for more guides and updates on Call of Duty: Mobile. If you’re interested in reading more such articles, check out the links below.

Hidden Games on the Play Store part 2

We discussed five more hidden games on the Play Store in another article. If you’re looking for more such weird games that you might not have heard of then you’ve come to the right place.

Beat Stomper – Macaca Games Inc.

Beat Stomper is a simple action arcade game that is controlled with only one tap. One tap to jump and one tap to stomp. The gameplay loop is incredibly simple, in that you need to get as high as possible. Along your way you will find small boosts that shoot you up. Chain a few of these boosts in a row and you get an extra boost as well.

There are challenges that you can complete to unlock different looks for your game and each look has a soundtrack associated with it. While this isn’t one of the most complex games on the Play Store, it still has a visual style that is unique and makes it look really cool.

Among Us – Inner Sloth LLC

If you are familiar with the incredible pc game Space Station 13, you will feel right at home with this one. While not as complex, it has a similar approach to the game. You can play with 4 to 10 players (the more the better). All of you are spawned in a spaceship where there are many tasks to be done. The tasks include refueling the spaceship, emptying the garbage etc. One of the players is given the role of the imposter. The imposter has one task – kill all the members on the ship. However this isn’t easy for the imposter as people can report the imposter and if people figure out who the imposter is, they win.

People can call meetings in the ship where people get to share what they know about the imposter. Then they get to vote on who they think might think the imposter is. But you have to be very careful as the person with the most votes gets ejected from the ship regardless of whether they are the imposter or not. This is a really fun game of deception and betrayal.

Silly Sausage in Meat Land – Nitrome

This game sees you controlling an infinitely stretchable dachshund through meat land. This game is as ridiculous as it sounds. Move your dog around the place to collect gems that you can use for activating checkpoints. However these checkpoints keep increasing in price as you go on. This game presents an interesting way to manoeuvre around the levels which themselves are crafted to take full advantage of this mechanic. This keeps the game fresh and engaging for longer. If you manage to finish this game then you can check out it’s sequel Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert as well where you will find even more new challenges.

King Tongue – ANKAMA GAMES

This is another weird arcade game. The plot of the game is too ridiculous to properly sum up here but know that you will be fighting a lot of bananas in this game. You play as King Tongue, the lord of the monkeys who has to fend off waves of bananas armed with high tech military weapons with nothing else but your tongue. You can swing around the levels using your tongue as a grapple. You can also pull your enemies towards you with it to kick them in their face. This game is really fun and it feels extremely satisfying to sweep up all the enemies zipping around the level.

Fast Like A Fox – WayBefore Ltd.

While this game might look like a normal platformer, the most interesting part of the game is how you control it. When you begin the game, you get the option of controlling your fox with touch or tap controls. Tap controls will allow you to tap the back of your phone to make the fox run forward. While this might force you to hold the phone in a weird position, it adds to the challenge of the game and makes some of the platforming more tricky.

However the game has more going for it than just a cool control scheme. The game makes you explore the mysterious forest to find the treasures of the Golden Fox tribe. Throughout the game you visit various lands that look gorgeous with the origami-esque art style.

Try these games out and tell us in the comments how they were. Stay tuned for more such fun articles and news on Mobile Gaming. If you’re interested in reading more such articles, check out the links below.

Hidden Games on the Play Store

Getting bored sitting at home? Want to play something other than the same old games that everyone else is playing? The Play Store has a ton of new and exciting games but it takes a lot of effort. So I did the effort and found 5 weird games that you need to try out right now!

Cube Escape Series – Rusty Lake

This is not just one game but a series of games. These games are room escape games where you need to find solutions to various puzzles which lead to even more such puzzles. The main goal is to escape the room. But each game in the series tells an interesting and often unsettling tale about the history of the place and the people who lived there. Its atmosphere is the best thing about it. Each game is short and concise and really fun to play.

Hungry Shark Evolution – Ubisoft

If you’re looking for something more lighthearted and exciting then playing as a shark and terrorizing people should certainly do the job. In this game you play as a hungry shark on a frantic ocean rampage, surviving as long as possible by eating everything and everyone in your way! Explore a beautiful underwater world and evolve iconic sharks like the Great White and Megalodon!

Triple Agent – Tasty Rook

If you’re bored of playing Ludo with your family and are looking for a game to replace it then try Triple Agent. In this game each player is secretly assigned a role as a Service agent or a VIRUS double agent. Only the VIRUS agents know who is on which team. However, there will always be fewer VIRUS than Service agents to begin with so they will need to turn the Service agents against each other to win. You need only one phone to play this game. The phone has to be passed around and is a slot of fun to play with your family when you’re at home.

Hop Swap – Nitrome

This game is basically Mario with a twist. Not only does it have many fun platforming levels but it has a mechanic to swap between the yellow and blue sides of the map. This adds a new dimension to the game and each platforming segment keeps getting longer and harder than the previous one. It’s a fun single player game to pass your time with.

Adventure Llama – Orub Game Studio

If you want more weirdness in your platforming, controlling a Llama will be the perfect fit. But the Llama you control is no ordinary Llama. This is Pablo, a Llama in search of his own identity and the answer lies in the ancient temples built by the great Llama’s of the past. If you didn’t think I said Llama enough then try this game out. It is a really easy game to pick up and it eases you into how the platforming works.

Try these games out and tell us in the comments how they were. Stay tuned for more such fun articles and news on Mobile Gaming. If you’re interested in reading more such articles, check out the links below.

PUBG Mobile: What We Know About Erangel 2.0?

Ever since Erangel was overhauled for PUBG PC, fans have been asking Tencent when this update would arrive on PUBG Mobile. This so-called Erangel 2.0 map has been a hot topic for almost an year now. The game has received several updates but we don’t seem much closer to it’s release.

PUBG PC recently got an overhaul for Vikendi and a new map as well called Karakin. Karakin is a completely new map that includes destructible walls on buildings. PUBG Mobile hasn’t been dormant as well. There have been numerous updates in the game, the most recent one introducing Miramar 2.0, a visual overhaul of Miramar. Fans were expecting Erangel 2.0 to drop with the update 0.17 but it didn’t.

However last week, some popular streamers and media outlets received 4 postcards. Later, the official PUBG Mobile twitter account posted all of them. All the postcards were the same but with different stamps. When looked at carefully, the shapes on the stamps look like pieces of a map. Fans put these pieces together immediately and got what seems like a new map. Some fans are speculating that it might be Karakin however when compared with the map of Karakin, it doesn’t look that similar. Even though there are some similarities with Erangel, it still looks like a new map.

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In an interview with CLERICDRAGOON GAMING, PUBG Mobile’s Global Community Manager Ocho touched upon this lightly. He assured that Erangel 2.0 is still in fact in the works and hasn’t been shelved. However he stressed on the fact that they’ve still got a ways to go because these maps were not made to be played on the phone. “The release date is still unknown, but the good news is that we won’t be going without a new or updated map until it arrives. In fact, one is due very soon.”, he said. This interview was uploaded on 9th April so this might be referring to the Miramar 2.0 map.

Ocho has talked before about why games fixes take so long to implement. In this interview he talks similarly about the challenges they face in developing the game and how they deal with them. When asked about Erangel 2.0 at the end of the interview, Ocho described Tencent’s relations with Blue Hole, the company that developed PUBG PC and the fact that they have a lot of creative freedom over the mobile port of the game. This allows them to have mobile specific modes and events. Since mobile hardware is so significantly different from PC, it makes porting these maps to the mobile harder. Ocho did say that the team was looking into more map related stuff some of which might be on PC and some of it won’t be.

So that’s what we know about the Erangel 2.0. Stay tuned for more such updates and news on PUBG Mobile. If you’re interested in reading more such articles, check out the links below.

Call of Duty Mobile: How To Get Better At 1v1 Duels?

The 1v1 game mode was added to Call of Duty Mobile with Season 6. In this game mode, players find themselves dueling against each other in a short map. While this mode is similar to the Gulag matches in Call of Duty Warzone, there are many differences that add up to make this a full fledged game mode.

To make the game fair, there are upto three rounds in each match. The player who is first to get 5 kills wins the round. The match is won by the player who wins two rounds.

Since in this game mode, players have to play alone, it is harder for beginners to perform well in it. If you are having the same problems, the following tips will help you get better at 1v1 duels.

Get to know the maps

1v1 duels take place in one of two maps: Saloon and Killhouse. These are smaller maps in the game and Saloon was made specifically for this mode. It is important to know every corner of these maps so that you can surprise your opponent. Thorough map knowledge will also help you guess where your opponent might be as these maps have limited options for movement.

Select better loadouts

Every player prefers a different loadout. You need to be ready with the loadouts with which you perform better. It’s always better to be ready with multiple loadouts, so that you can switch between matches. Being flexible is really important for being good at this game mode. Many players prefer ARs and SMGs for these matches as they are good at close to medium range encounters. But snipers are sometimes effective in Killhouse.

Keep moving all the time

These maps aren’t made for hiding. If you stay in one spot, the enemy will easily get the jump on you. This means that it’s crucial to be on the move at all times. Being on the move will make it harder for your enemies to track you. Players who perform well in this mode always make sure that there is no pattern in their movement. This tip is linked to the first one as you need good map knowledge to be able to move effectively.

Deduce enemy’s playstyle

This is a slightly advanced tip, but it is one that separates a great player from a good one. In every match there are several rounds. Use the initial few rounds to identify the playstyle of your opponent. Some players play aggressively and some defensively. Use this information to change up your playstyle so that you can gain the advantage on them. This also means that you have to keep switching up your own playstyle so that the enemy can’t deduce it.

Play to your strengths

When a player loses a round, they get to choose a common weapon type that both the players have to use for the next round. Many beginners don’t think before selecting and directly go for their own preferred weapon type, which is usually ARs or SMGs. But if you lost the last round to an enemy who was using an AR or an SMG, you will still be at a disadvantage.

What you should consider is what weapon your enemy is using and select weapons that will make it harder for them to play well. For example if your enemy was playing defensively with an AR then select a launcher for the next round and blow them up.

So these were a few tips that will help you perform better at 1v1 matches. If you have any more tips that you think might help others then tell us about them in the comments. Stay tuned for more guides and updates. If you’re interested in reading more such articles, check out the links below.

Replaying Old Mobile Games

Games like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty: Mobile have taken over the Play Store by a storm. This means people have forgotten some of the older games that were extremely popular in the early days of the Play Store. So I tried out some of these games to see how well they hold up now.

Temple Run – Imangi Studios

Temple run is one of the first games on mobile that popularized the endless runner genre. A genre where you keep running from someone, forever, collecting coins. You spend coins to purchase upgrades that allow you to collect even more coins. While most endless runners dealt with just swiping, here you have motion controls which makes the game a bit more involved (also making it harder to play while lying down if you’re lazy like me). There are power-ups like the magnet, invincibility, speed boost etc. that help you score higher. The few characters you can unlock by spending coins allow a basic level of customization.

What’s annoying is that now this game has ads. Ads in a free game are important to monetize it but this game asks you if you want to watch an ad and it makes you watch it even if you select not to watch one. It is a fun game but the ads ruin the fun as you can’t start immediately after ending one run due to the ads.

Jetpack Joyride – Halfbrick Studios

This is also another endless runner, however it’s in 2D and you’re not the one running. Instead it’s the scientists you scare with their experimental jetpacks. Playing this game is really easy as it has a simple control scheme. Hold to go up and remove our finger to go down. The obstacles in this game are varied and switch up the gameplay enough to keep it engaging most of the time. Every once in a while the background also changes as you go through different parts of the facility. There are lots of jetpacks you can unlock and you can even customize your character quite a bit with different heads and clothes. Power-ups are also here including vehicles like lil stomper, supply bird and S.A.M. or the Strong Arm Machine which still feel as awesome as they did back in the day.

Cut the Rope – ZeptoLab

Cut The Rope is a puzzle game where you cut ropes to feed the candy to Om Nom the green alien or whatever that thing is. You can collect up to 3 stars, for which you have to cut the ropes in a particular order. Each level either introduces a new mechanic or mixes up the previously introduced ones to make the level challenging. While the levels aren’t that challenging themselves, this was from an era of mobile games when their primary audience was much younger than the 30 year old streamers who play PUBG Mobile now.

The levels are quite fun and Om Nom is cute as ever. But this is another game ruined by its ads. This wasn’t a free game on launch but now you can get it for free on the Play Store. But now they have introduced ads to monetize the game and watching an ad after every level becomes annoying especially when the levels are as easy as they are here.

Vector – NEKKI

If you didn’t play this game when it came out then you might not be blown away by its animations but for its time they were second to none on the Play Store. The smooth contextual parkour animations were certainly one of its kind and I would say it holds up even now. You can spice up your parkour even more by unlocking different tricks that you can perform by swiping up at specific points in levels. Vector isn’t completely free as you have to get the premium version to play some parts of it but this game doesn’t have any annoying ads which is definitely a plus. This game is set in a futuristic Orwellian world where corporations control people’s minds but this setting doesn’t have much to do with the rest of the game other than a cool intro cutscene.

Going back to it was certainly fun and while mobile games have advanced quite a bit from its release, it still holds up and looks great.

Angry Birds Classic – Rovio Entertainment

Angry Birds. An I.P. that became so popular that it sold tons of merch and even has TWO movies based on it. One of which was released last year! Even though being the second most annoying mobile related product to make a movie on (we all know what the first one is), I tried this game out with very low expectations and I have to say, this game is fun!

The game is really simple as you have to slingshot birds at structures that house pigs in them. There are different birds which can have powers that help with different situations. The levels are fun and destroying those structures is quite satisfying. The only thing that was annoying about it was the hype surrounding it. Angry Birds Classic isn’t available on the Play Store anymore so you need to download an apk for it.

What other old games do you remember fondly that you tried out again recently? Did your opinions change? Tell us in the comments. Stay tuned for more such fun articles and gaming news. If you’re interested in reading more such articles, check out the links below.

Valorant: A Guide For Beginners

Riot’s first competitive shooter is finally out now and everyone and their mom is jumping onto it. If you have played any counter strike games then you will feel right at home however the abilities of each character change up the gameplay significantly. Many beginners are having a hard time scoring kills in this game. So here is a beginner’s guide for helping you improve your gameplay.

Learn The Maps

There are 4 maps in the game right now.  You will understand the overall layout of the map in a few rounds but the best layers know every corner of these maps. This means knowing shortcuts, hiding spots and map terminology. Counter Strike players might know this that knowing the names of parts of the map helps a lot in communicating to your teammates where the enemy is coming from.

Teamwork Makes The Game A Lot Easier

Since we are on the topic of communicating, your skills will be of no use if you don’t work together with your team. There are 5 players on each team. Coordinate with your teammates and select agents that will help your team. Using your abilities in tandem will easily overwhelm the enemy team.

Find The Right Agent For You

Every agent has different abilities and a specific purpose they fulfill in a team. Try out all the agents and find the ones that you are most comfortable with. However don’t become dependent on a single agent as sometimes someone else might select that agent. So be ready for these situations and have alternatives in mind.

Know Your Guns

This game doesn’t have a whole lot of guns. This means you can easily remember which guns are suitable for which situations. You need to change your gameplay style according to the gun you’re using. If you pick an smg and try to kill people at long ranges then you’ll be easily killed. Remember the uses of each. SMGs are good for close range situations, ARs are good for medium to long range encounters, Shotguns are great for breaching/flanking the enemy etc.

Practice And Play Effectively

In these matches, you’ll come across people who’ve been playing this game all day so they will definitely have more experience than you. You don’t need to pay all day though. You can play spike rush mode. These matches are only 6 rounds long and every round you’ll be given a random weapon which will help you get used to different weapons in the game.

Hopefully this guide will help you get better at Valorant. Stay tuned for more guides and updates on Valorant and other games. If you are interested in reading more such articles, check out the links below.