Cult RPG Shin Megami Tensei is surprisingly great on mobile

When a beloved video game series makes the shift to a free-to-play mobile experience, it’s not usually a reason to get excited. These transitions rarely go well. Because of this, I wasn’t expecting much from the absurdly named Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2, a mobile spinoff of the beloved role-playing series that spawned the Persona games. It’s a franchise known for surreal and engrossing stories, and deep, complex battles — not exactly things free-to-play mobile games are known for doing well. So it’s been a big surprise that over the past week, Liberation has steadily been draining my phone’s battery. I can’t seem to stop playing. Like every other game in the series, Liberation stars a group of young people fighting off a demonic… Read the full article…

Brick-breaking arcade game Holedown will be your new subway obsession

Martin Jonasson is the developer behind some of the most acclaimed mobile games around: twofold, inc. and rymdkapsel. But his latest project, Holedown (available on the App Store and Google Play for $3.99), ditches the complicated puzzle and strategy aspects for a more approachable arcade experience that’s nearly impossible to put down. Gameplay in Holedown is similar to last year’s free-to-play chartopper Ballz (created by the controversial Ketchapp Games, who created the viral hit 2048). Players are tasked with burrowing down as far as they can into the core of a planet. This is accomplished by sending a stream of bouncing balls into numerically labeled blocks, which represent the number of times that a block needs to be hit before it… Read the full article…

7 ways to boost your design portfolio

Design portfolios can be tricky to get right. No matter how many portfolio examples you’ve looked at, sometimes it’s hard to apply the amazing inspiration in front of you to your own work. So what is it exactly that top design executives are looking for in a portfolio? And what – in turn – might your next interviewer want to see from you? We spoke to designers at Pentagram, Superunion and BMB to glean the seven tips below. We also spoke to Michael Johnson at Johnson Banks. For his insight, see our separate list of his portfolio dos and don’ts. 01. Tailor it to the reader “It’s vital to tailor your design portfolio (or book, as we call it) to the company you’re sending it to,” explains Louise Sloper, head of art at BMB. “So you’d approach an advertising agency like mine, for example, in a different way to a Read the full article…

Free Mobile Device Mockups to Use in 2018

You’re reading Free Mobile Device Mockups to Use in 2018, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! The wrapping sells. Behind any success stands a well-thought-out presentation. Minimalistic or overwhelming packaging, if it is done right it hits the targeted audience. The web design sphere is no exception. A decade ago no one was bothering with marketing … Read the full article…

IGN’s Boomsday Reveal: Is This The Most Insane New Hearthstone Card So Far?

Hearthstone’s newest set, The Boomsday Project, is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in the game’s history. It’s out on August 7, and every day new cards are being revealed showing off interesting, powerful and new concepts, and today is no exception. I present to you, IGN’s Boomsday card reveal, Mecha’thun! Part Eldritch abomination, part machine. Read the full article…

Logging Activity With The Web Beacon API

Logging Activity With The Web Beacon API Logging Activity With The Web Beacon API Drew McLellan 2018-07-27T13:40:14+02:002018-07-27T14:14:35+00:00 The Beacon API is a JavaScript-based Web API for sending small amounts of data from the browser to the web server without waiting for a response. In this article, we’ll look at what that can be useful for, what makes it different from familiar techniques like XMLHTTPRequest (‘Ajax’), and how you can get started using it. If you know why you want to use Beacon already, feel free to jump directly to the Getting Started section. What Is The Beacon API For? The Beacon API is used for sending small amounts of data to a server without waiting for a response. That last part is critical and is the key to why Beacon is so useful — our code never even gets to see a response, even if the server sends one. Beacons Read the full article…

Nintendo doubles down on Labo cardboard kits with new editions for cars, planes and submarines

Nintendo has always marched to the beat of its own drum among gaming giants and nowhere is that more clear than with Nintendo Labo. The company is doubling down on the product, which debuted earlier this and allows users to build cardboard kits that turn Nintendo Switch controllers into a variety of things like musical instruments, a house or even a robot pack. In September, Nintendo will release the next generation of Labo kits focused on vehicles like cars, airplanes and submarines. A YouTube video unveiling the new Nintendo Labo kits shows a kid switching between the various steering and control setups within the same game as a vehicle toggles between car, plane and boat. The kits debut Sept. 14 at a cost of $69.99. The kits are essentially Nintendo’s take on augmented reality. The Switch’s tablet-like screen and/or Joycon controllers are dropped into the cardboard contraptions, bringing the player Read the full article…

Destiny’s excellent lore is being collected into a physical anthology book series

Between all the discussions of whether Bungie’s Destiny 2 can reclaim the glory of the original or how the game developer is trying to course correct with its upcoming Forsaken expansion, it’s easy to forget that the Halo creator’s sci-fi series has some excellent world-building. Now, I’m not talking about Bungie’s silly penchant for generic proper nouns like The Guardians and The Darkness. I mean the subtle, background information hidden away for players to unearth and talk about online — like the Rasputin protocols that dictate how the exceedingly fascinating superintelligent AI designed its own subroutines to protect humanity, or the reality-altering “paracasual” powers of the Vex race that let it rewrite time. There’s a lot of… Read the full article…

3 stunning blood moon images

Did you manage to see Friday’s blood moon? On Friday 27 July, photographers around the world trained their lenses on the night sky as they attempted to capture the longest, reddest and most dramatic total lunar eclipse for decades: the eerie phenomenon known as a blood moon. For over an hour, the moon turned a vivid orangey-red colour for lucky sky-gazers in Europe, Africa and Asia. Compared to the flash-in-the-pan occurrence of a total solar eclipse, a dramatic total lunar eclipse such as this is a gift to photograph, provided you have a decent zoom lens. But if you didn’t have the photography skills to capture it to your satisfaction – or your view, like ours, was obscured by clouds – fear not. We’ve dug out three stunning blood moon images you can download today. Aside from editorial use, striking, atmospheric moon images such as these are ideal for common Read the full article…