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2 days ago

Best Cases for Honor 5X

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Best cases for Honor 5X

What are the best cases for the Honor 5X?

Updated February 2017: These cases are still our top picks to use with your Honor 5X.

Whether you're looking for a simple, clear case or something a little flashier, the right case for your Honor 5X is out there. We went ahead and did the digging for you to find the best of the best cases you can get.

Lwang Nillkin Sparkle leather smart view window

Lwang Nillkin Sparkle leather smart view window

The Nillkin Sparkle case from Lwang comes in four colors, from the deep and subtle to the outstanding and vibrant. The hard plastic backing protects your phone while the leather flip cover protects your screen and gives you a little window into your notifications.

The clamshell design looks stylish and original. You get all-around protection for your Honor 5X with a finished, formal look that is suitable for work and play.

If you want the wallet look without any extra bulk, the Nillkin Sparkle case from Lwang is what you're looking for.

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DWay Armor Design with stand

 DWay Armor Design with stand

If you're the kind that's a little hard on your Honor 5X, your case needs to take extra care for you. The DWay Armor Design offers protection in six color varieties.

The dual-layer case will cradle your phone in spite of drops and bumps. The textured back and soft side bumpers give your Honor 5X a more rugged feel and look. If that's not enough, there's a built-in kickstand for hands-free viewing.

For a sturdier look and feel that will keep your Honor 5X extra safe, the DWay Armor Design is a solid choice.

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TUDIA Ultra Slim Full-Matte Arch case

TUDIA Ultra Slim Full-Matte Arch case

Not the flashy type? The case for your Honor 5X doesn't have to be an attention grabber. The four subtle colors of the TUDIA Ultra Slim case complement your phone without drawing attention to the device.

The TPU rubberized silicone case is soft, durable, and protective. Raised edges protect the screen from unfortunate encounters with hard surfaces, and the case gives you full access to all the phone's buttons and functions.

For a classic look that's a perfect match for the Honor 5X, get your hands on the TUDIA Ultra Slim Full-Matte Arch case.

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Spigen Liquid Crystal Ultra-Thin case

Spigen Liquid Crystal Ultra-Thin case

You're not stuck with only colorful cases to choose from; a clear case will show off the original hardware that makes the Honor 5X look so good. We like the Liquid Crystal case from Spigen.

The clear TPU case won't discolor over time, and you won't have to worry about smudges of fingerprints, either. A raised lip around the screen and camera cutout keep both sensitive areas protected from bumps, and the covered buttons keep their full functionality.

If you want to show off your Honor 5X the way it was intended to be seen, the Spigen Liquid Crystal Ultra-Thin case should be yours, all yours.

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Lwang Slim Fit Hybrid case

Lwang Slim Fit Hybrid case

Simple and straightforward, the second Lwang case on our list is the Slim Fit Hybrid, and its three color variations and reasonable price mean you could get one for each mood or outfit. Just sayin'.

The hard PC and flexible TPU combination add a nice grip to the slender Honor 5X, and the textured back surface prevents your phone from slipping off of smooth surfaces. There are precise cutouts for all the ports, buttons, and, of course, the camera lens.

Bonus feature: there are built-in air cushions in all four corners for a little extra drop protection. Sounds like a great deal to us.

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LK shock absorption hybrid case

LK shock absorption hybrid case

Let's say you like the look of Otterbox cases and you've been looking for that style to fit your Honor 5X. Look no further; we found a great plastic and silicone combination with the LK shock absorption hybrid case.

The soft bumper and anti-slip finish make it easy to keep a handle on your phone. The case is easy to snap on and off, and it's a snug fit. It's lightweight and gives you access to all the ports and buttons on your Honor 5X.

The six color combinations stand out and make your Honor 5X easy to find, and it's easy to see why the LK shock absorption hybrid case makes our list.

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Just in case

Which case are you using for your Honor 5X? Tell us all about it in the comments below, and give a shout if your case made our list!

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2 days ago

Best external battery packs for Pokémon Go

Best external battery packs for Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go isn't just a short-term thing, so you're going to need a battery pack.

It's no secret that keeping your phone's screen, processor, mobile network and GPS ramped up for hours on end is going to kill your battery off pretty quickly, and those are precisely the things you're doing when out in the wild playing Pokémon Go. If you haven't had a need for a portable battery pack before, you definitely do now.

Since you're going out for hours on end, and you're buying the battery pack just for your gaming sessions, chances are you're more worried about capacity, ports and charging speed than you are portability and looks. We have a few solid battery packs that will offer you just that, and keep you out there catching new Pokémon without looking for a wall charger.

Update: Pokemon Go Gen 2 is out now, and it's a big deal. 80 new creatures, plenty of powerups to find, and lots of brand new reasons to get back in the game.

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3 days ago

Sources: TAG Heuer to launch a new connected watch in mid-March

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TAG Heuer Connected Modular to appear March 14, fully customizable and convertible.

Back in January 2017, TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver said the company wanted to release a successor to the $1,500 TAG Connected in May 2017 during an interview with Swiss paper Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Android Central has learned some details about the coming TAG wearable from one of those people "familiar with the matter."

Our sources tell us the Tag Connected Modular will arrive March 14, 2017, and have a unique set of features that make it a true one-of-a-kind Wear 2.0 smart watch. The TAG Connected Modular will feature fully customizable lugs complete with a choice of straps and clasps to swap at your convenience. A custom automatic watch head module will allow the wear to switch between the digital connected Android Wear 2.0 body and a more traditional automatic movement.

TAG Heuer considers the original TAG Connected a successful product citing strong initial sales that exceeded the original goal of moving 20,000 units of the expensive wearable. Biver noted that TAG considers smart watch technology to still be in "the stone age" and there is plenty of future potential in the market. TAG wants to be part of that future.

We understood that TAG Heuer planned to leverage its strength as a traditional watchmaker by offering to accommodate the variety of styles and wrist sizes found in the different markets it services. A modular customizable timepiece meets and exceeds those goals. With no word on the pricing, we expect this one to be a wearable we can long for and admire from afar. We'll know more come March.

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3 days ago

Softbank still wants Sprint and T-Mobile to merge

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If at first you don't succeed ...

CNBC reports that Softbank still has goals of a Sprint / T-Mobile merger becoming a valid number three carrier in the U.S. and it has a novel way of getting it to happen this time: giving control of Sprint to Deutsche Telekom and becoming a minor partner in a new combined network.

In 2014, Softbank, which owned Sprint after a $21.6 billion 2013 investment, was set to purchase T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom. Both parties had agreed on terms and regulatory approval was the last step. The merger was denied by U.S. lawmakers and Softbank set its eyes on making Sprint a profitable and viable third-place carrier with plans to move on AT&T and Verizon's dominance.

Both companies involved are having a good day in the market with Sprint shares up more than 3.5% and T-Mobile shares up over 4%.

That also didn't pan out as planned, and now Softbank is discussing an end-around play that would make Bill Belichick proud. The company thinks it can relinquish control of Sprint to Deutsche Telekom (for a healthy sum, no doubt) so the German communications giant can merge T-Mobile and Sprint on its own. Softbank would hold a minority ownership of the company and the assets from both DT and Softbank could be enough to push against the current duopoly in the U.S. telecommunications market.

While both companies declined any official comment to CNBC, Softbank Chief Executive Masayoshi Son told analysts in February, "We may buy, we may sell. Maybe a simple merger, we may be dealing with T-Mobile, we may be dealing with totally different people, different company."

While Sprint has struggled to gain ground, T-Mobile has made strides with customer growth quarter after quarter since a failed AT&T buyout in 2011. Combining the customer base and network footprint of the two companies would move closer to the big lead Verizon and AT&T hold in the U.S. market. Everyone makes money and all is well in the world of expensive suits and boardrooms.

Of course, there's no telling how any FTC or FCC ruling would go were this to happen, and as of today, everything is still speculation. We'll all just have to wait and see how things play out and hope that whatever happens is good for customers as well as corporate bank accounts.

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3 days ago

How Android theming helped me find my inner artist

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I'm all about expressing myself.

I'm the girl with the Disney shirt on every day, with a beautiful case for my phone, my headphones on top of my jeep cap, and a song in my heart, if not on my lips. I spent some of my schooling years hiding who I am as a means to escape bullying, and I'm done with that. I'm done with hiding. I believe in being who I am and I believe in showing who I am in the technology I rock.

And this is why I theme.

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3 days ago

NBA and Google partner up to produce VR talk show with NBA greats

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Get in the game like never before!

It's the NBA All-Star Weekend and, this year, the NBA is allowing fans more access to their favorite athletes, by working with Google to create new virtual reality experiences for fans. One of the more interesting ideas that's rolling out this weekend is called House of Legends, an episodic sports talk show hosted by retired NBA players such as James Worthy, Bruce Bowen, Chauncey Billups, John Starks and others, and presented in virtual reality via Google's Daydream platform.

Fans will have the opportunity to virtually sit down with these NBA greats as they share stories from their careers and discuss league happenings and other topics of conversation. To get in on the fun, you'll need a Daydream View and a Daydream-compatible phone, then it's simply a matter of downloading the NBA VR app from the Google Play Store. Expect weekly episodes to pop up in the app over the remainder of the NBA season.

The NBA VR app will also be packed with highlights and other content available on demand. If you can't make it down to New Orleans for the festivities in person, VR might just provide the next best experience.

This isn't the first time the NBA has dipped it's toes into the world of VR, as the Association has been incorporating VR experiences throughout the 2016-17 season. Through a partnership with NextVR, NBA League Pass subscribers have the option to live stream preselected games every week in 360-degree VR with either a Google Daydream or Samsung Gear VR headset. You get a court side seat for the game right by the scorer's table, which is as good as any seat you'd find on StubHub. Again you need to be an NBA League Pass subscriber for access and local blackout restrictions do apply.

You can find more information along with the remaining schedule of games here, and you'll need the NextVR app for either Oculus (Samsung Gear VR) or Google Play (Daydream) to buy your virtual seat for the game.

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3 days ago

How to accessorize your gold Galaxy S7

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What are the best accessories for the gold Galaxy S7?

Updated February 2017: Added the gold Spigen Style Ring and updated buy links.

Having a plain black or white phone is alright, but spicing up your routine with the gold Galaxy S7 is a smart, stylish, modern choice.

Unfortunately, accessorizing and matching a gold phone can be a little bit more challenging than a standard color, but there's plenty of gear to match your new champagne-hued device perfectly.

Here're some options to consider as your begin to accessorize your gold Galaxy S7!

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3 days ago

Plug in to your Gear VR and nothing happens? Here's what to do next!

If Oculus isn't launching when you plug your phone into Gear VR there might be a serious problem.

Usually jumping into your Gear VR is as easy as plugging your phone in, and putting on your headset. However, if when you plug your phone into Gear VR, and nothing happens, then you definitely have a problem.

Before you panic, there are two causes for this issue, and we have the details on what to do.

Read more at VRHeads.com

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3 days ago

How Nanab and Pinap berries in Pokémon Gen 2 will improve your game

With the new update Pokémon Go will add Pinap and Nanab berries to buffs you can use while capturing Pokémon.

Just when you thought the hype over Pokémon Go had cooled down to a simmer, Niantic announced a huge new update. To help you capture the 80 new species of Pokémon being added to the game, there is the addition of two new types of berries; Pinap and Nanab.

Nanab berries

The Nanab Berry isn't here to replace your Razzberries, instead it's going to help you to become even more effective when trying to catch Pokémon. Especially if you are dealing with a particularly shy Pokémon that is prone to running away — Abra, we're looking at you little buddy! The Ninab berry looks like a banana, but it's no joke.

Each time that you throw a Ninab Berry at a Pokémon you are attempting to capture it will slow it down. This means it will take them much longer to dodge, making them much easier to hit and capture. That also makes it extra handy when used in conjunction with the Razzberry, since you can slow down a Pokémon to capture him, and then ensure he has one heck of a time escaping your clutches.

Pinap Berries

Pinap Berries look like a Pineapple, but unlike Razzberries or Nanab Berries, it won't aid you in capturing a new Pokémon. Instead, it will ensure that you get the biggest perk possible once you eventually capture that pocket monster. Each time you use a Pinap Berry and then successfully catch a Pokémon you will receive double candy for your efforts.

While that might not seem like much for some Pokémon, it does mean that gathering up enough candy to finally evolve your Magikarp to a Gyarados. Likewise, that may mean you want to hold onto your Pinap Berries until you come across a rare Pokémon, or one that is just a few candies off from evolution in order to maximize the benefits of the candy.

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3 days ago

GIF your way through American Sign Language with Giphy

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Gifs — they're for more than reactions and shade.

As a millennial, I tend to punctuate a lot of my tweets and personal communication with gifs. I often turn to Giphy when I need to say something with a short repeating video, and with their latest featured collection, I can say things in a new language with it — American Sign Language. Giphy has teamed with Sign With Robert to help teach people ASL using the power of repetitive, silent video.

That's right, we can learn with gifs now.

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3 days ago

Huawei Mate 9 vs. LG V20: As good as it gets

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Two completely different phones with very similar outcomes.

I have a problem. See, there are two phones in front of me, and they're both very good. I've literally been switching between them every day to get a sense of their strengths and weaknesses, and have been assiduously noting the differences to get a sense of what a large "phablet" flagship should and shouldn't do.

These two phones are the Huawei Mate 9, which recently arrived in the U.S., and the LG V20, which debuted at the tail end of 2016. Despite the obvious similarities — they're both big phones with great specs, etc. — I have been left with a strangely bitter taste in my mouth, as I can't decide which one I like better.

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3 days ago

Sprint's own pricing chart makes the case for T-Mobile's unlimited plan

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Sprint's own chart undermines its latest promotion, which shows the real strength of T-Mobile right now.

I'm Canadian; I have no skin in this game. Up here, we pay far more than anyone in the U.S. for far less. In Canada, the closest we come to 'unlimited' is bottomless breadsticks at Olive Garden.

We're now in this strange situation where T-Mobile is setting the tone and pace for the rest of the industry.

Which is why it's been fascinating watching the disruptive T-Mobile, which has double the subscribers of the entire population of Canada, almost singlehandedly upend the U.S. wireless industry, causing monumental shifts in the way customers use and consume wireless data.

On the one hand, the push to unlimited is a good thing; customers don't have to think about policing themselves — the vast majority of people can just pick up and use a phone without distinguishing whether it's on LTE or Wi-Fi. The downside there, though, is that unlimited comes at the expense of additional fine print; while one can technically continue slurping up as much data as he or she wants, after a predetermined amount — between 22GB and 28GB, depending on the carrier — traffic gets "deprioritized."

T-Mobile began this trend two and a half years ago (simpler times, simpler times) with Music Freedom, which, for Simple Choice customers on particular plans, didn't count a number of music streaming services towards one's data bucket. Back then, unlimited was just a glint in T-Mobile's eye, its network not yet able to keep up with the growing demand of a hungry population. But by the end of 2015, T-Mobile's network, having launched 700Mhz service and refarmed enough of MetroPCS's own spectrum, felt ready to move to video, launching Binge On.

In the proceeding months, Binge On was met with enormous amounts of criticism from all sides: net neutrality defenders believed it was contravening the very ideals of treating all internet traffic the same; consumer protection groups like the EFF were upset that T-Mobile was throttling all video traffic, not just services signed up for Binge On; and consumers themselves found the service confusing and difficult to disable. These issues were all addressed in due time, with John Legere himself bearing the brunt of the concern, but in the ensuing 18 months saw T-Mobile steal millions of customers from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, leading to some of the best metrics we've seen from a U.S. carrier in years.

So now we're in this strange situation where T-Mobile, the third-largest carrier in the U.S., is setting the tone and pace for the rest of the industry, genuinely affecting the bottom lines of the incumbents, AT&T and Verizon. What was a single fly buzzing around making noise just a couple of years ago is now a swarm that the top carriers can no longer ignore.

Which brings us to this chart. Sprint, the embattled fourth carrier, is still making amends for its decision to invest in WiMax all those years ago, and has neither the coverage nor the balance sheet to make a run for T-Mobile. Its latest act of desperation is a salvo worthy of a surrounded army: offer five lines for the cost of two in the hopes that entire families — the true money makers — will switch over. But Sprint's deal is hobbled by the fact that it's for new customers only, and that the promotional price will revert to its far more expensive regular cost in just over a year.

This isn't to say that Sprint's deal is a bad one; unlike AT&T's newly-expanded unlimited plan, it does include tethering and HD video streaming, but Sprint's network is neither as robust nor its devices as transferrable as T-Mobile's.

At the end of the day, though, unlimited is just another buzzword for a handful of networks that are now technically able to eke sizeable profits without crumbling under the weight of America's lust for video. And that's a good thing for everyone.

Which unlimited plan should you buy: T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon?

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3 days ago

Gingerbread is officially dead as it loses Google Play Services support

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It's time to throw out the Gingerbread, it's finally gone stale.

Android Gingerbread and Android Honeycomb are over six years old — in fact, Android Honeycomb turns 7 next week — and they are finally losing support from the Google Play Services framework. Google Developers announced back in November that 10.0 would be the last SDK version to support to support them, and with this week's Google Play Services 10.2, they have officially been left behind.

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3 days ago

How to get Alexa in your home without buying an Amazon Echo

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You don't need an Amazon Echo to enjoy Alexa.

One of the coolest parts of Amazon's Alexa service, especially when comparing the tech to other platforms, is the commitment to many different hardware partners. Any company can make something that works with Alexa, giving that new accessory complete control over all of the things an Amazon Echo has access to. That may mean a more capable speaker, or something a great deal more portable. There's a lot of flexibility here, and that means there are many different options to choose from.

Here's how you get Alexa in your home without an Amazon Echo.

No hardware at all

You don't actually need a new piece of hardware to use the Alexa service, if you want to see how useful it would be to you. There's a website designed to offer developers a way to test Alexa skills before releasing them to the world, and it's a pretty great way to get used to Alexa before buying.

EchoSim can do just about anything Alexa in your home can do, right from your browser. All you need to do is keep the browser tab open, click the microphone or hold down the space bar to speak, and enjoy exploring Alexa.

Try out EchoSim yourself!

A cheaper speaker

Maybe your gripe with Amazon Echo is cost, and the Echo Dot doesn't handle music very well. Naturally, there's something in between. A speaker not quite as expensive as the full-sized Echo, but significantly more capable of filling a room with music than an Echo Dot.

The Fabriq speaker is part Wi-Fi speaker, part Bluetooth speaker, and all battery powered cleverness. When connected to Wi-Fi, you have access to the Alexa service and all of the skills connected to it. If you decide you'd like to play music from your phone away from Wi-Fi, the Bluetooth mode lets you take the speaker with you anywhere.

It also comes in several different fabric covers, and while that's not functionally significant it can help your speaker stand out in a room.

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Alexa you can wear

Having a microphone set up in your house to ask a computer to obey your every command is only useful if that microphone is where you are. Amazon would prefer you solve this problem by putting an Echo Dot in every room you think you're going to use Alexa, but for some it may be easier to just wear Alexa on your shirt.

Orion Labs has a smart walkie talkie solution called Onyx, and it's built to be worn like almost like a Star Trek communicator. You pin it to your clothing, and on top of being able to communicate instantly with whoever is wearing its mate, you can access Alexa at any time. Perhaps the best part of this design is when you don't want Alexa to be listening you don't have to go far to silence it.

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Available soon: Alexa on your phone

It's not available yet, but Amazon is working with several Android phone manufacturers to include the Alexa service baked in. The idea is to be able to access Alexa just like you would access Google Now or Google Assistant, giving you everything you need to have your preferred home control service with you at all times.

Alexa is currently expected to be available on the Huawei Mate 9 later this year, and it has been rumored LG will be including Alexa on the LG G6 as well. We'll be keeping an eye on this, and will update it when more information is available!

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3 days ago

Best New Games for Android

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What are the latest games worth checking out in the Google Play Store?

There are thousands and thousands of games available in the Google Play Store, with more being added every month. With so much content hitting the app store, it can be damn near impossible to keep up on the latest releases and determine which games are worth your time.

Here at Android Central, we want to help. We'll be using this space to let you know about the latest gaming releases for Android that we think deserve your attention. We'll be checking in and updating this page weekly as new games are released, so refresh often!

Update February 10: Heart Star, Dubspace, and unWorded are three new games for Android that are very worthy of your attention!

unWorded

Having received acclaim and recognition at festival and gaming contests around the world, the award-winning narrative-driven puzzler unWorded has finally come to Android.

More art project than game, unWorded is an ode to typography and storytelling, as play within the mind of a writer stuck in a hospital bed. As the bedridden writer revisits his old stories as read to him by his daughter, you solve puzzles by first deciphering clues from the passages, then creating objects from assorted letters and punctuation. This is a highly stylized and cerebral game that delivers plot development unlike any other game you'll play. In essence, unWorded plays like you're watching a short film, tasking you with creating the accompanying imagery for the narrator.

This game was designed and developed by a two-man team from Lyon, France, and it's well worth the price of admission for anyone who enjoys great design, typography, and great storytelling.

Download: unWorded ($3.99)

Heart Star

With its lovey-dovey concept and uber-cute graphics, it's very fitting that Heart Star landed in the Google Play Store on Valentine's Day. The game features retro graphics and music, with a simple game mechanic that is tested and explored through 50 puzzling levels.

You simultaneously control both characters on screen, switching between their pink and blue worlds to navigate each through increasingly challenging platform levels. It's all about using one sprite to help the other progress through the level, adorable art style might feel too kiddy for 'mature' gamers, the core gameplay here is easy to pick up and play, yet increasingly challenging as you progress through the game.

It's free to play, with ads only popping up occasionally after you've completed a level, or if one of you let one of your characters fall off a platform. So don't fail and your gaming experience will barely be interrupted.

Download: Heart Star (Free w/IAPs)

Dubspace

Sometimes you just have to appreciate a game that cuts right to the point, forgoing story or character development and just going for pure action instead. In Dubspace, you play as a character floating in zero-gravity with a weapon and wave after wave of aliens and robots. Levels are randomly generated with different features that add to the game's difficulty.

You use your gun to shoot enemies as well as move around the arena, so a large part of the game comes down to smart ammo management. You only get three hearts per level, and when you run out the entire space station is jettisoned into space. The random levels and rapid fire gameplay makes Dubspace a great casual game with a collectable element to unlock new characters. You start off as Mailcom, a Rastafarian astro-soldier with a shotgun, but fallen enemies drop loot (in the form of floppy disks — did I mention this game is deliciously retro?) which you collect to unlock the nine other characters and weapon types.

It's a challenging game that's essentially ad-free, unless you want to try your hand in the Loot Level — watch a quick ad and then get a minute to dodge space junk and collect as much loot as you can.

Download: Dubspace (Free)

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