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Unprecedented cyberattack takes Nvidia offline for two days

Nvidia announced that its network has been compromised, and the company is in the process of investigating a potential cybersecurity breach that took down the chipmaker’s systems over the last two days. The latest cybersecurity concern adds to Nvidia’s problems with chip shortages during the global pandemic, which have affected the entire semiconductor industry.

News of Nvidia’s compromised internal systems was initially reported by British publication The Telegraph, which noted that it was likely a cyberattack.

“We are investigating an incident,” Nvidia told the publication. “We don’t have any additional information to share at this time.”

According to the report, the company’s developer tools and email system were said to have suffered outages over the past two days, leading to speculation that Nvidia’s network may have suffered from a cyberattack. Other parts of Nvidia’s internal network may have been affected as well, with The Telegraph reporting that the company’s network was entirely compromised.

If accurate, this could mean that confidential and proprietary information may have been unlawfully accessed. Of concern is that a malicious attacker could have injected malware onto Nvidia’s systems. There is speculation that ransomware may have been installed on Nvidia’s servers, though this has not yet been confirmed by the company. It is also unclear at this point what, if any, data may have been improperly accessed or deleted from the company’s network.

The Telegraph did state that some email systems were up and running on Friday. Nvidia’s website and home page are currently up and running.

At this time, it’s unclear who initiated the cyberattack on Nvidia, but the report from The Telegraph speculates on the timing of the cyberattack, which lines up with the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Ahead of the situation in Ukraine, the U.S. government had issued warnings to technology companies warning of potential cyberattacks, but there’s been no confirmation so far that this was a state-sponsored incident.

In addition to investigating the attack, VideoCardz reported that Nvidia now also has the daunting task of ensuring that its systems are clean and that malware doesn’t slip into software and products that are shipped to consumers, including the company’s graphics cards and chips for autonomous driving, servers, and supercomputers. It’s unclear how long Nvidia’s investigation will take and if law enforcement will ultimately step in.

Prior to the cyberattack, Nvidia was most recently in the news for abandoning its acquisition proposal for chipmaker ARM. Nvidia had initially proposed a $40 billion takeover of ARM from Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, but the deal ultimately fell through due to regulatory concerns.

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How to Appear Offline on Xbox One

We’ve all been there — after a long day at work, you come home to relax with a game on your Xbox One or Xbox One X, only to receive notification after notification from players looking to chat or have you join their party. Xbox Live enables players from around the world to communicate, but that isn’t always what we want to do when we use the console. For those of us who wish to play games undisturbed, the Xbox One has a few different settings that allow you to avoid getting pestered, even when you’re connected to Xbox Live. In this guide, we have everything you need to know about how to appear offline on Xbox One.

Appear offline to everyone

If you want to appear offline to everyone, including any friends, you can do so in just a few steps.

Step 1: Once you sign in to Xbox Live, hit the Xbox button on your controller to be taken to the quick menu.

Step 2: Next, scroll all the way to the right to the Sign-in tab and highlight and select your profile image. Click it, and you will see a drop-down menu with a few different options — select *My profile *and you’ll be taken to a new screen.

Step 3: From here, you’ll see a drop-down menu that says Appear online, which you can alter by selecting a few different options — one of which is Appear offline. You can experiment with various settings here, as well.

It’s worth noting that you can appear offline through the Xbox iOS app by clicking your profile icon in the bottom right and then selecting Appear offline.

Alternatively, you can also change your online status by going to your full profile. From here, the menu in the top-right corner will give you the option to appear offline. You will also see another option here labeled Privacy Settings. That is where the next method comes into play.

Customize your online status

Want to play with your friends, but don’t want to get bothered by random strangers who see you’re active? Just as you can choose to appear online to everyone, you can also change the privacy settings in your Microsoft account so that only certain people see your status.

Step 1: Go to your Xbox One settings and you will find the Account option on the menu to the left. Once you select that, choose the Privacy & online safety tile at the top of the list of options.

Step 2: Select Xbox privacy, and then you’ll be taken to a new screen. Next, you will go to a page with some preselected privacy choices for various types of players. The Adult default setting automatically makes your status online visible to all users with no regard to if the user is your friend. The Child and Teen default selections limit the visibility of online status to friends.

If you select View details & customize, you’ll be able to alter your Online status and history. Select that to go to the next step.

Step 3: Here, you have three options to choose from: Others can see if you’re online, others can see what you’re watching or listening to, or others can see your game and app history.

All of these can be set to block, friends, or everyone, giving you plenty of customization options for your privacy.

Using this drop-down menu, you can customize your privacy settings to fit your specific preferences. For example, you can make your online status public for anyone to view. You can also limit it to only your friend page or make it fully private. You can further customize the displays for your daily activities on this page, like what you’re watching, playing, or listening to. Note that if you’ve listed your settings as private, friends won’t be able to see your daily activities or personal statuses.

For the players interested in sharing their Xbox One games with friends, check out our handy guide for more information.

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Rockstar offline: What’s wrong with the GTA Trilogy on PC?

It’s been a weird 24 hours for those who purchased Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition on PC. The game launched yesterday on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Nintendo Switch, but it wasn’t long before Rockstar pulled the game from sale on PC and disabled the Rockstar Games Launcher on the platform. With long periods of silence from Rockstar, it’s been difficult to figure out just what is happening – or when the trilogy will return.

The case of the vanishing GTA games

If you head over to the Rockstar website at the moment, you’ll see that the PC version of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is no longer up for sale. It was removed entirely from Rockstar’s store shortly after it launched yesterday, and it’s been unobtainable since then. Rockstar so far has given no reason for pulling the PC version from sale, and we have no idea when it might be available again.

The Rockstar Games Launcher has been down for much of the last day as well. The Rockstar Games Launcher is the only way to play Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition on PC, so those who managed to purchase the PC version before it was removed from sale can’t even play it.

The Rockstar Support Twitter account first notified users that it was taking the Rockstar Games Launcher offline for “maintenance” around 20 hours ago. In the time since then, it has only posted one update thanking fans for their patience as Rockstar works to restore service. For now, we have no idea when the Rockstar Games Launcher and the PC titles that need it will be functional again.

A far-reaching problem

More titles beyond Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition are impacted by the Rockstar Games Launcher being taken offline. Obviously, players can’t access any PC games they purchased directly through Rockstar while the Launcher is offline, but it gets even worse than that. As Kotaku points out, certain Rockstar games available through Steam require the Launcher as well – notably Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA Online – meaning those have been inaccessible all this time, too.

It’s hard to get a handle on what’s going on here simply because Rockstar has been so quiet. Even if the Rockstar Games Launcher requires a full day of maintenance – which is strange but not unheard of – why was the PC version of the GTA Trilogy delisted from Rockstar’s website? Is the game going to be relisted once this maintenance with the Rockstar Games Launcher is over?

So far, it seems the fan reactions to the GTA trilogy have been mixed at best. The compilation offers remasters of three PS2-era Grand Theft Auto titles: GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas, though some fans have taken to social media to express their frustration with the apparent quality of the remasters. Perhaps the PC version was delisted in response to those criticisms? We’ll have to wait for Rockstar to provide an update and clarify the matter. Assuming it does so, we’ll let you know what the company says.



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Back 4 Blood Adds Offline Solo Play, New Cards in December

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment just released a Back 4 Blood road map of updates slated for later this year and into the next. The publisher tweeted out these end-of-year plans for the zombie multiplayer, with small details on soon-to-come features and content.

This month’s updates mostly include quality-of-life improvements and major bug fixes. December introduces fresh features like supply lines, a Ridden Practice area, and a solo offline mode with campaign progression. This winter update also incorporates new card types and cards into the game’s card system, which should mix up the meta as it is now.

Cleaners, the future is lookin' bright! Here's a roadmap of what's to come for Fort Hope. #Back4Blood @back4blood pic.twitter.com/0Tp82lCcV8

— Warner Bros. Games (@wbgames) November 8, 2021

Next year apparently adds even more content and cosmetics like a new difficulty level, player and corruption cards, and melee updates. A new co-op mode is also on the way, which could mean players get a much-requested split-screen co-op playing option. Turtle Rock Studios’ road map only offers an outline of the developer’s plans rather than specific information. However, players should expect to hear more in the next couple of weeks.

The developers also announced an “annual pass” that offers expansions on Back 4 Blood’s story. These extend beyond the four existing acts and kick off with the first expansion called Tunnels of Terror. All three expansions release sometime in 2022, though the developer hasn’t specified exact dates. New playable Cleaners and Ridden should also arrive with the 2022 update, along with weapons, cards, and exclusive skins.

Back 4 Blood is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. It just released last month. Newbies can check out our Back 4 Blood beginner’s guide for tips on how to join the fight against the undead before the first update comes later this month.

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How to Play Monster Hunter: World Offline

Monster Hunter: World is a game that’s best played with a few friends. Teaming up to take down a behemoth is an experience unlike anything else, and it’s the reason why Monster Hunter is one of the most popular series of all time.

However, plenty of people enjoying running through the game solo — discovering its secrets and dispatching its foes at their own pace. There’s also the possibility that you just want to play offline, avoiding all the headaches that often accompany online gaming. If you fall into either of those categories, you’ll be glad to know Monster Hunter: World can be fully enjoyed offline.

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How to play Monster Hunter: World offline

While Monster Hunter: World doesn’t give any indication of it, you can experience all the monster-hunting fun without connecting to the internet. The game clearly wants you to take the action online — just a quick glance at its menu system reveals dozens of multiplayer options — but it’s not a requirement to join in on the fun.

Here are two ways to enjoy the action solo:

Disconnect from the internet

Whether it means pulling out your Ethernet cable or disconnecting from Wi-Fi, you can go offline simply by disabling your internet connection. As you run through the usual steps to find an online match, the game will realize you don’t have a connection and create an offline lobby for you. A few features might be missing, but this is the easiest way — and the only way — to have a truly offline experience.

Create a private session

This method isn’t quite limited to offline play, but it has the same effect — no one else will be able to join your game. To create a private session, go through the normal motions of starting an online session until you encounter a menu that asks if you’d like to make a Private Session. Select Yes, and no one else will be able to join your game.

To switch it back, head over to a Quest Board and change the Private Session answer to No. This isn’t technically an offline lobby, but it’s an easy way to play solo without having to disconnect from your internet.

Monster Hunter: World scales difficulty for offline games

If you’re worried about Monster Hunter: World becoming more difficult as a solo player, don’t be — Capcom made sure to include a nifty scaling feature that reduces enemy health bars to accommodate party size. That means a solo player has a similar chance to take down Zorah Magdaros as everyone else.

Playing as a party does have its perks — extra damage, ability to lure monsters away from you, healing, etc. — but playing the game offline is still a viable alternative to the usual party-based mayhem.

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watchOS 8 adds multiple timer support but Apple Watch still needs iPhone for offline Siri

Apple’s offline Siri support won’t be offered as a standalone ability on the Apple Watch, it appears, though watchOS 8 is shaping up to include much-requested features like multiple timers. Siri’s ability to work even when you don’t have a network connection was one of the highlights of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, the new software coming to iPhone and iPad, at WWDC 2021 today.

Currently, Siri requires a data connection in order for cloud-based processing to take place. That’s the case even for the most basic functionality, such as setting a reminder, but with the newest software Apple is making that more flexible.

You won’t be able to access online information, or streaming media, while without a data connection, of course, but it does mean that basic functionality will be more accessible. Even if you do have data, Apple points out, the ability to process voice data locally on your iPhone or iPad should make Siri more responsive and immediate. Not every device will get that ability, though.

iPhone and iPad models with the A12 Bionic chipset and later will offer offline Siri support, Apple has confirmed. That means iPhone XS and XR onwards, the iPad mini (5th gen), iPad Air 2019 and onward, and the iPad 2020 and onward, and the iPad Pro 3rd Gen (2018) and newer. You’ll need to download language packs first, unsurprisingly.

Absent from the list is any generation of Apple Watch, which suggests there’ll be no standalone support for offline Siri in the smartwatch. If it’s connected to a nearby iPhone you should still be able to use Siri even without a data connection – since that will be processed on the smartphone not the wearable.

It’s a shame, as watchOS 8 is gaining more usable features that lend themselves to Siri control. One of the most requested has been multiple timers support, with the ability to use Siri to give them different labels as well. Until now, you’ve been limited to a single timer, and setting a new one will automatically reset any existing timer; with watchOS 8 you’ll be able to set multiple timers with different names, like “laundry timer” and “cooking timer.”

That’s one of a number of new Apple Watch features unlocked with the update. A new Find Items app, for example, brings the Find My Network to your wrist, while more apps will support the always-on display on more recent versions of the wearable. Third-party apps will be able to tap that talent, too, with a new Always-On API.

Developers can try watchOS 8 today, and there’ll be a public beta next month. The full watchOS 8 release is coming this fall, for Apple Watch Series 3 or newer paired with iPhone 6s or later; your iPhone will need to be running iOS 15, too.

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Spotify Apple Watch offline playback is finally here: How to download music

Spotify is at long last bringing offline playback to the Apple Watch, allowing wearers to download playlists, albums, and podcasts to their wrist and then listen later without either a data connection or their iPhone nearby. Apple Watch owners could until now access their music from the smartwatch, but offline support was limited to the paired smartphone.

Controlling which content is synchronized to the Apple Watch is done through Spotify’s iPhone app. Hitting the three dots icon (…) next to a playlist, album, or podcast will bring up a new “Download to Apple Watch option”: tapping that will select if for offline playback.

There’s a Downloads section in the Apple Watch app, in which the current progress of each offline sync is shown. As in the iPhone app, the Spotify Apple Watch app will show a small green arrow icon next to content that supports offline playback. After that it’s a matter of pairing your Bluetooth headphones or earbuds to the smartwatch, and hitting play.

There are a few provisos, as you might expect. The most significant is that you’ll need to be a Spotify Premium subscriber, since only that tier gets offline playback in the first place.

All Spotify users can control music playback from the Apple Watch controls. If you’re playing music via Spotify Connect on a TV, smart speaker, or another device, you’ll be able to control that too. Assuming you do have a data connection, you can ask Siri to play songs, artists, playlists, albums, or podcasts; it’s also possible to use Apple’s assistant on the Apple Watch to “like” music, adjust volume, and skip through tracks.

Spotify isn’t the first to support offline playback on the wearable, of course. Apple Music has had that functionality for some time now, as has Pandora. Spotify has long promised its introduction, but the streaming service certainly took its time to actually deliver.

Still, now Spotify says the download support will be added for Apple Watch users globally, and will be rolling out over the coming weeks.

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Google’s Wear OS update for offline audio has me re-hyped about smartwatches

I’ve been turned off smartwatches for a while now. Whether it was their poor battery life and uninteresting design, I’ve found I much prefer the simplicity and elegance of my analogue timepieces. Since the pandemic though, things have changed.

In order to get out the house and avoid screens, I now walk about 10km a day, time I use to catch up on audiobooks and podcasts. Thing is, I’d like to do this while leaving my phone at home. I’ve finally found my reason to get a smartwatch — and Google has just made this decision easier.

The company is working on a major update to its Wear OS platform to make the offline audio experience for wearables far slicker and more useful later this year.

You’ll basically be able to download music and podcasts on apps like Spotify and YouTube Music to your watch, so you don’t need to carry your phone along for your morning stroll. As someone who hates strapping on a 6.7-inch phone to their arm in a sweaty holder thing twice a day, this will be a godsend.

Here’s Bjorn Kilburn, the director of Product Management for Wear, talking about YouTube Music on smartwatches (starts at 2:38):

For those wondering if this sounds familiar, let me clear the air: as The Verge noted, a few pricey Garmin and Samsung wearables supported offline Spotify music storage and playback, and LTE-equipped Apple Watch models can stream tunes too.

This development changes things. It opens up the possibility of listening to your audio on a wider (and hopefully cheaper) range of smartwatches, as well as consuming less power since they won’t need an LTE connection to stream content from the cloud.

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Destiny 2 Goes Offline After Surprise Crossplay Addition

Destiny 2 is undergoing emergency maintenance related to today’s Season of the Splicer launch. According to several players, crossplay was briefly available as part of the update, coming far ahead of schedule.

Season 14 of Destiny 2 went live today at around 11 a.m. PT. Shortly thereafter, players started experiencing several issues with the game, which rendered it unplayable.

The most common issue prevented players from landing on planets. Several players reported that they experienced an error code called “Honeydew.” On top of that, players were unable to purchase the season 14 pass. Bungie planned to take the game down for a few hours to fix the issues, but the game is now offline for a larger emergency maintenance. The company has not said when it will come back online.

Before the game went offline, several players reported that crossplay support had been added to the game. Videos circulating the internet show players successfully able to link up with one another on consoles and PC. Bungie previously confirmed that crossplay would be coming to Destiny 2, but it wasn’t slated to come to the game until season 15.

Cross Platform CONFIRMED! @MasankoHA @bungie @A_dmg04 https://t.co/OITRtLf6GL pic.twitter.com/4nFW1dmrDD

— JustManda (@JustManda_) May 11, 2021

At the moment, it’s unclear if the crossplay addition was on purpose or an accident that led to the emergency shutdown. Bungie did not mention crossplay support when the season launched earlier today and has not mentioned it during the game’s maintenance process today.

For now, players will have to wait until the game comes back online to see if crossplay is here to stay. Destiny 2‘s Season of the Splicer is set to last from now until August 24.

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The Best Android Games You Can Play Offline

Even in our increasingly connected world, you may find yourself without Wi-Fi or data access throughout your day-to-day life. What better way to pass the time than to play a mobile game? Many of the most popular mobile games require an internet connection. Trying to open your favorite game while on a plane only to realize it won’t work can be a drag. To help you avoid that unfortunate dilemma, we compiled a list of the best offline games for Android that don’t require Wi-Fi or data access to enjoy.

You may also want to check out our picks of the best Android games, some of which do require internet access.

Terraria ($5)

Whether you’re already a fan of this classic action-adventure sandbox game on PC or console or totally new to the world of Terraria, it’s great fun. Explore a ginormous map (the world is randomly generated every time you start a game, so it’s never the same twice), mine blocks, and craft items to level up your character — and get ready to take on over 300 enemies and 15 challenging bosses that will test your skills. There are more than 20 biomes and mini-biomes to explore, with advanced building options that are easy to learn, so you can create amazing structures. When starting out, we recommend the Terraria Wiki guide, which will help you build your character in the early days. You can play alone offline — so you don’t need internet connectivity unless you’re planning on playing with friends in online multiplayer mode.

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Eternium (free)

Screenshot of Eternium game on Android

One for all the old-school role-playing game (RPG) fans out there, Eternium is free to play, and you can access most features offline. Choose to play as a mage, bounty hunter, or warrior, battling your way across three gorgeous handcrafted worlds packed with castles, dungeons, caves, forests, and villages to explore, or level up and learn new abilities across a range of endless randomly-generated levels in the Trials of Valor game mode. Along the way, battle skeletons, demons, dragons, and more, or team up with your companions to take down harder enemies and be rewarded with rare, epic, and legendary gear.

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Sonic Dash (free)

Sonic Dash transforms the classic platform game into an immersive and endless running experience. Play as Sonic or his fellow comrades — including Knuckles and Tails — and dash your way through a variety of maps. The game introduces unique mechanics like Sonic’s homing attack and periodic hazard events that make each run different. You’ll even be able to face off against two the biggest villains in the Sonic franchise: Dr. Eggman and Zazz from Sonic Lost World.

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Tiki Taka Soccer (free)

Whether you’re a fan of soccer — or football, depending on your location — or not, Tiki Taka Soccer offers most if not all the aspects of the sport with a retro-style twist. Create your own team, hire staff, and even buy free-agent players and compete your way through the most premier leagues in Europe. Simplistic and easy-to-learn controls make the game playable for people of all ages. This is the perfect game for soccer fans across the world.

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Earn to Die 2 (free)

In a zombie-filled apocalyptic world, the only way to escape is to drive your way through. Carrying the momentum of a successful first version, Earn to Die 2 introduces the same side-scrolling game-play but with a new story mode that’s five times longer than the original. As simple as it sounds to drive through piles of zombies, strategy is required to beat the game. You must factor in the amount of gas you have, the durability of your car, and even when to accelerate and break to optimize your mileage. The rescue ship isn’t waiting forever, so hop on and ride your way to peace and safety.

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Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games (free)

Dumb Ways to Die took games by storm, and Dumb Ways to Die 2: The Games is just as good. The setup is simple — play a range of dumb but fast-paced minigames to score points and compete in the Dumb Ways to Die Games. There’s a large range of games to compete in, and most are very easy to understand. However, it’s so fast-paced you should expect to die a few times before it clicks. But that’s part of the game, and something you should embrace rather than avoid. Ads are served for retries, or you can pay to bypass that — with the fast pace, you may end up watching a lot of ads. It’s a lot of fun regardless.

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Rayman Adventures (free)

Everyone’s favorite French platformer is back, and he’s on mobile. Rayman Adventures is everything you expect from a Rayman game — unique visuals, kooky designs, and tight platforming action — sewn up into an Android game. You can play as more than 55 characters across seven different worlds as you grow your Sacred Tree to unlock new adventures. Hunt down the Ancient Eggs, hatch up to 320 different Incrediballs, and use them to … er, beatbox? Apparently so. It’s a wild ride, and one that’s hard to say no to.

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Rebel Inc. (free)

Do you have what it takes to pacify a rebellious region following a devastating and destabilizing war? Rebel Inc. gives you the tools to prove you can. To keep your assigned region under control, you’ll have to balance spending resources on military and civilian priorities, from instituting reading programs to build literacy levels, to constructing new guard outposts and hiring foreign soldiers to help keep the peace. But whatever you do, do it fast, as rebel insurgents will be waiting to seize control of the country.

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The Wolf Among Us (free)

They’re fairy tale characters — but not as you know them. The Wolf Among Us tells the story of Bigby Wolf, otherwise known as “the big bad wolf”, as he polices the magical community hiding in plain sight. Based on the award-winning Fables comic series by Bill Willingham, The Wolf Among Us challenges you to solve a brutal, bloody murder in a world where your choices matter. Set before the events of the Fables series, this is the perfect place to start with this series. The first part is available for free, with episodes 2 to 5 available for purchase within the game.

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Monument Valley 2 ($5)

Monument Valley 2, the sequel to the 2014 sensation, introduced a heartfelt bond between mother and child. Protagonist Ro guides her child through the gorgeous, dream-like puzzle levels. The environments themselves are even more pleasant than the already delightful original. Seeing landscapes change with your inputs is perhaps an even cleverer illusion than the actual puzzles. Relaxing, moving, and utterly mesmerizing, Monument Valley 2 is one of the best puzzle-adventures on Android.

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Hitman G0 ($6)

Agent 47’s move from stealth to tactical strategy made a whole ton of sense thematically. But we doubt anyone expected Hitman Go to be one of the better turn-based games around on mobile. Each grid-based level plays out like a game of chess. Characters are even rendered as model figures. Dispatching enemies while working through rooms is just as satisfying as it typically is in real time. Mechanically sound and wonderfully designed, Hitman Go is the turn-based puzzle game you never knew you needed. No prior knowledge of the Hitman franchise is required to fully enjoy it, either.

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Alto’s Odyssey (free)

Keeping in step with its predecessor, Alto’s Odyssey is an automatic runner that replaces running shoes for a nifty snowboard. Unlike the original which stuck with conventional snowy alps, Alto’s Odyssey takes place throughout several desert-themed chapters. Chapters contain randomly generated areas to keep the experience fresh. The star here is the simplistic gameplay, which continuously has a level of freedom and joy to it rarely seen in the popular mobile genre.

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The Witness ($14)

A collection of 523 line puzzles scattered across a majestic and mysterious island, The Witness is one of the best puzzle games ever made. Using rules cleverly learned through play, The Witness‘ puzzles gradually increase in difficulty. Soon you’ll be using the environment around you to assist in solving puzzles and it won’t take long until you’re obsessively working on solutions both in your head and on scraps of paper.

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To the Moon ($5)

Johnny Wyles is dying and wants to go to the moon, though he doesn’t know why. He enlists the help of two doctors who help to recreate memories of his life en route to granting his dying wish. From there, To the Moon quickly turns into a moving love story. More narrative experience than a game, To the Moon is well-written and accompanied by wonderful 16-bit visuals. If you want a great yarn, To the Moon holds one of the best game narratives on Android.

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Plague Inc. (free)

A mainstay on the Google Play charts since its 2012 launch, Plague Inc. is one of the most satisfying and diabolical real-time strategy games around. At the start of each simulation, you create a virus that will hopefully wipe out the entire population (yes, it’s twisted). Thoroughly engaging and somewhat educational, Plague Inc. makes creating pandemics an experience that you’ll never get sick of (sorry).

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Downwell ($3)

Welltaro decides to explore a well. That’s the premise of Downwell and an obvious one at that. What follows is a frenetic roguelike game centered around perpetual downward motion. Guiding Welltaro, you must avoid obstacles and enemies with the help of gunboots that only recharge when touching the ground. Downwell‘s levels are randomly generated, which makes each run different than the last. Designed to be played in portrait mode with minimalist monochromatic visuals, Downwell is an excellent, if very challenging, time waster.

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Stardew Valley ($8)

Perhaps the ultimate town management game on Android and one of the defining games of this generation, Stardew Valley sets up well for mobile. It’s the perfect experience to play for short chunks of time every day. But you can also log long stretches in Pelican Town quite easily. Taking care of your crops and making small talk with the folks of Pelican Town is surprisingly rewarding. Stardew Valley‘s charming writing, endearing visuals, and addictive gameplay make it one of the best games on Android.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas ($7)

For a large-scale console-style experience on mobile, look no further than Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The port of the PlayStation 2 classic runs well on mobile and the open-world third-person shooter gameplay still holds up today. San Andreas is one of the best Grand Theft Auto games. It also happens to be one of the best games on Android.

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Wayward Souls ($7)

A dungeon crawler, Wayward Souls excels in delivering a satisfying and strategic action fit for mobile devices. Designed specifically with touchscreen controls in mind, Wayward Souls is one of the better roguelikes available on Android. Death is permanent, so each run is a new experience. And even successful runs don’t take very long. Surprisingly deep combat and six unique characters to choose from help make Wayward Souls stand out among a sea of average dungeon crawlers on Android.

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Old Man’s Journey ($5)

Another story-focused adventure, Old Man’s Journey follows the titular character on a quest across the world. A game about longing, regret, love, and the choices we make, Old Man’s Journey features stirring writing and beautiful visuals. The actual gameplay is limited to helping the Old Man move past obstacles, but this limited interaction is enough to make you feel as if you’re really on this journey with him.

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10000000 ($3)

Melding dungeon crawling with match-three puzzlers, 10000000 (Ten million) is one of the most inventive games on this list. The goal is to accumulate 10,000,000 points to escape the dungeon. Along the way, you tinker with rows and columns to match three icons in a row. Successful matches grant attacks, let you pile up loot, and even level your character. Puzzles change as you progress further through the dungeon. While it takes a few runs to get the hang of it all, 10000000 is a great choice for anyone wanting to shake things up and play something genuinely novel.

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Florence ($3)

A wordless love story, Florence is a stellar visual novel that can be completed in one sitting. It magically re-creates the feeling of falling in and out of love with the help of gorgeous animations and simplistic puzzles. The puzzles themselves, though simple, cleverly help inform the player of the emotions of Florence and her boyfriend. Florence has one of the best love stories in gaming, and it accomplishes this feat without using words. That alone makes it worth a playthrough.

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Limbo ($5)

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A masterclass in minimalism, Playdead’s Limbo is an utterly unforgettable puzzle-platformer. You play as a young boy, working through ominous environments rendered entirely in shades of black and white as he desperately looks for his missing sister. The puzzles range from clever brain teasers to inventive physics puzzles. The star here is the chilling atmosphere, which is an unrelenting and omnipresent force. The game’s graphics are not only creepy but often gruesomely detailed — especially when it comes to the boy’s potential deaths. 

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Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions ($12)

If you excel in tactical role-playing games, Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions might become one of your favorite games. After all, this enhanced PSP remake is arguably one of the best turn-based strategy games ever created. 

Participants will appreciate the medieval ambiance and extensive world map in this game. You’re bound to get into a few fights throughout your travels, but the game’s battle system will enable you to face any challenge that awaits your character. This video game is immersive; it’s full of quality, lovable character, and exciting storylines. You may find yourself giving over dozens of hours of your free time to play.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ($10)

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We know there appear to be enough Star Wars games out there to fill a galaxy. If you’re bogged down with choices or tired of the same old feeling of a game, we feel confident you’ll be drawn to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. 

While the original version of this game was first released in 2003, it has withstood the test of time against competitors by offering a detailed storyline and rich role-playing challenges. Nearly two decades ago, the game became an instant classic. Today it’s experiencing a resurgence thanks to its Android remastering. 

Try your hand at bringing down the Empire and use your skills to save the Republic. To get ahead, you have to become well-versed in the ways of the Force. KOTOR is a fantastic game for all RPG and Star Wars fans; This updated classic will keep you engaged and remind you of your love for Star Wars.

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