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10 free-to-play offline games on iOS and Android

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When you disconnect, whether you choose to or have an unstable internet connection, you sometimes want something casual to just pass the time. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with 10 offline free-to-play mobile games on both iOS and Android!

Cat Bird

Get it on iOS and Android

If you want a game that’s adorably challenging, I might have the game for you: Cat Bird. It’s a title developed by Rayumi Adventure, an independent studio headed by Ryan Carag. If you like pixel art, you might want to check other titles from the same studio because they’ve developed similarly designed games. This game is fun, adorable, and strangely unsettling when you find out in my review what I sat through.

A Girl Adrift

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A Girl Adrift is about a survivor who drifts around in a world submerged in water. If you’ve ever tried fishing in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town, Suikoden 2, and Pokémon, this is the perfect offline mobile game for you. Without the fuss of anything else, this open-world game by DAERISOFT is a great play while waiting. The adorable graphics alongside the simple gameplay make it perfect for passing the time.

Tape It Up!

Get it on iOS and Android

Tape It Up! is hands down the best game to play when you’re bummed out and need a breather. It’s a simple game where you tape up packages going through a conveyor belt to progress. It gets hilariously wacky though, letting you use everything you can think of to tape up packages. From tape to cats to bacon, you won’t get tired of playing this vertical jumping action game!

Hungry Hearts Diner: A Tale of Star-Crossed Souls

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This game will steal your heart away. If you’re looking for another Diner Dash game on mobile, you’ll like this one — but not for the reasons you’ll expect. Hungry Hearts Diner: A Tale of Star-Crossed Souls is such a wonderfully gentle game of a woman who keeps cooking for the people who come to her restaurant. You can talk to your customers and have a deeper connection to each customer as they drop by. The soundtrack to the game against the stunning graphics makes this game lovely. You should really give this game a go.

Heart Star

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Heart Star is an incredibly adorable puzzle platformer where you guide two friends through two parallel worlds to meet. You swap between characters and work to get through obstacles. The stages can get challenging and it genuinely calls for moments of switching between characters. This game is not just cute and challenging; the retro pixel graphics and catchy soundtrack make it my personal number two pick on this list.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade

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Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade is an explosive action-packed game with an epic story. There are over 170 chapters of the storyline players can sink their teeth into and explore. When you first play the game, it gets a little overwhelming with the amount of detail the developers put into a mobile title. The mechanics are, of course, optimized for mobile gaming and simplified for tapping and shooting. The aim of the game is to protect your kingdom against an endless horde of invaders.

Happy hop: Kawaii Jump

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Adding to the list of adorable games on the list, Happy Hop is a simple and easy platformer developed by platonic games where Miimos, narwhals dressed as other animals, can go nowhere else but up. Besides screaming from sheer adorableness, the game does get challenging as you progress so try not to smack your smartphone while you get adorable Miimos through tough pavements. 

Asphalt 8 Airborne

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Fans of racing games are going to love the Asphalt 8 Airborne. The game allows players to live their wildest car fantasies in high-fueled gameplay for hours on end. There’s just a lot of fun content to unlock — leaving a lot to look forward to. This racing game is action-packed with awesome airborne moments — thus, the game name. There’s high-definition graphics, plus you get to choose from an arsenal of good-looking unlockable vehicles!

Magic Tiles 3

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If you were playing Tap Tap Revenge when it was released around the early 2000s, Magic Tiles 3 isn’t a far cry. Magic Tiles 3 is a popular piano game that has you tap on black tiles before they reach the bottom of the screen. The game will seem simple at first but, once you get into the groove, it’ll get addictively difficult. Magic Tiles 3 has various quests that let you unlock more songs to try out and play. It even has a battle mode to compete against your friends and other players.

Lanota

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Lanota is deceitfully the best offline mobile game on this list for me. Why’d I say deceitful? Because I thought the game demanded online play. It’s a simple musical game where you follow the rhythm but with the added layer of amazing graphics and a riveting plot. You get to unlock music of various genres, conquer specially designed boss stages, and gaze at an amazing artistic picture book.

There’s a ton of games out there to try out on your mobile — perfect for when you want to unplug. Not everyone has a stable connection so it’s nice to have something to play while you aren’t online. I tried to pick as many games of different genres so anyone can try and pick one up for fun. Found something you’re installing now? Let us know in the comments below!

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Study: App Store generated $1.1 trillion in 2022

Developers benefitting more

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Apple announced that the App Store ecosystem generated US$ 1.1 trillion in developer billings and sales for the year 2022, as per a study from economists at Analysis Group.

More than 90 percent of these billings and sales were accrued solely to developers, without any commission paid to Apple.

According to economists from Analysis Group, developers generated:

  • US$ 910 million from the sale of physical goods and services
  • US$ 109 billion from in-app advertising
  • US$ 104 million from digital goods and services

The Analysis Group’s study also mentioned that among the key drivers behind the App Store ecosystem’s growth are a rebounding demand for sectors like travel and ride-hailing, as well as advertising spend in social media and retail apps.

Moreover, developer billings and sales increased by 29% between 2021 and 2022, and 27% percent between both 2020 and 2021 and 2020 and 2019.

In particular, small developers found great success in the App Store, growing their revenue by 71% between 2020 and 2022.

The Apple Store’s engine of commerce includes Apple providing developers around the world a global distribution platform which supports:

  • 195 local payment methods
  • 44 currencies
  • 175 storefronts

Strong growth across app categories

According to a new study from the Analysis Group’s economists titled “The Continued Growth and Resilience of Apple’s App Store Ecosystem,” sales from travel and ride-hailing made on iOS apps increased by 84% and 45%, respectively.

iOS app-based food delivery and pickup sales more than doubled too, while groceries more than tripled.

App Store turns 15

The encouraging numbers from the study coincide with the App Store’s 15th anniversary.

Overall, here are some interesting facts about the App Store’s 15-year existence:

  • iOS developers have earned more than US$ 320 billion on the App Store (from 2008 to 2022)
  • iOS users have downloaded app more than 370 billion times (from 2008 to 2022)
  • The App Store has nearly 1.8 million apps to choose from, more than 123 times as many available during 2008

The App Store also remains a safe and trusted marketplace, thanks to its rigorous App Review process and privacy and security protections.

In 2022 alone, the App Store blocked more than US$ 2 billion in fraudulent transactions and rejected 1.7 million app submissions for failing to meet privacy, security, and quality standards. 

Recent innovations like App Tracking Transparency and Privacy Nutrition Labels also empower users on how to operate

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Reddit might force third-party apps to close

One developer is being charged US$ 20 million

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Though the platform works differently, Reddit is much like other social media platforms. For one, it relies on users signing up for the service to interact with one another through threads. However, Reddit is also similar by offering its API to third parties. If you’re not happy with using the original website or app, developers can create apps tailored to optimize the experience. Unfortunately, those might soon go away.

Recently, Reddit announced a round of changes coming to its API rules. Starting June 19, the platform will charge third parties for access to their API. In a nutshell, any developer who wants to continue offering a tailored Reddit experience must pay up to access the website.

According to the company, the changes are a result of emerging AI technologies which leverage Reddit for language learning. Naturally, the company isn’t happy with being used for free, resulting in a paid scheme coming soon.

Unfortunately, the pricing scheme isn’t affordable for smaller developers who just want to offer a cleaner experience of the website. Apollo, one of the most popular third-party alternatives to Reddit’s main app, recently announced that Reddit is charging US$ 20 million per year to keep the app running as is. Christian Selig, the app’s developer, confirms that the figure is just too much.

Other apps have not disclosed their discussions with the platform. However, their users have already lamented the impending doom of third-party apps and their involvement with the platform as a whole.

For their part, Reddit says that Selig’s figure only reflects a standard rate, rather than a specialized one as discussed with Apollo. The company remains adamant that it wants to be equitable and civil towards third-party apps.

SEE ALSO: Reddit acquires Dubsmash

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MOVE IT improves motorcycle taxi app

Integrates Grab support

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MOVE IT

If you’re wondering why MOVE IT is visible on the Grab app, it’s because the homegrown motorcycle ride-hailing app has undergone a massive overhaul.

Already a TNVS player in the Philippines before the COVID-19 pandemic, MOVE IT received support from Grab for a better overall experience.

The upgraded app has improved safety, reliability, and user experience. This includes a 99.95 percent uptime for seamless booking, especially during peak hours.

Coverage areas currently include the following cities:

  • Paranaque
  • Pasay
  • Taguig
  • Makati
  • Pateros
  • Pasig
  • Mandaluyong
  • Manila 
  • San Juan
  • Southern Quezon City 
  • Marikina

The app also features a built-in calling feature, eliminating the need for messaging apps or mobile load to make calls.

Grab’s map and navigation data have also been integrated into the app. When in transit, MOVE IT has a Share-My-Ride feature, ensuring that loved ones are constantly updated about one’s trip.

As for payments, MOVE IT accepts cashless options, including credit and debit cards, with e-wallets soon to follow for further convenience.

MOVE IT is available to download via the App Store and Google Play.

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