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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

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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!

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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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8 career lessons I learned while playing Mobile Legends

The ingredients to winning in-game and in life

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This is the first of a three-part series. Watch out for the next two articles.

When people say games have nothing to contribute in your life, I honestly believe they’re wrong. Playing Mobile Legends isn’t something I do mindlessly. I think, strategize, and find a way to win. Throughout the whole match, I’m invested in my game. I focus up, even though to some, it’s just a “game.”


In between defeats and victories, I realized a lot of lessons along the way. Here’s what I learned that’s also applicable in your work and career:

People are the key to success

To rise through the ranks — just like in life — we need to deal with people no matter how much we hate it. If you know how to lead, follow, and go with the flow, you’ll succeed. Mobile Legends taught me that it can’t always be just you. To succeed in this world (and in team fights), we need to work and band together. One man’s failure is our failure, and one man’s success is everyone’s success. We just need to fight and bring each other up to victory.

You don’t always get to retaliate

During my defeats, I learned that life doesn’t give us a fair chance to fight back. Some circumstances in life tell us to just stop and accept defeat and take the lesson learned into improving the next fight. However…

You can still flip things around

If opportunities arise, you can retaliate and strike back. As long as you keep fighting and keep your people together, you can turn the tables and win. Life may throw us lemons, but we can always make lemonade out of it and drink it while we’re on our way to victory.

There are a lot of selfish people in the world

People will leave the match unexpectedly, do things on their own and refuse to cooperate or steal your buffs and kills. You will encounter a lot of greedy and selfish people not just in games, but also in life. It’s frustrating and annoying, but we always have a choice to outsmart them, to try to include them, talk them out of it, or just be kind, try to understand, and accept that some people are just selfish at their very core.

Not all battles are worth fighting for

When you’re running on data, every minute and every fight should be worth it. Just like in life, our time, energy, and resources are limited. A former mentor always tells me to pick my battles, and I find it accurate especially as I am getting older and taking on more responsibilities.

We can’t always win our fights, and when we see we’re on the losing end, we can always retreat. There is no shame in admitting that you lost. Humility goes a long way.

Don’t be arrogant and belittle people

Some people are just starting, and they won’t hit as hard as you do. However, life happens and people gain a lot of experience where they grow stronger and smarter. You’ll never know who will be a worthy competition or an important ally in the end game (or later in life). Choose to be kind, it doesn’t even cost a cent to do so.

We all have our own pace and potential

Some people shine early. They get promoted, recognized, and get awards early in their careers. Heroes like Cyclops, Selena, and Angela are always strong during the first part. Other people (and heroes like Gusion, Claude, and Roger) shine in the middle as they rise through the ranks and the tables start turning around.

However, some shine in the late game. People (and heroes like Hanabi, Irithel, and Lesley) hits harder when they are at their peak condition. I guess what I’m saying is take your time because you’ll shine when the time is right. All you have to do is grind and work on yourself for now.

Communication is key

You can’t expect people to read what’s on your mind (especially when you’re playing a MOBA game). Like I said earlier, teamwork (read: people) is the key to success. If there’s a problem, tell people what’s wrong and how they can be better. Take the initiative to call for backup or ask everyone to retreat when they’re in danger. Lead them when opportunities arise for your team to advance and take down your opponents. The main ingredient in winning in life (and in everything else) is communication.

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Even Microsoft listens to your Skype and Cortana recordings

Absolute privacy is a myth

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A couple of weeks back Apple admitted it listens to accidental triggers of Siri to analyze and improve user experience. They also added that none of the recordings are associated with the user’s identity. However, contractors tasked to listen to these recordings admit coming across clips that revealed personal data.

Now, even Microsoft admits it uses human contractors to review its users’ audio. The list of “listening” companies also includes Amazon, Facebook, and Google. If you want absolute privacy, going off-the-grid may be your only option.


Microsoft uses third-party contractors to listen to your voice conversations on Skype and virtual assistant Cortana. The updated privacy statement says a human review is used to help build, train and improve the accuracy of its artificial intelligence systems.

Motherboard was the first one to come across the new updated policy and company pages for Skype Translator, Cortana, and Microsoft Support now also contain similar disclosures.

While other companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple have suspended these collections, Microsoft says it will “continue to examine further steps we might be able to take.” In simpler terms, “Screw you, we’ll continue doing it.”

The company also says the recordings may actually be subject to “transcription of audio recordings by Microsoft employees and vendors.”

Users are increasingly worried about online privacy since the Cambridge Analytica scandal was revealed. Technology companies have a huge chunk of our daily lives and many aren’t comfortable with it. Especially when privacy policies are complex and security loopholes are widely abused.

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Facebook will have dark mode for mobile

Things are looking bright for our eyes

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It seems Facebook is keen in joining the dark side, together with its fellow popular apps. Jane Manchun Wong, an app researcher, uncovered the tech giant’s plan to release the much-awaited dark mode.

Wong came across the unreleased dark mode for Android by looking in the code underneath, indicating that the tech giant has recently started implementing the feature. However, it seems that Facebook’s dark mode is still in its early stage of development.


While some users declared having it already on Facebook Watch, Wong emphasized that the dark mode is underway across the whole Facebook app.

There are no words yet from Facebook regarding dark mode nor its timeline for implementation. However, things are looking bright for our eyes that are hurt by bright lights should the tech giant implements the much-awaited feature. It’s only a matter of time before we embrace the dark.

See also:

Explaining OLED screens and Dark Mode
Here’s how you can enjoy Dark Mode on Facebook Messenger
Dark mode for Google Chrome is now available for Mac

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