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Cat Bird: A cute and fun mobile platformer

It’s cute and all until…

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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.

About a cat that can fly

If you Google “catbird,” you’re up for a surprise: The game isn’t about the actual bird (yes, there’s an actual bird of the same name). We can pretty much appreciate the English language and how a space can alter compound words.

Anyway, Cat Bird is a mobile platformer where you have to get through enemies, falling spikes, and various obstacles. You play as Cat Bird, a white kitten with wings, who is lost and is finding its way home. Your task is to navigate your way back. Simple? You’d think so.

Charming design

When you first install the game, you’ll notice the adorable pixel design, charming music, and polished user interface. I’ll admit: The game has a lovely soundtrack that matches its cute design. When it comes to user interface, Cat Bird walks you through the basics. The controls are on the bottom of your screen. On the bottom right of the game is your jump control and on the bottom left, the forward and back controls.

It’s cute and all until…

… you realize you’re terrible at timing! It doesn’t help when you’re playing an adorable character that dies every time you don’t get it right. You’ll have to watch your death count go up a few digits and live with yourself seeing an adorable mythical animal die. Case in point: I’ve unconsciously learned to apologize out loud when Cat Bird dies.

More crowns, more bragging rights

Platformers are more than just getting from point A to point B. If you’re a messed-up completionist like I am, you’ll want to collect every item or earn every achievement that exists in the game. For Cat Bird, you’ve got crowns purposefully placed in the toughest places. The crowns are even sometimes hidden. Finishing the game may be fun, but being able to collect all crowns gives you bragging rights.

Makes me miss buttons

Surprise, surprise. I come up with a strange and ominous excuse as to why I cannot stop dying: buttons. Of course, Leez, buttons! I can’t help but miss the feeling of clicking buttons when playing this game. I play platformers with a controller and playing it on my phone feels like the first time I moved from phones with buttons to a touchscreen smartphone.

Am I making excuses for writing this section? Hell yes. Petty? Pretty much. Can we just toss my irrational defensiveness to the upsetting reality that I can’t keep watching this poor thing die over and over?

At least you get checkpoints

You re-spawn from the very beginning of every stage. You don’t get to save your progress anywhere. When I say it hurts to watch Cat Bird die again and again, it’s mostly because once I get pretty far into the obstacles, I slip up, die, and have to do it all over again. Luckily, some stages have checkpoints that show up as cute little flags so when you die after reaching them, you re-spawn there, instead.

Should you be playing Cat Bird?

Looking for a nice mobile game that’s free-to-play and offline is a bit of a challenge — let alone finding one that’s of great quality. Although most games settle to be either offline or free-to-play, Cat Bird is both. If you miss more familiar platformers like Mario, Sonic, and Crash Bandicoot, definitely give this game a try.

This might be the game to take you back to the more familiar or nostalgic platformers. It may get challenging but that adds to the appeal of playing it. Trust me, I’ve almost completed the game despite sitting through so many deaths.

Cat Bird is available on iOS and Android for free.

SEE ALSO: Florence: Half-baked beautiful game about first loves?

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Twitter labels President Trump’s tweet as “misleading”

Even Twitter’s had enough!

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For the first time, Twitter has flagged some of US President Donald Trump’s tweets with a fact-check warning. The social media platform labeled two of his tweets as “unsubstantiated” and accused him of making false claims.

The label was added because it violated Twitter’s “civic integrity policy”, a company spokeswoman confirmed. Below the tweets, a link which read “Get the facts about mail-in ballots” took users to a notice calling the claims “unsubstantiated”, citing reporting by CNN, the Washington Post, and other credible publications.

Obviously, Trump was furious over the label and accused Twitter of stifling free speech. He further accused Twitter of “interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election.” However, it’s worth remembering that Federal law protects the rights of internet platforms to moderate the third-party speech they publish.

Trump and Twitter share a long history and their relationship isn’t constructive. Twitter is technically a micro-blogging platform that’s used by everyone. World leaders have their official accounts on the platform to reach out quickly. But Trump has made Twitter a battleground and threatened to nuke a country, spread misinformation, malign the media, and spread conspiracy theories.

Trump has never previously faced Twitter moderation on his account. The social media platform has radically upped its moderation policies before the 2020 American Presidential Election to ensure the spread of misinformation is controlled and a Cambridge Analytica-type scandal isn’t repeated.

It banned political ads in November 2019 and recently announced that it’ll be labeling tweets that are found spreading misinformation amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Spotify is taking out the infamous 10,000-song limit

Finally!

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Amidst the immense variety of music streaming services today, Spotify remains at the top of the pile. Whether due to service quality or brand loyalty, everyone still uses Spotify. However, despite its dominance, the popular service still has a few downsides. For one, Spotify has an infamous 10,000-song limit, preventing users from saving more than 10,000 songs.

Thankfully, Spotify is finally doing away with this limit soon. According to a new community post, a user’s library can add an unlimited amount of songs, affecting both liked songs and liked albums.

Previously, once you hit the 10,000-song limit, Spotify hits you up with a falsely positive warning: “Epic collection, friend. There’s no more room in Your Library. To save more, you’ll need to remove some songs or albums.” Despite an overwhelming clamor to get rid of it, Spotify has persistently refused to eliminate the limit.

However, Spotify’s latest expansion comes with an important caveat. It applies only to “Your Music” collections. Users still have to abide by the 10,000-song limit for custom playlists and offline downloads. Regardless, the minor expansion is a good step forward to completely eradicating the limit across the board.

Of course, only a minuscule fraction of Spotify users will likely bump into this song ceiling. Even for an expansive service like Spotify, 10,000 songs are still a sizable amount for most users. Still, if you ever find yourself on 9,999 songs, you might not need to worry about adding a few more songs anymore. The feature has already started rolling out to new users globally.

SEE ALSO: Spotify offers 3-month trial to new premium customers

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YogiFi is a yoga mat that corrects your form in real-time

Your personal yoga instructor

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Many of us are coming up with new routines as we stay indoors. If you’re finding it hard to find a physical activity that you can do in a limited space, yoga is something you can try.

Practicing yoga may look easy, but doing it right can be pretty challenging, especially when you’re only following a YouTube video. YogiFi is an AI-powered yoga mat that provides guided instructions and real-time corrections on your poses.

The sensors on the mat tracks your yoga sequences and tracks your vitals before and after each session. This lets you track your progress so you can feel more motivated the next time you hit the mat.

It comes with a companion app that offers 25 programs. You can select your personal trainer and set your goals.

YogiFi is live on Kickstarter and is currently available for backers at US$ 199.

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