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10 pleasurable video games for players 1 and 2

Looking for the perfect game to play together?

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Sometimes the day of fancy dinners, red roses, and chocolate binges just isn’t what you or they are into. Who knows, maybe you’re looking for the perfect game for both of you to be competitive or cooperative. Want to kick each other’s butt, win and lose together, maybe have some feisty good plays?

Here are some games you should try and play with your babe:

BattleBlock Theater

This cooperative platformer manages to combine adorable and gruesome at the same time. Believe me, when you first find the cute rounded minimalistic art design, you’ll probably make the mistake of thinking it’s easy to get around. Play here.

Overcooked

Overcooked will make it necessary to yell at each other — which doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You work together as a team to prep, cook, and serve. It’s the perfect game to play to break the ice, work together, laugh, and panic. Play here.

Broforce

Another fun co-op platformer on the list that’ll bring unlockable comical familiar characters from iconic movies. This game can be summarized with a single word: explosions. You’ll have fun getting through stages together and laughing at the game’s self-award absurdity. Play here.

Samurai Gunn

It’s morbidly ironic to find Samurais with guns but with this game, you get to play against each other with limited amount of bullets and a katana. If you run out of bullets, you can swing your katana just in time to return one aimed at you. Play here.

Spaceteam

This is another game perfect for screaming at each other — this time, a game you can enjoy on your phone or tablet. Get to know each other with this local cooperative game where you work together to save your spaceship from crashing. Play here: iOS, Android

Don’t Starve Together

If you were the type of person who played Minecraft for the survival bits of it, this is the perfect game to play with your Valentine. This game will force you to work together to survive and explore the wilderness. Play here.

Tekken 7

Want to just beat the crap out of each other in a fighting game? Some people can be into that. Don’t worry about winning as much, you both can button-smash just for laughs. Maybe you can learn combos and mix-ups together. Play here.

Nidhogg

It’s a simple and fun game where you try and kill each other to get to the opposite side only to be the Wurm’s chosen meal. Compete against each other and see who can get to the other side at whatever cost. Play here.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

If you still haven’t had enough cooperative games, this is the one you need to have: a game with a ticking time bomb, literally. If you both are up for a challenge or just willing to laugh off a thrilling loss, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a must-have of a game. Play here.

Vainglory

Didn’t expect a mobile multiplayer online battle arena on this list? Neither did I. This is not to say Vainglory is the best MOBA out there. Play whichever ones you both enjoy! Play here: iOS, Android.

Starwhal

Starwhal lets you win by piercing your enemies beating heart. If that doesn’t scream Valentine’s worth-it, I don’t know what will. You get to customize your narwhal with whatever call and personalize it with hats and other accessories. The game is charmingly simple and a whole lot of fun. Play here.

SEE ALSO: 10 films to Netflix and chill to

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6 apps that help make travel stress-free

Don’t leave home without these!

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Photo by Ross Sneddon

In this crazy-busy world we live in, we often find ourselves in need of an escape. Travel provides that for me. Going away for a bit of a break is an absolute necessity. There’s nothing like coming back refreshed and ready to take on the stress brought by daily life — both the challenging and the mundane parts of it. Sometimes, however, the thing that’s supposed to help you destress can be the cause of it too. Planning and the actual journey just to get to your destination (and even coming home) can be pretty stressful.  

Years of traveling has taught me a couple of things to make trips like this easier both on my wallet and my stress levels. In a previous article, we discussed how to save money while traveling (link). This time, we’ll be talking about apps that help keep the stress away. Being ready and planning ahead is half the battle for any journey. Having these six apps on your phone will make sure you’re more than ready for it.

PackPoint

I’ve been using PackPoint since 2015. Back when we were still living in Kuala Lumpur, one of my friends who traveled often recommended it to me and it has been part of my life ever since. At that time, my husband and I were about to go visit my family in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Malmö with side trips to Paris, London, and Geneva. It was a three-week trip and I was going nuts with planning what to bring.

That friend saved me by introducing me to this app that comes up with a digital packing list that you can consult on the go. All you have to do is enter the place you’re going to along with the dates. It will then ask you what the trip is for (business or leisure?) and a few other basic questions. It will then give you your personalized packing list — from clothing to your electronics. Packpoint just figures everything out for you, making those days before a trip a little less stressful.

Spotted by Locals

When visiting a new place, we often make time to see the historical highlights. But what happens when you’re done with those? I always make sure I visit an interesting establishment, a café, or even a restaurant that’s local-approved. More authenticity, less overpriced. I often consult Spotted by Locals for this.

The app collates recommendations from locals in the city you’re visiting — from places to grab food in to interesting and alternative sites to see. Even though I live in Berlin, I make it to a point to look through this app for some recommendations here and it never disappoints. I often find something that piques my interest, like this GDR Cinema I plan to visit next week.

Google Maps

What I see on Spotted by Locals, I always save here on Google Maps. The option to save places on different lists such as “Favorites” or “Want to Go” is such a blessing for people like me who need to organize absolutely everything — even my thoughts and my eating plans. Whenever I feel hungry and I don’t know where to go, I just open it up and see the places that I’ve saved on my “Want to Go” list and pick the ones nearest to me. It solves the problem of having to keep going back and forth with your friends, deciding where to eat.

City Mapper

 

While Google Maps can already provide you with transportation options to get to where you want to go, City Mapper is an app I keep for more options. You get your usual routes via walking, taking the train and bus, or even driving there, but you also get ride-sharing options. It even tells you where the nearest Mobike (bike-sharing app) is so you can exercise a bit by cycling your way there.

Flio

I absolutely hate signing up for Wi-Fi in airports. The questionnaires just seem to go on forever, I end up wondering whether they will be asking me for my medical history next. Flio lets me sign in hassle-free. It also keeps my flight information, helping me keep track of my schedule and making sure I never miss a flight while browsing the Duty Free makeup aisle.

Flio also tells you which restaurants and shops are at the airport while giving you vouchers for them. We all know dining in airports can be pretty expensive so a discount is always welcome. Your phone’s battery running low? It also tells you where you can charge within the airport so you can keep posting stories on Instagram.

Google Translate

Save yourself the trouble of miming your way to get information. This app can translate a conversation as you go. Another fun feature is the camera which lets you snap a photo of signs and labels. It will then scan the photo for words and all you have to do is highlight the ones you need translated and press on the blue arrow. Et voila! You now know the flavor of jam you have inside that jar. This is such a lifesaver when grocery shopping abroad or looking at posters and announcements in a foreign language.

Got favorites of your own? Share them in the comments below! Would love to discover new apps that I can use in my next trips!

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Tinder’s new feature tells you when a lot of people are swiping in the area

You’re welcome, Tinderella!

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Dating app Tinder is finding more and more ways to get people swiping more.

Enter: The new Swipe Surge feature.

Let’s face it, not all areas or events are equal — in terms of swipe activity, that is. But, fret not. Tinder will now tell you if you’re in an area with a high swiping ratio to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun.

Wait, what fun exactly? Well, according to Tinder, during a Swipe Surge, activity on the app is 15 times higher than normal. This means that the chance of finding the love of your life (or the love of tonight 😉) is higher by 250 percent and even chatting up some cuties becomes 33 percent faster. Yep, those are some serious computations.

To get in on the fun, enable push notifications so that the app can notify you when a Swipe Surge is happening in real time. Once you’ve joined the Swipe Surge party, you’ll be put on top swiping priority. Tinder will even show you who’s actively swiping at that moment!

Oh, what fun! Swipe Surge is being tested on iOS in select cities. Unfortunately, we don’t know which ones, or when it’s coming to all users; if it even ever will.

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Spotify introduces its app for Apple Watch

Control music from your wrist

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Spotify has just launched its new mobile app for the Apple Watch. Users can now access and control their favorite music and podcasts while on the go.

The new app allows you to play music on the Apple Watch and control how it’s played on compatible devices. However, you can’t stream your favorite songs straight from the watch even if it’s via your connected phone. Instead, the app acts like a controller for Spotify Connect. This allows you to control your music and select playlists individually then play it on shuffle from your wrist.

The downside is there’s no offline playback yet so users still need to bring their phones when going for a run or listening on wireless headphones. Spotify guarantees that they have plans to make offline playback available in the future.

On the bright side, you can now do a lot of things with ease. You can play music even if your phone is in your pocket and you can switch songs when running without having to take your phone out of its running case. When you encounter a friend while your music is playing, you can just tap pause if you ever want to chat. You can skip tracks to match your mood or the activity you’re in, and rewind podcasts to catch details you missed. It’s all on the watch’s screen, accessible with just a single tap.

Spotify will be rolling out the new app to Apple Watch users over the coming week. It requires the latest version of Spotify. Make sure to download it on the App Store and look out for updates.

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