The 5 best memes that got turned into ridiculous games

There’s something about memes that are so… young. And I don’t mean that they’ve only existed for a few years. I mean they represent exactly what it means to be a young person in the year 2016: they’re fleeting, not funny, and often involve exhibiting one’s… delicates. Or drugs. Those too.

Memes also, on occasion, get transformed into another medium. Since playing video games are the second most millennial activity – after creating memes themselves, of course – we thought we’d run down five memes that got turned into great games. Ish.

5. Bud Farm: Grass Roots

Bud Farm: Grass Roots

You can already tell what this is, can’t you?

Yes, it’s a weed farming sim.

What a world we live in.

You can bake space cakes, hire hippy workers, and – of course – grow weed. The youth of today, eh?

4. Bottle Flip 2k16

Taking inspiration from the six second craze of the year, Bottle Flip 2k16 continues to rise up the App Store charts. You can flip bottles, uhh…. land them again, aaaannnd…. yeah no that’s about it. It probably won’t get you a couple of million loops on Vine like doing it in real life would either.

3. Nyan Cat: Lost in Space

Sorry for making you watch that again. You’d forgotten it, hadn’t you? Sorry.

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Update: Sorcery! 4 (Games)


Sorcery! 4 1.0.1

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 4.99, Version: 1.0 -> 1.0.1 (iTunes)

Description:

An epic adventure through a cursed citadel of monsters, traps and magic. Begin your journey here (Parts 1-3 not required) – or conclude your epic adventure.

"One of the finest RPGs ever made" – Rock, Paper, Shotgun

"Sorcery! pushes and exploits both genre tropes and limitations, not as mere parody but in order to provide a better role-playing experience. A masterful work." – TechRaptor 9/10

Praise for Part 3:
Editors Choice, Apple; iPad Best Game of the Year selection
"One of 2015’s best iPhone games" – TIME magazine
"An amazing adventure…" – TouchArcade 5/5

An open-world narrative adventure into a cursed Citadel of monsters, traps and magic. Fight weird creatures, cast powerful spells that shape the story, cheat death, and explore everywhere. Begin your journey here, or conclude your adventure from Part 3.

+ Explore freely – go where you want through a hand-drawn, 3D world, creating your own unique story
+ Totally dynamic storytelling – the story adapts itself around everything you do
+ Thousands of choices – all are remembered, from the big to the small, and all will shape your adventure
+ Disguise yourself – adopt different disguises as you infiltrate the Citadel. Characters react differently depending on how you are dressed
+ Uncover the secrets of magic – secret spells to discover, and new forms of magic to master
+ Multiple endings, and hundreds of secrets – the game is stuffed with secrets and hidden content. Can you enter the vaults? Will you find the grave of the invisible girl?
+ Cheat, swindle, deceive, or play with honour – how will you win the trust of the citizens of Mampang? Remember, every choice matters…
+ New enemies, including mutants, guards, merchants and the undead – each with their own strengths and weaknesses
+ Adapted from the best-selling gamebook series by legendary game designer Steve Jackson
+ Swindlestones is back! The game of bluff and deceit is back, with the toughest opponents yet – the Gambling Monks of Effe
+ Seven Gods, all with different quirks and powers
+ Start your adventure here, or load your character and all your choices from Part 3
+ New music from "80 Days" composer Laurence Chapman
+ New 3D hand-drawn maps to explore by Mike Schley

You have reached the gates of Mampang, the ancient Fortress of Sorcerers. It is guarded by Birdmen, mutants, traps and ancient, wild magic. But inside is the Crown of Kings and the only hope for peace in the Old World. You must make your way past chasms, guards, walls and evil magic if you are to face the Archmage – and survive.

From the creators of TIME’s Game of the Year 2014 and four-time BAFTA nominee, "80 Days", comes the final part of the epic, acclaimed Steve Jackson’s Sorcery! series, co-creator of Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy (with Iain Livingstone).

Using inkle’s unique ink engine, the story is written in real-time, built around your choices and actions. Every action is remembered, and every decision, however small, can make the different between life and death, success and failure, humiliation or triumph.

Sorcery! 4 is our most complex story to date, featuring over half a million words of adaptive content which incorporates all your choices from previous parts.

The Sorcery! is true epic, interactive storytelling – and it concludes here.

What’s New

Several story fixes, and a slicker camera!

Sorcery! 4

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Price Drop: Swords of Anima (Games)


Swords of Anima 1.3.0

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 2.99 -> $ .99, Version: 1.3.0 (iTunes)

Description:

A new tactical turn-based RPG experience.

Command the Savior Rex Squad in an epic journey of courage and deception.
Can you break the Curse of the Eclipse?

FEATURING:

– 8 playable classes and more than 40 unique characters.
– Deep combat system: skills, auras, magic, battle stances…
– Choose your squad members before battle.
– Optional challenges to unlock secrets.
– Upgrade your weapons and armors in the Forge.
– A compelling story.
– NO in-app purchases.
– Internet connection NOT required for playing.

What’s New

– Return to the region of Khoda and discover the events that occur at the Royal Colisseum.
– 4 brand new maps with optional challenges.
– 3 new types of enemies based upon the roman gladiators of ancient: the samnitas, reciarios and noxiis.
– New music tracks, cutscenes and artworks to acompany the gameplay.

Swords of Anima

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The 5 best AR games on mobile

Before a certain collect ’em up launched this summer, augmented reality had kind of died a death.

Sure, the 3DS came with those little cards, and you played with them for 10 minutes when you first opened the box, but they soon got confined to that drawer in your bedroom with the football pump and the Action Man your auntie got you for your 15th birthday. 15, mind. What was she thinking?

Since then, you’ve barely even given AR a thought. You scoffed at Microsoft’s futile attempt to revive the technology when it revealed the Hololens.

Then Pokemon GO came along. Pokemon GO showed the world what AR could do. If used correctly, AR can be one amazing gaming tool. So let’s take a look at the five best AR games on mobile.

Ingress

Ingress

The one that planted the seed for Pokemon GO, Ingress was an interesting idea that eventually got the recognition it deserved this summer (with the backing of one of the world’s most recognisable brands, of course).

Niantic, the developer of both aforementioned games, eventually used Ingress as the platform for Pokemon GO, but this espionage themed thriller is worth playing in itself.

Sure, you’ve got portals rather than PokeStops and sculptures rather than Gyms, but the principle is the same – and so is the fun.

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New: Primordia (Games)


Primordia 1.0

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

What happened to the humans?

In a desolate, ruined world inhabited only by robots, the taciturn android Horatio searches for answers. Where did he come from? Where have all the humans gone? And what, if any, was his role in it?

Torn from his peaceful existence in the crashed airship, the UNIIC, Horatio and his sarcastic floating friend Crispin are forced to travel to Metropolis, City of Glass and Light, to retrieve their stolen power core. What they discover there changes their understanding of the world and their place in it, for better or worse.

Full voice acting, featuring Logan Cunningham (the voice of Bastion) as Horatio.

— Reviews —

Adventure Gamers – "Beautiful, surrealistic retro graphics; likeable characters and a deceptively sprawling plot." 4/5

Eurogamer – "Primordia is delightful, smart and packed with personality." 7/10

Rock Paper Shotgun – "A cast of thoroughly insane-in-the-short-circuited-membrane side characters keeps the ride nice and lively as well, complimenting the oppressively dreary setting with a strong mix of mystery driven drama, Old West frontier charm, and dark humor."

Gamezebo – "Primordia is a very good game, packed with enough secrets, surprises and twists to keep it interesting from start to finish." 4/5

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Price Drop: Lifeline: Whiteout (Games)


Lifeline: Whiteout 1.0.4

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 1.99 -> $ .99, Version: 1.0.4 (iTunes)

Description:

Alone in a frozen wasteland with no memory of how he got there, a lost adventurer’s only hope is his last line of communication – to YOU! Guide him to safety and help him find his identity in this gripping story of survival. Your choices shape the story as you play!

3 Minute Games has partnered with Eipix Entertainment for the next installment of the critically-acclaimed Lifeline series. Lifeline: Whiteout introduces a brand new character, V. Adams! Play on the go with real-time notifications sent to your device or check in with V. Adams throughout your day – waiting for the bus, eating lunch, before bed!

Decisions can have a profound effect. Finish the game and then play again to discover a whole new story when you make different choices.

WATCH US: http://www.youtube.com/c/LifelineGame

Praise for Lifeline:

“This is the best game on the Apple Watch.” – Time.com

“I’ve played many games that I find engrossing, but Lifeline may be one of the first that changed the way I thought about my daily routine, which leapt off the screen and became a part of my lived experience.” – Eli Cymet, Gamezebo

“For a few brief hours I cared – really cared – about the fate of a completely fictional character. I don’t think any other game I’ve played has made me feel that way before.” – Matt Thrower, PocketGamer

What’s New

In this update:

• Now available in Spanish and Italian!

Thanks for the continued feedback and support, and happy gaming!

If you like this game, please consider taking a moment to rate/review it.

Experiencing issues? Please visit http://bigfi.sh/ENHelp

Lifeline: Whiteout

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New: Vulture Island (Games)


Vulture Island 1.00

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 2.99, Version: 1.00 (iTunes)

Description:

LAUNCH SALE! 40% off, SEPTEMBER ONLY!

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Benjamin has built a spectacular flying machine to take him and his friends around the world.
During one of the first flight sessions something goes wrong. The youngsters have no choice but to parachute themselves to safety.

After an exhausting swim Alex, Paul and Stella end up on a distant island. Barehanded and with no trace of Benjamin.

GAMEPLAY:

* Explore the island
* Interact with characters
* Collect and use items
* Battle enemies & bosses
* Solve puzzles

Supports MFi Controllers and ION Arcade Controllers.

Vulture Island

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Update: Symmetrica – Minimalistic arcade game (Games)


Symmetrica – Minimalistic arcade game 2.0

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: Free, Version: 1.0 -> 2.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Explore captivating world of geometry. To pass each challenge, you have to focus power of blue cone-shaped projectiles into green circles.

Quite simple, isn’t it?

Remember, right timing is everything.

What’s New

Added new levels pack:
– Unique even more challenging puzzles with beautiful visual atmosphere
– New fire-powered projectiles mechanics
– Additional game soundtrack available with new levels
– 3D touch support

Slow motion enabled:
– Use long press in game to enable slow motion effect. Now levels can be accomplished with even more pleasure when this effect is enabled

3D Touch support:
– Use 3D Touch to control the slow motion effect in game more dynamically.

Game Center support:
– Leaderboards
– Achievements

Improvements & UI:
– Redesigned icon
– Improved animations
– Projectiles tail effect added
– Fixed transition bug when switching between levels
– Performance improvements on iPad

Symmetrica – Minimalistic arcade game

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Price Drop: Pixel Cup Soccer (Games)


Pixel Cup Soccer 1.5

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ .99 -> Free, Version: 1.5 (iTunes)

Description:

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PIXEL CUP SOCCER 16 is now available on the App Store!!!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1092276838?mt=8
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Pixel Cup Soccer is now FREE TO PLAY!
You can choose to play and watch video ads, at the start and at the half time interval of each game, or buy an In App Purchase that removes these ads.

“Fans of the pixel art style will love this game.” – TouchArcade.com
“…charming and worth coming back to again and again.” – TouchArcade.com
“…wind your way through the defense and get a good shot on net.” – iLounge.com

Pixel Cup Soccer is a retro-style arcade soccer game with simple controls and fun, addictive gameplay. Choose from 32 national teams to play friendly matches, the Pixel Cup championship, and awesome fun player-versus-player matches!

Features
– Local player-versus-player mode you can play with MFI (Made For iPhone) game controllers.
– Simplified controls: shoot, pass, and run your way to victory.
– Pick-up and play with clean and challenging gameplay.
– Retro-style pixel art game resembling classic 8-bit games, evoking nostalgia.
– Play as one of 32 national teams, the same countries that played in Brazil 2014.
– Choose your favorite team and lead them to win the Pixel Cup Championship.
– Customize your match time and speed.
– Face off in different weather conditions and stadiums.
– Show off your achievements in the Pixel Cup mode on the Game Center.
– Share your replays with Everyplay.

Pixel Cup Soccer has the following game modes:
– Friendly Game mode: Play a single game against the computer.
– Pixel Cup mode: Lead your chosen national team against the computer to win the championship through group play and a “Round of 16” format .
– Local PvP mode: Take on your chosen opponent using your favorite game controllers.

What’s New

Pixel Cup Soccer is now FREE TO PLAY!
You can choose to play and watch video ads, at the start and at the half time interval of each game, or buy an In App Purchase that removes these ads.

Pixel Cup Soccer

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Price Drop: reflow (Games)


reflow 1.2.0

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 1.99 -> Free, Version: 1.2.0 (iTunes)

Description:

reflow is an Augmented Reality game and difficult to explain in words, so just check out our trailer at: http://xymatic.com/reflow

reflow is a new way to play with your iDevice and the world! Using the realtime camera image, the game abstracts your environment into a black and white level. Let virtual fluids flow on everything that meets your cameras eye. Use whatever you like – friends, objects, pets, strangers – to solve the given challenges in the most unique way. Play wherever you want – parties, bars, parks, schools, the office – do it alone or collaboratively with friends and colleges. Share your solution pics online via twitter, facebook, email and other services or compete for highscores with players worldwide using Game Center.

Just give it a shot: Level with your world! Now!

While playing reflow you have to change the way you think about playing a computer game. The goal is to guide the flow of virtual colored streams, emerging from sources. They have to flow into similar colored sinks, while possibly being altered on the way by color changers. The level is a black and white abstraction of the real world. You have to alter the camera angle and/or scenery to solve the level – there is no pre-canned solution.

selected Features:
– Share your solutions via twitter, facebook, email and other services.
– Compete with players from all over the world using Game Center.
– 40 challenges are waiting for your world, your skills and your aesthetic perception.
– Full control over image parameters using multi-touch.
– Particle based flow that interacts in realtime and adheres to realworld gravity.
– Colors and sounds.

For hints, tips and support check the app support page (http://xymatic.com/reflow-feedback).

If you experience problems with the app: We want to help you! Just send us a mail to support@xymatic.com

What’s New

– added retina graphics support for new iPad
– changed the way levels are unlocked
– fixed a Twitter sharing bug

reflow

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