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This Week In Mobile: Final Fantasy, Pac-Man, And Giant Unicorns

This week, Final Fantasy fans are in for a treat. Final Fantasy VII released for iOS, and the Final Fantasy Portal app is available for download as well. Rounding out the list, we've got two understated art puzzlers and Pac-Man himself. First, here's the promised giant unicorn.

Monsters Ate My Metropolis
Developer: Adult Swim Games
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Following in the loud, colorful
footsteps of Monsters Ate My Condo, this game is a sensory overload of
neon, screaming children, and fart noises. Players control one of four
returning monsters from MAMC, this time building a deck of multicolored cards to take into turn-based battle. Each color has a strength and weakness against two other colors, and
cards can have in-hand effects, play effects, or both. Attacks are over-the-top
and smoothly animated, ranging from feline-piloted UFOs to supernatural ghost tornadoes. Players can also build a separate deck to defend their own city from other
players. Come for the fast-paced card combat, stay for the hilarious piano
ballad victory music.

The Guides
Developer: Kevin Bradford
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Price: $ 0.99

Perhaps the exact opposite of
Monsters Ate My Metropolis, The Guides is a quiet, challenging puzzler supported by
an ominous ambient soundtrack. Boasting hundreds of challenges, even the first ten I tried weren't easy. There is some real variety, too. Puzzles range from converting a string of binary into a code word to rotating concentric circles hidden in an image. To give more context to the game's myriad
mysteries, there is a separate app called The Guides Compendium that offers "supplementary detail to the primary game."
The developer promises this companion app isn't necessary to progress, though
it might be a nice purchase if you find yourself enjoying The Guides as much as
I have.

Gathering Sky
Developer: A Stranger Gravity
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Price: $ 2.99

Gathering Sky is a perfect example of an art
game, with gorgeous visuals, a stirring score performed by the San Francisco Conservatory
of Music, and minimal gameplay. Taking control of a single bird, you must gather
a flock over six chapters while avoiding obstacles like predators and rocks.
This is a short experience, and the price might be a bit steep for a game that
doesn't have the most involving mechanics. Anyone looking to decompress with
some soothing music and few penalties for failure should consider picking this

Final Fantasy VII
Developer: Square Enix
Platform(s): iOS
Price: $ 15.99

Square Enix has made a habit of porting their earlier games to iOS, and earlier this week Final Fantasy VII was released for the iPhone and iPad. At a hefty 16 bucks, this is the full PC version of the game with a few extras. The port includes an option to turn off all random battles for players who just want to enjoy the story and boss fights. Using the new max stats command, players can make their party overpowered at the press of a button so they can march through combat unchallenged. If you don't want to play Final Fantasy VII with a virtual controller, consider waiting for the PlayStation 4 port this winter or the remake.

Pac-Man 256
Developer: Hipster Whale
Platform(s): iOS, Android
Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Inspired by the infamous level 256 in Pac-Man, this game turns the arcade classic into an endless maze where our yellow hero is chased by ghosts and something even more sinister. Players must avoid these ghosts, collect special items, and progress through the maze all while the world is inexorably swallowed up by The Glitch. Each run nets you more and more points; collect enough and you can unlock new abilities like anti-ghost lasers. If you thought being hunted by ghosts in regular Pac-Man was stressful, wait until you're outrunning The Glitch while trying to beat that high score. – The Feed

Don’t Miss: The Pac-Man Dossier

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Postmortem: Pac-Man, Iwatani’s rhapsody in yellow

35 years ago today, Namco released Pac-Man in Japan and jumpstarted a new age of game development. In this classic 2005 Game Developer Magazine feature, Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani explains how. …

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How To Become A Master Of The Coin Toss, Pac-Man, Monopoly, & More

You're the kind of person who wants to be the best at all
games, right? Not just video games like Street Fighter or Call of Duty, though.
You also probably want to defeat your peers when it comes to playing Scrabble,
guessing a coin toss, rock, paper, scissors, and every other contest under the
sun. Now there's a handy guide that'll
help you hack your way to your full competitive potential.

The Washington Post has published an extensive guide on how
to become that best at several popular games without putting in all that hard
work trying to get good. For example, the Pac-Man entry highlights a few danger
zones to avoid if you don't want to get chomped by ghosts, the best
intersections to bait ghosts towards, and a safe spot where Pac-Man can catch
his power pellet-stinkin' breath.

Some guides are pretty basic, like the aforementioned
Pac-Man tips, while others go further in depth on strategy and even sometimes
physics. For example, one video breaks down the physics behind a coin toss, and
how you can use science to actually come closer to predicting what we generally
consider a random event.

It's a fun read/watch if you're interested in impressing
your friends and winning bets. Just remember not to tell anyone else you read
this article. Oh, crap… – The Feed

Adam Sandler Fights Pac-Man And Donkey Kong In The First Trailer For Pixels

In Pixels, Adam Sandler is joined by Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, and Michelle Monaghan in a battle for Earth against city destroying video games. To answer your question in advance, yes this is a real thing that I did not make up.

Despite knowing about the movie for some time, seeing the trailer for it doesn't make it any less surreal. You can check it out below.

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Along with the actors outlined above, the cast also includes Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) and is directed by Chris Columbus, whose credits include writing The Goonies and directing the first two Harry Potter films, among many others. The movie is also executive produced by Seth Gordon, who directed the Donkey Kong high-score documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.

You can learn more about the movie and the viral short film that inspired it by heading here and here. – The Feed

Track The History Of Pac-Man Fever In New This Exists Video

You may have heard of Bucker and Garcia’s hit song Pac-Man Fever before, or the similar Do The Donkey Kong. The novelty song actually managed to reach #9 on the Billboard top 100 soon after it released. A new This Exists video by Sam Sutherland delves into the history of not only Pac-Man Fever and the album of the same name, but also Buckner and Garcia’s careers and the early history of novelty songs in the music industry. You can check out the entertaining and informative video below.

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Thanks to reader Eric Poppe for the news tip. – The Feed

Real-life, giant Pac-Man maze stars in Super Bowl ad

Bud Light’s Super Bowl XLIX commercial sends a clear message: Drink beer, be chased by ghosts. Or is it “Drink beer, have a lot of strangers touch you?” No, no – it’s probably “Drink beer, then run around a ton and don’t throw up!” Or just, “Pac-Man …
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Real-world Pac-Man maze is what dreams, Super Bowl ads are made of

It appears someone on the Bud Light marketing team has shared our daydreams about emulating video game moments in real life. As you can see above, the difference between us is a substantial, dream-fueling marketing budget – according to Game Informer…
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Budweiser Builds Life-Size Pac-Man Maze For Super Bowl Ad

Bud Light recently constructed a life-sized Pac-Man maze in Los Angeles' Fashion District for an upcoming Super Bowl commercial. The ad is part of the company's Up for Whatever campaign, and if the set is any measure of things, it looks like this upcoming ad will be quite the production.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the commercial is called coin and will run for 60 seconds during this year's Super Bowl. Spoilers: but it sounds like the ad is about a man who receives a message in a beer bottle and is then told to go outside, given a giant coin, and gets a chance to play this life-sized version of the classic arcade game. The set looks pretty cool, and we hope it comes back to LA during E3 later this year.

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I'm not that into sports, so the ads are the most interesting part of the Super Bowl for me. This looks like a cool set, so I'm interested to see how the ad turns out. – The Feed

University in Spain Puts Up Pac-Man Statue

Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain has erected a Pac-Man statue as tribute to the gaming icon and the university's game development program.

The sculpture is over two meters high, and the commencement ceremony was attended by the Japanese ambassador in Spain, the university's dean, and local city representatives, among others.

The university is the first in the Madrid region to offer a video game development degree. – The Feed