We’re getting to the end of the first real, full, proper week of 2018. And in that time we’ve seen some pretty awesome games landing on the App Store. Of course, we’ve seen some absolute duffers as well. The sort of games that you look at and start crying uncontrollably for hours on end.
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Back in June developer Craneballs, who you likely know from their mega-popular Overkill series or the colorful top-down driving game Splash Cars, revealed an upcoming game called Fling Fighters with an extremely vague teaser trailer. A follow-up teaser screenshot indicated that this would be a physics-based fighting game of some sort, or at least that’s what I figured. They actually soft-launched the game on Android not long after that, so if you were on that platform and in the know, you’d already know what Fling Fighters was all about. That wasn’t me, though, so when Craneballs released the first official trailer for the game today, it was a surprise to me, and a very pleasant one at that.
As you can see, Fling Fighters is most definitely a fighting game, but not in the traditional sense. As the “fling” in the title alludes to, you’ll actually launch projectiles at your enemy as you move and jump about in some exceedingly dangerous environments filled with traps and hazards. It looks like you have a rapid fire projectile attack as well as one that’s flung similar to how you pull back and fling birds in Angry Birds. With all the chaos going on and your opponent constantly gunning for you, Fling Fighters looks like some seriously frantic fun. Alongside the trailer Craneballs have also announced an official release date of January 11th, 2018 so be sure to have this one on your radar for next month and drop by the forum thread for some discussion.
To date, the only launch info that Google has given us for the Google Home Max is that it’ll be released sometime in December. Today we may have a bit more info on when the big smart speaker will make its retail debut.
The Google Home Max may be scheduled to launch on December 11th. Best Buy’s product page for the Home Max currently lists the device with a release date of 12/11/2017, but that’s not the only bit of evidence we have supporting a December 11th launch.
Google’s Home Max product page also includes a hint at a December 11th release. In the Terms & Conditions for the free 12-month YouTube Red trial that comes with the Home Max, Google says that the offer is good for customers who purchase and activate a Home Max “between December 11, 2017 and February 15, 2018.”
The Google Home Max is Google’s new top-end smart speaker. Priced at $ 399, it includes Google Assistant just like the regular Google Home but also boasts improved audio quality thanks to its dual 4.5-inch woofers, custom tweeters, and other features.