The card-based dungeon crawling adventure game ‘Card Quest’ has been ported to Android

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The single-player card-based strategy roguelite Card Quest has been ported to Android, and amazingly it has landed on the Play Store before Apple users have even received a release date for their upcoming iOS port. So for once Android is first, and considering that this doesn’t happen often, let’s try to enjoy it.

Card Quest is most easily described as a single-player roguelite dungeon crawler with card-based combat, and plenty of branching paths for you to choose from that should add a lot of replayability to the title.

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Sega Forever to Focus on Ported Titles in 2018

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Sega Forever will see a change that will focus on ported titles, not just emulated ones. Sega made the announcement today on March 1st, saying in a straightforward manner that the ported titles they’ve released (technically, updated free re-releases of previously-released games) have been more played than the emulated titles. As such Sega says their “plan this year is to focus on porting titles natively. As a result of these changes, the cadence of releases will reduce.”

Sega does seem to be teasing what’s next with an image, file name “Could-this-be-a-teaser-question-mark.png”. The silhouetted art appears to show Dynamite Headdy characters and…are those the monkeys from Super Monkey Ball? Considering how big those games were in the early days of the App Store, and that they don’t work now, they’d make a lot of sense to return to Sega Forever.

The ported titles having more downloads makes sense in several ways. One is that they included the Christian Whitehead and co. Sonic ports. It would be tough for any Sega ported title to match that degree of quality because Whitehead, Stealth, and crew were decades-long Sonic obsessives who not only brought intense passion but a deep knowledge of how those titles worked, which made for ports with exceptional quality. Virtua Tennis Challenge [Free] was at least an actual mobile game, updated for 64-bit and modern devices. Crazy Taxi [Free] is Crazy Taxi.

The other problem was that the ported titles so far included a lot of forgettable filler. Nobody thought about Decap Attack until our resident gaming history nerd Shaun Musgrave wrote a review of it last year. Where’s all the Streets of Rage games, like Streets of Rage 3 with American and Japanese versions? All the Golden Axe games? Other Sonic games? Where was the cleverly-timed tie-in to Sonic Mania with Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Machine? Heck, you have an emulator…how much work is really required to just put out all the classics and let the downloads rack up? The downloads you’re not getting today are ones you might not get tomorrow. There’s no reason to participate in artificial scarcity for games that are over 25 years old at this point.

So here’s my advice for Sega:

1) Make sure the Sega Forever emulator is improving in quality. Heck, find people in the community that have made emulators (especially knowledgeable in sound emulation, a problem with not just SEGA Forever but also those Genesis clone systems) and hire them to work on the emulator. Make sure that the experience of playing a Genesis game with touch controls is as ideal as possible.

2) Don’t skimp on the releases. Keep putting out games, and focus on getting the good ones out. Nobody cares about ESWAT. You want this to be like Ketchapp’s strategy of constantly releasing titles? Then keep it up. Ketchapp doesn’t stop releasing new titles, you can too, until you run out of Genesis games that people care about. I know Nintendo came up with the Virtual Console strategy of staggering releases, but Sega does what Nintendon’t.

3) Sure, come up with some cool ports, but I understand these take time and effort – choose wisely. Don’t just go for ‘popular’ games but also ones that have notoriety. Sonic CD was notable because the game had so few official releases after the Sega CD version. Maybe there’s some Saturn games that would work? Dreamcast classics? Sky’s the limit.

Here’s to a Sega-filled 2018.

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Android Oreo ROM unofficially ported to the Galaxy S7 edge

If you recall a few days ago, someone in Vietnam accidentally received an Android Oreo update to their Galaxy S7 edge, complete with the same Samsung Experience 9.0 that is already rolling out to the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Well, it turns out that more than one person got that same update in Vietnam, and one of them offered a system and kernel dump so that a flashable ROM could be made for folks with the Exynos-powered S7 edge with an unlocked bootloader. Thanks to this dump of information, a member of XDA-Developers was able to quickly compile a functional ROM that is based off of the…

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Project Treble compatibility unofficially ported to Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, more devices likely to follow

One of Android’s biggest criticisms over the years has been how fragmented its version distribution is at any given time. At Google I/O in May last year, Google unveiled a plan to modularize the OS and make it easier to update. Project Treble, in short, separates out the base-level Android framework from the vendor implementation so OEMs are able to release OS updates without having to wait for chipmakers to update drivers.

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Huawei says Honor 8 will get EMUI 8.0 (Oreo) features ported

Recently, Honor India revealed that the Honor 8 will not get the Oreo update. However, the company has now confirmed that new features in the EMUI 8.0 (Oreo) build will be ported to the device. Here’s exactly what a company representative said: To ensure Honor 8 users also benefit from the latest user experience upgrades, new functions of EMUI 8.0 will be ported to the Honor 8. Further update details will be released within one week. Huawei has also shared a list of devices for which the Oreo update is being developed, and confusingly, it features Honor 8 as well. Guess we’ll have to…

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Honor 8 to get EMUI 8.0 features ported but not EMUI 8.0 / Oreo itself, other Honor devices slated to receive Oreo update listed

Huawei’s been releasing Oreo betas for several of its phones, but we still haven’t heard much about updates for Honor-branded devices. Now Huawei has published a list of all the devices that Oreo is being developed for. Oddly, the Honor 8 is mentioned in spite of a confirmation from Honor India on Twitter that the phone wouldn’t be getting Oreo.

We reached out to see what was going on.

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Apple’s Lisa OS Will Be Ported to macOS in 2018

One of the lesser-publicized ‘milestones’ Apple achieved in the early 1980s was the development of its Lisa project, which ultimately culminated in the creation of its defunct Lisa computer and Operating System.

Having debuted shortly after Apple’s successful run with the Apple II in 1977, Lisa was not only a cutting-edge computer, but was also the first of such to boast a dedicated Graphical User Interface (GUI), mouse, and file system.

Lisa was also, unfortunately, the most expensive of Apple’s early offerings, clocking in at a whopping $ 25,000 a pop! This pricing strategy may explain why the Lisa hardly sold and was abruptly discontinued within the year following its release.

Lisa’s Coming to macOS

Still, Lisa is a historic piece of Apple’s rich history, and offers a unique glimpse into the tech-giant’s earliest software and hardware endeavors. And now, thanks to contributions from Apple and the Computer History Museum (CHM), one prominent software developer has promised to bring Lisa OS back to life for the rest of us.

That’s according to an announcement from software developer, Al Kossow, who says that Lisa’s original source code and applications were not only discovered, fully intact after all these years, but that Apple is currently conducting a review of the code for a final sign off.

“After that’s done,” Kossow added, “CHM will do a blog post about the historical significance of the software and the code that is cleared for release by Apple will be made available in 2018.”

It’s not entirely clear what features or capabilities we can expect Lisa to bring to our modern day, macOS computers. However, it’s certainly interesting (and exciting) to think that sometime next year, you and I will actually be able to play around with one of Apple’s first major software creations for the very first time. Unless, you happened to own one of the roughly 2,700 Lisa units that are believed to be buried deep within a Utah landfill.

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3D sandbox action-RPG ‘Portal Knights’ has been ported to Android

Portal Knights is an adorable looking 3D sandbox action-RPG developed by Keen Games and published by 505 Games. It was initially released on PC and consoles back in May of this year and has only recently been ported to Android and published on the Play Store. Its design is obviously very reminiscent of Minecraft, but it differentiates itself by including a few RPG character classes, a wide range of random instanced events, and plenty of epic boss battles.

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Capcom has ported ‘Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Spirit of Justice’ to Android, and you can grab it today for $19.99

Capcom’s Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Spirit of Justice is the newest game in the mainline series. While it originally released for the Nintendo 3DS back in 2016, it was only just published to the Play Store as of last night. While some people may scoff at the $ 19.99 price tag, I think it is worth remembering that this is a premium title that contains at least 35 hours of content.

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LG V30 camera app gets ported to G6, adds nearly all of the V30’s modes and features

One of the biggest reasons people flash custom recovery or ROMs is so that they can add features from newer phones onto their older devices. Case in point: after less than a week of the LG V30 being officially announced, its camera app has already been ported to its little brother, the G6.

This port, done by Fulmics ROM and Team Venom developer xpirt, brings virtually all of the V30’s new camera features, save for the “Cine” mode.

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