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The 10 Best Mobile Games of 2013

The 10 Best Mobile Games of 2013

1. Plants vs Zombies 2

PopCap took a few years to release its follow-up to the hugely popular Plants vs Zombies. but the sequel is well worth the wait. Plants vs Zombies 2 builds on the original’s ideas in delightful ways, with new plants, new foes and new challenges across three different time periods. It’s a natural and highly addictive addition to the franchise.


  • 2. Cut the Rope: Time Travel

    Another sequel, another time-bending adventure! Cut the Rope: Time Travel follows the adorable critter Om Nom in his quest to eat candy and make friends through the ages. From the Middle Ages to the Disco Era, you’ll face new physics challenges to getting your character fed.


  • 3. Strata

    This game involves layering ribbons into different patterns. Sounds simple enough, but Strata is actually a delightful blend of spacial challenges, soothing music and peaceful visuals. It’s a relaxing and zen take on a puzzle game.


  • 4. Sorcery!

    No matter the platform, game creators emphasize storytelling: a strong plot is just as important as great graphics or compelling combat. This app by UK game designer Steve Jackson reinvents the tried and true days of Dungeons Dragons. for the mobile age. Sorcery! takes the player through a fantasy choose-your-own-adventure of fighting evil monsters and exploring strange lands.


  • 5. DEVICE 6

    This game gives a puzzle bent to an innovative story. DEVICE 6 is a text-heavy game that makes brilliant use of the smartphone and tablet as an interface. You’ll be turning your device and swiping your way through complex puzzles, accompanied by an amazing sound design. Think of it as an interactive, mind-bending mystery novel.


  • 6. Star Command

    Form allegiances with different alien races and complete your quests across galaxies known and unknown, all while protecting Earth from traitors. Complete with goofy writing and plenty of Star Wars jokes, Star Command is a great game for the geeky set. Start on Easy to get acquainted with the gameplay, but all the other difficulty levels will offer a real challenge.


  • 7. rymdkapsel

    Where the zany Star Command lets you specialize and level up your ship and individual crew members, rymdkapsel encourages more thoughtful planning and strategy for a similar end. This game is more about managing your resources to build a space station, using efficiency to beat out wave after wave of alien attacks. With a minimal design and immersive music, rymdkapsel offers a unique approach to a classic game style.


  • 8. Deus Ex: The Fall

    The Deus Ex franchise has attracted many fans for its stealth-meets-RPG gameplay, and this iOS game shows just how much is possible on a mobile platform. With graphics to rival those on a console, Deus Ex: The Fall takes you back into a dystopian world of human augmentation, shady goings-on and moral dilemmas. Sleuth out the truth however you can in this pint-sized powerhouse.


  • 9. Heads Up

    One of the most exciting trends in mobile games is when developers find creative ways to use a smartphone’s built-in features. Heads Up makes excellent use of your device’s motion-sensing abilities to create a party game in the vein of Taboo. Plus, Ellen DeGeneres is involved, so you know it’s got to be good.


  • 10. Ridiculous Fishing

    The name says it all. This is a game about fishing, and it’s pretty darn ridiculous. In Ridiculous Fishing . you’ll cast a line, move your device to maneuver it as deep into the water as possible, then toss your catch into the air and shoot them all up. Weird? Yep, but totally addictive. The more fish you catch, the more kooky power-ups you can buy for bigger, badder fish destruction.

    As mobile hardware and game developers push the limits of technology for entertainment, more thrilling games feature experiences as fun as PC or console titles. This year was no exception. Dozens of excellent releases hit app stores in 2013.

    This list doesn’t include remakes of games first released on other platforms. Although many are worth your time (think XCOM or Limbo ), we wanted to recognize the best in titles specifically designed for mobile play, since the platform presents a unique set of challenges for game creators.

    In no particular order, here are the 10 best mobile games we played in 2013.


  • Top 50 Game Design Schools and Colleges in the US – 2015 #game #design #schools,game


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    Top 50 Game Design Schools and Colleges in the US – 2015

    Did You Know. Full Sail University offers online degree programs in computer animation, game art, and game design? Learn more about Full Sail University’s online programs.

    Our 2015 list of the Top 50 Game Design/Development School Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here .

    Established in 1880, the University of Southern California is home to 43,000 students enrolled in more than 200 undergraduate programs, 300-plus graduate programs, and more than 150 minors across 18 colleges and schools. USC Games offers four degree programs and four minors for aspiring game designers through the School of Cinematic Arts and Viterbi School of Engineering. School of Cinematic Arts degrees include a BA in Interactive Entertainment and an MFA in Interactive Media. Viterbi School of Engineering degrees include a BS in Computer Science (Games) and an MS in Computer Science with a Specialization in Game Development. Minors include Game Animation, Game Audio, Game Design, and Game Entrepreneurism.

    USC Games also produces Demo Day. According to USC, Demo Day is “the final showcase for USC Games’ joint advanced games class, a year long capstone project that brings together students from the Interactive Media Games program, the Computer Science Games program, the Art and Music Schools, Animation program and more.”

    Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) was founded in 1900. It is home nearly 13,000 students enrolled in more than 100 programs across seven colleges and schools. The College of Fine Arts-Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe), and the School of Computer Science-Computer Science Department offer a Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA) with a Concentration in Game Design. IDeATe Collaborative Studios include Game Engine Programming offered by the Robotics Institute, Research Issues in Game Development offered by the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at CMU, and Programming for Game Designers—also offered by the ETC.

    A Minor in IDeATe and a Master of Entertainment Technology (MET) are also on the menu. The MET is “jointly conferred by the School of Computer Science and the College of Fine Arts.”

    Founded in 1885 as Mechanics Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is home to 18,063 students majoring in everything from Art and Design to Urban Community Studies. The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS) offers several programs for aspiring game designers. Offerings include BS and MS degrees in Game Design and Development. A Minor is also on the menu.

    Founded in 1861, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is home to 11,319 students enrolled in more than 100 majors and minors across five schools including the School of Architecture and Planning, the School of Engineering, the School of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences (HASS), MIT Sloan School of Management, and the School of Science. Massachusetts Institute of Technology is also home to the MIT Game Lab, the MIT Education Arcade, and the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab.

    Together, the labs offer the opportunity to study, design, and develop games as a supplement to several degree programs. Offerings for aspiring game designers include a BS in Comparative Media Studies (CMS) with a Games and Interactive Media “Cluster,” an MS with a Specialization in Games, and a Minor in CMS. These programs are available through the HASS Department of Comparative Media Studies/Writing.

    Founded in 1850, the University of Utah is home to 31,000 students enrolled in close to 100 undergraduate programs and more than 90 graduate programs. The school houses 17 colleges and schools, and close to 100 departments. The College of Engineering and the College of Fine Arts offer the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Master Games Studio (EAE:MGS). Tracks include Arts, Engineering, Technical Arts, and Production. According to the Studio, “all students in each of the tracks have a series of common classes including Game Design, Rapid Prototyping, Pre-Production, and Final Project.” In addition, students will “develop and enhance a professional game portfolio” and they will have the opportunity to complete an internship in the game industry.

    Other offerings include a BA in Film and Media Arts and a BS in Computer Science. Both programs offer an Emphasis in Entertainment Arts and Engineering (EAE). The BA is available through the School of Computing, Department of Film and Media Arts, and the BS is available through the School of Computing.

    DigiPen Institute of Technology was founded in 1988. It is home to around 1,028 students from all 50 states and 45 countries. Digipen offers 10 graduate and undergraduate programs in the areas of Art, Design, and Computer Science. Offerings for aspiring game designers include a BA in Game Design, a BS in Computer Science and Game Design, a BS in Computer Science in Real-Time Interactive Simulation (BS in RTIS), a five-year BS in RTIS/MS in Computer Science, and a Minor in Game Design.

    Please note that although the BS in RTIS offers “extensive training in mathematics and physics,” according to DigiPen, students in the program also “work both individually and collaboratively to learn the fundamentals of Game Design, Production, and Programming. Additionally, they write game design documents and technical design documents, learn how to schedule tools and techniques, and participate in the full production of several games.” The Game Design programs at Digipen Institute of Technology are offered through the Department of Game Software Design and Production.

    Founded in 1978, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is home to more than 11,000 students enrolled in 40-plus majors and more than 60 minors. The school has campuses in Savannah, Atlanta, and Hong Kong, which offer a variety of degree programs for aspiring game designers. SCAD’s School of Digital Media offers a BA, BFA, MA, and MFA in Interactive Design and Game Development. A Minor in Interactive Design and Game Development is also on the menu as well as a Certificate in Interactive Design.

    Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic is a collection of five schools offering more than 145 programs to a population of 7,028 students. The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) offers a BS in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (BS GSAS). Students may choose a concentration or dual BS degree from the following options: Arts (Electronic Arts), Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Science, Management/Entrepreneurship, Cognitive Science, or Writing for Games.

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute also offers several advanced degree programs for aspiring game designers. Graduate offerings include MFA and PhD degrees in Electronic Art (EART). Offered through the Department of Arts, both degree programs allow students to explore areas of interest ranging from Gaming and Animation to Communication Technologies.

    9.University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California (top 10% of schools considered)

    The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) was founded in 1919 as the Southern Branch of the University of California. It is home to 43,239 students enrolled in more than 125 programs across 12 colleges and schools. The School of Arts and Architecture is home to the Department of Design Media Arts (DMA), which offers a BA in Design Media Arts. With support from the School of Theater, Film, and Television, DMA also houses the UCLA Game Lab.

    According to UCLA, the Game Lab “supports exploration of Game Aesthetics, Game Context, and Game Genres.” In addition to producing games and research, the lab “functions as a center that develops public programming around critical issues in gaming, including: public lectures, workshops, exhibitions, a visiting artist program, and an annual public festival at the Hammer Museum.”

    10.New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York (top 10% of schools considered)

    Tisch School of the Arts was founded in 1965. It is part of New York University (NYU) and home to the NYU Game Center – Department of Game Design. According to Tisch, the Game Center is “a nexus for the New York City game community.” It offers several programs for aspiring game designers including a BFA, MFA, and a Minor in Game Design. Classes and events take place at the Media and Games Network (MAGNET) at the NYU Brooklyn campus. MAGNET also houses the Game Center Open Library, which is “the largest collection of games held by any university in the world.”


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    The best PC games available today deserve to be played on computers that have the power to deliver all the excitement and action without interruption. You might not know that a top-of-the-line PC can provide more power than even the newest gaming consoles. And, many low-to-mid-tier computers also provide great gaming experiences. PC gaming desktops designed for performance and easy upgrades are a clear choice for gaming at home, while powerful gaming laptops provide the mobility to take your gaming experience just about anywhere.

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    Computers and Parts Land

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    Find computers for sale online through Computers and Parts Land and save

    If you’re looking for the best computers has to offer, CPL is one of the leading online computer shops. Melbourne residents are privy to the best deals when they shop for computers for sale online through Computer and Parts Land.

    Stocking a wide range of products from a breadth of makers and brands, CPL proudly delivers the best quality products for the most affordable and attractive prices. Working since 1997, the award winning team at Computers and Parts Land strives to deliver the upmost in customer service, quality products as well as everyday low prices that are fit for any budget.

    Buy computers at Computers and Parts Land Online and save

    If you’re looking for computer sales online or looking to buy computer accessories and parts, Computers and Parts Land has the biggest range of computer accessories Sydney has to offer. Everything from monitors to printers, laptops to mice and much more is available from the best computer shop in Melbourne – CPL.

    Finding computers for sale online from other computer stores in Sydney means you’re not getting the best deals – Computers and Parts Land proudly delivers expert advice, guidance and professional service as well as affordable and value for money prices. The best computers Melbourne wide come from CPL – why shop anywhere else?

    The computer store Melbourne can trust

    CPL has been delivering the best computer sales online for almost 12 years, combining the important elements of service, knowledge and affordability for Sydney computer buyers. When looking to buy computers online, you can’t beat CPL for affordability, knowhow and the best range of computers for sale online as well as all the necessary accessories.

    Shop at the only computer store Melbourne can trust at CPL and find yourself a bargain today!

    The best custom computers Melbourne wide come from CPL – why shop anywhere else?

    Customise or build your computer for the best gaming experience

    Gamers everywhere want great performance from their computers. Customising gaming computer packages is a great way to get the best performance for your budget. We offer a great range of base gaming computers that can be customised to your specs. Upgrade the video card or processor or add on gaming accessories for the ultimate experience.


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    PC Gaming Computers

    The best PC games available today deserve to be played on computers that have the power to deliver all the excitement and action without interruption. You might not know that a top-of-the-line PC can provide more power than even the newest gaming consoles. And, many low-to-mid-tier computers also provide great gaming experiences. PC gaming desktops designed for performance and easy upgrades are a clear choice for gaming at home, while powerful gaming laptops provide the mobility to take your gaming experience just about anywhere.

    PC Gaming Accessories

    Whether you choose a powerful desktop for gaming at home, or a laptop for go-anywhere excitement, the right PC gaming accessories can mean the difference between a big win, and game over. Adding a larger monitor with high resolution and refresh rates is a great start to see the world around you. A gaming headset that provides surround sound, or even wireless convenience is another must-have for the serious gamer. And, no gaming system is complete without a keyboard and gaming mouse that fit your style and technique.

    PC Gaming Components

    Complete your system and prepare for your next-level gaming adventure with upgrades that offer the speed, the sound, and the visuals you’re looking for. Find advanced memory cards for smooth gaming action. Add the right sound cards to get the most out of the audio tracks of your favorite games. And, upgrade your graphics card for stunning effects. Turn virtually any gaming desktop or laptop into a performance machine with the PC gaming components you’ll find right here.

    Top PC Games

    Now for the real fun. Some of the best PC games available are just a click away. Whether you need the latest title of your favorite franchise, or you’re looking for something completely new to add to your gaming adventures, find them all at Best Buy.