Amazon Appstore's 2016 Hardcore Gamers Holiday Gift Guide

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Amazon Appstore's 2016 Hardcore Gamers Holiday Gift Guide

Hardcore gamers are passionate, incredibly knowledgeable, and skilled. That makes buying gifts for them a challenge, especially if their gaming experience is greater than your own. But with our comprehensive gift guide, you’re sure to put a smile on the face of the hardcore gamer on your shopping list. No matter what they play or love, the items on this list will be sure to please. Game on!

1) Gaming Chair

Most gamers relax on the couch or wheel up to their PC in an office chair, so help them take their game time to the next level with a high end gaming chair. These ergonomic seats not only offer comfort but often come with extras like built in rumble or speakers. A massage function can also soothe tired muscles and let gamers focus on having fun after a long day. There are different styles of gaming chairs, so take note of your gift recipient's setup and buy a style that fits their needs.

Browse Amazon’s full selection of gaming chairs

2) Amazon Coins To Spend On Android Games

There are so many different kinds of mobile games that would delight a dedicated gamer. You have mobile versions of big name franchises like Grand Theft Auto. You have eSports titles like Vainglory and Hearthstone. You have strategy games like Clash of Clans and Mobile Strike. No matter what the gamer on your list loves, you can send them on a digital shopping spree by gifting them Amazon Coins. This digital currency works just like cash and will let them buy the apps and in-game items they want. Best of all, you get a discount for buying them, so you get more for your gifting dollar. $50 in Amazon Coins only costs $42, for example, and the more you buy, the more you save!

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3) Fitness Equipment

While fun, gaming can sometimes cause you to sit stationary for long periods of time. The best way to counteract that effect is to get moving with some exercise. Many gamers already have fitness routines and gym memberships, but if the gamer on your list doesn't or they could use an upgrade, Amazon's got you covered. There's a wide range of fitness equipment, from simple weights to high-end machines, so gauge the needs of the person you're shopping for and buy something appropriate. A mini-cycle that you can fit under a desk is a great way for gamers to get their blood pumping during a gaming session. Hand grip exercisers are also great to keep their hands loose. Even something as simple as a reusable water bottle to keep them hydrated with water instead of sugary drinks can help. Just make sure they follow the instructions and that they stay mindful of their body as they work out. You don't want to injure yourself!

Browse Amazon's selection of fitness equipment

4) Boardgames

The analog cousin to video games, boardgames have been making quite the comback in recent years. Classics like Scrabble and Monoply are still popular while tabletop franchises like Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer offer hours upon hours of excitement. In fact, the rise of gaming converges nicely with boardgaming, as both types of games stimulate your imagination. If you have a passionate gamer on your list, consider buying them some boardgames to add some variety to their gaming life. Plus, it's a great excuse to invite friends over for a night together. We recommend looking at hits like Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, and Exploding Kittens. There are also boardgames based on big video game franchises, so if you're shopping for a gamer, see if there's a game that's related to their favorite game!

Browse Amazon's selection of boardgames

5) Quality headset

A good headset can be a great gift for a dedicated gamer. It offers them superior audio performance, a mike that lets them communicate with their teammates, and lets them game without worrying about disturbing people near them. There are lots of models to choose from, so be sure to read up on reviews. Some things to consider are audio quality and comfort. While things like design can be important, those two aspects are the most crucial for gaming. 

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Browse Amazon.com's full selection of gaming headsets

6) Gaming formal wear

Gamers will often find themselves having to attend occasions that require formal attire. But that doesn’t mean they have to put their gaming life on pause! Amazon.com has some terrific ‘formal wear’ that allows gamers to dress up in style while still showing off their fandom! From game related bowties to cuff links and more, these gifts are a great addition to any gamer’s wardrobe. If you want more casual fare, Amazon’s got you covered there as well with a line of shirts, hoodies, and other merch for everyday wear.

7) Mini-vacuum

Keeping a tidy gaming station isn’t just good for personal hygiene: it’s good for performance as well. Dust, crumbs, and other debris can clog fan vents, get inside keyboards, and otherwise distract you as you’re trying to have fun. A good mini-vacuum can be a great way to keep your gaming setup clean, and many come with attachments to get into hard to reach areas. Just be careful around sensitive electronics and anything with small parts, as you don’t want to accidentally vacuum up something important. 

Browse Amazon.com’s selection of mini-vacuum cleaners

 
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Have A Happy Holidays With These Six Classic Movies And Shows

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Have A Happy Holidays With These Six Classic Movies And Shows

Written by David Oxford

The holiday season is here, which means families and friends all over will gather to spend time together. A classic holiday themed film or show can be a great way to get everyone in a festive mood. Here are a few titles that I think will make everyone merry this holiday season. Enjoy!

1) Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Join Jack Skellington for a unique look at the Christmas season in this stop-motion animated feature from producer Tim Burton. The beautiful visuals, awesome music, and terrific character designs has made this spooky take on Christmas a classic. Settle in with the kids and see if Jack’s obsession with the jolly holiday will help spread the spirit of the season or lead to sadness for all the denizens of Halloween Town and Christmas Town alike! 

Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas on Amazon Video

2) Batman: The Animated Series: The Complete Fourth Volume 

Batman: The Animated Series is one of the best animated shows ever created, and I’d recommend it regardless of the season or occasion. But for the purposes of this list, I’m including the Fourth Volume because it contains the terrific holiday themed episode, Holiday Knights. Showcasing three holiday tales involving popular villains like Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and the Joker, it’s a terrific example of the show’s quality writing that make the Batman universe so complex and rewarding. This is also free to watch if you’re a Prime member, and if you love comic books or superhero movies, this is one you won’t want to miss. 

Watch Batman: TAS: The Complete Fourth Volume For Free On Prime Video

3) Doctor Who – Christmas Specials

This collection offers three Christmas specials set in the popular Doctor Who series. Each features the quality storytelling, character development, and fun that has made the series so popular with fans, all backed with a holiday spirit that will get you in a celebratory mood. Plus, every episode has an associated bonus featurette that adds another dusting of holiday fairy dust to the story. 

Watch Doctor Who - Christmas Specials for free on Prime Video

4) Shalom Sesame - Chanukah: The Missing Menorah

One of the best aspects of the holiday season is that it encompasses celebrations from a number of cultures. If your family celebrates Chanukah, this special from Sesame Street will bring some cheer to your home. It’s Chanukah time but Anneliese’s menorah has gone missing. Children can watch and play along as Grover and the rest of Anneliese’s friends help her search for it. But can they find it in time for the big celebration?

Watch Shalom Sesame - Chanukah: The Missing Menorah on Amazon Video

5) Die Hard

For many movie lovers, the holidays wouldn’t be the same without Detective John McClane of the New York Police Department. The thrilling action, terrific acting, and memorable one-liners makes it easy to forget that the iconic movie is set during the Christmas season, but it’s great way to add some excitement to your holly jolly celebration. Of course, this movie is strictly for mature audiences, so please wait until the little ones are off to bed before viewing! 

Watch Die Hard on Amazon Video

6) Gremlins

This may seem like a strange choice for a holiday movie, considering it’s about a band of naughty little green monsters that cause some wintery mayhem in a sleepy town. But Gremlins has enough heart and family friendly excitement to appeal to parents and kids alike. While younger children may want to skip this one, parents and older adults who grew up with this movie will also appreciate it for the nostalgia alone. Plus, the movie is currently free to watch if you’re a Prime member, which makes it easy to treat yourself to a show. 

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Amazon Appstore's 2016 Young Gamers Holiday Gift Guide

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Amazon Appstore's 2016 Young Gamers Holiday Gift Guide

Have a young gamer in your life? Then the following gift guide is for you. The devices, apps, and games listed below were all selected for what they can offer young, inquisitive minds. We have everything from a rugged tablet to constructive games and educational apps, all from trusted sources and companies (although you should vet everything before you download things for your youngster). We hope the following guide helps make the holidays extra cheerful and bright for the young gamers in your home!

1) Kindle Fire Kids Edition Tablet

There are plenty of affordable tablets that you can hand off to the kids, but only the Fire Kids Edition Tablet comes packed with features designed to let them safely enjoy themselves. A rugged and colorful Kid-Proof Case keeps the tablet safe while a no questions asked replacement policy that’s good for two years adds another layer of protection. The tablet also comes loaded with programs like Amazon FreeTime that lets parents ensure their children can play safely and constructively. You can click here for a comprehensive breakdown of the Fire Kids Edition Tablet’s features. Take a look and you’ll see why this product is such a winner with kids and parents alike. 

Buy the Kindle Fire Kids Edition Tablet for $89.99 on Amazon.com

2) Minecraft: Pocket Edition

It’s a proven fact that kids love Minecraft, but parents can feel good about sharing Minecraft with youngsters because it encourages creativity and constructive play. Pocket Edition is the mobile version of Mojang’s hit, and it adds tons of refinements that make playing on the go a treat. We suggest parents play the game with their children and work collaboratively to flesh out the virtual world. It can be a great way to bond and teach children the joy of working together towards common goals. Just be wary of Creepers!

Download Minecraft: Pocket Edition for $6.99 on the Amazon Appstore

3) Disney Apps

Disney has so many amazing kid-friendly apps on the Appstore, we couldn’t pick just one. Instead, we decided to recommend their entire catalog! Their selection includes games based on hit movies like Inside Out and Monsters Inc. as well as apps to access Disney’s awesome TV channels. We should also mention that popular franchises like Star Wars and Marvel operate under the Disney umbrella, so be sure to check out those apps as well. If you have kids who are a bit older or are up for the challenge, games like DuckTales Remastered and Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse will definitely fit the bill. Best of all, both games are 100% free on Amazon Underground and will give parents who love retro-gaming an excuse to play along! 


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Browse the Disney catalog of apps on the Amazon Appstore

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4) LEGO Everything

The LEGO brand encompasses so many products, it could potentially take care of your entire shopping list single-handedly. From toys that will delight people of all ages to a catalog of terrific apps that offer hours of virtual fun, LEGO has you covered. If the younger gamer on your shopping list has a favorite movie or a fascination with something fantastical, chances are there’s a LEGO set and app that will make them smile. Star Wars? Check. Harry Potter? Yep. Pirates? Ninjas? Dinosaurs? Absolutely. Click the links below to check out both the toys and the apps on Amazon.com. That special someone on your holiday shopping list will thank you for it!

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Browse LEGO’s catalog of games on the Amazon Appstore

Browse LEGO's catalog of building sets on Amazon.com

5) Dr. Panda Games

Here’s another instance where there were so many choices, we couldn’t pick just one. The Dr. Panda games share a few qualities: they all feature whimsical visuals and vibrant colors; fully realized worlds filled with adorable characters; and engaging interactive gameplay that will capture your youngster’s attention. There are games covering all sorts of different professions and locales including firefighters, the post office, and a vegetable garden, so be sure to browse the full selection and download the ones that you feel will appeal to your child’s interest. Be sure to start with the Amazon Underground apps: they’re 100% free to download!

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Browse the Dr. Panda line of games on the Amazon Appstore

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6) Sesame Workshop

The wonderful folks at Sesame Workshop have been creating quality children’s programming for decades, and they’ve brought popular shows like Sesame Street to mobile devices with a suite of amazing apps. They inspire the same sense of wonder and imagination as the shows they’re based on, so you can feel good about sharing them with your children. They also feature favorites like Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird, so parents will no doubt feel a warm sense of nostalgia as well. 

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Browse Sesame Workshop’s catalog of apps on the Amazon Appstore

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7 Great Star Wars Apps To Get You Hyped For Rogue One

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Rogue One is coming to theaters, and the Appstore Editors want to celebrate! Like Darth Vader contracting Boba Fett to go hunt down Han Solo, they tasked me with a mission: track down the best Star Wars related apps on the Appstore. I put together the following list that includes everything from a classic RPG to Angry Birds to Star Wars themed pinball. There’s enough here to satisfy even a Wookiee-sized appetite for all things Star Wars, so grab the apps and get ready for Rogue One! If you’ll excuse me, I have some credits I need to go spend at the cantina.

1) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Knights of the Old Republic remains one of Bioware’s most celebrated titles, and that’s saying something considering they’ve also created works like Mass Effect and Dragon Age. KOTOR features a compelling story, a rewarding skill system, and an alignment system that sides you with the Dark Side or the Force according to the choices you make. It’s not only a terrific entry in the Star Wars lore, but it helped pave the way for BioWare’s later efforts. You can download the classic KOTOR completely free on Amazon Underground, so you have no excuse to miss this title.

Download Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 100% free on Amazon Underground

2) LEGO® Star WarsTM: The Complete Saga

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a terrific title that has universal appeal for Star Wars fans of all ages. This mobile collection features both LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game and LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, which makes it a great value. Both titles offer hours of Star Wars action and LEGO themed fun, with huge doses of self-aware humor sprinkled throughout.

Download LEGO® Star WarsTM: The Complete Saga for $6.99 on the Amazon Appstore

LEGO® STAR WARS(TM) THE NEW YODA CHRONICLES

Enjoy LEGO Star Wars? Then play The New Yoda Chronicles, you must. Based on the animated series that aired on Cartoon Network in 2013 through 2014, The New Yoda Chronicles is an action game that lets you get your hands on all manner of Star Wars-related goodies. You can swing a lightsaber, take down AT-AT walkers, pilot X-Wings in interstellar dog fights and much more. Plus, you'll do it all under the tutelage of the greatest Jedi master to ever exist: The gravely-voiced Yoda. 

Download LEGO® STAR WARS(TM) THE NEW YODA CHRONICLES for free on the Amazon Appstore

4) Star Wars: Commander



Star Wars: Commander treats you to epic battles and base management wrapped up in a tasty Star Wars shell. Even better, the game lets you ally yourself with the Rebellion or the Empire. The side you choose determines if you get to command AT-ATs or X-Wings, Stormtroopers or Wookiees. Regardless of whether you embrace the Force or turn to the Dark Side, you can expect to meet face-to-face with some significant VIPs, including Princess Leia, Han Solo, and a certain Sith who likes to make his presence known with heavy breathing.

Download Star Wars: Commander for free on the Amazon Appstore

5) The Official Star Wars App

The official Star Wars app from Disney is every fan's ticket to the latest up-to-date news and happenings in Star Wars. The app also contains fun stuff like relevant themes and selfie-filters that let you digital-cosplay as popular Star Wars characters. There's even a Star Wars-themed weather report. Pop quiz: Name the one Star Wars planet that never needs a weather report. Answer: Alderaan (too soon?).

Download the official Star Wars app for free on the Amazon Appstore

6) Angry Birds Star Wars II

The Force is always with you. However, if you ever find yourself in a situation where calling on the Force isn't solving your problems, you can always go with the Angry Birds' solution to life's issues: Just fling yourself at them. This awesome mashup of the Angry Birds and Star Wars franchise offers the best of both worlds, so expect lots of familiar feathered gameplay mixed with the wonder and magic of the Force!

Download Angry Birds Star Wars II for free on the Amazon Appstore

7) Star Wars Pinball 4

Star Wars Pinball 4 is an excellent Star Wars-themed pinball app from one of the most respected developers of video pinball, Zen Studios. That means every table is bursting with details that Star Wars fans will appreciate. Pinball fanatics will also like the faithful physics and mechanics. There are also multiple tables that you can unlock, including one that’s modelled after The Force Awakens, so it should only be a matter of time before Rogue One gets added as well!

Download Star Wars Pinball 4 for $1.99 on the Amazon Appstore

 
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7 Gifts Every Star Wars Fan Should Put On Their Wishlist

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7 Gifts Every Star Wars Fan Should Put On Their Wishlist

By David Oxford

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

With those simple words, a movie franchise was born and and changed the face of pop culture for decades to come. Now, a short time away in a theater very, very close to you, Rogue One will launch, bringing one of the most important chapters in the Star Wars lore to life on the silver screen. 

To celebrate, I’m sharing 7 awesome pieces of Star Wars merch that any fan will want on their wishlist. Whether it’s a present for a Star Wars fan in your life or a treat for yourself, the items below are guaranteed to rocket your fandom into the atmosphere.

1) Ultimate Star Wars

While the movies serve as the main source of Star Wars canon, there’s an incredible array of novels, comic books, and reference materials that explore the depths of the Star Wars universe. An attractive hardcover volume with a terrific cover, Ultimate Star Wars is a reference book that features tons of info, trivia, and behind-the-scenes material to help beef up your franchise knowledge. There are plenty of other awesome books like this visual guide to Rogue One, so check out Amazon.com’s full selection of Star Wars books for other titles that might catch your interest.

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2) Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 1-5 Boxset

While the main Star Wars movie dominate the movie theaters, the small screen has been overrun with quality animated works that deftly flesh out the overall franchise narrative. The Clone Wars has had a stellar run on the Cartoon Network, and this box set is a great way to catch up on the action. The quality of the animation, voice acting, and storytelling all live up to the high bar set by the movies. It also offers enough humor, action, and depth that fans of all ages can appreciate its nuances. 

Buy Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 1-5 Boxset on Amazon.com

3) Playskool Heroes Star Wars Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon and Figures

While Star Wars featured an entire armada of memorable vehicles, the Millennium Falcon is perhaps the most iconic ship in the entire franchise. There are plenty of ways to own a Millennium Falcon model, but I like the Playskool version because it’s ideal for younger fans. Featuring a miniature version of Han Solo, Chewbacca, and R2-D2, this playset also has modular accessories that let you modify the ship to your liking. Convenient handles also allow you to fly the ship around and take it with you for easy transport. 

Buy Playskool Millennium Falcon and Figures on Amazon.com

4) Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App Controlled Robot

While last year’s Episode VII: The Force Awakens introduced many new faces, the plucky little droid BB-8 stole the show. Now, you can have a BB-8 of your own, and best of all, this rolling replica can be controlled via an app on your Android device. Tough, waterproof, and undeniably adorable, the Sphero BB-8 features an adaptive personality that will also change based on your interactions. To paraphrase Obi Wan Kenobi, ‘this is the droid you’re looking for.’

Buy the Sphero Star Wars BB-8 App Controlled Robot on Amazon.com

5) Revell SnapTite Build & Play Imperial AT-AT Cargo Walker Building Kit

The sight of approaching AT-AT Walkers usually sent fear coursing through the spines of the Rebel Alliance, but this model kit will fill your afternoon with nothing but fun. Assembling the 45-piece kit, which features articulated legs and “head” as well as electronic sounds, is relatively easy, making it a great stepping stone for fans who want to get into more complex model building. As Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in spacecraft model kits, there’s no question that this set is where it’s AT-AT.

Buy the Revell SnapTite Imperial AT-AT Building Kit on Amazon.com

6) Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber

If you had to pick one element of Star Wars that could encapsulate the entire franchise, it would be the lightsaber. Wielded by Jedi and Sith alike, these iconic weapons are instantly recognizable to fans and non-fans alike. In the franchise lore, each lightsaber is handcrafted by its wielder, adding a personal touch to each weapon. You may not be able to command the Force in real life, but you can create your own lightsaber with the Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber kit. The package includes multiple pieces that you can rearrange to your liking. It also comes with lights and sound that bring your customized weapon to life.

Buy the Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber on Amazon.com

7) Star Wars: Armada Game

You can’t have Star Wars without wars among the stars – it’s right there in the title! If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in the Star Wars conflict, you can go head-to-head with a friend in the Armada Game. This two player board game lets you engage in intense strategic battles using a fleet of miniature scale X-Wings, Tie Fighters, and Star Destroyers. Legendary characters such as Luke Skywalker and Grand Moff Tarkin are also present to add their skills to your efforts to conquer the galaxy. Expansion packs are also available to add even more different types of ships and open up more strategy options.

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8 Essential Accessories Every Mobile Gamer Will Love

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8 Essential Accessories Every Mobile Gamer Will Love

Mobile gaming is more popular than ever, and the best part is, it doesn’t require a lot of equipment. Just you, a smartphone or tablet, and a comfortable place to sit is all that’s required for gaming bliss.

But that doesn’t mean mobile gamers couldn’t use some creature comforts. Here, we list 8 accessories that every mobile gamer will appreciate. Whether it’s to treat yourself or for someone on your holiday shopping list, the items below will definitely take your game to the next level! We’re making general category recommendations, so make sure you check out reputable sources for info before you make any purchases. 

1) Portable battery pack

One of the advantages of mobile gaming is that you can take your game anywhere. The beach, the bus, the bathroom--you can literally play wherever you want. But sometimes, you’ll find yourself running out of battery with no outlets around. That’s when a portable battery pack, like the one from Kamashi that's pictured above, can come in handy. These heavy duty power banks are light, sturdy, and carry enough juice to get you back to 100% multiple times. They come in different capacities and often have features like multiple ports, so pick the one that matches your needs at a price that fits your budget.

Click here to browse Amazon.com's selection of portable battery packs

2) Charger + Long Charging Cable


If you do want to use an outlet to charge up your device, ditch the little plug that came in the box and upgrade to a multi-port charger. Not only can they charge your device faster (make sure you pick one that’s compatible with your device), but they can handle multiple USB devices at once. Speaking of cables, upgrading to a long cable can also ensure you can comfortably sit while you’re plugged in. A braided or reinforced cable can also be good if you lead an active life to guard against wear and tear.

3) Headphones or Earbuds


Again, this a case where upgrading from the pack-in accessory that came with your device is a good idea. While serviceable, you’ll want to swap them out for something better to truly get the most out of your gaming sessions. There are a lot of different options out there, so you should do the research to figure out what will fit your personal needs and preferences the best, but there are quality units at every price point. We’re huge fans of the Amazon Premium Headphones [Gizmodo thinks they're pretty cool too] but whatever you get, it’s sure to be an upgrade over the standard earbuds that come with every device. This is one category where you'll definitely want to turn to a reputable source like the Wirecutter or a forum dedicated to audio/visual talk.  

4) Bluetooth Controller


Touchscreen controls are incredibly refined and work really well, but sometimes, you want the precision that a dedicated controller affords you. This is where a Bluetooth enabled controller can save your virtual life. Offering multiple buttons, analog sticks, and a directional pad, they closely replicate the experience of playing on a console. It’s perfect for mobile versions of hits like the Grand Theft Auto series, but can be used with a lot of games from the Appstore.

Click here to browse Amazon.com's selection of Bluetooth controllers

5) Amazon Coins


If you play lots of mobile games or you have someone your list who does, consider investing in some Amazon Coins. This digital currency works just like cash, but you get a discount for buying them, so you automatically save money. Gift yourself or someone you know $50 in Amazon Coins, for instance, and you’ll only spend $42. But you still get the full $50 of value when you spend them in a game like Hearthstone or Mobile Strike! It’s an easy way to supercharge your game while saving cash at the same time!

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6) Phone/Tablet Stand


If you’re going to use a Bluetooth controller, or if you want to watch a movie on Amazon Video or Twitch stream on your device, a stand can be a great way to enjoy the experience without straining your arms. Best of all, there are plenty of stands that are affordable yet come with solid reviews, so you’ll definitely benefit without putting too much of a strain on your budget.

Click here to browse Amazon.com's selection of phone and tablet stands

7) Screen Protector + Wiping Cloth


Here’s another affordable accessory that will pay big dividends: due to their portable nature and touchscreens, phones and tablets get dirty pretty quickly. A good screen cover can protect against dings and scratches while a good wiping cloth can keep it sparkling like new. Forgo the disposable options and get a reusable cloth instead. Just make sure it’s rated for screens, as some materials can be slightly abrasive and leave fine scratches.

8) SD Card


If your mobile device has an optional SD slot for expanded storage, you should definitely consider taking advantage. Not only are they affordable, but they will ensure you don’t run out of space. This means you can snap tons of photos, install lots of games, and keep all sorts of valuable data on your phone without worry. Just make sure you backup your device regularly to guard against any potential mishaps!

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6 Movie Games Your Kids Will Love

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Thanks to video games, it’s possible to enjoy a terrific movie then continue the adventure on your own. Here, we list 6 movies that are proven hits with children along with a related game from the Appstore. This way, the magic doesn’t have to end with the final credits!

1) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This exciting, action-packed reboot brought the Turtles back into the spotlight and made their star glow hotter than a freshly baked pizza. With amazing fight sequences, an all-star cast, and plenty of humor, it’s a great popcorn flick that’ll keep you entertained from beginning to end. Once the movie’s over, you can load up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Legends and join the Turtles for some martial arts-fueled hijinks of your own!

2) Inside Out

Pixar’s wonderful animated adventure offered viewers a peek inside the minds of several characters, and stands as a terrific family flick that will appeal to fans of all ages. There is something for everyone here, so watch it together or put it on for the kids as a special treat. After the final credits, you can load up the delightful Thought Bubbles and spend some more quality time with Joy, Sadness, and the other amazing characters!

3) How To Train Your Dragon

How To Train Your Dragon will leave you wishing you had a dragon to call your own. This adventure highlights the importance of friendship and the genuine bond that can arise between us and our pets. You can continue the dragon themed fun on your mobile devices with Rise of Berk. This strategy game lets you build your own village and train your own stable of lovable dragons! 

4) LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Brick Saga So Far Season 1

The main Star Wars movies are definitely worth sharing with the younger members of your household, but if you want to keep things a bit more lighthearted, the LEGO Star Wars series offers just the right mix of humor and action that can act as a terrific introduction to the ways of the Force. The games will also captivate their attention as they offer tons of activities, delightful visuals, and brick-based fun. There are a ton of quality LEGO titles on the Appstore, but LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga is a great choice to get your little ones started with their Star Wars fandom.

​​​​​​​5) Frozen

Frozen was a bona fide phenomenon, capturing everyone’s attention with its moving story, beautiful songs, and memorable characters. Recapture the magic this winter by revisiting this instant classic then get a double dose of chilled out fun with the associated game. Frozen Free Fall is a terrific match-3 game that will warm your heart with tons of levels, engaging gameplay, and familiar characters from the movie. You’ll have a hard time ‘letting go’ of this one!

6) The Angry Birds Movie

The Angry Birds Movie brought Rovio’s feathered flock to the big screen with beautiful results. Full of personality and charm, it was a terrific movie that fans of the games--and who isn’t a fan of Angry Bird games?--couldn’t get enough of. It’s difficult to pick a single Angry Birds game to recommend, but Angry Birds POP! is definitely a winner in our books. This bubble shooter features the charm and humor that makes Angry Birds so awesome, with a clever twist that explodes with fun!

 

 
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5 Hit Android Games That Are Ready For Winter

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The holiday season is upon us, which means many of your favorite mobile games will be updated with special seasonal content. Here, I list five awesome wintery updates that have hit the Appstore. To me, there’s no better way to get in the holiday mood than to enjoy some snowy scenery and a bonus quest or two! 

1) Jetpack Joyride

The exhilarating Jetpack Joyride gets you ready for the holidays with a spectacular seasonal update. New decorations, level themes, and a festive song will put you in a celebratory mood while the Sleigh of Awesome vehicle and a Santa Outfit lets you spread holly jolly joy to your enemies. Best of all, because Jetpack Joyride is available on Amazon Underground, everything in the game is available free! There are plenty of other bonuses available, so unwrap this awesome update right away. 

Download Jetpack Joyride 100% free on Amazon Underground

2) Subway Surfers

The delightful endless runner Subway Surfers has added a winter theme that covers its vibrant world in snow. You can explore beautiful ice caves, negotiate toy factories, and get to know Malik, the polar explorer, as you unlock new extras. A Tusk Outfit and Ice Outfit are also available plus there's a new frosty Glacier board that help you skate around the icy levels. What’s better than racking up a new high score? Doing it while dressed up as a polar bear, of course. 

Download Subway Surfers for free on the Amazon Appstore

3) Angry Birds Transformers

Fans of this mash-up of the Angry Birds and the Robots In Disguise have some extra snow and wonder to look forward to this holiday season. The winter themed update adds new accessories to unlock and special promotions that dish out some interesting rewards. Finally, fans can enjoy the gift of a new Transformer in Wheeljack who joins the squad for some holiday fun. 

Download Angry Birds Transformers for free on the Amazon Appstore

4) FarmVille 2: Country Escape

Farms need plenty of maintenance over the cold winter months, but that doesn't mean that FarmVille 2: Country Escape's latest update has to be dull. The Winter Ice Festival Event brings the National Ice Carving Expo event, and players can participate in a series of themed quests in a bid to earn plenty of extra bonuses. Temporary Farm Hands in the form of Pepper Penguin and Ice Artiste Isabelle are also available, plus there's the chance to win an exclusive Snow Fox Farm Hand to keep after the event has ended.  

Download FarmVille 2: Country Escape for free on the Amazon Appstore

5) Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff

Everyone's favorite subversive family is embracing the season with enthusiasm. In the latest update for this quirky city simulation game, Stewie's Dream Machine is malfunctioning, bringing to life the gifts that Chris has dreamt of. Players can explore Quahog's Christmas Toyland and watch as retro video game characters and iconic toys come to life. As you’d expect, things go awry in hilarious ways, but that just means you you the chance to complete some zany quests along the way. 

Download Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff for free on the Amazon Appstore
 

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