Apple, Supercell introduce in-app purchases for charity

apple and supercell partner for charity microtransactions clash of clans
Supercell, creator of the mobile hit Clash of Clans, has partnered with Apple in an App Store-wide charity promotion, introducing a number of in-game microtransaction items benefiting The Global Fund To Fight AIDS.

This week, Clash of Clans, Boom Beach, and Hay Day players can purchase specially marked in-game currency packs in order to support AIDS treatment and research.

Supercell’s App Store apps have been updated with special (RED)-branded items that players can purchase for in-game perks and bonuses. From now through Friday, all proceeds earned through (RED) currency will be donated to The Global Fund To Fight AIDS.

Eligible items include the Pile of Gems in Clash of Clans, the Pile of Diamonds in Boom Beach, and the Bag of Diamonds in Hay Day. Users who purchase any of these packs this week will also receive an exclusive cosmetic item specific to each game that will remain in player inventories after the event concludes.

All three games have also been updated with new red-tinted color schemes and character designs as part of the ongoing promotion.

Supercell develops and manages many of the world’s most popular gaming apps, and Clash of Clans regularly ranks among the top five grossing apps in both the iTunes App Store and on Google Play. In Clash of Clans, players build and fortify a military base while assembling an army of barbarians, archers, and other character classes. Stored armies can then be unleashed on other players for bonus loot and materials.

Boom Beach follows a similar formula, putting players in charge of a beachside encampment that must be fortified against invaders. Hay Day, in contrast, shifts away from Supercell’s multiplayer-oriented fare with low-key gameplay that focuses on the production and sale of virtual crops, clothing, and prepared dishes.

Supercell’s (RED) promotion will be active through December 4th at 8 a.m. PST.

Product Review

‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ is an ode to gaming that lives up to its name

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a loving tribute to Nintendo and video game history. It’s a terrific multiplayer fighter that also has plenty for single-player fans to love this time around.

Apple Mac users should take a bite out of these awesome games

Contrary to popular belief, there exists a bevy of popular A-list games compatible for Mac computers. Take a look at our picks for the best Mac games available for Apple fans.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.

Get caught up on all things 'Fallout 76,' including recent controversies

Bethesda's Fallout 76 takes the open world series in a new direction. With an emphasis on co-op, survival, and rebuilding a broken world, Fallout 76 is a far different game than its predecessors.

Check out the best Green Monday deals for those last-minute gifts

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but that doesn't mean you've missed your chance of finding a great deal. We're talking about Green Monday, of course, and it falls on December 10.

Itching to fight in an online match with friends in 'SSB Ultimate'? Here's how

You can play online against your friends in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but it isn't quite as simple as you might expect from a multiplayer game in 2018. Here's how you can do so using the Battle Arena system.

Still trying to unlock your main in 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'? Try these tips

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Nintendo’s biggest entry in the series to date with over 70 characters to unlock, but the process can feel tiresome. Here are our tips to unlock your roster as quickly as possible.

PlayStation Classic hacked in less than a week to play games via USB drive

Hackers have already managed to crack the PlayStation Classic, with programs now available to allow users to play additional original PlayStation games on the system via a USB drive.

‘Fortnite’ adds sword from ‘Infinity Blade,’ which disappears from App Store

Epic Games has added the Infinity Blade melee weapon to Fortnite just as it pulled all three games in the Infinity Blade trilogy from sale. The games are still available to download if you bought them.

How you can give your PS4 a fresh start with a factory reset

Learn the many ways you can factory reset your PS4. From reverting your settings to factory to doing a full wipe and reinstalling the latest PlayStation firmware, we cover it all here, step by step.

How to make a clan in ‘Destiny 2’ and where to go from there

Want to know how to make a clan in 'Destiny 2'? Here's everything you need to know, including how to design your clan's banner, earn extra loot, and help other players with guided games.

Put down the controller and pick up the best phones for gaming on the go

Which phones are the best if all you want to do is play some mobile games? We've done the hard work and put together a list of the best gaming phones on Android and iOS, so you can keep playing and winning.

Need help getting the Sleeper Simulant in 'Destiny 2'? We’ve got you covered

The Sleeper Simulant is one of the coolest new Exotic weapons you can unlock in the Warmind expansion of Destiny 2, but it's an involved process that will take awhile. Here's everything you need to know.

Ditch the meditation app. 'Katamari Damacy Reroll' is pure gaming zen

Katamari Damacy Reroll brings the magic of the PS2 classic to Nintendo Switch and PC. With updated visuals and the same great, singular loop, Reroll stands the test of time. Katamari Damacy is the ultimate relaxation game.