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    SAR: Year of the Super Pig

    New goodies + A Squads test this weekend!
    Super Animal Royale: Year of the Super Pig

    It’s the Year of the Pig! That’s Super Pig over at Super Animal Royale. Remember that game I got addicted to that cut into all my Fortnite time? Well it’s celebrating the lunar new year with an awesome new patch and a squads test weekend!

    Artwork by community member Unicorn Dominion

    Festivities start today and run through February 25th with a brand new bamboo biome and luxurious Super Animal World Bamboo Resort to explore. And of course there’s new limited edition cosmetic items to unlock including two new Super Pig breeds. (Time to grind for all those new goodies!)

    Squads Mode Test Weekend

    From Jan 31 through Feb 3 @ 11pm PST duos mode will be disabled and squads will open up for testing. Grab up to 3 of your friends and go head to head with other squads in the land of SAW.

    Oooh New! Shiny!

    The Super Fine Details

    New Super Animals & Breeds:

    • Super Pig (+ the 2 special event limited edition breeds shown above)
    • Super Boar (+ 2 alternative breeds)
    • Super Jindo Dog

    New Challenge Reward Items:

    • Coconut Tee, Palm Shirt and Coconut Dress (for eating coconuts: 25, 75, and 350 respectively)
    • 3 Marshmallow Sticks (for using campfires: 1, 25 and 150 respectively)
    • Sickle, Large Sickle, and Scythe (for cutting grass tufts: 300, 3000 and 20,000 respectively)
    • Grenade Tee (for achieving 5 grenade kills)
    • Swag Glasses (for getting 10 vehicle kills)
    • Shovel (for opening 15 mole crates)
    • Crowbar (for destroying 2500 destructibles)

    Additional New Melee Weapon Skins:

    • Backscratcher
    • Stick
    • Rebellion Sword
    • Wooden Plank
    • Wrench
    • Claymore

    Patch Notes

    • The Year of the Super Pig event has begun! Play matches to earn the Bamboo Stick, Tai Chi Sword, Lunar Black Hat, Lunar Red Hat, Lunar Shirt, Lunar Dress, Lunar Vest, and the Lunar Traditional Outfit.
    • Brand new bamboo biome featuring the S.A.W. Bamboo Resort.
    • Lots of new cosmetic items and challenge rewards (listed above).
    • New Super Animals and breeds (listed above).
    • New languages (listed above).
    • Banana slips rewards now only count on enemies. The Banana Tee is achieved after 15 slips, and Banana Fancy Shirt after 50.
    • (Note: some of these stats are newly tracked, and so will be starting from 0)
    • Stats screen has some design changes.
    • Hitboxes now tied to animation rather than a fixed size/position.
    • Added breakable doors to some buildings.
    • Many performance & efficiency improvements behind the scenes to reduce stutters and especially the on-death stutter.
    • Muzzle-glow now restricted to player view distance. Previously it was visible outside the normal vision range on certain resolutions.
    • New sounds for some of the melee weapons.
    • Snow bush has new animations.

    Patch notes on steam

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    Rooftops: An Interactive Children’s Book

    A book about balancing real life and technology
    The launch screen of Rooftops interactive book app

    In our digital world there is a big, ongoing discussion about the balance of technology and in person interaction in our lives. This applies to all ages but like a lot of things the debate heats up when it concerns our children. A lot argue that too much screen time is detrimental to children’s growth both educationally and socially. But with the right balance you can use technology to your kid’s advantage. Join us as we enter the wonderful world of Rooftops.

    The Story

    Inside kevin's room, he is focused on his tablet
    Inside Kevin’s Room

    This book starts by showing the main character, Kevin, glued to his iPad. However, he forgets to do his homework and loses the privilege of using it. In the absence of his tablet he starts looking out the window of his room and seeing all the rooftops in the city. He starts seeing interesting things that eventually make him want to go explore outside.

    His parents take him out for a walk and head to the neighborhood park. There Kevin gets to interact with other kids who also see fun things from their windows. At the end Kevin learns that there are fun things to do that don’t include his tablet and is excited about exploring the world around him.

    Rooftops Trailer

    Features

    • Listen to the animated story, with narration, music, and sounds
    • Fun, interactive animations throughout the story
    • READ TO ME & READ BY MYSELF functions
    • Play a simple, create-your-own window game
    • Suitable for ages 4-8
    • Absolutely no in-app purchases, hidden costs, or in-game adverts. Perfect for Kids!
    • Created especially for the iPad
    Kevin at the playground

    The Developer

    Rustbot Studios is a brand new studio founded by two brothers, Juan and Carlos. They are primarily focused on developing applications that tell stories and Rooftops is their first children’s book.

    We at Rustbot Studios believe in the positive impact of technology when used responsibly and in accordance with more traditional, healthy habits. We don’t believe in demonizing mobile tech, which is a ubiquitous, complex, and relatively new interactive experience that cannot be shunned with blanket statements without considering all its nuances and implications for the future of the human experience, especially at an early age.

    Juan Santiago, co-founder of Rustbot Studios
    A sneezing chimney

    What’s Divine Say?

    As a parent who’s glued to my own technology, this is definitely a topic that I’m doing my best to instill good habits in my kids with. Balancing outside, learning time, and screen time can be difficult – especially when your child latches onto a piece of tech.

    My eldest, now four, has had a kid’s Kindle since he was 1 and he played baby apps on my old first gen iPad prior to that. (You know, those baby apps you just smack to interact with? lol) He now has to do sight words and have outside or non-screen play time every day in order to earn his video game or Kindle time. (He just got the new 10″ Kindle for his birthday he’s super hyped about!). Luckily he’s not so attached to it that it’s an issue when we cut down screen time.

    I think that this book is a great way to illustrate to kids the idea of balance and try to excite them about the world outside a screen. Hopefully that the developer makes many more to tackle even more hard to explain concepts early on. The art for this was great and the options for narration and reading along are great. I would definitely read these kinds of books with my kids in the future.

    Get the App

    Grab the app on the App Store and read it with your kiddos today!

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