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Samsung Galaxy S8 – Leaked Image

As it gets closer to the release of any new smartphone, leaks are inevitable, as more and more stakeholders need to be introduced, but the ever reliable Veniamin Geskin has released the latest image of what appears to be the new Samsung Galaxy S8. The real life images backs up many of the claims made regarding the screen size, bezel and lack of button that has been rumoured for some time. See the image below;

Details are still yet to be released on the hardware in the new Samsung, but expect a high powered processor and over 4GB RAM.

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6 Most Anticipated Phones in 2017

The 2016 was a great year of mobile phones, but as always, there is a list of new phones that are going to be coming out that are going to raise the bar in what we expect from a mobile phone.

Headlines Specs and Features

The best phones of 2017 will offer faster performance and longer battery life, thanks to the new Snapdragon 835 chip for which headline performance figures include 25 percent faster graphics rendering and half the power consumption compared to the Snapdragon 801. It’s also got 20 percent extra performance vs the Snapdragon 820, according to Qualcomm. You can expect this processor to be paired with at least 4- but potentially as much as 8GB of RAM, a minimum amount of 32GB of storage, large Quad-HD screens and class-leading cameras.

Here’s our most highly anticipated phones of 2017:

  1. Apple iPhone 8
  2. Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  4. LG G6
  5. HTC 11
  6. OnePlus 4

So lets go into details about what makes these the pick of the bunch for the new phone releases.

iPhone 8

Release date: September 2017

The 2017 edition of the iPhone is going to be the iPhone’s 10th anniversary so expect this to be played upon in the run up to the conference and release. There have been a number of patents and leaks that have indicated radical changes to the design, but in reality, we are likely to see a push in functionality, maybe a move to bezel-less display, wireless charging and hidden TouchID fingerprint scanners, which will mean a removal of the home button altogether.

As soon as any leaks come out about the iPhone, you can be sure that we will write about them here on the Compare and Recycle blog!

Samsung Galaxy S8

Release date: Around April

Samsung has had some mixed feedback over the last year, with the Note 7 severely damaging their reputation, but the Unpacked event is when the new phones start getting hype behind them.

There are hints that the home button will be removed and the Samsung will be released with a bezel-less design. We will see where Samsung sit with the headphone jack as that has been a contentious issue for Apple, and we will see if Samsung follows suit.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Release date: August

With a damaged reputation behind them they need to make sure the next Samsung hits the mark with the Note 8. The almost confirmed specs include a 5.7inch Quad-HD or SuperAMOLED screen with the stylus support.

How powerful they go with the processor and RAM combo will vary depending on how committed to the mobile VR experience they are, so prepare to be disappointed if it is anything less than the very best.


Release date: End of February

In a step to make their new entry more aesthetically pleasing, LG could move towards glass front and back which makes sense the as they will be competing more directly with the Samsung S model that will release at roughly the same time.

The LG G6 has had rumours galore in that it will make use of an iris scanner, fast wireless charging and a processor and graphics that will be ready for VR.

HTC 11

Release date: April 

HTC has launched its new phones at MWC in recent years, but skipped the show in 2016 and held its own event to unveil the HTC 10. It’s expected that the successor to be launched in March/April 2017 and to have the upgrades you’d expect: a faster processor, more RAM and – hopefully – better battery life.

An early leak suggests HTC is about to reverse its fortunes with the HTC 11 – if you thought the last two HTC flagships were a little boring, prepare to be blown away by the HTC 11. If true, it will have a Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a higher-capacity battery with Quick Charge 4.0 and a 5.5in Quad-HD screen. That’s a very high-end spec, so we’d guess that the standard model would have less RAM and storage.

OnePlus 4

Release date: May 2017

With the OnePlus 3T having just been released with an upgraded processor and battery, the excitement for the OnePlus 4 isn’t going to be at it’s highest, but for users that have enjoyed previous models, or perhaps still using one, the OnePlus 4 looks very enticing.

Other rumours suggest the OnePlus 4 will come with 8GB of RAM, a 21- or 23Mp camera and a 3,500- to 4,000mAh battery with Dash Charge. One thing we’re sure of is that it will run OxygenOS, a custom UI that will be based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Our top pick

We have a few favourites and in our office we are divided between the “flagship” Samsung S8 and the “flagship-killer” OnePlus 4, but it will all depend on the final specifications, and of course we will report on all these releases as they happen.

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Opinion Piece – Is the Google Pixel a Game Changer?

The Pixel brand is a new direction for Google. Google wanted Android to be device free. This allowed a community of device manufacturers to collaborate. However, Apple has dominated the high-end marketplace. Even the best efforts of HTC, Samsung and LG have yet to make a real dent in this lucrative marketplace. Pixel is meant to be the vanguard in highlighting Android’s premium qualities and its high-end abilities for the more discerning consumer. Now for the more eagle-eyed reader, yes, Google has made its own handsets before. They usually partner up in order to create a current OS variant dream phone – they’ve worked with LG, HTC and Huawei. Google also disastrously purchased Motorola and attempted to manufacture phones in the US once again.


What Google Pixel is meant to mean is a focused offering to the Android fanbase with a “Made by” Google promise. So, this is not the end of the Android alliance between manufacturers but a nuanced move by Google to create the dream version of Android and to showcase the very best of Android in both software and hardware terms. The “and hardware” is the key distinction in this argument. The features are worthy of discussion, but the fact Google wants to showcase Android, illustrates a growing disquiet among the Googlers at Mountain View. This disquiet surrounds an inability to dominate the hardware argument. Pixel changes this dynamic for Google and for the Android smartphone market as a whole!

Why does it matter? Google has wanted to push certain technologies, but some technology partners have failed to grasp the scale and role of these new software developments. Key among these is voice assistant. “OK GOOGLE” isn’t as cool as Siri or Echo or even Cortana. Google has a strong OS and a killer platform in What they don’t have is a strong human-to-machine AI personal assistant. This is because the technology has never been in Google’s favour. Pixel ends this state of affairs by creating multidirectional microphone and speaker technologies and immersing them within the bezel and device framework. The improved voice assistant is a core feature of Pixel.

The other key features are worth noting, from superfast charging to unlimited cloud photo uploads, and are all central to the Pixel experience. The unibody design, the branding, the “Made by” philosophy and the role of not white hatting Android but creating a premium Android are all worthy endeavours.

In consumer research, Android is not noted as a premium experience. Google Pixel is Alphabet’s response to this consumer problem. It is a heartfelt attempt by Google to right this wrong. However, whether the phone is a game changer depends of market and consumer attitudes. The newly-released device is selling well and has a large canon of carriers ready to offer it to their consumers. We will have to wait, but the development of the “Made by” Google Pixel device is a game changer for Google as a company. That much we know already!

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Christmas 2016 – Britain’s Most Wished For Phones

According to ZD Net, the iPhone 7 Plus jet black edition is this year’s most popular phone. In November 2016 it was the most popular choice according to Euromonitor, the retail intelligence platform. However, popularity is very subjective in a world of benchmarks and analytical models. Therefore, this article will look at user sentiment on Twitter as a model for popularity.


Using Rankur, an online social mentions toolkit, the top ten brands, according to ZD Net and Euromonitor were imputed into a list of targeted mentions. The date chosen was the 10th of November to the 10th of December. The mentions of mobile phones reached the millions. In the UK, between this period, 8.8 million mentions of phones occurred. Therefore, to get the details we wanted to looked at positive sentiment.

According to Rankur, these are the most popular, and will be under the tree of very good boys and girls across the UK this Christmas:

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
  • HTC 10
  • Google Pixel
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • OnePlus 3
  • BlackBerry Classic

The list is surprising in many ways. The top four are predictable but the inclusion of OnePlus 3 and a very retro keyboard-infused BlackBerry Classic are eye openers! Let’s explore why these phones are so popular?

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The 2016 edition of the iPhone has been deemed a success by tech reviewers and the public at large. Apple stumbled with the lack of headphone jacks and other issues, but the phone has been somewhat positively received. The larger version of the iPhone 7 is popular because of two virtues it holds over its rivals. Excellent battery life and epic performance. The downsides, as stated above the jack, along with the price tag. But the phone is still popular!

HTC 10

HTC in 2016 created a new flagship that ended the run of its ‘M’ themes phone range. The M9 was replaced by the brushed Aluminium joy that is the HTC 10. The phone divided critics with some arguing it wasn’t radical enough whilst others liked its semi-retro touches. However, consumer popularity centred on two aspects; the camera performance and the slick processing speed.

Google Pixel

We’ve covered the Pixel extensively on the Compare and Recycle blog, and how it makes the very best of the Android system in every way possible with it’s high specifications being able to handle the heaviest programmes and run Google assistant with ease. The Pixel and the Pixel XL are both available and sure to be high on the Android fans Christmas wish list.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The 2016 ‘Edge’ has been anointed TechRadar to Wired’s phone of the year! It is popular with the critics. However, consumer sales have dipped in Samsung mobile products after the recall of the Samsung Note. This issue has resulted in a decrease of positive sentiment among users. However, those braving this negativity are enjoying key features, like the epic OLED screen technology and the intelligent camera settings.

OnePlus 3

The first OnePlus was a huge surprise that punched well above its weight, the 2 was a little underwhelming and struggled to match the impact of the first. Their third has been surprisingly well received, with performance matching the current flagships and a price half the cost of the most popular ones, many people could find a OnePlus 3 under their tree, and in our opinion, they won’t be disappointed.

BlackBerry Classic

This back to basics has been a return to form for BlackBerry, welcomed for a lot of the featured that made the BlackBerry a popular phone choice to begin with, the executives and professionals will be grateful to have one of these waiting under the tree for them, who has time for a puppy anyway?

The one thing we can be certain of this year, is Santa will be busy delivering smartphones galore across the world. The above-mentioned phones will be popular stocking fillers and will help make Christmas a jolly for millions of smartphone users globally!

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Boxing Day Sales – Best Mobile Deals Here!

Boxing Day will be a major shopping event for retailers in 2016. Tens of millions of consumers, armed with vouchers and Christmas money, will descend upon the high streets of British towns and cities looking for great deals. Those looking for smartphones are no different! There will be hundreds of thousands of individuals purchasing new handsets on Boxing Day.

According to Euromonitor, Boxing Day phone sales possibly reach £258 million. This would double 2015’s expansive turnover. So, which retailers are having Boxing Day events? A lot of money is expected to change hands in December and Boxing Day is a major day for retailers. This is the day they sell their Christmas stock, so they price it appropriately so they can make money yet allowing customers to get great bargains!

This article will outline the key retailers providing Boxing Day smartphone sales extravaganzas for phone aficionados. Let’s find out where the bargains are at?


Will be offering BEATS headphones with pay monthly packages on Boxing Day week. This means a free £250 pair of headphones, for FREE! The other great deals include free £25 Apple app store or Google Play voucher with all pay monthly contracts over £ 15.50. However, there are some mega deals on Boxing Day, according to CW, with free tablets and games consoles for the first 50 purchases at stores across the UK.



Argos is always the most aggressively priced Boxing Day sales participant on the high street. So, expect great deals. According to insiders, the company is looking to offer a big Christmas Samsung event alongside a voucher and money-back deal on high end smartphone purchases. The high-street king will surprise us in 2016 as it opens its doors on Boxing Day to millions of bargain hunters!


Amazon had a great Black Friday and it is expecting an epic Christmas. Boxing Day is no different. They have started Christmas Warehouse deals and they will launch a Boxing Day event too. Furthermore, they will have deals on Huawei and LG handsets courtesy of a deal with both manufacturers and Amazon. This tie-up could see premium handsets discounted by Amazon and selling fast to bargain hungry Amazon customers.


The denizen of Middle Class respectability always provides quality Christmas deals – no free vouchers or tacky gadgets from John Lewis. However, Boxing Day 2016 will see John Lewis Electricals provide some interesting deals with key technology partners. Including £50 off the Samsung Galaxy S7 or the HTC. However, they are keeping quiet on the mega deals. So, like 2015, it’s a case of queuing up at your nearest John Lewis to grab a bargain and a free cup of coffee!

So, with so many retailers planning extravagant sales events for lucky Boxing Day patrons, you know you can find the right smartphone at the right price for your needs. The best deals, from free Beats headphones to cash back on Samsung phones, means the right deal is available to all. You just need to get out there and hit the high street running. Grab a bargain this Boxing Day!

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Apple vs Android – What does 2017 hold?

The tribal machinations of Apple versus Android are a well-documented annual rites of passage endeavour that the technology pundits love to roll out annually – and we are no different. Apple and Android have almost messianic tribal support and therefore any comparisons of the platforms usually tend to lead to some negative scorn. However, this article will just highlight what the sector’s leading thinkers believe is in store for 2017 for our famous market dominating duo of smartphone platforms.

First off, we should highlight an inconsistency. Android is not one singular device. It is a myriad of devices and platforms from Amazon to Huawei. It is a range of budgets, specs and choices. Apple is simply the iPhone. This article will highlight, for the sake of clarity, what we expect between Apple’s iOS and Android’s OS.

Android “O”

The Google-backed operating system, usually named after a dessert or sweet, will be unleashed in August 2017, carrier dependent as always. The 2017 flavour of Android, if you forgive the pun, could be a new game-changing platform. Android Andromeda has long been talked about. Google has a problem. It created Android but it also created Chome OS – the OS that powers Chromebooks or Chromeboxes. This fragmentation is a bigger problem than the device fragmentation suffered by Android smartphones. Google is working on mashing up Chrome OS with Android. One OS along all the Google platforms. The Wall Street Journal believes 2017 will be the year of the Google mashup.

Another area of possible Android greatness is the news that Android “O” will increase the capacity for the OS to utilise GPU processes within Qualcomm and other leading processor manufacturers technologies. The implications of this news have reverberated the VR community. Virtual Reality is coming in 2017 and this means that developing capacity and broadening capacity will be a central tenet of the Android “O” ecosystem. This will be further complemented by Google’s Daydream VR technology which will act as the catalyst for improved VR output on Android technologies.

Apple’s iOS 11

The year 2017 will be a pretty busy one for Apple Inc. as it launches an array of new technologies and software. Chief among said technologies and software will be its ubiquitous device-based OS. Simply called iOS. We are now in our 10th incarnation and 2017 will see the launch of the 11th version. Apple likes to keep its cards close to its chest. Leaks are usually limited and they know how to launch a product. Therefore, we only know a little bit about what’s coming Apple’s way. We know that wireless charging and augmented reality will play a big part in the overall user experience. According to both MacRumors and MacWorld, AR will be a big part of iOS 11. Patents already illustrate the software role of iOS in redefining the user experience and to help create a more useful and responsive Siri personal assistant.

The other area, as stated above, will be the wireless charging element of battery life control that iOS manages on behalf of the device. According to Bloomberg, 2017 will be the year of wireless charging for iPhone and hence iOS software. The centrality of wireless charging is the diversity – the growing public hotspots and domestic hotspots – will see an end to long over-night charging behaviour in favour of less frequent bursts of wireless charging. This, Apple argues, will help in terms of controlling battery life from a software perspective.

What the two OS platforms will bring to the table is anyone’s guess. However, if these predictions come true, we could see an interesting 2017 in mobile smartphone OS terms.

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2017 Mobile Trends and Predictions

Those looking to upgrade their phones in 2017 have a lot to look forward too. Analysts and technologists are hinting at some great tech next year. The next-generation smart phones will be, obviously, thinner, faster and pricier – that goes without saying – but there are other aspects that the professionals are getting excited about.

Virtual Reality Becomes Mainstream

According to Price Waterhouse Cooper, Virtual Reality will, uh, become a reality in 2017. Not through the use of awesome games or movie players but through more useful resources, albeit some would argue boring. AI will be deployed as chatbot assistants and help support agents on websites and apps. The VR connection will end the lack of humanity current bots have in order to create engaging human to artificial human intelligence collaboration.

The Rise of OLED

The deployment and usage of OLED display technologies will be a key motivator of growth and sales in 2017. According to UBI Research, the OLED technology will help create a bezel-less smartphone experience that will lead, by 2020, to foldable or rollable smart devices. Reports suggest Samsung, the technology’s chief manufacturer, is to provide Apple, its arch-rival, with tens of millions of OLED screens for Apple’s 2017 iPhone offering.

Is 2017 Finally the Year for Wireless Charging?

Grandview Research argues that the US marketplace for wireless charging will reach $2,2 Billion with the bulk of this spending on mobile charging solutions. This increase is perceived to be based on a consumer demand for less hassle around charging smart devices – which have become cornerstones in twenty first century living. The implications of this massive sea change in consumer behaviour will impact on device sales in 2017, according to researchers at Grandview Research.

Augmented Reality combines with Virtual Reality Headsets

Augmented Reality will be a massive game changer in the smartphone marketplace argues Juniper Research. The applications for AR are diverse and bold. Juniper Research believes, video games and entertainment aside, AR will play a leading role in the healthcare, search engine and social communications sectors. Juniper believes these new markets could add $6bn a year in app revenues. The AR bandwagon will complement the VR experience whilst offering enterprise with a useful and utilitarian user experience.

Like all predictions, they are guestimates based on research. Whether these predictions pan out is another outcome altogether. However, by highlighting possible avenues of change we can start to understand how smartphone manufacturers will adopt and adapt to new technologies in relation to their own device’s core offerings. Therefore, 2017 looks like an interesting year for smartphone anoraks.

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How can I make my phone more Festive? Five of the best yuletide themes available

Christmas has arrived… John Lewis ads have been broadcast, every shop is playing the Pogues and hideous outdoor Christmas decorations have been put up in homes across the country. For those who aren’t digital Scrooges, Christmas is a great time to spruce up your digital life. You may have added a Christmas twibbon on Facebook or Twitter but what about making your smart phone more festive? We can help… Here are the five best themes available for Christmas superfans!

For those wanting a festive overload, the nice boys and girls at SwiftKey, the awesome alternative keyboard for Android and iPhone, have provided over a hundred festive themes for free. If you want to download these themes why not head to today? Here are the top five!


Happy Holidays Theme

This fetching gold and red snowfall theme is the most popular Swiftkey theme according to the company. This free theme is available from the SwiftKey app.

Frozen Theme

You cannot get away from good old fashioned mass-marketed deal making and Christmas is no different. Disney and Swiftkey have joined forces to create a series of Christmas themes based on family favourites, like Frozen. The free theme is available for download from the SwiftKey app store.

Frosted Winter Theme

The Blue Ice Theme is a conservative design that could pass as a regular theme. However, the sparkly swipe animation is beautifully designed with blue ice in mind. The app is free and is available for download today from the Swiftkey theme app store.

Gift Wrap Green

The Elf Green festive theme is a nuanced design that incorporates Christmas imagery with a cool swipe animation with green sparkles. The theme is only available for iOS users. The theme is available right now from the Swiftkey app store.

Snowfall Theme

This is the fifth most popular Swiftkey theme download in 2016. This snowfall theme has a great USP. Each swipe renders a snowflake on the specific key chosen. The app is available freely from the Swiftkey theme store.

So, there you go… five of the best themes available and all free. All you need to do is download Swiftkey today and get that festive feeling whilst using one of the best keyboard apps available. Get online today and download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and get festive now!

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Black Friday – Mobile Deals Galore

Here at Compare and Recycle, we want to help you find the very best deals when it comes to buying new phones as well as getting the most out of your old mobile phones. So here we have a list three of the best places to find great deals on pay as you go, sim free and contract mobile phones when black Friday comes around.


This list wouldn’t feel right without listing Amazon, they practically started the craze of Black Friday here in the UK, and in previous years have pushed their Amazon mobile and Kindles and etc, and this year it seems to be more focused on their home automation products.

But they do have a dedicated mobile phone black Friday page located here so keep checking to see the upcoming deals to see if there are any good deals in the pipeline. The deals at the moment are focused on the budget end of mobile phones, but there could be some decent savings to be had come the actual day.


A China based online shopping site, that primarily deals in gadgets and electronics with direct connections to the Shenzhen factories. GearBest is one of the more reputable UK targeting companies operating out of China.


It has an easy to use website and is covered by the same safe secure web practices that all over reputable eCommerce websites abide by. The issues that you will find is that items do occasionally get lost in transit and a language barrier can cause some issues in the customer services department. However, they do have great deals and send hundreds of thousands of shipments to the UK on a daily basis.

They are also very big on Black Friday and with strong links with Xaomi, you can pick up a flagship phone for a discount price from the 24th of November. Xaomi are a popular brand in China and a product that will provide the same quality as competitors found in the UK.

Gearbest also have a dedicated smartphone section with some great deals located here.

Carphone Warehouse

If it’s deals on contract phones, then Carphone Warehouse have even released their deals a few days early and are all available now.


Carphone Warehouse are one of the high-street retailers that provides contracts and pay as you go mobile phones across most of the networks as well as sim-free mobile phones. The best deals from here include the slashing of up-front costs for some of the high-end mobiles.

So if you’re looking for a contract phone, Carphone Warehouse has the best deals for mobile contracts and they can be found on their black Friday page here.


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Best Horror Games for your iPhone

With Halloween just around the corner, we highlight some of the scariest iOS horror games available now.

Getting in the mood for some cheap scares or gut wrenching horror has never been easier and with the HD displays, great memory and processing speeds for the latest iPhones, these horror games are more frightening than you might realise.

Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities  £4.49

With several nods to classic titles like Silent Hill and Resident Evil, Forgotten Memories is a beautifully atmospheric game that follows Rose, the games protagonist, in a search for a missing child. The challenging gameplay and amazing graphics makes for a solid game for fans of true survival horror games.

The Walking Dead – 1st Episode FREE

Fans of the TV show or comics will be aware of the genius behind the TellTale studios adaptions in the form of the game. But for everyone else, this episodic point and click game is a thoroughly enjoyable mini-series that follows a group of characters during the breakout of the zombie apocalypse.

Intuitive user interface, a riveting story and some of the most personable characters make the horror of the situation more relatable.

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers – 1st Episode FREE

Our pick of the best horror adventure game on iOS goes to Gabriel Knight. This remastered edition of the original Sins of the Fathers mystery sees egotistical writer Gabe investigating a spate of voodoo murders in New Orleans, as inspiration for his new book. A creepy plot, well-crafted characters and one sublime use of colourful language add up to a sinister yet enjoyable adventure.

The School: White Day – £4.99

There are few worse places to find yourself trapped in overnight than a creepy school filled with bloody terrifying ghosts and ghouls. Sadly that’s exactly what happens in The School: White Day, a remake of a terrifying 2001 PC game that sees you running for your life from those beastly apparitions. With seven endings to see, there’s plenty of reason to play this one over and over.

Adam Wolfe – £8.99

This dark horror mystery is set firmly in a world where the supernatural, cultists and demons all run amok over the city and your task as Adam Wolfe is to hunt down your long-lost sister. It has fun, action packed set pieces, head scratching puzzles, interesting interrogation choices and a sinister and mature theme that lends itself well on the mobile screen.

Last Door: Collector’s Edition – £2.99

Very fun point and click adventure with a just right level of difficulty to keep you puzzled but not enough as to put off. The pixelated graphics are jarring at the beginning are quite quickly forgotten as more detail might have detracted from the quality and suspense of the game, but as you are sucked into the story and familiar control mechanics. Set in Victorian England, when Jeremiah Devitt receives a cryptic message from an old school friend, he knows something is wrong and sets out on his journey to investigate, “discovering things that man was not meant to know, and opening doors that should have remained closed”. As one of the cheaper options on the list, it’s worth checking out. It starts creepy and gets creepier throughout, fans of old classics like Monkey Island will LOVE this game.

Five Nights At Freddy’s – £2.29

Forget the comical and cuddly look of the characters, this game is full of jump scares and an intense difficulty that will break you a few times. But his incredibly well received game is a great concept and thoroughly enjoyable even in the sense of relief to get through the night shift.

You need to conserve power to keep you safe throughout the nightshift, checking on the mechanical toys at a kids party house. If that doesn’t scare you, it really should.

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