These are the best games for reducing stress during lockdown

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Sims, available on Mac and iOS, is rated the best stress reliever.
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A good video game is a great way to escape the COVID-19 pandemic and forget, just for a little while, about the nasty impact it’s having on the world. But which video games should you play? Which titles are proven to help?

A new study reveals the best games to play for reducing stress — and those that should be avoided if your primary goal is a positive, calming experience. We’ll highlight those you can enjoy on Mac and iOS.

Pokémon Go’s Remote Raid Pass lets you keep playing from home

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Coming later this month.
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Pokémon Go developer Niantic has been making changes to its game in an effort to ensure fans can continue playing while they’re stuck at home. Its latest is a brand-new Remote Raid Pass that lets you raid without leaving the couch.

It’s one of the biggest changes to Pokémon Go that we’ve seen so far. Here’s how it works.

Hot new Pokémon-like RPG Temtem isn’t coming to Mac or iOS

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Temtem is the closest you'll get to a Pokémon game built for PC.
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Sorry, Pokémon fans, but hot new role-playing game Temtem isn’t coming to your Apple devices.

Publisher Humble Bundle today confirmed to Cult of Mac that there are currently no plans to bring the online creature-catching title to macOS. And it’s not looking good for iPhone and iPad, either.

Pokémon Home for iPhone and iPad finally gets a release date

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Get ready to catch 'em all.
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Pokémon catching is about to go to an all-new level with the new Pokemon Home app that’s finally set to launch on iPhone and iPad in February 2020.

Fresh details about the Pokémon Home experience were revealed by the Pokémon Company this morning showing how players will soon be able to store and manage Pokémon from games on the Nintendo Switch and 3DS and transfer them to new games.

New Pokémon Masters trailer teases big battles, co-op play

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If you weren’t already excited, you will be.
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A new trailer and additional information for Pokémon Masters has dropped ahead of the game’s much-anticipated debut this summer.

The one-minute clip reveals more gameplay, including explosive battles and co-operative play. It also provides our first look at the powerful sync moves available from partner Pokémon.