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Words Worth Knowing: Companion Apps

One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.

We’ve covered a bunch of companion apps over at GameHub HQ, including the iFruit Companion App for GTAV and the ctOS Mobile companion app for Watch_Dogs. But what actually is a companion app?

What It Is: Companion App = a mobile game that supports an existing console/pc game

What It Means: A Companion App is intended to suppliment a game played on the console or PC with additional content. The app might track the player’s stats, allow them to chat with other players, or even offer tasks that directly affect the main game.

Why You Care: Companion apps are often a great way to enhance the replayability of your main game. Companion apps tend to be free, and offer useful features to enhance the primary game, such as mini-maps, manuals/guides, and mini-games that interact with the main game. Parents need to be aware, however, that some companion apps also offer functionality not present in the main game, such as the ability to talk to strangers online. Some companion apps also function are shops for virtual or real-world merchandise, so if you don’t want your credit card maxed out, that’s something to be aware of too!

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