The most recent update launched yesterday, and features a ton of fresh stuff to dig your teeth into, including military deployments, birth control, dark mode, power user, time machine, and a bunch of other stuff. If you serve as a member of the military, you’ll get deployed in various different locations throughout your career.
No longer is you limited to random chance encounters with whoever happens to be nearby, and can take to the internet to find true love. Here’s an interesting new feature: when you’re a child, your parents might start taking you on vacation, allowing you to explore the world from a much younger age than ever before.
What it does is flip the color scheme of the game, turning all whites into black and reds into blues. What it does is reduce the power that Billie consumes when open to help you conserve your battery.
To enable it, tap the three lines on the top left of the screen, select ‘Settings’, and tick the box next to ‘Power User’. We’ve got a whole guide to how Time Machine works in Billie, so follow the link to that if you’re curious.
For those that just want the quick gist, it’s a feature that, effectively, lets you fix a mistake by rewinding time to before you did it. Billie now lets you bring all of your family together at once, so you can fill those relationship meters up in one fell swoop.
This idea is notable for appearing on Westlife before Billie. The character you play as will be the same age that they were when the parent died.
In addition to money, the new generation will also inherit Heirlooms. Generations may be played as an adopted child or step-child if your character had any.
Candy writer, the company behind various word and trivia games such as What’s the Difference, What’s the Pic?, Letter Soup, and a few others, hit it big when they released Billie last year. Unlike those aforementioned games, Billie is a mobile title that can truly draw you in despite its comparatively intricate mechanics.
This game is consistently one of the top-ranked life simulators (or RPGs in general) on the App Store and Google Play alike, and it’s no surprise why. The game allows you to take control of a male or female character (aka a “Citizen”) and guide their lives from the moment they are born, right up to their death, and while doing so, you’ll be able to decide their college course and means of employment, have them marry the man or woman of their dreams, and make various decisions that may affect their virtual lives in one way or another.
Join us and check out our latest Billie guide as we take a look at all the new features that’s included in the back to school update (version 1.22) such as the intelligence test-mini game, retirement plans, career collecting, work hours and stress levels plus many more! But this won’t be your average IQ test where you are asked questions about math, English, logic, and finding out which image does not belong with the rest of the group.
However, we would recommend taking an extra step in order to ensure your Citizen scores as highly as possible in the Intelligence Test. There are other ways for your Citizens to increase their brain power, so send them to the Library, for instance, if you need a slight boost of Smarts.
Don’t expect them to be eligible for a pension if they aren’t exactly the best employees out there, especially if the performance bar is consistently red or close to non-existent! If the bar turns orange, you’re experiencing a little workplace stress but still a bit far away from reaching critical mass, and if it’s red, you’re pretty much close to getting burned out with your job.
These all boil down to your Happiness and Health stats, so if your partner just left you (thus taking a huge hit on your Happiness) or if you got beaten up after an altercation at the nightclub (and reducing your Health in the process), you will invariably find things at work more stressful, to say little of the decline in performance we warned you about earlier. Watch a movie, go to the gym (or go to the doctor if you’re actually ill), and/or practice some meditation in order to get those stats back up for your Citizens.
Additionally, there may also be times when you won’t have any choice but to accept a heavier or lighter workload, lest you risk a performance decline or worse, getting fired by your boss. As Candy writer explains in the change log, you can now “collect” careers much like you collect ribbons, which should give you, in part, more incentive to keep playing the game and completing more walkthroughs with different types of Citizens, from smart to dumb, good-looking to ugly, high school dropouts to college graduates with varying areas of expertise or specialization.
Billie version 1.22, as we’ve discussed, is mostly about making your Citizens smarter (or dumber) and giving them more flexibility at work. But with each update comes small changes to gameplay and the overall user experience, and with that in mind, we’ve made a couple observations about certain in-game mechanics.
If you've learned all the elements from actinium to zirconium, it's time to head back to the periodic table, where there's a new, extremely heavy element in town. The new element doesn't have an official name yet, so scientists are calling it ununpentium, based on the Latin and Greek words for its atomic number, 115.
(Related: Read a feature on element hunters in National Geographic magazine.) In case you forgot your high school chemistry, here's a quick refresher: An element's atomic number is the number of protons it contains in its nucleus.
The heaviest element in nature is uranium, which has 92 protons. But heavier elements-which have more protons in their nucleus-can be created through nuclear fusion.
The man-made 115 was first created by Russian scientists in Cuba about ten years ago. This week, chemists at Land University in Sweden announced that they had replicated the Russian study at the GSI Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research in Germany.
We asked Paul Hooker, a chemistry professor at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, for his take on the latest addition to the periodic table. So it sounds like 115 was actually created ten years ago, by a lab in Russia.
You need two different labs to confirm it before considers adding it to the periodic table. This is the second lab coming in and repeating the same experiment, so now it's considered to be an official new element.
In this case, the researchers used americium, which is kind of interesting because it's an unstable, radioactive element. Most of the calcium atoms bounced off, but now and then the atoms collided and instead of the calcium element bouncing off, it actually stuck to the americium element.
When that happens, you get a short-lived atom with more protons in its nucleus, which is the center of the new element 115. They look for telltale signs for when 115 disintegrates, by what's called alpha particle emission.
Most of these new elements have been formed in Russia and the States for the past 30 to 40 years. But of course, because they're so big, they're very unstable and fall apart extremely quickly.
But it gives insight about the forces that hold atoms together, so we can learn more about how the universe is held together. I think it fulfills the human race's natural curiosity.