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  • Last update: 4 years ago
  • Version: 4.0.4
  • Compatibility: 4.1 and up
  • Author: GameStop
  • Content rating: Rated for 12+
  • Package name: com.gamestop.powerup
  • Last update: 4 years ago
  • Version: 4.0.5
  • Size: 40.8 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
  • Author: GameStop
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GameStop App: Never Stop Playing Review

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GameStop is among the giants of gaming business worldwide. For those head deep into gaming, GameStop is more than a place to buy something new; it’s a kind of lifestyle. Founded in 1984, GameStop feels great three decades after in this dynamic whirlpool. It has become a place for a gaming freak to feel like home. In the US alone only this network has 6100+ shops.

The official GameStop app is done for tracking what’s new in store. It also supports communication between users involved in games and gaming hardware trade.

Functionality 10/10
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The Shop tab has several sections devoted to different kinds of goods available in GameStop shops. They are Games, Consoles, Electronics and Accessories (mostly already available). A special section is named “Coming Soon”; it contains the announcements of games and devices about to appear. The app can send you notifications each time we get some news, and it would be wise not to decline that.

Another point of interest in GameStop is trading. The app offers a special trading place where you can view current offers or sell out something you want to get rid of. We can’t help calling it “PvP trading”.

An extra way to make use of GameStop application is to locate the nearest GameStop spots and connect with them. When you find an item you’re interested in, you can make a reserve for you and pay for it when you arrive. And when you get in, you can use all the payment facilities; iPhone users are the luckiest to use Apple Pay for transactions, though Android also has something to offer, especially if you use Samsung phone. The iOS app also supports Passbook, so it makes your digital purchases easier.

Well, even if you don’t buy anything as you visit a GameStop spot, you can check in to gain some points just for being there.

GameStop has been promoting its premium membership, and the app has all the benefits of it. You get notified about special deals and offers for members only, track your points number and convert them into real rewards.

Design 8/10

The app is designed moderately, there’s nothing like traditional “gaming design”, that bright neon extraterrestrial style. It’s not a game, it’s a commercial and informative app. Some freaks fond of gaming aesthetics anywhere can find this lack of glamor disturbing.

On the other hand, the app does its work well, it doesn’t need to look like a game as it’s all about gaming anyway.

Usability 7/10

The app is organized logically. When you open it, it’s already clear to see where to go for your search.

One of the most unpleasant things happens when your location is recognized as unsupported. Then you simply get no access to GameStop services at all. The app works when your country is recognized as the one captured by GameStop network. But then you simply cannot download GameStop app from official sources. And if you have got it as an .apk file, the question is “What for?” No, it won’t even satisfy your curiosity. Sometimes it would redirect you to your browser refusing to load pages, sometimes it would refuse to do the searching within the app.

In fact, the developers have their reasons; there’s no practical use of the app if GameStop has no spots in your country. GameStop application download is free and available (if you pay some efforts), but to use it you'll have to substitute your real IP with IP of some of the countries GameStop works in.

It looks like a paradox that (for example) iOS version is available in languages like Czech and Vietnamese, while official GameStop networks are absent in these countries, except for one or two franchise stores in capital cities.

Cross-platform use 8/10

Today we can have a GameStop app for Android and iOS. Other mobile platforms have not proven themselves as a good environment for gaming, so there’s no reason to complain about the absence of BlackBerry or Windows Phone official apps.

The lack of desktop client seems a bit more disturbing, but when you remember about check-ins and mobile payments, you realize that it wouldn’t make that much sense.

In-app purchases

In fact, GameStop app is all about purchases. It’s a mobile department of GameStop network that is always with you. The Shop section allows you to order and buy games, consoles, accessories and all the stuff the gaming industry is rich with. Anything you add to your cart can be paid via the app, through your Google or Apple account. And when you’re already on the spot, you can pay with your gadget NFC system (Apple Pay or its Android analogs).

The Bottom Line

GameStop turns to those unable to live a single day without gaming, so the app should always warm their pockets. It has both social and commercial components on the highest level. The developers didn’t chase cool design, but they have included all the necessary features. In the end, the app will save you a lot of time, so you can spend it for something useful. For example, for locating GameStop shops around and touring them to gain more check-ins, lol.



If you’re head deep into gaming and game trading, the GameStop is a must-have app for you, no matter if you are near a spot or not; but if you can’t install it directly from your app store, probably there’s no infrastructure in your country the app might interact with to make any sense.

Pros : Rich info;
Announcements and ads;
Trading facilities included;
Good integration with real GameStop map;
Bonuses for participation;
Mobile payments support.

Cons : Not supported for the countries not covered by GameStop network;
The design is too strict and simple.

Functionality 5

Design 4

Usability 3.5

Cross-platform use 4

Average : 4.1


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  • Ml
    Masie lee
    1 year ago
    I can't seemed to beable to download any of the mp3 players music apps or any of the gamestops app
  • J
    Samsung SCH-S735C (Galaxy Discover)
    1 year ago
    Thank you .

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