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Version 9 is here, a huge update for your CLZ Games app. In fact, it may even be the biggest update we ever did for CLZ Games, with many new features and several big improvements.
On top of that, our content team has been working for months to check and correct game cover images, to make sure the cover image exactly matches the barcode (regular editions vs collector’s editions, US vs EU vs JP vs AU covers, etc…).

  • Improved Adding Games by Title: big cover images for the various game editions (regional, collector’s editions, etc..), filter releases by Region (US, EU, JP, AU, etc.. )
  • New collections tab-bar: switch between collections using tabs at the bottom
  • New Check Value screen: quickly look up the value of a game, by scanning its barcode or searching by title (requires subscription!)
  • Improved Update from Core: now lets you replace cover images with better ones from Core
  • Better screens for dealing with “unrecognized barcodes”
  • More platforms icons: more platforms now come with their own icons

Improved Adding Games by Title

For version 9, we have done a serious re-design of the “Add by Title” part of the Add Games screen:

  • After searching by title, tap a game result to go a new page listing all available editions for that game
  • Browse editions with BIG cover images (instead of the previous list with tiny thumbnails)
  • Filter the editions by region using the tabs at the top!
  • Select and add your edition quickly and easily using the Add Game sheet that slides in from the bottom
  • Tip: tap one of the “default” entries to just add the game itself with a default front cover, without edition details.

Add Games screen with big images for editions and “Add Game sheet”:

Filter editions by Region using the tabs at the top:

Collection tabs: easily switch between collections using tabs at the bottom

The ability to have multiple collections within your game database is a popular feature. Many users have separate collections, e.g. separating their physical games from their digital ones, maybe a separate collection for “For Sale” stuff.

The CLZ Cloud site and the Game Connect web-based software both show those collections as nice tabs at the bottom of the screen, but we never added that to the mobile app, for fear of losing too much screen estate. Instead, switching between collections was done through the app menu.

However, for the v9 update, we added the tabs anyway, using a smart “auto hide” to give you the full screen height when scrolling.

Of course, the tab bar will only show up if you have more than one collection. Also, you can opt to remove it completely: just open the Manage Collection screen and disable it using the toggle at the bottom.

New Check Value screen

For a long time, CLZ Games has been providing values through our partners at PriceCharting.com so you can find out what your collection is worth!

However, a common question from our customers has been:

“How can I quickly check the exact value of a game that is not in my collection?”

Up until yesterday, our answer has always been to “find it with the Add Screen” or to create a “Temp” collection in your app and add the game there so that you can see the value”.

Today’s version 9.0 brings a new “Check Value” screen, that lets you quickly check a value of a game, either by scanning its barcode, or by searching its title.

Please note: the new Check Values screen will require a subscription for the app. It is not available for users who are still using the app in “grandfathered mode”.

Check value by Barcode:

Check value by Title:

Improved Update from Core

In the last 5 months, our in-house content team and a number of enthusiast users, have been working to check and correct over one hundred thousand cover images of game editions in our Core online game database.
But we’re not done yet! We are still checking thousands of cover images on a daily basis, hoping to have checked all game cover images some day 🙂

To help you enjoy the improved cover art for your collection, we have improved the “Update from Core” tool to allow the overwriting/replacing of cover art with possible new cover art from Core.
To do so, select some (or all) games in your app, tap the Action button on the bottom right, then choose Update from Core. In the settings screen that appears, at the top, set the toggle for “Front Cover” to “Replace”, then tap “Update” on the bottom right.

Our content team has been working for months to check and correct game cover images, to make sure the cover image exactly matches the barcode (regular editions vs collector’s editions, US vs EU vs JP vs AU covers, etc…). To make it super-easy for you to update your collection with these improved cover images, we have updated the Update from Core tool to allow REPLACING your cover images with those from Core.

Better screens for dealing with “unrecognized barcodes”

When you scan a barcode that in not recognized by our CLZ Core online game database (yet), you always get the “Unrecognized Barcode” popup, which lets you:

  1. Find your game by title (assuming the game itself IS listed in Core)
  2. Select a cover image from a Google Images search
  3. Then… add the game to your app anyway, with that barcode and cover filled in
  4. And… very important… report the missing barcode to our Core at the same time!

This screen is super-useful for you (for easily adding the game anyway) AND essential for us (for improving the barcode recognition of our Core).
So we did a complete re-design from scratch of the “Unrecognized Barcode” screens, to:

  • make it clearer and easier to use
  • letting you select a cover from a Google Images search!

More platforms icons: more platforms now come with their own icons

New (or updated) platform icons are now available for the following consoles:

  • 64DD
  • Atari 7800
  • CD-I
  • ColecoVision
  • Evercade
  • Family Computer / Famicom
  • Family Computer Disk System
  • Intellivision
  • Mac
  • Magnavox Odyssey
  • Magnavox Odyssey 2
  • Neo Geo MVS
  • PC
  • PlayStation 2
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 5
  • Virtual Boy
  • ZX Spectrum

Recent changes

v9.1.1: CLZ Games is now free to use up to 100 games May 31st, 2024 v9.0.5 Game values are back in the Add Games screen April 17th, 2024 v9.0: Improved Add by Title screen, Collection tabs, Check Value screen and more! March 12th, 2024 v8.4: Easier access to Manage Pick Lists tool October 25th, 2023 v8.3: Pre-fill screen: Orange highlights and a Clear button October 16th, 2023 v8.1: New Sync button on main screen September 6th, 2023 v8.0: Use multiple folder levels May 17th, 2023 Youtuber Mystic shows how he is using CLZ Games April 19th, 2023 v7.5: More value data from PriceCharting (Graded, Box only, Manual only) July 25th, 2022 v7.4 New “Card View” May 12th, 2022 v7.3: Back Cover images! March 29th, 2022 v7.2: Progress Bars and Cancel buttons! March 16th, 2022 v7.1: Improved Pre-fill screen: choose your own fields! February 4th, 2022 v7.0: New features and lots of improvements December 2nd, 2021 v6.6 Submit to Core / New Select Mode and action menu September 27th, 2021 v6.5: Duplicate / Clear Cloud / Shake to Shuffle / Web-links September 8th, 2021 v6.4 New look for game list, cover view & game details July 2nd, 2021 v6.3: Various improvements February 22nd, 2021 v6.2.1: New: Pre-fill fields while adding games December 28th, 2020 v6.1: New “Updated Values” report after updating values from PriceCharting November 12th, 2020 v6.0: Improved game value features, batch editing & more! October 21st, 2020 Sneak Preview: version 6.0 of all 5 CLZ mobile apps! July 21st, 2020 v5.4: Re-designed “Select Folder Field” screen and faster Update from Core June 11th, 2020 v5.3: Add Games by Platform and Add Hardware from Core April 7th, 2020 v5.2 Faster CLZ Cloud syncing! March 18th, 2020