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7th Guest: 20th Anniversary Edition Now on Android

Posted by on Apr 18, 2015

Retro game comes to Android,

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Angry Birds Stella POP! Review

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015

Another catapulting joint from Rovio.

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Google Messenger Review

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015

The Googlefied standalone text messaging utility.

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Angry Birds Stella POP! Review

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015

Another catapulting joint from Rovio.

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7th Guest: 20th Anniversary Edition Now on Android

7th Guest: 20th Anniversary Edition Now on Android

Apr 18, 2015

7th Guest: 20th Anniversary Edition (styled The 7th Guest: Remastered on Google Play) is now on Android courtesy of MojoTouch.

Henry Stauf’s mansion has been abandoned for as long as anyone dare remember. Stauf was a master toy maker, a maker of amazing puzzles and this strange, eerie, mansion was his greatest creation.
It stands empty, rotting ever since children started dying with his toys near them, ever since six guests came and were never seen again.
Now, you are in the house, moving from one room to another, trying to remember and trying to forget. Because Stauf’s game isn’t over. There were six guests the world knew about – and there was one other.
The mansion of horror comes to life again and only you can end this mad nightmare and learn the secret of the 7th guest.
The game features:
– Groundbreaking use of full-motion video and dialogue recorded by live actors in a terrifyingly virtual environment.
– Bizarre puzzles to solve and games to play.
– 22 stunningly rendered, devilishly surprising, 3-D rooms await you in this fully explorable haunted mansion.
‘20th Anniversary Edition’ features:
– Totally new, much praised, game play controls that were built from the ground up for touch-screens.
* Hotspot based – no more pixel hunting!
* All-new slick icons and animations.
* Completely new map, which can be access directly while playing
– Completely new game menus and save/load system
– Four Music options: The praised, orchestrated, music score remastered or the original score in Midi recording, General Midi or Adlib
– Much improved voice acting audio and all-new, optional subtitles
– A stunning new HD graphic mode that up-scales the game beautifully to high-resolutions.
– 27 Achievements to earn and share with your friends
– A lot of extras:
* ‘The Making of’ featurette
* 19 Delete Scenes and 33 Delete Audio Parts
* Comprehensive Soundtrack: 36 Tracks to add to your music collection!
* ‘The 7th Guest’ Novel (157 pages)
* The Original Script (104 pages), ‘The Stauf Files’ booklet (20 pages), Original Game Manual (41 pages)
– Optional retro settings: play with original graphics, original music and even the original controls (mouse pointer)
– Multiple languages (ALL included without additional payment):
English voice acting, with or without English subtitles
German voice acting with or without German subtitles
French voice acting with or without French subtitles
Russian voice acting

Additionally, the game is currently 30% off on Google Play.

Chrome Browser Gets Update

Chrome Browser Gets Update

Apr 18, 2015

Chrome is is getting an update; the update allows users to get the latest updates from sites with notifications and to more easily add favorite sites to one’s homescreen.

It also includes the standard bug fixes.

Chrome remains free on the Play Store.

Amazon Game Studios Collaborates with Human Head Studios to Release Lost Within

Amazon Game Studios  Collaborates with Human Head Studios to Release Lost Within

Apr 17, 2015

Amazon Game Studios and Human Head Studios just brought a new game to the Amazon Appstore called Lost Within.

Product Features
Explore the deadly asylum in a visually stunning game that pushes the graphics of your mobile device
Experience a rich, dramatic thriller of a story unprecedented in mobile gaming
Play Your Way: Fight, flight, or sneak by the monstrous asylum Inhabitants
Craft powerful weapons and unleash them in creative combinations upon your enemies
Lost Within can be played on Fire Phone and 2013 and newer Fire tablets.

Product Description
From the developer of Prey — Escape a haunted asylum by fighting or fleeing from its monstrous Inhabitants. Scavenge through ruins and create makeshift weapons to strike back at your enemies. Or–conserve your resources and employ stealth to sneak past the lurking horrors. When all else fails, run like mad and search for a place to hide! The building itself seems to be trying to tell you something. Strange visions of the past reveal buried secrets— terrors that are now coming alive all around you. To get out, you must solve a series of dark mysteries and discover the shattering secret that led to the asylum’s condemnation. But the legendary serial killer who is rumored to inhabit the asylum is no myth … and he knows you are here. His howls of rage seem to shake the very walls. You must escape, but be careful. Though there are many doors, there is only one way out.

The game is available now for $6.99 on the Amazon Appstore.

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[Source: AGS Blog Post]

New Device? Urban Armor Gear Has the Protection You Need

New Device? Urban Armor Gear Has the Protection You Need

Apr 17, 2015

Urban Armor Gear is no newbie when it comes to protecting our ultimate accessories, and in New Flagship Season 2015, it is coming to the party ready. It’s military-chic cases are tough, and still manage to add in a dash of elegance… perfect for the weekend wanderer or even the 40 hr/week warrior.

With the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge upon us, it’s good to know that UAG already has a catalog for it:

Cases for Samsung Galaxy S6
– Available in the following colors: Black (Scout), Clear (Ice), Orange (Outland), Blue (Aero), White (Navigator), & Ash (New Color, Transparent gray)
– Feather-light composite construction
– $34.95 MSRP

Folio Cases for Samsung Galaxy S6
– Available in Black (Scout) and Red (Rogue)
– $39.95 MSRP
– Holds up to 3 credit cards
– Glare-free flash photos and un-compromised audio

Cases for Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
– Available in Ice (clear) and Ash (transparent / translucent gray)
– Armor shell and impact resistant soft core
– $34.95 MSRP

The entire lineup can be seen here; we should have a review out soon.

Angry Birds Stella POP! Review

Angry Birds Stella POP! Review

Apr 17, 2015

Angry Birds Stella POP!, eh? Alrighty.

If you’re casually wondering where Rovio is headed with this title, you’re probably not alone; this one manages to meld match-3, bubble popping and the familiar catapulted avians looking to get back at gruesomely smiling pigs and/or free cutesy animals. The methodology is fairly simple, and somewhat defined by its presentation.

In true Rovio fashion, there is an emphasis on expressive graphics and vivid coloration, with leafy themes and smooth animations. Unlike the traditional Angry Birds games, this one is oriented in portrait, such that a player is projecting from the “bottom” upwards, and the device sides serve as rebounding walls. It is an inventive-looking game that is in parts familiar and relatively fresh, and generally keeps the player’s attention at the start.

The basic premise of the leveled gameplay calls for launching bubbles into a maze of bubbles that pop2generally suspend a dastardly pig or two in airborne safety, or are restraining compatriots. The color of the bubbles vary, and the idea is to pop pockets of bubbles by making contact with a like-colored projectile. “Three” is the magic number here, and when enough restraining bubbles are done away with, whatever is suspended drops, which is pretty much the object of the game.

The game has an arcade feel; there are power-up birdy projectiles that can be activated by streaks, and different aspects to the gameplay (like a limited amount of projectiles, or variations in the puzzle structure) that add to the potential for fun. There is a tweaked, fillable version of the renown three-star grading system too, so that a player can look to repeat levels in the quest for absolute perfection.

Failure has costs, as there is a set number of lives, and this all but boils down to an energy requirement. This can be overcome with time or real money.

It plays well, and is helped by the fact that it is simple. There is a lot of variation within the same system, and it all ties together nicely. As with most Angry Birds games, said simplicity might also be a drawback, but the game works.

Amazon Appstore Offers $105 Worth of Premium Apps for Free for Limited Time

Amazon Appstore Offers $105 Worth of Premium Apps for Free for Limited Time

Apr 16, 2015

In its relatively short lifetime, the Amazon Appstore has garnered quite the reputation as a veritable source of great app deals, and its announcement today should help cement that reputation. Starting today, users of the store can obtain a batch of premium apps worth $105 for absolutely free.

Long-term users will be used to this type of promotion; The Amazon Appstore regularly runs promotions of this sort, and they are generally very well received.

This FAOTD bundle has some gems like Wolfram|Alpha, Oxford Spanish Dictionary, Plants vs. Zombies, Runtastic PRO GPS Running, Walking & Fitness Tracker and more.

For those interested in getting in on this, don’t tarry too long; this promotion ends on April 18th.

Skullduggery! Arrives on Android

Skullduggery! Arrives on Android

Apr 16, 2015

Tax Day 2015 has come and gone, but if you want some related action, you might want to check out ClutchPlay Game’s new joint Skullduggery!

You know the old saying, “you can’t take it with you?” Well, we’ve got news for you, my friends, they were WRONG! “Deadbeats” have been taking their riches with them to the afterlife for centuries and it’s the job of the INFERNAL Revenue Service — and its army of skulls — to collect! That’s where you come in.
In “Skullduggery!” you’ll play a Semi-Organic Autonomous Skull employed as a collection agent for the IRS. Using the elasticity of your own brain, flick yourself around the fortresses of the afterlife’s biggest deadbeats.
– BRAIN POWER: Pull back ANYWHERE on the screen to stretch out your brain! Let go to snap your skull forward like a brainy rubber band.
– BULLET TIME: Touch and hold in mid-air to slow down time, change directions, avoid deadly obstacles, and pull off crazy trick shots!
– GRAVITATIONAL TRUANCY: Repeatedly jump by aiming again while your skull is mid-flight.
– STEALTHINESS: Being small has advantages! Hide in trash cans, chests, and jars. Slip behind surly guards and take them out while their backs are turned!
– HEADSHOTS: Take out enemies with a single well-placed fling to the cranium.
– HEAD TO HEAD: Play ‘head to head’ against your friends to become the afterlife’s most successful agent.
– BUREAUCRACY: Fill out paperwork and reflect on the inherent emptiness of existence!
“Skullduggery!” features the endearingly grotesque art stylings of game artist extraordinaire Bill Mudron, inspired by the Max Fleischer animations of the 1930’s, and a quirky, doom-jazzy, bureau-noir soundtrack from industrial musician Michael Arthur Holloway.
MORE FEATURES:
– A finely-tuned and deeply-satisfying one-touch control scheme specifically tailored to mobile.
– Four distinctly unique and atmospheric worlds with more on the way.
– Dreadful puns.
– Single Player mode with 32 surreal and pleasantly spooky levels.
– Multiplayer “Head to Head” mode with a variety of brain-pounding arenas.
– Hidden rooms and secret chests containing treasure and other delights.
– Pleasing power-ups and epic boss battles!
– Dozens of collectables and secondary objectives for maximum replayability.
– Over 20 unique skulls to unlock, including guest celebrity skulls from some of our favorite games.
– Compete with Google Play Achievements and Leaderboards.
– Paperwork, paperwork, paperwork!

The game is free to try on Google Play.

[Source: ClutchPlay News]

Lemur BlueDriver OBDII Scan Tool Hardware Review

Lemur BlueDriver OBDII Scan Tool Hardware Review

Apr 16, 2015

Another day, another opportunity to allow connected mobility make life easier. We are all for that.

Enter the BlueDriver OBDII Scan Tool, a piece from Lemur that allows folks to really drill down into auto management.

It is irregularly shaped, with a cuboid base at the core, but retains a relatively small profile. On the one end, one finds the plug-in portion with the telltale pins; on the opposite side is an LED light. The review piece is black with white lettering, and looks and feels like a a well-fused item.

The title says is all: this puck looks to give its user the power of OBDII in a handy little tool; to be very accurate, it does so with the help of a companion app that resides on one’s Android device. The app is a comprehensive sidekick; the UI is bathed in an almost purplish hue that backs the clear-cut icons that hint at the the true functionality of app-puck combo.

This two-part solution is fairly intuitive to use; the puck gets plugged into the ODB port in the car, paired to the device/app, and the accumulated data is accessed via the app. When the app is opened, it requests to turn on Bluetooth if that radio is off, and then looks to pair with the plugged in puck. When it gets going, there is quite a lot of stuff that can be accessed: accident reports, code reader, smog check and plenty more, including flashlight functionality. Additionally, one can get to the user manual from the app, order extra pieces, update sensor firmware and connect with the manufacturer via email, phone or social networks.

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In any case, in action, this piece just works. It pulls in the information seamlessly and presents it equally so, with “pro tip” pop-ups that help with deciphering data. I tried several of the tools, and was pleased with each; I didn’t have a control to confirm readings, or a chance to use the “clear codes” functionality at all, though.

As a permanent tool (it can be left installed), it is a nice accessory to have. It is transferable, easy to use and the mobile component is a big plus. At $99.95 on Amazon, it probably isn’t for the overly casual, but even taht can be argued. If anything, nothing beats having a clue what is going on with one’s car — before going to the mechanic.

Forza Soccer Gets Material Design Update

Forza Soccer Gets Material Design Update

Apr 16, 2015

Forza Soccer, Football Addicts’ live soccer score app for those truly addicted to the most popular game in the world, has just received an update.

Most notably, this update brings the app up-to-date with Google’s material Design aesthetic.

More, from the press release:

Today the Forza Football Android app, which is used by over 1 million active monthly users worldwide, has been enhanced with Material Design, the Google design language that improves the aesthetics and experience of Android apps.

Key design improvements include:

• Each league, cup, team and player being presented as a sheet of paper which will slide into the user’s vision. Users can then swipe them away easily with a simple gesture

• Bitesize information is shown in CardView, which provides depth by separating important elements and creating shadow effects

• The distance between objects in the user interface has been improved, meaning buttons are easily clickable and don’t interfere with surrounding elements

• Material colour palettes ensure all styles work together beautifully, while preserving the main colours of Forza Football

• RecyclerView, on which Forza Football’s lists are built upon, provides animations to help the user’s understanding of lists, and enables better performance and smooth insertion when scrolling

Forza Soccer remains free on the Play Store.

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Satechi Spectrum Connected Bulb Hardware Review

Satechi Spectrum Connected Bulb Hardware Review

Apr 15, 2015

So yeah, I’m all about spoiling myself nowadays. To be fair, I’ve always enjoyed spoiling myself; it’s just that with mobile technology, it becomes so much easier. As we continue to see more and more connected peripherals, life has the potential to be a bit more whimsical and whole lot more tech-ified.

We had an opportunity to check out some gear from Satechi, and got to take a look at its Spectrum Smart LED Bulb.

Out of the box, the unit looks much like a “regular” incandescent bulb, but a bit weightier at a bit under 6 oz, and with might casually look like a white cover on most of the 2.45 x 4.29 inch bulb surface. It has the standard E26 end, feels well constructed, definitely not as fragile as one might expect, and has an interesting range of stated specs: tops out at 8 watts, a voltage range of 100-240V (50/60 Hz); it boasts a lifetime of 25,000 hours, Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) and requires at least Android 4.4.

Which brings us to a big part of the system: the companion Spectrum app on Google Play. Downloading and opening the app helps one glean a bit more of what the system purports to do. The bulb screws in much like a regular bulb, but when it is paired to the app via Bluetooth, one is able to control a bunch of extra functionality, like adjusting the color and brightness on the fly. Using the built-in color mixer, it’s possible to select from a plethora of hues in the color spectrum, using red, green, blue and white as the core bases. The app also incorporates a timer, a “scene” selector, dimming functionality, proximity sensor and even a missed call notifier (via the bulb).

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The use scenarios are fairly vast. Mood lighting? There’s disco flasher which is interesting. I shamelessly admit to using it as a visual intercom to summon the kids. Using the timer, it’s possible to set the bulb to dim to sleep at night and to go on in the morning if one’s morning starts before the sun rises. Admittedly, the bulb does come in handy in a number of real life ways. The fact that the app is able to manage multiple Satechi Smartbulbs — individually and collectively — is another benefit. It remembers the last color setting when turned off manually.

At $34.99 (on Amazon), each bulb is a bit of investment; the LED nature and added usability might help allay cost concerns. The timer function was wonky at first, but has ended up being quite reliable.

In the end, in a gimmicky accessory world, it was surprising at how well I cottoned to this item. Just as well too, as I think it fits in well with the concept of pampering myself.

GTArcade reveals all about the plot of League of Angels – Fire Raiders [Sponsored]

GTArcade reveals all about the plot of League of Angels – Fire Raiders [Sponsored]

Apr 15, 2015

The popular Facebook MMORPG, League of Angels, has been brought to mobile by GTArcade with the sequel, League of Angels – Fire Raiders.

Fire Raiders contains all of the Angels, Heroes, customization, strategy, and PvE and PvP combat of League of Angels but shrunk down onto your mobile or tablet.

Enough about the gameplay, though. We spoke to David Johansson, Creative Director at GTArcade about the new subtitle, the plot of the sequel, and your nemesis, the Great Demon King.

Why did you choose the subtitle ‘Fire Raiders?’

We wanted to make it clear to mobile players that this isn’t the same League of Angels that they played on their PCs. League of Angels – Fire Raiders is a mobile sequel, and very different from the browser game.

The Fire Raiders are the group of Heroes and Angels who have vowed to save the world from a terrible invasion.

Can you tell us a little more about the plot of League of Angels – Fire Raiders?

Fire Raiders takes place in an ancient world where humans and Angels have lived in peace for thousands of years.

Usually Angels do not meddle in human affairs, but when the Great Demon King launched his invasion of the realm and took the throne, a dedicated group of Angels formed a League the likes of which has never been seen and offered their assistance to any heroes brave enough to face the Great Demon King.

The Fire Raiders, as this resistance group calls themselves, will take the battle to the Evil lord himself, or perish along the way.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the Great Demon King?

The Great Demon King was once a young man who fell in love with a beautiful Angel. The Angel loved him back but she was struck down by the Gods for breaking celestial laws. Bewildered by the loss of his love, he sought refuge away from the Gods in a dark underworld inhabited by Demons.

Biding his time, the Great Demon King took control of the underworld and prepared to attack the beings that the Gods loved the most: his own race, the humans.

Evil having corrupted his very soul, it is widely known that no creature is more cruel than the Great Demon King, a being that once wanted nothing more than to be left alone with his love.

Do you have any plans to expand the story in a future expansion?

Though our next updates will be more focused on adding PvP modes, we are always adding to the story and considering possible future content.

Something wonderful that we are seeing is that fans are creating their very own League of Angels lore and legends, giving us even more material for upcoming story lines!

League of Angels – Fire Raiders is available now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

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Monument Builders : Alcatraz Arrives on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Monument Builders : Alcatraz Arrives on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Apr 14, 2015

Anuman is back — having never really left — with yet another Android title, this one called Monument Builders : Alcatraz.

Take part in building the monument that made Alcatraz Island a household name!
Alcatraz Island is located near San Francisco Bay and attracts over a million tourists every year. The island is also famed for possessing the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast and was once a nesting site for countless pelicans, called “”alcatraces”” in archaic Spanish!
Alcatraz prison is renowned for inspiring many films and books, and gained notoriety for housing such famous inmates as Al Capone, George “”Machine Gun”” Kelly, Alvin Karpis (Public Enemy #1), Robert Stroud and Arthur “”Doc”” Barker.
In Monument Builders: Alcatraz, oversee the construction of the most famous prison in the United States, while learning many other anecdotes along the way!
Help contractor Lloyd Andrews gather the resources needed to complete work on the prison. Manage your workers skillfully to finish the levels in time, while repelling attacks from Call Palone’s hired thugs as they try to send your project to the bottom of the bay!
✔ Check out the “Monument Builders” resource management series
✔ Use your skill and cunning to build Alcatraz on time!
✔ Defend your site against mobsters
✔ Learn scores of genuine anecdotes about Alcatraz
✔ 50 varied and challenging game levels!

The game is available on Google Play and Amazon Appstore for $2.99 (with in-app purchases). There is also a free version available on Amazon Appstore.

FEMA Updates App With Increased Alert Coverage

FEMA Updates App With Increased Alert Coverage

Apr 14, 2015

FEMA is updating its free Android app with the ability to add more cities with regards to weather alerts.

In other words, users can now add up to five (5) cities to the app and get weather alerts for each of those cities. This is great news in a number of scenarios: think of a folks who travel a lot, or have friends and/or relatives in different cities. Such functionality could be invaluable.

Receive severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the U.S. Now you can stay updated about severe weather happening in your area while keeping tabs on other places you care about – like where your family or friends live. Oh, and while we worked on the new weather alerts feature, we also squashed some bugs to improve the app’s performance.

The FEMA app remains free on the Play Store.

Forsaken World Mobile is Coming to Android Soon Courtesy of Fedeen Games

Forsaken World Mobile is Coming to Android Soon Courtesy of Fedeen Games

Apr 14, 2015

Forsaken World Mobile, an MMORPG from Fedeen Games, is on its way to Android.

In Forsaken World Mobile, players will be able to interact with the massive open world as one of five dynamic classes. Stand tall and strong, shielding your allies as a Warrior, or strike from the shadows as a stealthy Assassin. Feed on the life force of your enemies as a Kindred, blast your foes with elemental spells as a Mage, or put your healing talents to work for the good of your team as a Cleric.

Once you’ve selected your class, you’ll have the entire fully 3D landscape of Forsaken World, built using the same graphics engine as the PC games,literally at your fingertips. Team up with your friends to raid massive dungeons and take on epic bosses for tons of awesome loot, or destroy them in heart-stopping PVP battles! Outfit your character with eye-catching accessories as you traverse the land on your choice of exotic mount!

We got a trailer below:

Apocalypse Runner Review

Apocalypse Runner Review

Apr 14, 2015

Running away from danger is a fundamental human right, and in many ways, Apocalypse Runner, a 2D atmospheric runner, promotes this right. For the good of all.

Looks-wise, it’s a simple affair, with subtle darkness as the general motif. Even in the simple graphics, the developer is able to convey lightheartedness, and it works.

The gameplay is simple here; our protagonist runner is lollygagging along his way, when a sudden gaggle of evidently spooked birds gives him the only warning of an imminent danger. Hot on the heels of the birds is what can charitably be described as an uncontrolled tsunami. Running right-ward is the the only way to survive, and the ultimate goal is to avoid being swept away by the tidal wave.

The running area has gaps created by “natural” growths, creating holes that need to be jumped across to continue moving; this is probably the main element. The developer does a good job of tweaking it within that paradigm; as a run continues, the running area becomes a bit more treacherous, forcing the player to have to jump up to reach a cliff, or down. Such variations can wreak havoc on timing. Then, there are the secondary obstacles, like the well-known rotating blades and even rocks. Running into one of these pretty much ends the run. There are goodies to collect too, though focusing too hard on the gems can be foolhardy. Enough gems can open up powerups.

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Jumping is effected by tapping anywhere on the screen; double tapping creates a double jump. These have to be harnessed well, because an errant jump can have unpredictable (and non-optimal) results. As distance is accumulated, the obstacles start to come quick and often, and then the game starts to get a twitch-reaction feel. The quick pace is a great touch.

There isn’t a ton of variation, but it should be commended for taking an easy road and looking to do it well. It’s an enjoyable romp with a clear premium implementation that, well, works.

WordPress for Android Gets an Update

WordPress for Android Gets an Update

Apr 14, 2015

WordPress has been updated again, this time to version 3.9.

Version 3.9 brings:

With WordPress for Android, v. 3.9, you can add media to your posts and pages more quickly and easily, change the app’s language with the new language picker found under Settings, and enable two factor authentication (2FA). No need for nasty old app specific passwords anymore — they’re sooooo WP for Android v. 3.8!

WordPress remains free on the Play Store.