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Hundreds of match three puzzling levels await you in Jelly Blast

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016

Match three puzzler fans, rejoice, for Jelly Blast, out right now on iOS and Android, contains hundreds of new levels for you to check out right now. In Jelly Blast, you’ll...

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Rapala Fishing – Daily Catch Review

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016

A fishing experience.

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MyScript Stylus Review

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Renown writing technology... packaged for Android.

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Rapala Fishing – Daily Catch Review

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Rapala Fishing – Daily Catch Review

Rapala Fishing – Daily Catch Review

Feb 11, 2016

Rapala Fishing – Daily Catch is an interesting-looking fishing sim from cross-platform powerhouse Concrete Software.

To start, the game is played in portrait; it packs in a lot of mature graphics that make use of well-blended colors. As with most fishing games, a lot of the visual output is defined by the virtual underwater experience, and in this one, the water scenes are well done, from the graceful movement of the inhabitants to the sustained murkiness all the way to the engulfing bubbles. It’s very creative, and melds looks with sound to effectively underscore the experience.rapala3

The fishing itself involves cool locations, and after selecting one, one can select a Solo Trip, Tournaments or peruse the Record books, like any serious angler would. Selecting “Solo” allows one to get to go through fishing challenges for a set period of time. Challenges include catching a number of species present, and this mode serves as an excellent beginners proving grounds.

After selecting a challenge, one is presented with a screen that has the equipment to be used, and it’s off to to the sport.

One casts by gesture swiping the lure into a hotspot, and as soon as the lure breaks the surface, the game view shifts to underwater, and one gets to shake the lure to get the fish to bite. As soon as one does, one needs to use the game mechanism to reel it in; said mechanism includes sliding the reel, knowing when to pull hard or relieve tension (using green/yellow/red imagery) and such. Success earns game currency.

The thing is, there are several different fish, and one needs to have the right equipment, and even use the right lure sequences to get the right one. As such, the game cash (and real cash, if one so desires) can be an important factor with regards to moving on.

Competition mode requires Facebook access.

The game works because the controls are fairly easy to understand and manipulate, with intuitive color-coding that denotes active occurrences that require attention. Also, the gameplay mechanism isn’t too complicated, and still manages to avoid being too illogical. It does require a tiny bit of skill with regards to being successful over time, but is simple enough to be enjoyed across generations.

Well worth the free look, in our opinion. Go ahead. Check it out.

Hundreds of match three puzzling levels await you in Jelly Blast

Match three puzzler fans, rejoice, for Jelly Blast, out right now on iOS and Android, contains hundreds of new levels for you to check out right now.

In Jelly Blast, you’ll set off on an adventure through the Candy Kingdom along with your companions Lily, Mr. Hare, and Mr. Rabbit. On the way, you’ll find a bunch of gorgeous candy-themed locations waiting to be explored.

The gameplay itself is pure match three though, and you’ll find hundreds of levels to complete when you first enter the game. More are added each month as well so you won’t run out any time soon.

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Match three puzzlers will feel right at home in Jelly Blast, but there are some innovations in the form of boosters which give you the upper hand during tougher levels and the treats which you unlock every time you complete one.

You’ll also find a bunch of leaderboards which you can compete on with your friends to get to the top spot.

You can check out Jelly Blast right now for free in the App Store or Google Play.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Archos Unveils Premium-Flavored 50d Oxygen Smartphone

Archos Unveils Premium-Flavored 50d Oxygen Smartphone

Feb 10, 2016

At this point, it’s tough to still describe French OEM Archos as an “up and coming” Android device maker; with several affordable, well-received Android devices under its belt, its fair to view it as the veteran Android vendor that it is.

Now, we get even more goodness from Archos, this time in the manifestation of a new high-end device: the Archos 50d Oxygen Smartphone.

On paper, it looks pretty impressive: Android 5.1, 2GB RAM, 1.3 GHz Octo-Core processor, integrated 4G plus a 5-inch IPS screen. Toss in expandable storage, rechargeable 2100 mAh battery, two (13MP/5MP) cameras and bluetooth smart functionality with dual SIM support, and one gets a true powerhouse.

Archos chief Loic Poirier talks about the new device’s premium leanings. “The Archos 50d Oxygen is the epitome of sleek, functional and modern,” he says. “The smooth exterior with gold accents emanates a truly high-end feel which make it an essential part of our Oxygen line.”

The Archos 50d is due out in May 2016, and is slated to cost $149.99.

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New Game ‘Bounce Zombie!’ Launches on Google Play

New Game ‘Bounce Zombie!’ Launches on Google Play

Feb 10, 2016

Bounce zombie!, a new game from Triniti Stars Ltd, has just landed on Google Play.

Per the app page:

Years ago in a small village in China, there was a young boy who loved dumplings more than anything in the world. He stuffed himself full of the tasty food every day, never tiring of his favorite meal. One day the village ran out of dumplings, and the boy refused to eat anything else, starving to death. The poor boy became a zombie, but he’s still no regular undead kid: he won’t bite unless you have a doughy arm.

In Bounce Zombie, help this little zombie find the food he craves even beyond the grave: dumplings. Forget slow shuffling, moaning, and groaning undead because this revived boy is empowered by his love for tasty cooked and stuffed dough. Help him navigate each level, leaping from block to block and capturing coins on his way to his favorite meal. From crumbling blocks to spikes and other dangers, you’ll meet big challenges as he journeys around the world. Don’t worry; you’ll get some help on the way, too! Trampolines will fly you high to hit those hard to reach places, and cannons will help you sail over the map to cross big gaps. There’s no dumpling he can’t reach with your help.

The game is free on Google Play, and offers in-app purchase opportunities.

[via Triniti Stars Site]

Closure (Jack Randall Series Book #1) is Free on Google Play and Kindle Store

Closure (Jack Randall Series Book #1) is Free on Google Play and Kindle Store

Feb 10, 2016

Jack Randall fans — current and future — will like that the first book in the detective series, Closure, is currently free on Google Play Books and Kindle Store.

When a prominent lawyer is shot while waiting at a suburban stop sign it sets off a nation-wide manhunt for an elusive killer. Special Agent Jack Randall of the FBI finds himself appointed to track down and stop the shooter. Not by his superiors, but by the killer himself.

As more bodies fall the shooter takes his message to the press, earning the support of the public with his choice of targets and confounding the FBI at every turn. From the desert of Nevada to the urban jungle of New York City, Jack and his team follow the trail of bodies and haunting messages left behind by the killer. With the pressure to find him mounting on Jack, the assassin’s crimes grow bolder, and his message more sinister and closer to home.

It becomes clear to Jack that in order to find the shooter, he may have to look inside his own past, and become the man he was years ago.

The book is usually priced at $5.00 on Google Play.

Instagram for Android Gets Multiuser Support

Instagram for Android Gets Multiuser Support

Feb 10, 2016

Great news for Android users that manage multiple Instagram accounts: the image-sharing social network now supports multiple users via its mobile app.

This means folks who, say, have work and or personal accounts, or a private/professional one, or even multiple people who share a device (to mention a few hypothetical scenarios) don’t need to bother with the relatively tedious signing in and signing out process to access alternative and secondary accounts on the go.

It looks as though the new tweak supports up to five accounts.

Instagram remains free on Google Play.

[via Morning News USA]

Sage Solitaire Review

Sage Solitaire Review

Feb 9, 2016

Combining two very different card games? I am curious as to how Sage Solitaire intends to do that.

If the game sorta kinda feels like a mix between solitaire and say, poker, you ain’t crazy; Sage Solitaire actually merges elements from both card games. Off the bat, it may be hard to imagine, but as as one goes on, it is fairly cohesive.

In terms of layout, it is played in portrait, with a simple top-down view that reveals cards stacked in three rows and three columns. The artwork is simplistic, and the cards are easily identifiable to anyone who has played around with a deck of playing cards; helping out with the visuals is the color scheme, as the developer adds color-coding to each suite. The game is controlled by taps, and the resulting animations and such are quite smooth.ss3

With regards to gameplay, again, one need not think too long about “conventional” solitaire. Yes, one constant element is flipping cards, but getting point-garnering “hands” (just like in poker) is a main goal. So, taking chance into account, one can look to get, say, a pair (two matching numbers for a modest 10 points), or one can shoot for big payouts by going for the admirable straight flush (hello: 150 points)… or any of the combos (like three of a kind, regular flush, four of a kind, etc). One can trash cards — up to two, and regenerated by successive combos. It takes a bit of skill to go along with luck, and several scenarios inevitably play out… should one gamble on “trashing” a card, or go for what’s safe? There are hints and special cards as well.

In the end, clearing the board completely is what one hopes to do.

It all comes together quite well, almost surprisingly slow. It is quite addictive, and the high score system encourages one to get in battle with self and others locally. Extra modes (past the stock two) are available via in-app purchase, as well as other goodies.

When it’s all said and done, this is game that has to be played to be properly beheld. Get on with it.

Zombie Catchers Review

Zombie Catchers Review

Feb 9, 2016

Like Juice? Hate Zombies? Zombie Catchers might just be for you.

This one flips the good old zombie apocalypse trope on its head; Planet Earth indeed is on the brink, but in a scarily brilliant not to interplanetary capitalism, two aliens figure out a method of disposing of the evil undead and make some hard cash to boot: they create a drink stand. The main ingredient? Yes, you guessed right… squeezed zombie.

Look, don’t get too caught up on the label. Folks enjoy this interesting libation. The thirst is real, honey.

In any case, translated to the game, the backstory gives one a direct glimpse into the whimsical nature of the game. Starting with the artwork, we do get several views that line up with the different aspects of the game, with the main action scenes rendered in 2D in landscape orientation. It makes use of vivid imagery brokered by live color, with smooth animations and genial characterizations. The soundtrack is part groovy, part schematic, and clearly designed to frame the experience. For the most part, the media aspect works well.

The game does its due by bringing several gaming elements to bear. The goal is to keep the zombie juice coming; to do this, one needs to hunt zombies. The hunting field is a digitally-created zombie swamp, with a dark feel and several bodies of water that have zombies hiding.

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Our chief zombie hunter, AJ, jumps out of an airborne undead jailbird armed with a basic harpoon and some brain bait. Using the virtual buttons, the main idea is to tease out the zombies, and then chase the spooked vermin and harpoon them for future juicing.

The zombies are a skittish lot, but they do possess the ability to stun our guy if he gets too close. They are also not without smarts, as they won’t come out if our hunter stays close to bait, plus, when spooked, they can escape if not caught quickly enough. In this way, a bit of strategy and speed are useful, and each hunt can be quite engaging. As one goes on, the zombies get tougher to catch, which adds to the gameplay value.

As noted, caught zombies are juiced for eventual profits, and said profits (in the manifestation of gold coins) can be used to enhance a host of attributes: weapons, juicing tools and more. Some elements are level-dependent, so it behooves one to get as far as possible. A secondary collectible, plutonium, can be used to speed some projects up.

Alas, the game does make use of energy requirements, which does keep progress in check. For instance, it takes some time to “find” zombies to hunt. Real cash can be used to expedite things.

All in all, the energy requirement doesn’t ruin the gameplay, and accruing gold is possible for the patient. The game ticks several check boxes, and is worth a look.

Spirit Walkers Goes Free for Limited Time

Spirit Walkers Goes Free for Limited Time

Feb 8, 2016

Spirit Walkers (also styled “Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch“) is free on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore courtesy of developer G5.

Download Spirit Walkers for free! Don’t miss out!
Inspired by the legend of a hiker-attacking ghost living in the forest, Maylynn and a group of friends decide to go on an entertaining, investigative trip. Almost immediately, things take turn for the worse when one of the friends gets seriously injured. In order to survive, they must travel between times and dimensions to overcome an ancient evil and save the souls of the innocent. Help these friends solve brain-twisting puzzles and explore the world of ghosts and lost souls in this heart-pounding Adventure game.

● 32 Gorgeous locations
● Nearly 20 ingenious puzzles
● Eerie, engaging atmosphere
● Intriguing storyline
● Astonishing 3D graphics

This offer lasts from now through February 14th.

Cradle of Empires Makes its Way to Google Play

Cradle of Empires Makes its Way to Google Play

Feb 8, 2016

Here’s to an engaging game from developer Phyton that has gone cross-platform in the last couple of months: Cradle of Empires.

Per Google Play:

When boring, uninventive match-3 puzzles prevail and all hope is lost, it all comes down to one single game … Cradle of Empires! Become the Chosen One and help the ancient empire rise from the ruins in this adventurous match-3 game with a rich storyline, thrilling quests and captivating characters!

Cradle of Empires is an exciting — yet cool, calm and collected — family-friendly adventure. It takes you on a breathtaking odyssey that challenges your matching, building and collecting skills. With the help from Nimiru and Egyptian settlers, you can break the Amrun’s curse and restore the ancient civilization to its former glory. Step up and become the secret weapon in the triumph of good over evil!

We’re huge fans of combo games, and this one is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Google Messenger Gets Android Wear Support

Google Messenger Gets Android Wear Support

Feb 6, 2016

Google’s SMS utility Messenger is getting an update, and with that update, it now supports Android Wear.

The app remains free on Google Play; check out our review.

Boom Boom Football

Boom Boom Football

Feb 6, 2016

As we fast approach SuperBowl season, I thought it’d be as good a time as any to take a look at Boom Boom Football. A fairly simple title that asks you to build a team by collecting cards, Boom Boom Football doesn’t do too much that’s new but for what it’s worth it’s a polished title that should scratch that footballing itch.

The set-up is straightforward. Your team is made up of 7 players and each one has a ‘skill’ value attached to them. The idea is that you want to have 7 players with high numbers as the higher the number the more likely you are to win the game.

Each game is made up of 7 moments where one of your players will go up against an opponent and they’ll either win or lose the moment. These moments will be familiar to anyone that’s watched a game of American Football as you’ll see a linebacker tackle a running back, a QB throw over a CB.

During these animated moments, which look very nice by the way, you’re tasked with pressing circles that randomly appear on the screen. The bigger circle stays on screen for the longest time and the smallest is on for the shortest time with the benefit of hitting smaller circles being that you have a higher chance of ‘winning’ the moment. ‘Winning’ the moment consists of a spin of a virtual wheel with the ‘winning’ are being larger if you pressed a smaller circle. If you don’t tap any circle then you lose straight away.screen640x640 (1)

It’s really simple and even if you are particularly sharp and hit all the tiny circles that appear during the game you might still lose. This is because the factor that affects the outcome of the wheel spin is the player’s skill values. If you have a player that’s 20 or 30 skill points worse than their opponent, then it’s next to useless even trying to win.

So with the game boiling down to numbers Vs numbers, the veneer of this being a game of skill soon fades away. Luckily, the game keeps the carrot within view at all times as each game played rewards you with new player cards and some cash. You can then put the new player cards into your starting line-up or feed the card to other cards to level them up. Feeding cards to each other costs in-game cash, which is where IAPs come into play.

On top of in-game cash there’s also in-game gold. Gold is used to buy ‘booster’ packs that contain players cards much better than anything you’d ever get by playing the game. This is a slightly convoluted system, with 2 in-game currencies muddying the waters but it’s made even worse when you take into consideration there’s also a 2 tier energy system too.

Energy, in the form of lightning bolts, is used to play season games. Season games are against the AI and culminate in cup games for bigger rewards. Then there’s the energy system made up of raffle tickets. These raffle tickets are used to buy entry into special event leagues that take place every now and then and also offer rewards for having the most points. Naturally, players willing to buy more raffle tickets and therefore play more games, will likely win the best cards.

So the game is extremely simple, very nicely presented but then has a too convoluted system of currencies, energy tokens and card boosting, evolving and leveling up – all with the aim of squeezing some cash out of the player. It doesn’t make the game unplayable, but it certainly gets in the way of enjoying what is a good diversion for football fans.

Game of Dice Receives ‘Pirate Attack’ Update (Video of the Day)

Game of Dice Receives ‘Pirate Attack’ Update (Video of the Day)

Feb 5, 2016

Joycity’s Game of Dice is getting a pretty major update that is rolling out now.

Dubbed the “Pirate Attack” update, the refresh brings new content to the mobile board game.

WHAT’S NEW

New Update, Pirate’s Attack!
1. Meet new character Anthony
2. Takeover treasure islands at new event map
“Pirate Map” to trigger special skills
3. New skill cards for a new strategy
4. You can now rate skill cards
5. Team & Guild Chatting now available
Check out a whole new Game of Dice NOW!

Game of Dice is free (with in-app purchase) on Google Play; a trailer featuring the update is below:

Order & Chaos 2: Redemption Gets New Content via Update

Order & Chaos 2: Redemption Gets New Content via Update

Feb 5, 2016

Gameloft’s Order & Chaos 2: Redemption is getting an update which brings a host of new content.

Now, players can summon and develop companions and make use of in-game cards. Enhancements have been made to the guild system as well.

Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

ALL-NEW COMPANION SYSTEM
Collect and summon Companions!
Upgrade and evolve them!
HARADON CARD COLLECTION
Collect cards and unlock their power!
TAKING GUILDS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Take on Guild Missions, unlock Guild Skills and rank up your Guild!
SPRING FESTIVAL CHALLENGES
Special Dungeon, Quests, and World Event!
NEW CLASSIC DUNGEON
Defeat the monstrous Drake Wyrm!
NEW FEATURES
New Heritage Weapon evolution phases
New Armor crafting stage
New Lottery
MFi controller support

Sounds pretty compelling; the game remains free (with in-app purchasing on Google Play.

[via Gameloft Press Release]

Clumzee Launches on Google Play

Clumzee Launches on Google Play

Feb 5, 2016

Clumzee — Endless Climb is now out courtesy of Triple Hill Interactive.

Excerpt from Google Play:

Help Clumzee find the right path!

Navigate a cute but clumsy creature through many dangerous worlds. Move Clumzee up by controlling his sticky legs, and be sure not to fall down. He must move quickly and avoid mysterious water creatures and their spiteful minions who will try to stop him. Get as far as possible and reach the highest score. Collect golden coins to enter new worlds and eat as many fireflies as possible. Your new friends such as Tiger, Pirate, Viking, Samurai and many others will come to your side. Together you will conquer canyon winds, deep forests and even outer space!

This certainly sounds like one worth a look; it’s free on Google Play.

Google Opinion Rewards Get Usability Improvements via Update

Google Opinion Rewards Get Usability Improvements via Update

Feb 5, 2016

Google Opinion Rewards has always been a relatively easy way to procure Google Play credits; now, via an update rolling out now, it adds some refinements.

Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

• New opt-in flow for location based surveys.
• Improved reliability of receiving notifications.

The app is free on Google Play.