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Chillingo Launches Modern Command on Android

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014

Modern Command comes to Android.

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CounterSpy Review

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014

A spy game with Cold War attitude.

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Evernote Smart Notebook Review

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

We take a look at the Moleskine Evernote enabled Smart Notebook

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CounterSpy Review

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A spy game with Cold War attitude.

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Chillingo Launches Modern Command on Android

Chillingo Launches Modern Command on Android

Sep 30, 2014

Prolific game publisher Chillingo is at it again, this time with a new game Modern Command. The game looks to be a strategy game that highlights the development of a global force to combat terror.

Per the informational:

From the makers of Robbery Bob: Man of Steal, build a world-class global protective force and eliminate the terrorist threat in Modern Command!

Battle against the armies of tyrannous villains and conquer glorious 3D battlefields throughout the world. Research new defenses, deploy cunning strategies and put your mettle on the line as you lead the fight for global security.

Fend off terrorist threats around the world using touch controls to give you full control on each 3D battlefield and call in special ordinances to change the odds of war in your favour!

The game is available for free (with in-app purchases) on the Google Play Store.

Genii Games Officially Unveils Adventures of the Tortoise On Android

Genii Games Officially Unveils Adventures of the Tortoise On Android

Sep 30, 2014

Adventures of the Tortoise, a fun, creative fable app from Genii Limited, has just been officially released on the Play Store.

The app also recently received an update that brings The Tortoise & The Magic Drum Story; bigger preview has also been added for premium stories.

Per the official press release:

Adventures of the Tortoise was motivated by the need to recreate stories, which many adults grew up listening to in Africa. Its goal is to provide kids with an engaging way to be entertained promoting literacy and Cultural education from an African context, while learning useful lessons around morals and ethics. The stories are adapted from various African Cultures hence, traditional names, scenarios, dressing and songs are used to depict and convey simple Cultural themes. Kids also get to interact with the app in many ways including:

• Interactive Games to complete different tasks.

• Multiple Reading Modes to suit various purposes such as bedtime

reading, group reading and self-reading.

• Highlighted texts for easy reading

• Learn folksongs

• Access to more stories upon release

The development team behind the app underscores how mobile content creation is becoming more pronounced in Africa. We had an opportunity to review an earlier build of Adventures of the Tortoise, and look forward to interviewing the crew behind it.

The app is available for free (with optional in-app purchases) on the Play Store.

WW2: Sandbox Strategy & Tactics Comes To Android

WW2: Sandbox Strategy & Tactics Comes To Android

Sep 30, 2014

HeroCraft recently released an unlimited sequel to hit game Strategy & Tactics: WW II called WW2: Sandbox. Strategy&Tactics.

Excerpts from the informational:

Sandbox is the unlimited sequel to our Strategy & Tactics: World War II. We’ve abandoned the restrictions of history and turn limits making your task deceptively simple – take command of any European army and lead it to victory in World War 2.
You can recreate the actual politics of the era – or not. For instance, as Great Britain you could side with the USSR to crush Germany – or you could disable the historical alliances and lead America to conquer Europe…

Random events like guerrilla movements, landing operations, and voluntary recalls will ensure endless replayability and the uniqueness of each game session. You’ll be making your own history! Strategy & Tactics: WW2 Sandbox – war is coming!

Game features:

- 16 playable countries with another twenty to come
- An accurate map of Europe with over 500 regions
- Will you use infantry, aircraft, artillery, and armored vehicles? You choose how to bring the enemy to their knees!
- You decide how to spend the resources from the conquered territories: will you grow your army or boost R&D?

The game is available for free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store.

[Source: HeroCraft site]

CounterSpy Review

CounterSpy Review

Sep 30, 2014

I don’t drink, but if I did, it would all be shaken. Not stirred.

We all have a little bit of Bond in us. Deep down, there’s a super spy within us, and veins coursing with the spirit of espionage. For this reason, CounterSpy probably has a leg up on making us happy, and at the very least, it should be interesting to see how the gameplay adds up.

For back story, our super secret agency is C.O.U.N.T.E.R, and it is welcoming our main character, Bishop Five, into its folds. With the use of cutscene dialogue, the developer gives us an overview of the intro mission, Bishop’s CIA roots and that the game is set during the Cold War. The intro guides us right into the gameplay itself, and there we get our first look at the graphics. It’s a zany affair, with stretchy characterizations and a great use of light to effect the environment. The game is set up in a 2D side-scrolling format, with most movements occurring from left to right, and occasional flashes to 3D for special action sequences. Movements and interactions are effected by gestures and taps; for example, swiping makes our guy walk, double swiping makes him run in the swiped direction. There are other controls too, which can make our spy navigate ledges, creep and do melee attacks, crouch and shoot. Altogether, the flexible control set really makes the game shine.

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The gameplay is generally boils down to a set of missions with collected data and materials serving as the waypoints, and plenty of dangers in the person of guards and raised DEFCON levels. The hints system is helpful, and the action is fairly continuous. I like that this isn’t just some simple shooter; in some instances, stealth is the preferred option, and in other scenarios, holding an enemy at gunpoint might be the best option. The game engine seems to adjust well too, using a procedural system that allows missions to not be 100% the same. Success yields cash which can be used for boosts and upgrades in the game store.

All in all, it is a pretty fun game, quite worthy of its Playstation/console roots. It works well, is flexible and does a good job of keeping players engaged. The advertised Playstation/cross platform sync is another cherry on top.

Whether or not one likes it shaken or stirred.

Here’s How To Unbox a Gadget: Underwater

Here’s How To Unbox a Gadget: Underwater

Sep 29, 2014

Pssst…

I have a secret…

I watch unboxing videos.

Look, I know it sounds weird, but there is something just so incredibly awesome about a device that enter the world for the first time (in my mind) in its new owners hand. I almost always have to hold back tears during sweet, emotional moments like this.

Don’t judge me.

Now, before I publicly admit that I redo the unboxing of my own devices over and over again, take a look at this interesting take on the unboxing of a Sony Xperia Z3 from retailer Carphone Warehouse:

Awesome.

[Source: Carphone Warehouse Youtube page courtesy of Gizmodo]

WordPress for Android Gets Update

WordPress for Android Gets Update

Sep 29, 2014

For many a blogger, the WordPress app for Android is a very important tool, especially for those that are often on the go; even if just for drafts, having such an app can be a lifesaver. In fact, having the app available is one reason I eventually moved my personal blog from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress.

Users of the app have yet another reason to be happy: the constant improvements, culminating (temporarily, we hope) in the latest update, which is rolling out now.

Version 3.2 brings (per the Google Play page):

* Notifications screen redesigned for better readability
* Post upload notification improvement with new thumbnail and progress bar
* Post list now auto refreshes
* Infinite post swipe in the Reader
* Swipe between photos in the photo viewer
* QuickPress widget fixed
* Pull to refresh widget will tell you if network is not available during airplane mode
* Various bug fixes

WordPress remains free on the Play Store. For users that are interesting in being involved in the app’s beta process, the WordPress Google+ page is the point of contact.

[Source: Google Play]

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Talisman Review

Talisman Review

Sep 29, 2014

Games Workshop games are quite often a treat, even though they seem to outsorce the licenses to some entirely random developers, and always price them a couple of dollars more than they really cost, just because of those licenses. Talisman is a staple GW game, and it’s pretty fun, even though it requires some time to get acquainted with all the numbers that it throws at the player from the very start.

At its core, Talisman is a turn-based tabletop adventure, sprinkled with RPG elements here and there. It’s a mix between Monopoly and Snakes and Ladders, with a bit of Talisman 2DnD on top for good measure. The players need to go through three looped “layers” of the game, reach the tower and defeat whatever lurks inside, to beat the game. Of course, the closer to finish, the more challenging the game becomes. Add to it the fact that players can spoil each others’ progress, up to and including direct confrontations, and you get a pretty competitive place. A lot of its elements are decided by dice throwing, but just like in Monopoly, the game is not about random numbers generator, but how you can use it to your advantage. There can be up to four player characters, and the game can be played with humans just as well as with AI.

There’s lots of mechanics, but basically, the players need to draw cards almost every turn. These cards can be positive, giving the character a companion, an item, or boosting one of his stats; or they can be enemies that the player needs to defeat. There are five stats that each player has: strength, that is his basic attack power; Craft that is spiritual power, being used against special enemies, as well as allowing spellery (spells are separate cards that can even be used on the opponent’s turn); Lives that are basically character’s health – they lose one when defeated, and can be restored or added to, in various instances; Fate that allows the player to re-roll their dice; and Gold that can be traded for some useful boosts or items. Each character has different starting stats and abilities, and playing for and against different characters gives Talisman a lot of replayability.

In general, I think the game is fun. It has a great combination of randomness that makes you eager to see what adventure you will get on your next turn, and skill that lets you plan and foresee your next steps, based on the current situation. If you’re a fan of tabletop adventures, then it’s an easy pick, but Talisman can be somewhat overwhelming if you’re not a casual with this sort of games.

A Clockwork Brain Coming To Android Soon

A Clockwork Brain Coming To Android Soon

Sep 29, 2014

Total Eclipse Games recently announced that its popular iOS title A Clockwork Brain will be coming to Android before too long.

A Clockwork Brain is collection of puzzles and brain training teasers that reached the coveted 1 Million-download mark on the App Store; according to the Total Eclipse blog, the game should be available on both the Play Store and the Amazon Appstore this winter.

The new release should be followed by a new update that brings new features like new mini-games, a revamped in-app purchasing store and multiplayer.

Frankly, this is one we can’t wait to see; we’ll keep you posted as more details are revealed.

[Source: Total Eclipse Blog]

Stand O’Food Is Free For Limited Time

Stand O’Food Is Free For Limited Time

Sep 29, 2014

G5′s time management hit Stand O’Food is going free for a limited time.

In Stand O’Food, you have to feed a host of hungry patrons before they leave in a huff! In the game, you can choose between Quest mode and Lunch Rush mode, with more than 100 levels to complete and over 80 sandwiches recipes master. Slap together burgers and cook up some bacon as quickly as you can! But it’s not all about speed – you’ve also got to plan ahead. Put the sandwiches together in the correct sequence, and set yourself up so you can make the next sandwich without difficulty. Earn money to purchase condiments and upgrade your equipment to serve tastier food even faster than before. Stand O’Food will satisfy all of your cravings!

The offer is good from October 29th through October 5th. The game is available on the Play Store.

[Source: G5 Press Release.]

Is Android L going to be “Lollipop?”

Is Android L going to be “Lollipop?”

Sep 28, 2014

First world problems…

True Android adherents know that guessing Android version code names is discipline to be enjoyed. Since Cupcake, gaining bragging rights by figuring the name of the next alphabetized sweet is serious stuff.

Of course, Google wrecked many a bet by usurping the last fan favorite (Key Lime Pie) with KitKat.

Well, where up to “L” now, and Google fanned the flames by putting out the next developer’s preview — code named L — and Android geeks worldwide are in a naming frenzy. Licorice? Lemon Drops? Lemon Meringue Pie? Something with Lemon in it?

No doubt, there is a pooled bounty going on somewhere.

The eagle-eyed folks at Phandroid just might have figured it out.

Phandroid notes the atypical lollipops at the top of the cake. Yes, that looks like a good sign right there:

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Phandroid, quite familiar with Google’s penchant for red herrings, is careful to hedge its bets. Layer Cake maybe? In any case, hats off to Phandroid if this guess is indeed correct.

I could get used to Android Lollipop…

[Source: Phandroid]

Vine Gets Updated With New Features

Vine Gets Updated With New Features

Sep 27, 2014

Video sharing social service Vine just unveiled a new update that adds in some interesting new features.

Per the Google Play page, the new features are as follows:

We’ve unlocked something new: new camera tools that offer additional, more advanced ways to edit your videos, and you can import existing videos from your phone.
In the capture screen:
A new button on the bottom left to access your camera roll
Preview videos of any length, and trim them to 6 seconds or less
Upload a single video, or mix and match to tell a story!
Undo last recording
Flashlight for recording in low light
In the edit screen:
Duplicate a clip, or trim a clip

Vine remains free on the Play Store.

Armor Blade Coming to Android Soon

Armor Blade Coming to Android Soon

Sep 27, 2014

Digital publisher Pocket River recently announced that’s its popular iOS title, Armor Blade, is coming to Android soon.

Armor Blade is all about fantasy tactical combat; our sister site 148apps had the privilege of reviewing the game quite recently.

No word on pricing or an exact publishing date, but will be looking forward to this one.

[Source: Pocket River Press Release]

G5′s Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery Gets New Update

G5′s Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery Gets New Update

Sep 27, 2014

Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery has just received a new update.

Version 1.4 b brings new scenes, mysteries, quests, items and more. Per the official press release:

The fresh 1.4 update of Letters From Nowhere™: A Hidden Object Mystery has arrived on Google Play and Kindle Fire today! In this exciting update, you will reveal more mysterious secrets of Hazewich, experience three new scenes, a new mini-game, 150 additional quests, 54 new items for eight different collections, social sharing, improvements and tweaks.

After updating this grade-A, hidden object adventure to its latest version, you will get to explore the Mansion Yard, the Dining Room and the Bathroom in its new location – the Sinister Mansion, and find new clues about the fog that covers your town. Collecting key items along the way is crucial for your progress, since the more collections you compile, the more hints and special tools you earn. If you are hunting for more challenges, this update will satisfy that wish as well – a new mini-game “Stone Puzzle” has been added for some intense entertainment. You’ll have to move tiles and put together pictures that become more difficult every time you succeed.

And now you’ll be rewarded for bragging too. Share your mastery with your Facebook or Twitter friends and get bonus stamps to progress even faster! Weeks of involving gaming experience are awaiting you with these additions. Check it out for yourself! Download the Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery 1.4 for FREE to your Android device now.

What’s New in Version 1.4:

MORE QUESTS MEANS WEEKS OF FUN – 150 exciting new quests will keep you on the tip of your toes. Do you have the skills to discover the truth behind the mysterious events?
EXPLORE FASCINATING NEW SCENES – Search three engaging scenes in a new location – the Mansion Yard, Dining Room and Bathroom. Unlock these scenes and share with your friends!
LOADS OF NEW ITEMS IN NEW COLLECTIONS – Track down 54 new items for eight different collections. Find them all and enjoy even more rewards!
TACKLE AN INTRIGUING MINI-GAME – Get ready for a challenging new mini-game called the Stone Puzzle!

Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery is available for free (with in app purchasing) on the Play Store.

[Source: G5 Press Release

Candy Crush Saga and Pet Rescue Saga Get Unlimited Lives Special Offer

Candy Crush Saga and Pet Rescue Saga Get Unlimited Lives Special Offer

Sep 26, 2014

Fans of Candy Crush Saga and Pet Rescue Saga that use the Amazon Appstore are in for a treat: for a limited time, if one buys a a booster in-app in any of the games, one gets unlimited lives for two hours.

It is a limited time offer that is running from September 26th through September 28th 2014, so make hay while the sun shines.

Both games are massively popular titles from developer King; they both feature variations on match gameplay. Puzzles are a part of the latter, and boosts and such make up a good portion of the gameplay.

Both Candy Crush Saga and Pet Rescue Saga are available for free (each with in-app purchasing) on the Appstore.

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Music Discovery App WhoSampled Comes To Android

Music Discovery App WhoSampled Comes To Android

Sep 26, 2014

One of my favorite tracks from back in the day was a mellow joint from ice Cube called “You Know How We Do it.” It rocked tight beats, a haunting baseline and lyrics to die for (“…they wanna have me in stripes like Dennis the Menace…”). Good times.

But hey, did you know this jam, like many of its era, is a testament to production prowess. Did you know that the song sampled components of earlier music by Kool & the Gang, Evelyn King, Mary Jane Girls and even a traditional folks song?

This is what Whosampled does to you. It makes you a musical researcher via it’s database of sampled music information.

Unfortunately, all this goodness is available to more people; Whosample has new app available for Android users. Excerpts from the press release:

WhoSampled, the popular music discovery website and iOS app powered by the world’s largest database of sample-based music, cover songs and remixes, today announced that the app is now available on Android as a free download. With over 270,000 tracks from over 95,000 artists, WhoSampled offers a unique experience that directly links up artists to the music that influenced them and charts their influence on contemporary music.

The launch of the Android app will help showcase how the music of the 90’s is influencing today’s charts, with the biggest hits of recent times having incorporated samples of classic tracks from the decade that bought us stone washed denim, Baywatch and Dumb & Dumber. The 90s resurgence is led by Nicki Minaj’s recreation of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 then controversial classic “Baby Got back” on her new smash hit “Anaconda” and Iggy Azalea’s re-interpreting mid-nineties movie “Clueless” in her video for global number one hit “Fancy”.

Music’s evolution continues to be cyclical, with music producers continuing to raid their parents’ record and CD collections for inspiration. The biggest new artists of today, including Ariana Grande, Drake, Kid Ink, Jeremih and Duke Dumont, have drawn inspiration from 90s greats such as Whitney Houston and Wu-Tang Clan, as well as dancefloor anthems by Snap! and Robin S.

Users of WhoSampled can discover the “DNA” of the music they listen to and love. The app provides detailed information on songs, including what other songs have sampled them, what artists have covered music from other artists, and what remixes were then made for a track. WhoSampled allows users to explore the musical connections in their own music collection.

The app is available for free on the Play Store.

[Source: WhoSampled Blog]

Top Tank: Last Tank Standing Now Available on Android

Top Tank: Last Tank Standing Now Available on Android

Sep 26, 2014

NHN Entertainment has just released a new game for Android devices Top Tank: Last Tank Standing.

The game is a real-time FPS that allows for head-to-head combat, and also features a built-in upgrade mechanism. per the official PR release:

NHN Entertainment, a leading mobile game publisher and developer, announced that its newest game, Top Tank: Last Tank Standing, is now available on Google Play. Top Tank is a military-based FPS game that features a matchmaking system that pits players against each other in real-time, head-to-head shootouts worldwide. Players who master the easy-to-play, intuitive, tilt-control system with their mobile device can declare victory in battle and be crowned the Tank Commander.

Top Tank: Last Tank Standing was selected as ‘Google Play New & Updated Games of the Week’ shortly after its Global Launch. Top Tank is designed to engage mobile gamers of all types with its fun and immersive gameplay experience as they pimp their tanks and use them to battle against the strongest tankers around the globe.

The game is available for free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store.