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Infinity Loop Premium Review

Infinity Loop Premium Review

May 29, 2016

Interestingly enough, Infinity Loop Premium exists in that realm where simplicity meets mind-bender. Puzzles can be enjoyably atypical, and this game’s developer clearly wants that joint attribute.

From a graphical point of view, it’s a bare bones experience… but definitely in a positive manner. The playing area is fairly stark, allowing the relevant pieces to shine forth for player manipulation. The animations are seamless, and the use of color is regulated well, creating a relatively engaging adventure. It utilizes simple controls (taps) and incorporates easy menus that can be hidden, allowing for few distractions when the play starts.

Once one gets said playing, one might be forgiven for doing a double take a time or two. A graphical representation is the centerpiece, and even though it isn’t initially apparent, it consists of numerous smaller pieces. Each of these pieces can be rotated by tapping, breaking any common lines and even connected to different end points, or rotated all the way back to its original position.

The core concept is to rotate all the individual pieces, such that a new, mostly closed 2D object is created. Since there are several pieces to move around, there are a number of possible permutations, so it takes a bit of playing and around and logic to arrive at the solved image. using end pieces as a guide, one looks to move stuff around until the puzzle is solved.

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Solving a puzle opens up a tougher one; the game is leveled.

As far as geometric puzzlers go, Loop is definitely interesting, especially in the way it seemingly varies the difficulty levels from level to level. Just when one narrows one’s eyes in readiness for a mind bender, one gets tossed for a loop — delightfully so.

A hint system could probably help, but the developer does allow for levels to be replayed, and all together it is a fun caper.

Misfit Gets Update

Misfit Gets Update

May 29, 2016

Misfit, the companion application to the well-received activity tracking hardware just got an update.

Details, per Google Play, are as follows:

WHAT’S NEW

– Our estimated pulse detector is open to all users
– Standalone features are now accessible to users with devices
– Google Fit is integrated
– Integration with the WeChat Sports for Chinese-speaking users
– We now offer a new Speedo Tutorial

The Misfit app remains free on Google Play.

House of Marley REBEL BT On-Ear Headphones Hardware Review

House of Marley REBEL BT On-Ear Headphones Hardware Review

May 29, 2016

The House of Marley is well on its way to creating a noted reputation as a vendor of respectable hardware and accessories; we should know, having had the opportunity to check out a few of its newer offerings in the area of wireless electronics. As such, we can’t pretend to not looking forward to checking out its new REBEL Bluetooth Headphones.

The review pair House of Marley sent us reflects the accessory in its retail packaging; one gets the headphones, a micro-USB charging cable and — tellingly — male-to-male audio auxiliary cable. The headphones are navy blue (other color options are available), with a touch of white and black here and there. The right ear cup houses the control buttons, specifically ones for skipping/rewinding/forwarding, power and play/pause, plus a 3.55 mm audio jack. The left side contains the micro-USB charging port.

In hand, the headphones look and feel sleek, with a somewhat minimalist existence all round… one gets the sense that its design concept involves a reluctance to add on unnecessary girth. The unit incorporates a simple adjustment system for the band circumference; each cup has a slot through which the band ends can be pulled, thereby cinching its size like a belt.

Charging is intuitive; using the supplied cable, one can charge the unit (the all-but-hidden LED is a nice touch); when ready, it is paired by holding the power button to put the headphones into pairing mode. At this point, the audio source can be linked to it, and one is read to go.

The sound is decent enough, with no undue tininess or weird echoing; audio of different types — base-heavy music, jazz, podcasts, audiobooks, etc reflect well, and it is an overall competent set.

The band isn’t the most comfortable when fashioned tighter to one’s head. The cups work well, even over time. It holds a charge well too.

All in all, it works as an affordable, capable piece that isn’t overly fragile and can be used with or without wires.

Squadron 1945 Review

Squadron 1945 Review

May 29, 2016

A WWII-era air battler? Squadron 1945 could do much, much worse.

Looks-wise, the game has a quiet, almost understated type of elegance to it. The graphics are slick, with really smooth animations that almost make one miss the somewhat detailed underlying background pieces. The “lighting” works, as do the sounds, and the gameplay is advanced nicely in the standard portrait orientation.squ3

Think of it as a squadron of four ships, each with unique abilities. The first ship takes on incoming enemy waves, guided by one’s finger, and perpetually shooting. The ships fly in a creative formation, mostly from either side, and, as to be expected, they have dangerous projectiles of their own. The main idea is to guide the current protagonist ship to take out the enemy ships, while avoiding the return fire.

Staying alive. For points. If a ship gets destroyed, one gets another ship, until all are depleted; in this sense, one has four lives. one can switch existing ships mid-flight if one so chooses.

The game is leveled, and includes a few more elements to boost its arcade cred. One interesting one is the passive control; one when takes the controlling finger off the screen, the game slows to a crawl. For anyone that has played this type of game, this is genius, as it, in essence, allows one to re-position one’s finger without losing serious ground.

The game also incorporates boosts too; these appear on the screen, and give extra attributes/powers for a time. There are also achievements which can be unlocked and tie into GP Games. And what type of arcade game would this be without boss battles? Check.

It comes together well, with a familiar feel, and is super-easy to get into. it probably could use a mini-game or two to shed some monotony, but it’s tough to dislike.

Crescent Moon Launches Free Version of Aralon: Forge and Flame

Crescent Moon Launches Free Version of Aralon: Forge and Flame

May 29, 2016

Aralon: Forge and Flame (from Crescent Moon) is debuting a free, ad-supported version on Google Play

The Throne of Aralon sits empty, and the noble families of Callaheim struggle to control the future of the kingdom.

Features:

• Massive World to Explore!
• Tons of items
• Tons of weapons
• 3 Races and 5 Classes with skill trees
• Real time Shadows
• First Person and 3rd person view
• Day and Night Cycle

The game has in-app purchases. Check out the trailer below:

Google Maps Update Brings ‘Search-Along’ Feature to Cycling and Walking

Google Maps Update Brings ‘Search-Along’ Feature to Cycling and Walking

May 29, 2016

After bringing the invaluable search along feature — which allows one to search for entities along a mapped route — to car navigation, Google Maps is adding the same to its walking and cycling options via an update rolling out now.

Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

• Search along the route in bicycling and walking navigation.

Google Maps remains available for free, and the update is out now.

Angry Birds Action! Review

Angry Birds Action! Review

May 29, 2016

If one mobile gaming developer can claim to have changed the landscape, it’s probably Rovio. Angry Birds helped usher in a new type of game, and a new monetization system to boot.

And it isn’t over yet. Say hello to Angry Birds Action!

As to be expected, the name of the game is (still) recovering eggs, taking on baddies and doing other things which incensed avian creatures do when trapped in a recurrent pinball nightmare.aba3

Artistically, franchise savants should feel comfortable, what with the glossy, in-your-face graphics that catch the eye and define the very first Angry Birds way back when. There is a definite tropical feel to the game, and the use of color that manages to feel natural and whimsical at the same time. The sound is a good fit, with plenty of poppy effects. The game seems set to live or die by its animations, and it mostly lives.

The projectiles are quite familiar, as they are from the usual stable of creatures.

The gameplay boils down to pinball action, nothing is more suited as a control mechanism than the iconic pull and release motion that defines the original game. The game is consumed in portrait; in the playing area, there are eggs that are freed by contact, plus other obstacles and “bumpers” to keep things interesting. As noted, one drags the bird, sets the direction using a virtual arrow system, and then releases the bird to do mayhem.

The bird typically bounces around, doing its thing until it loses momentum; if all the eggs weren’t released, one gets to go again, up to the amount of times allowed. Yes, the idea is to release all the eggs with the fewest tries.

Finishing successfully opens the next level, and the 3-star system is in full effect. The game gets more challenging as one goes on. One interesting aspect are “birdcodes,” which allow one to access extra content via AB paraphernalia and even the upcoming movie.

All in all, it’s different, but familiar. It does have an energy requirement, but manages to be interesting, especially in spurs.

Swype Gets an Update

Swype Gets an Update

May 26, 2016

Swype just got a quick update.

WHAT’S NEW

v2.2.0
Korean keyboards – CJI+, Naratgul & Sky
Added a set of India languages
Language database refresh
Bug fixes and optimizations

Swype costs $0.99 on the Play Store; a free trial version is available as well.

Crashing Season Launches on Android

Crashing Season Launches on Android

May 26, 2016

KouKoi Games just brought a new game o Google Play called Crashing Season; the game looks to be an atypical running game.

Crashing Season is an award winning action-packed runner game, with a physics based 3D world in which your mission is to survive and beat waves of enemies, fight mean bosses and complete goals!
Evil hunters and their bosses have destroyed the money vault of the animals in their quest for world dominance. Now it is time for epic revenge! Collect your coins and diamonds back and take over the world yourself while beating any enemy that stands in your way. It’s CRASHING SEASON – The world’s first closed area runner game with award winning low poly styled 3D graphics and artwork!

Crashing Season is completely free to download and play, but there are optional in-app purchases available. Either way, get ready to help the animals in their quest for world dominance!

FEATURES:
★ Survive and beat waves of enemies in different levels, fight mean bosses and complete challenges
★ Unlock new wacky animal characters, each with their own unique boost!
★ Unlock, use and upgrade boosts, power-ups and little helpers
★ Customize your characters with awesome accessories
★ Compete against other players on global high score rankings
★ Challenge other users in multiplayer gameplay for extra rewards

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play. Check out the trailer below:

Monster Sweeperz Launches on US Play Store

Monster Sweeperz Launches on US Play Store

May 26, 2016

4.33’s Monster Sweeperz has launched on Google Play.

Command troops of Sweeperz on armed tanks and battle endless monster waves!
BLAST AWAY MONSTER WAVES
Advance tanks and strategically fire cannons in an easy-to-play shoot ’em up RPG

SUMMON POWERFUL CREW OF SWEEPERZ
Customize your crew from over 400 adorable characters of different classes, skills and elements

STRENGTHEN YOUR FIREPOWER, DEFENSE & MOBILITY
Upgrade, evolve and reinforce your crew and tanks to become an ultimate force

COMMAND YOUR TANK TO SWEEPING VICTORIES
Conquer over 100 stages and various single & mission modes

BATTLE TOGETHER WITH COMRADES
Shoot together with friends and help each other to advance

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

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The Jamstik+ SmartGuitar Adds Android Support

The Jamstik+ SmartGuitar Adds Android Support

May 26, 2016

Zivix’s jamstick+ SmartGuitar is now supports Android, which opens up the door to folks that want to learn how to play guitar on select Android and Android TV devices.

The jamstick+ is a bluetooth MIDI device that somewhat looks and handles like part of a real guitar; support comes by way of a spanking new jamstick+ app hosted on Google Play. The app has guided lessons, and creative tools for advanced musicians, and more.

The hardware does more than just simulate guitar; since it is essentially a MIDI controller, one can tweak the sound output. It senses where one’s fingers are, is always in tune, and its reduced profile mean that it is infinitely more portable than a regular sized guitar.

The app allows one to purchase more content, and it also monitors the battery life of the hardware.

Zivix chief Ed Cannon is clearly happy to be on Android. “We’ve always wanted to bring the jamstik+ to Android, and the latest version allows our smart guitar to be one of the first Bluetooth MIDI devices compatible with the platform,” he says. “We are proud to help pioneer music technology on the Android platform and will continue to develop new experiences around our products. With its availability on both major platforms, the jamstik+ makes learning guitar and writing music more accessible than ever.”

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The jamstick+ costs $299.

Vector 2 Review

Vector 2 Review

May 26, 2016

Tis the season for sequels. Vector 2 is here.

For those of us that were engaged in the original, this new game should be delightfully nostalgic. The game, again, is taken in in landscape, with dark colors taking precedence to give the game its core visual character. The main character looks shadowy in its black form, and the entire playing area looks believably futuristic, with plenty of smooth animated action that works in 2D. It’s easy to love the simulated parkour moves, and thesounds frame the gameplay well.

Think of this as a side-scrolling, platform adventure. The basic idea is to control the aforementioned silhouetted runner across an interestingly laid out running area, from right to left and hopefully all the way to the end of the level. Controlling the runner is done with the help of gestures, and these are fairly intuitive: swiping up initiates a jump, and swiping down invokes an evasive maneuver (like a slide); there are also times when one can swipe horizontally to create a burst of speed.

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Now, navigating the running area is where the game creates the challenge. At the start of an episode, the runner begins to run, and continues to run forward continuously on his/her own. There are plenty of obstacles, and it takes a bit of care to get by them, as in knowing when to jump or slide or even stay pat. Jumping a pit early can create issues, as one can land in a bad area, and jumping needlessly can have negative effects too. The cool visuals take front and center; the runner will usually execute a parkour-ish move depending on the the type of obstacle presented.

The game allows for attributes and equipment to be upgraded using a dual system of game currency. Real cash can be used, but can be avoided with patience, as this one has an energy requirement.

Still, it is an enjoyable romp, and is capable of providing loads of entertainment.

Hungry Shark World Review

Hungry Shark World Review

May 24, 2016

The ravenous sharks are back… in Hungry Shark World.

The game retains the visual charm of its predecessor, with fun 3d color use that clearly underscores the underwater/seaside environment. The developer does a pretty good job of simulating a natural aquatic environment, with dark hues and plenty of marine life wandering around in the three provided worlds.

The corresponding life and air scenes are believable as well, and the both scenes complement each other well. The animations are pretty slick, and, as an element to help convey aspects of the gameplay, are quite proficient.

Sounds? Appropriately gruesome when needed, and help frame the experience in a positive manner. The game is able to be played silently for those who need or want to, which is another testament to the graphics.

The core gameplay is fairly easy to understand, especially for those who played the original; one gets to start out with shark… basic, maybe a bit entry-level. Said sea beast is controlled via two main virtual buttons: one serves as a joystick, and the other is a boost button, which gives the shark temporary vitality. The shark has a life-bar that is continually consumed by just swimming around. If the bar is completely depleted, the shark dies.

There’s one way to keep the life-bar up. Consume food.

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As such, one roams around, looking to eat smaller fish and a few other morsels. The schools of fish are smart enough to avoid the shark though, so one has to be crafty, quick of hand and willing to use that boost ability periodically.

Easy? Not so fast.

See, it’s not all marine goodness for the shark; some creatures bite (and sting back). Some things are toxic, and some things are just bigger. Some edibles can only be overcome by bigger sharks, and one has to do all this stayin’ alive while completing tasks like looking for gold. The game incorporates leveling, and one can procure better sharks (up to the famed Great White), but it takes a bit of time and patience.

All in, it’s a fun going, with easy-to-understand progressions and the ability to be challenging and creative.

DDTank Brasil Celebrates Mass Adoption with Update

DDTank Brasil Celebrates Mass Adoption with Update

May 20, 2016

Brazil-centric game DDTank Brasil is thanking players who have downloaded it droves with a pretty massive update.

Per the presser, the update brings:

— Enchantment Success Rate & Enchantment Level Limit Boost!
Enchanting weapons and equipment helps increase their attack and stats, but not every attempt is successful. DDTank Brasil is changing the rate for low level items, and introducing Enchanting Stones. Players can also use Grace Charms to prevent any level loss.

— Jewelry System
Jewelry bought in the Shop, except rare jewelry, will now be permanent — and players can boost jewelry stats by absorbing other jewelry of the same quality.

— World Boss System
The Dark Dragon is stronger than ever! There will be just one World Boss, and it will come back to life a minute after being defeated – with more HP and overall power. Players can compete to be one of the top warriors to fight in the boss battle for extra rewards! DDTank Brasil will also be adding Guild Bosses in the near future.

— Cross-Server Duels
Cross-server Duels will be a weekly event. Players are divided into 25 leagues, and will face off against players around the same level and Battle Rating. Players will also get Duel Tokens to purchase items. Player progress will be recorded with stars. Win to gain stars and advance, or lose to see your stars taken away.

— Magic Marmite System
After smashing Magic Marmites, players earn points and can also win rare prizes such as Weapons, Pet Shards, Pet Fodder, Rings, Essence, and all kinds of stones!

The app remains free with in-app purchases.

Inaugural Google Play Awards Winners Announced

Inaugural Google Play Awards Winners Announced

May 19, 2016

Google is giving us an idea of whhich games it thinks have moved the needle a bit with its first Google Play awards.

Without much ado, they are (as announced at Google I/O 2016):

Best App: Houzz Interior Design Ideas
Best Early Adopter: World Around Me
Best Families App: Thinkrolls 2
Best Go Global: Pokemon Shuffle Mobile
Best Game: Clash Royale
Most Innovative: NYT VR
Best Use of Material Design: Robinhood
Best Standout Indie: Alphabear
Best Use of Google Play Game Services: Table Tennis Touch
Best Standout Startup: Hopper

Nominees are listed HERE.

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Mystic Castle now released on Google Play

Locojoy has now released an Android version of its text-based RPG title Mystic Castle to Google Play, available from May 19th for free. Originally released with iOS compatibility only back in March this year, the game is now available for one week only on the App Store for free (20th – 27th May).

Taking on the role of alchemist, you will find yourself in a creepy dungeon that you must navigate, fighting strange creatures and ensuring you have the resources to destroy entire strongholds. The main aim of the game is to build your own underground city whilst encountering a plethora of different ‘events’ throughout, which will range from monetary negotiations to skill progression.

Adding expansion packs through IAP opens up another element to the already huge world – with 500 areas set across 10 maps to begin with – ensuring you’ll always have something new to get stuck into.

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If you’re an iOS user, you can benefit from the latest update which includes two new areas: the Eternal Arena and the Dark Rift. The former circles around a trial tower experience, where you’ll gain more reward the higher you climb. The Dark Rift, however, is a maze area, whereby you must battle a dizzying amount of enemies attacking from all corners.

Now rated at 4.5+ on the App Store, if this looks like your cup of tea, we recommend a gander!

App Store: https://app.adjust.com/b84knr
Google Play: https://app.adjust.com/6ma5x1

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