Advanced Task Killer Pro Review

Advanced Task Killer Pro Review

Feb 28, 2011

How often do you reboot your phone? Once a week? Once a month? You might be surprised at just how many active, running apps pile up on your phone between reboots. That’s where Advanced Task Killer Pro comes in. This app provides a number of options for managing which apps are, and aren’t allowed to run freely on your phone.

Bejeweled 2 Review

Bejeweled 2 Review

Feb 28, 2011

Since the release of the original Bejeweled, the “match 3 gems” style of puzzle game has become a genre all its own. Every platform (including Android) has received a number of “match 3 gems” puzzle games that emulate the gameplay style first implemented by the original Bejeweled. Publisher EA and developer Pop Cap Games have brought Bejeweled 2 to the Android Market in order to compete with the “match 3 gems” games already available for the Android platform.

Books Now Available in the Android Web Market

Books Now Available in the Android Web Market

Feb 25, 2011

Have you visited the Android Web Market lately? If not, go check it out. You will notice a “Books” section listed and I bet you can guess what that means. Yep, you can now purchase books via the Android Web Market and the UI features the same polished format as the “Apps” section. You can browse by categories, new arrivals, top selling and top free. Each book page features a short description of the book along with reader reviews. Find authors you enjoy and click on their name to view a collection of their available titles. Purchasing books follows the same simple procedures as buying apps and they become available almost instantly.

Jet Car Stunts Review

Jet Car Stunts Review

Feb 24, 2011

Jet Car Stunts is a port of a 2009 iOS game to Android of the same name, and it may just be the best iOS port yet. The game is essentially a platformer where you have to get from the beginning to the end, crossing through checkpoints, except you’re driving a car around the levels. Super Monkey Ball is a great comparison for the goal of the game. Your car comes with a powerful jet engine that allows you to pick up great speed and fly through the air. You also have an air brake that can be used to slow down while in midair lest you shoot over a platform, and you can use it to powerslide around corners. Your goal is to try to get to the end of a course as quickly as possible, and to try to complete the track in under 10 retries to get a medal. There are 25 tracks in 5 difficulties, the later levels being particularly difficult.

All My Enemies Review

All My Enemies Review

Feb 24, 2011

All My Enemies is a vertically scrolling shoot ‘em up (henceforth referred to as a shmup) that’s a rarity – an Android exclusive, and with a unique story. Unlike other similar shmups where you play the supposed good guy who wantonly destroys everything that gets in his way, here you actually play as the villain. You work for the Emperor, who is apparently sick of not getting paid tribute from those who rules over, so he dispatches you, a single warrior, to go make some suckers pay up. So it’s your goal to use limitless amounts of ammo to shoot your enemies, and pick up the gold they drop. Otherwise, it’s all shooting enemies, asteroids, and picking up powerups, trying to survive as long as you can.

Motorola XOOM – First Honeycomb Powered Tablet, Has Arrived

Motorola XOOM – First Honeycomb Powered Tablet, Has Arrived

Feb 23, 2011

We’ve heard about it, we’ve seen events about it, and now — we can actually purchase it! Verizon has it up and ready for purchase at a price of $599 with a 2-year contract or $799 off contract. What’s so special about the Motorola XOOM? Well — for starters, it’s the first tablet to officially (yea I’m talking to you NOOK Color) feature Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).

Honeycomb was specifically designed with tablets in mind and features a completely revamped UI. Add to that the impressive hardware specs and you have yourself one sweet Android tablet! Let’s take a look at what you should know about the Motorola XOOM and what you can expect if you’re lucky enough to have the kind of dinero necessary to snag one.

Wallpaper Wednesday – A StickMan, GIR and more…

Wallpaper Wednesday – A StickMan, GIR and more…

Feb 23, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Welcome back to Wallpaper Wednesday. After the Valentines Edition we took a week off but we’re back and ready to give you some new wallpapers. We have a stickman, a jumpgate, and a popular little character named GIR. We also have the usual randomness and set of instructions for getting these sweet wallpapers to work on your device. Check them out and be sure to leave any feedback along with any suggestions for future wallpapers to showcase. Enjoy!

Plonk! Review

Plonk! Review

Feb 23, 2011

It’s not usually wise to judge a game solely on its looks. Just because a game looks bad doesn’t mean it’s not great. In the case of Plonk!, we have a game that doesn’t look very good, but is it a great game?

Before I answer the question, here are the basics: In Plonk!, a set number of colored squares are constantly falling from the top of the screen. In the beginning levels, you have two square widgets with four colors on each side at the bottom of the screen. Tapping them causes them to rotate clockwise, and the goal is to rotate them until they match the color of the falling square. If you can match 80% or better, you move onto to the next level. After 10 levels, the game is over.

Handmark Announces Two New Games

Handmark Announces Two New Games

Feb 21, 2011

Leading mobile application developer Handmark, in partnership with Fishing Cactus, today announced the release of “OXO” and “Subway.” These titles have actually been available in the Android Market for about a month now but hey, better late than never. You may remember Handmark from my Shift Puzzle Game review, a unique puzzle platformer I most definitely enjoyed. Handmark seems to have an affinity for minimalism and these next two titles are no exception.

Vector Ace Review

Vector Ace Review

Feb 21, 2011

When you think of racing games, you probably imagine zipping around turns at high speeds, and weaving around other racers. Vector Ace will take your preconceptions about racing games and turn them upside down with its slow, thoughtful nature.

The concept is deceptively simple. To move, you have to press one of nine buttons to determine your velocity, and vector. Each button press will move you in the indicated direction and at the indicated speed. The trick is to learn how far and fast you will go when you press a given button under given circumstances. For example, if you moved quickly straight forward with your last move, you run the risk of crashing into a wall by doing so with your next move. Vector Ace trades break-neck speed for careful planning, and surprisingly, it works pretty well.

The presentation in Vector Ace is very simple. The graphics show off a “graph paper” aesthetic, and the music is little more than audio filler. Neither the graphics nor the sound are flat out bad, they just aren’t terribly memorable. Vector Ace isn’t a flashy game, but the strategic gameplay more than makes up for that fact.

Overkill Review

Overkill Review

Feb 21, 2011

I remember one fateful childhood Christmas morning when I opened my new copy of Super R-Type for the SNES. On that day, my love of side scrolling shooters was born, and ever since, I have indulged in games in that genre on every gaming device I’ve owned. That being the case, Overkill should have been one of my favorite Android games; unfortunately, it just didn’t fit the bill.

Let’s start with what Overkill does right. Visually, this game is excellent. The backgrounds are great looking, and the ships and asteroids you encounter have a unique style to them. Even the menus are great looking, and easy to navigate. The sound design does a great job of complimenting the visual style in this game as well. Speaking strictly to Overkill’s presentation, it does everything right.

What You May Have Missed – Flight Control plus Bejeweled 2 For Android

What You May Have Missed – Flight Control plus Bejeweled 2 For Android

Feb 21, 2011

You may have missed a couple of popular games that hit the Market this past Friday but don’t sweat it, we have you covered.

Flight Control

The addicting and popular Firemint game “Flight Control” has arrived in the Android Market courtesy of Namco Bandi Games. Play the role of traffic controller as you try and guide various aircraft to their specific runways. Runways and aircraft are color specific and require a keen sense of finger directing to ensure there are no mid-air catastrophes. Flight Control for Android features multiple airfields, aircraft and stat-tracking.