Heroes of Order & Chaos Adds A New Battle Arena and Two New Characters

Heroes of Order & Chaos Adds A New Battle Arena and Two New Characters

Jun 28, 2013

Heroes of Order & Chaos has received brand new content which has been added to the online battle arena, bringing a new 5v5 steampunk-flavored map that features tram cars packed full of explosives. It’s the player’s job to stop the enemy car from exploding on their towers while making sure their own cars deal damage to the enemy base. The update also features 2 new characters (Lorilai, the Gaia Guardian, and Jombra, The Planewalker) and provides improved matchmaking, weekly tournaments, and enhancements to the user-interface.

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Warner Bros. Interactive Releases Batman: Arkham City Lockdown and Scribblenauts Remix On Android Devices

Warner Bros. Interactive Releases Batman: Arkham City Lockdown and Scribblenauts Remix On Android Devices

Jun 28, 2013

Warner Bros. Interactive has brought two of its most popular games to Google Play, releasing Batman: Arkham City Lockdown and Scribblenauts Remix on Android devices. Make sure you prepare yourselves for defending Gotham City and for solving puzzles by bringing objects to life. Batman, $5.99, and Scribblenauts, $0.99, are both available to download on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

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Cubed Rally Redline Review

Cubed Rally Redline Review

Jun 28, 2013

Most endless runners inspired by Temple Run take the standard behind-the-back perspective. Sure, Pitfall had a more dynamic camera angle, but that’s the exception. Cubed Rally Redline steps things up and does it from an isometric perspective, similar to developer Jared Bailey’s original version of Cubed Rally Racer that Android gamers sadly don’t have. However, where the game also differs from most 3D endless runners is in the number of lanes: there’s five to deal with here.

Good luck.

Really, Cubed Rally Redline is a clever take on the 3D endless runner genre out there by looking nothing like it at all, yet using many of its same conventions. There’s a car that drives endlessly forward, and players must avoid hazards by switching lanes and avoiding hitting anything, though there’s also fuel that needs to be collected. There’s no real surprise as to what’s coming ahead because the view is so zoomed out, but the challenge comes from the perspective. Managing five lanes and realizing spatially where the car is placed is a real challenge. This is what will define the successful Cubed Rally Redline player: keeping their head while all about are losing theirs. Also, not hitting the cows.

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Thankfully, the emergency brake helps to mitigate the challenges here. It temporarily slows things down just enough for the player to comprehend that “Yeah, that rock is in the lane I’m currently in. I should probably move.” Still, plenty of challenges with rapid movement are presented, so don’t think that the ability to slow down (with a recharge time!) is an instant-win button. It isn’t.

And really, the thing I’ve found myself appreciating about Cubed Rally Redline over time is that the game is just so different. It’s running on a different wavelength than every other endless runner that’s out there. It’s free-to-play but able to be enjoyed without caring about the coins, though being able to race as a cow is worth shelling out a few bucks, I’d say. This game is weird, sometimes frustrating, but yet oddly compelling whenever I play it.

Facebook Turns to Crowdsourcing to Solve Android Fragmentation and Support Issues

Facebook Turns to Crowdsourcing to Solve Android Fragmentation and Support Issues

Jun 28, 2013

Want to test out Facebook app updates before they’re publicly-available? Well, it’s now pssible to join the Facebook for Android beta program. Just visit the Facebook Engineering team’s post announcing it, and read up on the details, then join their Google group and become a tester. Testers will be getting updates to test out 7-10 days ahead of their general release.

The advantage for the Facebook Engineering team is the ability to get testing on more devices. Yes, even a company like Facebook has issues with all the devices out there! By crowdsourcing device testing and compatibility, they can make sure that updates work better once they’re finally released. Plus, hey – getting early access to features ain’t a bad thing. Just remember – beta testing is best with feedback, so it’s advised that users who do sign up actually try to offer feedback. Together, we can all create a world without Facebook app glitches!

HTC One Google Edition Now Available from Google Play

HTC One Google Edition Now Available from Google Play

Jun 27, 2013

Google’s push to release more “Google Edition” phones continues with the HTC One now available on Google Play as a Google Edition device. This means that minimal manufacturer modifications have been applied – it’s all about the stock Android experience on this flagship device from HTC that has been praised as perhaps the top Android device available.

Of course, this comes at a steep price: $599 unsubsidized. While this can wind up saving money, with options like T-Mobile prepaid plans or MVNOs like Straight Talk available as opposed to more expensive post-paid plans, it’s still a high upfront cost for Google’s phones. Perhaps a partnership with a carrier like T-Mobile in the future may help increase the sales of these phones.

The HTC One on Google Play joins the Samsung Galaxy S4, along with the Nexus 4, as phones available from Google Play unlocked and with stock Android. Whether the Nexus line will continue remains to be seen.

Bought Super Hexagon from Google Play? Why Hasn’t Terry Cavanagh Seen a Dime of it Yet?

Bought Super Hexagon from Google Play? Why Hasn’t Terry Cavanagh Seen a Dime of it Yet?

Jun 27, 2013

A rather worrying story about Google Play has come out from indie developer Terry Cavanagh: apparently he has yet to see a dime from his game Super Hexagon on Google Play. The game is available through the Amazon Appstore and has been sold through the Humble Bundle, so he has made some money off of it, but Google has yet to pay him – and they suspended his account after investigating the issue.

While he said earlier the game was not available due to this account suspension, the game appears to be available on the store currently, perhaps suggesting that the issue has been sorted out. However, the fact that a developer who has sold over 50,000 copies of an app on Android has issues with being paid months after an app’s release is worrying news. Hopefully it’s just a glitch in the system, but it’s a huge glitch, and this shouldn’t happen to other developers, especially those who may need the money they make from Google Play to stay in business to begin with.

Of course, it does at least serve as a reminder about Android: just because one store shuts you down doesn’t mean that it shuts down all revenue for developers, but it remains worrying that Google could have this huge of an oversight happen.

Update: Complain on Twitter, get problems solved. The system works.

Permissions Privacy Scanner Update Receives Redesign, Adds Real-Time Alerts

Permissions Privacy Scanner Update Receives Redesign, Adds Real-Time Alerts

Jun 27, 2013

Permissions Privacy Scanner has been updated with a new redesign and real-time alerts. The app monitors how connected applications access your personal data and will now provide you with live alerts whenever applications access your personal information, giving you the choice to allow the access or not.

“No longer do we store our information on computers protected by Anti-Viruses and Firewalls. Today, our lives are online. Our emails, calendar, contacts, business relations, our personal photos and files are all on the cloud,” “Over the past week, we’ve heard a lot about the NSA scandal, PRISM, and how the government is accessing our personal information. But millions of apps and sites also gain access to this information on a daily basis. We’re giving consumers a way to finally protect and control their data.” said Olivier Amar, CEO of MyPermissions, in a press release.

Barnes and Noble to Stop Making Nook Android Tablets

Barnes and Noble to Stop Making Nook Android Tablets

Jun 26, 2013

Barnes & Noble’s Android-based Nook tablets are officially dead. The retail chain will still sell the e-ink Nook readers, but their Android tablets are dead.

What started with the Nook Color, led to the Nook Tablet and eventually with the Nook HD line, had shown some signs that perhaps B&N was looking to close down the line of tablets. Google Play was added to the Nook HD tablets, which was great for its users, but seemed to show a shift away from the curated Nook store. This does ensure that the tablets won’t just become bricks once B&N shuts down the Nook Store.

As well, a recent massive price cut on the Nook HD models that started as a Father’s Day special and has since been extended as a seemingly-permanent discount seemed to indicate the start of a clearance push by B&N, and with reports that Nook tablets were selling slowly, this seems to be the case. So, for those looking for cheap tablets…grab them while you still can!

Humble Bundle with Android 6 Adds Three Additional Games

Humble Bundle with Android 6 Adds Three Additional Games

Jun 26, 2013

The Humble Bundles always come with a little surprise halfway through the two-week period of the bundle with additional games made available. Of course, if they always do this, is it still a surprise? Or if the games are unpredictable, is it still surprising?

Whatever the nature of reality, there’s three games now added to the Humble Bundle with Android 6 to enjoy while not philosophizing.

Waking Mars: Tiger Style Games’ critically-acclaimed Martian adventure, a part of earlier Humble Bundles, is now available for above-average backers. I mean above-average in the sense of paying more than the average, not being an above-average human. Even mediocre humans can get the game by paying above the average.

NightSky: Part of the Humble Bundle with Android 5, those who missed this atmospheric platformer game the previous time around can get their hands on it now by paying above the average.

McPixel: This MacGuyver parody has players trying to save the day…constantly. Good luck trying not to blow up.

But hurry up – the bundle ends on Tuesday, July 2nd.

Mimpi – Forest Moon Games To Publish New Indie Platformer Title

Mimpi – Forest Moon Games To Publish New Indie Platformer Title

Jun 26, 2013

Forest Moon Games has announced that it will be publishing a new indie game title by Silicon Jelly called Mimpi. It’s a platform title filled with puzzles and players will follow a lonely puppy who’s going through a mid-life crisis. Mimpi is said to be launching on Android later this year.

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Why Say Anything? Now “Like” Messages in Facebook Messenger’s Latest Update

Why Say Anything? Now “Like” Messages in Facebook Messenger’s Latest Update

Jun 26, 2013

Facebook Messenger gives us all something to like in the latest update. A “Like” button has been added to the messenger app, so users can express their feelings without having to say anything. *Like*

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Bombcats Special Edition Review

Bombcats Special Edition Review

Jun 26, 2013

Bombcats Special Edition is Radiangames’ entry into the casual physics-puzzler genre after an assortment of action-oriented titles and block-based puzzle games, and it stands out as a fun and addictive title.

The gameplay can be best described as a hybrid between Angry Birds and iBlast Moki. The goal is to free all the bombkittens from their electric cages by launching the bombcats around the levels, eventually using their ability to “tele-splode” (so they don’t actually die) to free them from the cages. However, there’s a fuse on the bombcats, so getting them from point A to point B in a timely fashion is key!

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Now, early on, this involves getting the bombcats near the bombkittens and having the explosion free them. But where the game becomes extremely clever is that it starts to really mix up not only how the bombkittens are freed, but how the player has to get the bombcats around in the first place! Smaller bombs may help break up debris or to free the bombkittens, but multiple of them may be needed. The bombcats’ tele-splosion may be used to get the necessary objects in place, rather than freeing the kittens.

New bombcats are introduced over time, each with new abilities and challenges to use them. Most levels just involve one bombcat, but then others will have multiple that must be used in sequence, adding a level of planning and forethought to the equation. As well, challenge levels that force players to use different bombcats in levels designed for certain ones, and marathon levels where the goal is to get the bombcats as far as possible before they tele-splode.

The game launched as a free-to-play title on iOS, but the Android version is paid. Why is thatoid, here it is. The game definitely has the appearance of an F2P game, with the currency system and powerups, but the game is balanced in a way where the crystals are earned regularly enough to where upgrades can be easily bought regularly, and powerups used often as well. There’s no IAP in the game at all, so earning additional crystals is best done through grinding levels and completing objectives, but this is not really necessary on a regular basis. In fact, while the upgrades and powerups make the game easier, they’re not needed to beat the game, though they do help!

There’s a lot of reason to love Bombcats – there’s fun gameplay that lasts for a while with nearly 200 levels that encompass a wide variety of challenges, and there’s cute round cats that can be dressed up in hats.