One of the most-requested features of TowerMadness 2 has been an endless mode, as I saw in a stream I did with the developers. Present in the original, the sequel launched without it. Now, Limbic Software has soothed the savage beasts by releasing the 1.2 update for TowerMadness 2, adding in the endless mode. Tap the star icon on a level to switch to an infinity icon, and then play until it’s not possible to play any more! Get high scores, and show friends that there is one person who has the Tower Madness: and it is you. The update is available on Google Play.
Feb 28, 2014
Google has made available their Google Now launcher, which was first introduced on the Nexus 5, available to all Nexus devices and Google Play Experience devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. This means that by downloading the launcher from Google Play, these devices get easier access to Google Now from the home screen with a swipe right action. As well, voice input is automatically on while in the launcher, making searching and voice actions easy to do. While this is only available for Google-sanctioned devices, it’s likely someone will figure out how to get this on any device. Just Google it!
Feb 28, 2014
Blitz Brigade, Gameloft’s online multiplayer FPS, has been updated for Android. Adding in new unique skills for each character, a capture the flag mode, a new map, and other tweaks and improvements, now Android gamers have a version on par with the iOS original. The update is available now on Google Play, and you can check out an infographic of just how many poor virtual souls have gone to the great brigade in the sky…
Feb 28, 2014
Punch Quest, the hig endless puncher from Rocketcat Games and Madgarden, published on Android by Noodlecake Games, has gotten an update on Android along with a new price tag: free. Yes, the game is dropping down to the free price that it is at on iOS, so if a dollar was too low to enjoy Punch Quest, then, good news! This update also brings along snakes, new Power II abilities, incentivized video ads for coins, and other tweaks and fixes. The update is available now on Google Play, Amazon Appstore, and soon the Humble Bundle version, which was made without IAP, will be updated as well.
Feb 28, 2014
Cloud Raiders is a real-time strategy in which the player control giant floating islands that in time become fortresses, equipped with deadly defenses and raging armies. Then they fight against others’ islands for gold and glory. The game looks fun and pretty, and is available for free from here: Cloud Raiders on Google Play.
Feb 28, 2014
Ustream is an app that lets anyone broadcast live feed from their device to anyone. The new update brings some special features. If you have a Verizon Wireless subscription then you get a special, Verizon branded channel with the following bonus features: private casting, no ads for up to seven watchers, 720p broadcasting resolution, and friend notification. Ustream can be downloaded for free from here: Ustream on Google Play.
Feb 28, 2014
Red Bull is releasing a new racing game for Android. Red Bull Racers is going to be an arcade racing game, where the players will compete against bots or each other in four different modes: Elimination, Domination, Cup, and Endurance, across three different car types: Formula, Off-road, and Street. There’s already a hundred different tracks and lots of licensed cars announced. The game will be free-to-play and feature IAPs.
If you’re obsessed with Angry Birds Go! then our pals at Pocket Gamer have just the site for you: The Angry Birds Go! Community.
This dedicated space for fans of the game to gather, meet, and even improve how they play the game is jam-packed with detailed toy guides, character profiles, strategy guides, achievement listings, community screenshots, fan art, and much more besides.
Best of all, it’s a space that’s shaped by you, the fans, giving everyone the opportunity to help build the greatest Angry Birds Go! site ever made.
So stop stalling, and race on over to The Angry Birds Go! Community now to see what everyone’s talking about.
Feb 28, 2014
Secret of Mana is an old-school J-RPG from Square Enix, the developers of Final Fantasy. The upcoming game is also a role-playing game, but it’s more of an action-RPG, familiar to many mobile gamers. It will feature 3-D graphics and is going to be free-to-play, as well as a compelling story and interesting characters. Here’s a quite marvelous website (in Japanese): Rise of Mana on Square Enix Website.
Feb 28, 2014
Two interesting things occurred while working on this review. One was highlighted during a commercial. A couple were working on creating an online account, and were having some difficulty coming up with a strong enough password they could remember. Yep, it advertised a password utility. On network TV.
The second thing was an interesting article I read while researching an unrelated article. The Adobe security breach reveals that the only password more widely used than “password” is “123456.”
What’s clear is this: password management needs to be taken very seriously. PasswordBox looks to be just the tool we need.
Starting up the app requires registration so as to set the master password which controls access to one’s data. After that, one is greeted by a clean interface that has some common websites like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, PayPal and more somewhat preset in boxes; all that’s needed is to input username and password for the particular service. There is also a tab that allows for one to add a website that is not n the pre-populated set.
A gesture to the right of the main screen opens up a side menu that hints at more functionality: Safe Notes, which acts as a locally encrypted diary of sorts; Wallet, which can be used with credit card data and memberships; Password Generator, which automatically generates passwords based on criteria selected by the user; and an interesting Legacy Locker, which allows designated persons to access data in the user’s absence or death.
A big part of this app’s functionality is the built-in browser; it allows the use of “1-Tap Login” a service that allows one to login directly from the app with one tap. This feature can be toggled for specific apps. The service can be accessed from internet browsers as well, which makes it reasonably cross-platform.
PasswordBox offers AES-256, which is serious encryption and the additional option of using a PIN to further secre data.
Unfortunately, to use the free version of the app, one can’t have more than 25 passwords. To do more, an $11.99/year subscription is required. Folks that prefer one-time payment options might balk at this. I think the password generator could add an option for pronounceability as well.
Still, for what it does, PasswordBox does it well, and looks good doing it. The featureset is robust, accessibility is great and there is room to grow: well worth a free look.
Feb 28, 2014
Most people wish they were doing something extraordinary, such as running Google, being an Ice Cream taste tester, or piloting a space ship. Sadly, most of us will only be able to act out these dreams through some sort of simulation or game, which is where Planet Descent comes in. In this title, you pilot a space ship around a 2D playing area, dodging asteroids while collecting minerals for fun and profit.
This game inhabits a similar approach to the PC game Lunar Flight, except Planet Descent, as previously mentioned, is 2D rather than 3D. Planet Descent is also quite a bit easier, lacking a lot of the realism or complicated controls used on similar type games. That’s not to say that this mobile title isn’t challenging, but you certainly won’t need years of NASA training to get it either.
Probably one of the best things going for this game is that the developer took what appears to be a simple game, and gave it some variety. While collecting the green minerals is almost always your primary goal, there are plenty of secondary goals involving keeping your hide safe and doing some intuitive flying. Things such as clobbering surface to air guns or avoiding an asteroid belt will also be spun into the mix, making what could have been a dull game, a slightly nerve racking but lively time in Planet Descent.
The game also uses a noir-like art style, reminiscent of games such as Limbo, but with color. This actually helps the game stand out a little more while also making it easier to distinguish your ship from other objects.
Planet Descent is well worth the 99 cents, and will make you feel a lot better than you would after eating something off the dollar menu. It’s usage of physics, great controls, and neat art style combine to make a pretty delightful experience. Planet Descent isn’t going to rock anyone’s socks off, but it is a hidden gem in a sea of disastrous apps and games.
Feb 28, 2014
If you peruse around the Google Play app store, you see there is a race to fill the void left by the departure of Flappy Bird. Most of these clones coming out are the exact same thing, just with slightly altered graphics, some of them actually try to change some things. But then, from minds only St. Louis, MO could produce, comes a game with a slightly similar idea, but way better, called Roid Rage.
Roid Rage isn’t some game about Jose Canseco or Sammy Sosa. Rather, it’s a game about the extreme rage you the player will suffer while guiding your spaceship through a massive asteroid collection, while collecting puddles of “Juices” throughout space. Your ship appears to be a one man vessel without weapons, but can turn like no other and doesn’t have a break pedal. You could try to throw the word “endless” on this game, but the better description would be the Atari classic Asteroids on super serum.
It’s not like Roid Rage is a linear game where you guide a ship through stationary asteroids either. Everything in this game, which just includes Asteroids and “Juices” are placed randomly, while also moving at random. Therefor, unlike the Flappy’s of the world, it requires a touch more skill to avoid death. The added bonus is the collection of “Juices” which are just bright blue blobs on the playing area. The whole goal of the game is to collect as many of those as possible before you die.
The controls for this game are also pretty simple, and worth noting. You can only turn the ship, as it never stops. A right turn is executed by touching the right side of the screen, while a left one is done by touching the left side. That’s it, a pretty simple control scheme that will give you a false sense of superiority. Those controls, while simple, do little to tame the ultimate anger and sheer frustration intentionally caused by the crafty developers.
Fans of other Butterscotch Shenanigans games (Towelfight 2, Quadropus Rampage) will recognize the art style, as well as the generous in-app-purchases approach. However, this game is not quite on the same level as their smash hit of last year. Roid Rage is part of a series of mini games that the two brother studio plans to put out while working on their upcoming title Crashlands. No word on what future mini’s will hold, but if Roid Rage is any indication, you will want to check them out.
Roid Rage may not compare to the greatness that is Quadropus Rampage, but that doesn’t mean this title is a throw away either. It may be hard as heck, but it’s still a simple and fun arcade game. Just be prepared for a rise in your blood pressure while stress-fully trying to dodge asteroids, while you undoubtedly avoid work to play this petite IP.