Edifier Luna Eclipse HD Wireless Speaker System Hardware Review

Edifier Luna Eclipse HD Wireless Speaker System Hardware Review

May 31, 2015

When looking for wireless audio speakers, I tend to believe that units that do a bit more than, well, connect and transmit are infinitely more useful. Some companies do this better than others, but after checking out Edifier’s Prisma Encore Speakers a while back, we were hooked.

As such, we were helpless when an opportunity to review its Luna Eclipse System came up.

The review package Edifier sent is a representation of the system in its retail glory; in the box, one gets the pair of speakers, power cords, audio cable, optical cable, speaker-to-speaker cable, RCA-to-3.5 mm adapter, a remote and documentation. We got the black color (blue, red, orange and white are options), and the two speakers are almost mirror images of each other, in that they both look like ovals with defined cutouts. The one side (right) serves as the control unit, with volume and power rifles, as well as ports for power and connecting. Officially, they come in at 4.80 x 8.34 x 8.74 inches and just under 8 lbs. Compared to the aforementioned Prisma Encore, this set is fairly compact. It has a glossy, smooth finish, and I admit it’s nice to look at.

It utilizes Bluetooth 2.0, and each head packs a tweeter and speaker drive. Audiophiles will be pleased to note the official continuous power rating of 74 Watts.

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Connecting via bluetooth is easy, in my testing I used two Android devices (and a Windows tablet for good measure). The sound output was rich; little echo, and a healthy dose of base that isn’t overpowering.

Using the included remote, I was suitably impressed by the high volume reaches; distortion is minimized.

Next, I used a wired connection to patch in to the TV using the supplied audio-cable. Again, it enhances the built-in sound output, and works very well.

Off the bat, the variety of connection options are a big draw. Using the provided cables, one can connect via optical cable and “regular” audio 3.55mm audio cable including wireless bluetooth wireless. In one scenario, I connected the speakers to the TV, and, with the help of the remote control, was able to “take control” of the speakers with my pre-connected phone via bluetooth.

The mix of style and functionality is probably what sets them apart. No, they are not the most mobile, but provide enough sound that semi-permanency does not take away from its overall shine. Even without the optional stands, it makes for a stylish piece with plenty of powerful sound. Still, while I am not one for superfluous apps, but do feel one would have been fantastic here.

For a multi-dimensional piece, $159.37 (via Amazon) isn’t overly unpalatable, so it is an investment that might be worth it.

And we are not just talking style here.

Truck Driver 3D: Offroad Review

Truck Driver 3D: Offroad Review

May 31, 2015

Want a challenge? Check out Truck Driver 3D: Offroad.

The gameplay centers around one major concept: moving vehicles and the stuff they are hauling safely from one point to another. Now, if there were anything much easier said than done, this is undoubtedly it.

There are two modes, Story and Free; jumping in on the former, one gets a fairly decrepit tractor, with a trailer full of bales of hay. To get the vehicle and its load moving, there are are virtual buttons for braking and acceleration nestled to the bottom right; towards the left, a virtual steering wheel and a drive/reverse gear box. Used together, these direct the vehicle and the hitched cargo. The controls have a certain realistic feel to them, in that the they are almost elastic and cumulative in nature.

In any case, the gameplay is partially defined by the environment, and the developer goes quite in depth here. The different backdrops are rendered in vivid 3D, with interesting naturescapes and such. The roadways, however, are what really underscore the playability. The roads are not easy to navigate.

No, not at all.

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Using the controls, one has to be able to use just the right amount of speed to safely get around the narrow paths, or one might tip the vehicle, lose the load and/or fall to a grisly end. Again, the realism is a big element; the mechanics are mostly well done, and several scenarios feel life-like. Sometimes, jamming the vehicle up negates attempts to back-up, and over-compensating can be a bad choice.

Scoring is based on the ability to bring as much load in as possible. There are other trucks and stuff to unlock, and the developer tosses in different weather conditions, animals and physical challenges to bear. Things can be expedited with real money, and sometimes, that feels like the merciful way out.

It’s simple in concept, but quite the challenge in hand, but I suspect some folks will be quite okay with that.

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: HUEBRIX

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: HUEBRIX

May 31, 2015

For those dialed into the Amazon Appstore, today’s free offering, HUEBRIX, should be well received.

HUEBRIX brings the “Puzzle” back to Puzzle Games.

This game will test your visual, spatial and logical senses. Solve Levels by dragging paths from blocks to fill out the puzzle grid. However, the blocks only give you paths of a specified length. Special blocks determine the orientation of paths, acting as clues and challenges at the same time.

If you have bitten off more than you can chew, then our intelligent Hint System will give you a hint closest to your solution. HUEBRIX has over 400 levels available to play, segregated by skill level for your convenience. Think you have it in you? Go on, download our game, We DARE you!

HUEBRIX is usually priced at $0.99.

Spider-Man Unlimited Review

Spider-Man Unlimited Review

May 30, 2015

Spider-Man has been called many things by evil villains and adoring fans — web-slinger, wall-crawler and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The Marvel superhero lives up to his nicknames in the Spidey-fronted runner for Android, Spider-Man Unlimited.

Spider-Man Unlimited has all the elements of the typical endless runner, but it uses the source material to put a fresh perspective on an overdone genre. Developed by Gameloft, the title features animated cutscenes that nod to Spider-Man’s comic book history and varied gameplay that takes advantage of the hero’s unique abilities.

The game’s plot revolves around Spider-Man and his infamous group of nemeses, the Sinister Six. Nick Fury, Black Cat and some of Spider-Man’s friends make appearances in comic book-style scenes to give Spider-Man’s actions some context. Ultimately, the game is centered around chasing down individual members of the Sinister Six and defeating them. To do that, Spider-Man must call on his arachnid counterparts from other dimensions, including Mangaverse Spider-Man and Secret Wars Spider-Man.
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This dimensional dynamic is unessential to the game’s plot — the story will be the same regardless of which Spider-Man you use — but it adds new elements to Spider-Man Unlimited. Comic book collectors will find a special appeal in trying to unlock Spider-Men from every dimension, and the character variety is visually appealing for players.

Anyone familiar with Subway Surfers or Temple Run will be able to pick up and play Spider-Man Unlimited easily. Gameplay involves swiping through the rooftops of New York, Oscorp, S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters and other familiar locations. In addition to locational obstacles, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and members of the Sinister Six will create new burdens along your path. As is standard for any runner, there are various collectibles and power-ups to grab as you move through levels. However, there are more interesting portions of gameplay that involve Spider-Man’s special abilities.

The web-slinger will need to sling his web to cross rooftops throughout New York and the wall-crawler will be able to scale buildings in mid-level gameplay sections that require players to physically tilt their screen left or right to move Spidey. At first, this sudden change of gameplay can be difficult to get used to, but these additional elements are a nice change of pace to the otherwise tired endless runner genre.

While making purchases is not completely necessary to experience Spider-Man Unlimited, some of the game’s levels require players to recruit new Spider-Men or level up their current characters. This is where the game encourages players to shell out real-world money. Players can choose to compete in live events or random runs in order to earn in-game currency, but that pays off at rates lower than even J. Jonah Jameson would offer. Those who are unwilling to pay cash will find themselves playing the waiting game as they attempt to level up their Spider-Man corps.

There are some smart moments in Spider-Man Unlimited where gameplay varies, but the fact that it is just another runner for mobile devices can’t be overlooked. However, fans of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will enjoy using Spidey’s abilities and hearing his sarcastic quibs.

Cosmic Highway 3D Arcade Review

Cosmic Highway 3D Arcade Review

May 30, 2015

Cosmic Highway 3D Arcade is just the type of game that takes one way, way back.

It takes its name seriously, in that it looks and feels just like an arcade game. The muted colors and purposely jerky animations transport one back to the dimly lit arcade shops of the 80s, minus the worn out carpet and spilled soda (hopefully). The graphical representation makes use of visual perspective quite well, and the confluence of imagery and changing coloration makes for an engaging backdrop.

The game itself is simple in concept; the player is in charge of a spaceship that looks much like a space shuttle, and the idea is to steer it along the provided space way as long as possible. Of course, the flight area is strewn with many an obstacle that need to be avoided to achieve longevity.

With an abbreviated top-down view, the player can use device tilting to control the bulk of major movements. Tilting is a a bit realistic, in that it doesn’t cause immediate slashes; instead, one gets a “realistic” roll of the device, such that waiting too long to invoke an evasive action can can cause collisions. The game also incorporates gestures to control direct diving or ascents, and button taps can be used to activate other tools.

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As hinted at, a big part of the gameplay is avoiding obstacles. The obstacles are varied and plentiful, ranging from space rocks to menacing electrical fields. These have to be navigated swiftly and decisively, as they can be tricky, but what is quite interesting is that the travel-way adjusts in such a way that it is almost a continuous obstacle in and of itself. Running into too many obstacles ends the run.

Like a true arcade game, there are goodies and boosts to be had; and interesting element is the “rolling orb” ht allows one to roll the dice to get a random power-up or boost. There are weapons as well.

When the run is done, one can use a save, or retry. Now, if there ever was a freemium game that begged to have the ads unlocked, this is it. In a way, it does encourage excellence, but one should be prepared to watch one anytime a run ends. The in-game store also has a host of other items that can be procured with real cash: pilots, ships and game coins.

In the end though, all things considered, its simplicity is probably its most endearing trait. It is easy to understand without being mind-numbing.

It just works.

Candy Crush Soda Saga Arrives on Amazon Appstore

Candy Crush Soda Saga Arrives on Amazon Appstore

May 30, 2015

The popular King game Candy Crush Soda Saga is now available on the Amazon Appstore. This means that the game is now available to folks who access the store from Fire devices and other Android phones and tablets.

Product Description
Download Candy Crush Soda Saga for free now. It’s Sodalicious

Candy Crush Soda Saga is a brand new game from the makers of the legendary Candy Crush Saga. New candies, more divine combinations and challenging game modes brimming with purple soda

Candy Crush Soda Saga is completely free to play, but some in-game items such as extra moves or lives will require payment.

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New Candy Crush Soda Saga features

Over 350 Sodalicious levels
New Game Modes include
Soda – switch bottles and candies to release purple soda and save the Candy Bears
Frosting – match candies to smash the ice and set the Candy Bears free
Honey – match candies next to the honey to release the trapped Candy Bears
Scrumptious new candies and sublime new combinations
Match 4 candies in a square to make a Swedish Fish
Match 7 candies to create the remarkable Coloring Candy
Explore juicy new environments and meet the kookiest characters
Mouth-watering new graphics, Candy Crush never looked so tasty
Easy and fun to play, yet challenging to fully master
For players that Facebook Connect, there are leaderboards for you and your friends to compare your Sodalicious scores
Easily sync the game between mobile and tablet devices and unlock the full game features when connected to the internet

This mouth-watering puzzle adventure will instantly quench your thirst for fun. Join Kimmy on her juicy journey to find Tiffi, by switching and matching your way through new dimensions of magical gameplay. Take on this Sodalicious Saga alone or play with friends to see who can get the highest score

Te game is free to play, and offers in-app purchases.

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Dogistry

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Dogistry

May 30, 2015

Dogistry is today’s Amazon Appstore free app.

Product Features
– It’s all about Dogs
– A fun puzzle game with a unique graphic look
– Cute Dog sounds and relaxing music
– 6 varied modes of play
– Fun for all ages and gaming skill levels

Product Description
“Dogistry” challenges players to delete a 3D cube of dogs comprised of smaller cubes by matching pairs of the smaller cubes. There are currently 6 modes of play with numerous dog images and dog sounds that are sure to entertain.

The game regularly costs $0.99.

Galaxy Trucker Review

Galaxy Trucker Review

May 29, 2015

We just had to try Galaxy Trucker. For real…

The tutorial is important, and helps one understand the intricacies of gameplay. An instructor is assigned to show one the basic ins and outs, and via dialogue boxes, cutscenes and pulsing graphics, the game concept readily emerges.

Folks knowledgeable with the board game will be on familiar turf. Backstory? We are talking about interstellar travel, and huge corporations are still a serious thingie. The major entity here is Corporation Incorporated, and it is a sewer-building company that is looking for space drivers — ah… Galaxy Truckers — to haul stuff from place to place for potential profits. Potential drivers can build spacecraft from materials and using a generalized set of rules governing placement. After that, it is a race to see who can get to the endpoint fastest, and ultimately, with the most profit.

The player starts out by building the aforementioned space ship. Out of sewer prefab, by the way. This portion of the game pays unabashed ode to its board game origins, as it is a battle to pull random, virtual cards from a pile. The ideagt1 is to get the pieces that can help out with game endeavors: rockets, engine, cargo holds and more. When ships are finished, the competition ramps up, with activity cards becoming a part of the process. These give a player an opportunity to things — take on jobs, if you will — for cash payouts. Not so fast though, because the way one creates the ship determines what one can transport. And then, there are other parts like meteor showers that need to be defended against too.

Decisions have consequences, because it is in essence a race of sorts. Taking jobs and other events can slow fliers down. The idea is to pick opportunities carefully, and avoid dangers. Everything is tallied at the end: profits, ship damage deductions, speed bonuses and more. Whichever racer has more wins.

The mix of the whimsical and the logical is quite engaging. Take the shipbuilding exercise; the sewer pieces are funny, but constructions best practices (like the placement of specific pieces) give it a sensible feel. The combination of card play, pseudo-racing, strategy and defense make for a handsome gameplay. Toss in multiple play modes (online, local turn-based, single player versus game AI) and one sees why the game can be tough to put down.

Porting board games to mobile platforms can be tough, as a lot of the the aspects that make it compelling in “real” life sometimes get lost in translation. Not to with this one.

Well done, Czech Games Edition. Well done.

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Continuity 2

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Continuity 2

May 29, 2015

Noodlecake’s side-scrolling and puzzle combo sequel Continuity 2 is up for grabs as the current offering from Amazon’s Free App of the Day promotion.

It is the follow-up to the popular game Continuity.

Product Features
Innovative puzzler/side-scroller mashup
Hours of gameplay
Over 50 brand new levels

Product Description
Continuity 2: The Continuation is the sequel to the puzzle game Continuity. Continuity has been played over 6 million times and won the Best Student Game award at the 2010 Independent Games Festival and Gameplay Innovation award at IndieCade 2010.

In Continuity 2, the game world is drawn onto sliding tiles. You must figure out how to rearrange each level in order to move your character through it, collect the key, and unlock the door.

The game usually costs $0.99.

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Game of Thrones Gets Ascent Gets Fire & Blood Expansion

Game of Thrones Gets Ascent Gets Fire & Blood Expansion

May 28, 2015

Game of Thrones Accent, an RPG based on the hit show, is getting an update which brings a pretty interesting expansion: Fire & Blood.

It is the second big expansion the game has received.

Excerpts from the official press release:


ire & Blood, the second major content expansion for Game of Thrones Ascent, allows players to engage in the next evolution of dragon growth, while traveling across an all-new interactive map to engage with iconic tales from the show, including Daenerys’ sack of the slaver cities, the travels of Arya and the Hound, Robb Stark’s march on King’s Landing, and the Night’s Watch ranging to the unknown north of the Wall. Game of Thrones fans can play ‘Fire & Blood’ on Android via Google Play.
Tales of Ice and Fire! – In this all-new system, players can engage with Westeros in a whole new way – reaping epic rewards in quick-to-play Tales, assigning Sworn Swords to challenges, and completing tasks at each location. Players that succeed can earn and collect rewards immediately or rely on their Sworn Sword’s experience, gear and some luck to push onto the next challenge – or fail in the attempt! Players can compare their results with their friends on a Tales-specific leaderboard system. Just a few of the upcoming new Tales that players can look forward to in the coming weeks include:
Arya and the Hound (Starts 5/27!)
Tyrion in Exile
The King in the North
The Fist of the First Men
Next Age of DRAGONS! – Players can not only find a dragon egg and hatch it into a baby dragon but now, with the launch of Fire & Blood, players can evolve their baby dragons into young, adolescent dragons – by far the most desired companion in all of Westeros! Use the brand new Dragon Pit building to evolve uncolored, Red, Tan and Green dragons and unlock their incredible potential!
New Buildings – In addition to a new Dragon Pit, Fire & Blood adds the Great Hall to your holdings where you can trade special items earned in the Tales of Ice & Fire system, using all new recipes.
New ‘Season 5’ Content – The launch of Fire & Blood follows the Season 5 kick-off of the TV show. As with previous seasons, players can play through new content, quests, and purchase items that sync with each new episode. Watch on Sunday, play on Monday!

We had an opportunity to formally check out GoTA last year; it remains free (with in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

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New Game Toysburg Arrives on Google Play

New Game Toysburg Arrives on Google Play

May 28, 2015

Angry Mob Games has just brought a new game to Android called Toysburg.

here’s a new maker in Toysburg; someone who possesses the arcane artistry of mystical manufacture that allows Toys to be made. That’s you I’m talking about; surprised? Me too, I nearly sheared my moustache off.
I’m Mr. Mustard. I have been a maker in Toysburg since I was but a wee scruffamuffin like you. Don’t know what a scruffamuffin is? Use your imagination and be creative, because in Toysburg you’ll be
QUESTING! The children of the city need your toys to get through the most bizarre situations. Your toys transform them semi-literally and give them somewhat-super powers
Are they more trouble than they’re worth?
NO! You’ll collect coins and candies and crates of junk.
But it isn’t junk to you, it’s
CRAFTABLES! You’ll take a bit of this toy, and bit of that toy and make an epic toy with a crafting system that’s so fun you’ll only leave your workshop when duty calls: Toy maker duty.
But who will appreciate it?
JUDGES AT COMPETITIONS! They’ll laud your toys until their laud glands run dry. They’ll reward you candies, which are like bitcoins but better because they’re SWEET.
What will you do with all that sugar energy?
EXPLORE! Unlock the zones of the city, mingle with the monsters (kids), and make your own story.
Aspire to be the best Toymaker you can be, by
COLLECTING over one hundred toy characters! From Scurvy Pirates and Tooth Fairies, to Ancient Cyclops and Giant Robots. Plus your Magical Unicorns, of course!

Toysburg is free (with in-app purchases).

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Shadow Blade

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Shadow Blade

May 28, 2015

Shadow Blade, an action platformer with stealth elements, is your Amazon Appstore Free App of the Day.

Product Features
54 levels to explore
Capture all of the Shuriken on each level
Defeat powerful enemies
Solve puzzles to open up hidden level areas
Fantastic 3d animations and blood
Product Description
Kuro is a young man on his quest to become the Shadow Blade. He must seek the teachings of the last remaining ninja master.

You will guide him through challenging levels, around countless traps, sneaking past enemies or right over their dead bodies.

You have to be fast, be stealthy, be aware of your environment. You have to be a ninja.

Shadow Blade is a fast paced action platformer game for iOS with intuitive touch controls.

It features intuitive touch controls and an array of weapons and challenging levels. Becoming a ninja is at your fingertips!

We reviewed Shadow Blade last year; its regular price is $1.99.

[Source: Amazon Appstore][Our Review]

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