Shapeout Review

Shapeout Review

Jan 31, 2016

Shapeout feels familiar.

For the uninitiated, it might look and feel a lot like the cross-platform classic Tetris, what with the portrait orientation, 2D playing area and cascading pieces. The color scheme is fairly simplistic, but that does work for this particular game. It also employs easy animations and light effects which help enhance the overall experience and underscore the quick thinking aspect of the game.

And hold up… just to be clear, this is far from being a JATC (Just Another Tetris Clone); the similarities are beyond just cosmetic, but in this one, instead of working to arrange falling 2D shapes to clear rows, one looks to rotate bi-colored shapes such that the hues create closed shapes that dissolve the housing squares, thereby prolonging one’s gameshape3 life.

It comes in three modes: Classic, Survival and Endless (we tarried in Classic).

It has to be played to be really understood it. The cascading squares, as noted, are either of two colors, lime green and/or black. One way to imagine it as green squares with black indents. The indents are somewhat random, and the idea is to create closed, symmetrical shapes by rotating squares such that the aforementioned shapes are formed. When a qualifying shape is formed, it is highlighted, and dissolves, and is replaced by a new cascading square.

One can also manipulate each square by tapping. Tapping on a square causes it to rotate 90 degrees clockwise. Using this tool, one with an enterprising eye can create a dissolver with a quick roll. Thing is… one has to think through the rotations; every time a square it rotated, an additional square drops, so it pays to have a purpose with every tap. When the entire playing area is filled, the run ends.

It’s simple, is able to squeee in a few modes, and is a great time-wasting tool.

All good.

Gangster Granny 3 Review

Gangster Granny 3 Review

Jan 31, 2016

Gangster Granny 3. Yep, she’s back.

Off the bat, this one makes use of pleasantly zany graphics, Miss Madam is just the way we remember her, as are other characters. The environment is decidedly 3D, and protagonist movements are guided by virtual movements that control the abbreviated first person view the player has. The game uses an animated mapping system, and the developer makes use of color well. The dialogue is light-hearted and fits well with the overall sound scheme.

The intro manages to merge the comedic with the ominous: using stills cobbled together into comic-book cutscenes, the player learns that our sweet protagonist character is under siege since a particular heavy with plans of domination needs something she has, and sends his minions to get her. The bozos snatch her up, and take off in a chopper; Granny isn’t having that, and ends up parachuting from the damaged helicopter.

Then, interestingly enough, we get a mini-game of sorts, which entails helping GG to land, from there, we roll into the game proper.

The game breaks down into missions. The first  all-encompassing objective is to find a new flying machine in the town-ish place Granny landed in. Roaming around is interesting, and almost boring, but for one fact: there are a lot of thugs on looking to pick up Granny, and they are not shy about using force. Some wield heavy tools, others shoot, and it’s up to Granny to avoid damage from them while inflicting her own.

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The combat is pretty engaging, with plenty of offense and defense, and even a bit of strategy involved with regards to temporary retreats or aggressive posturing. The ability to avoid fire is fun, and the bad guys inject just enough sneakiness to make the engagements non-monotonous.

Besides the bad guys, the game incorporates collectible goodies, like health refills and ammo packs. There are accompanying opportunity costs, and goodies can be left for later. There are boss battles, other mini-games and a bunch of puzzles.

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The game comes together well, and feels like a full-fledged arcade experience on the go. It’s easy to get lost in, and pays homage to the concept of endearing characters.

Skytek beware.

Traffic Rider Review

Traffic Rider Review

Jan 31, 2016

Be honest… deep down, everyone wants to race.

It isn’t even all about being first all the time. It’s about freedom, and the ability to defy physics, be it a game of tag, or being the test driver looking to break the land speed record.

We like speed.

Mobile games allow us to push the limits, albeit in a safe, legal way. If there are leaderboards to reinforce bragging rights, even better. Give me good graphics, decent sounds and a heady experience, and I’m good.

Traffic Rider: check, check and check? Let’s see.

What do we have? A bike riding adventure, and by “bike,” we are referring to the mechanical kind. Visually, it’s nicely done, with great use of perspective. It comes in landscape orientation, and gives the player a first person view of the action. The colors and manipulation of virtual light is admirable, and the artwork frames the action to come capably.

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From the beginning, it’s easy to glean the leveling aspect of the game. There are four game modes: Career, Endless, Time Trial and Free Ride, as we happily obliged ourselves with the first. One starts with a very basic machine that looks and sounds suspiciously like a moped. No need to fear though, because this game is all about moving up the ranks via action.

On the first go, one is taught how to increase speed and break; one moves left or right (as in switching lanes) by tilting (which can be changed in Settings). Initially, the main concept is to make it to checkpoints and finish “missions” by avoiding cars and other obstacles. It took a little while to get used to working all the controls together, but it is actually quite fun once one gets a hang of it. Racing up from the rear is engaging, especially with the break lights and occasional lane switching. Accidents “feel” real, and the game manages to avoid gore.

The further one goes (or better yet, finishes the section) the more cash and LP one can earn. Earned cash can them be moved to improve one’s machine, and there are some nice whole pieces to pick from. Leveling up opens more levels, so everything is somewhat interconnected.

It’s a simple game, but works because it doesn’t overly rely on real money to advance. It incorporates ads to give folks an alternative for continues for instance, and it also gives decent game cash payouts. Having several game modes allows for the game to be consumed in different ways, and that can only be good.

All in all, it is a fun product that is easy to enjoy.

Digimon Heroes! Comes to Android

Digimon Heroes! Comes to Android

Jan 31, 2016

Digimon Heroes! is a new card battler from Bandai Namco, and it’s available now on Google Play.

Digimon Heroes is an exciting and free-to-play Card Battle Adventure featuring an all-star cast of more than 1,000 of your favorite DIGIMON characters! Collect your Digimon, build your teams, and conquer your enemies all over the Digital World of File Island.

Digimon Heroes includes a unique match-3 battle system to make your card battles simple to learn and devastatingly powerful to master! Fuse, evolve, and fight your Digimon, and chain together massive combos to destroy your enemies!

• SIMPLE AND STRATEGIC ACTION
Match Command Cards to form chains and devastate your enemies!

• COLLECT YOUR FAVORITE DIGIMON
You can choose from over 1000 different Digimon, from common to legendary!

• DIGIFUSE, DIGIVOLVE AND LIMIT BREAK
Enhance the Digimon who have joined your party by digifusing them, digivolve them into even stronger forms, and finally break through their limits to unleash their full potential.

• EPIC BATTLES AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Fight your way through File Island and push your team to its limit with epic events and challenges!

The game is free-to-play.

Whack Magic 2 Smashes Onto Google Play

Whack Magic 2 Smashes Onto Google Play

Jan 31, 2016

Whack Magic 2: Swipe Tap Smash has just dropped on Google Play courtesy of Gamer Heat.

Whack Magic 2 – Swipe Tap Smash is a multilevel game and players can play the game against four mysterious and stimulating themes. At the beginning of the tap to whack the monster game you will get the wizard on action field with his power wand and you have to help him to tap and takedown the attacking naughty monsters. Different types of powerful monsters will appear on the action field and you have to smash them as fast as possible. Some of these monsters will be killed by tapping; some of them have to be killed by touch and hold action of your finger on-screen.

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

IR Universal Remote + WiFi Pro on Sale for $0.99

IR Universal Remote + WiFi Pro on Sale for $0.99

Jan 31, 2016

IR Universal Remote + Wifi Pro is on sale right now. Price? As noted, 99 cents.

IR Universal Remote turns your phone into a real universal remote controller. Use your phone’s built in IR Blaster to control infrared devices such as your TV, Cable Box, Satellite Receiver, Bluray Player, Sound Bar, DVD Player, Game Console, DVR, and more! Don’t have an IR Blaster? No problem! IR Universal Remote also has smart remote control capabilities. Fully control your LG Smart TV, WebOS, and Roku over WiFi and cast your favorite photos, videos, and music to Chromecast, Xbox One, Android TV, Fire TV, LG TV, and Roku. There are thousands of supported manufacturer models with hundreds of thousands of IR remote codes. Over 1,000,000+ supported devices and growing! New devices are being added every day. Whether you need a TV remote controller or a way to stream your videos to your Chromecast you can always use IR Universal Remote.

[via Slickdeals]

Table Tennis Touch Goes on Sale for $0.20

Table Tennis Touch Goes on Sale for $0.20

Jan 29, 2016

Ace multiplayer ping pong game Table Tennis Touch is on sale for the awesome price of 20 cents.

Table Tennis Touch is the definitive table tennis game on mobile – now with epic local and online multiplayer!
“The best ping pong game on mobile” – Pocket Gamer, 9/10

Meet Wiff Waff, your very own training robot – then pick up your Player Card and battle your way through three career binders packed with events. Earn Reputation to unlock bats, tournaments, leagues, throwdowns and insane mini-games. Defeat opponents with drop shots, top spin drives, curving loops and smashes to become the ultimate table tennis champion – King Pong!

Then take on your friends in the high-octane multiplayer mode. Pair up locally or online, then battle in high speed head-to-head matches or test your nerve and accuracy in Glass Table – a first of a kind multiplayer mini game. Warm up, it gets fast!

• Stunning graphics
• Intuitive swipe controls
• High speed gameplay
• Career mode
• Local multiplayer (over Wi-Fi)
• Online multiplayer (with Play Games)
• 12 single player mini games
• Quick Game mode
• 8 bats to unlock
• 9 stunning arenas
• Over 30 bat skins
• 5 player cards to collect

The game also has in-app purchases.

[via Slickdeals]

Yahoo App Gets Major Update

Yahoo App Gets Major Update

Jan 29, 2016

Yahoo! is refreshing its signature Android application in order to streamline it with some of its other products.

Per the Yahoo Tumblr page:

Today, we are excited to announce new updates to the Yahoo app and homepage in the U.S. Now you can find, consume and engage around the news, content and video you care about all in one place, front and center. We’ve made it easier to discover and create conversations with a community around engaging content and follow the latest developing stories in a nearly infinite news stream.

The underlying idea is to make one’s visits to Yahoo’s beachheads more consistent across the board.

The updated app is available for free on Google Play.

[Source: Yahoo Tumbler via Tech Firstpost]

Official Reddit Android App Enters Closed Beta

Official Reddit Android App Enters Closed Beta

Jan 29, 2016

It’s easy to fall in love with Reddit; it is almost truly literally the front page of the internet. Want to learn stuff? Read up on unvarnished opinions? Get news? Find out if that shirt goes with those pants?

Reddit is the place.

There are several Reddit clients on Android, but it’s still great news that an official client seems to be on the horizon. According to PCMag, a closed beta is already underway.

We look forward to seeing the end product. According to the same article, AndroidPolice has screen captures.

[via PCMag]

Fluance Introduces Fi70 Bluetooth Speaker

Fluance Introduces Fi70 Bluetooth Speaker

Jan 29, 2016

Fluance has just introduced a new wireless speaker to the market called the Fi70.

An evolution of Fluance’s critically-acclaimed Fi Series, the Fi70 is engineered to recreate the music user’s love with harmonious perfection. From the elegance of a jazz performance to the raw power of a live rock concert, the Fi70 has created a new expectation in home audio. Streaming music wirelessly from services such as Spotify and Pandora or playing tracks from user’s favorite playlists has never been easier and more enjoyable than ever.

At the core of the Fi70 are powerful dual 8” woofers, 5” woven glass fiber midrange drivers and 1” neodymium tweeters, which offer superior sound quality, unmatched by any speaker within its price range. Its 280 watt built-in amplifier boasts big performance and delivers exceptional bass response starting as low as 30Hz. The Fi70’s ability to deliver such incredible sound allows it to replace complete home stereo systems, sound bars and other high-quality audio solutions.

The Fi70 comes in three colors and costs $499.

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WWE Immortals Celebrates First Year With Addition of Bret Hart and More

WWE Immortals Celebrates First Year With Addition of Bret Hart and More

Jan 29, 2016

Immersive wrestling game WWE Immortals is getting an update that brings Bret “The Hitman” Hart as a new playable character.

There’s more (according to the press release):

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WWE announced that beginning today, WWE Immortals for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices will now offer new characters, including WWE Legend Bret Hart, making his debut in the game, and new versions of WWE Superstars Roman Reigns and Sheamus. In celebration of the game’s one year anniversary, all players will receive WWE Immortals’ first Universal Support Card, allowing them to power up all of their characters. Players will also receive 35k Immortal Credits.

In addition, the latest update includes brand new Challenge Mode Triple H’s Ultimate Immortals Challenge, which gives players the opportunity to earn some of the game’s most rare and powerful characters. Also included in the update is a variety of new multiplayer content, such as the Fastlane multiplayer tournament for February’s WWE Fastlane Pay-per-view event, and new booster packs that give fans the opportunity to quickly power up their roster with their favorite WWE Superstars and Divas.

The update is rolling out now; the game remains free-to-play on the Play Store.

Gamble your money away on your mobile in Starburst [Sponsored]

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If you have a LeoVegas account, you can get started in Starburst right away. If not, you’ll get the Royal Welcome offer, which gives you free spins and other bonuses when you sign up.

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LeoVegas is virtual casino which currently provides over 350 gambling games across mobile, tablets, and PC.

Back in 2014, it won a bunch of awards for “Slot App of the Year”, “Mobile Casino Product of the Year”, and “Innovation in Mobile and Tablet”. It also placed in the EGR Power 50 list of most influential gaming operators.

Starburst and LeoVegas are available in the App Store right now. Check them out if you fancy some slots action.