GroupMe Gets Updated

GroupMe Gets Updated

May 31, 2016

Messaging utility GroupMe is getting an update.

Details:

WHAT’S NEW

* Find Friends now shows the address book email and number as well as the name
* Added support for Direct Share
* Improvements to sign up
* Improvements to GIF notifications
* General bug fixes and improvements

GroupMe is free on Google Play.

Assassin’s Creed Identity Review

Assassin’s Creed Identity Review

May 31, 2016

Assassin’s Creed Identity. Need we say more?

Hey, it’s only one of the more popular game franchises across the board. A new title on Android has a lot to live up to, and rightfully so.

Based on the game pedigree, we do expect topnotch graphics; fortunately, the game mostly delivers, with rich, descriptive looks buttressed with smooth animations and time-appropriate scenery. The game comes to life on screen in landscape, and along with the sounds, the media presentation is fantastic indeed.

Play-wise, the action gets right into it. After a few perfunctory pointers, one is presented with a hands on tutorial which gives an idea of how to use the controls. Movement is performed via virtual joystick (by default), and attacks are selected from a wheel selector. One learns to fight and become comfortable with the tasking and waypoint system, as well as how to use mapping system to figure out how to get to where one wants to go. It feels intuitive, and plays as such.

The control system provides options, which is always a good thing.

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As soon as this intro portion is done (as in the missions completed), one is welcomed to the game proper. The whole experience comes to life as an RPG adventure, what with the ability to pick a character, and customize him to a degree. There are different type of assassins with different skill sets, and more that can be unlocked. There are missions to complete, and goodies to attain, and XP helps one progress up the ranks. The game incorporates several elements to make it feel more authentic… stealth mode? Yep.

One great thing is the depth of content. There is a boatload of missions, and the diversity of action does a good job of keeping one engaged. It does get a tad busy at times, and even a bit formulaic, but the overall game is net positive.

Super Phantom Cat Hits the 400K Download Mark, Gets Android TV Version

Super Phantom Cat Hits the 400K Download Mark, Gets Android TV Version

May 31, 2016

Super Phantom Cat just hit a serious milestone: 400,000 downloads!

Super Phantom Cat is a retro-inspired 2D platformer that pays homage to 8- and 16-bit classics games. In Super Phantom Cat, players take on the role of Chemist White and embark on an action-packed journey through the Phantom World.

Also, the developer released a build compatible with Android TV.

ANDROID TV
Today, Veewo Games is unveiling Super Phantom Cat for Android TV devices. Perfectly suited to the high-quality controller packed in with the Nvidia Shield TV, the game plays like a dream and somehow manages to be even more impressive in the living room. If you were paying attention, you probably noticed that Super Phantom Cat was previously available in soft launch form. We’re happy to report that the game is now ready for your enjoyment :)

The game remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

May 31, 2016

I’ve played plenty of Lego games in my time. From Hobbits to Batmen, I’ve enjoyed the platforming fun they provide and appreciated the humour they manage to cram into their levels and their cut-scenes. I’ve never, however, played one of these games on a touchscreen mobile device.

So it took me no time to decide that I wanted to get my hands on LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. It’s essentially an action platformer set in the first 6 episodes of the Star Wars. Whilst some Star Wars fans will want to deny all existence of the prequels, fans of Luke Skywalker and Jar Jar Binks alike will have something to look forward to.sw2

The game itself is fairly straightforward. As it’s an action platformer you’re required to make your way through the levels, jumping from ledge to ledge and taking on all manner of enemies. Where it gets interesting is the way the LEGO license is used, as some puzzles within levels can only be completed by putting together LEGO bricks to make bridges and all manner of level-specific objects.

What’s amazing is the sheer amount of content that’s on offer. Each film, of which there are 6, is made up of multiple levels. Each level has multiple cut-scenes, all of which are full of humour and sure to delight kids both young and old. All of your favourite characters are playable (as well as some of the more obscure ones) and they all have different skills which means replaying levels is well worth doing. C3PO, for example, can’t run or jump but he can access control terminals which will unlock areas otherwise impossible to get to.

The only issue I encountered is the controls. This is a platforming game and as such it requires quite some precision to be able to complete some of the harder jumps. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga offers you two options. The first option is your standard on-screen controls, where you drag your thumb around and it acts like a normal controller. As is always the way with this type of control scheme, the lack of physical feedback when pressing buttons makes it less than ideal and will see you falling into Rancor pits.

The other solution is ‘tap controls’. This dumbs down the control scheme so that all you need to do is tap to where you want to go. For the more difficult jumps all you need to do is tap close to the ledge and then swipe upwards and the game does the difficult jump for you. This is too easy. I hate sounding like Goldilocks, but there’s no control scheme that’s ‘just right’ so I found myself with on-screen controls that were too hard or tap controls that were too easy.

It’s a real shame, as this would otherwise be a game I recommend without any hesitation. As it stands this is a game that I recommend but with the caveat that you need to be prepared to battle some wonky controls.

Swordbreaker Review

Swordbreaker Review

May 31, 2016

Swordbreaker seems like something one can get into.

It is a zany affair visually, and easily invokes medieval imagery, if a bit fantastical. It makes use of colors in an engaging way, with brightly illustrated stills depicting wild action scenes. One gets interesting creatures and occasionally gory scenes which, especially at the beginning, capture one’s attention while doing a better than decent job of framing the gameplay.

Getting into the playing action is easy. It utilizes a thought out backstory, and then proceeds on into a Choose Your Own Adventure vehicle to really get things going.

The beginning gives a great view as to how it works: our hero gets to a massive castle, and has to figure out how to get in; using a simple 1-2 (usually) option system, one gets to select how from a couple of options. Once in, us then presented with different scenarios based upon what choice one selected previously.

And so on…

There are interesting creatures to fight, and it us possible to make a bad move. If one does select a non-optimal path, the game just might lead one back a step or two and have another shot at getting further.

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What it boils down to is a varied adventure that allows the player to wade through a set of predetermined outcomes. It is fairly forgiving in the way it leads players down specific paths, but it also makes it a bit rigid; it could probably use more cohesive paths to make the whole thing more diverse.

It us a premium title that is self-contained, and one should tip a hat to the developer for providing a separate demo version.

All in all, it does manage to suck one in in parts, and it is a fairly cohesive experience, definitely worth sending quality time with the aforementioned demo.

Luna Chronicles Launches Worldwide

Luna Chronicles Launches Worldwide

May 31, 2016

Luna Chronicles is a new RPG game from Eyedentity Mobile, and it’s now available on Google Play.

Per the app page:

A stolen chalice. Orcs and Goblins on a murderous rampage. A land driven to insanity. All is not well in the once idyllic world of Luna, and it falls upon you to lead an expedition deep into the heart of darkness to assassinate your former brother in arms, Erega. Muster your courage, strengthen your heroes, and sharpen your wits as you face off against the forces of corruption in a grand adventure that will test both your brains and brawn!
FEATURES

★Show Your Tactical Genius★
• Tactical flexibility means your victories depend on skill and intelligence and not pure luck!

★Control the Battle★
• Take an active role in your soldiers’ combat tactics! You decide which abilities they use and when.

★Formulate Your Battle Plan★
• Personalize your squad’s battle formation with the Grid System to counter the enemy’s strategy!

★Be the Commander You Want to Be★
• Choose your playstyle between Offensive, Defensive and Balanced, and even select from three different auto-battle modes!

★Craft Your Army★
• A motley crew of knights, kunoichi, Battle Pandas, She-Serpents and more await your command. Level and Enhance them as they evolve into unstoppable combatants!

★Experiment and Hybridize★
• Fancy yourself a tanking warrior with healing powers? Create your own hybrid classes by using Skill Books to grant your heroes spells and powers well outside their expertise!

To celebrate its launch, the developer is sharing a special in-game code AB27F9B7A54F, which is good till June 30th 2016; the code entitles players to a package that consists of 4-star Hunter (Warrior Ally) + 50K Gold + 10 Keys.

The game is free (with in-app purchases).

Hockey Stars Review

Hockey Stars Review

May 31, 2016

NHL Playoffs are reaching their zenith, and in the down time, Hockey Stars might be the perfect time-waster.

For folks who grew up playing bottle top soccer, the game should bring back memories right from the get-go. The game plays in landscape orientation, and uses a playing area etched out in the general form of a hockey ice rink. The players look like the aforementioned bottle tops, being round in nature, and each team gets six play pieces.

The puck is smaller still, and comes in the familiar black. The artwork is better than utilitarian, and does the job of hs3underscoring the gameplay, with the top-down view and bright team coloration. The template is easy to understand, and comes to life intuitively.

The gameplay is equally easy to get into. The control mechanism is gesture based, and involves dragging and directing a player piece to hit the puck — hopefully into opponents net, or with that in goal. The brief tutorial is all one really needs… pull to “build” momentum, release. Rinse and repeat.

And then it’s off to play. One can try out the mini-games, play with friends, practice offline or go 1 on 1 online (tourney play is noted as being on the way). We cut our teeth in the 1v1 mode.

This is an online battler for goodies, with different locations that have varying “entry” fees. The game is timed turn-based, so both players have a chance to do damage one after the other. With a bit of experience, strategic options do begin to show themselves. Protecting one’s goal is obviously very important, and one can use rebounding and deflections advantageously. The physics aspect is well-done, as the objects usually act like one would expect similar pieces to do in real life. At the base level, two goals wins, so being able to score quickly is key.

There is an entry fee, and winner takes all. Goodies can be used to improve attributes, and there is a leveling component. Doing well allows one to eventually unlock stuff like new formations and even whole teams and countries which can be useful against better opponents.

It is a surprisingly fleshed out experience despite the simplistic cover. It did have a hiccup here and there, but for the most part, the positives heavily outweigh any perceived negatives, and the free-to-play aspect makes it easy to try. The little add-ons (like mini-games) are a plus as well.

Drive Ahead! Adds Wi-Fi Multiplayer Feature via Update

Drive Ahead! Adds Wi-Fi Multiplayer Feature via Update

May 31, 2016

Dodreams Ltd’s racing game Drive Ahead! just announced a new update; this update adds wi-fi multiplayer.

WHAT’S NEW

Play now in Wi-Fi multiplayer mode! Battle your friend on two devices through the same Wi-Fi network!
• Wi-Fi cross-platform local multiplayer mode

The game remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Microsoft Word Gets an Update

Microsoft Word Gets an Update

May 31, 2016

Microsoft Word keeps on getting tweaked, which is great for its users; the latest update is as follows:

WHAT’S NEW

• You’re the expert with Tell Me: Save time and focus on your work by finding the right command when you need it
• Merge and split cells: Merge cells to make a heading span across columns, or split cells to show the right level of detail

The app remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Reddit is Fun Gets an Update

Reddit is Fun Gets an Update

May 30, 2016

Reddit is fun is adding some new features.

Per Google Play, the latest update brings:

WHAT’S NEW

4.1.13 (May 13):
• (4.1.13) Fix UI bugs
• Settings > About > Suggest ideas
• Block users via Inbox replies
• Forget accounts after logout

The new update is live now.

Youda Survivor Goes Free for a Limited Time

Youda Survivor Goes Free for a Limited Time

May 30, 2016

Youda Survivor is free on Google Play and Amazon Appstore courtesy of G5.

Game details:

Free for a limited time! Don’t miss out!
For all real strategy games fans – the most frenzied adventure yet! Can you survive on a mysterious island as well as find your way back home? Try it out in Youda Survivor. Here is your chance to become a real Robinson Crusoe. You will have to win over the hearts of the native tribe by proving that you are the one person that can save them from cunning pirates. Obtain mystical tribal items with magical powers; learn rituals which you can use to control the weather and use special machines to advance in your quest. Learn the secrets of tribal diets and boil powerful potions to make you stronger. Prove that you have what it takes to survive anywhere and under any circumstances.

● 80 Amazing levels
● 5 Extra powers: rain, wind, lightning, birds and monkeys
● 11 Exotic animals
● Fast-paced action
● Exciting adventure
● Upgrades, bonuses and awards
● Survive a deserted island!

The game is free through June 5th; check out the trailer below.

Miniclip.com Brings Thunderbirds to Android

Miniclip.com Brings Thunderbirds to Android

May 30, 2016

Yes… the supermarionation adventure is back; Thunderbirds Are Go: Team Rush is out on Google Play.

International Rescue, we have a situation!
An evil mastermind is trying to take over the world… And only you can stop him! Join International Rescue on an amazing adventure full of action, hi-tech gadgets and the mighty Thunderbirds!

Are you ready to save the world from The Hood?

EXPERIENCE THE FIRST-EVER TEAM RUNNER!
Join International Rescue and run with your team through a rich variety of environments and challenges!

PLAY WITH DIFFERENT GADGETS AND VEHICLES!
Pilot the legendary craft from the series: Thunderbirds Are Go. Unlock and upgrade high-tech gadgets!

DEFEAT THE HOOD!
Travel across the world collecting clues to find the secret base of the Hood and stop his evil plan!

ENJOY AN ACTION-PACKED STORY!
Solve the mystery behind a sudden cyber-attack and run with Kayo and the Tracy brothers! Work with Brains and MAX. Help Lady Penelope, Parker and Colonel Casey!

LEAD INTERNATIONAL RESCUE AND UPGRADE TRACY ISLAND!
Gather resources, collectibles and upgrade your team and Tracy Island itself! Become the hero behind International Rescue success!

FEATURES
• Team-based action!
• Your favourite heroes from the animated series!
• The mighty Thunderbirds!
• Hi-tech gadgets!
• Epic boss battles!
• A rich story to uncover!
• Incredible environments from around the world and outer space!

The game is free (with in-app purchases); check out the trailer below.

[Via Miniclip.com Blog]