Jayenkai’s NeonPlar Extreme, a new co-op/multiplayer 2D action game has been released for OUYA. It features shiny graphics and a single screen of bright, neon gameplay per level. I have no idea, what’s going on in NeonPlat Extreme, but it seems like fun. OUYA users are advised to find it on their device browser, and the rest can look here: NeonPlat Extreme on OUYA Website.
Imgur is a great image-sharing service that lets users seamlessly upload and view images, without requiring registration. There are lots of reasons why many people (me included) use it as their image hosting program of choice, and now there’s a couple reasons more. The new update brought to its Android app a Tablet mode, and changed its upper and side bars to use device’s native menus. The app can be downloaded fore free from here: Imgur on Google Play.
The original game is called The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth, and it’s a free-to-play economic strategy of sorts. It’s now gotten an expansion pack that brings in the characters and other content from the upcoming second part of the trilogy. Battling Smaug will be enabled on the same date that the movie hits the theatres: 17th of December. The game can be downloaded for free from here: The Hobbit: Kingdoms on Google Play.
Zombie Volcano reminds me of Time Surfer quite a lot, although its style is a lot different from that. The core gameplay is basically the same. There’s a zombie head that flies out from a mountain. The player needs to tap at the right moment, so it would go out with the most speed, and then control it, as it stone-skips across the shallow water. Actually, it shouldn’t do that, as going through water quickly drains its “fuel” reserves. To not lose them the head should bump from the little islands. Even better would be to bump into some sort of object, like a human, or cloud, or many other strange little objects in the world of Zombie Volcano – it’ll get a slight speed and fuel recharge.
If the head bumps into an ascending cliff, it’ll get an upward speed boost, and if it falls into a lava, it’ll also replenish its fuel. The farer the head flies, the less land there is, and the harder it is to not fall into water. There’s a way to make it a bit easier, though. There are special offerings that are picked up upon start, and work through the level. They can be set before the beginning, and are bought with the coins. The real world US coins, I mean. They can also be gotten from the game, but I still can’t understand how.
The control is performed by an astonishing one button. Actually, there aren’t any buttons. Pressing anywhere will make the head gain a downward acceleration, and fall straight downwards, bumping into whatever is beneath it. The player should notice the incoming islands, or objects, and press the button at the right time.
Although the controls and the core mechanics are more than basic, and the graphics – quite primitive, Zombie Volcano doesn’t feel like a cheap game. On the contrary, it’s surprisingly addictive and enjoyable, and has a nice, simple design that’s pleasing the eye. It may have something to do with the fact that there’s a very nice 8-bit remix of Edvard Grieg’s “In the hall of the mountain king” playing in the background, but I thoroughly enjoyed this little adventure, and think that it’s a nice way to kill fifteen minutes here and there.
Pocket is a great service that allows getting information from the web a lot easier and handier. There’s a couple of interesting features in the update. The most important is Auto-save feature. With it, when saving anything for Pocket, you’ll have an ability to tag, share, or open it in the Pocket at once. Another thing present is an improved video handling. Pocket can be downloaded for free from here: Pocket on Google Play.
Jetpack Joyride is on its way to becoming a mobile classic, having been released more than two years ago, and it still gets new updates! The new update offers the palyers a chance to ride dream machine of death. Strong Arm Machine, or S.A.M. will be available to all players for a ride per day, if they collect three flying tokens. Riding this monster every day, for five days, they will be granted a special outfit, alongside various daily rewards. Jetpack Joyride can be downloaded for free from here: Jetpack Joyride on Google Play.
In Banana Kong, the players can learn an important lesson: eventually, your possessions and greed turn on you. And the more things you get, the harder they will fall on your head, and no matter how long you run, they will eventually bury you. Unless you have a hog you can ride on. This is where the analogy kind of falls apart for me.
Banana Kong is a standard platformer, where t has to run rightward from an advancing avalanche of banana peels, jumping up and down, and gliding away from obstacles, and towards cash/power-ups. Bananas are a natural replacement for coins in Banana Kong, and they serve two functions. Of course, they act as money, with various upgrades, per-run power-ups, and outfits being available from an in-game store – but they also fill a gauge on the upper left angle of the screen. When it fills up, the protagonist can perform a fast dash forward that pushes him through any obstacles or dangers, and gives a leg up against the banana-launch. It’s a simple addition, but when used properly, can be a serious help in the most dire of situations. The level in Banana Kong is actually divided into four layers. The basic, jungles, and three sub-levels that can be accessed by performing banana dash in the correct places. For example, there is an underground level, in which the aforementioned hog can be found. It can smash through any obstacles and give bonus bananas for it. Each level has its own interesting mechanics, design, and hazards, branching the basic gameplay in different directions.
Banana Kong is a great infinite runner – and I don’t think I should say anything beyond that. It’s not very unique, and every mechanic that it offers, I’ve already seen in other runners. That said, its quality is above great. Everything works flawlessly, and the whole game feels like a consistent, flawlessly executed ride. Maybe it’s not as graphically awesome as Temple Run, but it still has high-quality, colorful graphics that are a notch above all the usual 2D games. So, if you aren’t sick of infinite runners just yet, it’s a finely done jungle adventure. By the way, the ads are annoying, but pressing the “back” key removes one immediately.
Today, Any.do has released its new app that may not blow your mind, but will keep you from forgetting about that dentist’s appointment. It’s a calendar and a reminder with minimalistic interface that offers various services, like synchronization with Google Calendar and Google Maps. This little app can be downloaded for free from here: Cal – Calendar by Any.do On Google Play.
Dead Ahead is an endless driver with some really interesting gameplay elements that definitely put it above the usual infinite platformers or actions. Well, it’s not like Dead Ahead doesn’t have all the usual routine like ads, special offers that ease up the gameplay, and a sprawling in-app purchase system, but in free-to-play games it’s always a matter of whether the gameplay is interesting enough to ignore these issues, and in Dead Ahead, it kind of is.
The main hero is a young man, who was unlucky enough to survive a zombie apocalypse with a still-beating heart, and now needs to escape a zombie horde that’s chasing him at a surprising pace. He’s smart enough to not go by foot, though, and is riding a kick-ass Vespa. Maybe not really kick-ass, but it does get the job done. The player needs to control the vehicle as it swerves through ghoul-infested highway. To do that, the player needs to keep a finger on one side of the screen and swipe it up and down to turn the bike. There are also two buttons on another part of the screen to accelerate the bike, and to shoot your weapon. Did I mention there’s also a weapon? The trick is that the weapon isn’t used to kill the zombies in front of the hero – the vehicle handles them more than fine – but in the back.
The hero can die from two things: either he smashes head-on into some debris on the road, or the zombies behind him get to him. They can be killed with guns, but the guns aren’t perfect and require reloading, so it’s really handy – and fun! – that the zombies are , and don’t have a problem running into different obstacles themselves. With correct leadership, they can actually smash into the inert zombies that you’ve missed, and smash into a happy red pulp together.
I didn’t mention a lot of things, because there’s too many of them to mention. There are missions that give gold and unlock new gear, different levels that are more challenging, and offer more gold. By the way, gold in Dead Ahead is relatively simple to obtain. There are power-ups that give a temporary boost, and if you missed them, can be blown up, along with zombies in the back. Dead Ahead is ripe with interesting mechanics, and I liked it quite a lot. If you’re not too irritated by the free-to-play mechanics (and they are kind of irritating), this game is great.
The deal is simple. First, you pre-order upcoming anime-based mix of a slot game, and a role-playing card game, published by Gamevil, and called Kaizin Rumble. Next, when it’s released on 11th of December, you get special, rare cards that are worth $60 in the store. You can pre-order the game here: Kaizin Rumble Website. Or, you can join the club here: Kaizin Rumble on Facebook.
Finally! Dead Ahead is an astounding action game, where the player rides a bike, smashing and shooting zombies to pieces, trying to get as far as possible. It’s got fine graphics, and quite an exciting gameplay for a free-to-play game. Let’s just say that I like this game a lot. It’s available for free from here: Dead Ahead on Google Play.
Spindio is an online music streaming and livestreaming web application that allows people to search for local live gigs on a Google Maps-like map, and preview and find information on artists in the same window. It’s an interesting project, and it seems to work fine already – for selected cities in US for now. It doesn’t have a separate app, so it can only be accessed via mobile browser here: Spindio Official Website.