Civil War Arrives on Campus of Marvel Avengers Academy

Civil War Arrives on Campus of Marvel Avengers Academy

May 5, 2016

As we continue to take in the alternate superhero experience that is MARVEL Avengers Academy, we get to add in current-ish projects into the mix.

Civil War has come to campus. Via update no less.

The new build brings the latest Avengers major motion picture to the fore, with a plot especially aligned with the Marvel Avengers Academy universe.

Per the press release:

Following MARVEL Avengers Academy’s Guardians of the Galaxy update last month, the Avengers Academy finds itself in a vulnerable state as the threat of incoming enemies heightens the need for campus safety. Captain America and Iron Man take leadership as the two opposing pillars with vastly different opinions on how to best defend the Avengers Academy, albeit this isn’t merely a campus election at stake – lives are on the line!

Captain America, ever responsible and traditional in his methods, is determined to set up a training facility in order to better train the students. Meanwhile, Iron Man, the self-proclaimed genius with a supply of everlasting ego and charm, believes in building an army of robots to protect Avengers Academy.

These two very different takes on solving the same dilemma force students to choose teams: Captain America vs Iron Man. Lines will be divided between former friends as teams are recruited. Each week, players will unlock a new piece of the Civil War story and different quests and prizes will be available depending on the Super Hero players choose. Foes who were once friends will battle it out in combat and in school-wide activities, such as arm-wrestling, aimed to test students at their very best skills. Who will receive a passing score and be most prepared when Hydra and their band of misfit Super Villains pay a menacing visit on-campus all leading up to one final showdown?

New students enrolling in this brand new update for MARVEL Avengers Academy include Captain America’s long-lost friend, Bucky Barnes, aka the dangerous Winter Soldier, who isn’t quite looking to fondly reminisce about the old times. This update also sees the long-awaited introduction of Black Panther, donning a slick outfit, incredible moves, and a mysterious agenda that may just change the Academy forever.

School will officially be out of session if Hydra takes over and it’s up to the players to save it!

We certainly enjoyed checking the game out; it remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

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[Our MARVEL Avengers Academy Review]

Clash Royale Gets New Content via Update

Clash Royale Gets New Content via Update

May 5, 2016

Clash Royale is getting better and stronger via an update which is bringing a host of new things.

WHAT’S NEW

SIX NEW CARDS
– New Common Card: Fire Spirits
– New Rare Card: Furnace
– New Epic Card: Guards
– New Legendary Cards: Lava Hound, Miner, Sparky
MORE REWARDS
– Gold: Receive Gold for each win, even when your chest slots are full
– Crown Chest: Contains twice as much!
SPECTATING
– TV Royale: Watch the best battles from any Arena
– Friendly Battles: Spectate Friendly Battles live and throw confetti!
BALANCE
– Card Balance: We’ve re-balanced a few cards, visit www.clashroyale.com to find out more

It certainly caught our fancy when we reviewed it; the update is available now on Google Play.

Ingress Gets a Quick Update

Ingress Gets a Quick Update

May 5, 2016

Ingress is getting a touch-up.

WHAT’S NEW

Client Release Notes
Join the investigation to uncover the truth behind the portals at http://investigate.ingress.com.
Checkout upcoming Ingress events at http://www.ingress.com/event
FEATURES/FIXES v1.99.1
* Based on player feedback, the location of Lawson powercubes has been reordered
* Bug fixes

Ingress remains free on Google Play.

Fishdom: Deep Dive Tips and Tricks

Fishdom: Deep Dive Tips and Tricks

May 5, 2016

Ah…

Who knew that pairing an underwater, leveled match-3 adventure with a virtual aquarium system could be so addictive? After countless hours of, um… “research” into Fishdom, we kinda, sorta stumbled on several strategies that make one’s matching efforts easier, and maybe even a bit more enjoyable.

Strap in.

Be conservative. Save the purple jewels, because they serve as the game lifeline, and can be used to extend taps and time. Still, it makes sense to hold onto them as long as possible, as there are very stubborn levels that almost call for them to be used. As a rule of thumb, it makes a lot of sense to retry a level several times before resorting to jewel-fueled continues.

Recent updates to the iOS version bring the ability to pick up coins here and there by watching ads, and hopefully this comes to Android soon. Real cash sales do occur, but it does pay to be a bit miserly with goodies at the beginning.

Do your chores: Goodies and boosts can be bought with real money, but don’t forget to do the basics like feeding fish and cleaning bowls. The payouts aren’t groundbreaking, but they do add up.

Become acquainted with level-specific goals: As the game goes deeper, several foils are added in. One sees stuff like boxes, tires, frosted pieces and more. Before starting, especially with the timed levels, take a moment or two to study the layout, and look for an opening match — or two — of consequence.

Know exactly what is supposed to be cleared; don’t waste precious taps or swaps uselessly clearing, say, chains when you are supposed to be focusing on the silver tile in the opposite corner.

Learn and use special tricks: Learning to make and use the special explosives comes naturally, but it really pays to pick one trick up early: swapping adjacent lightning pieces.

Now, we won’t spoil this too much for y’all; it takes a bit of skill and a lot of luck to create such an opportunity, but the resulting effect is cool and well worth trying.

Oh, okay… we’ll give you a video clip of it, courtesy of the Fishdom forums:

Bottom line? It helps to sometimes be patient with the lightning, up to and including causing cascades to get them together.

Speaking of (and perhaps most importantly of all)…

Visit the Fishdom Forums: Developer Playrix hosts a forum, and it allows folks to discuss levels, link videos, make Facebook friendships and offer feen support. Staffers make an appearance too, and ask questions. There are plenyt of users with a lot of knowledge.

If one is stuck at a particular level, it might be worth one’s time to visit; this is probably the best advice of all.

ENJOY!

[Our Fishdom: Deep Dive Review]

Adobe Acrobat Reader Gets an Update

Adobe Acrobat Reader Gets an Update

May 5, 2016

Adobe Acrobat Reader is getting a fix courtesy of an update rolling out now.

WHAT’S NEW

16.1
Fixed issue when viewing documents containing Chinese, Japanese, and Korean fonts on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Bug fixes

The app is free on Google Play.

NOAA Weather Radar & Alerts Makes its way to Android

NOAA Weather Radar & Alerts Makes its way to Android

May 5, 2016

Popular weather application NOAA Weather Radar & Alerts has shed its iOS exclusivity with its arrival on Google Play.

Excerpts from the app description page:

NOAA Weather Radar is a powerful yet easy-to-use weather station right on your device. Real-time animated weather radar images on a highly interactive map enhanced with severe weather warnings and alerts for your exact location won’t let bad weather take you by surprise!

This sophisticated and highly intuitive app reflects the real-time conditions and provides you with detailed meteo data you need to know: current and “Feels Like” temperature, today’s Min/Max, chance of precipitation and humidity, pressure changes, wind speed, visibility details and much more. Precise and reliable weather radar tracks the latest weather activity to secure you on road trips.

Take a quick look at current weather conditions or go advanced and take the most of the top notch functionality of the app:
Real-time animated weather radar images on a highly interactive map enhanced with severe weather warnings and alerts will meet the needs even of the most demanding users.

The app is free with optional in-app purchases.

New Voice-Controlled Game ‘VocaBall’ Launches on Google Play

New Voice-Controlled Game ‘VocaBall’ Launches on Google Play

May 4, 2016

Now this is interesting…

VocaStudios just dropped a new game on Google Play; what’s unique with VocaBall is that it requires one to use one’s voice as the main controller.

Well… if we’re gonna give kudos for being different, VocaBall might me quite worthy.

Per Google Play:

Use your voice to slide VocaBall and create a sequence.

blast other VocaBalls to stay in the game!

Connect with facebook to compete for the best score in the world.

Don’t touch! This app is fully functional using voice only…

We might not be able to resist giving this one a formal look; it is free on the Play Store.

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Rapper Fetty Wap Headlines New Game ‘Fetty Wap: Nitro Nation Stories’

Rapper Fetty Wap Headlines New Game ‘Fetty Wap: Nitro Nation Stories’

May 3, 2016

Having musicians associated with mobile games isn’t that new of a concept, so it might not be too surprising, bu welcome nonetheless; thus we get Fetty Wap:Nitro Nation Stories, a new game from creative Mobile.

The game merges the popular artist with the Nitro Nation franchise, giving folks a free-to-race title.

Per the press release:

This game is a single + multiplayer racing adventure, with a story driven plot line and the ability to crash and smash into your opponents, upgrade and customize your cars and more.

Main features include
· Real licensed street and race cars from BMW, Cadillac, Ford, Jaguar, Dodge, and many more…

· Variety of racing modes, players can race each other using a split screen on the same device

· Compatibility with Apple TV and Android TV

· Win real rewards – Each week a top player in the Underground Tournament is eligible to receive a unique promo code that will give them real rewards and merchandise signed by Fetty Wap and Monty.

As already noted, Fetty Wap:Nitro Nation Stories is free with optional IAPs.

New game ‘Rocket Beast’ launches on Google Play

New game ‘Rocket Beast’ launches on Google Play

May 3, 2016

Renown Android developer Brutal Studio has a new game out called Rocket Beast… and Android gets it first via the Play Store.

Per Google Play:

There was a time. When silky hair was the dream of every man. While the war was raging, shampoo was the greatest wealth man could possess and it was scarce. But the Gods of shampoo have now given you a powerful weapon, to claim back your stolen shampoo! Use your powers wisely.

A funny action game where you must control your powerful rocket missile and take out the bad enemy targets. Try to get all your shampoo back in this casual puzzle action game. And if you need any help, you can buy optional items such as Slow Motion Potions, Extra Fuel, Missile Power Ups, Blast Grenades and more. Good luck!

MAIN GAME FEATURES:

ROCKET LAUNCHER
You must control your rocket missile through paths and obstacles to take out the enemies.

PORTALS & BOOSTERS
In some levels you will use portals and boosters to reach new areas or increase difficulty.

COMPLETE ACHIEVEMENTS
Try to be the best and then share your achievements with friends.

ITEMS & PERKS
Buy special perks and items that will help you cause even more mayhem.
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OPTIONAL FEATURES:

✔ Share completed achievements!
✔ Rate our game!
✔ Follow us on social networks!
✔ Buy coin packs to upgrade or acquire new weapons faster!
✔ Remove ads for a small fee. (This is how we can keep making great games!)

The game is free (with optional in-app purchases) on Google Play; the trailer is below.

[via Rocket Beast Website and Google Play]

Evernote Improves Data Entry Tools via Update

Evernote Improves Data Entry Tools via Update

May 2, 2016

Evernote is getting updated, allowing the well regarded note-taking utility to add in-app features like special text attributes, amongst other things.

New:
– Many enhancements to the editing experience
– Support for strikethrough, subscript, and superscript text styles
– Camera now automatically detects and captures business cards, documents, whiteboards, Post-it ® Notes and receipts
– Ability to mark up images and PDFs
– Select multiple notes at once
– ‘Trash’ can now be emptied

Fixed:
– Fixed many note display and note editing bugs
– Various bug fixes and stability improvements

Evernote remains free, with premium features available for purchase.

Toodledo Gets Bug Fixes and More via Update

Toodledo Gets Bug Fixes and More via Update

May 2, 2016

Cross-platform task management app Toodledo is getting some enhancements courtesy of an update rolling out now.

+ Fixed a bug where tapping on the widget wouldn’t launch the app or would crash
+ If you are viewing a folder when you add a new note, the note will default to being in that folder.
+ If you have partially added a new task when you are interrupted by a phone call or something else, you will no longer lose that task when you return to the app.
+ Fixed a few other small bugs.

Toodledo remains free on the Play Store.

The Abandoned Review

The Abandoned Review

Apr 30, 2016

Nothing beats the outdoor, especially when you don’t need to be outdoor… something like that. Safe capers come and go, and The Abandoned looks to be one Android users won’t forget soon.

It’s a survival adventure; to begin, the player is presented with a post-apocalyptic backstory. For an unknown reason, a part of the land becomes isolated, with weird happening and creatures in its dangerous, unexplored confines. The player takes on the persona of a helicopter passenger that is marooned in this area due to an accident.

The adventure begins.

The game is absorbed in first person (via landscape orientation), allowing one to consume the hi-def 3D graphics that define the gameplay; denizens of Minecraft might feel somewhat comfortable in the environment. It is an expressive representation, able to incorporate a natural feel with its deliberate use of colors. Animations are mostly smooth (despite the occasional stutter), and the use of highlights to help the gameplay along is relatively subtle. The sounds match the looks. Movement is facilitated by a liberal touch joystick.

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There are three gameplay flavors (Story, Adventure and Survival); we couldn’t help but get into Story mode, which gives a great taste of the game. One starts wandering almost immediately… there are helpful dialogue boxes that provides hints and instructions, and it becomes apparent that, at the core, quickly completing tasks is a major element. With that, one learns how to collect materials, and then how to craft more complex tools, and even how to use them. Collected materials can be stored for future use.

Now, a lot of thought is put into the survival aspect; remember, this is the Exclusion Zone after all. One needs to find food, do rudimentary stuff like build fires and such, and create the tools to do so. In this sense, the elements are fairly interconnected, providing a logical sequence of actions. At the risk of being a spoiler one needs to watch one’s back, because there are a lot of unexplained creatures.

One can earn XP points, which can be used to improve one’s attributes.

It’s definitely an interesting going, with plenty of suspense and a heaping of implied creativity. It was temperamental in parts, but is overall a premium game, even with the optional extra in-app purchases.