Causality Review

Causality Review

Apr 24, 2017

Simple puzzle games are always potential charmers, and Causality is a new-ish one we couldn’t turn away from.

To start out, the gameplay shows up as being relatively easy. You, the player, take control of an astronaut stranded on a weird world, and look to get him to safety.

But these are very, very weird lands. Weird creatures, landscapes and such, but especially weird happenings: multiple instances of self that the player comes across while traversing the playing area, and the ability to go back and forth in time.

The multiple instances manifest as several astronauts, which start to appear after the first few cursory, introductory levels. The main idea is to guide the astronaut along the tricky squared path to an end square, at which point the level ends.

Soon, one has to deal with the first “extra” astronaut; with the use of the direction buttons, one can play around with which path to make them take. Solving the puzzles sometimes means getting to a button which opens a path, and then figuring out how to double back to get to the endpoint.

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The game also makes use of time limits, so doing solving before time runs out is key. If failed, one can reverse time to try another sequence of movements.

The game goes on and on, gradually increasing in difficulty, with more space gear-clad pieces making their way onto the playing area. The main goal remains; get the different colors from point A to the color-matching end square, avoiding all obstacles in the way.

If it feels a bit like the Go series of games, the familiality will be delightfully excused; the time manipulation concept works well to create interesting solutions. Because of the design, one is also able to correct mistakes at the point of creation, and also play around with different paths.

It plays as easy as itis to get into it, and has plenty of levels available.

Mixvibes’ Remixlive gets an update

Mixvibes’ Remixlive gets an update

Apr 24, 2017

Remixlive – drum & play loops is a musical dream; the app allows creatives to simulate track laying and mixing on mobile devices.

It’s getting an update:

WHAT’S NEW

// IMPROVED IMPORT OF SAMPLES
You can now set manually the bpm when importing samples, or change it after.
You can specify & change key of samples, especially for imported samples.
// TUTORIALS:
You asked them, we are doing them: NEW sidebar section containing tutorials.
The tutorials are on the sidebar menu on the left, just below the Import Sounds section.
Free to ask questions in the comments section of our video tutorials.

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

Chrome Remote Desktop adds audio-listening functionality and more

Chrome Remote Desktop adds audio-listening functionality and more

Apr 24, 2017

For folks on the go, Chrome Remote Desktop can be a lifesaver; the app/utility allows users to tap in remotely to Windows and Linux machines with Chrome browser installed from Android devices and Chromebooks.

We certainly have an affinity to it, to say the least.

Now, the app gets a bit more useful with some new additions and tweaks to the Android application.

The latest build allows users to listen to audio hosted on Linux and Windows computers, it also adds new disconnection methods, and adds some other touches.

Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

• Listen to audio from Windows or Linux computers.
• Remove unwanted connections by long-pressing on the computer name.
• Smoother pinch-to-zoom and two-finger scrolling.
• New Help & Feedback screen.

It remains free on Google Play.

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Justice League Action Run Review

Justice League Action Run Review

Apr 24, 2017

As DC looks to close the mindshare gap between it and the other guys, consumers have been blessed with all sorts of content, especially movies. With those movies (and the burgeoning DC/Justice League Universe), ge get the almost ubiquitous movie tie-in mobile games.

Like Justice League Action Run, based off of the team and Cartoon Network show Justice League Action.

No mystery here… it’s a three-laned runner, yes, but looks to step beyond that simple descriptor with a bunch of enjoyable gimmicks.jlar3

At the beginning, the game leads you on a learning journey. Pick your noble champions from a stable that includes the Man of Steel, the Dark Knight, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Firestorm. But wait… you get to pick three stars for each run? Interesting. Yes, each hero has cool abilities, and it’s possible to “switch” during a run.

The runs themselves are fun to get into, and the missions help spice up the familiar fare. One mission might be to collect items with a time trial, another to “follow” a baddie fir a set distance without getting tripped up. As hinted at, there are special powers that can be triggered, and there are several times it pays to be aware of a changing perspective.

Sometimes, the hunter becomes the hunted…

New characters can be unlocked, there are boosts, leveling and challenges. The game even tosses in boss fights for good measure.

Visually, the game does a good job of bringing Metropolis, Gotham City and Darkseid’s fiery Apokolips to life, with the characterizations being

Now, the game mostly manages to avoid the trap that most three-laned runners seem to fall in: swiping around, over and beneath obstacles has been done so frequently and so well that it’s stuff to set a game apart from the crowd. The elements in Justice League Action Run aren’t necessarily genre-defining, or unique, but they are placed well together, and feel almost natural in the DC Universe that the game is immersed in.

App promo! G5’s Mystery of the Crystal Portal is on sale for limited time

App promo! G5’s Mystery of the Crystal Portal is on sale for limited time

Apr 24, 2017

Mystery of the Crystal Portal is on sale on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

For a limited time, that is.

Featuring innovative hidden object gameplay, an intriguing storyline, and stunning full-screen graphics, The Mystery of the Crystal Portal is a thrilling escape for the whole family. Embark on a brain-bending adventure with Nicole, whose father went missing after making a discovery that could “change the course of humanity”. Nicole searches the globe on an eye-popping quest to discover the truth behind his invention.

TRY IT FREE, THEN UNLOCK THE FULL ADVENTURE FROM WITHIN THE GAME!

● 7 Picturesque Settings
● 22 Levels and Mini-Games
● Loads of Brain-Bending Fun
● Use pinch to zoom in and out to find all objects
● Free hints when you are stuck or buy them to speed up your progress

$0.99 gets you the whole game. The sale ends on April 30th.

Justice League Action Run gets an update

Justice League Action Run gets an update

Apr 23, 2017

Warner Bros’ Justice League Action Run is picking up some new goodies and tweaks via an update.

Details:

WHAT’S NEW

We’ve made improvements in gameplay performance and load times, and added some new content!
Expand your team with new heroes including:
• Hawkman
• Swamp Thing
Upgrade, equip, and assemble your team with new outfits, and gear for the following heroes:
• Superman
• Wonder Woman
• Firestorm

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

Kongregate and FoxNet Games Collaborate to bring Office Space: Idle Profits to Android

Kongregate and FoxNet Games Collaborate to bring Office Space: Idle Profits to Android

Apr 21, 2017

Office Space: Idle Profits is out on Google Play, courtesy of FoxNet Games and Kongregate.

You are a disgruntled employee at Initech and layoffs are imminent. You need a plan to get back at the company, big time. Team up with Peter, Samir, and Michael to install a virus in the company’s mainframe that will siphon undetectable pennies out of each department and place it in your own retirement account. It’s basically the plot to Superman 3.

If you’re successful, you and your friends will be rich, and when Lumbergh discover that the money is missing, he’ll look like a fool. But first, you’ll have to start at the basement…

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store.

Vivid Games is back with Real Boxing Manny Pacquiao

Vivid Games is back with Real Boxing Manny Pacquiao

Apr 21, 2017

Vivid Games is no stranger to boxing games, and its latest Google Play entry definitely pays homage to one of the greatest ever.

Real Boxing Manny Pacquiao is out and ready for our playing pleasure.

If the trailer is to believed, we have a pretty fun-looking game that brings realistic-feeling action to the mobile screen.

In the feature-filled Real Boxing Manny Pacquiao players can compete in a variety of game modes. From kickstarting a boxing career in training mini-games, through comprehensive career mode, to dedicated Manny Pacquiao Challenges and online multiplayer Weekly Tournaments, every pugilism enthusiast will feel right at home. Packed with extra features and robust customization options, the game also offers Manny Pacquiao licensed boxing gear & exclusive in-game items to unlock.

It’s available to download for free; it also has in-app purchases.

Check out the trailer below:

Samsung and Google Play Music announce partnership

Samsung and Google Play Music announce partnership

Apr 21, 2017

Samsung and Google Play Music are coming together to bring a new default music player to new Samsung devices.

Now, when folks purchase a new Samsung phone or tablet (beginning with the freshly released Galaxy S8 or S8+) they’ll find that Google Play Music is the default music utility on said devices. According to the release, Google will be working with Samsung to create special tweaks for Samsung users.

The collaboration also means that new Samsung device owner can also upload and access 100,000 pieces of their own music.

That’s twice as much music as is regularly allowed for new Samsung device owners.

[via The Keyword Blogpost]

Digidiced brings board game Terra Mystica to mobile

Digidiced brings board game Terra Mystica to mobile

Apr 21, 2017

Berlin-based Digidiced is arguably the king of digitized board games, and we definitely are not complaining about its latest offering: a digital, Android-bound version of popular board game Terra Mystica.

The game is available now on Google Play.

In a world of fantasy, called Terra Mystica, 14 races are fighting together or individually against their opponents to gain power and territory.

Using their resources smartly and terraforming wisely to gain supremacy and lead their own settlers to victory. The original digital conversion of the highly decorated Terra Mystica board game of Helge Ostertag and Jens Drögemüller.

Play against other players world wide or challenge the computer opponent.

This game is a premium title — $9.99 gets the whole thing.

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National Archaeological Museum-backed ‘Father and Son’ arrives on Google Play

National Archaeological Museum-backed ‘Father and Son’ arrives on Google Play

Apr 21, 2017

Father and Son is an interesting game that centers around National Archaeological Museum and Naples, and takes the player on an all-encompassing journey.

Father and Son is an adventure that takes off from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, a cultural institution housing some of humanity’s greatest artifacts and treasures.

What begins as the story of a son who never knew his father becomes a universal and ageless tale, with the present and the past making up the setting for Michael’s travels. Seek for yourself the beauties of Naples, experience the last hours of life in Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, and explore the ordinary day-to-day life in Ancient Egypt.

The past is what makes our present real.

This one has a check-in feature; to commemorate its launch, the game is offering a t-shirt to the first 50 players who complete the game.

The game is free on Google Play.

Check out the trailer:

Glitchnap and Noodlecake Studios pair to drop Invert

Glitchnap and Noodlecake Studios pair to drop Invert

Apr 21, 2017

Invert is a new game from Glitchnap that arrives on Google Play under the Noodlecake banner.

We hear this one is a puzzle, one that might even invoke the good old Rubik’s Cube.

Details (per Google Play):

In Invert you press buttons around a tile grid that flip a certain pattern of tiles. Your goal is to make all tiles the same color using as few moves as possible. Easy to solve, but hard to solve well.

GAME MODES
– Campaign: Solve levels in certain amount of moves. Take as much time as you need – there’s no time limit.
– Challenge: Solve levels against the clock. Use as many moves as you want.
– Expert: Similar to Challenge Mode, but a lot harder. Like, a *lot* harder.

FEATURES
– 20 mind-bending patterns with 1000’s of combinations
– Over 120 hand crafted levels
– Custom soundtrack per level
– 2 unique gameplay modes
– 1 expert mode.
– 0 distracting advertisements or commercials

Invert carries a one-time price of $2.99.