Humble Mobile Bundle is back — in its 19th iteration, no less. The famed “pay what you want” alternative app distribution model is no stranger to putting out popular premium applications, and its current offering continue the trend. One can get great games for a good price AND support some worthy charities all in one fell swoop.
So… what’s up for grabs this time?
For a dollar ($1), one can get:
Ys Chronicles II
Pay more than the current average ($4.95 at the time of writing), one also gets:
Super Stickman Golf 3
…plus more games that will be added further into the promotion.
Ah… but what if one wants to go even bigger? Well, $6 unlocks all of the above, PLUS:
The Banner Saga
That is up to $33 worth of games for $6… or more. One can choose one of two provided charities, or pick one’s own to give to.
But alas! Great things don’t last forever. HMB 19 is on now, and runs on through August 8th.
Details (per the Play Store): A devious vandal known as “Red Panda” has damaged the world’s most famous masterpieces — and only you, the Art Detective, can restore these renowned works to their original state! In this object-hunting adventure, visit museums around the world, follow Red Panda’s trail, and help the police capture this notorious criminal.
* Restore artistic masterpieces using 5 clever tools
* Visit 7 magnificent museums
* Search for unique hidden objects
* Learn about the world’s most famous works of art
* Enjoy more than 8 hours of gameplay
The game is available for $2.99 on Google Play; the trailer is below:
In Brightstone Mysteries: Paranormal Hotel, New York City Detective Bridget “Biggi” Brightstone has come to France to crack the case of a missing necklace in a haunted castle-turned-hotel.
But her investigation is about to turn up much more than she bargained for! When the victim of the robbery suddenly dies, she must track the killer using clues left by ghosts. Join Biggi as she explores the eerie castle and unexpectedly encounters the legendary King Arthur and the Templars, Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony, plus an immortal Egyptian cult.
Search the castle’s dangerous shadow lands and help Biggi stop the evil that’s trying to rise from the grave with the help of a mighty artifact!
Per the Google Play info sheet:
● 50 arduous levels to conquer
● Five intriguing chapters to navigate
● 15 puzzling mini-games to master
● 16 rewarding achievements to earn
● 13 unforgettable characters to meet
● Three difficulty modes: casual, adventure, challenging
The special free giveaway runs from now through July 31st. Check out the trailer below:
COMBINE MORE THAN TWO LAYERS
Create more complex images now that you can combine up to five layers in a single image.
Control layer opacity to seamlessly blend images for realistic or artistic results with new Blend Modes.
UNLIMITED SELECTIVE LOOKS
Apply as many Selective Looks as you want to each image layer to get just the effect you want.
Slack is getting a pretty cool update that is rolling out now.
Per Google Play:
Slack 2.14.0 Release Notes:
• Many much-desired additions to Calls: including Bluetooth support, symbols to indicate who is actively speaking, added support for receiving emoji while on a call, and, best of course: Added support for /call slash command. Type it, then talk. Easy peasy.
• The User is Typing setting will now show you when a team member is currently… wait for it… typing.
We talked about and it’s here: DeNA’s popular RPG Blood Brothers 2 has an in-game Ghostbusters-themed event going on right now! yes, as in the current major motion picture reboot.
Details? Here ya go:
GHOSTBUSTERS x Blood Brothers 2 – quick facts
· Two in-game events – one is live now, the next starts July 28
· Characters from both the new and the classic films will be making appearances
· Mayhem, Slimer, Rowan, Egon, Vigo, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man will be featured in the game
· Story: Galbraith, a recurring anti-hero in BB2, has escaped from the Netherworld and unleashed a wave of undead activity across Arnashia and decides to recruit spirits from Ghostbusters to bolster his own forces.
· Blood Brothers 2 is a strategic battle game with a strong focus on character abilities and evolution
The current goodness runs through July 20th; the game remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.
It’s officially the Summer of Ghostbusters (the reboot), and Gameloft’s UNO & Friends is getting in on the fun with a uniquely themed update.
Per the official presser:
This Ghostbusters themed update has a number of features to commemorate one of the most iconic movie franchise of all time. Players will have the opportunity to play as a real Ghostbuster and collect limited-edition Ghostbusters avatars from the new and classic movies. Then take on four haunted New York locations and show the angry apparitions how they do things downtown. Players will also be able to collect and raise memorable ghouls and ghosts from the movies, such as Slimer and many more!
Gameloft’s Sales & Marketing SVP Baudouin Corman mentions the special aspect of the Ghostbusters franchise. “We are very enthusiastic to collaborate with Mattel and Sony Pictures Consumer Products to offer players a brand new UNO™ way to play by immersing them into one of the most iconic universes of all time” he says.
The game remains free (eith in-app purchases) on Google Play.
Premier weather utility AccuWeather is adding some cool new things via update.
One new feature is a new visual tool — Future Radar — which gives the user a look at precipitation in the very near future.
More below (per the press release):
Today, AccuWeather has released an update to its Android app, which provides customized and localized weather information with Superior Accuracy™ to help users make informed weather decisions throughout their day. AccuWeather’s updated Android app includes the following:
– Future Radar – Access up to 2 hours’ worth of Future Precipitation Radar visuals in the maps section of the app.
– Dark Theme – Enjoy AccuWeather’s app in both light and dark modes. With the Theme set to automatic, the app will switch to dark mode at night and back to light mode during the day.
– Graphs – Temperature and Precipitation graphs have now been added to both the Hourly and Daily screens.
These exciting new additions join existing features – like AccuWeather’s patented MinuteCast® forecast, which provides the only global minute-by-minute precipitation forecast for a person’s exact street address or GPS location for the next two hours – offering the latest in weather information and forecasting.
AccuWeather has both pro ($2.99) and free versions on Google Play.
The review unit Satechi highlights the piece in its retail form: black in color, shaped like a soft-edged brick with a fairly small profile (4.5 x 2.75 x 1.13 inches) and somewhat light less than 8 lbs. The box itself contains the main unit, power input cable and documentation. There is also a white option.
The main unit has the company logo in white on the one broad side, and regulatory icons on the other. The one short base has a power input and a separate power button (with LED), and the other is filled with six USB output slots. It isn’t a looker by any means, but the secret to its advantage lies in the aforementioned outputs.
See, six outputs is great in an increasingly mobile, power hungry world, but this unit has two of the ports serve as unique Type-C output slots, while four are the “regular” Type-A slots.
All we seem to hear about is the eventual migration to Type-C devices; indeed, we’ve already begun to see several devices sport the new-ish standard. With this, on paper, one is covered for multiple devices that have either type charging requirement.
Setup is intuitive; one has to supply the cables, and once that is done, it is a simple matter of powering the thing on via the button. Business.
Specs-wise, it is a 60W station with 12A total out; it uses a smart auto-detect functionality to ensure individual devices get the best charging juice possible. In practice, we did throw numerous devices at it — simultaneously, even — and the unit held its own.
It’s fairly affordable unit (at $29.99), but the true value may actually lie in the latent advantage; even if one doesn’t have several Type-C devices, this piece is fairly future proof. It works with one has now, and can be used even when Type-Cs have taken over the mobile world. It is also fairly portable, which gives it even more functionality. The space-saving component is priceless. It doesn’t have the muscle of the 7-USB Dock, but this one still does its job well.
De La Soul, one of the most successful synonyms for longevity in the music industry, is helping along Rovio’s pinball caper/movie tie-in game Angry Birds Action! with its current update.
Almost more noteworthy is the fact that each of the three members of De La Soul is also getting a “birdified” characterization and will be appearing in this refresh in a limited time event.
More on “The Big Pig Update” is below:
The Big Pig Update to Angry Birds Action! treats players to a new De La Soul track “Action,” specially composed by the group for the game. The update also brings a one-week event hosted by the hip-hop pioneers in their birdified form, granting all players unlimited energy as a special power. “Action” marks the first time De La Soul have created music specially for a game.
Additionally, the Big Pig Update adds 90 completely new levels and unlocks Piggy Island for all players. Previously, the Piggy Island area in the game could only be unlocked by going to see The Angry Birds Movie in theaters.
Fascinating stuff; per the press release, we hear De La Soul also has a new album coming out — the first time in more than a decade.
When it comes to making mobile game sequels, I imagine its tough, especially if the preceding game was a hit of sorts. Building something that is familiar, but also compelling enough over its predecessor can be a difficult proposition. On the one hand, creating a whole new title does give a developer an opportunity to put something out that is current with regards to trends, but on the other hand, we gamers can be very tempermental. Do NOT mess with what works.
Sequels to sequels? Oh my.
Super Stickman Golf 3 is finally here, and it has a lot of legacy to live up to and, hopefully, build upon.
Once again, the player takes on the persona of the ubuiquitous stick figure; again, it’s armed with clubs and is tasked with navigating some very interesting designed golf courses.
The graphics make the game, really; the game utilizes a lot of telltale green to begin, plus other colors that provide nice contrast further on. The animations are clean and effective, and altogether, the game looks familiar with a dash of the whimsical.
The control mechanism remains virtual; one button serves as a shot power meter, and is crucial with regards to getting the right amount of force on a shot. There are direction buttons that one can use to be the perfect flight path, and other visual tools as well (such as spin).
The gameplay is easy to get into, especially versus the game engine: get the ball into the hole in as few strokes as possible. The fun is in the getting there, because, as noted, the courses almost defy physics in places. There are nooks and crannies to to avoid, and some that one might actually have use. The game incorporates “bux” in places, and these are great to get, but are not always conducive to the main goal of minimizing strokes. Cards can be collected, and the “hat” system is pretty cool. There are a few multiplayer options one can get into, and extra courses one can access.
It’s a sequel’s sequel, in that it stands on its own, but is a pretty compelling franchise extender too. It needs little by way of tutorial, and is playable on the go.