Usain Bolt Gets New Gear in Temple Run 2

Usain Bolt Gets New Gear in Temple Run 2

Aug 4, 2015

Temple Run 2 players have long since had the privilege of taking on the three-lane running challenge with champion sprinter Usain Bolt. Now, folks who select him as a character will get to enjoy his new uniform, the same one he will be wearing at the IAAF Championships in Beijing.

Imangi Studios co-Founder Keith Shepard talks about Usain’s popularity. “Usain Bolt’s character in Temple Run 2 is one of the franchise’s most popular runners. To celebrate Usain’s 6th-annual World Championship appearance this August, we could think of no better way than to update his character in the game to reflect what he’ll be wearing this month on the track,” he says. “Without a doubt, Usain’s character marks the epitome of speed and agility, not to mention the ultimate ‘temple runner,’ and we’re honored to keep working with him.”

Usain Bolt himself mentions the confidence that can be gleaned from a uniform. “Performance aside, few things make an athlete feel more confident than his jersey,” says Bolt. “It’s only fitting, then, that my Temple Run 2 alter ego wear the same great jersey I get to wear this summer at the World Championships.”

We had an opportunity to review it a while ago, and really liked it; the new build is available for free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

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[via Imangi Press Release][Our review]

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Tesla’s Electric Mist

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Tesla’s Electric Mist

Aug 4, 2015

Today, the free app on the Amazon Appstore is Tesla’s Electric Mist, a point and click adventure.

Tesla’s Electric Mist is a point and click adventure game for mobile devices, revolving around the mysterious Nikola Tesla, a time traveling device he invented, and a big experiment gone wrong for the citizens of Colorado Springs in the late 1800’s.

In the game, you are the hero. Your family has a history with the great Nikola Tesla, inventor of the radio, alternating current, and patent holder of hundreds of electrical inventions. Your great-great-grandfather worked for Tesla in Colorado Springs around the turn of the century. A family secret has been passed down over the generations since then, that some day Tesla would need your family’s help once more. What this means, no one in your family really knows. But the time has come, and you will be the one to answer the call.

Using a time traveling device invented by Tesla, you will travel back in time to Colorado Springs. And only you will have it in your power to save the people of Colorado Springs, and in fact, Tesla himself, from an experiment gone terribly wrong.

The game has been designed to be easy to pick up and understand instantly, but yet difficult enough to be challenging.

The game is usually priced at $1.99.

Fruit Attacks Review

Fruit Attacks Review

Aug 4, 2015

All hail Fruit Attacks. We’ve been waiting…

Visually, this game is festive. It uses bright colors to highlight the gameplay, with defined choices signifying specific play points. The animations are pretty smooth, and the visual cues well done. The sound score is also engaging, and fits the game well.

Control-wise, Fruit Attacks employs a dual thumb method which allows for the player to touch and drag a precise path for the offensive projectiles to travel; releasing the screen fires it. Additionally, shaking the device adds to the fa1offensive arsenal a player has.

And where does this stuff get used? Well, in this one, the earth is under attack from alien, uh, fruit that are on a revenge mission to punish earthlings for consuming — you guessed it — fruit.

Earth’s only real hope is the previously maligned “Sound Amplification Transmission Inducer,” which can take out the dastardly fruit. SATI is our hero, and the thingie whose projectiles the player controls.

The Fruit generally float down from the top of the screen, with SATI at the bottom, and the idea is to use the aforementioned dual control method to create a path that destroys the invading wave. The weapons can bounce, so in ways, it feels a bit like creating trick shots via ricochet, taking out each line with the least number of shots. As the game progresses, one gets more difficult waves in trickier formations, and the goal is to get them before they get too close. Down the line, one can shake the device to cause a temporary stun as well. Some waves are tougher than others, and the charging system is an element that adds to the overall gameplay.

Doing well earns one golden seeds and experience points; the latter allows one to level up, while the former allows for the purchasing of boosts and the like.

While simple on the surface, there is a lot of complexity swelling under the surface. It merges familiar elements (like the three-star grading system) to a dash of the unexpected, and the whole amalgam is pretty enjoyable. It’s a fun came, especially poignant if played while munching on an apple.

Humble GAMES WORKSHOP Mobile Bundle Goes Live!

Humble GAMES WORKSHOP Mobile Bundle Goes Live!

Aug 3, 2015

Android users are blessed with several legitimate app procurement services, and one of the more popular ones is Humble Bundle. Humble Bundle allows buyers to purchase premium games for whatever price they choose, and usually tosses in a few more premium games for folks who pay above the average.

Users also have the benefit of knowing proceeds from the purchase support charity.

The current mobile bundle is available now, and highlights games from Games Workshop, specifically a bunch from its Warhammer universe; currently, if a buyer pays at least a dollar ($1.00), they get Warhammer: The App, The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault, Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf, WH40K: Storm of Vengeance, Warhammer 40,000: Carnage and Warhammer Quest.

For folks who pay more than the posted average ($3.63 at the time of writing) can get all the previously listed games, PLUS Talisman: Prologue, Chainsaw Warrior: LotN, Warhammer: Snotling Fling and yet-to-be announced “more content.”

As with most bundles, this one is around for only a fortnight, so don’t tarry too long. August 17 is right around the corner, and that’s when the lights go out on Humble GAMES WORKSHOP Bundle.

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Cellhire Mobile Hotspot Hardware Review

Cellhire Mobile Hotspot Hardware Review

Aug 3, 2015

While I admit my appreciation for tablets is still in its infancy, I like the affordability of wi-fi-only models. Of course, this leaves a pretty gaping whole with regards to connectivity, especially on the go; one is at the mercy of locations with public wi-fi access. Now, beyond the inconvenience factor, one has to be concerned with security as well, so signing into the first open network at the truck stop might not be the smartest thing to do. Yes, one can use one’s smartphone’s hotspot, but it might not be fun using it with GPS running… and boy, do those things overheat.

One option that is gaining steam is the personal wi-fi puck, a unit that harnesses phone signals and spits out wireless connection strong enough to connect mobile devices. Brilliant, yes, and so we did look forward to checking out Cellhire’s service. Cellhire does a lot with mobile connectivity, and mobile router’s are right up its alley.

The puck Cellhire sent us was the Samsung V100T 4G LTE Mifi Hotspot, a small, dignified piece, mostly red and black, branded Samsung and packing a T-mobile data SIM. The review package also contained a micro-USB cord and power adapter.

The unit is fairly compact, coming in at 5.15 ounces on a 3.53 x 3.53 X 0.52-inch frame. It has a micro-SD slot for carry-on media, as well as a wrap-arounf cable for connecting to computers via USB or charging smartdevices with its built-in battery pack.

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In practice, it is a great solution… in practice. Streaming off of T-Mobile network was pretty smooth when in range, but it lives and dies by proximity to the towers. On the road trip it was tested, it did go in and out a fair amount, but it did do well closer to major metro areas, which isn’t entirely unexpected. The review unit was tested with seven devices simultaneously, and when a solid network condition existed, it handled multiple Netflix streaming with aplomb.

The connection speeds were beyond tolerable (4G is swift), and the charge time was pretty decent; it lasted through a 4-hour trip easily, with plenty of battery life to spare. It’s also worth noting that the unit works while charging, which is great.

Using it as an internet device more locally, it really flourished, especially deep in its home network area. Speeds were consistent, and it even beat the local library wi-fi speeds. It was stubborn during reconnection at times, but for the most part, it was pretty effective.

To do a lot of management, one does need a browser, and the on-device controls are button-based.

As it is, it worked a bit better than I envisaged. I’d rather use it locally, and it confirms my opinion that it is only as good as the service it is connected to. All in all, Cellhire’s service (details and pricing here) was an engaging revelation.

AR Thriller Clandestine: Anomaly Launches on Android: Video of the Day

AR Thriller Clandestine: Anomaly Launches on Android: Video of the Day

Aug 3, 2015

We’ve been waiting for Clandestine: Anomaly to make it to Android, and finally, it has arrived.

The game uses augmented reality elements to incorporate one’s environment into gameplay, creating environments unique and immersive. Toss in aliens and tower defense, and one gets a compelling experience indeed.

You receive a mayday hail from an alien vessel that’s on a collision course with your real-world neighborhood. Installing advanced software onto your mobile device, the alien message is as clear as it is terrifying: if you don’t act, the situation will become catastrophic. Not just for them, but for you and your entire neighborhood.

In Clandestine: Anomaly your mobile device becomes super-charged with alien software, allowing you to see a hidden conflict all around you, and quickly build and deploy colossal structures to launch attacks and defend your neighborhood. With the help of a covert organization charged with defending Earth, you’ll become Earth’s first and last line of defense against a planet-wide infection.

Stage battles remotely from the comfort of home, or take the fight to the frontline by moving to real-world GPS positions, and unleash powerful airstrikes in state-of-the-art, award-winning augmented reality combat.

The game is free with in-app purchases.

Below, we have the official Android launch trailer:

[via Clandestine: Anomaly site]

Brutal Studio Launches New Game Angry Red Button on Android

Brutal Studio Launches New Game Angry Red Button on Android

Aug 3, 2015

Brutal Studio is back with a new game — this one a parody called Angry Red Button.

Press, Do Not Press, Big, Fat … our friendly red button is furious and angry of all the clicking and all the mockery! The button is tired of being a panic button or emergency button … its had enough! No more clicking, no more games. Now it’s over … you will stop bashing the poor red button. This is the end … or is it?

A funny parody of the Big Red Button or Don’t Press The Red Button games with a twist. Use your reaction skills and brain to solve clever puzzles and humorous levels of fun. Several funny connotations and viral references. Not your typical idle clicking game. You will be laughing and playing for hours!

Enjoy!

The game is free to play on the Play Store.

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Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Monsters Ate My Condo

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Monsters Ate My Condo

Aug 3, 2015

For today’s free app on the Amazon Appstore, we get another one that made the list before: Monsters Ate My Condo.

Some excerpts from the app description:

Product Description
Feed the creatures and prevent the destruction of all humankind!

Adult Swim Games and PikPok present all-new monster puzzle action!! Terrible catastrophe! Four ferocious monsters of destruction are on a rampage and only residential high-rises will satisfy their boundless hunger. In this larger-than-life puzzle game, you will use intuitive swipe controls to match the colored floors. Feed the creatures and prevent the destruction of all humankind!

* Feed four ravenous beasts: Boat Head, Reginald Starfire, Mr. Shigoto and Lord Ferocious
* Features both Endless and Time Attack modes
* Play on your phone or tablet!
* Fully-animated monsters to delight players, destroy civilization

From Adult Swim Games, purveyors of the equally-terrifying “Robot Unicorn Attack” and “Amateur Surgeon” games, and PikPok, developers of highly addictive games like the “Flick Kick” series.

The game is usually priced at $0.99.

We had an opportunity to review the game a while back, and mostly enjoyed it.

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[via Amazon Appstore][Our Review]

No Limit Racer Review

No Limit Racer Review

Aug 3, 2015

Handheld adrenaline junkies just might be in for a treat with No Limit Racer.

It’s about intuitive as they come; the basic idea is to guide a spacecraft as far as possible. “As far as possible” generally means avoiding as many obstacles as possible, and boy, the visual manifestations of the obstacles do make the game.

The game plays in landscape, and the host device’s accelerometer is the key control, as the ship is controlled by tilt. The flying area is widely set, obviously, and looks somewhat futuristic and even dystopian, with skyscraper like structures emanating from the ground. The player’s vehicle flies continuously (unless, well, blocked), and the idea is to navigate around the structures while avoiding a catastrophic and run-ending smash. Because of how tightly packed the structures are, some quick reflexes are needed to keep on going. The visual aspect is interesting, with newer structures gradually taking shape in the distance.

To add to the challenge, the game incorporates colored rings; going through them gives the player a cash bonus, so it is good idea to pick as many as possible. However, there’s an opportunity cost to collecting them, as one might have a tougher row to hoe by going out of one’s way to get to one of them.

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If one goes on long enough, one will find that the obstacles evolve: moving ones (sideways, up and down, etc) and then there are ones of different shapes. The visuals play tricks on the player’s mind delightfully. As noted, a collision ends the run, and success is measured in distance traveled and cash bonuses gained (at $500 a pop). Gained cash can be used to purchase snazzier ships, or bonus multipliers. Simple, and enjoyably to the point.

It feels like an arcade game — and nicely so — but there almost isn’t enough gratification. I think the gameplay could be greatly served by more performance based awards, and simple stuff like earned/defined invulnerability would make it even more addictive than it already is. In the same vein, better use of the run continues could also enhance the experience.

Still, No Limit Racer is a great time-waster, and is the perfect small group bragging rights tool… worth a glance, and a session, if one dares.

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Starlink (Full)

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Starlink (Full)

Aug 2, 2015

If you missed Starlink from a/the previous Amazon Appstore free app promotion, great news: it’s back!

Starlink is a tactical real-time strategy game about galactic domination. You start by controlling a star in a procedurally generated galaxy, and each star you control produces ships. You can direct ships to other nearby stars that happen to be connected via hyperspace routes in order to capture them, but beware other hostile factions trying to do the same. Don’t let your guard down, or you will quickly find your stars overrun with enemy ships.

If the AI proves to be too much of a challenge, invite a friend (or five) to play with you, and share control of the galaxy with them, or join opposing teams and compete against each other — it’s all up to you.

To make the flow of the game even less predictable, each player can choose from a large list of abilities to take with them into each match that can drastically change the way the game plays. Some abilities are defensive in nature, some offensive, and others are a mix of the two. There are even abilities that let you reshape the galaxy to your advantage, collapsing or creating new hyperspace routes between stars.

And if that’s not enough, certain abilities can be used in a sequence for even more devastating effects.

Can your galactic empire prevail and rise up above others? There is only one way to find out…

The game usually carries a $1.99 price tag.

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[via Amazon Appstore]

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Rescue Roby

Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Rescue Roby

Aug 1, 2015

Rescue Roby has made its way back to the free offerings list on the Amazon Appstore.

Product Features

Rescue Roby is a unique physics-based puzzle game designed for players aged from 7 to 77+.
A brain-teasing puzzler, Rescue Roby offers a unique robot-themed narrative, stunning graphics, realistic physics, compelling characters, and addictive and diverse game mechanics that will provide hours of mobile gaming fun!
This challenging brain teaser comes complete with 4 dynamic chapters and 70+ play levels that pack a punch by getting harder as you advance.

The game is usually priced at $0.99.

[via Amazon Appstore]

Audiobooks.com Adds Android Auto Compatibility

Audiobooks.com Adds Android Auto Compatibility

Jul 30, 2015

Audiobooks.com has just announced that it now works with Android Auto… and all the audio book road warriors that can enjoy such a natural pairing can smile in appreciation.

This means that folks who make use of the premier content provider can enjoy access via vehicles that incorporate Google’s burgeoning connected endeavor. It also makes Audiobooks.com the first audio book provider to support Android Auto.

Audiobooks.com General Manager Ian Small leaves no doubt as to the importance of integrating with Android Auto. “The experience of using an application while you are on the road is entirely different than using it on a phone or a computer,” he says. “We made integration with Android Auto a high priority because we wanted to give drivers the best audiobook experience that this new technology allows. Our goal is to revolutionize the in-car experience, and to make the 100+ hours a year Americans spend commuting to work and 38 hours a year stuck in traffic more enjoyable.”

The new combination is available to Audiobook.com users that have access to Android Auto; for a list of brands deploying Android Auto, check out this list:

[via Audiobooks.com Press Release]