Parallyzed Review

Parallyzed Review

Oct 21, 2016

Ah, you think you’re quick? Like a challenge? Parallyzed might be just the mobile tonic you need.

The developer is kind enough to give us some backstory… two sisters (Red and Blue), twins no less, similar on the outside, but with different personalities. Seemingly close, but in a momentary fit of madness, Red severely injured her sister by throwing her off a swing.

Devastated by grief and remorse, Red then focuses on reviving her sister from the resultant coma by using her new resolved ability to inhabit her sister’s mind.

In gaming terms, this translates to a dual (parallel) platform adventure, with two figures running left to right, gravity being discounted on the one. One sister is blue, one is red, and so the caper begins.

Visually, it is a simple affair, with dark colors holding sway. It plays in landscape, with about half the screen allocated to the running path of each sister. The animations are smooth, and the dark hues measured against the occasional deliberate splotches of color make for a nice contrast.


The intro tutorial run helps one get acquainted with the controls and gameplay; the first thing one learns is how to swap the sisters. there are several reasons to do this; one is to make it through a matching color bubble. Also, the sisters are of different heights, so an obstacle might me navigated easier b, say, the shorter sister. To be clearer, tapping on the one side of the screen accomplishes this swap.

Then, one learns how to jump by tapping on the left side of the screen. This is useful for, well, leaping over obstacles. Using both controls allows one to try to make way to the end of the runs. Then, it’s on to the next (harder) level.

There are goodies to collect, achievements to unlock, and the game mostly comes together quite well.

Samsung Kids Subscription Service Adds iHeartRadio Family

Samsung Kids Subscription Service Adds iHeartRadio Family

Oct 20, 2016

Samsung Kids, a family-oriented, kid-facing subscription service geared towards underscoring U.S. Common Core standards along with STEM education, is adding new content.

Now, subscribers will have access to iHeartRadio’s kid-friendly stations.

According to the press release, Samsung Kids now includes kid-friendly stations like iHeartRadio Top 40 Countdown, iHeartCountry Family, Radio Disney Junior, the Alli Simpson Show, Kids Club Radio, Acoustic Time Out, Sing Alongs Radio, Kids Pop Radio and Lullabies Radio.

The app is especially designed to ensure that young people can easily navigate through it; besides the fun interface, it also includes parental controls to help parents manage what their children consume.

Samsung Kids comes stock on specific devices, and is also available for download on the Play Store and the Samsung-specific Galaxy Apps store. As noted, it is a subscription service.


[via Samsung Press Release]

Groove Planet Gets New Music, Boss Fights and More

Groove Planet Gets New Music, Boss Fights and More

Oct 20, 2016

Innovative music game Groove Planet is getting an update, courtesy of Animoca.

This update brings a bunch; we get new tracks, rhythm patterns and boss fights.

Per the presser:

BOSS FIGHTS: attacked by hostile alien motherships! Repel the assault using the power of YOUR music! Tap to the rhythm to fire a laser barrage at the mothership. Boost your firepower by using a song in a particular key or by tapping in special patterns. Unlock Boss Fights when you build a Microphone on your planetoid.

RHYTHM PATTERNS: 20 patterns will turn you into the ultimate rhythm master! Earn rewards by tapping harder/softer or faster/slower as required by the pattern you are following! Unlock Beat Patterns when you build a MIDI Controller on your planetoid.

The game remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play. Check out the new trailer:

Ubisoft Launches Movie-Based ‘Trolls: Crazy Party Forest!’ on Google Play

Ubisoft Launches Movie-Based ‘Trolls: Crazy Party Forest!’ on Google Play

Oct 20, 2016

Trolls is an upcoming DreamWorks animated movie, and now — as is becoming commonplace — we get to play with a companion game based on the movie. This one is called Trolls: Crazy Party Forest! and is being brought to market by Ubisoft.

This one allows players to create their own individual Troll villages, with interesting food crops and the like. There are movie elements to interact with and stuff to unlock.

One can also throw parties so as to recruit more creatures to one’s village; it also allows for play between friends.

Ubisoft Mobile Executive Director Michel Detoc doesn’t hide the team’s excitement with regards to working with DreamWorks.“Our team has been incredibly enthused to work with DreamWorks Animation on such an entertaining property,” he says. “We wanted to create a gaming experience that would immerse audiences into a colorful vibrant world where Troll happiness keeps the village alive, and feels entirely authentic to the IP. Each aspect of the game has been designed for players to enjoy ‘Trolltastic’ elements from crazy hair, amazing Troll talents and many possibilities to host unique themed-parties!”

Trolls: Crazy Party Forest! is available for free (with in-app purchases); check out the trailer:

Popup Widget 3 Gets Material Design via Update

Popup Widget 3 Gets Material Design via Update

Oct 19, 2016

Popular customization utility Popup Widget 3 (from ChYK) is getting an update that’s rolling out now.

One of the major new features adoption of Material Design; this allows the application to more naturally fit within Google’s design principles.

It also adds a new pop-up feature and new gesture option.

The full changelog can be found on Google Play; Popup Widget 3 costs $1.50.

Halloween Comes to Tricky Test 2

Halloween Comes to Tricky Test 2

Oct 18, 2016

We’ve been keeping an eye on Tricky Test 2: Think Outside, the fun mind-bender from Orangenose Studio. And with good reason; the addictive game has a way of staying on the mind.

When we played around with the game, our biggest gripe was its length, but the developer has been continuously seeing to that,

Now, with the day of spookiness almost upon us, Tricky Test 2 is getting a seasonally-themed update: a special Halloween 2016 Edition.

And what does this bring? A whole new theme (with matching UI, icons and screens to help folks get into Halloween spirit) and 20 more questions — several of which are related to Halloween. Now, with the new questions, the game boasts a hundred levels.

The new build is due out October 19th; the game remains free (with in-app purchasing) on Google Play. While you wait, check out the new icon up top, and the banner promo below.


Misfit Unveils Phase, a Hybrid Smartwatch

Misfit Unveils Phase, a Hybrid Smartwatch

Oct 18, 2016

Misfit broke unto the health and fitness scene with the reputation of allowing functionality and style coexist in delightfully symbiotic way, and today, it looks like they are expanding on that premise with the introduction of Misfit Phase, a smartwatch with inherited fitness sensibilities.

The Phase tracks steps, distance moved and sleep pattern with the help of its 3-axis accelerometer; it works in alarms and notifications for calls, texts and more.

We hear the battery life is to die for:

Misfit Phase also works as a remote to connect with the world around you. Use Phase to control your music, take pictures with your phone, or advance slides in a presentation, all with the touch of a button. Misfit Phase automatically updates to reflect current time zone, and, like other Misfit products, features 6-month battery life and 50 meters water resistance.

Misfit general Manager Preston Moxcey is excited about the new product. “We’re thrilled to launch Misfit Phase, which employs Misfit’s energy efficient, miniaturized Bluetooth enabled technology in a traditional watch form factor,” he says. “Watches are the fashion-credible predecessor of wearable technology, and Misfit Phase showcases both the evolution of the wearable technology space and its convergence with the world of fashion accessories.”

The device will come in six different colors, with several options with regards to customization; it is slated for availability starting on November 7th, and will cost $175.

New, Affordable Acer Chromebook 15 Model Launches

New, Affordable Acer Chromebook 15 Model Launches

Oct 17, 2016

Acer has some of the best Chromebooks around, and its latest news should definitely be of interest: it has refreshed its Chromebook 15 line.

Better yet, the new model can be procured from leading retailers — including Walmart, today — starting at $199.

Just in time for the holiday season.

Impressive, when one considers the 15.6 inch screen (with 1366 x 768 resolution), advertised 12-hour battery life and promised Google Play support. It packs an Intel Celeron N3060 processor, built-in 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, SD card support… and 100 GB of Google Drive storage bundled in.

Amongst other features.

Acer America’s Mobility AVP Chris Chiang is enthusiastic about the device’s affordability. “The new Acer Chromebook 15 is going to be a big hit with holiday shoppers this year – it combines the most sought-after features – a large display and incredibly long battery life – at a price that makes it a desirable and affordable gift,” he says. “The Acer Chromebook 15 was a game-changer when it debuted in 2015 – and now we’re able to provide the winning combination of large display, long battery life and affordable price to even more customers.”

We’ve been playing with one of Acer’s 11-inch Chromebooks, and have been kept interested thus far.

As noted above, the CB3-532-C47C can be purchased at Walmart now.

Kingdom Warriors Receives “Master Warlord” Update

Kingdom Warriors Receives “Master Warlord” Update

Oct 17, 2016

Snail Games’ RPG adventure Kingdom Warriors is getting an update that is available now.

Per the update presser, the new build — dubbed the Master Warlord Update — tweaks some mechanics. This includes general deification, a strengthened world boss, new battle instances and new mounts.


The latest version of Kingdom Warriors introduces a number of unique game mechanics, including:
– General deification: Divine Diao Chan, Divine Dian Wei, Divine Guan Yu, Divine Lu Xun, Divine Zhang Liao, Divine Hua Tuo, Divine Zhuge Liang, and Divine Lu Su
– Strengthened world boss
– All new battle instances added
– New mounts added: Red Rabbit, Scorching Day, Thunder, and Elk

The game remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play; check out the updated trailer:

Magician’s Handbook: Cursed Valley is Free on Android

Magician’s Handbook: Cursed Valley is Free on Android

Oct 17, 2016

G5’s Magician’s Handbook: Cursed Valley is available for free on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore for a limited time.

This BC Soft Games hidden object adventure details a caper about enchanted books, dark magic and the quest to lift spells. It has handcrafted backgrounds, a couple of game modes, mini-games and more than a dozen levels to get lost in.

As with most G5 offers, this one won’t last forever; it runs now through October 23rd.

Limelens Smartphone Lens Review: Looking Anew

Limelens Smartphone Lens Review: Looking Anew

Oct 15, 2016

The truth of the matter is that our smartphones aren’t becoming converged devices; they’re already there. GPS, computing, casting… heck, flashlight and measuring tool. The unique uses are becoming more ubiquitous by the day.

Taking pictures is a major one. Look at the image wars… every smartphone iteration packs bigger and better image capturing hardware and software. In my case, I found I hadn’t charged my relatively expensive camera in months. Not the camera’s fault, really; my smartphone camera is fine, it’s always with me, always (just about) charged and has better sharing tools to boot.

Then, when you toss in some cool accessories like the Limelens Smartphone Lenses, you get a chance to really take snaps that set them apart.

The review packet reflects the tidy retail manifestation: a zip-up lime and (mostly) green pocket case, two lenses, three clip/holders, stickers, cleaning paraphernalia and documentation/instructions. The lenses included were The Thinker – Dual Macro / Wide Lens and The Captain – Supreme Fisheye Lens.


Now, the trick is to get the clip in place, and this depends on the particular device’s camera’s orientation; Limelens’ documentation and site provide instructions. With the clip adhered to the device, one can get one of the lenses and slide it in.

Then it’s time to have fun.

The pictures do get exhibit the expected effects.

One cool aspect to the whole setup is the expansibility. Limelens compiles a list of compatible hardware… stuff like cases that work with the solution. After the initial play with the lens, I decided to try the setup with a case listed on the Limelens website made by Amzer. The placement of the Limeclip mirrored that of the case-less device, and with a little prep, I had, in essence, a semi-permanent Limelens accessory.

All in all, I really came to enjoy the add-ons. They are practical, easy to setup, and fun. They won’t replace high-powered dedicated image hardware, but they aren’t really designed to.

Ingress Gets Tweaks via Update

Ingress Gets Tweaks via Update

Oct 14, 2016

Before Pokemon GO — yes, time existed before that runaway hit — there was an augmented reality thriller called Ingress, made by the same studio, no less… and it continues to see updates.

The current build (per Google Play) adds permission for raw GPS access; it also allows players to access Ingress Investigation from the community tab.

The full changelog can be seen on Google Play.

We did enjoy this game immensely when it first arrived a few rains ago, and have kept an eye on its improvements and enhancements.

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