Close Air Support Review

Close Air Support Review

Apr 27, 2015

Close Air Support is a an interesting plane action game that begs to be checked out.

The game flows fairly easily; it is presented in 2D form, and essentially incorporates side-scrolling as the main means of visual movement. The protagonist plane starts off from the left, and the idea is to destroy as many ground vehicles as possible. Easier said than done, because there is a limited amount of ammo, and some of those vehicles are armored, and cheeky enough to fire back.

At the onset, the original plane defines the word “basic” with regard to looks; we’re talking about what look like a crop dusting biplane. It does have the expected retinue of weapons, and using the virtual joystick to the bottom right, it’s possible to guide the perpetually forward flying craft up or down. The bank of weapon on the right control missiles and dropped bombs, and there is also an unlimited range of bullets. Each of these munition type has an efficacy ratings (bullets least, dropped mega bombs most), so a bit of strategy with regard as to when to use what is needed to progress far.

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The direction button is useful in creating diving runs, and also to avoid the enemy fire that becomes a real hazard the further one goes. There is only so much damage the player’ craft can take, so, it eventually becomes a game of cat and mouse, diving and ascending. The concept of opportunity costs/risk reward is paramount: does one fly high in relative safety, or cruise low, get the hits but risk incurring lethal damage?

Successful destruction yields gold coins, and these coins can be used to upgrade craft and attributes. Real cash can be used — and I like the unlock tiers provided by the developer — but real cash does not necessarily have to be utilized.

It is a lot of the same; the game does not deviate much from its opening challenge in terms of varying elements, the simplicity which makes it so easy to get into almost hamstrings it a bit. Still, for those that know what it’s about, it can be an enjoyable, time-killing romp that doesn’t make one feel bad for unlocking the whole thing.

Mini Motor Racing WRT Zooms Onto Android

Mini Motor Racing WRT Zooms Onto Android

Apr 27, 2015

All hail the The Binary Mill! Mini Motor Racing WRT is now available on Google Play.

Mini Motor Racing WRT is the sequel to the critically acclaimed, multi-award winning Mini Motor Racing, and while Mini Motor Racing WRT features the same fast paced, top-down arcade fun, it takes the action to a whole new level.
The gameplay is more engaging than ever thanks to a rich RPG-style career mode that lets you build a fleet of unique vehicles and assemble the finest hand-picked racing team in your quest to become the World Racing Tournament champion. And if that’s not enough, take the challenge to the real world by forming a Race Club with your friends and go head to head with other racers from around the world.
Mini Motor Racing WRT offers unparalleled racing action and depth. Features include:
MASSIVE CAREER MODE
Journey across the world, through dozens of vibrant environments, as you battle your way to the top of the World racing Tour.
CUSTOMIZABLE VEHICLES
Spend race winnings to buy or build dozens of vehicles, then upgrade them to help handle a range of racing conditions, from tarmac to off-road to heavy rain.
RACING TEAMS
Staff your race team with the best mechanics, managers, and engineers, all with unique strengths and weaknesses that have in-game effects on your performance.
RACE CLUBS
Team up with your friends and challenge other clubs to head-to-head battles with fame, glory, and massive prizes on the line.
With incredible HD graphics, over 30 new and classic tracks, league and challenge modes, club battles, massive single player career, officially licensed Nissan, KIA and Choro-Q (penny racer) vehicles, Mini Motor Racing WRT is the ultimate racing experience for mobile.
Suit up and download for free today!

The game is available free-to-try on the Play Store; we have the gameplay trailer below.

Beatdown! Review

Beatdown! Review

Apr 23, 2015

You just might wanna give Noodlecake’s new joint Beatdown! a gander.

It comes to us in familiar beat-em up style: side-scrolling action with baddies piling in, mostly from the right, but quite willing to bend that rule in their quest to demolish our lone protagonist.

Our lone protagonist isn’t your regular psychotic rager pounding on folks for no reason; nah, this cat has backstory that brings to mind Enron-induced meltdowns and other sad situations: after several years of faithful service, our guy is let go. By email, no less.

They’ll get their collective comeuppance. Physically.

The game comes in two modes, and the one we spent the most time in was the leveled gameplay. In this, there are waves of suited thugs to get through, and this is accomplished by using the punch button to the bottom right. Also nestled to the right is a jump button, and the left part of the screen is a generous joystick that controls movement. As to be expected, the basic premise is to hit not avoid being hit in a continuous war of attrition. A lifebar at the top helps the player know how much vitality our protagonist has left; if these is completely depleted, he is felled, and the level is failed. Unfortunate, as subsequent levels are unlocked, this is never good.

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There are boss levels to enjoy as well; there are objects to destroy and even weapons to help with close action melees. There are a bunch of different characters to deal with, and some with special powers.

The other mode is a non-scrolling in version that pits our dude against waves of enemies. Not a lot horizontal movement, just a lot of contained action.

Action aside, I am not a big fan of the control options, and wish there were more actions to invoke. Still, for a new game in a well-traveled genre, it is quite enjoyable, especially in small morsels over time.

Noodlecake Brings Beatdwown! to Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Noodlecake Brings Beatdwown! to Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Apr 23, 2015

Beatdown! is a new game that melds the whimsical with the classic beat-em up.

Description:
Wrongfully dismissed from his job, the hero is on a war path to take down anyone who gets in his way of giving the CEO a much needed beatdown!
Inspired by the classic beat-em up genre; get ready for BEATDOWN!
The game features:
– 20 Levels
– Endless mode
– 5 Bosses
– 5 Environments
– 30 Enemies
– Combos / Rage Attacks
– 3 control schemes (new control scheme, analog and d-pad)
– Google Play Achievements

Beatdown! is available for $0.99 on the Amazon Appstore and Google Play.

Look for our review out… very, very soon.

Pocket Casts Yells “This is Sparta” with Latest Update

Pocket Casts Yells “This is Sparta” with Latest Update

Apr 22, 2015

When it comes to consuming podcasts on Android, Pocket Casts is practically a household name. It has a clean interface, intuitive controls and other features that make it easy to use and fall in love with.

It just got an update, and the changelog, as posted on Google Play, it’s one for the ages:

Someone once told us: “you can’t always get what you want”. We yelled “THIS IS SPARTA”, terminated the entire orchestra and backing singers, set the building on fire. So now you CAN get what YOU want:
– Drag and drop your podcasts into any order. YOUR ORDER.
– Tap the podcast name in the episode card to go to the podcast. YOUR WAY.
– Notifications no longer come back after being dismissed. Thanks to YOUR EMAILS.
– Fixes. YOUR FIXES.
p.s. Don’t worry, in this scenario the kids somehow survived.

Shifty Jelly is keeping it 300.

Pocket Casts is available for $3.99 on the Play Store.

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DNG Raw File Support Comes to Adobe Lightroom via Update

DNG Raw File Support Comes to Adobe Lightroom via Update

Apr 22, 2015

Adobe Lightroom, the well-received photography app from Adobe, is getting a nice update which enhances the app even further:

• DNG raw file support for Lollipop enabled devices
• Access to microSD card storage to edit and save photos
• Tablet support

The app remains free on the Play Store.

Stick Squad 3 Makes its Way to Google Play

Stick Squad 3 Makes its Way to Google Play

Apr 22, 2015

Brutal Studio has just brought a new version of its stick sniper series called Stick Squad 3 to Google Play

Ron and Damien are back for some more killing action. In the previous Stick Squad they had succeeded in capturing Foster, an Australian missile hijacker. This time our two assassins are on a lead to track down The Voice, head of a huge criminal organisation and responsible for several murders.

The game has 20 new main missions and over 60 objectives, in a brand new location. New bad-ass guns (hand guns, assault rifle and of course sniper rifles), a shooting range and upgrades as always. Some new missions will test your sniping skills, where you need to calibrate your gun to compensate for wind and distance.

Get ready for an action-packed stick shooter sequel!

NEW LOCATIONS
We now bring you to Spain and USA.
REAL SNIPING MISSIONS
Weapon upgrades and calibration to compensate for wind and distance! Your Sniper skills will be put to test!
EARN STARS & COMPLETE ACHIEVEMENTS
Each mission offers 3 objectives and each objective has 3 levels of difficulty. Try to be the best stickman shooter and get 3 stars for each difficulty in each objective. Then boast your dominance on your favorite social network!
FUNNY & ADDICTING STORY LINE
Stick Squad 3 continues with our two appealing anti-heroes; Ron & Walker. Two completely different personalities, yet two of the best professional assassins around. We also introduce a new villain.
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KEY FEATURES
✔ Sift your targets in 20 new maps!
✔ New weapons to unlock!
✔ Realistic calibration of your sniper gun to compensate for wind and distance!
✔ Upgrade key specs of your weapons!
✔ Be precise in stressful hostage situations!
✔ Intense assault missions!
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OPTIONAL FEATURES
✔ Share completed achievements to obtain game coins!
✔ Rate our game to obtain game coins!
✔ Follow us on social networks to obtain game coins!
✔ Challenge yourself and gain coins in a shooting range!
✔ Buy coin pack to upgrade or acquire weapons faster!
✔ Remove ads for a small fee. (Help us out so we can keep making great games!)

Stick Squad 3 is free to try on Google Play.

ZAGG Pocket Wireless Keyboard Hardware Review

ZAGG Pocket Wireless Keyboard Hardware Review

Apr 21, 2015

I have a thing for Bluetooth keyboards. I admit it; I love the ability to have a tool to pound out an article on the go. Getting a look at the ZAGG Pocket Wireless Keyboard was definitely down my alley.

Out of the box, the unit presents a serious front; it looks stately, and has some heft to it, which helps with balance. It mimics a full keyboard closely, if on a smaller scale, with a row of number keys with standard shift options; it also manages to work in arrow buttons. The keyboard is mostly black with grey and blue lettering. Above the keyboard is an extra grey plate.

The review package also contained a USB charging cable and documentation.

It would be a shame to avoid mentioning the defining concept here; it incorporates an interesting quad-fold setup, such that when not in use, it can be stored or toted as a small accessory, occupying a relatively svelte 9 X 2.5 X 0.5 area, reminiscent of a tennis bracelet case. When opened up completely, it creates a keyboard with a built in devise stand.

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Pairing it to Android devices involves putting it into the appropriate mode, and then using the platform-specific button keys to complete the task. In action, it works especially well; quick responsiveness, dual independent space bars and crisp keys. After some test taps, I was able to do quite equitably with it. Folding the keyboard up turns it off, and

The mechanical construction allows only one seam to go along the the keyboard, and it folds up and not down, which makes sense from a functionality standpoint.

The portability does collect a usabilty tax, even if it is a relatively small one. I definitely wouldn’t describe the rows as cramped, but if one is used to full-sized keyboard, it might take some getting used to. The keys are bit smaller, so are a bit less forgiving of errant strokes. At $69.99 on Amazon, it is a bit of an investment.

Still, it is something I’d definitely rather have than not. It’s a slick accessory that begs to be on the go, and works to make it happen.

New Game Choo Parr Now Available on Google Play

New Game Choo Parr Now Available on Google Play

Apr 21, 2015

Choo Parr is a fun-looking game that has arcade aspiration and engaging graphics… and it is out now on Google Play.

Unleash the chaos!

Challenge your reflexes and mobile game prowess. Choo Parr is a Free 2D casual arcade style game that is easy to pick up and play. It begins slowly but soon the pace accelerates to a frenzy.

Collect falling goats, chickens, orcs and other strange creatures! Dodge bombs, get combos and build up points! Beat your high score! The longer you stay alive, the more challenging and addictive it gets!

**FEATURES**
– Simple touch and tilt controls
– Delightful 2D art
– Five backgrounds
– Unlock 26 additional creatures
– Google Play Games achievements and high-score leaderboards

Choo Parr is free-to-play on Google Play.

Google Drive Gets Easier Sharing and More via Update

Google Drive Gets Easier Sharing and More via Update

Apr 21, 2015

Google Drive, the cloud strage utility from you know who, is getting spruced up via an update. The update brings new languages, easier sharing and more.

* Easier Sharing from Upload Notification
* Bug fixes, Performance and UI Improvements
* Support for 23 new languages (Afrikaans, Amharic, Armenian, Basque, Bengali, Chinese (Hong Kong), Estonian, French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Icelandic, Kannada, Khmer, Lao, Malayalam, Marathi, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, Swahili, Tamil, Telugu, Zulu)

Google Drive remains free on Google Play.

InkPad Studios Brings Pedal Panic: Sky Dash Run to Google Play

InkPad Studios Brings Pedal Panic: Sky Dash Run to Google Play

Apr 20, 2015

Pedal Panic: Sky Dash Run is a new top-down adventure good for the entire family from InkPad Studios.

InkPad Studios is proud to announce that Pedal Panic: Sky Dash Run is now available on Google Play for Android devices. Little Daredevil Danny is dashing his way high over the city and needs your help!

This top down endless runner game packs a whole lot of excitement in a small amount of time. Use your phone’s gyroscope motion sensor to help Danny clear the obstacles as embarks on his latest adventure – riding the beams in midair on a unicycle.

While helping Danny balance his way along the beams, collect coins and see your bank account tick up. This casual game is perfect for trips on the subway, waiting for friends and in between classes.

Pedal Panic is a free to play app for fans of all ages. Spend quality fun-time with the whole family. Whether you are a child at heart or a growing boy or girl, this is the perfect runner game for you! It’ll bring out the kid in everyone. So, what do you say? Can you be the hero and help Danny with his quest?

Game Features:

# Ridiculously Fun Game Play
# Amazing 2D Graphics
# Collect Coins Along The Way
# Compete For The Highest Score
# Smooth Dynamic Motion With Your Phone or Tablet’s Gyroscope
# Unique Original Soundtrack! Yes, The Music Is All Our Own – There’s Even a Piano Score!

The game is free on Google Play.

Police Cars vs Street Racers Review

Police Cars vs Street Racers Review

Apr 20, 2015

The title just about says it all: Police Cars vs Street Racers.

The premise is simple: be a cop, catch the bad guys. The tools are pretty understandable, being a cop car and, well, the ability to control it in pursuit of rowdy street racers. The control set is fairly intuitive; there’s a bank of direction buttons to the bottom left, and brakes and accelerator virtual buttons to the right. Using these in conjunction controls the cruiser (with the added wrinkle that the foot brake creates negative acceleration). Additionally, there is a directional pad that can be used to direct the cop on his feet, as well as a door button.

The gameplay uses a cityscape as the main backdrop, and most of the action occurs round skyscrapers and nondescript structures. There is secondary traffic, but the action really centers around a police officer and someone to apprehend. To start off, our man in blue makes his way to the car, enters it, and uses the arrow guides to reach a green area, from where a mission of sorts.

From there, the level begins, usually involving a car bound perp, or, as occasionally occurs, a guy running on foot. The cop car is a great weapon, and basically the idea is to run the crook down; if they were in a car, ramming the car repeatedly in a war of attrition effects an arrest, and on foot, the police car can be the tool to slow down the suspect, but the cop has to get out to make the apprehension. In some cases, chasing the suspect on foot is needed.

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Successfully finishing missions yields cash which can be used to upgrade and/or improve the cars.

The controls do feel a bit wonky, and the solution mechanism feels a bit rudimentary; I do believe that there is room for a bit more depth. The graphics are spacey at times, but fairly usable.

When it’s all said and done, it’s a fun time waster, not overly violent, and great for a bit of atypical gaming.