Sage Solitaire Review

Sage Solitaire Review

Feb 9, 2016

Combining two very different card games? I am curious as to how Sage Solitaire intends to do that.

If the game sorta kinda feels like a mix between solitaire and say, poker, you ain’t crazy; Sage Solitaire actually merges elements from both card games. Off the bat, it may be hard to imagine, but as as one goes on, it is fairly cohesive.

In terms of layout, it is played in portrait, with a simple top-down view that reveals cards stacked in three rows and three columns. The artwork is simplistic, and the cards are easily identifiable to anyone who has played around with a deck of playing cards; helping out with the visuals is the color scheme, as the developer adds color-coding to each suite. The game is controlled by taps, and the resulting animations and such are quite smooth.ss3

With regards to gameplay, again, one need not think too long about “conventional” solitaire. Yes, one constant element is flipping cards, but getting point-garnering “hands” (just like in poker) is a main goal. So, taking chance into account, one can look to get, say, a pair (two matching numbers for a modest 10 points), or one can shoot for big payouts by going for the admirable straight flush (hello: 150 points)… or any of the combos (like three of a kind, regular flush, four of a kind, etc). One can trash cards — up to two, and regenerated by successive combos. It takes a bit of skill to go along with luck, and several scenarios inevitably play out… should one gamble on “trashing” a card, or go for what’s safe? There are hints and special cards as well.

In the end, clearing the board completely is what one hopes to do.

It all comes together quite well, almost surprisingly slow. It is quite addictive, and the high score system encourages one to get in battle with self and others locally. Extra modes (past the stock two) are available via in-app purchase, as well as other goodies.

When it’s all said and done, this is game that has to be played to be properly beheld. Get on with it.

Zombie Catchers Review

Zombie Catchers Review

Feb 9, 2016

Like Juice? Hate Zombies? Zombie Catchers might just be for you.

This one flips the good old zombie apocalypse trope on its head; Planet Earth indeed is on the brink, but in a scarily brilliant not to interplanetary capitalism, two aliens figure out a method of disposing of the evil undead and make some hard cash to boot: they create a drink stand. The main ingredient? Yes, you guessed right… squeezed zombie.

Look, don’t get too caught up on the label. Folks enjoy this interesting libation. The thirst is real, honey.

In any case, translated to the game, the backstory gives one a direct glimpse into the whimsical nature of the game. Starting with the artwork, we do get several views that line up with the different aspects of the game, with the main action scenes rendered in 2D in landscape orientation. It makes use of vivid imagery brokered by live color, with smooth animations and genial characterizations. The soundtrack is part groovy, part schematic, and clearly designed to frame the experience. For the most part, the media aspect works well.

The game does its due by bringing several gaming elements to bear. The goal is to keep the zombie juice coming; to do this, one needs to hunt zombies. The hunting field is a digitally-created zombie swamp, with a dark feel and several bodies of water that have zombies hiding.

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Our chief zombie hunter, AJ, jumps out of an airborne undead jailbird armed with a basic harpoon and some brain bait. Using the virtual buttons, the main idea is to tease out the zombies, and then chase the spooked vermin and harpoon them for future juicing.

The zombies are a skittish lot, but they do possess the ability to stun our guy if he gets too close. They are also not without smarts, as they won’t come out if our hunter stays close to bait, plus, when spooked, they can escape if not caught quickly enough. In this way, a bit of strategy and speed are useful, and each hunt can be quite engaging. As one goes on, the zombies get tougher to catch, which adds to the gameplay value.

As noted, caught zombies are juiced for eventual profits, and said profits (in the manifestation of gold coins) can be used to enhance a host of attributes: weapons, juicing tools and more. Some elements are level-dependent, so it behooves one to get as far as possible. A secondary collectible, plutonium, can be used to speed some projects up.

Alas, the game does make use of energy requirements, which does keep progress in check. For instance, it takes some time to “find” zombies to hunt. Real cash can be used to expedite things.

All in all, the energy requirement doesn’t ruin the gameplay, and accruing gold is possible for the patient. The game ticks several check boxes, and is worth a look.

Spirit Walkers Goes Free for Limited Time

Spirit Walkers Goes Free for Limited Time

Feb 8, 2016

Spirit Walkers (also styled “Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch“) is free on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore courtesy of developer G5.

Download Spirit Walkers for free! Don’t miss out!
Inspired by the legend of a hiker-attacking ghost living in the forest, Maylynn and a group of friends decide to go on an entertaining, investigative trip. Almost immediately, things take turn for the worse when one of the friends gets seriously injured. In order to survive, they must travel between times and dimensions to overcome an ancient evil and save the souls of the innocent. Help these friends solve brain-twisting puzzles and explore the world of ghosts and lost souls in this heart-pounding Adventure game.

● 32 Gorgeous locations
● Nearly 20 ingenious puzzles
● Eerie, engaging atmosphere
● Intriguing storyline
● Astonishing 3D graphics

This offer lasts from now through February 14th.

Cradle of Empires Makes its Way to Google Play

Cradle of Empires Makes its Way to Google Play

Feb 8, 2016

Here’s to an engaging game from developer Phyton that has gone cross-platform in the last couple of months: Cradle of Empires.

Per Google Play:

When boring, uninventive match-3 puzzles prevail and all hope is lost, it all comes down to one single game … Cradle of Empires! Become the Chosen One and help the ancient empire rise from the ruins in this adventurous match-3 game with a rich storyline, thrilling quests and captivating characters!

Cradle of Empires is an exciting — yet cool, calm and collected — family-friendly adventure. It takes you on a breathtaking odyssey that challenges your matching, building and collecting skills. With the help from Nimiru and Egyptian settlers, you can break the Amrun’s curse and restore the ancient civilization to its former glory. Step up and become the secret weapon in the triumph of good over evil!

We’re huge fans of combo games, and this one is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Google Messenger Gets Android Wear Support

Google Messenger Gets Android Wear Support

Feb 6, 2016

Google’s SMS utility Messenger is getting an update, and with that update, it now supports Android Wear.

The app remains free on Google Play; check out our review.

Game of Dice Receives ‘Pirate Attack’ Update (Video of the Day)

Game of Dice Receives ‘Pirate Attack’ Update (Video of the Day)

Feb 5, 2016

Joycity’s Game of Dice is getting a pretty major update that is rolling out now.

Dubbed the “Pirate Attack” update, the refresh brings new content to the mobile board game.

WHAT’S NEW

New Update, Pirate’s Attack!
1. Meet new character Anthony
2. Takeover treasure islands at new event map
“Pirate Map” to trigger special skills
3. New skill cards for a new strategy
4. You can now rate skill cards
5. Team & Guild Chatting now available
Check out a whole new Game of Dice NOW!

Game of Dice is free (with in-app purchase) on Google Play; a trailer featuring the update is below:

Order & Chaos 2: Redemption Gets New Content via Update

Order & Chaos 2: Redemption Gets New Content via Update

Feb 5, 2016

Gameloft’s Order & Chaos 2: Redemption is getting an update which brings a host of new content.

Now, players can summon and develop companions and make use of in-game cards. Enhancements have been made to the guild system as well.

Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

ALL-NEW COMPANION SYSTEM
Collect and summon Companions!
Upgrade and evolve them!
HARADON CARD COLLECTION
Collect cards and unlock their power!
TAKING GUILDS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Take on Guild Missions, unlock Guild Skills and rank up your Guild!
SPRING FESTIVAL CHALLENGES
Special Dungeon, Quests, and World Event!
NEW CLASSIC DUNGEON
Defeat the monstrous Drake Wyrm!
NEW FEATURES
New Heritage Weapon evolution phases
New Armor crafting stage
New Lottery
MFi controller support

Sounds pretty compelling; the game remains free (with in-app purchasing on Google Play.

[via Gameloft Press Release]

Clumzee Launches on Google Play

Clumzee Launches on Google Play

Feb 5, 2016

Clumzee — Endless Climb is now out courtesy of Triple Hill Interactive.

Excerpt from Google Play:

Help Clumzee find the right path!

Navigate a cute but clumsy creature through many dangerous worlds. Move Clumzee up by controlling his sticky legs, and be sure not to fall down. He must move quickly and avoid mysterious water creatures and their spiteful minions who will try to stop him. Get as far as possible and reach the highest score. Collect golden coins to enter new worlds and eat as many fireflies as possible. Your new friends such as Tiger, Pirate, Viking, Samurai and many others will come to your side. Together you will conquer canyon winds, deep forests and even outer space!

This certainly sounds like one worth a look; it’s free on Google Play.

Google Opinion Rewards Get Usability Improvements via Update

Google Opinion Rewards Get Usability Improvements via Update

Feb 5, 2016

Google Opinion Rewards has always been a relatively easy way to procure Google Play credits; now, via an update rolling out now, it adds some refinements.

Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

• New opt-in flow for location based surveys.
• Improved reliability of receiving notifications.

The app is free on Google Play.

MARVEL Avengers Academy Launches on Google Play

MARVEL Avengers Academy Launches on Google Play

Feb 5, 2016

TinyCo and Marvel have a brand spanking new game out called MARVEL Avengers Academy; this one brings the Marvel universe to bear in the manifestation of young adults. It’s a re-imagining of sorts, with the player guiding said characters through an academy.

DISCOVER A NEW MARVEL AVENGERS WORLD
– Experience your favorite MARVEL Avengers heroes and villains as young adults
– Play as Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hulk, Loki, Captain America and more!
– Develop their iconic powers at Super Hero academy

EXPERIENCE CAMPUS LIFE
– Live true campus life as a MARVEL student
– Go on dates and confront rival cliques
– Navigate the social ups and downs of your characters’ lives

BUILD YOUR DREAM ACADEMY
– Create the ultimate Super Hero campus
– Construct dorms, classrooms and labs for your MARVEL Avengers
– Fill your campus with training facilities, sports stadiums and more

POWER-UP YOUR TEAM
– Strengthen your MARVEL Avengers team and upgrade their powers!
– Send them to activities, sporting events, class and training sessions

EMBARK ON NEW ADVENTURES
– Go on exciting missions and battle epic foes
– Interact with other characters from the MARVEL universe
– Participate in events and updates that introduce thrilling new storylines and quests

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

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Cartoon Network Launches OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo, its First Original Mobile Game

Cartoon Network Launches OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo, its First Original Mobile Game

Feb 4, 2016

Cartoon Network is becoming even more hands-on in the mobile gaming realm with debut of its first original mobile game for Android; this one is called OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo.

Become a hero with K.O. and use super radical moves to battle the evil Lord Boxman in OK, K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo!
DEFEAT LORD BOXMAN (IF YOU CAN)
Lord Boxman will do anything to destroy Lakewood Plaza. But you can’t let that happen! Learn new fighting moves, unlock special attacks and use powerful items to stop his army of evil robots. Become the hero you always knew you could be, and send that bum packing!

MEET AWESOME DUDES AND DUDETTES
Get to know all the dynamic denizens of Lakewood Plaza! Hang out with coworkers Radicles and Enid. Help your boisterous boss, Mr. Gar, rebuild the Plaza. Learn incredible new fighting techniques from your mom, Carol. Help out other crazy characters like Ted Viking, Brandon, Red Action, A Real Magic Skeleton and lots more!

EXPLORE A VAST NEW WORLD
Look for hidden secrets and battle a whole mess of bad guys as you adventure throughout Lakewood Plaza and the surrounding lands.

Use power punches, killer kicks and stunning super moves to save the Plaza in OK, K.O.! LAKEWOOD PLAZA TURBO!

The game is ad-supported.

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Rapala Fishing – Daily Catch Arrives on Google Play

Rapala Fishing – Daily Catch Arrives on Google Play

Feb 4, 2016

There’s a new fishing game in town — Rapala Fishing – Daily Catch — courtesy of veteran mobile developer and distributor Concrete Software.

Get hooked with Rapala® Fishing – Daily Catch! Experience the thrill of catching a variety of freshwater fish while immersing yourself in beautiful 3D locations across North America. Fill your tackle box with authentic Rapala gear to lure in the big ones. Improve your skills by finding the right combination of tackle, retrieval motion, and lake locations to catch bigger fish each outing. Compete against your friends and other anglers from around the world in daily challenges and online tournaments. It’s not just real fishing it’s Rapala real.
• Realistic 3D freshwater fishing with dozens of real Rapala® Lures
• Simple and intuitive interface and controls
• Unlimited fishing! Fish all day without timers or energy to restrict your gameplay
• Compete in daily fishing tournaments against anglers from all over the world
• Return each day to sell your catch and collect your rewards
• Seamless above & below water gameplay
• Show off your best catches with the world with EveryPlay

We’ve always loved Concrete offerings, so we’ll be looking forward to check this out.

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