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Mixvibes’ Remixlive gets an update

Mixvibes’ Remixlive gets an update

Apr 24, 2017

Remixlive – drum & play loops is a musical dream; the app allows creatives to simulate track laying and mixing on mobile devices.

It’s getting an update:

WHAT’S NEW

// IMPROVED IMPORT OF SAMPLES
You can now set manually the bpm when importing samples, or change it after.
You can specify & change key of samples, especially for imported samples.
// TUTORIALS:
You asked them, we are doing them: NEW sidebar section containing tutorials.
The tutorials are on the sidebar menu on the left, just below the Import Sounds section.
Free to ask questions in the comments section of our video tutorials.

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

Chrome Remote Desktop adds audio-listening functionality and more

Chrome Remote Desktop adds audio-listening functionality and more

Apr 24, 2017

For folks on the go, Chrome Remote Desktop can be a lifesaver; the app/utility allows users to tap in remotely to Windows and Linux machines with Chrome browser installed from Android devices and Chromebooks.

We certainly have an affinity to it, to say the least.

Now, the app gets a bit more useful with some new additions and tweaks to the Android application.

The latest build allows users to listen to audio hosted on Linux and Windows computers, it also adds new disconnection methods, and adds some other touches.

Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

• Listen to audio from Windows or Linux computers.
• Remove unwanted connections by long-pressing on the computer name.
• Smoother pinch-to-zoom and two-finger scrolling.
• New Help & Feedback screen.

It remains free on Google Play.

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Justice League Action Run Review

Justice League Action Run Review

Apr 24, 2017

As DC looks to close the mindshare gap between it and the other guys, consumers have been blessed with all sorts of content, especially movies. With those movies (and the burgeoning DC/Justice League Universe), ge get the almost ubiquitous movie tie-in mobile games.

Like Justice League Action Run, based off of the team and Cartoon Network show Justice League Action.

No mystery here… it’s a three-laned runner, yes, but looks to step beyond that simple descriptor with a bunch of enjoyable gimmicks.jlar3

At the beginning, the game leads you on a learning journey. Pick your noble champions from a stable that includes the Man of Steel, the Dark Knight, Wonder Woman, Cyborg and Firestorm. But wait… you get to pick three stars for each run? Interesting. Yes, each hero has cool abilities, and it’s possible to “switch” during a run.

The runs themselves are fun to get into, and the missions help spice up the familiar fare. One mission might be to collect items with a time trial, another to “follow” a baddie fir a set distance without getting tripped up. As hinted at, there are special powers that can be triggered, and there are several times it pays to be aware of a changing perspective.

Sometimes, the hunter becomes the hunted…

New characters can be unlocked, there are boosts, leveling and challenges. The game even tosses in boss fights for good measure.

Visually, the game does a good job of bringing Metropolis, Gotham City and Darkseid’s fiery Apokolips to life, with the characterizations being

Now, the game mostly manages to avoid the trap that most three-laned runners seem to fall in: swiping around, over and beneath obstacles has been done so frequently and so well that it’s stuff to set a game apart from the crowd. The elements in Justice League Action Run aren’t necessarily genre-defining, or unique, but they are placed well together, and feel almost natural in the DC Universe that the game is immersed in.

App promo! G5’s Mystery of the Crystal Portal is on sale for limited time

App promo! G5’s Mystery of the Crystal Portal is on sale for limited time

Apr 24, 2017

Mystery of the Crystal Portal is on sale on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

For a limited time, that is.

Featuring innovative hidden object gameplay, an intriguing storyline, and stunning full-screen graphics, The Mystery of the Crystal Portal is a thrilling escape for the whole family. Embark on a brain-bending adventure with Nicole, whose father went missing after making a discovery that could “change the course of humanity”. Nicole searches the globe on an eye-popping quest to discover the truth behind his invention.

TRY IT FREE, THEN UNLOCK THE FULL ADVENTURE FROM WITHIN THE GAME!

● 7 Picturesque Settings
● 22 Levels and Mini-Games
● Loads of Brain-Bending Fun
● Use pinch to zoom in and out to find all objects
● Free hints when you are stuck or buy them to speed up your progress

$0.99 gets you the whole game. The sale ends on April 30th.

Mini Metro Review

Mini Metro Review

Apr 24, 2017

If I were to list some of the things that I find awful, trains would come near the top. They’re a mode of transport that doesn’t offer freedom and instead requires that you follow a rigid path through cramped tunnels and they only turn up when they want to. Imagine if your car refused to drive on anything other than the A13 and would only operate between the hours of 9am and 11pm. You wouldn’t stand for it, would you?

Anyway – my dislike for trains has been clearly noted and it’s only made it into this review to make the following statement even more impactful. Mini Metro is a game about operating trains and I think it’s outstanding. So there.

Some more detail, then. Mini Metro is something of an arcade puzzle game. The puzzle is that you’re looking at a map with train stations on it – much like the maps you’d see for London’s Underground service. These stations are all different shapes and soon you see they have passengers waiting at them. These passengers are also made of certain shapes which designates where they want to go. A small triangle waiting at the Square station simply means there’s someone who wants to go from the Square Station to the Triangle Station. Easy.unnamed-14

So you draw a line from one station to the next. The problem is that you have limited resources, such as tunnels, carriages and bridges. The arcade element comes with the pace of the game throwing new stations at you. The maps start off with 3 stations but very quickly you’re trying to figure out how to serve 20 stations of all varying shapes.

The trick is to try and figure out a sensible route for your trains to run, as customers will happily switch lines. What happens if you have too many people waiting at one stop though? What if 3 different lines all converge on one overcrowded station? It’s game over, that’s what.

The game will give you upgrades, such as faster trains, more carriages or more lines, but having these extra tools doesn’t always make your job easy. You still need to really think about just how to best serve your customers and just how overstretched one part of your train service is compared to other parts.

Each level does end in a ‘game over’ though, with the aim being to survive as long as you can. You need to transport as many passengers as possible and to reach a certain score to unlock the next level. However, even though each playthrough ends in a defeat of sorts, with you trying to best your previous score, it’s rare to feel angry at the game for causing your demise. 99% of the time you curse yourself for not changing the layout of your lines sooner, for not adding an extra carriage or for not noticing that a particular station was becoming too crowded.

There are the 1% of times, however, where you will feel slightly cheated by a sudden boom of popularity that simply couldn’t be predicted. These are few and far between though and what you have is a game that’s damn near perfect.

Mini Metro has sublime game design that has you cursing yourself, planning ahead and needing to react in the moment all at the same time. I hate trains. I love Mini Metro.


Justice League Action Run gets an update

Justice League Action Run gets an update

Apr 23, 2017

Warner Bros’ Justice League Action Run is picking up some new goodies and tweaks via an update.

Details:

WHAT’S NEW

We’ve made improvements in gameplay performance and load times, and added some new content!
Expand your team with new heroes including:
• Hawkman
• Swamp Thing
Upgrade, equip, and assemble your team with new outfits, and gear for the following heroes:
• Superman
• Wonder Woman
• Firestorm

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

Kongregate and FoxNet Games Collaborate to bring Office Space: Idle Profits to Android

Kongregate and FoxNet Games Collaborate to bring Office Space: Idle Profits to Android

Apr 21, 2017

Office Space: Idle Profits is out on Google Play, courtesy of FoxNet Games and Kongregate.

You are a disgruntled employee at Initech and layoffs are imminent. You need a plan to get back at the company, big time. Team up with Peter, Samir, and Michael to install a virus in the company’s mainframe that will siphon undetectable pennies out of each department and place it in your own retirement account. It’s basically the plot to Superman 3.

If you’re successful, you and your friends will be rich, and when Lumbergh discover that the money is missing, he’ll look like a fool. But first, you’ll have to start at the basement…

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

Vivid Games is back with Real Boxing Manny Pacquiao

Vivid Games is back with Real Boxing Manny Pacquiao

Apr 21, 2017

Vivid Games is no stranger to boxing games, and its latest Google Play entry definitely pays homage to one of the greatest ever.

Real Boxing Manny Pacquiao is out and ready for our playing pleasure.

If the trailer is to believed, we have a pretty fun-looking game that brings realistic-feeling action to the mobile screen.

In the feature-filled Real Boxing Manny Pacquiao players can compete in a variety of game modes. From kickstarting a boxing career in training mini-games, through comprehensive career mode, to dedicated Manny Pacquiao Challenges and online multiplayer Weekly Tournaments, every pugilism enthusiast will feel right at home. Packed with extra features and robust customization options, the game also offers Manny Pacquiao licensed boxing gear & exclusive in-game items to unlock.

It’s available to download for free; it also has in-app purchases.

Check out the trailer below:

Samsung and Google Play Music announce partnership

Samsung and Google Play Music announce partnership

Apr 21, 2017

Samsung and Google Play Music are coming together to bring a new default music player to new Samsung devices.

Now, when folks purchase a new Samsung phone or tablet (beginning with the freshly released Galaxy S8 or S8+) they’ll find that Google Play Music is the default music utility on said devices. According to the release, Google will be working with Samsung to create special tweaks for Samsung users.

The collaboration also means that new Samsung device owner can also upload and access 100,000 pieces of their own music.

That’s twice as much music as is regularly allowed for new Samsung device owners.

[via The Keyword Blogpost]

Digidiced brings board game Terra Mystica to mobile

Digidiced brings board game Terra Mystica to mobile

Apr 21, 2017

Berlin-based Digidiced is arguably the king of digitized board games, and we definitely are not complaining about its latest offering: a digital, Android-bound version of popular board game Terra Mystica.

The game is available now on Google Play.

In a world of fantasy, called Terra Mystica, 14 races are fighting together or individually against their opponents to gain power and territory.

Using their resources smartly and terraforming wisely to gain supremacy and lead their own settlers to victory. The original digital conversion of the highly decorated Terra Mystica board game of Helge Ostertag and Jens Drögemüller.

Play against other players world wide or challenge the computer opponent.

This game is a premium title — $9.99 gets the whole thing.

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National Archaeological Museum-backed ‘Father and Son’ arrives on Google Play

National Archaeological Museum-backed ‘Father and Son’ arrives on Google Play

Apr 21, 2017

Father and Son is an interesting game that centers around National Archaeological Museum and Naples, and takes the player on an all-encompassing journey.

Father and Son is an adventure that takes off from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, a cultural institution housing some of humanity’s greatest artifacts and treasures.

What begins as the story of a son who never knew his father becomes a universal and ageless tale, with the present and the past making up the setting for Michael’s travels. Seek for yourself the beauties of Naples, experience the last hours of life in Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, and explore the ordinary day-to-day life in Ancient Egypt.

The past is what makes our present real.

This one has a check-in feature; to commemorate its launch, the game is offering a t-shirt to the first 50 players who complete the game.

The game is free on Google Play.

Check out the trailer:

Glitchnap and Noodlecake Studios pair to drop Invert

Glitchnap and Noodlecake Studios pair to drop Invert

Apr 21, 2017

Invert is a new game from Glitchnap that arrives on Google Play under the Noodlecake banner.

We hear this one is a puzzle, one that might even invoke the good old Rubik’s Cube.

Details (per Google Play):

In Invert you press buttons around a tile grid that flip a certain pattern of tiles. Your goal is to make all tiles the same color using as few moves as possible. Easy to solve, but hard to solve well.

GAME MODES
– Campaign: Solve levels in certain amount of moves. Take as much time as you need – there’s no time limit.
– Challenge: Solve levels against the clock. Use as many moves as you want.
– Expert: Similar to Challenge Mode, but a lot harder. Like, a *lot* harder.

FEATURES
– 20 mind-bending patterns with 1000’s of combinations
– Over 120 hand crafted levels
– Custom soundtrack per level
– 2 unique gameplay modes
– 1 expert mode.
– 0 distracting advertisements or commercials

Invert carries a one-time price of $2.99.

From the Editor’s Desk: to S8 or not to S8?

From the Editor’s Desk: to S8 or not to S8?

Apr 20, 2017

Samsung has grown on me.

I disliked the company’s first few Android offerings, and my dislike solidified after spending time with the atrociously named Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch — seriously, the Galaxy SII. After dealing with that Gingerbread-laden device, I mostly discounted anything that had TouchWiz.

I somewhat appreciated the gains made with the S III, but really started to thaw towards Samsung again with the advent of the S5. For its time, it was cutting edge, and had a wide range of accessories that made it a better option for more people.

Last year, I made a serious decision.

Picking a device manufacturer admittedly does not rate as “monumental” for most folks, but I am who I am, and I deliberate about such things for awfully long periods. To cut along story short, I ended up with a Galaxy S7 edge, the (then) Samsung flagship. My plan was simple: root it, make it mine — as in keep the looks and advanced functionality — and carry on.

But then I stumbled upon Samsung Pay, and began to use it a good deal. That killed rooting, because I didn’t want to trip Knox. I grew to appreciate the optimized UI overlay, and for everything else, I could use third-party apps to tweak.

I have been using the S7e as my daily driver for months.

And now, the S8 is here. Do I stay or do I go?

At this point, I don’t know. I have really enjoyed the mini-ecosystem, and the new devices are gorgeous. Yes, the fingerprint scanner location bothers me, but I don’t use the one I have now. And then, there is Samsung Pay.

And the other new devices, popping all over the place. Is the S8 a big enough upgrade over the S7?

But I could also wait for the S9.

I love choice…

Clue gets update, teases upcoming new feature

Clue gets update, teases upcoming new feature

Apr 19, 2017

I’m kinda old school in that I like my board games. That love is helped along with the recent wave of digitized board games, and Hasbro’s Clue recently got the treatment courtesy of Marmalade Game Studio.

Now, we can find out who dispatched Boddy/Black… on the go.

Of course, we had to take it for a formal run.

In any case, the recently released game is now receiving an update. The new build adds social networking connectivity — specifically Facebook. Also added is a ranking system, power-ups, leaderboards, rewards, push notifications and more.

Still, it was the last note in the changelog that really had us smile. In our review, we noted it is a pretty faithful recreation of the original, but almost begs for a multiplayer mode.

Well, according to the update notes, that is coming. Soon.

Per Google Play:

– New end of game ranking system
– Weekly Leaderboards
– Ability to connect to Facebook
– Daily Rewards
– 4 Hint Card power ups
– Push Notifications
– Improvements to environments with particle effects
Multiplayer COMING SOON!!!

We’ll be eagerly waiting; the game remains available on Google Play for the one-ime price of $3.99.

[Our Clue Review]

Jam City channels Peanuts in upcoming Snoopy Pop; pre-register now!

Jam City channels Peanuts in upcoming Snoopy Pop; pre-register now!

Apr 19, 2017

Intrepid cross-platform development house Jam City is partnering with Peanuts Worldwide to bring the famous Charles Shulz characters to life on Android — bubble shooting style.

Yep, Snoopy Pop is on its way, and folks can pre-register to be notified of when the game actually launches. Pre-registering also marks you down for a “Snoopy-worthy” in-game gift at launch.

Features:
– Over 80 fun-filled levels with more to come!
– Exciting neighborhoods to explore!
– Featuring original music from the Peanuts series!
– All new game modes starring all of your favorite Snoopy personas!
– Collect Peanuts characters, game pieces, boosters, and more!
– Defeat the Red Baron and become a world-famous “Flying Ace”!
– Use the Beach Ball Burst to make quick work of any bubble challenges!
– In-game events themed around classic Peanuts storylines and holiday specials you’ve grown up with!
– Check back often for fresh new characters and puzzles… added weekly!

Jam City’s Josh Yguado mentions inspiration. “We are so honored to be creating a game with one of the world’s most loved and iconic brands,” he says. “The rich legacy of the Peanuts gang inspires our team and with Snoopy Pop we want to create a mobile game that lives up to the genius of Charles M. Schulz.”

Peanuts Worldwide Executive Vice President Roz Nowicki is looking forward to seeing folks enjoy the game. “Working with partners who truly understand the heart of the brand and characters is paramount to Peanuts Worldwide,” she says. “Jam City has demonstrated great care and skill in helping bring Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Lucy and the entire Peanuts gang to a new generation of audiences. We are thrilled that people around the world who love Peanuts will be able to have so much fun playing Snoopy Pop.”

The game will be free to play, and is due to be released this summer. You can pre-register HERE.

ZeptoLab’s ‘CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars’ launches

ZeptoLab’s ‘CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars’ launches

Apr 19, 2017

We’ve been keeping tabs on it, and it is finally here: CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars is finally here — ready for our downloading pleasure on Google Play.

This one is all about crafting robots, and bashing opponent robots gladiator side.

Features:
* Be a master engineer: design, craft, upgrade, and improve the ultimate battle robot!
* Take the role of a mean street cat and fight against other players in fast and hilarious PvP action!
* Discover dozens of crazy weapons, gadgets and body shapes. Outsmart your opponents with your unique robot design!
* Battle against real players and fight your way to the top of the World Championship!
* Watch, share and learn from the best fights!

CATS is free (with in-app purchases). The trailer is below:

[via ZeptoLab press release]