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Pocket Shrek Gets Puss In Boots as New Playable Character

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Pocket Shrek gets Puss In Boots.

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The Abandoned Review

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All about first-person survival.

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TacticalPad Pro Review

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016

A soccer coaching tool.

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The Abandoned Review

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All about first-person survival.

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Google Keeps adds features via update

Google Keeps adds features via update

Apr 20, 2016

Google Keep is getting better on the web and mobile.

How many times have you found yourself with a great idea, but no easy way to jot it down for later? Or maybe you’ve got lots of notes scattered around, without no central spot to find them. Having a single place to capture what’s on your mind and save your ideas and to-do lists is what Google Keep is all about, and today’s updates give you a few new ways to collect and manage the information that’s important to you.

Keep is ready when you are

The next time you’re on a website that you want to remember or reference later on, use the new Keep Chrome extension to add it—or any part of it—to a note in Keep. Just click the Keep badge to add a site’s link to a note, or select some text or an image and create a new note from the right-click menu.

Same goes for Android—you can now create a note while you’re browsing or tapping away in other apps—without having to open Keep. Just open the “Share via” window and choose Keep to create a new note.

Organize your thoughts with #Labels
One of your top asks has been for a way to organize and categorize notes, and now it’s as easy as using a #hashtag. This should help you keep track of to-do lists for a #trip or a collect your favorite #recipes, for example.

You’ll also notice that some of the menus have been moved around to group similar options together, as pictured below.

So whether you’re researching a project at work, putting together details for your Science Fair submission, or collecting inspiration for your upcoming home renovation, give these updates a try on the web, or with the Keep app on Android and for iPhone & iPad.

Orbit’s Odyssey launches on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Orbit’s Odyssey launches on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Apr 20, 2016

Developer paperkyte has a new game out — called Orbit’s Oddysey — on both Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Excerpts from its Google Play listing:

Orbit’s Odyssey is a stimulating strategy puzzle game with a stunning art style. Play as intergalactic adventurer, Orbit, and traverse the multiverse — collecting gems, exploring planets, and escaping an army of evil robot-monsters.
KEY FEATURES:
• Meet 5 compelling characters and face terrifying robot monsters
• Explore 90 challenging levels featuring a huge variety of stimulating puzzles
• Traverse planets using innovative “orbital” navigation for more compelling puzzle-solving action
• Earn up to 100 stars in each level; collect coins and precious gems as fast as you can to unlock new characters!
• Solve puzzles that play with the concept of space and time
• Use one-button gameplay; no swiping required!
• Experience a skillful mix of papier-mâché with more traditional 3D animation

Orbit’s Odyssey’s players can’t stop raving! Here are some of their glowing reviews:
“The graphics and art are just sublime! I haven’t seen such imagery before”
“The gameplay is so darn addictive. Who knew rolling on an orb would kill many a boring afternoon”
“A magnificently beautiful game. Everyone in my family loves it. “
“Orbit’s Odyssey has me enamored. It helps stimulate both my sides of the brains – a great way to hone my gaming skills.”

The game costs $2.99; the trailer is below.

Inbox by Gmail adds three new experiences

Inbox by Gmail adds three new experiences

Apr 20, 2016

In one fell swoop, Inbox is getting more functional and more intertwined with other Google services courtesy of an update announced today.

Starting today, you’ll discover three new experiences in Inbox—streamlined events, glanceable newsletters and saved links—that help you better keep track of things that matter to you and feel more in control.

Keep up with Google Calendar events
Events can be hard to keep track of in your inbox because details—and people’s plans—may change. Inbox now gathers emails from a single event together and shows you what’s changed at a glance. When you tap on an event, you’ll see a comprehensive overview, all in one place.

Stay on top of your favorite email newsletters
Similarly, it’s now easier to preview the newsletters you read often and click through to the articles that interest you most. And once you’ve taken a look at the latest, newsletters will minimize to save space in the inbox.

Store links to remember with “Save to Inbox”
Lastly, your inbox is much more than just the emails sent to you. Chances are you’ve emailed yourself a link or two (or three)—to an article you want to read later or a recipe you want to try. Now instead of sending yourself a bunch of separate emails, try the new “Save to Inbox” feature to easily save links for later.
Simply share the link to Inbox on Android or iOS, or use the new Inbox by Gmail Chrome extension on web. When you check your email, you’ll see your saved links grouped together in one place.

Inbox remains free on Google Play.

[via Official Gmail Blog]

A Clockwork Brain version 2.0 arrives

A Clockwork Brain version 2.0 arrives

Apr 20, 2016

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A Clockwork Brain is getting an update.

The long wait is over! A Clockwork Brain 2.0 is here, and with it numerous features that we hope will delight you!

With 20 months in the making, A Clockwork Brain 2.0 aims to bring gamers and brain training enthusiasts together, in a fun, social and competitive game.

There are a lot of great, new features available to A Clockwork Brain 2.0 and today I’d like to give you an overview of the major ones.

Quick Game
As before, you will be able to play mini-games on their own, only now you won’t need to own them first. That’s because in this new version you’ll have Energy, which will be gradually spent as you play.

Those of you who had purchased any of the Game Packs in v.1.x will find a Mega Capsule installed under those games, so you’ll be able to play them without spending any Energy. We believe the new Energy system will allow you to enjoy many games daily!

Daily Boost
Daily Boost offers you personalized, tailor-made training to hone specific skills and doesn’t require Energy. Each day that you start A Clockwork Brain, a set of 4 mini-games will be available for you to play sequentially in a focused workout.

To activate it you will need to connect to Facebook, but in the future we’d like to include other methods of activation.

Mini Games
Each mini game has been designated one of the following cognitive skills: Memory, Attention, Dexterity, Language and Reasoning, to show you what you’ll be mainly training.

There are now 4 difficulty ranks per game, which means you won’t always start from easy stages, continue to medium and finish in hard ones, all in a single play. Instead each mini game will become more difficult over time, the better you become at it and your next session will begin at that difficulty level.

We have designed and developed 4 brand new mini games, each unique in its own way, and our goal is to release a new one every month or so, following this release.

Solo and Wheel of Colors train Attention, Scrambled Words will sharpen your Language skills and Matching Ends will surely challenge your Memory!

Levels, XP & Performance Stats
This new version of A Clockwork Brain aims to offer you an enriched experience, and a sense of progress and achievement.

Based on your performance in each Quick Game, Daily Boost and Custom Workout, you will collect XP (eXperience Points), which in turn will affect your Level. As you Level Up, new Upgrades will become available for you to collect.

Detailed stats will be available for your overall performance over time, as well as for all mini-games. You’ll now be able to truly track your progress with graphs of weekly and monthly intervals, and see what area you need to work harder on.

Petbots
Can you imagine cute little Steampunk animals that actually act as powerful boosters when you play the game? Well, that’s what we had in mind when we created the Petbots!

This release will feature 8 Petbots, and there may be more coming in the future. Keep in mind that it’s up to you whether you want to use them or not.

Additional Features
Relaxed Mode

A much-requested feature from our players, Relaxed mode will allow your to play without the stress of time and the new background music will further relax you, as you play your favorite mini games.

Game Syncing

In 2013 we began building our very own backend system, which, among other things, will allow you to start playing on one device and continue on another. Furthermore, we designed it so that your entire game state (Sprocket Tokens, achievements, stats, etc.) carries over, regardless of the underlying platform.

The game is free to play on the Play Store.

[via A Clockwork Brain website]

Bike Unchained gets new content via Red Bull Rampage update

Bike Unchained gets new content via Red Bull Rampage update

Apr 20, 2016

Bike Unchained, Red Bull’s adrenaline-filled mountain biking adventure, is getting some cool new stuff courtesy of an update that is available now.

The game is adding in new riders, tracks and events.

Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

RED BULL RAMPAGE is here! Our biggest update yet! Get ready to ride your Specialized bike in the most epic mountain bike race in the world. Set against the backdrop of southern Utah, new tracks are ready for you to make a run filled with flips and gnarly lines.
– 9 brand new tracks filled with death defying drops
– 2 new pro riders to unlock and shred with – Jill Kintner & Darren Barrecloth
– Introducing Limited time events & Team Praedor Challenges
– Huge performance updates

As noted, the new goodies are available now.

Bike Unchained is available for free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play; check out the red Bull Rampage update trailer below:

Asymmetric Games’ ‘Just Flick’ launches on Google Play

Asymmetric Games’ ‘Just Flick’ launches on Google Play

Apr 19, 2016

Just Flick is a new game on Google Play.

The game comes to us courtesy of Asymmetric Games.

Test your reflexes as you flick left and right to match the falling shapes. Climb up the high score chart and enjoy the mesmerizing music and visuals.

FEATURES

• Beautiful graphics
• Interactive and Immersive music
• Customizable Aesthetics
• Challenge yourself

The game is available for free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play; the trailer is below:

Root Explorer gets Android N compatibility and more via update

Root Explorer gets Android N compatibility and more via update

Apr 19, 2016

Root Explorer, the multi-purpose file management utility from Speed Software, is getting an update.

Per Google Play, the changes include:

Version 4.0.1
• Android N compatibility
• Fixed crash when authorizing SD card in Marshmallow

We certainly enjoyed reviewing it a short time ago; it costs $3.99 on Google Play (with a free version stocked as well). the app is available on the Amazon Appstore as well.

Aurora: Quarantine Review

Aurora: Quarantine Review

Apr 19, 2016

Simply put, Aurora: Quarantine is so easy to get into.

The backstory has a dystopian tinge to it, with a futuristic tale that is interestingly detailed and scarily familiar; the year is 2098, and in response to humans laying waste to resources, new “ecological cities” are created. These are only available to the wealthy though, and in time, a huge gulf between the haves and the have nots is created. In time, the cities have walls and such erected to keep the unwanted folks away.

Within one such city, a resistance group forms, and get a hold of dangerous stuff, and modify it; they use the weapon to annihilate the city, but the weapon has even further-reaching consequences than envisaged. One major fallout: no human can survive going into the city.

In an effort to save the city, the powers that be develop and deploy robots to find an antidote. The mission? Control one spherical robot in a quest to find the materials needed.

Whew.

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Le’s segue to a summary of sorts… it’s a freakin’ enjoyable game. One gets to use one’s finger (or, alternatively, a bluetooth gamepad) to control a sphere, and the idea is to guide the sphere in a series of tasks before completely expending limited resources.

The tasks tie together well, and require the player to due his/her due diligence… it behooves one to look around, and to pay attention to direction arrows, instructions and energy levels. Secondary to that, it makes sense to pick up XP bottles for leveling. One does need to be have a deft hand, and in several ways, the physics creates puzzles.

When it comes to visuals, this game goes all out. It presents a rich #D, landscaped environment, with stark graphics that make excellent use of virtual light. The animations are vivid, and the eye cues do the job of capturing one’s attention.

Upcoming game ‘Fold+’ gets release date

Upcoming game ‘Fold+’ gets release date

Apr 18, 2016

Fold+ is an interesting geometrical puzzler from Once A Bird (via BulkyPix), and it is due quite soon.

Fold+ is the sequel to the acclaimed puzzler Fold released back in 2013. As a proper sequel, Fold+ comes packed with new brain-teasing puzzles, exciting new gameplay mechanics, redesigned graphics and a overhauled interface.

In Fold+, each puzzle starts with a set of colored blocks. To beat the level, players must cleverly fold, expand, rotate and bring these blocks together until only one single block of each color remains.

Per the informational, April 21st is launch day; Fold+ will cost $1.99.

In the mean time, enjoy the official trailer:

Paranormal Agency 2 goes free for limited time on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Paranormal Agency 2 goes free for limited time on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Apr 18, 2016

Paranormal Agency 2 (also styled Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion) is free for a limited time on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Put your supernatural powers to the test in this spine-chilling sequel to the popular seek-and-find adventure Paranormal Agency!

An old mansion on the outskirts of a peaceful village is reported to be haunted by evil spirits. Some folks say they’ve heard screams and moans. Others have spotted shadowy figures on the grounds. The townspeople are freaked out, and now the mayor has invited you, an experienced ghost hunter, to investigate the strange and somewhat suspicious events at Wayne Manor. Search every corner of the spooky estate, pick up useful items and solve tricky puzzles to determine if this is someone’s wicked hoax … or a real ghost story!

● Nearly 100 absorbing scenes to explore
● 12 puzzling mini-games to master
● 20 desirable achievements to earn
● Two gameplay modes: casual and expert
● Google Play game services support

The free offer is on now, and runs through April 24th 2016.

Elvin: The Water Sphere launches on Android courtesy of Crescent Moon

Elvin: The Water Sphere launches on Android courtesy of Crescent Moon

Apr 18, 2016

Elvin: The Water Sphere, a new title from prolific Android game publisher Crescent Moon (via Goomster), has officially dropped on Google Play.

The game looks to be a side-scrolling platformed thriller that has arcade/running DNA.

un Elvin run! There’s no time to waste. The future of Goomswood Forest and its inhabitants is in your hands! Elfrod the Goblin has sprung out from the depths of the Earth and has stolen the Water Sphere.

Elvin must recover the Water Sphere before it runs out of power. Elfrod is a mischievous underground goblin. He is quick and devious, with the power to travel through dreams! Elfrod has tricked Elvin into fleeing through strange worlds, forbidden to the Forest Elves. That won’t stop Elvin, though. He’ll follow Elfrod til the end, even ignoring his sacred Elven laws – in order to recover the droplets left by the Water Sphere. The race has begun… Run Elvin, run!

Don’t forget to share your score and challenge all of your friends!

Features:
– Retro charm. Easy to play, Hard to Beat!
– 10 Fantastic pixel worlds to explore!
– Awesome characters – great friends and scary enemies!
– Ride on a flying cow or cruise the ocean on a penguin’s back!
– Constant action! A combination of runner and platformer with unique elements!
– Quick pick up and play – play it anywhere, anytime!

The game is free (with in-app purchases); the trailer is below:

Google Play Music Adds Podcasts

Google Play Music Adds Podcasts

Apr 18, 2016

Google Play Music is becoming even more of a full-service option with the addition of podcasts. Now, both content creators and consumers can find relevant material on Google Play.

Per the Official Android Blog:

Starting today on the web and rolling out on Android in the U.S. and Canada, we’ll connect you with podcasts based on what you’re doing, how you’re feeling and what you’re interested in. Similar to our contextual playlists for music, we want to make it easy to find the right podcast—whether you’re a podcast aficionado or listening for the first time.

Try “Learning Something New” to talk about at a dinner party and listen to our favorite episodes from Stuff You Should Know or How To Do Everything. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon by “Getting Lost in a Story” with episodes from Radiolab or Reply All, or relax after a long day by “Laughing Out Loud” to Marc Maron’s WTF or Chris Hardwick’s The Nerdist. If you find something you love, subscribe to download the last several episodes automatically on your device or choose to be notified every time a new episode comes out.

And to all you creators who want to make your podcast available in Google Play Music, check out the podcast portal for more details.

Thanks to our invaluable partners without whom the world would be a boring place. And to all you podcast lovers, keep listening!

This week’s episode is brought to you by Google Play. With Google Play, you can get millions of apps, games, songs, movies & TV shows, books and news sources—all your favorites, all in one place.

Per the post, the podcasts feature is rolling out on Android in Canada and the US.

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[via Official Android Blog]

A look at TurboTax Mobile

A look at TurboTax Mobile

Apr 18, 2016

“Can I hear a ‘what, what’ for tax time?” (said no one. Like, ever).

Look, it is a pain. No one will dispute that, no even the IRS itself (think about it… how do you think IRS employees feel during this period? Don’t beat me; it’s just food for thought)>

Win or lose, refund or payment, taking or giving, the fact remains, tax preparation can be stressful. In an increasingly mobile, do-it-yourself world, there are several options that are geared towards providing a reasonable experience on smaller screens.

TurboTax is well positioned to do just this, with several tools on the biggest mobile platforms.

This year, it unveiled a new enhancement: a product especially prepared for folks looking to get things done via mobile browser. In several ways, this makes sense; I have been flirting with the idea of doing most computer-y things with a keyboard-docked Android tablet. Yes, armed with an Intuit-provided review code, we decided to take on the child.

Using the Chrome browser, we easily were able to start the program. From a visual perspective, it retains the color scheme of the application and desktop browser, with whites on grays plus blue and red accents. The text flows professionally. The interview questions are easily discernible, and the program is partitioned well.

One great feature is that the entire system syncs. One is able to save and sign out of the mobile browser, and pick right off in the app or the desktop version, truly allowing one to work on one’s returns whenever, however on almost any type of mainstream connected device

Basically, the mobile build is a self contained option, and it gives a filer the opportunity to get stuff done in an easy way. The experience is not degraded at all, and in many ways, is better with its well designed mobile component.

Toodledo gets update

Toodledo gets update

Apr 16, 2016

Task management utility Toodledo is getting a pretty expansive update that is available now.

The changelog (courtesy of Google Play):

WHAT’S NEW

+ Fixed a bug where sharing an image with Toodledo would cause Toodledo to crash
+ Fixed a bug where Google Now “Note to Self” used with Toodledo was causing duplicates
+ Fixed a bug where editing a subtask was causing duplicates
+ Fixed a bug where editing a task note and then tapping to edit another field without saving the note was causing the note changes to be lost.
+ Lists, Outlines and Habits updated with a number of small bug fixes

Toodledo is free on the Play Store.

Burstle Arrives on Google Play

Burstle Arrives on Google Play

Apr 15, 2016

Developer Cerebellio has dropped a new game on Google Play called Burstle; it looks to be a bit reminiscent of Tetris — with a DIY twist.

Per Google Play:

The rules of Burstle are simple: put at least 3 tiles of the same colour next to each other and burst them to score points.
The snags of Burstle are numerous: you must reach your score target, whilst navigating special tiles such as walls and wildcards. To be successful in Burstle you’re going to have to be a great player!

There are a number of powerups you can unlock along the way as you level up your character. Bombs allow you to burst all surrounding tiles. Sniper strikes search out all tiles of the colour you select to destroy them. There are many more secrets to unlock as you play!

[FEATURES]

• 600 levels ranging from very easy to very very difficult!

• 4 difficulties: Casual, Normal, Hard and Insane

• Over 40 trophies for you to unlock as you progress

• Powerups, colour schemes and grid shapes for you to buy with your hard-earned coins!

• Consistently soothing sound effects and animations make Burstle a joy to pass the time with

#burstle

Burstle is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

S.E.D.: Special Enquiry Detail Launches on Amazon Appstore

S.E.D.: Special Enquiry Detail Launches on Amazon Appstore

Apr 15, 2016

G5’s S.E.D.: Special Enquiry Detail – Criminal Investigation Hidden Object Game is now on the Amazon Appstore.

Are you a born detective? Then put your skills to the test with this riveting hidden object game!
Join the famous S.E.D. Detectives Turino and Lamonte and help return law and order to the streets of New York. A series of sensational murders has turned the city upside down, from a bleeding portrait on a wall to a dead body found with a deer head. And that’s just the beginning….
Head to the crime scenes and show your sleuthing abilities. Search every nook and cranny, gather evidence, interrogate suspects and analyze forensic material in the advanced crime lab. Be painstakingly diligent as even the tiniest hair could help solve these dreadful crimes. Plunge into the unforgettable stories of S.E.D.: Special Enquiry Detail today and bring the killers to justice!

YOU CAN UNLOCK ADDITIONAL BONUSES VIA IN-APP PURCHASE FROM WITHIN THE GAME!

*Game available in: English, Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

– 10 uniquely horrific cases to crack, with many more to come via free updates
– Over 40 unsettling crime scenes to investigate
– 20 thrilling mini-games to master
– 45 collections to gather for bonuses and awards, plus more on the way
– An Interactive Detective Case Board for organizing clues
– Regular free updates with loads of new content

The game is free (with in-app purchases); the official trailer is below: