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Age of Wushu Dynasty Receives ‘Red Chamber Update’

Age of Wushu Dynasty Receives ‘Red Chamber Update’

Jun 20, 2016

Age of Wushu Dynasty is getting a pretty big refresh. Dubbed the Red Chamber Update, this one brings a lot of goodies:

The Red Chamber Update includes a number of new game features, as well as bug fixes and optimizations to core game mechanics, including:
– Brand new Peacock Villa dungeon – the first dungeon in the game that allows players to use full 3D camera control
– Introduction of the much-requested player marriage system, along with exclusive festive outfits
– New Russian and Thai voice-overs
– Indonesian language option added
– Bug fixes and optimizations to existing game systems

The game remains free (with in-app purchases); enjoy the new trailer below:

Invaders Inc.

Invaders Inc.

Jun 20, 2016

Sometimes I play games to build. I want to grow an empire, lead a sports team to victory or just construct a castle of sorts. Other times I’m all about that destruction. Wiping out civilizations, demolishing towns and annihilating entire planets. Invaders Inc is the latter rather than the former.

It sees you playing as a race of aliens looking to make Earth their new home. If you’ve played Plague Inc., you’ll have an idea of how this plays. Like a cross between Risk and Xcom, you need to invade different countries and build-up your offenses.

This may sound exciting, but it’s really quite dull to play. For starters, this whole game plays out at one pace. You can’t fast-forward the game, so at some points you’re sat there waiting for something to happen – a new ship to be built (which is done automatically), a new genetic upgrade to unlock or a new weapon to invest in.invaders2

All of these upgrades and improvements are unlocked through nothing more than a series of menus, meaning the gameplay boils down to waiting and clicking through menus. This wouldn’t be too bad if there was some grand strategy to the things you’re doing. However, there’s not.

You see, the ‘strategy’ is all to do with each country’s heat, cold, science and military values. These values all relate to your own aliens IQ, strength, heat tolerance and cold tolerance values – and that’s it. If your aliens have a low heat tolerance you need to invade a mild climate country and then invest in, you guessed it, your heat tolerance. If a country has a high science value then you need to invest in your alien’s IQ values. There’s no risk or reward to anything and it’s all quite predictable.

Eventually, the invasion stops being a secretive operation and it soon descends into an all-out war. This might sound exciting, but like everything else in the game, this is all about bars filling up and upgrades being bought via a menu. You see, as you’re invading, the human’s ‘awareness’ gauge slowly fills up. It’ll fill up more quickly if you invade ‘high-science’ countries – this can be slowed down by upgrading your alien’s ‘stealth’ capabilities.

You should see a pattern here. One bar fills up so you need to buy an upgrade. You wait and watch bars fill up and as a result, you then buy another upgrade. Rinse and repeat. War breaks out but nothing changes as – yet again – you simply watch bars decrease this time.

It’s a real shame that such a good premise fails in its execution. Having played Plague, Inc. I could see what the game was aiming for, but there’s little polish or flavour to the game.


Super Jabber Jump Review

Super Jabber Jump Review

Jun 20, 2016

Super Jabber Jump somehow feels like a breath of fresh air.

Off the bat, the graphics transport one back… way back, to a glorious time when platformers fashioned after prodigious brothers and inquisitive gorillas held sway. Yep, chunky graphics and retro-ish washed out graphics meld together to create a visually pleasing environment that helps to enhance the game.

With regards to gameplay, we have a 2D platform caper; the player controls the protagonist that moves generally from left to right, looking to make it to the finish line to complete individual levels. Movement and actions are controlled by a virtual set of controls: moving in either direction, jumping and throwing weapons.

Of course, such a bank of controls hints at some of the goodness — and dastardly obstacles — to come. There are wondering baddies that look to hurt our protagonist. With a limited amount of lives, one needs to be smart, and either avoid or jump. There are also exhaustible weapons one can use on enemies and structures, plus different leveled areas, and one can exploit special areas and block pieces to collect goodies. Coins line the travelways, there is a time trial element, and there are some tricky aspects that become apparent when one gets further into the game. Boosts are available too.

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It incorporates a simple upgrade system, with purple diamonds being the main game cowrie shell. The game issues an allotment that can be collected at intervals, and one can use them to extend boosts and the like.

It comes across as an engaging platformer, with enough familiar elements to make one fairly familiar with the gameplay. The combination of action and graphics works well, and it is able to engage by adding new twists every so often. The controls are easy to navigate, and it is also blessed with a relatively intuitive upgrade process.

Some folks might want a bit more action, but the game mostly succeeds because it doesn’t do too much, and in the long run, that is almost always a good thing.

That seems to hold true here.

Stickman Soccer 2016

Stickman Soccer 2016

Jun 20, 2016

Soccer games have been getting more and more complicated as the years have gone on. Now you’ve got through-balls, lofted passes, finesse shots and so on. It’s sometimes too much and these complicated controls don’t translate well to mobile phones or tablets.

Stickman Soccer 2016 looks to remedy this. It does this by giving you two buttons – one that passes and one that shoots. If you’re defending, you have a button to switch which player you’re controlling and another button to carry out a slide tackle.

That’s it. It’s unbelievably simple yet does produce some moments of fun. On the harder difficulty settings you’ll need to pass the ball around enough to try and get the opponent’s defenders out of the way. Also, shooting from afar doesn’t result in goals too often, so passing and moving are required.

Defending is a little harder as it seems a bit random as to whether your tackles work or not. On the harder difficulties it seems like the AI can read your mind and dodge out of the way of sliding tackles with cat-like reflexes.stickman4

Aside from the basic arcadey gameplay there’s really not much else to talk about. Sure, there are teams to unlock, and they have different stats and kits, but there’s nothing else to really aim for or complete. Seasons can be played out, but there’s no real progression or development to your team – you won’t be taking part in transfers or developing talent.

Also, the different leagues and cups you want to play in need to be unlocked through watching adverts. This wouldn’t be such a problem if the game didn’t ask you to watch 5 adverts in a row before unlocking the content. Why it can’t ask you to watch an advert after every 3rd game, I don’t know. Instead it wants you to watch all adverts in one block and it’s a real slog.

The adverts don’t just get in the way when you’r eunlokcing content but they also intrude when you’re playing the game. Whenever you finish a match or pause the game, an advert takes over your screen. Sure, you can buy an IAP to get rid of these adverts, but the game is so slim on gameplay I’d find it hard to recommend.

Also – a quick mention of the game’s attempt at representing women’s football. Essentially, it alters the ‘normal’ stickman model to one with inflatable balloons for breasts and a pony-tail. There you go ladies, enjoy!

Stickman Soccer 2016 is a bare-bones arcade game that goes from being too easy to too hard in the blink of an eye. It’s also got very little variation to keep you playing.


Google Maps Receives Update

Google Maps Receives Update

Jun 20, 2016

Maps is getting more features:

WHAT’S NEW

• See and suggest descriptions of places including features, atmosphere and amenities.

Google Maps remains free.

GroupMe Gets an Update

GroupMe Gets an Update

Jun 20, 2016

Group texting application GroupMe just got an update.

Per Google Play, the changes include:

* Find Friends now shows the address book email and number as well as the name
* Added support for Direct Share

* Improvements to sign up

* Improvements to GIF notifications

* General bug fixes and improvements

GroupMe remains free on Google Play.

Google Search Gets Usability Improvements via Update

Google Search Gets Usability Improvements via Update

Jun 20, 2016

​ The Google Search app for Android has gotten better, with an improved look, offline voice actions (for US-based users for now), new cards and more.

More specifically (per Google Play):

What’s New:

– Improved look and feel of the search page

– New doodles are designed for in-app experience

– Offline voice actions (play music, turn on wifi, turn on flashlight) (*Available in US only)

– Web pages open directly inside the app

– Now cards are grouped according to your interests

Google Search remains standard on Android devices.

Evernote Gets Better Link Support and More via Update

Evernote Gets Better Link Support and More via Update

Jun 15, 2016

Premier note-taking utility Evernote rarely rests in its laurels, and its current update underscores this.

WHAT’S NEW

* Better support for links in notes
* Improved handwriting support
* View notes in full screen on tablets
* Various bug fixes

Evernote remains free (with in-app purchases).

Rage-Inducing New Game ‘Fall Hard’ Arrives on Google Play

Rage-Inducing New Game ‘Fall Hard’ Arrives on Google Play

Jun 15, 2016

We hear that the latest side project from Funtomic might make one want to swear… in a delightful manner. Hopefully. Yep, Fall Hard is ready for folks to take a stab at.

Fall through devilishly hard levels filled with deadly geometrical death traps as Yellow, the inexplicably happy circle.
• Randomly generated, sweat inducingly hard levels!
• Unlock shiny new characters and Fall in style!
• Smashing retro graphics!
• Achievements and Missions that will push your falling skills to the max!
• Embarrass friends, colleagues and loved ones with Game Center leaderboards support!

The game is free (with optional in-app purchases).

Deliveries Package Tracker Adds Services and More via Update

Deliveries Package Tracker Adds Services and More via Update

Jun 14, 2016

Deliveries Package Tracker, an app we really loved when we gave it a go, is getting better yet via update.

New in v5.1:
– added support for Amazon Two-Step Verification
– native support for 13ten, Amazon.co.jp, Despatch Bay, Dynamex, Officeworks Mailman, OPT, Packlink.fr, Packlink.it, Pitney Bowes, SMSA Express and Yun Express
– fixed issues with 28 couriers
– fixed wrong USPS delivery date estimates
– increased aggressiveness of background service on Android 6.0+ (new “Problems?” button in notification settings)

The update is available now.
– various new provider detections for Amazon and eBay

Deliveries Package Tracker is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Imaginative Billiards-Curling Game ‘Curlliard’ Launches

Imaginative Billiards-Curling Game ‘Curlliard’ Launches

Jun 14, 2016

Fresh out of the nChant oven comes a new, interesting game that melds elements of billiards and bowling into a cool game and and a groovy title: Curlliard.

– Video Tutorial: you can learn the game rule easily.
– New Game Modes: 10 round and 30 round arena added.
– Balance: Bigger core lets you play easier in beginning rounds.
– Mission: Complete daily mission and get reward.
– Coin: Get coins by hitting cushions or completing a mission.
– Shop Items: Game theme can be changed with coins.
– Pause: Game can be hold by touching pause button.

Curlliard comes in as a free-to-play game.

New Game ‘Premium Pool’ Launches on Google Play

New Game ‘Premium Pool’ Launches on Google Play

Jun 14, 2016

There’s a new pool sim on Google Play, and it goes by the name of Premium Pool. This one packs in a host of features, including local and online multiplayer.

Per Google Play:

Premium Pool is a smooth and enjoyable way to play billiards on your Android device. Practice in single player against AI and then put your skills into use in a wide range of different custom locations online. You can also challenge your friends in local pass ‘n’ play style matches. In Premium Pool everything can be customized. Gather credits from your wins and change the cue, table, cloth and balls to your liking from a vast collection of beautifully designed equipment. Who wouldn’t want to play with a royally designed table on the beach? Or use one of the uniquely designed cues in a casino? Finally personalize your character by selecting one of the awesome theme characters in the game.
KEY FEATURES

* Online multiplayer
* Local multiplayer – Pass ‘n’ play
* Single player
* 8 Ball
* Super smooth touch screen controls
* Specially themed game rooms
* Customize every equipment
* Awesome set of avatars
* Chat with your competitor
* Player rank
* Option to fast forward; no need to wait all balls to settle down to continue playing

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

Dictionary.com Updated for Android N

Dictionary.com Updated for Android N

Jun 14, 2016

Dictionary.com is ready for Android N courtesy of its latest update.

What’s new:
Get Dictionary.com definitions from any app or website: just press and hold the word you want to search and select “define” from the menu
Streamlined app design that makes searching and exploring within the app easier
Ability to manage favorite words and access most recently searched terms effortlessly

Dictionary.com comes in freemium and premium flavors available on Google Play; the trailer is below:

Father’s Day Giveaway! 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek Goes Free on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Father’s Day Giveaway! 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek Goes Free on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Jun 14, 2016

Like we didn’t know G5 would go big again for Father’s Day…

Yes, 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek is on sale on Google Play and Amazon Appstore. This one brings plenty of puzzles and interesting locales to bear.

Per Google Play:

Free for a limited time! Don’t miss out!
Save your best friend and an entire 1950s town from a terrifying threat!
Your dearest friend, the journalist Helen Hunter, traveled to the coastal town of Serpent Creek to report on the Serpent Festival. Now she’s missing, and the last phone call she made was to you. As a paranormal private investigator, Helen wanted you to weigh in on some frightening things she’d discovered. She asked you to come immediately.
The first thing you see upon arriving in Serpent Creek is a humanoid, snake-like creature. Clearly, Helen’s fears were not groundless. It seems the town’s streets are crawling with snakes, the ground shakes with violent tremors, people are sleepwalking and, to make matters worse, no one remembers a blonde journalist.
Investigate mysterious locations and solve challenging puzzles to piece together clues about what happened to Helen. Reveal the evil that clutches this crippled town and stop a nefarious plot to bring the Snake God back to our world!

● 53 eerie locations
● 13 clever puzzles and mini-games
● Six strange characters
● 19 achievements to unlock
● Thrilling story set in 1950s America

Hurry though; the offer runs from now through June 19th. As an added bonus, the giveaway is available for iOS and Mac users as well.

The trailer is below:

Cristiano Ronaldo Launches New Game on Google Play

Cristiano Ronaldo Launches New Game on Google Play

Jun 13, 2016

Add soccer mega-star Cristiano Ronaldo to the enviable list of celebrities with mobile games attached to their resumes. The worlds arguably most popular athlete invites folks to partake in Cristiano Ronaldo: Kick’n’Run, new on Google Play.

Per the press release:

Key features of Cristiano Ronaldo: Kick’n’Run include:
Run and score: While it’s fun to be a team player, any real forward knows that when it comes to scoring that winning goal, it’s all about Ronaldo’s unparalleled skills. Players will take charge and run as fast as they can, while making sure they are positioning themselves in the right spot for that killer kick!
Avoid attacking players: It’s not all about being able to run and shoot the ball towards the goal, if you can’t avoid those tricky tackles from the rival defenders. Players must be quick and decisive when moving out of the way of the incoming attacks, while keeping their eyes on the goal.
Special power-ups: Gamers will smash through obstacles and gather loads of points with the help of special items that can be picked up along the way. This will help players advance on the leaderboards and, ultimately, achieve worldwide recognition.
Tournaments: Gamers can team up with their friends from anywhere in the world and compete in becoming the leading team in exciting tournaments. Players prove themselves in being the most valuable asset on their team by scoring the most points.
Look good on the field: Any real fan of Cristiano Ronaldo knows that he likes to look good for any occasion, especially on the soccer field. The game features an awesome selection of Nike original clothing and apparel to choose from, so players can look as sharp as the man himself!
Connect to Facebook: Players can connect on Facebook and strive to get the highest scores and they might even find themselves competing against none other than the real Cristiano Ronaldo!

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

Google Hangouts Gets More Refined Sharing Options

Google Hangouts Gets More Refined Sharing Options

Jun 9, 2016

Hangouts just received an update that is making it easier to share stuff.

Per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

10.0
• Share directly to your top Hangouts conversations from another app (Android M only)
• Send stickers in your Google Voice conversations
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

Hangouts remains free.