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Mind-bending Game ‘Tricky Test 2’ Receives Christmas Update

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Tricky Test 2 gets decked out for Christmas.

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Robo Guy Review

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Leveled, platformed adventure.

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Flyp Review

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Multiple numbers on one phone.

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My Talking Teddy Launches on Android Worldwide

My Talking Teddy Launches on Android Worldwide

Nov 30, 2016

Indie game developer Gigi and Buba have launched My Talking Teddy Simulator on Google Play.

This game belongs to the ever-popular animal/pet simulator genre; Teddy, the main, takes a break from the big city living and heads to vacation spot on the Australian Alps.

The player gets an opportunity to interact with Teddy, ensuring his well-being and good temperament by doing things like playing with him, putting him to sleep when needed, and of course, petting him. There are rewards, customization opportunities and mini-games to get through.

Yodeling? Yes. Dancing? Possible. Boxing? You bet.

Show of your Teddy supremacy via sharing and leaderboards, and after a while, you might “get away from” it all as well.

My Talking Teddy Simulator is free (with micro-transactions); check out the trailer below:

Upcoming MMORPG Durango Opens Up Beta Testing

Upcoming MMORPG Durango Opens Up Beta Testing

Nov 30, 2016

When Nexon Korea does it, it usually goes big; the veteran Android game publishing house is no stranger to hit games; it already has quite the stable on Android OS.

Still, good news abounds: Nexon Korea is getting in on the holiday spirit by announcing that fans who want to get an early taste of its upcoming game Durango can now sign up formally to be beta testers.

This specific beta test phase will allow participants to get in on the game mechanics, such as character customization, clan battling, village building, and — this one warms the heart — dinosaur taming and rising. It sounds like a well-rounded game, one that seemingly has plenty to keep players entertained.

The developer promises a beautiful but dangerous environment that puts an emphasis on survival.

The beta pool is limited, and the phase formally starts on December 14th; as such, it behooves those interested to get registered. NOW.

Beta key distribution has officially started.

This beta is available on Android and iOS; check out the preview trailer below:

[via Durango website]

Plantera Launches on Google Play

Plantera Launches on Google Play

Nov 30, 2016

Yay… farming caper Plantera is here!

This one comes to us all courtesy of VaragtP Studios, and is interesting amalgam of side-scroller and farm management simulator.

What can players expect? Per the press release:

Game Features:
✿ Plantera is a side-scrolling farm management simulator! Cultivate cute animals and crops for riches!
Grow multiple varieties of trees, bushes, and other plants. Harvest them for gold so you can grow more and reach higher levels.

✿ Bring different types of animals to your garden and let them roam free. Hens and pigs are just some of the animals you can raise in the game. They also help in collecting more gold by giving you sellable items.

✿ Employ cute blue creatures called Helpers to help you out in the collection of resources and raising gold from your garden, even when you’re not playing.

✿ Unlock new varieties of flora and fauna as you reach higher levels in the game, and expand your garden as much as you like. The more real estate you have, the more plants you can grow!

✿ Protect your garden from critters like birds, foxes, bunnies, and even wolves! Keep a guard dog or install a scarecrow to increase gold production even when not playing!

Sounds like something we’ll be taking for a spin.

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

Max Ammo Review — Defend the Earth… in Style

Max Ammo Review — Defend the Earth… in Style

Nov 29, 2016

Max Ammo may not be the hero we need… like, ever.

The game storyline starts with Max, a supposed “hotshot” with military experience, being welcomed to the “Agency.” An alien invasion is in full force, and it’s time to get to it.

The player gets to control Max in this chaotic environment, taking on said enemies in droves. The visuals are a big part of the game, and they invoke a series of urban environments, ravished by what can only be this alien war. The graphics aren’t necessarily scary; they have a fun quality to them, but the aliens are definitely the life of the visual party, what with their grim movements and such. All in all, it is an interesting presentation that helps frame the gameplay effectively.

The action itself is in the vein of a leveled cover shooter. Sort of. Our guy looks to advance in a set area strewn with debris and structures; using these objects as cover, he takes on enemy reptiles that shoot back and more. It’s simple really — he ducks by default, and rises (and is vulnerable) to shoot. Take the enemy out, collect the discarded goodies, and make it to the endzone.

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Yep.

Except, those aliens get craftier as one goes on, with better armaments and protective gar. After a while, the challenge gets harder, with big bosses elevating the game to true cover shooting territory.

Thankfully, the player gets opportunities to craft better gear and such. The crafting piece is fairly involvd, but the game does a great job of walikng the player through it. Better weapons and even game modes are unlocked by progress, and there all sorts of challenges, including time trials. Processes can be expedited with real cash, but cash doesn’t seem all that neccessary at the onset.

If the game does take a knock, it would probably be for its focus: this is a lot of the same. Still, it is so hard to put down, and manages to me interesting over time.

Board Game Port ‘Colt Express’ Goes Live on Google Play

Board Game Port ‘Colt Express’ Goes Live on Google Play

Nov 28, 2016

More and more board games are beginning to make it to mobile devices, and Frima Studios and Asmodee Digital are adding another one to the list: Colt Express.

Colt Express comes to smartdevices as a turn-based card strategy game; up to 6 players can battle it out per game. Players move around from train car to train car, and take out opposing players while picking up loot.

To sum up, the game features:
• A wild west themed universe inspired from the original board game, digitally modernized
• A tactical and action-packed gameplay, for intense and unpredictable games
• An extensive Story mode following 6 characters, each with his own objectives and quirks. Available offline and saved the next time you log in.
• Numerous exciting game variants to unlock in Story mode.
• An online Multiplayer Mode
• A worldwide Leaderboard, updated and available in real-time
• A friendlist, with the possibility to play with your friends
• Collectible skins and environments to customize your adventures
• Many Achievements to accomplish, punctuating your exploration of the game

Colt Express costs $6.99, and is available now on Google Play. Check out the trailer below:

Gun Strider Review

Gun Strider Review

Nov 28, 2016

I’ve said it before: I am a sucker for gun fu. There’s something especially cool about gun-based martial arts practitioners. John Woo is my hero. Heck, I bought John Wick almost entirely based of of one scene.

Yes, The Matrix deserves to be in the Library of Congress. No joke.

Not all of us have John Woo (with his fantastic equipment and effects on speed dial); as such, Gun Strider might — should — be the next best thing.

In this game, you might be forgiven if one unconsciously draws parallels between it and the gun kata manifesto Equilibrium. The backstory involves a futuristic society run by brutal dictatorship that is looks to extinguish emotion. The player takes on the persona of a an angered individual that goes against a corrupt establishment.

In gameplay terms, this boils down to armed thugs looking to end our hero. The on-hands intro helps players get in: the game plays in landscape, and our hero starts off in the middle of any one of the numerous playing environments, armed with two pistols. Then, the bad guys begin to pop up, guns up and ready to shoot soon.

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The key is to tap these enemies; tapping on them allows our hero to perform a quick gun-fu maneuver while shooting the tapped enemy. Taking too much time (or… the horror… missing the target completely) allows the enemy to have time squeeze off a shot, so speed and accuracy are of particular importance.

As one would expect, there are some curve balls. Every now and then, there are innocent civilians that pop up. Careful, because tapping (shooting) them is very bad. Then, tougher cops also appear, ones that require more than a single shot. Eventually, with enemies and tricks popping up here and there, the game becomes a crazy fiesta of quick tapping.

The upgrade process is simple: finishing levels earns game cash, and game cash can be used to improve tools and attributes.

It’s a simple game, one that doesn’t require too much thought; it has been done before, but works well as a time waster.

Cyber Monday Sale: Unified Remote Full Goes on Sale

Cyber Monday Sale: Unified Remote Full Goes on Sale

Nov 27, 2016

Premier remote control utility Unified Remote Full is available at a steep discount to mark Cyber Monday.

This app is made to allow folks to control their computers via their phones; this premium version adds several features to the free tier.

The one-and-only remote control app for your computer. Turns your device into a WiFi or Bluetooth universal remote control for Windows PC, Mac and Linux. Be lazy, you deserve it! Preloaded with support for 90+ programs including mouse & keyboard, media players, presentations, screen mirroring, power control, file manager, terminal, and much more.

The app is currently $0.99 on the Play Store; as noted, a free version is available as well

Farm Tribe 3: Floating Island Launches on Google Play

Farm Tribe 3: Floating Island Launches on Google Play

Nov 26, 2016

Farm Tribe 3: Floating Island is a new game from CrioGames that recently arrived on the Play Store.

Per the informational, the developers are very keen on folks understanding that this not just another farming simulator clone.

FEATURES

– Play FREE! Travel to adventures.
– Build and move your farm between Island worlds, reveal secrets and mysteries, adventures are waiting for you;
– Create the Farm Tribe, care for it, decorating a village with a various decor;
– Harvest, find fresh recipes and prepare entertainments for whole tribe;
– Feed and grow up cute animals – chickens, cows, fishes and even crocodiles become your favorite pets of your farm tribe;
– Meet the extraordinary inhabitants of other Islands – Worlds and become the Keeper for them;
– Save the village tribe from the “Mists of oblivion” destroying their buildings and harvest;
– Plant “fire flowers” on special beds – banish fogs, including one who sent them;
– Meet with mysterious characters and tribes, they all need your help;
– Trade with other tribes – farmers and their friends in the world market;
– Invent and realize individual design in this farm simulator

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play. Check out a screen and trailer below:

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Microsoft Solitaire Comes to Android

Microsoft Solitaire Comes to Android

Nov 25, 2016

Many a Generation Xer cut their gaming teeth on the simple set of applications on early iterations of Windows; several should have fond memories of Solitaire.

Now, the game is on Android, as Microsoft Solitaire Collection — just in time for the 25th anniversary of the game.

The new release incorporates five different types of solitaire card games: Pyramid, Klondike, Freecell, Spider and Tripeaks, giving folks an opportunity to play how they want to play.

The game also has daily challenges; it also packs in XBOX Live support, which allows friends to earn achievements and play with family and friends. Additionally, one can play seamlessly across Windows 10 and Android devices with the cloud saving feature.

And there’s more…

To mark the launch, Microsoft is giving out free month-long premium memberships. That means no ads PLUS game boosts and Double Coins for all daily challenges.

Hurry though… this offer ends on December 31, 2016.

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

Microsoft Word Gets an Update

Microsoft Word Gets an Update

Nov 25, 2016

Microsoft Word is getting an update that is rolling out now.

Leading the list of newer features are the souped up accessibility tools, including improved support for TalkBack, keyboard, and other assistive tools.

Now, Office files can be also be stored and accessed with Box, Egnyte and Tencent’s 腾讯微云.

Lastly, if there’s activity within a shared documentation, a notification gets fired.

Microsoft Word remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play

Instagram Gets Disappearing Media and More via Update

Instagram Gets Disappearing Media and More via Update

Nov 25, 2016

In a hat-tip to current trends, Instagram is adding a new feature that the developer expects to help folks live a bit more in the moment.

Now, in Instagram Direct, users can send Disappearing Photos and Video to individuals and groups. This feature allows sent media to self-destruct.

Another cool new feature is Live Stories.

Instagram remains free on Google Play.

Google Opinions Rewards Opens up Further in Europe

Google Opinions Rewards  Opens up Further in Europe

Nov 25, 2016

Google’s rewards-laden survey program, Google Opinion Rewards, is a great way to earn cash to spend on the Play Store. Unfortunately, the application/program is not available worldwide.

Now, courtesy of a recent update, the app/service is now available to Play Store users in France.

The service remains free.

Space Marshals 2 Review — the Mustachioed Space Cowboy is Back!

Space Marshals 2 Review — the Mustachioed Space Cowboy is Back!

Nov 25, 2016

Calm me down as my heart stutters. Space Marshals 2 is here.

See, the first one was awesome. It’s hard to m=nail down why. Was it the space cowboy storyline? The chapter-based gameplay? Or was it the lead character that would have Tom Selleck begging for an autograph? Either way, it is a game that still resonates.

The sequel manages to bring back all that goodness, with a dash of more that makes it even cooler.

The core gameplay remains similar to the first iteration. We get some backstory — our famed Marshal Burton and some comrades are stolen off the marshal transport Artemis while in stasis; they awaken at a mining colony. Seems like there is bounty on the Burton, and some enterprising space bandits are only too happy to collect.

The opening scene helps folks get in on the controls and take in the visuals. With the help pg TAMI, and AI mechanism, the player learns how to control the lead character (through leftwards gestures) and the shooting mechanism (which is by touch/targeting). The player has to roam about, collecting items, working minor puzzles and interacting with people and objects.

The action works through missions which are further broken down into tasks. Each mission as an overarching goal, and there might be additional extras to get at as well. A lot of the action involves taking out space pirates, and there is a logic with regards to the best way to tackle this. They generally roam around, and have a visual field of vision that moves with them. If the player is “seen” by the enemy, they start shooting, and that might bring more baddies running.

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To combat this, the game not only allows Burton to crouch into stealth mode, but he can actually creep around and, if the enemy’s back is turned, can dispatch them quietly. Or, one can take the bull by the horns and come in with guns blazing.

There are goodies to collect, and health and safety bonuses that can be used during missions.

The visuals help make this game pop. Fine animations, a hint of ragdoll physics and the landscape presentation make it all so becoming. Good guys are green, bad red and the oranges can go either way… interesting all round.

It’s hard to come back from a great game with a worthy sequel. This is how it’s done.

Battleship Lonewolf: Space TD Review — Beating Back the Flenarrets

Battleship Lonewolf: Space TD Review — Beating Back the Flenarrets

Nov 25, 2016

Strap in. Battleship Lonewolf: Space TD is a hard ride, and being a hero is never short journey.

Queen Rucca and the Flenarrets are the aggressor, and its up to you, as the captain of Lonewolf, to stave them off.

Graphically, it’s easy to enjoy. The battle scenes highlight some engaging graphics, and the outer space motif is mostly well done; blended simulated lights and great use of color are present throughout. Superimposed on this are the primary graphics: ships here and there, projectiles, explosion remnants along with delightfully smooth animations.

The sound pops as well, giving the game a futuristic feel while helping create a battlefield experience.

It all comes together as a battle against waves and waves — and bigger, scarier waves — of opponents. The hands-on tutorial helps one to understand the basics, which consists of prepping the ship for battle using a selection of weapons available, and proceeding to the mission on hand.

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The ship is controlled by finger gesture; it perpetually goes forward, and the player can turn it on its axis to guide its general direction. A radar system of sorts tells players of incoming enemies and shows them where they are coming from, and the player can then direct the automatic turrets in their direction, and, with some maneuvering, duck incoming fire. All combatants (including the player) have life bars; of course, the idea is to empty theirs before they empty yours.

Destroyed enemies leave behind valuable materials, so the player can look to collect these orbs. The action usually continues until a boss vessel appears. This final one usually has a special ability that makes it tough to beat. And, by the way, there is a time limit.

Success opens subsequent levels.

One aspect of this game that is commendable is its simplicity. There isn’t any convoluted upgrade mechanism involving multiple types of currency; in this, you complete the missions, and get more stuff unlocked. You can also upgrade ship attributes at your own pace, and failed missions can be repeated.

It might feel a bit monotonous, but for the most part it does wave battling quite well.

Being a futuristic champion of the people is not easy, Captain.

Robo Guy Arrives on Google Play

Robo Guy Arrives on Google Play

Nov 24, 2016

Game in, game out, things change. Everyone has a particular taste in mobile games, and the “in” category constantly changes.

One thing is certain: we can never have too many platformers.

Robo Guy, a new game from Srilakshmi, is out now on Google Play.

This one is — you guessed it — a platformer, replete with unique character abilities like wall jumping and sliding; per Google Play, partakers can also expect thirty handcrafted adventure levels, six worlds, ten different enemies and adjustable controls, amongst other features.

The graphics are interesting, maybe a bit understated even, and the developer promises upbeat music along the way.

Sounds like a blast, really.

By the way, this one is risk-free… literally. With no cost and no in-app purchases, this one begs to be checked out.

Check out the trailer:

Mixvibes Adds Ableton Link to Cross DJ and Remixlive

Mixvibes Adds Ableton Link to Cross DJ and Remixlive

Nov 24, 2016

Mixvibes is sprucing up its stable of apps with a pretty cool feature.

The current update brings the Ableton Link feature to its Cross DJ and Remixlive apps on Android, PC, iOS and Mac.

Ableton Link works to sync beat, phase and tempo of Link-enabled apps that are on the same wi-fi network, It’s cross-platform in nature, such that one can sync up Cross DJ and/or Remixlive apps on Android with that on iOS, Mac and PC. They can also be synced with Ableton Live.

For the Android apps, the update also brings Nougat compatibility and bug fixes for Cross DJ, and in-app store design and new features and premium content to Remixlive.

We certainly thought highly of Cross DJ when we tried it out.

Cross DJ Pro is currently available on sale for 50% off ($2.49) on Google Play; there is a free option as well. Remixlive is free with micro-transactions on the Play Store.

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Check out the feature in action in the clip below: