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Amazon Appstore FAOTD: Speak For Me

Posted by on May 25, 2015

FAOTD app courtesy of Amazon Appstore.

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MORTAL KOMBAT X Review

Posted by on May 21, 2015

The legendary console fighter lands on Android.

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Blaze for Twitter Review

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015

Another interesting multi-account twitter option.

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MORTAL KOMBAT X Review

Posted by on May 21, 2015

The legendary console fighter lands on Android.

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Special Enquiry Detail Goes Free on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

Special Enquiry Detail Goes Free on Google Play and Amazon Appstore

May 20, 2015

G5 Entetainment is giving away its popular hidden mystery thriller Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds for free for limited time on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Special Enquiry Detail: The Hand that Feeds is an intriguing tale of murder and corruption. In the game you follow two detectives, newly assigned to the SED, as they investigate the death of young Carmody Phelps. Nobody in her life, it seems, is above suspicion; her parents, her ex-boyfriend, even her best friend from school, all seem to be hiding something. You’ll follow detectives as they track down leads and process evidence. In addition to finding clues like Carmody’s diary and stray bullets, you’ll have to interview witnesses and suspects; make sure you pay attention to what they say, because you’ll need that information to solve puzzles later in the game.

The scenery in each of 30 locations is so realistic that even the most subtle nuances come to life: specks of dust, flies in the room and even coffee fuming in the Big Boss’ cup. Use items in your inventory in order to solve each of 25 puzzle mini games. Pay attention to what you are told – even the smallest detail could solve this murder!

This game can be played over and over: hidden evidence appears in alternate locations on consecutive play sessions. Completing all the 12 chapters unlocks the “Find All” mode, allowing you to return to all locations and explore them once again.

The promotion goes on until May 24, 2015.

Instagram Brings Layout App to Android

Instagram Brings Layout App to Android

May 20, 2015

Instagram is bringing its formerly iOS-exclusive Layout from Instagram app to Android.

Instagram’s newest app lets you create fun, one-of-a-kind layouts by remixing your own photos and sharing them with your friends.
Choose photos from your camera roll use the built-in Photo Booth to take spur-of-the-moment shots and instantly see them laid out in various combinations. Pick the layout you like best, then edit it to make it your own.
Layout’s smooth, intuitive process gives you complete creative control. Tap to mirror, flip or replace images, hold and drag to swap them, pinch to zoom in or out, or pull the handles to resize. You’re the editor, so get creative, tell a story, show off an outfit or just splice, dice and change the look of your regular photos to convey a mood or theme.

**FEATURES**
* Re-mix up to 9 of your photos at a time to create fun, personalized layouts.
* Use the Faces tab to quickly find photos with people in them.
* Capture the moment in Photo Booth mode with quick, spontaneous shots.
* Save your layouts to your camera roll and share them seamlessly to Instagram or other networks.
* Easily see the last 30 photos you’ve selected in the Recents tab.
* Pair your layouts with Instagram’s filters and creative tools afterwards to make them stand out even more.
* Download and start creating immediately. No signup or account required and no clutter breaking up your flow.

Layout is free on Google Play.

Additionally, Instagram for Android is getting an update which adds Structures, “a new creative tool that brings out details and textures in photos.”

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GUNSHIP BATTLE : Helicopter 3D Review

GUNSHIP BATTLE : Helicopter 3D Review

May 19, 2015

GUNSHIP BATTLE : Helicopter 3D almost screams to be played. We gave in.

It’s presented well visually, in that the developer cloaks the gameplay well in eye-pleasing graphics and animations that are quite smooth and mostly reflective of a reasonable degree of realism.

The gameplay is leveled, which makes it easy to get into, and just as easily enjoyed in relatively small chunks. Each section is appropriately called a mission, and one gets to start out with a training mission, which gives one an overview of gameplay generalities. Based on it, it’s easy to glean that the player gets to pilot a helicopter (with a default view from behind) and, using the bank of virtual weapon buttons nestled to the right, the idea is to destroy enemy units, optionally collect all available goodies, and otherwise complete the mission.

Controlling the aircraft is also a function of combining virtual buttons, such that one does get to use both hands to fly and shoot. With some practice, it is possible to get into attack mode by swooping.

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Players have to think defensively as well, as the enemy units are not docile pieces waiting to be taken out; they fire back. As the chopper can take only so much damage, one has to figure out how to fly in a manner that reduces the probability of being struck by enemy fire. It also means one has to strategize a bit: does one focus on the primary objective, or get rid of pesky defensive pieces? Fly by strafing or war of attrition? The options are endless, and lend themselves to fun gameplay. Destroyed installations sometimes yield boosts which can be collected by touch. Missions do evolve over time. SImple smash and run to seaborne dogfights… they all come together quite well.

Success yields payouts, which can (and almost must) be used to upgrade the chopper to more effective ones. There is an interesting black market feature that allows users to get some interesting attributes too. Real cash can be used to make things go a lot faster.

My biggest comma were the controls. It took me longer than I’d like to get comfortable with them, but to be fair, the developer does provide several different option sets so that folks can tailor flying to their own needs.

In the end, it’s a fun game with plenty of elements that can be appreciated by all types of players.

Humble Artifex Mundi Mobile Bundle Now Available for a Limited Time

Humble Artifex Mundi Mobile Bundle Now Available for a Limited Time

May 18, 2015

Humble Bundle and Artifex Mundi are pairing up to offer the aptly named Humble Artifex Mundi Mobile Bundle.

The promotion is live now.

The current bundle includes some nice titles from cross-platform developer Artifex Mundi, and includes Deadly Puzzles, Time Mysteries I and Clockwork Tales. Folks that donate more than the current average ($5.22 at the time of this writing) can get four more games, including the two Time Mysteries sequels.

There’s still more goodness. There is a final tier, which allows folks who donate $9.00 or more to get yet another pair of Artifex Mundi titles added to the batch. That makes a total of nine (9) games for $9.

As always, Humble Bundle is a highly regarded alternative app distribution model which allows Android customers to purchase app bundles for whatever price they want; an added bonus is the ability to get even more apps for donating more than the current average. Additionally, Android gamers that specifically support this bundle should be glad to know that they are helping fight cancer by supporting the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Don’t tarry; this promotion ends on June 1st, 2015.

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[Source: Humble Bundle Blogpost]

Sunburn! Out Now on Google Play

Sunburn! Out Now on Google Play

May 18, 2015

We’ve been waiting a while for Secret Crush’s new game, and the wait is over: Sunburn! is officially out on Google Play.

Features:
◇ Blast through 50+ challenging, gravity-bending levels
◇ Discover a variety of dangerous new planets and obstacles
◇ Use your jetpack to navigate asteroid fields and avoid deadly comets
◇ Unite and ignite 14 cute crew members, each with their own personality
◇ Track achievements and compete with your friends on Google Play
◇ Astronauts, catstronauts, and a dog named Moosetracks

You control the captain of a spaceship that is suddenly struck by a comet and destroyed. With no way to get home, the ship’s crew is forced to face reality. They’re doomed to die. There’s no way out. But no matter what their fate may be, one thing is decided for certain. No one dies alone.

It’s your job to navigate through the universe as the captain and reunite your crew. Hop, blast, and drift your way from planet to planet using your trusty jetpack. Reunite the crew, making sure not to run out of oxygen and leave them to drift in the void. Beware of molten planets, speeding comets, and deadly gravity wells. And when everyone in the sector is reunited, make your way to sun.

Sunburn! is available on Google Play for $2.99.

[Source: Sunburn! Informational Site]

Tekoia Launches SURE Remote to Control the Connected Home

Tekoia Launches SURE Remote to Control the Connected Home

May 18, 2015

SURE Universal Remote is a new utility that looks to help users get a hold of the ever-increasing set of connected devices and appliances that are becoming more commonplace in the average home. In other words, it turns one’s compatible Android device into a smart remote control of sorts via IR and wi-fi functionality.

According to the app informational, this means the app can control a host of stuff, from set-top boxes to cable boxes to televisions all the way to home automation; it is especially tuned to work with Samsung and LG smart TV sets.

Developer Tekoia chief Victor Ariel talks about the evolution of remotes. “How often do you find yourself wasting time looking for remotes around the home? Or when you have found it how often does it need new batteries? We created SURE Universal Remote to solve this problem. The remote control like many products before it is outdated and it became apparent to us that the smartphone is becoming much more augmented with every new model, so why not have it replace our remote controls as well?” he says. “The main reason people are adopting smart technology within their homes is because of how seamless and efficient it is. So why should they accept anything less with how they can control these appliances? SURE empowers users to control their smart appliances in a quick and easy way. Just the way it should be.”

The app is available now, for free (with-ads); in-app purchasing can be used to get rid of these.

[Source: Tekoia Blogpost and Google Play]

Livescribe 3 Hardware Review

Livescribe 3 Hardware Review

May 18, 2015

Admittedly, using a smartpen is something I mostly considered a novelty. Till recently, I never really found a place for them in my workflow. After a lengthy stint with one, I have changed tune drastically; now, I’d much rather have one than not.

When it comes to smart writing tools, Livescribe is a household name, and it is mostly justified. It’s Livescribe 3 Smartpen is its latest and greatest, and the great news is that companion app Livescribe+ now makes the pen completely compatible with Android devices.

Better yet, we got one to try out.

The review unit that Livescribe sent us shows the piece in its retail glory: the unit, charging materials, a Livescribe Dot Starter Notebook and documentation. In hand, the pen clearly shares some aesthetic design cues with its cousin Wi-Fi pen, and that’s not a bad thing. Again, it somewhat resembles a fountain pen, mostly bathed in black with chrome end accents, with a cylinder that’s wider than most, but not unwieldy. The main body is split by a turn piece at roughly the middle, which works to unveil or hide the pen tip, as well as toggling the unit on or off. The writing end of the pen is interesting; it doesn’t taper as one would expect, but has a wide opening that envelopes the aperture from which the ink tube projects. This houses a nifty camera which makes up a big part of the pen’s functionality. The clip houses an LED light, and the top nub doubles as a removable cover for the charging port.

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The newly minted, aforementioned Livescribe+ app serves as the hub. Firing up the app along with bluetooth allows the phone to pair to the charged up powered on smartpen, and then the fun officially begins. Along with the supplied notebook, the separate units amalgate to become a pretty formidable note-taking solution.

As one writes in the notebook, the text appears in the app exactly as written. If the connection is live, the text isn’t exactly immediate, but it does appear pretty quickly thereafter. If disconnected, it does load up in the app afterwards. Diagrams and the like are reflected just as well.

Notes and such can be shared to a host of supported apps; of special concern to me is Evernote, and I was able to get PDFs of my Livescribe-hosted notes right into Evernote. Again, pretty easy going. It holds a charge for a respectable amount of time, though I did turn it off when not in use.

My biggest complaint is based on my earlier experience with the Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen; that system has tighter, more natural integration with my beloved Evernote. The Android Livescribe+ version trails the iOS version a bit in features currently, and to use the Livescribe+ Android app, one must also download another app: Livescribe Link.

In a few words, I did come to like it. A lot. It can be used in several scenarios, and it redefines hand-created data. At $174.99 for the basic package on Amazon, it isn’t too hefty of an investment.

Hero Sky: Epic Guild Wars Gets New Weekly Battles, Characters and More via Update

Hero Sky: Epic Guild Wars Gets New Weekly Battles, Characters and More via Update

May 18, 2015

Innospark’s Hero Sky: Epic Guild Wars is getting the update treatment, and as such is getting a nice batch of new features.

Officially, the current update brings:

· Weekly Guild-based battles
· New playable Hero characters
· New base defenses
· New play modes

Hero Sky is a hard-hitting combat strategy game for iOS/Android that starts you off with legendary Hero characters that possess godlike powers, and lets you build a floating sky fortress and a massive army to tackle single-player missions as well as competitive player-versus-player (PvP) play.

The game is available to be played for free (with in-app purchases).

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Prison Break Review

Prison Break Review

May 18, 2015

Prison Break is an interesting game that has a simple, enjoyable premise: figure out a way.

Out, that is.

It works as a still frame puzzler; one is presented with a scene, and the basic idea is to utilize objects and clues to advance out of the room. Several objects can be interacted with — read, collected, utilized and such — to help solve procedural stumblers that otherwise halt progress.

To be more specific, the opening scene helps frame the gameplay. It starts with a disheveled prison cell, and a few loose objects — the backstory is that the player has been left to die in an abandoned prison. Tapping on objects reveal if they are useful or not, and objects that can be added to the inventory are placed there. Typically, there are several things to investigate, and there are even objects that can be moved to reveal hidden things, with the immediate objective to make it out of the room one is currently in. When that is accomplished, one basically does the same in the subsequent room, and so on, until complete escape is effected.

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Thankfully, it’s not necessarily a straight, linear journey. Some objects require the player to travel back to rooms that have already been checked through to use a newly acquired tool. Some solutions require multiple tools used in conjunction. There are plenty of visual red herrings as well, so one is tempted to tap everything in a particular frame.

The game does a decent job of combining more than a single gameplay element while mostly remaining simple. The hand-drawn art is quite becoming. The music was surprising, but can be toggled.

My biggest gripe is the length. The developer should be punished for giving folks such an engaging journey that is, in my opinion, way too short. Just when I was getting warm, it ended, and I want to scream.

All in all, it is a fun romp, worthy of sequels, and at the very least updates.

Please.

New Networking App Qwikword Looks to Give Instagram a Run for its Money

New Networking App Qwikword Looks to Give Instagram a Run for its Money

May 18, 2015

Qwikword is a image sharing application that allows users to react to and engage with uploaded pictures — via a single word.

People today are overwhelmed by opportunities to connect with the world around them. But what if an app could instantly capture our most engaging expressions through just one word? That’s the power of Qwikword. Through Qwikword, people can upload an image and immediately see the responses in the form of just one word or share their own word on other people’s images. The experience allows people to interact with favorite subjects from art to fashion to food to nature to technology. In a sea of social and mobile offerings, Qwikword gives users a chance to truly express themselves in a quick and meaningful way.

Qwikword is available for free on the Play Store

Stick Squad 3 – Modern Shooter Review

Stick Squad 3 – Modern Shooter Review

May 18, 2015

At one point in the Internet’s short history, stick figures ruled the World Wide Web. Animated videos showed stick figures performing many activities, most of which involved brutal violence. While stick figures aren’t so popular anymore across the Internet, they have experienced a revival of sorts on mobile games. From playing golf to running endlessly, stick figures seem to be leading active lives.

Stick Squad 3 – Modern Shooter brings takes stick figures back to their violent Internet roots. A squad of sticks must snipe and shoot their way through secret agent-style missions that take place in the U.S. and Spain. Gameplay is bland, but the game manages to capture the humorous spirit of the early Internet stick figures.

Players probably won’t be expecting any production value from a game centered around stick figures, but there is some surprising storytelling involved. Animated cutscenes give players some convoluted context to missions and provide some funny moments, but the dialogue seems like it was written for 13-year-old boys. Voice acting is comically bad, and it’s hard to tell if that was done on purpose. There are also some glitchy moments when mouths move long after the dialogue has completed or is it just not in sync with the words.

Right out of the gate, it is obvious this game was made for the same people who still enjoy the Internet’s brutal animated stick figure videos. It is somewhere between niche and parody, but it could be quite off-putting to those who don’t fall into that niche.

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Gameplay is obviously inspired by games such as Call of Duty and Sniper Elite. Most missions involve sniping specific targets. Players will see the level through a sniper scope, and will have to find and eliminate those targets. This is very simple on early levels, but players will receive more complicated instructions as they progress through the game. For instance, in one early mission, players will have to take out a target but make it appear as an accident by shooting a propane tank on a barbecue grill. In another level that has players carrying a pistol rather than a sniper, the target must be shot without actually killing him.

In addition to instructions becoming more complex, levels also expand and targets get further away. Players will have to find enemy patterns and attempt to view the whole map before taking action, which can be frustrating without the ability to get a complete map view.

Players earn in-game currency by completing missions and performing tasks, which can be used to upgrade weaponry. However, this seems to have little impact during gameplay. Weapons mostly handle the same, and levels can be completed without upgrading firearms.

Gameplay is functional, but it is not very challenging or rewarding. Missions can easily be completed through trial and error, and killing off helpless stick figures just doesn’t provide a sense of accomplishment. Maybe it’s because they’re stick figures, maybe because they can’t fight back, or maybe it’s because the attempt at a plot doesn’t make players feel like they’re really fighting bad guys, something seems eerie about shooting enemies in the head.

Stick Squad 3 – Modern Shooter is mostly just shooting for the sake of shooting, and it is not fun even as a mindless timewaster.

Adult Swim Games Launches Tofu Hunter on Android

Adult Swim Games Launches Tofu Hunter on Android

May 18, 2015

Adult Swim has a new game on Google Play called Tofu Hunter.

Tofu has a face… and you’ve been chewing on it. Open fire on a wide range of soy-based creatures in a hunt around the world. Take on rare bounties, unlock special weapons and put your itchy trigger finger to the test. Don’t turn away. Don’t stop shooting. Become the Tofu Hunter.

– Blast the wide-eyed, unassuming faces off a wide range of adorable, meat-free critters.
– Hunt in a variety of environments, from misty woods to jungle ruins.
– Earn special weapons like crossbows, grenade launchers and the experimental “Omega-3″.
– Tag bounties for extra scores and extra bragging rights.
– Earn achievements for stopping stampedes, sparing Tofu Does, avoiding Tofu Leopards and bagging one of each Tofu variety.

Tofu Hunter is free with in-app purchases.

Agent Dash Gets Update

Agent Dash Gets Update

May 14, 2015

Agent Dash, the mercurial runner with more than a dash of style, is being updated with new characters, elements and much more.

Dash is back with a MASSIVE new update.
• New characters Agent Riley & Dash Junior
• Next gen graphics for 2015
• Remastered levels with new hazards
• Twisting worlds with dramatic ups & downs
• Character outfits & perks
• All-new missions
• Daily Challenges. Win a big reward!
• Activate gadgets on the run
• New value packs
• New menus and less loading
• Bug fixes & improvements

Interestingly, the version of the game has been rebuilt with Unity Engine; the developer noted that this allows for more content to be created faster.

We had an opportunity to review Agent Dash when it first arrived on Android, and mostly liked it; it’s available in free-to-try format on Google Play.

[Source: Amazon Appstore via Slickdeals.net]

Amazon Offers Up Yet Another Premium App Bundle for Free

Amazon Offers Up Yet Another Premium App Bundle for Free

May 14, 2015

Amazon has gone live with yet another massive free app bundle.

The current batch of apps are ordinarily premium apps, and include fan favorites like SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet, Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere, Bloons TD 5, Game of Thrones, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, Sorcery! 3 and many more. Altogether, one gets 38 apps worth more than $110:

Available Apps for Free
Game Of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series
Five Nights at Freddy’s 3
Bloons TD 5
Bike Race Pro
Angry Birds Seasons HD (Kindle Tablet Edition) (Pictured)
Sorcery! 3
Toca Kitchen (Kindle Tablet Edition)
Cooking Dash Deluxe
Photo Studio PRO
Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson
Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere
Angry Birds Seasons (Ad-Free)
Sago Mini Space Explorer
Time Mysteries 2: The Ancient Spectres
AVG AntiVirus PRO Android Security
Empress of the Deep: The Darkest Secret
Rebuild
Alarm Clock Xtreme & Timer
Star Traders 4X Empires Elite
Star Command
Mirroring360 – AirPlay Receiver
Xtralogic Remote Desktop Client
Mini Golf Mundo
PicShop – Photo Editor
Perfectly Clear
SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet
Smart Office 2
Daily Expense Manager PRO
Peppy Pals Beach – Fun EQ for Kids
Language Coach
Genius Scan+
Fleksy Keyboard
Royal Envoy (Premium)
G-Stomper VA-Beast Synthesizer
Highrise Word Heroes+
ShutterFolio
My Weekly Budget – MyWB
True Booster | Speed Cleaner

The current bundle runs from today through May 16th.

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Motorola E (2nd Gen) 4G LTE: A Belated Review

Motorola E (2nd Gen) 4G LTE: A Belated Review

May 13, 2015

For the longest time, Motorola has been synonymous with Android; it’s been a part of the Android takeover, and some of the best smartphone hardware has born its imprint. With the Moto E2, the device maker looks to show it can have a budget hit. Again.

The review unit Moto sent us contained the black handset (a white alternative is also available, two bands (more on that later), power cord and documentation. The phone goes against the grain somewhat, particularly with regards to size; still, it would be rude to call it diminutive at 5.11 x 2.63 x 0.48 inches and weighing in at 5.1 ounces. It is quite comfortable in hand, and feels well constructed, so much so that at first glance, one will definitely be forgiven foe not noticing the interesting band that goes around the side. This flexible band houses hardware buttons and protects SIM and SD card slots, but are also swappable, and allows a degree of aesthetic customization.

Under the hood, the Moto E does have some pertinent upgrades on its predecessor: our review unit packs the Snapdragon 410 with 1.2 GHz Quad-Core CPU (Adreno 306 with 400 MHz GPU)). It also has 1GB RAM and 8GB Flash, with the ability to expand with up to 32GB, and a 5GB rear camera paired with a simple VGA snapper set towards the top right on the front of the device.

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With Android Lollipop at the helm, the device is zippy and familiar. Interestingly enough, the OS is close to stock in appearance and navigation, with Material Design front and center in the stock offerings. The core apps are all here, and the hardware and software combine to create a smooth experience. We are able to test it out with a few choice games, and the Moto E did swimmingly.

The lack of NFC functionality is disappointing, the cameras are not going to blow you away, and that internal space might cause app-centric users some nervousness. Also, one will have to learn to love the installed apps, because a lot of them can only be disabled at best, and not uninstalled from the device; it boils down to a good deal of the stated being used from jump. Some folks might balk at the screen size, but it is better than decent in real life usage, and even browsing works well.

In the end, it’s a budget device that feels like it has the chops to at least not get left too behind by the flagships. It works surprisingly well as a hub, and, in some aspects, puts us on notice with regards to when Motorola drops its next high-powered device.

MARVEL Future Fight Review

MARVEL Future Fight Review

May 8, 2015

It’s a Marvel world, and I suspect we all just live in it. MARVEL Future Fight might be proof.

MARVEL Future Fight is part attrition beat-em up, part RPG, and all action. The basic concept is to assemble heroes from the expansive stable of MARVEL characters, good and bad, and to use the resultant collective to prevent destruction. More specifically, Nick Fury calls up for help from the future, letting the whole crew know about collapsing dimensions and such. Scary stuff.

The action is pushed through gameplay tutorials, allowing one to pick a control set and to understand the basics of movement and attack. It is broken into missions, and generally starts with a single Marvel persona roaming through the playing environment and taking on groups of enemies of different abilities in a war of life-bars. Finishing missions brings rewards that can be used to unlock new superheroes, or to take advantage of the RPG mechanism by improving characters.

The game sports an original storyline, and players can do the single-player thing or use the Ally system to beat a particularly irksome boss-villain. There are bonuses to be earned, and each are valuable with regards to acquiring content. And yes, real cash can be used to expedite progress in several facets.

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I do treasure a good back/accompanying story attached to the game — it must be the writer in me — but I do find the surrounding tale, as dispensed by aforementioned dialogue boxes, a bit busy and almost distracting. I can’t complain too hard, because one can skip through these. The intro tutorial is also somewhat discordant, but relatively short.

In the end, it is a freemium game that manages to avoid — mostly — being too naggy. It is a simple beat em up adventure that didn’t deviate too far from its core elements, and that cuts both ways.