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Global Version of Kingdom Warriors Launches Courtesy of Snail Games

Global Version of Kingdom Warriors Launches Courtesy of Snail Games

Jul 4, 2016

Snail Games has just launched RPG Kingdom Warriors globally.

Here are the game details (per Google Play):

Every sun must set, and every reign must end. The high days of the Han Empire shine no more as war has come to the kingdoms. Heroes from every corner of the land must rally their forces to wrest power and glory from the rising chaos. Heroes will rise, empires will fall. Join the thrilling new classic action MMO epic Kingdom Warriors today and establish your dynasty!

==Features==

An Epic Story Reimagined

Descend into the chaos of the Three Kingdoms era and discover your destiny in an action-packed classic warfare adventure! Famous personas including the scheming Cao Cao, the fearsome Lv Bu, and the noble Guan Yu take to the battlefield in an epic action MMO experience!

40+ Heroes at your Command

Master the art of war and lead your forces to victory! Collect and manage your army with dozens of classical heroes. Pick your team as you enter the fray in fast-paced action combat, accompanied by your trusted AI-controlled lieutenants to sweep through the battlefield and defeat your enemy!

Manage and Grow your Forces

Grow your arsenal and outfit your allies to become an unstoppable fighting force! Collect and upgrade unique and rare items, and customize your equipment in a strategic RPG adventure! Choose from distinct units to accompany your hero into battle and become the ultimate frontline warrior-commander!

Conquer the Land with Allies

As the empire crumbles, new kingdoms take form. Join together with friends online to establish your new nation in an expansive online multiplayer experience! Team up in PvP and co-op, and join massive battles as the war to shape the future of the land rages on. Experience unprecedented mobile MMO action complete with allies, nemeses, and Guilds!

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

‘Heroes Will’ Launches on US Play Store

‘Heroes Will’ Launches on US Play Store

Jul 4, 2016

After a successful soft launch in Canada and Northern Europe, Heroes Will is coming to the U.S.

Per the press release from developer TRITONE:

Heroes’ Will is a mid-to-hard-core medieval fantasyRPG, with eye-catching graphics,captivating stories, and attractive Hero characters. Players collect Heroes as they progress through the game, and raise Heroes to fight against monsters and Dragons to save the world. Users can also compete with their friends in various PVP modes, and join parties with other players in the Guild system of the game.

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

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Scatterfly Goes Into Open Beta

Scatterfly Goes Into Open Beta

Jul 3, 2016

Scatterfly is an upcoming game about butterflies from development house Levitating Frog, and it is now in open beta.

Game details (per the game web page):

Scatterfly is very female-friendly game about butterflies and flowers. Spider included. The player has to save the butterflies by tapping them to make them fly before the spider catches them. In the end of each level the player can get a prize trapped in cocoon. There are 152 items to collect.

Features

– female friendly, best butterfly game in the market
– simple and funny game play
– 4 worlds with unique graphic styles
– 20 standard levels + 12 survival levels
– 152 items to collect
– 2 rare butterflies to be found in each level
– leader boards (optional, google play games required)
– achievements (optional, google play games required)
– special mode for children
– standard mode for more experienced players
– survival mode to compare your skill with other players

Folks interested in getting in in the beta can sign up here. The trailer is below:

[via Scatterfly website]

Photon Strike: Galaxy Shooter Review

Photon Strike: Galaxy Shooter Review

Jul 2, 2016

Feenin’ for a space shooter? Check out Photon Strike, and one might get that particular itch scratched.

This one packs in a vibrant color presentation, with simulated depth, smooth animations and vivid objects. It looks good, and mostly manages to sneak in a bit of the whimsical while retaining an overall serious feel. The developer is able to recreate the look of an old school arcade space shower, and that is something that should appeal to folks who love that genre.psgs3

It plays in portrait, taking the players protagonist spacecraft from the bottom to the top of the moving screen.

Moving on into the gameplay, the action is as intuitive as it gets; it starts with the aforementioned players spacecraft, and it is controlled by longpressing and gesture swiping, such that as long as the player hold down the plane and screen, the player has control of the craft.

Now, coming in from the opposite direction — the top of the screen — are enemy spacecraft. The gameplay is leveled and the ships approach in waves, and have interesting flight patterns. Of course, these ships have one goal in mind: to stop the player’s ship from making it forward. Thankfully, the protagonist ship shoots continually, do there is that initial form of, well, offensive defense. One can also look to avoid crashing into the enemy spacecraft. 

As noted, the action comes in levels; one needs to beat the one to move on. Of course, the enemy gets craftier as one goes further, and have better weapons. One also has to be on the lookout for space debris.

Doing well yields payouts, and game cash can be used to get better ships and to upgrade attributes.

It comes together quite well, with a host of familiar elements and fan-friendly aspects… easy to like and get into.

Blocky Soccer Review

Blocky Soccer Review

Jul 2, 2016

It’s easy to look at Blocky Soccer and immediately assuming it’s nothing more than a Crossy Road clone. Thankfully there’s enough differences to make this thing stand on its own two feet.

The game has you participate in mini ‘tournaments’ that are simply three games played back to back. If you’re thinking that you’re going to play full games of soccer, you’re mistaken.

Each soccer match consists of watching a ball move from one goal to the other. I assume there’s some random number generation going on, as it seems to move back and forth randomly. If the ball hits your goal, you simply get the spin of a roulette wheel which will either see the opposition score or miss. As soon as the ball hits their goal the scene changes as this means you’re about to attack their goal.

This is where Block Soccer is, at its most, Crossy Road. You are a footballer at the bottom of the screen and you need to swipe left and right to avoid defenders coming at you from the top of the screen. You also need to keep an eye out for defenders tackling you from behind, as they can also appear at the bottom of the screen. It’s pretty straightforward, even if it does get tricky when you’re bombarded with defenders. Once you’ve dodged enough tackles, which is a random number, you’ll then need to take your shot.BlockySoccer4

Once you’re in front of the goal everything stops and you’ll have an arrow waving from left to right placed in front of you. Shooting at the goal consists of two taps. Your first tap will stop the arrow swinging. Once you’ve done that the arrow fills up to show how hard you’re about to punt the ball. Tap the screen to stop it filling up and take the shot.

Easy. Right?

Sometimes, if you’re lucky, there’ll be a key in the goal. If the ball hits the key, it’s yours. You also gain keys if you win tournaments too. What do keys do? Well, they unlock new kits and eventually new stadiums to play in. The problem is that these kits aren’t that interesting. Some are quite cool – as they let you play as an animal or something weird, but most are just slightly different colored variations of the same model you’ve been looking at for hours already. Also, nothing else really changes. Unlike Crossy Road – which it’s hard not to compare this game to – it’s not as if you play with different types of ball or come up against different types of defender.

Which isn’t the worst thing in the world but it does mean that there’s very little to see once you’ve unlocked a kit or two.

Android N is… Nougat!

Android N is… Nougat!

Jul 2, 2016

As is usual at this time — when a new version of Android is nigh — the world gets into a frenzy with regards to the new nickname that Google assigns to it. Even with the alphabetical convention and tendency to name them after sweets narrowing down the choices, the guessing is still usually wild and… well… interesting.

This time, Google even had a cyber suggestion box to spur discussion.

In any case, it’s official: Android 7 is Nougat.

Let the debate about Android O. Oreo? O Henry? Orange Julius?

Time will tell…

Evernote to Limit Number of Linked Devices on Free Accounts

Evernote to Limit Number of Linked Devices on Free Accounts

Jul 2, 2016

If you’re using the free tier of Evernote, it might be time to upgrade if you want to use it on more than two devices, as the popular note-taking utility is letting folks know that there will be a hard limit — yes, two — to the number of devices one can link to it if one is using a free account (otherwise known as Evernote Basic).

In condensed form, if one, say, owns three Android devices, and wants to use Evernote on all of them, one has to pick which ones to use it on. The good news is that Evernote on the web does not count against the limit.

To see how many devices are authorized to use Evernote on one’s account, all one has to do is sign into Evernote on the web, and then navigate to “Devices” in the Account tab. From there, one can revoke access to any extraneous devices.

Netflix Gets Snazzy New Icon and Under the Hood Fixes via Update

Netflix Gets Snazzy New Icon and Under the Hood Fixes via Update

Jul 1, 2016

Popular streaming application Netflix is receiving an update that’s available now.

The most visible change is fairly apparent; the app is now sporting a whole new icon. The new one has a noticeably darker background.

Per Google Play, the update also includes bug fixes.

The Netflix app remains free to service subscribers.

Mirror Man Review

Mirror Man Review

Jul 1, 2016

When it comes to Mirror Man, it’s okay if one does a double take.

It’s an interesting game concept; there is a runner traveling from left to right, in what most folks would consider the right side up. Now, one gets several obstacles and such that one needs to avoid. One can jump over or slide under several objects, all in a bid to not trip and go on further. There are also coins to collect, and these provide opportunity costs opportunities.

The control mechanism is fairly easy to get with, as it calls for liberal use of either side of the screen to make the character perform the aforementioned jump or slide.

What makes this one a bit different is a cool wrinkle: the addition of a mirror character on the opposite plane. Whatever occurs to the topmost person is mirrored by the actions on the bottom. They both jump in tandem, slide in tandem and, well, trip/fail in tandem. the one is the imaginary alter ego of the other, by way of explanation.

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This element is further expanded upon by adding in two different paths. See, while the actions that one performs are performed together, the paths that they travel are not, so one has to keep an eye on both travelways. This is an interesting challenge, because, for one, watching the bottom character somewhat goes against one’s natural instinct. There are clear arcade twists, such as health pick-ups/pills, revive ability and more. One should look out for the switch that occurs at specific thresholds.

The artwork is a valid element on its own. It’s definitely retro in conception. The developer highlights a fun imagination, what with two side-by-side playing areas from different time periods. The animations are purposely stilted, and add to the games charm, as does the genial use of color.

Simple, engaging and perfectly capable of being played over hours or minutes. Toss in high scores, combos and more, and one gets a game worth checking out.

Nexon Korea Announces Upcoming Game ‘Project Dynasty Warriors’

Nexon Korea Announces Upcoming Game ‘Project Dynasty Warriors’

Jul 1, 2016

Nexon has just revealed an upcoming game with the working title Project Dynasty Warriors.

Per the press release:

Project Dynasty Warriors is based on the eighth official installment of the series, Dynasty Warriors 8, the RPG draws from the Chinese writer Luo Guanzhong’s historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Players will engage in the faction-based storyline and battle waves of warriors bent on crushing the enemies of their lords. Project Dynasty Warriors will feature an enhanced collection element and a host of unique characters to choose from, along with the seamless gameplay mechanics and graphics of the console version, for players to dominate the battlefield.

Nexon Korea’s chief Jiwon Park talks about the source franchise and what to expect from the mobile iteration. “Dynasty Warriors is a beloved and fan-favorite franchise that has endured for nearly two decades and gives Nexon Korea another AAA title for audiences around the world to enjoy,” he says. “Fully enhanced for mobile while retaining the feel of the console versions, Project Dynasty Warriors will immerse hardcore gamers and deliver everything that made the Dynasty Warriors series a beloved global masterpiece.”

We hear the due date is in late 2016. We’ll be waiting.

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Mahjong Journey Gets Summer Event and More via Update

Mahjong Journey Gets Summer Event and More via Update

Jul 1, 2016

G5’s Mahjong Journey is ready for the dog days of summer, as evidenced by its latest update which brings some seasonal goodies and the ubiquitous under the hood fixes.

Per the press release:

What’s New in This Update:

The long-awaited days of summer are here, helping to make your journey lighter, brighter and more joyful.

“SUMMER IS COMING” EVENT – Travel through 30 new levels on the picturesque map to the stately castle to get the unique summer Avatar and crystal ball that gives a booster per day!

FIXES AND IMPROVEMENTS – Your favorite adventure is only getting better. Check it out!
When: June 20, 26 and 27, 2016

The update is available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

Google+ Gets Posting Enhancement via Update

Google+ Gets Posting Enhancement via Update

Jul 1, 2016

Google+, the technology behemoths premier networking platform, just got an update derived from a bug fix.

Per the Play Store:

WHAT’S NEW

• Easily start a post from the top of the home stream (back from a bug fix)
• Performance enhancements and bug fixes

Google+ remains free.

Run with Map My Run “Steps Up its Game” with Latest Update

Run with Map My Run “Steps Up its Game” with Latest Update

Jul 1, 2016

As part of Under Armour’s connected fitness strategy, Run with Map My Run has a lot riding on its shoulders; with it’s latest update, it clearly looks to keep on getting better.

Here’s what the Google Play page has to say about the changes:

Version 16.6.2:

With our latest update, we’ve stepped up our game to make every workout better. You will notice an updated design across the app with a new typeface and standard buttons to make everything easier to use. Post-workout, your workout data is now boldly displayed front and center in your summary and we’ve added a new set of workout graphs. As always, we’ve also worked hard to clean up a few bugs.

The app remains free; there are premium options available in-app.

Magellan eXplorist TRX7 Hardware Review

Magellan eXplorist TRX7 Hardware Review

Jun 30, 2016

It’s all about mobility in cars it seems, and with good reason, when one comes to realize how keyed in to our mobile devices society has become. Smartdevices are becoming more of a central processing unit that interfaces with every facet of life: at home, work and everything in-between.

As it goes, GPS solutions are obviously on the table, and the Magellan name is synonymous with this sector. Getting to formally checkout its eXplorist TRX Offroad Navigator, we didn’t pretend not to be too eager.

The review package Magellan sent us highlights the whole solution in its retail glory; one gets the navigation display, cabling/charging accessories, mounting pieces and documentation. The display piece is similar in looks to a mid-sized tablet, but with a relatively wide frame and telltale rugged construction, with a rubberized cornerings and sealed off ports. It’s fairly hefty in hand, larger in profile than a traditionally-sized standalone GPS unit, and looks somewhat refined in the all-black presentation. Yep, one gets a 7″ HD touchscreen which is protected by a rugged IP67 casing: made for tough business, as it were. The screen isn’t the most vivid, but it gets the job done.

If the aforementioned similarity to a tablet is intriguing, it’ll be cool to know that the tablet is actually an Android tablet with Android OS 4.2.2 under the hood. As such, navigation should be easy for anyone that has used a tablet, and especially intuitive for Android users.

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Setting up is fairly easy. To use effectively, one must acquire the companion Magellan TRX application via Google Play, create and sign in with a www.myTRXjournal.com account. Signing in with the same credentials on the hardware unit allows the unit and the app to sync.

So, this thing is built for the outdoors, so it got the treatment by way of the trusty 4×4 jeep (which admittedly has been begging for some 4×4 action). The big usability features are the ability to use crowdsourced maps, and to add/share tracks of one’s own. The crowdsourcing aspect is well done, allowing one to vet courses and what equipment one uses.

Frankly, at the end of the review, my biggest regret was not being able to go to more exotic locations; the unit does help enhance such travel that much. It is a bit of an investment, but for true off-roading enthusiasts, is is sure to be a hit.

Redungeon Review

Redungeon Review

Jun 30, 2016

Every now and then, everyone needs to sit back, relax and kick it. Redungeon, a game from tenured and prolific Android developer Nitrome, is the mobile game manifestation of that very concept.

If the developer is looking to use the graphics to create a dark, subdued feel, it is successful; this game is all about the spooky. Dungeon elements abound, deliberate color swatches are used in the background and the animations and characters definitely have a retro feel to them. red3

It’s a dungeon crawler of sorts, but quite easily can hang its hat on plaformer by way of description. The action rolls from the bottom of the screen on upwards, down an ominous dimly lighted path, and the player gets to man a simple avatar. The idea is simple: move along the path and travel as far as possible, while avoiding any and all dangers — and trust us, there are a few.

One can choose to control the players character in two ways: either via gesture swipes or a virtual joystick. The obstacles are varied too… lasers, monsters, spikes, even monsters. The interesting aspect is how the pieces come together, rolling spikes, moving monsters, collapsing platforms and he like. One bad movement, and one falls into the abyss — run over. Oh, and by the way, there are nasties coming from behind, so one cannot tarry too long.

There are unlockable characters, and the ads can be removed via IAP. There are coins to be collected too.

What potentially takes this game beyond “just another great game” and on into “awesome” territory is the breadth of simulated dangers. One practically feels the baddies nipping at one’s heels. There is the unending need to make one’s way forward quickly, but one must temper that innate need for speed with a degree of caution and a sense of timing. The whole balance can be quite exhilarating, and the elements work together quite well.

Big ups to the developer for allowing two control methods; each gives the game a different feel.

Redungeon is simplicity at its finest. It’s easy to understand, has eye candy, and rarely fails in its self-appointed quest to continually surprise. This one can easily be a fan favorite, but the proof is ultimately in the playing.

The Blacklist: Conspiracy Review

The Blacklist: Conspiracy Review

Jun 30, 2016

Mobile games and the screen — big and small — are practically made for each other. There’s something catchy about shows and movies with companion mobile titles that seemingly make each more compelling. It’s a potentially symbiotic relationship that can help in either direction.

So here we get The Blacklist: Conspiracy, which is borne of the hit NBC show The Blacklist. It’s a hidden mystery caper, with a bit more, and comes to us via mobile development house Gameloft. It is smart enough to build out on a good brand, but is careful not to be overly dependent on it.

James Spader’s likeness is front and center in the persona of master criminal Raymond “Red” Reddington, and the visual representation is fairly faithful, down to main character’s telltale all-knowing smirk. The graphics are well down, earthy and focused; the attention to detail is not surprising when one considers the core element

The game starts out with stills and dialogue boxes to get the whole thing going. The player takes on the first person persona of an FBI agent Red looks to help, and Red starts out as a narrator of sorts. From there, one gets to learn about the dastardly group The Invisible Hand, and the need to stop the evil group from carrying out its plan.

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It all leads to the aforementioned main element: hidden object puzzles. It’s fairly easy to understand: find the pieces required, and find them quickly. There are multipliers for really being swift, and scores are a function of speed and accuracy. Earning stars is a key task, and one can repeat levels to get by the energy requirement. One gets to “analyze” evidence with gems as well.

One nice aspect is that it isn’t just a hidden mystery game. There are mini games, and Choose Your Own path dilemmas to be tackled.

Despite this, the puzzles can feel a bit repetitive, but the other pieces make it a bit more palatable. As noted, it does well by using great source material, but not getting hamstrung by it.