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Corpse Party BLOOD DRIVE EN Review

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A Corpse Party sequel.

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Hill Climb Racing 2 Gets an Update

Hill Climb Racing 2 Gets an Update

Jan 28, 2017

We enjoyed Hill Climb Racing 2 when we checked it out last month, and now it is getting another update:

v1.2.2:
-Remove a friend by clicking their name in the friends tab
-Fixed physics issues in some mine tracks
-Fixed missing Super Diesel paints
-Fixed crash issues on Android 7
-Distance bonus is now displayed in Adventure tracks

[Our Hill Climb Racing 2 Review]

Tiny Rails Gets an Update

Tiny Rails Gets an Update

Jan 28, 2017

Empire-building adventure Tiny Rails is getting an update; this one brings glitch fixes and gameplay tweaks.

Update 1.0.9 brings several key fixes and optimizations to Tiny Rails!
– Speed Glitch fixed!
– Destination glitch fixed!
– Map travel improved and optimized
– Trainiary update: Streamlined user experience
– ‘Manual Depart’ option added
– Minor bug fixes
All aboard!

Tiny Rails is free with in-app purchases.

Google Opinion Rewards Increases Reach and Tweaks Notifications via Update

Google Opinion Rewards Increases Reach and Tweaks Notifications via Update

Jan 28, 2017

Google Opinion Rewards is picking up some more range, courtesy of its current update. Now, folks in Austria and Switzerland can enjoy the ability to earn Google Play credits by answering surveys.

Also, the app now allows folks to toggle a notification sound when a new survey is available to be taken.

The app remains free on Google Play.

MyFitnessPal Gets Meal Sharing Feature

MyFitnessPal Gets Meal Sharing Feature

Jan 28, 2017

Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal is getting an update which allows users to be better resources to fellow users.

WHAT’S NEW

The only thing better than eating a delicious meal? Sharing it with others!
• Share meals in the MyFitnessPal newsfeed to help others decide what to eat.
• View details about your friend’s meals and save them for later.
These changes are rolling out slowly.
We hope you enjoy and happy tracking!

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

Swype Keyboard Adds Emoji Prediction and a Lot More

Swype Keyboard Adds Emoji Prediction and a Lot More

Jan 28, 2017

Swype is one of the preeminent third-party keyboards on Android,and its latest update brings a WHOLE lot.

The latest build brings improvements to handwriting, new options, new languages, emoji predictions and more.

Per Google Play, version 3.0.1 brings:

v3.0.1
Emoji predictions based on your text content
Number Row option
Hide Secondaries option
Text Engine Improvements
Handwriting Improvements
Chinese Handwriting Multiple Character Recognition
Languages and Keyboards:
– Uyghur keyboard
– Kashmiri Devanagari predictive language database
– Russian KDB for Russian and Kirghyz languages
– Improvements to Thai, Lao, Khmer

We certainly loved Swype when we checked it out way back when; it can be had for $0.99 on the Play Store (there is also a free trial available).

[Our Swype Review]

Google Maps Adds More

Google Maps Adds More

Jan 27, 2017

If anything, you can’t accuse Maps – Navigation & Transit of standing pat; the popular cross-platform navigation utility is getting yet another update.

The latest build brings the following:

WHAT’S NEW

• A new dedicated Amenity photos tab for lodging places
• See how many reviews and photos other users have added

It remains free on Google Play.

Eric Clapton & Friends ‘Draggin’ My Tail’ Mp3 Album on Sale

Eric Clapton & Friends ‘Draggin’ My Tail’ Mp3 Album on Sale

Jan 27, 2017

Draggin’ My Tail by Eric Clapton & Friends is available for cheap on Google Play.

$2.99 to be exact.

For that price, the prize is 31 tracks for almost 96 minutes. Purchased singly, they’d come up to just under $31.

Track listing:

1. DRAGGIN MY TAIL
2. SNAKE DRIVE
3. TALKING ABOUT YOU (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
4. WEST COAST IDEA
5. POUNDS AND STOMPS (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
6. HONEY IN YOUR HIPS (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
7. CHOKER
8. GOT LOVE IF YOU WANT IT (LIVE)(WITH THE YEARDBIRDS)
9. THE FIRST TIME I MET THE BLUES (LIVE) (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
10. TAKE IT EASY BABY (LIVE) (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
11. PRETTY GIRL (LIVE) (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
12. FIVE LONG YEARS (LIVE) (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
13. OUT ON THE WATER COAST (LIVE) (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
14. HERE ‘TIS (LIVE)(WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
15. YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY LOOKING AT THE COVER (LIVE) (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
16. I’M YOUR WITCH DOCTOR (WITH JOHN MAYALL’S BLUESBREAKERS)
17. FOR YOUR LOVE (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
18. BOOM BOOM (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
19. GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
20. MILES ROAD (WITH JIMMY PAGE)
21. I AIN’T GO YOU (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
22. A CERTAIN GIRL (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
23. TRIBUTE TO ELMORE (WITH JIMMY PAGE)
24. TRAIN KEPT A ROLLING (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
25. I WISH YOU WOULD (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
26. GOT TO HURRY (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
27. FREIGHT LOADER
28. LET IT ROCK (LIVE) (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
29. SHE’S SO RESPECTABLE (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
30. LOUISE (LIVE) (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)
31. SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING (LIVE) (WITH THE YARDBIRDS)

Enjoy!!!

[via Slickdeals]

Subway Runner Review — Escape Santa!

Subway Runner Review — Escape Santa!

Jan 27, 2017

To be fair, I guess running from a bearded, rotund fellow dressed in red robes and stately boots that takes a hankerin’ to chasing me through live subway tunnels isn’t a bad idea.

Santa is crazy.

But this is the premise behind Subway Runner, a new-ish game from Rioo. Run, collect, avoid, run. Don’t let Santa catch you.sub3

The game is ably patterned, with bright colors and backgrounds that adjust with gameplay. The view is abbreviated top-down style, such that the player “hovers” right above the runner he/she is controlling.

It plays out like your everyday three-laned runner — much like the endless running games made popular by cult hit Temple Run and the subsequent sequels. In Subway Runner, we get to take this on in the aforementioned subway area; of course, conveniently set up in general three lanes. The tracks are chock-full of obstacles and such, and the first idea is to avoid these obstacles.

The control set uses the tried and trusted method of gesture swipes to control the runner. Swipe up allows the running character to jump over a danger, while swiping down initiates a barrel roll. Swiping to either side allows the character to dart to the corresponding side. So, the first order of business is to avoid the stationary objects — cones, trains, what have you — and travel as far as possible while fleeing Saint Nick. As one gets a bit further, moving trains become an issue too. Think quick!

Secondarily, there are gold coins to collect. These up the challenge, as there is are several opportunity costs that occur. there are also boosts to collect, like magnets and the like, and through it all, one does need to keep on their toes.

The game has mechanisms to extend runs, and accumulated gold can be sued to procure goodies and improve attributes.

All in all, it’s a familiar game with an easy premise and plenty of play available… whether one loves Santa or not.

Akihabara – Feel the Rhythm Launches on the Play Store

Akihabara – Feel the Rhythm Launches on the Play Store

Jan 26, 2017

Akihabara – Feel the Rhythm — a new game from JMJ Interactive — is live and available on Google Play.

Take a musical journey with Callie through Tokyo’s Akihabara district — and groove to the beats to achieve a high score in this original music/rhythm game.

The rules are simple: Time your actions to the rhythm and the Beat Marker as you change icons while jamming to the electro-infused soundtrack before they fill up the grid. Cycle through icons by tapping on your screen (or by pressing the up key or left clicking, depending on your device) as the Beat Marker passes over them on the grid to create matches of three or more. To earn a “Good” or “Perfect” score multiplier bonus, sync your actions to the beat by changing icons **right as the Beat Maker passes over a grid line!**

This one costs $2.99.

Slack Adds Threads and More via Update

Slack Adds Threads and More via Update

Jan 26, 2017

Slack has etched its name as a veritable communication and collaborative tool; it also is continually improving, as underscored by its latest update.

And version 2.27.0 does bring a bit more to bear. We hear about threads and GIF insertion.

Per the changelog:

Slack 2.27.0 Release Notes:
Highlights:
• Support for our new Threads. Did we mention we have threads now? We have threads now. Tap on a message to start a thread, or on an existing one to join it. Threads!
• In addition, we now support inserting GIFs from Google GBoard, because freedom of GIF is a constitutional right. Possibly. We’re not constitutional experts. It just sounded good.

The new build also brings bug fixes.

Slack remains free on Google Play.

[via Slack changelog]

WWE Champions Arrives on Google Play

WWE Champions Arrives on Google Play

Jan 26, 2017

WWE Champions Free Puzzle RPG is out now Google Play, courtesy of Scopely.

The press release gives us some details:

In WWE Champions, players can build their fantasy roster spanning generations of WWE Superstars and Legends, pitting them against each other in the ultimate battle for pride and power.

The action changes daily in WWE Champions, with 1-on-1 and tag-team matches, weekly bouts that recreate live events like Royal Rumble 2017, Raw and SmackDown battles, monthly pay-per-view events, and the ability to recruit up-and-coming Superstars.

The game is free to download; it also has in-app purchases.

Cyan and Noodlecake Studios Collaborate to Launch realMyst

Cyan and Noodlecake Studios Collaborate to Launch realMyst

Jan 26, 2017

You might wanna check this one out… realMyst is here!

realMyst is all-things Myst, but amazingly more real. You can explore anywhere, unfettered, and in realtime! Pick your own path through the forest on Myst Island. Look lazily upward into the Channelwood Age trees. Relax next to the rippling fountain as the sun sets in the Selenitic Age. Spin around for a full panoramic tour of Sirrus’ throne room. Seek shelter from the thunderstorm in Stoneship Age.

Cyan head Rand Miller is excited about the partnership. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Noodlecake Studios on introducing a new generation of mobile gamers to Myst and Riven,” he says.

Noodlecake operations chief Ryan Holowaty is equally thrilled. “Getting to work with Cyan on realMyst is about as surreal as the game itself,” he says. “Myst was such a huge part of our gaming histories that never in our wildest dreams did we ever think our small studio in the middle of nowhere Canada would work on such a storied franchise. Rand and Robyn’s work has had a huge influence on us and we’re excited for our fans to discover this magical game.”

The game is available now for $6.99. Check out the trailer:

Imprint-X Launches on Google Play

Imprint-X Launches on Google Play

Jan 26, 2017

Finally!

We’ve been keeping an eye out for imprint-X, and we are happy to note that the new game from Morgondag is now live and available for our playing pleasure on Google Play.

And what do we get? Well, interesting gameplay, cool art, matching music, and a slew of puzzles to work through. Indeed, per Google Play:

Features:
* 700 buttons to press
* 100 levels to unlock
* Atmospheric music and beautiful pixel art
* A mixture of different puzzles
* Curiosity driven gameplay

Definitely worth checking out, no?

You can pick up imprint-X for a one-time cost of $2.99. Check out the trailer:

New Digital Board Game ‘Potion Explosion’ Pops Onto Google Play

New Digital Board Game ‘Potion Explosion’ Pops Onto Google Play

Jan 26, 2017

Another one…

Asmodee Digital is carving out quite a swathe in the digital board game genre, and has yet another new one out.

It’s latest entry is Potion Explosion.

This one, like several of Asmodee’s other titles, is based off a physical board game that has the same name. It packs in tile-matching, strategy, online/multiplayer modes and more in an atmosphere the developer describes as ” Harry Potter-like”.

In Potion Explosion, you will explode ingredients, trigger chain reactions and gather it all in your caldron. You will then use your hard-earned unicorn tears, fairy dandruff and whatnot to craft powerful mixtures with wacky effects! May the best wizard win!

The game costs $4.99; check out the trailer below:

Switch Sides Launches on Google Play

Switch Sides Launches on Google Play

Jan 26, 2017

Here’s to Switch Sides, a new puzzle/maze game from SoulGame.

The game boasts plenty of levels and great visuals. Per the press release, here are some game details:

Switch Sides is an unusual maze game with an innovative control pad and stunning artwork. Are you ready for an endless challenge? Race the clock as you avoid obstacles on your way to each level’s goal.

Explore different worlds and collect coins to unlock the adorable characters along the journey in this latest casual game from SoulGame.

The game is free with in-app purchases.

The Stunning Art of The Witness on NVIDIA SHIELD TV

The Stunning Art of The Witness on NVIDIA SHIELD TV

Jan 26, 2017



Much has been made of the puzzles featured within The Witness, the recent release from Jonathan Blow (developer of Braid), and they deserve any admiration they receive. The game is more than just a series of mind benders, however. It also offers the chance to tour a beautiful island paradise, one that comes to breathtaking life on the new NVIDIA SHIELD TV.

Rather than go the hyper-realistic route, the developers at Thekla Inc. adopted the cel-shaded style memorably used in a number of other games. In The Witness, that simple but effective art style is used to perhaps its greatest effect yet, turning the varied island environments into a true wonder to behold.

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As you explore the island, you’ll encounter a variety of trees. Some are naked, black skeletons that rise toward the sky while the desert sand stretches around them like a blanket. Others are covered in foliage: greens and oranges, even pink. Their hues bring to mind the cycle of the seasons, and they contrast beautifully with the surrounding foliage and architecture.

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Water is also rendered beautifully, whether that be the placid shoreline as it plays over the shallow sea bed, or the foamy caps of waves colliding with boulders. There also are cascading waterfalls, and turbulent rapids. Water greets you at every turn, constantly in motion, not the lifeless backdrop to which gamers have often become accustomed.

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The island’s attractions, though a pleasure to view up close, often look even better when glimpsed from afar. As you climb the cliffs near the center of the region, you can see roots embedded in the clay wall, protruding the patches of soil that rest between large boulders. Continue along the trail and, at several points, you’ll find yourself looking out over a sea of trees, to distant towers and the endless ocean beyond.

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Such views have rarely been so beautiful within the medium, and the knowledge that you can walk virtually anywhere you see adds another layer to the experience. It’s a seamless experience that makes every boulder, fern, and stretch of rocky trail feel more genuine.

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The Witness is available now on NVIDIA SHIELD TV for $19.99 (half the price of the PC edition). As you solve the island’s puzzles, enjoy beautiful sights such as those pictured above and find favorite places of your own. There are plenty to go around…

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partner’s.