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Humble Mobile Bundle 5 Now Available, Includes The Room Two, The Cave, and More

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014

The latest Humble Mobile Bundle is now available. After the previous Humble Bundle had both PC and Android games, this latest bundle contains a variety of Android exclusives....

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Instantion Review

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014

Where is Dolly the Sheep when one needs her? Instation brings cloning to Android, and the replicated pieces make even the best line dancers look quaint by comparison. The gameplay...

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Intuit’s SnapTax for Android Review

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014

Intuit's mobile tax solution has some great promise.

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Instantion Review

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014

Where is Dolly the Sheep when one needs her? Instation brings cloning to Android, and the replicated pieces make even the best line dancers look quaint by comparison. The gameplay...

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Hello Kitty Kruises Review

Hello Kitty Kruises Review

Apr 9, 2014

Hello Kitty Kruisers is a cutesy racing game with console roots that takes the time to be easy to play and understand.

There are two modes to play, known as Adventure and Tournament. The first, initial iteration of the tournament mode looks and plays a whole lot like Mario Kart, in that there are a whole lot of boosts, windy raceways, conniving opponents and more than few hazards. There are other racers, obviously, that are controlled by the game engine. Soon as the start countdown is performed, the racers take off, jockeying for position; fighting for position will occur concurrently with having to navigate curves and such. The brake button definitely helps, and can be useful tool to show down or even effect stops, as the game makes the car accelerate by default.

On the raceway, there are boosts that occasionally show up, usually in a line. Getting these is a good thing, and hk1definitely worth fighting for, as these boosts can be crucial with regards to getting the lead and/or causing problems for cars ahead. The boosts, again, feel familiar… stuff like cupcake projectiles, shields and more. In this aspect, racing is all out war, and offense and defense are almost important as raw driving skill. The raceway has speeding ramps, which, when rolled over, speed up the racecar. The adventure mode have cool time challenges as the base.

The controls were not my favorite part of the game; it gives the option of tilt or joystick, which is great, but they felt a little loose. The graphics are great, but if one is using the aforementioned Mario Kart as the barometer, the environments feel sparse. Also, the game calls for paid upgrades after the initial game purchase.

As far as games based on cuddly, popular characters go, it’s a safe bet to try, but as noted, the 99 cents will take one only so far on its own.

Tilt to Live 2 ‘s Upcoming Brimstone Pinball Update Gets a Trailer

Tilt to Live 2 ‘s Upcoming Brimstone Pinball Update Gets a Trailer

Apr 9, 2014

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The highly acclaimed Tilt to Live 2, in which the player needs to keep an eye on a small cursor, is receiving an update that introduces a new game field. There, the cursor can bump into a fireball that destroys the obstacles. It has its own separate achievements and a record table. The game can be purchased here: Tilt to Live 2 on Google Play.

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Fat Cheeks: The Cannonball on Kickstarter

Crowdfunding Spotlight: Fat Cheeks: The Cannonball on Kickstarter

Apr 9, 2014

Spring time has officially arrived; at least that is what people keep telling me, and what better way to ring in the new season then by spotlighting a game that features an anthropomorphic squirrel collecting nuts while flying through the air. The title is more than fitting as the protagonist, Fat Cheeks, is literally launched from a cannon and soars through the landscape dodging foliage and mountains; all the while actively fighting off legions of furry enemies. At first glance Fat Cheeks: the Cannonball looks like a classic Flappy Bird copy, but that is a shallow assessment. Looking deeper and there are enough differences here to dissuade real complaints and the addition of the ability to attack enemies adds a much needed new gameplay element to what is ultimately a stale and overworn genera. Sure, the core fundamentals stay the same, tap to rise and avoid all obstacles, but Fat Cheeks seems to do this with aplomb and “falls with style” better than similar efforts.

Ryan Gallini, the creator of this game, has done an incredible job hand painting the graphics and creating a game that visually stands heads and shoulders above its competition. The animals are appropriately adorable and the three different level designs are unique and compelling. These various levels host different enemies with their own various attacks and strategies. By varying up the gameplay, Ryan has created a game that could potentially harbor more replay value than just simply attempting to best a high score.

At time of writing the KickStarter campaign is still more than $5,000 short of being successfully funded, but with 25 days to go this seems easily achievable. All it takes is one dollar to earn a free copy of the game when it debuts on Android, iOS, and online at their website and the Chrome Store. To be honest I initially passed over this effort as just another clone, but after taking a look further I found that there are undeniable redeeming qualities that warrant a trip to the Fat Cheeks: The Cannonball KickStarter page for a small contribution.

Galaxy on Fire 2 HD is on Sale After Getting Over a Million Downloads

Galaxy on Fire 2 HD is on Sale After Getting Over a Million Downloads

Apr 8, 2014

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Galaxy On Fire 2 HD celebrates its download record with a sale. Now it only costs $4.75 to purchase all of the add-ons, and the in-app purchases are reduced as well. The game is a hardcore free-to-play space sim. It can be downloaded for free from here: Galaxy on Fire 2 HD on Google Play.

Three Games From Gameloft are Available for Amazon Fire TV

Three Games From Gameloft are Available for Amazon Fire TV

Apr 8, 2014

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Fire TV is a new smart TV solution from Amazon that gives even more features to the plain old living room TV screen. One of these features is the ability to play selected Android games, and Gameloft has optimized its bestselling titles for exactly that purpose. These titles are Asphalt 8: Airborne, Despicable Me: Minion Rush and Modern Combat 4. Fire TV is already available in the US.

Writers Wanted for Android Rundown – Join the Fastest Growing Android Site

Are you passionate about Android? Are you obsessed with apps? Do you own more tablets than any person really needs Or perhaps do you know about the interesting apps and stories that haven’t been discovered yet? Then we want you here at Android Rundown. We’re looking for talented writers who want to join our team in covering the wide world of Android apps, hardware, and the market in general.

While past experience is definitely a plus, being able to write well is more important to us. If you can write, but just haven’t done so publicly, this may be your opportunity. We want reviewers, news reporters, and article writers, including the possibility for regular weekly features.

This is a paid job, so we need high-quality and consistent effort. You will be required to self-edit and have posts ready for publication when you submit them. We expect several submissions per week, so an independent drive to get work done and submitted regularly is necessary. This job can be a great way to further your writing career, or as a catalyst to get it started. I personally have been able to support myself as a full-time writer thanks in part to my work here at Android Rundown, and others with us have gone on to do the same.

If this all sounds interesting, then please apply. To do so, send us this information:

Your name
Where you live (city, state, country)
What Android device(s) you use
Why you want to write for us
3 writing samples*
Past writing experiences

Email all that to helpwanted+android {at} 148apps {dot} com and we will be in touch.

*:If you don’t have any prior published work, then please pick 2 Android games and 2 non-game apps that you have a passionate opinion about and provide a 300 word review of each of them along with your information.

Hope to see you soon on Android Rundown!

New Android Bundle From iKoid Features Spooky Games

New Android Bundle From iKoid Features Spooky Games

Apr 8, 2014

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It’s not Halloween, but you won’t care if you get the latest game bundle from ikoid.com. It features five spooky games, for less than 30 percent of their original prices. The games are The Walking Dead: Assault, Forever Lost: Episode 1, Dungeon Nightmares, V for Vampire, and The Spookening. The bundle costs $2.99, and is available here: Endless Nightmare Bundle on ikoid.com.

Rico – A Tale Of Two Brothers Review

Rico – A Tale Of Two Brothers Review

Apr 8, 2014

Retro platformers are almost never a bad idea, and here, we get to see if Rico – A Tale Of Two Brothers continues the streak.

It is a story ying and yang story about brothers, one of whom is looking to restore the earth’s mystical balance.

The game is cool in the way it pills in several elements and houses it under one bountiful game roof: at its heart, it is a simple run and jump game that incorporates sideways scrolling, platform and even a bit of survival. The artwork brings in some retro sensibilities as well, with the chunky characterizations and stilted movements. It is strictly 2D, and the controls are minimalist in nature, with virtual buttons for moving left or right at the bottom left, and a jump button towards the right.rico1

The gameplay comes in several difficulty modes, with different gameplay attributes: easy, normal, hard and insane. The gameplay is further broken down into leveled words.

Starting out, the gameplay is fairly intuitive. Move, jump over and/or across obstacles and collect the gold coins that are spread out in the play area. To begin, the obstacles are fairly easy to traverse… the occasional gap, water, hilled platforms and such. As it goes on, the dangers get craftier, with laser blasts, dangerous fluids, mines, moving platforms and more that demand timing and accuracy to avoid. Running and jumping give way partially to going about things in a more cautious manner to reach as many checkpoints with as much collectibles as possible. The water can be especially treacherous; staying underwater for too long can be dangerous, but is sometimes necessary to collect gold or get from point A to point B. If the blue oxygen bar gets completely depleted while under water, our character dies.

The controls were a bit wonky for me; still I like that the game has a straightforward purchase model. For those on the fence, the atypical free version is available to assuage concerns about dropping $3.27 on the full version.

For now, the streak seems to be intact.

The Blockheads for Android Gets New Materials, Creatures, and Features in Update

The Blockheads for Android Gets New Materials, Creatures, and Features in Update

Apr 8, 2014

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Minecraft-like free-to-play cubic survival simulator, The Blockheads, has been updated with a ton of new features. Among them are new blocks: stone and metal, elevators, paintings, lots of new creatures, portals for trading and much more. The game is available for free from here: The Blockheads on Google Play.

Impossible Road Review

Impossible Road Review

Apr 8, 2014

Welcome to the era of the ultra-difficult endless games; Impossible Road is our guide.

The game background is stark, almost clinically pure white, with singular primary swatches used to make the rolling track that makes up the game travelway really pop out. All together the game is aesthetically pleasing, and almost breathtaking from a visual point of view.

The gameplay concept is painfully simple: there is a ball that rolls along the irregular, devilishly twisty ramp. Of course, said ramp had no guard rails to stop an errant ball from flying off into failed nothingness. To prevent the ball from rolling off, here are direction buttons on either side of the screen that “turn” the ball. Keeping the ball on the track is no small feat, and requires lightning quick reflexes and just the right amount of pressure. The runs work like rodeo, except that the torture can last longer than 8 seconds; longevity on the track is the main objective in this game.impfi

Secondarily, for the truly daring, it is possible to purposefully roll off the track and glide the ball to a piece of track below, kind of like jumping off a downward going windy road to skip some parts of it and catching the lower parts of the road. This maneuver is insane, but loads of fun, if a bit hit or miss; if the track is not reacquired quickly enough after a jump, the run ends. Suffice to say I did the jump several times, just not always on purpose.

The game is pretty tough, but this is by design, and it works. The frustration the game builds up adds to its allure, and the sharing functionality allows folks to really go for bragging rights. The laws of physics are generally adhered to as well.

Fun game. Just please, please watch the blood pressure!

Google and Niantic Labs’ Ingress: How is the Augmented Reality Game Continuing to Evolve as it Enters Year Two?

Google and Niantic Labs’ Ingress: How is the Augmented Reality Game Continuing to Evolve as it Enters Year Two?

Apr 7, 2014

We were all mostly wowed by Google/Niantic’s Ingress. At the time, it was arguably the best mobile augmented reality experience. Ever.

Without any improvements, well into its second year, it would still be the best game adventure of its type. Thankfully, Niantic has not rested on its laurels, and has continued to add a bunch of improvements and refinements that improve the gameplay and logic.

At the root, Ingress is still a pick-a-side battle that involves factions of players either accepting otherworldly intelligence, or working to thwart it.

Since we last looked at Ingress, big changes have occurred, especially in the area of portal mods. The pieced here have grown significantly past just shields. Heat sinks, link amplifiers and multi-hacks help with offensive output, while tweaks like force amplifiers and turrets can be formidable tools that prevent successful attacks.

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Adjustments to the logic with regards to greater XM usage also called for other unique hacking rewards like power cubes. Power cubes act like portable XM banks that can be accessed when a player is low, as long as he/she has a cube of the appropriate level. Two other powerful, interesting tools are somewhat faction-specific; ADA Refractors allow portals to be flipped from green to blue, and a Jarvis Virus does the reverse. Both can be used to do things like break links and otherwise cause mayhem.

The UI has been improved as well. The Android phone-based app itself — scanner, in Ingress parlance — has received plenty of usability updates, adding in more information and making it a more graphically pleasing. In real life, Naintic has done an excellent job of driving meetups and real-life faction events in different cities. The backstory tie-ins are a stroke of genius too.

All in all, Ingress remains the penultimate mobile game. Amid rumors of iOS expansion, we say go all out: WP8 and BB10 too? We can’t wait to see what else Ingress comes up with.

2K Games Updates Sensei Wars with Dynasty War Mode and More Content

2K Games Updates Sensei Wars with Dynasty War Mode and More Content

Apr 7, 2014

2K Games has announced that their mobile strategy game Sensei Wars has received an update adding new content and features. The big feature is the new Dynasty War mode, where players can join and fight rival dynasties to get exclusive rewards, along with bonus content. New buildings and defenses are available, along with new defenses, upgrades, and a global chat feature. The update is available now on Google Play.

Glint Review

Glint Review

Apr 7, 2014

Glint gets straight to the point.

The game has the looks to tie people in, with sharp, dark backgrounds that do an excellent job of highlighting the spheres that make up the biggest part of the gameplay.

The gameplay, at first blush, feels a bit like Tetris, with colored spheres (dots in specific game parlance) falling from the top into the portrait play area that tapers into a funnel at the end. The general concept of the play is to swipe through dots of the same color, and to keep going to beat threshold mark of some kind. Swiped through dots disintegrate, allowing for more dropping dots to occupy the space just vacated; the general rules of physics are adhered to, so there is a general sense of what a set of actions will cause.

The first few levels help players get acquainted with how it works, and gives some relatively easy goals to glint1achieve, like a set number of dots to clear before time runs out, or the dots rise to the top and fill up all the space. As noted, swiping like colors as quickly as possible racks up the points; when one gets good and going, it becomes a frantic, continual swiping party. The connecting gestures do have to connect, or there is the risk of precious seconds being wasted while the sequence is repeated. As the game progresses, things get harder, and the goals significantly tougher; success opens up following levels.

A valuable part of the gameplay is the “ring” award, which, beyond the 10 the game gives by default, is earned by scoring 100 points in a level. They are hard to earn, but are available to purchase with real cash. There are also special dots, dangerous ones and boosts, which can shorten gameplay if not avoided, or can extend gameplay if funneled to the bottom of the pile quickly enough.

All in all, the game is fun, easy on the eyes and quite engaging. The freemium nature makes it easy to try, and the gameplay should do the rest. While I think the game engine can be tweaked a bit, it’s an interesting puzzler worth a look or two.

11 bit studios Announces Anomaly Defenders, a “Reverse Tower Offense” Finale to the Anomaly Series

11 bit studios Announces Anomaly Defenders, a “Reverse Tower Offense” Finale to the Anomaly Series

Apr 7, 2014

11 bit studios, creators of the Anomaly series, have announced that they’re making one last title in the tower offense series: Anomaly Defenders. Described as a “reverse tower offense” game (which may just be tower defense?), players will control the aliens of the series, fending off attacking humans using eight different towers across 24 levels. The game has been announced for PC and mobile for release this spring.

LG G Pad 8.3 Hardware Review

LG G Pad 8.3 Hardware Review

Apr 7, 2014

LG Electronics has been on a tear lately. It has made itself quite well known in Android circles; its Optimus line represents one of the most encompassing smartphone collections, and being tapped by Google to help create the Nexus 4 definitely pushed the South Korean electronics house to the front of the Android pack. Being tapped to make the sequel Nexus 5 all but reinforced its status as a premium device maker.

I just got the opportunity to review the LG G Pad 8.3, which is the company’s entry into the mid-size tablet space. At first glance, there isn’t a whole lot to not fall in love with.

The device is pretty light, quite thin,and looks sleek in the black and gray trim. The screen is rich, with a hint of framed bezel that is thicker at the ends; the front-facing, 1.3 MP camera balances out the 5 MP rear one at the back. There are two speaker grills in the back, and the Verizon-branded review unit sports a micro SD port at the top (right between an infrared emitter and standard headphone jack), which allows the internal 16 GB be supported by an external 64 GB. It’s light, at just under 12 ounces, and is shaped at 8.54 x 4.98 x 0.33 inches, which makes it infinitely wieldable. The volume rocker and “on” button are on the right, while the microphone and USB port are nestled at the bottom.

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Turning on the unit is what gets the party really started. LG advertises an HD screen, and it surely wears the crown well, with warm, rich representations that actually make one want to hold the device and stare. The 273 ppi, 1920 x 1200 pixel screen is rendered exceptionally well. In action, the G Pad is pretty snappy, which is what one would expect from a 2 GB RAM Android 4.2.2 device rocking a quad-core Snapdragon 1.7 GHz chip. Setup was easy, and I was able to get the wi-fi and bluetooth 4.0 low energy going fairly quickly. The included GPS, Miracast and VZW 4G functionality are welcome connectivity options.

Software wise, the G Pad offers Google Apps and the power of Google Play. While I’ll always prefer raw Android, LG’s skin is fairly unostentatious, even if there are some VZW/LG bloatware to contend with. I did like the Qpair idea, in that it helps to connect to standard Android devices, and the ability of the tablet to interface with some LG electronics.

So… what’s the “Jamie Foxx screeching stop sign” pause moment? It just might be pricing, which seems to be hovering around roughly $300 to $330 online. Not too unfair of a price considering what one is getting, but with the Android OEM race to the pricing floor, excellent tabs like the G Pad might get lost in all the cheapness. I also thought the battery life was jut okay.

Still, it’s one of the better tabs I have looked at, packs a lot of functionality in its purposefully slender frame, and is backed by the coolest kid on the block.

It’s hard to say no.

Pivvot Gets New Looper and Daily Challenge Modes in Update

Pivvot Gets New Looper and Daily Challenge Modes in Update

Apr 7, 2014

Minimalist arcade game Pivvot has gotten an update with a new game mode, Looper. In this mode, scoring is done solely by completing 360-degree spins in one continuous motion. Thus, timing one’s spin with the flying obstacles becomes the challenge. The mode is available as a $0.99 in-app purchase with the game, though a new Daily Challenge mode has also been added for free. The update is available now for free on Google Play.