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TacticalPad Pro Review

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A soccer coaching tool.

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TacticalPad Gets Massive Update

TacticalPad Gets Massive Update

Jun 9, 2016

Premium soccer coaching utility TacticalPad Pro is refusing to rest on its laurels with its latest build.

Wondering what’s new? Well, per Google Play:

WHAT’S NEW

Huge update!
– Add cards, injuries, goals… to player; view player details; export templates with all this information
– New 3D options with female adult, boys and girls
– Export images and videos in vertical orientation
– Improvements on animation edit
– Improved notes for session planning
– Fixes

We certainly liked it when we took it for a spin. It costs $19.99; there is also a free version available as well.

Major Motion Picture ‘6 Bullets to Hell’ Gets Companion Game

Major Motion Picture ‘6 Bullets to Hell’ Gets Companion Game

Jun 9, 2016

6 Bullets to Hell, a movie starring Crispian Belfrage that came out a couple years ago, is getting to relive its glory time in the form of a new game on Google Play.

Called — appropriately — 6 Bullets to Hell, the game is a first person shooter that loosely follows the movie storyline.

Award-winning film “6 Bullets to Hell,” announced today, the adoption of its first mobile video game now available on Android and iOS. The action-packed first person shooter game follows the life of Billy Rogers (Crispian Belfrage) and his journey to find the ruthless bandit who murdered his wife. On the quest to avenge your wife’s killer in the arcade-inspired game, players will experience historic Western locations brought to life including frontier towns, treacherous mountain passes packed with epic gunfights and battles.

“6 Bullets to Hell” offers a classic arcade inspired style of game play that is uncomplicated on touch screen devices. Users touch-and-shoot to neutralize threats and can reload their gun by touching one of the sheriff’s badges. Fight to survive as you hunt down the ruthless outlaws who stole your life and avoid shooting innocent bystanders or pay the price.

Sounds interesting; the game costs $0.99 on the Play Store.

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Twitter for Android Gets an Update

Twitter for Android Gets an Update

Jun 9, 2016

Twitter is getting a refresh!

WHAT’S NEW

Today, we’re introducing a new look and feel to make Twitter for Android easier to use. A tab bar you can swipe, nav menu that slides, and a floating action button lets you move through Twitter faster than before.

And there you have it, per Google Play; it remains free.

EBay For Android Gets an Update

EBay For Android Gets an Update

Jun 8, 2016

EBay is getting an update.

• Everything at your fingertips – Improved navigation makes finding things a snap.

• My eBay is back – Keep track of everything you’re watching, bidding on or buying in one spot.

• Sell, sell, sell – All things selling, all in one place.

The app remains free on Google Play.

Shooty Skies – Arcade Flyer Gets an Update

Shooty Skies – Arcade Flyer Gets an Update

Jun 8, 2016

Mighty Games’ Shooty Skies – Arcade Flyer (also styled Shooty Skies – Endless Arcade Flyer) is getting an update.

WHAT’S NEW

This month’s exciting adventure rockets us to DESTINATION MARS! Bug-eyed aliens! Deathrays! Pugs in fishbowl helmets!
AMAZING!
– 10 new pilots. 6 standard, 4 secret
– New boss & space bad guys
– New Red Planet terrain
– New weapon: Zappulation Beam
– New sidekick: Hyper Raybot
– Cloud Saves added!
– Overhauled our Game Center code for added stability
– Many bug and stability fixes

The game remains free on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.

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Thunderbirds Are Go: Team Rush Review

Thunderbirds Are Go: Team Rush Review

Jun 8, 2016

The Thunderbirds franchise reached iconic status a long, long time ago. After an iconic series and a few reboots — on small an big screens — the action narrative about a family of heroes using futuristic craft to put out conflagrations from one global hotspot to another is ever cool.

The latest series brings a modern feel, plus a companion mobile game, Thunderbirds Are Go: Team Rush. Hey, companion mobile games are what we expect; they’re practically the sign that a movie or series is to be taken seriously,tag3 no?

So far, so good.

The game graphics highlight the unique roots of the original animation, with a modern veneer. There are several scenes with interesting backgrounds, and the fusion of technology and nature is mostly becoming. The color usage is pleasantly judicious, and the perspective switches help bridge the sequences from a one scene to the next.

The sounds are inviting and appropriate, and work well to frame the action.

And what does the gameplay bring? Well, the core experience is fashioned after the tried and true three-laned runner. The game helps one along, with the persona of one of the crew, running along a path with all sorts of obstacles, outcroppings, rock, falling debris and more. One has to use the practically standard gesture controls to navigate the terrain: swiping up to jump, down to slide low, and left or right to dart to the respective side. It feels easy to get into, and is quite intuitive, what with the collectibles that create opportunity cost situations.

But the gameplay morphs every now and then, and does so in such a way that incorporates the franchise as a whole (and mini-adventures specifically). Different craft come to fore, and then there is even a team component to completing missions. Collected coin can be used to improve one’s abilities, and one gets to do different things in different locales.

All in all, it does well to utilize a well-worn element, and give it a blast of fresh air; in many ways, its greatest strength (familiar gameplay) can be a doubled-edged sword.

It’s hard to see true Thunderbirds fans complain too much.

Jabra Announces Halo Smart Wireless Stereo Headphones

Jabra Announces Halo Smart Wireless Stereo Headphones

Jun 8, 2016

Premium accessory house Jabra just announced a new arrival to its wireless headphones line: the Halo Smart Wireless Stereo Headphones.

The new piece incorporates some interesting elements, the topmost of which are the ability to switch easily between listening to music and taking calls.

Jabra Halo Smart delivers a superior call experience thanks to high-quality microphones with integrated wind-noise protection, enhanced voice capabilities via a dedicated Google Now/Siri button and immersive, full-spectrum sound through its 10mm speakers. With the addition of up to 17 hours talk time or 15 hours of music listening with just one charge, Jabra Halo Smart is intended to be used all day, every day.

Built-in intelligence

The intelligence of Jabra Halo Smart lies in its ability to let the user manage calls, music and media with just one device. According to recent Jabra insights*, 79 percent of users would like to have one set of headphones for both calls and music, but believe the call experience on most music devices is poor. Jabra Halo Smart allows you to accept a call by separating the two earbuds as they rest around your neck, and use one earbud for phone calls or both for listening to music. It also lets you access Siri or Google Now at the touch of a button and keeps you connected and informed in a number of ways. A subtle vibration in the neckband alerts you to incoming calls, while Android users can expect readouts of calendar notifications, emails, text messages and social media messages.

Jabra SVP Calum MacDougall talks about the need for a great experience. “We are all doing more with our smartphones than ever before, whether it’s making and taking calls, listening to music on-the-move or watching a movie clip during a break,” he says. “So we wanted to develop a set of wireless headphones that deliver amazing sound whatever you’re doing whether taking calls or listening to music.”

To help promote the new hardware, Jabra will be hosting a Facebook livestream; folks can get questions answered, watch a demo and even look to win one via giveaway on June 9th.

The piece is slated to cost $79.99, and will be available at best Buy later this month.

Yodo1 Set to Release New Game ‘Rodeo Stampede – Sky Zoo Safari’ on Google Play

Yodo1 Set to Release New Game ‘Rodeo Stampede – Sky Zoo Safari’ on Google Play

Jun 8, 2016

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Yodo1 has new game that is due out soon called Rodeo Stampede.

Some pertinent game details from the press release are below:

In most endless runners players switch from lane to lane, avoiding obstacles. In Rodeo Stampede players mount and steer cute beasts in fully 3D canyons which are not separated into lanes, providing more freedom and greater control.

Each play-through of Rodeo Stampede begins with the player riding an animal in the middle of a stampede. The player’s goal is to ride their two and four-legged friends for as long as possible by leaping from one mount to another, before one of their wildlife-rides becomes angry and throws them off. Tame and befriend new animals by riding them for a certain period of time.

Tamed animals are taken to the Sky Zoo, where players can show their collection of whimsical creatures to the public. Coins earned by completing missions and selling admission tickets can be used to expand the Sky Zoo and upgrade the animal enclosures. Remember, happy animals earn even more money!

The game will be free to play (with optional in-app purchases); drop day is June 23rd! The trailer is below:

‘Dog Simulator’ Gets an Update

‘Dog Simulator’ Gets an Update

Jun 3, 2016

Dog Simulator is getting an update which will brings a host of new content.

Update notes:

8 new dogs:
– 2 Labrador retrievers
– Great Dane
– Blue Great Dane
– Boxer
– Doberman
– Beagle
– Basset

The main theme of the game is destroying objects using simple controls, causing the biggest mess possible! There are many dogs to choose from as well as accessories to dress them up. You can show off your dog in the multiplayer mode while competing against people from all over the world. Single mode lets you discover 6 different levels, all in both day and night mode. It is suitable for all ages!

Dog Simulator is a bright and exciting game that lets you relax whenever you need it.

The update is out now, and the game remains free (with in-app purchases); check out the trailer below.

GroupMe Gets Updated

GroupMe Gets Updated

May 31, 2016

Messaging utility GroupMe is getting an update.

Details:

WHAT’S NEW

* Find Friends now shows the address book email and number as well as the name
* Added support for Direct Share
* Improvements to sign up
* Improvements to GIF notifications
* General bug fixes and improvements

GroupMe is free on Google Play.

Assassin’s Creed Identity Review

Assassin’s Creed Identity Review

May 31, 2016

Assassin’s Creed Identity. Need we say more?

Hey, it’s only one of the more popular game franchises across the board. A new title on Android has a lot to live up to, and rightfully so.

Based on the game pedigree, we do expect topnotch graphics; fortunately, the game mostly delivers, with rich, descriptive looks buttressed with smooth animations and time-appropriate scenery. The game comes to life on screen in landscape, and along with the sounds, the media presentation is fantastic indeed.

Play-wise, the action gets right into it. After a few perfunctory pointers, one is presented with a hands on tutorial which gives an idea of how to use the controls. Movement is performed via virtual joystick (by default), and attacks are selected from a wheel selector. One learns to fight and become comfortable with the tasking and waypoint system, as well as how to use mapping system to figure out how to get to where one wants to go. It feels intuitive, and plays as such.

The control system provides options, which is always a good thing.

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As soon as this intro portion is done (as in the missions completed), one is welcomed to the game proper. The whole experience comes to life as an RPG adventure, what with the ability to pick a character, and customize him to a degree. There are different type of assassins with different skill sets, and more that can be unlocked. There are missions to complete, and goodies to attain, and XP helps one progress up the ranks. The game incorporates several elements to make it feel more authentic… stealth mode? Yep.

One great thing is the depth of content. There is a boatload of missions, and the diversity of action does a good job of keeping one engaged. It does get a tad busy at times, and even a bit formulaic, but the overall game is net positive.

Super Phantom Cat Hits the 400K Download Mark, Gets Android TV Version

Super Phantom Cat Hits the 400K Download Mark, Gets Android TV Version

May 31, 2016

Super Phantom Cat just hit a serious milestone: 400,000 downloads!

Super Phantom Cat is a retro-inspired 2D platformer that pays homage to 8- and 16-bit classics games. In Super Phantom Cat, players take on the role of Chemist White and embark on an action-packed journey through the Phantom World.

Also, the developer released a build compatible with Android TV.

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Today, Veewo Games is unveiling Super Phantom Cat for Android TV devices. Perfectly suited to the high-quality controller packed in with the Nvidia Shield TV, the game plays like a dream and somehow manages to be even more impressive in the living room. If you were paying attention, you probably noticed that Super Phantom Cat was previously available in soft launch form. We’re happy to report that the game is now ready for your enjoyment :)

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

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

May 31, 2016

I’ve played plenty of Lego games in my time. From Hobbits to Batmen, I’ve enjoyed the platforming fun they provide and appreciated the humour they manage to cram into their levels and their cut-scenes. I’ve never, however, played one of these games on a touchscreen mobile device.

So it took me no time to decide that I wanted to get my hands on LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. It’s essentially an action platformer set in the first 6 episodes of the Star Wars. Whilst some Star Wars fans will want to deny all existence of the prequels, fans of Luke Skywalker and Jar Jar Binks alike will have something to look forward to.sw2

The game itself is fairly straightforward. As it’s an action platformer you’re required to make your way through the levels, jumping from ledge to ledge and taking on all manner of enemies. Where it gets interesting is the way the LEGO license is used, as some puzzles within levels can only be completed by putting together LEGO bricks to make bridges and all manner of level-specific objects.

What’s amazing is the sheer amount of content that’s on offer. Each film, of which there are 6, is made up of multiple levels. Each level has multiple cut-scenes, all of which are full of humour and sure to delight kids both young and old. All of your favourite characters are playable (as well as some of the more obscure ones) and they all have different skills which means replaying levels is well worth doing. C3PO, for example, can’t run or jump but he can access control terminals which will unlock areas otherwise impossible to get to.

The only issue I encountered is the controls. This is a platforming game and as such it requires quite some precision to be able to complete some of the harder jumps. LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga offers you two options. The first option is your standard on-screen controls, where you drag your thumb around and it acts like a normal controller. As is always the way with this type of control scheme, the lack of physical feedback when pressing buttons makes it less than ideal and will see you falling into Rancor pits.

The other solution is ‘tap controls’. This dumbs down the control scheme so that all you need to do is tap to where you want to go. For the more difficult jumps all you need to do is tap close to the ledge and then swipe upwards and the game does the difficult jump for you. This is too easy. I hate sounding like Goldilocks, but there’s no control scheme that’s ‘just right’ so I found myself with on-screen controls that were too hard or tap controls that were too easy.

It’s a real shame, as this would otherwise be a game I recommend without any hesitation. As it stands this is a game that I recommend but with the caveat that you need to be prepared to battle some wonky controls.

Swordbreaker Review

Swordbreaker Review

May 31, 2016

Swordbreaker seems like something one can get into.

It is a zany affair visually, and easily invokes medieval imagery, if a bit fantastical. It makes use of colors in an engaging way, with brightly illustrated stills depicting wild action scenes. One gets interesting creatures and occasionally gory scenes which, especially at the beginning, capture one’s attention while doing a better than decent job of framing the gameplay.

Getting into the playing action is easy. It utilizes a thought out backstory, and then proceeds on into a Choose Your Own Adventure vehicle to really get things going.

The beginning gives a great view as to how it works: our hero gets to a massive castle, and has to figure out how to get in; using a simple 1-2 (usually) option system, one gets to select how from a couple of options. Once in, us then presented with different scenarios based upon what choice one selected previously.

And so on…

There are interesting creatures to fight, and it us possible to make a bad move. If one does select a non-optimal path, the game just might lead one back a step or two and have another shot at getting further.

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What it boils down to is a varied adventure that allows the player to wade through a set of predetermined outcomes. It is fairly forgiving in the way it leads players down specific paths, but it also makes it a bit rigid; it could probably use more cohesive paths to make the whole thing more diverse.

It us a premium title that is self-contained, and one should tip a hat to the developer for providing a separate demo version.

All in all, it does manage to suck one in in parts, and it is a fairly cohesive experience, definitely worth sending quality time with the aforementioned demo.

Luna Chronicles Launches Worldwide

Luna Chronicles Launches Worldwide

May 31, 2016

Luna Chronicles is a new RPG game from Eyedentity Mobile, and it’s now available on Google Play.

Per the app page:

A stolen chalice. Orcs and Goblins on a murderous rampage. A land driven to insanity. All is not well in the once idyllic world of Luna, and it falls upon you to lead an expedition deep into the heart of darkness to assassinate your former brother in arms, Erega. Muster your courage, strengthen your heroes, and sharpen your wits as you face off against the forces of corruption in a grand adventure that will test both your brains and brawn!
FEATURES

★Show Your Tactical Genius★
• Tactical flexibility means your victories depend on skill and intelligence and not pure luck!

★Control the Battle★
• Take an active role in your soldiers’ combat tactics! You decide which abilities they use and when.

★Formulate Your Battle Plan★
• Personalize your squad’s battle formation with the Grid System to counter the enemy’s strategy!

★Be the Commander You Want to Be★
• Choose your playstyle between Offensive, Defensive and Balanced, and even select from three different auto-battle modes!

★Craft Your Army★
• A motley crew of knights, kunoichi, Battle Pandas, She-Serpents and more await your command. Level and Enhance them as they evolve into unstoppable combatants!

★Experiment and Hybridize★
• Fancy yourself a tanking warrior with healing powers? Create your own hybrid classes by using Skill Books to grant your heroes spells and powers well outside their expertise!

To celebrate its launch, the developer is sharing a special in-game code AB27F9B7A54F, which is good till June 30th 2016; the code entitles players to a package that consists of 4-star Hunter (Warrior Ally) + 50K Gold + 10 Keys.

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

Hockey Stars Review

Hockey Stars Review

May 31, 2016

NHL Playoffs are reaching their zenith, and in the down time, Hockey Stars might be the perfect time-waster.

For folks who grew up playing bottle top soccer, the game should bring back memories right from the get-go. The game plays in landscape orientation, and uses a playing area etched out in the general form of a hockey ice rink. The players look like the aforementioned bottle tops, being round in nature, and each team gets six play pieces.

The puck is smaller still, and comes in the familiar black. The artwork is better than utilitarian, and does the job of hs3underscoring the gameplay, with the top-down view and bright team coloration. The template is easy to understand, and comes to life intuitively.

The gameplay is equally easy to get into. The control mechanism is gesture based, and involves dragging and directing a player piece to hit the puck — hopefully into opponents net, or with that in goal. The brief tutorial is all one really needs… pull to “build” momentum, release. Rinse and repeat.

And then it’s off to play. One can try out the mini-games, play with friends, practice offline or go 1 on 1 online (tourney play is noted as being on the way). We cut our teeth in the 1v1 mode.

This is an online battler for goodies, with different locations that have varying “entry” fees. The game is timed turn-based, so both players have a chance to do damage one after the other. With a bit of experience, strategic options do begin to show themselves. Protecting one’s goal is obviously very important, and one can use rebounding and deflections advantageously. The physics aspect is well-done, as the objects usually act like one would expect similar pieces to do in real life. At the base level, two goals wins, so being able to score quickly is key.

There is an entry fee, and winner takes all. Goodies can be used to improve attributes, and there is a leveling component. Doing well allows one to eventually unlock stuff like new formations and even whole teams and countries which can be useful against better opponents.

It is a surprisingly fleshed out experience despite the simplistic cover. It did have a hiccup here and there, but for the most part, the positives heavily outweigh any perceived negatives, and the free-to-play aspect makes it easy to try. The little add-ons (like mini-games) are a plus as well.