Shadowverse Review

Shadowverse Review

Aug 15, 2016

A bugbear of mine is game reviews that rely heavily on simply comparing the game they’re talking about to another, more popular game. Sadly, there’s no way I can talk about Shadowverse without mentioning how much like Hearthstone it is.

Seriously. It’s really like Hearthstone. Really.

You have 3 cards to start with and you’re in a 1 on 1 fight. The fight progresses in rounds and in each round you’re given points to spend. The first round you can spend 1 point, the 2nd round you can spend 2… you get the idea.

These points are spent on playing cards. Cards that have been played are placed face-up in front of you. More powerful cards cost more points, so you’ll only be able to play them in the later rounds.unnamed-11

Cards have 2 values that are important when they’re in-play. A defense and an offense value, these two numbers represent how much damage the cards do and how much damage the card can take before they ‘die’ and are taken off the table. The aim for you is to attack your opponent, which is made harder by the fact that your opponents cards are trying to attack you too. Do you hit your target this turn, or should you remove some of their cards from the table, lest they hit you back?

Honestly, it’d be so much easier if you just went and played Hearthstone.

One thing that Shadowverse does that’s totally unique is an ‘evolution’ feature. In each battle you have 3 evolution points to spend. These allow you to evolve your cards which can result in better stats or entirely new abilities becoming active.

Much like Blizzard’s competitive card game, Shadowverse has a wide range of cards, all featuring exquisite art. There’s hundreds of the things for you to collect and building your own deck is a chance for you to create something that’s unique to the way you play. A lot of cards have abilities that suite one style of play over the other, though sometimes they’re written poorly and take a bit of trial and error before you fully understand how they work.

Another criticism would be that card’s stats aren’t clearly identifiable when you’re in the middle of a game. To be able to see what affects the cards have, what their attack and defence values are, you have to click on them. This might not seem like much, but when you’ve got 4 cards on the table and six in your hand, it can become confusing as you try and figure out what each card does and how they’ll affect each other.

One aspect that Shadowverse has over Hearthstone is the single-player offering. There’s a large number of characters to play as (each offering their own unique decks) and there’s fully voiced dialogue between each battle. The story is your normal fantasy nonsense of magic and evil, but it’s useful for players that want to learn how to play offline, rather than getting their decks kicked in.

Shadowverse is blatant in what it’s trying to do – copy Hearthstone. In fairness, it does this well. Whilst not offering too many of its own unique ideas, aside from the evolution feature, it’s well made and just as fun as Blizzard’s own.


Writers Wanted Here at Android Rundown – Join the Fastest Growing Android Site

We’re looking for several App Reviewers and Bloggers to expand our coverage here on Android Rundown. The premise is very straight forward: a website focused on Android, with heavy emphasis on reviews of paid apps available in the Android Market.

Your past experience is not nearly as important as your ability to write proficiently, your passion for Android, and your drive. The ideal writer for our Android site should be able to devour apps and games and be able to write about them quickly and authoritatively. You should have a good critical eye and the ability to express yourself well. You should be able to self edit your posts and deliver them ready to publish. And most importantly, you should be able to do this while keeping your review fun and interesting like the common voice of our sites.

In addition to app and game review writers, we are also looking to add one or two news reporters. The ideal news reporter would be someone who knows when an app is going to be released before anyone else does. Someone who knows the industry and the people in the industry. Wakes up in the middle of the night to see what new apps have gone live. And is comfortable talking to developers, marketing people, and even press agencies. You must be able to respond to and write about events and industry changes quickly. And most importantly you should be able to filter through information for what is a good story and what is just PR fluff.

If you think either of these descriptions fit your skills, please keep reading. In exchange for your amazing writing skills, we will provide a brand new outlet for your talents. And of course there’s the money. We do ask that you only apply if you can keep up a regular posting frequency of at least 5 posts per week. While this isn’t a full time job, it is certainly not a once-in-a-while hobby either.

As this is a paid opportunity, please provide several samples of your work that is relevant. For those of you who don’t have relevant experience, please pick your 2 absolute favorite Android games and 2 favorite apps and provide a 300 word review of each of them along with your information.

If you have any questions, please contact us at the address below.

How to apply

If you think you have the writing skills, the drive, and the Android focus to help take our Android site to top, send us the following:

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.

Zombie Golf Riot Review

Zombie Golf Riot Review

Oct 26, 2011

Every year around this time hundreds of frightening apps flood the marketplace hoping to cash in on the Halloween hype. Among the horde this year is a game called Zombie Golf Riot. Despite its name, this game has nothing to do with golf or zombie defense. Instead it’s a crude zombie-themed version of the incredibly popular game Kitten Cannon. This game substitutes that adorable, tormented kitten with a severed zombie head propelled, not by a cannon, but a swing of your mighty chainsaw. Questionable logic aside, this game brings none of the addictive fun of its online counterpart.

If you’re not familiar with Kitten Cannon, it started as a flash game that allows you to shoot a small kitten out of a cannon toward an endless field of various objects; some launch you further and some will stop you in your tracks immediately, usually in a gruesome manner. It’s addictive fun that distracted me from more then one engineering lecture in high school.

Starting the list of major flaws is the awful physics system. Instead of adhering to the laws of the universe, the severed zombie head seems to accelerate away from you, slowly floating off your chainsaw, removing any feeling of power. In the same vein, the sense of speed in this game is off. One of the big thrills of Kitten Cannon is seeing hundreds of objects fly by after hitting a big target, but here the sense of insane speed is never conveyed enough to get you excited. Also, the items to boost you are spread very thin along your path. A huge majority of your tries ends up in two bounces and a roll, which is very unsatisfying.

I think my Game Boy Color had better graphics.

To boot, the whole game is accompanied by the constant moan of some unseen mass of zombies as well as the grind of your chainsaw. The zombies never change pitch and the sound bring up nothing but frustration and annoyance instead of fear and dread.

I would suggest anyone to steer clear of this app, even zombie fanatics. There just isn’t anything to make this app recommendable for download except that it’s free.

The Hills Are Greener: Covering The Coverage

The Hills Are Greener: Covering The Coverage

Jun 6, 2011

Android and iOS’ differences are never more apparent than when studying the media coverage of the two platforms. Almost universally, each platform’s media seems to cover entirely different things than the other platform.

iOS sites are vastly more focused on apps and the user experience of iOS. This is in part because Apple releases one new iteration of iOS hardware per year; this happens 3 times a year with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but because of this limited amount of hardware to discuss, sites can’t just focus on rumormongering and discussion of Apple hardware. As such, sites that cover apps on iOS have really taken off; look at sites like our very own 148Apps, Touch Arcade and Slide to Play. These sites discuss hardware when appropriate, but their daily focus is covering apps and games, and discussing them, with hardware discussion when appropriate. It does not dominate the discussion, so discovery of apps and games is far easier on iOS (while still difficult) because there are notable sites out there to talk about prominent apps.

However, Android sites are way more focused on the hardware than on the app side of Android. I keep track of various Android news sites, and news on various new pieces of Android hardware is what powers the Android media discussion. So much news and rumor mongering is about new phones coming out, like the HTC EVO 3D, and whatever new Droid is coming out on Verizon. There’s rarely ever an opportunity to talk about Android itself, when a vast majority of the media sites covering Android are talking about the hardware that runs Android, instead of Android itself. This may be a case of what the user community wants to hear – after all, there is a lot of discussion on forums about the hardware itself, and hacking and custom roms. It just seems imbalanced – shouldn’t there be a market for talking about the games and apps, like what we’re trying to do on Android Rundown? This is not saying that sites aren’t covering games and apps at all, but that there’s comparatively little attention paid to them. For those that already have phones that they’re happy with, what does this constant gazing into the future with hardware do?

I have thought that without a major player in Android’s app coverage (which we are striving to be), it is part of why the Android app market has suffered; there is no way for a groundswell of coverage for an Android app to develop at all, because all the discussion is about new pieces of hardware, instead of covering the actual usage of the devices. The signal to noise ratio on Android media is very low, and the skew may be hurting the platform, as media largely continues to focus on the hardware, rather than actual relevant Android user experience. Android is suffering under the weight of the people that cover it.

Wallpaper Wednesday – Cars, Cars, and more Cars

Wallpaper Wednesday – Cars, Cars, and more Cars

Apr 6, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Did you miss me? Probably not, huh? Well last week’s Wallpaper Wednesday was scratched due to my relentless search for a new vehicle. Long story short, I now have a new vehicle, and to celebrate the occasion I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s Wallpaper Wednesday to the automobile. Those vehicles we love to hate and hate to love. They get us where we need to go (sometimes) and empty our wallets faster than our wives/girlfriends (love you hun!). If you’re a car lover then you’ll want to check out some of these sweet automobile wallpapers that are sure to add a few extra horsepower to your device’s look.

Google Maps for Android Updated – Location History and more…

Google Maps for Android Updated – Location History and more…

Apr 5, 2011

Google Maps for Android received another “Latitude” update bringing it to version 5.3. This updated version brings users a “Location History Dashboard,” “Home Check-In,” and personalized aspects to the places rating system. These social centric features seem to be dominating the Google Maps updates as of late, which I find a tad disappointing. Especially when I’m waiting on features such as multiple destination routing, speed limits, and other “travel” related items. Am I asking too much? Probably.

American Airlines’ “One Million” AAdvantage Mile Giveaway

American Airlines’ “One Million” AAdvantage Mile Giveaway

Apr 1, 2011

American Airlines launched their official Android app back in early February, and keeping with tradition, delayed the celebration until today. In a successful attempt to garner attention, American Airlines has announced their MobileMillion Sweepstakes.

The contest is simple and quite rewarding for anyone lucky enough to win. To enter, simply download the American Airlines app for Android (which is free) and follow the prompts. A quick name and email address is all it takes to be entered to win one million American Airlines AAdvantage miles. But wait — that’s not all! To add to the pure insanity, American Airlines will be giving away a Barnes & Noble NOOK color every day for 30 days, and who wouldn’t want to get their hands on one of those cute rootable incognito tablets!

Amazon Announces Cloud Player For Android and Web

Amazon Announces Cloud Player For Android and Web

Mar 28, 2011

While many of us have been anxiously awaiting Google’s cloud music services to arrive, Amazon has gone ahead and pulled the rug right out from under us and released their own cloud services. Anyone with an Amazon account and a valid U.S. billing address can now access 5GB of free cloud drive storage along with Amazon’s Cloud Player for the web and Android (Sorry iOS).

Wallpaper Wednesday – Spring Is in the Air

Wallpaper Wednesday – Spring Is in the Air

Mar 23, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Is it Wednesday already? So — I was told the other day that spring was officially here, then I woke up and it was snowing out!? This week on Wallpaper Wednesday we celebrate springs arrival (or non-arrival) with a few “springy” wallpapers along with the usual catalog of static randomness. Be sure to read our wallpaper fine print before planting a new one on your device and as always, if you have any suggestions, send them our way.

“Honey, Do I Look Fat?” – FatBooth For Android Says “Yes!”

“Honey, Do I Look Fat?” – FatBooth For Android Says “Yes!”

Mar 18, 2011

Ever wonder what you would look like if you ate one-too-many cheesburgers? No? Me neither. Or maybe you already know the answer to that question and feel like punching the developers of this next app in the face.

Anyways — Shallow Hal’s evil twin brothers Pivi & Co have ported over their popular iOS app FatBooth. While I realize this app is for “entertainment” purposes only, I almost feel like an ass writing about it.

[Truth: Obesity is no laughing matter and can be considered an epidemic in the U.S. /publicserviceannouncement]

Looking For March Madness Tickets? Try StubHub For Android

Looking For March Madness Tickets? Try StubHub For Android

Mar 18, 2011

If you’ve ever gone searching for tickets to a sporting event, chances are you’ve come across StubHub. StubHub is an online marketplace where you can buy and sell tickets for sporting events, concerts and other live entertainment events. Now with StubHub’s recently released Android app, users can search, buy/sell and manage their event tickets on-the-go, wherever they may be. SubHub’s official app offers many popular features such as:

Wallpaper Wednesday – St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Wallpaper Wednesday – St. Patrick’s Day Edition

Mar 16, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

This week’s Wallpaper Wednesday is dedicated to all those shamrock picking, green beer drinking, leprechaun chasing Irish folk. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re going to feature some wallpapers that are sure to bring out the green in you. Put your Irish pride on display (literally) and remind people that “Andy” the Android just so happens to be GREEN — hmmm. Erin Go Bragh!