Groove Planet Gets New Music, Boss Fights and More

Groove Planet Gets New Music, Boss Fights and More

Oct 20, 2016

Innovative music game Groove Planet is getting an update, courtesy of Animoca.

This update brings a bunch; we get new tracks, rhythm patterns and boss fights.

Per the presser:

BOSS FIGHTS: attacked by hostile alien motherships! Repel the assault using the power of YOUR music! Tap to the rhythm to fire a laser barrage at the mothership. Boost your firepower by using a song in a particular key or by tapping in special patterns. Unlock Boss Fights when you build a Microphone on your planetoid.

RHYTHM PATTERNS: 20 patterns will turn you into the ultimate rhythm master! Earn rewards by tapping harder/softer or faster/slower as required by the pattern you are following! Unlock Beat Patterns when you build a MIDI Controller on your planetoid.

The game remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play. Check out the new trailer:

He-Man Tappers of Grayskull Review

He-Man Tappers of Grayskull Review

Aug 31, 2016

Leather underoos aside, I loved He-Man. Bulging muscles, a cool sword and a transformable pet. He-Man wasn’t just another ordinary man, he was (is?) the man.

Hey, taking on the enemies of the universe takes a man of action.

In He-Man Tappers of Grayskull, the player gets to partner with our famed champion at least one more time.

The graphics are bit more modern than the original, which should appear o newer fans. The game uses a host of gentle heman3colors to frame the gameplay, and the main game incorporates a lot of animations. The sounds are reliably haughty, and in a lot of ways, the looks and sound are the some of the best aspects of the game.

The storyline stays right about where fans of the cartoon would expect it be: mega-villain Skeletor is nothing if not a schemer, and right at the onset of this saga, he’s plotting to take over Eternia. Nothing uniquely new; Skeletor is always the epitome of dissatisfaction.

Skeletor does have a new process to effect victory, by way of misappropriated magic that enlarges his minions to otherworldly proportions. Now, He-Man has to take on enemies several times his size.

He-Man does one thing well: fighting. The player, as He-Man, takes on hoards, individually, by tapping. Enemies pop up, and one reduces the lifebars, on and on. It helps to be quick, and gold coins are the reward for doing well. Gold coins can be used to improve attributes, and down the line, bosses need to be dealt with.

Allies can be summoned, and it does take a bit of thinking to get through some boss levels. There are also achievements one can garner via gameplay.

The game works well because one need not necessarily be a He-Man feen to enjoy it. The clicker mechanism is universal and fairly intuitive, and stands on its own. The host of characters and such will be a cherry on top for fans of the franchise.

On the other hand, it is a lot of the same; some folks might prefer a bit more complexity.

In the end, it does its thing, doesn’t stray too far into details, and can be played in a pinch.

You have the power…

Animoca’s ‘He-Man Tappers of Grayskull’ Arrives on Android

Animoca deserves applause for bringing us He-Man Tappers of Grayskull to Android gamers.

Excerpts from the Google Play page:

Brace yourself for He-Man’s most enthralling adventure yet! Fight alongside He-Man and the Masters of the Universe in this glorious tapper adventure RPG!

An epic journey through Eternia awaits! Do YOU have the power?

– Witness the return of the Masters of the Universe in this grand RPG
– Form a powerful and unmatched offensive against monstrous foes
– Battle through hordes of Skeletor’s MASSIVE army
– Call on He-Man’s 20 allies to aid you in battle, with familiar faces like She-Ra, Man-At-Arms, Teela, and more!
– Collect 37 of Eternia’s most powerful and ancient artifacts
– Upgrade your characters and use multiple skills to defeat tough bosses
– Make an epic journey to 12 locations all over Eternia

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play; stay tuned for our review.

Animoca Brands brings Groove Planet to Android

Animoca Brands brings Groove Planet to Android

Mar 11, 2016

Groove Planet is now on Google Play!!!

Excerpts from the Play page:

GROOVE PLANET is pure music madness! Hijack the airwaves, fill the cosmos with an awesome rhythm, and build the first ever planet of groove in the whole universe!

Become the planet’s MAYOR…Play a SONG and tap along to the RHYTHM. Earn some NOTES and transform your world with high-energy concussive beats! Get ready to be the only mayor ever to make people want to dance!

Tap along with the rhythm of your favorite song to earn HEAPS of NOTES! Feel the music!

Use NOTES to create majestic new BUILDINGS, expand your dance loving population, and EARN MAJOR PROFIT!

We use Jamn Player’s chord recognition technology to detect Chords and Keys of your songs.

We’ve invited the most popular indie artists to play their trending tracks to really get your planet grooving.
1. WEKEED – Wild Child
2. Yessa – Gold
3. Danny Darko ft. Jova Radevska – Time Will Tell
4. Danny Darko ft. Christen Kwame – Walk with me (Club Mix)
5. Danny Darko – Paradise (Club Mix)

This means you can use your own song, and tap along to the rhythm of it!

Feast your eyes on our fabulous art style!

Tons of awesome characters to unlock and even more to come! Make them dance to the music and bounce to the rhythm!

Compete and compare scores with others on the Leaderboards!


The game is free (with optional paid content) on Google Play.

Doraemon Gadget Rush Review

Doraemon Gadget Rush Review

Feb 27, 2015

I’m totally oblivious to Doraemon. Other than seeing his cute blue face on a number of lunchboxes, backpacks and t-shirts, I have no idea what he or even it is about. So imagine my surprise when it turns out the Doraemon is actually a cyborg cat, sent from the future by a time-travelling scientist. Like The Terminator but only not.

Still, you don’t have to be a up on your Doraemon knowledge to be able to enjoy Doraemon Gadget Rush, all you have to do is be able to recognise when three tiles are of the same colour and are connected to each other. You then swipe the tiles and they disappear, you get points and more tiles drop onto the screen to replace them.DGR2

There’s a reason given for you to do this – it’s something about robots stealing gadgets and I think the robots are from the future as well, though I’m not sure. Naturally, the only way to defeat these thieving mechanoids is to try and get a high-score in the previously described tile-matching game.

To help you get as high a score as possible you can take characters and gadgets into each battle. The different characters you take into battle will offer you different perks, such as boost to score, extra time and bonuses for chaining together more tiles than 3. The same can said of the gadgets that you use as well, equipping one item to one character.

Similar to games like 10000000, Gadget Rush asks you to play the game over and over again but incentivises this with the awarding of experience points and coins at the end of each round. Levelled up characters and items will have stronger bonuses whilst coins can be used to buy buffs that can be used in future attempts to beat that high score.

This creates a loop of you wanting to beat your score, levelling up characters to make this more likely and then unlocking new items and characters that are better than their levelled up peers. It doesn’t hurt that the games presentation is kind on the eyes. Doraemon’s bright blue face is plastered all over this thing and everything’s beyond cute and cuddly. The music and little voice-clips that pop off when you do well don’t hurt either, even if it leaves such a sugary sweet taste that you risk diabetes every time you play.

Considering this is a game that many will write-off as ‘licensed rubbish’, Doraemon Gadget Rush is an incredibly solid puzzle game that has been built upon to include systems that reward and encourage continued play. The In-App-Purchases which are often egregious in most titles like are handled well and aren’t advertised in an intrusive or annoying way. A real pleasant surprise.

Animoca Brings Moon Quest: Dungeons Dark to Android

Animoca Brings Moon Quest: Dungeons Dark to Android

Jan 8, 2015

Moon Quest: Dungeons Dark is here for Android users courtesy of Animoca.

Animoca Brands, the developer and publisher of mobile games based on globally loved brands such as Garfield, Ben10, Doraemon, Ultraman and Astro Boy, today announced the launch of the action-packed dungeon crawling role playing game (RPG), Moon Quest: Dungeons Dark, now available worldwide for free on Google Playâ„¢. An action RPG with some online elements, Moon Quest takes place in a fantastical world of vampires, werewolves and other mythical creatures, where players must battle the powers of evil that lurk in the moonlight.

In Moon Quest’s ancient past, the Moon Deity bestowed power to three races: humans, vampires and werewolves. But the three races were so different that there was little hope for long-lasting peace, and the world was cast into chaos and war. Now, humans, vampires and werewolves must set aside their differences to resist the forces of darkness under the guidance of the mysterious Twilight Mother.

Players choose one of the three races to play: humans have adaptability and resourcefulness, vampires are gifted with magical powers, and werewolves have immense physical strength. Each race offers unique classes, skills and capabilities. Players will travel to various dungeons, delving deep to clear each one from the influence of evil powers. The right mix of strategy, skills and weaponry is critical in deciding the outcome of battles, which play out in real-time with epic action that includes moves like “Dismemberment,” “Lightning Blow,” “Maelstrom,” “The Blizzard” and many more.

Set in an elaborate world full of haunted dungeons, cursed forests, forgotten temples and other exotic places, Moon Quest: Dungeons Dark offers hundreds of quests that allow progress deeper into the game. Players can level up their character’s skills in the Training Ground, craft or enhance armor in the Magic Store, craft or enhance weapons at the Blacksmith, buy or sell wares in the Trading Center, and even open their own warehouse in the Fortress. The game also features an Infinite Dungeon, which players can enter once a day to earn points and test their prowess by battling endless waves of enemies.

Moon Quest: Dungeons Dark is free to play.

Animoca Releases Armies of Dragons on Android

Animoca Releases Armies of Dragons on Android

Aug 26, 2014

Animoca has just realest its newest Android game, Armies of Dragon.

The game is a mix of adventure, fortress defense and strategy. The Google Play app page tells us some of the features:

– A unique strategy game that borrows time-management mechanics
– Hire a rag-tag troupe of adventurers to defend your kingdom
– Earn crystals from battles to unlock treasures and powerful heroes!
– Acquire useful items, artifacts, and trinkets to help you win!
– Upgrade your fortress, and unlock different types, such as treants, golems, and dragons!
– Survive 12 brutal stages, each having 8 levels.
– Connect through Facebook and team up with friends by sharing energy and mercenaries.

More information from the press release:

Animoca Brands, the developer and publisher of mobile games based on globally loved brands such as Garfield, Ben10, Doraemon, Ultraman, Astro Boy and more, today announced the launch of Armies of Dragons on the Apple App Store and Google Play. A medieval-themed tower defense game, Armies of Dragons sets a new standard for the genre by combining time-management mechanics and strategic battle gameplay with visually stunning 3D graphics. Armies of Dragons is now available to play for free on all iOS and Android devices.

“Armies of Dragons is unlike anything else available,” said Robby Yung, CEO of Animoca Brands. “We’ve combined the best elements of tower defense games with heart-pumping time management mechanics to create a new and enthralling gaming experience.”

Armies of Dragons is a medieval thriller that takes place in a world rife with magic and danger, where evil dragons once ruled as invincible tyrants for centuries before they were overthrown by a mighty alliance of humans. Dark magic has reawakened the dragons from their slumber, and it’s up to players to defend their kingdom from the rampaging hordes of vile creatures.

Players can enlist archers, thieves, ninjas, knights and other warrior units to battle against the rampaging hordes. Players must train, upgrade and manage their own armies before sending them into battle, or risk a crushing defeat. Increasingly powerful weapons and units become available as players progress through the game.

Armies of Dragons is available for free (with optional in-app purchasing) on the Play Store.

Robo5 Review

Robo5 Review

Mar 6, 2013

Robots (cute ones) and puzzles? Now this I want to see.

Robo5 is another one of those zaney numbers that pulls in lovable robots, blocks and an urge to escape into a delightful Android puzzle game that almost demands to be solved.

The game was all about helping the robot escape the confines of the lab. The playing areas were generally heavily made up of boxes, and I generally had to make it to the exit at the top og the conglomeration of boxes. Now, to complicate matters, I sometimes had to move boxes… but not all boxes could me moved. Also, there were rules of egress, like needing “stepped” boxes to move up. I could do a “spiderman” on boxes if I moved down, and could move sideways for instance, but couldn’t scale upwards on the sides of two boxes.

Speed mattered. I wanted to get up to the apex exit as quickly as possible. The one thing that became apparent was that moving directly up was not only difficult, it was sometimes not the optimal strategy. I found there were times I had to guide the robot down, or slide a bx out and then back in a time or two to create a workable path. The collectible goodies and handicaps were fun diversions, and some were placed out of the way to increase the difficulty level.

I was graded on finishing and speed, but in the last level of every set, the race to the top was literally timed against a countdown clock, meaning I had to make it before running out of battery life and failing by default.

The animations were really nice; the robot literally looked, well, robot-y, with stiff mannerisms and wobbly legs. The browns looked great in the “light” sources of the game area.

It was a fun game, and with 40 levels (plus 5 hidden ones) and two alternate endings, there is plenty of playing to get involved in.