Underworld Digital Movie on Sale on Google Play

Underworld Digital Movie on Sale on Google Play

Oct 8, 2016

Lycan or vampire?

Here’s a treat for fans of the Underworld movie franchise and/or Kate Beckinsale me: the first movie in the series, Underworld, is on sale on the Play Store — for only $0.99.

Underworld begins the story of Selene, a vampire who, for a variety of reasons, works to eliminate out Lycans. As the movie progresses, our heroine has to make a choice.

At this price, it’s a great opportunity to own an integral part of the franchise, one which became its springboard. Not a fan yet? Here’s a chance to become one.

We don’t know how long the sale is going to run, so it makes sense to get in while one can.

Google Play-exclusive animated adventure ‘BLING’ set for March launch

Google Play-exclusive animated adventure ‘BLING’ set for March launch

Feb 27, 2016

BLING is an upcoming animated adventure featuring the voices of Taylor Kitsch, Carla Gugino and James Woods; interestingly, it is set to be a limited-time Google Play-exclusive.

For free, even.

Starting on March 3rd, Google Play users will have access to the movie before it hits theaters.

Lowly theme park mechanic Sam dreams about his childhood sweetheart Sue. With the misguided belief that only a bling ring can win the girl of his dreams, Sam plans the most perfect night to propose to his one true love. But when supervillain Oscar shows up with an evil scheme involving a ring of his own, Sam’s plans are thrown into utter disarray. After mistaking each other’s rings for their own, Sam teams up with his robot superheroes to track down his engagement ring and save the city… learning that it’s not about the size of the bling, but the size of your heart.

BLING is available for free exclusively on Google Play, and will remain exclusively there till April 10th. Below is the trailer.

Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures Collaborate to Bring Movie-Inspired SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run to Android

Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures Collaborate to Bring Movie-Inspired SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run to Android

Jan 23, 2015

If Bikini Bottom is where you’d go if you won the Super Bowl, this news is for you: SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run is out on Android!

The new game is based on the movie SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water! (due out on February 6th), and brings the best of SpongeBob, his cronies, rivals, and more to life on the mobile screen.

Play the brand-new SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run based on the new SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water!
SpongeBob and Plankton are in a race to find the lost Krabby Patty formula somewhere in Bikini Bottom, Apocalyptic Bikini Bottom and a real-world beach. When he’s not running, SpongeBob is flying, floating in a bubble, or has Plankton jumping around his surreal imagination. And when the running gets tough, the tough get heroic! SpongeBob becomes Super SpongeBob to knock through any obstacle in his way!
• Laugh at hilarious dialog between SpongeBob and his arch-rival Plankton
• Run through iconic locations including Bikini Bottom, Apocalyptic Bikini Bottom and out of water on a beach
• Customize SpongeBob with unique costumes
• Plankton helps SpongeBob with power-ups like shields and magnets
• Become Super SpongeBob and knock everything out of SpongeBob’s path!
• Drive the Patty Wagon!!!
• Adventure off the beaten path:
→ Float SpongeBob in a bubble through a coral forest
→ Jump Plankton through SpongeBob’s imagination
→ Plankton’s jetpack speeds past obstacles
• Run farther than your friends! Compare distance and scores after your run
• Custom animation and voice-overs with SpongeBob and Plankton created just for this game!

The game costs $3.99 (with additional optional in-app purchases) on the Play Store; we look forward to publishing our review shortly.

[Source: SpongeBob Movie Website]

The Maze Runner Review

The Maze Runner Review

Oct 21, 2014

Admittedly, the runner game category is a bit stacked. Since Temple Run, we have seen a steady number of development houses use the tried and true genre to encase game offerings. And why not? It’s an intuitive game type, with a bit of twitch elements usually tossed in, and varied environments to help frame the gameplay. familiarity can be an advantage in mobile gaming.

With The Maze Runner, we get the trifecta of running games: decent graphics, leveled gameplay and a current-ish book/movie tie-in.

Backstory? It’s based on the movie that is based on the book (that all have the same name). Young people and dystopia are all the rage nowadays, but kids killing kids isn’t at the core of this adventure; an actual maze with teenage runners is. The basic premise is that there is a maze, and the teens run to find a way out, careful to avoid the deadly “Grievers” that inhabit the maze.

The gameplay will look familiar to anyone who has dabbled into runners; the basics are present: three lanes, withmaze1 obstacles that come into play. Gestures control the runner, as is usual in these type of games; swiping left or right causes the runner to dart right or left on a straightway, and to cut in the the direction of the swipe when the straightway ends. Swiping up causes the ever-forward moving runner to jump up, and a downwards swipe causes the runner to slide for a brief spell.

After the basics, the gameplay boils down to making it through the maze segment successfully in the allotted time. Some nice elements are tossed in, as noted, it’s leveled, and there are a few tricks up the games sleeve; first, the collectibles; a set of puzzle pieces need to be collected to successfully pass a stage and unlock the next part of the maze. There are gold coins and boosts hat can be collected; the former allows one to purchase stuff in the in-app store, while the latter help with directly with completion of the runs.

The game is ostensibly free, and makes no bones about requesting cash for the more of the suaver characters. The gold coins can be used to improve attributes too.

Familiarity is good, but The Maze Runner might suffer from being a tad bit too comfortable. It feels as if it doesn’t want to change the genre too much, and is comfortable as such. It does work with or without the surrounding story, and is a decent time-waster.

New Screenshots and Trailer for Gameloft’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are Available

New Screenshots and Trailer for Gameloft’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 are Available

Apr 15, 2014


As The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from Gameloft is reaching release, more information becomes available about return of the masked superhero on mobiles. The story and gameplay will closely follow the movie as the player will get to swing around New York, beat bad guys and participate in other crime-fighting actions. Mor details can be found here:

Trailerpop Receives Multiplayer Update

Trailerpop Receives Multiplayer Update

Oct 30, 2013

Trailerpop: Trailers & Trivia 2

Trailerpop is a quiz about pop-culture that challenges your knowledge of movies, music, art, and people who create them, and gives some fresh trailers . Now it allows you to challenge your friends for the same thing, and see who is more knowledgeable. Trailerpop can be downloaded from here: Trailerpop on Google Play.

The Lone Ranger Review

The Lone Ranger Review

Jul 18, 2013

This is the era of the official companion movie, and Disney seems to understand the marketing implications. Great for us, because we get to check out potential gems like The Lone Ranger.

So yeah… the game is based on the movie that is itself based on the iconic masked hero of the Wild, Wild West. The developer does a good job of realistically rendering the desolate heat of the old west; the graphics are truly nice. The grimace of the horsemen, the smell of horses, the unforgiving nature of the sun, heck… even the grit of sand in the teeth… the visuals bring it all to life. The perspective angles are well utilized, and the cutscenes jump off the device.

The gameplay is fun without being overly complicated. The main protagonist isn’t The Masked One… just a future ally. lone2Most of the action involves building attributes and money by completing quests while waiting on time-based elements to build up and/or be rejuvenated. The tasks are intriguing — I don’t know how fun 19th Century rat exterminations can be — and things mostly fit together in a logical manner. For example, the town well has an energy component, praying away ghosts helps to level up and shooting gang members pays out silver.

I did enjoy the duels. These occur in an abbreviated first-person perspective; different opponents have different speed attributes, and better weapons generally help in achieving better results. Red targets appear on the opponent, and draw time (the reaction time to tap the red target) determines who gets the shot off first; whoever’s life bar drains first, or runs out of ammunition, loses.

As much as I liked the graphics, I did see a glitch or two close up. Also, the quest algorithm was a bit easy, as it’s more about resource management than executable skill. I’m also going to quibble about the dueling. I thought it was a bit convoluted, and I readily blame sore losing. I still think the speed portion of this element can be tweaked a bit. The attribute replenishment system will have folks gnashing teeth.

Frankly, would have preferred a paid title game. Also, what I perceive to be an “an always connected” requirement may be a bit of a drawback for folks who watch their data allotments.

Overall, for me, the positives far outweigh the negatives. It’s okay for a freemium game, and the in-app store is not necessarily needed (though time and patience then will be). If Johnny Depp in face paint doesn’t tickle your box office fancy, this game might do it for your gaming one.

After Earth HD Review

After Earth HD Review

Jun 7, 2013

After Earth HD is a game that follows in the trend of high-end movies that get companion games on mobile devices. As I’ve noted before, I like the concept… when it’s done right. Well, when Will Smith and son atee affiliated, it should be awesome, no?

It’s a running game, and it’s hard not to draw parallels with the de facto barometer of the genre, Temple Run.

The story is simply a runway to the action. I was s young cadet granted entrance to the exclusive Rangers Training Academy, in the hopes of becoming a guardian of Nova Prime.

Graphically, it’s well done, with good coloration and artistic scenery. Obstacles look foreboding, and the sun after1especially bright. The action perspectives changed smoothly, and the sounds of the game added to the overall ambience.

As noted, it’s a running game. Two major gaming paths exist: Career and Marathon; the one takes one through leveled gameplay; the latter is based on raw longevity. The abbreviated top-down/first person view will be familiar to anyone who has dabbled in these types of games. Obstacles jut out along the running path, and the requisite dangers to slide under and jump over in the personification of massive collapsed boulders. The tutorial that makes up a good portion of the first level shows how to use gestures to scoot to the left or right, and how to do the slides and jumps. In addition, sharp turns have to be performed so as not to crack a bone by slamming into a dead end.

In addition, there were sequences where I was airborne and had to avoid cliffs and such by tilting. I also got to use a weapon. The playing area was lined with coins that can be redeemed for upgrades. The further I traveled, the more points I garnered and the faster I got promoted. Of course, the in-app store takes real cash as well.

I felt there were a few more elements of the movie that could have been incorporated into the game, but it’s hard not to like it nonetheless. Still, even with the subtle tweaks to the gameplay, it’s hard to shake the feeling that it was an old, familiar wine in a different skin.

Fun is fun though, and that is exactly what this game brings to the table.

Temple Run: Brave Set for Release One Week Before the Pixar Movie Brave

Temple Run: Brave Set for Release One Week Before the Pixar Movie Brave

Jun 4, 2012

Fans of Temple Run from Imangi will recognize the mobile game tie-in for the upcoming Pixar movie, Brave. It’s an enhanced version of Temple Run set in the Scottish lands represented in the movie. Instead of playing an Indiana Jones type character, you now play as Merida, the red-haired and firey tempered teenage heorine of the movie.

In addition to the character changes in Temple Run: Brave, you will also find a new gaming mechanic added. Archery has been added to increase the gameplay complexity and provide another way to earn bonuses. In testing it last week, the addition of archery does add complexity to the gameplay yet doesn’t distract from the fun of the original.

Pixar’s Brave hits theaters on June 21st. But you only have to wait a few more days for Temple Run: Brave. It hits Google Play on June 14th.

Puzzled Rabbit – Review

What do rabbits have to do with puzzles? Well, normally not much, until Puzzled Rabbit. Puzzled Rabbit is a brain-teaser puzzle-solving game that uses a simple package to bring you some very complex conundrums. The rabbit is a little patchwork (or possible origami) fellow who just wants to move some red blocks into their homes on the game board. It’s not really clear why except that getting the blocks into their proper places will “make the rabbit happy”. I’ll be honest, it makes me happy to do, but it’s less to do with the rabbit and more about the fact that the puzzles are honest to goodness head-scratchers the satisfaction of solving them gives me some real Pavlovian delight.

To solve a puzzle you need to move the red block(s) on the screen into green brackets. You are graded on time it takes to solve, and number of moves taken to complete it. There are some simple physical rules – the rabbit pushes the blocks around one hop at a time with each hop counting as a move, and only he can only push the blocks in one direction at a time. Which means that if you get a block stuck in a corner then there is no way for the rabbit to get it out. But luckily the gamemakers saw fit to give us an Undo Move button, allowing you to retrace your steps back to where you went wrong or to start over completely if necessary. And it’s not all blind guessing, either. Clicking once on a block will show you (in the form of target blue circles radiating outward) what the moves are that you can perform on it. So with some trial and error any puzzle can be solved. But they do offer a challenge and that is what will keep you coming back.

A final treat that the makers added, likely as a nod to its mind-expanding properties, is quotes from well-known big thinkers as the prize for the completion of each stage. For example: “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale. They didn’t need to add that little detail, but the fact that they do…well, I love it.

The controls are not difficult to use for me, but could be for others so I can’t say that it has no flaws. And the graphics and music are very simplistic, so it’s not very visually captivating. If you need that sort of thing to keep you invented in a game then you may be disappointed.