Thimbleweed Park Review

Thimbleweed Park Review

Nov 11, 2017

So many games, so little time.

The Play Store is chock-full, and Android heads can almost be guaranteed that Android OS will be covered when it comes to new blockbusters. Now, all we need to is sit back, relax and enjoy the bounty.

And check out newbies like Thimbleweed Park. It’s about time this came to mobile.

The game, at first glance, is gloriously retro. Right from jump, you get drowned in fantastic old-school graphics, with stilted animations and deliberately muted coloring in tow. It is a playful iteration, one that helps bring the major action to the forefront.

With regards to gameplay, this one has two modes: Casual, which comes across as an easier version with tutorial included, and Hard, which is the full experience. Getting going (yep, of course we picked the Hard version) felt just right, as we were able to jump right into the story.

It utilizes text instructions along with touch to facilitate actions, and it isn’t too difficult to figure out how basic interactions can be effected. Its point-and-click roots are clear, and the way actions work (as in matching an action word to an object or person) help capture one’s attention. A typical series might have you acquire an object from another character, combine that item with another item in the active character’s inventory, and then finally getting to do the original activity. And, one can switch between characters when necessary.

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And yes, the mystery. The opening sequence actually managed to be spooky and surprising at the same time, and then we get a dead body, along with a set of characters that all seen to have hidden agendas. Right from the opening interaction, the overlying sense of dread is palpable, and before you know it, you get immersed in the whole experience.

Thimbleweed Park is an easy one to fall in love with for a host of reasons. It has an old-school look with murder mystery sensibilities, and still incorporates a passable Choose Your Own Adventure element to the party.

Most interesting is that with all that, the core storyline manages to tweak your mind. You are gonna want to solve this unfortunate passing. Thimbleweed Park grabs you by the tweed lapels, looks you in the eye and dares you to put it down.

We admit it… we failed to do just that. Good luck, skipper.

Authoritarian thriller ‘Beholder’ adds features via update

Authoritarian thriller ‘Beholder’ adds features via update

Jul 31, 2017

Beholder (from Creative Mobile Publishing) is all about Big Brother and choice.

Don’t do it!

Or should you?

It’s shadowy — both physically and gameplay-wise — with great CYOA elements, and now, it’s getting an update.

The newest build brings cloud support (yay!); now, it is possible to pick up and play the same game across connected Android devices. Also notable in this update is that the app is slimmed down (according to the changelog, it is 260 mb smaller now).

There is also a new animation added, which allows players to see the lead character moving to a selected action.

Finally, there are bug fixes.

Now, we were somewhat smitten with Beholder when we took it for a spin way back when; we’d be selfish if we kept such goodness to ourselves. It comes in two flavors: free and full for $4.99.

[Our Beholder review]

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones launches own emoji app: BonesMoji

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones launches own emoji app: BonesMoji

Jul 30, 2017

BonesMoji is a new emoji collection app, and is the fruit of a notable collaboration between UFC great and current Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones and AppMoji Inc.

This one comes just in time to mark Bones high profile victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29th.

On Android, the app installs as a keyboard extension, and gives the user access to full library of Bones-inspired graphics. They are atypical to say the least, and do lean towards the creative side. There are more than 60 of them, and they mark unique moments from Jones career; the fighter himself helped curate them.

AppMoji Founder and chief Oliver Camilo talks about things he and Jones have in common. “Jon and I both come from the same hometown in Upstate NY, which made this a logical fit for us,” he says. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Jon and First Round Management for this exciting release.”

Not all of us and kick butt like Bones, but we can send messages like him… for $1.99 via the Play Store.

[Google Play Link]

Chronolink DX is now on Google Play

Chronolink DX is now on Google Play

Jul 7, 2017

Looking for an “era” based puzzler? Chronolink DX might be just what the doctor ordered.

Game features:

KEY FEATURES
* Explore 8 eras and 150+ levels, beginning with the prehistoric age.
* Navigate a beautiful, minimalist, flat-style map – including familiar (and striking!) architecture.
* Evolve and adapt your playstyle as new cubes appear – with more complex game mechanics to keep things interesting.
* Learn about important historical figures and animals.
* Immerse yourself in a rich soundtrack – including instruments and styles from each historical period.
* Play at your own pace: No ads or lives to distract you from solving puzzles!

The game costs $0.99; check out the trailer:

Akupara Games brings Star Vikings Forever to Google Play

Akupara Games brings Star Vikings Forever to Google Play

Jul 7, 2017

Star Vikings Forever is a new title from Akupara Games that recently went live on Google Play.

It comes in as a puzzle game with RPG elements.

Star Vikings Forever is a humorous Puzzle RPG that allows players to build their team of Vikings and take them on a journey to battle the evil Snail invasion in space.

With lush character designs, colorful environments, along with a headbanging soundtrack that will knock off your horned helmet, this premium title aims appeal to the hardcore and the casual gamer alike.

The game costs $2.99, and is available now.

Check out the trailer below:

Upcoming game Color Magnet due out this week

Upcoming game Color Magnet due out this week

Jul 4, 2017

Development house The One Pixel has a new puzzler which is set to launch soon on Google Play, we hear that Color Magnet will be ready for our downloading pleasure quite soon.

This week, as a matter of fact.

Per the presser:

Color Magnet is a relaxing yet very challenging puzzle game to exercise the brain and sharpen our mental skills. Its has a polished design and it features 3 distinct game modes: Classic – that entices the player to beat his highscore, Universal – presenting the same sequence for everyone, and Puzzle – with 30 challenging puzzles to solve in limited moves

We hear the game will have two color modes — appropriate, no? There are also achievements and the like to tackle.

Sounds fun… $2.99,no IAP (yay!) and the launch date is July 6th. Not too long… in the mean time, we do get to enjoy the trailer:

[via Color Magnet website]

Goat Simulator Payday brings caprine capers to Android

Goat Simulator Payday brings caprine capers to Android

May 25, 2017

There’s a new goat in town.

Goat Simulator Payday is now on Google Play; get ready for the rise in crime.

Goat Simulator: Payday is the most criminally realistic goat simulation yet! Starring 4 new main thugs – A flying flamingo, a wheelchairing dolphin, a spitting camel and a goat that’s just really handsome.

Use PRANKNET © to find your new crew some smash & grab heists, then blast away your stolen cash on different things. Mostly masks. Okay only masks.

Dodge the police by stealing and driving other people’s cars, because it’s too expensive to buy your own.

– FOUR AWESOME NEW MAIN GOATS, seriously these guys are like they’re from an Al Pancake movie.
– One can fly and control people’s brains, another can climb any surface with a wheelchair and a third can spit water that it stores in it’s back. Disgusting.
– PRANKNET – a database filled with stupid “jobs” for your crew to do. But who cares. They pay well.
– Buy masks to disguise your identity so that the police won’t catch you. Or just to look cool.
– There are like 14 new mutators to unlock. I’m not even kidding. So many.
– Did I say that you can steal and drive cars?

This one is priced at $4.99; check out the trailer below:

Asmodee Digital brings ‘Jaipur’ to Android

Asmodee Digital brings ‘Jaipur’ to Android

May 24, 2017

Asmodee Digital is creating quite the chest of digitized board games, and its latest title adds to the haul.

Jaipur: A Card Game of Duels is available on Google Play right now.

This one is a turn-based game for two players that brings camel commerce to bear.

Jaipur is a fast-paced card game for two players with a blend of tactics, risk and luck. You are one of the most powerful traders in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. You and your opponent duel to demonstrate to the Maharajah that you can earn a greater profit than your competition. At the end of a round, one player receives the Maharajah’s seal of excellence, and the first player to earn two seals of excellence wins the privilege of being invited to the Maharajah’s court!

Jaipur’s original designer Sebastien Pauchon clearly enjoyed digitizing the game. “Bringing Jaipur to the digital realm has been an exciting process, and an opportunity to add new features thanks to the fervent love for the game displayed by Meeple Touch,” he says. “Seeing the game come to life under the brushes of French artist Vincent Dutrait is an experience in itself. Teaming up with Asmodee Digital and their experience in the field means that newcomers and existing fans can now experience Jaipur in a new, more accessible format.”

Jaipur is available for a special launch price of $2.99 for a limited time.

Root Explorer gets an update

Root Explorer gets an update

May 24, 2017

Speed Software’s premium file management utility Root Explorer is getting some changes to increase its usability.

Version 4.1.3 brings:


• Preference allowing Add button to be shown or hidden
• File and folder counts for folders in properties dialog
• Added raw byte size after existing size display in properties dialog
• Preference to allow New folder, New file and New tab options to appear in overflow menu

Root Explorer costs $3.99.

CYOA Big Brother adventure ‘Beholder’ is here!

CYOA Big Brother adventure ‘Beholder’ is here!

May 21, 2017

Will you do it?

Beholder is a new game from Creative Mobile Publishing that ultimately has the player ask that question. It’s a new world, and Big Brother is watching.

And you can help…

Every choice has ramifications, so choose wisely.

Per Google Play:

Welcome to a grim dystopian future.

A totalitarian State controls every aspect of private and public life. Laws are oppressive. Surveillance is total. Privacy is dead. You are the State-installed manager of an apartment building. Your daily routine involves making the building a sweet spot for tenants, who will come and go.

However, that is simply a facade that hides your real mission…

The State has appointed you to SPY ON YOUR TENANTS!. You must BUG their apartments while they’re away, SEARCH their belongings for whatever can threaten the authority of the State, and PROFILE them for your superiors. You must also REPORT anyone capable of violating the laws or plotting subversive activities against the State to the authorities.

The graphics are atypical, and the gameplay looks compelling; Beholder is a premium offering, coming in at $4.99.

Check out the trailer:

Glitchnap and Noodlecake Studios pair to drop Invert

Glitchnap and Noodlecake Studios pair to drop Invert

Apr 21, 2017

Invert is a new game from Glitchnap that arrives on Google Play under the Noodlecake banner.

We hear this one is a puzzle, one that might even invoke the good old Rubik’s Cube.

Details (per Google Play):

In Invert you press buttons around a tile grid that flip a certain pattern of tiles. Your goal is to make all tiles the same color using as few moves as possible. Easy to solve, but hard to solve well.

GAME MODES
– Campaign: Solve levels in certain amount of moves. Take as much time as you need – there’s no time limit.
– Challenge: Solve levels against the clock. Use as many moves as you want.
– Expert: Similar to Challenge Mode, but a lot harder. Like, a *lot* harder.

FEATURES
– 20 mind-bending patterns with 1000’s of combinations
– Over 120 hand crafted levels
– Custom soundtrack per level
– 2 unique gameplay modes
– 1 expert mode.
– 0 distracting advertisements or commercials

Invert carries a one-time price of $2.99.

Clue gets update, teases upcoming new feature

Clue gets update, teases upcoming new feature

Apr 19, 2017

I’m kinda old school in that I like my board games. That love is helped along with the recent wave of digitized board games, and Hasbro’s Clue recently got the treatment courtesy of Marmalade Game Studio.

Now, we can find out who dispatched Boddy/Black… on the go.

Of course, we had to take it for a formal run.

In any case, the recently released game is now receiving an update. The new build adds social networking connectivity — specifically Facebook. Also added is a ranking system, power-ups, leaderboards, rewards, push notifications and more.

Still, it was the last note in the changelog that really had us smile. In our review, we noted it is a pretty faithful recreation of the original, but almost begs for a multiplayer mode.

Well, according to the update notes, that is coming. Soon.

Per Google Play:

– New end of game ranking system
– Weekly Leaderboards
– Ability to connect to Facebook
– Daily Rewards
– 4 Hint Card power ups
– Push Notifications
– Improvements to environments with particle effects
Multiplayer COMING SOON!!!

We’ll be eagerly waiting; the game remains available on Google Play for the one-ime price of $3.99.

[Our Clue Review]