Popup Widget 3 Gets Material Design via Update

Popup Widget 3 Gets Material Design via Update

Oct 19, 2016

Popular customization utility Popup Widget 3 (from ChYK) is getting an update that’s rolling out now.

One of the major new features adoption of Material Design; this allows the application to more naturally fit within Google’s design principles.

It also adds a new pop-up feature and new gesture option.

The full changelog can be found on Google Play; Popup Widget 3 costs $1.50.

AccuWeather Adds Crowdsourced Data and More

AccuWeather Adds Crowdsourced Data and More

Oct 12, 2016

AccuWeather for Android is picking up a host of ew features via an update that is rolling out now.

Probably the most interesting new feature is “AccuCast.” This allows a user of the app to report the weather conditions in his/her current location via the app. It also gives users the ability to check what others are reporting on the maps screen.

Samsung users with devices that support Multiview will like that the app now supports that specific functionality.

The new update brings social sharing option, photo/video sharing, improved widgets, local times on the Now screen, Follow Me for ongoing notification, dark/light themes  for ongoing notification and alerts bar and more. 

Oh yeah… the app also gets a snazzy new icon.

The app has premium ($2.99) and free versions on Google Play.

[via Google Play]

Lost Journey Goes on Sale on Google Play

Lost Journey Goes on Sale on Google Play

Oct 4, 2016

Award-winning mobile game Lost Journey is a fun game from developer DreamSky, and right now, it’s on sale.

The game chronicles Jennifer’s serene journey, taking on interesting environments replete with reversed gravity and more.

And it can be wholly had for just $0.10.

Yep, 10 cents. SO get it while it can be had, because we don’t know how long this promo will work.

Microïds Set to Launch ‘Agatha Christie: The A.B.C. Murders’ this Month

Microïds Set to Launch ‘Agatha Christie: The A.B.C. Murders’ this Month

Sep 22, 2016

And who doesn’t want to be the greatest detective ever?

Soon, Android gamers will have the opportunity to be the famed Agatha Christie sleuth Hercule Poirot in the upcoming cross-platform mobile game Agatha Christie: The A.B.C. Murders, which is set to be released later this month courtesy of Microïds and Artefacts Studio

This one promises to not simply be a hidden object caper; in fact, it is an interactive experience, with a coherent storyline that allows the player — in first-person — to take on and solve the puzzles and overall mystery presented.

The game incorporates a few elements, like “observation,” “interrogation” and “reconstruction” to facilitate resolution. Per the teaser trailer, it definitely has a storybook feel to it.

Agatha Christie: The A.B.C. Murders is set to make land on September 29th, and will cost $6.99.

While we wait, we have the game trailer below:

Business Card Reader Gets a Sizable Update

Business Card Reader Gets a Sizable Update

Aug 31, 2016

For a lot of business folks, the exchange of business cards is a required part of business. ABBYY’s Business Card Reader allows professionals to digitize card data to smartdevices.

Per the press release, the update brings:

The updated version has:
◦ enhanced computer vision enabling the app to identify the edges of a business card
◦ auto focus and auto click: just point the camera, the app will do the rest
◦ automatic perspective correction
◦ auto crop
◦ manual crop
◦ image enhancing filters
◦ both sides of a business card
◦ full-screen viewing mode
◦ export of contacts to MS Excel as a searchable, manageable database
◦ 50% higher processing speed: now it only takes 5 seconds to digitize a business card!

There is a free and Pro version available on Google Play.

Alto’s Adventure Expands to Android TV and NVIDIA Shield

Alto’s Adventure Expands to Android TV and NVIDIA Shield

Aug 4, 2016

Alto’s Adventure is certainly a charming game. It’s easy to get into, has a calming manner and is fun to look at; we certainly loved it when we took it for a formal spin earlier this year.

Developer Noodlecake is expanding the game’s reach; starting today, the game is available on Android TV and NVIDIA Shield.

Additionally, with this version, the game is taking a different route with regards to monetization; the game, like its iOS port, will be premium in nature, and priced at $3.99. This is a single payment, and the experience is ad-free.

Excerpts from the presser:

We’re big champions of mobile play, but it’s hard to deny: there’s something a little magical about playing games on your television. Curling up on a cold night or a lazy weekend afternoon and letting the sights and sounds of an imaginary somewhere fill the room.

Phones and tablets let us take miniature worlds with us on the go, but playing something on the TV? That’s when games take us somewhere instead.

That’s why we’re especially excited for today’s announcement: Alto’s Adventure is now available on Android TV and NVIDIA’s Shield TV! Thanks to the wonderful teams at Noodlecake Studios, fans of Android games on big screens can enjoy Alto at home for the first time – and with full controller support.

Like our other set-top versions of the game, Alto on Android TV will be something you can purchase once, and own forever. We’re proud to offer Android players a premium, ad-free experience, tailored meticulously for big screen play.


[Our Alto’s Adventure Review]

Scatterfly Launches on Google Play

Scatterfly Launches on Google Play

Aug 1, 2016

We’ve been impatiently waiting on Levitating Frog’s Scatterfly, and it finally here… yep, ready for download on Google Play.

Scatterfly is very female friendly game about saving and collecting butterflies. It’s the best butterfly game in the market.

Main features:
– simple and funny gameplay
– 4 worlds with unique graphic styles
– 20 standard levels + 12 endless survival levels
– 152 items to collect
– 2 rare butterflies in each level
– special mode for children
– standard mode for more experienced players
– survival mode to compare your skill with other players
– leader boards (optional, google play games required)
– achievements (optional, google play games required)

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

The Hunt for Red Panda Review

The Hunt for Red Panda Review

Jul 28, 2016

The Hunt for Red Panda starts out searing.

The game starts with an eye-catching flourish: comic-like stills with a minimum of color, and then transitions to fuller color to denote timelines. It’s a simple concept that works well, and somewhat highlights the core artistic aspect of the game. This is a game that should appeal greatly to anyone with even a modicum of artistic appreciation, especially when one considers the main element.

The backstory is interesting. An unkind evaluation, a burned down museum and a mysterious vandal that defiles precious artwork. The player takes on the job of a restorer that is tasked with identifying the alterations and fixing them appropriately.

This main idea pleasantly cloaks the gameplay concept: find the hidden object in a painting, sort of in a “one of things doesn’t belong” manner. A keen eye is helpful, because that laptop that is nestled in the 18th century art blends in very, very well. Some items are very subtly placed, and almost “natural” in appearance. The developer doesn’t rely only on era tricks, as one needs to look for other weirdness going on.


Basically, one has a limited amount of time to find all the variances, and then figure out how to fix them. “Reagent” is the tool that is used to identify something to be fixed, but one has to be careful, as applying reagent to the wrong spot catastrophically speeds up the clock. There are a limited amount of hints, and then one earns stars and cash based on performance… then, assuming one has all the clues needed, on to the next painting puzzle.

Puzzles are spaced out with the help of mini-games. these usually have an artsy feel to them, but are still interestingly varied.

The Hunt for Red Panda is a heady affair, what with the art lessons and breadth of content. It has a serious creative angle, if a bit short, but for premium title, it is easy to love.

Humble Mobile Bundle 19 Brings Premium Games for $1+

Humble Mobile Bundle 19 Brings Premium Games for $1+

Jul 27, 2016

Well, it’s about time…

Humble Mobile Bundle is back — in its 19th iteration, no less. The famed “pay what you want” alternative app distribution model is no stranger to putting out popular premium applications, and its current offering continue the trend. One can get great games for a good price AND support some worthy charities… all in one fell swoop.

So… what’s up for grabs this time?

For a dollar ($1), one can get:

  • Chameleon Run
  • Ys Chronicles II
  • Hitman GO

Pay more than the current average ($4.95 at the time of writing), one also gets:

  • Punch Club
  • Super Stickman Golf 3
  • …plus more games that will be added further into the promotion.

Ah… but what if one wants to go even bigger? Well, $6 unlocks all of the above, PLUS:

  • Dropsy
  • The Banner Saga

That is up to $33 worth of games for $6… or more. One can choose one of two provided charities, or pick one’s own to give to.

But alas! Great things don’t last forever. HMB 19 is on now, and runs on through August 8th.


[via Humble Mumble]
[Our Chameleon Run review]
[Our Super Stickman Golf 3 Review]

Zagrava’s ‘The Hunt for Red Panda’ Launches Today

Zagrava’s ‘The Hunt for Red Panda’ Launches Today

Jul 25, 2016

Zagrava Games has just dropped a new hidden object caper called The Hunt for Red Panda on Google Play.

Details (per the Play Store):
A devious vandal known as “Red Panda” has damaged the world’s most famous masterpieces — and only you, the Art Detective, can restore these renowned works to their original state! In this object-hunting adventure, visit museums around the world, follow Red Panda’s trail, and help the police capture this notorious criminal.

* Restore artistic masterpieces using 5 clever tools
* Visit 7 magnificent museums
* Search for unique hidden objects
* Learn about the world’s most famous works of art
* Enjoy more than 8 hours of gameplay

The game is available for $2.99 on Google Play; the trailer is below:

CallofCommander: Zombie Island Launches on Google Play

CallofCommander: Zombie Island Launches on Google Play

Jul 5, 2016

CallofCommander: Zombie Island is a new game from Magic Cube that just landed on Android.

Per Google Play, this one is feature-packed:

Call Of Commander meets a Zombie!
Magic Cube’s first zombie game since Infect Them All in 2013!

Sometimes human greed brings a terrible disaster.

A beautiful remote island, Sunshade.
There is the Nano Creature Tech corporation’s medical research facility that researches extending human life.
One morning, Laura, a researcher, runs into a guard on the way to her lab.
She says hello to the guard, but he ignores her greeting and bites her hand.

Five hours later,
Nano Creature Tech realizes that they’ve lost contact with the facility.
The corporation sends in a private mercenary squad “Metal Trooper” to the island to investigate the situation.
Mark, the commander of Metal Trooper, finds that the island is totally out of control, and then decides to rescue survivors and escape the island.

– Command all soldiers at once with simple swipe controls
– Upgrable 8 commanders with individual skills and strengths
– Various campaigns with various missions
– Expandable the size of a squad
– Infect system : Don’t let your soldiers turn into a zombie!
– Rescue system : Rescue a soldier being bitten before turning into a zombie!
– Hunger system : Take supplies to survive!
– Survival mode : Survive in a endless fight!
– Weather system : Various surroundings that affect combat
– Many map objects that can be used strategically
– Universal App
– Stunning pixel arts
– Realistic sound effects and BGM
– Various achievements and leaderboards
– Asynchronous multiplayer : Supports inviting a friend’s commander

The game costs $0.99, and has additional in-app purchases. Check out the trailer:

Phrase Shift Review

Phrase Shift Review

Jun 27, 2016

Phrase Shift is a peaceful game that manages to tease the brain and calm it simultaneously. The gentle blue motif is inviting that way, and the simple implementation of extra colors can’t be faulted.

It comes in three difficulty levels, all aptly named: Easy, Medium and Difficult.

The concept is deceptively simple. Each level is a self-contained puzzle; the phrase is built on words made from individual letter boxes, and each word has its own line. The idea is to read and comprehend the puzzle phrase, figure out the single word solution, and then create said word vertically by sliding the consisting hind words till the word is created.

The trick, obviously, is in finding the right answer. One has to know what to look for, and the way the puzzles are set up generally precludes guessing except for the simplest phrase puzzles in the easiest mode. Knowing how to spell is definitely a plus as well, because completion of a level is the key to a subsequent one.


When the right answer is selected, the word is highlighted in yellow, and one can move onto the next puzzle, and so on. For answers that are not immediately obvious, one can use a hint button to highlight one correct letter, and from there, one can hopefully glean the right answer.

The different difficulty levels are appropriately stocked, too.

The brilliance of the game lies in the quality of the puzzles and the way the words are laid out. The phrases themselves are easy to understand, and, depending on the level one is playing in, not easy to guess. Conversely, it takes a bit of doing to select the right bank of hint words, such that they contain letters that eventually can be borrowed from to build the right answer.

It is interesting fare, really; the puzzles are creative, and have a crossword feel to them. While the game is a lot of the same, the game seems especially suited to furtive batch play, and can serve as a brain soother.

Not bad for a self-contained, premium-priced game.