Fairbits Gaming, a new gaming startup released its first app today, cunningly named Fairbits. Fairbits in the words of its creators is “a virtual currency of luck based on simple game of chance. It is first-of-its-kind non-sleazy non-glittery casino app trying to appeal to a broader spectrum of social gamers”.
Fairbtis looks like another interesting asynchronous multiplayer experience and its bright colors and friendly graphics are easy on the eyes. Look for a review of this one sometime in the future!
Sunnycomb is an unusual combination of a world-wide crowd-sourced weather station and a social platform. Basically, you can post your weather, link a photo to it, and write a comment, and then other people can see it and comment on it themselves. Android app has just recently been released, and is available here: Sunnycomb on Google Play.
This new Star Trek game is a social role-playing game. Players will be able to scout the universe on a spaceship, meet all of the heroes from all editions of Star Trek universe, while getting into exciting adventures. More details about the game can be found here: Star Trek Timelines on Facebook.
Nextt, an app for making plans with friends, has been updated and released on Android. Designed to help friends make plans, turning them from ideas to actions, nwo it’s possible to make plans via a new Android app as well as the mobile web. Plus, with the Android launch comes new features: there’s a self-destruct feature for ideas that just don’t come together. Plus, there’s improved private messaging, and better notification options for those without Nextt accounts. Anything to get plans going! The app is now available on Google Play.
Ulocal is a social app that helps the tourists to connect with local guides. It allows the user to call and get the best advice for experiencing a city from the very people who live there. The app can be downloaded for free from here: Ulocal on Google Play.
The newly-released Friendly Quest is a simple game that asks you a series of question about your friends to see how good you know each other. The question range from simple to nigh-impossible. The game can be downloaded for free from here: Friend Quest on Google Play.
Brabble is a social app that allows users to share photos, videos, and texts. The users can send messages anonymously, or on the contrary – share them on their Twitter or Facebook. They can record audio from their phones, and of course, they can like others’ posts. It’s available for free from here: Brabble on Google Play.
Verby is a crossword-like word puzzle game that challenges the players to guess the correct word, using hints. It’s a fun, casual game that can be played with friends, and it’s available for free from here: Verby on Google Play.
YPlan is an app for all the socially active people, that helps with being socially active. The app collects data on all important tonight’s events in London and New York, and helps choose the best way of experiencing the evening. YPlan has already got a decent popularity on iOS, and now decided to expand on Android platform, so if you’re living in London or New York, you can download it for free from here: YPlan – New York and London On Google Play.
While not a game itself, Fobito will surely be comfortable in any gamer’s collection, as it allows its users to find new games and socialize themselves with other gamers much better. Or, you can wait for all eternity for Google to actually make its market comfortable for gaming enthusiasts. It’s totally free, by the way. Fobito can be downloaded from here: Fobito – Discover New Games! on Google Play
Secret Bear World is a pretty popular game/social network for the youngest, which stars cute, cuddly teddy-bears as they go exploring their cuddly island, meet other cuddly bears, and generally behave like cute, cuddly teddy-bears should. Well, some of them are probably a lot more cuddly than others, but I hope they’ll have some ways of dealing with that. It was existing as an in-browser application up to this day, but now it attempts to go stand-alone, and mobile. Kickstarter campaign is underway, attempting to collect a pretty significant amount of money for the development. If you want your kids to go social, you may participate and get some goodies later, if and when the game goes gold. Meanwhile, there are still no news about a social game for the grown-ups, where you get to play as actual bears. Secret Bear World Kickstarter Campaign
Visually, Pocket Planes will be a treat to retro gamers. It was sky monopoly cavorting furtively with 8-bit graphics; there was beauty in the simplicity of the layout. Even the sliding motion of the prominent-headed characters was an ode to simpler times. This game was as two-dimensional as it gets.
Unlike most mobile games I’m used to, Pocket Planes required me to sign in with my Facebook account or a Mobage account, and this hinted at the networking component of the game.
The premise of the game was straightforward. Flex your business muscle, display entrepreneurial acumen and build an empire in the sky. With eight regions to pick as my start point, the globe was well-represented. Basically, I had to ferry people and cargo and try to make a profit. The game started with an appreciated walkthrough, which further explained the how it was supposed to work. It sounded easy to set up waypoints and flip a dollar, but not all planes had the range or capacity to do all trips or to fly to every airport, and I had to plan accordingly.
What made the game an enjoyable challenge was how it made me an air traffic controller. I enjoyed the continual movement of the four initial aircraft I controlled, and I earned money to procure more plane slots, and also earned the power to purchase customizable panes and plane parts. I was also able to purchase airports, and different cities demanded different prices (the game all but sneered at me when I tried to get an airport in Chicago without checking the price early on). I stumbled across gifts too (like a plane body).
I liked the incorporation of leaderboards and social sharing; the BitBook was hilarious. In-app purchasing existed in the name of MobaCoins, and while it can expedite progress, playing through without cash is possible. At the time I played, 500 MobaCoins got me 1 Bux, and I even found that coins could be collected when watching my planes fly, albeit very slowly. The extras, things like Airpedia and the profit-helping logs were sweet cherries on top.
I felt the controls could have been a little clearer, as well as the process of building, selling and gifting planes and parts. Also, the process of spending accumulated rewards could have been a bit smoother. Notifications seemed a bit iffy at times.
Still, Pocket Planes easily makes into the hard-to-put-down category. For an airline management simulator, it did well to take a simple approach without being, well, simple. For some fun with retro graphics, recognizable sounds and a dash of adventure thrown in, I feel comfortable recommending it. You can play the lotto, or start working on owning a fleet of jumbo jets now.