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PolyGen Wallpaper Generator – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked November - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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What is PolyGen Wallpaper Generator?

PolyGen Wallpaper Generator does exactly what the title says it does. It generates wallpapers by using an algorithm that turns everything into polygons. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with no in app purchases.

The premise is actually pretty cool. What you do is load one of your images into the app and then it becomes “polygonified” (their word). This can create a modern and unique image that is perfect for use as a wallpaper. There are also a variety of other controls such as color, direction of color gradients, and contrast settings. You don’t need your own image if you don’t want it as the app can create its own colorful, polygon background with just a few settings tweaks.

Things that are bright and colorful are in style right now thanks to things like Material Design and a wallpaper generator like this does allow you to create your own modern and colorful wallpapers. You can choose all of the colors so it can also fit virtually any theme. The only downside is that if you don’t like polygonal art, you probably won’t like this at all.

PolyGen Wallpaper Generator review

Among the most fun you can have with Polygons outside of Minecraft.

PROS
  • Create your own wallpapers using color gradients and polygons.
  • Include your own photo and turn it into polygons.
  • Free with no in app purchases.
  • Works with almost any theme.
CONS
  • A little clunky and laggy for some people.
  • There are other apps like this that do other things.
  • For fans of polygons only.
7.0

It’s a little simple but an overall positive experience. PolyGen Wallpaper Generator is a fun way to create something a little fun and unique for yourself. IT is free to download and use so there is that too. It’s not perfect but that doesn’t mean it’s not any fun.

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Check out the previous indie app of the day: Rebirth of Fortune 2
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Rebirth of Fortune 2 – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

What is Rebirth of Fortune 2?

Rebirth of Fortune 2 is a tactical RPG similar to Final Fantasy Tactics or Vanguard Bandits. It’s has a lot of RPG characteristics but the mechanics play more like a game of chess. It’s currently $2.77 in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

Much like any other strategy RPG, you play as a group of characters who take to the battle field against a group of bad guys. You must strategically move your characters and attack the bad guys. The graphics are cleverly done 2D and the style of the graphics may very well lend to the notion that this is a Final Fantasy Tactics clone. There are 26 classes you can choose from and the game boasts over 1000 stages although we wouldn’t be surprised if many of those elements were recycled. Regardless, it’s a very long game.

Everything is pretty standard. The mechanics should be familiar to long time fans of the genre and easy to pick up for those who haven’t played games like this before. There are a host of characters and small story lines to play through. About the only thing that may ruin the experience is the stereotypical in-app purchase model as prices can range up to almost $100. We imagine a good number of those are to unlock things that are otherwise difficult to unlock even deep into the game.

Rebirth of Fortune 2 review

Over 1000 stages?!

PROS
  • There is a lot of content in this game including over 1000 stages and 26 character classes.
  • Decent graphics that are on par with some of the best titles in this genre.
  • Familiar game mechanics and game play will make fans of the genre feel right at home and it’s not hard to learn for beginners.
CONS
  • Google Play Games achievements and cloud saving would have been nice.
  • A more cohesive story line would have been a nice touch. As it stands, this is like a mix between Final Fantasy Tactics and Angry Birds.
7.5

Overall, this is a solid strategy RPG. The IAPs have the potential to ruin the game but you can play through it without them if you’re persistent and clever. If you’re interested, it’s $2.77 and the button is below.

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Check out the previous indie app of the day: Maps.Me Offline Maps
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Maps.Me Offline Maps – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked November - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

What is Maps.Me Offline Maps?

Maps.Me Offline Maps is pretty much what the name says it is. It is a navigation app where the biggest feature is the ability to download maps for offline use whenever you want. There is a free trial version in the Google Play Store and a paid version for $4.99.

The app is pretty easy to use. You select your region and download the maps that you need. There is no time limit on how long they stay there so you’ll have them whenever you want. Maps.Me touts 100% offline use so aside from actually downloading the maps, you don’t actually need a web connection to use this and that’ll probably make a lot of people happy.

In the free version, you just have access to the maps and the GPS will show you where you are on them. In the Pro version, you’ll also gain the ability to create routes, offline search, auto-follow mode, and bookmarking. You really can’t go wrong either way but do remember that the free version is a trial and is appropriately bottlenecked.

Maps.Me screenshot

A must have app for offline map users.

PROS
  • All maps are 100% offline. You have to download them but once you do, they’re accessed solely offline.
  • Offline map search, routing, and bookmarking are all very nifty features (Pro version only).
  • Easy to use and understand.
  • A lot offline map providers have weird policies and licenses and you usually have to buy things and it gets tedious and expensive. This app does none of those things.
CONS
  • A more traditional trial-buy paradigm might’ve been better. As it stands, it sits halfway between trial-buy and free/paid and that does confuse some people.
  • Some small issues have popped up here and there. A little inconvenient but nothing terrible.
8.0

Overall, this is a must have app for people who use offline maps frequently. This is also a great app to use on tablets where you usually only have Internet connections at home. The practical uses are virtually infinite. If you want to check it out, click the button below.

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Check out the previous indie app of the day: Tactics Maiden
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Tactics Maiden – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

What is Tactics Maiden

Tactics Maiden is a strategy RPG that closely resembles games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Shining Force. It relies strongly on character customization and strategy which makes it quite difficult. It’s free to download with in app purchases.

If you’ve played a Final Fantasy Tactics game or the old Shining Force games before then you know how this works. You have a set of characters you enter battle with. You move them around what is essentially a chess board and attack the enemy using attacks and spells. The game keeps things like animations light so the game play is actually fairly quick. There are also 36 character classes, five difficulty settings, and the graphics aren’t bad.

You get the first eight levels for free and you can unlock the rest of the game for $4.99 if you want to. The strategy elements require you to train your characters, switch them out, and use a variety of classes in every scenario. It’s also quite challenging and some people have never made it out of the first level. There is also a story line that you can follow along with.

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A solid tactical RGP.

PROS
  • Requires a lot of strategy and retooling of your group to win battles.
  • You can play the first 8 levels for free which is a generous portion of the game before you have to pay for it.
  • The mechanics and animation styles allow this to be a fast-paced game which is difficult to do in this genre.
  • Character customization, 36 classes, and the aforementioned strategy give you a lot of different ways to play this game.
  • The graphics are simple but they get the job done. There’s also a story line that contains over 80 scenarios total. It’s a long game.
CONS
  • May be too difficult for some casual gamers.
  • Google Play Games services, including achievements and cloud saving, would’ve been awesome.
8.0

Tactics Maiden is a solid offering in the tactical RPG space. It’s much more simple in terms of graphics and mechanics from similar, big name titles but it also manages to avoid falling into the same pitfalls like needlessly long attack animations that slow things down. Those who like these kinds of games will likely find it enjoyable and it’s free to download.

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Check out the previous indie app of the day: myFormula
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Fingr – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked November - 23 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Fingr review

What is Fingr?

Fingr is a new social network app that focuses on location-based chat. Unlike other social media apps and sites, Fingr relies on an open-forum style of communication. Think of it like a location-based Reddit. The app is currently free in the Google Play Store.

Here is the premise. Wherever you go, Fingr gives you the opportunity to communicate with other people who are there. It can be discussions about the place or event you’re attending or you can help get people caught up on what’s going on. You can interact with people in your general vicinity so you’re not locked to only talking to people from one specific location. The UI is heavily map based with some typical chat UI spread throughout.

There is a bit of a learning curve with this application because its advantages are not immediately obvious. Aside from location-based chatting, you can also do things like put together scavenger hunts of popular landmarks in the area, construct a travel guide for visitors, and even post lost pet fliers. It’s a little more deep than expected even if the most fun features are buried under the main premise.

It also relies on a point system to encourage people to become “bigger heroes”. This is Fingr’s way of rewarding people who engage with the app the most and help others engage better. It’s not a total waste of time because it also encourages people to expand the app and that helps get others involved.

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Yet another social network but this one can be useful.

PROS
  • Location-based, open-forum discussion eliminates the need for things like friends and followers.
  • Extra features like missing pet fliers, travel guide construction, and scavenger hunts are a nice touch.
  • It’s a free app and the UI looks good even if it’s a little cluttered.
  • The concept as a whole is interesting.
CONS
  • The UI is quite busy and it takes some getting used to.
  • Like all new social networks, you’ll have to bug people to to join with you so you have people to interact with.
6.5

Overall, it’s a fun experience if you have people active in your area. This is definitely one of those instances where you’ll have to convince some people to do join with you so you have something to do if your city doesn’t have a lot of active users. At least it’s free.

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Check out the previous indie app of the day: Oops! AppLock
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Oops AppLock – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

What is Oops AppLock?

Oops AppLock is a security application that allows you to lock applications and unlock them using a pattern code using your volume keys. It’s useful for those who may want to keep the kids or other people out of personal apps and adds a layer of security to your apps. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with no in app purchases.

This is one clever application. It shows up in your app drawer as K Note and when you open it, acts like a simple note taking app. However, you can set a password using your volume keys (the default is hitting the volume up key three times) to bypass the charade and get to the actual security app. From there you can manage which apps get locked and which apps do not. Each app can be assigned a key unlock which consists of up to four entries and uses your volume keys exclusively. Thus, you can lock your gallery app with volume down, up, down, up and then lock your messaging app with up, up, down, up.

To add to the trickery, you can have apps open to a fake splash screen if you so choose. This gives the app the appearance of being “stuck” when really it’s just waiting for you to unlock it. Thus, people who are trying to pry may think the phone just froze on them and stop attempting rather than try to crack a password they don’t know is there. You can customize the splash screen to other things to mess with people if you want.

oops applock review

Hilariously brilliant and effective.

PROS
  • The app is very clever and hides itself brilliantly.
  • Locks apps and requires the use of a password to unlock. Passwords are created by using the volume keys.
  • Tricks potential nosy people by fooling them into thinking the app is frozen when it’s really just waiting for a password.
  • Simple interface and controls are easy to learn once you navigate through the myriad of misdirects.
CONS
  • Thanks to its clever nature, this app may be downright confusing for some people.
  • Oops AppLock will likely drastically reduce the life expectancy of your volume rocker.
  • It’s a newer app so there are a few small bugs and issues here and there that still need to be resolved.
7.5

Overall, this app is both brilliant and hilariously effective. There are so many misdirects that it has managed to confuse some people who have downloaded it and installed it so make sure you read the FAQ on the Google Play Store description page. That way you know what’s going on. It’s free to use also and that’s always a plus.

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Check out the previous indie app of the day: Jet Run: City Defender
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Jet Run City Defender – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked November - 21 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

What is Jet Run City Defender?

Jet Run City Defender is an endless runner that features a lot of action, a more 3D look and feel, and some colorful graphics. It’s a little more action packed than your standard infinite runner and that makes it all the more challenging. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

The game immediately sets itself apart from other infinite runners thanks to its graphics and mechanics. On top of the standard infinite runner controls, there are also shooter controls so you can kill bad guys while you avoid obstacles. Thanks to some clever graphics design, the standard infinite runner control scheme (duck, jump, and dodging side to side) feels more fluid and is more enjoyable. The end result is a game that is virtually packed with action.

Underneath the unique premise is the standard infinite runner stuff. You collect medals to purchase upgrades and you can also buy them via in app purchases. There are high score leaderboards so you can compete with friends to see who can do better. Scores are based on enemies killed and distance. There are two ways of looking at this. It’s either a tired premise with a fresh coat of paint or a fresh game that relies on tired, old mechanics. Jet Run City Defender tries really hard not to be just another infinite runner but there are parts where it definitely is.

Jet Run City Defender review

It tries really hard not to be just another infinite runner.

PROS
  • Mixes infinite runner with shooter mechanics to add a fresh coat of paint to an old and played out genre.
  • A lot of action flanked by bright, colorful, and above average graphics.
  • Simple and familiar controls and mechanics will make fans of the genre feel right at home.
CONS
7.0

Overall, the game is enjoyable if you’re a fan of infinite runners although it’s hard to imagine this game drawing all that many new fans to the genre. It is free to play, the graphics really are quite good, and the shooter mechanism adds a bit of chaos and depth that typical infinite runners lack. However, at the end of the day, it is an infinite runner through and through.

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Check out the previous indie app of the day: Dangerous Ivan
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Nokia Z Launcher quick look! (video)

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


The Nokia Z Launcher was recently released in beta to the Google Play Store. It’s been met with mixed reviews and we thought that we would give it a try and see what we think. This is a quick look at the Nokia Z Launcher. If you would rather watch it instead of read it, the video is linked above.

Nokia Z Launcher quick look
The first thing you’ll notice about the Nokia Z Launcher is how clean it is. There aren’t any unnecessary widgets or controls to worry about. It is just this one home screen along with an app drawer and a fairly barebones settings menu.

On the home screen you’ll see a short list of the applications you use the most and, in some cases, the people you contact most frequently. Along the bottom is your standard dock with four shortcuts and the app drawer button. Finally, along the top, there is a scrollable clock widget. If you scroll to the right you’ll see your next upcoming calendar event and finally one more swipe brings you to the weather.

Nokia Z Launcher quick look
The hallmark feature of the Nokia Z Launcher is the gesture controls. It works by essentially combining your home screen with an app search function. You draw the first letter of the application you want and sometimes you may have to draw additional letters. The app then pops up and you open it.
The other big feature is that the Z Launcher learns what apps you like and shows them to you during different parts of the day. I’ve only had it a day so I couldn’t really test this one but contextual stuff is usually hit or miss so your results may vary.

In the app drawer you’ll find one big, long, alphabetized list of all of your applications. At the top you’ll see a gear symbol to get to the Z Launcher settings and an icon shortcut to take you to the Google Play Store and while it is a small thing, the Play Store shortcut is a nice touch.
Here’s the thing, folks, that’s really it. I can’t stress enough how minimal and easy-to-use this launcher really is and that is both its biggest strength and its greatest weakness. Thanks to its clean, small, minimal style, the launcher uses little memory and doing anything requires very little time or effort and we liked that a lot. Many launchers these days have a labyrinth of features and settings but Z Launcher keeps it simple.

Nokia Z Launcher quick look
However, it is a weakness as well. There aren’t a lot of features aside from the gesture control and the favorite apps functionality. The non-paginated app list can be a hassle to scroll through and more than once you’ll go to scroll on the home screen out of habit but end up drawing a letter instead.
Perhaps the worst part is that there isn’t anything to do. If you’re like me, you like to browse around your home screens and if an app or game catches your eye you’re like hell why not. With the Z Launcher, there is no browsing really. It’s meant to keep things quick and simple. The kind of people who will like this are people who are minimalists and who know what they want when they pick up their device.

Aside from that, I noticed no discernible battery drain. The performance was fantastic. I’ve heard that the performance isn’t so great on Lollipop but this is a beta so those people should relax. I really liked the three page, scrollable widget at the top of the home screen and the Google Play shortcut in the app drawer. The gesture controls are really fun once you get used to them and the favorite apps list on the home screen is off to a good start.

Nokia Z Launcher quick look
If you’re a fan of Nova Launcher, Action Launcher, Apex Launcher, etc and you like having all of those features and controls then you’re probably not going to like Z Launcher so much. If you’re looking for something smaller, more minimal, and something that stays out of your way unless you need it, Z Launcher may be for you. If you want to try it out, click the button below!
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Dangerous Ivan – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

What is Dangerous Ivan?

Dangerous Ivan is a 2D platformer and shooter where you play as a character named Ivan. You’ll regularly interact with bad guys, challenging platforms, bears, vodka, and other stuff. It’s currently free to play in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

The game is your classic 2D platformer with shooter elements. You’ll have to jump up and down various things, shoot bad guys (and bears), and avoid obstacles. The game play is a little slow but that actually comes in handy when things get a little chaotic. The graphics are bright, colorful, and give the illusion of 3D which makes the game look pretty good but not amazing.

There are two game modes: story and survival. In story mode you’ll break into a mansion and explore it. It’s a pretty typical premise with the usual array of traps and bad guys to avoid and kill respectively. There is Google Play Games support with leaderboards so you can go on speed runs and compete with your friends which adds a little bit of depth.

Survival mode is exactly what it sounds like. You’re put in a level and you must survive the endless waves of bad guys and obstacles for as long as possible. There are leaderboards for this as well for you Google Play Games users out there. Combined, the two modes make one enjoyable game that you shouldn’t feel too bad about wasting an afternoon playing.

Dangerous Ivan screenshot

It’s way more enjoyable if you read all the dialogue in a Russian accent.

PROS
  • Two modes: story and survival. They’re both fun.
  • Google Play Games services for those that enjoy that.
  • Simple graphics and mechanics (including on screen controls) make the game easy to pick up and play.
  • Small game (31MB) and what in app purchases it does have don’t cost more than $0.99
CONS
  • It’s slow and while that is an advantage during some parts of the game, it may be too slow for some people.
  • It’s new so there will almost certainly be a bug or two for some people.
7.0

Overall, it’s an enjoyable title. Obviously, if you don’t like 2D platformers then you won’t like this game either. Fans of the genre should enjoy it and the addition of Google Play Games services and survival mode add a bit of depth and replayability. It’s free so it doesn’t cost anything to check it out.

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Check out the last indie app of the day: Autumn Leaves in HD Live Wallpaper
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Autumn Leaves in HD Live Wallpaper – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked November - 19 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

What is Autumn Leaves in HD Live Wallpaper?

Autumn Leaves in HD Live Wallpaper is, obviously, a live wallpaper that shows you autumn leaves. It uses parallax effects along with your gyroscope and home screen scrolling to show you a bright, colorful autumn scene that look really good. There are free and paid versions in the Play Store. The paid version goes for $0.99.

It works like pretty much every other live wallpaper. You download it, install it, and then change your wallpaper to start it up. In the free version you get three background images and two foreground themes which lets you try out the app to see if you like it. The paid version contains nine background images and six foreground themes. The app also boasts being 100% ad free and requires no permissions to run in both the free and paid versions.

The live wallpaper itself is quite gorgeous. It uses a little bit of camera trickery, your gyroscope, and home button swiping to create a parallax effect that is surprisingly enjoyable. There is a gentle wind that will move the leaves for you which adds a sense of realism you don’t generally see even if other well done live wallpapers. Most of the effects can be adjusted in the settings on both the free and paid version.

Autumn Leaves in HD screenshot

Damn this is one sexy live wallpaper.

PROS
  • Gorgeous, high quality wallpaper.
  • Parallax effects are marvelous.
  • Free and paid version available. Neither one uses permissions.
  • Perfect for fans of autumn.
CONS
  • Not perfect if you don’t like autumn.
  • While it is beautiful, it is seasonal so by the time winter rolls around you’ll probably be looking for another wallpaper.
9.0

Overall, this I wish I had found this back when autumn first started. It’s a great wallpaper with amazing visuals, no permissions, and the free and paid versions both hold great value. There’s very little wrong with this app for most people. It’s a solid all around experience if you enjoy the colorful leaves of fall. You can pick up the free version by clicking the button and you can access the paid version by clicking here.

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Check out the last indie app of the day: Payback 2
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