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Project Steal – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 21 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

What is Project Steal?

Project Steal is a 2D action platformer with some 3D graphics. You play as a robber who wants to steal from a bunch of vaults but first you’ll have to make it through the puzzles, traps, and guards. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

The premise of the game is very simple. You are a robber and the level is essentially you making it passed security to get through, and then rob from, the vault. The mechanics are classic 2D action platformer but the graphics are actually 3D which gives the game a good look which works surprisingly well with its simple game play. On top of the platformer stuff, you’ll have an assortment of weapons to use against the guards and, of course, some puzzles and deadly obstacles to overcome.

The controls come in the form of four buttons that adorn the bottom of the screen. On the left side is your left and right buttons and on the right side is fire and jump. The developers made them slightly transparent so you can still see behind them and they’re also themed well with the rest of the information posted on the screen.

Project Steal screenshot

Simple and stylish.

PROS
  • 45 ‘vaults’ to play through which is a good amount for a freemium game.
  • 2D game play mixed with 3D graphics gives the game a sophisticated feel over all-2D platformers.
  • Weapons, guards, obstacles, and traps work together to make the game challenging in a fun way.
  • The game mechanics and control scheme are easy to figure out and use.
CONS
  • The story line is weak. You’re a robber trying to rob vaults and that’s really all you need to know.
  • We felt like there could’ve been ‘more’ here. More action and more stuff to do.
  • No Google Play Games services.
7.5

Overall, this is a solid little platformer. There are 45 “vaults” (levels) to play through which isn’t bad considering the game is free to play. The in app purchase is nothing more than a single purchase to remove advertising which isn’t bad at all. Click the button below if you want to try it for yourself.

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Bitcoin Blaster – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Bitcoin Blaster review

What is Bitcoin Blaster?

Bitcoin Blaster is a shooting game where you play as Uncle Sam and you shoot bad guys. The bad guys are the Bitcoin Army and it’s your job to prevent them from taking over the White House. The game is currently free with no in app purchases.

During the game you sit in a turret that is mounted on the side of the White House. You then shoot real money at the Bitcoin army as they advance. Every now and then, an eagle will fly onto the screen with a power up of some kind. You lose the game when your health hits zero. The mechanics are easy enough. You hold down on the screen to start shooting (don’t worry, you have infinite ammo) and drag your finger to aim.

There are achievements and leaderboards in the game but unfortunately they aren’t Google Play Games supported. In the menus, you also have access to thinks like the game’s sound track and various sound effects and voice overs. The graphics for Bitcoin Blaster aren’t amazing but the menus actually really good and the game play graphics aren’t half bad. There are also 4 different levels.

Bitcoin Blaster screenshot

Simple, satirical fun.

PROS
  • The game play mechanics are very simple. Hold to shoot, drag to aim.
  • Free with no in app purchases.
  • The satire of Uncle Sam shooting bitcoin people with real money is hilarious.
  • Leaderboards and achievements help keep the game interesting.
  • The menus in this game are awesome.
CONS
  • Like most time wasters, repetition will eventually render this game boring. Enjoy it while you can.
  • The achievements and leaderboards aren’t Google Play Services supported.
  • The satire may go over some heads.
7.5

Overall, this is a fun little time waster. It’s nothing too special but it is easy to play and it does have a lot of personality with a little bit of satire thrown in. It’s also totally free and that helps too. Check it out if you’re interested!

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The Sleeping Prince – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

What is The Sleeping Prince?

The Sleeping Prince is a platform action game with a unique set of physics. You play as a sleeping prince named Prince Perilous who sleeps through the entire adventure and you must throw him around to slay bad guys and save the kingdom. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store on a promotional basis but eventually it’ll be a paid app with an undetermined price.

In most cases, the game feels and acts like and action platformer. You jump around, beat up bad guys, solve puzzles and collect various items and gems to collect points, unlock levels, and purchase upgrades. The catch is that guy you play is stone cold asleep and instead of running and jumping, you’re flinging this dude’s unconscious body around every level. Think of it like Sheriff Woody from Toy Story when the kid is in the room and throwing him around. That’s what this game is like.

There are 40 levels that are filled with items, puzzles, and bad guys. The flinging physics are a fun and hilarious take on the action platformer and forces players to look at the genre from a different perspective which is nice. The game does work offline which is a nice touch for those of you who need that.

The Sleeping Prince screenshot

It’s like you’re Andy and the sleeping prince is Woody.

PROS
  • A different take on the 2D action platformer genre with rag doll physics and fling commands instead of running and jumping.
  • The developer actually removed the in app purchases and plans to make this a paid game but at the time of this review, it’s free.
  • 40 levels, unlockable items and upgrades, and various in-level challenges make this game feel more complete.
  • The graphics are colorful and decent.
CONS
  • There are some bugs and issues reported here and there as usual. Nothing serious but it’s worth noting.
  • The game can be played offline if you really want it to, but it’ll bug you about going online and that’s occasionally annoying.
8.0

Overall, this is a goofy little platformer that provides something a little bit different. There was something a little macabre about throwing a sleeping guy around and using his inert body as a weapon but it’s a feeling that quickly passes and turns into fun. It is currently free but it won’t stay that way forever so you’ll have to check and see what the price is for you.

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All In One Notes, Check, Lock – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

All In One Notes Check Lock review

What is All In One Notes, Check, Lock?

All In One Notes, Check, Lock is, as the name says, an all in one app that combines note taking, password management, and checklist into one application. It’s a great way to cut down on the clutter in your app drawer if you use these kinds of things but you only need something simple. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with no in app purchases.

The main draw of an app like All In One Notes, Check, Lock is the ability to consolidate a lot of stuff into one place and this app certainly does that. With it you can take down notes in a style not unlike Google Keep even if it’s a little less well designed. The checklist feature is about as simple as you can find and lets you create a list and check items off of it. The password locker is also fairly simple. You can store passwords and then organize them by category if you so choose. It’s also worth noting that the password locker section of the app is locked by a password you choose.

The design is a little old school and that may polarize some people. It doesn’t adhere to practically any of the Android design guidelines and while that’s not inherently bad, there are people who intentionally stray away from such apps. That said the interface is colorful and straight forward. No one should be getting lost here and everything is set up in a way to make everything else easy to find and that includes the various settings and share buttons.

All In One Notes Check Lock screenshot

Not a bad way to consolidate.

PROS
  • Puts note taking, checklists, and password management into one app.
  • Colorful and simple interface makes it almost impossible to get lost in the app.
  • Each individual piece of this app has a decent set of features and should be good enough for casual users.
  • Free with no ads or in app purchases.
  • Password Manager is locked with a password. That’s always good.
CONS
  • The design is hit and miss. Some may like it but #holoyolo or #materiyolo fans will probably hate it.
  • The feature set is very good, but heavy users may need the functionality provided by individual apps.
  • It’s a new app with only a few reviews which means there are almost certainly bugs and issues that haven’t been reported yet.
7.0

Overall, this seems like a solid, simple app for people who use these kinds of things but don’t want anything complicated. Obviously apps like Google Keep, mSecure, etc are all better at their respective jobs, but not everyone needs all that functionality and not everyone wants to carry around two or three apps. If you’re one of those people, this app may be for you.

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Goblins Problems – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 14 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

What is Goblins Problems?

Goblins Problems is a wave-based hack and slash game. You start from wave one and kill a bunch of goblins until you make it to the next wave then wash, rinse, and repeat until you die. It’s currently free with no in app purchases in the Google Play Store.

The game is pretty simple. You play as a knight and you bash the nonsense out of some goblins. They come at you from all directions so each wave is spend essentially spinning in circles and attacking. The mechanics are simple and are almost fun but there are occasional hiccups and button presses that don’t register. That gets frustrating pretty quickly but otherwise everything seems to work as expected.

After each wave you’ll get to use the gold you collected to upgrade your knight. You can upgrade health, defense, attack, and various peripheral stats like critical hit chance. There are also some active abilities like archers that will kill a few bad guys that are in your general vicinity if you start getting overwhelmed. There is also a built-in leaderboard.

Goblins Problems screenshot

It has the bones of a fun game.

PROS
  • Simple hack and slash mechanics make this game easy to play for casual gamers.
  • Upgrades and built-in leaderboard add some motivation for the player to keep playing.
  • The graphics are pretty decent and adjustable if your device can’t handle them.
  • Free with no in app purchases, advertising, and even requires no permissions.
CONS
  • This game drastically needs something to keep the gamer engaged. The baseline experience is good but there is little motivation to keep playing aside from upgrading.
  • There are some bugs here and there, namely in game play.
  • This game really could have used some love from Google Play Games services.
6.0

This has the bones of a fun, casual hack and slash game. The graphics are decent enough and the mechanics are simple enough but the game just doesn’t have that fullness that others have. Google Play Games services would have been nice for both leaderboards and achievements. Even a rudimentary story line would have helped move things along and motivate the player. As it stands, it’s a great effort for its price and a good game to kill a few minutes but we imagine most will move one before too long. It is free with no in app purchases if you want to try it out.

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Check out the previous indie app of the day: Last Hope Zombie Sniper 3D
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Last Hope Zombie Sniper 3D – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 13 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Last Hope Zombie Sniper 3D review

What is Last Hope Zombie Sniper 3D?

Last Hope Zombie Sniper 3D is a zombie shooting game that features, you guessed it, sniper rifles. It’s a “stand in one spot and shoot” kind of game where you must fend off the zombies before they make it to your position and kill you. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

The premise of Last Hope Zombie Sniper 3D is simple. You are defending your spot from a zombie horde and you must kill them with your trusty sniper rifle. It progresses at a decent speed so you don’t get overwhelmed too quickly and the mechanics are about as solid as you can expect for a shooter on a touchscreen. As you play, you can upgrade your weapons. The goals of each level and game mode vary but they all revolve around the central idea of shooting zombies with sniper rifles. The game also has unlockable items and talents to help you along and there are various kinds of zombies.

The graphics are actually pretty decent. You’d expect a game with a simple premise to skimp here and while the graphics won’t win any awards, they are definitely more than we’re used to seeing in casual games. There are Google Play Games achievements as well as cloud saving and leaderboards and those are great additions to help motivate the player. The in app purchases are pretty typical “play to win” style but you can get by without them.

Last Hope Zombie Sniper 3D screenshot

A casual zombie shooting game.

PROS
  • Easy premise and mechanics make the game accessible even to casual gamers.
  • Lots of content including unlockable weapons, items, and talents to keep things feeling fresh.
  • Various game play modes and goals also helps keep things fresh.
  • Google Play games achievements, leaderboards, and cloud saves.
  • Free to play and the IAPs are generally inoffensive.
CONS
  • It does require a lot of grinding to get the better weapons. That can get boring.
  • Plays more like a casual game than anything else. People who want riveting story or complex game play may want to look elsewhere.
5.0

Last Hope Zombie Sniper 3D is a pretty decent little casual game. The developer has put a lot of content here and as long as you don’t get bored with shooting zombies then you should be able to enjoy this game for a while. It’s free to play so there’s no harm in checking it out.

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AutoMath Photo Calculator – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

What is AutoMath Photo Calculator?

AutoMath Photo Calculator is a mathematics application that allows you to take pictures of a problem. Once you’ve taken a picture, the app then solves the problem for you and provides you with steps on how to solve the problem. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store.

Here’s how AutoMath Photo Calculator works. It opens to a camera view that is highly cropped. You put the problem on camera and snap a picture. From there, the application attempts to solve the problem, give you the answer, and provide you with a list of steps on how to obtain the answer. There are a number of mathematical functions built in (250+) and includes some study guides like step-by-step tutorials. It also works entirely offline so you don’t need a network connection.

Unfortunately, the app has run into a lot of snags. People have complained about not being able to get it to work on their devices because their cameras cannot focus or get the whole problem in the cropped box. We didn’t have a problem getting simple stuff to work but the more complicated (and longer) math problems did present an issue. It’s also worth noting that this works best with typed problems. Taking pictures of hand-written problems requires above average penmanship so if you try this at home, make sure you write the problems as neatly as possible.

automath photo calculator screenshot

It’s almost there.

PROS
  • It can’t do the super complicated math stuff, but the simple and intermediate stuff it seems to handle generally well.
  • Works offline. No internet connection required.
  • Free with no in app purchases.
  • Step-by-step instructions show how the app gets its answer which can make for a great study aid.
CONS
  • The app needs a lot of work. This is a good start but there’s a long way to go.
  • Handwritten problems are hit or miss. You’ll need above average penmanship to get the app to recognize your problems if you write them.
  • A lot of people have expressed that they had issues getting their camera to focus.
  • In many cases, it’s faster to do the math yourself.
6.0

Overall, the app is almost useful. It’s a solid premise and would make as a great study tool although we all know that most kids would use an app like this to avoid doing the math themselves. If the developer can work out the kinks, there is a really useful app hidden in here. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of issues. Thankfully, it is totally free so if you want to try it for yourself, click the button below.

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Godus – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

What is Godus?

Godus is a mixture of a simulation game and a god-mode game. You play God as you sculpt a world, help people develop, and do other God-like things. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

Here’s how Godus works. You play as God but unlike games like Black and White where you have an avatar that carries out your commands, you do everything yourself by hand in a truly omnipresent fashion. You can do things like change the landscape and create mountains and water where there weren’t those things before. There is a sort of sandbox element as well because the whole world is accessible to you. There are also people that kind of do what they want but you can guide them along as you so choose.

It’s definitely something a little bit different. There are a lot of simulation elements because you can control pretty much everything but it’s also one of those games that plays itself because you can choose to do very little. The graphics are pretty decent and they’re also built in such a way that they serve a purpose which was pretty cool. The world has a topographical map look and you use that feel to alter the world as you see fit.

Godus screenshot

A little bit Sims and a little bit Black and White.

PROS
  • There is a lot to do in this game and it’s pretty much all optional.
  • Free to play and the in app purchases aren’t nearly as obnoxious as many casual games.
  • Easy mechanics allow you to enjoy the content without figuring out how to play the game.
  • Comes complete with a large world that can be edited in its entirety.
  • Decent graphics and sound along with Google Play Games services make the game feel more complete.
CONS
  • It’s still buggy for a lot of folks but it’s new so that’s expected.
  • If you don’t like sim games, casual games, or god-mode games, you probably won’t like this.
  • Can take a long time to load even on newer devices.
8.0

Godus is definitely something simulation fans and casual gaming fans can enjoy. It’s a more relaxing sort of game because there isn’t the pressure of imposed time limits or level-based game play. There are the smaller things like Google Play Games services which only add depth to the game. It’s free to play so it won’t cost you anything to try it out.

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Food Battle – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Food Battle review

What is Food Battle?

Food Battle is a very quirky mixture of your classic casual “3-star” style game combined with hack and slash, adventure-oriented game play. It also employs a lot humorous and occasionally vulgar situations which give this game a different sort of casual gaming feel. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

Here’s how Food Battle works. It uses the same sort of level-based, star-based game play that you’re used to from games like Angry Birds. Each level is a short adventure quest where you must do battle with various types of mutant donuts by hacking them to pieces with a sword. The game play mechanics are fairly straight forward and no one should have trouble learning how this game works. Each level contains 3-stars including a star that’s usually easy to find while the other two are generally better hidden. Once you get to the fat guy, you can exit the level.

During the game you accumulate coins which can be used to upgrade weapons and buy more weapons such as burrito bombs and the taquito gun. Of course, they all require various ingredients that are found throughout the game or you can buy them with real world money if you so choose. The whole game is wrapped up in a goofy story of a bunch of mutant donuts that have kidnapped all of your friends.

Food Battle screenshot

A different kind of casual.

PROS
  • Combines the comfortable 3-star idea with a light hack and slash concept which was surprisingly fun for a casual game.
  • Goofy story with some witty (and sometimes vulgar) banter makes the game feel more adult than other casual games. It was also pretty funny.
  • The graphics and music aren’t amazing but they get the job done and look pretty good.
  • Food Battle has an actual story line complete with plot twists which is more than expected out of a casual game.
CONS
  • It tries really hard not to be just another ‘pay to win’ casual game (for which Smosh deserves credit) but in a few areas, like in app purchases, it still is.
  • Some crashes and bugs have been reported.
  • No Google+ sign in and no Google Play Games.
7.5

Overall, it’s a fun little time waster. There is more substance here than most tap-to-play casual games. However, it is still a tap-to-play casual game and thus has many of the pitfalls that the others do, including pay-to-win in app purchase mechanics and the need to grind will make the game feel repetitive. That said, the story is fun and funny and it’s still worth a shot.

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Tilt Scroll – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

What is Tilt Scroll?

Tilt Scroll is a root application that allows you to scroll things on your Android device without actually touching the screen. Think of it like a non-Touchwiz version of Smart Scroll on Samsung phones. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with an in app purchase that costs $1.79.

The app premise is fairly easy to understand. It allows you to scroll things on your screen without actually touching your phone. It does this by utilizing the gyroscope in your device. When you tilt it, it scrolls. It’s a function that can be turned on and off at will so you can scroll normally if need be. The free version comes with features like scrolling vertically and horizontally, the ability to select a scrolling area when multiple scroll areas are present on screen, and various activation methods. There are also no ads.

In the paid version you can adjust the speed of the scroll as well as the acceleration and deceleration of the scroll and you’ll get an automatic and manual mode which affect how the tilt behaves under certain situations. You can also scroll directly to the top or bottom of a page by using the volume buttons. About the only hangup is that you do need root for this app and, of course, an accelerometer in your device.

Tilt Scroll screenshot

A good substitute for Samsung’s Smart Scroll.

PROS
  • The app does what it says it does. It allows you to scroll by tilting your device.
  • Supports horizontal and vertical scrolling.
  • Tilt Scroll has a surprising amount of customization.
  • The free version isn’t bottlenecked like many free versions of paid apps.
CONS
  • There are some bugs and issues here and there, according to user reviews.
  • You have to have root. This is hardly the developer’s fault but non root users can’t use this at all.
7.5

Overall, it’s a fun and functional little app. It’s not totally game changing and there are some bugs and minor issues here and there but the developer has been good about responding to issues and releasing updates. If you’ve always wanted the Smart Scroll functionality that Samsung phones have and you’re rooted, then this is something to check out.

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