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SkEye, the perfect companion app for any stargazer

Posted by wicked December - 31 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


Without a doubt, one of the most wonderful pieces of equipment a person can own is a telescope. For centuries, these optical devices have been used to bring objects afar close to both the eye and the soul. And, now that most of the gift-giving this holiday season has passed, you, like a few people I know, may have received one of these instruments.

I could spend pages talking about Newtonian reflectors or laser collimators, but this being Talk Android, I’d like to give you my review of an app I have used for a few years that has made stargazing incredibly fun and easy. The app is called SkEye and it brings a planetarium straight to your smartphone or tablet.

One of the most challenging things about astronomy is finding objects in the sky to look at. Assuming your equipment is set up the way it should be, how do you determine where your planets and other celestial bodies are located? This is the main problem SkEye sets out to resolve.

SkEye works by using your device’s sensors to determine where your phone’s back-side is pointed relative to the night sky. It uses a combination of three sensors: the gyroscope, accelerometer and the magnetometer. The app uses the sensors splendidly without much lag or jitteriness and, in my experience with the app across several versions of Android, custom ROMs, and different devices, SkEye has never had any issues with reliability in pinpointing where my smartphone has been aimed.

The most powerful feature of SkEye is its search-and-direct tool. Let’s say you really want to find Neptune in the night sky, but Neptune, unlike the closer planets, is fairly hard to distinguish from the millions of other twinkling stars in the night sky. Simply click the three vertical dots in the top right of the SkEye starmap and tap “Search” in the pop-up menu. From there, you can type in or find “Neptune”. You will then be re-directed to the starmap, with a bullseye reticle and arrow that will guide you to Neptune’s location in the sky. Hopefully it’s above the horizon!


If you’re just playing around without your telescope, you can also scroll around on the starmap to see where things are. This will disable the alignment to your phone so you can freely roam about. To get back to alignment mode, just click “Back” in the top left.

SkEye’s database on objects is immense. The free version contains all stars up to Mag 8 and approximately 200 NGCs, whereas the pro version contains all stars up to Mag 10 and all known NGCs and ICs. Both versions also include Messier objects. The app will even let you locate satellites and the International Space Station!

SkEye also offers the ability to change color themes to help your eyes better switch from your device’s screen back to your telescope. The night theme uses a red-light overlay, which is very easy on the eyes in the dark so readjustment is much quicker. A lot of objects you will look at through your telescope can be faint, so if you just got done looking at a bright smartphone screen, it can take quite a while for your eyes to readjust.


In closing, if you or someone you know got their hands on a telescope this holiday season, SkEye is definitely something you don’t want to pass up. There is a free version for the app or, if you want to support the developer and get some added goodies like the complete database, the pro version will run you $6.

Have fun out there and prepare to feel very tiny when you get your first look at Jupiter!

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Drunk Locker – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 26 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

What is Drunk Locker?

Drunk Locker is an app that does what your friends are supposed to do when you get drunk. You set it before you go out drinking and the app prevents you from posting to social media until after you’ve woken up. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store with no in app purchases.

The premise is very simple. The app locks six different social media platforms including Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr. Basically the six most likely places you will make social mistakes when drunk. You set the app to lock it for a specific amount of time and you absolutely cannot access those things until the timer is up.

The fun part is that this can be useful in other ways aside from being your personal censor when you’re too drunk. It’s also good for blocking social media while you’re studying and working or at school so it could be a legitimate productivity tool as well. The interface is very simple and consists of check boxes for the social networks, a drop down menu to choose how long you want it to work, and then the block button.

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I swear to officer, I’m not God, drunk!

  • Locks up to six social media sites to prevent you from going on them until the time limit is up.
  • Simple interface makes it almost impossible to not get right.
  • Free with no in app purchases.
  • Can be used for non-drunk reasons, such as blocking yourself from going to Facebook at work.
  • Powered by good intentions.
  • It’s a fairly new app which means there may be bugs to work out.
  • If your’e a particularly smart drunk person, you can just uninstall the app and get around it.
  • We wish it’d block more apps, like texting apps and messaging platforms (Hangouts, Whatsapp).

Overall, this is a very simple app that could be very useful depending on who you are and what kind of stuff you do. It is intended for those who get black out drunk and want to do say bad things on social media but it could be used for other, less inebriated reasons. It’s free to use so check it out!

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Snake Defender – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 25 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

What is Snake Defender?

Snake Defender is a spin off of the classic Snake game that we all used to play on the old Nokia phones. It features improved graphics along with some other extra features. It’s currenly free in the Google Play Store with in app purchases.

Pretty much everyone knows how Snake works but in case you don’t, Snake is a game where you must avoid walls, eat things, grow larger, and eventually the challenge is avoiding your longer body. Snake Defender takes this concept and turns it into an action game. You still “eat” things and grow larger, but now you’re firing various weapons at things while avoiding them. There is a campaign mode with ten missions, a classic mode, and an endless mode.

Along with the basic mechanics, you can also upgrade your snake to give it more powerful weapons and other special abilities. It comes complete with leaderboards and achievements which, while not essential, are nice to have. There are also three sets of controls so you can find the method that works best for you.

Snake Defender review

It’s like classic Snake but with a point.

  • Expands on the premise of Snake with better graphics, upgrades, and more control options.
  • Campaign mode, endless mode, and classic mode gives you choices on how to play.
  • Achievements and leaderboards are always welcome.
  • A few bugs reported here and there.
  • While it is based on the original Snake, the core mechanics have been changed too much to call this a successor to Snake.
  • As with most ‘time waster’ games, the repetitive nature of the game play will get boring eventually.

Snake Defender does have some bugs but most manage to push passed them. The upgrades, a campaign, achievements and leaderboards give the player plenty to do. However, at the end of the day, this is a time waster much like the game it is based on so make sure to curb your expectations accordingly.

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Shadowrun Dragonfall Director’s Cut – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 23 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

What is Shadowrun Dragonfall Director’s Cut

Shadowrun Dragonfall Director’s Cut is a game that is based on a tabletop RPG by the same name that was originally released in 1989 that had a number of video game that were released from 1993 to 2013. Shadowrun Dragonfall Director’s Cut combines fantasy, cyberpunk, and crime genres in a very unique way. It’s in the Google Play Store for $6.99.

The game is set up as a strategy RPG and thus retains many of the strategy RPG elements including game boards and mechanics. The game uses a mission structure where you must complete missions to advance the story. The game features a classless growth system based on skill points so you can grow your team as you choose and a full story with five additional missions and alternate endings.

The graphics and sound are surprisingly good for how old this game is. The developers have redesigned pretty much every aspect of the title from its earlier incarnations and pretty much all of the redesigns took the game in a positive direction. It is story driven and you play in a dystopian society where crime is rampant and companies go unregulated. You play as a team of shadowrunners who do jobs and earn a payday but put that on hold to deal with a deadly threat.

Shadowrun Dragonfall DC review

One hell of a game.

  • After 25 years, the premise of ‘tech meets magic’ is still just as enjoyable as ever.
  • Plenty of missions, content, alternate endings, and more to keep players engaged.
  • Unique strategy RPG mechanic where you upgrade your team using skill points instead of classes.
  • Above average graphics and sound.
  • It’s a game worthy of the name.
  • If you didn’t like strategy RPGs before, you probably won’t like them now.
  • No demo, so make sure you try it out inside of the refund time.
  • Some bugs and crashes have been reported.
  • There’s a learning curve.

Overall, this is definitely something a little bit different. The high fantasy elements of elves and goblins are present and the mechanics are the familiar strategy RPG that most people know. That all contrasts nicely with the cyberpunk elements and customized character development. $6.99 may seem a tad expensive but this is a complete game and there are no in app purchases.

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Alongways – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 22 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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What is Alongways?

Alongways is a sort of navigation app that acts as a tag-along to your regular navigation app. Most navigation apps focus on the point A to point B drive while Alongways focuses on all the places between. It’s currently $0.99 in the Google Play Store.

Here’s how it works. You input the starting point and the ending point. Alongways then finds all the places you can stop between those two destinations. It also helps you find reviews, contact information, and other information about the establishments so you can make plans to stop there. This can be very helpful for longer road trips where stopping will not only be necessary but essential although it loses a lot of its functionality if you end up flying somewhere instead.

Some of the use cases the developer mentions includes finding pet friendly hotels between your starting and ending point so you can find a place that will let you have your pet in the room. You can also look for restaurants, places to park things like RVs, gas stations, rest stops, and even some tourist attractions. Other functionality includes bookmarking your favorite places if you take frequent road trips to the same place and adding way-points to your navigation so you get directions to each establishment.

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A good addition to your adventure.

  • Helps you find stops on your trip for fun, rest, food, or gas based on criteria you need.
  • Simple design makes it easy to use.
  • Bookmarking favorite spots and way-points are a nice touch.
  • Works great for holiday road trips, travelers, and truckers.
  • Also helps find contact info, directions, and reviews about places where you plan to stop.
  • A demo version would have been nice.
  • Probably won’t replace Google Maps or HERE Maps as a main source of navigation.

Overall, this is a nifty little app. It likely won’t displace Google Maps or HERE Maps in terms of pure functionality but it’s a nice addition to your navigation set up. Especially for people who want to find out-of-the-way places or those who travel with some restrictions like pets.

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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.

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Simple and stylish.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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Simple, satirical fun.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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Not a bad way to consolidate.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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