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BBM update: customizable PIN, Android Wear support

Posted by wicked March - 2 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

For the 10 people (okay, maybe 20) who still have a Blackberry among your contacts, having a Blackberry Messenger is still very much convenient way of communicating with the rest of the Android, Windows or iOS people. The latest update for their BBM for Android app brings more customizable options as well as support for those who have Android Wear smartwatches.

One feature that has been constantly requested by users is the ability to customize their BBM Pin instead of the just random numbers and letters that currently make up your unique pin. So now if you upgrade to the latest version of the BBM App, you can make your own 6-8 digit alphanumeric code, provided you’re willing to shell out $1.99 per month which you can do so in the BBM Shop. Well, if you have extra money just lying around idle per month, then this would be worth it to have that 666DEV PIN you’ve always wanted to have (provided no one has beaten you to it yet).

Another major update is that the new BBM also now has support for Android Wear. If you have a smartwatch using this platform, you’ll now be able to see notifications, preview the message, and see who it is coming from. You can also read the messages and even respond to them with pre-defined messages or using Google Now for a hands-free option. If people are still sending you BBM invites, you can also accept them through your smartwatch.

Other new features in the app is the addition of multiple BBM channel contributors and sharing photos in group chats. The update will be rolling out to users starting tomorrow so be a little patient if you don’t see it yet on your BBM.

SOURCE: Blackberry

Be the King of Thieves in Zeptolab’s latest on Amazon Appstore

Posted by wicked March - 2 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Zeptolab, developer of the very popular and addicting Cut the Rope game, has just released a new game on the Amazon Appstore. King of Thieves is a new game that allows the (un)hero to steal gold, gems, and other shiny things from other players to win the game and become the richest thief. Don’t take this game seriously though because the “stealing” and “looting” are all just for fun. It will teach you how to defend your loot and watch out for other thieves getting into the dungeons and traps you designed yourself.

You can play with other players form all over the world. Be the best thief to be hailed the King of Thieves. You are called to claim the throne by competing with rivals and leaving them on the bottom of the leaderboards. You can be King by getting crafty and creative in making outfits for your character. If you want to be the King of Thieves, at least you gotta try by looking like one first.

King of Thieves will allow the player to travel and explore through 80 single-mode levels. You’ll be able to test your agility with this game and ironically, learn camaraderie by finding reliable allies. You still need friends to go against those guilds of thieves anyway.

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Madfinger announces zombie shooter called “Unkilled”

Posted by wicked March - 2 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Considering that the outfit almost exclusively puts out zombie games, it’s not at all surprising that Madfinger has come out with a zombie shooter as its next title. The game is called “Unkilled” and it features great quality visuals, something of a trademark from Madfinger’s games. Hopefully the game is as addictive and engaging as they tout it to be.

Unkilled’s milieu is set in post-apocalyptic New York after an outbreak that triggered the zombie apocalypse. This is par for the course with zombie stories, and while there is very little effort to set a new story, what else is there to change? It will come as a relief that the game has an elaborate story, else gamers might just have had enough with the old recipe.

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Madfinger has not released a full list of features just yet, so prospective gamers and downloaders of this game will have to be satisfied with the trailer that you can view below. The developers are promising hundreds of player missions which can be accessed from the game map. We hope that the gameplay is not burdened by lots of IAPs though.

So, are you up for another zombie shooter? View the trailer and tell us what you think of this new game from Madfinger.

SOURCE: Madfinger

Stickman Tennis 2015 arrives for Android, tests your gaming skills

Posted by wicked March - 2 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

If you’re a little turned off by the title “Stickman Tennis 2015”, we highly suggest that you reserve your gaming judgment after you’ve tried the game. Stickman Tennis is already an accomplished title out of iOS and is acclaimed for its gaming qualities. This new title from Djinnworks is not your typical serve-and-smash tennis game – it’s actually very challenging and enjoyable.

We actually bet that you’ll be mildly surprised – in a good way – at Stickman Tennis 2015. Upon your first few games, you will notice that all the elements of a great sports game are here. The user controls the character with an on-screen joystick and three buttons for different types of shots –topspin, slice, and lob. The direction of your shots is controlled with the joystick. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, try it out and you’ll see that pulling off winners is quite challenging.

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Once you get used to it though, you will be doing fist pumps like any Wimbledon champion as you pull off amazing cross-court shots, down the line passing shots and delicate lobs. You can then upgrade the skills of your player with the XP that you collect throughout the game.

Be prepared, Stickman Tennis is a challenging game – even the easy levels will have opponents that you won’t beat so easily. It’s a great game to be engaged in. Best of all, it’s a free download via the Google Play Store (see source link below). You will have the option to pay USD$0.99 to remove the ads. There are also IAPs for some game boosts.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

Level Up! The “Coming Soon” Edition

Posted by wicked February - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Greetings Gamers! It’s been a while since we last had our weekly Android gaming recap and while there have indeed been a ton of new and updated games that have come our way, this time around, we’re taking a different route. This time, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the games that have yet to come our way, very soon or not so soon, especially those from the big names in the industry. So get your pens and wishlists ready for this edition of Level Up, the ghost of games yet to come!

Final Fantasy Record Keeper (Square Enxi, DeNA)

We’re starting off with a heavyweight immediately, because what could be heavier than the combine names of Square Enix and Final Fantasy. While the revered JRPG franchise has already made its way to mobile, from the very first all the way up to the sixth, even including FF IV The After Years, Record Keeper will still be a blockbuster. Sort of. That’s because the game will let you experience again, or for the first time, the most memorable moments and characters of the entire Final Fantasy franchise. Now, before you start hyperventilating about seeing Cloud in all his 3D glory, be aware that this game will reduce all, and we do mean all, FF characters into pixelated versions of themselves. But if you’re up for a walk down memory lane, whatever the graphics, then Record Keeper might have something for you.

Gameplay-wise, Square Enix isn’t revealing much aside from the fact that it uses the somewhat turn-based Active Time Battle system. Players will half to fight their way through key moments in Final Fantasy history. It will be interesting to see how they have all lumped them together into a coherent tale.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper is set to launch sometime in Spring this year. The game will be free to play but, since DeNA is involved (and we’ll see it again later), there might be some in-app purchases, contrary to Square Enix’s usual setup.

Call of Champions (Spacetime Studios)

There was a time when Spacetime Studios was the studio for mobile games, particularly because of how it blazed the trail of MMORPG-like games like Pocket Legends and Space Legends. The studio came upon hard times and recently announced that, while most of its online mobile games will continue running, they will no longer be updated. The studio is refocusing its resources to an upcoming game that it just announced: Call of Champions.

As the name might hint, this game is unabashedly a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena or MOBA. But do not be too quick to judge the game by its genre. Spacetime Studio claims to have ripped apart the MOBA idea and put it back together with the elements that make sense for mobile gaming. For example, you get only 5 minute skirmishes, which might be perfect for a coffee break. Heroes come fully equipped with the skills that you give them outside of battle, so that you don’t waste time trying to unlock those within the 5 minute limit. Of course, you still get to customize your characters and get some epic loot.

The game does have some unique features, like an “Orb of Death” that you can push to your enemy’s base for victory. Sort of like reverse football. As for heroes, there are 8 realms, each with 5 classes, giving you a total of 40 to choose from. The game will launch sometime this year for free but, given the nature of the game, do expect lots of IAPs.

Marvel Mighty Heroes (Marvel)

What if, instead of dishing it out on others, you dish it out *with* others? If teamwork is the name of your game, then Marvel’s upcoming game might be more to your taste. Partnering with DeNA (yep, it’s them again) this time around, Marvel is taking a different approach than what it did with Contest of Champions. “Chibi” characters, cooperative gameplay, and a lot more heroes and villains to fill your team. Marvel isn’t saying much about the game just yet, but expect it to explode into Android sometime this year.

Read our write-up of Marvel Mighty Heroes

Stan Lee’s Hero Command (F84 Games)

What if you’re tired of the popular guys and gals in masks and spandex? Well, good old Stan Lee has just the thing for you. From the creative mind that gave birth to Spider-man and a whole host of other comicbook characters, most of them from Marvel, comes Hero Command. Stan Lee’s, of course. This mobile game, which will be even more cutesy than Marvel Mighty Heroes, puts you in the shoes of superheroes you’ve never heard before, battling villains you never knew existed. These new characters have been lovingly crafted by Stan Lee himself just for this game, so don’t be surprised if you don’t recognize anyone. But then, that’s the entire point of this fresh, new, and probably comical superhero game.

This game doesn’t come from Marvel’s shelves but from a relatively less known studio named F84 Games. Stan Lee’s Hero Command will launch in just a few weeks, so be sure to check it out when it does.

Wrap-up

That’s just the tip of the iceberg of games coming to us this year. But while we wait for these titles to appear on Google Play Store, don’t forget to join us at our MWC 2015 tag portal for next week’s coverage of the biggest smartphone show of the year!

Wake up to your favorite music with Radio Alarm Clock

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

The beloved Internet sentiment “the struggle is real” is very very real for people who have a hard time waking up in the mornings (or when they’re supposed to). Countless social media posts have been written about the battle between sleepy person and their alarm clock. Numerous tips and tricks have been shared on how to beat it, live with it, obey it. A new app for Android devices will help you with this struggle by letting you wake up to your choice of sounds.

Radio Alarm Clock, as you may surmise from its name, is an app that promises to get you out of bed to the music or sounds that you actually like. Whether it is your favorite Internet radio station or actual mp3s from your smartphone, you will be serenaded by your favorite song or you can choose the most annoying music so that you’ll get out of bed quicker just to kill your alarm. But if it is your favorite song or genre you’re waking up to, with just one swipe, your phone can continue playing the music.

The app also has customizable smart motion controls. You can choose what it will do when you flip, shake or lift it. You can either snooze the alarm (which we all do A LOT admit it), dismiss it and wake up (or not), or just let it go to silent so your beauty sleep will not be disturbed (but sorry, you’ll be late for work or school). The developer has also said this app was designed to be simple, minimalist and fast, with the function to just be a pleasant (or unpleasant, if that’s what gets you out of bed) alarm clock.

There is a free version of Radio Alarm Clock on the Google Play Store, but of course it has limitations. However, the developer says it will always be ad-free (but it has no control over ads of some radio stations). If you want the full version, you just need to make a one-time in-app payment of $1.99. Thanks Michael for the tip!

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Swap Heroes 2 lets swap characters to attack, lead heroes into quests

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

There are hundreds probably thousands of role-playing games available on the Play Store but only a few catch our attention. I’m not into complex RPGs simply because I don’t have a lot of time but Swap Heroes 2 seems like something I will play longer than usual because it’s very easy to play. The simple and pixelized graphics make the game kid-friendly while portrait orientation of gameplay makes it easier to play too.

This turn-based strategy adventure again requires the player to form a group of valiant heroes. Swap characters to attack and lead your heroes into quests and locations toward the Shadow Knight. There’s also an endless mode that allows you to compete for scores.

Swap Heroes 2 is easy to learn. You just need to wait for your turn to attack the enemies. There are a total of ten locations to explore as you journey and go into battle against more than 30 types of enemies and villains. You can get powerful upgrades and unlock a variety of levels when you achieve ultimate victory and earn star points. Game is $2.99 but rest assured there are no more ads or in-app purchases.

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Sony Folding@Home app now supports non-Xperia devices

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Sony has had an app for a while now that users of Sony Xperia smartphones and tablets could use to support Folding@Home. That app lets users donate the processing power and WiFi connection at home during non-peak hours to help find cures for some of the diseases that people around the world suffer from.

The app donates the internet and processing power of those who run it between midnight and 6am. Since the app first launched it has only supported Sony branded devices, but that has changed with the latest update.

The new update for the Sony Folding@Home app allows people using any Android device to donate processing power to search for cures. The updated app also allows users of devices of Sony and non-Sony flavors running Android 5.0 to participate.

The updates app from Sony is on Google Play right now for download. The app is in version 1.00.37 and the update landed on February 26. Android 4.4 and higher is supported. The app is a 7.4MB download and has as many as 100,000 installs. Sony and Stanford University guarantee that there is no security risk involved in the service.

SOURCE: XperiaBlog

Build and defend your Spartan city in new Android game

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

If you were one of the ten people who watched 300: Rise of An Empire or you still can’t get over the first (and better?) film, then you will get to be one of the brave citizens of this ancient,historic Greek city, even if it’s just on your smartphone or tablet. However, this is not just a “movie” to watch, but you need to be totally into strategic city-building games to fully appreciate the Age of Sparta, now available for Android devices.

The basic premise of the game is that you need to build and grow your own city, building various structures like monuments, research facilities, and whatever your city needs to prosper. You also need to build an army (this is Sparta after all), and depending on what your city is all about, there are different kinds of troops available, and there are even monsters and creatures since we’re dealing with Greek mythology here. Your city “should rival Olympus”, which of course will challenge the gods, but just honour them in their temples and they might even help you as you protect your citadel.

Aside from the city building aspect, you’ll also get to engage in a battle featuring animated combat scenes. But with Zeus’ thunder bolt and Hades’ dark wrath, how can you lose? Well, first you need to get the gods on your side to ensure victory, although how you can do that exactly is not that clear from the description. But you can also ally with other players from around the world, and gang up on the enemy, whether it’s Xerxes himself or other players bent on capturing your city and your troops.

Age of Sparta is available on the Google Play Store for free. But of course it will tempt you to make in-app purchases so your will better be strong against the forces of the credit card.

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Motorola Camera gets updated with Material Design

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Motorola is currently pushing out an update for its official Camera application via the Play Store. This upgrade doesn’t transport much with regards to new features, but it does bring an appearance transformation that complies with Google’s recently-announced Material Design guidelines, in addition to a multitude of bug fixes.

The full changelog can be seen below:

  • Material Design
  • New Icon
  • Bug fixes

To install the update, simply open up the Play Store on your device, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on ‘Motorola Camera’. Next, hit the update button, and the application will instantly start to download and install the upgrade from the Google Play servers. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below to initiate the procedure.

Source: Google Play Store

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