Top 5 Android Games

Between Android and Apple, I would honestly have to incline towards Apple for having the better quality games in their store. But i decided to review a few little hidden trinkets in the Android market since it’s a topic not touched upon much. So here we go!

 

#5 Burger Shop | Arcade

Ever since the Wedding Dash craze started, there has been wave after wave of these arcade, ‘mini-game made larger’ apps available. I honestly love them but I began losing faith in them until GoBit Games, a small unknown developer came out with Burger Shop. Your objective? Make burgers. Sound boring? It kind of was at the start, but slowly but surely as the levels went on, more and more features and objectives made the game harder and harder. You make the burger for the customer based on the picture that hovers above their head, but touching the ingredients that show up on the conveyor belt. Some customers also want fries or ice-cream, which you need to make using the dedicated machines. I know it sounds horrible but it is one of the most addictive games I have ever played!

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#4 Pocket Mind Arcade

Another very addictive touch game by Roofdog Games. It seems like the best games come from developers that no one has ever heard of! Touch a block to clear a path to make your way down the mine. Some blocks like rock or diamond take more than one touch to clear it, which takes life away from your pick. You gain more strength for your pick by buying it using the coins you gain by selling things like coal, gold or diamond. The game is packed with features and obstacles you encounter in the mine, like crates that blow up to clear the mine faster, or some that have special artefacts that unlock MORE features! The game just throws interesting shit your way to keep you entertained, and it WORKS! I highly recommend you play this on a tablet with a stylus. 

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#3 Dungeon Keeper Strategy

A newer, more unique game set in hell. Create and control different minions for different jobs within your own personal hell. You create rooms in your dungeon, each used for a separate purpose. Some hold gold, some make stone to build other rooms, some are traps to attack enemies and so on. Some rooms allow you to train up newer skills for your minions to allow them to defend or attack a little better. Although the game is slow at times, and getting your head around it at first can be a hassle, I wanted to include it in this list because of it’s originality. 

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#2 Royal Revolt Action

Fun! Yay! That’s the best way to describe this charm! You are the general of a very magical army of archers, wizards and soldiers out to destroy the castle of your foes! Tap your army to advance them further down the road towards the castle. As the general, you have the ability to rejuvenate their health, or use special attacks on walls, turrets and enemies. Some special attacks have traits that allow them to be stronger against curtain types of walls and enemies. There are traps and switches that need to be activated to open up parts of the road, which is harder then it sounds. Each member of your army needs to be spawned, which uses some of your spawn bar, but re fills as the game goes on, giving the game a more strategic difficulty.

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#1 Ittle Dew | Adventure

From indie developer Ludosity. Best compared to Link Minish Cap, and, as you already may has guessed, ANY game that is like link will make it to the TOP of any of my lists! Short and sweet, is this game. A little disappointed at how short the game is but it is what it is. There are 3 or 4 areas on the map, with only 3 or 4 different items you acquire along the way. The game is a little more adult than a normal link game, referencing adult style humour and wit within the script making it a little less childish then it looks. The cartoony graphics and sketchy scenery give the fun feel of an old school gameboy game that I love! I would really love if this game had a little more in it than it does. 

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Pocket Mine – The Casual Gamer

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Casual games! Ahhhh! The best thing to do while in the bathroom! This weeks Casual Gamer favorite is Pocket Mine. A new Minecraft like casual game that is dangerously addictive! The aim? Tap your way down the min as far as you can get! You only get a set amount of taps so beware!

You play as a little mine person which can be modified with different costumes and outfits. You start off with a pretty basic pick axe, which only has around 20 – 30 digs in it before it breaks, only allowing you to use it 20 – 30 times. Some blocks take 2 taps before it breaks, using up 2 digs off your pick axe! simple! As you go down the mine, you collect gold, ore, diamonds and coal which can be used as cash to purchase pick axe upgrades and more. Down the mine, you also find different types of explosives to blow up a group of blocks, and different power ups that are set at the start of each dig by 3 random cards.

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Cards are a big part of Pocket Mine. You find them during your dig in the mine. Each Card has a different trait. for example, 1 card might say “100% more Bombs” Which will mean, well, 100% more bombs in that mine! You get 3 cards each game that really make things a lot more exciting. Cards are incredibly varied and there are a LOT of them! Cards can also be infused together to create stronger cards, if you happen to find 2 of the same card in the mine, giving even more dynamic to the game.

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The downside? Oh yes there is a downside. Almost bad enough to render this game, as good as it is, SHIT! This game has an ENERGY SYSTEM! My mortal enemy! A system that some fuck-tard put together that says “FUCK YOU user! Your not allowed to play unless you have energy even though you paid of this game!”  Energy systems are the most useless system to gaming since the Wii U.

Apart from that, the game is actually a lot of fun, and dangerously addictive! so BE WARNED!

Apple paying developers NOT to release games on Android!

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Have you ever wondered why all the good games are on Apple? Ocean-horn, Plants vs Zombies 2, the list goes on! It has been revealed by Big time Developer EA Games that they were paid by Apple to purposely delay the release of the widely anticipated game, Plants vs Zombies 2.

Although Apple denies any cash handed over to EA and Pop Cap, EA’s head Frank Gibeau came clean that Apple did in fact pay the mega giant publisher to hold off on the Android release. “Apple gave us a truckload of money to delay the Android version [of Plants vs. Zombies 2],” Although the exact amount was not disclosed during the press conference at a town hall held for EA games, it was unassumingly a lot! Like…a lot a lot!

This is the first Documented case of Apple paying a developer money to delay a specific platform, which indicates that Apple is feeling the market drops, as it continues to plummet below Samsung’s mighty Android Market, since the release the the Galaxy S4 smart phone.

Feel the burn Apple!

Samsung Galaxy S4 – Top 8 features you didn’t know about

We all know that the Samsung is loaded with brand new and exciting nick nacks to make searching through music and photos overly complicated yet fun! But there are still so many features hidden within this little jelly bean that are actually useful, and not just a gimmick!

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1. Pop the keyboard out and move it around for multi-tasking.
Yes, I know, the keyboard does sometimes get in the way with any smartphone. It’s a common first world problem. Especially when you have more than 1 app running at the same time. This tip comes in especially useful on the Samsung Galaxy note series! Simply press and hold the settings button when using the default Qwerly keyboard map, and select the ‘Pop’ keyboard option. This will allow the keys to ‘float’ around the screen to be put anywhere you want!

2. Minimize Youtube videos into a movable smaller player.
You can do this using the Video player to, by pressing the Pop video button, similar to the Pop keyboard function. But swiping downward while playing a video in the Youtube App will minimize it into a smaller floating window, that will play while you continue to search more videos! Pinching will also allow you to zoom in and out, as well as adjusting the brightness and volume! Go ahead. Try it!

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3. Adjust in-call audio settings
See those buttons around the call screen? I didn’t know what they were either! Turns out they can do some pretty nifty things to the sound while your on the phone. The one on the top will adjust the equalizer  or adapt to the phones audio surroundings, making it easier to hear the call when driving or in noisy environments. Noise reduction will cut out back ground noises, and the Volume boost makes hearing loud speaker calls much easier!

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4. Limit your Data usage. 
Keep going over your data plan? Try setting a limit in the Data Usage option under settings. Drag the 2 lines to where you want it to cut you off! The orange line will warn you when your abut to be charged through the bottom!

5. No need to look at your phone to know if you need to look at it!
Smart Alerts will vibrate when you pick up your S4 if there are any notifications requiring your attention! Set it up in the Gestures and motions tab in My Device under
Settings.

6. Change the arrangement of the quick toggles.
Swiping down with 2 fingers will bring up a whole panel of Quick toggles that you can re arrange as you want to see them in the notification panel!

7. Using gloves?
Throw those bummy looking gloves with the cut out fingers away! Activate extra sensitivity under Display in My device Settings to use your phone with gloves on!

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8. Set up a WiFi Timer.
Just like Data usage Limiting, You can stop your phone from using too much data over Wifi! Simple activate it under Advanced Wifi settings, and select the times you want to disconnect from the internet. Great for stopping the kids from using the net late at night!

Apple iOS 7 Announced

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Apple has just realised iOS 7, and I for one am amazingly excited!!

The newer, sexier, slimmer and more proffesional operating system for Apple devices, utilizes the crisp look of frosted glass, brigh colours and curved features. iOS 7 also comes inbuilt with Control Centre, similar to Notification centre, with quick toggles for Flight mode, DND mode, rotation lock, WiFi and Bluetooth, and more. There is even a flashligh toggle built right in! Clever! Check out some of the Major features:

-Multi Tasking now works with every app. You can now also swipe easliy from app to app.

-Air drop is now making its drop in to the device, allowing you to share photos and files to other nearby iOS users simply by tapping on their face!

-iOS 7 has upgraded the camera, now including filters built right into the camera app, as well as easy swiping through capture modes.

-iTunes Radio will now apprently be free for all users.

-Apps will now update automatically frmo the AppStore!!!

iOS 7 is offering alot more than just a ,major facelift. I’m yet to see it for myself, and I am not too sure weather or not it will be available on older devices or just the iPhone 5. More details as they come!!

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nVidia Shield Handheld – Straight from E3

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Straight from E3 L.A. 2013, a product that I would NEVER had thaught exsisted!! A brand new handheld gaming device from nVidia, The nVidia Shield!

The fairly chunky unit was prototyped back in January this year, but has since been cut and polished, and featured at E3 2013. High quality, and re inforced plastic does its job to make the console strong and durable, yet retains a smooth soft feel. The D-pad has a slight curve, for imporved accuacy and comfort, as well as indented joy sticks for smooth control. The nVidia Shield also features semi press L2 and R2 buttons. The L1 and R1 buttons however are not softpress, similar to the control of the Xbox 360.

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The unit does seem to be based around Android functionality, hosting many Android demos, ie. Conduit. The 720p 5″ screen makes for stunning graphics and smooth rendering throughout gameplay.

Playing whilst  connected to a PC did somehow bring my rating down slightly, as latency was quite high some moments, even with minimal WiFi interference,  which did break the flow of game play. Most other times however, graphics and controls ran smoothly, as if I were playing locally.

Around the back, we find HDMI output and USB connectivity, as well as a fully functional SD memory card slot.

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So far the nVidia Shield will cost between $300 and $400. Compared with one of my other favorite handhelds, the PS Vita, that price is quite reasonable.