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Star Fox Zero Review–Game Online Review

Star Fox Zero Review

Even for those intimately familiar with the series, Star Fox Zero is immediately confusing. On the surface, it appears to be a modern extension of Star Fox 64, the space combat classic that took off in 1997. It certainly looks the part with its Wii U facelift, but after finishing a single level, the message is clear: Zero plays by its own rules. It relies on the GamePad’s display and motion-sensing capabilities, demanding that you divide your attention between two screens–one for flight and one for shooting–which fundamentally alters your approach.

It’s not surprising to see Star Fox’s mechanics change in light of the GamePad, but where Nintendo strives to give you more control over your weapons, it simultaneously neglects the chance to create a proper Star Fox sequel, aiming for a retelling instead. Zero is often a near-mirror image of Star Fox 64, featuring many of the same antagonists, locations, and one-liners. You lead the familiar band of do-good anthropomorphic animals, zipping around in nimble fighter jets, thwarting intergalactic villains and indulging in campy yet catchy banter.

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More than anything else in Zero, piloting your Arwing is a joy. Your booster jet communicates a great sense of speed as you twist in midair and flip around behind enemies, leaving bursts of energy in your wake. You also have to contend with tight spaces, tipping your wings at just the right angle to slip through small gaps and avoid environmental perils. As you bob, weave, and barrel-roll your way to the heart of your enemies’ operations, there are power-ups and other collectibles to acquire along the way, but they require a keen eye and quick reflexes.

You spend most of your time in the cockpit of your Arwing, but Zero has a few new tricks up its sleeve when it comes to vehicles. The first is the Walker, which is a chicken-like bipedal mech that you use to fight on the ground and within the confines of interior spaces. It’s actually a transformation of the Arwing, which you activate on-the-fly with the press of a button. The Walker can sprint, hover, and dodge at a moment’s notice. It’s useful in a pinch, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the Arwing. You also have access to a slow, drone-like copter in the Gyrowing. It packs a tiny, tethered robot that you can lower and navigate through small spaces to access computer terminals. Once lowered, you look through the robot’s eyes using the GamePad’s screen to pinpoint your target and hack away–a process that’s more tedious than anything else.

The Landmaster tank from Star Fox 64 makes its return as well. It trundles across rocky terrain with ease, and can quickly roll or hover to avoid danger. But new to Zero is the ability to transform the Landmaster into a jet. It doesn’t match the speed or maneuverability of the Arwing, but it’s a welcome bonus that makes piloting a slow tank a tad more exciting.

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Most stages in Zero are on-rails, where you move forward at a constant rate. In other scenarios–typically boss fights–you switch into All-Range Mode and take full control of your Arwing. In the on-rails missions, you’re encouraged to attack enemies and destroy objects to clear a path, but the game doesn’t wait for you to do so because levels constantly pull you forward. In All-Range mode, your objectives are focused on combat, and it’s here where Zero’s complicated control scheme becomes the center of attention, but not in a good way.

In All-Range mode, your objectives are focused on combat, and it’s here where Zero’s complicated control scheme becomes the center of attention, and not in a good way. In past Star Fox games, movement and aiming were directly connected; you steered your Arwing to move your reticle. Now, you move your GamePad to adjust your aim independently from your craft. In theory, this allows you to be a more capable marksman, picking off enemies with greater speed and accuracy than before. The catch is that you have to look away from your TV and focus on the GamePad’s first-person cockpit view while your vehicle flies unattended. You have the option to press a button to shift the cockpit view to the TV, but even so, the same disconnect applies.

Though you may find some success aiming with the third-person reticle when flying through linear stages, it’s terribly misleading. Rather than indicate where your shot will land, the reticle in Zero’s third-person view is representative of your line of sight from the cockpit. You can hold a button to disable motion-controls when you aren’t firing and in theory aim in the traditional Star Fox way, but given the inaccuracy of the reticle, this is hardly a saving grace. This disconnect is frustrating in practice, and feels like a passive-aggressive nudge to look at the GamePad, despite the fact that you have obstacles in your flight path and incoming fire to worry about.

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So you learn to trust your instincts and tilt the GamePad to adjust your aim during on-rails missions. It’s not ideal, but it works most of the time. Once you enter All-Range mode, you have no choice but to switch between first- and third-person perspectives. Here, the camera becomes unshackled and floats around your vehicle rather than directly behind it–your over-the-shoulder line of sight is stripped away. Although you can lock onto enemies that come into view, it’s only the camera that’s affected, not your aim. This overall shift in perspective is jarring and it’s difficult to find your bearings the first few times you have to deal with it, not knowing where to look or what actions to prioritize.

No Caption Provided Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4Gallery image 5Gallery image 6Gallery image 7Gallery image 8Gallery image 9Gallery image 10 It took hours to become fully acclimated to Zero’s new rules, but it eventually clicked. While I still resort to feeling out my aim during linear levels, I’m more comfortable and effective in All-Range mode now that I understand the order of operations: position your vehicle appropriately, focus on attacking your enemy until they’re out of view, then reorient yourself and start the process over. The high learning curve was enough to make me put down the controller and walk away more than once early on, but every time I returned, my skills improved. My relationship with Zero got off to a rocky start, but I was in a better place once I convinced myself to forget everything Star Fox 64 taught me and accept Zero on its own terms.

Even though I learned how to cope with Zero’s peculiarities, I found myself wavering between excitement and apathy as I went through the campaign. Zero’s new controls work and serve the purpose of giving you more precise control over your two primary functions, but they don’t necessarily make for a more fun space combat game–Zero’s more plodding missions feel like chores. No matter how you slice it, Star Fox has always been a series about flight and movement, and Zero dilutes that formula by forcing you to prioritize shooting. That’s not to say you never had to fire at enemies in the past, but the act of aiming was tied to movement, which maintained the ever-present joy of flight. Now, the act is tied to a complex control scheme that’s a mild but regular source of frustration.

I was in a better place once I convinced myself to forget everything Star Fox 64 taught me and accept Zero on its own terms. Zero was enjoyable at times despite its misgivings with the controls. It’s saved–in part–by its presentation, which is simple yet eye-catching from the start. Blue skies and verdant hills with crimson enemies give way to vast expanses of outer space–the perfect canvas for lasers and radiant stars. With the added gravitas from the soundtrack and the quips from your allies during battle, Zero often echoes the Star Wars films’ great battles, albeit with a cast of furry heroes. However, when presented with so many familiar locations, it was hard not to consider this as a missed opportunity to develop a totally original Star Fox sequel. But the old material is handled with care, and later levels stand out, with new mission designs and set pieces featuring impressive scale.

By the end of my first playthrough, I was eager to go back and retry old levels, in part because I wanted to put my newfound skills to the test, but also because Zero’s campaign features branching paths that lead to new locations. Identifying how to open these alternate paths requires keen awareness of your surroundings during certain levels, which becomes easier to manage after you come to grips with Zero’s controls. My second run was more enjoyable than the first, and solidified my appreciation for the game. While I don’t like the new control scheme, it’s a small price to pay to hop into the seat of an Arwing. Though I feel like I’ve seen most of this adventure before, Zero is a good-looking homage with some new locations to find and challenges to overcome. It doesn’t supplant Star Fox 64, but it does its legacy justice.

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Dangerous Golf For Androids Review

Dangerous Golf Review

Demanding equal parts finesse and intuition, golf is a sport few will ever master. A poor swing here, a bad lie there, and even the most passionate golfer can see their enjoyable pastime turned into an exercise in anger management. Dangerous Golf, on the other hand, eschews precision in favor of chaos. Like a drunken afternoon at the driving range, hitting a golf ball in Dangerous Golf is about expressing power, and nothing like actual golf. Your priority is to smash into as many objects as possible in everyday environments like bathrooms, kitchens, and fancy estates. It’s a diabolical fantasy brought to life, but it’s not half as fun as it sounds.

Across four countries and numerous locales, you will hurtle golf balls into objects including fine dining ware, pianos, priceless works of art, and–why not–urinals. Don’t worry about choosing an appropriate club or timing your swing just right. Simply aim the camera, press a button, and let the catharsis of destruction sink in. When you break enough items in a level, you can execute a follow-up Smashbreaker shot, which allows you to manually steer a bouncy, flaming wrecking ball, plowing through props and racking-up score multipliers until your timer runs out.

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Dangerous Golf Review

Wrapping your head around the physics of a bouncing golf ball is easier said than done, especially when the game’s camera is obscured by flying pieces of broken objects. Once your Smashbreaker shot is powered up, you have to use both the left stick and the camera to control the ball, as well as two shoulder buttons to dictate how high or low the ball bounces. Most of the time, you can sort of steer the ball the way you want to, but it usually feels like you’re trying to steer a ship with broken equipment, praying it reacts the way you want it to and struggling to correct it when it doesn’t.

You eventually have to putt the ball into a hole, but if there’s an unobstructed path (one devoid of unbreakable objects), you can just push forward on the analog stick and the ball will zip right in, smashing through smaller debris along the way. But if higher scores and rankings are what you seek, you may decide to bounce your ball off of walls or hit it into the air and attempt to drop it in the hole for an added bonus–sometimes you’re left with no other option.

There are rare levels filled with dozens of holes, where putting is your only objective. With a limited amount of balls in hand, you need make sure your shots are true–or at least pray they are lucky–in order to avoid running out while frantically taking aim at targets near and far. Pure putting levels lack the destruction found in standard outings, but they stand out as the best Dangerous Golf has to offer. In these moments, your goal is clear, and more importantly, your controls are intuitive.

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Dangerous Golf Review

Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3Gallery image 4Gallery image 5Gallery image 6Gallery image 7Gallery image 8Gallery image 9Gallery image 10 The oddball nature of Dangerous Golf is momentarily enjoyable, but apathy quickly sets in as you proceed to smash familiar objects level after level, resulting in all too familiar chaos. The game attempts to liven up your experience by introducing gimmicks like bombs, and showering you with loud graphics and sound effects. But all of this does very little to make the experience appealing in the long run. It’s like a comedian who shouts mediocre jokes–being loud doesn’t make the material any better.

With 100 levels and far fewer unique locations, Dangerous Golf is best enjoyed in small bursts lest you grow bored of the repeated use of familiar maps. However, any amount of time in the game can prove frustrating due to the burden of long load times, especially when you get to the more complex missions. In later levels, you’re still smashing objects like you always have, but you ultimately have to learn to avoid hazards and direct your ball on a particular path in order to hit specific objects to earn enough points for a medal. When precision fails, you will naturally restart the level.

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Dangerous Golf Review

This process becomes unbearable–it seems the game is completely reloading the level–and you have to stare at the same loading screen every single time. To make matters worse, the loading screen is just an image of the controller with button descriptions. Buried in the corner are little hints–the only attempt the game makes to explain its nuanced scoring and control systems.

Dangerous Golf is a game you want to love, but it becomes increasingly difficult as you go: the unintuitive controls stop being cute and begin to become an annoyance; the objects you smash, which for a moment inspired joy, become an afterthought. Wacky games have a place in gaming, but a game like Dangerous Golf needs more than boisterous effects and odd scenarios to sustain its allure.

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The Way For Androids Review Game

The Way For Androids Review Game

A lone man stands tall among hundreds of gravestones. His hunched shoulders and back, and the slight grimace on his face indicate the burden of impending peril. He grabs a shovel and starts digging. You can spot an intimidating city skyline in the distance, with gloomy clouds suffocating the sky. Eerie, synthetic piano notes play in the background. “Her grave..,” the man whispers. He quietly moves through the cemetery, beginning his tumultuous journey to discover a way to bring back the dead.

What is the meaning of life, and how far would you go to hold onto your loved ones? The Way asks these two age-old questions throughout its intriguing narrative. The premise is simple and familiar, but The Way sprinkles enough clever story beats and surprises to avoid predictability. The beginning chapters show promise, offering inventive puzzles that make great use of your character’s strengths and weaknesses. These obstacles require patience, thought, and the ability to accurately retrace your steps. The puzzles during the game’s opening hours range from simple tasks, such as deciphering riddles and acquiring precious passwords, to unlocking hidden doorways and passageways in dangerous locations. Early on, you sneak into a security building crawling with deadly robots and cameras armed with lasers. Avoiding the detection while crawling through vents and hitting switches makes for thrilling James Bond-esque moments.

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The Way Review

All your character can do at this point in the game is jump, crawl, and fire a gun–if he has one. It’s this simplistic approach that makes The Way a momentarily delightful experience. One early challenge requires you to find a way to disable streams of water so you can reach your destination. There are curious, bright green numbers placed above each stream. Switches that stop water from flowing are hidden in a different room, and also have the same numbers. I had to figure out in what order to hit the switches based on their placements above each stream. It took some time to solve, but it felt gratifying when I finally did.

The Way unfortunately devolves from this type of level design in favor of mundane trial and error. Where the earlier puzzles give subtle clues, later obstacles offer almost nothing in the way of hints or direction. You’ve no knowledge to refer to, and you end up stuck on a puzzle that can only be solved through banal repetition.

The Way further discourages you when it combines these poorly-designed obstacles with haphazard mechanics. At one point you acquire the ability to use a shield that deflects laser beams. The shield, when deployed, is difficult to wield with skill, and it has to recharge between uses. One of the worst puzzles in the game tasks you with precisely deflecting lasers with your shield towards small tiles in order to create a complicated circuit. This took me an hour to solve due to the cumbersome nature of the shield, and because I had no clue which tiles to hit first. This bogged down the game’s swift pace. From then on, the puzzles grew progressively more boring and confusing. Thankfully, the story and characters are fascinating enough for you to keep playing.

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The small handful of characters you meet along your journey are all eccentric, and play a vital role in the plot. A group of barbaric, colorful villagers you encounter in an ancient village wear strange masks, and can’t speak English very well. You also partner up with an orange behemoth-like creature nicknamed “Tincan.” The highly detailed, pixelated settings and character models, and the synth-like sci-fi musical score further enrich the excellent worldbuilding and storytelling. No environment or level looks the same, from decaying graveyards and ancient caverns, to sunny sand-swept deserts and bright green forests.

Making your torturous, long trek across planets and galaxies to discover the key to the afterlife can be fascinating. It’s a psychological examination of the human spirit and mind, and what we’re truly capable of when we can’t accept our losses. You have to spend several hours solving frustrating puzzles to see it through, but The Way’s poignant story is worth the occasional struggle.

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Pinball BOOM is a Spooky New Twist on the Classic Arcade Game

Pinball BOOM is a Spooky New Twist on the Classic Arcade Game

In my opinion, pinball is one of those games that gets better with age. I thoroughly enjoyed it as a kid and even as an adult I never pass up the chance to try out a new pinball game. Pinball BOOM brings a scary Halloween twist to this classic arcade game. Created by Gaming Chef, this Halloween pinball game is lots of fun once you’ve taken a little time to get used to it.

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Pinball BOOM

Concept and Gameplay The only thing I can say about Pinball BOOM is that in order to play it, you have to try and forget everything you know about pinball in the first place. In some ways Pinball BOOM really is scary and frightening since it isn’t like traditional pinball where you have to control the ball using your flippers. Instead, the flippers move automatically and you have to tap the screen to propel the ball through the air. Instead of stationary objects and obstacles, you have to worry about flying debris. As you play Pinball BOOM you’ll earn gems that can be spent on power ups or costumes for your pinball character. Power ups can accomplish certain tasks like blowing up obstacles or propelling your ball skyward. The biggest issue I have with Pinball Boom is that it’s borderline frustrating to play. I don’t mean frustrating in the sense that it’s difficult to master, but in the sense that it almost feels like the game sets you up to fail. Essentially this is like the Flappy Bird of pinball. Of course Flappy Bird enjoyed incredible popularity so it’s safe to say that there are lots of gamers out there who love this type of challenge.

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Pinball BOOM Android Game

Features

Pinball BOOM Android Game As I mentioned above, the latest update to Pinball BOOM includes the option to purchase costumes for your character. I do think this is a cute touch that actually gives players something to work towards, and it’s pretty easy to earn enough gems to unlock them. You can earn gems by playing or by watching videos. I do wish Pinball BOOM offered a little more variety when it comes to pinball boards. The Halloween theme is nice but it got boring after awhile. It would be great to see a few more boards with different themes just so players can enjoy little variety.

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Google Play for free

Value Pinball BOOM is available to download from Google Play for free and doesn’t seem to include in-app purchases. There are ads that pop up every now and then, but they don’t interrupt gameplay. Overall, Pinball BOOM is a game that will definitely get you into the Halloween spirit but also takes some getting used to. I do wish it were a little easier to play but you might have much better luck than I did.

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Manage Your Favorite Team with Online Soccer Manager

Manage Your Favorite Team with Online Soccer Manager

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 Online soccer manager

Online Soccer Manager (OSM) is a splendid game that lets you manage a soccer team. Developed by Gamebasics BV, this app lets you live out the dream of managing a professional soccer team as you buy, sell and train a virtual team. Features

Full of fun features that create an authentic experience for the player, OSM allows users to choose a club (Ajax, PSV, Inter Milan, etc.) and make agreements with various professional clubs letting them use their official logos. You choose the team’s lineup, tactics (e.g. tiki-taka possession style or more direct style) and players. Virtually live out the role of a manager by sending out scouts, negotiating costs and trades, and selling team players. The decisions made do affect the outcomes of games so choose wisely! Play against your friends and challenge one another and/or join leagues. OSM is quite a step up above similar Fantasy Football Games due to its level of modifications. The replayability factor here is incredible. Each day players have a new competition to manage, whether simple friendly matches against other teams or daily training. Players also get a new team for each season. This app does require an active internet connection (hence the name) so you must first secure a reliable connection. unnamed

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Unfortunately, there isn’t any actual gameplay to be seen as in the Football Manager computer game. Online Soccer Manager is a goal-winner above other similar Android soccer manager games with the sheer volume of professional sports teams, players and the amount of modifications that users can make. Overall, this is a fun app to play but more actual gameplay for the matches would make it even better.

Appearance and Layout OSM has a smooth graphical design that makes it easy to understand how the game is played and is attractive in its appearance. Since there aren’t any gameplay graphics, players don’t need to worry about lag while playing (other than lag due to internet connectivity). The layout is decent, not too cluttered and it is easy for players to navigate through the various menus and maps. It is easy to change tactics and pick players. The general appearance is well developed and user friendly.

Value Online Soccer Manager is free to download. It does have numerous In-App Purchases that players can make to beef up their team and these range from $1.99 to $89.99. Online Soccer Manager needs 84 MB of space and offers ongoing entertainment with so much to offer.

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Solitaire Party is One Party Not To Miss-Android Apps Games Review

Solitaire Party is One Party Not To Miss

Mobile games can be really fun, but if you tend to collect them they’ll end up occupying a significant amount of space on your Android device. If you’re looking for a fun new solitaire game bundle, Solitaire Party is the one for you. Created by BP Mobile Games, this bundle of classic solitaire games will surely keep you entertained for hours on end.

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Mobile games can be really fun

Concept and Gameplay Solitaire Party is a suite of your favorite solitaire games: Klondike, Freecell, Golf, Forty Thieves, and Spider (1, 2, and 4 suits). Sometimes called a patience game, this solitaire card game collection has all the ones you want to play. It’s very easy to switch between game modes and tweak them to your liking. Gameplay is very simple and you can choose to either tap once or tap and drag cards to play your moves. Figuring out how to play is super simple and you’ll be flipping cards in no time flat. Solitaire Party is very straightforward on how to do different things like set up games exactly how you want them, so you don’t have to worry about things getting boring. One of the aspects that I really like about Solitaire Party is the fact that you can customize the cards themselves. It’s very easy to change the backs and fronts of the cards by choosing from a nice variety of designs. Solitaire Party makes it easy on players who might find themselves in a pickle by providing unlimited free hints. This is particularly rare to find in games because hints are often a premium feature or they’re available in very limited supply.

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Solitaire Party Android Game

Features Solitaire Party packs a pretty big punch for such a small game. In fact, one of the key features of the game is that it occupies less than 4 MB of space. For once you won’t have to worry about removing games or other apps in order to make room if you’re low on device space. If you like daily tasks in games, Solitaire Party even includes daily challenges for you to complete. This is an awesome feature because it allows you to come back to the game and experience something totally new.

Value Solitaire Party is available to download from Google Play for free and does not include any in-app purchases (that I could find). Overall, Solitaire Party is a very solid solitaire game that I highly recommend trying. It offers tons of variety and hours of fun with a very light download size.

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Press Release: Kids Games Projects Updates I Love Preschool

Press Release: Kids Games Projects Updates I Love Preschool

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Poznań, Poland – June 30, 2016 – Kids Games Projects recently released an update for their latest game, I Love Preschool. This suite of over 50 educational activities for kids is sure to appeal to both parents and youngsters alike. Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

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Kids Games Projects Updates

Utilizing years of experience creating apps and games for children, the developers of I Love Preschool have crafted an app that will help parents have a positive influence on their child’s intellectual capacity. The app achieves this by utilizing an impressive variety of activities to help children develop a stronger vocabulary and understand cause and effect relationships all the while making learning and preschool a fun experience. The developers of I Love Preschool are very clear about the overall design goals for the app. Wojciech Wawrzyniak, the president of Kids Games Projects, explains that “The objectives of the app are to expand a child’s vocabulary, to teach about cause and effect relationships through accomplishing tasks, and to show that preschool is a form of spending time in a nice way (useful for children, who are going to preschool for the first time).”

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I Love Preschool features clear narration and activity instructions that are very easy to follow. This ensures that children can pick up an Android device and begin playing immediately without parents standing by to provide assistance. A recent review by AndroidAppsReview.com gave I Love Preschool a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and commended the app’s multilingual support. According to the reviewer, “Changing the language also changes both text and audio narration for activities, which is perfect for parents of multilingual kids.” The review continued with its praise for the multilingual aspect of the app saying “They can learn new words this way and experience the language they’re learning in a natural way.” I Love Preschool can be downloaded from Google Play for free and is designed for Android devices running version 2.3 or newer. Update 1.32 added a request for users to leave a review for the app in Google Play, as well as a new “random scene” feature. About the Developer:

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Kids Games

Based in Poland, Kids Games Projects was founded in 2014 with the mission to entertain and educate children around the world. Their applications have been designed to teach cause and effect relationships in a simplified way that’s easy for kids to understand. Apps are designed to stimulate children’s senses through pictures, sounds, and touch. Applications developed by Kids Games Projects are translated into many languages and tasks in the game are read clearly by a professional narrator for the following languages: English, Czech, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

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Big Bang Racing from TrapLight shouldn’t be missed

Big Bang Racing from TrapLight shouldn’t be missed

Trials racing games were all the rage a few years ago. They are still somewhat popular, but their arrival in the Play Store has diminished a bit. If you enjoy those types of games, then you should check out Big Bang Racing from TrapLight. The game is fun, has plenty of content, challenges and cute and engaging graphics. The controls are spot on too, which helps with these types of games. Though the game has been out for a few weeks, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy of your attention.

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Big Bang Racing

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Trials type games have to strike a very fine balance. They can’t be too hard, or players will give up playing the game. If they are too easy, people will quickly lose interest. Big Bang Racing strikes the right balance with excellent gameplay, a wide-array of tracks, online racing and simple to use and well-implemented game controls. It also doesn’t hurt that the main character is a cute little alien, that unfortunately, due to some of the obstacles on the courses, meets his timely end in a multitude of ways. You can share replays of his demise with your friends too.

“Outrun players around the world in action packed races, or collect treasures from puzzling adventure tracks. Create and share your own levels, upgrade your rides, and customize your characters with the swaggiest hats in the galaxy.” – Traplight Ltd.

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Big Bang Racing

There is an amazing trials racing game that never made it to Android. Bike Baron, which was released on iOS in 2011 by Qwiboo and Mountain Sheep was excellent. I am still hoping one day it will come to Android. Nevertheless, Bike Baron had tons of tracks and plenty of users because of the quality of the game, and the game’s ability to have its players make their own tracks. Big Bang Racing has the same quality of gameplay and also the ability to create tracks. The track editor is pretty easy to use too. Currently, there are over 20,000 tracks. Not only can you create and race on other peoples tracks, you can also rate how much you like the tracks. In the era of social gaming, it is not surprising that you can add a thumbs up or down, on something that someone else has created for your enjoyment. I have come across some really neat tracks that are enjoyable, and others that are brutally difficult. Much like the game Mekorama, having an active social community surrounding the game, greatly extends the life of the game.

Within the game you have two different vehicles that you will control. You will either control a dirtbike or something akin to a dune buggy. Each of the vehicles are fully upgradeable. Upgrades become available when you win your races, or when you unlock adventure chests. As with most free to play games, the chests are unlocked after a period of time has expired, or you can do so using coins/gems. Once unlocked, various parts of your vehicle can be upgraded. It also costs coins to install the upgrades. During my time playing the game, the free-to-play structure did not feel forced. You can enjoy playing the game without the pressure of feeling like you have to spend your personal cash.

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Big Bang Racing

The game is easily set up for you to enjoy, which means simple controls. The on screen buttons include arrows on the right side of the screen for controlling your vehicle left and right, and two additional arrows on the left side of your screen that control your vehicle’s rotation while in the air. Being able to deftly control your vehicle will mean the difference between winning and losing races, as well as not being electrified by obstacles or crushed by other elements on the course. The controls work extremely well and enhance the gameplay quite a bit. You never feel like you have to fight the controls to make your vehicle do what you want.

There is an element of adventure to the game as well. While you are playing the campaign portion of the game, you will encounter courses that require you to find three different pieces of a map. Once you have found all the pieces of the map on a level, you are able to unlock a chest. As mentioned before, the chests allow you to upgrade your vehicle and more. Typically when a chest is unlocked you will acquire gold coins, nitro, cards for upgrades such as steering wheels, turbo chargers, brakes, etc. Other key pieces in the chests include elements for building your tracks like exploding barrels, treadmills, elevators, trees and fences. While you are playing the game and amassing all of these different parts, it is fun to be able to go into the track editor to see what you can put together and create. Think of it as Minecraft for racing.

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Think of it as Minecraft for racing

Big Bang Racing Features:

Drive in tens of thousands of player created levels Ride with two cool vehicles – Dirtbike and Offroad car Collect upgrades, treasures and fun new items Create and share your own tracks Race against real players from all over the world Team up, beat other teams in Weekly Seasons and get awesome prizes Climb the ranks in global and local leaderboards Customize your character with cool hats There is a lot to love about Big Bang Racing, from user-generated content to upgrading your vehicles to some really amazing courses. As a matter of fact, one course still sticks out in my mind as being brilliant. You had to find the three different map pieces, but all of the pieces were buried in the soil. The course was multi-tiered. You had to use your off road buggy to dig in the soil to find the map pieces. Watching the soil deform and placing your vehicle just right to fall from a precipice above to catch the piece of the map on the way down is still memorable. Seeing what other players come up with for courses is just part of the fun.

If games like this appeal to you, or creating levels for other gamers is your cup of tea, then by all means download Big Bang Racing. Plus, if you still miss not having Bike Baron on your mobile device, Big Bang Racing will go a long way in making you feel better, about having a game that is just as enjoyable.

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Become A Piano Pro With Flowkey On The App Store

Become a Piano Pro with flowkey

There are tons of Android apps and games available that will help you learn a new skill or hobby. While most of them won’t replace in-person instruction, it’s still a fantastic way to learn at home or on the go.

flowkey: Learn Piano is an incredible music app that teaches you how to play piano using a real piano or keyboard. The app provides real-time feedback without the cumbersome use of cords or expensive software.

Concept and Functionality

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flowkey is the perfect combination

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flowkey: Learn Piano, by Flowkey, certainly isn’t the first app of its kind, but it is definitely one of the most successful. The developers have created a wonderful feature-rich environment that encourages users to press on and practice their skills. Unlike most teaching apps, flowkey’s musical repertoire expands far beyond classic titles like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. You can learn and practice popular songs by artists like Jason Mraz and Bob Dylan. This is awesome for people who want to learn how to play songs they already know and love.

When it comes to navigation, flowkey is the perfect combination of functionality and visual appeal. You can easily find everything you’re looking for in just a few taps.

As I mentioned above, the coolest thing about flowkey is the fact that you can play along with an instrument you already own. Essentially is like having an instructor right next to you, providing instantaneous feedback and tips on how to improve your technique.

Features

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Become a Piano Pro with flowkey

flowkey is packed with many features that truly make it an outstanding educational app. For example, you can watch video tutorials and see sheet music right on the screen. You can also save your favorite songs for easy access, making it a breeze to keep practicing. There are many special features, as well, including the ability to slow songs down. This is perfect for mastering difficult chords because you can practice at your own pace.

Value

flowkey can be downloaded from Google Play for free, but there is a monthly subscription fee for the premium version of the app. As mentioned on the app’s store page, “A one-month subscription is $19.99, a three months’ subscription is $38.99 and a yearly subscription is $119.99.”

Overall, I don’t think the premium subscription is enough to deter serious users. According to Angie’s List, “On average, piano lessons can cost between $30 and $60 per hour.” It’s pretty easy to see how flowkey can pay for itself in no time at all. If you’re serious about learning how to play piano, we think flowkey is an app you simply can’t pass up. It is highly recommended and we encourage you to give it a try even if you don’t plan on taking advantage of the premium subscription.

Explore Before Departure with Preparture| Game Apps Review

Explore Before Departure with Preparture

Preparture is a travel app with jaw-dropping capability for all travelers. This incredible app helps users make the most of their time by offering them suggestions of things to do and places to see with any spare time before they need to leave the city. Developed by Preparture Inc., Preparture is a unique way to calculate what you can do with the time that you have before departing.

Explore Before Departure with Preparture

Explore Before Departure with Preparture

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Features Preparture has relatively simple features but the way they are packaged into this neat app easily make it one of the better travel apps available. It requires you to enter in your basic traveling info, such as how you’re departing (plane, train, car, etc.), where you’re departing from, when you’re departing, and what interests you have. Then Preparture calculates all of the surrounding places that fit into your interests and gives you a list of the places that you can visit within your time frame. You’ll get directions for each place from your current location and, even better, Preparture shows you just how much time you can spend at those places before you need to leave for the airport (or train station). Preparture also lets you view the places in a Map mode (just tap the map icon in the upper right corner when viewing results) which can provide an easier frame of reference for where places are.

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Preparture Android App While it does require a few permissions in order to work, such as accessing your phone (to call a business from within the app), accessing your location (to calculate distance and travel time), accessing your photos (to change your profile picture), and accessing your contacts (to share the app with your pals), we’re think it’s a fair trade. Preparture cuts down on the amount of time you need to research and find places on your own by providing you with the contact info for each place, which helps a great deal when you’re on a tight time schedule and can’t afford to spend that extra ten minutes searching around via your browser. Overall, we loved how Preparture calculates the time we can spend at each place before we need to head over to the airport (or wherever your point of departure is) and found it to be incredibly useful in places we were unfamiliar with.

Appearance and Layout This handy travel companion looks splendid with its friendly pastel cityscape background and easy-to-read font sizes, and it color-codes each category of place to visit, which makes it a breeze to find places that suit your interest. Preparture is laid out well, which makes navigating through the app fairly easy. The icon sizes for each business’s contact info are a bit smaller than we’d like, but besides that the app has a great layout and design. Overall, we enjoyed using Preparture for an upcoming trip we had, and we think that it looks great.

Value Preparture is free on the Google Play Store and is only a 15 MB download. There are banner ads along the bottom of the screen, but for a free app that takes away the headache of planning where to go and what to do before your afternoon flight, Preparture gets it done in style. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think of it in the comments below.