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Monthly Archives: September 2016

  • Knight Story iOS Review

    We’ve all wanted to live the lifestyle of a knight in shining armor. Swords and shields, dragons and magic, chamber pots. OK, maybe not chamber pots. But it would be fun overall! Well, with Knight Story for iOS devices, you can finally have that experience. Minus the chamber pots. Because ewww. Is it worth the download? I’m not sure, but I will know once I finish writing this review.

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    The Basics

    Knight Story jumped out to me immediately for one reason: its animated cutscene at the beginning. As soon as you boot up the game a nice animation shows. It looked pretty well done, almost like a full on cartoon. But the cutscene ended quickly and really didn’t show me much about the world of Knight Story. Not only that, it was the only animated cutscene I experienced my entire time with the game. Did I feel ripped off? Not really. I’ll just go and watch cartoons on my own time. Like a responsible adult.

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    The Gameplay

    Knight Story mixes a few different types of game together to great effect. Utilizing parts of Candy Crush puzzle games and classic RPGs, the game blends both seamlessly. You’ll try and drag across as many similar looking symbols to attack your enemy or defend yourself. And, like a classic RPG, it’s completely turn-based. There’s even a bit of Pokemon influence here, as different elemental attacks are strong against each other. Are you sick of me referencing Pokemon in these reviews yet? Of course not!

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    Is It Fun?

    Knight Story proved to be a very interesting game. The mixed gameplay style made it more interactive than a usual RPG, and more visually captivating than a basic puzzle game. It made the game much harder to put down, as it wasn’t like anything I’d played before. Something else that stood out to me was the use of humor throughout. There’s plenty of jokes and randomness to be found, and it really made the entire experience more memorable.

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    The Bottom Line

    On the outside looking in, Knight Story for iOS devices looked a bit generic. From its simple name to its simpler thumbnail, I wasn’t expecting too much. However, I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. The game tries and succeeds to create an innovative puzzle RPG. Which goes to show you can’t judge a book by its cover. Or app by its cover. Or whatever.

  • Bushido Bear iOS Review

    Sometimes, a catchy name is all you really need to get something to catch my eye. Something like...um...hmmm. Well, something that’s catchy. I’m not a professional catchy name creator, give me a break. But if I was I think I’d be pretty darn good at it. The point is a great name can be just what you need to get noticed. And that’s exactly what Bushido Bear has. Go on, say it. Isn’t that fun to say? Bushido Bear. OK, good. Cause I’m reviewing it now. It’s on iOS devices. Let’s go!

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    The Basics

    Now what exactly is a Bushido Bear? I’m not totally sure, because that would take precious seconds to look up. All I know is the thumbnail for this game was a bear holding samurai swords. After that, I was sold. Obviously that’s all the background you need for this game, so let’s go ahead and move on to Gameplay.

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    The Gameplay

    Bushido Bear offers some of the most original gameplay I’ve seen on a mobile game. The app perfectly using the touch screen to make for a very memorable experience. You must use your finger to swipe around your enemies and attack them. But keep in mind only to swipe AROUND them. It’s vital that you never actually touch the enemies, as that’s an instant Game Over. Which is extremely dramatic in this game. And I must say I love it.

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    Is It Fun?

    Bushido Bear really surprised me with its originality. The swiping gameplay is like nothing I’ve seen on a mobile game before. Beyond that, it’s just plain fun. And challenging, very challenging. You see, it’s not just that you have to avoid your enemies, you also have to avoid arrows. And attacking moles. Which makes more sense in the context of the game. Just trust me. They’re evil moles.

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    The Bottom Line

    While from the outside I didn’t know what to expect from Bushido Bear, I was treated with one of the best action games I’ve played in quite a while. The graphics are very appealing, adding to the many memorable qualities of the game. Everything is very clean and defined, with a very definite art style that I won't forget any time soon. The gameplay is very original, making me surprised I haven’t seen anything quite like it yet. And, come on, it’s a bear holding samurai swords. If that doesn’t have you immediately downloading the game, I’m not sure what will.

  • Fast Like A Fox Android Review

    Graphics aren’t really something that are normally applauded in mobile games. And, since most of the games are free, the standards for graphics aren’t necessarily high. Which makes sense when you really think about it, as developers are able to cut some corners. In fact, that’s exactly why simple, blocky graphics like those found in Minecraft are so popular in mobile games. But I, for one, still find that we should raise our standards for mobile games. And today we’re going to take a look at a game that agrees with me. Let’s take a look at Fast Like A Fox for Android devices.

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    The Basics

    Just by the title Fast Like A Fox, you can pretty much tell the type of game it’s going to be. That’s right, an intensely psychological action RPG where you must battle enemy spies, wolves, and even your own long lost half brother. OK, seriously though. It’s an endless runner. But you could probably have figured that out from the title.

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    The Gameplay

    Fast Like A Fox has all the basics of your typical endless runner. You run endlessly, you collect things, and you try not to fall into bottomless pits. The controls are very simple, and the challenges are pretty forgiving. You don’t get a limited number of lives or tries, if you fall you are magically taken back a little bit earlier in the level. Really, the simple gameplay let’s you focus on the simple yet interesting visuals.

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    Is It Fun?

    Fast Like A Fox is one of the more memorable games I’ve played recently, but not particularly for the way it plays. You see, the game is a bit more fashion over function. It doesn’t offer anything I haven’t seen in other endless runners, and the challenges aren’t even particularly difficult. However, it really let me focus more on the construction paperish visuals, meaning I could just sit back, tap my phone and enjoy watching a colorful fox collect jewels. Are you sick of me talking about graphics yet? Of course not!

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    The Bottom Line

    Fast Like A Fox has the single most impressive yet simple visuals I’ve seen on a mobile game. You know that by now because I’ve been ranting about them this entire review. Is the actual gameplay as original as the art style? No. But that’s OK. I’m satisfied knowing they were able to put something this creative looking on mobile devices, and want to see what they do in the future. Maybe it’ll get more complex in Fast Like A Fox 2: Reckoning? Maybe.

  • Celebrity Shave iOS Review

    Have you ever wanted to relive the experience of being a celebrity’s barber? Do you want to shave, primp, and pamper beloved international superstars? Have you ever wanted a game where very little is offered if you’re not willing to spend money? Then Celebrity Shave may just be the game for you. If not, then thank you for your participation in this test of sanity. Let’s take a look at Celebrity Shave for the iOS.

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    What Is Celebrity Shave?

    How can I possibly put this game into words? Well, I suppose I can put it into these words: you shave celebrities. And style their hair. That's it. You initially get your choice of two celebrities, Justin Timberlake and Louis Tomlinson. I’m not sure who the second person is and looking him up would take precious seconds away from my day. And I’m a busy person. There are also many more celebrities available, but I’ll get into that later. Wouldn’t want to spoil everything this early on.

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    The Gameplay

    Where do I begin with the intuitive, complex gameplay of Celebrity Shave? Well I suppose we can start with the basics. You begin by trimming off your celebrity’s beard. Please. come back from the edge of your seat. From there, you can cover your celeb in shaving cream and fully shave them. And no, it doesn’t work on the eyebrows. Trust me, I tried. You then cover your celebrity with bandages to fix all the cuts you just made. That’s right, your celebrity is getting some cuts no matter what. Which I guess is a good thing if you really dislike Justin Timberlake and whoever Louis Tomlinson is.

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    Is That It?

    Yeah. Yeah, that’s it. Well, there is the small detail of unlockable content. Which is most of the game. New celebrities, hair colors and even bandaids will cost you money. So if you really want that robin's egg blue bandage to cover the cut you made on Justin Bieber’s face, you’ll have to open up the old wallet. Frankly I didn’t even know Bieber could grow a beard. (BURN!)

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    The Bottom Line

    If you have disposable amounts of time and money that you’re itching to get rid of, Celebrity Shave is right for you. However, if you think your life can go on without shaving a virtual version of Harry Styles, then run. Run far away. Run until you can’t see an app store for miles. Or just don’t download this game. Either way.

  • Pokemon Go Should Come To Windows Phones

    Pokemon Go. It’s the two words you’ve been hearing over and over since the game came out. It’s the game you’ve seen everybody play as they look at their phone while walking down the street. As opposed to all the other apps they used to use while walking down the street. However, the game has yet to make an appearance on Windows phones. The game has no doubt been a huge hit, but only for Android and iOS phones. Where’s the love for the Windows users? Did somebody at Windows say that Digimon is better than Pokemon? (THE AUDACITY!) Let’s go over why Pokemon Go should definitely get on Windows phones ASAP.

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    It’s Good For Windows Phones

    While this may be the simplest reason to put Pokemon Go on Windows phones, it also makes the most sense. People are obsessed with Pokemon Go right now, meaning there’s money to be made. And who doesn't like money? Adding Pokemon Go to the Windows Store would definitely translate to some easy revenue. After all, those Lucky Eggs aren’t cheap. Sorry, I’ve been playing the game way too much.

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    May Prevent Brand Switching

    Because this game is so huge, people are going to want to play it. And that means somebody with a Windows phone and a love of staying trendy won’t think twice before ditching their Windows phone for a Samsung. If Windows wants to keep their user base, getting fantastic apps such as Pokemon Go is a must.

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    So What’s The Deal?

    I’ve heard many Windows users frustrated by certain essential apps being left off of their choice of phone. Don’t you think putting the hottest app in the world right now would be the perfect way to get back in everyone’s good graces? Heck, it may even win over some people that have switched from Windows phones in the past. Plus, the game’s just really, really fun. I think that’s the only argument I really need.

  • Pandora Review Windows

    For a long time, Pandora and internet music were pretty much synonymous. This was the time when your only options for music were to go to the store and spend your money, use iTunes and spend your money, or listen to the radio and save your money. At the time, Pandora was the only way to listen to music for free while personalizing your experience. In other words, you wouldn’t have to hear DJ’s with obnoxious voices or that one song by Supertramp ten times a day. Has the service held up? Let’ take a look at the Windows Pandora app.

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    What is Pandora?

    For those of you that haven’t heard of it (or have heard of it and are just in the mood for a recap), Pandora allows you to create personalized internet radio stations based on an artist or song you enjoy. In other words, if you’re in the mood for a good cry, you simply type in Adele and get ready for a nice, somber afternoon.

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    Is It Any Good?

    In the time since I regularly used Pandora, it seems not much has changed overall. You still create your stations, skip the songs you don’t want to hear (with some limits), and keep on listening. Is that a bad thing? Not really, as everything is kept very simple. Does it mean that many people will keep using it? Let’s talk about it.

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    The Bottom Line

    Now, it’s important to keep in mind that Pandora came out in a time long before we had a ton of music streaming platforms. Modern services such as Spotify and Google Play Music have their own services very similar (and maybe even better) than Pandora. The one thing I did enjoy was the specialized stations, such as hits by specific years and motivational songs for waking up. However, that may not be enough to get kids these days off of their Spotify. Darn kids! Get off my lawn. Internet music isn’t how it was in my day.

  • How To Use Voice Memos On iOS

    If you’re like me, you can’t remember anything. Be it birthdays, due dates, or people's names, remembering is not one of my best qualities. In fact, I don’t really remember what I was supposed to be writing about. Was I reviewing shoehorns? Ah yes, I was telling you how to use Voice Memos on your iOS device. Because taking notes on a plain old notepad might not help you remember essential details, you may want to try a more audio-ific approach. (Is that a word?) So let’s take a look at how to use Voice Memos on your iOS device.

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    The Basics

    Start out by opening up the “Extras” folder on your iOS device. There, you will see options such as “Tips”, Find Friends”, and plenty of other applications I have never opened. And never will. Anyways, Voice Memos is an application I’ve been meaning to try out. It’s as simple as hit the application, hit record, hit stop when you’re one, and you’ve got yourself a voice memo. Additionally, you can write down a name for the memo such as “Reminder” or “Reminder 2”. Or a name you’ve actually put thought into.

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    What Other Uses Does It Have?

    While the main focus of voice memos may be, well, as voice memos, there’s actually another great usage for the app: practicing podcasting and speaking. With the ability to trim down and edit your recordings, you can try out your on-air personality before you ever hit the airwaves. Just don’t be too freaked out at what you voice sounds like. Everybody has that reaction.

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    Should You Use Voice Memos?

    I truly believe Voice Memos for iOS devices to be a great app for productivity and memory. Additionally, it’s a great way to play around with your voice for speeches, podcasts, or even practicing singing the B-52’s greatest hits. Everyone should do that.

  • Family House Android Review

    Don’t you love spending time with the family? Maybe getting together for a reunion or even spending the holidays with them. Oh. You don’t? Hmm. Well what if you could start your own virtual family, spending valuable holidays with them? You still don’t? Well, I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe you need to learn the true meaning of family time. And what better way to do that then to play Family House for Android devices?

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    The Basics

    Family House didn’t exactly start out how I thought it would. You see, I expected it to start very much like The Sims, where you simply design a character and get going. Well, instead, things get a little...heavy. Whether they meant for that or not. For you see, you are greeted by a ghost at the doorstep who informs you that the house has been run down. The ghost then begins to beg you to stay and repair the house. Think it pretty much sounds like the beginning to a Stephen King novel? Well, yeah, I agree.

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    The Gameplay

    So, after the whole creepy ghost madness, you get into more normal life sim territory. You dress up your little guy, give him family members and things to do. Your overall main objective is to keep getting money and using it to improve the house. How do you get the money? Through cleaning up various colored goop that somehow gets on the walls and a surprisingly large amount of garbage on the floor. Seriously there's only two people living there, how does this happen?

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    Is It Fun?

    Family House isn’t quite the “Sims Lite” experience I thought it would be. There’s minor Sim-like things, such as starting a family and buying things for the house. But honestly that’s pretty much where the comparisons end. The game is more about building up your house and your family, doing menial tasks like cleaning walls to get coins. It’s not a bad concept, it’s just not quite what I expected. So what am I saying? I’m not sure.

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    The Bottom Line

    Family House doesn’t do anything revolutionary, but is still a nice, relaxed game. It’s more of a game that you’ll be playing in small doses long term, rather than large sessions here and there. So, if you just want to visit your virtual family ever once in awhile, this game’s for you. But they may miss you. Like your real family does. OK, I’ll stop guilting you. But go call your mother.

  • Either Android Review

    To be or not to be? Paper or plastic? To put extra cheese on it or not to put extra cheese on it? These are just a few of numerous questions that have been plaguing mankind since its dawn. Especially the cheese one. However, wouldn’t you like a way to not only divide up these different choices but see what other people choose as well? Really? Oh. Then the Either app for Android is definitely for you.

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    What is Either?

    Either is one of the simpler apps I’ve seen in my time using apps. Everything is stylized in a simple red and blue, highlighting the two different choices available. After you make your choice, there is a percentage statistic that shows how many others voted the same way as you. Did you want to see how many other people prefer Beyonce to Ke$ha? You’ll have the percentage available. Curious how many others prefer fame to fortune? You can check it out afterward. Want to know how many people prefer ketchup to mustard? Well, isn’t that everyone?

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    Why Is Either Fun?

    Either is what I like to think of as a “conversational” app. In other words, it’s perfect for when you need to kill some time with a few other people. The fun comes from seeing what others choose and discussing it. Friendships will be tested, nothing will ever be the same. You may look into the mirror and not recognize the person looking back at you. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.

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    Is That It?

    Well, yes. But I think there’s something charming about how simple Either is. Just because it doesn’t have too many layers doesn’t mean it can’t be entertaining. I’ve spent plenty of time on the bus with friends or even waiting for a meal discussing the great questions in life. Like if you’d rather be able to dance like Michael Jackson or sing like Michael Jackson. The very question that’s caused so many arguments, battles, and even wars in years past. Or so I assume.

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    Bottom Line

    Should you download this app or not download this app? (Get it? Because you get to choose between two things in the app. No? Alright. I’ll work on that.) If you’re looking for a simple, conversational app, Either is the way to go. It doesn’t over complicate things, it’s free, and you can play around with it for hours.

  • Disney Crossy Road iOS Review

    Crossy Road seems to be the next big thing in mobile gaming. And we’re not talking about some average game that will be forgotten someday soon. (Like that one game, umm. Hmm. I think it was DoodleCraft?) We’re talking about dining at the head table with mobile royalty like Angry Birds and Temple Run. Plus, I’ve already reviewed many Crossy Road imitators, always a sign that you’ve made it. Another sign that you’ve made it? Having crossovers with other properties. Is this Crossover Road worth playing? (Ah man that was lame.) Let’s take a look.

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    The Basics

    Now, I must admit I was a bit skeptical going into Disney Crossy Road. Don’t get me wrong, I love all things Disney. However, mobile games tend to have a bit of a bad track record with crossover tie-ins. Games like Angry Birds tend to have plenty of crossovers with other properties. However, much of the time it comes off as less of an interesting crossover and more like slapping a new coat of paint on an established game. In this particular game, though, the coat of paint is Disney. Which is a pretty good color. Let’s see if Disney Crossy Road breaks that trend.

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    The Gameplay

    Basically, it’s your standard Crossy Road experience but in various Disney universes. The gameplay itself is completely unchanged, at least from what I can tell. Instead of cars rolling by you’ll have pianos from the Haunted Mansion. Instead of Crossy Road music you get Mickey’s theme music. Instead of logs you’ll have ...something from Zootopia. I’m not sure. I haven’t seen that movie yet.

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    Is It Fun?

    OK, I admit, it’s pretty much just the same gameplay with a new look. However, there is one great addition that separates it from the others: collecting various Disney characters as playable, well, characters. And we’re not talking about just Mickey and Minnie. I got some obscure ones. How obscure? Does the gargoyle from Hunchback Of Notre Dame ring a bell? No? Exactly.

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    The Bottom Line

    Does this game do enough to justify downloading it instead of the original? Kind of. On the one hand there’s not enough changed to the gameplay to really make it a new game at all. On the other hand, I could see how one would get addicted to the quest to collect each Disney character. On the other other hand, it’s free. Is that too many hands? Whatever. Just try the game out for yourself.

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