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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Emissary of War

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

First things first: I know the video says iDevices. Obviously I didn't make it, but it's gorgeous and really captures the game experience better than any video I could do. With that out of the way, know this: Emissary of War is one of the best games on Android right now and probably the best game in its genre right now.

Emissary of War is epic. It takes the feeling or idea of a console or PC game and puts it on Android for us to enjoy. The first thing I immediately thought of when I saw the environments was World of Warcraft. Nerdy, I know, but that's what the open world and graphics and textures all reminded me of. It also kind of reminds me of say, Diablo, since you're walking around, fighting bad guys, and adding skills to your repertoire as you go along. Like I said, it's epic.

The story has got to be one of the best I've seen on Android, too. If someone decided to blow this out into an entire game, I wouldn't be surprised, and I hope more chapters are coming (eventually). You are Ghent, barbarian on a task to do some barbarian things and fight a bunch of bad guys along the way. Your companion is the trusty Hassock, a nice, bald-headed alchemist who gives you support via potions and has a bit of an issue with balance (he trips often).

Go from chapter-to-chapter, slaying baddies, picking up gold and runes, and upgrading your arsenal. There's an entire shop that has weapons for Ghent, potions for Hassock, and a slew of status upgrades for both of them. It's entirely up to you how you spend them, which is such an awesome thing.

Controls are all done via pointing. Tap a place on the screen, Ghent walks there and Hassock follows him. That's it. Tap on a bad guy to attack him. You can also control Hassock's potion queue by picking what order he'll throw things in. Ghent also has a sweet rage move he can use when his rage meter gets filled up. Depending on what sword he's got equipped will affect what rage move he does, though.

Graphically, I'm pretty blown away. There's real character models here and unique characters actually look special and unique. The legions of bad guys you take down all have the same face, but I wouldn't expect things to get that detailed. This game looks great, though. Environments, weapons, potions, everything. It's really a marvel to see something like this on Android.

Performance-wise, the only time my Thrive even remotely stuttered is when there were 15+ enemies on the screen and I was using a rage attack that hit everyone. Otherwise, this game runs well. There's no stutter, there's no lag.

Emissary of War is $1. Go and buy it, trust me. I think the entire story took me a couple of hours, but it was awesome. There were twists, there were turns. It's entirely voice acted, for cryin' out loud. This is truly a gem of a game and anyone who even remotely cares about Android gaming owes it to themselves to play it.

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Inside baseball: You can now hide the Superfooter

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Just a quick heads-up, folks, to let you know that you can now hide the Superfooter at the bottom of the page. Just click the little tab we've highlighted in the image above, shout "Be gone, Superfooter!" (really, you have to shout it, otherwise it won't work), and the Superfooter shall disappear forever. Or at least until you click the button again and shout "Superfooter, appear!"

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2 years ago

Android 101: Change what the search buttons searches

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2 years ago

FlightAware app now available for Android

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One of my favorite flight tracking websites soft-launched its Android App earlier this month. FlightAware is one of the most in-depth aviation websites around, with tons of content, tracking and information for those in the cockpit or sitting back in the cheap seats.

The Android app has all of the flight tracking you're used to from the website -- you can track by flight number, tail number or route. You can look up airport info (by name or airport code) as well, and see airport delays for the major hubs nationwide. If you're registered with FlightAware's website, you also can access your saved airports, aircraft and alerts.

The app is easy to use, but the maps could be a little smoother, and we'd kill to see Tripit support. FlightAware's not yet going to take over as our No. 1 travel app just yet, but it's certainly a strong showing for an initial launch.

We've got hands-on video, the press release and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Age of Zombies

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YouTube link for mobile viewing

Zombies, zombies, everywhere! In fact, not only are they everywhere, they're also every time. Such is the issue facing the world in Age of Zombies, thanks to a huge jerk named Professor Brains. (Don't worry, he gets his.) Enter protagonist Barry Steakfries, who quickly gets to what he does best: shooting things.

From there you begin your epic tale of bouncing around different eras in history, shooting zombies. You start off in prehistoric times with a brief tutorial, reduce a bunch of zombies to meaty pulp, and then move on your way. From there you'll encounter zombie cavemen, zombies who took that dumb time travel portal, and zombie T-Rex's. Yeah, you read that right.

Controls are done via two virtual joysticks (one on the left, one on the right), with the left controlling movement and the right controlling your gun. Both respond really well (especially on a tablet!), but if you're like me and end up moving your thumb too far off the joystick, prepare to get munched on by some zombies.

The graphics are really good looking (both on a phone and tablet) and while there's not full-blown voice acting, Barry does sort of mumble/grunt out whatever new weapon you've picked up. So picking up a 1UP sounds like "Hehhgstra life!" But he's Barry Steakfries and that's exactly how I'd expect him to sound (think Rocky after he'd gone the distance with Apollo Creed), so it works.

Gameplay is fun, if not a little repetitive. It's repetitively entertaining though, so it never seems to get old or boring. Just when you think you can get complacent, some giant samurai zombie is going to pop out and keep you on your toes until he's been reacquainted with the earth. Have your finger slip off of the joystick and watch the zombies come barrelling down on you from every side. It'll keep you working (and having fun), and that much is worth it to me.

Age of Zombies runs $2.99 in the Android Market, but for a game that runs on tablets just as well as phones, that's a steal. Keep in mind this game comes to us from the same team that developed Fruit Ninja, so if you're expecting anything less than awesome, you might need to up your standards. Age of Zombies is fun. And there's zombies in it. Isn't that enough for anyone?

We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch kernel source now available

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In what may possibly be the fastest turnaround for kernel source code releases from Samsung, the still fresh out of the box Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch kernel source is now available for download via the Samsung Open Source Release Center. This is a good way to start off a release, now developers will be able to jump right into things and start developing some custom kernels for us all and see what limits can be pushed on the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. In order to get the download link, you'll have to search for D710 on the Samsung Open Source Center.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

The top Epic 4G Touch forums

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So you've got your Sprint Epic 4G Touch, eh? Or maybe you're still looking. Either way, we've got everything you need to know in our Epic 4G Touch Forums. Here are but a few of the top threads:

And that's just to get things started. Be sure to stop by!

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2 years ago

Android App Review: MellowYellow Theme for CM7

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With the arrival of the CyanogenMod 7 alpha for the EVO 3D and the Sensation, it meant I could finally take advantage of the theme engine that's built in. I've been on a bit of a yellow kick lately, so I was pretty excited when I pulled the trigger and installed MellowYellow.

For anyone who has used MattedBlues before, you'll probably be able to tell MellowYellow comes from the same developer. It's described as being for people that "love minimalism, dark greys and blacks with bright highlights" and it certainly delivers on that front.

Once you've selected MellowYellow from inside the Theme Engine app, all your taskbar icons, highlights, check arrows, and the like go yellow. That's expected, so all is good. There's also at least one new icon that I found, the 3G indicator, when you're not on Wifi or 4G.

The biggest visual change is the notification pulldown menu. Instead of the usual pulldown, all of the CM7 widgets are now black on a background of yellow. (I've found if you make the widget color black, it blends really well.) The pulldown bar itself is different, too, pleasantly transparent and sporting a MellowYellow'd Android head at the bottom.

The phone dialer has also received a much-needed revamp, with the same transparency found on the pulldown bar. The font has also been altered slightly, and there's plenty of empty space, giving the dialer a clean, open look. This is seen throughout all of the dialer menus, too.

Overall, I'm really pleased with MellowYellow. I liked MattedBlues when it came out, I knew these guys were good, but to see them branch out into other colors (orange next, please?) is great. The theme works without a hitch, looks great, and adds a great vibe to the phone.

MellowYellow for CM7 is $2.99 in the Android Market.

We've got more screenshots and download links after the break.

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2 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Waze and Android Central device giveaways

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A couple weeks back the good folks at Waze got together with us and had a blow-out of a contest.  The huge list of prizes -- tablets, and the best smartphones on the planet -- got everyone excited, and now it's time for seven folks to get even more excited, as we present the winners.  Playing was fun for all, and yours truly discovered a great app with Waze for Android, but the following folks get the added pleasure of some new Android gear to add to their experience:

Congrats ladies and gents!  The folks at Waze will be in touch shortly, via the contact information you provided through the app.  They just shared the winners with us so we could congratulate you ourselves.  Have fun with your new Android devices, and be sure to use 'em to munch some Androids while you're out and about.  Let's all wish them well in the comments guys.  And once again, thanks to Waze for the awesome contest!

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2 years ago

Type like a pirate - PirateKey X

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Arrrrr, matey. If ye wants to talk like a pirate, PirateKey X be the keyboard of choice. OK, we can't keep that up. But keyboard maker Swiftkey has released PirateKey X in advance of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Monday September 19. Once you get through the piratey setup, it'll help predict your text like normal (and Swiftkey's really good at that), and as it does so, it'll help translate into pirate-speak.

So it's a little novelty app, but it's well done, and it's all a part of Swiftkey's larger community relaunch. You can get PirateKey X from Swiftkey's VIP community at the link below. Full release is after the break.

More: PirateKey X; Swiftkey VIP forum

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