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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Apparatus

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Sometimes I come across a game that makes me feel really dumb really challenges the ol' noggin of mine, and I know I just have to share it with you all, the Android faithful (because Android users are inherently smart). Apparatus is one such game, and by the time you're done with it, you'll deserve either a pat on the back or a tasty cold one (or both).

If the name didn't completely give it away, Apparatus is about just that: building apparatuses. To do what, you may ask? To make sure a dark blue ball makes it's way safely into a sky blue box. That's it.

Now if you're wondering what makes Apparatus so difficult, it's because the game uses physics and all, so if any of your parts aren't stable and attached to something, they'll fall away into the nothingness pit that makes up the bottom of the screen.

Fortunately there's no penalty for completely botching the job (sometimes it's the only way to learn what's going on), and a simple tap of the pause button will get all of your objects reset on the screen.

For the first couple of levels there are hints that'll show you the ropes on apparatus-building (like how batteries work, how to tell which way your plank of wood will spin, and how to attach pieces of material together), so you're not totally out in the cold, but once you've been taught the basics, it's up to your own ingenuity to get the job done.

Perhaps even more amazing than the levels the game has you work through are the community-designed levels and the sandbox. From within the sandbox, you can build either an apparatus or a building challenge. When you're done designing your masterpiece, you can upload it to the community levels to people can try and beat it or just watch it unfold.

It's absolutely amazing to see someone construct a rudimentary gun using only these simple tools, or an impressive fireworks show with the only trigger being a wheel rolling over them, and more than makes this app worth its price.

Apparatus feel like one of those "must have" games on Android. It's cheap, forces you to be creative, and is filled with levels. Even if you never touch the main game, the sandbox and community sections can easily take hours out of your otherwise productive day, as you build and see what others have built. In a word, it's stellar.

Apparatus is $2.45 in the Android Market. We've got download links after the break.

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2 years ago

BaconReader - A Reddit reader even vegetarians can enjoy!

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Everyone likes bacon right? Of course you do, and now you can take bacon with you around everywhere. Ok it's BaconReader for Reddit, not actually bacon you can carry around. But it's a pretty awesome Reddit reader that has a ton of features built in:

  • Full user profile support
  • Color coded comment threads
  • Easy to use, full featured inbox
  • Rageface and look of disapproval support
  • One-tap access to your favorite subreddits
  • Search for new subreddits based on name or keyword and subscribe to them

If you're looking for a new way to dig into Reddit content, then make sure you take BaconReader for a spin. If you're really hardcore, you can upgrade to remove within the app for $1.99 to remove ads. You can hit the break for the download link and some more screenshots.

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2 years ago

Duck Duck Moose brings a slightly trippy 'Itsy Bitsy Spider' to Android

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The developer of one of our favorite Android kids apps is backing, bringing its version of the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" to Android smartphones and tablets. Like its previous title, Wheels on the Bus, your kid taps its way through the app, with plenty of creatures and characters to interact with while learning the song.

In this case, the Itsy Bitsy Spider's working his way up the drain, in the rain, back down the spout again, and all that jazz. But it's got some friends along for the ride, and things get a little ... interesting when the snail turns into a banana, and a Nyan Cat sort-of-looking thing slides down the rainbow.

For just $1.99, it's good for the kid, and weird enough to keep the parents amused. Hit the break for download links.

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2 years ago

Paper Zombie slice and dices its way into the Android Market

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Looking for something new to get addicted to? Yeah, we figured as much, and today the folks at Wildbit Studios have launched a new free game into the Android Market called Paper Zombie. Combining a first person shooter style, with an action filled adventure this game is sure to draw your interest, and create hours of entertainment. Check out the video above for a quick overview, and then be sure to hit the break for download links!

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2 years ago

SEGA partners with PapayaMobile to release Fallen Realms

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A new role-playing game for the Android platform enhanced with Papaya’s social features has been released in the Android Market and for those of you who enjoy classic turned-based battle controls that don't really require a lot of attention-- it might be worth a look.

Fallen Realms, places you in a free to play fantasy world where you must earn, discover, or purchase a deep assortment of weapons, armor, and magic to customize your character all in an effort to unearth seven dark artifacts whose powers will save or destroy all.

If you're not really a hardcore gamer and more a casual gamer who likes easy to control touch and play based games, Fallen Realms may be a perfect fit. It's pretty basic in its offerings and for some -- may feel repetative. Download link is past the break for you all, as well check out the source link for more info.

Source: VerticalWire

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2 years ago

Rovio explains new permissions in Angry Birds Seasons update

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Angry Birds Seasons just got a new holiday update. But along with the new levels in "Wreck the Halls" came a few new permissions, including phone state and SMS permission, that furrowed a few brows. We caught up with Rovio for a big of explantion. Here 'tis:

On Android, the Angry Birds game itself asks only for the permission to use the Internet. Versions of the game that include advertisements, support for in-app purchases, or both, require additional permissions. The ones that might concern our customers the most are coarse location, phone state and SMS related permission.

Coarse Location:
Coarse location is used to target advertisements geographically, for example to avoid showing Chinese advertisements in the USA and vice-versa. Android also allows finer location discovery, but we have decided not to enable it for advertisement purposes.

Phone State Permissions:
The phone state permission is used to identify devices in order to implement advertisement frequency capping and targeting. Basically the aim is to avoid a situation where our customer has to view the same advertisement too many times on the device in question.

SMS related permissions:
SMS related permissions allow in-app purchases, where available. For example the Mighty Eagle, to be securely billed on the device owner’s phone bill.

Rovio does take privacy issues very seriously. The Android permissions that our games require are constantly reviewed and we strive to provide the best possible user experience while respecting our customers’ privacy.

Hope that clears things up for ya.

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2 years ago

Vector Unit announces new game Shine Runner, available now

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Vector Unit, the folks behind Riptide GP (one of the best games for Android ever), has let us know that a new title -- Shine Runner -- will be available tomorrow in the Android Market.  Imagine the same type of amazing physics and graphics used for futuristic Jet-Skis in Riptide GP, but imported into a moonshine runners airboat deep in the southern swamps, complete with gators, shacks, stumps, and revenuers.  The game's goal is to maximize your score over a ten day period of smuggling through rivers and bayous, while keeping a step ahead of Johnny Law.  But I think I'm going to end up with the same mindset as Ralf Knoesel, Vector Unit’s Technical Director, who says:

Our theme for this game is simple.  Two words: ’Redneck Chaos.’ Yes, there’s strategy to the trading meta-game, but personally I just love smashing alligators into chicken coops, punting cops off the tops of levies… I’ve been working on Shine Runner for months now and I still laugh when I’m playing.

You had me at redneck chaos, Ralf.  Hit the jump to see a few more screenshots and a gameplay trailer, then join me as we all wait patiently for tomorrow.

More: Vector Unit

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2 years ago

Carrier IQ, in a new press release, reminds us it works for the carriers

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Carrier IQ has issued a new press release defending its business and reminding us all that it works not unilaterally, but for the operator -- the carrier. The nut:

Carrier IQ acts as an agent for the Operators. Each implementation is different and the diagnostic information actually gathered is determined by our customers – the mobile Operators. Carrier IQ does not gather any other data from devices.

We've got a massive discussion coming up on the podcast, folks.

Check out the whole press relase for yourself after the break.

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2 years ago

UK networks insist they don't use Carrier IQ software

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There's been plenty of coverage surrounding Carrier IQ in recent days, so it was only a matter of time before we'd be hearing whisperings over on this side of the Atlantic. However, some of the UK networks have come out and insisted that they absolutely do not employ the Carrier IQ software. 

Speaking to The Guardian, Vodafone, Orange and O2 all say they do not install the software on any of their devices in the UK, and to their knowledge it isn't shipped on any of the phones that they sell. 

Vodafone Portugal however are allegedly going to start using the software, according to Carrier IQ themselves. But in the UK at least, there's no apparent reason to be concerned. 

Source: The Guardian

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2 years ago

Angry Birds Seasons gets back in the Christmas spirit, but will new permissions bring out the Grinches?

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It's that time of year again -- Eggnog, Christmas Carols, presents under the tree, and the second year of your Angry Birds Seasons Advent Calendar.

Dubbed "Wreck The Halls" the update is live in the Market right now bringing another 25 Christmas flavoured levels. Apparently on the last day, we get to meet the "Big Pig" himself. We won't bore you with any gameplay information, after all, this is Angry Birds right?

All that said: The new version's added some new permissions. And judging by the comments in the Android Market, a good many of you aren't keen on that. Chances are it's just a slip and that Angry Birds isn't spying on your phone calls, folks.

Download links after the break.

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