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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Spirit HD

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Holy moly. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I downloaded this game. I've got this nice, shiny Thrive to check out tablet apps on, and this was featured, so I figured "Why not?" Lemme tell ya, as far as Android games go, one of the best decisions I could have made.

In Spirit (HD optional), you control this little ghost-looking guy, presumably a spirit via touch. He's a deceptively powerful little guy, creating black holes/vortexes/scary holes that swallow stuff whenever he makes two points of his movement trail touch. This is the key to your victory.

The reason he can make these portals is out of sheer defense, because there's shapes (yes, shapes) of various colors and abilities that are out to hurt you. One touch, boom, you're done. It feels very Geometry Wars in terms of aesthetic, but fortunately, the gameplay differs.

What I noticed in my time with Spirit is that the levels are seemingly random. One level, I faced these terrifying, red triangles that came at you like a booby trap from an Indiana Jones movie. That same level (the next time I played) had green laser shapes shooting, you guessed it, lasers at me. That was pretty refreshing, because it keeps working through the lower levels from getting stale.

There's also three modes of gameplay. There's Classic, Extreme, and Pulse. Classic is just what you'd expect: Good, ol' fashioned shape-destroying via scary portal. Extreme ups the ante, sending more deadly shapes your way. Move quick, or your Spirit goes bye-bye.

Pulse takes your normal system of gameplay and turns it on its head. Instead of being able to create portal by making circles, you need to fly into the circle pulse orbs that spawn. Hit one and you get a nice portal for a little bit. In the mean time, baddies of all color and variety are teleporting in, and it can get pretty hectic really quickly. It's incredibly challenging and definitely my favorite way to play.

Spirit is an awesome game, and I can tell why it did so well on iOS. What's really cool for us Android users is that if you buy Spirit, you get both the phone and tablet version with one purchase, so you can install on any device you have and you'll be able to play. Spirit is $1.30, and it's not priced unfairly.

Download links are after the break.

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2 years ago

Barnes and Noble Nook Color transformed into the best refrigerator magnet ever

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Welcome to the future ladies and gentlemen, please keep your head and arms inside the car at all times, and do not feed the bloggers.  If you look to your right, you'll see that Android Central member wabyrd has turned his Nook Color into a hell of a smart refrigerator magnet.  Besides being flat out the best thing ever, if doesn't even look hard to do.  A little CyanogenMod 7, a few handy widgets and apps, a handful of button magnets and some adhesive from your local hardware store puts you in business.  If you're interested, head into the Nook Color forums and have a read.  This little $250 tablet just keeps getting better and better. 

Source: Android Central forums

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2 years ago

White HTC Droid Incredible 2 available today at Best Buy for $149

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A couple days back we got confirmation from Best Buy about the upcoming exclusive they would have on a white version of the HTC Droid Incredible 2. Today is the big day, if you want the device head into your local Best Buy location and grab one of them for $149.99 on contract! Unfortunately it is said to ship with 2.2, so users will need to upgrade it on their own, but hey not such a bad thing. Will you be grabbing one of these today? If so, be sure to let us know!

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2 years ago

Samsung Conquer 4G now available from Sprint for $100

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The Samsung Conquer 4G goes on sale today at Sprint stores, online, and telesales for a cool $100 on a two year contract. The mid-range Gingerbread device sports a 3.5 inch HVGA display, 1GHz processor, and both front and rear cameras. Oh, and let's not forget that the Conquer runs on Sprint's WiMAX network. Pretty powerful stuff for a pretty low price. Anyone running out to grab one today?

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Project started to port Android to the $99 HP TouchPad

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At $99 bucks, the HP TouchPad would make one hell of an Android Tablet.  It has about the same basic internals of the HTC EVO 3D, a decent 1024x768 IPS display, and after the news that HP was killing them off, it now has the right price.

Android could work nicely on it, and it's only natural that someone is going to try it.  The work won't be easy -- there's the matter of hardware support for all the "peripherals" like sensors and wireless, file partitions need figured out, and all other manner of geeky things under the hood need tweaked to even get it booting up.  But we've heard from several people who are planning to do just that, and we wish them the best of luck.  Hopefully, some of the users that will be flocking to Android from webOS will have some know-how and they will be able to work with our talented Android development community and make it so.

OK, OK. So it's not like people haven't tried to get Android on webOS hardware (and vice-versa) before. Both platforms have been around long enough that such unholy hacking was inevitable. But now that the TouchPad is a mere $99, you're going to see a lot more people getting in the game.

Kicking yourself for not picking one up for $99?  Yeah, so am I.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Precedent coming to Straight Talk

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Straight Talk, the TracPhone MVNO featured nationwide at WalMart locations, is introducing the Samsung Galaxy Precedent, the latest prepay from Samsung, and it very closely resembles the Boost Mobile Prevail.  We can't be sure the innards are the same, but we also can't see Samsung building a completely different model at these price points -- $150 with no contract and on Straight Talk's $45 monthly unlimited plan.  Straight Talk uses the T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon networks, so we're not exactly sure if this is a GSM or CDMA device, but we are sure it looks like a bargain and should make for an excellent phone for the value shoppers out there.  We've got a short promo video after the break, and you can sign up to stay in the loop at the source link.

Source: Straight Talk; via Engadget

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for August 20, 2011

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Got apps? We do, and we love to share them with you. The market continues to grow, but we all know that it can add a bit of confusion to finding apps. Hit the break with us while we take a look at some of our favorites again.

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2 years ago

ROM review: GPA (Gingerbread Peter Alfonso) for the Nexus S 4G

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We love reader-submitted ROM reviews, and once again we have Android Central member digitalslacker and his the Nexus S 4G, bringing us a review of GPA for the Nexus S 4G.  This one is a treat -- Peter Alfonso is a developer a lot of you guys already know, and now he is working with the NS4G to see what he can squeeze out of it. Hit the break and see what Pete has done with the blank slate Google and Sprint has given us.

Editor's note: Like many custom ROMs, the nightly builds of GPA are always changing (that's why they are called nightly!).  The current nightly version may have minor changes from the reviewed version, but the overall experience should remain the same.

Discuss ROM, hacks, and more for the Nexus S 4G
Thanks, digitalslacker!

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2 years ago

How I use my Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Here at Android Central we review new devices all the time, but one question we're commonly asked is what devices we purchase for ourselves.  Sure, playing with a shiny new toy is great, but what do we buy for ourselves, and what uses do we find for them?  This will hopefully be the first in a series of articles where we attempt to answer that question. 

After the break, I'll try and explain what made me pick the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (it certainly wasn't the name), and how I find it fits into my everyday life.

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2 years ago

Android Game Review: Herman the Hermit

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Herman the Hermit is a strange guy. He lives up on a mountain, being all hermity, honing his mind and body for jumping from platform to platform. He's also totally insane. Plus, he can't ever actually die. This is the premise of Herman the Hermit.

The first time you open the game up, you're shown a tutorial on how to leap to-and-fro. You "slice" at an angle to plan your jump, and then Herman goes for it. You'll notice my slicing is pretty off the first time, but I definitely got better the more I played the game.

Your objective is to either jump over platforms to keep your time meter filled or pick up the clock power-ups to refill your time meter. The more time you have in your meter, the longer your game. You accumulate points for stringing together many leaps without falling as well as having your distance tracked. In all, you're shooting both a high score and a far distance.

Fortunately, if you fall or miss a platform, Herman simply uses his staff like a helicopter propeller and floats himself right back to the bottom of the screen, where you're free to slice your way back onto the platforms.

There's also a number of interesting power-ups, like a lightning bolt, a jet pack, and a rocket. Any one of these nets you a nice combo, as it hits every platform in front of you for a while, stringing together a nice combo. All of them are pretty self-explanatory, too. Grab the bolt and turn into a lightning bolt. Put on the pack and fly around, Rocketeer-style. And the big rocket? Let's just say it reminds me of Dr. Strangelove.

The graphics are really stellar and gameplay is smooth. I wouldn't expect anything less from a studio like Capcom, but the polish really shines through. Gameplay can get repetitive and I'm not sure it's necessarily skill-based so much as just flicking your finger around, but it's still good for killing time. Herman the Hermit is 99 cents in the Market, if you're interested.

Download links are after the break.

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