Archive for July 2012
Hello there and welcome to another installment of Appy Monday!
This week we have a game that requires a certain amount of skill, think spiderman and his webs. Rope’n’ Fly- From Dusk Till Dawn is the sequel to Rope ‘n’ Fly an already very very popular game in the app store.
You are a rag doll, that can swing from skyscraper to skyscraper with the aid of ropes. cast out a rope to attach to a building and start swinging then tap again to release it, creat momentum to throw you tot he next skyscraper where you can throw another rope, propelling you through the sky…. well that the plan!
In addition to skyscrapers you can attach your rope to balloons or planes, these will help you finish the level quicker thus gaining a higher score and beating your friends who you can compete against online.
The game is riddle with various jump achievements to gain extra points. But remember the rag doll is destructible so if he falls its lights out.
Check out the video trailer below of the game, you can download the Rope ‘n’ Fly for free on Google Play. Oh yeah… Have yourself an Appy Monday
Gradually Google are trying to get rid of the keyboard! Handwrite, the latest development from Google for your mobile handset lets you use your finger or stylus (if you are that way inclined) to write a search term straight your phones screen while on the Google homepage, Google will interpret the writing and automatically search for it.
Its works pretty well, even when my handwriting is dodge, I’ve tried it out on the HTC One X
To activate Handwrite, visit the google homepage while on your mobile device, both tablets and phones will work, got o settings at the bottom of the page. In there you will find a setting to enable Handwrite (It is turned off by default)
This is still an experiment mode so some browsers may not work but it should work on your stock browser. Check out the video below for further info.
For this week’s Appy Monday we have another puzzle game, Flow should leave you happier than last weeks installment! There were reports of shear frustration with some levels of 100 Doors!
So to get your Monday off to an ‘appyier’ start, Flow is alot less taxing on the brain cells.
In a nutshell, Flow is a connect the dots game. There is a grid with pairs of coloured dots, you have to draw a line connecting each coloured pair, but you can’t cross lines or the flow will break.
As you start moving up the levels the grids get bigger, making working out how to join the dots that bit more complex. There are 300 levels, it’ll be level 80 or 90 before things get hairy with grids reaching 8×8 and 9×9 in size.
You can also play the game in time trial mode where you race against the clock to finish each level, this gives a faster paced dimension to a game where in the regular mode you can take the to contemplate your next move.
Download Flow Free on google play, it’s a great game just to pick up if you have a minute or two to play a level. That said it can be addictive! And remember… have yourself an Appy Monday
Patent battles and whats at stake…. well here’s a good example!
In a ruling by the British Judge Colin Birss, Apple now have to run ads both on their website and in print media stating that Samsung did not copy Apple’s iPad design.
Judge Briss ruled in favour of the technology giant Samsung last week by stating that the Galaxy Tab was not “as cool” as the Apple iPad and therefore did not infringe on Apple’s design of the iPad. Apple must publish a notice stating the fact on, not only their website for a minimum of six months but also in British newspapers.
This has got to be a pretty big blow to Apple’s future legal cases, you would wonder… if Steve was still around would you see this ad for Samsung up on the Apple website or better yet what way would twist it!
Escape the room is the idea…. you start each level confronted by a closed door, you must use the objects, images or hints around the room to unlock the door and escape to the next level. You might say the next level is more difficult but that depends on how your brain works! For example, some levels took me an ice age to solve, whereas the very next level the solution jumped out at me straight away… there is also the chance you might solve the level by accident. (you’ll have to play it to realise what I mean)
Play ability is great, pretty addictive, once you solve a level you could possibly use that solution or that idea on another level. So the learning aspect drives you on when you get stuck on a particular level. That said 100 Doors is known for being quite tough, a good bit tougher than 100 Floors, (by the way, as of writing 100 Floors had over 5 million downloads and 100 Doors half a million on Google Play) It’s like the hardcore version of 100 Floors, so you have been warned…!
Build and graphic quality are well, lets just say Pixar didn’t design it…. but then again you don’t need super 3 dimensional images and animations that make your eyeballs tumble in their sockets! There are few minor glitches when refreshing or transitioning to another level but the game works and that’s the main thing.
Overall a good puzzle game, well worth downloading if you few a minutes to spare in the day, those minutes could easily turn to hours of frustration trying to solve some levels!!
VLC the media player has been around as a desktop version for over 10 years. It was the go-to application to play most any format or codec know to mankind for both video or music. Some even joked it would even open word docs. Finally VLC has hit the world of android…. this is not before time!!.
There have been VLC remotes and streaming apps available to android for some time but this is the first time the actual VLC media player is available on the platform. Bear in mind the version currently on Google Play (VLC Beta (NEON version)) is a beta version hence the name! and as the developers mention in their description “It might kill your kitten, destroy your house and start the mayan apocalypse. Use it at your own risk.”
Well I’ve taken the leap and installed this baby on my machine and it is good… real good!
Granted it is beta and there are a few bits missing from the full version but you do have the ability to play audio and video files aswell as network streaming like in the full desktop version. It has a built in media library to browse your files and a widget for audio control among other bits and pieces.
The interface overall is great with nice sliding transitions when you click an album name for example the button will glow orange and slide to the next screen.
At times though you do get the feeling its a little unfinished, but there again comes your warning!! it’s in beta so read the description on Google Play before you download!