Android games http://www.stuff.tv/android/android-games/all en-GB Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Monument Valley is the Mobile Game of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Escher-inspired puzzler is the finest phone or tablet-based diversion of the past 12 months </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monument Valley is the best mobile game of the year" alt="Monument Valley is the best mobile game of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-mobile-game-monument-valley_final.jpg?1418997305" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Although we love our console games, you can&rsquo;t take them with you on the bus.</p> <p>So we turn to our smartphone games to keep us company on our commutes, to kill time when we&rsquo;re queuing and to generally block out the cold grey world. And what better way to escape quotidian mundanity than the mind-bending trip into a magical world you undertake in <em>Monument Valley</em>? It&#39;s our favourite mobile game of 2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Monument Valley </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you like aimlessly moving coloured blobs around your screen it&rsquo;s unlikely the brief but brilliant experience of <em>Monument Valley</em> will interest you, but in a world that&rsquo;s normally about little more than tapping players for cash, this Escher-esque puzzler stands out like a perspective-warped thumb. Conquer its optical illusions and guide the princess to the end of each level for one of the most memorable mobile gaming experiences in years. It&rsquo;s not exactly difficult but sometimes it&rsquo;s the journey rather than the destination that makes a trip worthwhile.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-monument-valley/review" target="_blank">Monument Valley review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vUABzeh55hQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: BioShock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Everyone&rsquo;s favourite Libertarian underwater dystopia has been rebuilt for your iPhone this year, bringing gunplay, gorgeously decayed Art Deco settings and philosophical pondering to your commute. Yes, the touchscreen controls take a bit of getting used to (though you can always connect a gamepad), but the fact that they&#39;ve managed to cram a previous-gen console title into your pencil-thin iThing is frankly mind-boggling.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bioshock-ios/review" target="_blank">Bioshock iOS review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7HAyShZw6mM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: The Nightmare Cooperative </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With flesh-eating giant snails, pools of acid and many more ways to die, <em>The Nightmare Cooperative</em> is a scary place to spend your commute. A sliding puzzler similar to Threes! the aim is to raid dungeons without unlocking too many monsters. The gameplay, although uniquely brilliant, can be rather cruel and may involve sacrificing your teammates &lsquo;for the greater good&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review" target="_blank">The Nightmare Cooperative review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Nv0T3tw-luk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Eliss Infinity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one&rsquo;s for you, organisational ogres and neat-freaks. <em>Eliss Infinity</em> puts you in charge of a small section of the universe to keep tidy, and then lobs planets, vortexes and space storms at you at an alarming rate. Your success relies on a gold medal-winning performance of finger gymnastics, plus sheer determination to keep going despite the deluge.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review" target="_blank">Eliss Infinity review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VuKGJyJZY7s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Hitman GO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re after a bloodbath, look elsewhere. But if you&rsquo;re partial to a bit of strategy or Cluedo, this chin-stroking reworking of the <em>Hitman</em> series may be just the thing. To work your crafty way around the board game-like grid, sneak up on the bad guys or distract them by throwing rocks. There are no time limits, so there&rsquo;s no need to get flustered.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-hitman-go/review" target="_blank">Hitman GO review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/l9kJxrLSwHU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Threes! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Stuff team is so addicted to <em>Threes!</em> that it&rsquo;s a wonder we get anything done at all. On the face of it, it&rsquo;s pretty simple: you merge number cards to get as higher total as possible; with new cards added each time you make a move. Add in some cute catchphrases and you&rsquo;ve got yourself a 4am mad swipe-fest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news" target="_blank">Drop everything and try Threes!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YonTc2jLXEA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: The Room Two </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The most exciting game you&#39;ll ever play that involves opening a box, the much-anticipated sequel to <em>The Room</em> challenges you with more ambitious environments and multi-layered puzzles than its predecessor. Now there are multiple rooms with clues scattered throughout and each chapter is set in a particular location such as a ship or jungle. You can manipulate artefacts using swipes, pinches and double-taps, although it&rsquo;s easy to fumble &ndash; the oppressive atmosphere puts you on edge.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CbGaddIZzVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: The Walking Dead season 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike most zombie-infested games, in <em>The Walking Dead</em> you&#39;ll have to put down your gun and get out your tissues; things are about to get emotional. A brilliant extension of the <em>Walking Dead</em> universe, this episodic game focuses on the difficult decisions young Clementine has to make in order to find safety and survive, now that she&rsquo;s all alone. Sob. Or not&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-22-best-gadgets-year/feature">See all the Stuff Gadget Awards 2014 winners</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3RkuY03QCVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature#comments Android games Apps and Games Gadget Awards 2014 Gaming iOS games Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:55:06 +0000 Stephen Graves 1453849 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Skype Translator preview begins, Devil May Cry coming to PS4 and Xbox One, and the VR fitness routine http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-skype-translator-preview-begins-devil-may-cry-coming-ps4-and-xbox-one-and-vr <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news tidbits you need to begin the day well informed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Skype Translator" alt="Skype Translator" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/skype-translator-kids.png?1418780019" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skype Translator preview opens up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Skype has already helped the world feel smaller and more connected during its existence, but the Microsoft-owned service looks to take things several steps further with the launch of near real-time translation. And Skype Translator is already rolling out via a preview program that began yesterday.</p> <p>The preview version is only available to Windows 8.1 users at present, whether you&rsquo;re on PC, tablet, or phone, and as of now includes just English and Spanish spoken language conversion - but it has more than 40 written languages that can be converted on the fly during instant messaging.</p> <p>Microsoft showcased the tech by creating the above video - thanks to students at Stafford Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington USA and Peterson School in Mexico City, Mexico - but the potential audience here is obviously much broader than schoolchildren.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.skype.com/en/translator-preview/?intcmp=blogs-_-generic-click-_-skype-translator-preview-an-exciting-journey-to-a-new-chapter-in-communication">Sign up now</a>&nbsp;to give it a shot.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.skype.com/2014/12/15/skype-translator-preview-an-exciting-journey-to-a-new-chapter-in-communication/">Skype Big Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/skype-getting-real-time-translation-technology/news">Skype getting &ldquo;real-time&rdquo; translation technology</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G87pHe6mP0I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DmC: Devil May Cry getting new-gen release </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of last year&rsquo;s top action games,&nbsp;<em>DmC: Devil May Cry</em>&nbsp;- the reboot of Capcom&rsquo;s frantic franchise - will be re-released in a remastered version for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 17 March 2015. The new&nbsp;<em>Definitive Edition</em>&nbsp;will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second, with a wealth of previous downloadable content bundled onto the disc, such as a bonus campaign, new modes, and various other tweaks.</p> <p>Additionally, Capcom says it will bring predecessor&nbsp;<em>Devil May Cry 4</em>&nbsp;to Xbox One and PS4 sometime next summer, we&rsquo;d hazard a guess that it&#39;ll be a less extravagant downloadable release. However, no real details were mentioned on that front, so we&#39;ll have to loop back after&nbsp;<em>DmC</em>&nbsp;makes its second debut.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capcom-unity.com/gregaman/blog/2014/12/15/announcing-dmc-definitive-edition-plus-a-very-special-teaser">Capcom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dmc-devil-may-cry/review">DmC: Devil May Cry review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/owAUCZsDvBM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to work out in VR? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Virtual reality could be the next great medium for interactive experiences, and developers are busy dreaming up the possibilities. But do you really want to strap on a headset, close off your senses to the world, and start working out to fitness routines inside your home?</p> <p>Fitness app company Runtastic believes so, and has developed an Oculus Rift and Kinect-centric virtual reality fitness experience as a proof of concept, with a virtual trainer and look-based interactions with menus. We could see this being very nauseating, (extra) sweaty, and perhaps even dangerous, but we won&rsquo;t know until someone flails wildly into a lamp, right?</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBPxkPwk8pQ">YouTube</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/15/runtastic-vr-exercise/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/oculus/new-oculus-rift-crescent-bay-prototype-headset-revealed-built-audio/news">New Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype headset revealed with built-in audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NBPxkPwk8pQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hearthstone begins rolling out to Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</em>, Blizzard&rsquo;s immensely popular free-to-play collectible card game, has started rolling out to Android tablets after strong debuts on iPad and computers. It&rsquo;s available now in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, but this soft launch window won&rsquo;t last for long: the publisher says a worldwide rollout via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore is happening in the &ldquo;days ahead.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/2ds/fully-charged-samsung-galaxy-note-4-suddenly-launching-week-korea-blizzard-cancels-its-next-mmo-">Blizzard cancels its next MMO project</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TQvtgCfvnN4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-skype-translator-preview-begins-devil-may-cry-coming-ps4-and-xbox-one-and-vr#comments Android games Console games Gaming Health and fitness Microsoft Virtual Reality Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455475 at http://www.stuff.tv 35 fantastic free Android games http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fun doesn’t have to require funding. Got an Android phone or tablet? Then these are the greatest games… gratis! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The 35 best free Android games" alt="35 best free Android games" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/supermonsters.jpg?1415529327" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are hundreds of fantastic games available for Android, and a lot of them are available for absolutely nothing.</p> <p>Whether ad-supported or based on a (boo and indeed hiss) &ldquo;freemium&rdquo; model, these titles are free &ndash; and guaranteed to make your morning commute a little less painful.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/best-cheap-tablets-world-reviewed/feature">The best cheap tablets in the world - reviewed</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Badland </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Quite beautiful, is <em>Badland</em>. It&rsquo;s a physics-based auto-scrolling game where you &lsquo;push&rsquo; a bat-like creature through a series of atmospheric, silhouetted levels (and yeah, before you say it, we know its look is &ldquo;heavily inspired&rdquo; by <em>Limbo</em>). It sounds simple but the capricious physics engine and devilish, hazard-stocked levels make it frustrating tough at times &ndash; but if you get stuck there&rsquo;s always the brilliant local multiplayer mode to fall back on, which lets up to four people play simultaneously on a single device.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogmind.badland" target="_blank">Download Badland here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7nkxyKo09Qs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super Monsters Ate My Condo! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Super Monsters Ate My Condo!</em> is a match-three game with a little bit of Jenga and a whole lot of mental. Coloured apartment floors relentlessly drop from the top of the screen. You swipe away unwanted ones to make matches and combos that ramp up your score. All the while, monsters flank the tower, demanding to be fed floors only of their colour, lest they get all stompy and destructive.</p> <p>Everything&#39;s played at a breakneck pace and with the kind of neon-infused visuals that&#39;ll leave you exhausted and wondering if you&#39;ve accidentally injected all the sherbet in the world directly into your eyeballs.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pikpok.mamcb&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Super Monsters Ate My Condo! here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1450" height="900" title="Super Monsters Ate My Condo!" alt="35 best free Android games - Super Monsters Ate My Condo!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-free-android-games-super-monsters-ate-my-condo.jpg?1415529327" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asphalt 8: Airborne </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Given that this is the eighth title in the <em>Asphalt</em> series, it probably comes as no surprise Gameloft&#39;s got a bit bored having sports cars merely zoom along at breakneck speeds and drift for ludicrous distances.</p> <p>As this game&#39;s name suggests, <em>Asphalt 8</em> now also regularly finds your vehicle catapulted into the air, whereupon it can perform crazy aerial stunts that are entirely not covered by your insurance plan. As ever, the hyper-real tracks are faintly barmy too.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftA8HM&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Asphalt 8: Airborne here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/jpSGZsgga_I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sky Force 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We do like a good old-school blaster, and <em>Sky Force</em> is very good indeed. Its roots are vertically scrolling classics <em>1942</em> and <em>Xevious</em>, with you fighting your way through enemy territory, having been supplied with a stupidly tiny number of ships. </p> <p>But as you weave between the death and destruction, attempting to survive the bullet hell and carnage, you&rsquo;ll perhaps notice just how gorgeous <em>Sky F</em><em>orce 2014</em>&rsquo;s cutting-edge 3D graphics are, shortly before a tank the size of Birmingham blasts your face off. Still, that at least gives you the chance to upgrade your ship and head back for another go.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.idreams.skyforcehd&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Sky Force 2014 here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EB4GvjR1kQ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plants vs Zombies 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A popular game franchise that has veered down a somewhat controversial freemium path, <em>Plants vs Zombies 2</em> is what&rsquo;s known as a &ldquo;tower defence&rdquo; game: you build towers and emplacements (or in this case, plant flowers, shrubs and veggies) to fight off hordes of incoming enemies (in this case, shambling hordes of undead). The badgering about micro-transactions can be a pain, but it doesn&rsquo;t kill off the essential brilliance of PopCap&rsquo;s game.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.game.pvz2_na" target="_blank">Download Plants Vs Zombies 2 here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/8-things-you-need-know-about-android-lollipop/news">8 things you need to know about Android Lollipop</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wCw3hl29_RY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winter Walk </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A supremely simple game &ndash; you&rsquo;re a Victorian gentleman on his daily constitutional, and must hold your finger on the screen every time the wind threatens to dislodge your top hat &ndash; <em>Winter Walk</em> succeeds through the sheer force of its charm. Lovely stuff.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.monsterandmonster.winterwalk" target="_blank">Download Winter Walk here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Winter Walk" alt="35 best free Android games - Winter Walk" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/winter-walk.jpg?1415688692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Words With Friends </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Scrabble by another name (well, with apparently just enough differences to prevent legal action), <em>Words With Friends</em> is an evergreen smartphone staple thanks to its simplicity, the fact that you play &ldquo;with friends&rdquo; (but only one per game) and the fact that it never rushes you: you have several days to take your turn, so it can be played whenever you have a spare minute.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zynga.words" target="_blank">Download Words With Friends here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Words With Friends" alt="35 best free Android games - Words With Friends" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/words-with-friends.jpg?1415688692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pixel Dungeon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An old-school &ldquo;roguelike&rdquo; game of subterranean fantasy exploration with lovely pixel-art visuals, <em>Pixel Dungeon</em>&rsquo;s automatically-generated levels deliver a different experience every time. Can you fight through the dungeon&rsquo;s monsters and navigate its traps in order to find the Amulet of Yendor? Of course you can!</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.watabou.pixeldungeon" target="_blank">Download Pixel Dungeon here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pixel Dungeon" alt="35 best free Android games - Pixel Dungeon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pixel-dungeon.jpg?1415688692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Temple Run 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Probably the best-known of the &ldquo;endless runner&rdquo; games (its developers have even sold the movie rights to a Hollywood studio) <em>Temple Run 2</em> tasks you with sprinting for as long as possible, avoiding obstacles and staying a few steps ahead of the monkey-demon creatures in pursuit. Coins and power-ups keep you alive, while new unlockables keep you coming back time and time again.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imangi.templerun2" target="_blank">Download Temple Run 2 here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/qPMIQobB3ZM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hopeless: The Dark Cave </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At turns cute and disturbing, this game sees you playing as gun-toting yellow blobs in the centre of a pitch-black cave. Things run towards your little pool of light in the middle and you have only a moment to react: monsters must be shot before they can grab you, while other yellow blobs need to be left to join you and increase your powers. But the tension is such that you&rsquo;ll sometimes find yourself blasting would-be blobby allies...</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.upopa.hopeless" target="_blank">Download Hopeless: The Dark Cave here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review">App of the Week - Eliss Infinity</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XB6eL2N4--s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-10"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cut the Rope </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another longtime mobile favourite, <em>Cut The Rope</em> tasks you with solving increasingly elaborate physics-based puzzles with a well-timed swipe of your finger. Simple but very, very effective.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zeptolab.ctr.ads" target="_blank">Download Cut The Rope here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1JpdW-D6c14" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-11"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super Stickman Golf 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A stormingly addictive casual title that splices together <em>Angry Birds</em>, <em>Worms</em> and <em>Tiger Woods</em>, <em>Super Stickman Golf 2</em> is one of those sweet spot-nailing games that has the potential to dominate your life &ndash; or at least tiny portions of it on a daily basis. It&rsquo;s golf, but not as you know it.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.ssg2" target="_blank">Download Super Stickman Golf 2 here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VkiTNqJSn9Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-12"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pocket League Story 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If <em>Football Manager</em> was Japanese, pixel-art cute and set in an alternative universe where players were far less greedy and far more professional, it&rsquo;d be <em>Pocket League Story 2</em>. Kairosoft&rsquo;s typically retro management title is twee-tastic, it&rsquo;s true, but quite adorable with it. And it&rsquo;s guaranteed to take up plenty of your time as you become gaffer to a tiny new soccer club with big aspirations. Can you take them to glory by boosting their stats and improving the club&rsquo;s facilities? No, probably not.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.kairosoft.android.soccer2_en" target="_blank">Download Pocket League Story 2 here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pocket League Story 2" alt="35 best free Android games - Pocket League Story 2" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pocket-league-story-2.jpg?1415688692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-13"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Galaxy On Fire 2 HD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A spaceship shooter with a 20-hour campaign and some of the best visuals Android has to offer, <em>Galaxy On Fire 2</em> is about as close to <em>Elite</em> as you can get in a modern mobile game. Yes, there are ads and in-app purchases, but neither spoils the experience of making your way through this grand space opera.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.fishlabs.gof2hdallandroid2012" target="_blank">Download Galaxy On Fire 2 HD here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tZ0aWxNRk0c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-14"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Angry Birds Star Wars II </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There&rsquo;s no shortage of free <em>Angry Birds</em> games out there (seven at our last count), but we thought we&rsquo;d go with one of the newer instalments in the physics-based catapult-birds-to-smash-down-blocks-and-kill-pigs series.</p> <p>Based around the much-maligned <em>Star Wars</em> prequel trilogy, it features bird types inspired by Jedi and droids and a number of familiar locations. But the &ldquo;just one more go&rdquo; gameplay mechanics are much the same as with older <em>Angry Birds</em> games.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsstarwarsii.ads&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Angry Birds Star Wars II here</a></strong></p> <p>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/smartphones/top-ten">These are the 10 best smartphones in the world right now</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6DKNKI27GdA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-15"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Real Racing 3 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Real Racing 3</em>&rsquo;s console-level visuals look so good that we&rsquo;re still amazed we can play it on our smartphones. Throw in the easy-to-use motion-controlled steering (which actually works and doesn&rsquo;t make us want to throw our phones at the wall in frustration) and you&rsquo;ve got yourself one of the most polished racers in the Google Play Store.</p> <p>Its freemium model, which involves having to take large breaks between races unless you pay to speed things up, got plenty of criticism on its release, but once you&#39;ve got a few cars in your garage it&#39;s not a big problem. Besides, it&#39;s well deserving of a little of your cash.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.games.r3_row&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Real Racing 3 here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/e_MCEtPrh2c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-16"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Plague Inc. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There aren&rsquo;t many games where you get to play the bad guy, and in <em>Plague Inc</em>&nbsp;you get to play the baddest guy of them all: a virus that kills off (if you play your cards right) the entire human race.</p> <p>Choose where your plague starts and develop it to spread at the correct rate &ndash; all the while keeping one step ahead of those working on a cure &ndash; and chuckle to yourself as the world descends into absolute chaos and awfulness. The apocalypse has never been so much fun.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.miniclip.plagueinc" target="_blank">Download Plague Inc here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0rLPsnc6S_4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-17"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dots </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Looking less like a game than a Damien Hirst piece worth more than your three-bedroom house, <em>Dots</em> is probably the most tasteful-looking thing in this whole list. Where others are brash and plagued by ads and exhortations to buy add-ons, <em>Dots</em> feels like the work of a bearded graphic designer who probably works in a downtown loft with exposed beams and white walls. And drinks single-origin coffee.</p> <p>The game itself is beautifully simple: you connect dots of the same colour to make them disappear, with each round having a 30-second limit. Making longer connections (or shapes such as squares) gives you more points, so there&rsquo;s an element of skill in setting up the board for future moves.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nerdyoctopus.gamedots&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Dots here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dots" alt="The 35 best free Android games - Dots" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dots_0.jpg?1415688692" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-18"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vector </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A side-scrolling parkour game that owes big debts to the likes of <em>Canabalt</em> and <em>Mirror&rsquo;s Edge</em>, <em>Vector</em> manages to be stylish, addictive and maddeningly tough all at the same time.</p> <p>The game sees you as a free-running Neo-in-<em>The-Matrix</em> type character pursued over rooftops and through buildings by taser-wielding agents. Complete a level by finishing ahead of your pursuer to progress &ndash; but if you&rsquo;re anything like us, you&rsquo;ll probably feel obliged to keep playing until you achieve a three-star rating on each one...</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nekki.vector&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Vector here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vAbN2dIdOvE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-19"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jetpack Joyride </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The premise is simple. Strap on a jetpack, and travel as far as you can through a hostile laboratory while destroying panicking scientists and avoiding lasers, missiles and more. An on-rails side-scroller, bolstered by tons of addictive upgrades and customisation options, it&#39;s easy to pick up and play for two minutes, and even easier to play for two hours.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.halfbrick.jetpackjoyride" target="_blank">Download Jetpack Joyride here</a></strong></p> <p>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-x-2014/review">Motorola Moto X review</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Jzxi8nid9BQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-20"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ingress </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When people tell you that video games turn their players into lazy shut-ins, tell them about <em>Ingress.</em>&nbsp;A massively multiplayer augmented reality strategy game built around the concept of geocaching, it uses your phone&rsquo;s location &ndash; a fact that forces you to get out of the house and visit points of interest in the real world.</p> <p>Visit these &ldquo;portals&rdquo; in the real world and you&rsquo;ll progress the game. They&rsquo;re often tied to genuinely interesting locations (monuments, sculptures, street art etc.), which has the effect of helping you get to know your local area far more deeply. You can even submit your own locations for in-game portals.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nianticproject.ingress&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Ingress here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/92rYjlxqypM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-21"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reaper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Action games are never particularly easy to play on a touchscreen, but <em>Reaper</em> is among the best: a cartoonish, side-scrolling hack-and-slasher with RPG elements and quests, it&rsquo;s a blood-drenched blast.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.hexage.reaper" target="_blank">Download Reaper here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kPMR7Ml42xI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-22"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lunar Racer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This side-on racer by the people behind <em>Super Stickman Golf</em> is a bit like what might happen if <em>Tiny Wings</em> was wrapped around an asteroid and hammered into <em>Mario Kart</em>.</p> <p>The dinky space cars zoom along, and you tilt your device to make yours spin while airborne. Virtual buttons provide a magnet (for landing more rapidly) and nitro boost, and pick-ups enable you to unsportingly fire missiles at the race leader. It&#39;s fast, frantic, playable stuff. You could say we like it so much that we&#39;re OVER THE MOON! (Sorry.)</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.racer&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Lunar Racer here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2BbeftjmZvY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-23"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Star Soccer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>New Star Soccer</em> reimagines the beautiful game in an abstract and not entirely realistic fashion that owes a lot to ancient management games for the C64 and ZX Spectrum.</p> <p>There&#39;s no <em>FIFA</em>-style TV-like action here; instead, you get a selection of mini-games, giving you chances to score and pass during matches and increase your skills during training. The remainder of the game is about balancing life, keeping your boss, team and partner happy, while occasionally sneaking out to the casino and buying the odd fighter jet. Hey, we said &#39;not entirely realistic&#39;.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.newstargames.newstarsoccer&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download New Star Soccer here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/D2rJJ60xUag" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-24"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Score! World Goals </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At the dawn of smartphone gaming, path-drawing titles became hugely popular, the most famous having you land planes. <em>Score! World Goals</em> is more grounded, and also immerses you in a little history: you attempt to reproduce the path of balls during some of the greatest goals of all time.</p> <p>It sounds like a mundane task, but it&#39;s compelling to work your way through so many dazzling moments, and the game&#39;s smart enough to realistically scupper any attempt to go off-plan and do your own thing.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.firsttouchgames.score&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Score! World Goals here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature">Saving game - why Android and iOS devices must do better</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/lLrM1bhWvyM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-25"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smash Hit </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Smash Hit</em> takes you on a deeply weird and oddly ethereal journey through a geometric world of glass barriers. Your only way forward: lobbing a rapidly depleting supply of metal balls to clear a path, and grabbing increasingly scarce top-ups as you go.</p> <p>It&#39;s a strangely cathartic experience, and very demanding as you take on later levels with whirling glass contraptions and a spinning camera.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mediocre.smashhit&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Smash Hit here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MA9rigt5MiI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-26"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spaceteam </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Multi-device party games are usually a bit glib, but <em>Spaceteam</em> bucks the trend with a quirky and oddball take on co-op gameplay. Between two and four players are part of the Spaceteam (red jerseys optional), and must give orders, to try and stop your ship exploding, a ship &ndash; naturally &ndash; that happens to be attempting to outrun an exploding star.</p> <p>It&#39;s a very silly game, and you can&#39;t help but love anything on Google Play that has &#39;Beveled Nanobuzzers&#39; as an item in its feature list.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sleepingbeastgames.spaceteam&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Spaceteam here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WrttGW2KlGI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-27"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swordigo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before all games had to be 3D by law, the 2D adventure-platformer reigned supreme. On touchscreens, these games are usually a bit rubbish, due to iffy design and even worse controls, but <em>Swordigo</em> bucks the trend.</p> <p>You get a huge magical realm of monsters to fight, treasures to find, and towns to explore. Any whiff of nostalgia is rapidly expunged as you become engrossed in the plot, give giant spiders a serious kicking, and do your best Harry Potter impersonation with the aid of enemy-troubling spells.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.touchfoo.swordigo&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Swordigo here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7prtgYQO3VM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-28"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Voxel Rush </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&#39;re very old indeed, you might remember a ZX Spectrum title called <em>Deathchase</em>. There wasn&#39;t much to the game &ndash; you zoomed through a forest, tried very hard not to get killed by smashing into a tree, and shot bad guys &ndash; but it was brilliant.</p> <p><em>Voxel Rush</em> takes the concept, adds beautiful geometric 3D graphics, and shows off with crazy &#39;events&#39; such as towers collapsing or the view flipping upside down. It&#39;s an adrenaline-fuelled breathless affair that feels more exhilarating than many proper racing games on Android, and it&#39;s far more exciting than most endless runners.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hyperbees.RafalWilinski.voxelrush" target="_blank">Download Voxel Rush here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/saFcJ3Gc04A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-29"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Zen Pinball HD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pinball often gets a duff deal, because many people just don&#39;t get it. A modern table isn&#39;t just about spanging a metal ball about &ndash; you must learn the table&#39;s rules, discover missions, and complete them with uncannily accurate aiming.</p> <p><em>Zen Pinball</em> layers on top of classic pinball a modern gaming sensibility, peppering tables with animated characters, vibrant visual effects and some amusingly awful voice acting. For free (with no ads), you get Sorcerer&#39;s Lair, and more tables are available via IAP, including some surprisingly great ones based on Star Wars</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zenstudios.ZenPinball&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Download Zen Pinball here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/25-most-anticipated-games-2015/feature" target="_blank">The 25 most anticipated games of 2015</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YjbmfrRSjSw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-30"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flappy Golf </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When <em>Flappy Bird</em> appeared, so did an endless stream of clones, most of which were rubbish. <em>Flappy Golf</em> was an exception, in part because it was so utterly stupid. As its name might suggest, it&rsquo;s a golfing game, and it takes its courses from side-on classic <em>Super Stickman Golf 2</em>. But instead of hitting the ball with a club, you use two buttons (flap left and flap right) to urge a winged ball to the hole. Ramping up the absurdity factor further is a fast and furious multiplayer race mode.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.ssgflap&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Flappy Golf here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1450" height="900" title="Flappy Golf" alt="35 best free Android games - Flappy Golf" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-free-android-games-flappy-golf.jpg?1415529327" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-31"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Punch Quest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one&rsquo;s not so much an endless runner as an endless puncher. You control the entire game using two buttons - one punches upwards and the other punches to the right. Hold them both and you block. The aim is to punch your way through anything that has the audacity to block your path: rocks; skeletons; giant bats suspiciously armed with what appears to be magic that would make a certain boy wizard yelp.</p> <p>Occasionally, you get to ride a laser-spewing dinosaur, because that&rsquo;s the kind of game this is. In-game currency (and, yes, IAP&rsquo;s available as a shortcut) enables you to buy new capabilities, such as supermoves and, er, &lsquo;fancy hats&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.punchquest&amp;hl=en">Download Punch Quest here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x06llATCA5U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-32"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Frisbee Forever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If someone bounded up to you and enthused about an officially licensed Frisbee&reg; game, you&rsquo;d probably consider them some kind of lunatic, but <em>Frisbee Forever</em> somehow manages to be really good.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s essentially a series of on-rails rollercoasters, and you nudge your plastic disc left or right, to collect stars along the way. The scenery is all cartoonish pirate ships and snowy landscapes, more bringing to mind Nintendo than a freebie Android game; and although IAP lurks, it&rsquo;s not really necessary, since every attempt at a level (including those that end in failure) rewards you with XP for unlocking new worlds.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kiloo.frisbeeforever&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Frisbee Forever here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/213OQ4nDVzA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-33"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trainyard Express </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Trainyard Express</em> is devious. At first, it&rsquo;s painfully easy, having you drag tracks to get trains to goal stations of the same colour. You&rsquo;ll blaze through the initial tasks, barely pausing for breath, but then the game starts lobbing complications into the mix: rocks to navigate around; junctions; train-splitters and painting stations. Before long, you&rsquo;re tearing your hair out, trying to figure out how rework a spaghetti track, to avoid the last of six trains smashing into a wall.</p> <p>Technically, this is in fact a demo for <em>Trainyard</em> (which costs all of &pound;1.99), but it&rsquo;s the most generous demo around, given that the 60-plus puzzles here aren&rsquo;t found in the paid title.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.trainyardexpress&amp;hl=en_GB">Download Trainyard Express here</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Trainyard Express" alt="35 best free Android games - Trainyard Express" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-free-android-games-trainyard-express.jpg?1415529327" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-34"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Retry </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Retry</em> is presumably Rovio&rsquo;s knowingly vindictive response to people who moan its <em>Angry Birds</em> games have all the precision and skill requirements of throwing a wet flannel at a wall. You control a plane that&rsquo;s all too eager to loop the loop, and coaxing it even a small distance is a challenge. As soon as you&rsquo;ve managed to tame this pixelated equivalent of a dying fly, <em>Retry</em> sneers and lobs at you levels with tight passageways, inclement weather, and steep hills and precarious drops.</p> <p>Coins are dotted about, enabling you to buy into restart-point runways strategically placed throughout each stage, but it&rsquo;s pretty clear they may as well be called &lsquo;failure points&rsquo;, you rubbish player, you.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.retry&amp;hl=en">Download Retry here</a></strong></p> <p><em>Additional words: Craig Grannell</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/25-free-apps-android/feature">The 35 best free Android apps in the world</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vyeMUo8hMpE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 30 fantastic free Android games </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Frugal fun: the greatest Android games… gratis! </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android apps Android games Apps and Games Gaming Smartphones Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:35:36 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1431523 at http://www.stuff.tv Saving the game: why iPhones and Android devices must do better http://www.stuff.tv/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the old days, progress in games vanished when you pulled the plug. Craig Grannell asks why things have barely moved on in mobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/save-game.jpg?1415432192" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I first started playing games, they were mostly about high scores. </p> <p>Your investment in a title was rewarded in terms of mastery, and being able to lord it over the literally several people you knew who also cared a bit about the same game. If you could cope with <em>Defender</em>&rsquo;s demands for hours, or complete every cave in <em>Boulder Dash</em> without losing a single life, bully for you. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Little computer memories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At some point, though, developers figured out that investment in gaming could be rewarded in other ways, through having you return to build on previous efforts.&nbsp;</p> <p>I first encountered this with a proto-<em>Sims</em> called <em>Little Computer People</em> on the Commodore 64. The game involved a &lsquo;house on a disk&rsquo;. Shortly after loading it, a little bloke would walk around a three-storey building that looked rather more palatial than the one I lived in at the time. He&rsquo;d open all the doors and cupboards, nip off and get his dog, and then rap on the screen and start demanding things.</p> <p>My LCP was a mean poker player and also a lazy sod who&rsquo;d never shut any doors. He loved dancing to rubbish music in his living room, but wasn&rsquo;t terribly keen on having a shower.</p> <p>He also had a memory that persisted between sessions. Starve the little swine and he&rsquo;d ignore you, or write a snarky letter on his typewriter (before going an odd shade of green and ending up consigned to bed). Pat him on the head and send him gifts, and he&rsquo;d be far more obedient than his dog, or, for that matter, your own dog, and become amenable to requests (bar, as already inferred, anything to do with basic hygiene).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="908" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/little-computer-people.jpg?1415432192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It was fascinating to have this kind of ongoing &lsquo;life&rsquo; within a game, rather than everything dying the second you pulled the plug, and as hardware evolved, so too did game saves.</p> <p>Floppy disks gave way to hard disks, with potentially limitless space to store an insane number of Civilization II battles; with consoles, eventually only the most miserly publishers issued games without battery back-up, ensuring that working your way through the ninth hour of a rich, complex RPG wouldn&rsquo;t require you to sit there every time going through the motions for eight-and-a-bit hours first.</p> <p>Today, we live in an era of amazing technology. Mobile devices are as powerful as notebooks from only a half-dozen years ago. Internet connectivity is almost ubiquitous and cloud storage is cheap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SkTgX1mGmDg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Continuity problems </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yet game saves haven&rsquo;t kept pace in the way I&rsquo;d hoped. If I play a game on my iPhone, it&rsquo;s vanishingly rare that I can launch it on my iPad and continue from where I left off.</p> <p>And when it comes to playing the same game across platforms - switching from iPad to Android smartphone to PC - forget it. At that point, politics comes into play, silos from Apple, Google and others torpedoing any notion of platform-agnostic, readily accessible save-states; only rarely will a publisher invest in integrating a save system and the servers to maintain it.</p> <p>Fortunately, we&rsquo;re not quite back in the days of&nbsp;<em>Defender</em>. Powering down an iPad won&rsquo;t wipe your progress in&nbsp;<em>Year Walk</em>, and rebooting an Android device won&rsquo;t excise any headway you&rsquo;ve made in&nbsp;<em>Sword &amp; Sworcery</em>. But deleting an app is this generation&rsquo;s virtual plug-pull, any data beyond basic high scores disappearing as the icon whirls into the void.</p> <p>In an instant, almost everything you achieved and the means to pick up from where you left off is most likely gone for good, even if you reinstall.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LVz_MhMsAvs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deleting this app will remove it from your life forever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In an age of storage-restricted mobile hardware and rapidly ballooning mobile game file sizes, something has to give. Either you keep the same few games forever, or you just grit your teeth and eradicate them from your life once you think you&rsquo;re done with them. Perhaps there&rsquo;s no longer room for the long-term; maybe games are now destined to become entirely disposable products - played for a while, and then deleted for good.</p> <p>But I hope we&rsquo;re just in a technology blip and someone somewhere is beavering away to bring us something much better, to somehow more easily enable games to live on, across the divides of platforms and multiple installations, via saves easily available from anywhere on any device, at any time; the alternative - never being able to return to virtual worlds you&rsquo;ve invested hours or days in, unless they&rsquo;re first wiped clean - is a horrible prospect, liable to make me greener-in-the-face than even the most poorly LCP.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/pay-music-films-and-games-or-you-ll-be-left-garbage/feature">Opinion - Pay for music, games and films or you&#39;ll be left with garbage</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature#comments Android games Gaming iOS games Opinion Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:13:02 +0000 Marc McLaren 1452393 at http://www.stuff.tv Google's augmented reality Ingress game now lets you play and create custom missions http://www.stuff.tv/googles-augmented-reality-ingress-game-now-lets-you-play-and-create-custom-missions/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spice up your commute by capturing virtual portals on the way to the office </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Ingress gives you more reason to play with new user-generated missions" alt="Ingress gives you more reason to play with new user-generated missions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ingress_portal.jpg?1411727535" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ingress is an augmented reality game which lets you choose&nbsp;between two factions - the Enlightened and the Resistance - who battle to control territories marked by &#39;portals&#39;, and it&#39;s just been updated with missions.</p> <p>The portals themselves are normally monuments, sculptures or other public areas of interest, and you&#39;ll have to walk around to hack the opposition&#39;s portals and claim them as your own.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/googles-augmented-reality-ingress-game-now-lets-you-play-and-create-custom-missions/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/googles-augmented-reality-ingress-game-now-lets-you-play-and-create-custom-missions/news#comments Android apps Android games Apps and Games Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:32:16 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1448634 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: CounterSpy http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-counterspy/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s a sneaky side-scrolling spy ‘em up with a snazzy art style and randomly generated levels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the Week: CounterSpy" alt="App of the Week: CounterSpy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/counterspy-main.jpg?1411265617" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s fairly rare that an action-oriented game gets Stuff&rsquo;s App of the Week thumbs up, but this side-scroller from Sony&rsquo;s PlayStation Mobile division has wormed it way firmly into our affections.</p> <p>Set at the height of the Cold War, it casts you as a new recruit for C.O.U.N.T.E.R., an espionage agency allied neither with the Soviets nor the West. Your task? To sneak into enemy facilities and pilfer launch codes, all the while avoiding or eliminating guards and other security measures.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS, Android </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You may proceed... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Each level consists of a number of rooms, and each of these is procedurally generated, ensuring you&rsquo;ll experience a different array of guards, cameras, loot caches and secret passages every time you replay. As you progress through the game, your pickups unlock new weapons and capabilities which can then be purchased using money (in-game money, not actual real-life money &ndash; CounterSpy is a premium game and happily shies away from an in-app purchase model), thus improving your chances of beating the next level.</p> <p>The gameplay is a potent mix of stealth and action. Some screens are light on guards and can be passed without the need to pull out your gun, while others become a full-on leadfest as you attempt to mow down several enemies while avoiding their bullets, grenades and rockets. The occasional handily-placed explosive canister helps clear dug-in soldiers quickly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="690" title="Levels are different every time you play them" alt="Levels are different every time you play them" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-level.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fresh to Defcon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Get spotted by cameras, leave alerted guards alive or allow them to radio for help and the Defcon level rises. If it hits Defcon 1, you&rsquo;ll only have one minute to finish the level before it&rsquo;s game over and time to try again. Another way to fail? Get shot to death or blown up, natch.</p> <p>Feverish action games rarely fare well on mobile, where a touchscreen&rsquo;s lack of twitchy accuracy can be a real cause for frustration, but thankfully CounterSpy&rsquo;s pace falls on the right side of sedate &ndash; just.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1104" title="About to do some shooting" alt="About to do some shooting" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-shoot.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spy hard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Swipes and double-taps form the bulk of the controls, and the only sections where you might find the touchscreen&rsquo;s lack of precision a burden are the sections where your spy dips into cover and then pops out to shoot enemies. Here, the perspective shifts slightly, and you hold one finger to drag your aim around and tap another anywhere on screen to fire. At times, your finger gets to the edge of the screen before you&rsquo;ve pulled your weapon&rsquo;s laser sight to where you need it to be. A tad irritating, but not a deal-breaker, and we reckon the game&#39;s trickiness is well balanced &ndash; each level presents a significant challenge, but you&#39;ll usually be blaming yourself for failure, rather than the control setup.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a well-presented game, too. The cartoonish art style owes a lot to Valve&rsquo;s Team Fortress 2, but works well in the context, and it&rsquo;s backed up by evocative jazz music and loading screens bearing interesting nuggets of Cold War trivia.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="690" title="Once in cover, you can pop out briefly to fire off a few rounds" alt="Once in cover, you can pop out briefly to fire off a few rounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-in-cover.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spy hard-ware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve been playing CounterSpy on a Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet and have found both devices, while not what you&rsquo;d call cutting edge in terms of power, handled the 3D graphics more than adequately &ndash; there&rsquo;s nary a stutter in the animation or scrolling. We suspect, however, that older devices might struggle to render the scenes without protest.</p> <p>While many people refuse to pay for mobile games these days, CounterSpy represents excellent value for money: for less than the price of a pint of beer, you&#39;ve got a stylish, enjoyable mix of action and sneaking that changes every time you play. Go get it.</p> <p>You can download CounterSpy for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/counterspy/id912920630?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone and iPad here</a>, and for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playstation.counterspy" target="_blank">Android devices here</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week" target="_blank">See all our Apps of the Week</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="688" title="Stealthily snapping guards&#039; necks gets you bonus points" alt="Stealthily snapping guards&#039; necks gets you bonus points" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-neck-snap.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stylish, slick and full of variety, it&rsquo;s one of the best mobile action games we&rsquo;ve played in weeks</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/app-week-counterspy/review#comments Android games App of the Week iOS games Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:59:49 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1447998 at http://www.stuff.tv New Skylanders starter pack injects tablets with console gaming powers http://www.stuff.tv/skylanders-trap-team-tablet-starter-pack-injects-tablets-console-gaming-powers/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Distracting the kids on long journeys just got a hell of a lot easier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We were born too late" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/STT_Tablet_and_Portal_FINAL_HiRes_1407773098.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of your kids dominating the family games console? Then you&#39;re going to love the&nbsp;<em>Skylanders Trap Team</em> Tablet Starter pack.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As players build up the whole set, each character is transported into the <em>Skylanders</em> world the minute the figurine is placed on the portal.</p> <p>Once summoned, gamers have the option to either use on-screen controls, or they can dock their tablets into the side of the portal stand and use a physical Bluetooth controller - with thumbsticks and rear triggers - to progress through the game.</p> <p>Both the controller and portal will work across iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices, so there shouldn&#39;t be any compatibility issues when Android children cross over to Apple territory on a play date.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A Skylander with two Trap pieces" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SST_SnapShot_KShot_FINAL_HiRes_1407773120.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The whole setup" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/STT_Tablet_Lifestyle-Photo-2_1407773108.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Having seen the game running on an iPad Mini with Retina Display in the flesh here at Gamescom 2014, we can vouch for Activision&#39;s claim that the tablet version is graphically just as impressive as its Xbox One and PS4 counterparts.</p> <p>You can even hook up your tablet of choice to a TV, essentially turning the whole package into a very portable, hassle-free games console.</p> <p>The starter pack will be available to snap up from 10 October for &pound;65, while individual Trap Master toys can be picked up for &pound;15. Core Skylander toys will have a &pound;10 price tag, while Trap toys will be &pound;6.&nbsp;</p> <p>A free trial of the tablet version will also be available&nbsp;to download from the 10th October, so that&nbsp;young gamers can test it before buying. It&#39;ll come with a few in-built characters, but Activision is obviously hoping that once hooked, your kids will demand the full experience, figurines and all.&nbsp; <p>In the meantime, we&#39;re going to have a nice long grumble about how all we had to play with in our day were sticks, rocks, and bees.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare preview with multiplayer-hands-on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="On iPad" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Skylanders-Trap-Team_Tablet_Snap-Shot_1407773227.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supported tablets at launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple iPad 3rd gen onwards (including iPad Mini Retina)<br />Apple iPad Air<br />Kindle Fire HDX (7in and 8.9in)<br />Google Nexus 7<br />Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro (8.4in, 10.1in, 12.2in)<br />Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4in, 10.5in)<br />Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1<br />Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/skylanders-trap-team-tablet-starter-pack-injects-tablets-console-gaming-powers/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/skylanders-trap-team-tablet-starter-pack-injects-tablets-console-gaming-powers/news#comments Android games Apps and Games Gamescom 2014 Gaming iOS games Tablets Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:50:03 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1444628 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: Eliss Infinity http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The planet-busting game that defined the iPhone has finally arrived on Android — and it’s as essential as ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" alt="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/eliss-infinity-01.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the iPhone&rsquo;s debut, doubters sniped, &ldquo;But there&rsquo;s no keyboard!&rdquo;, and gamers were thrown by the lack of a D-pad and buttons.</p> <p>Even though Nintendo had tinkered with a touchscreen on the DS, at least it had &lsquo;proper&rsquo; controls to fall back on. In gaming (as with everything else, at seemingly any moment in history), Apple was clearly doomed.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £1.99 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PLANET BUSTER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Eliss Infinity takes place in an abstract universe where you&rsquo;re tasked with keeping everything clean (as in, very, very empty). Planets of varying colours peskily materialise after briefly signposting their arrival, and it&rsquo;s your job to dump them in portals of the same colour that occasionally show up, wobble a bit, and then implode if not quickly fed.</p> <p>Planets can be dragged, merged and torn apart, to make them the requisite size to fit a portal, but when planets of different colours collide, your limited energy reserves are depleted. These can be replenished by mopping up space dust that appears when a portal winks a planet out of existence. Initially, as you work through the tutorial, everything seems simple and sedate &mdash; almost polite. But Eliss soon bares its teeth.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" alt="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eliss-infinity-02.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> INFINITE SPACE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your first challenge in Eliss Infinity is an endless survival mode that keeps lobbing planets at you until you inevitably (and, in your first few goes, rapidly) cave under the deluge. To deal with the many planets that soon litter the screen, you need a propensity for multitasking and a reasonable level of dexterity as you perform a kind of finger gymnastics &mdash; Twister for your digits.</p> <p>Infinity within a minute becomes a frantic, demented test, not least when vortexes and space storms are hurled into the mix, your only brief respite coming in the form of sporadic &lsquo;slow down&rsquo; and energy power-ups. And as with the best arcade games, Eliss Infinity is a title that gives you a pasting and only makes you all the more determined to beat it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" alt="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eliss-infinity-03_0.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFECT CIRCLE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For the most part, it&rsquo;s the still-unique nature of the gameplay that captivates. Even five years after its debut, the Eliss concept feels fresh and ideally suited to multitouch devices. When you&rsquo;ve three fingers holding down planets being sucked towards a vortex, two fingers tearing apart a planet elsewhere to make it fit a disintegrating portal, and other &lsquo;spare&rsquo; fingers desperately trying to mop up space dust, the idea of limiting multitouch games to virtual D-pads and buttons seems reductive and primitive.</p> <p><iframe align="right" frameborder="1" height="160" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/FamousHeavenlyIrrawaddydolphin" width="284"></iframe></p> <p>This Eliss semi-sequel also provides the original title&rsquo;s more progressive journey, in the shape of a 25-level Odyssey mode; it&rsquo;s challenging and cleverly affords each level its own personality that you must understand to conquer. There&rsquo;s a noodly &lsquo;sandbox&rsquo; mode, too, accessible after beating three Odyssey sectors; this might seem throwaway, but it&rsquo;s useful for refining your understanding of the game&rsquo;s physics. The Android release additionally benefits from a new achievement system and enhanced visual/audio feedback that&rsquo;s made its way back to iOS in the Eliss Infinity 1.1 update.</p> <p>Bold, brilliant and somehow still as fresh as the pre-Infinity Eliss was on the iPhone way back in 2009, Eliss Infinity is just about as essential a purchase as you can get for your touchscreen device. You should buy it immediately.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.littleeyes.eliss_infinity" target="_blank">Download Eliss Infinity for Android</a></p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/eliss-infinity/id700971134?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Eliss Infinity for iOS&nbsp;</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/app-week" target="_blank">great App of the Week reviews</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" alt="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eliss-infinity-03.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An amazing multitouch roller-coaster that makes many other tablet and smartphone games comparatively feel like they&rsquo;re from the Stone Age.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review#comments Android Android games App of the Week Apps and Games Eliss Infinity iOS iOS games Little--Eyes Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:24:16 +0000 Stephen Graves 1440657 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Facebook apologises for emotional manipulation, Eliss Infinity hits Android, and KORG’s Nintendo 3DS synth http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-facebook-apologizes-emotional-manipulation-eliss-infinity-hits-android-and-korg-s- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start Monday right by catching up with the weekend’s most interesting tech tidbits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Facebook" alt="Facebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/facebook-main.jpg?1404132524" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Facebook sorry for News Feed psychological experiment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Word broke over the weekend that back in 2012, Facebook intentionally manipulated the News Feeds of some 689,000 users, showing fewer positively-toned posts for half and fewer negative posts for the other&mdash;all in an effort to see how what users saw affected how they in turn posted their own content.</p> <p>Many of us have welcomed Facebook into our lives as a crucial part of our daily routines and a way to keep tabs on our various social groups&mdash;so when it became known that some of us may have been unwittingly looped into a psychological experiment, the general reaction was rather negative. (And if it had been posted to Facebook during that span in 2012, perhaps some of your friends wouldn&rsquo;t have seen it. Or maybe they would have!)</p> <p>Adam Kramer, one of Facebook&rsquo;s data scientists, apologised Sunday in a public post to his own account, saying that the study was done to measure the emotional impact of the social networking site. He also noted that they&rsquo;ve &ldquo;come a long way&rdquo; since their research practices in early 2012.</p> <p>&ldquo;Having written and designed this experiment myself, I can tell you that our goal was never to upset anyone. I can understand why some people have concerns about it, and my coauthors and I are very sorry for the way the paper described the research and any anxiety it caused,&rdquo; he wrote. &ldquo;In hindsight, the research benefits of the paper may not have justified all of this anxiety.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://animalnewyork.com/2014/facebook-experiment-manipulates-emotions-600000-users/">Animal New York</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/akramer/posts/10152987150867796">Facebook</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/what-facebook-number-are-you/news">What Facebook number are you?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eliss Infinity released for Android, updated for iOS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Eliss, one of the earliest original iPhone games that really felt designed for a touch device, was remastered and expanded with Eliss Infinity for iOS a few months back, and now the game has finally been released for Android for the first time ever.</p> <p>Created by indie developer Steph Thirion of Little Eyes&mdash;and ported to Android by Finji, a new studio founded by Canabalt creator Adam Saltsman and his wife, Rebekah&mdash;Eliss finds you fusing and splitting planets to clear them from existence, all with responsive multitouch controls and a great lo-fi aesthetic.</p> <p>Additionally, the iOS version has been updated to add a bunch of alterations and features seen in the Android version, including difficulty and visual tweaks, the addition of Game Center achievements, and a multitouch bump from five fingers on iPad to 11&mdash;so bring a friend, we suppose! Eliss Infinity is priced at &pound;1.99 on both platforms.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.little--eyes.com/post/multilaunch">Little Eyes</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">30 fantastic free Android games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VuKGJyJZY7s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> KORG DSN-12 bringing synth bliss to Nintendo 3DS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Releasing a portable music creation package for the Nintendo DS didn&rsquo;t seem like the most thrilling idea, but KORG knocked it out of the park with the DS-10 back in 2008, delivering a synthesizer suite that didn&rsquo;t skimp on features despite the diminutive screen size. Now the the synth-simulating wizards are back with a new version for Nintendo&rsquo;s current handheld, the Nintendo 3DS.</p> <p>Set to release in September, KORG DSN-12 will be released digitally through the eShop and offer a dozen different monophonic synthesizers inspired by the classic MS-10 analog model from 1978. Up to 64 patterns can be saved, plus you&rsquo;ll find effects and pattern program features within.</p> <p>The DSN-12 also features the world&rsquo;s first oscilloscope screen on a 3D display&mdash;so not only can the output sound incredibly cool, but it can look the part as well.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/korg_dsn12/">KORG</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/26/korg-dsn-12/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-gadget-app-crams-your-ipad-tonnes-electro-synth-goodness/news">KORG&rsquo;s Gadget app crams 15 of it best synth and drum machines into your iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cGgQ4jfBEJk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-facebook-apologizes-emotional-manipulation-eliss-infinity-hits-android-and-korg-s-#comments 3DS Android games Facebook iOS games Korg Nintendo Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1440488 at http://www.stuff.tv Lego Fusion blends real and virtual building into one http://www.stuff.tv/lego/lego-fusion-blends-real-and-virtual-building-one/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Construct something and you’ll see it automatically appear in a tablet game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lego Fusion blends real and virtual building into one" alt="Lego Fusion blends real and virtual building into one" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lego-fusion-resort.jpg?1403230188" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With its new Fusion sets, Lego moves into the digital world while keeping one foot firmly planted in real life.</p> <p>These boxes come with 200 building blocks which, when used to make structures and other models, can be transferred block-for-block into an app for iPads and Android tablets.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For example, in the &ldquo;Town Master&rdquo; game, you can drop your facade in a virtual Lego town and have the rest of the house build around it automatically (in a similar colour scheme and building style). In another game, your facade is used to create a castle tower that defends against waves of enemies. Designs will also be shareable via the Lego online community.</p> <p>The games are certainly aimed at the younger market, and the technology isn&rsquo;t all that complex at present &ndash; you can&rsquo;t, for instance, build a huge car and have it virtually replicated in the app just by taking photos &ndash; but it&rsquo;s certainly an interesting indication of the way in which Lego&rsquo;s willing to embrace new tech.</p> <p>The Fusion sets will go on sale in August price at US$35 (&pound;20).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lego/lego-s-mini-cooper-1000-bricks-classic-car/news">Lego&#39;s Mini Cooper is 1,000 bricks of classic car</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lego Fusion&#039;s take on tower defence" alt="Lego Fusion&#039;s take on tower defence" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lego-fusion-tower.jpg?1403230188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lego/lego-fusion-blends-real-and-virtual-building-one/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Android games iOS games Lego Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:36:46 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1439573 at http://www.stuff.tv Top five football apps for Android http://www.stuff.tv/node/1439471 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A World Cup tournament used to mean a month camped out on the sofa… but not any more! Thanks to smartphone and tablet technology, you can now keep in touch with what’s happening in Brazil from almost anywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Stickman Soccer" alt="Stickman Soccer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stickman-soccer.jpg?1403087136" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/node/1439471#comments Android Android apps Android games Apps and Games LG Promotion Sport World Cup 2014 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:25:36 +0000 Stephen Graves 1439471 at http://www.stuff.tv Free Game of the Week: Hoplite http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-hoplite/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re a bit of a nerd, get ready to have some quiet, strategic fun - which, if you&#039;re a bit of a nerd, is the best kind of fun. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That&#039;s you down the bottom, with the shield. The thing with the sort of red V on it. " alt="Hoplite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Hoplite02.jpg?1401065412" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having seen Zack Snyder&rsquo;s <em>300</em>, a film that contains more gym-pumped, fake-tanned flesh than an Essex nightclub and should, let&rsquo;s face it, have been called <em>Big Strong Boys With Swords</em>, it&rsquo;s natural to want to know more about Hoplite warriors.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> let there be hoplite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The one historical fact that makes it into <em>Hoplite</em> is that you, the titular Greek, carry both a sword and a spear. Real Hoplites didn&rsquo;t actually throw their spears - in real life, throwing one&rsquo;s weapon away mid-battle is a fantastically bad idea - but you can throw yours. You can throw it about three squares.</p> <p><em>Hoplite</em> is basically a board game. You advance a square (a hexagon, actually) at a time across 16 boards, each of which represents one level of an increasingly hostile dungeon. On your way you encounter several different types of enemy, each of whom can attack across a particular pattern of squares, just like chess pieces. This sounds dull, but it isn&rsquo;t. Seriously,&nbsp;<em>Hoplite</em> is excellent fun.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TONIGHT... WE DINE... IN HULL!" alt="Hoplite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hoplite01.jpg?1401065412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="A Deep Lunge, or a Quick Bash? It&#039;s a question we ask ourselves every weekend. " alt="Hoplite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hoplite03.jpg?1401065412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> hoplite entertainment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, there are more exciting games out there. Lots of them. <em>Hoplite</em> is slow, and strategic, and most of what&rsquo;s on screen is brown. It actually has a mode you can switch on to make the graphics <em>worse</em>. But the simple mechanics of its combat are very well thought out: tap on an archer or a magician and you&rsquo;ll see the squares you can&rsquo;t land on without getting shot or fireballed, and it takes real planning, sometimes a few moves ahead, to take out the demon soldiers without being hit by ranged attacks. After clearing out each level you can refresh your health or choose a power-up from the altar, extending your skills of Leaping (jumping a couple of squares) and Bashing (pushing foes or bombs away from you).</p> <p>As the number of foes increases, <em>Hoplite</em> becomes a harder, more interesting puzzle, until you reach the fabled Level 16, capture the Golden Fleece and realise you&rsquo;ve missed an important meeting because you were playing <em>Hoplite</em> on the toilet. The action stops there, unless you want to pay for an extended version, but the free version will see you through a week&rsquo;s worth of commutes. Bear in mind that this game was built in a week (developer <a href="http://www.magmafortress.com/p/hoplite.html">Magma Fortress</a> built it for the 7-Day Roguelike Challenge, a contest to build old-school dungeon games in one week), and it&#39;s actually pretty impressive.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Download <em>Hoplite</em> for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.magmafortress.hoplite">free on Android</a>&nbsp;or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/hoplite/id782438457?mt=8">pay &pound;1.49 to play it on iOS</a></strong></p> <p>HERE&#39;S ANOTHER FREE GAME!: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-smash-hit/feature">Smash Hit</a></p> <p>AND ANOTHER ONE!!: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mac-os-x/free-game-week-beneath-steel-sky/feature">Beneath a Steel Sky</a></p> <p>AND YET ANOTHER!!!: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-wolfquest-25/feature">WolfQuest 2.5</a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="829" height="1078" title="Watch out for those wizards" alt="Hoplite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hoplite05.jpg?1401065412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1204" height="900" title="Fire up Legacy Graphics Mode if you want to feel like you&#039;re playing a Ceefax game in 1991." alt="Hoplite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hoplite04.jpg?1401065412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-hoplite/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-hoplite/feature#comments Android games Apps and Games Gaming iOS games Sun, 25 May 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Will Dunn 1437724 at http://www.stuff.tv Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-smash-hit/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smash good. Smash fun. Smash smash. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1067" height="800" title="STUFF SMASH" alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/smash-hit-1.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Long before we wrapped our hands around our first smartphone, we suffered the yearly torture of being dragged into school on - get this - a Saturday morning, for a soul-crushing event known as the school summer fete.</p> <p>Amidst the lopsided cakes stands, rubbish tombolas and dead-eyed teachers wondering where they went wrong in life, was our saviour - the crockery smashing stand.</p> <p>Shelves filled with old plates, bowls, vases and teapots, just begging to be put out of their misery with a well-placed throw of a wooden ball.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Available on iOS and Android, the premise of Smash Hit is simple. You&#39;re an ethereal, bodiless force, floating along in an endless straight line in a surreal world filled with an assortment of giant glass shapes. And your sole purpose is to smash said shapes into oblivion.</p> <p>You&#39;re able to do this by flinging supply well-aimed metal balls at them. Dotted throughout the level are special glass pyramids and prisms. Smashing them adds more balls to your arsenal.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hit enough of these in a row and you have the ability to fire multiple balls at once, supercharging your destructive capabilities in the process.</p> <p>It&#39;s all very therapeutic at first. You&#39;re floating along at a relaxing &nbsp;pace, gently lobbing balls in a perfect arc, hitting your glass targets dead-centre, and generally feeling pretty damn good about yourself.&nbsp;</p> <p>The graphics are superb, and the music&#39;s otherworldly. Each shattering slab of glass leaves you with a feeling of immense satisfaction, like stepping on a deliciously crunchy leaf, or biting into the crust of a freshly-cooled baguette. Mmmm.</p> <p>After the first couple of zones, you&#39;ll notice that you&#39;re whizzing past faster than usual. No big deal, the way ahead is clear, and you&#39;ve got plenty of balls. This is easy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1016" height="762" title="Hit the floating prism and you&#039;ll get five balls" alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-05-18-11-23-20.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="870" height="653" title="DNA?" alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-1_3.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And then, out of nowhere, a giant wall of glass slams down into your path at the last second. You&#39;ve rammed into it, head-first, and lost ten balls in the process. Lose them all, and it&#39;s game over.</p> <p>After this point, Smash Hit transforms from the equivalent of a pleasant country stroll, to running through a minefield littered with a downpour of flaming arrows. Furious, sentient arrows, who&#39;d love nothing more than piercing your tear-laden cheeks.</p> <p>As you complete each zone, the obstacles become more and more insane, from giant glass hammers with indestructible metal heads, to whirling windmills and lethal lasers.</p> <p>We haven&#39;t felt this level of gaming adrenaline since we were shrieking at old school platformers, where a single miss-jump or late duck resulted in an early, rage-inducing death.</p> <p>And therein lies Smash Hit&#39;s beauty. You&#39;ll be screaming, swearing, and often, crying, but reaching the end of a zone brings with it a real sense of accomplishment.</p> <p>It&#39;s the sort of feeling you get when you&#39;re running from a horde of zombies and reach the safe house, just before the door shuts. It&#39;s pure relief, and you&#39;ll know you&#39;ve earned it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pro tip: aim for the corners" alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-05-18-11-23-41.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1440" height="1080" title="That&#039;ll hurt..." alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-05-18-11-22-02.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And that brings us nicely to the issue of checkpoints. Smash Hit doesn&#39;t have any. At least, the free version doesn&#39;t. You&#39;ll have to fork out a one-off payment of &pound;1.49 for the privilege of repeating zones, each of which has a checkpoint at the beginning.</p> <p>We cracked after reaching the end of zone three and opted for the checkpoints. There are ten zones overall, and anyone that completes them all on a single run deserves to be rewarded with barrels of gold, a lifetime supply of red meat and the adoration of their peers.</p> <p>If you do go the checkpoint route though, then you&#39;ve still got your work cut out for you. While the obstacles remain the same, they&#39;re shuffled around, so you&#39;ll never get two identical runs in a row.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="1080" title="Unlimited ball power up" alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-05-18-11-24-33.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1440" height="1080" title="Like mini golf. But deadlier." alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-05-18-11-22-21.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After miraculously making it out of zone 10 alive (which took us a good three days to complete), you&#39;ll find yourself in an endless level where your sole objective is to travel as far as you possibly can.&nbsp;</p> <p>When all&#39;s said and done, Smash Hit isn&#39;t a complex game. It has no real depth. But its polished hair-trigger gameplay and challenging levels will keep you hooked until you make it through to the very end.</p> <p>If you do, you&#39;ll walk around with a swag in your step, knowing that you can now handle absolutely anything.</p> <p><strong>Download Smash Hit for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/smash-hit/id603527166?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mediocre.smashhit" target="_blank">Android</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XL5as-w7Q1g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="1080" title="Prisms!" alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-05-18-11-22-34.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-smash-hit/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/free-game-week-smash-hit/feature#comments Android games Apps and Games Free Game of the Week iOS games Sun, 18 May 2014 09:49:46 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1437337 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Flappy Bird back in August with multiplayer, Superhot burning up on Kickstarter, and Xbox Live refunds after app restrictions dropped http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-flappy-bird-back-august-multiplayer-superhot-burning-kickstarter-and-xbox-li <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get your morning fix with our roundup of quick-hit news blasts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Flappy Bird" alt="Flappy Bird" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/flappybird.jpg?1400135581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Flappy Bird returning in August with multiplayer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Head-scratching mobile sensation Flappy Bird came out of nowhere, blew up quickly and spectacularly, and then was pulled by its creator who stressed over its addictive qualities. However, an eventual return was promised&mdash;not that it&rsquo;s totally necessary, considering the endless number of clones out there&mdash;and it seems that it&rsquo;ll be more of a rebirth than anything.</p> <p>According to tweets by CNBC staffers who spoke with creator Dong Nguyen, Flappy Bird is set to return in August with a new multiplayer angle&mdash;which he claims will be less addictive than before. Multiplayer support is usually added to games to make them even more addictive, so we&rsquo;ll have to see that one to believe it ourselves.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/14/5718300/flappy-bird-creator-says-he-is-bringing-the-game-back-in-august">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-flappy-bird-return-confirmed-google-search-app-gets-new-voice-commands-and-titanfall-2">Fully Charged: Flappy Bird&#39;s return confirmed, Google Search app gets new voice commands, and Titanfall 2 coming to PS4?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Superhot blazing new trails for first-person shooters </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="401" scrolling="no" src="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/375798653/superhot/widget/video.html" width="534"></iframe></p> <p>Tired of middling military shooters? Superhot takes a unique shot at the first-person shooter genre, in that the action only occurs when you physically move through the world&mdash;which itself looks like Mirror&rsquo;s Edge viewed through the lens of Frozen Synapse. You&rsquo;ll have to find each limited-ammo firearm and use them sparingly to get through the world.</p> <p>Like many of the most creatively interesting indie games in recent memory, Superhot started as a quickly produced game jam idea (and that concept version is available free online). However, it&rsquo;ll soon be made into a full, premium release for PC, Mac, and Linux, and the development team is <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/375798653/superhot">seeking funding via Kickstarter</a>.</p> <p>In its first day on the crowdfunding site, Superhot has already amassed more than 4,000 backers and US$90,000 in pledges with a funding goal of just US$100,000&mdash;which means it&rsquo;ll more than likely be backed by the time you read this. Still, that shouldn&rsquo;t stop you from getting in early: a US$14 pledge gets you a full copy of the game in about a year, while US$40 allows for beta access a few months sooner.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/top-20-games-you-can-play-free-your-browser/feature">Kill your productivity: Stuff&#39;s top 30 free browser games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft offering Xbox Live refunds after lifting app restrictions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the least-sensical differences between Sony and Microsoft&rsquo;s console offerings in recent years has been the fact that Xbox 360 (and later Xbox One) owners had to pay for an Xbox Live Gold membership in order to use services like Netflix&mdash;which can be accessed from pretty much every other kind of device without that extra charge. Luckily, Microsoft finally came to its senses this week and announced that such restrictions will be lifted in June.</p> <p>For anyone that maintained an Xbox Live Gold membership primarily to use such apps, you&rsquo;ll soon be able to apply for a prorated refund on your subscription&mdash;so long as you file the request by 31 August. No need to keep paying for the service unless you&rsquo;re actually playing games online. If you fall into that camp, don&rsquo;t forget to send in your request next month.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://time.com/99159/xbox-live-refund-microsoft-netflix/">Time</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-be-sold-without-kinect-june/news">The Xbox One will be sold without Kinect from June</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Xbox One" alt="Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/xboxone-menu.jpg?1400135581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-flappy-bird-back-august-multiplayer-superhot-burning-kickstarter-and-xbox-li#comments Android games Crowdfunding iOS games Microsoft Xbox 360 Xbox One Thu, 15 May 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1437225 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Sony ditches OLED TVs for more 4K LCDs, Dr. Dre rumored as new Apple exec, and Half-Life 2 and Portal hit Nvidia Shield http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-sony-ditches-oled-tvs-more-4k-lcds-dr-dre-rumored-new-apple-exec-and-half-life-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Skip the triple shot of espresso—the morning’s hottest tech news will perk you up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sony OLED TVs" alt="Sony OLED TVs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-oled.jpg?1399962781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony shunning OLED TV production in favor of 4K LCD models </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With its TV business seemingly on the road to profitability after a decade of losses, Sony will reportedly cease development of OLED televisions and refocus its efforts on 4K LCD sets. The Nikkei Asian Review notes that Sony commands more than 20% of the 4K TV market as of the end of 2013, and that the company doesn&rsquo;t expect significant demand for OLED models soon.</p> <p>Sony has eight 4K sets planned for release this summer, which constitutes nearly half of its flat-panel TV lineup. In addition to shifting its focus away from OLED televisions, Sony also plans to cut labor costs for its various electronics by more than 20%. If you were banking on a Sony-branded OLED anytime soon, then it may be time to start <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/samsung-ke55s9c/review">considering a Samsung</a> or LG instead.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/Sony-benches-OLED-TVs-for-4K-sets">Nikkei Asian Review</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/4k-oled-ultimate-tv/news">LG EC9800: 4K + OLED + webOS + 4K Netflix might well equal the ultimate TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple to introduce Dre, Iovine as executives at WWDC? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-apple-might-buy-beats-electronics-new-unreal-tournament-free-and-community-desig">found out last week</a> that Apple is in talks to acquire Beats Electronics, maker of premium headsets and operator of the Beats Music streaming service. Now Billboard reports that Apple may make a big splash by introducing Beats co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine at the Worldwide Developers Conference as its latest executive additions.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s not yet clear what those executive roles will entail, but one source believes that Iovine would handle Apple&rsquo;s overall music strategy and manage relationships with record labels. The Worldwide Developers Conference takes place in a few short weeks, from 2-6 June in San Francisco, California.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/6084792/apple-wwdc-jimmy-iovine-dr-dre-executive-appointments-jobs">Billboard</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/why-apple-wants-buy-beats/feature">So why does Apple want to buy Beats?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine" alt="Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beats-drdreiovine.jpg?1399962781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Half-Life 2, Portal come to Android—but only for Nvidia Shield </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="300" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kM5R5oGHINI" width="534"></iframe></p> <p>In late March, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lego/fully-charged-portal-coming-android-kenya-catching-poachers-drones-and-lego-unveils-simpsons-mi">Nvidia announced</a> that it was in the process of porting Valve&rsquo;s first-person puzzle classic <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nvidia.valvesoftware.portal">Portal</a> from PC to the Nvidia Shield, and yesterday it added a little extra something to the news: a port of Valve&rsquo;s <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nvidia.valvesoftware.halflife2">Half-Life 2</a> is also on the Shield, and both are available to download today from Google Play for US$9.99 apiece.</p> <p>Indeed, Portal and Half-Life 2 are running natively on Android; unfortunately, they&rsquo;re only playable on the Nvidia Shield, which features physical controls. You can catch a quick glimpse of both games in the trailer above&mdash;they look solid, albeit not as smooth as they&rsquo;d run on a decent PC. But two of the best games of the last decade on a portable? We can tolerate a little performance dip if that&rsquo;s the case.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2014/05/12/half-life-2-portal-shield/">Nvidia</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nvidia/video-review-nvidia-shield/video">Video review: Nvidia Shield is &ldquo;the most powerful handheld console ever&rdquo;</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mute functionality added to Twitter web and apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s been present in third-party apps for some time, but Twitter has finally added an official mute option to both Twitter.com and the Android and iOS apps. Designed to temporarily silence a user that you&rsquo;re not quite ready to unfollow, the feature lets you block that specific user&rsquo;s tweets from showing up on your home timeline.</p> <p>Account users won&rsquo;t know if they&rsquo;ve been muted, and can still read, favorite, respond to, and retweet your tweets, but you won&rsquo;t see such actions in your timeline, nor will you receive push or SMS notifications as a result. We&rsquo;ve all had the urge to shush a few of our Twitter followers from time to time, but as long as you promise never to mute @StuffTV, we&rsquo;ll be all good.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://blog.twitter.com/2014/another-way-to-edit-your-twitter-experience-with-mute">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-now-lets-you-add-basket-items-twitter/news">#shopping: Amazon now lets you add basket items via Twitter</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="634" title="Follow us! @StuffTV" alt="@StuffTV on Twitter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twitter-stufftv.png?1399962781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-sony-ditches-oled-tvs-more-4k-lcds-dr-dre-rumored-new-apple-exec-and-half-life-2#comments 4K Android games Apple Beats By Dr.Dre Nvidia Sony Twitter Tue, 13 May 2014 03:29:12 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1437015 at http://www.stuff.tv