Apps and Games http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games/reviews en-MY Alien: Isolation http://www.stuff.tv/my/alien-isolation/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UPDATE 28/07/14: The original cast of Alien discuss their virtual return to the Nostromo in the Crew Expendable DLC </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="Hope he&#039;s brushed his teeth" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-001.jpg?1406612027" /> </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="/my/users/benjiwilson" title="View user profile.">Ben Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some 

35 years after Ridley Scott <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078748/" target="_blank">reinvented horror films</a> using what would quickly become the most iconic of extra-terrestrial lifeforms, a Sussex-based studio is seeking to do the same for soil-your-undergarments videogaming.</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"> RM-1.00 </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> </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"> 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"> Story </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 time around you&#39;re Ellen&#39;s daughter Amanda, a Weyland-Yutani engineer drawn to an abandoned space station, the Sevastopol, by traces of the Nostromo&#39;s black box 15 years after the ship disappeared. And if none of that makes much sense to you, you&#39;d better watch the first film.</p> <p>Once on the space station, she loses contact with the rest of her crew &ndash; and swiftly comes into contact with a certain fallic-domed beast. The point of the adventure, then, is simply to survive; a prospect made especially tricky by the alien&#39;s movements being completely unscripted. There are no behaviour patterns to learn off by heart here. Just you and that infamous bitch, playing the deadliest game of cat-and-mouse imaginable.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">Destiny preview</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="1594" height="900" title="You&#039;ll be using that motion tracker a lot" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-006.jpg?1406612027" /> </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"> 
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This is the closest you&#39;ll ever get to a virtual tour of the Nostromo. While the name&#39;s different and you&#39;re on a space station rather than a ship, everything about its design is informed by Scott&#39;s original movie setting.</p> <p>Cold white walls abound, CRT monitors blink through the darkness, and flashing lights guide you nervously through claustrophobic corridors from one room to the next. The hospital looks like the Nostromo&#39;s med bay, supersized. In the dining area, a table is littered with retro-sloganed cereal boxes and kids drawings &ndash; suggesting that whole families lived here at one time. Their current whereabouts will surely form a major plot point. (We&#39;re predicting &#39;oozetastic cocoon&#39;.)</p> <p>Other nods to the original flick include multi-lingual signs which play a vital role in navigation, all manner of workstation switches and levers, and various containers, gels and tools with which you&#39;re able to splice together additional melee weaponry. Fox supplied the devs with 3TB of unused <em>Alien</em> material, and it&#39;s evidently been put to fantastic use.
</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</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="1578" height="900" title="Period detail is everywhere you look..." alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-011.jpg?1406612027" /> </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="1578" height="900" title="...and the period in question is the late-&#039;70s" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-004.jpg?1406612027" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1578" height="900" title="Unsettling, much?" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-012.jpg?1406612027" /> </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"> Graphics </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>
Ingeniously, this looks like the future as imagined in the &#39;70s and &#39;80s, rather than the pristine, touchscreen-centric version popularised by modern telly and cinema. It&#39;s Tom Baker over David Tennant, Peter Weller as opposed to Joel Kinnaman.&nbsp;</p> <p>And HD really enables that setting to sing &ndash; as well as injecting the eponymous lead baddie with an entirely fresh sense of fear. The smooth, almost effortless movement first brought to screen by Bolaji Badejo has been mimicked perfectly, and may finally lay to rest your horrendous flashbacks of the old girl&#39;s distant offspring somehow learning to <em>swim</em> in <em>Alien 3</em>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/batman-arkham-knight/review" target="_blank">Batman: Arkham Knight preview</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/9nqsrfYKK-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-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"> Gameplay </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 biggest risk being taken by Creative Assembly is unleashing a game with no fire button upon a market saturated with shooters. Evidently, the idea here is to go in the opposite direction to colossal xeno-flop <em><a href="http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-3/aliens-colonial-marines" target="_blank">Aliens: Colonial Marines</a></em>, and that has to be considered a positive. Instead of conventional weaponry, your only hope while navigating the Sevastopol &ndash; at least to begin with &ndash; is a motion tracker, a flashlight, and a limp-limbed melee attack.</p> <p>In a potential masterstroke, <em>Isolation</em> isn&#39;t about killing the alien, but outlasting it. And the lack of enemy scripting isn&#39;t the only thing ensuring you a tough ride; it learns from your behaviour, too. Try to use the same route through each environment, or attack with the same cobbled-together object too often, and Creative Assembly says it&#39;ll adjust its tactics in response. How exactly remains to be seen, but it sounds fascinating.

</p> <p>And when the acid lady does appear as a blip on your motion tracker? Well, it&#39;s as terrifying as you both hoped and dreaded. Particularly when the signal then disappears again, inspiring <em>Blair Witch</em>-esque shrieks of &#39;where the eff is it?!&#39; in your mind. Even more frightful are the occasions when you catch the shadow of its tail draping down from above, or switch on the flashlight to spot it sliding past a doorway. It&#39;s going to be challenging to maintain that intensity and fear across 10-12 hours, but the initial signs are very promising.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/first-play-child-light/feature" target="_blank">First Play: Child Of Light</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="At this point, you&#039;ll probably want to hide" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-009.jpg?1406612027" /> </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="Not what you want to see when you enter a dark room" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-002.jpg?1406612027" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="You can craft your own weapons on the Sevastopol" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-003.jpg?1406612027" /> </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"> THE INSIDE VIEW </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 critical component in <em>Isolation</em>&#39;s fear factor is the lack of a HUD, which senior designer Gary Napper says would dilute the experience. &ldquo;I love playing games where I&#39;m shooting stuff and I see numbers bouncing off heads,&rdquo; <a href="http://www.officialplaystationmagazine.co.uk/2014/03/10/alien-isolation-gameplay-hands-on-feeling-the-horror-on-ps4-with-creative-assembly/3/" target="_blank">he told Official PlayStation Magazine</a>. &ldquo;But we&#39;ve made a game that&#39;s all about atmosphere and tension and horror, and you can&#39;t really apply that to it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Senior producer Jonathan Court, meanwhile, is keen to point out that while the alien&#39;s behaviour is unscripted, the narrative is not. While there&#39;s much to explore on the Sevastopol, this is no open-world game: &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got a series of beats and a strong story that takes you through,&rdquo; <a href="http://

http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/07/alien-isolation-interview-we-keep-scaring-ourselves-4253295/" target="_blank">he revealed to Metro</a>. &ldquo;But we also have multiple routes and opportunities to go back where you&rsquo;ve been.&rdquo;</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="1594" height="900" title="&#039;Exit&#039; sounds like a good idea to us" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-005.jpg?1406612027" /> </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"> CREW EXPENDABLE </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 all the griping that occurs over downloadable content announced before a game is properly released, we can&rsquo;t help but feel a bit guilty that Isolation&rsquo;s big DLC is perhaps our most anticipated part of the game. But how else are we supposed to react?</p> <p>Crew Expendable is a bonus mission available free to anyone that pre-orders the game, and it drops players back into the Nostromo, the ship from the original Alien film&mdash;and features the familiar crew, many voiced by their original actors. You can play as Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Dallas (Tom Skerritt), or Parket (Yaphet Kotto) and try to isolate and defeat the titular monster within the ship.</p> <p>Surely, the mission will also be sold separately for those who don&rsquo;t pre-order&mdash;but if the sound of that gets you as excited as it got us, then you might as well put down a deposit now. Check out some of the original cast (including Weaver) discussing the project above.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/amazing-alien-isolation-dlc-reunite-1979-movie-cast/news">Amazing Alien: Isolation DLC to reunite 1979 movie cast</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/MWKcBVc6PTQ" 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"> RELEASE DATE </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>Alien: Isolation</em>&nbsp;arrives on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC on 7 October. &quot;We couldn&#39;t be happier to finally announce a date for&nbsp;<em>Alien: Isolation</em>,&rdquo; Creative Assembly&#39;s Alistair Hope said on delivering the news last month. &quot;The reaction we have seen so far has been simply incredible, from the screams and shrieks to the cold sweats and racing hearts. It&#39;s the Alien game that we&#39;ve always wanted to play and we can&#39;t wait to let everyone get their hands on it this fall.&quot;</p> <p>Remember your childhood days when Hallowe&#39;en actually seemed scary? On this evidence, 2014 may be the year those pre-November night terrors make an alien-influenced comeback&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/tom-clancy-s-division/review" target="_blank">Tom Clancy&#39;s The Division preview</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="1594" height="900" title="You&#039;d be pretty gutted if you escaped from a xenomorph only to die in an airlock" alt="Alien: Isolation PlayStation Xbox game review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/alien-isolation-game-playstation-xbox-pc-screenshot-008.jpg?1406612027" /> </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-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/alien-isolation/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/alien-isolation/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:51:00 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435751 at http://www.stuff.tv Free Game of the Week: Commander Pixman http://www.stuff.tv/my/free-game-week-commander-pixman/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s a great game, especially if you like being so angry that your teeth explode </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/01.jpg?1406515294" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m sad to say,&rdquo; said the doctor, peering at the results on his clipboard and shaking his big, medical head, &ldquo;you&rsquo;re not well. Your blood pressure is high, your pupils are dilated and you&rsquo;re shaking. And your face is all red, which is never a good sign&rdquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;COMMANDER PIXMAN!&rdquo;, I shouted. &ldquo;COMMANDER PIXMAAAANNNNN!!!!&rdquo;</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="/my/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-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The game started simply enough. Installation costs nothing, after all, and I&rsquo;d already enjoyed a few games from the same publisher - the excellent<em> Super Stickman Golf</em> games, <em>Boxcat</em> and the Android version of <em>QWOP</em>. The tiny, 8-bit Commander Pixman ran about the place in his green space suit, shooting aliens and jumping chasms to some fun chiptunes music. For almost an hour, it was a really cracking little game.</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="675" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/02_3.jpg?1406515294" /> </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>Then, around level 20, it got tricky. Not a problem &ndash; difficult games are all the rage these days. Some masochistic pleasure centre in gamers&rsquo; brains is obviously tickled by the tooth-gnashing difficulty of <em>Battletoads</em>, <em>Dark Souls</em> and <em>Super Meat Boy</em>. The levels in <em>Commander Pixman</em> are tiny &ndash; all last under a minute, and some can be completed in under five seconds &ndash; so the frustration doesn&rsquo;t last long, even when a helpful message pops up with &rsquo;25 deaths&rsquo; or &rsquo;50 deaths&rsquo;.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/03_3.jpg?1406515294" /> </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>What does start to grate, though, is the little SKIP sign that appears after you&rsquo;ve died 10 or 15 times on a level. Tap it and you can go through, if you&rsquo;re willing to cough up a US$1 (RM3) in-app payment. Which, of course, you&rsquo;re not.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s worse is that while most of the levels in <em>Commander Pixman</em> are tough but doable, every now and then there&rsquo;s a level which is obviously designed to get&nbsp;RM3&nbsp;out of you, because it&#39;s almost completely impossible. The deaths mount up but you know you can&rsquo;t give in, because to give up&nbsp;RM3&nbsp;now would be a betrayal of everything you&rsquo;ve worked for. You&rsquo;re no longer playing the game, you&rsquo;re learning a programme of timed responses, mechanistically training your muscles like one of those whey-faced social outcasts who spends 25 years playing <em>Donkey Kong</em> in a shed. Only when all joy has been removed from the game, when you&rsquo;re sat on the toilet at 2am, your phone hot in your sweating palms, does Commander Pixman make it to the teleport zone.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/04.png?1406515294" /> </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="712" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/06_1.jpg?1406515294" /> </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>Once you&#39;re past each of these rage-inducing levels, you&#39;re rewarded with 10 hard-but-manageable stages, and these are superb train-journey boredom killers, it&#39;s just that after a handful of them, you hit level 63, and you&rsquo;re back in the Repeat Zone. Would you like to SKIP? Are you SURE? It&rsquo;s only&nbsp;RM3. You could pay&nbsp;RM3&nbsp;and just forget all about it and NNNNGGGGG!!!! Calm down. You&rsquo;ll get it next time. You just need to time the jump slightly better. Or maybe you can&#39;t. Maybe you&rsquo;ll never get it, and they&rsquo;ll find you, boggle-eyed and emaciated in a cupboard under the stairs, jabbing slowly at a dull screen, softly weeping The Pixman&rsquo;s name over and over and over again.</p> <p>Or maybe you&#39;re just better at <em>Commander Pixman</em> than I am.</p> <p><strong>Want more free games? Click <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">here for the best free games on Android</a>, and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/icheapskate-25-amazing-free-games-ipad-and-iphone/feature">here for the best free games on iOS.</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" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/05.png?1406515294" /> </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/my/free-game-week-commander-pixman/feature#comments Apps and Games Gaming Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443407 at http://www.stuff.tv First Play: Heroes of the Storm http://www.stuff.tv/my/first-play-heroes-storm/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blizzard’s battle royale is both a fan service and challenge for MOBA players </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="For Azeroth, Char and Sanctuary!" alt="First Play: Heroes of the Storm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Heroes%20of%20the%20Storm%20main.jpg?1406598782" /> </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="/my/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The irony isn&rsquo;t lost on us. Blizzard inadvertently created the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) genre when StarCraft was modified into current forms taken by Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) and League of Legends (LoL).</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"> RM0.00 </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"> tested on technical alpha build </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"> 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"> Familiar faces </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 dir="ltr">MOBA clone or not, Blizzard&rsquo;s greatest contribution to its fans is the character base. Heroes (and villains), new and old, are gathered from Blizzard&rsquo;s gaming universe. Jim Raynor could be charging the frontline in your first game, but if you&rsquo;d rather be the Lord of Terror Diablo and rain hell upon your enemies, go ahead.</p> <p dir="ltr">Except, you might be a burden to your team if you aren&rsquo;t well-versed with your character. There&rsquo;s no shame in using an easier character, which is denoted during the character selection screen. The aim is to assist and live another day to play your next co-op or versus game.</p> <p dir="ltr">Winning isn&#39;t a matter of the strong pummeling the weak, it&rsquo;s also about knowing when to charge into the line of fire, or hold back and keep your team alive with healing abilities. That, unfortunately, will take days, perhaps even weeks of practice. Meanwhile, prepare to inadvertently send your team to their doom when you are so fixated on an enemy and ignore the bigger picture of healing and covering teammates.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/oculus/five-best-games-weve-played-oculus-rift-so-far/feature">The five best games we&#39;ve played on Oculus Rift so far</a>&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/0ecv0bT9DEo" 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="682" height="425" title="Choose your hero (or villain)" alt="First Play: Heroes of the Storm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Heroes%20of%20the%20Storm%2004.jpg?1406598782" /> </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"> The winning formula </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 dir="ltr">A quick tutorial, and a few massive losses later, we realised what Blizzard meant when it said HoTS isn&rsquo;t a clone of the other MOBA games.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ignore all you know about jungling, because there are practically no resources to gather and allocate in the name of improving your team&rsquo;s fighting chances. That means you&rsquo;ll be focusing all your attention on your hero and pitting them against your enemies.</p> <p dir="ltr">While there&rsquo;s constant cannon fodder being sent towards enemy forts, spend some time at mercenary camps. Defeat them, and you&rsquo;ll have additional manpower wreaking havoc on enemy forts. </p> <p dir="ltr">Ultimately, the only goal is to gain access to the main core and obliterate it for the win. Seems quite straightforward, but when you have side quests and objectives that could make or break your team&rsquo;s winning streak, it&rsquo;s anybody&rsquo;s game.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/destiny/review">Destiny beta preview</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/f_fAkO3WOSY" 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"> Paramount objectives </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 dir="ltr">Ye landlubbers shouldn&rsquo;t ignore them doubloons desired by Blackheart. And you should eliminate as many undead minions as possible to strengthen your grave golem. Strategy is paramount when you need to simultaneously capture the sun and moon shrines before you lay claim to the dragon knight that breathes fire.</p> <p dir="ltr">While the objectives sound deadly simple, it&rsquo;s simply deadly to your team if you ignore them. Curses that reduce your minions HP and deactivate your fortress cannons will give your opponents the advantage to turn the tide. We&rsquo;ve had a taste of that, confident that the core is within our grasp. Only, we failed to notice that a dragon knight broke through the gates, slaughtered our minions and pulverised the core in record time.</p> <p dir="ltr">Moral of the story? Never join a random party which usually falls apart without the right rapport and strategy. Firstly, talking to strangers isn&rsquo;t very exciting. Not to mention, leaving the fate of your team&rsquo;s victory to a group of unknown and untested rookies is bordering on suicidal. It goes both ways, you might end up doing a Leeroy Jenkins and cause a massive wipe out.</p> <p dir="ltr">In short, don&rsquo;t stick with a pick-up group. Friends don&rsquo;t let friends charge into a fort and die a horrible death.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/first-play-evolve/review">First Play: Evolve</a></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="630" height="425" title="Objectives, it&#039;s all about objectives" alt="First Play: Heroes of the Storm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Heroes%20of%20the%20Storm%2001.jpg?1406598782" /> </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"> Quest for Gold and XP </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 dir="ltr">Ah, grinding for gold and experience points. Trust us, you&rsquo;ll want to do this. In some ways, this is the jungling aspect, constantly hunting for gold to unlock more heroes. Gathering experience points lets you expand the pool of skills, or talents as it&rsquo;s called in-game, to tweak your heroes skillset.</p> <p dir="ltr">While a hero like Arthas could be a full-fledged damage dealer with attack talents, you get the flexibility of adding more health and reduced damage. Why? To either counter your opponents&rsquo; aggressive builds, or fill the gap within the team and be the legendary tank you were meant to be.</p> <p dir="ltr">Oh, and one more thing. Heroes of the Storm is a free-to-play game. Yes, not a single cent is required to play the game. What, you&rsquo;re asking if it has in-game purchasing options? Why yes, nothing escapes your keen eye. Cash is used to pay for the usual - unlocking more heroes, gaining access to skins and mounts. Not that you need real money to get those - if you have an unlimited amount of time to grind for gold, that works too.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/25-best-fps-games-ever/news/edit">30 best FPS games ever</a></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="680" height="425" title="The talented Ms Nova" alt="First Play: Heroes of the Storm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Heroes%20of%20the%20Storm%2002.jpg?1406598782" /> </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"> Heroes of the Storm initial verdict </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 dir="ltr">You&rsquo;ll die. A lot of times. It gets tiring. But every death brings a new lesson, and every time your character levels up, you&rsquo;ll be surprised by new skills that dynamically change the way you treat your heroes.</p> <p dir="ltr">The fun isn&rsquo;t in facing AI opponents in a solo game or working with fellow human players against them nasty bots in co-op mode. Versus mode is the real challenge, one that tasks you to be an asset to your team or show the ropes to newbies.</p> <p dir="ltr">Considering the amount of time you can sink into this MOBA game, Blizzard&#39;s Heroes of the Storm can easily hook you in and never let you go. Plus, it costs you nothing to download and play. Well, almost, if you don&rsquo;t spend a single cent to add ink to your character and patiently level till you have enough shinies to unlock more heroes.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/g-star/blizzard-fanboys-choose-your-heroes-storm/feature/complex-we-ve-got-complex">Blizzard senior designer David Kim reveals noob-owning tips for Heroes of the Storm</a></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="680" height="425" title="Heroes (and villains) await" alt="First Play: Heroes of the Storm" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Heroes%20of%20the%20Storm%2003.jpg?1406598782" /> </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"> Get your heroes now </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 dir="ltr">Heroes of the Storm is now&nbsp;<a href="http://www.heroesofthestorm.com/en-us">available for beta sign-up</a>&nbsp;and is expected by the end of 2014.&nbsp;Characters created during the technical alpha won&#39;t be carried over to the final build. Any cash spent during the technical alpha will be logged as credits in your Blizzard account.&nbsp;</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> <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-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Preview </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><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"> First Play: Heroes of the Storm </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"> Heroes (and villains) clash in Blizzard&#039;s very own MOBA </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Heroes%20of%20the%20Storm%2003_1.jpg?1406598780" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/first-play-heroes-storm/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/first-play-heroes-storm/review#comments Apps and Games Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:47:58 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443253 at http://www.stuff.tv There’s a new range of emoji, and it’s YOU http://www.stuff.tv/my/there-s-new-range-emoji-and-it-s-you/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nothing satisfies your narcissistic tendency like your own face in an emoji </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="There’s a new range of emoji, and it’s YOU " alt="There’s a new range of emoji, and it’s YOU " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/imoji.jpg?1406266578" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To think we were getting excited over the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/logos/250-new-emojis-you-don-t-have-text-anymore/news">250 new emoji that the Unicode Consortium issued last month</a> &ndash; a new iPhone app has just beat that in letting us create our own emoji. &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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Set aside your dumb face </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 thing&rsquo;s for sure &ndash; your friends are going to take it one of two ways. They&rsquo;re either going be totally annoyed by it or extremely delighted to keep seeing the you-mojis you keep texting with every iMessage. If you&rsquo;re not enthusiastic on texting your own dumb face, you can seek out popular ones or even source for specific ones by searching a keyword.</p> <p>Worried about someone else using your custom made emoji? You can choose to keep it private. On the flipside, fame hungry folks will want to make themselves into an emoji and hope it goes viral.</p> <p>The Imoji app is already available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/imojiapp/id884963181?mt=8m" target="_blank">download from the Apple app store</a> for free.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/support-original-apps-stop-downloading-clones/feature">Support original apps, stop downloading clones&nbsp;</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/YHazbUHRh_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> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/there-s-new-range-emoji-and-it-s-you/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/there-s-new-range-emoji-and-it-s-you/news#comments Apps and Games iOS apps Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:35:29 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443239 at http://www.stuff.tv Indulge in nostalgic megalomania as Sims 2 Ultimate Collection goes free till end July http://www.stuff.tv/my/indulge-nostalgic-megalomania-sims-2-ultimate-collection-goes-free-till-end-july/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Set things on fire! Stage a Sim soap opera! Or just create the perfect Sim version of you </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="Indulge in nostalgic megalomania as Sims 2 Ultimate Collection goes free till end July" alt="Indulge in nostalgic megalomania as Sims 2 Ultimate Collection goes free till en" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sims2_01.jpg?1406194042" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After officially pulling the content generation plug on The Sims 2 last week, EA has announced that all official Sims 2 content is now free to grab by all Origin account-holders.</p> <p>Even if you&rsquo;ve never played the series at all or you&rsquo;ve been the rare few still clinging and hoping to run The Sims 2 smoothly, this giant though fairly outmoded 12GB content dump should be mighty tempting.</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="/my/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-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"> Oldie but goodie </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 dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-53593fa8-6702-f9ad-8146-adbdc0148cc8">With The Sims 2 being officially taken off Origin and Steam, this could be your last chance at getting a hold of all Sims 2 content cheaply and efficiently. The alternative is to pay the US$10 to US$15 for each HARD COPY. If you&rsquo;ve been even a remote fan of the series or been vaguely curious of The Sims experience, go grab it now.</p> <p dir="ltr">Returning to this outdated behemoth, this writer can attest to how easily it propagates this Sims experience. Like a fickle Origin client stupefying me by refusing the download without telling me outright I&rsquo;m out of hard drive space. Then, when installed, it refused to load the game in any resolution other than a claustrophobic 800x600. Why, you ask? Apparently the game is so old it isn&rsquo;t programmed to recognize newer graphics cards.</p> <p dir="ltr">Regardless, it&rsquo;s a smart and extremely cheap way to try and reach the ends of their vast user base coming up to the launch of the newest Sims 4 in September. There&rsquo;s no better introduction to the series than The Sims 2, that&rsquo;s had a decade&rsquo;s worth of user support as well as official and end-user content generation, to represent the sprawling, involved dollhouse simulation that is the series overall.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/eas-origin-now-offers-game-refunds/news">EA Origins now offers refunds</a></p> <p dir="ltr">[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/07/psa-ea-makes-sims-2-ultimate-free-for-all-after-ceasing-support/#p3" target="_blank">ArsTechnica</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="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="567" height="425" title="Indulge in nostalgic megalomania as Sims 2 Ultimate Collection goes free till end July" alt="Indulge in nostalgic megalomania as Sims 2 Ultimate Collection goes free till en" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sims2_2.jpg?1406194042" /> </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/my/indulge-nostalgic-megalomania-sims-2-ultimate-collection-goes-free-till-end-july/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/indulge-nostalgic-megalomania-sims-2-ultimate-collection-goes-free-till-end-july/news#comments Apps and Games Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:24:33 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1443142 at http://www.stuff.tv From zero to hero: the best iPad apps to teach you new skills http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad/zero-hero-best-ipad-apps-teach-you-new-skills/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Whether it’s making music or movies, sketching or painting, these are all the apps you need to take you to the next level </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="From zero to hero: the best iPad apps to teach you new skills" alt="From zero to hero: the best iPad apps to teach you new skills" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ipad_0.jpg?1406596054" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Want to dip your toes into a new hobby but don&rsquo;t want to fork out the money to buy the often expensive equipment? </p> <p>With just your iPad and these apps, you can go from being an app-mateur to a professional in whatever field you desire.</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="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> Arty farty </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>Doodling goes digital with these artistic apps that give you more creation tools (brushes, paints, surfaces, you name it, you have it) than you could possibly desire to spend on in real life. Maybe when your stickmen start to look more like pre-Raphaelite portraits, then you should invest in a canvas.</p> <p><strong>READ IT NOW:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad/5-authentic-art-apps-turn-your-ipad-convincing-digital-canvas/feature">5 creative iPad apps to give you the art-thentic analogue experience</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="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="567" height="425" title="Arty farty" alt="From zero to hero: the best iPad apps to teach you new skills" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/morgan.png?1406596054" /> </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"> Top of the pops </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 more Beyonce than Destiny&rsquo;s Child, you don&rsquo;t need band members or even a professionally kitted-out recording studio to make the next chart-topper. Whether it&rsquo;s a layered Fleet Foxes landscape or a Calvin Harris crowd-pleaser, these apps will get you the attention you deserve on Soundcloud.</p> <p><strong>READ IT NOW:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad/be-one-man-band-how-make-sweet-music-just-your-ipad/feature">Form your one-man band: 6 apps to make sweet music with just your iPad</a></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="567" height="425" title="Top of the pops" alt="From zero to hero: the best iPad apps to teach you new skills" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/djayle_2.png?1406596054" /> </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"> Filmmaking 101 </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>Always aspired to be the next Scorsese? There&rsquo;s no need to invest in pricey camera rigs the latest 4K camera yet. Use any - or a combination - of these seven apps to make your own budget film. We gaurantee it&#39;ll look even better than the Blair Witch Project at any rate. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ IT NOW:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad/lights-camera-action-7-ipad-apps-make-your-own-budget-indie-flick/feature" target="_blank">Lights, camera, action: 7 iPad apps to make your own budget indie flick</a></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="567" height="425" title="Filmmaking 101" alt="From zero to hero: the best iPad apps to teach you new skills" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/movieslate_0.png?1406596054" /> </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"> Level up, iPad style </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"> Learn new skills with these life-changing apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ipad_0_1.jpg?1406596054" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad/zero-hero-best-ipad-apps-teach-you-new-skills/feature#comments Apps and Games iOS apps iPad Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:19:51 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443135 at http://www.stuff.tv Six of the best comic reader apps http://www.stuff.tv/my/six-best-comic-reader-apps/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ZOK! BIF! POW! ZAKAM! And other stereotypical words you might find in a comic! In honour of Comic-Con 2014, here are our favourite comic apps </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="Six of the best comic reader apps" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/best-comic-reader-apps-main.jpg?1406259640" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The joy of browsing dusty comics in dusty back-street stores will never die, but these days there&#39;s also a shiny digital way to get your DC or Marvel fix.</p> <p>Yes, in the past few years the way we read comics has undergone a sea change every bit as big as that affecting books and music.</p> <p>So, ahead of&nbsp;Comic-Con 2014&#39;s opening in San Diego tonight, here&#39;s our guide to the best mobile comic reader apps in the world.</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="/my/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"> 1. Comics </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>Comics by Comixology was the Amazon of comics, until Amazon bought it. Now, it&rsquo;s just Amazon, with all of the politics that brings: the Android app lost Google Play payments, and iOS lost its store entirely.</p> <p>But, oh, the range - it&rsquo;s hard to stay mad when there are so many affordable comics to buy.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/comics-read-comic-books-graphic/id855282563?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Comics for iPhone and iPad (free) here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iconology.comics&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Download Comics for Android (free) 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="Comics" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-comics.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> 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"> 2. Marvel Unlimited </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>Described as &lsquo;the Netflix of comics&rsquo;, there&rsquo;s a whiff of bargain bin about Marvel Unlimited. But c&rsquo;mon - for US$10 per month you get access to 15,000 digital issues, in an all-you-can eat buffet of spandex and scientific experiments giving rise to superpowers in an extremely unlikely fashion.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/marvel-unlimited/id607205403?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Marvel Unlimited for iPhone and iPad (free) here</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.marvel.unlimited" target="_blank">Download Marvel Unlimited for Android (free) here</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="Marvel Unlimited" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-marvel-unlimited.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> 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"> 3. Chunky </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;re long-time <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/comic-zeal-comic-reader/id363990983?mt=8" target="_blank">Comic Zeal</a> fans, and that US$4.99 (RM16) app&rsquo;s still best for iPhone. On iPad, though, Chunky won us round, due to its streamlined interface, great controls, smart upscaling, and two-up landscape option. There&rsquo;s plentiful cloud support, but a &lsquo;pro&rsquo; upgrade adds a mini web server too.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/chunky-comic-reader/id663567628?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Chunky for iPad (from free) here</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="Chunky" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-chunky.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> 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"> 4. 2000 AD </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>Edited by a green alien with a phone dial glued to his head and featuring fascist-future-cop-with-a-permasnarl Judge Dredd, <em>2000 AD</em> is a British institution. The 37-year-old comic&rsquo;s digital venture is sleek and smartly designed, providing access to <em>2000 AD </em>itself,&nbsp;the <em>Megazine</em> and classic thrills aplenty.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/2000-ad-comics-featuring-judge/id537982373?mt=8" target="_blank">Download 2000 AD for iPhone and iPad (free) here</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="2000 AD" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-2000-ad.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> 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"> 5. ComiCat </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, we&rsquo;ve - gasp! - gone for a paid Android app. That&rsquo;s because ComiCat is excellent, automatically scanning your device to find any lurking comics, and deftly handling whatever CBRs and PDFs you throw at it.</p> <p>That instantly marks it out as superior to most Android comic viewers - and we tried many. Cheapskates can make do with <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rookiestudio.perfectviewer&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Perfect Viewer</a>, though.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭</strong><strong>✭</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=meanlabs.comicat" target="_blank">Download ComiCat for Android (RM10) here</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="ComiCat" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-comicat.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> 6. Sequential </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>Sequential is a comic app for the more discerning reader. Its collection is heavily curated and possibly a bit worthy, but you can guarantee pretty much anything you buy will deserve your time and money. The reader itself is smooth and fast, if lacking Chunky&rsquo;s level of elegance.</p> <p><strong>Stuff says ✭✭✭✭✩</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sequential-graphic-novels/id629759394?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Sequential for iPad (free) here</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate - the 30 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</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="Sequential" alt="Six of the best comic reader apps" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-sequential.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> 6 comic reader apps to celebrate Comic-Con </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/best-comic-reader-apps-main_0.jpg?1406259640" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/six-best-comic-reader-apps/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/six-best-comic-reader-apps/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:25:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1443101 at http://www.stuff.tv Want to treat someone, why not glomp! them instead? http://www.stuff.tv/my/want-treat-someone-why-not-glomp-them-instead/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This e-commerce gifting platform lets you treat someone digitally </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="Want to treat someone, why not glomp! them instead?" alt="Want to treat someone, why not glomp! them instead?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/glomp.jpg?1406171794" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your friend&rsquo;s just posted on their Facebook profile that they&rsquo;re having a bad day and you want to cheer them up; or you learnt via LinkedIn that an acquaintance of yours just got promoted &ndash; what do you do?</p> <p>Instead of commenting on their statuses and adding some emoji to accompany it, you can glomp! them. glo-what you ask? glomp! It&rsquo;s a new e-commerce gifting platform in Singapore that lets you treat someone digitally with real physical products.</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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> glomp! your way to someone&#039;s heart </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 few merchants, namely berrylite, Le Noir, Cedele, and Mogambo, have already gotten on board with more to follow suit soon. Although only food and beverage vendors are currently the only merchants to choose from, glomp!&rsquo;s intending on inking deals with spas or even ticketing vendors in the near future.</p> <p>glomp! founder, Zachary Lai, told <em>Stuff</em> that the service is not in competition to the social act of treating someone in person, but rather, is an extension of our social networking with them. &ldquo;We text, we email, we social network, but as good as virtual conversations are, there is a limitation to how we interact online, especially in terms of showing sentiment,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s currently only available in Singapore and Hong Kong, but Lai mentioned that the company&rsquo;s got plans to expand its rollout on a global scale in the coming months. The US and the UK are next on its list, and fret not, Malaysia&rsquo;s definitely not too far off from getting it too.</p> <p>For the time being, you can only send gifts across Singapore and Hong Kong, but the next step following glomp!&rsquo;s global domination is to enable digital treating across more countries. Now that&rsquo;s called a real treat.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: </strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/icheapskate-25-best-free-apps-iphone-and-ipad/feature">iCheapskate: the 30 best free apps for iPhone and iPad</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="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="567" height="425" title="Want to treat someone, why not glomp! them instead?" alt="Want to treat someone, why not glomp! them instead?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/glomp2.jpg?1406171794" /> </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/my/want-treat-someone-why-not-glomp-them-instead/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/want-treat-someone-why-not-glomp-them-instead/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:39:13 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1443054 at http://www.stuff.tv Lights, camera, action: 7 iPad apps to make your own budget indie flick http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad/lights-camera-action-7-ipad-apps-make-your-own-budget-indie-flick/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get your very own digital Tarantino 101 set-up here </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="Lights, camera, action: 7 iPad apps to make your own budget indie flick" alt="Lights, camera, action: 7 iPad apps to make your own budget indie flick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/movieslate.png?1406598782" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Listen up, wannabe Spielbergs on a budget. Armed with these quality apps, from pre to post-production, &nbsp;and your iPad, you won&rsquo;t have to splash out on expensive equipment to make your own cinematic masterpiece.</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="/my/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> iMovie (US$4.99) </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>Apple&rsquo;s homebaked movie-making app churns out professional videos even at the fingertips of amateurs. From slow-mo to split screen effects, this app and its eight different themes with corresponding titles and transitions have everything you need to drag and drop into your film. After your film is done and dusted, this app even has the goods to help you make its trailer with 14 different templates to choose from. What are you waiting for, get filming already to make your family blockbuster to debut at Christmas.</p> <p><strong id="docs-internal-guid-014904ff-5b9e-b3ce-2b9e-9f5915d797ca"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/imovie/id377298193?mt=8" target="_blank">Get iMovie 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="567" height="425" title="iMovie" alt="Lights, camera, action: 7 iPad apps to make your own budget indie flick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/imovie.png?1406598782" /> </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"> 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"> Celtx Script (US$4.99) </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 you get down to casting your actors, the foundation that all movies are built on is the script, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ces-2014/watch-michael-bay-melt-down-ces-2014/news">except if you&rsquo;re Michael Bay</a>. While typewriters are the most romantic thing to work on, they&rsquo;re probably not the most efficient machines. Celtx Script will automatically format your scripts and keep your next Oscar-winning film backed up. If you&rsquo;re a team player, this app also lets you work collaboratively with your partners. Just don&rsquo;t let them steal your ideas.</p> <p class="p2"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/celtx-script/id381536091?mt=8" target="_blank">Get Celtx Script here</a></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="567" height="425" title="Celtx Script" alt="Lights, camera, action: 7 iPad apps to make your own budget indie flick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/celtx%20script.png?1406598782" /> </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"> 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"> Storyboards 3D (US$free) </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 world is not flat, and Storyboards 3D exists for filmmakers who need to see their ideas come together in 3D. Pre-planners will appreciate the ability to visualise the story laid out as if in real life. Arrange props and characters, change the angle of your shots, re-order frames so you have every scene ready for the day of shoot. Photos, text and even audio can be inserted into every shot, way more efficient that if you were to illustrate the whole thing from scratch.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/storyboards-3d/id509496416?mt=8" target="_blank">Get Storyboards 3D here</a></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="567" height="425" title="Storyboards 3D" alt="Lights, camera, action: 7 iPad apps to make your own budget indie flick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/storyboards%203d_0.png?1406598782" /> </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"> 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"> Horizon (US$1.99) </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>You&#39;ll never have problems keeping the story straight with Horizon. This simple app keeps your photos and videos horizontal no matter the angle you shoot it from so your shots are never askew. Don&rsquo;t worry about keeping statue-still or twisting yourself into a pretzel to shoot straight anymore. It also includes eight filters, supports 2K resolution and slow-mo effects for those who&rsquo;d like to add a little funk to their work.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/horizon-horizontal-hd-video/id778576249?mt=8" target="_blank">Get Horizon here</a></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="567" height="425" title="Horizon" alt="Lights, camera, action: 7 iPad apps to make your own budget indie flick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Horizon.jpg?1406598782" /> </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"> 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"> Theodolite HD (US$3.99) </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 the National Geographic documentary filmmaker type, Theodolite HD is perfect for you. Need to put that brilliant landscape stretching out in front of you into perspective? This app is a compass, tracker, nav calculator, rangefinder and GPS built into a handy (video) camera. This allows you to make the next big film for environment appreciators complete with custom notes for the geography nerd in you.</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/theodolite-hd/id425456242?mt=8" target="_blank">Get Theodolite HD here</a></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="567" height="425" title="Theodolite HD" alt="Lights, camera, action: 7 iPad apps to make your own budget indie flick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/theodolite.png?1406598782" /> </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"> Teleprompt+ 3 (US$24.99) </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>Don&rsquo;t let that forgetful actor spoil the scene for everyone else, patch his memory with this nifty teleprompter app. Use any iOS device to control the app remotely and customise text by adding cue points, highlighting certain words and editing your text directly on the prompting screen. The intelligent app will work out the scroll speed according to your total presentation time. Also works for your daytime job when you&rsquo;ve to give presentations or for karaoke sessions.</p> <p class="p2"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/teleprompt+-3/id859980419?mt=8" target="_blank">Get Teleprompt+ 3 here</a></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="567" height="425" title="Teleprompt+ 3" alt="Lights, camera, action: 7 iPad apps to make your own budget indie flick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/teleprompt.png?1406598782" /> </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"> 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"> MovieSlate (US$29.99) </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 clapperboard is not just something you toss aside after starting the scene, it helps you retain the essential information you need for putting the scenes together eventually. This digital version lets you sync the all-important timecode over Wi-Fi or directly with compatible cameras and other recording equipment (in-app plugin for an additional US$49.99). Tap the clapper sticks and the corresponding slate data is saved automatically. Truly a tool for the modern Scorsese. &nbsp;</p> <p class="p2"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/movieslate-clapperboard-shot/id320315888?mt=8" target="_blank">Get MovieSlate here</a></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="567" height="425" title="MovieSlate" alt="Lights, camera, action: 7 iPad apps to make your own budget indie flick" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/movieslate.png?1406598782" /> </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"> 7 movie-making iPad apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/movieslate_2.png?1406598780" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/my/ipad/lights-camera-action-7-ipad-apps-make-your-own-budget-indie-flick/feature#comments Apple Apps and Games iOS apps iPad Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:06:27 +0000 Elissa Loi 1442892 at http://www.stuff.tv This app’s named Wiper and it wipes out proof of your chats http://www.stuff.tv/my/app-s-named-wiper-and-it-wipes-out-proof-your-chats/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It helps you cover your tracks and get rid of messages and photos for good </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="This app’s named Wiper and it wipes out proof of your chats " alt="This app’s named Wiper and it wipes out proof of your chats " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/cnet.jpg?1405935759" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever sent a bunch of hurtful messages or (ahem) engaged in some illicit messaging activity with someone and wished there was a way to revoke them? Or, have you been searching for an app that offers more privacy for such things? Well, whatever the case, with this app, you now can.</p> <p>Called Wiper, this recently launched free messaging app does more than be just another app messaging service along the likes of WhatsApp, SnapChat, or Kik. Because what sets it apart from the plethora of such apps is its focus on privacy and security.</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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> What happens on the back end </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 need to know how it actually works, any texts you send or calls you make is secured by end-to-end encryption. But many have argued that they&rsquo;re not impossible to hack so you&rsquo;ve still got to be careful of what you send over it. But on the server end, Wiper&rsquo;s not giving up its secrets. &nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, the app doesn&rsquo;t allow you to take screenshots (it does in the iOS version only and if you take one, it sends the person on the other end a notification).</p> <p>So if you&rsquo;re ready to share the load of determining how long your tête-à-tête stays around with your friend, maybe you should migrate over to Wiper.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/7-stealthy-spy-apps-use-suspect-scenarios/feature">7 stealthy spy apps to use in suspect scenarios</a></p> <p>[Source and image: <a href="http://www.cnet.com/products/wiper-messenger-ios/" target="_blank">CNet</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="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="567" height="425" title="This app’s named Wiper and it wipes out proof of your chats " alt="This app’s named Wiper and it wipes out proof of your chats " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wiper.jpg?1405935759" /> </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/my/app-s-named-wiper-and-it-wipes-out-proof-your-chats/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/app-s-named-wiper-and-it-wipes-out-proof-your-chats/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:25:39 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1442732 at http://www.stuff.tv Destiny Beta http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/destiny/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bungie&#039;s MMO-inspired sci-fi shooter is available in beta form to everyone right now - and it&#039;s utterly brilliant </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="1300" height="900" title="Destiny Beta review" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Destiny-Beta-Review-main_1.jpg?1406259640" /> </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="/my/users/tom-parsons" title="View user profile.">Tom Parsons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature" target="_blank">PS4-only Alpha</a>&nbsp;is but a distant memory - but now everyone can get a taste of Destiny in the all-formats Beta.</p> <p>To get involved all you need do is pre-order the full game (out 9th September) or find a friend who already has - each pre-order is good for three players.</p> <p>Should you get involved? You betcha. This is a really generous taster of what is looking very much like potential game of the year.</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"> RM0.00 </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> </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"> 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"> What the heck is Destiny anyway? </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;ve been living in a hole for the last few months you could be unaware that<em>Destiny</em>&nbsp;is the new game by Bungie, the studio that brought us the little-known&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>franchise. It&rsquo;s got a lot in common with&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;in terms of gameplay and tone, but this is a far, far grander undertaking.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s because&nbsp;<em>Destiny</em>&nbsp;is also diving into massively multiplayer online (MMO) territory. This is an always-online game in which you team up with mates for story missions, raids and open-world exploring. You randomly encounter other players on your travels and so-called &lsquo;live events&rsquo; are triggered that dynamically bring players together to take on enemies such as the massive spider tank.</p> <p>Think of the shooting action of&nbsp;<em>Halo</em>&nbsp;combined with the addictive loot-gathering of<em>Diablo</em>&nbsp;and MMORPG elements of&nbsp;<em>World of Warcraft</em>&nbsp;and you&rsquo;re just about on the right track.</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="1600" height="900" title="The sparrow bike can be called up at any time" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-7_1.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> Destiny Beta vs Alpha </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>Those who poured endless hours into the Alpha might be disappointed to discover that a lot of that content returns in this Beta, but there is more besides. Where the Alpha dropped you into the ruined Russian landscape with an already level 4 character, the Beta sees you start at the very beginning, with the intro that will (tweaks allowing) be in the final version of the game.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s when you&rsquo;re introduced to your Ghost, a cuboid robotic companion who accompanies and guides you throughout the entire game. Bungie and Peter Dinklage (from&nbsp;<em>Game of Thrones</em>, who voices the Ghost) were on the receiving end of no little flak for the dialogue and delivery in the Alpha, which was considered by many to sound a bit half-arsed. I didn&rsquo;t really agree with all of that criticism but even I must admit that the delivery in the Beta, which has been made to sound more robotic with beeps and vocal effects, works better. And the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/6/20/5828892/that-wizard-came-from-the-moon-shirt-destiny-bungie" target="_blank">now infamous &ldquo;that wizard came from the Moon!&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;line has gone entirely, which is a massive shame if you ask me.</p> <p>In total you get four story missions in the Beta (none of which were in the Alpha), each of which can be played with up to two mates and come complete with cutscenes that introduce you to the characters and lore of Bungie&rsquo;s brave new gaming universe.</p> <p>The only issue here is that there&rsquo;s a certain amount of repetition in these story missions. They&rsquo;re all based in Old Russia (essentially the only area available in the Beta) and while each takes you to a different section of the map you basically start in the same area for each one, which creates a little déjà vu. This is undoubtedly a game that will involve a fair amount of returning to previously explored areas, but hopefully the level of repetition will be kept in check for the full release.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/littlebigplanet-3/littlebigplanet-3/review" target="_blank">LittleBigPlanet 3: First Play</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="1600" height="900" title="Peter Dinklage&#039;s dialogue for your Ghost companion has been tweaked for the beta" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-8_1.jpg?1406259640" /> </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="1600" height="900" title="The Earth map for the Crucible returns from the Alpha" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-2_1.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> The Alpha bits return </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>Beyond that you get largely the same content that was in the Alpha. That includes one three-player Strike (essentially a self-contained mission with its own story, bosses and rewards) called The Devil&rsquo;s Lair, which is brilliant fun.</p> <p>You also get to experience the Explore mode, which allows you to - you guessed it - explore the open world environments at your leisure. You&rsquo;ve only got Old Russia to play with here but the environment is pretty massive and packed with secrets - dead Ghosts to reactivate, caves to explore, loot to find and enemies to blow to pieces. There are also small side-missions - typical fetch quests and kill x number of enemies sorts of things, but they&rsquo;re useful for taking you to areas of the map that you might not have otherwise visited and also reward you with increased standing with certain factions. And standing means loot in the form of big guns and stronger armour.</p> <p>Finally there&rsquo;s the Crucible, which is where you take your anger out on other players. The map count has gone up from the two to four, so on top of the Earth and Moon maps you got in the Alpha you can now also kill your friends on Mars and Venus. There&rsquo;s still just the one game mode, Capture (typical three-objective king of the hill), but the action is so tight, fast and addictive you&rsquo;ll likely take no issue with playing for hours straight.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/20-amazing-indie-games-you-can-download-right-now/feature" target="_blank">20 amazing indie games you can download right now</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/LeDaevD7cEo" 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="1600" height="900" title="Destiny Beta review" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-10_3.jpg?1406259640" /> </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="3200" height="1800" title="Destiny Beta review" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/destiny-alpha-first-play-crucible_0_3.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> Creating your first character </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&nbsp;<em>Destiny</em>&nbsp;you play as a Guardian, tasked with protecting what little is left of humanity against four alien races (two of which, the Hive and Fallen, make an appearance in the Beta). Your very first job is to create your character.</p> <p>You start by choosing choose a class: Titan, Hunter or Wizard. Ostensibly these boil down to a tank-like bruiser, agile sneaker and space wizard respectively, but in reality each class can turn its hand to any role. What you&rsquo;re really choosing is a look, a type of grenade, a melee attack, a slightly different double-jump and a special attack. Choose whichever you think looks coolest - you won&rsquo;t be restricted later on.</p> <p>And then you get to make your character look really cool in the customiser. Choose your race (human, awaken or exo), gender, face, hair and lots more to make you Guardian look unique. In the Beta there are just a few minor new customisation options, but otherwise our video of the Alpha customisation above should teach you everything you need to know.</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/4yg0Jk1WZsE" 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="1600" height="900" title="Exos are sentient machines. And they are awesome." alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-9_0.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> How the action unfolds </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 esteemed Guy Cocker wrote about the Destiny gameplay experience in great depth when he&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/first-play-destiny-alpha-release/feature" target="_blank">reviewed the Alpha</a>, and I won&rsquo;t repeat everything here because it&rsquo;s the same gameplay that you get with the Beta. That means the action itself is deeply<em>Halo</em>-like, with a welcome dose of extra heft to the weapons. This is sci-fi, of course, but the feel of the guns is realistically solid and terrifically bombastic, especially when you get to the shotguns and heavy weapons such as the huge machine guns and rocket launchers.</p> <p>Thanks to every player having a double-jump move, battles are very vertical, both in the open world and in the Crucible. There are few greater gaming joys than leaping from a vantage point to a spot directly behind your enemy and stabbing them in the back.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-3/dark-souls-ii/review" target="_blank">Dark Souls II review</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="1600" height="900" title="There are millimetres between life and death in the Crucible" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-5_1.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> You&#039;ve got until 27th July to play the beta </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 Beta is open to PS3 and PS4 players right now. There&rsquo;s a break for maintenance on the 21st and 22nd July, then Xbox 360 and Xbox One gamers get to join in on the 23rd. The whole thing comes to an end on the 27th, but don&rsquo;t be sad; according to<a href="http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-07-15-what-to-expect-from-the-destiny-beta" target="_blank">an interview that Bungie&rsquo;s David &quot;Deej&quot; Dague gave to Eurogamer</a>, there&rsquo;s still a possibility that your lovingly crafted Guardian will carry over to the final game. Fingers crossed - I hate saying goodbye.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/xbox-360/titanfall/review" target="_blank">Titanfall review</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="1600" height="900" title="This handsome chap isn&#039;t in the Beta. Can&#039;t wait to meet him in the full game." alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-11_1.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> Destiny Beta verdict </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 played and loved the Alpha, and the Beta is bigger and better. I reckon most players will get about ten hours of terrific entertainment out of it, while serious fans will play every moment they can between now and 27th July, upgrading all three characters and exploring every inch of Old Russia.</p> <p>Needless to say that&rsquo;s a lot of entertainment for zero cost, and while this is by no means a review of the final, full game, it&rsquo;s hard to see a way Bungie could mess it up from here. 9th September cannot come soon enough.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-and-games/console-games/top-ten" target="_blank">The 10 Best Games in the World right now</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="1600" height="900" title="Two Guardians taking a stroll in the park" alt="Destiny Beta review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-4_1.jpg?1406259640" /> </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-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> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><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"> Playing with Destiny beta </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"> A lot of entertainment for zero cost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Destiny-Beta-Review-main_0_0.jpg?1406259640" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/destiny/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/playstation-4/destiny/review#comments Apps and Games Console games Gaming PlayStation 3 PlayStation 4 Xbox 360 Xbox One Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:03:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1435015 at http://www.stuff.tv Is Snapchat onto its own payments system? http://www.stuff.tv/my/snapchat-its-own-payments-system/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s already filed two trademarks that suggest so </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="Is Snapchat onto its own payments system? " alt="Is Snapchat onto its own payments system? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/snappay.jpg?1405581548" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It appears that Snapchat&rsquo;s been busy conceptualising ways to digress from (or add on to) its <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/finally-more-chat-snapchat/news">photo/video messaging application</a> &ndash; the pictorial mobile conversation starter has apparently submitted a bunch of trademarks to get its foot into the payments space.</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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> Fusing into an app? </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>How this&#39;ll integrate into its less serious app, if it&rsquo;s going to be on the same platform, is questionable. Maybe you can send your friend a Snapchat with a &ldquo;you owe me money&rdquo; caption and he&rsquo;ll instantaneously reply by refunding you your dosh (we&rsquo;re taking a stab in the dark here).</p> <p>On a more serious note, what this might mean for you is having a social app that allows friends to send money between each other or even purchase items online with a credit card registered with its app.</p> <p>But we foresee that it&#39;ll take Snapchat a while before it unveils an update or new product of this scale. Until then, you can revel on its new geo-filter feature that lets you add a custom, location-specific sticker to your photo. And it&rsquo;s pretty smart too, it only unlocks when you&rsquo;re in a particular city or place.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/you-can-now-flirt-tinder-using-snapchat-features/news">You can now flirt on Tinder using Snapchat features&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/16/snapchat-payments/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>]&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="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="567" height="425" title="Is Snapchat onto its own payments system? " alt="Is Snapchat onto its own payments system? " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/trademark.jpg?1405581548" /> </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/my/snapchat-its-own-payments-system/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/snapchat-its-own-payments-system/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games iOS apps Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:41:58 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1442352 at http://www.stuff.tv Android Wear gives Tinder the option to let you make questionable dating choices http://www.stuff.tv/my/you-can-now-woo-tinder-using-your-android-wear/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Wear, giving you the ability to swipe right for that cute guy or pretty girl without being too obvious </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="You can make questionable dating choices on Tinder with Android Wear " alt="You can make questionable dating choices on Tinder with Android Wear " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tind.jpg?1405494693" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tinder&rsquo;s one of the most popular social apps when it comes to flirting/pursuing/dating someone (whichever&rsquo;s up your alley, we don&rsquo;t judge). And now, it&rsquo;s made life easier for you because you don&rsquo;t have to flash your smartphone to swipe someone that you fancy to the right.</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="/my/users/hafizahosman" title="View user profile.">Hafizah Osman</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"> There’s no fuss required to get it </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>Setting up isn&rsquo;t going to be as hard as you think &ndash; all you need to do is pair your Android smartwatch to your phone. That&rsquo;s literally it. You say &ldquo;Start Tinder&rdquo; to begin your classic swipe adventure. Besides being able to view matches and get your swipe on, you can tap on their profile to open it on your paired phone to have a closer look.</p> <p>Alerts of new matches and message notifications will be included in the watch&rsquo;s stream, and you&rsquo;ll also be able to respond to them from your Android Wear. For example, responding to the messages will require you to speak your reply into the smartwatch.</p> <p>Just make sure you&rsquo;re not in a very crowded location where your cheesy pickup line can be heard and judged. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/you-can-now-flirt-tinder-using-snapchat-features/news">You can now flirt on Tinder using Snapchat features&nbsp;</a></p> <p>[Source and images: <a href="http://www.tinder.com/blog" target="_blank">Tinder</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="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="1400" height="1223" title="You can now woo on Tinder using your Android Wear " alt="You can now woo on Tinder using your Android Wear " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lgapp-v2.jpeg?1405494693" /> </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/my/you-can-now-woo-tinder-using-your-android-wear/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/you-can-now-woo-tinder-using-your-android-wear/news#comments Android apps Apps and Games Wearable tech Wed, 16 Jul 2014 03:12:07 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1442230 at http://www.stuff.tv Shazam integrates with Rdio, other streaming services soon http://www.stuff.tv/my/shazam-integrates-rdio-other-streaming-services-soon/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Now you can listen to entire songs on Shazam but only if you&#039;re a paying Rdio subscriber. Spotify users? Your turn soon </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="Shazam integrates with Rdio, other streaming services soon" alt="Shazam integrates with Rdio, other streaming services soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rdio_shazam.jpg?1405404210" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shazam and Rdio are now best buds it seems as no longer are you limited to short snippets of songs but entire tracks on Shazam. That is, if you are a current paying Rdio subscriber. And if you happen to be on iOS as Shazam&#39;s latest update that makes this musical partnership happens hasn&#39;t happened yet for Android. Rest assured it is &#39;coming soon&#39;.</p> <p>What of Windows Phone? No mention about that, we&#39;re afraid.</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="/my/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-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"> Shazam gunning for more music bucks? </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 this, Shazam was an &#39;equal opportunity&#39; music discovery app. After identifying the song, you could then preview it on the app and then be directed to purchase the song from one of a few available marketplaces including Amazon. But Shazam is thinking of the users who would like some instant gratification and that is what music streaming is serving up pretty much.</p> <p>The 7.7 update to the iOS Shazam app isn&#39;t just about streaming full songs but also adding more playlist functionality - you can now create playlists of Shazamed songs and add them to your Rdio playlist. Rdio is of course thrilled to be the first streaming service to use Shazam&#39;s new in-app song playback, perhaps a way for Rdio to get a leg up in the very crowded music streaming marketplace.</p> <p>Shazam does promise that other music services will also follow Rdio&#39;s lead though we suspect that some negotiations are still going on in that respect. Will Spotify follow quickly? Or will Deezer also get in on the Shazam goodness? Currently Spotify already has a &#39;listen with Spotify&#39; option in Shazam, albeit previews-only, so it makes sense that Spotify will be the second music streaming service to go the full hog on Shazam.</p> <p>You can check out the update on <a href="http://go.redirectingat.com/?id=66960X1514734&amp;site=theverge.com&amp;xs=1&amp;isjs=1&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fus%2Fapp%2Fid284993459%3Fmt%3D8&amp;xguid=bfadcf21d4c6a29915c0681d8ef3c532&amp;xcreo=0&amp;xed=0&amp;sref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theverge.com%2F2014%2F7%2F14%2F5899681%2Fshazam-now-lets-rdio-users-play-full-songs-right-after-tagging-them&amp;xtz=-480" target="_blank">App Store</a> and Android users? Just be patient.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/spotify/spotify-goes-black-adds-new-features-snazzy-update/news">Spotify goes black, updates with new features</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/14/5899681/shazam-now-lets-rdio-users-play-full-songs-right-after-tagging-them" target="_blank">The Verge</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="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="567" height="425" title="Shazam integrates with Rdio, other streaming services soon" alt="Shazam integrates with Rdio, other streaming services soon" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/shazam_screens.jpg?1405404210" /> </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/my/shazam-integrates-rdio-other-streaming-services-soon/news#comments Apps and Games iOS apps Streaming Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:02:40 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1442138 at http://www.stuff.tv Support original apps, stop downloading clones http://www.stuff.tv/my/support-original-apps-stop-downloading-clones/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spend good money to support app developers who come up with original ideas, says Tein Hee Seow </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="Support original apps, stop downloading clones" alt="Support original apps, stop downloading clones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Threes.jpg?1406259640" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">My colleague rightly pointed out that you should <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-are-brilliant-so-stop-moaning-about-paying-them/feature">stop your belly-aching and pay for your apps</a>. I agree but there&rsquo;s something else you should do - stop buying or downloading apps that are ripping off others.</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="/my/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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 dir="ltr">But in less than a month, they were robbed of their money, and more importantly, their idea. Free clone versions such as 1024 and 2048 began to appear on the App Store and Play Store. Think about it, if you see a US$0.99 Threes! and a free 2048, it&rsquo;s pretty obvious that the free app gets the download.</p> <p dir="ltr">What&rsquo;s not obvious is that for each download you give to 1024 or 2048, it&rsquo;s one less that pays the bills for the developers of Threes! and doesn&rsquo;t reaffirm the originality of the unbelievable simple yet challenging maths game. Much like movies and music that are downloaded for free illegally when legit options to purchase them exist, you&rsquo;re doing the same to the developers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Admittedly, this is very telling of how people aren&rsquo;t discerning enough to avoid downloading a app that blatantly rips off a unique concept, just for the sake of saving that US$0.99.&nbsp;I&rsquo;ll admit, I&rsquo;m stingy when it comes to buying apps or games. But that&#39;s very different from downloading an alternative and poor copy. I believe in rewarding developers who come up with insanely great, and at times addictive, games with my precious and limited (true story, there&#39;s just too many bills to pay) monthly salary.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ultimately, this isn&rsquo;t a story that&rsquo;ll shame you into paying for apps. It&rsquo;s about supporting great content and saying no to unscrupulous developers who openly copy and pass off ideas as their own.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apple/25-best-iphone-and-ipad-games-you-can-play-right-now/feature">The 25 best iPhone and iPad games you can play 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="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="567" height="425" title="2048 is just another clone" alt="Support original apps, stop downloading clones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2048.jpg?1406259640" /> </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 dir="ltr">Think it doesn&rsquo;t matter if the original app was free to begin with? Wrong. Three years ago, NimbleBit&rsquo;s tower simulator Tiny Tower, which was free on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/tiny-tower/id422667065?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobage.ww.a560.tinytower_android&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a>, was also ripped off as Dream Heights by game company Zynga.</p> <p dir="ltr">I&rsquo;m not a developer, but as a content producer, it&rsquo;s not hard to understand the pain of seeing your work being copied without getting due credit. One could do what NimbleBit&rsquo;s three-man development team did -&nbsp;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/24/tiny-tower-developers-call-out-zynga-for-their-look-alike-game/">calling out copycats with a tongue-in-cheek infographic</a>. On your end, do your part, treat clone apps like the plague and stop downloading them.</p> <p dir="ltr">And if you haven&rsquo;t download Threes! yet,&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/my/app/threes!/id779157948?mt=8" target="_blank">drop everything right now and get it on iOS</a>. It&rsquo;s cheaper than a cup of joe from Starbucks and more effective at keeping you awake with its addictive gameplay.</p> <p dir="ltr">[Image credit: Nimblebit]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/apps-are-brilliant-so-stop-moaning-about-paying-them/feature">Apps are brilliant, so stop moaning about paying for them</a></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="640" height="1693" title="NimbleBit fights back against Zynga" alt="Support original apps, stop downloading clones" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dear-zynga.jpg?1406259640" /> </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"> Support original apps </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"> Stop downloading rip-off apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Threes.jpg?1406259640" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/my/support-original-apps-stop-downloading-clones/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/my/support-original-apps-stop-downloading-clones/feature#comments Android apps Apps and Games Opinion Smartphones Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:51:03 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1442034 at http://www.stuff.tv