Android games http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-games/reviews en-SG Flappy Bird creator follows up with annoyingly addictive second effort Swing Copters http://www.stuff.tv/sg/flappy-bird-creator-follows-annoyingly-addictive-second-effort-swing-copters/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Warning: downloading this game might result in you dealing damage to your phone </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="Flappy Bird creator follows up with equally annoyingly difficult second effort Swing Copters" alt="Flappy Bird creator follows up with equally annoyingly difficult second effort S" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/swing%20copters.png?1409533220" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thought the killing of Flappy Bird was the most irritating thing the creator could do? You&rsquo;re wrong. Meet Swing Copters, Dong Nguyen&rsquo;s latest effort at pissing you off.</p> <p class="p2">The background is similarly pixellated and your character, a propeller hat-wearing bird of some sort (do not ask us why a wing-equipped bird needs a propeller hat to fly) that looks vaguely familiar. Except this time, the game moves vertically instead of horizontally.</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="/sg/users/elissa-loi" title="View user profile.">Elissa Loi</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"> Sucker for punishment </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>Apparently, more characters can be unlocked once you get medals. Unfortunately, we aren&rsquo;t in the position to fill you in as the farthest we&rsquo;ve gone is past the first level of hammer swinging, and that was by a stroke of luck accompanied by tons of cussing.</p> <p class="p1">Once the bird-brain takes off, it will naturally gravitate towards doom, so get ready for some frantic tapping and restraint when you eventually get mashed into pulp by a wild hammer. Remember not to hurl your phone at the wall. But as much as you hate it, you will want to play it. Over and over again till your fingers turn blue.</p> <p class="p1">Swing Copters is free to download for both <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/swing-copters/id905639750?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotgears.swing" target="_blank">Android</a>&nbsp;with&nbsp;an option to remove banner ads for S$1.28. Download it quick before the man changes his mind and pulls it from the store.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">[Source: <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08/20/new-game-from-flappy-bird-developer-swing-copters-goes-live/">WSJ</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="Flappy Bird creator follows up with annoyingly addictive second effort Swing Copters" alt="Flappy Bird creator follows up with annoyingly addictive second effort Swing Cop" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/game%20over.png?1409533220" /> </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"><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"> Flappy Bird creator is back, meet Swing Copters </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/swing%20copters.png?1409533214" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/flappy-bird-creator-follows-annoyingly-addictive-second-effort-swing-copters/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/flappy-bird-creator-follows-annoyingly-addictive-second-effort-swing-copters/news#comments Android games Apps and Games iOS games Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:29:17 +0000 Elissa Loi 1445490 at http://www.stuff.tv New Skylanders starter pack injects tablets with console gaming powers http://www.stuff.tv/sg/skylanders-trap-team-tablet-starter-pack-injects-tablets-console-gaming-powers/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Distracting the kids on long journeys just got a hell of a lot easier </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="We were born too late" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/STT_Tablet_and_Portal_FINAL_HiRes_1407773098.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tired of your kids dominating the family games console? Then you&#39;re going to love the&nbsp;<em>Skylanders Trap Team</em> Tablet Starter pack.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As players build up the whole set, each character is transported into the <em>Skylanders</em> world the minute the figurine is placed on the portal.</p> <p>Once summoned, gamers have the option to either use on-screen controls, or they can dock their tablets into the side of the portal stand and use a physical Bluetooth controller - with thumbsticks and rear triggers - to progress through the game.</p> <p>Both the controller and portal will work across iOS, Android and Kindle Fire devices, so there shouldn&#39;t be any compatibility issues when Android children cross over to Apple territory on a play date.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="A Skylander with two Trap pieces" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/SST_SnapShot_KShot_FINAL_HiRes_1407773120.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The whole setup" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/STT_Tablet_Lifestyle-Photo-2_1407773108.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Having seen the game running on an iPad Mini with Retina Display in the flesh here at Gamescom 2014, we can vouch for Activision&#39;s claim that the tablet version is graphically just as impressive as its Xbox One and PS4 counterparts.</p> <p>You can even hook up your tablet of choice to a TV, essentially turning the whole package into a very portable, hassle-free games console.</p> <p>The starter pack will be available to snap up from 10 October for &pound;65 (S$137), while individual Trap Master toys can be picked up for &pound;15 (S$32). Core Skylander toys will have a &pound;10 (S$21) price tag, while Trap toys will be &pound;6 (S$13).&nbsp;</p> <p>A free trial of the tablet version will also be available&nbsp;to download from the 10th October, so that&nbsp;young gamers can test it before buying. It&#39;ll come with a few in-built characters, but Activision is obviously hoping that once hooked, your kids will demand the full experience, figurines and all.&nbsp; </p><p>In the meantime, we&#39;re going to have a nice long grumble about how all we had to play with in our day were sticks, rocks, and bees.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/playstation-4/call-duty-advanced-warfare/review" target="_blank">Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare preview with multiplayer-hands-on</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="On iPad" alt="Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack injects tablets with console gaming pow" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Skylanders-Trap-Team_Tablet_Snap-Shot_1407773227.jpg?1407895236" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Supported tablets at launch </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple iPad 3rd gen onwards (including iPad Mini Retina)<br />Apple iPad Air<br />Kindle Fire HDX (7in and 8.9in)<br />Google Nexus 7<br />Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro (8.4in, 10.1in, 12.2in)<br />Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4in, 10.5in)<br />Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1<br />Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/skylanders-trap-team-tablet-starter-pack-injects-tablets-console-gaming-powers/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/skylanders-trap-team-tablet-starter-pack-injects-tablets-console-gaming-powers/news#comments Android games Apps and Games Gamescom 2014 Gaming iOS games Tablets Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1444700 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the week: Eliss Infinity http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The planet-busting game that defined the iPhone has finally arrived on Android — and it’s as essential as ever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" alt="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/eliss-infinity-01.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the iPhone&rsquo;s debut, doubters sniped, &ldquo;But there&rsquo;s no keyboard!&rdquo;, and gamers were thrown by the lack of a D-pad and buttons.</p> <p>Even though Nintendo had tinkered with a touchscreen on the DS, at least it had &lsquo;proper&rsquo; controls to fall back on. In gaming (as with everything else, at seemingly any moment in history), Apple was clearly doomed.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$3.98 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PLANET BUSTER </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Eliss Infinity takes place in an abstract universe where you&rsquo;re tasked with keeping everything clean (as in, very, very empty). Planets of varying colours peskily materialise after briefly signposting their arrival, and it&rsquo;s your job to dump them in portals of the same colour that occasionally show up, wobble a bit, and then implode if not quickly fed.</p> <p>Planets can be dragged, merged and torn apart, to make them the requisite size to fit a portal, but when planets of different colours collide, your limited energy reserves are depleted. These can be replenished by mopping up space dust that appears when a portal winks a planet out of existence. Initially, as you work through the tutorial, everything seems simple and sedate &mdash; almost polite. But Eliss soon bares its teeth.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" alt="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eliss-infinity-02.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> INFINITE SPACE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your first challenge in Eliss Infinity is an endless survival mode that keeps lobbing planets at you until you inevitably (and, in your first few goes, rapidly) cave under the deluge. To deal with the many planets that soon litter the screen, you need a propensity for multitasking and a reasonable level of dexterity as you perform a kind of finger gymnastics &mdash; Twister for your digits.</p> <p>Infinity within a minute becomes a frantic, demented test, not least when vortexes and space storms are hurled into the mix, your only brief respite coming in the form of sporadic &lsquo;slow down&rsquo; and energy power-ups. And as with the best arcade games, Eliss Infinity is a title that gives you a pasting and only makes you all the more determined to beat it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" alt="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eliss-infinity-03_0.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> PERFECT CIRCLE </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For the most part, it&rsquo;s the still-unique nature of the gameplay that captivates. Even five years after its debut, the Eliss concept feels fresh and ideally suited to multitouch devices. When you&rsquo;ve three fingers holding down planets being sucked towards a vortex, two fingers tearing apart a planet elsewhere to make it fit a disintegrating portal, and other &lsquo;spare&rsquo; fingers desperately trying to mop up space dust, the idea of limiting multitouch games to virtual D-pads and buttons seems reductive and primitive.</p> <p><iframe align="right" frameborder="1" height="160" scrolling="no" src="http://gfycat.com/ifr/FamousHeavenlyIrrawaddydolphin" width="284"></iframe></p> <p>This Eliss semi-sequel also provides the original title&rsquo;s more progressive journey, in the shape of a 25-level Odyssey mode; it&rsquo;s challenging and cleverly affords each level its own personality that you must understand to conquer. There&rsquo;s a noodly &lsquo;sandbox&rsquo; mode, too, accessible after beating three Odyssey sectors; this might seem throwaway, but it&rsquo;s useful for refining your understanding of the game&rsquo;s physics. The Android release additionally benefits from a new achievement system and enhanced visual/audio feedback that&rsquo;s made its way back to iOS in the Eliss Infinity 1.1 update.</p> <p>Bold, brilliant and somehow still as fresh as the pre-Infinity Eliss was on the iPhone way back in 2009, Eliss Infinity is just about as essential a purchase as you can get for your touchscreen device. You should buy it immediately.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.littleeyes.eliss_infinity" target="_blank">Download Eliss Infinity for Android</a></p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/eliss-infinity/id700971134?mt=8" target="_blank">Download Eliss Infinity for iOS&nbsp;</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week" target="_blank">great App of the Week reviews</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" alt="App of the week: Eliss Infinity" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/eliss-infinity-03.jpg?1404816374" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An amazing multitouch roller-coaster that makes many other tablet and smartphone games comparatively feel like they&rsquo;re from the Stone Age.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review#comments Android Android games Apps and Games iOS iOS games Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:24:16 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1440693 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Facebook apologises for emotional manipulation, Eliss Infinity hits Android, and KORG’s Nintendo 3DS synth http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds/fully-charged-facebook-apologizes-emotional-manipulation-eliss-infinity-hits-android-and-korg-s- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start Monday right by catching up with the weekend’s most interesting tech tidbits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Facebook" alt="Facebook" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/facebook-main.jpg?1404132524" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Facebook sorry for News Feed psychological experiment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Word broke over the weekend that back in 2012, Facebook intentionally manipulated the News Feeds of some 689,000 users, showing fewer positively-toned posts for half and fewer negative posts for the other&mdash;all in an effort to see how what users saw affected how they in turn posted their own content.</p> <p>Many of us have welcomed Facebook into our lives as a crucial part of our daily routines and a way to keep tabs on our various social groups&mdash;so when it became known that some of us may have been unwittingly looped into a psychological experiment, the general reaction was rather negative. (And if it had been posted to Facebook during that span in 2012, perhaps some of your friends wouldn&rsquo;t have seen it. Or maybe they would have!)</p> <p>Adam Kramer, one of Facebook&rsquo;s data scientists, apologised Sunday in a public post to his own account, saying that the study was done to measure the emotional impact of the social networking site. He also noted that they&rsquo;ve &ldquo;come a long way&rdquo; since their research practices in early 2012.</p> <p>&ldquo;Having written and designed this experiment myself, I can tell you that our goal was never to upset anyone. I can understand why some people have concerns about it, and my coauthors and I are very sorry for the way the paper described the research and any anxiety it caused,&rdquo; he wrote. &ldquo;In hindsight, the research benefits of the paper may not have justified all of this anxiety.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://animalnewyork.com/2014/facebook-experiment-manipulates-emotions-600000-users/">Animal New York</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/akramer/posts/10152987150867796">Facebook</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/what-facebook-number-are-you/news">What Facebook number are you?</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eliss Infinity released for Android, updated for iOS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Eliss, one of the earliest original iPhone games that really felt designed for a touch device, was remastered and expanded with Eliss Infinity for iOS a few months back, and now the game has finally been released for Android for the first time ever.</p> <p>Created by indie developer Steph Thirion of Little Eyes&mdash;and ported to Android by Finji, a new studio founded by Canabalt creator Adam Saltsman and his wife, Rebekah&mdash;Eliss finds you fusing and splitting planets to clear them from existence, all with responsive multitouch controls and a great lo-fi aesthetic.</p> <p>Additionally, the iOS version has been updated to add a bunch of alterations and features seen in the Android version, including difficulty and visual tweaks, the addition of Game Center achievements, and a multitouch bump from five fingers on iPad to 11&mdash;so bring a friend, we suppose! Eliss Infinity is priced at &pound;1.99 (S$4.23) on both platforms.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.little--eyes.com/post/multilaunch">Little Eyes</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/25-fantastic-free-android-games/feature">30 fantastic free Android games</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VuKGJyJZY7s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> KORG DSN-12 bringing synth bliss to Nintendo 3DS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Releasing a portable music creation package for the Nintendo DS didn&rsquo;t seem like the most thrilling idea, but KORG knocked it out of the park with the DS-10 back in 2008, delivering a synthesizer suite that didn&rsquo;t skimp on features despite the diminutive screen size. Now the the synth-simulating wizards are back with a new version for Nintendo&rsquo;s current handheld, the Nintendo 3DS.</p> <p>Set to release in September, KORG DSN-12 will be released digitally through the eShop and offer a dozen different monophonic synthesizers inspired by the classic MS-10 analog model from 1978. Up to 64 patterns can be saved, plus you&rsquo;ll find effects and pattern program features within.</p> <p>The DSN-12 also features the world&rsquo;s first oscilloscope screen on a 3D display&mdash;so not only can the output sound incredibly cool, but it can look the part as well.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/korg_dsn12/">KORG</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/26/korg-dsn-12/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple/korgs-gadget-app-crams-15-its-best-synth-and-drum-machines-your-ipad/news">KORG&rsquo;s Gadget app crams 15 of it best synth and drum machines into your iPad</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cGgQ4jfBEJk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/3ds/fully-charged-facebook-apologizes-emotional-manipulation-eliss-infinity-hits-android-and-korg-s-#comments 3DS Android games Facebook iOS games Korg Nintendo Mon, 30 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1440533 at http://www.stuff.tv Lego Fusion blends real and virtual building into one http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lego/lego-fusion-blends-real-and-virtual-building-one/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Construct something and you’ll see it automatically appear in a tablet game </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lego Fusion blends real and virtual building into one" alt="Lego Fusion blends real and virtual building into one" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/lego-fusion-resort.jpg?1403230188" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With its new Fusion sets, Lego moves into the digital world while keeping one foot firmly planted in real life.</p> <p>These boxes come with 200 building blocks which, when used to make structures and other models, can be transferred block-for-block into an app for iPads and Android tablets.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For example, in the &ldquo;Town Master&rdquo; game, you can drop your facade in a virtual Lego town and have the rest of the house build around it automatically (in a similar colour scheme and building style). In another game, your facade is used to create a castle tower that defends against waves of enemies. Designs will also be shareable via the Lego online community.</p> <p>The games are certainly aimed at the younger market, and the technology isn&rsquo;t all that complex at present &ndash; you can&rsquo;t, for instance, build a huge car and have it virtually replicated in the app just by taking photos &ndash; but it&rsquo;s certainly an interesting indication of the way in which Lego&rsquo;s willing to embrace new tech.</p> <p>The Fusion sets will go on sale in August price at US$35 (S$43).</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lego/lego-s-mini-cooper-1000-bricks-classic-car/news">Lego&#39;s Mini Cooper is 1,000 bricks of classic car</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lego Fusion&#039;s take on tower defence" alt="Lego Fusion&#039;s take on tower defence" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/lego-fusion-tower.jpg?1403230188" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lego/lego-fusion-blends-real-and-virtual-building-one/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/lego/lego-fusion-blends-real-and-virtual-building-one/news#comments Android games iOS games Lego Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:36:46 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1439602 at http://www.stuff.tv Free Game of the Week: Hoplite http://www.stuff.tv/sg/free-game-week-hoplite/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re a bit of a nerd, get ready to have some quiet, strategic fun - which, if you&#039;re a bit of a nerd, is the best kind of fun. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="That&#039;s you down the bottom, with the shield. The thing with the sort of red V on it. " alt="Hoplite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Hoplite02.jpg?1401065412" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Having seen Zack Snyder&rsquo;s <em>300</em>, a film that contains more gym-pumped, fake-tanned flesh than an Essex nightclub and should, let&rsquo;s face it, have been called <em>Big Strong Boys With Swords</em>, it&rsquo;s natural to want to know more about Hoplite warriors.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> let there be hoplite </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The one historical fact that makes it into <em>Hoplite</em> is that you, the titular Greek, carry both a sword and a spear. Real Hoplites didn&rsquo;t actually throw their spears - in real life, throwing one&rsquo;s weapon away mid-battle is a fantastically bad idea - but you can throw yours. You can throw it about three squares.</p> <p><em>Hoplite</em> is basically a board game. You advance a square (a hexagon, actually) at a time across 16 boards, each of which represents one level of an increasingly hostile dungeon. On your way you encounter several different types of enemy, each of whom can attack across a particular pattern of squares, just like chess pieces. This sounds dull, but it isn&rsquo;t. Seriously,&nbsp;<em>Hoplite</em> is excellent fun.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TONIGHT... WE DINE... IN HULL!" alt="Hoplite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hoplite01.jpg?1401065412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="A Deep Lunge, or a Quick Bash? It&#039;s a question we ask ourselves every weekend. " alt="Hoplite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hoplite03.jpg?1401065412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> hoplite entertainment </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, there are more exciting games out there. Lots of them. <em>Hoplite</em> is slow, and strategic, and most of what&rsquo;s on screen is brown. It actually has a mode you can switch on to make the graphics <em>worse</em>. But the simple mechanics of its combat are very well thought out: tap on an archer or a magician and you&rsquo;ll see the squares you can&rsquo;t land on without getting shot or fireballed, and it takes real planning, sometimes a few moves ahead, to take out the demon soldiers without being hit by ranged attacks. After clearing out each level you can refresh your health or choose a power-up from the altar, extending your skills of Leaping (jumping a couple of squares) and Bashing (pushing foes or bombs away from you).</p> <p>As the number of foes increases, <em>Hoplite</em> becomes a harder, more interesting puzzle, until you reach the fabled Level 16, capture the Golden Fleece and realise you&rsquo;ve missed an important meeting because you were playing <em>Hoplite</em> on the toilet. The action stops there, unless you want to pay for an extended version, but the free version will see you through a week&rsquo;s worth of commutes. Bear in mind that this game was built in a week (developer <a href="http://www.magmafortress.com/p/hoplite.html">Magma Fortress</a> built it for the 7-Day Roguelike Challenge, a contest to build old-school dungeon games in one week), and it&#39;s actually pretty impressive.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Download <em>Hoplite</em> for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.magmafortress.hoplite">free on Android</a>&nbsp;or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/hoplite/id782438457?mt=8">pay S$2.58 to play it on iOS</a></strong></p> <p>HERE&#39;S ANOTHER FREE GAME!: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/free-game-week-smash-hit/feature">Smash Hit</a></p> <p>AND ANOTHER ONE!!: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/mac-os-x/free-game-week-beneath-steel-sky/feature">Beneath a Steel Sky</a></p> <p>AND YET ANOTHER!!!: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/free-game-week-wolfquest-25/feature">WolfQuest 2.5</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="829" height="1078" title="Watch out for those wizards" alt="Hoplite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hoplite05.jpg?1401065412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1204" height="900" title="Fire up Legacy Graphics Mode if you want to feel like you&#039;re playing a Ceefax game in 1991." alt="Hoplite" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hoplite04.jpg?1401065412" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/free-game-week-hoplite/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/free-game-week-hoplite/feature#comments Android games Apps and Games Gaming iOS games Sun, 25 May 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1437845 at http://www.stuff.tv Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit http://www.stuff.tv/sg/free-game-week-smash-hit/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smash good. Smash fun. Smash smash. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1067" height="800" title="STUFF SMASH" alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/smash-hit-1.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Long before we wrapped our hands around our first smartphone, we suffered the yearly torture of being dragged into school on - get this - a Saturday morning, for a soul-crushing event known as the school summer fete.</p> <p>Amidst the lopsided cakes stands, rubbish tombolas and dead-eyed teachers wondering where they went wrong in life, was our saviour - the crockery smashing stand.</p> <p>Shelves filled with old plates, bowls, vases and teapots, just begging to be put out of their misery with a well-placed throw of a wooden ball.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Available on iOS and Android, the premise of Smash Hit is simple. You&#39;re an ethereal, bodiless force, floating along in an endless straight line in a surreal world filled with an assortment of giant glass shapes. And your sole purpose is to smash said shapes into oblivion.</p> <p>You&#39;re able to do this by flinging supply well-aimed metal balls at them. Dotted throughout the level are special glass pyramids and prisms. Smashing them adds more balls to your arsenal.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hit enough of these in a row and you have the ability to fire multiple balls at once, supercharging your destructive capabilities in the process.</p> <p>It&#39;s all very therapeutic at first. You&#39;re floating along at a relaxing &nbsp;pace, gently lobbing balls in a perfect arc, hitting your glass targets dead-centre, and generally feeling pretty damn good about yourself.&nbsp;</p> <p>The graphics are superb, and the music&#39;s otherworldly. Each shattering slab of glass leaves you with a feeling of immense satisfaction, like stepping on a deliciously crunchy leaf, or biting into the crust of a freshly-cooled baguette. Mmmm.</p> <p>After the first couple of zones, you&#39;ll notice that you&#39;re whizzing past faster than usual. No big deal, the way ahead is clear, and you&#39;ve got plenty of balls. This is easy.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1016" height="762" title="Hit the floating prism and you&#039;ll get five balls" alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-05-18-11-23-20.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="870" height="653" title="DNA?" alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Untitled-1_3.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And then, out of nowhere, a giant wall of glass slams down into your path at the last second. You&#39;ve rammed into it, head-first, and lost ten balls in the process. Lose them all, and it&#39;s game over.</p> <p>After this point, Smash Hit transforms from the equivalent of a pleasant country stroll, to running through a minefield littered with a downpour of flaming arrows. Furious, sentient arrows, who&#39;d love nothing more than piercing your tear-laden cheeks.</p> <p>As you complete each zone, the obstacles become more and more insane, from giant glass hammers with indestructible metal heads, to whirling windmills and lethal lasers.</p> <p>We haven&#39;t felt this level of gaming adrenaline since we were shrieking at old school platformers, where a single miss-jump or late duck resulted in an early, rage-inducing death.</p> <p>And therein lies Smash Hit&#39;s beauty. You&#39;ll be screaming, swearing, and often, crying, but reaching the end of a zone brings with it a real sense of accomplishment.</p> <p>It&#39;s the sort of feeling you get when you&#39;re running from a horde of zombies and reach the safe house, just before the door shuts. It&#39;s pure relief, and you&#39;ll know you&#39;ve earned it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Pro tip: aim for the corners" alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-05-18-11-23-41.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1440" height="1080" title="That&#039;ll hurt..." alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-05-18-11-22-02.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And that brings us nicely to the issue of checkpoints. Smash Hit doesn&#39;t have any. At least, the free version doesn&#39;t. You&#39;ll have to fork out a one-off payment of &pound;1.49 for the privilege of repeating zones, each of which has a checkpoint at the beginning.</p> <p>We cracked after reaching the end of zone three and opted for the checkpoints. There are ten zones overall, and anyone that completes them all on a single run deserves to be rewarded with barrels of gold, a lifetime supply of red meat and the adoration of their peers.</p> <p>If you do go the checkpoint route though, then you&#39;ve still got your work cut out for you. While the obstacles remain the same, they&#39;re shuffled around, so you&#39;ll never get two identical runs in a row.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="1080" title="Unlimited ball power up" alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-05-18-11-24-33.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1440" height="1080" title="Like mini golf. But deadlier." alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-05-18-11-22-21.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>After miraculously making it out of zone 10 alive (which took us a good three days to complete), you&#39;ll find yourself in an endless level where your sole objective is to travel as far as you possibly can.&nbsp;</p> <p>When all&#39;s said and done, Smash Hit isn&#39;t a complex game. It has no real depth. But its polished hair-trigger gameplay and challenging levels will keep you hooked until you make it through to the very end.</p> <p>If you do, you&#39;ll walk around with a swag in your step, knowing that you can now handle absolutely anything.</p> <p><strong>Download Smash Hit for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/smash-hit/id603527166?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mediocre.smashhit" target="_blank">Android</a>.</strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XL5as-w7Q1g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1440" height="1080" title="Prisms!" alt="Free Game of the Week: Smash Hit" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screenshot_2014-05-18-11-22-34.jpg?1400465443" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/free-game-week-smash-hit/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/free-game-week-smash-hit/feature#comments Android games Apps and Games Free Game of the Week iOS games Sun, 18 May 2014 09:49:46 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1437417 at http://www.stuff.tv Will objectivity be thrown under the bus as Google and Apple trade video game exclusivity for promotion? http://www.stuff.tv/sg/will-objectivity-be-thrown-under-bus-google-and-apple-trade-video-game-exclusivity-promotion/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Grannell asks: How much does an Editor&#039;s Choice badge mean if it might have been influenced by a game appearing on your platform first? </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="Apple App Store Editor&#039;s Choice" alt="Apple App Store Editor&#039;s Choice" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-app-store-editors-choice-01.jpg?1399425105" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In an ideal and golden future media utopia, everything ever made will be available to everyone, instantly and affordably; films, TV shows, music and games will very possibly be beamed directly into your brain via an as-yet-unknown combination of cutting-edge engineering and truly terrifying science-fiction-style technology.</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="/sg/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"> Choice cuts </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 of games has also historically heavily relied on exclusives, using them to drive people towards particular consoles. But the onset of digital &ndash; especially on mobile &ndash; had suggested this might change, through an increasing number of developers and publishers striving to get their wares into the most hands possible. In part, this was probably to avoid the world being flooded by the salty tears of Android fans sobbing that the latest and greatest iOS games often don&#39;t show up immediately (or at all) on their handsets and tablets. But mostly it&#39;s just good business sense.</p> <p>It&#39;s great news, then, (and by &#39;great&#39;, I mean &#39;rubbish&#39;) that mobile giants Apple and Google may well be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple-and-google-scrapping-secure-game-exclusivity/news" target="_blank">dragging gaming</a> back towards the hideous land of exclusives. According to the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626304579510020273541060" target="_blank">Wall Street Journal</a>, the two companies are busy wooing developers, offering them a hefty promotional boost in return for temporary exclusivity.</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="604" height="453" title="Apple App Store Editor&#039;s Choice" alt="Apple App Store Editor&#039;s Choice" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/hitman-go-exclusive.jpg?1399425105" /> </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"> Gaming the system </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As much as yet more exclusive content irks, it&#39;s actually the promotional aspect that really rubs me up the wrong way, because it muddies the water between editorial integrity and pure sales. The iOS App Store in particular is always very keen to foist new games on visitors, but when presented with the latest Editor&#39;s Choice and other prominently positioned titles, what will that really mean? In the knowledge that promotion may have been traded for exclusivity, will objectivity become totally meaningless?</p> <p>You might argue it&#39;s naïve to think that&#39;s not been the case since day one, and it&#39;s true the App Store has hardly been a consistent bastion of good taste. However, there was always the sense the people behind the App Store were in the business of curation, at least attempting to showcase the best the store has to offer.&nbsp;</p> <p>If objectivity starts to become a mere afterthought following exclusivity when it comes to promotional activity, some games publishers will probably do very well in the short term, as people flock to download their products, simply due to visibility. Consumers, however, lose out in more games not very rapidly appearing across multiple platforms, and in being presented with titles that aren&#39;t necessarily that good, but that just happen to (for a while) not be available anywhere else.</p> <p>It confirms the App Store as not being any kind of meritocracy, instead turning it into the most typical of supermarkets, where placement is often dictated by business deals rather than quality. Perhaps Financial Director&#39;s Choice would be a more appropriate badge in future.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple-and-google-scrapping-secure-game-exclusivity/news" target="_blank">Apple and Google scrapping to secure game exclusivity</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="Apple App Store Editor&#039;s Choice" alt="Apple App Store Editor&#039;s Choice" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/iphone-app-store-editors-choice-02.jpg?1399425105" /> </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/sg/will-objectivity-be-thrown-under-bus-google-and-apple-trade-video-game-exclusivity-promotion/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/will-objectivity-be-thrown-under-bus-google-and-apple-trade-video-game-exclusivity-promotion/feature#comments Android games Apps and Games iOS games Opinion Tue, 06 May 2014 15:47:42 +0000 Elissa Loi 1436666 at http://www.stuff.tv Apple and Google scrapping to secure game exclusivity http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple-and-google-scrapping-secure-game-exclusivity/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new battle is being fought in the OS war – and it’s all about restricting access to the most popular games </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="Hitman GO, currently exclusive to iOS" alt="Hitman GO, currently exclusive to iOS" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/hitman-go-exclusive.jpg?1398131915" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a bid to increase the appeal of their respective mobile operating systems, Apple and Google are apparently scrabbling to snap up exclusive game rights for the most popular titles.</p> <p>The <em>Wall Street Journal</em> reports that, in order to secure total or timed exclusives for iOS or Android, the companies are offering game publishers tempting enticements. Apparently this doesn&rsquo;t mean cold, hard cash but rather other incentives, such as premium positioning in app stores.</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="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Exclusivity: here to stay </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 upshot for users is that games are often unavailable on their platform &ndash; and not for any technical reason. We all know how frustrating that can be. At present, for instance, Square Enix&rsquo;s hot new turn-based <em>Hitman GO</em> is exclusive to iOS.</p> <p>Such practices &ndash; and the increasing fervour with which Google and Apple are courting mobile game publishers &ndash; are a measure of how important mobile gaming has become. Games are the most lucrative area of the app market at the moment, and that doesn&rsquo;t seem likely to change anytime soon. So the bad news is: exclusivity is almost certainly here to stay.</p> <p>[<a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626304579510020273541060?mg=reno64-wsj&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304626304579510020273541060.html">Wall Street Journal</a> via <a href="http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2014/04/21/apple-and-google-are-reportedly-wooing-mobile-game-makers-as-they-seek-exclusivity">The Next Web</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-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/sg/apple-and-google-scrapping-secure-game-exclusivity/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/apple-and-google-scrapping-secure-game-exclusivity/news#comments Android games Apps and Games iOS games Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:36:44 +0000 Hafizah Osman 1435883 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 best apps for the HTC One (M8) http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Just acquired the beautiful new flagship smartphone from HTC? Here are the first apps you should download </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="HTC One (M8)" alt="HTC One (M8)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/htc-one-m8_0.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The HTC One (M8) is a wonderful phone, and we suspect many of you will be splashing your hard-earned readies on one soon (if, indeed, you haven&rsquo;t done so already). With that in mind, we&rsquo;ve compiled a list of essential apps and games to get you started.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/htc/htc-one-2/review" target="_blank">HTC One (M8) review</a></strong></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Threes! (S$2.52) </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 ingeniously simple puzzle game has spawned a legion of shameless rip-offs (including <em>2048</em>, which has, somewhat tragically, become more popular), but while these clones might have half-inched its essence, they can&rsquo;t match its charm. <em>Threes!</em>&rsquo;s music and visuals are almost as important as its number-crunching tile-shuffling, and it&rsquo;s quite simply a joy to play &ndash; then compare your top score to your friends&rsquo; and realise that you have a lot to learn.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vo.threes.exclaim" target="_blank">Get it here</a></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news" target="_blank">Drop everything and try Threes! &ndash; a maddeningly addictive, perfect puzzle game</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="Threes!" alt="Threes!" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/threes.jpg?1396939297" /> </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"> Pocket (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>Previously called Read It Later, Pocket is a brilliantly useful app if you&rsquo;re the sort of person who comes across interesting web articles all the time &ndash; but doesn&rsquo;t have the time to read them. Now you can simply stick them &ldquo;in your Pocket&rdquo; for perusal at a time when you do have a few moments to spare, and because Pocket works in the cloud, you can add pages using one device and read them from another.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideashower.readitlater.pro" target="_blank">Get it here</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="1200" height="900" title="Pocket" alt="Pocket" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/pocket_3.jpg?1396939297" /> </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"> VSCO Cam (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>Take full advantage of the One (M8)&rsquo;s classy UltraPixel camera with this wonderfully tasteful photo editing and sharing app. VSCO Cam lets you tweak a wide variety of criteria (exposure, contrast, sharpness, colour temperature etc.) as well as crop images and apply a series of adjustable filters that are far more subtle than Instagram&rsquo;s equivalents. Finished images can then be shared to social media (including Instagram and Facebook) or VSCO&rsquo;s own eminently elegant Grid platform.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vsco.cam" target="_blank">Get it here</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="1200" height="900" title="VSCO Cam" alt="VSCO Cam" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vsco-cam.jpg?1396939297" /> </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"> Wunderlist (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>A smarter way to make a to-do list, Wunderlist syncs across all your platforms and its lists are shareable, meaning you can easily set up group tasks as well as personal agendas. Should you upgrade to the paid Pro edition, you can break down complex tasks by adding subtasks, and make your lists richer and more detailed via attached images, PDFs, videos and even soundbites.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wunderkinder.wunderlistandroid" target="_blank">Get it here</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="1440" height="900" title="Wunderlist" alt="Wunderlist" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/wunderlist_0.jpg?1396939297" /> </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"> Cut the Rope 2 (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>Given the original <em>Cut the Rope</em>&rsquo;s popularity, it seems amazing that it&rsquo;s taken so long for a sequel to emerge. But emerge it finally has &ndash; and it&rsquo;s free, albeit with in-app purchases sprinkled throughout to sour your fun somewhat. With enough new in-game elements to justify a download even for seasoned rope-slicing veterans, it&rsquo;s a physics-based gem.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zeptolab.ctr2.f2p.google&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Get it here</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/jwyCaO9J9Qw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Arcus Hyper Local Weather (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>Arcus uses the Forecast.io API &ndash; as seen on iOS app Dark Sky &ndash; to predict weather in a specific location with unnerving accuracy. About to leave the house and not sure if those clouds are ominous enough that you need to pack a brolly? Consult Arcus and it&rsquo;ll tell you exactly what&rsquo;s going to happen over the next hour: when the rain will start, when it will stop and how heavy it&rsquo;s going to be. Because of its hyper-local focus, we&rsquo;ve generally found it far more useful than more wide-ranging weather apps.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arcusweather.darksky" target="_blank">Get it here</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="1200" height="900" title="Arcus Hyper Local Weather" alt="Arcus Hyper Local Weather" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/arcus.jpg?1396939297" /> </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"> Reddit Now (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>Reddit is a rich source for all sorts of great stuff on the web, but reading the web version on a phone is a total pain in the eyes. Enter Reddit Now, which makes subreddits far more visually appealing. You can swipe along the top bar to move between different subreddits, and if you login with your own Reddit account you can customise the layout as well as comment and post from your phone. It&rsquo;s ad-supported, but you can remove those by shelling out a small fee.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.phyora.apps.reddit_now" target="_blank">Get it here</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="1280" height="768" title="Reddit Now" alt="Reddit Now" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/reddit-now.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Android Device Manager (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 Android version of Find My iPhone, Device Manager is an official Google app that allows you to locate a misplaced phone or tablet (as long as it&rsquo;s associated with your Google account, that is). You can view the device&rsquo;s location on a map in order to find it, and if you can&rsquo;t you can remotely reset its screen lock code or erase all data on board. One of those apps you&rsquo;ll hopefully never have to use &ndash; but one that everyone should have on their Android phone.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.adm&amp;hl=en_GB" target="_blank">Get it here</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="768" height="1280" title="Android Device Manager " alt="Android Device Manager " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/android-device-manager.jpg?1396939297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hungry Oni (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>A cutesy, twitchy puzzler in which you control Oni, an ogre who eats items falling from a tree. Controlled simply with your thumb, the game allows Oni to eat only items coloured the same as the tree leaves &ndash; and these can be changed by consuming special rainbow leaves. It&rsquo;s a basic premise, but as you rise through the levels things become thumb-testingly frenetic.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.futuretrostudios.hungryoni&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Get it here</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/Rm2aQ_bYazI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WhatsApp (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>Facebook paid out US$19 billion for this messaging app, and once you&rsquo;ve started using it you can (sort of) understand why: it&rsquo;s robust, supports swift cross-platform IMs and group chat, incorporates emoji and allows you to attach all sorts of useful &ndash; or just fun &ndash; things to messages including sound clips and location data. And it&rsquo;s free. You just have to cross your fingers that Facebook is doing something totally innocent with all your data.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp" target="_blank">Get it 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="480" height="800" title="WhatsApp" alt="WhatsApp" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whatsapp1.jpg?1396939297" /> </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/sg/htc/10-best-apps-htc-one-m8/feature#comments Android apps Android games Apps and Games HTC One (M8) Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:50:39 +0000 Elissa Loi 1435035 at http://www.stuff.tv Want to drive the Porsche Macan in Taiwan? Join the Macan Challenge http://www.stuff.tv/sg/want-drive-porsche-macan-taiwan-join-macan-challenge/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spend a few hours with Real Racing 3, get the fastest lap time, and you could also win an all-expense paid trip to Germany with Porsche </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 drive the Porsche Macan in Taiwan? Join the Macan Challenge" alt="Want to drive the Porsche Macan in Taiwan? Join the Macan Challenge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Macan%20Challenge.jpg?1396604464" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">See this? The Macan Porsche? It&rsquo;ll only be available in July, but you could get an early peek at it and even drive it in Taiwan from 9 to 12 May.</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="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</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? It’s an SUV. Give me the real deal </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">Really? This IS the real deal. Porsche&rsquo;s fifth model line is packed with 340hp, and has a 3-litre V6 engine that growls like a beast. Listen to it, and you won&rsquo;t even know it&rsquo;s a compact SUV.</p> <p dir="ltr">We see the glint in your eyes, you&rsquo;re interested in driving this bad boy. Oh no, we&rsquo;re not going to serve this opportunity to you on a silver platter. There&rsquo;s some work to be done, though admittedly, they&rsquo;re very easy tasks. First of which, is to download Real Racing 3 on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/real-racing-3/id556164008?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.games.r3_row" target="_blank">Android</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/T-loUpZkrEU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wait, what? What does Porsche have to do with an EA Mobile game? </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">Because, dear grasshopper, the first part of the Macan Challenge revolves around the racing simulator. Look, let&rsquo;s make it even more appealing - the game&rsquo;s free, so there&rsquo;s no reason not to download it.</p> <p dir="ltr">What you&rsquo;ll need to work on, is your driving skills. Fire up those cars, drift through those tricky courses and hone your virtual driving skills to get the fastest lap time.</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="Want to drive the Porsche Macan in Taiwan? Join the Macan Challenge" alt="Want to drive the Porsche Macan in Taiwan? Join the Macan Challenge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Real%20Racing%203.jpg?1396604464" /> </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"> Wait, so how do I show that I’m the best? </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">There&rsquo;s an actual event held at Scotts Square Level 1 Atrium from today till Sunday 6 April between 11am to 10pm. Trust us, you&rsquo;ll want to <a href="http://macanchallenge.com/register/" target="_blank">register online</a> first, it gives you time to craft your answers for the questions in the registration form. Oh, by the way, did we forget to mention that those answers will affect how the judges choose the winners? But hey, if you think you can wing it, just head down to the event, register on the spot and aim for the best timing.</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="Want to drive the Porsche Macan in Taiwan? Join the Macan Challenge" alt="Want to drive the Porsche Macan in Taiwan? Join the Macan Challenge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Macan%20Challenge%20Register.jpg?1396604464" /> </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"> Sounds easy, save that spot to Taiwan for me! </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">Yes, but don&rsquo;t forget, someone might swoop in at the last minute and beat your timing. Don&rsquo;t worry, the playoffs happening this weekend aims to find a team of four, led by celebrity host Dominic Lau (who didn&#39;t crash in eights seconds like he said he would). Everyone stands a chance, well, maybe just a few who achieve the highest score.</p> <p dir="ltr">Okay, we lied, not everyone stands a chance to go to Taiwan. Only participants aged 18 and above residing in Singapore and have a valid driving license are eligible.</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="Want to drive the Porsche Macan in Taiwan? Join the Macan Challenge" alt="Want to drive the Porsche Macan in Taiwan? Join the Macan Challenge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Macan%20Challenge%20Real%20Racing%203.jpg?1396604464" /> </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"> So what’s this bit about an all-expense paid trip to Germany? </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">Glad you asked because the selected team from Singapore will be playing against teams from Indonesia, Taiwan and Thailand in the Macan Challenge. Teams will be doing a series of challenges in the new Macan and the winners&nbsp;will be sponsored by Porsche to visit its factories and the Porsche Museum in Germany.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hello&hellip; are you still there? Seriously? You&#39;re playing Real Racing 3 right now and ignoring us? Oh fine. Good luck.</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="Want to drive the Porsche Macan in Taiwan? Join the Macan Challenge" alt="Want to drive the Porsche Macan in Taiwan? Join the Macan Challenge" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Macan%20Challenge%20Germany.jpg?1396604464" /> </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/sg/want-drive-porsche-macan-taiwan-join-macan-challenge/news#comments Android games Cars iOS games Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:34:09 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1434838 at http://www.stuff.tv Drop everything and try Threes! - a maddeningly addictive, perfect puzzle game http://www.stuff.tv/sg/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The iOS and Android puzzle game that proves bad things don’t always come in threes </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="Drop everything and try Threes!, a maddeningly addictive, perfect puzzle game" alt="Drop everything and try Threes!, a maddeningly addictive, perfect puzzle game" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/threes-on-nexus-4.jpg?1395209668" /> </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="/sg/users/craig-grannell" title="View user profile.">Craig Grannell</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Threes!, eh? What&rsquo;s that all about?</strong><br />Well, it&rsquo;s an iOS and Android puzzle game that proves bad things don&rsquo;t always come in&mdash;</p> <p><strong>You&rsquo;ve already done that joke. It&rsquo;s in big text at the top of the page</strong><br />Sorry. We&rsquo;re recycling a bit, copying and pasting, in order to fit in more games of Threes! Since getting hold of this puzzler when it was recently released for iPhone and iPad, our daily priorities have roughly been, in this order: breathing, eating, sleeping, Threes!, other stuff. Now it&rsquo;s on Android, too, there&rsquo;s no escape; but we&rsquo;re pretty sure we can cut down on that breathing thing, to squeeze in more Threes! time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>But it really doesn&rsquo;t look like much. It&rsquo;s just a match game, right, where you slide tiles about?</strong><br />Yes, but that&rsquo;s how it gets you. You&rsquo;re all: &ldquo;Well, how dangerous can this be? It&rsquo;s JUST a simple puzzle game. I can put it down ANY TIME I CHOOSE. I don&rsquo;t HAVE to stay up until four in the morning, getting the best score among my similarly addicted chums.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>So what sets Threes! apart from all the other puzzlers out there?</strong><br />The underlying mechanics are ingeniously simple, but give you almost endless scope for improving your strategy and gradually boosting your scores. At its core, it&rsquo;s a basic match game: you merge a 1 and 2 to make a 3, and then pairs of cards are merged to double their face value. As you swipe, though, every card on the tiny four-by-four grid slides in that direction; and on every move, a new card enters the grid in a random empty space on the edge you swiped away from. It&rsquo;s game over when you get stuck, and so you must think many moves ahead. It&rsquo;s a bit like chess, but with oddly cute cards spouting catchphrases.</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="2000" title="Pairs of 192s and 12s gaze lovingly at each other, anticipating being merged" alt="Pairs of 192s and 12s gaze lovingly at each other, anticipating being merged" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/3-happy-faces.jpg?1395209668" /> </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><strong>Cards with&hellip; catchphrases? Are you drunk again?</strong><br />There&rsquo;s no time for that these days! Haven&rsquo;t you been listening? But the cuteness and catchphrase things are yet more great aspects of Threes!, in that there&rsquo;s personality infused throughout what could have otherwise been a dry (if still absurdly addictive) game. The little cards are each formally introduced the first time they appear, and when a pair arrives on-screen, they chirp at each other, in anticipation of being merged. Oh, and then there&rsquo;s the clever scoring system, where each tile&rsquo;s worth three times its predecessor&rsquo;s value. So a 3 is worth 3, but a 6 is worth 9, and a 12 is worth 27. Get a 768, and that&rsquo;s worth 19,683 points! It really urges you on to figure out how to reach those big cards &mdash; with just &lsquo;one more go&rsquo; after having already had several &lsquo;one more goes&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>&hellip;</strong><br />Hello?</p> <p><strong>&hellip;</strong><br />Are you there?</p> <p><strong>Busy. Playing Threes! Go away</strong><br />Ah, OK. Well, there&rsquo;s an infographic with more about Threes! below, if you want to know some interesting facts and find out how you&rsquo;re doing compared to everyone else&hellip;</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="2000" title="No more moves, and our final tally is 8,451. We can do better. *plays more Threes!*" alt="No more moves, and our final tally is 8,451. We can do better. *plays more Three" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/4-final-score.jpg?1395209668" /> </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><strong>&hellip;</strong><br />&hellip;</p> <p><strong>&hellip;</strong><br />&hellip;</p> <p>*tumbleweed*</p> <p><strong>CODA:</strong> The world economy nosedives as everyone becomes glued to Threes! Stuff apologises for the inconvenience and upcoming dystopia, where oil or water won&rsquo;t be currency, but instead still-powered-up devices with working copies of Threes! installed. To help bring about the end of civilisation, grab your own copy: it&rsquo;s <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/threes!/id779157948?mt=8" target="_blank">S$2.58 for iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vo.threes.exclaim" target="_blank">S$2.52 Google Play for Android</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="1200" height="1650" title="Infographic" alt="Infographic" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5-infographic.jpg?1395209668" /> </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/sg/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news#comments Android games Apps and Games iOS games Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:27:04 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433938 at http://www.stuff.tv 10 best apps for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Here are the first apps you should download for Sony’s pocket powerhouse </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="Here are the first apps you should download for Sony’s pocket powerhouse" alt="Here are the first apps you should download for Sony’s pocket powerhouse" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony%20xperia%20z1%20compact%20main.JPG?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sony&rsquo;s Xperia Z1 Compact is an excellent smartphone, eschewing the &ldquo;big is better&rdquo; mentality of most high-end handsets for a &ldquo;less is more&rdquo; approach. It&rsquo;s a bona fide top tier phone that, thanks to its relatively dinky 4.3in screen, isn&rsquo;t a struggle to squeeze in your jeans pocket.</p> <p>If you intend to get an Xperia Z1 Compact, you&rsquo;ll probably want to fit it out with some top notch apps &ndash; and to that end, we&rsquo;ve scoured the Google Play Store to find some of the best around.</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="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 5by (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>Great for passing the time when you&rsquo;re at a loose end, 5by is a video recommendation and playback app which curates and suggests short clips depending on what you feel like watching: comedy, sport, science and tech news etc.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fiveby.jupiter" target="_blank">Get it here</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="1200" height="720" title="5by (Free)" alt="5by (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/5by-android-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super Stickman Golf 2 (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>A simple but maddeningly addictive casual game in which you play increasingly outlandish holes of 2D golf. It&rsquo;s a little like Worms, a little like Angry Birds and not very much like actual golf (more fun, if you ask us).</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noodlecake.ssg2" target="_blank">Get it here</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/VkiTNqJSn9Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-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"> Agent (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>A collection of apps &ndash; or &ldquo;Agents&rdquo; &ndash; that&rsquo;ll make you life a little bit easier, Agent features a battery-saver; a setting that automatically silences your phone every night when you go to sleep; a Drive mode that reads SMS messages aloud and auto-responds to calls while you&rsquo;re in the car; a setting that helps you remember where you parked said car; and a meeting mode that syncs with your calendar and ensures your phone won&rsquo;t bother you at any times when you&rsquo;re scheduled for a meeting. Great stuff considering it&rsquo;s free.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tryagent" target="_blank">Get it here</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="1200" height="858" title="Agent (Free)" alt="Agent (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/agent-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </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"> Dots (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>Unquestionably the most tastefully designed smartphone game around, Dots is Candy Crush Saga&rsquo;s cousin who works at an East London creative agency, eats only grass-fed beef and ride a fixed-gear bicycle. Essentially, you join dots into chains &ndash; the longer these are, the more points you rack up. The minimalist looks and simple, clever use of audio mask a compellingly complex game where, if you want to score big, you need to plan several moves ahead.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nerdyoctopus.gamedots" target="_blank">Get it here</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="1200" height="900" title="Dots (Free)" alt="Dots (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/dots-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </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"> VSCO Cam (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 Xperia Z1 Compact boasts a fantastic 20.7MP camera, and the VSCO Cam app makes a worthy alternative to Sony&rsquo;s own photography software. Featuring some tastefully understated and adjustable filters (its black and white filters are streets ahead of Instagram&rsquo;s), it allows for a decent degree of photo editing and offers one of the best sharing platforms around in VSCO Grid.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vsco.cam" target="_blank">Get it here</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/355YBCwcQAY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> WhatsApp (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>Want to see why Facebook paid over US$16 billion for WhatsApp? Then download its ubiquitous messenger app, which allows you to communicate with your contacts &ndash; or whole groups of them &ndash; in far more ways than IM: voice messages, photos, video clips, emoji and location data are among the things you can send in an instant.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp" target="_blank">Get it here</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="1200" height="900" title="WhatsApp (Free)" alt="WhatsApp (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/whatsapp-messenger_0.jpg?1394244353" /> </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"> Yahoo Weather (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>A decent weather app is a must for the unpredictable haze that&#39;s returning to our skies, and Yahoo! makes one of the best free examples around. Its beauty lies in its simplicity: the main page shows only the current temperature, conditions and daily high and low, but scroll down and you get an hour-by-hour breakdown of the next seven hours, plus a five- or ten-day forecast. If you wish, you can add other locations too.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yahoo.mobile.client.android.weather" target="_blank">Get it here</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="1200" height="900" title="Yahoo Weather (Free)" alt="Yahoo Weather (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/yahoo-weather-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> AntennaPod (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>It might not be the most elegant-looking of podcast feed wranglers, but the open-source AntennaPod works well and won&rsquo;t cost you a penny. You can add podcasts to your feed via OPML import from another podcatcher, browse the gpodder.net or Miro Guide directories or enter feed URLs manually. Then, every time you refresh the latest episodes of your favourite podcasts will appear for easy download and playback.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.danoeh.antennapod" target="_blank">Get it here</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="1200" height="840" title="AntennaPod (Free)" alt="AntennaPod (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/antennapod-app.jpg?1394244353" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Table Top Racing (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>A mash-up of Super Mario Kart and old-school favourite Micro Machines, Table Top Racing offers a triple whammy of great visuals, decent driving mechanics (for a touchscreen) and addictive gameplay (as with Angry Birds, you&rsquo;ll want to three-star every level). Fantastic freebie fun.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playrisedigital.ttr" target="_blank">Get it here</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/YkRknpaYm2o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kindle (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>You&rsquo;ll doubtless be familiar with the Kindle app already, but we&rsquo;ve picked it because it&rsquo;s ideally suited to the Z1 Compact: thanks to the phone&rsquo;s waterproof build, you can bring it into the bath with you and get stuck into your current novel.</p> <p><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.kindle" target="_blank">Get it 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="1200" height="900" title="Kindle (Free)" alt="Kindle (Free)" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/kindle-app-android.jpg?1394244353" /> </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/sg/sony/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/sony/10-best-apps-sony-xperia-z1-compact/feature#comments Android apps Android games Smartphones Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:40:28 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1433446 at http://www.stuff.tv OUYA takes Android gaming to new places with Everywhere http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ouya/ouya-wants-bring-android-gaming-everywhere-their-next-project/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> That TV of yours just might be running OUYA games </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="OUYA takes Android gaming to new places with Everywhere " alt="OUYA takes Android gaming to new places with Everywhere " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ouya.png?1393929834" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/ouya/review" target="_blank">OUYA console</a> might have gotten generally lukewarm responses but that hasn&rsquo;t stopped its makers from making plans. A new console isn&rsquo;t one of those plans. Instead, OUYA is heading the software route with the OUYA Everywhere project.</p> <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-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ouya/ouya-wants-bring-android-gaming-everywhere-their-next-project/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ouya/ouya-wants-bring-android-gaming-everywhere-their-next-project/news#comments Android games Gaming Ouya Tue, 04 Mar 2014 04:52:38 +0000 Nigel Yap 1433211 at http://www.stuff.tv Dungeon Keeper http://www.stuff.tv/sg/dungeon-keeper/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Welcome back, ye faithful keeper of minions, to an insidious freemium game filled with microtransactions </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="Dungeon Keeper review" alt="Dungeon Keeper review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Dungeon%20Keeper%2001.jpg?1392375781" /> </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="/sg/users/tein-hee-seow" title="View user profile.">Tein Hee Seow</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">This both is and isn&rsquo;t the Dungeon Keeper we know and love. Confusing, yes. But bear with us.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fans of the 20 year-old original Bullfrog game lauded the wicked humour, perfectly pitched game mechanic and minions&#39; interaction. Many regard the 1997 Dungeon Keeper as the forefather of tower defense games, injected with real-time strategy elements to test your micromanagement skills.</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"> S$0.00 </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 both iOS and Android </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">4 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nostalgic value </div> <div class="field-item even"> Strategy elements retained </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Updated graphics from PC predecessor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Long building and upgrading times for structures </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lure of microtransactions </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Reduced difficulty </div> </div> </div> <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"> 1997 versus 2014 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p dir="ltr">The original game&#39;s characters are mostly retained, with the wickedly loveable imps for you to &ldquo;motivate&rdquo; with a slap across the cheek. Your army consists of the usual monsters, from the basic trolls, to fireball-tossing warlocks, life-sucking vampires and more evil minions.</p> <p dir="ltr">Structures perform the same functions as the original version. You start off with the dungeon heart, the very life-force that keeps your dank abode alive. In time, you&rsquo;ll need to build warehouses and treasuries to hoard resources, hatcheries to expand the population limit, and a whole slew of structures to defend your dungeon.</p> <p dir="ltr">That&rsquo;s where the similarities end. Where previously keeping the varied denizens of your subterranean empire apart was vital (warlocks were <em>really</em> protective of their library), in this remake creatures play nice with each other, removing a layer of depth from your dungeon planning.</p> <p dir="ltr">In fact, penalties have been watered down so much, it&rsquo;s inconsequential. Slapping an imp doesn&rsquo;t reduce its health or happiness, neither of which even exist here. Even if your dungeon is wiped out, structures are resurrected, and you suffer only the minor penalty of losing gold and stone from any raid. The game is never over.</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="Dungeon Keeper review" alt="Dungeon Keeper review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Keeper%2004.jpg?1392375781" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Dungeon Keeper review" alt="Dungeon Keeper review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Keeper%2005.jpg?1392375781" /> </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"> Brains and digital brawn </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">Despite the lack of penalties, it still hurts when you lose precious resources. Preventing a dungeon wipe out requires strategic room placement. &nbsp;Each building, with the exception of the warehouse and treasury, has its own defenses to bring the pain. Traps, available after you&rsquo;ve built the workshop, need to be placed near areas with weaker defenses to give your dungeon a fighting chance.</p> <p dir="ltr">Structures require space, and that&rsquo;s when you&rsquo;ll need to whip your imps hard and make them dig through the rubble. Avoid haphazard digging, it leaves the dungeon weak against enemy attack. Without at least a layer of rubble to stop intruders, a balanced fight could turn into an all-out slaughter.</p> <p>Defending your dungeon and raiding others require brawn. Exercise some brain power too, as a full-on suicidal charge or clustering your minions together will turn them into minced meat. Sending a small wave of skeletons to scout ahead and spring fire-based traps could save your pyrophobic trolls from an early fiery death. Knowing your minions strength, weakness and movement pattern will put the odds in your favour.</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="Dungeon Keeper review" alt="Dungeon Keeper review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Keeper%2005_0.jpg?1392375781" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Dungeon Keeper review" alt="Dungeon Keeper review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Keeper%2006.jpg?1392375781" /> </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"> Resource intensive </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">Building an army and a massive dungeon requires resources. Gathering them will be the first test of your patience.</p> <p dir="ltr">Stone quarries and gold mines produce precious resources to upgrade structures, and you&rsquo;ll want to do that quickly to unlock new buildings and hire more and stronger minions. Who wouldn&rsquo;t want to hire a dragon whelp and rain righteous fire upon their enemies?</p> <p dir="ltr">The initial upgrade cost is relatively lenient, asking for a pittance of a few hundred to a few thousand stone or gold. The virtual wallet takes a hit at higher upgrade levels, in the range of a five-figure sum in stone to upgrade the dungeon heart.</p> <p dir="ltr">To have that much, you&rsquo;ll need to upgrade your warehouse to hold more stones, which in turn requires more gold from a treasury that requires expansion.</p> <p>Get the idea? The vicious cycle begins, testing your patience while you gather sufficient resources, upgrade the warehouses and finally, the dungeon heart.</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="Dungeon Keeper review" alt="Dungeon Keeper review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Keeper%2007.jpg?1392375781" /> </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"> Need more time (and imps) </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">Upgrading, constructing and even digging for space to place your new structures requires the immensely faithful imp to do the dirty work. Two imps are sufficient during the initial building phase - wall clearing takes a mere three seconds, new buildings (well, the basic and early ones) are completed between a minute to an hour, as do upgrades.</p> <p dir="ltr">The second test of your patience kicks in almost immediately, when you&rsquo;re eyeing the mines at the outer edge of your dungeon. While soft rocks take a mere three seconds to remove, imps are stuck on a gem vine for four hours.</p> <p dir="ltr">Let us repeat: Four. Agonising. Hours.</p> <p dir="ltr">Think that&rsquo;s bad? Try a &quot;hard&quot; gem vine, which requires 24 hours to remove. Gathered enough resources for that long awaited treasury upgrade? You&rsquo;ll have to wait for another eight hours while the upgrade is in progress. Don&rsquo;t get us started on the unholy temple - two blasted days.</p> <p dir="ltr">Every upgrade, construction and dig means an imp is locked in for that task. With only two imps to start with, you&rsquo;re stuck when both are on a job for a few hours on end. Yes, you need more imps. No, you can&rsquo;t use gold or stone to hire one.</p> <p dir="ltr">You need gems. 800 of them to hire your third imp, to be precise.</p> <p dir="ltr">Precious gems are rewarded at random while you&rsquo;re clearing rocks, but not nearly in significant enough numbers. And of course that&#39;s where the microtransactions come in. We can hear the cash register ringing non-stop.</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="Dungeon Keeper review" alt="Dungeon Keeper review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Keeper%2008.jpg?1392375781" /> </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"> A war between patience and microtransaction </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">The game has its fun moments when you&rsquo;ve built a sizeable army and dungeon, start a campaign of raids and watch the resources rolling in. Getting to that stage, however, is a time-consuming affair if you don&rsquo;t believe in paying a single cent for a free game. Some might accept the long waiting times as it moderates their time spent with the game.</p> <p dir="ltr">But the insanely long wait, exorbitant upgrade cost and limited imps to work with are designed in the most unsubtle of ways to milk gamers of their money. And you&#39;re going to need a lot of it to survive against the game&rsquo;s ridiculous waiting times.</p> <p dir="ltr">We&#39;re not saying that all freemium, microtransation-supported games are evil, but this one isn&#39;t far off.</p> <p dir="ltr">EA Mobile has even gone so far as to make it difficult to give Dungeon Keeper a bad rating on Google Play. An in-game prompt on the Android version asks what rating you think the game is worth. Select 5 stars and you&#39;re taken to the Play store, but select 1-4 stars and you&#39;re asked to send feedback directly to EA. You know, so no one who&#39;s actually thinking of downloading the game sees anything negative about it. Cynical, and then some.</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="Dungeon Keeper review" alt="Dungeon Keeper review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Keeper%2010.jpg?1392375781" /> </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="567" height="425" title="Dungeon Keeper review" alt="Dungeon Keeper review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Keeper%2002_0.jpg?1392375781" /> </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"> 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">Dungeon Keeper is a true challenge for gamers, but not the sort they&#39;re used to. Forget beating bosses, completing levels and racking up high scores - here the challenge is avoiding the microtransaction trap.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you manage to avoid the bait and spend countless hours, days, even weeks, to build and defend your dungeons, hire minions and raid for resources, raise your fist in the air and proudly proclaim yourself the victor.</p> <p>You won&#39;t get any points or trophies, but you&#39;ll be a hero in our eyes.</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="730" height="487" title="Dungeon Keeper review" alt="Dungeon Keeper review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Dungeon%20Keeper%2003.jpg?1392375781" /> </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-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Graphics </div> </div> </div> <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"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <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"> 5 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> depth </div> </div> </div> <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"> 4 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> addictiveness </div> </div> </div> <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"> 2 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Brownie points for Dungeon Keeper&rsquo;s nostalgic value, but it goes to hell when you run out of patience or cash to defeat the countdown timer</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/dungeon-keeper/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/dungeon-keeper/review#comments Android games Apps and Games iOS games Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1432113 at http://www.stuff.tv