Android games http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/android-games/news en-SG Fully Charged: Skype Translator preview begins, Devil May Cry coming to PS4 and Xbox One, and the VR fitness routine http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/fully-charged-skype-translator-preview-begins-devil-may-cry-coming-ps4-and-xbox-one-and-vr <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the tech news tidbits you need to begin the day well informed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Skype Translator" alt="Skype Translator" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/skype-translator-kids.png?1418780406" /> </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"> Skype Translator preview opens up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Skype has already helped the world feel smaller and more connected during its existence, but the Microsoft-owned service looks to take things several steps further with the launch of near real-time translation. And Skype Translator is already rolling out via a preview program that began yesterday.</p> <p>The preview version is only available to Windows 8.1 users at present, whether you&rsquo;re on PC, tablet, or phone, and as of now includes just English and Spanish spoken language conversion - but it has more than 40 written languages that can be converted on the fly during instant messaging.</p> <p>Microsoft showcased the tech by creating the above video - thanks to students at Stafford Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington USA and Peterson School in Mexico City, Mexico - but the potential audience here is obviously much broader than schoolchildren.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.skype.com/en/translator-preview/?intcmp=blogs-_-generic-click-_-skype-translator-preview-an-exciting-journey-to-a-new-chapter-in-communication">Sign up now</a>&nbsp;to give it a shot.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.skype.com/2014/12/15/skype-translator-preview-an-exciting-journey-to-a-new-chapter-in-communication/">Skype Big Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/skype-s-long-awaited-live-translate-feature-goes-live/news">It can&#39;t speak Klingon (yet) but at least Skype&rsquo;s live translate feature is now live</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/G87pHe6mP0I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DmC: Devil May Cry getting new-gen release </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of last year&rsquo;s top action games,&nbsp;<em>DmC: Devil May Cry</em>&nbsp;- the reboot of Capcom&rsquo;s frantic franchise - will be re-released in a remastered version for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 17 March 2015. The new&nbsp;<em>Definitive Edition</em>&nbsp;will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second, with a wealth of previous downloadable content bundled onto the disc, such as a bonus campaign, new modes, and various other tweaks.</p> <p>Additionally, Capcom says it will bring predecessor&nbsp;<em>Devil May Cry 4</em>&nbsp;to Xbox One and PS4 sometime next summer, we&rsquo;d hazard a guess that it&#39;ll be a less extravagant downloadable release. However, no real details were mentioned on that front, so we&#39;ll have to loop back after&nbsp;<em>DmC</em>&nbsp;makes its second debut.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.capcom-unity.com/gregaman/blog/2014/12/15/announcing-dmc-definitive-edition-plus-a-very-special-teaser">Capcom</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/dmc-devil-may-cry/review">DmC: Devil May Cry review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/owAUCZsDvBM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Want to work out in VR? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Virtual reality could be the next great medium for interactive experiences, and developers are busy dreaming up the possibilities. But do you really want to strap on a headset, close off your senses to the world, and start working out to fitness routines inside your home?</p> <p>Fitness app company Runtastic believes so, and has developed an Oculus Rift and Kinect-centric virtual reality fitness experience as a proof of concept, with a virtual trainer and look-based interactions with menus. We could see this being very nauseating, (extra) sweaty, and perhaps even dangerous, but we won&rsquo;t know until someone flails wildly into a lamp, right?</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBPxkPwk8pQ">YouTube</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/15/runtastic-vr-exercise/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/oculus/new-oculus-rift-crescent-bay-prototype-headset-revealed-built-audio/news">New Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype headset revealed with built-in audio</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NBPxkPwk8pQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hearthstone begins rolling out to Android </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft</em>, Blizzard&rsquo;s immensely popular free-to-play collectible card game, has started rolling out to Android tablets after strong debuts on iPad and computers. It&rsquo;s available now in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, but this soft launch window won&rsquo;t last for long: the publisher says a worldwide rollout via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore is happening in the &ldquo;days ahead.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/2ds/fully-charged-samsung-galaxy-note-4-suddenly-launching-week-korea-blizzard-cancels-its-next-mmo-">Blizzard cancels its next MMO project</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/TQvtgCfvnN4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/microsoft/fully-charged-skype-translator-preview-begins-devil-may-cry-coming-ps4-and-xbox-one-and-vr#comments Android games Console games Gaming Health and fitness Microsoft Virtual Reality Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:30:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1455550 at http://www.stuff.tv Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Monument Valley is the Mobile Game of the Year http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Escher-inspired puzzler is the finest phone or tablet-based diversion of the past 12 months </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Monument Valley is the best mobile game of the year" alt="Monument Valley is the best mobile game of the year" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-best-mobile-game-monument-valley_final.jpg?1417581181" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Although we love our console games, you can&rsquo;t take them with you on the bus.</p> <p>So we turn to our smartphone games to keep us company on our commutes, to kill time when we&rsquo;re queuing and to generally block out the cold grey world. And what better way to escape quotidian mundanity than the mind-bending trip into a magical world you undertake in <em>Monument Valley</em>? It&#39;s our favourite mobile game of 2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Winner: Monument Valley </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you like aimlessly moving coloured blobs around your screen it&rsquo;s unlikely the brief but brilliant experience of <em>Monument Valley</em> will interest you, but in a world that&rsquo;s normally about little more than tapping players for cash, this Escher-esque puzzler stands out like a perspective-warped thumb. Conquer its optical illusions and guide the princess to the end of each level for one of the most memorable mobile gaming experiences in years. It&rsquo;s not exactly difficult but sometimes it&rsquo;s the journey rather than the destination that makes a trip worthwhile.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-monument-valley/review" target="_blank">Monument Valley review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/vUABzeh55hQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: BioShock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Everyone&rsquo;s favourite Libertarian underwater dystopia has been rebuilt for your iPhone this year, bringing gunplay, gorgeously decayed Art Deco settings and philosophical pondering to your commute. Yes, the touchscreen controls take a bit of getting used to (though you can always connect a gamepad), but the fact that they&#39;ve managed to cram a previous-gen console title into your pencil-thin iThing is frankly mind-boggling.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/bioshock-ios/review" target="_blank">Bioshock iOS review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/7HAyShZw6mM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: The Nightmare Cooperative </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With flesh-eating giant snails, pools of acid and many more ways to die, <em>The Nightmare Cooperative</em> is a scary place to spend your commute. A sliding puzzler similar to Threes! the aim is to raid dungeons without unlocking too many monsters. The gameplay, although uniquely brilliant, can be rather cruel and may involve sacrificing your teammates &lsquo;for the greater good&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-nightmare-cooperative/review" target="_blank">The Nightmare Cooperative review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Nv0T3tw-luk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Eliss Infinity </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This one&rsquo;s for you, organisational ogres and neat-freaks. <em>Eliss Infinity</em> puts you in charge of a small section of the universe to keep tidy, and then lobs planets, vortexes and space storms at you at an alarming rate. Your success relies on a gold medal-winning performance of finger gymnastics, plus sheer determination to keep going despite the deluge.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/android/app-week-eliss-infinity/review" target="_blank">Eliss Infinity review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VuKGJyJZY7s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Hitman GO </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re after a bloodbath, look elsewhere. But if you&rsquo;re partial to a bit of strategy or Cluedo, this chin-stroking reworking of the <em>Hitman</em> series may be just the thing. To work your crafty way around the board game-like grid, sneak up on the bad guys or distract them by throwing rocks. There are no time limits, so there&rsquo;s no need to get flustered.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-hitman-go/review" target="_blank">Hitman GO review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/l9kJxrLSwHU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: Threes! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Stuff team is so addicted to <em>Threes!</em> that it&rsquo;s a wonder we get anything done at all. On the face of it, it&rsquo;s pretty simple: you merge number cards to get as higher total as possible; with new cards added each time you make a move. Add in some cute catchphrases and you&rsquo;ve got yourself a 4am mad swipe-fest.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/drop-everything-and-try-threes-maddeningly-addictive-perfect-puzzle-game/news" target="_blank">Drop everything and try Threes!</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YonTc2jLXEA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: The Room Two </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The most exciting game you&#39;ll ever play that involves opening a box, the much-anticipated sequel to <em>The Room</em> challenges you with more ambitious environments and multi-layered puzzles than its predecessor. Now there are multiple rooms with clues scattered throughout and each chapter is set in a particular location such as a ship or jungle. You can manipulate artefacts using swipes, pinches and double-taps, although it&rsquo;s easy to fumble &ndash; the oppressive atmosphere puts you on edge.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CbGaddIZzVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Runner-up: The Walking Dead season 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike most zombie-infested games, in <em>The Walking Dead</em> you&#39;ll have to put down your gun and get out your tissues; things are about to get emotional. A brilliant extension of the <em>Walking Dead</em> universe, this episodic game focuses on the difficult decisions young Clementine has to make in order to find safety and survive, now that she&rsquo;s all alone. Sob. Or not&hellip;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-winners-announced-these-are-best-gadgets-year/feature">See all the Stuff Gadget Awards 2014 winners</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3RkuY03QCVs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/gadget-awards-2014/stuff-gadget-awards-2014-these-are-8-best-mobile-games-year/feature#comments Android games Apps and Games Gadget Awards 2014 Gaming iOS games Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:09:19 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1454522 at http://www.stuff.tv Saving the game: why iPhones and Android devices must do better http://www.stuff.tv/sg/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In the old days, progress in games vanished when you pulled the plug. Craig Grannell asks why things have barely moved on in mobile </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/save-game.jpg?1415432192" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I first started playing games, they were mostly about high scores. </p> <p>Your investment in a title was rewarded in terms of mastery, and being able to lord it over the literally several people you knew who also cared a bit about the same game. If you could cope with <em>Defender</em>&rsquo;s demands for hours, or complete every cave in <em>Boulder Dash</em> without losing a single life, bully for you. </p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/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"> Little computer memories </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At some point, though, developers figured out that investment in gaming could be rewarded in other ways, through having you return to build on previous efforts.&nbsp;</p> <p>I first encountered this with a proto-<em>Sims</em> called <em>Little Computer People</em> on the Commodore 64. The game involved a &lsquo;house on a disk&rsquo;. Shortly after loading it, a little bloke would walk around a three-storey building that looked rather more palatial than the one I lived in at the time. He&rsquo;d open all the doors and cupboards, nip off and get his dog, and then rap on the screen and start demanding things.</p> <p>My LCP was a mean poker player and also a lazy sod who&rsquo;d never shut any doors. He loved dancing to rubbish music in his living room, but wasn&rsquo;t terribly keen on having a shower.</p> <p>He also had a memory that persisted between sessions. Starve the little swine and he&rsquo;d ignore you, or write a snarky letter on his typewriter (before going an odd shade of green and ending up consigned to bed). Pat him on the head and send him gifts, and he&rsquo;d be far more obedient than his dog, or, for that matter, your own dog, and become amenable to requests (bar, as already inferred, anything to do with basic hygiene).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="908" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/little-computer-people.jpg?1415432192" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It was fascinating to have this kind of ongoing &lsquo;life&rsquo; within a game, rather than everything dying the second you pulled the plug, and as hardware evolved, so too did game saves.</p> <p>Floppy disks gave way to hard disks, with potentially limitless space to store an insane number of Civilization II battles; with consoles, eventually only the most miserly publishers issued games without battery back-up, ensuring that working your way through the ninth hour of a rich, complex RPG wouldn&rsquo;t require you to sit there every time going through the motions for eight-and-a-bit hours first.</p> <p>Today, we live in an era of amazing technology. Mobile devices are as powerful as notebooks from only a half-dozen years ago. Internet connectivity is almost ubiquitous and cloud storage is cheap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/SkTgX1mGmDg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Continuity problems </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yet game saves haven&rsquo;t kept pace in the way I&rsquo;d hoped. If I play a game on my iPhone, it&rsquo;s vanishingly rare that I can launch it on my iPad and continue from where I left off.</p> <p>And when it comes to playing the same game across platforms - switching from iPad to Android smartphone to PC - forget it. At that point, politics comes into play, silos from Apple, Google and others torpedoing any notion of platform-agnostic, readily accessible save-states; only rarely will a publisher invest in integrating a save system and the servers to maintain it.</p> <p>Fortunately, we&rsquo;re not quite back in the days of&nbsp;<em>Defender</em>. Powering down an iPad won&rsquo;t wipe your progress in&nbsp;<em>Year Walk</em>, and rebooting an Android device won&rsquo;t excise any headway you&rsquo;ve made in&nbsp;<em>Sword &amp; Sworcery</em>. But deleting an app is this generation&rsquo;s virtual plug-pull, any data beyond basic high scores disappearing as the icon whirls into the void.</p> <p>In an instant, almost everything you achieved and the means to pick up from where you left off is most likely gone for good, even if you reinstall.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/LVz_MhMsAvs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Deleting this app will remove it from your life forever </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In an age of storage-restricted mobile hardware and rapidly ballooning mobile game file sizes, something has to give. Either you keep the same few games forever, or you just grit your teeth and eradicate them from your life once you think you&rsquo;re done with them. Perhaps there&rsquo;s no longer room for the long-term; maybe games are now destined to become entirely disposable products - played for a while, and then deleted for good.</p> <p>But I hope we&rsquo;re just in a technology blip and someone somewhere is beavering away to bring us something much better, to somehow more easily enable games to live on, across the divides of platforms and multiple installations, via saves easily available from anywhere on any device, at any time; the alternative - never being able to return to virtual worlds you&rsquo;ve invested hours or days in, unless they&rsquo;re first wiped clean - is a horrible prospect, liable to make me greener-in-the-face than even the most poorly LCP.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/pay-music-films-and-games-or-you-ll-be-left-garbage/feature">Opinion - Pay for music, games and films or you&#39;ll be left with garbage</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/saving-game-why-iphones-and-android-devices-must-do-better/feature#comments Android games Gaming iOS games Opinion Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:13:02 +0000 Elissa Loi 1452558 at http://www.stuff.tv Ingress gives you more reason to play with new user-generated missions http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ingress-gives-you-more-reason-play-new-user-generated-missions/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A fun way to apply augmented reality, Ingress is a nice way to kill time or burn your smartphone battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="567" height="425" title="Ingress gives you more reason to play with new user-generated missions" alt="Ingress gives you more reason to play with new user-generated missions" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/ingress_portal.jpg?1411727535" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&#39;ll either get Ingress or you don&#39;t: this augmented reality app is pretty much the world&#39;s largest game of Capture the Flag though in this case it&#39;s not flags but portals and it&#39;s not one portal but thousands around the world. You choose between two factions, which are the Enlightened and the Resistance and you battle to control territories marked by portals.</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/erna-mahyuni" title="View user profile.">Erna Mahyuni</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You there, capture the portal! </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>Not all users are allowed to create missions, though. From the brief, it seems only more experienced Ingress players will be allowed to create missions though Niantic plans to eventually open up the missions to level five players and above.</p> <p>Why do the missions matter? They add a new purpose for players, especially those who are either new to it or starting to get bored. What happens is that a mission objective is created and thus you start a walking tour of sorts that has a beginning and end, with the reward being virtual medals.</p> <p>Each mission will have ratings and estimated completion times so you will know if it&#39;s worth your while. This could be a fun way for Ingress users frustrated at the slow levelling time it can take and how difficult it can be for solo players just starting out. Leveling is done by capturing portals or attacking enemy portals and at low levels, it&#39;s harder to collect points unless of course you&#39;re in an Ingress territory with plenty of people to help weaken portals for you.</p> <p>So if you spend a lot of time travelling and want to play a game that you can pick up from wherever you left off, then Ingress&#39; low-commitment (though highly battery-sapping) premise just might be for you!</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week">Why not check out our fun Apps of the Week?</a></p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/25/ingress-missions/" target="_blank">Engadget</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/NPIWrOvHogg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ingress-gives-you-more-reason-play-new-user-generated-missions/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/ingress-gives-you-more-reason-play-new-user-generated-missions/news#comments Android apps Android games Apps and Games Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:38:23 +0000 Erna Mahyuni 1448622 at http://www.stuff.tv App of the Week: CounterSpy http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-counterspy/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It’s a sneaky side-scrolling spy ‘em up with a snazzy art style and randomly generated levels </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="App of the Week: CounterSpy" alt="App of the Week: CounterSpy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/counterspy-main.jpg?1411265617" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/sg/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It&rsquo;s fairly rare that an action-oriented game gets Stuff&rsquo;s App of the Week thumbs up, but this side-scroller from Sony&rsquo;s PlayStation Mobile division has wormed it way firmly into our affections.</p> <p>Set at the height of the Cold War, it casts you as a new recruit for C.O.U.N.T.E.R., an espionage agency allied neither with the Soviets nor the West. Your task? To sneak into enemy facilities and pilfer launch codes, all the while avoiding or eliminating guards and other security measures.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> S$5.98 </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> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> iOS, S$6.27 for Android </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You may proceed... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Each level consists of a number of rooms, and each of these is procedurally generated, ensuring you&rsquo;ll experience a different array of guards, cameras, loot caches and secret passages every time you replay. As you progress through the game, your pickups unlock new weapons and capabilities which can then be purchased using money (in-game money, not actual real-life money &ndash; CounterSpy is a premium game and happily shies away from an in-app purchase model), thus improving your chances of beating the next level.</p> <p>The gameplay is a potent mix of stealth and action. Some screens are light on guards and can be passed without the need to pull out your gun, while others become a full-on leadfest as you attempt to mow down several enemies while avoiding their bullets, grenades and rockets. The occasional handily-placed explosive canister helps clear dug-in soldiers quickly.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="690" title="Levels are different every time you play them" alt="Levels are different every time you play them" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-level.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fresh to Defcon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Get spotted by cameras, leave alerted guards alive or allow them to radio for help and the Defcon level rises. If it hits Defcon 1, you&rsquo;ll only have one minute to finish the level before it&rsquo;s game over and time to try again. Another way to fail? Get shot to death or blown up, natch.</p> <p>Feverish action games rarely fare well on mobile, where a touchscreen&rsquo;s lack of twitchy accuracy can be a real cause for frustration, but thankfully CounterSpy&rsquo;s pace falls on the right side of sedate &ndash; just.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1920" height="1104" title="About to do some shooting" alt="About to do some shooting" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-shoot.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spy hard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Swipes and double-taps form the bulk of the controls, and the only sections where you might find the touchscreen&rsquo;s lack of precision a burden are the sections where your spy dips into cover and then pops out to shoot enemies. Here, the perspective shifts slightly, and you hold one finger to drag your aim around and tap another anywhere on screen to fire. At times, your finger gets to the edge of the screen before you&rsquo;ve pulled your weapon&rsquo;s laser sight to where you need it to be. A tad irritating, but not a deal-breaker, and we reckon the game&#39;s trickiness is well balanced &ndash; each level presents a significant challenge, but you&#39;ll usually be blaming yourself for failure, rather than the control setup.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a well-presented game, too. The cartoonish art style owes a lot to Valve&rsquo;s Team Fortress 2, but works well in the context, and it&rsquo;s backed up by evocative jazz music and loading screens bearing interesting nuggets of Cold War trivia.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="690" title="Once in cover, you can pop out briefly to fire off a few rounds" alt="Once in cover, you can pop out briefly to fire off a few rounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-in-cover.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spy hard-ware </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve been playing CounterSpy on a Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablet and have found both devices, while not what you&rsquo;d call cutting edge in terms of power, handled the 3D graphics more than adequately &ndash; there&rsquo;s nary a stutter in the animation or scrolling. We suspect, however, that older devices might struggle to render the scenes without protest.</p> <p>While many people refuse to pay for mobile games these days, CounterSpy represents excellent value for money: for less than the price of a pint of beer, you&#39;ve got a stylish, enjoyable mix of action and sneaking that changes every time you play. Go get it.</p> <p>You can download CounterSpy for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/counterspy/id912920630?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone and iPad here</a>, and for <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.playstation.counterspy" target="_blank">Android devices here</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week" target="_blank">See all our Apps of the Week</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="688" title="Stealthily snapping guards&#039; necks gets you bonus points" alt="Stealthily snapping guards&#039; necks gets you bonus points" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/counterspy-neck-snap.jpg?1415603659" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Stylish, slick and full of variety, it&rsquo;s one of the best mobile action games we&rsquo;ve played in weeks</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/sg/app-week-counterspy/review#comments Android games App of the Week iOS games Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:13:00 +0000 Tein Hee Seow 1448170 at http://www.stuff.tv 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>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