Featured Android Game Review: Hamilton’s Great Adventure THD for Tegra 3 devices [Arcade & Action]

It’s been pretty popular on the PC and consoles, but now it’s available on Android Tegra devices. Hamilton’s Great Adventure by Fatshark just landed in the Google Play Store and TegraZone. If you’re not familiar with the game, it’s an action-puzzler that features some really sweet graphics. In fact, this version retains the depth and visual quality from the console.

There are two separate apps to this game, and the first part features 24 puzzles and 22 levels, located in the steam jungle of the Amazonas or the windy mountain sides of the Himalaya. The second part, called the expansion pack, is another download entirely (you must have the first part installed) and it also has 24 puzzles and 22 levels, but it’s set in the ruins of Egypt or the mysterious lost continent of Maralidia.


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Featured Android Game Review: Star Girl [Casual]

If you think about it, there really aren’t too many games that cater to the female audience. There are a lot of games that both genders can enjoy and many that will attract mostly males, but not too many that are just for the females. I recently asked my wife to find some games that we can feature, and one such game is Star Girl from Animoca. So if you’re a guy, you can probably just move on to the next post unless you’re looking for a recommendation for your girlfriend or wife. Star Girl is a role playing game that will probably be more attractive to the younger female audience. You play an aspiring celebrity in which you create by selecting hair styles, makeup, clothes, and shoes. Your goal is to become a major celebrity so you will take on jobs such as singing and modeling. With the money you earn, you will buy more clothes and accessories and eventually land on the covers of magazines. Along the way, you will meet guys and some of them just might be stars.


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Ordering a Nexus 4 appears possible right now

About 4 hours ago the Nexus 4 went on sale, and things appeared to be no different than two weeks ago. It was nothing but adding it to your cart with the inability to get anywhere further than seeing it in your cart. After about an hour Google announced, “Google Play is currently experiencing very high traffic, Nexus 4 is not sold out and will still be available for purchase.” At that point I walked away with disbelief, and few minutes ago I went back to my computer and I was able to purchase one on the first try. Thinking I was just lucky, I just tried again right now and I was able to get to the Google Wallet page again. Things seem to be calm at the moment so if you threw your computer down in frustration a few hours ago, go back and pick it back up and click add to cart. Your dreams could finally be answered. There’s one issue though as Google is now saying 6 to 7 weeks for delivery, which means you probably won’t see it in 2012. It’s possible that Google is kind of using this ordering system as a means to “pre-order” to appease everyone, and they really don’t know when they will fill it. Let us know if you landed one today.

 

Featured Android Game Review: Word Search Little Books [Brain & Puzzle]

Oh boy do I remember playing word search when I was younger, so I was excited to find Word Search Little Books from SmartyPantsGaming. It’s been so long since I played, I forgot how much fun it was. I am sure there are other versions of this game in the Play Store, but Word Search Little Books gives you various topics to choose from like Animals, Food, Sports, Variety (4 versions), Cities, Comic Books, Harry Potter, Holidays, Movies, Music, Star Wars, TV Shows, United States, and Video Games. There are 17 books in all with 10 puzzles in each one.

Gameplay is as simple as pie. You just highlight the words with your finger, but if you own a Samsung Galaxy Note (I, II, or 10.1) you’re in for a real treat because you can use the S Pen to draw around the words just like paper books. Actually this game was originally for the Galaxy Note, but the developer modified it for all to use. Using your finger is fairly easy, but sometimes it’s hard to see if you’re finger is over the last letter or not before releasing it. This was only an issue when I first started playing, and I got the hang of it quickly.


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Heads Up: The Nexus 4 will be available to order in the Play Store today at 12:00pm PST (U.S. only)

Look what just hit the inbox! You read it right, the Nexus 4 will be back in stock at 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST today in the U.S. Last time Google didn’t even send an email out, but at least we knew the day. Any chance this will go smoother than 2 weeks ago? Just hit one of the links below this afternoon and get ready to refresh your pants off.

16GB version / 8GB version

Google+ integration with Play Store user reviews is now live

We heard that this was coming so it shouldn’t be a shocker that it’s officially live. Starting today, in order to post a user review in the Google Play Store, you will have to sign into your Google+ profile. You can look at this as both good and bad. The good is that now people just can’t post any comment without being known, which is going to be great for developers. Each review will have the person’s full name as well as the profile picture if they have one. On the the flip side, this is just another area in which Google is trying to jam Google+ down everyone’s throats. If you’re wondering about older reviews, they will simply say “A Google User.” So what do you guys think? Better or worse? I am leaning towards better. I am already on Google+ anyway so it’s not a big deal for me, plus (no pun intended) it gives more credibility to the reviews.


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The Android Engagement Paradox: Engagement continues to be a struggle despite market share domination

We have heard numerous times that Android users don’t invest in apps like iOS users, and now a new study is showing that Android users aren’t spending as much time purchasing goods through mobile. According to IBM’s Digital Analytics Benchmark, U.S. Black Friday online sales grew by 17.4% over last year, and mobile online sales made up 24% of the traffic. Of this traffic, 13% came from phones and 11% from tablets. In looking at the phone traffic, iOS devices represented about 67% of the traffic, while Android made up roughly 33%. It gets worse with tablets as the iPad represented about 88% of the traffic. What’s even more interesting is that iOS is actually growing at a pretty good rate. Back in 2010, Android represented 1.43% of the Black Friday shopping traffic, and now it’s 4.92%. In looking at iOS, it was 3.85% back in 2010, but now it’s 18.46%.

How is this possible when you consider the growth that Android has enjoyed over the last 2 years? This is what Horace Dediu is calling the “Android Engagement Paradox”. Other than it sounding like the name of a “Big Bang Theory” episode, it appears to be seriously real. Take a look at the images below. The left image shows the growth of Android phones as opposed to the iPhone. The right one shows the percentage of traffic per device.


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Holiday Gift Idea for the Kids: Talking Friends Superstars will communicate with Android (or iOS) apps

If you’re looking for something different this holiday season for the kids, then you might want to take a look at Talking Friends Superstars by Out Fit 7. These guys are the makers of Talking Tom and Friends, but these new Talking Friends Superstars can be controlled by an Android (or iOS) device. As you can see in the videos below, your child’s new friend will respond to the app with catchy tunes, witty riddles, amusing jokes, and a number of whimsical sounds. I can also imagine that they will annoy the pants off the parents, but it it puts a smile on your child’s face it’s worth it right? They have three friends available for $49.99 each: Angela, Tom, and Ginger. The app itself is free. Hit the break for a couple of videos, and hit the source link for more information.


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[Deal?] Nexus 4 16GB shows up on Daily Steals for $499 for those that just can’t wait

The Nexus 4 16 GB version is available on Daily Steals today for $499, but it sure doesn’t feel like a “steal.” It’s literally $150 more than what you can buy it for in the Play Store. One problem though, you can’t actually get one, and who knows when it will be available again. If you’re someone who just can’t wait any longer, then head over to Daily Steals and grab one before midnight tonight (or when inventory runs dry). Already this sale has lasted way longer than Google’s opening day fiasco. What I would like to know is how these guys have stock, but Google doesn’t?

source: Daily Steals

Roundup of Google Play apps and game deals for Black Friday

While all the retailers are going crazy this Black Friday, it doesn’t mean there can’t be some great sales in the Google Play Store because some developers are putting their apps and games on sale. Many of them started yesterday and will run through the weekend. If you were thinking about grabbing any of these apps, don’t hesitate and grab them now or have the feeling of regret. Hit the break for the full list. We just updated the list to over 75 titles and the list is still not complete. There are a lot of sales out there so keep looking and searching.


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