Featured Play Store Newbie: Montessori ABC Game For Kids [Education]

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One of the best things to come out of the smartphone/tablet boom is there are a lot of educational apps for kids. It’s amazing how much further ahead my son is than I was at his age. We all want our children to read ASAP, but they need to learn the letters first. Montessori ABC Game For Kids is a new app for toddlers and pre-schoolers that will help them learn the letters, the sounds of each letter, and words that start with each letter.

What makes any education app successful is the combination of education and fun. If the app can give your child entertainment, then he or she will be eager to learn. Montessori ABC makes things interactive with an alphabet game through beautiful flash cards. Your child will tap images and blinking areas to see the spelling of the words as well as hear the sound each letter makes in a word. Every time a letter or object is touched, a cute animated video will appear which will continue to encourage them to keep playing.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Lines & Puzzles [Brain & Puzzle]

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We recently featured Four in a Row HD +Riddles by Alberto Hernandez, and he just came out with another one called Lines and Puzzles. It’s a similar game but it’s based on Gomoku. In case you’re wondering what Gomoku is, it’s similar to Connect Four, but you need to get five in a row and pieces can be placed anywhere you want (non gravitational) as long as it’s on an intersecting line (like the picture above). Lines and Puzzles offers some variations like  3-in-line (tic-tac-toe), 4-in-line, or 5-in-line Freestyle Gomoku. You have your choice of themes which include wood, chalk, printed paper, Go-like (traditional Gomoku), or neon for boards up to 15 x 15.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Plague Inc. [Brain & Puzzle]

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Plague Inc. has made it’s way the the Google Play Store, and it’s likely to be a hit. It’s a mix of “high strategy” and “terrifyingly realistic simulation” from developer Ndemic Creations, and thanks to Miniclip, it’s now available for the Android faithful. It’s actually a chance for you to play “Dr. Evil” in a sense because it’s up to you to bring about the end of human history by spreading pathogens. It starts with a a simple cough, but through mutations, it will eventually take on many forms which can be deadly. You job won’t be easy because the human’s will defend themselves with everything they’ve got.

Features:

  • Stunning graphics with a highly polished interface (Contagion guaranteed)
  • Highly detailed, hyper-realistic world with advanced AI (Outbreak management)
  • Comprehensive in-game help and tutorial system (I am Legendarily helpful)
  • 10 different disease types with radically different strategies to master (10 Monkeys?)
  • Full Save/Load functionality (28 Saves Later!)
  • 50+ countries to infect, hundreds of traits to evolve, thousands of world events to adapt to (Pandemic evolved)
  • Scoreboards and achievements to track the epidemic
  • Localised in English (more languages coming soon!)

Plague Inc. is Free so give it a shot. Take a look at the video trailer below and hit one of the download links to get started.

 

 

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2K Games releases NBA 2K13 for Android

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For all the fans of the 2K line of basketball games, you will be happy to know that you can play 2K13 anywhere you have a device running Android 4.0 or higher. Yesterday 2K Games released NBA 2K13 on the traditional consoles, but they also released it in the Google Play Store. The game costs $8 and won’t give you the full experience you get on a traditional console, but will let you play full exhibition games as any of the 30 teams. You can also recreate legendary performances in NBA’s Greatest Games mode or play as your favorite team in  the Multiseason Mode. It uses the 2K basketball engine with controls optimized for mobile gaming. Normally I would not expect much from a game like this, Madden 12 anyone, but we will let you be the judge. Use the link or QR code after the break to check the game out in the Play Store.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Amtrak [Travel and Local]

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Amtrak just released a much needed app in the Google Play Store. With the Amtrak app you will be able to plan and book your trip via any of Amtrak’s trains or buses and check the arrival and departure status. It can display your eTicket on your display, so it’s one less thing you have to remember to bring on your excursion. It even integrates with your calendar by adding your trips or you can also share any of your trips with your contacts.

Full features:

  • Plan and book travel throughout Amtrak’s nationwide system of trains and buses
  • Check the arrival and departure status of trains
  • Display your eTicket from right in the app. Leave paper behind. eTickets are available nationwide. See Amtrak.com/eTicketing for more details.
  • Modify your reservations or upgrade your seat.
  • Search stations for location, building amenities and hours of operation. Amtrak links you to Google for maps, streetview and turn-by-turn directions
  • Connect to your Amtrak Guest Rewards account

If you’re a frequent Amtrak traveler you need to download this app today. Just hit one of the download links below to get started.

 

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Pirateville 2 – Pirate Island [Gaming-Casual]

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Last week I told you about Nevosoft’s Pirateville: The Enchanted Box, and now comes Pirateville 2: Pirate Island. It’s a continuation of Sharpshooter Jack’s adventure, but this time he will encounter secrets of the cursed island with its lost treasures and jewels. In order to do this you will have to assemble a team of other pirates to man your vessel and try to figure out the ancient spirits’ predictions. This will all be done through various hidden object games and puzzles.

Features:

  • A gripping adventure in 18 chapters
  • Search for objects in the pirates’ den, the fortune-teller’s home, and on the cursed island
  • New characters and unpredictable plot twists
  • An unexpected ending
Pirateville 2 is a Free download so give it a try. Check out the demo video below and hit one of the download links to get started.

 

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Official Dick’s Sporting Goods app hits the Play Store

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Dick’s Sporting Goods, the largest sporting goods retailer in the U.S., now has an official app available on the Play Store. Apps from retail stores can sometimes be hit or miss, but Dick’s seems to have their act together here. Personally, Dick’s is one of my favorite retail stores, much less sporting goods stores, and it’s good to finally have an app to go along with their excellent brick and mortar stores.

The app, as one would expect, offers the ability to shop the virtual store by category as well as search for specific products. You can also see user reviews of the products, much like their website. However, one feature that’s a nice addition is the ability to manage your rewards that you rack up using the Dick’s ScoreCard when making purchases. This is actually a helpful feature seeing as I’ve never once received anything in the mail regarding my reward points, totals, or discounts using said points in the three years I’ve owned a ScoreCard. It’s taken a while, but it’s good to finally have an app to go along with this great store. Are you a frequent shopper at Dick’s Sporting Goods? Download the app via the link below and let us know what you think.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: The Bard’s Tale [Arcade & Action]

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Some of you might already be familiar with the PC classic trilogy, The Bard’s Tale. Well in inXile Entertainment just released a mobile version in the Google Play Store and the NVIDIA TegraZone. It just might be the funniest game you will ever play. It might also be the largest in terms of file size to date because the HD version will set you back 3.5GB (1.7GB for non HD version). That’s pretty hefty, but not surprising since the game includes over 20-30 hours of gameplay.

It’s a fantasy RPG, and you play Bard, a selfish rogue weary of pointless sub-quests and rat-infested cellars. There’s something else about Bard that’s interesting and it’s the fact that he has the ability to cast spells by singing songs. You will encounter all kinds of enemies to fight, but this game throws some bonuses like a lot of cleavage and when was the last time you saw a zombie dance off?

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Pirateville – The Enchanted Box [Gaming-Casual]

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There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of hidden object games as of late. It’s just a matter of picking what theme floats your boat. Nevosoft just released another one called Pirateville: The Enchanted Box, which is about a Pirate named Sharpshooter Jack. One day he found a mysterious ancient box, but it was locked. There has to be something important or valuable in it right? As he tries to figure out the secret behind this box, he will meet with spirits and become a psychic as well as escape from prison and learn his destiny. It’s up to you to figure out what’s inside the box. If you love hidden object games as well as some mystery and romance, this game will be right up your alley.

Features:

  • An incredible story of pirates, treasure and an ancient curse
  • Sixty-five challenging levels
  • Colorful locations and interesting quests
  • Challenging mini games
  • Amazing graphics and music

Pirateville: The Enchanted Box is Free so you have nothing to lose. Take a look at the quick demo video below and hit up one of the download links to get started.

 

 

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Featured Play Store Newbie: St John Ambulance First Aid [Health & Fitness]

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The very popular St John Ambulance First Aid app made its way to Android a few days ago. We hope you never experience an emergency situation, but in the event one does happen, the St John Ambulance app could be a life saver. It has been determined that nearly 150,000 people die in England and Wales where first aid could have given them a chance to live.

With St Johns Ambulance, you will find all the latest first aid advice and protocols for any emergency situation. You will get simple to read illustrated guides along with voice instructions. It should be noted that St Johns Ambulance is based solely upon UK protocols, and the service numbers will only be for the UK and European locations. It’s a free app that every Android user should install. Just hit one of the download links below.

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