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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Featured Play Store Newbie: LandGrabbers Strategy Game [Gaming-Casual]

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Nevosoft is quickly becoming one of the leaders of Android gaming. We’ve already covered a couple of their recent releases, but here’s another one to throw into the mix. It’s called LandGrabbers and it’s set in the Middle Ages when the Crusades were taking place. In this game you’re a brilliant military leader with your own set of troops. Can you conquer the world? This addictive game combines the elements of strategy, simulator, and resource management. There are 27 levels in all that that take place in settings like forests, deserts, and even on an iceberg.

Full features

  • 27 levels in 3 diverse locations
  • Unique level mapping design for deeper tactical capabilities
  • Three incredible enemy armies
  • Five types of buildings with different strategic features
  • Three difficulty levels that will challenge even experienced strategy experts
  • Gorgeous graphics and a catchy soundtrack create a medieval atmosphere

LandGrabbers was recognized as the Best Casual Game of 2011 at the Russian Game Developers Conference. Best of all it’s Free so check out the demo video and hit one of the download links below to get started.

 

 

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Million Dollar Adventure [Gaming-Casual]

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Nevosoft is at it again with their latest offering, Million Dollar Adventure. It’s about a girl named Sandra that has no memory of her past, but is given an opportunity to participate in a race around the world in which the grand prize is one million dollars.

When Sandra was little, she was in a car crash that killed her parents. She obviously survived, but her memory was damaged. She spent her childhood in an orphanage, but is living a normal life now. She receives an invitation to take part in the race I mentioned above, and since money was always a problem for her, she figured it was worth a shot. There’s one thing however, and that’s upon starting the race, she started encountering things that were related to her past, so she’s a little troubled. It’s your job to solve the mystery of her childhood and get the prize.

Features:

  • More than just hidden objects – find the clues, solve puzzles, play mini-games to unlock the adventure;
  • Original script with a mystery to solve;
  • A variety of classical mini-games and puzzles from all over the world;
  • Picturesque locations of famous tourist attractions;
  • Great graphics, music and voice overs
Million Dollar Adventure is Free to play, but you can unlock the full adventure with an in-app purchase. Check out their demo video and hit one of the download links below to get started.
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Featured Play Store Newbie: Magic Academy 2: Mystery Tower [Gaming-Casual]

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Magic Academy 2: Mystery Tower, by Nevosoft, is the follow up to the very popular Magic Academy: Hidden Castle. If you’re a Harry Potter fan or into enchanted legends, you will want to check this out. You play Irene, a young magician that would like to serve on the Magic Council of the Tirisfal Fortress. The problem is that a priceless treatise is missing and if it falls into the wrong hands, a demon that was banished long ago could be summoned from exile. So far the evidence points to your (Irene’s) sister. It’s up to you to start your investigation and find out who has been tempted by the ancient demon and has started negotiating with the powers of darkness.

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Bobbit for Twitter [Social]

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I know there are a lot of Twitter apps out there, but here’s another one to throw into the mix. Bobbit for Twitter, created by Sparky Mobile, is a thematic live wallpaper that features your Twitter feed. Bobbit offers 6 different themes: city, night, show, forest, farm, and green. Each wallpaper features a scenery that many would find attractive even without the Twitter feed. Tweets are shown individually in a caption style along with a bird that flies in and out of your home screen. For example, in the city theme, the bird flies in and lands on a tree with each tweet. Tweets are displayed for about 5 seconds, then the bird flies off, and of course flies back with the very next tweet. If the tweet includes a link, you will see another bird flying overhead with a browser globe hanging by a rope. All you have to do is swipe down on the globe, and the link will open via your browser of choice.

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