I love a good puzzle game for Android. What I love even more than that though is a puzzle game that’s free to try. The concept here is super simple: there are fruits of different colors on a wheel you can spin to match them up with a plate of the same color. Sounds pretty easy right? Well, as the game adds in more wheels to spin with more fruits on them, you’ll definitely find a good challenge here. The challenge is not only to match up all the colors, but also to match them in the least amount of moves. If I was forced to come up with some negatives about the game, I would prefer to be able to change the cartoonish looking fruit to something else. There is also only one static background for every level and no sound. Though there is nothing fancy happening here graphics wise, this also leads to the game being ultra smooth. If you’re looking for a brain twister and a good time waster, Revolutionizer should be next on your list. If you enjoy the free version you can go ahead and grab the full version with more levels for $.99. Check out the screenshots and game video after the break and let us know what you think. QR code and market link to follow as well.
Today, Amazon’s free app of the day is, Lets Bowl, a decent game with great graphics and easy gameplay. I am not going to spend much time going over it as this is one of the bowling games that we have reviewed in the past. To get a comparison against other similar games, check out our other bowling game reviews for PBA Bowling 2 and 3D Bowling.
When playing the game I notice that there isn’t much control over placing spin on the ball and sometimes ball travel seems very unrealistic. I don’t think that this is one of those in depth physics based games but rather something you can play to kill a few minutes of spare time. Hit the source link below to get the free download but be sure that you already have the Amazon Appstore installed on your device, if not, read up on our quick tips page to learn how.
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Here’s something you don’t see every day – An Android app that teaches you how to fold origami via flash videos! Big Animated Origami Tutorial Lite is not only a long name, but it is also a free Android app found in the Android Market that allows you to quickly learn how to make dozens of origami.
This free version of the app will provide you a visual aid for mastering the art of paper folding. By watching videos you can learn a whole bunch of cool designs, from basic paper airplanes to complex flowers and animals. Jump past the break to learn more.
We here at TalkAndoid are often approached by developers with hopes that we will review their latest apps. I recently looked at the growing list and thought I would randomly check one out. A game called Toon Ball caught my eye with its quirky art and goofy looking camel.
After downloading the game I noticed that the camel really has nothing to do with game play and is just used as background art (and, in my case, successful advertising!). The mission of the game is to get the ball to roll past obstacles and traps by altering the path it takes. Relying on gravity, the ball rolls from the starting point once you initiate movement by breaking a wooden block or other object that is keeping the ball at rest. As soon as it’s off and rolling you have to act quick in order to complete your next move to keep the momentum going. Once the ball is static you have to start the level over.
I’m not usually one to report on live wallpapers (our very own Joe Sirianni usually finds the best ones), but I found one tonight that I think is pretty damn neat. It’s unlike most live wallpapers, instead of fluid computer generated graphics it uses a hand drawn sketch-like in old school animation.
Reminding me of a flip book I did when I was a kid, A Moon Odyssey LWP, gives your android device a completely different and unique look than before. When you unlock your phone from a resting state you are presented with a hand drawn moon that appears to be in orbit. Once you swipe from screen to screen or press any where on the display, you activate the space shuttle and thus begins the moon odyssey. Following your finger placement, the shuttle traverses left and right and journeys closer and closer to the moon. I am not sure what exactly happens after long use, does the shuttle actually make contact? Either way, you should give it a test flight.
This live wallpaper is free and can be found in the Android Market or through the QR code below. You should check it out if you want to try something completely out of the norm and be sure to let me know what you think. Now don’t go getting your hopes up thinking this will be the most epic LVW you have ever seen, I just wanted to point out something completely original. I give the devs credit for thinking out of the box – nay, out of the universe!
Today’s free Amazon app is a little different than what we usually see on a daily basis. What you get today, is a free interactive children’s book in app form, and given the today’s holiday, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, is quite fitting.
This bookapp, as I will refer to it, was written by Joe Troiano and illustrated by Susan Banta and tells the tale of Spookley, a square pumpkin living in a round world. Throughout the story, Spookley, deals with harsh peers and is shunned because of his shape. This bookapp delivers a special message of tolerance and self-acceptance that’s just right for Halloween or any day of the year.
Today’s free Amazon app, Hungry MonstR, is another one of those time-killer games. Usually $1.99, this may not be that killer game you have been looking for and ends up being one of those you load only to hand off to your kids while driving.
The game-play is easy, you have to protect your ice cream cart from hungry monsters who’s only desire is to make off with your goods without the intention of paying. Each monster has a different color, one of four colors that correlates with these suction tube thingys in each corner of your screen. As the game begins, the monsters walk toward your cart at a leisurely pace in random order from all sides of the screen. Your goal is to flick them into one of the corner tubes based on what color the monster is, blue monster – flick em’ to the blue tube, pink monster – pink tube. You get the idea, just don’t flick the monster into the wrong color tube because that will plug it up for a few seconds rendering it unusable. As you progress the monsters pick up the pace, all the while bringing even more monster friends to the ice cream heist.
If you are anything like me and have a super hectic, sometimes scatterbrain lifestyle, a little bit of organizational skills can go a long way. I find that unfortunately my finances are sometimes victim to neglect and I lose track of where and how much money I am spending. Recently I came across a free app in the Android Market called Lemon, it keeps track of how much money you spend and even keeps an image of your receipts. Instead of cramming a bunch of receipts in your wallet, just send them to Lemon where they will be instantly filed and organized for future reference. It’s that easy!
The Lemon app also provides a lemon.com email address that you can enter when making online purchases. When a receipt is emailed after your purchase is complete, it automatically filters out the relevant purchasing data and sends it to your Lemon account for safe keeping. You can even snap a picture of your paper receipts with your Android phone as long as it has an auto focus camera. The app will then search for text within the image and makes them searchable via character recognition. Data is compiled into handy reports that keep you in tune with your finances and provides visual graphs that plot your spending habits.
If you are anything like me, I am sure there has been a time when you have been so unsatisfied with a product or service that you felt the need to register your grievance with the offending company. Most of the time complaints go unheard, unanswered, and unresolved usually because the company is too large to have to worry about one little complaint from one single customer. Complain App is here to help! One of the finalists in the App competition at CTIA, they have designed an app that works on both Android and iOS that helps the little consumer to get their voice heard in a way that was never available before. There is even a nifty web based complaint form.
By using social networks, the free Complain App attacks all fronts and uses the power of the masses to make sure companies are going to listen. By using a public forum the app announces your complaint to other users and allows for them to back your cause. Search or enter the company name that you want to complain about, enter your complaint, and hit send. The app will then submit your complaint to the offenders Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, and Google accounts. No doubt a flurry of complaints to the companies social networking accounts will get the point across.
Jump past the break for a screen shot, download links, and a full Complain App rundown.
With all the advancements in mobile technology it still comes as a huge surprise when a smartphone manufacturer neglects to add a notification light to their device. There are not a whole bunch of phones that are plagued with this dilema but for the ones that are, it’s known to be a pain in the arse.
For some reason Samsung has decided to crank out a few popular mobile devices and at my dismay, they are sans notification LED. I , like many others, own a Samsung device and hate not knowing that I have a message waiting for me unless I activate the screen and check for myself. Sounds like an easy task but when you find yourself checking for messages all day long it gets old real fast.
XDA member, MADMACK, has come up with a solution by using the phone’s display as a notification light. When you receive a message (or anything that you want a notification for) your screen will activate flashing different color dots or icons based on the type of message received. The dots/icons are customizable allowing the user to create different notifications for each type of reminder making it easy, for example, to differentiate between email and text messages. There are many ways to tweak this app from battery conservation to delayed notification, NoLed gives more options than most factory notification lights.
With over 10,000 downloads from the Android Market and an average rating of 4.4 stars, MADMACK seems to have come up with an acceptable solution for not having a notification light. I have been using it since I got the Samsung Charge and I highly recommend checking it out for yourself.
Join us after the break for more screenshots, download links, and a NoLed explanation from the creator himself.
Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is IM+ Pro, an all-in-one messaging app. IM+ is normally a large $10 to purchase and will let you connect to pretty much every messaging account that’s out there. This app also supports push mode for longer battery life and the ability to receive incoming messages even if you exit IM+. I’m not normally a fan of the all-in-one messaging apps on my phone as I prefer to only keep Google Talk logged in if someone needs me. I like the simplicity of Google Talk and its fast interface. I will say that IM+ is very clean, fast, and super easy to get started adding your accounts. The one feature that seems to be missing it the ability to collapse you buddies list by category. With multiple accounts logged in, this could lead to a lot of scrolling to find the contact you need. That aside, I’m going to give this one a shot as today it’s completely free.
This app will normally cost you a large $9.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link. Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think.
Have you ever found yourself needing a file from your Android device and you didn’t have access to a USB cable? How about wanting to share a file directly from your phone that’s too large to e-mail to someone? Well, File Expert will allow you to do both of these things with the ability to share or access your files via HTTP or FTP. All you need to do to get the process started it set the app to share via the web or FTP, get your unique address, and enter it into you web browser or favorite FTP software and your ready to rock. While sharing via the web, the interface is also quite nice and easy to use. Best of all, you’ve got nothing to lose because the app can be grabbed from the market for free. Hit up the break to check out a video and screenshots of the app and be sure to let us know what you think. A QR code and download links will be after the break as well.
Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is a game called Early Bird. In this OpenFeint enabled game, you’ll be swiping a path for the bird to flutter on top of a bullseye to catch the worm while trying to navigate through challenging levels. It’s easy to figure out how to play, but challenging to master. The graphics are bright and inviting and you’ll certainly find a ton of challenges as you play through the 96 great looking levels. Of course, the game is free today so there’s no reason not to try it out for yourself.
This game will normally cost you $0.99, so grab it while it’s free from the Amazon Appstore. If not using the Appstore, you can grab the download here by entering your email address or phone number in the upper right hand corner for a download link. Be sure to have the “unknown sources” box checked off under Settings —>Applications on your Android device. Check out all the screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.
I know the opinions on using live wallpapers vary a bit, but I can’t help but love this one. All of the pieces you see above slowly spin giving the wallpaper a very cool futuristic look. If you’re like me and have you phone charging most of the day, this wallpaper certainly has a cool look to try out and now worry about any battery drain. You’ll be able to set the colors for all the gear circles and come up with some cool looking combinations. A “light” version is available for free in the market for you to check out yourselves if you like to delve into live wallpapers from time to time. Hit up the break to check out some shots of other color combinations and links to try it out for yourself. Let us know what you think right down there in the comments.
Unified Remote is the easiest most feature packed Android-PC remote I’ve come across. To get it set up, all you’ll need to do is install the server on your PC and the software on your device and you’re good to go. I’ve found the app most useful when running Netflix from the PC to the TV and being able to control everything from my phone. Besides controlling your PC’s mouse, you can also search and launch files, or control media on your PC. Best of all, the app is free to try out on your own to see what you think. It doesn’t get better than this for its ease of use and set up. Hit up the break for screenshots and download links to try it out for yourself and don’t forget to let us know what you think.