A new platformer recently hit the market and it sure is a beauty. The amount of polish on this game is fantastic. Though the graphics may be a tinge on the cutesy side, be warned, this game can become a real challenge. The aim of the game is to guide your knight to the end of each level, all the while avoiding enemies and treacherous traps. Plus, you have to pick up winding keys along the way, or your knight will completely cease to sprint through the level.
Wind-up Knight is free and offers 50 levels of some of the best graphics I’ve seen in Android games, all the while bringing some great gameplay mechanics. A lot of times I find that games on the phone are either too easy or too hard due to poor control. Wind-up knight hits the sweet spot by offering a difficult game with fluid and simple control. You won’t be able to blame your death on anyone but yourself, noob.
You’ll probably want to run this on a higher spec phone or tablet. (Looks great on my Xoom)
Video and screenshots after the break
Amazons free app for the day is a time killer for sure. I am a fan of games like Jewel Quest. Gem Spinner II is much more then that. Your goal is like the rest, make a row of three or more to clear the plain, except the gems are encased in individual blocks of all different shapes and sizes. These blocks can be moved around and spun to move around the playing field, however they are not all the same shape and sizes. Some are square and some are “L” shaped and others are in the form of plus signs.
It adds a level of difficulty to the game because you are not allowed to move the gems from block to block. You have to spin the blocks or move them. As you clear gems the board clears by changing from grey to cleared sections. Once the box has been completely cleared it “pops” away and you have more room to move the remaining blocks to complete the puzzle. The game is timed and drops a sun in the playing field to block you from moving a block in that area.
Overall the game is very well laid out, I have it running on my Tab 10.1 with no lag or freezes. It plays in portrait mode and is worth the usual $2 price tag. It’s even more worth it on a day like today when it’s free.
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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.
If you’re a child of the 1980’s like me, you may be best equipped to enjoy the unique sense of irony that comes from the rise of popular multi-directional tilt control Android games over recent years. I remember all too well, my father joining with us kids in a round or two on any of the original game consoles we grew up with, and we – the future tech geeks of the world, laughing wildly as he twisted, tilted and quickly lifted the controller with every move little Mario or any of his friends made. “Dad, use the buttons!” we’d shout. This never helped matters very much, eventually the plug would be ripped from its socket or the console itself would be tugged unintentionally, though quite violently to the ground. Who knew that these kind of parents weren’t exactly as misguided as we thought; they were just ahead of their time.
Case in point: GAMEVIL Inc.’s Air Penguins. This game puts the concept of tilt control to perfect use and gives its users smooth colorful graphics through 125 stages of Story Mode and offers a Survival Mode seemly build for good old Dad as he would surely reign victorious over me on instinct alone.
With some well-timed tilts of an Android device, you’ll help Air Penguin jump, fly, dodge, bounce and glide his way to saving his family from Antarctica’s melting ice caps. Along the way you meet some helpful turtles, angry sharks, whales with powerful blow-holes, jumping fish and other cute sea creatures in high-resolution graphics.
You can download Air Penguins now in the Android Market for free, a price that you know good old Dad would appreciate. One glance at the user reviews will spell things out clearly: this is a fun, nice-looking and addictive game about 25 years in the making.
Hit the break to snag a link or QR code for this game in the Android Market.
Originally Minecraft – Pocket Edition was set to debut on September 29th, but a bug in the code caused a delay. Earlier today, Daniel Kaplan of Team Mojang, tweeted that the game would be released today. As the title suggests, Kaplan and team came through. Both a paid and demo version are available for download in the Android Market. Admittedly I’ve already begun playing it, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it thus far. I will say, however, that on my Incredible the game runs a bit slow, but on my Xoom it runs smooth as silk. You may want to play this on a higher end device. If that’s not an option for you, the game does have an option to play without “fancy graphics.” Whether your unsure or not, I suggest downloading the demo version before plunking down $6.99. Mojang, has done quite a bit of testing, but they can’t gurantee it will work on every device.
If you’ve played Minecraft on the computer before, I can tell you the Pocket Edition is reminiscent of Minecraft Classic. You start with all the blocks (in this case 36), there are no Creepers, no health, and certainly none of the newer elements from the latest “Adventure update.” No, Minecraft – Pocket Edition is purely a game of creativity, but a great one. For the hardcore miners, you may feel the game to be a bit lacking. If so, just consider it ‘your fix’ while away from your computer. As time goes along, I imagine the Pocket Edition of Minecraft will likely follow in the footsteps of it’s PC cousin; evolving into a better performing, more fleshed out game as we go along. Perhaps we should consider this Minecraft -Pocket Edition Beta.
Video and downloads after the break
Once upon a time in the Froyo OS, which some of you still may be on, there was an option to volume down to select silent and vibrate sound profiles separately. For whatever reason, Google decided to ditch this nice little feature in Gingerbread and it has been sorely missed. Thankfully there are plenty of apps out there to help handle this problem and Simple Sound Profile Widget is one of them. This is an ultra simple to use sound profile widget that lets you switch between four different sound profiles at the tap of the widget. There is nothing fancy here other than an easy to use sound profile app that you’ll be able to set up in no time and has a simple but cool looking widget to go along with it. If you chose to leave the feature on, you’ll also have a notification icon to show you which profile you’re currently using. The app is free in the market, so hit up the break for links to the market and some screenshots to check out. It really doesn’t get any more simple than this.
For all you fans of keyboard replacements, today is a great day indeed. Swiftkey X has pushed out version 2.1, and with it brings some pretty awesome advancements. For those of you who haven’t tried it out yet, Swiftkey learns from your writing habits and develops its dictionary based on your personal word usage. If you frequently type a word like “triptychs” for example, Swiftkey will more than likely start predicting after typing the letters “tri”. It even goes as far as scanning verbiage in your Facebook, Gmail, sms, and Twitter accounts, compiling a sort of personal dictionary if you will. In the most recent update, Swiftkey can even learn from your personal RSS feed or blog posts, proving even more beneficial to writers like myself. I have long been a beta tester for Swiftkey (recently Swiftkey X) since its inception and haven’t looked back since. Although having tried many other keyboard apps. I always find myself coming home to Swiftkey X.
Well, it looks like Amazon was a bit slow today getting up their free app of the day, but here it is. Up today is Handrite Note, and app that let’s you write notes to a notepad with your finger on your android device. The app is very well put together where what you write is magnified on the screen and then shrunken down to the notepad when you stop writing a word or letter. You can even change the type/color of the paper that’s in your realistic looking notepad. At first glance, I wondered why I would want to use this instead of creating a voice note or just using voice to text for a quick note. It turns out you can use your built in keyboard in conjunction with the app as well as writing or drawing on the notepad with different pen styles and colors. This app is very well done and looks great, so why not give it a try yourself since for today it’s free.
Normally this app will cost you $2.99 to buy, so you might as well give it a try for free and see if it’s your cup of tea 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. Don’t forget to let us know what you think.
Up today for free on the Amazon Appstore is Treasures of Montezuma 2, the sequel to a hugely popular PC game. Normally, I don’t like the Bejewled types of puzzle games, but having not really played one I think I’m now converted. The catch here in Treasures is that, besides having to line up 3 alike colors, you’ll also need to get to certain ones with jewels in them to progress through the levels. This added a little bit more than just lining up the colors on their own. There are three levels of difficulty as well as a hint button if you need a hand during play. You’ll be awarded throughout the game to purchase upgrades and bonuses as well.
Heck, for a game that will normally cost you a whopping $3.07 to buy, you might as well give it a try for free and see if it’s your cup of tea 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.
Up today in the Amazon Appstore is another fantastic app for free called Screebl. With this app you’ll never have to worry about your screen shutting off on you again while reading a long e-mail or showing off a picture on your phone. Based on your phones orientation, you’re phone’s screen will be kept on until it’s placed outside of the orientation range you’ve set. This is based on the fact that when you’re using your phone you not holding it perfectly parallel to the ground or perfectly perpendicular with it standing straight up. To test where you range is set, the icon in the notification bar will display green when activated and white when deactivated (you can also disable it from displaying in the notifications as well). There’s a huge handful of configuration options including allowing the app to work when inverted (laying down with your phone), stillness detection, disabling when docked, and much more. Be sure to check out the video after the break for a history and full details on the app. So far Screebl is working perfectly and is a great app to have in your arsenal.
This app will normally cost you $1.99, 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 and some configuration screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.