Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: Guitar Hero 5 [Hands on Video]

Guitar hero has been one of the most popular franchises for game consoles, and now we can play it on Android, but does it make sense. Guitar Hero is about holding a guitar or playing the drums, and tapping a phone just doesn’t cut it.

Guitar Hero 5 is featured today on Amazon as the free app of the day. It is regularly $7.99m, and I am not sure how they could get that price because the UI is not very good. The game play itself it decent, but the menus are horrible. Check it out yourself in our hands on look.

App features after the break

DailyRoads Voyager for Android – Your Own Personal Dash-Cam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtKUZ_SNK60

I recently came across a video (embedded above) that opened up my eyes to something that I had never thought necessary. Dash-cams have been around for a long time, but never had I thought it important enough to get one for myself.

After watching this video, and realizing that a dash cam isn’t just protecting my innocence but that of others too, I began my search for the most cost-effective way to implement one of my own. I didn’t have to look far.

What I found was Dailyroads Voyager, a free app with a featureset of something much more expensive. Dailyroads simultaneously acts as an automatic DVR, a black box, and a dash cam, while running completely unattended in the background of your phone. In the short time that I have been using it, I’ve found it to be very stable and to be missing few features. Its premise is simple: the app records a set period of time, and if nothing interesting happens in that period, it deletes the files and keeps recording. Everything is completely automatic; as soon as I dock my phone the app starts to record, and once I undock it, it stops. Possibly one of the most impressive features is the “black box” functionality that saves a recording if I am not able to, by utilizing the built in accelerometer. This is just one of numerous features, such as timestamps and GPS coordinates, speed recording, timers, and more.

To make the most of this app you must leave your phone in landscape mode, but this is really a limitation of roads, not the app itself. One can imagine that the wear-and-tear on your SD card may be a bit higher than normal, but with the security that this app provides, and with how inexpensive SD cards are getting to be, there really is no reason not to set something like this up. If not for your own safety, for that of others. I’ll certainly be adding this to my top 5 essential apps.

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Today’s Free Amazon App: Grave Defense HD

Today’s Free Amazon app comes to us from ArtOfBytes, a relatively new developer to the market. In Grave Defense HD, one must fight the hordes of zombies, slimes, and demons using strategic placements of lasers, turrets, and missiles.

Yeah, it’s another tower defense game.

In its defense, I’ve been playing this game since it was in beta, and it’s a blast. Forget the fact that there are a million and one tower defense games on the market (many of them already free), Grave Defense HD is an example of what tower defense should be. Challenging and unforgiving, I’ve spent hours playing just a few levels, yet never felt “ripped off” when I would lose.

It’s also worth noting that the visuals are amazing, for a 2D app. Stylized animations, bright colors, and pretty explosions make for an engaging experience that always leaves you wanting to try “one more time”.

This reviewer deems Grave Defense HD a keeper, and easily one of the better tower defense games to hit the market.

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Battle Royal: Words With Friends vs Scrabble vs Wordfeud [Hands on Video]

I am not a big scrabble fan, but I became attracted to the different versions on Android because you can not only play against other opponents, but more importantly, play at your own pace. In other words, you don’t have to be connected from start to finish.

It has been a week since Electronic Arts unleashed Scrabble to the Android world so I figured it is time to do a little comparison. Because it was a hit on iOS, Words With Friends seems to be the favorite among most people, but Wordfeud has been on Android the longest, and has a decent following. Scrabble is only one week old, but it is the official app.

I am sure a lot of people will disagree with my findings, but I have to call it the way I see it. I won’t bow down to the mainstream media.

Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: 180 Ultra [Hands on Video]

For those of you that are fans of Tetris or Bust-a-Move, you need to look at 180 Ultra. This game is very much like those, but with an added “shoot and flip” action. Basically, you shoot out different colored discs from the bottom of the screen while flipping over others to create a clump of at least three matching discs. When that happens, they will disappear and add points to your score. Your goal is to make sure that none of the discs hit the red line at the bottom of the screen. Simple enough right?

Check out our hands on video:

Features:

  • Colorful HD graphics
  • Multiple game modes, characters, and levels
  • 11 statistical categories
  • OpenFeint achievements and online leaderboards
  • No advertisements and all levels unlocked

180 Ultra is regularly $4.99, but free today on Amazon.

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Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: Fieldrunners HD [Hands on Video]

Fieldrunners HD was supposed to debut about a week ago, but they found out that they could not offer it free for the first day with the Android Market. They signed up with Amazon, and the debut was pushed to today. You will find it on both Amazon and the Android market for .99cents, but today it is free on Amazon.

Welcome to the world of Fieldrunners HD, the most anticipated and visually stunning game in mobile Tower Defense history, now available on Android with updated hi-def graphics! Defend your base and control the field using a diverse selection of upgradeable towers in a limitless adventure. Master a wide array of tactics and strategies to help you stand victorious against countless waves of unique land and air combatants! Do you have what it takes to defeat the Fieldrunners and rise to the top as the ultimate Tower Defense champion?

Fieldrunners HD has fantastic graphics, and as far as tower defense games goes, this will be the one to beat. They are promising tablet support soon as well. Check out our hands on video for a closer look.

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Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: aTilt 3D Labyrinth [Hands on Video]

aTilt 3D Labyrinth is featured today on Amazon as the free app of the day.

Here’s a labyrinth maze game with an emphasis on realistic physics, 3D graphics, and a top-notch gaming experience. Tilt your way through more than 250 levels, navigating walls and dodging holes.

It is very simple to play and the physics are outstanding. Check out our quick hands on video:

App features:

  • Navigate past walls, rotating walls, and holes by tilting the game screen
  • Adjust tilt sensitivity, calibration, and board movement to fit your playing style
  • Watch the game’s 3D perspective shift realistically as you tilt the device
  • Create and share your own new maps with aTilt’s online level editor
  • Share scores with other players through the OpenFeint social gaming platform

It is regularly priced at $2.99, but free today so head over to Amazon and download it.

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Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: PBA Bowling 2 [Hands on Video]

PBA Bowling 2 is today’s Amazon free app of the day. If you like bowling games you will like this app, and if you never tried bowling games before, I still think you will still like it.

The graphics are really nice and the pin action is realistic. There are many options and items to unlock, but lets face it, it’s just bowling. It is supposed to be simple, and what makes bowling great is the games are quick. Sometimes you don’t have a lot of time, and it is nice to be able to play something that finishes in less than five minutes.

It is normally $2.99, but today it is free.  Check out the video and then head over to Amazon and download.

App Features:

  • Play three game modes on three difficulty settings
  • Track stats and scoring for tournaments
  • Customize bowling balls with weight, graphics, textures, and special effects
  • Use accelerometer or touch screen
  • Toggle reflections, lighting, vibration, music, scoreboard, and crowd noises
  • Tracks stats and scoring for tournaments.
  • Lumber Liquidator PBA Tour locations: Las Vegas, Tokyo, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Reno.
  • Three different throwing methods.
  • Pin count and frame number displayed in 3-D bowling alley for up-to-date information.

**Please note: PBA Bowling 2 is not compatible with some tablets and older devices.**

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Cut the Rope is now available via the Android Market for 99 cents [Hands on Video]

Cut the Rope was made available via GetJar last week for a one week exclusive. Now that a week has passed, it is now available ad free in the Android Market for .99 cents. The GetJar version was free, but ad supported.

Check out our hands on video from last week and hit the market links below

QR code via Apps Database

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Quick Look at Today’s Free Amazon App: Peggle [Video]

Peggle for Android just became available and the Amazon Appstore has it for free today. It is developed by Popcap, which created the very popular Plants vs. Zombies.

Peggle is already popular as it has been available on several platforms including the Xbox and PS3. I have never played the game so today was my first time. I think the graphics are very good, but I am probably in the minority because this game does not interest me. I think Popcap did a fantastic job in designing this for Android so if you are already a fan of Peggle, then you will get hours of entertainment playing it. If you are new to Peggle, I recommend giving it a try.

From the app description:

Do you have what it takes to be a Peggle Master? Shoot and clear all the orange pegs in this peg-busting, critically acclaimed game, now fully optimized for Android devices. You’ll reach Extreme Fever as ten outlandish Masters help you achieve Peggle greatness. Take your best shot, conquer 55 levels, and wield ten magic powers in Adventure mode–and the fun is just getting started.

Features:

  • Master 55 levels and 75 Grand Master challenges
  • Discover your powers and develop precision in Adventure mode
  • Pick your level in Quick Play or Challenge mode, or take on your friends and family in Duel Mode
  • Fine-tune your aim for masterful shots, save and replay your memorable moments
  • Use cool style shots–like Off the Wall, Double Long Shot, and Extreme Slides–to rack up more bonus points

The only requirement to download is that you will need a Wi-Fi connection.

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My Coffee Card updates to version 1.3, brings UI enhancements, still better than official Starbucks app [Hands On Video]

We announced last week that Starbucks launched an app that enables mobile payments in over 6,800 Starbucks using your gift card or Starbucks Gold Card. Starbucks launched it for iOS this past January with nothing for Android. Shortly after that, My Coffee Card debuted to fill the gap for Android users, but it was not some half baked short-term solution. Starbucks should have hired Birbeck, the developer of My Coffee Card, because this app is light years ahead of what the official Starbucks app offers.

Since the beginning, My Coffee Card has worked flawlessly. To me there wasn’t much need for improvement, but all good developers somehow find ways to improve what is already great. Today, version 1.3 releases which brings new UI enhancements, credit card saving for faster reloading, and a smaller widget option.

What separates My Coffee Card from the official app is that it actually works without bugs, has widget options (added a smaller size with version1.3), allows for multiple cards (PRO version), the ability to lock with a pin or password, order notepad for a list of drinks, notifications for card balances, database backup, and a lot less storage space. What is more fascinating is that all of these features have been there since day one.

Starbucks app finally hits Android but My Coffee Card has been handling things just fine

Back in January, Starbucks launched their app on iOS, but there was no Android love. Flash forward 6 months and the Starbucks app has debuted on Android. The Starbucks app enables you to pay, track your stars, and reload your Starbucks Card. After you have entered your card information into the application, your phone will be able to display a barcode for scanning at 6,800 Starbucks stores (and 1,000 Target locations).

Swiftkey X beta available for download – it’s Personal!

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Swiftkey is already hugely popular on Android devices, with many users paying the $2 just to get the full version, because it’s just that good! Now, Swiftkey has been listening and watching user feedback for some time, and based on those comments and ideas, they have released Swiftkey X beta for Free in the Android Market.

The new version in TouchType’s Swiftkey  offers some UI improvements, cloud personalization where you can tell the app to learn your speech from your facebook, twitter and gmail accounts, as well as texts. You can tell the app what style of typist you are as well so it can customize the predictability features as you type to suit your style from the heat signature left behind on your touchscreen as you type. This allows the app to tell if you type sloppy or precise.