Featured Android Game Review: 9th Dawn RPG [Arcade & Action]

If you’re a fan of old school RPG games, you will want to check out 9th Dawn from Valorware. It’s by far the largest open world RPG game available on Android. You will start the game in a small village called Agaria, which is in the large island continent of Montelorne. As with any RPG, you will find mystery, danger and adventure.

For characters, you have your choice of being a knight, an archer, or a wise mage. Each one has its own strengths and weaknesses giving you a chance to select the right one that suits your play style. The knight is by far the strongest with the ability to possess heavy armor and weapons. The archer is nimble and can take out enemies from further away with its bows and daggers. Last but not least, the mage is the most intelligent and can cast powerful magic spells.

Controls couldn’t be simpler. At the bottom left is the navigational circle or thumbpad. Just slide your finger in the direction you want to move. You will find another thumbpad at the bottom right which utilizes your weapon of choice. You can simply aim your weapon in the direction you want and if you’re utilizing a bow, just pull back in the direction you want to fire. You will also use this same thumbpad to cast spells with a simple tap. The rest of the controls is simple taps on the screen when you want to do something such as talk to someone or unlock a door.

As you take out opponents, you will earn attribute points, which can be used to increase certain attributes of your hero such as strength and wisdom. Also some enemies will drop things that can be used at a later time, and there are various amount of weapons and healing foods that you can purchase with silver, the currency of choice. Eventually you will have a pretty good sized inventory of weapons and useful items. You can access them from the menu, but sometimes you will want to get things quicker. You can add any items to mini boxes at the bottom of the screen, which will allow you to grab them quickly without going through the menu.

As I mentioned, 9th Dawn is the largest open world so there is so much to explore. You can simply explore wherever you want or you can go on quests by helping some of the characters. Every area or region is not only unique with different characters, dungeons, forests, and caves, but each area presents different types of enemies. In some areas, you will need to be more equipped before entering, while others have much weaker enemies.

Another thing that is exceptional in 9th Dawn is the soundtrack. It’s actually one of the best I have heard in a game. If you agree, you can purchase the entire soundtrack by naming your price (between $1 and $5), of which 100% of the money will go towards further development. If you’re interested, click here to find out more. I also need to mention that Valorware is one of the more communicative developers out there. They have a Tumblr page in which they will highlight the updates to the game. You will find the information to be very detailed as opposed to what you normally find in the “What’s New” section in the Google Play Store for each app.

All in all 9th Dawn is an awesome game for RPG fans, but those that aren’t as familiar with the genre can still have blast. 9th Dawn brings together old school RPG and the openness of today’s games, which makes it attractive to all gamers. There is a free version, which limits the area that you can explore, but it’s plenty large enough to give you an idea of the gameplay. If you like it and find yourself totally engrossed in the game as I expect you will, you can buy the full version for a reasonable price of $1.99. PC fans will also be happy to know that Valorware started a Greenlight campaign page to bring it to Steam. Just hit the link to help make it happen.

So check out the demo video below and hit one of the download links to get started. As always, let me know what you think.

 

 

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Hisense jumps into 4K TVs with the XT880, promises Android 4.0

In a surprising move, Hisense is entering the “large” big screen TV market with it’s upcoming XT880 line’s of 50, 58 and 65 inch TV’s deliver that 3,840 x 2,160 picture resolution. Hisense also promised a full-fledged, 3D-capable smart TV based around Android 4.0 with WiFi internet access, a remote with voice commands and a removable camera for gesture control or Skype chats.

More details of this should surface come CES, but certainly seems interesting thus far. Hit the break below for Hisense’s full press release!


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Best Buy Black Friday ad surfaces, reveals $50 Galaxy S III on AT&T and Sprint

As we inch closer and closer to November 23rd (Black Friday in retail speak), all of those wonderful Black Friday ads begin to slowly get leaked. Today the Best Buy ad has found its way to my desk. While we revealed on Monday that ‘The Shack’ would be selling the Samsung Galaxy S III on Sprint for $50 on a new 2-year contract, it looks like Best Buy will be doing the same for the Sprint version but they’ll be beating The Shack’s AT&T Galaxy S III price by $50 and offering it for $50 as well (16GB version).

Other devices of mention are the DROID RAZR MAXX 4G for free on contract, Samsung Galaxy S II for $1 on contract, and a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for $179 before a $20 gift card. I know a lot of you are getting your Black Friday plans together so keep checking back here as we’ll be summing up all the deals for you when the dust settles.

source:  BFAds

Featured Android App Review: Internet Radio [Music & Audio]

I just stumbled upon Internet Radio from Ensight Media. The name says it all as it’s all about listening to internet radio stations, approximate 50,000 of them from all over the world. What’s cool about it is the antique or nostalgic look the app has. Remember when the radio was just a dial? Yes that seems so long ago and now it’s easier than ever to listen to whatever you want from wherever you want. Internet Radio successfully blends the two generations in this simple app.

Upon installing the app, you will be able to easily find a station that suits your mood in no time. Maybe it’s that hometown station that you grew up with that you haven’t heard in awhile, or possibly you need to hear about your favorite sports team that resides on the other side of the country. Whether it’s rock, jazz, latin, dance, news, or sports, Internet Radio has it all. Just hit the CH+ button and you will quickly see your favorites along with options to search stations by country, SHOUTcast Radio station, or to add a station manually. You can also type in your search criteria once you select either by country or SHOUTcast radio. When you find a station you want to listen to, just tap it and it will load in no time. If you want to make it one of your favorites, just tap the star to the right of each station.

The other really nice feature Internet Radio offers is that you can easily see what’s popular. For example, when you hit search by country, you can quickly see the top 100 stations from all over the world, and after you tap a particular country, you can see the Top 30 for that country. It doesn’t stop there because you can even get the top 30 by region as well, so if you want to know the top 30 stations in California, USA, or Bologna, Italy, you can see them.

A nice touch is the Sleep Timer function, which is pretty self explanatory. Just tune to one of your favorite stations and set the timer so you don’t have to worry about falling asleep and forgetting to turn it off. They even offer a quick setting for preventing the screen from timing out and you can also set it to only stream when you are connected to WiFi.

Internet Radio is Free with ads that aren’t annoying. Check out my hands on video below and hit one of the download links to get started. As always, let me know what you think.

Features

  • Listen to 50,000 radios stations from around the world
  • Antique-style theme provided
  • Search for stations by keyword
  • Display song information (title/singer)
  • Control brightness / Volume
  • Listed stations by country
  • Listed stations by Top 100
  • Sleep Timer Supported
  • #1 App in Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, France, Spain, Hungary, Lithuania and Taiwan
  • #2 App in France, Germany, Italy, Czech, Belgium and Uganda
  • #5 App in Spain, Poland, Austria, Greece, Brazil, Russia, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Netherlands, St. Lucia and Trinidad Tobago
  • #1 Music App in 54 countries

What is SHOUTcast™ Radio?

The SHOUTcast™ Radio Directory is one of the largest directories of professionally and community programmed online radio stations in the world. Today SHOUTcast™ Radio features over 45,000 stations from around the globe. If you’re into popular or indie music, or want to check out local or world programming, you’re sure to find something you like on SHOUTcast™ Radio. SHOUTcast™ Radio also provides audio broadcasting software tools for those who want to create a radio station. It permits anyone on the internet to broadcast audio from their computer to listeners across the Internet or any other IP-based network (Office LANs, college campuses, etc…)

 

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Red Wing Ikaro Racing flight sim hits the Play Store

Red Wing Ikaro Racing

 

Red Wing Ikaro Racing brings brings accelerometer-controlled aerial 3D racing to the Google Play Store. The high speed racing game is optimized for Tegra 2 and 3 devices and sells for $5.99. The 22 tracks, in 5 different surroundings, include both city and canyon landscapes. Players can choose from 6 different planes and the truly dedicated flyboys can even go back and watch their entire flight from several angles.

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Multi-Window OTA update for Sprint’s Galaxy Note II rolling out

One of the unique features of Jelly Bean running on the Samsung Galaxy Note II is the multi-window feature. It is so popular that Samsung decided to make it available on their Galaxy S III device. Oddly enough, when Samsung made the Galaxy Note II available for the U.S. market, the Jelly Bean build that shipped did not include the multi-window function, even though it was available on international versions.
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Star Command On Android Still On Track With Its Development And Nearing Its January Release

 

Android gamers will have one cool action-simulation game to look forward to as Star Command has surfaced on our radars officially thanks to a trailer meant to tease the masses. The game which is a Kickstarter project, has a real old-school feel as the game utilizes 2D graphics, but has what appears to be some fast side-scrolling action complimented by some neat effects. In addition, the development team has been working round-the-clock on the artificial intelligence (AI) which should result in the enemy species’ being much more tactical and effective with their attacks against players– hopefully bringing what should be near-limitless gameplay.

The game is still being worked on at this time and the development team expects everything to be finished by December, which should ultimately result in a January release. While you wait for the game to arrive, be sure to hit the break to catch a full trailer of the game in action.


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Miracast streaming, other additions coming to Sony Xperia T/TX via latest update

We discussed Miracast, the newest player in the streaming video segment earlier this year. It’s a segment that’s been around for a while that Android is playing catch up with, as it were. As a refresher, Miracast is similar to Samsung’s DLNA feature and a more recently announced feature of the Nexus 4 coupled with Android 4.2, which allows a person to mirror the images straight from a phone or tablet to a display over WiFi. This week a software update is beginning to roll out in Europe and Asia for the Xperia T/TX which includes this streaming functionality. The only catch is your network and your monitor will need to be Miracast-compatible.

An additional function which will likely appeal to battery-conscious users out there – and honestly who among us isn’t – is a feature which allows users to enable an extended standby function. This feature will disable data connections after a set amount of time, however what differentiates this from other features is that it’ll still allow for texts and calls to function as normal. Sony claims and extension of standby time by four-fold when opting in with this option. Other changes included with this update are some changes with the Movie and Walkman apps.

source:  Sony Mobile

T-Mobile Set For Major Price Drops For All Of Its Most Popular Devices

 

As the holiday season quickly approaches, most wireless carriers are gearing up major promotions and sales in order to entice customers and T-Mobile is no different. According to Brief Mobile, T-Mo is all set to announce major price drops for many of its most popular devices like the One S, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II smartphones. All in all here’s a quick rundown of the devices that will see a price change as early as tomorrow:

 

  • HTC One S: Will drop from $149.99 to $99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II: Will drop from $369.99 to $249.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S Blaze: Will drop from $99.99 to $49.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S II: Will drop from $149.99 to $79.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S III: Will drop from $279.99 to $129.99

 

This certainly isn’t a bad way to usher in the holiday season, so it will be exciting to see how many customers T-Mo can woo with the sweet prices of its popular devices.

source: Brief Mobile