Every now and then it’s nice to play an 8-bit game on your Android device, but how about an 8-bit live wallpaper? That’s exactly what inHause Games created with Live Pixels. We are already familiar with inHause Games as we previously reviewed their other awesome live wallpaper called YourCity 3D. Live Pixels is actually a bunch of live wallpapers and you can choose which ones you want to display on your homescreen. It’s got everything from fireworks, explosions, and even a flying cat. There are 14 in all:
If you’re looking for a new tunnel racing game, you might want to check out Blood Runner. There are plenty of these types of game available in the Play Store, but FlatCoder has created something unique. In this game you play a miniaturized criminal agent, but you won’t be racing in an apocalyptic or futuristic city. No, that’s for amateurs. In Blood Runner, you will be racing in the human body. Yup, you read that right. You will be racing inside the veins of the body, which means you will need to avoid obstacles like blood cells.
It’s your job to control the target host and your only link to the outside world is Clive from “the agency.” He will tell you what you need to do at each level such as plant a micro cam in the Cornea while the host is in REM sleep or drop an audio relay in the inner ear. There are 12 levels in all that will take you to just about every vein in the body, inside a cell nucleus, around the heart, the inner ear, the lungs, and so much more. You will have to avoid obstacles, but you will also be racing against time. Thankfully you will find some power ups that can give you more time or improve your health. You will also have a freeze weapon that you can use sparingly.
When it comes to installing an app on your phone or tablet, one of the most important things you need to look at is permissions. We have covered a few apps that help you with that, but online permissions is one that people often overlook. Online permissions pertains to various online social sites and what apps you have granted access to them. For example, if you use a third party Twitter app, you have to allow that app access to your Twitter account. This goes for any app that needs to communicate with Twitter or other similar sites like Facebook, Instagram, Google, Dropbox, Linkedin, Yahoo, Instagram, Foursquare, and Flickr.
All of these sites will tell you what other applications were previously granted access, but they aren’t always easy to find, so most people never bother with them. An app called MyPermissions will make things very easy for you in that you can find all the permissions for all of these sites in one place. Now you might be thinking to yourself that if you granted access to a particular application, then it’s okay and there’s no reason to worry about it. You are partly right, but you will be surprised at how many older applications you will find that were granted permission, but you no longer use. You are also likely to find permissions for things you didn’t even realize that you granted. Now I’m not going to tell you that if you leave these old permissions in place, something awful is going to happen to you, but at the same time, why leave permissions in place that are no longer necessary? These services will have access to all your private information, but you don’t use them anymore. It doesn’t make sense does it?
Are you looking for a new game to play that is not only challenging, but very, and I mean very addictive? Then look no further than Mr. Eyes from Laurent Bakowski. This one is part basketball, part physics, and part puzzle. Mr. Eyes is an alien that loves basketball and has removable eyes. Since his eyes are nice and round he uses them to score baskets. You can even change his outfits. I know all of this sounds very odd, but visually it’s pretty cool.
Now this isn’t a “stand in front of the basket and shoot” kind of game. Each level consists of a basket that might be fixed or moving along with different obstacles. You can move Mr. Eyes from right to left via tilting your device and you shoot with a swipe-like fashion. Basically you hold your finger down and move it in the direction that you would like to shoot. You can see a line that will represent the direction the ball, I mean eye, will go in. You’re going to have to figure out the right angle to toss the eyes because you won’t be able to get a direct shot at the basket. You will probably have to bounce the eyes off either the walls or other objects. When you’re happy with the direction of your shot, you simply release your finger. Each level gives you four eyes, and your goal is to get all four in the basket. There is one huge caveat though as you only have 24 seconds to get the job done.
If you like hockey, but don’t want something too complicated, then I have a good one for you. It’s called Ice Rage and it was developed by Mountain Sheep and HeroCraft. It’s been available for iOS for over a year, and it finally made its way to Android. It’s a cross between the 1984 hit game Hat Trick, air hockey, and pong. It’s basically one-on-one with goalies.
You can play either single player or against a friend. For single player, you can choose from quick match, tournament, or deathmatch. In multiplayer, you can play either a quick match or a death match, but gameplay is one device. There isn’t a WiFi option so you will want to make sure you’re using something on the larger side like a Galaxy Note or any tablet. Quick match is pretty self explanatory. It’s one game to see who wins or loses. In tournament mode, you play a series of fast games to see how many you can win. In this mode, you will rack up points that will enable you to upgrade your player as far as speed, power, and technique. For deathmatch, there isn’t a tutorial so I’m not 100% sure how it works. You have to beat three different opponents. Each player has a meter that represents how much strength is left and you win when your opponent’s meter is depleted. You can knock your opponent’s meter down by either scoring or knocking them over (checking). Scoring seems to affect the meter more, but you could essentially defeat a player by scoring less goals. There is no time limit, and you must defeat all three opponents. The problem is that each opponent gets to start with a full strength meter, but yours won’t reset.
IObit says their Advanced Mobile Care app is a swiss army knife of Android tuning tools, and they aren’t kidding. From security to performance, there isn’t much this app doesn’t do. It’s actually been out for a while, but they just updated to 3.0 to include anti-theft protection, a call blocker, tablet support, and an improved battery saver.
This all-in-one app features real-time virus scans, anti-theft protection, a game speeder, battery saver, call blocker, app manager, task killer, privacy locker, privacy advisor, and cloud backup. Now you would expect with all these features, it has to be complicated, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Advanced Mobile Care’s UI is elegant, and simple to navigate. It’s the perfect app for not only the expert, but the novice as well.
We’ve covered a few apps that help with security for children’s phones, but I wanted to tell you about another one I came across called MMGuardian Parental Control from MMGuardian.com. It seems like the age that kids are given phones is getting younger and younger as time goes on. Of course you can give them a dumbphone, but with newer shared plans, it’s not out of reach to go for a smartphone. For some kids it might be an overkill, but a smartphone can give you a lot of features like knowing your child’s whereabouts, and with apps like MMGuardian Parental Control, it gives you the peace of mind you need when you give that shiny new or used smartphone to your child.
I think when it comes to apps such as these, a lot of parents don’t want to bother with them because they think it will be overwhelming and difficult to set up. I think that’s true for a lot of these apps, but nothing could be further from the truth regarding MMGuardian. All you really need to do is install the app on your child’s phone and activate it with your password of choice. Then it’s a matter of going through each area of the app that you want to control. Your child won’t be able to uninstall or deactivate the app without the password.
Todoist has always been one of the best personal task managers, but it was only available on the desktop until November of last year. That’s when Doist released native apps for both Android and iOS, which brought Todoist’s robust elements to users for on-the-go task management. With the addition of the app, Todoist users are now synced across nine platforms, which include Android, iOS, Web, Chrome, Firefox, Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows, and Mac.
I generally don’t use the desktop to manage my tasks, although it’s important to me that the tasks are synced and accessible from various platforms. With that said, the desktop Web interface is a tremendous application for those that really need a lot of control for their tasks. The Todoist app for Android brings most of those features to your phone or tablet.
We recently reviewed SayIt Voice Launcher from Rn Software, and they just came out with another very cool app called Fynch for Twitter. Although it integrates with the official Twitter app, it’s not a full-fledged Twitter client. It’s a tool for enhancing your experience. Twitter timelines can be very overwhelming, which could result in you missing a lot of stuff. For example, everyone you follow might not tweet 100 times per day. Some of them only tweet once every few days, but that doesn’t mean those tweets aren’t important to you. Fynch will notify you of any activity from those less active users. Fynch will also tell you when someone starts tweeting a lot more than usual, which is perfect for breaking news stories or events. Last but not least, Fynch will also let you know when someone you follow mentions a trending topic.
HeroCraft is at is again with yet another game to add to their incredible repertoire in the Play Store. This one is called Strategy & Tactics: World War II, and it’s a lot like RISK or other similar strategy games. You won’t find explosions or special effects, it’s simply pure strategy. The game takes place during World War II, and in the first part of the game you will command the Axis to conquer Europe. Later, you will command the armies of the USSR and Allies to retake it. The game offers three play modes: play against the computer AI, 2-player (hotseat), and 2-player over WiFi.
Gameplay is pretty simple, but accomplishing the task isn’t necessarily the case. Early on in the game, you will start with just soldiers, but eventually you will be able to utilize vehicles and planes. You job is to take over certain regions depending on the mission, of which there are 18 in all. You simply move your armies into nearby regions with the hopes of surrounding the enemy and taking it over. There are two ways to figure out if you will win an attack. For example, you are given a certain amount of soldiers. If you have 10 soldiers in region A and your opponent has 5 soldiers in region B, there’s a good chance you will win. The other factor is the meter below your soldiers icon, which tells you how weak they are. You can split up your soldiers as in divide and conquer or keep them together. You can also attack from multiple locations at the same time to increase your chances. If you find that you don’t have enough forces, and you will, you can ”buy” more soldiers, vehicles, and planes depending on how much currency you have earned while playing the game. Just like any other game like this, you can cut to the chase, and use your own hard earned cash as well.