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Quick Review of N.O.V.A 2 HD from Gameloft (Video)

Even though N.O.V.A. 2 HD  has been out for awhile, I don’t believe there has been a decent review of it. Come with me as I help break it down.

You are Kal Wardin of the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, the only problem is you were retired and enjoying life. As we all know, soldiers never get to enjoy there time off, and Kal is no exception to this. War is breaking out (again) and you have been pulled back into the fray. Living among colonists of the desert planet Scorpius, Kal is forced to take up arms and save the universe once again.

Enough with the back story, lets get down to the meat of things. N.O.V.A. 2 HD is made by Gameloft. The same people that made Lets Golf 3 HD. They totally hit this one out of the park by utilizing the Tegra 2 processor. The game will only run on HD devices. I have mine on the Tab 10.1 and it looks amazing.

The controls are some of the best I have seen on any game. Most games allow you to customize the controls to your liking with limitations. However Gameloft made it to where you can put the buttons anywhere on the screen. Giving you total control of your gaming experience. Also it offers gyroscope control so if you move the device left, you look left and vice versa. If this feature isn’t to your liking don’t worry you can turn it off. (As a hint for any of you that wants to use the gyroscope control, one of our authors Jim Farmer suggested sitting in a swivel chair while playing.)   Read more

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Gem Spinner 2

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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Burn The Rope: WORLDS Coming To Android Next Week

Burn The Rope: WORLDS is a sequel to Big Blue Bubble’s highly popular game Burn The Rope. In the original game, the goal was to burn a rope with the flame only being able to burn upwards. This meant you needed to rotate your device to get the flame to burn in the direction you needed to burn the rope. In this follow up game the concept is still the same, but brings in four themed worlds: Jungle, Mechanical, Fantasy and Space. Each stage within that world will have a rope designed on that theme. There is also a new Endless Burn mode that looks like the classic game of Snake where you’re taking out bugs with your flame while your flame trail grows longer. The game is over once you run into your own flame trail. The developer also said they will have additional levels to download daily and the game should be out sometime next week. The first one was fun and this one looks even cooler. Check out all the screenshots and a trailer for the game after the break.

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Cut The Birds, A Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds Mashup Available For Download In The Market

I’ve recently came across this game in the Android market and for the likes of me couldn’t pin point where I’ve seen these birds before.  I swear the they look oddly familiar.  Oh well, it will eventually come to me.  Cut The Birds offers a bit of a mash up between Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds. Ahh yes, it just came to me :)  You have to slice these birds up before they smash into your device’s screen rendering cracks beyond repair.  You can swipe multiple birds with one swish of your finger.   However, be very cognizant of what you’re doing as bombs will eventually make their way to the air and if you slice one of those by accident, you’re done.  Ready to give it a try?  Check out the QR code available below or you can easily snatch it up from the Android Market.  In any event, don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  One has to wonder how long it’s going to take for Rovio to notice how much these birds look a lot like their pig smashing variety.


Sony Tablet S Playstation Store is officially open

Owners of Sony’s Tablet S are getting the notification that the Playstation store is now open for business. Right now you have 10 PSOne titles to choose from with each being $5.99. The games available are as follows:

  • Cool Boarders
  • Destruction Derby
  • Hot Shots Golf 2
  • Jet Moto, Jet Moto 2
  • Jumping Flash!
  • MediEvil
  • Motor Toon Grand Prix
  • Rally Cross
  • Wild Arms

See any of your old favorites? If not, don’t be disappointed he official PlayStation blog promises that there will be “more updates shortly.” If you have your mind set on Sony’s Tablet P, no worries, the Playstation Store will be accessible on it as well.

[via CNET]

Upcoming Angry Birds Adventure Sporting A New Bird? (video)

Rovio is always giving us a holiday surprise with a Christmas version and Seasons. We’ve got an upcoming Halloween teaser video where the birds are traveling into a dark and stormy forest and find a little surprise along the way. Looks to me like there may be a new bird in this adventure. Check it out after the break for yourself and let us know what you think.

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Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Checkers

Up today free from the Amazon Appstore is Checkers. This ad free version developed by AI Factory looks great, plays great, and has a pretty high difficulty level to turn up the heat. Sure, this isn’t a first person shooter, but it’s a classy looking version of a nice relaxing game and today it’s free. Besides this being the ad free version of the game, here are some other features:


– 10 difficulty levels, from Beginner to Expert
– 2 player hot-seat
– 2 Checkers Piece Sets and Boards
– User stats against each level
– Undo & Hints
– Designed for both Tablet and Phone
– Supports both non-compulsory captures (popular rules) and compulsory captures (official US/English rules)

This game 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 all the screenshots after the break and let us know what you think.

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[Deal] Xperia PLAY Just £149 From O2 UK With Pay & Go

UK mobile telecommunications provider O2 is offering Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY at the rock-bottom price of just £149 in either white or black. The device is offered on O2’s Pay & Go plan, which means no monthly contract and 10% back on your top-ups every three months with O2 Rewards. The phone’s features include a 4-inch touchscreen, PlayStation slide out gamepad, access to 50 games at launch and it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Hit the break for a link to the offer.

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Grand Theft Auto III 10th Anniversary Edition Coming To Android, Adds Claude Action Figure

Well, I was never a huge fan of the game, however, I can hardly believe it’s been 10 years since the initial release of Grand Theft Auto III.  In an effort to commemorate the game’s 10th anniversary the team is releasing the software and making it available for select Android devices sometime in the fall.

Supported devices at launch:

Android Phones: Droid X2, HTC Evo 2, LG Optimus 2X, Motorola Atrix, Samsung Galaxy S2

Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

In addition, they’re throwing in a limited-edition action figure of the game’s main character, Claude.  The action figure is at a 1:6 scale and comes dressed with his initial outfit from the game, cargo pants and a bomber jacket.  Furthermore, a detailed arsenal of weapons will accompany the action figure such as his classic bat, grenades, hand gun, assault rifle, knife and sniper rifle.  The collectors item will run your pockets $149.99 however, Social Club is offering the chance for three lucky winners to snag it for free.  All you have to do is fill out the form here by Sunday, Oct 16th and you’re all set.   Read more

Quick Look At Today’s Free Amazon App: Early Bird

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.

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