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Take the other side: Dumb Ways to Live for Android

Posted by Alan at 6:45 AM on September 21, 2013

The Australian Metro campaign to alert citizens to railroad safety took on a life of its own, with a catchy song and video titled “Dumb Ways to Die”. Soon after it took off, a game of the same name was released, first for iOS then, more recently, for Android. The game plays off of the music video, featuring the same little creatures and tasking the player with keeping them safe while faced with the same deadly situations from the song.

However, if you grow tired of the characters, then there is good news for you. A new game, titled “Dumb Ways to Live” is now available. The game, which comes in both free and $0.99 ad-free versions, takes the opposite approach.

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You will find the same characters and similar situations, but instead of saving them, you are expected to do your best the kill off each character. You will need to be quick, this is about speed and reflexes. When you first launch the game you do, thankfully, get a chance to practice each scenario.

The game is uncomplicated, but it does require quick reaction times and it’s a rather amusing little time waster, and much more cartoonish than real shooter games. You can grab it from the Google Play store.

Wreck-it Ralph hits Windows Phone

Posted by Alan at 3:49 AM on September 6, 2013

Disney is no stranger to hit movies — in fact most of the studios releases are expected to be box-office successes, and Wreck-it Ralph did not disappoint.

Now the blockbuster flick attempts to become a cross-over hit as a game. The game brings five fun sub-games within, inspired by some of the movie’s most memorable scenes. There’s Fix-It Felix Jr., where you fix what Ralph has wrecked; Hero’s Duty, which lets you suit up as Sergeant Calhoun and blast cy-bugs; Sweet Climber, where fizzy jet packs help get you toward the top; Turbo Time, a fast race for the gold; and Flight Command, a flight simulator that strengthens all of your piloting skills.

Wreck-it Ralph for Windows Phone is not free, but $0.99 is  rather small fee to pay for more than 100 levels of entertainment, involving wrecking, fixing, blasting and soaring. Good luck.

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Be Freddy for a day in Angry Birds

Posted by Alan at 2:29 PM on September 2, 2013

Freddy Mercury, the iconic lead singer of rock legend Queen, and one of most recognizable and best voices in music, passed away back in 1991. However, his memory lives on in the form of the Mercury Phoenix Foundation. The organization proclaims that “since 1992, The Mercury Phoenix Trust has been raising millions to fight AIDS worldwide and thanks to advances in treatment, many are able to live longer with the disease, but there is still no cure. Around the world, mainly in countries stricken with poverty and lack of education, people are dying. The fight is not over yet…”

This year Rovio, the Finnish game maker behind the Angry Birds empire, is once again supporting the foundation with a “Freddy for a Day” tournament this week in Angry Birds Friends. The tournament features six levels inspired by Freddie and some truly iconic songs.

Essentially, this is a fundraising initiative arranged by The Mercury Phoenix Trust, which aims to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS by encouraging people to dress as Freddie Mercury for a day.

Customers can help support the drive by purchasing the Freddy Bird tee-shirt. If you do not have Angry Birds Friends on your phone or tablet, you can play right from your PC at friends.angrybirds.com.

Rovio unveils Angry Birds Star Wars 2 sneak-peek video

Posted by Alan at 8:18 AM on August 23, 2013

Rovio announced previously that it would be releasing an Angry Birds Star Wars 2 game in late summer. Now, as the big day draws near, the game maker has unveiled a sneak-peek video and a bit more information. Angry Birds Star Wars II will feature bird and pig versions of over 30 characters from the Star Wars universe.

Rovio explains, that “in a countdown to the app launch, we’ll be introducing you to all of them! The first set of character reveal gameplay videos are already coming next Monday August 26th. The game will be out on September 19th all around the world”. The first charcter set will be unveiled this Monday, August 26th.

The game will be available as an universal app on iOS, Android (Google Play and Amazon) and Windows Phone 8 for $0.99 (or local equivalent)! There will also be a free ad-supported version available on Google Play.

Gameloft announces 15 new games for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8

Posted by Alan at 10:50 AM on August 20, 2013

Today Gameloft unveiled its Windows plans for this fall, including a bunch of new titles intended for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices.

According to Microsoft, “Beginning with the releases this Fall of “Asphalt 8: Airborne” and “Dungeon Hunter 4,” Gameloft will launch a complete line-up of blockbusters across many genres simultaneously on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, taking advantage of the Windows platform’s multiple hardware configurations and focusing on exciting new features like cross-platform play between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices”.

“We strive to make Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 the best platform for gaming. With top gaming companies such as Gameloft investing in the platform, it is evident that there is no better time for game developers and gamers alike to choose Windows”, says Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of Developer and Platform Evangelism at Microsoft.

No release dates have yet been announced, so it is unclear when these titles will begin to roll out, not do we have any idea about pricing for either platform.

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Rovio rolls out Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage game for iOS

Posted by Alan at 7:05 AM on June 20, 2013

Vikings have suddenly become big business for the first time in several hundred years, thanks to the TV series that just completed its season one run with high ratings and critical acclaim. Now Rovio, famous for the Angry Birds franchise, capitalizes on the the popularity with its latest game.

Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage is launching on iOS devices. The game comes from UK-based studio Nitrome, and is the first game published under the brand new Rovio Stars initiative, which will bring you new games.

“In Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage an icy wind has swept away a band of vikings to leave them stranded in a perilous landscape of trolls, traps and a lot of ice. Your mission as a lone icebreaker apprentice is to save your fellow vikings by cutting through tangles of ice, ropes, traps, troll snot and yes, even chickens! Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage offers 95 levels crammed full of puzzles, side quests, epic final bosses and offbeat humour”

For now, the posted download link does not yet display the game, but it should be rolling out today and can be found in the iTunes Store, though there is no mention of pricing in the announcement.

Rovio teases new Angry Birds Go game

Posted by Alan at 7:34 PM on June 13, 2013

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Rovio can do no wrong these days, it seems. Th Finnish game maker is behind the Angry Birds franchise, as well as newer games such as Bad Piggies, Amazing Alex and The Croods.

After recently launch Angry Birds Friends for Android — a game that was previously on Facebook only. THe games presents users with several new levels each week, levels which must be played then, before disappearing and being replaced by new ones.

“Those birds and piggies are getting ready for their most thrilling and action-packed game yet! All your favorite characters are returning for a brand new title that will bring you closer to Piggy Island than ever before. It’s Angry Birds, but not as you know it”.

There is really no news about what is coming. Everything is rather vague at this point. We have no clue what the game will about, but there is a solid chance it will be a hit!

Ouya pushes forward with new funding

Posted by Alan at 6:19 AM on May 9, 2013

ouya stock imageOuya, the much anticipated Android game console that took off on Kickstarter, moves closer to launch. Early backers are already receiving their boxes — word to Ouya: I am still waiting. Now the company announces a new round of funding and an official launch date next month.

Company CEO Julie Uhrman tells us the console maker is “thrilled to share that OUYA has raised $15 million in funding from new investors. This is a really important step towards being around for the long haul”.

The company has also pushed the console release date back. Originally scheduled for June 4, Ouya now announces an official launch date of June 25. Uhrman also tells us “this change in ship date does not affect backer shipments. We’re still on track to have units shipped to our early backers – from both Kickstarter and OUYA.tv preorders before the end of May”.

I expect I shall receive my console soon — I pre-ordered very early on, the day that pre-orders opened, in fact. Stay tuned for a full review when I finally receive my device.

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Many of us play Angry Birds, but are frustrated by the issues that arise when we change devices. There are options for getting around this. In fact, there are at least two backup and restore apps available in the Play store, both of which I have used. There are also options for doing a complete backup using a service like Carbon.

Now Rovio aims to solve this issue with a new Account feature built into the games. This allows the customer to log in and save progress, then log in on another device and resume play from the same spot. “Rovio Account lets you store your game progress and continue playing on another device” the company tells us.

There is a good chance you have not seen this feature yet, as the Finnish game maker explains — “Rovio Account is currently available in The Croods game globally, and in the classic Angry Birds game on iOS in Finland and Poland. We will gradually introduce Rovio Account into more areas in the future and also add new features”.

This will be a much welcome addition to the popular game franchise and will eliminate the need for third-party solutions, which work, but can be a hassle.

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Last week Rovio released its Angry Birds Friends tournament -style game to the mobile world, making the popular bird-slinging, pig-killing game available to a wider audience. The Friends version had previously only been available on Facebook, but has now moved to both iOS and Android.

Today, the first full tournament gets underway — new ones will begin each Monday. Today though, something special is involved in the game. According to Rovio “if you play today you’ll see the incredible in-game marriage proposal made by one of our biggest fans”. The Finnish game maker goes on to explain that “a while ago a guy named Ben got in touch with an unusual request. He wanted to pop the big question to his long-term girlfriend Mel through Angry Birds! We jumped at the chance to bring these lovebirds together, and started building a custom-made level that featured Ben’s marriage proposal”.

While there have been no download statistics released for this latest Rovio game, it does appear as a featured app on the Google Play store. Combining the popular mobile game with the Facebook name should bode well for both companies.