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I’ve never much cared for the rain. I know this is hardly an original line of thought, but I fear my particular aversion was bred into me. My mother and uncle have an almost allergic reaction to the stuff, with many a family walk being fraught with tension as ominous grey clouds gathered in the skies above. However, as much as my lineage and I despise the rain, all it can inflict upon us is dampness. Not so for the unfortunate hero of Ninja Rain, the new little time passing game for iOS and Android. If he gets hit by even a single drop of rain, he is literally severed in half and killed. And unfortunately for him, he seems to spend his days caught right underneath a sheet of it. [More...]

22
Oct

Indiana Jones and the Mountain of Marbles

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There’s been a couple of duff entries into the Indiana Jones film series, not least of all 2008’s catastrophic alien outing. Aside from occasional alarming nonsense such as surviving a nuclear blast in a fridge, the films have long been considered the cinematic peak of excitement, delight and childhood nostalgia. Channelling all the best parts of the classic Indie escapade, the team at game developer studio Lightning Rock have delivered their own take on the thrills and spills adventure genre in the form of Marble Mountain, a new 3D platformer for iOS. This time though, instead of the whip-cracking Dr. Jones, our protagonist is none other than a child’s marble. [More...]

21
Oct

Sygic GPS Navigation: World’s Most Installed Offline Navigation App

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“You have exceeded the speed limit by sixty six kilometres per hour“, a calm British voice proudly announced to my train carriage. As I scrambled for the volume, a concerning thought crossed my mind; what if the app was actually referring to the train’s speed? We were going pretty fast. What if the driver had snapped and planned to plough us into Dublin station in a blaze of twisted metal? What if he’d fallen unconscious on the accelerator? Was I (finally) going to have to become Denzel Washington in Unstoppable? As it turned out, no (or not yet). But one criticism you certainly cannot level at Sygic’s freshly updated GPS Navigational app for iOS is that it’s not safety conscious. So, an impressive start. [More...]

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There are a few things you can say about the mobile gaming industry that you kind of know to be correct without having any actual facts to get in the way right?

One is that the industry is enjoying exponential growth and that some games like Clash of Clans, Candy Crush Saga, The Simpsons and others seem to have taken the world by storm.

And the other is that most people are either: A, Not paying for their games at all or B, paying very little.

And if that’s your snapshot view well, you’d be largely correct. But because there’s such a mad scramble amongst every company with any kind of involvement in this area, there have been various studies as industry analysts, investors, publishers, marketers and literally millions of other business people around the world try to read the runes of where the market is headed next. [More...]

10
Oct

Brain Guzzler: Snake meets Zombies

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I’d merely skimmed over the press release and was delighted I had. For about sixty seconds in to Brain Guzzler, the thrillingly bloody new game from Flaming Pumpkin, I had a revelation. ‘It’s Snake!’, I squealed aloud, to no one in particular. ‘It’s just like Snake!’ Suddenly I was fifteen again, grasping my Nokia 3330, eyes locked and focused, battling to stay spirit level even as the school bus rocked at crazy, highly dangerous angles. From then on, I was hooked on that classic. But how does this gruesome 2014 reiteration square up in the long run? [More...]