Doodle Jump is one of the most selling games of all time. The game title itself says, ‘Be Warned, Its Insanely Addictive‘ and by this you can judge how the game will be. The game’s concept is very simple. You have a simple, cute doodle to jump on tiles and guide his way to success.
The game isn’t very complicated to play with. You just have to worry about the scores, which also can be achieved with a little practice. You encounter a lot of unpredictable, irregular shaped creatures a.k.a Aliens in Doodle Jump. You encounter a UFO when you go very high thats about above 20,000. You can shoot them by the beak of the doodle. You have to tap onto the phone for the shooting. You sometimes encounter broken tiles which when you step on, break and then you drop and you fail.
You can choose between directional shooting in the Options menu. The difference in directional shooting is when its On, where you tap, the cannon will go that way, if its off, it will go automatically to the alien.
You have a Scores & Stats option in the game. You have your high-scores of the game. The higher you go in the game, the higher you get your name in the achievements board. Like most of the games, this game does support Game Center.
On the bottom of the game, you get lot of themes. You can choose between space theme, graveyard theme for the Free Version. On the Premium version, you have the previous 2 themes plus christmas theme, forest adventure theme.
While playing the game, you get a number of add-ons to add to your score. Sometimes you get a propeller hat to get up to a certain height. You then get jumping shoes to jump on tiles
You don’t get local challenge in the free version. The Local Challenge refers from 2 people upto 8 people playing the game. You choose the number of people and turn by turn people play and the system chooses the winner by the best highscore.
You now have the ability to score and then post your achievements and show them to Facebook and Twitter. Overall the feel of the game is simple. The app loads up fast. No tension, just simple and worry-free
Cost of the App: $0.99
PROS: Simple game, inexpensive, new concept
CONS: Unresponsive motion of the doodle, very difficult on high altitudes.
Nokia has been feeling the heat lately from Apple, Samsung, HTC and LG. If someone asked me to name 1 smartphone from Nokia I wouldn’t be able to name anything except the Nokia N8, which I reviewed a long time ago.
Nokia has seriously undermined a comeback by delaying the phones and betting too much on the Windows Phone operating system. The Nokia phones have had too many “me too” features and have taken a serious beating at the hands of iPhone and Android based phones.
While we still believe that Nokia has a sizable chance due to it’s sheer presence and branding all over the globe, it has to one up it’s phones before people stop and give Nokia another look.
Here’s a small video showing Nokia Lumia 800 at a glance -
I’ll be reviewing the newly introduced Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia’s first Windows Phone based smartphone on the market.
Size: Nokia Lumia 800 has a smaller size than most smartphones you come across these days but we like it because you can easily hold the phone and operate it with one hand. It’s easier using a phone with one hand. Lumia 800 is 116.5 mm long, 61.2 mm wide and 12.1 mm thick.
Form Factor: It has a very slick form factor. Nokia has really got the hardware design right this time. There are no unnecessary openings in the phone which makes it so much classy. The phone is a little heavy for it’s size at 146 gms (approx 5 oz) that makes it look like it’s more durable and of high-quality.
Display: The Lumia 800 has a curved 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack glass touch screen so it fares pretty good at responsiveness. The colors look vibrant on the phone. The screen is 480 x 800 pixels which is sufficient for checking email, viewing photos and browsing mobile friendly sites.
Lumia 800 is based on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system which mainly includes the Internet Explorer 9 mobile to bring the desktop browsing experience on the mobile, multi-tasking for 3rd party apps, Twitter integration for the Hub (the home screen of the Windows Phone as it is known) and access to Windows Live Skydrive ( free 25GB cloud storage from Microsoft).
Web browsing: With a built-in Internet Explorer 9 mobile web browser you can be sure of running any website that runs on your desktop computer.
Take a loot at the web browsing experience on the Internet Explorer 9 mobile on Lumia 800 phone -
Nokia Lumia 800's 8 mega-pixel, Carl Zeiss camera
Since N8, Nokia has placed special emphasis on it’s phone cameras. No wonder considering the fact that for most people their phone cameras are their first and only camera. While this might not be applicable to smartphone users, they are one demographic that wouldn’t mind taking crisp, high-definition photos and videos from their phones. With the 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 3264 x 2448 resolution you know your ordinary pictures will come out extra-ordinary.
Although it has a powerful camera, some of the photos we have seen are a bit grainy, while in some other pictures the Lumia didn’t handle the lighting well. There could have been better noise reduction for photos.
The Lumia 800 supports high-definition video recording as it supports 1280p x 720p of video recording. Now you don’t have to whip out your bulky SLR for those once-in-a-while moments!
Nokia Drive – At first, I thought the Nokia Drive was some sort of cloud storage provided by Nokia but Nokia Drive is a turn-by-turn voice-enabled mapping service from Nokia.
The good thing about Nokia Drive is that it is available for all over the world and the best thing about this is that you can download maps for whatever place you like for offline access. Great for all those camping and long trips. Also, it’s infinitely more convenient to follow voice-enable directions than to peep in your phone every 30 seconds. Great feature, if you ask me!
Nokia Maps -
Nokia Maps on the Lumia 800
It’s still in beta so expect some changes in the future. You can select map, satellite or traffic modes. While not as extensive as Google maps it can still be a great alternative to Google maps.
Nokia music – the interface looks like Microsoft’s Zune. The music app categorizes all the music into genres. It also enables you to download the songs for listening offline.
Good hardware specs
Powerful 8 megapixel camera – supports high-definition photo & video recording
FM radio – why always load the radio through an app? isn’t it better (and simpler) this way?
Voice-enabled turn-by-turn mapping from Nokia – drive without distraction
Microsoft Office to access Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote and other applications on your phone.
Not many apps on the Windows Phone marketplace (although we can expect more in the near future)
In your face social networking blasting constant updates on the home screen (hub) – but that’s more of an OS problem than the phone’s.
A bit pricey at €420 and $550 (all prices approx)
If you want to try something other than an iPhone or Android devices you should buy the Nokia Lumia 800. If you like having a lot of apps we suggest you either buy an iPhone or an Android device.
Please rate the review and if you’re using a Nokia Lumia 800 phone, we’d love to hear your opinion in the comments below.
EA Sports yet bring another new gorgeous and awesome app for the most like game in the world on the iPad and it has the exact amount of fun that you need to play it. FIFA 12 for iPad is just amazing. They have improved the graphics from its previous versions a lot. You can just feel it when you play the game. The game feels realistic.
Information -FIFA 12 has 15000 players to play from, 500 teams to choose from, 22 leagues to play from and 32 stadiums to play in, in this game. It contains your favorite league from Barclays Premier League to LA LIGA. You can either choose Manchester United or Chelsea or hundreds of teams to play from. Choose from Rooney, Messi, Ronaldo, Kaka, Villa and more!
Manager Mode -EA Sports has brought a mobile version for the iPad from the computers. The game has increased a lot of reputation as it now contains the Manager Mode. You have to choose a team first. You get a certain amount of money to spend on certain clubs, the not-so-popular clubs will have a low amount where as the superstar clubs will be at the highest.
Scout for Talent – You can trade players for better playing on the field, the best players will be difficult to get and of course expensive to buy. You also have the SCOUT for talent which will search for you, the young players who will be new but best in their competition. The new UPGRADE staff will eventually work out to be a success to you and your team. You simply have to upgrade the particular staff from a scale from 1 to 10. For example, The Goalkeeper coach is upgraded and you will see slight improvements in the playing of the Goalkeeper.
Daily Challenges – This game has the new DAILY CHALLENGES. The challenges will be given to you to play with and you will have to sweat to complete all the given challenges.
Controls – EA Sports has a history of giving good and simple controls to games. FIFA 12 offers the same. You have a 360 degree joystick to control your player. Three buttons Shoot, Sprint and Pass when you have the ball and three buttons Slide, Switch and Sprint when you don’t have the ball.
Instant Replay – This is the most awaited thing in the game history of iOS! You can now save upto 15 replays in the replay library!
The Local Multiplayer – This app has the new features of local multiplayer head-to-head games for 2 players. You can make your iPad into a wireless display and with 2 iPhones or iPod Touch’s which have the EA Sport’s Gamepad app filled you can play the game.
In App Purchases – You also have a manager budget to play your game to the fullest. They are good but a bit expensive as you also pay heavy for the game itself.
If you have FIFA 11 on the iPad, you should definitely look upto this for an upgrade.
PROS: Realistic graphics, easy controls, local multiplayer
CONS: Same old commentary, celebrations are old, choosing teams are mess sometimes.
UPDATE: Hurry!! For the Christmas season ’11, this game is for $0.99 only!
Its the Holiday season and every gaming company is trying to get its masterpieces out. Madden NFL 12 by Electronic Arts is far more better than the previous versions.
The Madden NFL 12 has been changed very much. You can find the Playbook with many new tactics to play with and get your team to the touchdown. Lets go to the points, what is new in this game?
A NEW TOUCHDOWN CHALLENGE
What this means, is your team which is offense has 2 minutes to get the touchdown challenge. You can smash them, hit ‘em but do whatever you want, you have to get to the touchdown in any way!
ALL THE NFL TEAMS
You have the same 32 teams in the game which give you the real smoothness. You can choose your favorite team and get them all top to the leaderboard. You have the real-life playbook tactics and you can choose from them.
You can even check your game stats and make trade for players, tactics and much more!
You can register in the origin and you can reach the leaderboards too. This game has really improved animations and collisions effects which make them more realistic to play.
The game has all you need if you are looking for a great football game.
Cost of the App : $7.99 for iPhone, $9.99 for iPad. ($.99 for Christmas ’11)
PROS : New graphics, awesome collision effects, multiplayer
CONS: Expensive in-app purchases and price of the game.
The story behind this app is of “Swampy the Alligator” who loves taking a bath. He is always in the sewers while the bad alligators ruin the happiest moments. He needs some help to get the waters through the tunnels, from the dirt, keeping away from the poison, acid, chemicals.
The game offers very life like physics to the user interface which keeps one to keep on playing the game.
When you play the game, you have 3 rubber duckies to get. You can either get 1 or 3, but you have to make sure you have enough to get to the next chapter of the game. Its really easy to get all the duckies, if you get the playing of the game. You have three points to score points on : The number of duckies you collected, time bonus, water overflow. Remember there is no need of any study of physics or chemistry formulas, its just a game.
If you add up all, there are sum of 80 levels split in 4 chapters. The last chapters have some hard and tricky levels which can make you get just a duck sometimes. You can use a reset button anytime in the game if you feel you have done something wrong. One more mystery in the level is there are some levels in which you have to find the objects, which can be hidden anywhere in the dirt. You can know when you have to find an object when a “question mark” appears on the upper left corner.
Moving to the liquids in the game. The green algae in the game can destroy the ducks and the dirt without your finger. The purple acid’s one drop can turn your water into the purple acid. You might need reflexes on this one!
This game offers multitouch to make it easier to complete the levels.
Personally saying, I liked this game very much. It has a want that keeps you on the game for hours. I like to recommend it to all those who are looking for a beautiful game which needs brains and absolutely gives fun!
PROS : Great concept, easy to play, logical thinking, multitouch
It seems like aggregated magazine apps are all the rage these days. Due to the size of the screen these magazine apps were launched exclusively for iPad users. First, it was Flipboard then Zite, then AOL’s Editions and then Yahoo!’s LiveStand.
Trying to make a huge push in mobile and social applications, how can Google remain behind? Google released Google Currents, a magazine app for iOS and Android devices a couple of days ago without any publicity. I was so excited about this app that while lying in bed and ready to sleep I came across a tweet that said that Google had released Google Currents.
Without any further ado, I went to the app store on my extremely slow network and downloaded the app. It’s around 10 MB in size but I fell asleep while downloading it. After getting up, the first thing I did was to try my hands on Google Currents.
Let’s see the screenshots before we go any further. The iPhone screenshots are from when you first open the app.
1. The first screen tells you that it provides free magazines for your smartphones and tablets with a focus on you.
Google Currents - the get started tutorial
2. Google has included a few magazines for free by default to get you up and running. You can either touch the icons to open or add more magazines.
Google Currents gets you up & running with a few free magazines
3. Trending topics – you can’t be social without including people, right? Google Currents tells you what is being read by other readers around the world with Trending tab.
Trending topics - to know what people are reading right now!
4. Learn about the controls. While some of the controls are self-explanatory, Google could have done a better job providing standard icons for sharing and sync.
The controls in Google Currents iPhone app
5. You’re ready to roll. This ends the getting started phase of Google Currents. Click done to enter the app.
Time to Dive in
Now, whenever Google releases something I have high hopes from them. I’m almost always certain that they’re going to raise the bar in design, aesthetics and it’s trademark – speed. I was expecting something that would completely replace my news & magazine apps but I was sorely disappointed.
The app is slow – When you click an article on your phone you want it to load instantly. No exceptions. You just don’t have the patience to wait 15 seconds before you see any word of it. Google Currents downloads the whole magazine before you can read a word. While it is certainly good for offline reading there should be a setting whereby a user can toggle between offline & online reading.
The controls are confusing – The app just doesn’t feel intuitive. On some screens you can’t see the home icon. On some there’s this list of articles and 3 controls. Sometimes the app starts syncing all by itself.
The design is not good enough for phone reading – Scrolling is not comfortable on a smartphone. I though Google knew that. I would like to give brownie points to Flipboard which has rather successfully implemented the “card deck” mechanism to scroll ( Flipboard review coming soon!). I’m yet to try my hands on the iPad version of the app so I can’t say if this is just the phone thing.
No custom font and size – I know the font Google has chosen is acceptable but still it would be better to have a choice of fonts if only for size. Zite gets fonts and font sizes very well.
There are a few hundred magazines and according to Google all are free. I don’t know if it will be applicable in the near future but right now the collection of magazines is better than most apps out there.
Frankly, it feels like Google was desperate to launch an app and it quickly locked a few developers in a room on a condition that they’ll be released only after finishing an app.
I could have stuck with Google Currents if there were enough reasons to. But right now – I’d wait for improvements for Google Currents before deleting my magazine apps.
Reckless Gateaway by PolarbitÂ [$2.99] for iPhone and iPad is an universal app available. I like cars, I like crashes, I like action! Then I would absolutely like this app.
This game focuses on action between the police department and the user. We always like action, even on video games such as GTA. The game story revolves around you robbing a bank and getting away with it. You have 16 amazing tracks to go through.
This game has lots of features. I really liked the controls. They are not complicated. You just have the steering controls and few more for the boosts.
I don’t have much to say about this game, you can actually feel and play this game yourself as this game is cheap.
Game Center is enabled and you can also show your friends your achievements and go right above the ranks.
You have been dreaming of becoming a pilot, you just want the real-touch of it. Maybe you want, or you don’t want. But you do want this app. Flight Control HD by FiremintÂ for ($0.99) is just the app you need. It is the air traffic control game with which you have the touch and you need to get the planes, helicopters to the desired track without getting crashed.
The game’s feel is awesome. You get addicted to the game because it is the game’s interface and great new concept.
You have different planes, helicopters. You have big red airplanes who are at their highest. Small red airplanes are at medium speed. While the helicopters are the slowest in the air traffic control game. You can even speed the game if you haveÂ correctly connected the planes to the tracks. The game becomes harder as you progress. The main point is that you get to cancel the route you made and make again a new one. This makes the game a little easier for you to play. The controls are a piece of cake. You just have swype the route to the track and you are good to go.
If you really want to spend your well earned money, you just have the good $0.99 game. Local Multiplayer via Bluetooth and Wi-fi is supported.
The game size is not high but around 15 MB which is easy to download from your iPhone or your iPad.
You have Game Center for this game and a lot to achieve achievements.
Tiny Wings for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is a definite buy for (). It symbolizes the hope for a bird trying to get to different islands as fast as it can. The world is full of beautiful hills and this bird can fly. You have a time-span to complete a number of islands and objectives given and you will build a nest ahead if you complete an objective.
You have to think of the gravity. It brings the bird back to the earth which it doesn’t like it at all.
You have sun coins which rewind the time a little bit and give you extra time to achieve the achievement. As well as you have speed coins which give the bird a boost. You get points for perfect sliding between the valleys. Cloudtouches give you double points than the perfect slides. It comes after more than 5 perfect slides and good speed. It has more than 16 islands and you get an idea of playing it. I like the new concept of making the bird fly. Game center is supported with 30 achievements to complete from.
If you are looking for a good time-passing app, this is a cheap and addictive app.
Zombies getting killed sounds pretty amazing, right? What if it was a bit difficult? Zombie Gunship by Limbic Software is a universal app designed for the iPhone and iPad. The aim of the game is to kill the zombies from a AC-130 ground attack aircraft and save the remaining civilians who are trying to get to the bunker from the zombies.
In the beginning of the game, you get the idea of the game of the civilians being white and the devils from hell being black. When you progress it is extremely difficult to point out who is the civilian and who is the zombie. Either you have to kill them all or you have to be careful doing some killing. You have three types of gun :
Cannons are pretty good for eliminating large groups who are trying to get to the bunker. The gatling gun is used for eliminating the zombies close to the civilians as you get this gun in the beginning. You get bounties for killing out zombies and then you can use that to upgrade your guns orÂ armory. Playing this game feels like a real shooter. You have to quickly swype through the screen as there are 3 ways the zombies can appear.
You also have In-App Purchases for
Pack of 75,000 Coins – $3.99
Pack of 10,000 Coins – $0.99
Pack of 25,000 Coins – $1.99
Pack of 200,000 Coins – $9.99
Pack of 500,000 Coins – $29.99
Pack of 1,500,000 Coins – $49.99
You can buy coins from the prices given above and enjoy the game like never before!
The game price is dropped from $1.99 to $0.99 due to popular demand!