Kinectimals – Microsoft’s first iOS Game

Considered by some as the advanced version of pets (cats and dog games) where you used to take care of your pet and play with them in the virtual environment, Kinectimals can draw the attention of every kid who plays with an Xbox. However older kids may lose interest as they grow. While it was originally a Windows Phone exclusive, Microsoft has launched this game in the  App Store targeting three-year olds on both iPad and iPhone at $2.99. Available in three languages including Korean, Japanese and English, it is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (third and fourth generation) and the iPad. It requires iOS 4.2 or later. It will also run on any Windows Phone device.

 

This application brings you the isle of Lemuria directly to the iOS or Windows Phone device of your choice. The game allows you to play by adopting a tiger cub. You can pet it, play with it and even teach some tricks to it. Be sure that the pet is kept healthy, fed, clean and happy. As you play with your pet, it becomes dirty easily. Use a sponge to clean it up. The more you play with it, the hungrier and thirstier it becomes, so make sure that it is fed properly. Rewards are offered by completing certain tasks during game play including unlocking five different cubs in the Xbox version of the title. There is also an option to create an entire standalone game. It solely lies on your choice.

As the leveling up process takes place, the player is also promoted as a trainer. Now you can explore the Lemuria and can have a travel to different places in the map. The in-game currency system increases the amount of money you have  as you level up. You can spend the money in the store buying drinks, food, toys, collars and other personal care items for your new pet. Many feel that this Tamogotchi experience is not bad at all. They find it cute. If you tap him, the camera zooms in and lets you pet him. This is usually used in kid-friendly mini games where after the tap, the cub wanders and gets a ball or a jump-rope to play with. The inventory icon reveals food, personal care items, and trick mode and so on. If you tap a trophy icon, a challenge is given which when completed earns you experience points and coins that can be spent extra times There is even a camera action that sends you to the studio and have a photo shoot with the cub. You may think that each photo shows only your pet, actually your photo with the backdrops and lights appear.

The animation is impressive while the interface is reactive and is very easy to maneuver. The major bug issues have also been fixed now, all these features now make this a great game that is played by children; while the adults can enjoy watching the kids play.

Let’s hope that Kinectimals turns out to be the game.

You can download it for your iOS device running iOS 4.2 or later at the App Store.

You can download the Windows Phone app from the Marketplace.

Big Blue Bubble releases “Burn the Rope – Worlds” for Android and iOS

Burn the Ropes Worlds for iOS and AndroidWhen ‘Burn the Rope’ was released in iOS last year during December, it set the gaming world on fire. This game quickly rose to the top of puzzle charts for all portable gamers. Later, Big Blue Bubble, one of the leading developers of video games in Canada and the proud maker of ‘Burn the Rope’ announced the sequel called “Burn the Rope – Worlds” for Android and iOS this month. It is the same old game with new game play tweaks and some new modes, but definitely better than its predecessor.

In the original game, the player has to burn the rope as soon as possible without letting the flames burn out. The basic law of physics is used here, as flames burns only upwards, the device used to play should be kept moving constantly in upward direction. There will be bugs each with their unique reactions crawling around the rope. For instance the water bug shoots up water everywhere and the explosive bug explodes, whereas the sequel contains hundred new levels that are spread across four themes which includes jungle, fantasy, Mechanical and space. The controls are similar to the previous edition and turning corners are much easier this time. But then, there is an unnecessary feature where the speed of the flame can be increased by tapping the phone.

The casual mode has no colored ropes and thus the game can be completed at an earlier time. Also switching to another mode from casual mode is allowed here while the progress is shared between them. The player has the choice to select the type of flame, size of rope and its speed. There is also a choice to choose the difficulty level. When the difficult selection is chosen, the player is taken to the mode where the controlling ball of flame is kept constantly moving and the player has to move the device accordingly. If the player hits the ice, the game starts all over again.

The Puzzle of the day is yet another game that comes with ‘Burn the Rope – Worlds for Android’. This provides one puzzle a day for free. The nicest part is that the player can play up to five of previous puzzles of the day and tomorrow’s puzzle can be unlocked for $.99 permanently. Also the developer additionally announced that they may have additional levels for everyday.

However, Big Blue Bubble are promising for a ‘totally new and unique game play mechanics combined with the well known game play and visual style‘. They said, “It’s a little something old and a little something new“.  The game mode is aimed to play in a more relaxed way and is expecting a huge success in the market. You can take a look at the Trailer for this game right after the download links.

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Five Android Games Which You Must Try

Mobile technology is the next big thing. Android has almost single-handedly taken over a large share of this aspect. The popularity of the Android operating system is quite unrivalled in the present times. It is absolutely not surprising that the market is literally flooded with a variety of mobile apps conducive to this popular operating system. The Android OS can trace it’s origin to the legendary Linux OS. As such, it was quite some time before regular mobile apps were developed to work on the Android platform. iPhone, iPod and iPad already had apps that were compatible to their versions. Android clearly was a late bloomer in the apps market. This time gap was acutely felt with the unavailability of entertainment and gaming apps for the Android platform.

However, today users are spoilt for choices when it comes to Android games apps. You can even make out the best of the lot from the collection of most popular Android games. Here is a peek and the related details regarding five Android games, which you must try. These games should work on most Android handsets.

Angry Birds – Rovio’s popular presentation, this game has established itself in all of the versions that it has been launched in. It has adaptable versions for iPhone, Windows, Mac and the Android OS. The game is simple and most players have claimed that it is quite addictive too. The concept of the game is based on a very basic story. The evil pigs in the game steal the birds’ eggs and the birds get angry; hence Angry birds! There are five sets of birds with their own unique powers and functions. These birds need to be catapulted on to the pigs to destroy them. Each level has its own set of hurdles and difficulties. The sound score of the game is catchy and especially the angry birds’ and the evil pigs’ sounds are very funny. [Market Link]. Don’t forget to try out the other variants of the game as well – Angry Birds Rio and Angry Birds Seasons.

Labyrinth Lite – The concept is basic yet the game is quite engaging. You have to use an accelerometer to steer a ball through the labyrinth. There are various hurdles at different levels. Make sure that you do not let the ball slip in to the sneaky black holes before it reaches the end point. [Market Link]

Gem Miner – You have to dig in the mines to discover the gems and treasures in Gem Miner. You can then purchase game upgrades with these treasures. Each level has its own randomly generated mines and hurdles. The hurdles include chasms and rock falls. [Market Link]

Bonsai Blast – You have to match 3 or more same colored marbles in a row to remove them from the chain, that’s Bonsai Blast for you. Longer rows of matching can cause a chain reaction that blasts the surrounding marbles away. The game shares its premise with the popular game Jewels. [Market Link]

Tank Hero – For the battle fanatics, this game is ideal. The game is 3D based with amazing graphics and sound quality. You get to control a tank and fight with enemy tanks to win. The game has a set of five enemy tanks. There are 40 difficulty levels and you get 4 weapon choices for the game. [Market Link]

Let us know what are your favorite games by commenting below or sending us a tweet.

5 iOS games you won’t want to miss!

With the success of titles like Angry Birds, Doodle Jump, Infinity Blade and the like, mobile gaming is not something that can be taken lightly these days; but with the number of games that get through the AppStore filter everyday it’s hard to keep track of the ‘good stuff’. So after some digging around here’s a list of games that’d be worth keeping an eye out for:

1) Shadowgun 

Czech developer Madfinger Games announced their latest offering with the beginning of a new game called SHADOWGUN. Designed to run on next generation mobile hardware like the upcoming Tegra 3/Project Kal-El SoC from NVIDIA, it is touted to provide jaw dropping graphics with superb performance. Deriving a lot of its gameplay style from the Gears of War franchise, SHADOWGUN puts players into the role of John Slade, a professional bounty hunter in the year 2350. Built on the multi-platform UNITY engine, the game looks visually outstanding and probably the most advanced AppStore game since Infinity Blade. If there ever was a reason to own an NVIDIA Tegra 3 device, this game would probably be it! Head past the break to see what we mean.

2) EPOCH

Developed on the Unreal Engine, this action combat-shooter comes from the guys at Uppercut Studios (formed by veteran ex-Irrational Games developers). In a gameplay style reminiscent of Metal Gear Solid, EPOCH lets you fight through the crumbling ruins of a once-thriving civilization, as a freshly-rebooted robot that finds itself caught up in a mystery from the past. Looking to blast its way onto iOS devices in the fourth quarter of 2011. You can learn more about the game over at http://www.uppercut-games.com/

Or Just check out the Video Below.

3) Afterlife: Ground Zero

The creators of Dungeon Defenders on the iOS – Trendy Entertainment, are currently working on a project tentatively titled Afterlife: Ground Zero. The game is slated to be a survival-horror third-person shooter, and should contain some sort of cooperative gameplay. Although the project is still in its nascency, an internal gameplay video of Afterlife has surfaced over the past week and even from its development run-through’s the game shows a ton of promise. Head past the break to check out the video.

4) Machine Gun Jetpack

If you’ve played the ever-popular Fruit Ninja, Monster Dash or Age of Zombies, chances are, you’ve already heard of Halfbrick studios – and rightly so, because the Australian developer has had tremendous success on the app gaming scene. The level of quality of its games to date has been consistently outstanding. Its next big title, Machine Gun Jetpack, looks to continue the studio’s hot-streak. The gameplay can be described as a touch Monster Dash, with a bit of Copter and side-scrolling ‘shmup’ gameplay thrown in for good measure. Touching the screen lifts Barry Steakfries (remember him from Monster Dash and Age of Zombies?) upwards to dodge incoming hazards, while simultaneously shooting downwards at his enemies below. That is until he gets an awesome pick-up, like the Bad Ass Hog, a motorcycle that can jump and shoot shotgun blasts. Check out the video below to see what we mean.

5) Pokemon le Tap

Although this one seems a bit shaky to start with, the Pokemon Company has announced that Nintendo’s oh-so-lovable Pokemon franchise is headed to the iPhone (and Android Marketplace) in the form of a tap-tap styled rhythm game, aptly titled ‘Pokemon le Tap’. The app/game is currently slated for release only in Japan but with some luck, may find its way into the Asian and European markets. You might be scratching your head at this point wondering why Pikachu is headed to the AppStore, seeing as Apple is one of Nintendo’s biggest  competitors; however Nintendo has said the Pokemon Company is a separate entity by itself and is free to make its own buisness decisions. I’m no legal expert, but if Nintendo owns nearly a third of the Pokemon company as well as apart of its franchise, are they really free to call the shots?

All these games should be out sometime soon!

HTC Desire runs World of Warcraft

HTC Desire runs World of Warcraft – In the video you’re about to watch, you will see WoW (World of Warcraft) being played on an HTC Desire Android phone thanks to GameString Platform’s remote play technology!! GameString is an online game streaming company, dedicated to bringing video game streaming to the masses. In short, the game is run in “the cloud” and then you access the game’s user interface from any browser. The service was designed primarily for computers, but why not take advantage of the fast data connections modern phones have? Looks like 3 & 4G just got a lot more useful. Here’s the official description:

Working alpha demonstration of World of Warcraft playing on HTC Desire Android mobile phone, made possible by the GameString Platform’s remote play technology. You can stream your games from the cloud to any desktop, notebook, tablet or mobile device. With our Dual-Mode Delivery technology, each device can have its own custom user interfaces while playing the same core game from the host computer. Hardware/environment setup for this shoot (in video): * GameString Adrenalin Host Server with Dual-Mode Delivery running a standard WoW game install * Client Device: HTC Desire * Server network: Home Internet Service Provider at 2 Mbps up * Client network: Home Internet Service Provider at 2 Mbps down, WiFi IEEE 802.11g * Server-to-client network: 2 Peer hops, 5 node hops, Geographical separation – 80km

Thanks to DroidGamers and Android Central for the info …

Drop for Android

Drop is an arcade game made for the Android platform.

The game is simple enough. The player gets to control a red ball which he has to navigate downwards through the gap of each platform endlessly ! The ball can be controlled either by the accelerometer, the touchscreen or the keys/TrackBall.

Along the way, the player can pick up bonuses in the form of stars. This can be done in two ways. Firstly, by dropping through the gap of more than one platform directly, without bouncing on any of the platforms earns you 1 Star. Secondly, bounce only once on each platform before you drop to the next to collect 2 Stars+.

The more platforms you cross, the faster the game speed, so this is a pretty good test of your reflexes. A change in level is indicated by a change in the color of the background and gives you a heads up of the approaching speed up.

The only thing missing from this game is an online scoreboard to see how you fare amongst other players, but i believe that will soon be implemented.

Some might classify Drop as a tech demo that illustrates the accuracy of the Android platform’s accelerometer, thanks to how playing it simply involves tilting your phone while making a little bouncy ball fall between gaps in the platforms. Either way its a good way to kill your time & see how accurate your accelerometer is !

Click HERE to download Drop from the Android Market !

Sony Playstation on Android using psx4droid

Wanna play those old Sony Playstation games on your phone? A $5.99 software called psx4droid on the Android Market can get you started. psx4droid is an app built by ZodTTD, which gives your Android phone the ability to run Sony Playstation PSX games. ZodTTD with the help of the authors GameBoid (GBA emu) and Nesoid (NES emu) was able to get build and put up the application on the Android Market.

Don’t get ahead of yourself yet, first you’ll need to have access to the Paid Android Market ( which is currently not available in India), then you’ll first need a phone with a fast processor and Android 2.x to get any decent game-play out of the software. Also the keys for the game controller are overlaid on the screen, so your fingers may at times get in the way of seeing the action on screen. If that happens regularly, would you consider using a WiiMote to control the PSX games on your Android ?

Here’s how to get psx4droid, you can either search for psx4droid on the Market App and start downloading it, or you can simply scan the QR code, on the right, with your phone to head over there. You may also want to read the instructions here in this thread to get started with playing games on your phone.

For your viewing pleasure, watch a video of Final Fantasy VII,Ridge Racer and Earthworm Jim playing on a  Galaxy S 

Angry Birds for the N900

Well this is a review long overdue. But my excuse is that i got sidetracked playing the game so much that the review was delayed. Anyway Angry Birds is a game made by Rovio and is available for the N900 at the Ovi store.

Target Acquired

The aim of the game is to destroy the pigs, who have incurred the birds’ wrath by stealing their eggs! You have to launch the birds and decimate the pigs fortresses. The game is simple enough, but will keep you entertained for hours; especially if you’re trying to achieve a perfect score.

21 Different levels to choose from!
Choose different types of birds to destroy the pigs!
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Each bird in the game has a different characteristic power, so choose wisely. Through the  first 21 levels of the game you get to use only 3 of the 5 birds, but have no fear the expansion is here! With 42 extra levels, its sure to keep you entertained for even longer! We’re yet to try that out but you can still go ahead and get it from the Ovi Store over here.

If you’re adventurous and want more from Angry Birds you could participate in the thread at maemo.org where an open source level editor is available. I suggest going through the thread before trying it out on your N900.

All in all, Angry Birds is a great game to have: good graphics, simple gameplay, smart scenarios and an entertaining soundtrack. It’ll definitely keep you busy for hours.

Be sure to try it out, until next time follow us on Twitter! We’re @myportableworld!

Popular Games on Ovi store just 1 Euro this month

Monopoly World

Ovi Store’s running a promo for the next four weeks, where a whole lot of popular Symbian games on the store are going to be sold for just 1 Euro. This is your chance to go and grab that game you always wanted but though was too costly to buy. Don’t wait too long to make use of this offer, it expires on August 12th.

Some of the games which are present on the offer are: Super KO Boxing 2, The Sims 3, Monopoly World, Bejeweled Twist and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Head out and check the titles on offer on Ovi Store.

Here’s what Myles Donald’s says about this July Promo on a post on the Ovi Blog:

“.. I picked up my Nokia N97 (great for gaming!) and phoned some of my friends at EA, Gameloft, PopCap, Fishlabs, and a few dozen other mobile game publishers and got to work.

Luckily they were as excited as I was to do something big around their games and the July Games Promotion was born! From July 12 until August 12 all Ovi customers will be able to download many of the top games, all for just 1 Euro each.”

Which game are you planning on getting through this offer? Let us know by commenting below. If you are looking for the link to the games on this offer, here it is again – store.ovi.com/channel/1886

Samsung Galaxy S wins hands down over HTC Desire in Quake 2 GPU Test

Both Samsung Galaxy S and HTC Desire come with a lighting fast 1GHz processor, but does that mean equal performance? Here’s a quick comparision of their processors/gpu:

  • Samsung Galaxy S: S5PC110 with PowerVR SGX540 = 90 million triangles/sec
  • HTC Desire Snapdragon Processor QSD8250 = 22 million triangles / sec

This clearly shows that the Samsung Galaxy S would be better at a Gaming experience than that HTC Desire. Here is a video which displays a side by side evaluation of performance of the  2 devices in Quake 2 game.

We’ve got more on the Samsung Galaxy S coming up with Raghu reviewing the device. So stay tuned to us here, on Twitter and on Facebook.