Exercise Your Logical Process with Motivation

With so many brain and puzzle games coming out today, you’d think you’ve seen them all. Then Oasis Studios came up with Motivation. By all accounts, it makes use of a formula that is no longer anything new: navigating a ball through a grid-based environment until it reaches an exit, so you can move on to the next level. This addictive game requires a lot of planning and definitely a lot of strategizing.

Motivation operates in an environment of grids that vary from level to level, becoming more challenging as you level up. You have “Roland”, a ball that you must lead across the grid towards the exit by rolling it. Sounds simple? Not quite. You see, moving Roland through the board can only be done by using arrows, each of them with only one direction. It will be up to you to lay out these arrows throughout the grid so Roland can move towards the exit. There are a total of 140 levels, so you’re looking at 140 grid designs to work the ball through.

Playing Motivation is done by tapping on the screen of your mobile device. You have a combination of 8 45-degree-angle arrows that you have to lay out strategically on the grid, with the intention of using them to roll Roland along towards the exit. But there’s a catch. You cannot expect to be able to use all 8 arrows to switch the ball’s direction. You see, arrows pointing on the area behind Roland, or where it is headed, won’t do a thing for Roland. This means that you can only use 4 types of arrows to switch directions.

Motivation screenshot

Motivation screenshot

As you level up, you will be collecting Stars. There are also Achievements that you can stock up on and use in future levels, such as “Switch ‘Em Up” and “Disposable”, among others.

Everything about Motivation is simple – from the interface and the concept. There are no flashy effects to distract users from the true essence of the game, which is the logic-and-puzzle gameplay itself. Many users are greatly impressed at the texture of the game despite its straightforward design. What makes this game truly addicting, however, is how the challenge or difficulty of the puzzle is increasing as you rise up through the levels. And there are a total of 140 levels to go through, so you’ll be motivated to complete them all (no pun intended).

Even the Sound and Music options are presented in a no-nonsense manner. That isn’t to say, however, that it is visually plain and boring. You can even choose the appearance of Roland at the beginning of the game, employing different color choices to reflect your personality.

As mentioned earlier, Motivation boasts a simple design, so if you are looking for bursts of color and lively animations, this is not the game for you. Some people may find it visually unappealing because of the simplicity of its overall look.

Addicting and fun, Motivation is sure a great way to exercise your logical processes and have a rollicking good time while you’re at it. If you enjoy solving puzzles mixed in with a simple yet very challenging game play, then Motivation is definitely right up your alley.

Tales of Furia – Story-based Action and Adventures

If you like games that give you more physical action out of your device and you like the vertical platform game genre, then a new adventure has made its debut. Tales of Furia is a game that is set in a story that spans about five chapters worth of quest through the land of Furia in search of a princess. Prince Furry was about to wed the love of his life, when evil Dark Lord Furious sets him down a different path. Trapped in the dungeons of despair, the prince must forge a path to freedom and find his beloved.

The app is quite entertaining when you first download it. It starts with the setup story, as was summarized above, with a charming melody in the background. After four screens of storytime, you get to start the game. The entire app runs on either iPhone or iPad, and must be played with the device held horizontally. You will see the prince standing at the bottom of the screen, looking up with hopes of escape. To free him, tilt your device right or left so that he moves accordingly. Tap the screen so that he jumps up and attempts to make it to a higher platform. As the prince climbs, he will get closer to his target, but the climb will become more challenging as the exit sign approaches.

Once you move from the dungeons, you will get to explore the many different realms that make up Furia. Imaginative sights and epic music take you through adventures that heroes long for. Defeat the evil Furious and save the princess, to end all on a happy note.

tales of furia

On a logistics level, the game is flexible and accommodates different expertise levels. If you are looking for a challenge, choose the Normal setting that offers a limit of three lives. Not up for that? Choose Easy for an unlimited number of lives, so you can get accustomed to the game and increase your expertise. As you weave your way through places and overcome obstacles, you can unlock special challenges by collecting stars found randomly throughout the game scheme.

Tales of Furia is initially simple and fun to play, but it takes some getting use to the combination of moving the prince from side to side and up and down, if that is something you are not used to. Starting off at Easy level is highly recommended if you are new to this gaming platform.

But overall, I would recommend this app for players of all ages who like sliding and jumping, and just an overall more engaging experience in a game. If you are tired of just tapping away, this game gives you a bit more to play with in terms of maneuverability and interaction. It also gives you something to work towards, playing over a theme with a goal in sight. Download the free version to see how you like and upgrade to the full version to reveal more chapters and more fun.

Try out different photographic embellishments with Layerizer

Ok, so you really don’t try them on to see if they fit, but rather, to see how your photo looks before you say “cheese!” Layerizer is a fun new app that allows you try out different photographic embellishments before you take photos. This is a twist to the many apps already out there that allow you to do fun things with what you’ve already taken.

The way Layerizer works is this. You open the app and then select if you want to work with a New Photo or an Existing Photos. From there, Layerizer either takes you to the Camera app to take a new pic, or to your Camera Roll, so you can select an existing pic. Next, you’ll see a column on the right with five icons.  The first one lets you select a layer to add to photos. The second rotates the selected embellishment left 90 degrees. The third allows you to undo the embellishment, so you can select a new one. The last icon takes you to Layerizer’s website.

Layerizer

Layerizer has about 600 different designs you can choose from to make your photo look a little different, prettier, funnier, or interesting. There are backgrounds, overlays, frames and more, that make it look like you worked hard on that final product; but nobody needs to know that you didn’t! It makes card creation easier with loads of fun frames and holiday art. It makes sticker making easier with the tap of your fingertips. You no longer have to search for that perfect picture and find that app or graphic that you can photo shop and print. Simply open Layerizer, select an existing photo from your camera roll or take a new shot, select an embellishment, see if you like it before saving. Try out different things before you commit. Photo taking can become so much more than capturing a moment when add fun and creativity to it. You can even turn it into a game by challenging others to make the goofiest or gaudiest picture at a party. The sky is the limit to what you can do with the app!

There really was not much you could complain about with the app. It had so much to offer, with ease of use like no other. I could not find anything that was hard to decipher or understand while using the app. I would have liked to use some of the neat Premier items listed as in-app purchases, but with the app being given for free, you have a pay up a little for some niceties.

I would highly recommend this app, not just for photographers, but for those looking to turn photography into fun and entertainment. You can tap into your creating juices and make things you may not have even ventured to try out. Sometimes, all it takes is a few suggestions and chances to try things out to create results that may even surprise you!