NeoDefense – Space Age Strategic Defense Game

A new mission-based battle game has been unleashed. neoDefense is a game that tests your strategic savvy and quick reflexes. It’s based in a world where new life has emerged and it’s your job to protect and defend it from creatures that invade in waves.

With a small initial cost to download, you get a lot of bang for your buck. As soon as you download the game, I would highly advise on selecting the Settings icon, looks like a gear, to set the music and sound effects volumes to your liking.

Next, if you are not as adventurous as other gamers, then the Help icon will be your next stop; look for the icon with the question mark on it. This takes you to YouTube where you can view a tutorial on basics behind the game.

Once you have finished this, you can start gaming. At first, you will only have one game available to you, called “The Entry.” Once you have mastered this game the app opens up more games and challenges that you can participate in.

The app has about three sets of 15 games, Alpha, Beta and Gamma. After these sets, there are about 8 more sets that are yet to be developed and launched.

When you start a game, you will see your little sprout of life placed somewhere on the playing grid. From there, you will see the invaders start to come. The initial game shows them as little red arrows. The bottom of the screen shows the defense mechanisms you have at your disposal. Simply drag and drop your defense mechanism to the location on the grid you feel will best defend your sprout of life in the best possible way. The initial game shows only a single path on which the invaders will travel, so your defense strategy will not have to be so complicated.

As you move forward in game challenge, you will see more complex grids and invasion techniques that will test your wit and quick reflexes. You have only so much time before the invaders gain access to or approach the sprout within firing range, and you need to place your cannons, towers and more in the right locations to prevent them from winning.

Every win provides you with more sophisticated defense armaments, so your techniques can grow with each increase in difficulty. This paired with sharp graphics and a pumped up soundtrack keep you going.

I would say that the only aspect of the game I did not like is that it was not very clear on how to play. I had to watch the tutorial video several times before I got an idea on how to play and even then, I failed several times. I found it difficult to figure out how to fire my cannon and take out the enemy.

After several tries, I did succeed and then started to enjoy the game, looking forward to the next set of invasions. NeoDefense is a game that players of all ages will like.

Fennex – Amplify and Intensify all Audio Experiences

We work and play almost everywhere; but, sometimes that can get to be a nuisance when you are trying to tune into a conference call while driving or while sitting in a café. Meetings can’t be missed, but you don’t want a miss a thing being said, either.

Unless you have those clunky Bose headphones on, you are not going to be able to hear what you need to hear to make sense of it all. That’s when you need to enlist some tech help from an app that helps filter out what you don’t want to hear and helps amplify what you should be hearing.

Fennex is the name of the app and augmented hearing is what it provides, using special techniques in volume customization, balancing, compression identification and more, to make what you want to hear exactly what you hear, and nothing else.

I should impress upon you that this is not intended to be a replacement for a hearing device nor does it take the place of any medical device that would be needed for those who have hearing issues.

To start, download the app on your device, be it your mobile or iPad. Then you can adjust settings for other audio outlets, such as your car or your particular brand of ear pods, so that the sound is customized for that media and for the setting in which you are in (e.g., your car, walking outside, your home office, in a public eatery, etc). These adjustments can be found on the Settings area of the app.

To use the app, you open it up when you are ready to engage in a meeting or phone call. Once you hear sound, you tap on the central button to make adjustments. This is the Hearing Test portion of the app, and it calibrates the app to work its best every time you use it. Based on what’s going on around you and the amount of sound you want to filter out, you continue to tap and make adjustments to suit your needs.

It is that simple to use.

If you have created certain setting for particular types of environments, you can save them and select them for use elsewhere.

You are essentially identifying and defining how you want to hear the sounds around you, based on the current time and place. The controls are simple and intuitive, which makes this a great app for anyone.

While the app works with all types of hearing devices, the app creators do recommend using Apple hearing devices to best results. What makes the app work very well is its ability to allow you to focus in on which microphone you want to stress: iPhone bottom, iPhone front, ones that are built into your earphones, or externals.

I think it would be nice to have the app work well with all types of hearing devices, as not all iOS device users have or use Apple Pods.

After using it at work, I can truly say that Fennex has been a true blessing, helping me focus on my work and not get drawn into conversations taking place all around me. I look forward to using it more often so I can keep working from wherever.

Phonics the Right Way – LETTER FREE PHONICS

If the English language was purely phonetic, then teaching it through the use of phonics would make all the sense in the world. However, it is not phonetic. There are so many rules and exceptions to them, that it’s easy to see why kids get confused when learning how to read. You literally are memorizing how to say the words merely my recognizing it a symbol rather than by sounding out each letter.

To learn phonetics the right way, you need a system that works on sounds, not just the letters. Because we all know that certain letters have certain sounds in some words and a different sound in others. That’s where LETTER FREE PHONICS becomes your best friend.

It starts kids off by learning the beginning sounds of words, so they create a strong connection between the letter and its sound. By doing this in a gaming format, the work being done is not considered work, and the child retains so much more as several more neural paths are engaged as each new word appears.

There are four different types of games included in the app, which add to the variety and keeps kids interested. Each games helps children master the primary sound of each letter, so they are able to use that when reading text.

Letter Free Phonics app reviews

Games one and two introduce letter sounds in the format of solving various types of puzzles. As the user moves puzzle pieces from one location to another to complete an image, the sound of the first letter of the name of the image will sound out. For instance, if the final puzzle will show the image of a dog, then every time a puzzle piece is moved the app will sound about the “d” sound.

Game number three offers up a sound and the player must then choose from a set of images the one that starts with the featured sound. This adds a twist and a new direction to processing the sound and recognizing how it’s used.

The last game is a little quicker and ups the challenge a bit more. This game will display several images and sounds. The player must drag and drop a token over the image/sound pair.

Careful consideration was taken to ensure the images that are used are ones that youngster would recognize and easily discern. Otherwise, the games would have no meaning.

A very nice feature of LETTER FREE PHONICS is the configurability. You can choose the voice sound to be male, female, or a child’s voice. You can also enable/disable the repeat sound function, which will repeat the sounds, or not. There are other options related to puzzle completion settings and clues that you can set based on what level of challenge your child can handle. The key is to learn the sounds and not be hampered by completing a puzzle.

I would say the only thing different I would like to see soon is an addition of images and puzzles so kids can continue to be challenged. Once completing a puzzle a few times, it’s easy for them to just “know” what the result is going to be and they will lose the ability to learn.

Outside of that, this game is a real lifesaver in terms of tools that help kids learn their sounds and set them on a course for success in reading!

Mighty Maru – A New Experience in Adventure Gaming

Gaming apps and online gaming in general have grown exponentially over the years and what was first understood as the “gaming experience” has evolved into something with a deeper and richer experience.

Mighty Maru is a game about fighting and surviving the evil foe of a rich elitist government that seeks to protect its rule and crush any and all insurgencies. When peaceful protesting students gather to question the system, they are put down hard by the brutal Constabulary, who has been given the authority to do so. The characters are vivid and bright, placed in scenes that are enchanting and surreal at the same time.

Our main characters are a couple in love, who are students caught up in the protest. One gets out safely when the Constabulary shows up. The other is not so lucky. As a player, you choose which character you want to be and then face the challenge of rescuing the one that has been taken into captivity.

The captive is taken to a known prison called Gorge, which exists under the radar – no one knows where it is. You are tasked with avoiding all of the Constabulary’s henchmen and find the location of Gorge, all before sunrise. You will have many puzzles to solve and spells to craft to work your way out of many situations.

Mighty Maru game

This is where another vital piece will be required. Your Nex Band. This band interacts with the game using mods you purchase. The app will tell you what you’ll need ahead of time, so you can make the correct purchases and have everything in place. These mods fit onto the band, so you use what you need, when you need it. Five mods are recognizable at a time. These mods are basically charms you put on the band. As you use them to play the game, the data and your choices are saved in the Cloud. So the next time you slip on the charm, it will remember what you did last.

The overall concept of the Nex Band is mind numbing. I simply could not get over how rich it made the game experience. I felt like I was more into the game because of it. The other neat thing was that other players with a Nex Band and the correct charms can show up in your gaming experience when they are physically close enough to you.

The downside to the game is that you have to have the Nex Band. There is not much to it if you don’t have one. Not sure how much they cost, but I will say that once you make the purchase, it will be with you for the long haul and of great use beyond just gaming.

If you like a game with a good story line and are looking for an experience like no other, then get yourself a Nex Band and download Mighty Maru today!

Sweet Recipes for Easy Cooking

We all need a little inspiration sometimes and when it comes to cooking it is no different. We scratch our heads thinking about what we have in the pantry and how we can turn that into something scrumptious. Sweet Recipes, by Paolo Quattrociocchi, will definitely help you accomplish that!

Say goodbye to kitchen nightmares and last minute shopping. You can get organised chop-chop and create divine dishes with the help of this sweet app.

So what will it be, some ideas for appetizers, side dishes, or breakfast? Crystal clear pictures guide your way to what you are looking for. Simply click on the main course meal picture and you are taken to an array of heart-warming meals.

Do not fear if you are no Gordon Ramsay in the kitchen, Sweet Recipes caters for absolute beginners to self-proclaimed masterchefs. Just set the difficulty on “easy” and you are on your way to making “Seared Scallops With a Lemon-Parsley Sauce” – in a jiffy!

Clicking on a side dish of Creamy Pesto Pasta, you are able to see the cooking times, how many it will serve, a neat list of ingredients, and the step by step recipe and photo guide. The photos serve as a helpful tutor, giving you the confidence to create exactly what you see in the picture.

Sweet Recipes screenshot

How about something to satisfy your sweet tooth? So, let’s say you settle for the Raspberry Cheesecake Tart and you are missing a few ingredients. The app enables you to select those ingredients and create a shopping list. Handy, indeed!

Waiting for that roast in the oven? Brush up on your cooking vocabulary with the A-Z dictionary. Did you know that Au Gratin is a french term for a dish topped with a layer of either cheese or breadcrumbs mixed with butter?

Features

  • Beautiful and well-designed interface.
  • Six cooking categories to choose from: Appetizers, Breakfast, On the side, Soup, Main course, and Sweet.
  • Under each recipe is a step by step photo guide, showing users the exact stages of preparation.
  • Recipe preparation time, cooking time, and total cooking time are provided.
  • Personalize menus- great for those special occasions!
  • From the app, users are able to view recipes on the web.
  • With the ingredients available in your home, find the best recipes to try out.
  • Zoom in and out on recipes.
  • Enhance your vocab with the cooking dictionary.
  • Save your favorite recipes on the app.
  • All recipes are bright and different- try them all!
  • No internet connection is required to use Sweet Recipes.
  • No advertisements.
  • Contact button available

 

Maybe you are looking to try something easy and healthy, or you might be the adventurous cook who is attempting something challenging. Whoever you are and wherever your kitchen may be, prepare to be inspired with Sweet Recipes- Easy Cooking!

Kitchen Panic – A Kitchen Adventure

There are loads of games out there that bring that terrible thrill, but the creator of Kitchen Panic has brought us even more attention-grabbing game this time. It’s a great job they have done in making the whole experience so damn entertaining.

This is the kind of hysterical game with unique theme and brilliant mechanics. Yeah, it’s just another classic game, but it’s a really, really good one. Kitchen Panic is a fun, easy to play game which is a safe way to take your mind off your hectic daily tasks. It really has no age limit! It’s not embarrassing to still be playing phone games at your age! It makes you closer to your kitchen. It makes it more real to you.

Kitchen Panic is a game with smooth and interesting graphics. It has neat 2D graphics with funny characters of stuffs found in the kitchen. I was captivated by the blend of the foreground and background of the game in resonance with the characters, but simple design in all.

This game is about a wild action of the content of the kitchen on a beautiful night. It is a story about a potato trying to escape through the wild actions of the items in the kitchen. The potato, who is said to be an American, move along the 2D platform trying to jump over the enemies- the food items and other items found in the kitchen. The ultimate target is to get to the goal can! With an easy control using only cursor key and 2 buttons  for jump and dash, also for consecutive spin jumps to move freely in four directions, the potato run and run until it reaches the goal can.

Kitchen Panic

The fun part of the game is in the player navigating through the obstacles and running towards the goal to get to the end of the level. At the end of the level, the player collects power ups, regenerating stew for extra life and vegetables that helps to enjoy the game more.

With many levels on the game, the levels gradually increase in difficulty. The game should keep you busy for a fair amount of time as you focus on finishing a level in order to graduate to the next.

A good feature of the game that is enticing to most game lovers, is the built in Leaderboard option that lets one connect with other players and share their experience with other players around the world with friends. You can also take the game online to interact and challenge your friends in a whole new way.

Kitchen Panic is quite an interesting game, but it has these annoying ads at the end of each level. Also, there are in-app purchases which may be less advantageous for users who may not wish to make a purchase.

Features

  • 2D Platformer gameplay that enables potato to find its way out of the kitchen
  • Power-ups collected as rewards to make the game easier and more interesting
  • Easy controls for movement, dash, slide, jump, spin and to enter the doors.
  • Multiple levels that range in difficulty
  • Simple and Beautiful animated design attractive for all ages
  • Perfect soundtrack and sounds
  • Leaderboard to connect with other players around the world and share scores.

 

Kitchen Panic is among the best in its genre and is worth a try even if you’ve been frustrated by other games. Download it today!!!