Hero Legends Keeps You Glued on Your Seats

If you like comic characters and want something very similar to lay your hands on when it comes to playing games, here is one offered by Fire-point interactive Inc. that will blow your mind away with its 2D characters and beautiful storyline as you progress through the game. It is the “Hero Legends” which is a role play game that will have players glued on to their seats for hours with its exciting stories and the accomplishments one needs to achieve in order to complete a story.

Hero Legends is game with smooth interesting graphics and the story lies along the lines of battle between the good and the bad. There are these two armies by the name “Order” and “Chaos” and they fight against each other for a totally different purpose. You sign in with your play store id and start playing the game instantly with no formal set up required.

Talking about the armies, the “Order” team is one that strives to restore order or peace in the world by attacking the evil doers, which is the “Chaos” team. The order team are descendants of the angels in contrast to the chaos team that are descendants of the devil.

During your first login and initial setups, you will be given the choice to choose either one of these two teams. You also get to choose a name that you wish to have for yourself as the hero or to choose one at random from the game’s database. You then move on to the expedition where you fight your battle against the opponent.

Hero Legends games app

There are a total of 8 stories with a particular number of levels for each story. When you gain victory over each level, you will be given the option depending on your mission, to either restore peace or increase chaos. You can also build your army by recruiting new warriors and can unlock important landmarks and buildings, for example, the observatory can be unlocked by completing level 13 and the council hall can be unlocked by completing level 10.

Spinning your floating city can also take you to other areas where you see what is around, meet new people, look for what to conquer, and collect food, gold coins, etc.

  • On completion of each level, you can look at stats of friends and enemies.
  • The requirement to complete certain number of levels in order to unlock something keeps the player hooked on and engaged, looking forward to the excitements in store.
  • Treasure chests appear while fighting the battle which are an added bonus that lead to various collections.
  • Completing each level also lets the player to build their army.
  • The quests are short thereby not putting the player through stressful difficult tasks that may require multiple attempts before completion.
  • Each story has hidden levels that can be unlocked by collecting or unlocking the stars.
  • There is a chat option that lets the player get in touch with world players on the main channel or have a private one to one chat through the “Whisper” channel.
  • The game has neat 2D graphics with beautiful comic characters.
  • The “Auto battle” option lets the battle take place automatically without any player input. However, I find it somewhat funny, as playing a game is all about the player using strategies to fight their enemies and not letting it happen automatically.

 

It would be nice to have more choices for the player to choose who to recruit and what training should be given depending on the wealth a player has gathered through the battle. More control on using the power and introduction of temporary or upgraded weapons with each level could be an added advantage for Hero Legends.

Track Your Income and Expenditure with Actfi

Who doesn’t like using simple, less complicated apps in these crazy days where finding time to have a relaxing cup of tea has become something eventful to wait for? Gone are those days when people wrote long lists of their incomes and expenditure or even kept typing up those figures on long excel spreadsheets with those formulae and other calculations to handle! And yeah, what about the reminder part? You need to get that in your head somehow?

No, here is a solution to all the frustrations that you have been going through all these days and Actfi, the simple and powerful app will take care of all these for you.

It has a very simple interface that even a novice can get their hands on immediately without any complication. Yes, it is very straightforward in the fact that you just answer a few questions that the app asks you and voila, you have it all set up and running. Actfi then takes care of everything after your initial input is complete! It is that simple.

Actfi as two major tabs that you will be looking into at all times: the income tab and the expenses tab.

First time users will be guided through a page where you are given a set of questions to enter your income details like, type of payment, for example your salary or employer name or job title or if it is retirement money, (name it whatever way suits you). You then input how often you receive this payment (one time, daily, weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, monthly, yearly because this can vary with individuals), then choose if the above amount fluctuates as this varies for hourly paid individuals, last time you were paid (input date), input the amount you got paid and choose whether to have notifications on / off and hit “Go.”

Actfi

This income now gets added to your Actfi profile. The next part is to add the expenses, as this is what needs to be kept under control and monitored right?

Ok, in order to do that, on the expenses page, describe the expense, input how often it is due, amount due, last time it was due, choose to turn notifications on / off and hit “Go.” That is it, you are good to start using this app. Your financial assistant is all set up and ready to be used.

You can add as many number of income and expenses from these individual pages by tapping the “Add” button on top and Actfi puts the next due date for you based on the last time it was due. You can choose to show past occurrences or not. Also this information can be edited anytime if ever anything changes.

An interesting fact about Actfi is, it not only shows you the income and expenses due, but when you tap on each type of income, it creates a graph in the form of a pie chart that clearly tells you graphically what your expenses and income are along with a little description of the data. This helps you compare side by side where your money goes and how it can be controlled. There is also a suggestion of how much or what percentage of your income can be saved and how.

Personally speaking, a total of the income and expenditure along with net savings could be calculated and shown with net figures carried over to a savings tab, thereby helping users know what is available.

myVEGAS Slots – Play like you’re in Vegas – and then Go!

If you are a Vegas junkie and just can’t get enough, then download MyVEGAS Slots now! It’s a free download that provides hours of fun for those times when you can’t make a trip; and if you can make the trip, it brings trip planning ease to your fingertips.

myVEGAS is a slot machine game that works on both iPhones and iPads. Built to mimic the menagerie of Vegas and its multitude of games, it offers something that many other slot gaming apps do not – real life prizes that you can use, not just in-app winnings.

While the real prizes do not include money, they do include free trips to Vegas, complete with stays, dining and more, depending on what you have won.

As easy to use as most other gaming apps, myVEGAS makes the fun real by offering these prize trips, making the stakes worth winning and keeping you engrossed and excited. Winning in-app coins can get meaningless after some time, which is why MyVegas is a cut above the rest.

Partners in Vegas include The Bellagio, MGM Grand, Royal Caribbean, New York New York, Mirage, and more. You can win trips to get there, nights to stay for free, meals, and even tickets to see shows on the strip. You could not ask for more.

On the gaming side, some of the more popular slots include Frontier Fortune, Pirate Cove, Luxor, and many others. Newer games feature basketball star Shaquille O’Neal in Caddy Shaq and ShaqJack – I found this amusing.

There are enough slots to keep you playing for hours on end. While how you play is nothing unique, the winnings are, because the more in-app credits you get, the closer to move towards real prizes. Slot play is just as it would be in any other slot machine game; you put up credits and press the button. The reels move and slowly come to a stop to reveal a pattern that may or may not reap you rewards.

myVEGAS Slots is for newbies and seasoned players alike. Anyone can extract a ton of fun from the many games that are offered; but of course, no kids allowed.

Games with higher payouts become available as you move up in credit count, but believe me when I say it won’t take long to get there. I would like for the game to make it a bit easier to get to that point without having to pay for credits, but I guess nothing comes for free.

Until then, I am going to enjoy my slot games and keep hoping for that big win because I could sure use a trip to Vegas right now! This game is also available on Android.

Become a Bastard Emperor on Gladiator Bastards

Gladiator Bastards as the name suggests, is an arcade game where you show your skills and fight against characters to pass through each level to become the Bastard Emperor. That’s when the game stops! This game has some really cool graphics and is developed so beautifully that you can sometimes get lost in it focussed on the achievements.

Gladiator Bastards is not that huge an app compared to some arcade games that come in huge sizes, but can be quickly downloaded if you have an internet connection with moderate speed and can be installed without any fuss.

As far as settings are concerned, you can choose to have the music and sound FX on or off, choose language to be either English or Chinese, your achievements can be viewed using the achievements button, set Everyplay recording on or off (setting it on will require app access to take photos and videos + record audio), reset game data if ever necessary (this process cannot be undone) and finally change Gamer ID and picture!

When you start the game, you are presented with a screen where you can see how many coins you have (initially you have 0 coins if this is your initial start), any achievements (for example, you have to prove yourself to be a skilled fighter when it comes to throwing projectiles to get the “Knives of the avenger” medal. When your enemies are afraid of your magnificent air attack techniques, you will be awarded the “Death from above.”) and the six characters available to choose from (only two are unlocked initially, others require coins to unlock).

Gladiator Bastards app

Tapping the screen opens the game area, where you have a joystick that controls your movement (left, right, jump and crouch) and three buttons labelled A, B and C that have skills with different strengths; A being the mildest and C being the strongest.

As you fight against your enemy, you use the weapons and skills that you have (each character possesses different weapons, power and skills) and fight the enemy. Using a combination of the joystick and power buttons lets you portray different skills to attack the opponent.

Progress bars or gauges for each fighter is displayed on top, with two colours; one that is red coloured for life or stamina and the yellow one for skills and survival. As the game progresses, the red bar keeps decreasing, showing that your stamina or life is decreasing and depending on the skills you portray while fighting, the yellow bar progresses. There are three parts on this gauge; I, II and III and as the bar progresses past these values, you get a special move for each.

Features of Gladiator Bastards:

  1. You are able to choose a character among six available, provided you have coins to unlock the four locked characters.
  2. You can record your game play and share them using Everyplay on the social media
  3. You can compare your score and skill levels with your friends on the leadership board and see how you rank amongst them.
  4. With each achievement, you are given a medal and these can be shared with your friends and others on social media.
  5. The achievements waiting to be accomplished on the list keeps you focussed on the game and helps you wisely make moves to attack the enemy

There are videos that come in between levels, showing up as giving you bonus rewards of gold coins if you watch them, but they look and feel like unwanted and unrelated videos with respect to the actual game.

Feed the Spider – Fun Time Feeding a Spider and Learning Trivia

Not all gaming app are created equal. If you are tired of the high intensity games and seek something simpler that entertains for hours, look no further. Feed the Spider will keep you coming back for more and you will never get enough.

With enhanced background sounds and backdrops that add to the adventure, it’s a game that excites gamers young and old. I usually don’t go for games that look trivial on the surface, but this game is nothing like that, at all!

So, who is the spider and how do you feed it? Your spider is a Black Widow, and she is very hungry. Spiders like to eat other insects, so your missing is to capture as many insects as you can to fill your spider’s belly. You simply tap and swipe them toward the spider’s mouth, and watch as it gobbles the insect up.

Another tactic you can use to capture more than one insect at a time is to make a set a trap, made of spider’s web, of course. Tap on the spider and lash out at the bug to ensnare it and bring it in, just as a real spider would. If you choose to use this tactic, be careful not to trap the spider itself, lest you make it trip over itself!

The game seems overtly simple on the surface, but it is far from that. You will find yourself hooked, line and sinker, once you start game play; and don’t worry about getting bored, because that will not happened.

As you move through screens, you will get an assortment of insects to nourish your spider: flies, beetles, mosquitoes, and bumblebees, to name a few. As they fly or waddle by, you have to think quick and act fast to tap it into Ms. Widow’s mouth, before it disappears.

Feed the Spider has over 1200 levels of challenging scenarios and games that gradually increase from the starting level onward. You also will get to play against three different types of forest backdrops, keeping the game new with every turn.

As you play, you will also get opportunities to collect daily bonuses, which help you survive games and move through levels. Bonus points are not the only bonus you get, you also can learn lots about spiders as you play. The game spits out spider trivia every so often, so you get a learning experience along with your entertainment! Not many games can claim that.

I loved the graphics and the cartoonish imagery, which enhance the fun of the game. If I could ask for any improvements, it would be to maybe add a few different types of games in addition to Spin the Spider. Just feeding the spider and playing the one game can get monotonous.

Outside of that, Feed the Spider is a treat for all. While it looks like it would only be fun for kids, nothing could be farther from the truth. I spent hours playing it and could not put it down – which made it very difficult for me to keep my kids off as well!

Create Pieces of Art with Paintastic

Are you a fan of digital sketching and painting? If yes, Paintastic is an excellent app that will let you do exactly that and even more let your creative thoughts come into life. It allows you to create pieces of art that you can use as designs for various purposes that can be either printed or shared online. 

Once the user opens the app, they see a default screen with lot of options at the bottom of the screen that the user can utilize to create their drawing or painting. There are also the undo and redo button at the top right of the screen so that it is easier to just perform these actions if a bulk erase or redo of a previous work is required. There are options to

    • Change color of the pencil or paintbrush
    • Change background color of the palette
    • Add jitter (where you can change size, opacity and add different effects to the jitter like blur, emboss, deboss, neon, glow, outline). You can also choose whether to have smooth edges or not for your jitter, adjust the size, etc.
    • Add basic outline shapes, basic fill shapes like heart, flower, star, etc., floral shapes, smileys, frames & borders, celestial, arrows, card suits, puzzle pieces, objects shapes and random stencils that are free to use. However, there are other shapes like stick figures, transport, buildings & structures, ribbons & badges, speech bubbles, flowchart symbols and fruits, that can also be added to your drawing. You will need to pay to unlock all shapes. These shapes can be inserted directly or as post-transform where you can rotate and transform the added shapes. You also have control over the sizes for these images and can add effects like grayscale, saturation and color filters.

  • Add festival related shapes (There are festival related themes added in the app that include shapes like Christmas tree, candy stick, snowflakes, which will help the user to create holiday greetings during season times).
  • Add text (The text option allows you to add text to your drawings; for example, captions and also to add different effects/filters to the text). You can also add styles to your text like bold, italic and underlined and shapes for the text like linear, arc, box and custom curve. There are a few fonts to choose from too. These text can be inserted directly or can be post transformed. The user has control over the size of the text as well.
  • The eraser lets you erase unwanted information and the size of it can be changed according to needs.
  • The paint bucket tool lets the user fill in the background with a particular color.
  • The selection tool lets the user to move, crop, rotate, resize, etc. like in any other photo editing app
  • Other than these, there are the scratch mode and color picker tools. 

 

Features: 

The user can

  • Insert picture to the created art, and the app lets the user do photo editing and to make collages. The user can also add pictures to their drawings
  • Save foreground of the art that they have created
  • Share drawing on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Email and others.
  • Add artist name to tell the world who created the art 

Cons:

  • A tutorial to use some of the features of Paintastic would be greatly beneficial, if not at least a tip on the screen for first time users as some of the options at the bottom of the screen did not seem to be self explanatory

 

Cookie Crush Crazy – A New Cookie Blast Game

If you are a fan of the famous game Candy Crush, then I bet you’ll love this game where you crush ingredients in order to help a chef build cookie in each level. This is a cookie blast game powered by Unity and is available free on the play store.

Cookie Crush Crazy is a game where you crush ingredients by matching a minimum of three ingredients of the same type and color. It is a game where you strategically plan and crush the required amount of ingredients in the given number of moves. In case you fail to accomplish this, you can replay the level, provided that you have enough life. The player can also buy extra moves (in case they run out of moves), using coins they may have.

The task that the player accomplishes in the game is helping a cook to obtain the required ingredients for his cookie recipes. Each level has a cookie with different requirements in the amount and type of ingredients required for each recipe and you as a player crushes these ingredients in order for the chef to acquire them to make the recipe.

Once downloaded, the Cookie Crush Crazy app installs itself in your device. On opening the app, tapping on “Play Game” will let you start playing the game. You start with level 1 and complete each level to move on to the next.

You can collect 3 stars in each level, you earn stars as you progress through the level continuing ahead and collecting all the three stars while completing a level.

Cookie Crush Crazy

The player starts with 5 lives while starting level 1. Each time you fail to finish the level in the given number of moves, you lose a life.

When it comes to settings, you can turn music or sound on / off by tapping those icons at the bottom left of the screen.

Initially when you start the app and tap “Play game”, you choose level 1 to start the game. At each level, collecting various ingredients is required in order for you to complete the required level.

You can login with Facebook and earn an extra 200 coins. This lets you see the progress of your friends and also helps to share  and request coins, lives, etc. when required.

The fun part of the game is, you need to help the cook collect ingredients to prepare the cookie recipe. You match 3 or more of the same ingredients and crush them thereby collecting ingredients and in each level you will be given a target and certain number of moves to collect all the required ingredients. What you need to do is, use these moves, collect ingredients and help the chef make the cookie.

Completing a level gives you stars based on the number of moves in which you completed the game and if you complete a level before the number of moves run out, you get bonus for all remaining moves. If you run out of moves, you can purchase moves using coins or skip the level using more coins.

There are loads of exciting levels to be accomplished and the difficulty increases with each level, so does the excitement.

Cookie Crush Crazy is quite an interesting mind game, but there are these annoying ads after completion of each level. Also there are in app purchases which may be less advantageous for users who may not wish to make a purchase.

Spritzr – Get Matchmaking Suggestions from Friends

Are you looking for a match but worried about signing up into random websites where you are among a bunch of total strangers? Do not worry. You have the first ever match making app Spritzr that has the facility where you can hang out with your own friends with match making suggestions coming in for you from your friends themselves. That’s a relief isn’t it?

Spritzr is a free app available on the play store and it can be just downloaded and installed. On opening the app, it requests to sign in with Facebook. The app claims that it doesn’t post on Facebook but needs to sign in with Facebook as it is used to check for security and accuracy.

When signing in with Facebook, Spritzr requests access to public profile, friends list, date of birth and photos without which a user cannot use this app.

Once signed in, the app requests the user to choose their path from 2 given options.

  • In a relationship – Choosing this option lets you suggest matches for friends who are single. It takes you off the market and labels you as a matchmaker
  • Single – Choosing this option or path is perfect if you are looking for quality matches

If you aren’t sure of either of the above, you can always choose the most appropriate one and switch to another one later.

On choosing this option, you are taken to a page where you have 2 tabs. One is “Friends” tab where you play matchmaker for the Spritzr community. Here you are given 10 matches for a day to suggest for your friends. You can invite friends to join the community as well.

Spritzr

Other is the “Community” tab where you can suggest matches for people other than your friends but are looking for one match.

When viewing each profile, there is an information “i” icon that will let you view information like height, personal information like, how many kids, etc., qualification, a short profile with interests and some photos. Below this profile, there is a list of suggestions to recommend for matchmaking and you as a matchmaker can suggest appropriate matchers from these candidates for them.

Spritzr takes you to a page where you enter your information like, gender, who you are looking for (e.g. man or woman) and where you are looking for (location, needs entering postcode) and based on the post code entered, Spritzr will fetch location.

You are then taken to a page where you input information like a short introduction / description of yourself, gender, interested in man or woman, height, smoker or not, religious faith (optional), politics (optional), kids (optional), education (your highest qualification), school (name of school that you attended), work, interests (should choose 3+) and finish profile.

Once you have completed the above, you will be taken to a page where you have 2 tabs. The “Friends” tab where you play matchmaker for the Spritzr community and the “Community” tab where you can suggest matches for people who are looking for one.

The menu for Spritzr is on the top left side of the app window. Below are the features of the app.

  • Shows the number of Karma points and number of friends
  • Suggestions – Tapping this shows suggestions based on the profile that you have created
  • Messages – This tab has any messages that you may have received from friends or others
  • Settings – Tapping this, the user can set up notifications for new messages, successful matches and when new friends join

While Spritzr may seem attractive and safe cos you hang out among a bunch of friends and match suggestions come from them, there are some negatives like it cannot be used without signing into a Facebook account.

Grand Home Management with Gideon Smart Home

While home may be where the heart is, with our busy lives we often find ourselves away from home than in it. This makes management of our home through the magic of remote access essential to our modern way of living. Making that access and control convenient and seamless is what Gideon Smart Home integration app available on Google Play.

Imagine being able to control your thermostat setting from work so you don’t run the heater or a/c when no one is home. How about being able to tap into your security system’s camera after 4pm so you can make sure the kids got home safe?

You can buy so many gadgets to control technology in your home, but who wants to use different apps to control each piece? Gideon downloads to any of your Android devices and brings accessibility to all of your home technologies to you, in one simple and easy to use app.

There are over 50 different types of devices that Gideon currently connects and controls, including:

  • Rheem water heaters
  • Nest Thermostat, Protect, Smoke Alarms, and Cam
  • Quirky and GE air conditioners
  • Lutron lights and blinds
  • Sonos Play 1, 3, and 5
  • Netatmo Welcome, Thermostat, Module, and Weather Station
  • And so many more…

Gideon

Once you download the app, which is available for free, you simply look for the products you want to connect to and establish the link. It’s that simple.

What is really cool is the easy-on-the-eye black background. I found it extremely pleasing to use, both during day and night.

After creating all the connections you need, you can further simplify your control over the technologies by creating scheduled programs that collate and execute set commands. For instance, if you want the temp at 70 degrees, the kitchen window shades opened, and the island light ON all at 6:00am, you can create a “Wake Up” protocol and define these parameters for those functions. You can also state what days you want to run and for what duration.

It allows you to take full advantage of the automated technologies you have invested in.

If you have multiple properties, you can use Gideon to program in connectivity to each property. Each property will have its own lists of devices it connects to, its own preset programs, etc.

Gideon also allows for connectivity amongst some of the devices. Let’s say the furnace is not working and the kids will be getting home in about one hour. Gideon allows you to have failsafes in place to make sure the house is warm before the kids arrive. You can program in code to say if the furnace is not working, turn on the gas fireplace. Gideon will alert you to the problem when it happens and will also let you know that your backup has been engaged.