The game starts with a warning. It in fact requests you not to imitate the stunts, and that they are done by professional cartoon characters! Well, however you wish, you wont be able to do all those whacky things performed by cartoon characters.
We are talking of Hackycat, an iOS game we stumbled upon recently. And by the way, if you ever thought of adopting a cuddly looking cat, the game has a lot, but virtual of course and the fun is that you can kick these cats and the game will give you more cats for you to keep kicking.
Ken Wong is behind the game’s design; need to say the game looks chubby just like the cats in the game. The intention of the game is to kick (that is to tap on the screen) the cats and flick them over to the “cheezburgers” so as to fill the Superkick meter.
Once you are done filling up the Superkick meter, there appears a cross where you get to kick the cats to outer space – that is literally kicking out from the game.
Cats rain on your playground in parachutes and continuous timely tapping will reward you with combos.
The game starts when choosing your athlete, Toby or Corrine. You can unlock other new characters by collecting cheezburgers in the game. Each character is equipped with a special ability – Toby has super charge ability. Characters will be level up with your gameplay progression.
The game has a great sense of level progression where there are bunch of interesting in-game stuffs to unlock. The App Store has the game for $0.99, and it does have Game Center support too.
Smartphones, with their app ecosystem, can assist most of our life’s activities. But after all, they are just apps and so we need to feed them with the coordinates to function. A majority of them are not sufficient to act without the use of our hands.
Tempo Smart Calendar App is claimed as one among them. It uses advanced artificial intelligence to give you exceptional assistance. Raj Singh, CEO and co-founder of Tempo AI, has a different vision to make something more innovative, which would be different from a run- of-the-mill basic utility app.
He feels the regular smartphones are semi-dump devices with a layer of apps which do what is asked to do. So his team thought of a calendar app that has brains to notify the user with relevant information about his/her plans and assist him/her in making the plan to work out with more ease.
Tempo Smart Calendar uses artificial intelligence and will act according to the person’s needs. If you have a meeting, it will remind you about that and could bring necessary details such as emails, navigational assist, documents or even a set up a conference call.
Tempo launched a few days ago on iOS and has became highly popular, which has now forced the company to introduce a reservation system to control the user flow. Going by what the company log says, “Due to the continued demand, we are implementing a reservation system”.
More than 100,000 people are waiting in the queue. The gate keeping method is letting users between 1000 and 3000 per hour to give the access to the app. So are you going for a reservation?
We could say smart phones have reached a point of no shortcomings – as of now. Reviews may point at some minor issues, but of course most of us can live with that. Packed with multi-core processors, sufficient RAM (equivalent to a low end PCs), fabulous displays, and storage space enough to hold our stuff, smartphones have come a long way.
One aspect these smart devices lack is in their battery power management. Since they are powerful devices with so many features, they tend to last only for the whole day and need to be plugged in at the end of every day.
Android users have been using various battery saving techniques to save some juice, and the biggest hassle in this regard is obviously big screens. Auto-brightness on Android never seem to be a great functionality, the screen gets dim in low light conditions and get brightened up in high light conditions. It’s not adaptive. And users always end up in accessing the manual slider bar to adjust brightness.
The Lux app might be a right solution in this regard. There are a lot of options in Lux to get right the brightness on varied conditions and thus save battery life. On default, called On Wake, it sets the brightness in accordance with illumination level at the time of unlocking the phone. This setting suits effective battery usage.
Other modes include Periodic mode, that will automatically adjust the backlight at certain time intervals and the Dynamic mode that puts brightness with the change in environment. If you feel bumped out with these settings, you can access the widget or app tray icon to change it manually.
A significant aspect about this app is the brightness dim level it offers. It can go to negative values, there will be nothing on screen if it is set to the minimum. You can download the free version for test sake but it some features will only unlock with paid version. If you like it you can grab it for $2.49
Nike FuelBand is a wearable pedometer that can track your movement, and it will tell you how much calories you have burned. Based on your movement, it will rate you with fuel points. So judging from the points you earn, you can reschedule our exercise routines to get more points. Hopefully for the iOS users, there is an app that can sync the device via Bluetooth to the computer without the hassle of USB.
Nike had promised one that will be show up at the Play Store by summer 2012. Guys at Droid Life reached out to Nike on the matter, and they replied they are no longer on the course of developing an Android app for the FuelBand. With an official tweet and a more detailed statement, Nike said they are focusing on FuelBand experience on the iOS platform.
So we guess the Android users who have a FuelBand and had racked up fuel points on will continue with the “plugging-in the band” process with USB on your PCs and Macs.
If they meant a suspension of the Android thought for some period, there is still a chance to see an Android version. That would of course be welcoming.
We like playing with words, literally! Like everyone else, we too love Hangman. We recently ended up on Wordsplosion that endorses the same idea, but it doesn’t hang the human though. Created by Concrete Software, the iOS game challenges us to guess a five letter word on each level in a given time.
Don’t worry if you are left without any clue; the game will give you the first letter to fill the vocabulary. What if you don’t get the right word within the stipulated time? It will end up taking your life. You will be given certain number of lives at each level and how well you play will determine how long you live.
The game throws up some amount of difficulty to get the exact words before running out of time, and it has a great lore of words in its library to make you sweat.
The splashy interface, cool animation and remarkable music get you in its grip within the first second you enter into a challenge. The game is fast paced and that adds more tension to the overall gameplay.
The game has Game Center support so that you can compare your scores online with other players all around the world.
Wordsplosion comes free, but if you want to get rid of the ads, make an in-app purchase for $2.99, and get cracking.