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Android Gaming Update (Part 3) Games | My Reviews 24 JUN 2013

I recently purchased a Proline Smart AK888-13 9.7″ Dual-Core Tablet from Loot.co.za for the low price of R2,099, featuring a 1.6GHz Cortex A9 Dual-Core CPU, a 10 point multi-touch capacitive screen with a resolution of 1024×768 (4:3), 1GB memory backed up by a 16GB NAND memory capacity, and running the fantastic Android 4.1 Jellybean OS. No 3G but obviously Wi-Fi and BlueTooth capable.

In other words, not a high-spec tablet like your Apple iPad or your Samsung Galaxy Tab, but a very serviceable, extremely well priced, Chinese manufactured (Proline simple imports and brands them) mid-range tablet with a nice solid and fashionable design, good handling and the surprising ability to play 3D games rather well.

So with the wonderous Google Play store at my finger tips, this is part 3 of the list of games I find myself currently playing (and enjoying) on my new entertainment device: (You can find Part 1 of the list here and Part 2 of the list here).

dungeon hunter 4 android game

Note that all of these follow the so-called ‘Free-mium’ model, i.e. they are free to download and play, but do feature advertising and do offer additional in-app purchases that allow you to progress through the game faster or gain access to better equipment or abilities. You get what you pay for in the end…

Heroes of Destiny (2013): This action RPG sees you directing a team of upgradeable heroes, each with their own unique strengths and skills, through a fantasy world of woods, towns, forests and dungeons, taking on foes and collecting loot in the process. Their quest: free the Kingdom of Lerona and beyond from the corrupting influence of the mysterious evil known simply as the Darkness. The visuals are slick and the gameplay quite enjoyable, making this a worthy action RPG to spend some of your valuable free time on!
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glu.epicheroes

Aces of the Luftwaffe (2013): This smoothly animated, vertically scrolling shoot ‘em up puts you in the seat of an heroic Allied fighter plane, taking on horde after horde of evil Axis fighters. The gameplay is fast and relentless (as expected from this genre), as you frantically dodge bullets and planes that seem to be coming at you from all directions, all the time! Addictive fun that saw me wasting more than just a few hours away on this one!
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hg.aotl

Drunk Vikings (2013): This is an interesting one, in essence a tower defence game which puts you as a dragon atop your nest which rests on a rocky spire. Unfortunately for you, drunken vikings are rather keen to mess with you and knock your home down, meaning you need to move your fingers fast to flick and toss away the marauding vikings, who seem to be coming at you from angles. Luckily you have some pretty useful powers and potions to help in the struggle, but bear in mind, this is NOT going to be an easy task! Its comical and surprisingly difficult, but I have to be honest, it didn’t hold my attention for very long. That said, it certainly was something a little different, so well worth checking out based on that alone!
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alawar.DrunkVikings

Dungeon Hunter 4 (2013): A very polished, slick and visually excellent hack and slash action RPG from the development team over at Gameloft. Dungeon Hunter 4 features a suitably epic storyline (as expected given the high quality of the previous games in the series) and is a superb quality dungeon crawler that will have you killing all types of enemies, building up your stats, and happily collecting loot as you trudge through gloomy environment after gloomy environment. If Diablo style games of sword swinging and spell casting chaos are up your alley, then Dungeon Hunter 4 will certainly not disappoint!
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftD4HM

KungFu Rabbit (2013): This enjoyable platformer places you as the only surviving rabbit who manages to escape the temple of rabbits during the Universal Evil’s deadly purge. Now it is up to you to take revenge, as you jump from roof to roof, slide gracefully along walls, sneak up on your enemies and rip them to shreds! It’s cute, features a well implemented platforming control scheme, and has enough logic-draining puzzles to make for an entertaining time waster.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bulkypix.KFR

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Android Gaming Update (Part 2) Games | My Reviews 18 JUN 2013

I recently purchased a Proline Smart AK888-13 9.7″ Dual-Core Tablet from Loot.co.za for the low price of R2,099, featuring a 1.6GHz Cortex A9 Dual-Core CPU, a 10 point multi-touch capacitive screen with a resolution of 1024×768 (4:3), 1GB memory backed up by a 16GB NAND memory capacity, and running the fantastic Android 4.1 Jellybean OS. No 3G but obviously Wi-Fi and BlueTooth capable.

In other words, not a high-spec tablet like your Apple iPad or your Samsung Galaxy Tab, but a very serviceable, extremely well priced, Chinese manufactured (Proline simple imports and brands them) mid-range tablet with a nice solid and fashionable design, good handling and the surprising ability to play 3D games rather well.

So with the wonderous Google Play store at my finger tips, this is part 2 of the list of games I find myself currently playing (and enjoying) on my new entertainment device: (You can find Part 1 of the list here).

frontline commando d-day android game

Note that all of these follow the so-called ‘Free-mium’ model, i.e. they are free to download and play, but do feature advertising and do offer additional in-app purchases that allow you to progress through the game faster or gain access to better equipment or abilities. You get what you pay for in the end…

Angry Birds Star Wars (2013): By now pretty much everyone on the planet has been exposed to the addictive and enjoyable casual gaming experience that is Angry Birds, basically a game that allows you to catapult different types of birds (each with their own special abilities) at some nasty pigs and the structures that they inhabit. Well Angry Birds Star Wars is the next evolution of the title and marries the gameplay of the first game and the follow up Angry Birds Space into one, heavily Star Wars referenced game. To be honest, unless you’re a Star Wars fan then you’re not really going to enjoy this one, as a lot of the charm is lost in space, and I must admit, the Jedi powered and laser pistol equipped birds seemed to reduce the difficulty of the game, meaning that I didn’t quite get as much enjoyment out of it like I got out of the first.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsstarwars.ads.iap

Candy Crush Saga (2012): In the same vein as Bejeweled and the countless variants before and after that, Candy Crush Saga is a surprisingly enjoyable and addictive puzzle game that sees you switching and matching board after board of brightly coloured candies, trying desperately to unlock the powers of a long string match in the hopes of beating whatever winning condition needs to be met before your allotted moves run out. Very addictive and I found myself particularly enjoying this one!
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.king.candycrushsaga

Frontline Commando: D-Day (2013): Frontline Commando is an impressive third person shooter that is set in World War II and sees you controlling a commando taking on the D-Day battle of Normandy, making the beach landing, clearing the trenches and ultimately taking the fight right up to the Axis soldiers. The 3D graphics and sound are fantastic if you consider that this is a mobile game, and this third person shooter makes for a very enjoyable break from the more simpler games currently populating the mobile gaming world.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glu.flcn_new

Dragon Slayer (2013): Dragon Slayer is another polished hit from the excellent mobile game producer Glu Mobile, and this around you are tasked with travelling around a fantasy world and slaying troublesome, mountainous dragons, reptiles and wyverns! Basically the game is made up of a series of battles, where your character model faces off against a fearsome creature and you have to dodge and time your attacks, learning the beast’s unique attack pattern in order to defeat it before your health bar can run out. Gorgeous 3D graphics and action-packed gameplay makes this quite the enjoyable action title to pick up!
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glu.dragonslayer

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Still to come: Heroes of Destiny, Drunk Vikings, Dungeon Hunter 4, Aces of the Luftwaffe, and KungFu Rabbit…

Android Gaming Update (Part 1) Games | My Reviews 16 MAY 2013

I recently purchased a Proline Smart AK888-13 9.7″ Dual-Core Tablet from Loot.co.za for the low price of R2,099, featuring a 1.6GHz Cortex A9 Dual-Core CPU, a 10 point multi-touch capacitive screen with a resolution of 1024×768 (4:3), 1GB memory backed up by a 16GB NAND memory capacity, and running the fantastic Android 4.1 Jellybean OS.

No 3G but obviously Wi-Fi and BlueTooth capable.

In other words, not a high-spec tablet like your Apple iPad or your Samsung Galaxy Tab, but a very serviceable, extremely well priced, Chinese manufactured (Proline simple imports and brands them) mid-range tablet with a nice solid and fashionable design, good handling and the surprising ability to play 3D games rather well.

An unexpected but rather nice bonus I might add.

So with the wonderous Google Play store at my finger tips, this is the list of games I find myself currently playing (and enjoying) on my new entertainment device:

guns n glory ww2 android game

Note that all of these follow the so-called ‘Free-mium’ model, i.e. they are free to download and play, but do feature advertising and do offer additional in-app purchases that allow you to progress through the game faster or gain access to better equipment or abilities. You get what you pay for in the end…

Temple Run 2 (2013): The follow-up to the original popular and successful Temple Run endless running game, and is basically a fun time waster which sees you running through an endless maze collecting coins and power-ups, all while dodging, jumping over gaps and sliding under obstacles, trying to stay one step ahead of a hairy bunch of ape monsters following just one step behind! Now I’m not a huge fan of endless running games so this didn’t hold my attention for all that long, but it is definitely worth a look thanks to great 3D graphics, presentation and implementation. Plus, it’s always nice to beat a buddy’s run distance…
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.imangi.templerun2

Nun Attack (2013): A particularly enjoyable and creative game, Nun Attack puts you in control of a customizable squad of nuns who are attempting to bring down one of their own and need to navigate their way through a number of spooky levels featuring all manner of skeletons, goblins and werewolves, not to mention menacing and explosive portals. Each nun comes with a special attack ability and a number of customizable weapons, meaning it is up to you to come up with the combination that works best for you in progressing forward. Clever mixing between modes of play and a fun cartoon style makes for an entertaining romp that is certainly worth picking up if you have some time to waste or just like the idea of nuns with guns.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frimastudio.NunAttack

Monster Shooter (2013): A dual-stick shooter that sees cutely animated monsters do battle as your heavily (and customizable) armed monster tackles wave after wave of octopus aliens and other alien creepies, all from an engaging top down view. Good graphics, fun gameplay and a surprising large amount of alien blood and gore makes for quite the entertaining mobile gaming time waster.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamelion.MonsterShooter

League of Heroes (2013): A bit too on the cutesy side for me to be honest, but basically this is your run of the mill top down action RPG that sees you adventuring around and hitting cute monsters, foes and bosses, all while leveling up your stats, gear, and abilities. A polished package for sure, but like I said, a little bit too cutesy for my liking.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gamelion.loh

Jetpack Joyride (2012): An endless runner type game which sees you trying to constantly beat your distance covered with every run, the hook here being that you’re a guy piloting a machine gun jetpack, meaning that there is plenty of controlled jumping, flying and dodging of obstacles to have. To spice things up, special vehicle pickups are also thrown into the mix, as well as a lucky slots machine and some nifty gadgets to upgrade your abilities. A well put together package which is polished, implements its mechanics well and is fairly enjoyable to play. Oh, and the cartoony art is pretty fun too.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.halfbrick.jetpackjoyride

Guns ‘n Glory WW2 (2013): Basically a tower defense type game which sees you commanding either an Allied or a Axis force from a top down view, desperately defending your base from wave after wave of approaching enemy. It is a well implemented, good looking (if a little cartoony) game that feature a nice mix of units and is surprisingly enjoyable to play.
Related Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hg.gunsandglory2free

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Still to come: Angry Birds Star Wars, Candy Crush Saga, D-Day, Dragon Slayer, Heroes of Destiny, Drunk Vikings, Dungeon Hunter 4, Aces of the Luftwaffe, and KungFu Rabbit…

My Jellybean’s Beating Heart My Life 07 JUN 2010

Last Friday was a momentous occasion for both Chantelle and myself – it marked our first ever ultrasound scan of the Jellybean, at last turning what is currently said to be so into something that is more of a concrete reality – an affirmation that in a couple of months’ time, I WILL be a father.

And that simply put, is big.

I requested to work the day from home and so late Friday morning I found myself following Chantelle’s Getz down the N1 in order to make our appointment at Louis Leipoldt in Bellville, one of the oldest private hospitals in the Western Cape and co-incidentally the hospital at which both Chantelle and I were originally delivered. Now the reason we were coming all the way out there instead of going to the much closer Vergelegen in Somerset West is partly due to restrictions placed upon us by Chantelle’s KeyCare Discovery medical aid plan and partly due to the high recommendations this one particular gynaecologist was receiving from all our friends: Dr. Adele Roux.

The visit itself wasn’t particularly long or complicated, we eventually found the right building after starting out at the wrong one, we found Dr. Roux’s offices, Chantelle filled out the necessary forms while I admired the rented Bonsai trees and paged through those magazines that only seem to exist in doctors’ quarters, before Dr. Roux called us in for our turn.

Pleasingly Dr. Roux came across exactly as she had been described to us by our friends and I must say, after my first impression and meeting with this woman, I really am quite fond of her as a doctor and really wouldn’t mind sticking with her all the way through this great event of ours. We had an enjoyable chat covering all the usual things first time would be parents talk about I suppose, before she led Chantelle into a little side room where they covered everything that needed to be covered, before I got the call up to come and join them and have a little look-see.

And there it was – my little Jellybean, the result of mommy’s and daddy’s chromosomes getting friendly with one another!

It really is an amazing sight. There isn’t much there to see, some dark areas and some light spots, but once the doctor started talking us through it all and the moment I saw that tiny little heart beating like there’s no tomorrow in that small shapeless blob, I can’t even begin to explain the emotions that ran through my body. (Though if it helps, Chantelle is said to have shed a tear on seeing that grainy black and white image!)

That is my child.

From the measurement of 19mm in length, the machine places our child to be at 8 weeks and 3 days old, meaning that if all goes well we will be looking at a birth somewhere around the 13th of January 2011 – so if that isn’t something to look forward to, then I certainly don’t know what is! :)

Our Jellybean. You can already see its little arms and legs protuding out of the main blobby.

(P.S. Despite the fact that Chantelle has not managed to produce the twins I had put in our contract, I’m sure she’ll be relieved to hear that I’m not going to divorce her after all – just in case she’s still wondering! :P)

(P.P.S. I had the doctor highlight every nook and cranny to make sure the second Jellybean wasn’t hiding anywhere. This proved to be particularly difficult with Chantelle laughing the whole time.)

The Coming Age of Aunties and Uncles My Life 14 MAY 2010

So for any of you who have not yet been informed (telephone account is going to be high this month!), Chantelle and I are delighted to announce that we are indeed four weeks pregnant, with the blood test having confirmed all this on Wednesday 13 May 2010.

(Wow, nice turnaround time PathCare!)

As I’ve mentioned before, we literally started trying for a child a month ago, meaning that no matter what happens from now henceforth, at least Chantelle and I now know that conceiving is simply no hassle for awesome people such as ourselves, which of course bodes well when we start planning for the second (and last) addition to our family later on in life – hey, got to get this first one out of the way first – unless it’s twins of course – which I’m rooting for by the way! :P)

Even better news than us being pregnant is that so far everyone is proving to be very supportive, from work to family and friends, which is a great relief for us. As Chantelle’s boss Louise says, “the timing couldn’t be any worse (the guest house’s busiest period is in January), but never mind that, we’re so happy for you!”.

Of course, with a whole heap of our friends circle being currently pregnant or having just given birth, it really is going to be a great time all around and something that I’m sure is going to knit our little circles that much tighter in the long run.

So in short, I’m happy. Very, very happy.

(Overjoyed I would go as far as saying. Even chuffed with myself if I must.)

And as far as Chantelle feels about the whole matter, well you guys can guess how she’s doing (but it won’t be a very hard guess, I assure you.)

So in eight months time, Chantelle will no longer have to borrow baby Zandea to feel like a mother! :)

Besides, now she really DOES have a legitimate reason to boss me around! ;)