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Hello fellow Androidians,

To keep the content update nicely, it’s time for a new Android game review. There were too many games to choose from, but i decided to review Sprinkle. Get your coffee in hand, sit back, and read on!

We’ll break it down into three parts :

1) Gameplay and story.

2) How much does it cost?

3) Conclusion?

Part 1 : Gameplay and story?

The inhabitants of Titan, a moon of Saturn, lived out their days peacefully in their straw hut homes – until space tourists from Earth crashed through Saturn’s rings, bringing a storm of flaming asteroids crashing down on the Titans. To combat the widespread fires threatening their homes, the Titans have built a massive water cannon. And they need you to man it!

Sprinkle is another puzzle and physics game, a bit like Cut The Rope and Move The Box. It’s goals are straight forward : use the water cannon mounted on a crane to douse the fire as soon as possible. Yup, in this game, you are a firefighter! Excited yet? I thought you would be.

Dousing the fires is your main, but not your only objective though. In nearly every level after the first five or so , there will be obstacles that need to be moved into a certain position, to make sure you can douse every fire in the level. Also keep in mind that every level has its own timer, so some fast thinking is required at times.

However, there is another twist. You only have a limited supply of water, so you have to approach each level carefully as to not waste any water you might need for another objective in the level. This might lead to having to replay a certain level a few times (as I had to do myself aswell) to figure out the right strategy. This all makes things very interesting though.

The more water you “save” to complete the level, the more water drops you’ll earn after completing it. Water drops add up to unlocking new levels further on in the game, a system we are all quite familiar with by now.

To illustrate, view the screenshots below :

Part 2 : What does it cost?

This game costs 1.99 USD and can be purchased from Android Market

Part 3 : Conclusion ?

Is it fun to play and even replay the levels?

If you like a fun, yet challenging game, this is the game for you. If you expect to blaze through it, you’ll remove this pretty fast. It’s an easy game once you get the hang of it, but I can imagine not everyone will like it.

Personal rating : 9/10

Hello fellow Androidians,

A while ago i did a review of the addictive game called Early Bird. Apparently, the developers of this game turned their back on everyone who purchased the game (it was ad-free), but the latest update ensured that it comes loaded with advertisements every 1-3 levels.

I purchased this 0.99 USD game a few weeks ago for my tablet, because i enjoyed it so much on my smartphone. Everything was fine in Early Bird-land , because the game was completely ad-free, which is what i would expect from a game i actually paid for.

Yesterday, my Android Market said there was an Early Bird update available and it downloaded it automatically (because i have it set up that way, as some of us do). I was expecting some new levels, because the holidays are nearing. To my surprise, the update contained something entirely different….

Every few levels, you’ll get a big advertisement in the game. Wait, advertisements? I paid for this game, why should there be any advertisements? So I went to the Early Bird Android Market page, and looked at the update notes. Apparently the game has become free of charge now (that’s good I suppose) , but now is filled with advertisements.

They do, however, state that, if you are a paid user and don’t want to be annoyed by advertisements in-game, you are better off not downloading the newer version of the game. That will be a bit hard if it’s set to automatically update to a newer version because more levels were promised, and we never expected to get advertisements in the first place.

It wouldn’t annoy me as such if it was just a small text ad on the bottom of the screen, like you see in Angry Birds and other games. However, the advertisements you et in Early Bird are full screen, with a close button in the top left corner. I’ve included some screenshots below to let you check for yourself how it looks.

As you may be able to tell, I’m not a big fan of this decision, but at least i can roll back to an earlier version through my Titanium Backup files. However, I assume that the paid users won’t get any more ad-free content, because the game has turned to a free game now. Some weird decision-making going on here folks…..

As stated, here are some screenshots of the “new” Early Bird….

If you have any thoughts on this, any comments at all, even if its positive criticism, please post it in the comment section below!

Hello fellow Androidians,

My apologies for the lack of updates the past 2 days, I’m looking into moving the site to a different host , so I’ve been busy sorting out the design and such. But I haven’t forgotten about you all!

Today, I’d like to discuss this neat braincracking Android game : Move The Box.

We’ll break it down into three parts :

1) Gameplay and story.

2) How much does it cost?

3) Conclusion?

Part 1 : Gameplay and story?

When i stated braincracking, I wasn’t exactly exaggerating. The game itself is pretty straight forward. You get a selection of boxes from various colors and types, and try to match them to eachother in as few moves as possible. Sounds fun, right?

It is fun, challenging, yet somehow a bit complex aswell. You have a certain amount of moves you have to beat, e.g. finish the level in 1 or 2 moves. However, you get one additional move to clear the level. If you can’t clear the level in n+1 moves, you’re out of luck and have to rethink your strategy.

Some of the levels do seem easy at first glance, yet prove to keep you busy for 5-20 minutes figuring it out. It also plays into the human consciousness. Humans are of a competitive nature. If you have to use that EXTRA move to clear the level, instead of the projected amount of moves, you’ll want to try again to make sure you clear the level properly.

This all adds up to the infinite replayability of the levels. You’ll also be clearing boxes in different regions of the world, e.g. Boston, Osaka, etc Keep in mind that it’s just the background which changes, besides that, there aren’t any real notable differences except you might see a new type of box.

It’s a fun game and strangely addictive, so be warned. As of this moment, there are 72 levels in total which you’ll need to clear, though more levels are added now & then.

To illustrate, view the screenshots below :

Part 2 : What does it cost?

This game is absolutely free of charge and can be downloaded from Android Market

Part 3 : Conclusion ?

Is it fun to play and even replay the levels?

Yes it is. Given my own natural competitive nature, I want to clear all levels in as few moves as possible. I’ve already redone several of the levels without getting fed up of it. It’s a challenge.

Personal rating : 9/10

Hello fellow Androidians,

We have reached our first milestone : 10 news items on the front page! Yay! Bring on the pompons and the barbecue!

Ok, i got a little off-topic there. Overexcited and stuff… Let’s take a look at Jewels Deluxe today, shall we?

We’ll break it down into three parts :

1) Gameplay and story.

2) How much does it cost?

3) Conclusion?

Part 1 : Gameplay and story?

This will be short and brief i’m afraid. There is absolutely no background story to this Android game, as you just try to match the Jewels to clear them and make the rest fall down to create bigger combos and earn more points. The objective of the game is quite simple : earn as many points as you can before the timer on top of the screen runs out.

At the start of each level, you will get a hint about which Jewels score double or more points. At first, it might be a bit hard to see all the combinations, but you have the option to get a hint as to where to look first, resulting in diminishing returns on the timer. Usually, you won’t even need the hints, as the objectives are straight forward.

The timer on top of the screen is a fuse which slowly burns up. For me personally, it’s a funny addition to the game. It might be a wasted visualisation for most, since you’ll be focusing on the Jewels most of the time anyway. But if you’ld get a chance to glance up, i’m sure you’ll find it amusing aswell.

Jewels Deluxe is not a new game. It’s been around for a while now, dating back to 2001 when it was first developed for browsers. The game is also known as Bejeweled, which will probably ring a bell for most of you readers. Definitely give this a try to kill boring hours during the day 🙂

To illustrate, view the screenshots below :

 

Part 2 : What does it cost?

I couldn’t make my 10th review a paid Android game, now could I? You’ve all been loyal to me from the getgo, so i figured you all deserved a reward. This game is completely free of charge and can be downloaded from the Android Market

Part 3 : Conclusion ?

Is it fun to play and even replay the levels?

You can never get bored of Jewels Delxue. Honestly. it’s just so much fun and very, very addictive to play. Be warned!

Does it perform better on a smartphone or a tablet?

I only ran the game on my tablet, because of the larger screen in portrait mode. I’m pretty sure it works well on both devices, but the larger screen definitely makes it easier to use.

Personal rating : 9/10

Hello fellow Androidians,

The time has come to review one of the most famous games to ever set foot on a device, be it PC, cellphone, smartphone, or tablet : Worms. They are back, with a vengeance, and coming to an Android device near you!

We’ll break it down into three parts :

1) Gameplay and story.

2) How much does it cost?

3) Conclusion?

Part 1 : Gameplay and story?

Don’t tell me you need an introduction to Worms…Unless you have been living under a rock for like the past 10 years, you must have heard of this awesome, addicting and sometimes quite sadistic game. Most of you who read my blog probably don’t see much daylight anyway, so I’ll give it a short background story.

The original Worms game dates back to 1995. Yes, that’s right, a decade and a half ago. The game itself is a turn based game, which will probably be quite familiar to most of you readers. You control a team of worms (didn’t see that one coming did you?) and you try to eliminate the opposing team of worms (once again, a shocking revelation by yours truly) before they dispose of you.

Now, how to kill those worms, you may wonder? We all know they can be quite wriggly and cunning! Well, the game developers made sure you have plenty of ways to get the job done. A bucketload of weapons & props are available to you, ranging from a simple prod (or poke) to grenades, Uzi’s, rocket launchers, air strikes, Dragon ball Z moves (Kamehameha anyone?) and my personal favourite , the stone donkey statue.

Oh, i forgot to mention, they have exploding sheep aswell. Yep, exploding…sheep. Let that one sink in for a while before you read on…

Occasionally, you’ll also see a package drop from the sky. These can either be special weapons, health packages, etc. To stir things up, these usually drop right in the middle of enemy territory. Let the games begin, gentlemen and gentlewomen… Charge!

Something worth mentioning aswell, are the in-game sound effects. The weapons itself make accurate enough sounds, but its the voice overs of the worms which make the game even more fun and exciting. Ranging from British to Australian accents, silly talks, crazy sounds when doing a backflip, it all adds up nicely. If you never played Worms before, you’ve definitely missed out on something, but it’s not too late to convert!

To illustrate, I’ve added some screenshots from both the smartphone version  and also from the tablet version :

Part 2 : What does it cost?

Once again, not a free game i’m afraid. However, it comes ridiculously cheap at the price of 2.99 USD. A bargain really, for all the fun you’ll have playing this Android game. Purchase directly from the Android Market!.

Part 3 : Conclusion ?

Is it fun to play and even replay the levels?

Are you kidding me? This is Worms we’re talking about, infamous and nostalgic gameplay! Of course it’s fun, you’ll never get bored with this, trust me ! .

Is there anything new added compared to older versions? 

Haven’t seen much new really, but none of the awesome features got removed either, which is always a plus. Besides, now you can buy the portable versions of Worms to take with you anywhere in the world! .

NOTE : This game plays smoother on a tablet compared to a smartphone. The bigger screen makes it easier to play the game & get used to the controls. Just a personal opinion though.

Personal rating : 9/10

Hello fellow Androidians,

Yesterday we had a cute little green monster, today, we’ll discuss something entirely different… zombies! And… Pumpkins…!! Not sure what should scare you the most, but hey, keep on reading…if you dare!!

We’ll break it down into three parts :

1) Gameplay and story.

2) How much does it cost?

3) Conclusion?

Part 1 : Gameplay and story?

Allright, so we all know Plants vs Zombies, right? Evil Zombies trying to invade your garden, you fend them off with plants, yada yada yada. Awesome game! Well, many PvZ clones have appeared over time, and this is one of them. Most of the clones actually, well, suck nuts. This one doesn’t… as much.

The system is the same, use the materials (in this case, 2 kinds of pumpkins, orange & green) to dispose of the invading zombies asap. Sounds easy, right? It is. Really. Not too much of a challenge here.

Anyone noticed how i said zombies instead of monsters? Well, it’s basically a mix of both worlds. They appear like Frankenstein-ish monsters, but they act like zombies. So call it whatever you like (and let me know your term for it in the comment section below!)

It’s not just all about those evil, lighting up, deadly, mutated (dare I say zombified?) pumpkins though. There are certain tools to aid you in case you’d get overrun. For example, you can purchase additional dynamite to just blow up some of them creeps! Although a 3-Zombie combo with a line of pumpkins is still far more enjoyable to watch . Reminds me of a strike in bowling….

As stated, the game itself isn’t too hard but in the early levels you already may find yourself being overrun. I’d personally advise to save your earned ‘currency” and upgrade the “firepower” of your pumpkins first, so they can deal more damage to incoming foes. But that’s just my two cents, do as you like of course!!

In this game, you’ll find 90 playable levels, or you also have the “free play” mode, which runs as long as you can squash those zombiefaces with your mighty impressive pumpkins (or dynamite, or whatever). Endless hours of fun guaranteed!

Haven’t played it much lately myself (too busy blogging for my crowd – thanks guys & gals!) , but it’s fun to play it every now & then.

To illustrate, view the screenshots below :

Part 2 : What does it cost?

This game is absolutely free of charge and can be downloaded through the Android Market. Download from Android Market

Part 3 : Conclusion ?

Is it fun to play and even replay the levels?

Yes it is. Flicking around pumpkins to kill zombies. It doesn’t really need more added to it. Oh wait, except for the occasional BANG from the dynamite perhaps….

Is it better than Plants vs Zombies? 

Unfortunately i have never had a chance to play Plants vs Zombies on my smartphone (yet), so I can’t really compare. But it’s basically the same idea, just slightly different, so I’m pretty sure fans of Plants vs Zombies will like Pumpkins vs Monsters aswell.

Personal rating : 7.5/10

Hello fellow Androidians,

Busy sunday isn’t it? Anyway; I figured it’s time to present to you : Cut The Rope. It’s a game. It’s fun. It’s challenging.
And the green guy is kind of adorable 🙂

We’ll break it down into three parts :

1) Gameplay and story.

2) How much does it cost?

3) Conclusion?

Part 1 : Gameplay and story?

A background story about this game….well…. If you eat too much candy, you’ll turn into a little green monster!

No? Well then i don’t know really. The green monster (who really is adorable to be honest) is called Om Nom. No, i’m not making this stuff up, nor am i on some sort of hallucinant drugs (or so i tell myself every night before going to bed..) Did i mention you have to collect stars aswell? Boy you really must think i belong in a straight jacket now….

[Serious Mode ON]  You control a piece of candy, which you have to get into cute little Om Nom’s mouth by cutting the cords in a certain way or pattern. By collecting aformentioned stars, you get more points. As in most (Android) games, collecting stars is also part of the objective. Sounds quite easy so far you say? Well, you’re wrong. Or well, you’re partially wrong.

To make things harder, there are some roadblocks. Spiders trying to steal your candy, spikes crushing your candy, a bubble which’ll make your candy float into the air and possibly out of your screen if you’re too slow. (I’m still serious, it’s not all bubbles in the sky in life!) To get the level completed, a mix of insight, speed, and precisson is required. However, the game has a high replayability factor, so not beating all levels first time is not a big issue.

Currently, it features 175 levels. Quite big for such a cheap/free game. It was originally released on iOS for them Apple fanbois, but is now on the king of Operating Systems, our deeply beloved Android. But i must warn you, this game is more addicting then anything you have encountered before. Even World of Warcraft!

To illustrate, view the screenshots below :

Part 2 : What does it cost?

Currently, you can get this game for free using the Getjar software. (a GetJar review will follow later on this week). Cut The Rope can be found on the Getjar website here : Download from Getjar

After trying Cut The Rope for free, i would strongly suggest you purchase it from the Android Market aswell, to support the developer(s). It’s currently priced at 0.99 USD, so it’s a real bargain. Purchase from Android Market

Part 3 : Conclusion ?

Is it fun to play and even replay the levels?

Yes it is. First time i played it, i nearly spent 2 hours Cutting The Rope without even noticing how fast time went by.

Do you recommend purchasing it? 

To support the developers, yes. It also isn’t very expensive. But as i said, give the version from GetJar a try first to see if you like it.

Personal rating : 10/10

Hello fellow Androidians,

My first reviewed Android game will be the simple, yet addicting & very fun Early Bird. Tweet about it! (pun intended) .

We’ll break it down into three parts :

1) Gameplay and story.

2) How much does it cost?

3) Conclusion?

Part 1  : Gameplay and story?

As for the story, there really isn’t much to tell. You play the Early Bird, who has to capture the worm at the end of the level. As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm! A game with a morale and a life lesson, you gotta love it!

Gameplay itself is quite easy. Those of you familiar with Angry Birds on Android (all 500 million downloaded versions so far! Amazing!!) will have an easy time getting on with the game. But there are some twists involved.

You have to get from the start to the end of the level using swipes (periods of flying). Because you are a little bird, you can’t fly very far on your own strength. There are several ways to help you increase the length of the flight, e.g. flowers who give you a jumping boost, flowers who send upward spirals of air to push you higher & further, etc.

The point is, get to the worm in as few swipes as possible. Per swipe you didn’t use to complete the level, you’ll get 10.000 points bonus (Angry Birds much?). The more points you earn, the more stars you receive to unlock new worlds. As of this writing, there are 4 available worlds, each carrying 24 levels, totalling 96 levels so far.

There is also a slight bonus in this Android game. Every time you start the game, and you’re on an internet connection (WiFi or 3G) , it will ask you to run the Feint service in the background. This service allows you to collect trophies in the game for reaching certain levels, and it also saves your progress. It’s a neat little addition in my opinion.

To illustrate, view the screenshots below :

Part 2 : What does it cost?

This is not a free Android game. At least in the regular way of free download that is. There are some pirated sites out there offering this as a free download. I myself have sinned, and downloaded it there. However, that was only for my smartphone. For my tablet, I did actually purchase it from the Android Market.

This lovely Android game is priced at 0.99 USD. Yes, that’s right, not even a dollar! If you break it down, it’s just over 1 cent per available level at this time, but more will be added!

Early Bird can be purchased here : Download from the Android Market

Part 3 : Conclusion ?

Is it fun to play and even replay the levels?

Absolutely. I find myself nearly very day playing this for a brief period of time to take my mind off of things

Do you recommend purchasing it? 

For everyone who wants a break from every day life & lose themselves in a fun, addicting Android game, definitely recommended!

Personal rating : 9.5/10

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