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Yahoo Aviate gains new powers with ‘Smart Stream’

Yahoo’s Aviate home screen launcher gets even smarter this week with the introduction of a new Smart Stream feature. Not unlike what Google Now does for users, Smart Stream adjusts itself throughout the day to deliver timely and relevant information to the user. What’s more, it can also offer up details and tidbits based on location.

Aviate is designed to replace the stock app launcher for your Android phone. Owned by Yahoo, it’s a different approach to the stuff you might find preloaded on your handset. Aviate is a free download and works with devices running 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher.

Imagine you’re walking downtown in San Francisco on a Saturday around noon. We’ll surface nearby restaurants so that you can find a yummy place to eat. When the Giants game starts at 1pm, we’ll bring you live sports scores. If you plug in your headphones, we’ll pull your music apps up to the top of your Smart Stream. If there’s ever a specific card you’re looking for, you can always access it with the Focus menu, located in the search bar on your homescreen.

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If you are looking for a different approach to launching apps and games, Aviate should be high on your list. It gets smarter with each update and the configuration options are quite user-friendly. We’re fond of this one and think you’d enjoy it.

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Angry Birds Go! gains multiplayer and more

Published by at 10:03 UTC, August 29th 2014

Rovio’s attempt to turn the Angry Birds franchise towards a new game genre wasn’t entirely successful, mainly due to excessive freemium greed, as we pointed out in our somewhat damning review here. But Angry Birds GO! has just got another big update, with online multiplayer, social challenges and more…

It’s a fair cop – I’m not a fan of the title, and neither was Ewan in the original review. But credit where credit’s due, the title has at least gone through numerous updates, so there must be activity and freemium success for the developers . 

The official ‘changelog’ is:

  • It’s here! Multiplayer racing has arrived on Piggy Island! Race against other players from around the world to be the fastest bird or piggy on the track!
  • NEW MULTIPLAYER! Race other players from around the world, or connect to Facebook to race your own friends!
  • NEW CHALLENGES! Boast about your super-speedy times and challenge others to be faster than you!
  • MORE COMING SOON! More fast-feathered multiplayer action on the way – watch this space! 

Now, there are quite a few caveats still – there’s no support for Rovio accounts (from other platforms), so you can’t take progress and achievements with you from device to device, plus you always have to play as a ‘guest’, you apparently have to play through the whole game in order to unlock multiplayer in the first place, and this doesn’t work on all the lower end 512MB RAM Windows Phones – a shame, given the target demographic.

Angry Birds Go

What do you think about all this? Did you get as far as enjoying multiplayer and how well does it work? Does GO! now work better away from the freemium criticisms? Does it deliver enough fun for reasonable IAPs? Comments welcome.

From the changelog, I suspect there are updates still to come, to improve the whole multiplayer system, but in the meantime, you can grab Angry Birds Go! for free here in the Store

See also https://www.angrybirds.com

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Angry Birds Go! gains multiplayer and more

Published by at 10:03 UTC, August 29th 2014

Rovio’s attempt to turn the Angry Birds franchise towards a new game genre wasn’t entirely successful, mainly due to excessive freemium greed, as we pointed out in our somewhat damning review here. But Angry Birds GO! has just got another big update, with online multiplayer, social challenges and more…

It’s a fair cop – I’m not a fan of the title, and neither was Ewan in the original review. But credit where credit’s due, the title has at least gone through numerous updates, so there must be activity and freemium success for the developers . 

The official ‘changelog’ is:

  • It’s here! Multiplayer racing has arrived on Piggy Island! Race against other players from around the world to be the fastest bird or piggy on the track!
  • NEW MULTIPLAYER! Race other players from around the world, or connect to Facebook to race your own friends!
  • NEW CHALLENGES! Boast about your super-speedy times and challenge others to be faster than you!
  • MORE COMING SOON! More fast-feathered multiplayer action on the way – watch this space! 

Now, there are quite a few caveats still – there’s no support for Rovio accounts (from other platforms), so you can’t take progress and achievements with you from device to device, plus you always have to play as a ‘guest’, you apparently have to play through the whole game in order to unlock multiplayer in the first place, and this doesn’t work on all the lower end 512MB RAM Windows Phones – a shame, given the target demographic.

Angry Birds Go

What do you think about all this? Did you get as far as enjoying multiplayer and how well does it work? Does GO! now work better away from the freemium criticisms? Does it deliver enough fun for reasonable IAPs? Comments welcome.

From the changelog, I suspect there are updates still to come, to improve the whole multiplayer system, but in the meantime, you can grab Angry Birds Go! for free here in the Store

See also https://www.angrybirds.com

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Angry Birds Go! gains multiplayer and more

Published by at 10:03 UTC, August 29th 2014

Rovio’s attempt to turn the Angry Birds franchise towards a new game genre wasn’t entirely successful, mainly due to excessive freemium greed, as we pointed out in our somewhat damning review here. But Angry Birds GO! has just got another big update, with online multiplayer, social challenges and more…

It’s a fair cop – I’m not a fan of the title, and neither was Ewan in the original review. But credit where credit’s due, the title has at least gone through numerous updates, so there must be activity and freemium success for the developers . 

The official ‘changelog’ is:

  • It’s here! Multiplayer racing has arrived on Piggy Island! Race against other players from around the world to be the fastest bird or piggy on the track!
  • NEW MULTIPLAYER! Race other players from around the world, or connect to Facebook to race your own friends!
  • NEW CHALLENGES! Boast about your super-speedy times and challenge others to be faster than you!
  • MORE COMING SOON! More fast-feathered multiplayer action on the way – watch this space! 

Now, there are quite a few caveats still – there’s no support for Rovio accounts (from other platforms), so you can’t take progress and achievements with you from device to device, plus you always have to play as a ‘guest’, you apparently have to play through the whole game in order to unlock multiplayer in the first place, and this doesn’t work on all the lower end 512MB RAM Windows Phones – a shame, given the target demographic.

Angry Birds Go

What do you think about all this? Did you get as far as enjoying multiplayer and how well does it work? Does GO! now work better away from the freemium criticisms? Does it deliver enough fun for reasonable IAPs? Comments welcome.

From the changelog, I suspect there are updates still to come, to improve the whole multiplayer system, but in the meantime, you can grab Angry Birds Go! for free here in the Store

See also https://www.angrybirds.com

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Angry Birds Go! gains multiplayer and more

Published by at 10:03 UTC, August 29th 2014

Rovio’s attempt to turn the Angry Birds franchise towards a new game genre wasn’t entirely successful, mainly due to excessive freemium greed, as we pointed out in our somewhat damning review here. But Angry Birds GO! has just got another big update, with online multiplayer, social challenges and more…

It’s a fair cop – I’m not a fan of the title, and neither was Ewan in the original review. But credit where credit’s due, the title has at least gone through numerous updates, so there must be activity and freemium success for the developers . 

The official ‘changelog’ is:

  • It’s here! Multiplayer racing has arrived on Piggy Island! Race against other players from around the world to be the fastest bird or piggy on the track!
  • NEW MULTIPLAYER! Race other players from around the world, or connect to Facebook to race your own friends!
  • NEW CHALLENGES! Boast about your super-speedy times and challenge others to be faster than you!
  • MORE COMING SOON! More fast-feathered multiplayer action on the way – watch this space! 

Now, there are quite a few caveats still – there’s no support for Rovio accounts (from other platforms), so you can’t take progress and achievements with you from device to device, plus you always have to play as a ‘guest’, you apparently have to play through the whole game in order to unlock multiplayer in the first place, and this doesn’t work on all the lower end 512MB RAM Windows Phones – a shame, given the target demographic.

Angry Birds Go

What do you think about all this? Did you get as far as enjoying multiplayer and how well does it work? Does GO! now work better away from the freemium criticisms? Does it deliver enough fun for reasonable IAPs? Comments welcome.

From the changelog, I suspect there are updates still to come, to improve the whole multiplayer system, but in the meantime, you can grab Angry Birds Go! for free here in the Store

See also https://www.angrybirds.com

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Angry Birds Go! gains multiplayer and more

Published by at 10:03 UTC, August 29th 2014

Rovio’s attempt to turn the Angry Birds franchise towards a new game genre wasn’t entirely successful, mainly due to excessive freemium greed, as we pointed out in our somewhat damning review here. But Angry Birds GO! has just got another big update, with online multiplayer, social challenges and more…

It’s a fair cop – I’m not a fan of the title, and neither was Ewan in the original review. But credit where credit’s due, the title has at least gone through numerous updates, so there must be activity and freemium success for the developers . 

The official ‘changelog’ is:

  • It’s here! Multiplayer racing has arrived on Piggy Island! Race against other players from around the world to be the fastest bird or piggy on the track!
  • NEW MULTIPLAYER! Race other players from around the world, or connect to Facebook to race your own friends!
  • NEW CHALLENGES! Boast about your super-speedy times and challenge others to be faster than you!
  • MORE COMING SOON! More fast-feathered multiplayer action on the way – watch this space! 

Now, there are quite a few caveats still – there’s no support for Rovio accounts (from other platforms), so you can’t take progress and achievements with you from device to device, plus you always have to play as a ‘guest’, you apparently have to play through the whole game in order to unlock multiplayer in the first place, and this doesn’t work on all the lower end 512MB RAM Windows Phones – a shame, given the target demographic.

Angry Birds Go

What do you think about all this? Did you get as far as enjoying multiplayer and how well does it work? Does GO! now work better away from the freemium criticisms? Does it deliver enough fun for reasonable IAPs? Comments welcome.

From the changelog, I suspect there are updates still to come, to improve the whole multiplayer system, but in the meantime, you can grab Angry Birds Go! for free here in the Store

See also https://www.angrybirds.com

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Beak Effect: Angry Birds Space gains 40 new levels

Published by at 15:09 UTC, August 13th 2014

Well spotted WMPU – one of the Angry Birds classic games just got a big update, dubbed ‘Beak Effect’, with 40 new levels. In fact, there are up to 10 more as well, depending on how you get on finding classic NASA spacecraft in the game. Details below.

From the Store listing, here’s the (promo-style) changelog:

40 NEW LEVELS! There are two parts, each with 20 interstellar levels! Unlock Part 2 by getting all the stars in Part 1, or with an in-app purchase!

FIND NASA SPACECRAFT! Unlock four bonus levels by finding cool NASA research spacecraft – the Orion Crew Vehicle, OSIRIS-REx, Deep Impact and Dawn.

6 BONUS LEVELS! Each part has three bonus levels! But you’ll have to get three stars and a feather on each level to unlock them all – are you up to the challenge?

SEND IN THE MIGHTY BUZZARD! Buzz Aldrin, the legendary astronaut and moonwalker, is at hand to save the day if things get tough!

ASTEROID SHOWER! Navigate burning, freezing and radioactive space rocks – and look out for some strange things happening to those pigs!

GAS TANKS AND BATTERIES! The pigs have kitted out their structures and contraptions with some unstable energy cells – try giving them a nudge!

Great to see this arcade classic for all mobile platforms still getting updates. I haven’t been a fan of Rovio’s latest attempts to take their avians in different directions, but the original Angry Birds titles remain as fun and challenging as ever.

Beak Effect screenshot, Angry Birds Space

Beak Effect screenshot, Angry Birds SpaceBeak Effect screenshot, Angry Birds Space

Any old excuse for some more levels, eh? Still, the sheer amount of level packs in the original Angry Birds titles is now very impressive, especially considering

You can buy or update Angry Birds Space here in the Store.

Source / Credit: WMPU

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Tetris Blitz gains 30th anniversary tournaments

Published by at 8:49 UTC, June 6th 2014

EA’s Tetris Blitz has always flown the flag for freemium and this latest update, promoted by Nokia/Microsoft here, celebrates the 30th anniversary of the computer game classic with ‘retro tournaments’, new avatars and the sweet ‘Birthday Cake Finisher’. All well and good, though note that this isn’t your mother’s Tetris – there’s no actual tetromino rotating – it’s just frantic tap, tap, tap….!

As usual, Tetris Blitz pushes the freemium model right to the edge of acceptability, diluting the ‘score as many points as you can in two minutes’ concept through some incredibly strong power-ups you can purchase, but it is a great adrenaline rush – see our review here on AAWP:

Tetris Blitz is brazen about all of this, and it’s the cocky swagger of knowing that even if it is called out by some, this is ‘Tetris’ and it will still be downloaded by the metric tonne, and as long as 1% of people buy a boost package, then the developers will be in profit.

But there’s so much to buy that it’s crazy! How about the ability to see more than one tetronimo piece coming up? That function, which is part of the fabric of the traditional game, will cost you £2.79. Want to hold two pieces instead of one? £4.49. Remove the in-app advertising? £3.49. I’m up to £10.77 already and I’ve not even started on the limited use boosts (three shots of ‘crusher’ block for £4.49?) It’s ridiculous.

Have a pure experience and never beat the high score you made in the tutorial move, or cough up and pay for the boosts, knowing that it’s the only way to get to the top of the high score table… hoping your friends don’t care that you bought your way there.

Here’s the pitch for this new Tetris 30th Anniversary version: 

• Retro Tournaments – Pay tribute to the original game with retro-skinned gameplay, Power-Ups, Finishers, and new 80’s inspired Tetris music
• New Avatars – Get your hands on new Anniversary avatars
• Anniversary Finisher – Enjoy sweet success without the calories with the all-new Tetris Birthday Cake Finisherd

Here are a couple of screens of the new update in action:

Tetris BlitzTetris Blitz

So, in short, enjoy the action, enjoy the retro, but watch out for swingeing in-app-purchases! Tetris Blitz is a free download from the Windows Phone Store, and you can find the link via the AAWP App Directory.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Tetris Blitz gains 30th anniversary tournaments

Published by at 8:49 UTC, June 6th 2014

EA’s Tetris Blitz has always flown the flag for freemium and this latest update, promoted by Nokia/Microsoft here, celebrates the 30th anniversary of the computer game classic with ‘retro tournaments’, new avatars and the sweet ‘Birthday Cake Finisher’. All well and good, though note that this isn’t your mother’s Tetris – there’s no actual tetromino rotating – it’s just frantic tap, tap, tap….!

As usual, Tetris Blitz pushes the freemium model right to the edge of acceptability, diluting the ‘score as many points as you can in two minutes’ concept through some incredibly strong power-ups you can purchase, but it is a great adrenaline rush – see our review here on AAWP:

Tetris Blitz is brazen about all of this, and it’s the cocky swagger of knowing that even if it is called out by some, this is ‘Tetris’ and it will still be downloaded by the metric tonne, and as long as 1% of people buy a boost package, then the developers will be in profit.

But there’s so much to buy that it’s crazy! How about the ability to see more than one tetronimo piece coming up? That function, which is part of the fabric of the traditional game, will cost you £2.79. Want to hold two pieces instead of one? £4.49. Remove the in-app advertising? £3.49. I’m up to £10.77 already and I’ve not even started on the limited use boosts (three shots of ‘crusher’ block for £4.49?) It’s ridiculous.

Have a pure experience and never beat the high score you made in the tutorial move, or cough up and pay for the boosts, knowing that it’s the only way to get to the top of the high score table… hoping your friends don’t care that you bought your way there.

Here’s the pitch for this new Tetris 30th Anniversary version: 

• Retro Tournaments – Pay tribute to the original game with retro-skinned gameplay, Power-Ups, Finishers, and new 80’s inspired Tetris music
• New Avatars – Get your hands on new Anniversary avatars
• Anniversary Finisher – Enjoy sweet success without the calories with the all-new Tetris Birthday Cake Finisherd

Here are a couple of screens of the new update in action:

Tetris BlitzTetris Blitz

So, in short, enjoy the action, enjoy the retro, but watch out for swingeing in-app-purchases! Tetris Blitz is a free download from the Windows Phone Store, and you can find the link via the AAWP App Directory.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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Tetris Blitz gains 30th anniversary tournaments

Published by at 8:49 UTC, June 6th 2014

EA’s Tetris Blitz has always flown the flag for freemium and this latest update, promoted by Nokia/Microsoft here, celebrates the 30th anniversary of the computer game classic with ‘retro tournaments’, new avatars and the sweet ‘Birthday Cake Finisher’. All well and good, though note that this isn’t your mother’s Tetris – there’s no actual tetromino rotating – it’s just frantic tap, tap, tap….!

As usual, Tetris Blitz pushes the freemium model right to the edge of acceptability, diluting the ‘score as many points as you can in two minutes’ concept through some incredibly strong power-ups you can purchase, but it is a great adrenaline rush – see our review here on AAWP:

Tetris Blitz is brazen about all of this, and it’s the cocky swagger of knowing that even if it is called out by some, this is ‘Tetris’ and it will still be downloaded by the metric tonne, and as long as 1% of people buy a boost package, then the developers will be in profit.

But there’s so much to buy that it’s crazy! How about the ability to see more than one tetronimo piece coming up? That function, which is part of the fabric of the traditional game, will cost you £2.79. Want to hold two pieces instead of one? £4.49. Remove the in-app advertising? £3.49. I’m up to £10.77 already and I’ve not even started on the limited use boosts (three shots of ‘crusher’ block for £4.49?) It’s ridiculous.

Have a pure experience and never beat the high score you made in the tutorial move, or cough up and pay for the boosts, knowing that it’s the only way to get to the top of the high score table… hoping your friends don’t care that you bought your way there.

Here’s the pitch for this new Tetris 30th Anniversary version: 

• Retro Tournaments – Pay tribute to the original game with retro-skinned gameplay, Power-Ups, Finishers, and new 80’s inspired Tetris music
• New Avatars – Get your hands on new Anniversary avatars
• Anniversary Finisher – Enjoy sweet success without the calories with the all-new Tetris Birthday Cake Finisherd

Here are a couple of screens of the new update in action:

Tetris BlitzTetris Blitz

So, in short, enjoy the action, enjoy the retro, but watch out for swingeing in-app-purchases! Tetris Blitz is a free download from the Windows Phone Store, and you can find the link via the AAWP App Directory.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store

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