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Cut The Rope ‘Free’ – Finally! IT’S HERE EVERYONE!

 Cut The Rope ‘Free’

Despite the many positive aspects of the Android scene there’s no getting around the fact that when it comes to the best apps and games iOS usually gets first dibs. One permanent fixture of my ‘can’t convert to Android soon enough’ list has been Cut The Rope. We’ve had a few knock off variants in the last few months but at last the real deal is finally here and available for free via GetJar.
Like many of the best mobile games, the premise behind Cut The Rope is simple, intuitive to play and fiendishly addictive. The goal of each level is to feed the ever-so-cute Om Nom by swiping your finger to cut the ropes that are attached to a sweet. With a little luck you’ll be able to feed Om Nom and collect up to three stars in each level, the more stars you collect the more levels you can unlock (up to 175 in all).
It’s an excellent port. The presentation is just as slick as its iOS counterpart, the physics engine has been kept intact and the game itself runs perfectly fine (although it may skip a frame or two of animation on underpowered handsets).
Being a free app, Cut The Rope is ad-supported but these are tidily kept to the bottom of the screen and don’t interfere with gameplay. If you’re feeling cheeky you could always put your handset in ‘Airplane’ mode, that way you won’t see any ads at all.
For anyone who’s partial to the occasional mobile gaming distraction Cut The Rope has more than enough to keep you occupied.

Links : Download via GetJar, Official Website

Bottom Line : An essential free gaming download for anyone with an Android handset and a pulse.

Big Cup Cricket Free – Howzat? Not bad actually.

 Big Cup Cricket Free

Me and Cricket don’t get on. We never have done thanks to it’s s-l-o-w pace and unfathomable score system. Ever since I was made to play it in school I knew it was something I wasn’t going to go back to by choice. That relationship has carried over into video games, I think the last time I played any kind of Cricket video game was on my ZX Spectrum back in 1988.
So when you think about it, Big Cup Cricket is breaking a firmly held habit of over 20 years and unbelievably I quite enjoyed it.
There’s a range of modes to get stuck into, whether it’s a one-off match, some training drills to hone your skills or The Big Cup Contest where you can pick an international team and guide them through to the world finals. The main game is played via simple touch and swipe gestures which the game reacts to very convincingly. It may all seem random at first but give it time and you’ll soon find yourself flexing your cat-like reflexes in order to catch out an opponent with a hearty ‘Howzat!’ (most satisfying).
Being a free app, adverts do make an appearance in Big Cup Cricket. They don’t get in the way of the game so much but some people may be put off by their constant presence. It’s also a shame that there’s no multiplayer options, I accept the difficulty involved in pulling such a feature off but it could have made this game a truly essential download.
As it stands I had fun with Big Cup Cricket which is a surprise given my lack of enthusiasm for the real thing. With it’s NES style graphics Big Cup Cricket makes a decent go of bringing Cricket (albeit an arcade experience of it) to your mobile device.

About This App :

  • Version Reviewed : 1.1.1
  • Requires Android : 2.1 and up
  • Category : Arcade & Action
  • Size : 9.3M
  • Price : Free

Links : Android Marketplace, Install via AppBrain

Bottom Line : For a quick fun diversion, Big Cup Cricket does the job. And that’s coming from a complete non-fan of cricket.

Speedx 3D FREE – It’s a Free 3D Free-For-All Freefall

Speedx 3D Free

Yep! You read that right, the future is here! 3D gaming has arrived on Android handsets. Although when I say 3D I’m not talking ‘Avatar’ 3D, think more along the lines of ‘The Beano in 3D’ and you’re there. If you have some old school green/red 3d specs tucked away somewhere you can pop them on and Speedx 3D Free can be played in super ‘in-yo-face-o-vision’. I managed to find my emergency 3D glasses, the 3D effect does work (kinda) but it’s not for prolonged sessions.
Don’t worry if you don’t have any cheesy 3D gogles hidden away anywhere, Speedx 3D can be played via your normal eyes. Whichever way you choose to play you are in for a treat because Speedx 3D is a graphical powerhouse of awesomeness.
Speedx 3D is a game with a simple goal, go really fast and don’t crash into stuff. It’s a tunnel racing game where you control yourself by tilting your handset from side to side. There are power ups you can collect that can protect your vehicle from impacts but for the most part you’ll be relying on your reactions. You’re going to need them because Speedx 3D is a pretty relentless game and it’s the better for it.
Previously, one of the biggest flaws I’ve had with driving games on Android handsets is with the controls. Touchscreen or tilt driving can be tricky at the best of times but SpeedX has this issue nailed. Without a doubt the tilt-sensor steering is absolutely flawless, the game does a perfect job of giving you the control you need to steer your way through the game. 

(Video courtesy of AndroidApps.com)

The graphics are truly excellent, simple in appearance yet it all moves so fast, I found myself gasping when the track opened up or folded in on itself for the first time with no hint of slowdown. This game could well look stunning on an Android tablet. Music and sound are also a perfect fit for the theme of the game, serving to enhance the futuristic setting.
There is so much that I love about this game. With each new try it keeps throwing new things at me to catch me out. Whether it’s how the tunnel changes in shape, how the obstacles move about, how the colour schemes alter in order to trip you up. To top things off there’s even OpenFeight support so you can check your high scores with your online friends.
Thumbs up also to HyperBees for keeping the ad-support strictly to the menus and allowing the game to run interruption free. The only downsides to Speedx 3D? It’s a bit of a battery drain but that’s understandable given how much processing is going on under the hood. Also, if you own a HTC Wildfire, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. According to HyperBees this game won’t run on your handset (although some Marketplace reviews do suggest otherwise).
We don’t actually give the app reviews on Android Apt any kind of score rating but if we did, SpeedX 3D Free would be a flat out 5/5.

About This App – Current Version : 1.12.6 / FREE
Requires Android : 1.5 and up , Category : Arcade & Action , Size : 4.0M , Price : Free

Links : Android Marketplace , Install via AppBrain

Bottom Line : An amazingly slick game. Simple but addictive and always a fresh experience with every game. For a free game it’s an absolute must try.

Stupid Zombies – They’re Dead Stupid

Stupid Zombies

If you can’t beat Angry Birds then copy it… and stick some zombies in there while you’re at it.
That was my first impression of Stupid Zombies and it feels unfair to level such a comment at app creators GameResort but the fact is there’s a few strong similarities going on here. Whether it’s the similar 2-word name, the level select system, the sideways-on physics based puzzle action or even the sound effect that starts each level it’s hard to ignore the essence of Angry Birds inherent within Stupid Zombies. Thankfully the main gameplay mechanic is different (and enjoyable) enough to warrant your time.
The aim of Stupid Zombies is simple, place your finger on the touch screen to fire your shotgun at the zombies. Bullets are limited so you’ll need an keen eye for ricochets and explosive scenery that will aid your survival. As you progress into the further chapters of the game you’ll come across more weapons, switches that can alter the scenery and moving zombies.
The horror theme is implemented nicely with the menus and in-game graphics providing a pleasant cartoonish vibe. There’s also some great work regarding the music motifs and the sound effects which effectively add to the atmosphere.
The in-game physics work great, decapitated zombie heads and flailing zombie bodies smoothly fly around the screen in a satisying (and amusing) fashion. Sadly there’s a couple of annoyances that prevents Stupid Zombies being an instant classic.
Firstly the old issue of pop-up ads rears it’s severed zombie head. I don’t mind ads in free games, it’s a means to an end however when they get in the way of using an app they become an annoyance. With Stupid Zombies we had a few occasions where the bottom of the playing field would become slightly obscured which hindered enjoying the game.
Secondly, aiming accurately can be difficult due to the fact that your finger is directly over the area that you wish to shoot at. If anyone at Gameresort happens to be reading this, a zoom window (like the one used in Camscanner) would be a perfect remedy.
Thirdly, and this is the worst, when you press the screen to resume a paused game you instantly fire one of your limited bullets therefore rendering your current level progress redundant.  
Don’t let these issues prevent you from trying out Stupid Zombies (it’s a free game, what have you got to lose?), it truly is an addictive game with a great visual style. There’s a ton of levels to enjoy and they’re not the immediate cakewalk that they first appear to be so expect your time to be suitably consumed.

ABOUT THIS APP – CURRENT VERSION: 1.2.2
REQUIRES ANDROID: 2.0.1 and up , CATEGORY: Arcade & Action , SIZE: 10M , PRICE: Free

Links : Android Marketplace, Install via AppBrain

Bottom Line : Enjoyable, addictive and it’s got Zombies. Despite its flaws it’s a great game.

Wheelz (Free Edition) – Is it Wheely Good?

Wheelz – Free Edition

Aaaargh! Bastard! No, you F@#£ing AAAARGH! That’s what the less hardened gamer may be saying when they get stuck into the harder levels of Wheelz – Free Edition. Not me though, I’m blimmin’ ace at games me.

Truth be told, the main menu is a bit garish.

Wheelz isn’t a million miles away from the popular ‘Trials’ games on the PC and Xbox 360. You control a Monster Truck across all kinds of insane 2d terrain in the hope that the physics engine won’t get the better of you and make you crash.
Games of this ilk either live or die by their physics engines, a recent case being the reported iffy physics in the Android ‘Cut The Rope’ rip-off which has since vanished from the Marketplace. Thankfully the physics in Wheelz seem solid enough to ensure a consistent gaming experience. In a genius move you can also adjust the wheels and suspension on your vehicle to change how the game feels should you get bored and fancy a new challenge.
No matter how easy you find the game you’ll make the odd mistake and that’s when you’ll come across the unforgiving spawn system in Wheelz. It doesn’t matter where you are in a level, crashing your Truck sends you all the way back to the start, not ideal when it comes to the lengthier levels.

Harsh, tricky, unforgiving, frustrating. Yet I keep going back for more.

The free version of Wheelz ships with 24 number of levels with the creator promising to add more in the coming weeks. If you’re feeling brave you can even edit your own levels with the tools on the creator’s blog.
The game flows smoothly enough on powered phones with some nice touches of dirt being churned up whilst wheel spinning. For those sporting less powerful Android phones there are also options to tone things down a touch to help with smooth running.
Wheelz is another Android game to add to the ever growing list of ‘worthwhile timewasters’.

Links : Android Marketplace, AppBrain

Bottom Line : Possibly slightly rough around the edges but Wheelz is still a nicely produced game with an enjoyable amount of content to get through. Good stuff.

ROM Gripper – It’s Got A Kung-Fu Rom Grip

ROM Gripper

Before today’s review of ROM Gripper, an app that downloads retro game Roms here’s a legal notice... of sorts

“ROMS in themselves aren’t illegal per se, however the manufacturers take a dim legal view on those who ‘steal’ content that they have created. In practises such as emulation and Roms it is advised to only download games which you already legally own (and I know you’re going to do just that aren’t you?). That way no-one (technically) gets hurt although to be honest this is still something of a legal murky patch and I’m not here to condone piracy or anything like that… and anyway, piracy on the Internet? Are you mad? Who commits that?”

Hells yeah! PGA Tour Golf for the Megadrive, still rocks the mic after all these years (and yes, I still actually own my copy)

ROM Gripper is an app that allows you to play those classic video games from your youth on your Android handset. If you want to re-live a classic title from either the Nes, Snes, Atari, Gameboy Advanced/Colour, Megadrive (or Genesis for you non-U.K. people), Sega Master System or Gamegear, ROM Gripper will help you grab a game from one of those consoles and if you need one, an emulator app to play it on.
ROM Gripper isn’t going to be winning any awards in terms of looks but then again it doesn’t really need to, all you’ll want to do is grab your games and play. Opening the app gives you a list of gaming platforms to choose from and from there you have a list of games available for each console, you can scroll through the list or use the ‘filter’ function tucked away in the menu and watch it return results as you type.

Two shots over par and 3ft from the hole, I can't miss this shot. (Just after I took this screenshot I missed the hole).

Once you’ve clicked on your game of choice you’re taken to the download screen and you can watch it beam across the airwaves and into your handset. Using the app is simplicity in itself and the wealth of titles available (which you already legally own, of course) is staggering, it’s apps like this that remind me why I love the open nature of the Android platform. It’s worth noting that the emulators downloaded by Rom Gripper are the free versions, they work perfectly fine but you won’t be able to load any saved game states unless you pony up for the full emulator apps.
So er, yeah… that’s it really. Please forgive the lack of journalistic insight, there’s not much to review in Rom Gripper, it simply does the job it’s meant to do. If anything I just wanted to flag it up to you in a “Hey you! Look at this, it’s bloody brilliant” kind of way.
Tip : Controlling games on a touch screen can be a bit tricky at times so if you have the means it may be worth giving the Wiimote Controller app a try (although I couldn’t get it to work).

Link : Install via AppBrain

Bottom Line : Easy access retro gaming nirvana at your fingertips. Rom Gripper is ace but remember kids,… keep it legal.

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