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  • Sim City: Build It Game Review

    Sim City: Build It game overview & features

    When the Sim City games came out back in the 90’s, i was hooked immediately. These were games in which i could build my own cities, and then destroy the whole economy by taking in so many loans that i would eventually be fired from the position of a mayor.

    I have been away from the gaming scene for many years, mainly due to studies, then i lost interest in games altogether and then it all came back and slowly yet surely i have started to play games once again involved myself with game playing.

    Then a few months ago i wondered if there were any sim city games on Google Play Store, and found a number of games similar to Sim City, and has been developed by Electronic Arts(EA). After some searching i found out that the original publisher of Sim City Maxis shut down its doors and the development has been going on at EA since then. It is sad when a legends bow out, but then that is the opportunity for the next generation to take place and build amazing things.

    The game goes by the name of Sim City: Build It. When you start the game, you can immediately notice that this game has been designed specifically for the mobile and it uses the principles of freemium games where you can play a game for free, but you have to pay real money to use certain features of the game. I don’t have any problem with that.

     

    Sim City: Build It Game Review

    Sim City: Build It Game Review.

     

    When the games starts up for the first time you are immediately taken to your city where you are given a tutorial on the game’s controls and user interface and step by step instructions are given on how to play the game. I believe this is a good addition and i am glad that many games are including such tutorials on the first start of the game.

    In Sim City: Built It you have two monetary resources, coins called Simoleons and cash money called SimCash. Most of the purchases that you make in the game and the taxes that you receive are in the form of Simoleons, and you can also earn by many ways such taxes, building and populating residences, etc…

    SimCash are more valuable and there are certain events when you are able to win SimCash and are not given out as much as Simoleons are. You can also earn SimCash by completing tasks and achievements in the game.

    There is a key resource as well which you can earn by completing some extra special missions such as the mission to unleash disasters over your city.

    I would like to add that there are certain features which i was hoping that would be in this game would be the ability to take out loans. If you may remember in the original sim city games on the desktop you could take out loans to boost your economy.

    Since i don’t use real money to buy resources to play the game, as i earn money the rate my city is growing at is you can normal. Also my usual session time is usually about five minutes, and then after doing what i can do with my resources which includes time as well, i put down the game and continue doing my other tasks. Basically i play the game through out the day in short bursts. I have been playing the game for a few weeks and i am hooked onto it, but in a different kind of way.

    Upgrading of residence buildings

    In order to upgrade Residence buildings you need to produce goods and items. When you have played the game long enough you have to produce items which are dependent on other items, so you go into a cascade of production. If you are not willing to spend real money to buy SimCash in order to skip the waiting time, you have to wait for a while. In this situation is get back to my tasks and after a few hours i come back to the game and do what i can with the game.

    Sim City: Build It Game Review

    Resources required for upgrading this residence building.

    Citizen’s attitude & happiness

    Citizens do not like to live near pollution producing buildings such as factories, power plants, the city dump, etc…

    The value of the residential buildings will also be relatively lower than other areas. The best location to place the pollution producing buildings is on the outskirts of the city and then as your city grows continue to move them out away from the residences.

    In order to increase the size of your city you have to purchase plots of land. To purchase these you can use special items which citizens give you as gifts. Sometimes you can purchase these from the Global Trade HQ if someone is selling these items, but these are rare items. If you have extra items you can sell them at a good price and make some good Simoleons.

    Apart from this providing your citizens with services also makes them happy, and makes them want to live in your city else they will move out of your city. Make sure that your ratings are high so that you get more citizens in your city and as a result more taxes.

    Sim City: Build It Game Review

    Provide services to your citizens so that they remain happy.

    Visit & trade with your neighbors

    This is something which i really like, and something which the social network age has brought in, that is being able to play the game with your friends.

    When you play the game you get a default built in neighbor who goes by the name of Daniel, and his city’s name is Daniel’s City, quite original.

     

    Sim City: Build It Game Review

    Visiting a neighbor’s city.

     

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    Buy items from your neighbor.

    As you play the game you will notice that you can purchase items from Daniel’s Trade Depot (this is the building where you can buy items and goods which Daniel (or your neighbor) has put up for sale. This is a great way to buy items which you need without having to wait for the completion time, depending on if the item is available to purchase.

    You also have your own Trade Depot where you can sell your surplus items for Simoleons. You can set the price you want and the number of items that you want to sell.

    I highly recommend that you connect your Facebook account to this game. Not only can you then visit and trade with your Facebook friends your game’s state will also be saved to the servers. I learned this the hard way, when i had to hard reset my phone, and due to that most of my apps data had been lost which can not backed up unless the game backs up the data. When i played the game again i saw a blank canvas, and when i connected my Facebook account i was pleased to find out that my game had been saved and i could restore my last played state.

    Sim City: Build It Game Review

    Add new items to sell.

     

    Sim City: Build It Game Review

    Select and price an item to sell.

    Playing Difficulty

    This particular type of a game does not have a difficulty. Since it is a simulation game you do not have an adversary, however as you progress in the game the difficulty to grow and manage your city increases. You have to spend more resources and the time required to upgrade residence buildings increases as the game progresses.

    Conclusion

    There are many other features in this game, and it would take a much longer article to explain them all.

    As mentioned earlier i have been playing Sim City: Build It for a few months and have not found any glaring bugs or issues. I would have liked that the game be made paid game and the game be like the old Sim City, but then what more can you ask. If i want to play the desktop version of  Sim City i can buy the latest version of the game from Origin Electronic Arts(which i did by the way). I am pretty happy with this game and i don’t see myself abandoning it any time soon.

    If you fancy city simulation games, and want a game while you are on the go then i recommend Sim City: Build It. This is as close as it gets to the original city simulation games on mobile devices.

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      Sim City: Build It Game Review

    January 20, 2016 • Android, Games • Views: 2119

  • Transmission Game Review

    Raising awareness along the way

    As you may have noticed i really like to play puzzle games. Once such game which i found goes by the name of Transmission. Transmission has been built by the Science Museum and we can see that they have made more games which revolve around science and technology aiming to teach about them.

    The game’s main aim is to create networks and to connect nodes to send information from one node to the next.

    Features of Transmission

    The game starts from the technology of olden times, the telegraph, then goes to the telephone, satellite and the next gen communication networks.

    The player has to find ways to connect all of the nodes to form a network. There are bonus objectives which further restrict how the player can create the network, but completing them gives the player more points(stars in this game’s case).

    Like all puzzle games the player has to think ahead on how to solve the puzzle. Visualization is the skill which is needed for this game, being able to visualize what the next move will be and what the resulting state of the game will be.

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    Connecting the network

    What i like about this game is how seamlessly it has designed and linked with communication technologies. Nodes can be of different types, those which either send or receive information and also can broadcast to other nodes at the same time. It is quite interesting to see how all these components work together to form networks. One also realizes how amazing technology really is. Even though the game is an abstract version of what networks really are, but Transmission still gives an idea of how hard it is to create networks so that optimum paths are made.

    The art is simple and professionally made, with the smooth soothing music playing in the background do not distract the player from the game.

    Conclusion

    I really liked playing Transmission, i will surely be playing more games from Science Museum and may even write a review on them. I highly recommend this game for all.

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      Transmission Game Review

    September 18, 2015 • Android, Games • Views: 2209

  • Interlocked Game Review

    Interlocked not unlike any other puzzle game

    If you remember there used to be 3D puzzles which you used to play when your were a little child. You had to put blocks of certain sizes and shapes into their corresponding receiving holes, or the ones in which you had to free the blocks from one another. Now you can face the same anxiety of failure and despair when you could not solve the puzzle.

    Interlocked Game is a 3D puzzle game which is available on Android in which the player has to solve puzzles and beat the level.

    The number of moves and the time that you take to solve the puzzle are tracked and you get a score based on the combination of these.

    What i really like about this game is that since it is a 3D game, i can move the puzzle around, and see it from all angles as if i am solving a real puzzle in my hands.

    There is also a walk through, but the game sometimes, asks you to watch a video before showing you the walk through, while at other times it gives tips to how to begin solving the puzzle.

    I think this is fine, and not a problem. I did not get bombarded by in game Ads like other games show at the wrong moments in time.

    Apart from there being different levels, there are puzzle blocks of different materials which you can play with, but they have to be unlocked first. When you first play the game, you have wooden blocks to play with.

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    This puzzle seems difficult…

    Conclusion

    I did not find any glaring problem in Interlocked, and i believe it has been built with quality and giving the player a great time in mind.

    If you want to have a great time solving puzzles like you used to when you were young, then this game is definitely for you. You might even get smarter in the process.

     

    • Interlocked Game Review
      Interlocked Game Review

    September 15, 2015 • Android, Games • Views: 2752

  • World Lens Language Translator App For Android Review

    The Translation App For Travel Junkies

    Adventure and travelling are any travel junky’s passion and life. Remote exotic locations and no understanding of the local language can not keep a travel junky away from the adventure of a lifetime.
    Technology has become part of life and one depends on it to accomplish daily tasks. To make life easier for a travel junky a company has developed a translation app which uses the principles of computer vision and image processing to translate text which is brought into the camera view of the device.
    World Lens Language Translator translates the words and replaces the translated words and places them right on the screen. This is quite interesting as the user just has to select the language and hold up the phone towards the target text which he wants to translate.

    Built-in Language Translations Supported

    Following language translations are supported:

    • English to Spanish
    • Spanish to English
    • English to French
    • French to English
    • English to Italian
    • Italian to English
    • English to German
    • German to English
    • English to Portuguese
    • Portuguese to English
    • English to Russian
    • Russian to English

     

    World Lens provides a selection of built in language translations which you can use.

    World Lens provides a selection of built in language translations which you can use.

    There are two other features which i feel are bells and whistles and do not provide any useful use to the user.

    • Reverse the words
    • Erase the words
    The reverse the words feature displays the target text it in a reverse order.
    World Lens also provides a reverse words feature where you can reverse the words of the text.

    World Lens also provides a reverse words feature where you can reverse the words of the text.

    The erase the words feature erases the text by displaying the color of the background on the screen where the text was originally.
    World Lens also can remove text from the screen.

    World Lens also can remove text from the screen.

    UX, Design, and Ease of Use

    World Lens is quite easy to use. Select the language to translate from the menu at the top of the screen and all you have to do is to point the camera towards the text to the text that you want to translate.

    As mentioned earlier the translated text is displayed over the text and shown on the screen of the device.

    I really like this as i do not need to change screens to get the translation. Due to this the app becomes really easy to use, however you do have to keep the camera still or the translation won’t work properly.

    Usefulness

    The app is really useful as it translates in real time. Suppose you are travelling and find a road side board in the local language (the app must support the language) and you hold up the device to the road side board you will be able to see what the board says.

    You can also translate text by typing in the word by pressing the book button at the bottom of the screen and typing in the word manually. A list of translations will be shown as a result.

    You can also type in the text which you want translated.

    You can also type in the text which you want translated.

    You can also freeze the frame by pressing the pause button at the bottom of the screen. When the translation has been done you can translate that text to another language using the language settings.

    Furthermore the translation is all offline, which means you do not need an internet connection to translate. This feature makes the app quite useful as this app will most probably be used in locations where there will be little or no internet connection.

     

    World Lens allows you to freeze the frame for easier reading.

    World Lens allows you to freeze the frame for easier reading.

    Problems That I Found

    The quality of the app is quite good, but it does have some problems.

    Firstly, the number of languages supported is quite low. It would have been better if more languages would have been supported.

    Secondly, you have to keep the phone still while translating the text which can get a bit difficult, but you can use the freeze frame feature as explained above.

    Conclusion

    World Lens offers a limited selection of languages to choose from, but if the travel junky is travelling to a country whose language is supported then this app can be quite useful, but for other countries it won’t be of much use.

    • World Lens provides a selection of built in language translations which you can use.
      World Lens provides a selection of built in language translations which you can use.

    December 28, 2014 • Android, Utility Apps • Views: 2783

  • Merchoo Collectables Shopping Store

    Introduction

    Getting collectables designed and made for your company/website is a creative and an exciting event. However, if gone wrong it can end in a disaster. If you want a free option and also make some money you can set up Merchoo on your website.

    Merchoo is a collectables manufacturing company which provides you an online shop which you can integrate into your website which will contain products/collectables offered by them with your logos and(or) text which you design on the collectables. When a user purchases you get money in return. Is this not a good deal?

    Merchoo shopping button integrated seamlessly into your website

    Merchoo shopping button integrated seamlessly into your website

     

    The store opens from the left of the window

    The store opens from the left of the window

    UX, Design and Ease of Use

    Integrating Merchoo is very easy. For WordPress websites you can download a plugin by the same name as Merchoo. For non-WordPress sites, you can add the code provided by Merchoo. For WordPress plugin all you have to do is to install the plugin and enter the merchant id which you can get from the “My Account” section of the Merchoo website.

    In case for the non-WordPress website you just have to write the merchant id in the code itself and use that code. Integrating the shopping store is extremely easy. Setting up the store from the Merchoo website is easy as well.

    Designing your collectables is even easier, as Merchoo provides the software where you can upload your images or add text and drag and drop them on to the designated area.

    Design your own shirt art

    Design your own shirt art

    Usefulness

    Merchoo at the moment provides the following products which you can design (you can design what is to be printed on the front of the products):

    • T-Shirt for Men
    • Tote Bag
    • Hoodies,
    • Long Sleeve Shirts,
    • T-Shirts for Women

    You can design what is to be printed on to the front of the collectables. Merchoo provides an easy to use software which allows you to upload a number of images and add a number of text with different font styles and color. You can even resize the text. Furthermore you can decide where you want to place the image(s) and(or) text onto the shirt. There is an area defined within which you can place anywhere.

    You can also decide whether you want your earnings to either be paid to your PayPal account or it be sent to you via cheque.

    As discussed above integrating the store into your website is as easy as either installing a WordPress plugin or copying and pasting a piece of code into your non-WordPress website. Once that is done your website will be showing a button labeled, “Merchendise” and upon pressing it will open the store from where you users will be able to purchase products with your logos and text.

    The best thing about this is that you do not have to pay a dime, but instead you get money in return in the form of commission. Merchoo handles manufacturing and shipping the products to the buyer.

    Conclusion

    This idea seems good and novel, and useful for those who want to sell collectables with their logos and(or) text for free, but also make some money on the side.Watch Full Movie Streaming Online and Download

    Update 12:39 am 8th December 2014: I missed the link to merchoo in the opening paragraph. I have added that.

    Update 3:35 am 9th December 2014: I have updated the link of the article and the content to improve SEO.

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    December 7, 2014 • Utility Apps, Web Apps • Views: 2823

  • Kia Scene Hai Event Finder Website

    Introduction

    This particular review is for our Pakistani readers. There must have been times, when you ask your friend “kia scene hai“, which translates to “what is the plan”, when you are lazing around nothing to do. This particular service tells you of happening in your city. At moment the website is offering its services for Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad.

    UX, Design and Ease of Use

    The design of the website is simple, with filters at the top in the body, then featured events are right below them, and then further more filters are given where the user can filter the events by what is happening today, tomorrow, this week, and this month.

    Then below that are the categories along with the number of events being held in that category. Further more the best events in your selected city are also shown. The design does its job to get your attention and inform you of the events that are happening in your city.

    The user experience is a bit too overwhelming for the first time user as every thing is shown right there on the home page. It does take a while to take into the experience. Once the user gets over this then the site is pretty self explanatory and easy to use. The learning curve is quite shallow.

    Usefulness

    I for one like to attend meetups and events related to entrepreneurship and business where i can meet fellow entrepreneurs in my city. I was surprised to find that the website did have events which catered to my needs. Kia Scene Hai consists of a large number of event types from which you can choose from.

    The categories are as follows:

    • Art/Literature
    • Conference
    • Festivals
    • Music/Concert
    • Meetup/Talk
    • Exhibition/Launch
    • Sports
    • Theater/Film
    • Trips
    • Competition
    • Workshops

    The website also offers weekly updates via email and SMS keeping you updated what is happening in your city.

    The usefulness of the website is quite obvious as it does its jobs quite well.

    If you are organizing your event you can even sell your tickets through the website and also conduct promotion for your event through the website.

    I am also happy that the events that are in the system are quite new and interesting and not outdated or expired. This shows that the team at Kia Scene Hai is hard at work in maintaining the system and adding more events as they come.

    The website also offers an Android app which you can download from the Google Play Store.

    You can also find reviews of restaurants in your city and also search for restaurants based on the type of food they sell.

    Conclusion

    I highly recommend Kia Scene Hai if you like going out and having fun. I will surely be using this service to find near by events so that i can have a great time.

    Update 4:29 am 9th December 2014: I have updated the link of the article and the content to improve SEO.

     

    • Kia Scene Hai Events Happening Website
      Kia Scene Hai Events Happening Website

    December 1, 2014 • Utility Apps, Web Apps • Views: 2781

  • Shadow Fight 2 Fighting Game

    As far as fighting games go, nothing can beat the all ruling Tekken, but there is one game, which is just as good as Tekken was in its hay day. The game that i will be writing about is called Shadow Fight 2.

    What Is The Story Of The Character in Shadow Fight 2?

    In Shadow Fight 2 the character was once an invincible warrior, travelling the land searching for a worthy warrior. On his travels he finds a portal which he opens and releases demons out into the world. In the process the character is stripped of his human body and is left with a shadow of a body, hence the name Shadow Fight. The character now has to fight the demons that he has freed.

    What Are The Features Of The Game?

    The player has to build up his character and make him strong and worthy enough to fight against the demons and their cronies. The player can also purchase better clothing, equipment, spells (magic), head gear, learn new moves, and much much more.

    Furthermore, the player can earn money by either taking part in tournaments which pay more, but the opponents are stronger and more well trained, while the other way is to fight for survival where the player fights one round after the other against different opponents until he dies.

    The audio quality of the game is superb, with correctly timed sound effects and the music with Chinese and Japanese origins.

    The graphics have been well made and are in 2D as the game is essentially a 2D game.

    The game play is quite good, though on some Android smart phones/tables you may have to set the settings of the graphics level to low or the game will be slow to respond. I had to do this, and then the game played smoothly, while a friend of mine plays with high settings and he does not face any sluggish performance.

    Shadow Fight 2 employs the time out mechanism where after a number of fights you have to wait for your energy to regenerate. You can skip this by paying gems.

    The store in the game depends on what level you are and as you progress in the game are new items made available for purchase.

    My Recomendations

    Like all things this game can too be improved. On the game play side this game has everything down to an art form, and i find it to be perfect. The development team can add more to the story, maybe add some cut scenes which tell about the history of the user. To me if i am playing a game i want a good story line, or i will get bored. If a game does not have a strong story line then the game play has to be exceptionally well in order to keep the player keep playing.

    Even though there is a story line, but it is not visited as much as it should be. Like said earlier maybe the characters history and past can be told other than the cut scene shown in the opening of the game. I for one would like to see the character develop emotionally as well, even though all that is left of him is his shadow, but then as the shadow is learning to get stronger, we should be able to relate with him as well. Why is the shadow even trying to fight against the demons. Why does he not just leave them be? Does the shadow think that he will get back his human body once he defeats the demons? We can only find these out by playing the game which i highly recommend.

    Update 4:35 am 9th December 2014: I have updated the link of the article and the content to improve SEO.

     

    • Shadow Fight 2 Android Game Review
      Shadow Fight 2 Android Game Review

    November 29, 2014 • Games • Views: 3843

  • Bird Ninja – Jungle Fever Flying Bird Game

    I like playing games and when i find an interesting game i tend to spend some time playing it. Usually in a game i look for a good story if it has one, good game play and there must be that x factor which makes me come back to the game again and again.

    We all heard of the famous game Flappy Bird flying bird game which earned the developer of the game a lot of hate by the players because the game was really difficult, but it really did well as well as i believe that game hit a personal chord of the players that how dare the game not let them win. This ego damaging aspect is quite interesting to see in games. I had that game installed on my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but unfortunately the phone died on me and also the developer pulled the game off Google Play Store. I went looking for a game similar to Flappy Bird and found a game by the name of Bird Ninja -Jungle Fever  flying bird game.

    The game play is not as difficult as Flappy Bird, but it still demands the player’s full concentration as you have to take split second decisions to prevent the bird from crashing into oncoming objects such as planes, and other birds.

    Each level has a certain objective which the player has to achieve in order to complete the level. In this game it is collecting coins. I have not been able to find any other use case in this game where the coins are being used. I recommend that the developer incorporate a store which allows the player to buy upgrades which gives the bird special powers.

    I also noticed that in this game there is no time out feature where in a game that i regularly play and have also reviewed Two Dots in which you have a maximum of 5 lives and each life takes a set time to regenerate, so if you loose all of your lives then you have to wait for a minimum time as set by the game before you can actually play it.

    Psychology also helps us understand that giving the player breaks actually helps keep the game interesting and brings the player back for more, while games in which the player plays for a long time without any breaks then eventually the player will get burned out and will get bored of the game.

    I also suggest that the developer weave a story into the game, which can further make a game interesting.

    The graphics of the playing level are attractive and look well made. The animation is smooth and i did not find any jerks in animation which spoil the experience. However, the graphics for the menu screen and the pause menu can be further improved as at the moment they look too bland and dead.  Maybe if the developer adds some animation on the menu screen it will look good.

    To conclude, i like the game and would recommend other to play, and this game can definitely get better and more interesting if the developer follows our advice given above.

    Update 2:24 pm 9th December 2014: I have updated the link of the article and the content to improve SEO.

    • Bird Ninja for Android Game Review
      Bird Ninja for Android Game Review

    November 27, 2014 • Games • Views: 2561