Posts Tagged ‘cell phone game’

wpid-screenshot_2015-08-12-17-28-31.pngI started playing Alphabear shortly after it was released. Since then they have made the game better!!!

As with all games, changes are put into place after it’s released to fix known issues and make the game play better. One of my favorite changes was the day my first blog was scheduled to post, they made it so you can move between the chapters. That was one of my biggest issues with the whole game. I could play but once I moved from chapter one to chapter two, I couldn’t go back.

They’ve also added some new legendary bears ( unicorn bear).

In the original release I had major issues with the interface for choosing your bears. When I would scroll, sometimes it would randomly select the bear closest to my fingers, even though I wasn’t touching them. They’ve fixed this issue with the new selection button. You can scroll through your collected bears and one appears at the bottom of the screen. They’ve made it appear big and bright, with what it does for you and the bonus. Then you chose select!

There is also a new option for using coins to wake bears you have recently used. I like that feature a whole lot.

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My only problem now may be with my phone. The responsiveness has gone down with this last game patch. Not sure why it’s changed. I cleaned the screen but still, sometimes it doesn’t like to select the letters in-game. It’s super frustrating. I still think it’s my phone though. Let me know if you are having the same issue. My phone’s a SG4 Note.

Tips and things I find amusing!

The “F” word is playable. I was SO freaking amused. Some of my friends were surprised, I was not. Hehehe…

They have added new end captions. The celebearties are included in some like Steven Colbear.

I just unlocked the “OWL BEAR.” The geek in me skipped a beat. So funny.

Some of my strategies include using words that end in – tion. These can include, desalination, declaration, sanitation, destination, station. These words take up a lot of letters and if you are using OCTOBEAR, you get a fat bonus.

Remember your plurals and past tenses pookie! If you are spelling a word, thrown an -S or an -ed on the end. This helps use up a few more letters. I tend to aim for using ALL the letters on a board. Some are very tricky in chapter 5 though.

If you have letters you need to use before they turn to stone, use all the combinations. I’ve learned a few words since I started playing.

A fun challenge is to make a theme while playing. One that is easy and pretty broad, spell words having to do with the medical field! Heart, worms, butt, x-ray, sterilize, fertilization, babies, etc…

Remember your prefixes like re-, de- and un-. There are tons of words that can be expanded on by using a prefix. Say you spell “make.” You can make re-make and unmake. I’ve used both in-game. Destabilize, restabilize, unstable. See what I did there?

In timed mode, I no longer care about stone letters. I spell for my life. It’s the trade off in this game. I save the highest bonus bears I have for timed levels since there isn’t time for me to canoodle with the letters.

I hope you’re having fun with Alphabear! Tell me about it! I love it so much. I play through the game every day.

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I found an interesting game that uses Chemistry as the basis for game play. The playing field is a circle. It gives you elements, pluses and minuses. You can combine like elements, cause chain reactions and move elements around with the plus and minuses. When you combine two elements you get a the next element usually. Like two Hydrogen, atomic number 1 combine to make Helium, atomic number 2. Lithium combines to beryllium.

 

There are chain reactions as well. You can line up elements so that they all combine when you deploy a plus. The game relies on the magic of symmetry.  The bigger the chain and the larger the elements, the better your score. The full extent of the chain is indicated by the colored line outside the ring.  You can use that to aim you shot with the plus. 

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There is also the minus, which allows you to move elements around the board. This is great if you have one out-of-place. Later on there are black pluses that will combine two unmatched elements of any kind.

If you are in a bind there is a fusion power up that absorbs half the board. You can earn more antimatter or buy antimatter through an in-game purchase.

The game either ends when you get all the elements or you fill the board.

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After you’ve played the game, you get into a rhythm. There are certain elements that count as lucky charms. The charms give you bonuses and minuses. You can only equip one at a time. Silicon gives you 10 extra combination pluses in the game.

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The game has three modes as well. There is the standard mode, timed mode and FULL ALCHEMIST. I haven’t unlocked Full Alchemist yet. You have to create gold in order to unlock the final mode.

Atomas is made by Sirnic. The developer is out of Germany. They have several other apps including Gravity Blocks. You can find the games on IOS and Android!

Enjoy! All the games I love are addicting.

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I found Little Alchemy in the Play Store on my phone. I was intrigued. You have to combine the elements to create more elements to create more elements… The game doesn’t have instructions. It’s pretty obvious what you have to do.

You start with earth, air, fire and water. Combining them you get wind, lava, rain, ponds, plants, and much, much more. The objects become more evolved over time. You create day, night and twilight as well as Super Novas and Atomic bombs. Some of things you create are man-made, like fire works and soda.

They have some secret combinations that don’t show on your menu of combinations on the right hand side. My favorite is the Tardis (Time and Space). The game does pop up with suggestions. At one point it told me to make the sun. It took me a while to figure out that combination. If you do get stuck, the game has a hint system.

This game plays into my OCD hard-core. I have a method. I take one thing and then combine it with everything down the line to see if it will combine. As soon as I put the game down I start wondering, what if I combine a unicorn with the ocean or a bird with ice?!?!?! There are 540 combinations that are outright. There are also SECRET combinations. If you get stuck the game can give you hints or you can easily search on the internet for libraries explaining the combinations.

Honestly, you won’t learn anything specific from this game but it does make you think about what elements go into our every day lives. This is a fun distraction from the every day. The game is also a free download.

Here are some exciting combinations I discovered.

Water + Cold = Snow!

Snow + Surfer = Snow Board!

Wizard + Bird = Owl

That’s all I’m giving you for now. I don’t want to spoil the experience for you.

The creator, Jakub Koziol, did not come out with a second edition of the game. In the play store you’ll find Alchemy Fusion 2 and a bunch of other games like this. These are clones made by different companies. The original game creator doesn’t seem to have any other games out. From his blog he’s currently trying to help people live with ADD. The blog is an interesting look at the game creator. I tend to bounce from one thing to another myself and his illustrations in the blog really show how some creative minds work. Read it knowing he’s working through things after the success of his game.

BTW: My recommendation is to turn it to night mode. That way the background is back instead of white. This just makes it easier to see.

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Hey it’s Hump day! Here is a game that might make your day a little better.

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Blendoku is a deceptive game. They give you a six blocks of colors and you have to put them in order of shade. So, the easy levels are light to dark. The harder levels are transitions from colors, for example pink to green. The hardest levels have shapes to them including L’s, squares and pyramids. Those are the easiest of the sets. The game gets progressively harder has you move through the levels. There are no longer simple shapes or lines of color the more and more you play. The levels slowly become mazes where the player is responsible for putting the colored blocks in order.

The programing of the game is simple enough. The version of Blendoku I downloaded is by Lonely Few, LLC. Since the game came out, there are now clones of it, including one by Benjamin Moore, the paint company. I recommend the version by Lonely Few instead. I did enjoy this game. It reminded me of Flow Free. The game has the same visual asthetic and game lay out. The menues were identicle.

Just a warning, it’s simply addictive. You can’t stop with one puzzel. Do not play this in the bathroom at work. 🙂

As with most free games, there is additional content you can purchase. That content includes additional levels to play through.

The team that made it I have only made one other game that I’ve found. It’s called Brainsss. Here is a link.

 

Cell phone games seem to be the only thing I’m interested in lately (after Animal Crossing and MONSTER HUNTER.) They are great because in the summer I’m often stuck on a city bus for an hour or longer to get home. One of the best ways to find a new cell phone game, look around you on a bus. I have a bit of an advantage because Big Fish Games is on my way home. A large number of their employees get on the bus only a few stops after mine. If you take time to look up, sometimes you’ll see someone playing a game. It doesn’t hurt to watch them for a bit. If they are next to you, just ask them what the game is. Since they are developers, they often play other games to either research different genre of games, because they like those games or because they hear what other developers are making.

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Friend I made on the bus

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I’m on a bus!

Even if you don’t have a game company conveniently on your bus route, take a look around during your commute. That’s how I found 2048. There were a few people sitting near me playing the game. Every day for a week, I saw someone playing it. When the lady next to me started playing it, I had to ask her what the game was because I was fascinated. If you’re uncomfortable asking a stranger what game they are playing, ask your friends. My friends, even though they are hard-core gamers, always have one of two games on their phones.

Another great way to find cell phone games is to look at the indie games that were at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) or your local video game convention. You can browse through the games and pick the ones that sounds fantastic. It takes a little more work because you might have to research them. Most conventions though have these games in the INDIE area. That’s where I’ve discovered some really fun games.

There are a few companies like Big Fish Games that have apps to help you find their games. The app lists the new games, top games and allows you to search for genre games. They also use the app to notify you when a new game is being released.

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Big Fish Games game App

If you’re lwpid-screenshot_2015-07-19-15-38-31.pngooking for game on the play store, you can search by categories. After you’ve played through one or two games, it will suggest other games based on your downloads.  The play store also has a section for free games. Half the time the free games are limited versions of a full game. These allow you to play a few levels before you have to purchase a full version. The plus side is you get to try out the game and often, it explains the mechanics that are unlockable in the full version. Dinner Dash mobile edition is like this. You can play through three restaurants before you have to purchase the full version of the game. I can’t stress this more though, if you can buy a game out right, it’s better than games that need continuous “optional” in game purchases. When I like a game with a free version, I give those people my money. Take it! Take my money! You deserve it. Stop asking me to view adds though. If I buy your game, I want the freaking game. I’ll even rate it or review it. (Although Word Crack keeps asking you to rate it, even after you rate it. Super annoying.)

 

When purchasingwpid-screenshot_2015-07-19-15-39-03.pngg or browsing free games, I like to sort by category. I tend to stick with puzzle games, strategy games and word games. There is a multitude of different styles including action, rpg, visual novels, hidden object, adventure, card and sports games. You really can find a game of any style. Some PC games are even available on mobile as well like Plants vs Zombies and World of Goo. Finally, a not so new phenomenon is the porting of old games to mobile versions. You can download several different emulators in order to play FFVII or any of the Final Fantasy franchise.

 

I still think the best way to find a good cell phone game is though is looking around your on the bus.

 

Ways to find games:
1. People Watching
2. List of games at conventions
3. Talk to Friends
4. Company Apps
5. Play Store recommendations and searches
6. Emulators

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Alphabear is a cellphone game that is based on a boggle style game mechanic. You are given letters and you get points for spelling different words. They have added some Scrabble-esque features like point values per letter, but made it their own. They have also added a power up/ RPG style feature where your party of bears grow and gain more bonuses from experience points.

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The mechanics they have added make the game really fun and challenging. Over time the point value of an unused letter diminishes until the tile turns to stone. Stone letters impede you’re progress. In each chapter there are bear characters that you can collect to help you through levels. They each have unique powers. Some give you end score bonuses for specific letters or word length. Other bears help you with timed puzzles or keep letters from turning to stone for longer time. The more you play, the stronger your chosen bears get. They earn levels and their score bonus will increase and make it easier to make either goal.

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Every day there is a big puzzle and a basic puzzle. The basic puzzle is usually timed. After you beat the two puzzles there are boss puzzles to progress from chapter to chapter. Two days after I started playing they added a feature that allows you to move from chapter to chapter. I’m so happy!

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One of the cuter aspects is the bears grown on-screen as you play, moving the board along to reveal different letters. You spell a word and they grow out of the one of the letters. As you use the letters around them, they grow bigger, longer and wider. At the end of a puzzle, a bear uses some of the words you spelled to fill in a mad libs style saying. You can share these to social media or just move on. I love them. I will sometimes use the remix button on the bottom left to find one that is really funny and post it to my Facebook.

Remember the in-game purchases I mentioned? There are two kinds honey and coins. Honey allow you to play the different daily puzzles. Coins buy you into the treasure events. The honey regenerates over time. Coins you gain by playing puzzles. You can unlock endless honey for $4.99. You can not get endless coins but you can purchase coins if you are having trouble earning them through the game. You can use money, honey or watching a video to earn more. Buying the endless honey is the same as just purchasing this well made and adorable game. Honestly, you can make as much coin as you want if you have endless honey. If you’re being impatient though, or you need coin fast they have given you the choice.

How do you win?  They give you two goals at the start of a level. Using the letter value, bears score multipliers and BIG WORDS you try to make one of the two goals. At the end of a game the bears that grew on your board add to the final score.

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The final score is a combination of all the points. You gain coins from playing each level. It can be as little as 5 or as much as 50 from what I’ve seen. As a bonus they take a few of your words, thrown then in a mad libs style generator and create a hilarious photo you can upload to social media.

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Spry Fox is the company behind this adorable game. I found out it’s only been available for two weeks. Their other games include Triple Town and Road Not Taken. All their games feature the signature art style of blocky bears. There is an older word game called Panda Poet which is more like Word Crack or Words With Friends, than Alphabears. Panda Poet you play against a computer or an online opponent. They have three days to spell a word. Triple Town you are building a town and have to protect it from the bears. Road Not Taken is a completely different style of game. It’s an adventure game where you rescue children lost in the woods. They still have bears though and foxes!

They go to PAX every year. I’m really surprised I’ve never run into their games before now. I’m going to keep my eyes open from now on. They have a cool looking dragon game called Free Range Dragons that they showed off at PAX. They used their testers at the con to improve the game on the fly too. That’s an innovative use of a focus group that doesn’t know they are a focus group!

I recommend this game. I NEED ALL THE BEARS!