Draw Something Review
Platform: Android & iOS (Free & Paid versions on both platforms)
Single Player: N/A
Overall: 8/10 (Definitely Try!)
Draw Something is a 2 player game where you draw pictures back and forth, trying to guess what each other's drawings are. You can play with friends from Facebook/Twitter/Email or you can play random users that are also looking for a game.
You start playing by getting three options. You have to select the option that you think you can draw well enough so that the other player can guess it. The options are rated by coins. One coin, two coins, and three coins. The more coins, the harder the option is supposed to be. Let's say you pick the two coin option. If the player you're playing with guesses what your drawing is of, then you get those two coins. Your coins add up from round to round(and they also add up with any other games with other people). Once you hit 249 coins, you can buy new color packs. To start, you just get a few basic colors to draw with, so you'll want to get those coins quickly to be able to draw more detailed images.
As of now, there's no real "winning" or "losing". You just continue drawing back and forth. If someone can't guess a drawing, they hit pass, and then the round total resets to 1, but even then, you can just keep going.
The game was highly addicting when I first picked it up. It's a game you can play as fast and as slow as you want. You don't forfeit after a certain number of days, like you do in Words with Friends, so that's nice if you forget to play for a bit. The company that created the game, OMGPOP, was bought out by Zynga, so we should start seeing new features soon. A couple of features that have already been added are the ability to save pictures of your drawings, and the ability to send messages along with your drawings to your opponents.
Try this game out! Most everyone I know that has tried it has loved it.
Is it just us, or is sports gaming pretty lackluster as of late? It seems as though developers are just feeding us the exact same game year after year. Sure they'll add on a feature or two, or maybe even a new game type, but where are the new "main features" that we're all looking for? EA Sports is one of the biggest offenders. They buy all the rights to the different sports leagues and then put out mediocre games. I feel like this is what enables them to make these mediocre games. If there were other companies out there developing games about the same sport, we might see harder work and more new things that we're all looking for. So I guess here's to hoping and wishing that developers start putting more into their games.
It's still around, just not as predominant as it used to be. Sites like FullTilt and PokerStars have seen Government take over here in the United States due to several different law violations. But that doesn't stop some folks' love for the game. The people over at OnlinePoker.com are still providing high quality poker content. You can visit their site to read up on the basics of online poker and even learn a couple tricks of the trade.
OnlinePoker.com has links to some of the best Poker Sites in existence today. They provide a detailed description of the different sites, along with a picture of what to expect when you decide to begin playing. If you're curious about something, you can ask a question. They have a built-in Q&A section for folks looking to learn a little more about the game or possibly things that surround the game, such as certain players or even casinos.
We hope you'll check them out!
Rockstar Games has released a trailer for the next installment of Grand Theft Auto. View it on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL6RIELLJfE
The next installment of the iPhone from Apple, is to be revealed today at their 'Let's Talk iPhone' keynote. This event will be new CEO Tim Cook's very first keynote. As we learn more information on the event and the new iPhone, we will be updating this post!
Our pre-event predictions are that they release the iPhone 5 on Sprint along with a lite version of the iPhone 4. AT&T and Verizon will get the iPhone 4S.
1:09 PM --
So far, Tim has been going over new store openings in Asia.
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Now being discussed is MacOSX Lion.
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23% year over year growth for the Mac platform. PC? 4%.
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Moving on to the iPod. Over 300 million iPods have been sold. iPod owns 78% market share.
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Passing through iTunes.
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Onto info about the iPhone.
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After a quick teaser about the iPhones, Tim moves back to iPad talk.
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Every state in the US has use of iPads in education.
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80% of Hospitals are either testing or piloting iPads.
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3/4 of all tablets sold are iPads.
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250 Million iOS devices have been sold.
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140,000 iPad specific apps have been released.
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Cards app, let's you pick a picture and have a greeting card printed out that uses the picture in its design. Also, Apple will put it in an envelope and mail it for you. Push notifications saying that it's arrived at the post office and what not.
1:30 PM -- Notifications by swiping down, now.
1:30 PM -- Reminders app, bugs you to do tasks where you're near where they need to be done.
1:32 PM -- Newsstand and Camera app highlighted.
1:33 PM -- Game Center info.
1:35 PM -- Safari and Mail apps.
1:36 PM -- iOS 5 comes October 12th!
1:38 PM -- iCloud features music and photos.
1:41 PM -- Now talking about docs/Pages in the cloud.
1:42 PM -- Apps and books easily redownloaded from the cloud.
1:42 PM -- Find My Friends revealed! Helps you find where your devices are as well as the devices of your friends.
1:43 PM -- Kids, there's no more hiding from your parents. They'll always know where you're at. Haha.
1:44 PM -- You can stream your entire music library.
1:47 PM -- Pedometer added to iPod Nano.
1:50 PM -- Added new clock designs for people who wear their Nano as a wrist watch.
1:50 PM -- Comes in 7 colors, 8GB for $129, and 16GB for $149. Available today.
1:51 PM -- iPod Touch talk now. It's announced as the most popular portable game device, as well as the obvious most popular music player in the world.
1:53 PM -- iPod touch: now with iOS 5 and iCloud. Now comes in black and a brand new white version. It’s been priced at $229 for 8GB, now it’s $199. A key price point.
1:55 PM -- NOW ONTO THE iPHONE! iPhone 4S announced.
1:56 PM -- A5, like suspected. Retina display, yeah go on.
1:56 PM -- Demo with Epic Games.
1:57 PM -- Infinity Blade update being shown.
2:00 PM -- Increase to 8 hours of talk time in the iPhone 4S.
2:02 PM -- Schiller: “Our engineering team has worked really hard to advance the state of the art that’s never been done in a phone before. It can now intelligently switch between two antennas between send and receive to make even better call quality.”
2:02 PM -- Data will now download 2x as fast!
2:02 PM -- Claims speeds will be as fast as 4G.
2:03 PM -- 8MP Camera on the 4S.
2:06 PM -- Lens lets in more light on the camera.
2:09 PM -- More photo talk. Showing some photos.
2:10 PM -- 1080p HD Video Recording is announced. Real-time video image stabilization and real-time temporal noise reduction.
2:14 PM -- Assistant being announced. “For decades technologists have teased us with this dream that we can talk to our technology. But it’s never come true! It’s such a let-down! What we really want to do is just talk to our device!” To be called Siri.
2:15 PM -- Siri demo going on. You can ask what the weather will be like, and Siri will display it.
2:20 PM -- Still asking Siri all sorts of things.
2:20 PM -- “With Siri, you can just ask Siri to read your messages to you.” Siri reads messages in your notification queue, hands-free.
2:23 PM -- Set up meetings, have your calendar read to you, all hands-free!
2:24 PM -- Ask Siri to define words, look things up on Wikipedia.
2:26 PM -- More Siri stuff... For those sports fans out there, the Rangers just took the lead over the Rays.
2:28 PM -- Siri in English, French and German to start. More languages in the future.
2:32 PM -- Demo video going on.
2:35 PM -- Marketing video is STILL going on.
2:35 PM -- Phil: “So that’s the iPhone 4S. Black and white, 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299, and 64GB for $399. 64GB is the first time in an iPhone.”
2:36 PM -- Pre-orders on October 7th, and launching on the 14th.
2:36 PM -- SPRINT!
2:37 PM -- Tim is back up on stage, reviewing the announcements.
2:39 PM -- And just like that, he's done... No iPhone 5.
2:40 PM -- Thanks for following along. We hope you enjoyed reading. Be sure to bookmark Pizzarony Media, as we're going to be bringing you more great news in the future! Thanks!
This is a list compiled of helpful tips for using Google Chrome. Because really, who doesn't want to use a program to it's full potential?
Tip #1: Switching Tabs
There are different ways to switch tabs using keyboard shortcuts like:
Tip #2: Shorten Your Bookmarks Bar
Tired of throwing everything into a Bookmark Folder and having to navigate through them all? Yeah, so were we. We came upon this helpful tip by accident, a LONG time ago.
Right click on your Bookmarks Bar, then click "add page..." From there, you type in JUST the URL of the site you want to add. Don't type in a name. Hit "Ok," and then you're set. A little favicon sized bookmark added to your Bookmarks Bar. While this can still work with sites that don't have favicons, it really works best with websites that do have a favicon, as then you can see what you're clicking on without having to hover over it to make sure it's the one you want to click.
Tip #3: Pin a Tab!
Say you have a certain tab open 100% of the time, and you know what's on it, and you'd like it to take up a little less room across the top of your window. All you have to do is right click on the tab and select 'Pin Tab'. And voila, the tab is now a mere favicon.
Tip #4: Send Us Your Tips!
Send us your tips for Google Chrome! We'll even give you credit for sending them in! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and use the subject line: Google Chrome Tip Suggestion.
MORE COMING SOON!
It appears as though Google Wallet will be launching today according to an older post from Google and several of the major tech blogs. What is Google Wallet, you ask? Well, it could potentially be the first step in removing one more thing from your pockets/purses, your wallet. Google Wallet uses the Near Field Communication technology that's inside of some of today's top smartphones, to act as your credit cards. You simply tap your phone on a PayPass Credit Card Reader and it grabs your credit card info from your phone. Read more about how it works here. The app will also include special offers and loyalty offers for those who use the app to make purchases. According to the official website for the app, the Sprint Nexus S 4G will be the only phone that can use the app in the early stages. Conveniently enough, I happen to have one. As soon as the app goes live, we'll try to use it and get a review up!
Now if only they could figure out how to put drivers licenses on phones. Then I'd be all set.
Link to the Official Google Wallet Page:
Flick Kick Field Goal Review
Single Player: 8/10
Flick Kick Field Goal is a pretty fun "wind physics" game. There are a couple different game mode options, such as Practice, Precision and Sudden Death. Practice is what you'd imagine it'd be. You get to practice without the pressures of having to get a good score and all that. Precision mode is where you get 20 kicks to try and get the high precision percentage possible. There are five zones within the goal posts. Two closest to the uprights are 50%, then slightly closer to the middle is 75%, and straight down the middle is 100%. Anywhere outside of the uprights is 0%. The game calculates your total percentage as you go along and gives you a final percentage at the end(Our highest is 85% so far!). Sudden Death mode is our favorite game mode. It's pictured in this post(that's not our high score though!). The objective is to keep making field goals for as long as possible. Every time you put one straight down the middle, you get an extra life(marked by those football icons in the top right of that screen shot). If you happen to miss a field goal completely, you lose one of those extra lives. If you don't have any extra lives when you miss, your game ends and your final score is shown. Our highest score in this mode is 264! Oh, and one more crucial detail. If you flick three straight down the middle in a row, your next made field goal will be worth 2 points. And if you make that one, your next is worth 3 points. And so on and so forth, up until 10 points per kick. That's the highest you can get from a single kick.
The multi-player in this game is just a leaderboard featuring your stats/achievements from the game along side others'. You don't really have any 1 on 1 game play or anything like that. It would be nice if they'd include some sort of actual multiplayer in a future update.
Graphics on Flick Kick Field Goal are pretty good for such a simple game. There are a few situations where it will look like your ball made it, but it says you missed. But if you just realize that, and then compensate for that on your future kicks, you won't even notice after a little while. Sometimes it works out in your favor too.
The gameplay is very smooth. You see how much wind is blowing and in what direction it is blowing. This game is sort of like the Paper Toss games. We haven't had to force close it or anything like that.
So overall, we say this game is worth downloading and trying out. If you like football, you'll probably enjoy it a little more than others, but even if you don't, it's still a pretty neat game with decent gameplay and graphics.
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Dragon, Fly! for Android (Cost: $0.00)
Single Player: 8/10
Dragon, Fly! is a pretty addicting game for Android. You take control of the baby dragon as you roll down hills and fly through the sky to get away from the Mom dragon. The game doesn't require complex button mashing or anything like that. All you have to be able to do to be successful in this game is just know when the right time to put your finger on the screen. When you put your finger on the screen, the baby dragon goes down. So you want to time it out just right so you hit the hills on their downward slopes. Then once you hit the trough of the hills, you let go of the screen and your baby dragon goes flying through the sky. The more times you travel smoothly through the hills, the faster you go. As time goes along, the Mom dragon gets faster and faster, so you have to be even better at hitting the hills the right way. On your travels through the hills, there's speed vials that are colored blue. You want to hit those. They'll speed you up considerably. There's also diamonds which give you bonus points. Sometimes it's wise to pick those up. But don't focus too much on them. Sometimes you'll find yourself more worried about hitting the diamonds that you will end up slowing your self down by hitting the upward slopes of the hills. Dragon, Fly! has different levels, which they call "Realms", that you go through. Each one gets a little harder and longer than the previous one. The game ends when the Mom finally catches up to you. Then your score is shown, along with your rank. To get ranks, you just have to be above a certain amount of points. (Right now, I'm in the top 5% of the world! </selfbrag>) You're also shown different challenges that help you level up your dragon. For instance, in one of the challenges, you have to only get one speed vial in the first 4 realms. That's a pretty challenging one. Once you finish all the challenges required to level up, you get a new colored dragon and you get more of a head start from the Mom.
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It's fun to sit around with friends and see who can get the highest score. It has almost no inclusion of any Multi-Player action though. All it lets you do is look up high scores. You can see high score lists for Global, Your Country, Your City and Your Postal Code. It would be nice if they built a multi-player game where you could see your friends dragon racing along side you.
The graphics are Angry Birds-esque. Dragon, Fly! has a very cartoony feel. They're very sharp. We haven't experience any sort of lag or anything like that. The gameplay, like we mentioned earlier, is pretty easy. Just tapping the screen is all that's required. It's just tapping the screen at the right times.
Our overall score on this one should be a lot higher, because the game really is fun and addicting. However the lack of Multi-Player brought it down quite a bit. If you don't care for Multi-Player, then this game would be an 8.5-9.