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‘Karateka Classic’ for iOS and Android game review

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Last year we reviewed the new Karateka game on iOS. It was a remake of the 1984 game that was originally released for the Apple II. The original game has a cult following and although the 2012 remake was a decent effort it didn’t quite have the charm of the original.

Now Jordan Mechner, the developer who created the original game and worked on the remake, has released a port of the 1984 game for iOS and Android. Called Karateka Classic, the game is a blast from the past that lets you relive the classic gameplay on your modern smartphone or tablet. Let us take a closer look at it. Read more »

NVIDIA Shield up for pre-order, ships by the end of June

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NVIDIA announced its project Shield handheld gaming console and the company released the full specifications and the pricing details just a few days ago. Now, the console is up for pre-order on NVIDIA’s website and you can also adopt the gadget from Gamestop, Newegg and Canada Computer.

NVIDIA Shield sports a 5-inch 720p touchscreen and is powered by a Tegra 4 chipset that packs four Cortex-A15 cores, a power saving core and a mobile GeForce GPU. Read more »

Angry Birds Rio hits the Windows Phone Store

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Angry Birds Rio, one of the popular titles from the Angry Birds franchise is now available for all the Windows Phone users. The Windows Phone Store now hosts a collection of Angry Birds titles, which include Angry Birds Seasons, Angry Birds Star Wars and Angry Birds Space.

Angry Birds Rio for Windows Phone comes with 210 levels and 40 bonus stages. Read more »

Google Play Game Services provides game cloud saves, leaderboards, multiplayer and achivements

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In addition to multiple new and cool APIs for developers, Hugo Barra introduced Google Play Game Service which introduces leaderboards, game progress saves in the cloud, real-time multiplayer and game achievements.

What’s cool is that all of the new game services features, save for real-time multiplayer, are going to work crossplatform between Android, iOS and the web. Read more »

NVIDIA prices Project SHIELD Android-powered handheld console at $350, out in June

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NVIDIA surprised everyone at CES with its Project SHIELD handheld gaming console and now the chip maker released the full specs along with launch date and price. SHIELD is powered by NVIDIA’s own Tegra 4 chipset, which packs for Cortex-A15 cores, a fifth power-saver core and a mobile GeForce GPU.

The gadget runs pure Android 4.2 with TegraZone pre-installed – this is a repository of Tegra-optimized games. In an impressive demo, SHIELD ran a ported PlayStation 3 game with better graphics than the PS3. Read more »

‘Circulets’ for iOS and Android game review

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Circulets is the newest two-player game from India-based Hashstash Studios. The game is now available for both iOS and Android.

Circulets involves collecting circles or ‘circulets’ towards your side of the screen. The one with the most points in the end wins the game. The game sounds simple and fun in theory and also looks quite pretty, so we decided to take it for a spin. Read more »

Rovio announces Angry Birds Seasons: Abra-Ca-Bacon, to hit your appstore on May 16

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Rovio has just announced the latest update for the Angry Birds Seasons game. Dubbed Abra-Ca-Bacon, the new release is set to bring some interesting features to the franchise.

One of them is the addition of Magic Portals which allows you to teleport Angry Birds, Bad Piggies and everything else in the game. Furthermore, there are 30 new levels joined by six bonus levels for your unlocking pleasure. Read more »

Asphalt 7: Heat goes free on iOS, probably for limited time

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Gameloft’s Asphalt 7: Heat racing game is now free in the Apple’s AppStore. It was released in June 2012 on iOS and until now it maintained the $0.99 price tag.

Asphalt 7: Heat offers 60 different cars, 15 challenging tracks, 6 game modes and eye-candy graphics. Read more »

Retail launch of Ouya console pushed back to June 25, controller redesigned to fix button sticking issue

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Things were going well for the Ouya team – they were accelerating the rate of shipments for Kickstarter backers and the console design got a great reparability score from iFixit. It turns out a bit too well as now they’ve pushed back the retail launch by a three weeks to meet higher than expected demand from retailers.

The original launch was planned for June 4, but the new launch target is June 25. This means more Ouya consoles will be manufactured and be put on the shelves on launch day. Read more »

Ouya torn apart, console found to be quick and easy to repair

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The Ouya team has been posting shipping updates as promised (you need to be a backer to read those) and while there are still units waiting to head out to their owners, iFixit received one and – you guessed it – took it apart.

So, what exactly do you get for your $99? Well, two things – the console itself and a Bluetooth controller. Read more »

Rockstar issues a dozen new Grand Theft Auto V screenshots

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Rockstar Games has released a dozen of new Grand Theft Auto V screenshots to build up even more hype about its upcoming game.

Though static, the new batch of screenshot is more action-packed than ever. There are car and bike chases, airplane flights, scuba-diving, skydiving. All screenshots showcase the game’s gorgeous scenery and graphics. Read more »

Nvidia’s SHIELD benchmark spotted, blows away the competition

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One of the few exciting things we saw at CES this past January was the announcement of Nvidia’s new Android-running handheld gaming console codenamed SHIELD, powered by its new Tegra 4 chipset.

While not much has been heard of SHIELD or Tegra 4 since, a recently-spotted benchmark in AnTuTu reveals that the SoC is not only still alive and kicking, but has the potential to be a real contender when it comes to next generation mobile performance. Read more »

Rovio introduces accounts for game progress syncing, just two titles supported at launch

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One of the main gripes people have with Rovio and its games is that progress isn’t synced from one device to another. The company has listened and as a result has introduced Rovio accounts yesterday.

Signing up for an account requires just an email address and that’s it. Once you’ve registered you can set up your games to sync between your phone and tablet for instance. Sadly, not all of the Rovio titles are supported just yet. Read more »

Windows Phone gets 100 new Angry Birds levels, the game is free until May 15

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Rovio has released a new app for the Angry Birds classic game for Windows Phone. It contains over 100 new levels and is available for every Windows Phone-powered handset out there.

The new Angry Birds app is compatible with Windows 7.5, 7.8 and 8.0-based phones, even those with 256MB of RAM. It comes with Xbox integration for WP8 version. Read more »

‘Badland’ for iOS game review

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Badland is a 2D action adventure platformer where you control one of the game’s unnamed creatures through a maze of deadly traps.

The game has already won several accolades, along with Apple’s Editor’s Choice award on the App Store. We decided to find out for ourselves how good the game really is. Read more »