In Headup Games' latest release, Shiny The Firefly must fight his way through a picturesque garden in search of his lost children. Join Shiny as he fights, flies, and hides from a variety of enemy garden dwellers. This game's rich animation includes detailed movements for all the characters, as well as numerous animations that let you know how Shiny is feeling. Gameplay includes both fights and problem solving. You'll need to use various special skills to navigate the level: make a plant grow so it will divert a waterfall, shoot an enemy to make him shift his location, or simply keep pounding on a boss until you defeat him.
Last week, we posted a benchmark battle between the HTC One XL (AT&T, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4) and the One X (Unlocked, Tegra 3). The reaction to the video was exactly as expected: the S4 enthusiasts defended the XL, while the Tegra 3 fans laughed and patted their favorite processor on the back.
Given how much buzz these two phones are generating right now (especially in comparison with each other), it's definitely fun to watch them go head-to-head against in the benchmark arena, but the last video focused specifically on one test, and one test only (AnTuTu).
Are you interested in seeing how these two powerhouse phones compare to each other in several other benchmark tests?
Minibash, a 2D fighter that originally sprang forth from the Toribash community as a flash and iPhone game, recently hit version 1.0 for Android thanks to Nabi Studios. The game is a brilliantly simple 2D turn-based fighting game, in which players train, morph, and fight their respective characters - kicking, punching, and decapitating other players to progress through tournaments, or practicing in single-player challenges.
One of the great things about Minibash, besides its over-the-top blood-gushing art style and effortless online play integration, is that players can customize their fighters, selecting hair styles, body colors, and even blood colors, on top of beefing up the characters by adding or removing mass from the fighter's fists, arms, legs, feet, or joints.
When the Amazon Kindle Fire was announced, we were all pretty excited about its tablet-meets-e-reader form factor, low price, and powerful hardware. Barnes & Noble has fired back this morning with an equally impressive device (and in some aspects even more so), albeit with a slightly higher price tag. As always, both devices offer features that make them unique from each other -- but, at the end of the day, which one is the better choice?
Let's throw both devices in the ring and see how they fare with one another, shall we? First up, specs:
- 7-inch IPS lamination display
- 1GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB storage with SD card slot
- 400 grams
- 9 Hours of video playback, 11.5 hours of read-time
Amazon Kindle Fire
- 7-inch IPS display
- 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB internal storage, no SD card slot
- 413 grams
- 7.5 hours locally-stored video playback, 8 hours read-time
With specs out of the way, let's take a closer look at each one to get a better idea of which device is the better buy this holiday season.
In our last week's poll, we asked you your thoughts on the best overall Android music player, and over 1500 of you responded, clearly putting PowerAMP ahead of the competition, followed by Winamp. PowerAMP released the full version shortly after and still occupies the #1 spot for playing local music in my book.
However, rightfully so, some of you noted that there are some players out there specializing on remote media streaming, and by that I don't mean Shoutcast streams - I mean streaming your own music collections. Google's music service may one day supposedly join the party, as we saw demoed at Google I/O earlier this year, but right now, that solution does not yet exist.