While being a kid 10, 20, or even 30 years ago was a fun time, there's no denying how great it must be to be a little one these days. Digital devices have expanded both children's entertainment and learning to nearly endless possibilities. It's not out of the ordinary for parents to let their children play with their smartphones and/or tablets, but it's becoming increasingly common to see children with their own devices, specifically designed for them.
This is the app roundup. The game roundup from this week can be found here.
Opening day is six weeks away, baseball fans, but there's plenty of pre-season action to whet your appetite. MLB.com hopes that you're desperate enough to pay for the privilege: while you can download the latest version of the MLB.com At Bat app (not to be confused with last season's MLB.com At Bat 2012), you'll have to be an MLB.com subscriber or pay a $19.99 in-app purchase to access a year of premium features.
Did you know there are other kinds of games out there besides 8-bit platformers? I was as shocked as you are. As it turns out, though, some people prefer to play things that don't involve shooting guns, jumping on enemies or collecting coins. Things like Puzzle Retreat which is a delightfully clever yet simple game for the casual player.
The basic premise is simple. You have a set number of ice cubes that need to be slid into place.
If you've opted to use Box as your go-to cloud storage service, then you've likely had to deal with some odd quirks with the app as of late. Like the fact that Box links opened m.box.com instead of the native app (this really peeves me with any app). Or navigating through multiple options to perform simple tasks. Well, good news: the app was just updated with some fixes to the most annoying issues, as well as a few new features, too.
The app frontend for everyone's favorite video streaming service just got itself a nice little update to v4.3.9, which brings a couple of new features. Namely, when you send a video to your paired TV, the app will allow you to control the playback with a nice little entry into the notification bar. So you can watch YouTube on your TV while doing other things on your phone – like checking Google+, for example.
The Worms games are fabulous turn-based combat experiences that consumed many hours of my formative years. The original Worms was ported to Android a few years ago, but it was riddled with bugs and has since been abandoned by publisher EA. Here's hoping that Worms 2: Armageddon is delivered in better shape when it hits the Play Store this spring.
For the uninitiated, in Worms games you control a team of anthropomorphic worms with the singular goal of eliminating the other team.
CloudOn, the service which previously brought the full Microsoft Office experience to Android tablets, is now available on some phones. Yes, that means you have Office on your phone, in your pocket, and everywhere you are. That could be quite useful.
For the moment, however, the company is only supporting a handful of handsets:
- Samsung Galaxy S III
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus
- Samsung Galaxy Note
- Samsung Galaxy Note II
- Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
Notice something about that list?
We had the promise of a WipEout-style game in the past, but that never seemed to materialize. As sad at that makes us all, we now have something that looks equally as good: Flashout 3D. At first blush, Flashout actually reminds me quite a bit of Riptide GP, as well as F-Zero, with the addition of weapons. Because blowing stuff up is fun.
The similarities really end there between those two, though.