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[New Game Review] TurtleStrike: A Somewhat Successful New Take On Old-Fashioned Gameplay

Turn-based strategy is a classic style of gameplay, but it's still pretty big these days with titles like Frozen Synapse hitting Android. But sometimes these games can be a little slow, or even tedious if a not designed well. The developers of TurtleStrike are trying to combine real-time with turn-based gaming in what they call "live turn-based" gameplay. This approach has the potential to make matches proceed quickly, but still allow careful tactical planning. If it's done well, this could be very cool, but is it?

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TurtleStrike is an online combat title that's a little reminiscent of the Worms games – except with turtles.

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[New Game Review] Riptide GP 2: Taking Jet Ski Racing To The Next Level, And The One After That

I've never been a huge fan of racing games, but there's always been something about Hydro Thunder that captivated me. As a teen, it was one of my favorite games, and I've kept up with the franchise as much as possible over the last several years. Naturally, this means I've spent a more-than-ample amount of time playing Riptide GP, the mobile-equivalent to Hydro Thunder.

The first Riptide was one of my favorite games to emerge from the Tegra 2 era, and Vector Unit maintained fantastic support over the past two years, even updating it to support enhanced graphics on the Tegra 3 chip.

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Sprinkle Islands Review: Playing With Water Is Still Great Fun, But Some Things Feel A Little Soggy

Sprinkle Islands will feel instantly familiar to fans of the original game, as the core concept is the same. Players still control a water cannon atop a wooden fire truck on an alien world, their goal remains putting out any and all signs of fire, and the degree of challenge is still pretty high. If you haven't already familiarized yourself with this series, you might want to take a second to do so. The fundamentals of this sequel are largely unchanged, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Mediocre has tweaked enough to give the experience a fresh feel, even if some of those changes introduce a fair degree of frustration.

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Bem Bluetooth Outlet Speaker Quick Review: It Probably Sounded Like A Good Idea At The Time

There are heaps of Bluetooth speakers out there with more or less the same design. Sure, there’s a little tweak here and there – some of them might sound a bit better, and others have better battery life. The Bem Wireless Outlet Speaker takes a somewhat different approach. This unit has no battery because it plugs right into the wall like an AC adapter. In fact, it kind of is an AC adapter.

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The concept is interesting, but how does it work in practice? I’m glad you asked.

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Crazy Taxi Review: A Near-Perfect Dreamcast Port That's Cheaper Than Cab Fare

Dateline: 1999. A 12-year-old Jeremiah Rice spends every cent of his allowance at the local Pizza Hut's dingy game room, trying to perfect an S-Class run on the brand new Crazy Taxi arcade unit. Another fourteen years have passed, and SEGA's ode to irresponsible driving isn't exactly the technical marvel it once was, but it's every bit as fun. And a single fiver will let you play as much as you want on Android.

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Crazy Taxi is from a different age, before sedate casual games were the norm. It laughs at the idea of realism, driving by new features like bump-mapping and realistic physics engines, giving them the finger as it power drifts over a drawbridge.

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Hands-On With MODO, The Modular Desktop Organizer Built With Mobile In Mind

Back in January, we told you about MODO, an incredibly versatile desktop organization system. At the time, it was just a Kickstarter project hoping to find its way into the world of retail; thankfully, enough "Kickstarters" saw the value in it and helped more than double its original $17,000 goal. It's been about four months since project was funded, and MODO is just about ready for prime time. Artem and I have been playing with a couple of production units for the last several weeks, and almost immediately it's difficult to deny the incredibly amount of utility packed into such a simple package.

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Tiny Thief Review: How Rovio Stars' Debut Android Game Stole My Heart

I don't think much of silent films, but I tend to melt when I come across a game that successfully conveys a plot without the use of speech. Each stage in Tiny Thief feels like a short skit, much like a single clip of Looney Tunes or Tom and Jerry, only with a feeling of continuity as you progress from one to the next. It has the look and feel of a mobile game, and it's immensely easy to pick up and play, but there's a surprising degree of depth here and an undeniable degree of love and care holding it all together.

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Parrot Zik Bluetooth Headphones Review: A Glimpse Into The Future Of Wireless Headphones

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And when it comes to copying, I have no doubt that the Parrot Ziks will be imitated, reimagined, and otherwise "inspire" a new generation of Bluetooth headphones in the coming years. Yes, they're that different. The Ziks are also, to be blunt, an experimental product. They don't sit on your head very well, and they don't sound fantastic. Even their game-changing features, like the touchpad controls on the right ear housing, aren't quite fully baked yet.

It doesn't matter. The moment I started using the Ziks, and every moment thereafter, I simply thought: "this is the future of wireless headphones." I think this is particularly telling, as I do not actually like wireless headphones.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (AT&T) Review: Finally, A Flagship Variant Worthy Of Its Name

Samsung has been muddying the waters of the Galaxy brand ever since it launched, and the Galaxy S4 has been sent to new depths, with no less than three "S4" variants following the original's release by only a few months. But the Galaxy S4 Active - the sporty, tough, waterproof version of Samsung's flagship - is the first of the company's myriad extended line that actually deserves the same name as its more mainstream brother. With specifications that match the US version of the S4 in nearly every category, plus a design that's both "ruggedized" and appealing, the S4 Active is worth a look for AT&T customers who want a top-of-the-line smartphone that they won't have to treat like a delicate flower.

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Six Months With The Pebble Smartwatch: Greatly Improved, But Still A Tough Sell

It's been a bit less than six months since I got my Kickstarter-edition Pebble, and starting today you can waltz down to your local Best Buy and pick one up yourself. In that time I've gone from impressed, to slightly less so, then considerably more so, and now somewhat ambivalent. The Pebble has been much improved since its debut, thanks to consistent updates from the manufacturer and no small amount of third-party support. But the simple fact remains that this is an add-on device, a luxury even at its reasonable price. While it adds considerable functionality to any Android device, it would be hard to say that these functions are worth $150, or indeed, worth wearing and keeping track of another gadget on your person.

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