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Guerrilla Bob is well dressed but doesn’t have anything to say

by Dave Loft

I’ve had Guerrilla Bob for about a month and while it’s easily one of the most polished games on the Android market, it just doesn’t posses the longevity to keep me interested. Now to be fair, that would describe most mobile phone games and is exactly why they’re typically priced below $5. I guess I’m just looking for a console experience on a phone and one I know can be done.

I love the graphics in the game and the visual style reminds me of TF2. The textures are clean, beautifully put together and they’re not very detailed. But it works within the style of the game. To go with the smooth graphics is an equally smooth framerate that makes Guerrilla Bob a joy to play.

Cross compatibility is a big part of the marketing behind Guerrilla Bob and is one feature few games have offered. It is unfortunately only local multiplayer and the lacks the essential online multiplayer required to keep me playing the game.

Controls are plentiful with options to auto-aim and multiple dual stick configurations to choose from. If your new to dual stick games, or just want a simpler experience on your mobile, auto-aim is a great place to start. Once you get good at the game you can set the difficulty to hard or just turn off auto-aim.

The game offers ten guns and four characters to choose from, but with only one to start the game. You will unlock more as you play and getting all the guns can take quite a while.

The game offers a few ways to play; arcade, survival and mercenary. Arcade and mercenary are the same game but it changes how weapons are unlocked. In arcade you need to find new weapons hidden throughout the level. While in mercenary mode, you make money by taking out enemies to spend on your weapon of choice. With these two modes your goal is to move to the end of the level and your only job is to shoot. Survivor is the same gameplay in an arena and your scored based on how long you can survive.

What you soon realize is that all of the options available are pretty much the same. I feel if your gonna do just a shooting game, your gonna need more than ten guns. If you want to make your game more than just a shooting game some extra gameplay elements would go a long way. Just steeling ideas from your standard fps will do wonders. Vehicles, mele combat, stealth, cover, defend here, attack this, find the key, disguise as an enemy, something, anything. It just won’t stand as long without another leg to use.

To be fair. this really is me just wanting more complexity from mobile games and that’s something many people don’t care for. Taking into consideration what type of game Angry Mob was aiming to create with Guerrilla Bob, they have definitely nailed the mechanics of the game. It’s when you compare Guerrilla Bob to other shooters available on the Android Market that it becomes a more compelling product. It may have nothing on games like Modern Combat, but it’s really not trying to either.

Guerrilla Bob is the shooter built for a touch screen phone and one that’s accessible to the masses. This is the style of shooter that will have the most success on mobile devices and Angry Mob has built the best of it’s kind. Hopefully they can take that success and return with a squeal that raises the bar well above the the competition, rather than just over.

Score: 8.0

Android Market Link: Guerrilla Bob
Official Website: angrymobgames.com

Stellar Escape on Android

by Dave Loft

I’m really impressed with the quality of Stellar Escape and the entertainment I’ve squeezed from this simple yet brilliantly executed game. Stellar Escape is a very straight forward game, literally. Your character always runs forward and you simply have to hit the right button to jump over or under the obstacles. But make three mistakes and your dead.

The graphics and animation are beautiful and the controls couldn’t be better. On the left you have two buttons, the top one grabs the bar above you and bottom one is for jumping down the tubes. On the right you have three buttons, jump over, dive between and slide under obstacles. The buttons icon clearly illustrates with what each does and was never a hindrance to my progression. See image below.

The game doesn’t have too much story and you won’t even be presented with one if you just choose ‘Play’ from the menu. But if you want the story, you can choose it by selecting ‘Story’ from the main menu. The story is presented with six still images with the story written on each page. You play Elliot Black who is ‘a courier in the infamous Beta Sector’. Upon delivering a package to Lord Gulasch, Elliott finds his evil plan to destroy Earth. Elliot is quick to act and grabbed the jewel from the package and begins running for his ship. The jewel was the last piece in Lord Gulasch’s super laser and taking it made Elliott ‘the most wanted person in the galaxy’.


Some may find the game too short with only 9 levels, something a better player than I could finish in an hour. But for anyone who does finish the game it provides an endless mode allowing you to push for a new high distance score. So at least there is something to do, even after you made it back to your ship. Some more levels and variation would definitely have made Stellar Escape just about the perfect game. But considering the quality of the game and a price tag of less than $1.50, there should be no hesitation in buying this game. *Update* Less than a week old and Orange Agenda has already released a major update with 6 more levels. Bringing the total level count up to 15. I don’t think anyone can argue the game is too short anymore.

I’m really pleased with Orange Agenda’s decision to release this game on both the iOS and Android platform at the same time. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that Orange Agenda is comprised of just two developers. I strongly recommend to anyone with an iOS or Android device to go out and buy this truly stellar game. You will not be disappointed with Stellar Escape.

Score: 9.0

Android Market Link: Stellar Escape
Official Website: orangeagenda.com

Best Android Phones by Carrier February 2011

by Dave Loft

For many people, one way or another they’re stuck with a specific carrier. If your in that boat and looking to get an Android phone in the near future, read on to find out what I recommend getting.

Bell

  • Motorola Atrix ($170 on contract, $600)
  • Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant ($150 on contract, $500)
  • HTC Desire Z ($130 on contract, $500)
  • LG Optimus Chic ($250)

Rogers

  • Samsung Galaxy S Captivate ($100 on contract, $550)
  • Acer Liquid mt ($50 on contract, $400)

Telus

  • HTC Desire HD ($150 on contract, $500)
  • Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate ($150 on contract, $530)
  • HTC Desire ($80 on contract, $450)
  • LG Optimus One ($200)

Virgin Mobile

  • Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant ($150 on contract, $500)
  • HTC Legend (free on contract, $350)

Koodo

  • LG Optimus One ($225)

Videotron

  • Google Nexus One ($50 on contract, $480)

Mobilicity

  • Google Nexus One ($500)

Wind

  • Motorola Milestone XT720 ($400)

AT&T

  • Motorola Atrix 4G ($200 on contract, $500)
  • HTC Inspire 4G ($100 on contract, $400)
  • HTC Aria (free on contract)

Verizon

  • HTC Thunderbolt 4G ($250 on contract, $600)
  • Motorola Droid X ($200 on contract, $570)
  • Motorola Droid 2 Global ($200 on contract, $560)
  • HTC Droid Incredible ($150 on contract, $530)

Sprint

  • Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G ($250 on contract, $500)
  • HTC Evo 4G ($200 on contract, $450)
  • HTC Evo Shift 4G ($150 on contract, $400)
  • LG Optimus S ($50 on contract, $300)

T-Mobile

  • Google Nexus S ($200 on contract, $530)
  • HTC G2 ($200 on contract, $500)
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4G ($200 on contract, $500)
  • Motorola Defy ($100 on contract, 380)
  • LG Optimus T ($240)

EA Mobile has left the Canadian Android Market and Removed Your Purchase History From the U.S. as Well

I was browsing the Android Market tonight and found no sign of EA Mobile. I did a search for Need for Speed Shift, Tetris and the Sims 3 and found no results. I had purchased all three of these games and I now am unable to re download them from the market.

*Update* EA Mobile is back on the Canadian market, all four games are available. Need for Speed still doesn’t work on my Galaxy S.

I used Market Enabler to spoof the Market into thinking I was from the U.S. and did a search for EA Mobile there as well. I was able to find it on the U.S. Android Market but unfortunately it only listed The Sims 3 as purchased. Need for Speed Shift and Tetris are listed at $9.99 and $4.99 respectively. Which is a price increase from yesterdays $4.99 and $2.99. They seem to have removed those two games then put them back up on the market.

*Update* In the US, only Verizon customers are affected by this.

When I click on the game it shows fewer than 50 downloads and little to no comments. I say little because there is only one so far, mine. I bought the game for the purpose of giving EA a bad review then I returned it. When I ran the game I was surprised to see it actually worked. For anyone who hasn’t read my previous post about Need For Speed Shift it no longer worked after an update to the game was released in late December. The previous working version was 1.0.57 and was updated to 1.0.58 which no longer worked on my Galaxy S.

The version of Need For Speed Shift they just put back up on the market is 1.0.57 so anyone who previously purchased NFS Shift, this may now work for you. Unfortunately with a price tag of $9.99 and the history of screwing everyone who previously bought the game. I don’t think many people will be giving EA any money on the Android Market anytime soon.

My previous post
EA is having issues with Need For Speed Shift on the Android Market …and it has nothing to do with Fragmentation

Dave Loft

Best Android Phone By Carrier November 2010

For many people, one way or another they’re stuck with a specific carrier. If your in that boat and looking to get an Android phone in the near future, read on to find out what I recommend getting.

Bell

  • Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant ($150 on contract, $500)
  • HTC Desire Z ($130 on contract, $500)

Rogers

  • Samsung Galaxy S Captivate ($180 on contract, $550)
  • Acer Liquid E ($20 on contract, $425)

Telus

  • Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate ($150 on contract, $550)
  • HTC Desire ($50 on contract, $400)
  • LG Optimus One ($200 no contract)

Virgin Mobile

  • Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant ($150 on contract, $500)
  • HTC Legend ($30 on contract, $350)

Mobilicity

  • Google Nexus One ($550)

Wind

  • Motorola Milestone XT720 ($450)

AT&T

  • Samsung Galaxy S Capacitive ($200 on contract, $500)

Verizon

  • Motorola Droid X ($200 on contract, $570)
  • HTC Droid Incredible ($150 on contract, $530)
  • Motorola Droid 2 Global ($200 on contract, $560)

Sprint

  • Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G ($250 on contract, $500)
  • HTC Evo 4G ($200 on contract, $450)
  • LG Optimus S ($50 on contract, $300)

T-Mobile

  • HTC G2 ($200 on contract, $500)
  • Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant ($200 on contract, $500)
  • Motorola Defy ($100 on contract, 380)
  • LG Optimus T ($30 on contract, $240)

Favorite Android Games Part IV

Abduction! 2 Psym Mobile ($3.08)
The cow is back in the sequel to the best jumping game ever, now with 120 levels in 15 worlds with dozens of characters to keep you busy for hours.
Developer website, AppBrain link, Android Market QR code

Angry Birds Rovio Mobile (free with ads)
The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake! Dish out revenge on the greedy pigs who stole their eggs with the number 1 iPhone game now on Android.
Developer website, YouTube clip, AppBrain link, Android Market QR code

Flick Kick Field Goal PikPok Games ($0.99)
The best of the flick games bar none with Open Feint integration and a fantastic visual presentation that’s also available in a Rugby version.
Developer website, YouTube clip, AppBrain link, Android Market QR code

Fruit Ninja Halfbrick ($0.99)
This is a smash hit for a reason. It may look simple yet it offers a tremendous amount of fun. Very few games poses this level of polish and quality.
Developer website, YouTube clip, AppBrain link, Android Market QR code

Guns’n’Glory HandyGames ($4.10 or free with ads)
Play the best award winning Wild West tower defense game on Android. Take up a smart, strategic position to ambush your opponents.
Developer website, YouTube clip, AppBrain link, Android Market QR code

MiniSquadron! Gray Fin Studios ($2.99, lite version available)
MiniSquadron is a frantic arcade shooter with a fantastic visual style and filled with more planes than a aircraft carrier.
Developer website, YouTube clip, AppBrain link, Android Market QR code

Shark or Die Handy Games ($4.10, lite version available)
A unique style bottom up view of life as a shark where you must eat to survive. Turn into an ocean predator and bite anything that gets in your way.
developer website, YouTube clip, AppBrain link, Android Market QR code

Spaghetti and Marshmallows Fruxotic Games ($2.24, lite version available)
Pin marshmallows with uncooked spaghetti and build your way to the next level. If you like World of Goo, you will like this game.
developer website, YouTube clip, AppBrain link, Android Market QR code

Speedx 3D Hyperbees Ltd. ($1.56)
Speedx delivers a stunning accelerometer-controlled tunnel experience. Test your reflex in an ultimate speed challenge with smooth 3D graphic.
developer website, YouTube clip, AppBrain link, Android Market QR code

Tetris EA Mobile ($2.99)
There may be many versions of Tetris available but EA was able to produce the best Tetris on the market.
developer website, YouTube clip, AppBrain link, Android Market QR code

Favorite Android Games Part I
Favorite Android Games Part II
Favorite Android Games Part III

Dave Loft

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