Games

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A hardcore gamer like me might be missing the old school legends like Golden Axe, Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting. So, is there a way by which we can play these games too. Yes, there is! I already acquainted you with the topics such as how to play GBA games on an iPhone and how to play NES games on an iPhone? in the past. Now it’s SEGA’s turn. Games like Golden Axe and Fatal Fury can be played on your iPhone and iPod. But to do this, you need to have a jailbroken iPhone or iPod.

In order to play SEGA games on your iDevice you will need to download and install an app named ‘GENESIS A.D.X+’.

What is GENESIS A.D.X+?

‘GENESIS A.D.X+’ is an application that emulates the SEGA (Genesis/Mega Drive) on your iDevice. It allows you to play ‘.bin’ files right on your iDevice. It also allows you to save and load game states.

How to get GENESIS A.D.X+?

  • Open CYDIA and go to SOURCES
  • Now tap on the EDIT button in the Top Right side of the screen
  • Now you should see an ADD button in the Top Left side of the screen
  • Tap on the ADD button and enter the link: http://apt.thebigboss.org/repofiles/cydia/
  • Now tap on ADD SOURCE to add this repo
  • Once done, you should now see a repo named ‘BigBoss’
  • Open this repo and scroll down till you find ‘GENESIS A.D.X Plus’

  • Then tap on the link for GENESIS A.D.X+ and you should enter the main page.
  • Now Tap on PURCHASE to buy and then tap on CONTINUE in the next window
  • Cydia will start downloading and installing GENESIS A.D.X+ for you
  • Follow the instructions and you are done.
  • Now you should see a new app on your home screen named ‘GENESIS A.D.X+’.

How to play games using GENESIS A.D.X+?

In order to play SEGA games you will have to download the ‘ROM’ for all the games you want. You can search for these Roms on the Internet and easily find them.

Once you have Roms ready you have to put them into your device. In order to do this, we will use a software named ‘iExplorer’.

Once you have everything ready, follow these steps:

1. Connect your iDevice to the computer.

2. Run the application ‘iExplorer’.

3. You should see the name of your device.

4. Now select the ‘Second View Mode’ so that you can see exactly where you are.

5. Now follow the path shown below and you should also reach where I am:

6. Now you will be able to see the folder named ‘GENESIS’.

7. Paste all the ‘.BIN ROM’ files into this folder.

9. Once done, close iExplorer and unplug your device.

 

Now you’re ready to play. Open the GENESIS A.D.X+ app and you should see your games list. Tap on the game you want and enjoy!!

Check this out; I tested ‘Golden Axe’ myself on this app.

 

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Earlier, I showed you how to play NES games on an iPhone. So, this time let us see how we can play GBA games such as Pokemon Emerald on the same device. Remember, to do this, you need to have a jailbroken iPhone or an iPod.

Also, in order to play GBA games on your iDevice you will be required to download and install an app named ‘gpSPhone’.

What is gpSPhone?

‘gpSPhone is an application that emulates the GBA (Gameboy Advance) on your iDevice. It allows you to play ‘.gba’ files right on your iDevice. It also allows you to save and load game states.

How to get gpSPhone?

  • Open CYDIA and go to SOURCES
  • Now tap on the EDIT button in the Top Right side of the screen
  • Now you should see an ADD button in the Top Left side of the screen
  • Tap on the ADD button and enter the link: http://cydia.zodttd.com/repo/cydia/
  • Now tap on ADD SOURCE to add this repo
  • Once done you should now see a repo named ‘ZodTTD & MacCiti’
  • Open this repo and scroll down till you find ‘gpSPhone’

  • Then tap on the link for gpSPhone and you should see a page like this:

  • Tap on PURCHASE/INSTALL and then tap on CONTINUE in the next window
  • Cydia will start downloading and installing gpSPhone for you
  • Follow the instructions and you will be done.
  • Now you should see a new app on your home screen named ‘gpSPhone’.

How to play games using gpSPhone?

In order to play GBA games, you will have to download the ‘ROM’ for all the games you want. You can search for these Roms on the Internet and easily find them. Now here, you will also need to find and download the ‘BIOS file for GBA’. You should be able to get it from the Internet.

Once you have your BIOS and Roms ready you have to put them into your device. In order to do this, we will use a software named ‘iExplorer’. I have already covered the topic in the post – ‘How to use iExplorer’. You can check out this article here.

So once you have everything ready, follow these steps:

1. Connect your iDevice to the computer.

2. Run the application ‘iExplorer’.

3. You should see the name of your device.

4. Now select the ‘Second View Mode’ so that you can see exactly where you are.

5. Now follow the path shown below and you should also reach where I am:

6. Now you will be able to see the folder named ‘GBA’.

7. Now paste the BIOS file in this folder (DO NOT rename it).

8. Then, paste all the ‘.GBA ROM’ files into this folder.

9. Once done, close iExplorer and unplug your device.

Now you’re ready to play. Open the gpSPhone app and you should see your games list. Tap on the game you want and enjoy!!

Check this out; I tested ‘Pokemon Emerald’ myself on this app.

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Long awaited ‘Nintendo Wii U’ is on its way and will soon be in your hands. What is Nintendo Wii U? Well, it is a video game console by Nintendo, and a successor to the Original Nintendo Wii.

The system was unveiled during Nintendo’s press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 on June 7, 2011, and was expected to be released in the holiday season of 2012.

Nintendo Wii U:

Nintendo unveiled that the new console belongs to the eighth generation of video game consoles. It also revealed the official images of the ‘Nintendo Wii U’.

Here are some images of the so-so-cool console:

1. The Main Console (has a standard console shape and design)

2. The Controller (looks cool but I really have no idea about how big and heavy it’s going to be)

3. The Controller Again (Woah…we can play on it as well !!)

 The Controller:

By looking at the New Controller I can say, ‘It offers a lot more’. According to the details made at the time of announcements, the Wii U Controller will have 6 inches wide display and will include a built-in microphone, speakers, gyroscope, accelerometer, rumble and camera.

All processing is done on the console itself, but the output can be displayed either on a TV, the controller, or on both simultaneously. Isn’t that cool?

Backward Compatibility:

Another cool feature of the ‘Nintendo Wii U’ is that it supports ‘Backward Compatibility’. Hence, Wii U will support Wii Games and at the same time other peripherals like the Wii Remote, Wii Balance Board, etc.

Tech Specs:

This console will have an IBM Power-based multi-core microprocessor and an AMD Radeon based High Definition GPU. The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive. It will offer connectivity support for at least 4 Wii Remote controllers and video outputs up to 1080p and 1080i.

Although this looks quiet impressive, Nintendo has already mentioned that there could still be some ‘Last Minute Changes’. Another important point everyone would like to know is whether Nintendo will also decide to lock games to accounts and whether they will allow used games to be played or not?

Only time will answer all our questions. All we have to do now is wait for the Wii U to hit the store shelves!!

Here are some screenshots of the ‘Mario Game’ developed for the Wii U.

 

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Stats tell us that every one among three phones sold worldwide is an Android phone. Now that is a huge number. And if you are running Android on your smart phone then there is an obvious reason, you like playing games on your phone.

Android has countless number of games in its market. Well, some are free and some are to be paid for. Keeping in mind the game lovers, in this post I am going to list 20 most popular, highest downloaded and free Android games.

Here are the best Android free games :

1) Angry Birds

Angry Birds tops the chart with over 50,000,000 downloads.  Angry birds is all about hunting the rebel pigs and is now getting adventurous with latest version of Angry Birds space version. Angry bird is free to download on Android.

2) Draw Something Free

The most popular social drawing and guessing game on Android! It promises to keep you entertained all time. It has recorded over 10 million downloads.

3) Solitaire

The best time killer in Android market. If you like Windows Solitaire, you’re going to love this app! It has recorded over 5 million downloads. Its features are Klondike Solitaire Draw 1 card Klondike Solitaire Draw 3 cards, Portrait, Landscape, Vegas scoring and much more.

4) Yoo Ninja

As a Ninja you need to jump up and down to get through different barriers. Running forward is the only way to keep your life. Game is full of passion and adventure, lovely graphics and a great story mode. Yoo Ninja has recorded over 10 million downloads.

5) Paradise Island

Paradise Island is lovely simulation game. Build your own empire! Game play is similar to Age of empires. Paradise Island is a great game to kill time. In short, it is all about building entertainment centers, hotels, restaurants and discos! Build your own empire of entertainment!

6) Bubble Blast 2

If you are bored to death then Bubble Blast 2 is the best option to get back to life.  Bubble Blast 2 is a puzzle game in which you burst bubbles to trigger a chain reaction in order to eliminate them. Beautiful user interface and graphics.

7) Slice it

Game has very good levels of puzzles and once you slice it, you can’t stop it. It has over 180 different stages and available in different language. Slice it! is all about slicing shapes into fragments that are equal in size.

8) Air Control Lite

If you are on administration side then Air Control Lite is the best game for you. Control the air traffic, and help the aircrafts to land safely onto the ground. In this simple yet surprisingly addictive drawing game you take on the role of Air Traffic Controller.

9) Tank Hero

Crazy game, it is all about fighting with enemy tanks all the way through different arenas. Take out your enemies with cannons, heat seekers, and howitzers. Battle against cunning enemies and become the Tank Hero!

10) Ant Smasher

The Ant’s won’t bite in this case, but who knows? Kill the ants inside your phone with Ant smasher. Awesome effects and visual experience.

11) Math maniac

The goal of math maniac is simple: In 10 seconds, combine numbers to equal the number in the left bottom corner. Improves IQ and keep you entertained all the time.

12) Drag Racing

The best arcade and racing game on Android so far. Drive 50+ cars including the officially licensed 1200 bhp Hennessey Venom GT, buy performance upgrades, tune and customize your car.

13) Unblock Me 

Unblock Me FREE is a simple and addictive puzzle game. The goal is to get the red block out of the board by sliding the other blocks out of the way. Unblock Me FREE comes with 4 difficult levels ranging from Beginner to Expert.

14) Mouse

Mouse is a simple but very addictive puzzle game. The goal is to help the mouse escape from the trap and find the exit in maze. Collect coins to unlock new levels. Interesting and mind blowing.

15) Paper Toss

If you are really bored then you can always throw papers in to the dust bin using the Paper Toss game. It is all about aiming and targeting paper into the bin. You will surely get addicted to this.

16) Restaurant Story

This game will take you to your dreams. Best virtual story game on Android. Design your own dream restaurant to show off to your friends. Don’t forget to make sure your customers are happy and well-fed by choosing stunning decoration and tasty new dishes! New content gets released EVERY WEEK so the game continually gets better!

17) PapiJum

Remember playing “Bounce”, PapiJum has somewhat same concept. Tilt the device to move him left and right. The games gets interesting with levels.

18) Gun Bros Multiplayer

Unleash power and anger by shooting whoever comes in sight. Fantastic dual player arcade game. Best choice for shooting and wild killings.

19) World War

It’s the year 2020. A nuclear war has broken out. Most countries in the world have fought and many have been vanquished. 5 countries have emerged as the major superpowers in the devastating war.

20) Chess

Finally mind peace, Chess is the finest chess game on Android with multiple difficulty levels. It is currently the highest rated free chess on Android.

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When it comes to gaming, one of the names that definitely come to your mind is SONY. Sony is a brand that has dominated the gaming industry since ages. They are very popular for their Playstation Gaming Console series which starts right from the PSX, PSone and goes all the way to PS2, PS3 and the almight PSP series !!

Today we are going to check out yet another Gaming Console that has been recently launched by Sony. We shall check out what’s hot in it and what’s not. And what makes it stand apart from its earlier models. What we are checking out today is the new SONY PSP E1000 SERIES !!

What is the SONY PSP E1000?

The SONY PSP E1000 so to say is a ‘Cheap’ and ‘Economic’ model from the PSP series, launched by Sony. This model does not have a Wi-Fi connectivity and at the same time it has just one speaker on the left side, visible in the above screen-shot. This model also has the same screen as that of the PSP 3000 so brightness and clarity will not be a problem.

Many have commented that this model seems to have a ‘Horrendous’ built quality and it actually feels as if the device parts are going to fall apart. Many people seemed to be confused about what to conclude after taking a look at this device because it has a total ‘Carbon Like Body’, which is completely diametrical when compared to the ‘Shiny Gloss Body’ that the PSP 3000 series has. Now I have not yet got my hands on a PSP E1000 machine so I can’t say much personally.

The only thing that could possibly attract a lot of people to the SONY PSP E1000 is the lightweight price tag of $100. Apart from this, there is hardly any reason why someone should go for a PSP E1000, instead of a PSP 3000.

By the way, the PSP E1000 also has a UMD slot, which means it can play all the mainline PSP games. And this PSP will probably have the latest 6.60 firmware, which means that Homebrew will not be a problem either.

Now even though there’s a lot of time for Christmas, if I wanted to buy a PSP for myself then I would rather spend that extra $30 and get myself a PSP 3000 worth $130. This is because, I, personally do not want to save those $30 and lose a chance to play multiplayer games but also i do not want to have a Single Speaker on my Gaming Console.

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Even if you are not the one who keeps oneself abreast with latest trends in technology, you must be aware of Angry Birds. Rather, most of you must have already played it on your Smartphones, tablets or in Google Chrome. Creators of this mind-blowing game has come up with next version named Angry Birds Space. As the name suggests, Birds have crossed limit of the sky in this newest version where battle with egg-stoler continues in the space. In addition, this game will now be available on iOS, Android, Mac and even on Windows. Read below to know more.

Angry Birds Space introduces us with new battlefield where gravity is a major factor. Gravity pulls by nearby planets changing  directions of attack add more fun and difficulty in the game. Moreover, you are set to use some new superpowers and also there are some new birds! Angry Birds Space has many levels with each one opening up new part of galaxy in front of you. CEO of Rovio, Mikael Hed was spotted saying

“This is Rovio at its finest, and we are more than excited to bring Angry Birds Space to all our fans worldwide. This launch marks a huge step for us as a company, and our whole team and partners have really pulled together to bring out a fantastic array of exciting products and experiences. We hope that our fans will find all things Angry Birds Space as delightful as the Rovio family does.”

Angry Birds Space is set to sport as many as 60 interstellar levels. As confirmed by the officials, free upgrades are already in the line up and will be released periodically. In-app purchase is set to feature even more content with iOS being the first one to offer it. Gameplay has been optimized to run on Retina Display on New iPad. It gives you one more reason to buy New iPad, isn’t it?

Angry Birds Space have many surprises like hidden levels and in-game goodies. To download this funky time-eating game on your iPhone or iPad, you have to spend $0.99. For Mac, it can be downloaded from Mac App Store for $4.99. For Android Smartphones, Angry Birds Space is available in Google Play Store for free! You can also download and play it on Windows desktops for $7.83.

Watch this official introductory video of Angry Birds Space to take a sneak at what is in the box!

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This Mobile World Congress was rocked by devices running all new Tegra 3 chips. Samrtphone and Tablet manufacturers like HTC, LG, Samsung and others revealed their quad-core devices at MWC 2012. Nvidia, following the release of Android devices powered by their new chipset, announced 5 new games specifically designed to run on Tegra 3 powered Android devices. As these games are designed to run on four cored processors and 12-core GeForce GPU, get ready to get ultimate gaming experience on your Smartphone or Tablet.

Sonic The Hedgehog 4- Episode II

Following the Sonic legacy, second episode of The Hedgehog 4 has 17 new levels. This game has taken full advantage of extreme powers of  Tegra 3 chips by offering dynamic backgrounds and real-time water effects. In addition, a gaming experience in 720p HD resolution is also possible on compatible devices. The game also features co-op mode bringing old Tales from Sonic into picture.

Golden Arrow THD

This one is also designed to take full advantage of graphics power of Tegra 3 chipset. The game includes high resolution gameplay, textures, light shadowing and more. It is an action game filled with explosions, gun shots and violence. If it fits in your favorite genre, no other device but Android powered by Tegra 3 can provide you heavenly experience.

Hamilton’s Great Adventure THD

If solving interesting mind-stretching puzzles is perfect idea of gaming for you, then Hamilton’s Great Adventure fits your genre. Character named Sasha The Bird is your true sidekick. This epic strategy game is replica of what you can expect on PC version. Dynamic levels put challenges in front of you and cracking them leads to next level. DirectX 11 with Tegra 3 optimization and power of quad core makes gives real life gaming experience.

Eden to GREEEEN THD

This one is a free Android game built on unreal engine. Quad core scaling, high quality patterns and pure fun makes this one best from its category. Eden has many natural resources and some machines from another planets, aliens as you would say, have arrived to grab those resources from him. They have destroyed beautiful surroundings. With the help of remaining Flora, who are ruthless plants, you fight back with alien machines to protect natural resources.

Dark Kingdom THD

The story of the game beings with a national hero who moves out into the world in the search of his lost father. In the way to find about your father’s location, big beasts come to fight you. Beating them will provide you with spirit stones that can be used to upgrade weapons and armor. This game is an excellent action play and with Tegra 3 it has become more realistic.

Many quad core Tegra 3 powered Smartphones have been launched at MWC 2012. You can download Nvidia Tegra Zone app for Android to get an update as soon as these games are available for your device.

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A month back, we featured Gamepad, a physical controller that helped you get a console-like experience on touch screen devices such as iPad for playing. The controller from 60 Beats however, made use of a 4 foot cable for establishing a connection right into the head-phone jack instead of a 30-pin connector.

ThinkGeek has come up with a unique old styled peripheral, a Bluetooth gamepad, dubbed iCade 8-Bitty. It eliminates need of any sort of cable but delivers the same gaming experience as Gamepad from 60 Beats does. The retro-styled peripheral is compatible with many iOS and Android devices. It runs on two AAA batteries sold dis-unitedly.

In design, 8-Bitty appears simple, very similar to Nintendo controller. For movement, it has direction controllers to the left, ‘Start’ and ‘Select’ buttons in the middle, four circular buttons (red color) to the right and 2 shoulder buttons along the edges.

8-Bitty supports long list of iCADE’s retro game apps. This includes Atari Classics collection, Pac-Man, Super Mega Worm and many more. Besides, it uses a completely open interface system, so that any app developer can easily add game support.

iCade 8-Bitty Features:

  • Classic retro-styled game controller compatible with iPhone, iPad
  • Android support for most tablets and smartphones
  • 8 button control including 4 face buttons, select, start, and two shoulder buttons… plus the D-Pad for movement
  • Wireless connection with auto power save mode
  • Mini version of larger size iCade
  • Fully compatible with all iCade games
  • Completely open development platform
  • Over 100 classic Atari games support
  • NOTE: Atari Greatest Hits only runs on iPad, not on iPhone or iPod touch
  • Easy to carry, especially in pocket

iCade 8-Bitty will definitely remind you of the time spent playing games from 80-90s thereby, evoking the classical 8-bit era. There are no details available about its release. For more information, visit ThinkGeek.

 

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The portable gaming system from Sony (the early PSP) got most awaited update this year. Named as Playstation Vita, it is assumed as the most advanced portable gaming console till date and available in the stores now. Take a look at our initial Vita impressions.

The Good

Playstation Vita, a successor to Playstation Portable (PSP) has maintained the form factor and the sturdiness which makes it good to hold in the hand. The hardware build is superb making the analogue sticks, triggers, D-pad and the buttons firm and responsive enough for a game play. PS Vita features 5-inch OLED display which delivers much better graphics at 960 x 544 resolution taking it near to the Playstation 3 (PS3) graphics. Cherry on the cake is the decent 5-inch touch screen which makes navigation simple, without any need to play with those sticks.

Along with this, the operating system of PS Vita is perfectly designed, giving equal response to the touch as well as analogue controls. The user interface is quite simple, easy to use and very fast.

The Bad

The 5-inch console even failed in some of its aspects. PS Vita requires additional memory card to play games and run apps that isn’t included in the box. This means you will have to pay separately for the same. These aren’t the (MSPD) Memory Stick Pro Duo that you use in your PSP. These are totally new and different cards from Sony which are used in the PS Vita to avoid Piracy. Priced at,

  • 4GB: $30
  • 8GB: $45
  • 16GB: $70
  • 32GB: $120

The battery life is decent but not as good as its predecessor. It features both front and rear camera which do not impress us. The device is outfitted with a 0.3 MP camera which doesn’t even deliver a decent photograph experience.

The Vita is priced at $250 for WiFi variant and $300 for 3G variant, cheap? No its not! You forgot the hidden cost of the memory card which is must with the console. The cheapest memory card and a game in combination, cost you additional $70 taking the stock price to $300+. This console isn’t cheap as it includes hidden cost.

Should I Buy?

The eight generation console has made its way. If you are a potential gamer and love to game on the go, PS Vita is just for you. Others I’ll suggest not to go with this as it is not an essential gadget which you need. This big bar will find difficult entry into the pocket if you are coupled with the smartphone. Not so interested guys can stick to their Smartphone gaming instead, wait for PS Vita price to fall then.

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Shaadi.com is an Indian matrimonial website. It is the world’s largest matrimonial service which has the highest number of users and successful matches in the online matrimonial market. The statistics reveals that there were total of 822,073 users in 2009 which has now shot up to 1.3 million.

The matchmaking website after getting inspired by the most popular online game Angry Birds, has launched its very own Facebook game by the name Angry Brides. The game has been launched with the sole purpose of creating awareness and discouraging dowry practices in India.

Angry Brides

“The Angry Brides game is our way to consider a ban on dowry. According to a 2007 study, one out of every four deaths that take place in India is dowry-related, Since we launched the game last week, more than 270,000 people have liked the app. Both men and women seem to be playing it” said Ram Bhamidi, senior VP and head of online marketing at Shaadi.com.

To play the game users have to try to hit three dodging grooms, a pilot, a builder and a doctor. The player gets weapons like tomatoes, brooms and heels to work. All the money that gets collected goes to an anti-dowry fund maintained by the player. A player must earn a least amount of money to move to the next level.

Reuters reported, the practice of demanding dowries can lead to violence against brides. “Angry Brides” will become a medium to highlight such illegal practices that are still prevalent in many South Asian countries. The custom was outlawed more than five decades ago. So, if the groom’s family demands for more money even after marriage; the act will be considered as anti-law practice and under such circumstances the family will be at risk of experiencing something unpleasant. Play ‘Angry Brides’ application on Facebook.