Google Play Games For Android: A Detailed Hands-On Review

Google Play Games was one of the few new features of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean that were announced at at Google I/O this year, though back then, it was showcased in more of a developer-focused manner, highlighting how developers will be able to incorporate it into their games. At today’s “Breakfast with Sundar Pichai” event, the app was finally made available (along with Android 4.3 itself for the Nexus devices). We’ve taken it for a spin and from what we’ve seen, it looks impressive, apart from one rather major annoyance. So as always, join us as we go on an in-depth tour of Google Play Games and all the features it has to offer. Read More

Play Sega Genesis, MS, GG & CD Games On Windows Phone 8 With EmiGens Plus

Lately, video game emulators have been gaining considerable popularity on various smartphone platforms. The past week was all about GBA4iOS on iPhone, and now Windows Phone has received a new emulator of its own. WP8 already has a Game Boy emulator, and now it’s the turn of Sega to arrive on the platform. EmiGens Plus is capable of letting you play your favorite childhood games from various Sega consoles including Sega Genesis (Mega Drive in some regions), Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, and Sega CD. All you need is a dumped ROM of a game for any of these consoles, and EmiGens Plus will let you enjoy it right on your Windows Phone 8. The emulator comes with pretty decent controls, offers multiple import options for ROMs and allows users to tinker with audio/visual settings of games. Read More

You Can Still Install GBA4iOS To Play GameBoy Advance Games On iOS Without Jailbreak; Here’s How

Itching to play GameBoy Advance games on your iOS device, but can’t jailbreak it for one reason or another? Earlier this week, we published an article on how to do just that using GBA4iOS, but Apple found out about the workaround, and swiftly killed it because game emulation has a certain illegal aspect to it that could put Apple in trouble. Well, there’s good news for you. We have come across a way to continue using the game emulation app. Hurry up before Apple makes a move! Read More

Not A Verizon Customer? Get Halo: Spartan Assault For Windows Phone 8 On Any Carrier Right Now

Halo: Spartan Assault has been among the most wanted games for Windows Phone, and now that it is finally out, a lot of people are really disappointed to see that they have to wait 30 days more to get their hands on it unless they are on Verizon. Well, the WP8 community might not be as large as the Android one, but it still pretty good at coming up with workarounds for problems of this kind. With a little bit of extra effort, you can get your hands on Halo: Spartan Assault right now, regardless of the network you are currently on! The hack makes use of Fiddler 2 (the latest version of the tool we have covered in the past) in order to fool your device into thinking that it is on Verizon. We have seen the combination of Fiddler and Windows Phone in the past to let you enable the Zune Marketplace and creating direct download links of apps before the Windows Store had a web presence. Read More

GBA4iOS Is A Game Boy Advance Emulator For Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices

Emulators are nothing new for iOS, and we have already covered a PlayStation Pocket emulator for those of you with access to the Cydia store. There are a few Game Boy emulators available in the jailbreak store as well, but on other platforms like Windows Phone 8, you can start using such emulators via proper apps available in the official stores.  Apple’s App Store policies are a bit more stringent but now, there is finally a relatively easy way of getting a GBA emulator on any iOS device, even if it is not jailbroken! With GBA4iOS, your iPhone becomes capable of running any Game Boy ROM. The app has some pretty nice controls, lets you change game speed and supports saving up to 128 games states. Read More

[Giveaway] Play PC Racing Games With Your Android Or iPhone Using Tilt Racer

Though the trusty old keyboard and mouse combo works well for almost all PC games, the avid PC gamer never settles for anything less than what fits each genre the best, like the arcade fighting stick does fighting games and the Sidewinder does the racing genre. However, if your enthusiasm for PC games isn't at the point where you'd want to spend the dough required to buy a separate controller, you can always settle for using your smartphone or tablet as one. There are now more than just a couple virtual gamepad apps available for both Android and iOS; some meant for all genres - such as DroidPad and WiFiPad - and others, like FlyPad for iPhone, that are focused on racing games. New to the market, Tilt Racer for Android and iOS aims to improve upon the latter with a better control scheme. Join us past the break to learn what it has to offer. Read More

How To Create A Rovio Account & Sync Game Progress Across Devices

Game Center in iOS has always played the primary role in keeping record of any game achievements, but it does very little beyond that. Sure, you can challenge friends to a fruit slicing competition in Fruit Ninja, see what’s the farthest they've run in Temple Run, or find out who knows more words in Letterpress. As far as saving game progress is concerned though, there are little to no options. In the event that you accidentally (or purposely) wipe an iOS device and restore it from a slightly dated backup, you may lose some or all of your achievements and game data. Having personally gone through such a situation where my game data was lost, I can relate to the sinking feeling of losing so much hard work. Rovio - the makers of the famous Angry Birds game that has spawned a broad line of merchandise and its very own animated series - have announced Rovio accounts that will allow users to sync their game progress across devices. Read More

Play Any Game Boy Or GB Color Title On Windows Phone With VGBC8

VGBC8 for WP8 might not support as many platforms as RetroArch for Android, and those it does support are nowhere near as high-end as what PSSP emulates on iOS, but this Game Boy emulator does everything it is supposed to do in a really efficient and lag-free manner. The app is capable of running any Game Boy or Game Boy Color ROM, offering full controls and game saving options. VGBC8 is not the first emulator of this kind for Windows Phone, as the developer of this app has previously released a Game Boy Advance emulator in the WP Store as well. The new app works flawlessly, and loading new ROMs is really easy. Any game’s save state is uploaded to SkyDrive so that your progress doesn't get lost even if the app is uninstalled, and you start playing it right where you left even on another device. Read More

Pit Your Karaoke Skills Against Friends With Just Sing It! For iPhone

The popularity might have started to subside now, but games like Letterpress and Draw Something have managed to become the favorite time-killers for many iOS users. The main factor behind the success of such games is their ability to let you compete against real people, including your friends. So, you can easily show off your drawing skills or mental superiority using these games, but what if singing has always been your strongest point? Or maybe you just like karaoke and want to have some fun singing your favorite songs. Previously covered Sing! is a great app for karaoke singing but if you want an incentive to keep singing, you should definitely give Just Sing It! a try. Like Songify and Jam, the app augments your singing with different sound effects. You can share your songs over various social networks, and also challenge your friends (and strangers) to karaoke face-offs. Read More

Play Starcraft: Brood War & Caesar III On Android With Winulator

The concept of emulation, particularly for game consoles is not exactly a new one on Android. We've seen emulators for Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Play Station, Game Boy Advance and many more gaming systems since the advent of smartphones running this open-source OS. Now, the PC has been added to the list as well, and while it may not be a console, PC games have their own charm at times. Smartphones have become powerful enough to emulate many old classics, and Winulator proves just that point. To show things off, the Windows 95/98 app emulator supports the famous classic Starcraft: Brood War from Blizzard Entertainment. Not only that; Impression Games’ Caesar III has also made the cut. So if you're a fan of the classic RTS genre, we're sure you must be excited, so read on after the break for more on Winulator and how you can use it to start playing these games on your Android device. Read More

PSSP Is A Full-Featured PSP Emulator For iPhone

Some people argue that handheld gaming devices don’t have much of a future due to the constant progress smartphones are making. There can be no denying the fact that modern smartphones offer a huge variety of titles, but those who prefer quality over quantity still go for the likes of PlayStation Portable or Nintendo 3DS. A lot of people are sure to appreciate a way of combining the positive points of smartphones and handheld gaming devices. PPSSPP doesn’t exactly do that, but it comes pretty close. This PSP emulator has been around on Android and Windows for quite a while now, but has just arrived on iOS. As you can imagine, the app is available as a Cydia download, since Apple isn't likely to allow such a thing to appear in the App Store. PPSSPP can be deemed a work in progress, but some PSP games that are fully compatible with it look pretty awesome on the iPhone. Read More

Phonechievements Turns Routine Android Usage Into A Social Game

It is no surprise that user interest in many smartphone-based games is increasingly being driven by social media elements that allow users to share their achievements and scores with friends and at times the general public. Enter Phonechievements for Android - an app that aims to bring similar social media elements into your everyday phone use. The app uses your regular phone usage stats and brings en element of competition to these otherwise ordinary aspects of the phone. In essence, you will be unlocking achievements as you meet their required set criteria, and there are tons of these to unlock. Unlocking an achievement will allow you to share boast it over Facebook, Twitter or Google+ and encourage some geeky competition amongst you and your friends. Let's find out more after the jump. Read More

Use Your Android Device As A PC Gamepad Or Mouse With DroidPad

The smartphones of today are capable of doing so much that you don’t even need your computer for many tasks such as checking your emails, searching and browsing different websites, tending to your social networking needs, and sharing photos and videos with your loved ones. Smartphones have enabled us to perform all of these function and a lot more on the go, without having to sit in front of a computer. However, there are still tasks that require you to use a computer, such as giving presentations, playing several high-quality video games, watching movies on large screens, working on graphic and video editing, and heavy document and spreadsheet editing etc. While technology of today still has yet to put everything from a PC into a smartphone in its true form yet, what it has made possible is controlling the computer with a smartphone during many of these tasks. DroidPad is one such application that allows you to use your Android device phone as a mouse as well as a game controller for your computer. It provides you with multiple modes for using as a mouse, and eight different gamepad layouts. Moreover, a slideshow menu lets you have complete control over your presentations without having to present them using your laptop. Read More

Pin Steam Games To Windows 8 Start Screen With Steam Tile

Steam is a digital distribution and communications platform developed by Valve corporation. Other than allowing people to play games with each other on the network, it lets you communicate with your friends, and manage your games across multiple computers. It provides gamers with a stable platform mostly free from glitches and crashes, to get together and enjoy their free time. Being a Steam user myself, I use game shortcuts placed on the desktop to run my games, instead of the steam library. Just like on Windows 7, you can place the shortcuts on the desktop in Windows 8 as well. However, since Start Screen is the home screen for Windows 8, opening the desktop first before launching the games just adds an extra step to the process. Today, we present to you an app for Windows 8 called Steam Tile that lets you pin your steam games to the Start screen and launch them directly from it. Read More

How To Use PlayStation 3 DualShock Controller With PC Games

It’s the quintessential PC vs. console gaming argument: the use of mouse & keyboard vs. gamepads popularly used with gaming consoles. Because I started out gaming on the SEGA MegaDrive, before getting PlayStations 1, 2 and currently 3 (PS3), and I’m a big fan of the latter. Sure, gamepads don’t offer the same precision as a mouse & keyboard, especially in first-person shooters and real-time strategy games, but I find them easier to use in most situations. So how does a PS3 DualShock Controller fare for playing your favorite titles on the PC? Let's set it up and find out for ourselves. Read More

Follow Your Favorite Upcoming Games With GameTracker For Windows 8

There was a time when video games were considered to be something only for kids, but nowadays, games like Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Valve’s Dota 2 have gained a lot of popularity across all generations of gamers. Gaming tournaments are now rewarding teams with prizes of up to US 1 million dollars making them popular with both casual as well as professional players. While some professional players, play games in order to earn money, most of us only play to relax and enjoy. With all the games, and their sequels, coming out on different platforms, it is difficult to keep a track of all their release dates and the latest news about them. Read More

Create Your Own Games On Windows Phone With CYG

A glance at the Windows Phone Store should be enough to tell you that most of the games it holds are very simple. Just because a game does not have life-like graphics, or complicated gameplay, it might not necessarily be boring. After all, you can’t be in the mood for Call of Duty or PES 13 all the time. If you son't have any experience with programming, you might be a bit awed by the amount of effort even the smallest of apps require on the developer’s part. Create Your Game (CYG) is a Windows Phone app that’s bent on proving that anyone can develop games for the platform, without any knowledge of programming whatsoever! You won’t even need to be near your computer to do so, as it lets you create working games completely on your Windows Phone. Admittedly, the games won’t be too complex, but the thrill of controlling every aspect of the game’s environment and controls makes the whole thing very worthwhile. Read More

RecThing Is A Social Network For Personalized Entertainment Recommendations [Web]

Have you already seen more than your share of films and TV series? Can’t find any thing good you haven’t watched yet? Try using the RecThing entertainment recommendation engine. RecThing asks you to like, dislike or recommend a few books, films, games, music and TV series, and then, depending on the gathered data, it finds other users with similar tastes for you to follow. Later, you see recommendations from these users in your feeds. Read More

What Are iOS 6 Game Center Challenges & How Do You Send Them To Friends?

Although we’ve seen a flurry of popular mobile games going cross-platform this year, the iOS App Store as yet remains the richest gallery of smartphone games, while Game Center, owing to little or no competition, retains its crown as king of mobile gaming ecosystems. The iPod touch isn’t the world’s most popular handheld gaming device for nothing. With the release of Mountain Lion, Game Center expanded beyond iOS and onto OS X, adding cross-platform gaming to the mix, but Apple didn’t stop there. Out of the many new features brought on by iOS 6, there is one that encourages users to be more social on Game Center. Labeled ‘Challenges’, this feature allows you to invite your friends to beat your score or unlock a certain achievement in a game of choice. The process, though fairly simple, has the tendency to confuse novice users. Hence, a brief guide is in order. Read More

Appy Gamer: A Sleek & Customizable News App For Gamers [Android, iOS]

Being a regular smartphone apps reviewer, I feel absolutely blessed to come across offerings from some of the giants and recognized names in business. Looking at the events of the past three days, first it was team Root Uninstaller that came up with Smart Settings – a nifty solution to personalize and automatically switch between Android sound and system profiles. Then yesterday, OneLouder Apps introduced us to arguably the most innovative and feature-rich Twitter client for Android and iOS-powered devices in the form of Slices for Twitter. Today is the turn of MobilesRepulic – the creators of several intuitive news aggregating smartphone apps, such as Appy Geek, Glam Life, News Republic and Sports Republic – to unleash yet another gorgeous-looking, free news app. While Appy Geek was aimed at geeks and tech lovers, Glam Life had you covered with all the latest happenings from the fashion world, Sports Republic tried to attract avid sports followers, and News Republic covered news stories from almost all wakes of life, the team’s latest release, Appy Gamer, aims to be the hardcore gamers’ one-stop shop for getting daily doze of gaming news from virtually every known platform, including PC, mobile, Xbox, PS3, Nintendo and almost every reliable news source out there. Read More