To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4th (May the 4th be with you!), Google Play is discounting Star Wars themed games, apps, and ebooks!
The Disney Parks Blog has announced new iPhone 5 cases will be available. Will you pick up one of the new cases?
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Disney has been hitting the market hard with mobile games these days. One of the recent releases is called “Toy Story: Smash It!”. The game takes us to Andy’s room from the beloved Toy Story movies, where you are trying to mostly knock over blocks with the least amount of actions possible.
The game consists of several sections (“episodes”) of levels (60 total). The different sections are:
- Zurg’s Return
- Most Wanted
- Fairy Toy Tale
- Time Travelers
- Coming Soon…
The “Coming Soon” seems to hint at more sections will be coming! The $0.99 investment might continue to provide entertainment for awhile.
As you attempt a level, you can earn up to 3 stars. If you earn enough stars in a section, it will unlock the next section.
Another aspect of the game is an effort to complete “achievements”, many of which are easy to gather without even trying.
Starting into the levels, you’ll see you have to complete one before you get to go onto the next. You hold down your finger/thumb, sliding around the screen, to place the target where desired. When you remove your finger, you’ll fire the weapon (ball, balloon, surprise present, etc…).
Overall, it is a very fun game, with a Angry Birds feel to it. The 3 stars and earning them to unlock episodes is VERY familiar. I do think that Disney has added their own spin to their game, by providing a slightly different game play. It is certainly worth the $0.99!
The Toys are back! Join Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the Disney Pixar “Toy Story” gang on their latest adventure!
“Toy Story: Smash it!” is an all-new, 3D physics-based puzzle game featuring your favorite “Toy Story” characters! Embark on new adventures with the Toys through hilarious encounters in outer space, alien chases in the Wild West, and more! With 60 levels of nonstop puzzle play, this game will provide hours of explosive and thrilling fun!
★ Block-breaking puzzle play
Throw unique bouncing-balls with special power-ups to knock down aliens and break through their defenses!
★ Play as Buzz Lightyear
Team up with Buzz, and work on perfecting the angles and aim needed to beat every level. Encounter your favorite “Toy Story” characters along the way!
★ 4 imaginative episodes
Take a fun-filled journey “To Infinity… and Beyond!” Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime as you stop the evil Zurg, catch alien bandits, and more!
★ 60 challenging levels
Encounter new challenges in every level. Find creative ways to smash through bricks, glass, trains, and more to get the highest score possible!
★ Hours of replay value
Replay each episode to get 3-stars on every level and earn impressive achievements!
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Disney has started to ramp up the promotion of “Oz the Great and Powerful”, their new movie being released this week. They have partnered with Imangi Studios to make an Oz rendition of Temple Run.
If you have played Temple Run, you will find this game to (obviously) feel very familiar. The game play is the same, but the challenges have changed. You have to jump over obstacles that pop-up in your path at the last moment. You can also jump on to a rope that takes you up in a hot-air balloon. When you are in the balloon, you can collect coins while avoiding the green crystals.
Overall, I think it is a great addition to the Temple Run series of games. The graphics are great, although my iPhone 4 does struggle sometimes with all of it. I am sure the iPhone 4 is on the bottom of their list of targeted phones, so this is understandable. I think they did an impressive job of adding the movie elements into the game play. Even if you haven’t played the Temple Run games in the past, this is worth the $0.99 to give the game a try!
Official Description :
THE MOST THRILLING RUNNING EXPERIENCE NOW COMES TO THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD!
Disney and Imangi Studios present Temple Run: Oz – a brand-new endless runner inspired by Temple Run 2 and the film Oz the Great and Powerful. Play as Oz and outrun the shrieking flying baboons as you turn, jump and slide your way across the land. Begin your exhilarating adventure now and see how far you can run!
• Stunning environments inspired by the film – explore them all.
• Fly in a hot air balloon – earn even more coins.
• Explore different locations in Oz – follow sign posts!
• The environment changes as you run – test your reflexes.
• Compete in weekly challenges – beat your friends!
BONUS! Get 1500 coins for FREE when you download Temple Run: Oz today – that’s $.99 USD worth of coins to buy power-ups and more!
***For best results, play Temple Run: Oz on iOS 6.***
Don’t forget to see Oz the Great and Powerful in theaters – check local listings for showtimes!
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While Google isn’t Disney per-se, it is likely you use some sort of mapping app to get to the Parks. When Apple released iOS6, they replaced the built-in app from using Google’s technology to their own. There was plenty of groans and complaints about the change. It is likely that there is going to be a lot of discussion about this re-invisioned app. If you have been waiting for Google to come out with their own mobile maps app, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief!
The official Google announcement for Google Maps.
Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.
* Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.
* Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.
* Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.
* Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
* Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.
* Access live traffic information in cities across the world.
Street View and imagery
* View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.
* See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.
* View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.
Simple and easy to use
* An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.
* Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.
* Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.
From the article…
Here’s what Disney is planning for tomorrow:
- The launch of 40 new levels featuring the character Dr. Doofenschmirtz in Where’s My Perry?, which will cost 99 cents, plus 20 new free levels
- The addition of a new character, King Fergus, to Temple Run Brave, which will cost 500,000 coins
- The addition of a new mini-game, Turbo Time, to Wreck-It-Ralph
- The launch of the second episode of Avengers Initiative, featuring Captain America (the first episode focused on the Hulk)
- The launch of a new game called Monster’s Inc. Run, a side-scrolling game made in partnership with Get Set, the developers of Mega Run (Disney used a similar partnership to create Temple Run Brave)
And here’s what Disney is planning for December 20:
- The launch of a reef-building game called Nemo’s Reef, tying in to the 3D rerelease of Finding Nemo
- The launch of Where’s My Holiday?, a holiday-themed variant on Where’s My Water? and Where’s My Perry?
You can find the original story and more details HERE.
When I first purchased a Kindle Fire, there were only a handful of Disney related apps available. It is now a little over a year later, and things have changed dramatically. More and more people are asking me about apps for their Kindle device, so I figured it was time to give a simple pointer!
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When touring the Disney Parks, I am constantly tweeting pictures and videos of things I see and experience. Needless to say, my phone battery would drain quickly as it struggles to get the 3G connection to actually allow the media to get posted. There are often times it takes several retries to get a successful post or connection. I had a tendency to try to make sure to pace my usage so I wouldn’t run out of power before my next opportunity to plug-in and charge.
I started meeting more and more people who had battery packs that they would carry around in the parks, which allowed them to use their devices as much as they wanted! I met 5 different people using the same brand of battery pack, and it was New Trent. Everyone had great things to say about their experiences with the device, and highly recommended that I get one. It seemed obvious that I needed to give this a try.
I purchased the New Trent iCarrier battery pack, which at least two of my new friends owned. The pack has 2 USB ports, comprising of one at 1A and the other at 2A. The 2A port is what you will need for the typical tablet device. Either port will work great with the typical smartphone. Both ports can be used at the same time, so that you can keep the devices full of power. The 12000mAh capacity is described as having the ability to
- Charge a “new iPad” (iPad3) : to 80%
- Charge an iPad2 : 1.2-times
- Charge an iPhone5 : 6-times
- Charge an Android Galaxy S2 : 6-times
I now carry this battery pack with me whenever I am traveling, whether I am in the Parks or on a plane. I just use my phones and Kindle Fire as much as I want, knowing I can charge-up and keep having fun.
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This weekend, Disney released their new animated feature “Wreck-It Ralph”. This film has been highly anticipated, and so far has had great reviews and reception from the general public. They are already talking about the possibility of a sequel! Since the film is based on the video-game world, it is only logical that they have released real-world video games to go along with it!
The new iPhone and iPad app, has tried to capture the feel of the games seen in the film. Launching the app for the first time, you have to add a name for it to reference in the game play and scoreboards.
You will find there are three different games : Fix-It Felix Jr., Sweet Climber, and Hero’s duty. There seems to be a “TurboTime” game “coming soon”, but that might be unlocked if you beat all the games. Time will tell!
Starting with Fix-It Felix Jr., you’ll find it has the feel of a classic 8-bit game. The blue button on the bottom left is your joystick, directing which way Fix-It Felix Jr is supposed to go, and the right button is the fix-it hammer. Your goal is to try to fix all the windows with the hammer, while avoiding the bricks Ralph is dropping from above. All of this will be expected and make sense if you have seen the movie. I personally found the “joystick” button to be a little tricky to get used to, but finally figured it out.
If you are successful in fixing the windows, you will eventually beat Ralph. As in the movie, Ralph will be thrown over the top of the building and you will progress to the next level.
Of course, if you use up the 3 lives of Felix Jr, the game is over and you will see the scoreboard. The red button on the bottom right will allow you to try again. The blue button on the bottom left will take you back to the game central station to try a different game.
Moving onto the next game called “Sugar Rush – Sweet Climber”. You’ll immediately notice a much more modern feel to the graphics.
Here Ralph is jumping on the candy branches, collecting candies. Ralph automatically is bouncing, and you need to tilt the phone side-to-side to help him reach a higher branch. You also have a soda boost that you can use, but don’t use it too soon!
The third game is “Hero’s Duty”. Once again, this is a much different game-play, and requires some getting used-to.
The goal here is to try to kill all the bugs, before they get you! Moving and shooting at the same time was difficult, when I was used to having a little more tactile controller for this type of game. You may burn a few lives, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
There is a fourth game which is “coming soon”. What do you think it will be?
Overall, it is a great value for the app. You are essentially getting 3 games for the price of one. I think you’ll have a huge appreciation for the games, once you’ve seen the movie. I’m curious to see what the fourth game will be, but I am expecting it to be something of a go-kart type of experience. I am highly recommending that you give this app a try!
WELCOME TO GAME CENTRAL STATION!
Hit the arcade and game-hop between 3 CHALLENGING arcade games based on the movie!
Fix-it Felix Jr. –
- Ralph wrecked it, now you get a chance to fix it!
- Awesome 8-bit graphics that pay homage to the classic arcade era.
- Climb, dodge and magic hammer your way to a high score!
Hero’s Duty –
- Suit up and play as Sergeant Calhoun and teach those cy-bugs a lesson they’ll never forget!
- Blast cy-bugs in level after level of bug clearing action.
- Grab different weapons and make your momma proud!
Sweet Climber –
- It’s Ralph’s time to shine in an endless climbing game!
- Use tilt controls and fizzy jet packs to climb as high as possible.
- Jump from candy stalk to candy stalk, but watch out for weak branches!
Also compete against your friends – and the world – for high scores in each game! Get to Game Central Station and start playing today!
Also, don’t forget to check out Wreck-It Ralph in a theater near you – check your local listings for showtimes!