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Review : Star Wars Commander

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Price: FREE (in-app purchases)
Download: or Get it on Google Play
Official Site: Star Wars or Disney

The Star Wars: Commander game has been around awhile already, but I finally gave into the temptation and gave it a try. I had seen a fair amount of advertisements and promotions for it, and I’m sure others have as well. I was a little leery of how interesting the app would be, but it seemed to be popular and worth a visit.

You will end up seeing the following screen VERY often. Each time you go to the app, even if it had already been launched, it will bounce back to this screen and reload.

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As luck would have it, the system was actually having problems the first time I tried to play the game! I haven’t seen this happen again, so I seem to have just had really bad luck.
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Most of Disney’s (and really most developers) applications and games now utilize in-app purchases to make their money on these apps. You can play the app without paying any money, but it will be much slower and require a lot of patience. I personally do my best to resist the urge of paying any money for these kinds of apps, mostly to ensure that it is even possible to take that path.

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Next you’ll see the intro that you’d hope and want at the beginning of a Star Wars adventure.

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I somehow have lost the screen captures, but around this time you choose if you’re going to be a Rebel or join the Empire. I chose to move forward as part of the Rebel Alliance. Your choice influences the storyline, resources built, and army trained.

You start off with building your HQ and base.
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When you complete a task, battle, or defense of your base, you earn stars for how successful you were. If you get all the stars in a chapter of the story, you get a bonus. Unlike some games where you eventually have to go back to get all the stars before moving forward, Star Wars: Commander doesn’t seem to make you do that. I haven’t run into a roadblock like that so far.

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Conclusion:

Overall it is a fun and engaging game. It is a pretty common game-play that is offered with different themes in other apps. Having it also be Star Wars themed allows it to be particularly fun and interesting. I suspect that this will have some staying power, and will be expanded into many editions.

If you have tips and tricks for Star Wars Commander, please leave them in the comments below!

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Official Description:

Charge into battle on distant planets, and lead your troops to victory in this action-packed, combat strategy game! Build a base, recruit an unstoppable force, and challenge players across the Star Wars universe in Star Wars™: Commander!

During a time of Galactic Civil War, competing forces need allies for their cause. The Rebellion rallies for justice and freedom, while the Empire seeks control of the galaxy. Where does your allegiance lie? Will you side with the Empire’s strength and relentlessness, or the Rebellion’s heroism and resourcefulness? The choice is yours!

Rise through the ranks as a powerful battlefield commander in this exciting game of strategy and competitive galactic combat!

Features:
• Choose your side: Will you command AT-ATs and TIE Fighters as the Empire? Or call on iconic heroes like Han Solo and Princess Leia as the Rebellion?
• Build and defend your base: Train unique troops specific to each faction, and fortify your base with deflector shields, turrets, heavy artillery, and other defenses!
• Lead epic battles: Strategically deploy powerful armies, units, and vehicles against enemies and players around the galaxy!
• Form the ultimate Squad: Build strong alliances with friends and other players!
• Travel to multiple planets and complete special missions: Play an all-new story as a valiant leader on the front lines of the Galactic Civil War.
• Upgrade your strike team and its defenses: Strengthen your forces with multiple levels of upgrades for each unit!
• Download now and play in your choice of English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish!

Invade enemy territory and establish an impenetrable base as you join the battle for dominance!

For the best experience, we recommend playing this game on an iPhone 4S, iPhone 5/5s/5c, and iPads running iOS7 and above. Playing on an iPhone 4 may result in longer load times and slower performance.

Before you download this experience, please consider that this app contains social media links to connect with others, in-app purchases that cost real money, push notifications to let you know when we have exciting updates like new content, as well as advertising for The Walt Disney Family of Companies and some third parties. We respect your wishes regarding your Privacy. You can exercise control and choice by resetting your Advertising Identifier in your device’s Privacy Settings.

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Star Wars App Sale on Google Play

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!

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The Team Behind Disney’s ‘Where’s My Water?’

Disney has released a brief video providing an inside perspective of what it takes to make a hit game like “Where’s My Water?

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Review : Disney Pixar’s Toy Story – Smash It

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Price: $0.99
Download: or Get it on Google Play
Official Site: Disney

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…).
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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!

Download: or Get it on Google Play

Official Description:

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!

Review : Temple Run: Oz by Disney

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Price: $0.99
Download: or Get it on Google Play
Official Site: Disney

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!

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Download: or Get it on Google Play

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!

NEW FEATURES
• 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!

Download: or Get it on Google Play

Disney Mobile Preparing for the Holidays

Tech Crunch is reporting “Disney Mobile Plans Big Holiday Push With Three New Games: Monster’s Inc. Run, Nemo’s Reef, And Where’s My Holiday?

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.

Disney Apps on the Kindle Fire

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!

If YOU are looking for a quick way to find reviews of Disney apps and accessories, you can click HERE.

Review : Wreck-It Ralph for iPhone and iPad

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Price: $0.99
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Official Site: Disney

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!

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Official Description :

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!

New Phone Cases Coming to Disney Parks this Fall

The Disney Parks Blog has announced new phone cases for iPhones and Androids, are coming this fall.

It appears that they will be focusing on iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III cases. They seem to be using on-demand printing to do these, which is why they are “limited edition.” I suspect that this allows them to quickly adapt to different themes and styles that are coming out, while not having to make a huge commitment to a specific phone model. We all know that phone styles, shapes, and models change quickly and can certainly create an issue for such a niche market.

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Wreck-It Ralph Now Available for iOS Devices, Coming Soon to Select Android Devices

Price: $0.99
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Wreck-It ralph is now out in the theaters, so Disney has released the iPhone and iPad app celebrating the characters and games shown in the film. Having seen an early preview of the film, I am excited to give this app a try and see how it relates to the mobile experience.

If you are an Android user, you’ll have to wait a little bit to join in the fun.

Official Press Release :

Wreck-It Ralph Now Available for iOS Devices, Coming Soon to Select Android Devices

Disney Mobile Games today debuted Wreck-It Ralph and his arcade universe for iOS devices on the App Store at $0.99. Wreck-It Ralph showcases classic arcade culture with graphics, gameplay and animation made for modern mobile devices.

Wreck-It Ralph players get to experience the adventures of the big screen for themselves. Fans of the film venture forth from Game Central Station through the 8-bit graphic world of Fix-It Felix, Jr., the cy-bug blasting action of Hero’s Duty, and the sugarcoated heights of Sweet Climber.

The achievements system in Wreck-It Ralph offers players worldwide the ability to share their scores on Facebook. Players can also watch their Wreck-It Ralph universe grow with all-new mini-game updates such as the upcoming classic car racing game Turbo Time.

The world of Wreck-It Ralph represents a whole new mobile experience for both nostalgic players and audiences discovering arcade games for the first time. The game demonstrates Disney Mobile Games hopes to not only create its own unique characters and IP, but also build on projects from other parts of Disney.

Wreck-It Ralph is now available for 99 cents on the App Store at :

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