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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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Swampy meets Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie

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Having been pre-occupied with other life events, I haven’t been spending as much time playing Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas. I logged in today, and was presented with some ads for 10 Levels of Frankenweenie inspired levels of Where’s My Water?.

It took me a few minutes to realize it was NOT in the paid version, but ONLY in the Free version!

Once you load the video, it gives a short intro video that we are used to seeing before each chapter of the game.

To fit the theme of the upcoming movie, the coloring is shifted to mostly black and white. I think the overall look is really sharp and well done.

I really think they did a good job of “synergy” on this, in promoting the movie with the game! I do think it is a little odd that it is only showing-up in the free version, as you would think the paid version should get it too. I would think they could even get away with having a paid in-game upgrade for additional levels. Do you have any issue with the cross-promotional efforts like this?

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Review : Stitcher – Internet Radio and Podcast App for Kindle Fire

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Official Site: Stitcher
Price: Free
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Many people have come to associate their mobile devices as being audio devices. We download our music and podcasts to listen to while we are traveling and generally mobile. The Kindle Fire was designed as an e-reader first and tablet second. As such, the Kindle Fire doesn’t have an inherent ability to listen to podcasts. Stitcher has been available for the iOS devices for awhile, and now is available on the Kindle Fire to fill this podcast void. In general, the Stitcher app is designed to provide streaming access to radio stations and podcasts.

Review : Where’s My Water? Free – 10 Days of Swampy

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Price: Free
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Official Site: Where’s My Water? Free

Several days ago, we had shared the announcement of Swampy having a “Where’s My Water?” Free edition released. It sounded as if it was a limited edition of our highly rated paid version of Where’s My Water?. With the holidays approaching, I hadn’t had time to investigate! Well, I finally found some time, and very pleased with my discovery.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas Updated to 1.1.0

Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas has been updated to version 1.1.0. The biggest feature added is the additional information provided when trying to battle a stronger opponent. The game will tell you what you need to buy to be abel to guarantee a win against the other pirate.

Official description of the update…

What’s New in Version 1.1.0
The Ghostly Seadog Contest will soon commence! By participatin’, ye’ll have the chance to win a fine bit of pirate swag (and braggin’ rights for a fortnight).

~ A pack of items is proposed automatically every time you battle a stronger opponent.
~ Special Items are now available in the Shop.
~ Be brave and face the top 10 players on the Leaderboards.
~ Earn Gems by adding a friend via email.

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Review : Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Price: Free
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Official Site: Disney

Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas, is a strategy adventure game for your iPad and iPhone. While many of the Wheres My Water and Angry Birds games are more puzzle and skill based, Master of the Seas is much more like World of Warcraft or Neverwinter Nights, in which you are trying to buy weapons and gain experience points. There is also a social aspect to the game, as you can connect with Facebook friends and/or other people playing the game. As part of the game you need to acquire crew, which can cost “gems” or can be other people playing the game. Considering the cost of buying a crew member, there is a strong incentive to team up with other players.

When launching the game the first time, it allows you to choose a name and the flag that will mark your territory as you master the seas.

Next, Captain Jack Sparrow takes you through a fairly informative guide of using the app and how the flow of the game works.

Now it is time to become “Master of the Seas”, by conquering other ships in battle and plundering islands. The ship battles entail you firing upon other players, and naturally incurring your own damage as well. You’ll spend Stamina, and Health, which are all consumable and refilled by gold or time.

While plundering the islands, you are faced with quests which will require you to make choices of how to accomplish them. While working on quests, you gain experience points and gold at the cost of Energy. Much like Stamina and Health, Energy can be replenished with time or spending Gems that you collect.

When I first started playing the game, I was a little confused and surprised by the game play. As I poked around and started to play with it, it quickly became addictive. I did run into a weird issue where I get an error mess saying “This game is not recognized by Game Center”. Either Disney decided not to participate in Game Center, or I have somehow managed to do something wrong. The game has great graphics and very smooth motion while wandering from island to island. If you like these strategy type games, you should give it a try since it is FREE! I didn’t give it 5 stars, due to the repeated errors about Game Center and some early confusion of how to use the game. They are already on version 1.0.2, so they seem to be working on bugs and making improvements.

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Review : Disney Store iPhone App

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Price: Free
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Official Site: Disney Store

If you are a frequent visitor to MobileMouse.net, then there is a good chance you also visit DisneyStore.com as well. The Disney Store is the quintessential place for people to find merchandise themed with their favorite Disney characters. Now the DisneyStore.com has decided to join the mobile revolution by having their very own iPhone app.

The app launches with a very similar style and feel as their home page, with quick buttons along the button to get you where you want to go. In the middle of the screen is a section you can swipe left or right, to go to a theme such as “Characters”, “Girls”, or “Toys & Games”.

The first navigation button takes you to “Find a Store”, which is integrated into the familiar Google Maps interface. One great detail on the map, is they have Mickey Heads on the pinpoints of the store locations. It will use your phones GPS to find stores near you, or you can use the search-box at the top to check a different area. Take note of the “List” button in the top right, as it will show a list of the locations, with address and mileage from your current coordinates.



The third navigation button allows you to search for specifid items and words. You’ll be given thumbnail pictures, review rating, and price. You can change the results to be in a tile view or only focused on one item at a time. Once you find something that looks interesting, you can select it and find the description of the item.

The fourth tab is your shopping cart, where you can find the estimated shipping and total. The button will also highlight how many items there are currently in your cart. Once you’re done making your selections, you can use the “Checkout” button in the top right corner.

Finally, the last navigation button provides quick access to policies, phone numbers, and a variety of other details you may need. I think it was brilliant to provide this information, as it will certainly help avoid frustrated users!

Overall, I think they did a pretty good job with the app. I don’t think there is anything necessarily special or unique. It has a very similar usability and style as the Amazon.com app, and was likely used as the model. I am also unsure how much demand there is for shopping DisneyStore.com on the go, but at least it is available if you need it!

Review : Disney Gift Card App

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Price: Free
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During my last visit to Disneyland, I went to purchase some items at the World of Disney store. When I was told the total, I pulled out 3 different Disney gift cards that I have been carrying in my wallet for months. I was embarrassed to be told, that the first card had no money left on it. I had been carrying this card around for months, and it had nothing on it!? Surely I should have known that it was empty!