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Android Game: WordUp!

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 in Games | comment

WordUp! is a game based on the original Boggle.  The object of the game is to find as many words as possible out of the grid of 16 letters on the board (there are also 3×3 and 5×5 grids depending on your skill level).  You must do this before the time runs out.

Application: WordUp!

Version: 1.2.0
Size: 844KB
Category: Games
Price: Free
Overall Score: 4.25/5
Graphics: 4.5/5
Gameplay: 4.5/5
Originality: 3.5/5
Indispensability: 4.5/5
With your Android phone, you simply have to trace the word with your finger.  As you do this the word will be spelled out as the letters are highlighted.  Words that are accepted will turn from white to blue.
The basic rules are:
·         Each subsequent letter must share a side or corner with the previous letter.
·         A specific letter must be used only once per word.
·         Proper nouns, slang words, and words with apostrophes are not counted.
Scoring words as follows:
·         Three or four letters = 1 point
·         Five letters = 2 points
·         Six letters = 3 points
·         Seven letters = 5 points
·         Eight or more letters = 11 points
When time runs out you can view all the possible words that could have been created from the grid.  The words you were able to capture are highlighted in blue.  There is also the ability to look up any definition of words that are found in the game which is a great feature.
With WordUp! you can increase your vocabulary and have fun at the same time.  This game is great for kids (and adults alike).  If you like word-based games, download this one for your Android device.

Scan with Barcode Scanner for direct link to WordUp! in the Android Market.

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Top Android Game: Robo Defense

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 in Games, Top Rated Games | comment

Robo Defense, created by Lupis Labs Software, is a great rendition of the familiar tower defense type game.  It features multiple map layouts which greatly add to the challenge.  You can start out with maps that have a single entrance and exit for units you need to kill (easier), to maps with multiple entrances and exits (more difficult).  There are also up to 20 levels for each of the map types so you know you’ll be playing this addictive game for awhile.

Application: Robo Defense

Version: 1.2.0
Size: 1.89MB
Category: Games
Price: $2.99
Overall Score: 4.75/5
Graphics: 4.5/5
Gameplay: 5/5
Originality: 4.5/5
Indispensability: 5/5
The first thing you’ll notice is that Robo Defense has nice graphics for a tower defense game developed for Android.  This definitely adds to the high rating because no one wants to tolerate poor graphics for very long.
A very nice feature which greatly adds to the indispensability of this game is the amount of upgrades that can be made to your each of your units.  The more upgrades that are offered, the more of a strategy the game truly has.  Also, with each kill you make, you earn reward points.  These reward points can be used to upgrade specific characteristics of the game, i.e. number of lives you have, amount of damage each missile does, speeding up reload times, etc.  You will definitely be spending these reward points in order to give you the edge to advance to the next level.
Overall Robo Defense is a great app for your Android phone.  You’ll find yourself playing this game whenever you’ve got some downtime.  Hopefully you earn a few achievements along the way!
If you’re a little weary, try out the free lite version to see if it fits your fancy.

Here’s a quick YouTube video of someone playing level 500.  Check it out to see what to expect (and for a hint at one successful setup strategy).

Scan with Barcode Scanner for direct link to Robo Defense (Free Lite version) in the Android Market.

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