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Royal Revolt Review – A Windows 8 Medieval Family Feud Game!

Courtesy of Windows Store
Courtesy of Windows Store

Preview and Install

Royal Revolt! deals with a medieval family feud that lets you play as a warrior, where you need to defend your castle, and prevent your enemies from invading your entire colony. While some aspects of the game are no different with the likes of Trenches and Swords, Royal Revolt! takes it a step higher, giving users 3D perspective experience like no other. Let’s unravel more secrets about this medieval-based game for Windows 8. Continue reading

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Windows Store Category View Update (1)

Windows Store UI Updated With Top Categories and Subcategories

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Microsoft has silently added a handy new user interface to the Windows Store in Windows 8.1. The Windows Store in Windows 8.1 updates differently than does the other parts of Windows. This is because most of the Windows Store’s user interface is delivered from Microsoft servers. In laymen’s term, the UI for the Windows Store comes from the internet; it is not loaded from your computer’s hard drive. This makes it possible for Microsoft to update the Store without having to go through Windows Update. Basically, you don’t have to update Windows to get the new updates and features to the Windows Store! Continue reading

Realize Step-By-Step Success… The Consummate Way™

Welcome Jennifer Birch, Our New Writer!

Realize Step-By-Step Success… The Consummate Way™

Hello World! I am very excited to announce to you that we have a new writer for McAkins Online. Her name is Jennifer Birch. As you may already know, until now, only I and Denny McAkins have been writing on this blog, covering mostly Microsoft Technologies; but now, we’re a three person team. Continue reading


Viber for Windows 8 is here!


Viber for Windows 8 is here ladies and gentlemen. They took their time coming, but they are finally here. Viber is the de-facto Skype competition at this moment, and it is a good thing Microsoft allows them into the Store.  Sometimes I wonder how much of Skype tech is in this App. But they differ from Skype in one big aspect, they connect Users via Phone numbers, so they present a coherent telephony profile if you ask me. When you think about Viber you don’t think Social App, but a phone calling app. How about that. Continue reading

Despicable Me Minion Rush (1)

Review: Despicable Me: Minion Rush for Windows

Despicable Me Minion Rush (1)

Preview and Install

The Windows Store is filling up with more and more high quality games that are a blast to play. One of the latest in the series is called “Despicable Me: Minion Rush”. This is the latest in a series of fantastic games released by Gameloft. The game is based on the animated film Despicable Me, where you play as one of the cute, yellow, minions.

Your mission is to run and collect as many bananas as you can. You will have to dodge all sorts of stuff and fight off villains. There is a giant golden cup for the best minion. Can you be the one? The game works great with the Xbox 360 controller. You can use the keyboard as well as touch inputs to play the game.

The entire gameplay is very well animated. Attention to detail has been noted in every single corner of the game, from scenery, to obstacles, to the characters. There is a different animation for bumping in to different types of obstacles. The voice acting is great and you truly become immersed into the game. Here is an example: in the game you will meet your fellow minions who will take your hand and swing you forward. The camera changes angle and the entire scene is immersive like a movie. There is humor throughout the game, from the opening scene to bumping into your minion friends and having them hint your computer screen.

Despicable Me Minion Rush (5)

I really enjoy this game, and I think you will too! Best of all, it is free at the time of this writing! So go and grab it, and start your adventure engines!

Despicable Me Minion Rush (2)

Despicable Me Minion Rush (4)

Despicable Me Minion Rush (3)


Gru’s loyal yellow gibberish-speaking Minions are ready for their toughest challenge in Despicable Me: Minion Rush. Play as a Minion and compete with others in hilarious, fast-paced challenges in order to impress your boss, (former?) super-villain Gru! Jump, fly, dodge obstacles, collect bananas, be mischievous, and defeat villains to earn the title of Minion of the Year!
ALL THE HEART AND HUMOR OF DESPICABLE ME • Enjoy unpredictably hilarious Minion moments • Perform despicable acts through hundreds of missions • Run through iconic locations, which are full of surprises, secrets and tricky obstacles: Gru’s Lab, Gru’s Residential Area, and El Macho’s Lair! • Customize your Minion with unique costumes, weapons, and power-ups • Battle Vector and an all-new villain exclusively created for the game
AN INNOVATIVE AND ORIGINAL GAME • Encounter secret areas, unique boss fights and amazing power-ups • Experience custom animation, voiceovers, and state-of-the-art 3D graphics • Enjoy multiple dynamic camera angles • Engage in various bonus gameplay modes:    → Destroy things as Mega Minion    → Collect bananas while riding the Fluffy Unicorn    → Hang on to Gru’s Rocket for the ride of your life • Have fun with your friends! See their best scores during your run, and send them funny Minion taunts and challenges to show them who’s going to win Minion of the Year!
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  • Rediscover the heart and humor of Despicable Me in the official game of the franchise.
  • Perform despicable acts through hundreds of missions!
  • Run through iconic locations, which are full of surprises, secrets and tricky obstacles: Gru’s Lab, Gru’s Residential Area, and El Macho’s Lair!
  • Enjoy hilarious Minion moments with 3D graphics and fun animations!
  • Customize your Minion with unique costumes, weapons, and power-ups
  • Battle Vector and an all-new villain created exclusively for the game

Source: Despicable Me: Minion Rush


Tweetium, A Full Metro and unique Twitter client in the Store


Via the news reached us that Tweetium has been released in the Store. Tweetium is not just another twitter client. It is a unique experience that is true to the Metro principle. This is what the official Twitter app should have been as far as I am concerned. Continue reading

The Name and Shame Game

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This is an attempt to Name and Shame some of these companies that rode on Microsoft’s shoulders to greatness, but turn around to hate Microsoft’s guts. What prompted this is the news last week that Valve has joined the Linux Foundation, thus moving further away from its Windows root. I tweeted something in the trend of “Good riddance Valve”. Continue reading


Microsoft Tech Companion App hit the Store


[UPDATE: 2013-12-04
Microsoft has temporarily pulled this app in the Store given the complaints a lot of people are having with its usage at the moment. Please try later on if you can't find it in the Store.]

Via @WinObs and Mary Jo Foley it came to our knowledge today that Microsoft has just released a companion app for their technology. The intention of the App is to be a single-point-of-News for everything Microsoft. Therefore the app is not only available on Windows, it is as well available for Windows Phone, Android and Apple platforms. There is news that the App is proving unstable for now on Windows 8, lets hope they fix it quickly. Continue reading


With Movie World App in the Store who need IMDB App


Some of us have been wondering how long will it take for IMDB App to appear in the Windows Store. Basically, I for one have grown tired of waiting, and whenever an app appears in the Store that gives the same information that IMDB does, I had to take a look. Well, I think my search has ended now with Movie World. With this app you don’t need IMDB App anymore. Does the app need more tweaking? Of course it does, no Windows 8 app is perfect at this moment. I am sure the Devs are working hard to bring you more features. But for now, it is already awesome. Continue reading


Try HeuX App for Educational Excellence


Sometimes as a Windows Store oracle, you just wonder why some apps don’t get traction despite awesome features built-in. Such is with this HeuX App in the Store. The app has been in the Store since October 2013, and up till today, not a single soul has touched the app. And when you think its feature could be of tremendous help to Students and teachers alike, you wonder why it hasn’t become very popular in the Store. That is why we’ve taken it upon ourselves here at McAkins Online to give some of these awesome apps some Air time.

HeuX is an educational hub as mentioned to drive Teachers/Students engagement. But when you hear of teachers/students, you’ll think this is only for classrooms. No, not at all, wherever people are mentored, this is a good hub for them. What do you think about parent/children knowledge dissemination. This could be of help too.

As you can read from below’s description, the app supports Whiteboard, pen for inking, Poll for question and answer session. But more so, there is a service from HeuX behind the app where you can upload teaching sessions for offline access etc.

Following is full details of the App:


HeuX allows teachers to deliver lesson content to students through the use of whiteboards, quick polls, and forums.


  • Lesson delivery through synchronized whiteboards, polls, and forums
  • Publish lesson to portal for access and review at a later time






You can give the app a try now as it is free in the Store. Download via the Source link below.

Source: Windows Store

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