I SPY Challenger by Scholastic – Game Highlight

A fantastic game is now available on the Windows Store. I SPY Challenger raises the bar for great game design. The game is made by Scholastic, a well-established company that makes and sells products for kids, including books and educational video games. They have released their latest creation to the Windows Store, for both kids and adults to enjoy.

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I SPY Challenger is a game inspired from the I SPY books that I grew to love as a child. The game brings interactivity to the mix in a pleasantly exciting way. The game is beautifully built with excellent visuals and sound effects. It also has spoken dialogue, which is something I feel makes a game stand out from the bunch. Spoken voice in the game can appeal to kids; at least it appealed to me when I was a child. Continue reading

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Chuck’s Challenge 3D Review – A Brain Tingling Adventure

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It is one of most innovative puzzlers you can find today. Chuck’s Challenge 3D combines brain tingling puzzles with an exploration-based adventure. You play as the character Woop, who has summoned Chuck Sommerville, a famous game designer, to build fun challenges for him. Woop is a multi-dimensional aliens with a host of amazing resources that Chuck uses to build challenging levels for Woop. Continue reading

Play the Nintendo Classic, Paper Dash, on Windows 8

 

Random Salad Games have been publishing retro games for Windows 8 since the Consumer Preview was available for beta tester. One of their game is the Nintendo classic, Paper Dash. It has a quirky music and 90′s cartoony look to it. I like it. It’s a good time waster. If you have played it before, you know what I mean; if you haven’t, well, now is a good time to start. Don’t waste too much time, though.

Paper Dash Description

This just in… Paper Dash has finally hit the stands! Roam the streets delivering papers as you try and pay off damages to a car that you… well… you’ll see…
Collect soda cans and bottles to make some extra cash on the side. Find special items to give yourself power ups to help your character deliver even more papers and make even more money!

Features

    • 45 levels worth of game play
    • Achievement badges for delivering papers and collecting soda cans/bottles
    • Character customization and collectible power ups
    • Intuitive game controls
    • Fun background music and sound effects

Download now: Paper Dash

Drift Mania Championship 2 Lite

This is potentially first, free, first person racing game to come to the Windows Store. There is a paid version, and a free version. Curiously, you can convert the free version to the paid version, yet it will still be called Drift Mania Championship 2 Lite.

Description

With over 15 million players worldwide, the #1 Drift game on the App Store is finally back! Drift Mania Championship 2 delivers the ultimate drift experience with its highly addictive gameplay and next generation graphics.

Start a drift career or compete in a drift battle tournament or play against a friend using the new online multiplayer mode. Upgrade and fully customize your ride with performance upgrades and visual mods. Complete over 60 achievements in career mode. Challenge drivers from all over the world using the global leaderboards.
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HIGH DEFINITION GRAPHICS
Drift Mania Championship 2 includes next generation 3D graphics specially optimized for your hardware to provide you with the best drifting experience.

UPGRADE YOUR RIDE
Upgrade your ride by installing aftermarket performance products from licensed brands including Royal Purple, K&N, Magnaflow, Centerforce, Whiteline and Mishimoto.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR CAR
Fully customize your vehicle appearance with body kits, custom wheels, windows tints and spoilers. Make it your one of a kind drift beast!

TUNER FRIENDLY
Adjust different aspects of your car including the suspension, steering sensitivity, gear ratio and weight distribution to suit your own driving style.

BECOME A DMC CHAMPION
Complete the career mode which includes over 13 drift circuits, 60 achievements and 48 performance upgrades to unlock. Gain cash to upgrade your favorite ride with visual and performance mods.

DRIFT BATTLE
Start a drift tournament, compete in tandem against an opponent while making your way to the finals!

ONLINE & LOCAL MULTIPLAYER MODE
Challenge your friends to a drift battle!

LEADERBOARDS
See your ranking against other players worldwide using the DMC online leaderboards. Submit your high scores and expose your accomplishments to the world.
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Drifting is the act of maneuvering a vehicle through corners at speeds and angles that exceed the vehicle’s grip. A drift is when a driver performs a controlled slide through corners while adhering to the racing line. Drifting involves fast cars, super skilled drivers and hardcore fans.

It’s a combination of driving skill, style and showmanship. It’s all about loss of the rear wheel traction while keeping the race car in total control. Drifting is so popular because it brings all the best aspects of motor sports into one package. Highly skilled drivers control a high powered street car past its limit, sideways at high speed, burning rubber. It can’t get any better!
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•Available in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Chinese

SUPPORT: http://driftmania2.com
VISIT US: http://ratrodstudio.com
FOLLOW US: twitter.com/ratrodstudio

Features

  • Supports Windows tablet and desktop mode
  • Online and local multiplayer modes
  • Xbox controller support
  • Variable throttle bar system or pedal accelerator controls
  • 13 high-performance vehicles with unique specs
  • 13 drift circuits to master from different locations
  • 48 performance upgrades per vehicle
  • Hundreds of visual mods including body kits, spoilers, window tints, wheels and custom paint job
  • Tuning mode to adjust all aspects of your vehicle
  • 3 level of difficulties
  • 5 race camera configurations
  • Soundtrack from A’n’R Music Limited including songs from Templeton Pek and KNGDMS
  • Exclusive content including drift event photos
  • Accelerometer and virtual wheel steering mode

Fully customizable controls including element repositioning and sensitivity adjustments

Download it here: Drift Mania Championship 2 Lite

Oh the Nostalgia – Play Paper Rush, a Nintendo Classic for Windows 8

Random Salad Games have been publishing retro games for Windows 8 since the Consumer Preview was available for beta tester. One of their game is the Nintendo classic, Paper Rush. It has a quirky music and 90′s cartoony look to it. I like it. It’s a good time waster. If you have played it before, you know what I mean; if you haven’t, well, now is a good time to start. Don’t waste too much time, though.

Description
This just in… Paper Dash has finally hit the stands! Roam the streets delivering papers as you try and pay off damages to a car that you… well… you’ll see…
Collect soda cans and bottles to make some extra cash on the side. Find special items to give yourself power ups to help your character deliver even more papers and make even more money!

Features

    • 45 levels worth of game play
    • Achievement badges for delivering papers and collecting soda cans/bottles
    • Character customization and collectible power ups
    • Intuitive game controls
    • Fun background music and sound effects

Download now: Paper Dash

The Kindle App for Windows 8 Updates with 2-Column View

Kindle for Windows 8

The popular ebook reader by Amazon, Kindle, has a major update for Windows 8 users. One of the biggest feature is the now 2-column view. Here’s the full details:

Release Notes:

- Improved page turn performance
– Increased book storage
– Added 2-column reading on ARM devices
– Disabled device dimming in reading mode
– Performance improvements and other enhancements throughout

Please note: After upgrading, an Internet connection is needed to complete the app update when opening the app for the first time.

Description

Read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use Windows 8 application. You’ll have access to over 1 million* books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon’s Whispersync technology automatically syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices that have the Kindle app installed and across any Kindle device. That means you can start reading on one device and pick up where you left off on another device.
 

Features

Buy once, read everywhere. Sign in with an Amazon account, and sync Kindle books across all your devices that have the Kindle app installed across any Kindle device.
Pin Kindle books from your Kindle library to the Windows Start screen for instant access to your favorites.
Start reading in seconds. Your Kindle book downloads while you read.
Shop the Kindle Store for over 1 million* Kindle books, including new releases and best sellers. Over 600,000 Kindle books are $4.99 or less, and over 1 million books are $9.99 or less.*
Customize your reading experience by choosing the background color, font size, and number of reading columns.
Highlight, take notes, and add bookmarks in any book. Look up word definitions and listen to how they are pronounced.
* Selection and price of Kindle books in the Kindle Store vary by country.
 
Source: Kindle

SINES8X for Windows 8 Video Demo

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We blogged earlier today about SNES8X emulator for Windows 8. This is an emulator of the super Nintendo from back in the day. Well, now, I found a neat little video that demos SNES8X pretty well as well as giving you a quick tutorial on how to load game ROMs on to the emulator. We hope you find this useful. If you have questions, please let us know.

How To Run SNES8X Microsoft Surface App and Play Games

Published on 27 Dec 2012

In this video I show you guys how to play super Nintendo games on your Microsoft surface, brought to you by Tedahwooga

Source: YouTube

Skulls of the Shogun – Xbox Game

Today, we have a release of the newest of the Xbox Games collection. This game, Skulls of the Shotgun, is an action strategy game and it integrates fully with Xbox services. This game is rated T (for teens), as it contains blood, suggestive themes, and violence. Here’s the game description.

Description

“Washing up on the shores of the afterlife, players meet and join forces with vibrant ghost-samurai warriors, magical animal-monks, and mustachioed samurai generals on the way to capture Skulls of the Shogun. With its roots in classic turn-based strategy gaming, Skulls of the Shogun retains that depth while adding a smooth, streamlined interface, realtime physics, and over the top samurai action.

Players immerse themselves in battle with fun and unique game play features amidst lush, eerie environments. Also featuring up to 4-player local and networked multi-player and an original score inspired by old samurai films and dub, Skulls of the Shogun offers simple-yet-deep, refined and offbeat game-play.”

Features

    • Fast-paced      arcade-inspired blend of arcade action and turn-based strategy!
    • Meet &      recruit magical animal monks, power up your army to imposing war demons,      and conquer the samurai afterlife!
    • Play 20 levels      of hand-painted, story-driven single player campaign mode.
    • Play anywhere!      Eat your friends’ skulls in online asynchronous multiplayer across Xbox      360, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7
    • Battle up to 4      players at once on custom multiplayer maps, both locally and online      (asynchronously)
    • Play, save and      resume your game across resume across all three platforms.

Download Now: Skulls of the Shogun

Bring on the Classics – Pocket Tanks Now on Windows 8!

If you have never played Pocket Tanks, you have missed a classic. But do not worry, with the release of Pocket Tanks for Windows 8, by its official creators, you can join the crowd! What is Pocket Tanks? Pocket Tanks is basically a simple artillery game in which each of the two players take turns to pick a weapon, make a target, and fire. Player with the most points at the end of the game wins. It’s simple, but it’s addictive! Pocket Tanks was first released for the PC in 2001 as a spiritual successor of a much older game made for the Amiga, Scorched Tanks.

Because this was such an old game, it needed a lot of work to port to a modern platform, like Windows 8. That work started with the port to the iPad, which supported a much higher resolution than the game was originally designed for. Much of that work also contributed to the port to Windows 8. You can see a quick video of it, which will also give you a video demo of the game in action!

This game is written by Michael P. Welch who also wrote its predecessor of Scorched Tanks. Pocket Tanks has the look, feel, and sound of a classic. It is a true piece of art. Mr. Welch is the founder of the company Blitwise, who, in turn is the publisher of this game. Now, here’s the description from Blitwise and also Mr. Welch.

Notes from Blitwise and Michael Welch

Pocket Tanks is the fast-paced artillery game that is simple to learn, and fun to master. The perfect quick game for friends and family, you’ll find yourself hooked for hours of play! Bury your opponent in a mound of dirt, or assail him with a barrage of bullets. Visit the Weapon Shop before battle to arm yourself for the struggle, or try the Target Practice mode to learn all the weapons and the best tactics to win.

Experience the thrill of launching volley after volley of powerful and fun weapons across the battlefield, using very simple controls. Select your angle, power, and FIRE! There are many unique weapons including: Napalm, Firecrackers, Skippers, Cruisers, Tracers, Dirt Movers, and dozens more! This is the light-hearted game of heavy artillery for everyone.

Pocket Tanks has been loved by fans for over 10 years, who have downloaded the shareware version MILLIONS of times.  But now, for the first time on Windows, you can try the game in high definition!

“The Ultimate One-on-One Artillery Game”

by Michael P. Welch

- author of DX-Ball & Scorched Tanks

Download Pocket Tanks COMPLETELY FREE, and learn the ropes with 35 exciting weapons.

Upgrade in-game to Deluxe and receive:

- 70 brand new weapons (110 total)

- Jump Jets for moving your tank around

- Bouncy Dirt for creating reflective terrain

- Digger for tunneling your tank underground

- Support for weapon expansion packs, both paid and FREE!

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Note from the author:

My name is Michael P. Welch, and I have been writing artillery games since 1993. I created Pocket Tanks in 2001, and thanks to the many loyal fans, it is still in active development to this very day. Please join me in my quest to make Pocket Tanks a classic artillery game that stands the test of time. Thanks to all who have supported BlitWise over the years.

Here’s the list of features, as noted by the developer

  • Pocket Tanks is FREE, with 35 weapons at your disposal.
  • Purchase the Deluxe upgrade: More weapons, and access to weapon packs, free and paid.
  • Play against the computer, or against a friend.
  • Up to 275 weapons currently available.  More weapons are always in development.
  • A simple game of strategy and skill for the whole family.

Download it from here: Pocket Tanks

Game Dev Tycoon – A Game worth Playing

Good day ladies and gents; I hope you had a good holiday break. We are approaching a new year, and to help you wait out the rest of 2012, might I suggest a wonderful game that you all can check out! Game Dev Tycoon is a simulation game that takes you back in the 80’s to start a new video game startup.

You start in the garage and develop games in the early years of video games technology. As you progress with your career, given your game isn’t a flop and you don’t lose all your cash reserve, new technology will emerge that you can take advantage of. The game recreates some of the historical happenings in the gaming industry, including Nintendo’s NES system and the rise and fall of the Commodore 64 PC. By the way, GD Tycoon slightly renames these companies and their products to avoid copyright issues. For instance, we have “Govodor 64”, “Vony Play System”, and “MS Boss”. I think it’s funny and cute.

If your game is successful, you will get praising reviews from industry watchers and magazines. By earning a good profit from your hit games, you can move in to your own office, hire staff, train yourself and staff, and buy more advanced equipment. As you gain more experience, you become more efficient at your career. You are also given the opportunity to do contract work for other companies to earn quick cash. You can research new technologies and spend on marketing. You have the option of targeting audience, acquiring developer license for specific consoles, and choosing development platforms. As you progress through the years, you can develop into a huge game company! How big can you grow?

I recommend you all check out this neat game and enjoy playing it while staying warm in this winter (if you are in the northern part of the earth).

Download it: Game Dev Tycoon

ESPN Crickinfo – Keep in Touch with Latest Cricket Scores and News

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Before the official debut of the ESPN’s main app on Windows 8, we had another app by ESPN dedicated to the Cricket sport. I, for one, love cricket; so this app is a blessing. ESPN Crickinfo lets you stay in touch with the latest Cricket scores and news. You can even view game schedule and watch highlights from previous games. The only thing that’s missing is actual live games that you are able to watch on the ESPN3 website. I am still holding out for an ESPN3 app that also allows me to play to my HD TV using DLNA. But for now, we have this!

Description

November 26, 2012: we’re aware of the slow-loading issues affecting some (not all) of you, and we’re actively working on it. We should have a fix in place very soon – we’ll update this page when we have more news.

The ESPN Cricinfo Windows 8 app provides comprehensive coverage of cricket from around the world from espncricinfo.com. With live ball-by-ball scoring, comprehensive news, features and editorial content, it’s the most beautiful way yet to follow cricket.

Coming soon: push notifications for wickets and results.

Features

Ball-by-ball live scoring of cricket matches from around the world.

Breaking news, previews and match reports keep you up-to-date with the latest in the sport.

Feature articles providing opinion, in-depth analysis, tributes, profiles and much more from ESPN Cricinfo’s global team of writers.

Download now from the Windows Store: ESPN Cricinfo. You can follow @McAkins and me, @NazmusLabs, on Twitter.

Chuck’s Challenge: Play and Create Mind-Blowing Obstacle Courses!

 

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Let’s talk about something fun! Today, I want to discuss a game called “Chuck’s Challenge”. It’s neat casual game with lot to offer. The big characteristic of a casual game, as noted by this “Tech Stuff” podcast from HowStuffWorks, is that they have a simple mechanic that make up a fun and addicting gameplay. Plus, they allow us to pick up the game, play for a bit, and leave off, at anytime. This is the reason causal gaming has done so well in adaption, especially in mobile devices.

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Want to Print out Real Objects? Now You Can with 3D Printers!

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Object printed out by a 3D printer

What if I told you that you can print out real objects? In fact, it is not as much of a fantasy as you may think. Today, we have real, usable, 3D printers that are able to print out 3D objects based on CAD (Computer Aided Design) data.

I am going to share with you this video that talks about it in detail. It demos the product, shows how it works, and gives insights on the implication these devices may have on our society and manufacturing as we know it.
Before getting started with the video, though, I would like to point out some key things. First of all, the most amazing part of this printer is that we can now download any digital data of real objects and have them print out. This is huge, as perhaps in the future, we would only need to download objects we want or spare parts we may need, rather than ordering them to be delivered to our house.
Secondly, because these printers are able to “print” out objects with intricate designs, we may see more “futuristic” designed and efficient objects that would have been very difficult or costly to build otherwise.
With that, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!