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Game of the week: Wormster Dash

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When a giant flying worm is trying to consume your whole world, all you can do is run!

Running away from something terrible —sometimes referred to as endless runners – are a prevalent type of mobile game, but even though they are a dime a dozen, sometimes you come across one that’s a diamond in the rough.

Wormster Dash prides itself on not being an endless runner, meaning there is an end to the game; however, whether you can reach the end is an entirely different story.

A high difficulty curve

Wormster Dash appears to pride itself on being difficult, after all, if it truly is a runner game with an ending, it wouldn’t be entertaining if it was too easy.

The first thing you will probably notice when you start playing the game is the giant work from which you are trying to escape is very fast comparative to your character. Immediately from the start of each new run, the enormous worm is right behind you, which fills you with a great sense of urgency. The game does a hell of a job creating a tense atmosphere, which I thoroughly enjoyed each time I played; made it feel like something was at stake.

A lot of the difficulty from Wormster Dash comes in the game design. As you progress further in the game, you’ll encounter new obstacles which the first time you see them you may not know how to get past, meaning you’re way more likely to make a mistake and bite the dust. Of course, since Wormster Dash isn’t a roguelike game, it means each run you learn something new. The next time you encounter that obstacle that killed you, you’ll be better equipped to handle it.

This isn’t a new concept, plenty of other games do this, but it’s important to note that the gameplay is quite simple. You won’t be frustrated by the controls — which are very responsive — its the way the game progresses that will give you the most headaches.

Unique art

To say I love the art in Wormster Dash would be an understatement. I can’t imagine the time it took to draw all the elements in the game. Do yourself a favor and just take a gander at the screenshot pictured above; examine the entire thing. The amount of detail in the drawings is incredible.

What I love about the art style is it isn’t just for looks, it also fits the theme of the game. It’s whimsical and very cartoon-ish which helps bring out some of the subtle humor in the game. It especially makes some of the moving elements in the game design way more interesting. I have died playing the game because I have spent too much time staring at the screen looking at all the art.

Final thoughts

Wormster Dash comes with a $ 1.99 price tag; I think its worth the price of admission.

I don’t think I have been as impressed with a game’s artwork since last year’s Hidden Folks. I love when developers take the time to really craft their games from the ground up, and since Wromster Dash was all hand-drawn on paper you know, it took a lot of time and effort.

Although the gameplay isn’t ground-breaking in any way, it’s still deeply enjoyable runner game that has a steep difficulty curve. I foresee myself loading up Wormster Dash anytime I have a short time to spare, and I’m looking to enjoy myself, and really, what more can you ask for?

Other games this week

I can’t write a full review of every game I play, but there are plenty of great games every week that are worth checking out. Here are some other games I enjoyed this week!

Reed: Reed is a tiny cat-like creature and the last creation of an old supercomputer which is dying without its cubes! You’ll need to traverse over 50 cool 8-bit platforming levels to find all the cubes and save the supercomputer from death. $ 1.99 in the App Store.

Evoland 2: That’s right, Evoland has a sequel, and it is everything you loved from the original and more. With over 20 hours of gameplay, this epic adventure is a giant love letter to the history of video games, and it’s indeed a one-of-a-kind experience. $ 6.99 in the App Store.

Alto’s Odyssey: Alto is back and this time he his boarding through the desert! With a bunch of new mechanics, Alto’s Odyssey is a worthy successor to Alto’s Adventure. $ 4.99 in the App Store.

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The freedom of the open road is great until you get in a fender-bender and there’s a dispute over whose fault it was. Dash cams come in handy at times like that, but good ones are pretty spendy. The Anker ROAV C1 Pro is usually around $ 130, but today only it’s on sale at Amazon for $ 75.

The ROAV C1 Pro offers 2560X1440 resolution, so it’s even higher than 1080p. This is useful if you need to zoom in on a frame, but I think Anker is a little confused how resolution works (see below).

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Raven preview: A security focused connected dash cam for your vehicle

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Looking to add a connected dashboard camera to your car? What if that device could also provide a glimpse inside your car on demand from your smartphone? And if that’s not enough, how about the addition of vehicle security, GPS and dashboard telemetry? If the answer to all of these questions is yes, Raven might be right up your alley.

Raven combines a security camera with an diagnostics and vehicle information in a single device the size of an Xbox Kinect. I’ve been using one with beta software  in my 2017 Chevrolet Volt for testing. The cost is $ 299, although you can save $ 30 if you pre-order before shipments begin in May. There are also three levels of required service plans to cover the integrated LTE service, ranging from $ 8 to $ 32 a month.

I mounted Raven on the windshield of my Volt, but you can also mount it right on your dashboard. The device is powered through your vehicle’s OBD-II port, which also provides it real time information such as your current speed and fuel level. The folks at Raven say that your car must be a 2008 model year or newer because even though older vehicles may have an OBD port, they use an older protocol that doesn’t support all of Raven’s features. Once plugged in and mounted, you use the Raven app to connect the device to your phone.

Setup was super simple although the first live image from the rear-facing camera was upside down. I didn’t troubleshoot it and it never happened again with any future image captures. I suspect the Raven was still in its setup mode and the integrated accelerometer wasn’t quite up to speed at the time.

So how well did Raven work during my drive tests? Pretty good, at least for the features that are currently supported.

Since the device doesn’t ship until May, some of the functionality is still in the works. Specifically, I couldn’t test one of the features I was really looking forward to: Notification alerts while the car is parked. These security-focused events trigger if there is are loud sounds, smashed glass, if the car is bumped or moved, or if a door is opened. This vehicle security aspect can really help Raven stand out from a standard dash cam, so I can’t wait to see the alerts added in a future software release.

I was able to see real time vehicle telemetry such as current speed, direction, and engine RPM (although I don’t use the engine much on the Volt). All of these data points (including turn-by-turn navigation directions, again coming in a future release) can be shown on the Raven’s screen, which is handy at eye-level. You can choose which two data points to see on the easy-to-read display.

The Raven app also creates a calendar-driven history for all trips, complete with downloadable clips so you can review or even share your driving experience or in-car shenanigans. I could see the latter being fun with the family on a long trip as we do our poor imitation of “Carpool Karaoke”, for example.

One little gotcha in my testing: Although Raven has LTE built in, I had to connect my phone directly to the device via Wi-Fi to get my stored videos. I felt like I wasted a bit of time just sitting in my parked car to get those but I can see that being addressed in the future.

After I did get those videos downloaded to my iPhone X, they looked fantastic. Here’s one of a 26 mile round trip I did for lunch. (Yes, I drive 13 miles for a good bowl of soup in the cold, northeastern US winter weather).

I like the trip history Raven creates: It lets you choose from the full timelapse to short clips during parts of the trip. The shorter videos include audio, which I found to be less than stellar. However, the Raven folks know this is an issue and they’re working on it.

While viewing trips from the front-facing camera is fun, seeing inside the vehicle is an important standout feature. Maybe more so once the parked alerts are enabled: I can imagine someone bumping the car and having Raven notify me so I can quickly do a live look around. I do wonder how effective this will be though: You’re looking through the cabin of the car which may not be ideal for seeing exactly who or what bumped your bumper.

Note that the main difference in the pricing plans has to do with how many live, 720p remote check ins you plan each month. You get 60 for $ 8, 120 for $ 16 and 240 for $ 32 a month. For all plans, you’ll also get the GPS location of your car, gas level, driving history, vehicle diagnostic reports and trip sharing with others. The latter two features are also in the “coming soon” category, so I couldn’t test them.

Overall, I like the Raven, but I don’t know that I’d buy one, even after its full feature set is present. The main reason is that my relatively new car already has most of the same features. I can use GM’s app, for example, to get vehicle diagnostics or the car’s location and I can remotely check or lock the doors. And many newer vehicles are including an LTE radio for optional Wi-Fi hotspot features. However, I can’t see inside my car on demand, nor do I get alerts if something happens to it.

So the appeal here is for older, less connected cars and for people that want the security features and alerts that a dual-facing dash cam can provide. If you’re one of those people, Raven may be worth the price as it fleshes out its feature set over time.

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Black Panther’s Wakanda is a transportation utopia with a dash of reality

Wakanda, the fictional African nation at the heart of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, is a dazzling, technological utopia chock-full of science fiction gadgets and gizmos to make gearheads go gaga. What I didn’t expect, though, when settling into the seat of my Brooklyn theater last Saturday, was for the transportation-nerd parts of my brain to be so thoroughly tickled. Black Panther is a transit buff’s dream come true, with an array of cool planes, trains, and cars — and just a dash of reality to ensure these Afrofuturist dreams maintain some believability. (Spoilers ahead.)

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Out Now: ‘Alto’s Odyssey’, ‘Dice Brawl: Captain’s League’, ‘Birdy Trip’, ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’, ‘Glitch Dash’, ‘Dissembler’, ‘Up a Cave’, ‘SiNKR’ and More

It’s yet another week in the never ending cycle of new games flooding the App Store, and as always we’re here to round up the best of the lot. This week sees the release of a highly-anticipated follow-up to one of the App Store’s all-time greats, and that is the beautiful Alto’s Odyssey. One thing I’ve learned is that the first few minutes feel like just more Alto, which is absolutely great, but the longer you play the more you uncover new and interesting twists on the formula and even at this early stage I’m pretty confident this tops the original Alto’s Adventure in every way. Of course there’s plenty more on offer besides that so give the full list of new games below a thorough look and let us know which games you’ll be playing this week.


 

Alto’s Odyssey

iTunes Description

Just beyond the horizon sits a majestic desert, vast and unexplored. Join Alto and his friends and set off on an endless sandboarding journey to discover its secrets.

Soar above windswept dunes, traverse thrilling canyons, and explore long-hidden temples in a fantastical place far from home.

Along the way, you’ll grind across vines, bounce atop hot air balloons, ride towering rock walls, and escape mischievous lemurs – all while uncovering the desert’s many mysteries.

Forum Thread: Alto’s Odyssey (By Snowman)


The Best Ninja

iTunes Description

Night in Japan. Full moon. A new ninja has to climb the ninja tower as high as he can, avoiding the hitting hammers of the master ninjas.

Forum Thread: The Best Ninja (by Angel Navarro)


Birdy Trip

iTunes Description

You are not alone in the sky!

It’s time to migrate to sunny lands. Grab your cute friends on the way and be careful, many dangers could smash you during your journey.

Forum Thread: Birdy Trip (by Bloop Games)


Bouncy Smash

iTunes Description

Bounce and smash across expertly designed levels bursting with color and light in Bouncy Smash!

Challenging gameplay and beautifully designed environments await you in this modern arcade platformer. Perfectly time your bounces to crush wave after wave of evil enemies – or unleash powerful smashing abilities to take them out in one single blow. Choose arcade mode for endless fun – or intense daily and weekly challenges to earn special outfits, skins, and skills. Bounce and smash your way to victory in this addictive arcade game with roguelike tendencies 🙂

Forum Thread: Bouncy Smash (by Identity Visuals)


Darkest Nightmare: Freeform

iTunes Description

It’s going to be a long and dark night for Gerde, the only remaining survivor from a group of magicians. Join her in her quest to fight off the monsters and avoid the dying light. The mission isn’t going to be that easy, however, as intoxicating monsters have taken over the dreadful paths she need to traverse. It will take more than just five nights to defeat everything.

It’s not over yet. Gerde’s darkest nightmare is just about to begin.

Darkest Nightmare is now in freeform!

Forum Thread: Darkest Nightmare: Freeform (by Popsicle Games)


Dice Brawl: Captain’s League

iTunes Description

In Dice Brawl you’ll build your team and embark on an exciting adventure across a world of fantasy ruled by Pirates, Elves, Beasts, Dragons and…Robots?!

Move around the board, build fortresses and fight your enemies. Climb through a variety of different Battleboards themed after all the different creatures living in this very odd world. Make your name known across the seas. Here the more fame you get, the higher your rewards are going to be. But beware, this is no place for the weak!

Forum Thread: Dice Brawl: Captain’s League (by Idiocracy, inc)


Dissembler

iTunes Description

Dissembler is a subtle puzzle game about unraveling bold, abstract designs one color at a time.

Flip pairs of tiles to make matching color groups vanish, but that is where the resemblance to a standard match-three ends. In Dissembler no tiles will drop in to replace the ones you’ve matched: your task is to remove all tiles and leave behind a clean slate. The experience starts simply, leading you gently from basic principles to more complex puzzles, but before long it will require careful planning and lateral thinking.

Forum Thread: Dissembler (by Ian MacLarty)


Fuse Balls

iTunes Description

Fuse Balls was created with inspirations of minimalistic art design. Circles of various colors fall towards a center gravitational force creating smooth transitions and requiring color matching to fuse circles.

The fun part about the game is how gravity reacts to circles, the circle gravity movements, music, and sound effects help with proving an unique game experience from a very basic match 3 game concept that can challenge the basic or advance player.

Forum Thread: Fuse Balls (by Dilmer Valecillos)


Glitch Dash

iTunes Description

Dodge your way past hammers, axes, geometric obstacles and even lasers!
Glitch Dash is hard, REALLY hard. Your reflexes need to be on edge to get through the intense mazes that is Glitch Dash.

Run through the beautiful and abstract world and just try to survive. If you are looking for a really challenging Impossible Runner, then Glitch Dash is the game for you!

Forum Thread: Glitch Dash – (By David Marquardt)


Maguss

iTunes Description

Dive deep down into the fantasy – Play Maguss!

Maguss is a wizarding, location-based MMORPG set in the most amazing environment ever created – the Earth itself. Create your own customized character and embark on an unforgettable journey. Unleash powerful spells by drawing simple glyphs and battle magical creatures and other players in a semi-turned, strategic, action-filled combat. Earn experience, level up and unlock more spells, better equipment and other skill perks. Walk to encounter creatures and collect ingredients, learn spells, brew potions, find chests and fight other players to earn respect and glory. While the world is a stage, you are the lead actor.

Forum Thread: Maguss (by Mawa)


Popup Roller

iTunes Description

A fun and addictive tilt and ball rolling game, with popup platforms. Various levels are built to challenge your skills. Enjoy and complete each level by tilting and guiding your ball.

Use your skills to keep the ball on the narrow platforms by carefully tilting your phone to control the ball. Reach the green box to continue and unlock the next level. Yellow boxes popup bridges and platforms to complete each maze.

Hold you phone flat and start each level. Try and beat your previous time. Can you keep your nerve and carefully tilt and complete that next level?

Forum Thread: Popup Roller (by Neil Wallace)


Rogue Hearts

iTunes Description

Welcome to this modern reinterpretation of a rogue-like dungeon crawler! You will need a strategy with self-judgment and control, a necessity in SRPG and tactical games. Break through challenges and trials by controlling the character directly.

*Explore dungeons, and discover an unwanted and dark reality.
*Explore regions with diverse themes and randomly generated dungeons with optimized, intuitive, and easy-to-use mobile device controls.
*Fight boss monsters with deadly attack patterns and earn loot.
*Engage in these ordeals by using characters with close combat and long distance skills.
*Not only battles, but various traps and puzzles also lie in wait.

Forum Thread: Rogue Hearts (by NINETAILS CO.)


Romance of the Three Kingdoms

iTunes Description

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Legend of CaoCao is now available on mobile platforms around the world! Come play the timeless SRPG classic!

■ The strategic tour de force “The Legend of Cao Cao,” remastered for mobile.
– Join Cao Cao in his legendary quest to dominate the Three Kingdoms!
– Assemble a team of elite commanders to conquer your foes!
– Reenact the tales of other legendary characters in [Story] mode!

Forum Thread: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (by NEXON Company)


Seul (Alone): The Entree

iTunes Description

“Seul.(Alone) ticks all those boxes & is up there as one of the finer ‘choose your own adventure’ style games.” 7/10 – GBHBL.

Seul.(Alone) is a philosophical thriller, containing horror elements. A subsistence where characters dwell. It is a choose your own adventure type of game but there are mysteries to solve and connections to unfold. Journey through here but remember you may not stay.

Forum Thread: Seul. (Alone): The entrée (by Steven Koutsouliotas)


SiNKR: A Minimalist Puzzle

iTunes Description

SiNKR is a minimalist puzzle game. There is just you, hooks, pucks, and various contraptions you need to clean up each level. Sink all the pucks to advance to the next challenge. Each level is handcrafted. No scores, no timers, no text, no distractions. Responsive ambient music.

This game has been designed as a premium game. There are no ads or in app purchases. Playtime approximately 1.5 hours (speedy) to 3 hours (relaxed). Reviews are not requested in game but they are very much appreciated. Thanks for playing!

Forum Thread: SiNKR: A minimalist puzzle (by Wahler Digital)


Up a Cave

iTunes Description

Guide your cube through extremely challenging caves with variety of traps and enemies.

Up a Cave is a physics platformer game where you dash your way out of a cave while collecting gold and diamonds to boost the cube’s stats. If you find a level too challenging or even impossible, you can always upgrade your cube to make things easier.

Forum Thread: Up a Cave (by Niko Pesonen)


81!

iTunes Description

Challenge your puzzle game skills with this free exciting game that will keep you entertained for hours. No time limits! Easy to play and suitable for all age

A little about the game:
The game takes place on a square field of 9×9 cells and represents a series of moves. Each turn first on the board appear in random cells of 2 dice of random colors. Next you need to move any cube horizontally or vertically to another free cell, if after moving you collect 3 cubes or more of the same color in a line, horizontally or vertically, all such cubes disappear. If the whole field is full, you lose. The goal of the game is to collect the maximum number of points.

Forum Thread: 81! (Vyacheslav Sergeev)


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Glitch Dash is a brutally challenging auto-runner that demands quick and precise movement

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David Marquardt’s Glitch Dash is his third game released on the Play Store, and oh boy did he ever hit this one out of the park. Unlike most auto-runners, this is not a game for casuals. The difficulty is high, and it only gets higher the further you progress. Now I’m not saying this to scare away players as this is a beautiful running game that is a blast to play, but rest assured it will be quite a challenge to reach the end.

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This Car Dash Cam By Apple iPod Veteran Sports Its Own 4G Connection For Streaming Video

Owl, a company founded by an Apple iPod veteran, has announced the Owl Car Cam, a security dash cam for the car that has its own AT&T 4G connection for streaming to the outside world.

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Alexa Now Can Dash Off Text Messages to Android Phones

Amazon on Tuesday introduced new functionality that enables its Alexa virtual assistant to send and receive SMS messages on devices running Android 5.0 or higher. Carrier charges may apply. Alexa, the software that powers the Echo line of smart speakers, can play and send personalized messages from contacts for users who have set up voice profiles. Users will hear a chime when they have a new SMS message, and see a yellow light ring on their Echo device. They’ll also be notified in the Alexa App.
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