[ May 21 2015 ]

Samsung Note 4: One More Button

Technically it’s illegal to touch a mobile phone while driving in Queensland, but I figure it’s the lesser of evils when the only legitimate alternative is to ram other cars off the road when a shit song can’t be skipped. So I had to add a button to my Galaxy Note 4 somehow.

[ Apr 12 2013 ]

Android Review: Into the Dead

A quick look at a fun, short Android Zombie killin’ game.

[ Mar 7 2013 ]

The problem with Zen Pinball

There aren’t many companies making pinball games, and fewer that are basically only pinball creators. Zen Studios do make other games, but they’re secondary (and basically irrelevant) compared to their pinball offerings. They take pinball seriously, and they make games that successfully walk the fine line between sim and game: serious enough that they’re basically […]

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[ Feb 6 2013 ]

Star Wars Pinball

Zen Studios has announced Star Wars Pinball which might actually be the best-ever use of the license.

[ Jan 27 2013 ]

Bullet Hell on Android is Hell

Cave, one of the last Japanese developers still making shooters, has eight titles for the iPhone, and two for Android, which they didn’t even release themselves. Rather, they farmed them out to G-Gee by GMO who – for a long time – did a very shitty job of actually making them available for sale. First […]

[ Jan 26 2013 ]

Android Tablet: Samsung Note 10.1 Review

As a follow-up to the Android Phone thread, here’s the tablet thread!  I bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, and I am unbelievably happy with it.  It’s only running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and it’s relatively low-res for a 10-inch device at 1280 x 800, but it’s got the quad-core Exynos chip and […]

[ Jan 19 2013 ]

Android Review: Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot Pinball

Sometimes things surprise you. On the Zen Pinball forums someone mentioned this Rob-O-Bot pinball game and said favourable things about it. Others agreed, the developer chimed in, and so I went and had a look. I had seen the developer’s other games in Google Play, and been unimpressed. They looked… Amateurish. Maybe they were awesome, […]

[ Jan 19 2013 ]

Android Review: Super Hexagon

There are games that are hard because they demand concentration and timing, and there are games where you’re not asked to do anything particularly complicated but your brain just freaks out and you die ’cause somehow, deep in your grey matter, the bits of your brain that process are shaking so gleefully that the bits […]

[ Jan 6 2013 ]

Zen Pinball Review: Civil War

This is a pinball table with a story to tell. Specifically a story about a bunch of masked bodybuilders with their underwear on the outside of their latex suits. It’s not weird if you’re a comic book fan, but for someone who has been out the superhero phase for, like, 25 years, it’s a little […]

[ Dec 26 2012 ]

Zen Pinball Review: Excalibur

Excalibur is a table that is probably a perfect example of Zen’s problem with table design: it’s a colourful contrasty miasma of fancy artwork, and trying to figure out where the hell your ball has gone is an exercise in frustration. The fun comes after long hours learning the playfield and you can intuit its […]

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