Plant vs Zombie 2: Awesomely addictive. [Review]

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PopCap has finally gotten around to releasing the new zombie game that everyone and their grandmother has been waiting for — Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time.

Plants vs Zombies 2 by PopCap
Category: iOS Games
Price: Free

It’s been three long years since we were swept away with the original Plants vs Zombies, but we’re happy to say that Plants vs Zombies 2  is just as fun and addictive as ever, if not more so. Yes, you still plant sunflowers, harvest sun, and then use that to get more plants to destroy armies of zombies. But even though the gameplay is still the same, the adventure is more fun than ever.

What’s New

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Once again players are joined by Crazy Dave from the first game, except now he has a time-traveling RV that can transport you to three different time periods on his Time-Space Taco Map: Ancient Egypt, Pirate Seas, and Wild West. To advance to new time periods, though, players have to collect stars by beating levels and accomplishing objectives.

Each time period comes with over 20 levels full of new zombies to destroy, which would be fun enough as is, but this go around, players will have to repeat levels later with new puzzles to gain more stars and unlock new areas of the map. Some of the levels have to be replayed three times, with each new attempt bringing new objectives to earn stars.

You can also go back and replay levels to find keys that unlock new branches of your map as well, leaving players with even more gameplay than the original. With so many levels to beat, you’d think that dropping plants on a board for hours on end would get boring, but PopCap has done a great job of mixing gameplay up by including new mini-games.

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To help you defend your home in the crazy new worlds, Crazy Dave gives you a new power-up, called Plant Food, that the zombies drop and can be dragged over to one of your plants to activate its temporary super-powers. You can also save up to 3 bottles of plant food to use whenever you’re facing a big wave.

Coins play a different role in the worlds of Plants vs Zombies 2 than they did in the original. Rather than being used to unlock plants, the new game comes with three power-ups that can be purchased in the heat of battle using coins, granting the player phenomenal cosmic powers long enough wipe the board clean.

The new power-ups include Power Pinch, Power Toss, and Power Zap, which can be activated at the price of 800, 1000, and 1200 coins, depending on which power you want. All three are incredibly powerful and incredibly pricey, but you can usually beat levels without them.

Along with the big  new gameplay features, PopCap tossed in a few smaller features that make conquering PvZ2 a delight. Now the game syncs your progress through GameCenter so you can beat a few levels on your iPhone, and then pick up right where you left off on your iPad. They’ve also included slots for five different player profiles, so your spouse or kids can play on your device too and progress at their own pace without messing up your game.

Free-to-play

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When PopCap made the announcement that Plants vs Zombies 2 would be ‘free-to-play’, a lot of PvZ fans were worried the game would try to squeeze every dollar it could from you to open up content, but that’s not at all the case here.

Yes, you can buy coins, plants, upgrades and other bundles that will make the game easier for you, but none of them are worth it. You can beat the entire game without spending a penny, and you unlock different plants and upgrades along the way.

Ads do pop up every so often after beating a level, but nothing obtrusive that ruins gameplay. The only reason to spend money in PvZ2 is if you’re nostalgic for some of the plants from the original, or you just need a mountain of coins to dominate a level with your super powers because you’re too lazy to beat it the regular way.

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Product Name: Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time
The Good: Gameplay is just as fun and easy to pick up as the original, but new power-ups and plant food add a new dimension. New plants are even more entertaining and badass. Lots of depth and challenging puzzles that will keep players engaged for hours.
The Bad: In-app purchases are always a bummer, but PvZ2 pulls it off as well as can be expected.
The Verdict:  Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time is a solid sequel to the original hit. Rather than departing from the original, PopCap kept with what works best and upped the ante, with bigger worlds, better plants, and some phenomenal cosmic powers that make for one of the best games of the year.

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Angry Birds Space now available, Gravity is too mainstream

For those who thinks that Angry Birds are going to be dead soon, well you are wrong. The newest addition to the Angry Birds line, “Angry Birds Space” is officially released and it will have a whole new style of gameplay with different trajectory, orbit, gravity and stuffs. It sure looks fun.

Download them with the links below:
Android (FREE)
iPhone/iPod Touch (US$0.99)
iPad (US$2.99)

Get yourself indulged in it and write us a comment on the game! Have fun!

Polaris Office: a good mobile productivity app

 

There is an app pre-installed in the Samsung Galaxy Note which is worth mentioning here. The Polaris Office App. This app is also pre-installed in the Samsung Galaxy SII but the usability on the SII is not as good as on the Note. With Galaxy Note’s huge screen, the Polaris Office does shine and makes productivity a fun thing or rather a not so difficult thing to do on a mobile phone.

As far as I know, the Polaris office is not available for downloads from the Android market, it is only available in some smartphones with it pre-installed. It is a very good productivity app which can be used to create and edit documents such as word documents, spreadsheets and power point.

As you can see from the screen shots above, the Polaris Office app does have a very nice simple icon on you application menu and you can use it to create Document, Sheet and Slide both in the 97-2003 format and also the 2007 format. It supports all Microsoft Office file formats, PDFs, images (.jpeg, .gif etc) and webpages (.html).

The reason why the Polaris Office app is better in the Note is because of the S-Pen/stylus that the Note has. With the S-Pen and the very accurate handwritting recognition, the application makes writing a document or a spreadsheet fun. Just use the S-Pen and write on the writing pane on the bottom as if you are writing on a piece of paper. And believe me, it is a joy doing it mainly because it recognizes even the ugliest handwriting like mine.

Ugly handwriting but the application recognizes it very accurately

Fun writing a document file!

Creating a power point!

If stylus is not your cup of tea and u prefer other input methods, you can always change the input method to the virtual keyboard which is also very easy to type on with the huge Galaxy Note screen. And you can also choose the swype option as your input method which is also a very good alternative. So if next time you have to create a spreadsheet, document or slides on the go, it will be a joy to do so. Head over to the nearest store to try the Polaris Office app on a Note and tell me how do you think of it?

Samsung Galaxy Note [Quick Review]

Recently, I get to put my hands on the new big toy from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Note. This is a huge device with a 5.3 inch Super AMOLED HD screen which makes this device a one of a kind device closing the gap between phones and tablets. And the attempt from Samsung to bring back the stylus or in this case, it is called the S-pen, is very good and fresh. After the announcement of iPhone a few years back, the stylus is generally dead until now!

So after playing with the Galaxy Note for awhile, I would like to write a quick review on the device. And by quick, i mean real quick! =)

Screen. The Note’s screen is one of the best screen in the market today. With the size of 5.3 inches, the screen resolution is 1280×800 pixels which gives around 285ppi (pixel per inch). From what i know, the pixel density comes second only to the iPhone’s pixel density of >300ppi but the iPhone has a screen way smaller than the Note. The Note’s screen is also very sharp and bright and it is just beautiful to look at.


Samsung Galaxy Note’s Screen


Comparison of screen size with iPhone 4


Comparison of screen size with Samsung Galaxy SII

Design. This phone is a big phone. And i mean BIG! The size of the device (dimensions: 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm) does not fit into all pockets. The device is big but it is very slim. Overall, the device looked good and classy. It also feels expensive with nice built, Gorilla glass front and plastic back.


Front view with leather cover


Back view with the S-pen


Top view


Bottom view


Side view


Screen view!


Size comparison with iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy SII


Thickness comparison with iPhone 4


Thickness comparison with Samsung Galaxy SII


Thickness comparison. From left: Galaxy Note, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, Blackberry Curve 8520, Nokia N97.

Performance and User interface. The Galaxy Note comes with Android Gingerbread with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI version 4.0. Personally i think the HTC Sense is superior to the TouchWiz but with such large screen, everything is nice! LOL. The performance of the device is quite smooth but I encounter lag sometimes which is such turn off with a Dual-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1GB of RAM. One of my favorite games on mobile is the Fruit Ninja, and very sad to say, the game lags in the Galaxy Note. But overall, the performance of the device is pretty good. And with the S-pen and S Memo app, it is really fun in taking notes, drawing stuffs, cropping pictures and etc. Although at times the application will crash. >.<


Home Screen


Application screen


My masterpiece using the S Memo app. Tell me it is awesome!


Error message using S Memo app

Camera. Galaxy Note have an 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 2MP secondary camera. The primary camera also shoots 1080p videos with 30fps (frame per second). There are some sample photos taken using the Samsung Galaxy Note. I would say that the camera takes good picture. It is not the best but the quality of the photos taken are more to the good side. Take a look at these shots taken using the Galaxy Note.


Photo taken without flash


Photo taken with flash


Pencils focused


Galaxy Note brochure focused

Others. There are other things about Galaxy Note which are worth mentioning in this quick review such as the battery life. It has a Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery which give you up to 13hours of talk time. I am quite impressed with how long the battery lasts even with a screen that big. But don’t get me wrong, the battery still does not take you anywhere more than a day. Other stuffs such as the S-pen and the S Memo app is really fun to use (if you don’t lose your S-pen). Another cool thing about the Note is that while playing a video, you can just place your palm over the screen and the video will pause. Once you lift up your palm, the video will continue the playback. This is handy when you always have friends bothering you when you are watching a video, just place your palm on the screen, shoo away your friend and continue watching the video without missing anything. I like it. 2GB memory card included on top of the 16GB internal memory. Memory expendable to 32GB.

Conclusion. The only drawbacks of this device is the size of it (which some can also consider it as a good thing) and the once in a while lag. If you can live with that, the Samsung Galaxy Note is certainly one of the most powerful and promising smartphone in the market today. Ofcourse, it comes with a really beautiful screen and the S-pen. I would say that the device is one of the best from Samsung, apart from the flagship Galaxy SII.

For more information on the device, please write on the comment section. Thanks.

There is a office app called Polaris Office which is just great to be used on the Galaxy Note. Review on the app is coming soon.